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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.