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How to choose an electric bike: a comparison guide
Top-selling e-bikes: a comparison guide
The contortionist – Earth AntEbike
The AntEbike tackles the problem of bulk. Which it does by folding down in about 10 seconds to a bundle of rubber and metal that will fit in a hatchback or – importantly for the grey nomads – a camper-trailer or caravan.
The big fat wheels give a good ride and it comes with a pack-rack, basket and lights. There’s even the option of a second battery which can extend its range beyond 100 kilometres.
Thumbs up: Folds up and fits anywhere.
Thumbs down: Uses a slightly less efficient rear-wheel-drive system.
The sophisticate – Merida eOne-Sixty
$10,000 to $11,999
We’re getting towards the very top of the democratised e-bike world here. The Merida brand is a huge one and this bike includes all the gear you could want, including the high-end suspension that gives it huge off-road potential.
But what you’re really paying extra for is the quality of the driveline, brakes and frame. The gearsets are all top-end and the drive-motor and its electronics are likewise at the top of the heap. Even the frame is carbon-fibre to reduce overall weight.
Thumbs up: You’re cycling on Quality Street.
Thumbs down: Price of admission.
While the world is obsessed with autonomous cars and alternative fuel sources, the e-bike will quietly create its own revolution in coming years. It has the ability to reduce not only road congestion and emissions, it might just produce a shift in global wellness also.
But like any electric vehicle, it’s full impact will only be recognised once renewable energy sources have become mainstream.
And don’t forget to wear your helmet: It’s the law.