If you’re looking for a bike for the daily commute or to get you round town, here are Laka's top picks for when it comes to choosing the perfect e-bike.
Things to consider before purchasing an electric bike
The type of electric bike you choose to buy is going to depend heavily on the riding you do. Think about the length of your commute, whether it’s hilly and whether you might want to just hop on a train for part of it.
If you're going to be picking up shopping and heavy items, then look no further than a cargo-bike. If you're planning to take it on the train or underground, then a folding electric bike is for you. If you're simply looking for the fastest way to travel around the city, then an electric city bike will be your preferred option.
Electric Brompton H2L
The e-Brompton H2L maintains all of the original class associated with the British brand, despite carrying an extra 300wh electric motor to assist you when you need it most. Brompton has been helping commuters get to work with the iconic folding bike for almost 50 years and the latest electric version is the latest to hit the streets.
The motor itself has been developed with the help of Williams Advanced Engineering, to provide a lightweight and powerful front hub motor as well as intelligent sensors and connectivity. The battery sits in the 1.5litre front handlebar bag, which can be removed for when it needs to be folded. Of course the addition of a battery makes the machine less nimble than the traditional Brompton, weighing in at 13.7kg (16.8kg including the battery).
Despite the added weight, the electric motor provides more than enough assistance to keep up with the flow of the city traffic without breaking a sweat. The bike uses torque and cadence sensors to accurately supply enough power to each pedal stroke, giving a smooth and steady ride feel.
A bike built for modern city life, the VanMoof S3 mixes functionality with sleek, modern design. The distinctive blend of straight-frame geometry with innovative ride features, offers commuters the ultimate cycling experience.
A neat feature of the VanMoof is the apparent lack of battery assistance. The frame hides the battery from sight, creating perhaps the most visually stunning e-bike. The motor itself is near silent despite offering 350 watts on full power, compared to 250 watts on economy mode. This will give you a range of between 60-150km, which should suit a week of riding around the city.
VanMoof electric bikes also contain some very smart anti-theft tech hidden inside. The kicklock secures the bike through a tap of the frame by immobilizing the rear wheel and activating onboard alarms. Along with tamper detection and a three-phase alarm, the VanMoof knows when someone is up to no good! If a thief was to still get away with the bike, then their Bike Hunters will use the integrated location tracking to get it back for you. Pretty awesome huh?
The bike also has a partner app which can be used to configure everything from a single gear change to a digital bell sound. As well as these cool features, you can track the riding that you do by measuring speed, distance, and time. Other accessories include the ability to extend the bike's cargo capacity to hold 10kg on the front and 15kg on the rear. Using your bike for the weekly shop too? VanMoof has you covered!
The Tern GSD isn't cheap, but it's the ultimate machine for urban cargo mobility. This bike is built for those who want to replace their car for a cargo-bike, by offering guaranteed reliability. Despite the obvious functionality benefits, the Tern still manages to look great with a sleek frame design.
Being able to carry 200kg, the GSD is well-equipped to carry a week's worth of shopping and two children comfortably over the rear wheel. The 20" wheels give the bike a low center of gravity, giving a stable and secure ride. With the added stability, the bike can conquer gravel tracks and bumpy bike paths too. The patented 7005 aluminum frame completes a bike that is reliable and handles very efficiently.
The Bosch dual-motor system allows the Tern to transport heavy loads with relative ease, giving the rider an extra 500 or 1000 Wh for a range of up to 200 km. Once the battery is flat, simply remove the battery to charge with the Bosch Standard Charger. The Tern was built to ride anything, including your commute.
Laka first spotted the Gocycle GS at the Cycle Show last year and we were in awe at its unique design. We were then shocked to find out that the Gocycle is both foldable and contains a sizable 250w motor! This bike is definitely something to check out if you want a commuter bike that will stand out from the rest.
The battery is integrated into the frame, giving it a neat finish with no added cables or untidiness. With a 7 hour charge time, the battery will give you around 40 miles of riding, so it is suited to those who make shorter journeys or those which might want to take their e-bike on public transport.
Gocycle's patented Pitstopwheels make folding down the GS easy. The side-mounted design makes it quick and easy to remove the wheels, making fixing a flat tire the simplest of tasks.