2019 Electric Bike Buyers Guide

E-bikes are the future of travel, don't get left behind. Here's why you need one and how it will impact your life.

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What is an electric bike?

An electric bike is just like a normal bike, with the addition of an electric motor and battery.

Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are the perfect choice if you want to ride faster, keep up with friends, help you up hills, improve your time around the woods or making the commute to work a breeze! E-bikes are incredibly versatile and fun bikes that are reliable and intuitive to use.

An electric bike will provide all the freedom and advantages of a regular bike, while reducing the strain on your body by using its electric motor to give you an assisted boost when required.

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Types of electric bike

Classic Electric Bikes

Classic Electric Bikes

Electric classic bikes are our most popular E-Bike for everyday use. They are great for light off road pavement bridal ways and tarmac, offering a very comfortable ride for a causal e-rider.

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Hybrid Electric Bikes

Hybrid Electric Bikes

Suitable on Irregular and rugged terrain, bridle ways, gravel roads, and roads making it a very versatile bike.

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Electric Mountain Bikes

Electric Mountain Bikes

Electric Mountain Bikes offer the most fun for your true Mountain bike rider. With suspension front and back it gives you the ability to keep traction over incredibly rough terrain, This gives confidence when riding up or coming back down.

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Electric Folding Bikes

Electric Folding Bikes

Enjoy cycling with the ability to fold your bike for storage and travel, great for busy commuters, camping holidays and for people with tight storage space at home.

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There are three key areas to look out for when choosing an e-bike, that impact the overall performance and ride quality.

These are:

Motor Type

Motor Type

The position and type of motor impacts both the ride performance and weight distribution - providing optimal stability.

Battery Range

Battery Range

Like a car's fuel tank, the bigger the battery, the more juice you have - allowing you to travel further or have more assistance.

Sensor Type

Sensor Type

Sensors come in two forms, speed sensors which provide an 'on' or 'off' feel, and torque sensors which provide power relative to the riders' input from a more natural ride.

We have combined all of these features to provide an overall rating on each of our e-bikes, so look out for this when comparing our models.

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48 hour trial

Take one of our electric bikes for a free 48 hour test ride at one of our 34 trial stores

With our 48 hour Electric Bike trial, we give you the opportunity to test ride one of our Carrera Crossfire-E Mens/Womens Electric Hybrid Bike, Carrera Crosscity Electric Bike or the Pendleton Somerby Electric Bike for up to 48 hours for FREE. Getting started is simple:

  1. Enter your postcode into our store locator to find your nearest 48 hour electric bike trial store.
  2. Click below to book a phone consultation for a time that suits you.
  3. One of our expert colleagues will call you at the time of your booking choice for your 48 hour trial.
  4. Pick up your E-Bike at the booked time - don't forget that you need bring with you a valid debit or credit card and passport or driving licence!
  5. Enjoy taking your E-Bike for a spin!
  6. Return your E-Bike back the store at your allotted time.

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30 Minute Trial

Pop into any store to trial any electric bike for 30 minutes

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Electric Bike Cyclecare

Keep your prized possession in top working order with a Halfords Electric Bike Care Plan. Available for either one or three years, the plan includes everything you need to keep your bike in fantastic working order, without having to lift a finger!

Electric Bike Leisure Cycle Care

What's included

  • Unlimited inner tube replacement on all punctures*
  • Unlimited brake & gear adjustments
  • 6-week Bronze service
  • Annual Silver service
  • Free parts & accessories fitting
  • 10% off parts
  • 10% off accessories when you buy your bike

From just: £45

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Electric Bike Leisure Cycle Care

What's included

  • 6-week Bronze service
  • 2 Silver services per year
  • Unlimited inner tube replacement on all punctures*
  • Unlimited brake & gear adjustments
  • Free parts & accessories fitting
  • 10% off parts
  • 10% off accessories when you buy your bike

From just: £70

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*parts not included

Frequently Asked Questions

Have you been wondering about e-bikes? What they are, what the law is, and how can they help you? If so, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find the answers to many of the most common questions about electric bikes. We hope you find it useful!

What are e-bikes?

How do electric bikes work?

What does it feel like to ride an e-bike?

Isn't it cheating?

Who benefits from riding an e-bike?

Who can ride an e-bike?

How fast can I go on an e-bike?

E-bikes and the law

How far can I travel on an e-bike?

How long does it take to recharge an e-bike?

Can I take an e-bike on the bus or train?

How much does charging an e-bike cost?

Are lithium batteries safe?

What is the lifetime of the battery?

How 'green' is using an e-bike?

Are spare parts available to support e-bikes?


Terms & Conditions

  • I will only ride on permitted highways and cycle paths.
  • I agree with the condition of the bike that I will be using for my test ride.
  • I have been asked to provide my own safety equipment for the test ride.
  • I agree to take responsibility for my health and well-being whilst on the test ride. I acknowledge and represent that to the best of my knowledge, I do not suffer from any medical or physical condition or disability that will or might increase the normal risks associated with undertaking physical exercise and I know how to ride a bike.
  • I accept that (i) I will be liable for any death or personal injury to third parties, damage to property or any other claims, losses, costs (including, without limit, all legal costs) or demands arising out of my participation in the test ride; (ii) I will be liable to pay for any and all damage caused to the bike as a result of the test ride; and (iii) under no circumstances will Halfords be liable for any actual or alleged direct or indirect loss suffered by myself arising out of the test ride.
  • Nothing in this disclaimer shall limit or exclude Halfords Limited's liability in any way that is not permitted by law.
  • I acknowledge that I am required to return the bike to Halfords at the specified date and time. If I do not return the bike to the Halfords store, I accept that (without prejudice to any other rights or remedies they may have) they are permitted to charge my debit / credit card for the full costs of the bike I have taken.
  • Test rides are discretionary and Halfords reserves the right to refuse a test ride for any reason without liability.
  • Bikes tested are to be returned clean and with a charge of at least 80%.
  • Bike should be returned with the keys and the battery charger that were supplied for the test ride.