Islanders' e-bike guide 2018
Electric bikes have come a long way in recent years with more advanced technology and lighter frames making them more reliable and user friendly. Many of Guernsey’s cycle and scooter outlets have new offerings this season. All electric bikes (pedal assisted electric bikes) are limited to 15.5 mph in the islands. Some e-bikes from Asia and America have higher power capacity to meet different road regs but cannot be used on public roads here and deregulating them will invalidate any warrantee. Buying from your local store ensures they meet UK/EU regulations.
This is a run down of the e-bikes ranges available;
Adventure Cycles in St Martins are main dealers and service agents for Wisper, Scott, Ridgeback, Saracen and Bergamont. Wisper is a lower budget range starting from £950. Ridgeback, Bergamont and Saracen are middle of the range. The top spec. model in stock is the Scott E-Aspect at £3335. The staff at Adventure Cycles pride themselves on being knowlegeable about the bikes they sell, when a new model is released, they test them to check the realistic Guernsey range, hills included. In the price included is a free tune up service after a month of purchase, free courtesy electric bike when a bike is in for work and a full back up of parts to help the customer on the road. Most models are available for demonstration.
They have a stock price list for their whole range of e-bikes. Adventure Cycles can often be seen at promotional events with their banners.
Cycle world at Camp du Roi have a dedicated showroom solely for E bikes and the largest collection on display. They have seen a steady increase in demand for electric bikes over the years. Cycleworld are dealers for Haibike, Raleigh, Lapierre, Trek and Electra. Lapierre and Electra are a new range this season. Lapierre is a long established manufacturer of all types of bikes but especially focused on MTB’s or Mountain bikes. They have been making high quality e-bikes since 2012. Prices start £2,500. Electra have a striking range of ‘Café cruiser’ style e-bikes , all use their patented flat foot technology which is designed to make them more stable and easier for the rider.
Haibike are a very well established marque of off-road, MTB style which start from £1600. They use Bosch and Yamaha drives and motors which are recognised as the best available. Raleigh are good quality, traditional looking e-bikes with strong brand recognition. They also do a folding bike for just over £900 ideal for caravans and boats. Cycleworld have at least 30 electric bike models available to demo! To test a model, it’s recommended to call in advance.
Ian Brown’s are the largest and longest running bicycle outlet in Guernsey. They have recently opened a brand new showroom at their site, by Island Coaches, which has more than doubled the showroom space. There is a full range of race and road bikes across a wide spectrum. Around nine e-bikes are on display in the main shop. Ian Brown’s stock Focus, Specialised, Giant, Pulse and KTM. KTM is a new range on offer this season which starts from £1,170. The Austrian company have used their experience in the motorbike market to develop this high quality range of e-bikes. They are 'step through' type with Bosch motors. Focus are a high quality German brand of e-bikes. All e-bikes are available for demonstration subject to weather conditions. Ian Browns also have a separate warehouse with further stock of e-bikes and a very large of number of bicycles.
Millards, in St Peter Port are long established dealer of scooters and mopeds and have in recent years got involved with hire and sale of e-bikes. New for 2018 season, Millards will soon be selling the Forme range of electric bikes which are designed in the UK. All Forme e-bikes have Bosch motors are a traditional style, similar looking to Raleigh. Prices are budgeted to be from £550 to £1500 approximately. Millard’s rent all their E bikes which gives the advantage of being able to give an electric bike a good test before committing to purchase.