First look electric bike reviews
E-bikes are increasingly popular, as people look for alternatives to public transport or more eco-friendly commutes.
With new electric bikes launching all the time, we've taken a first look at some of the latest models to hit the UK, taking them for a spin to bring you our initial verdict on how comfortable they are to ride, how they handle and – most importantly – how well they help to power you along the flat and up steeper inclines.
While these first looks will help narrow down your search, we recommend you try any bike yourself before committing to a purchase to see how comfortable it is for you.
Cowboy 3 – £1,990
This electric bike's intuitive motor assistance means it controls the amount of power the motor supplies automatically. When we took it for a spin we found this feature to be very responsive, making the bike easy and simple to ride. It's stylish and the added functionality you get by pairing it to your mobile phone was useful. But was it all style and no substance? To find out what it like to ride now or today.
Panther Compact Sports 2021 – £999
Launching in Spring 2021, this electric bike aims to be an agile and easy to use. It's priced at £999, making it a lower cost e-bike. When we looked at it we found it comfortable to ride, and the motor assistance made cycling on flat terrain a breeze. But did we find that support continued on the hills? To find out now or today.
Panther Trekker Hybrid 2021 – £1,399
This electric bike launches in Spring 2021 and has three different battery options, nine motor assistance levels and seven manual gears – allowing you to really fine-tune your cycling experience. But could the motor handle all the terrain we took it on? To read our full review, now or today.
Choosing the right e-bike for you
Many of the popular e-bike brands get their motor and battery combinations from the same third-party manufacturers. This is the core system that determines how far a e-bike will get you and how effectively it assists you up hills and on longer journeys.
Electric Bike Motors
Folding electric bikes
If you have limited storage at home, or you need to hop on and off public transport, a folding e-bike can be a convenient way to integrate cycling into your existing lifestyle.