Nothing splits cyclists more than the concept of electric bikes. For hardcore Wiggins types they are an affront to everything that they cherish. However, more casual cyclists and tech heads see them as being not just cool but maybe the future of bikes.
Anyhow for commuters who want a quick way of getting to and from work electric cycles are a very good option especially if between your two destinations are sizable hills. Having used several electric bikes before I can nail the myth that if you use an electric bike any exercise goes out the window. Most electric cycles are designed so that the motor kicks in when you need a bit oomph. Not that many are powerful enough to take you long distances without you having to at least do a little pedalling. Besides there is nothing quite as invigorating as pedalling furiously and then letting the engine kick in- you really do fly. It is Wiggins speed for less than slender and not quite totally fit types.
While I love the look of the GoCycle 2, the latest electric bike to hit my radar is the Kranium KR3 Platimum from bike dealer Velorution (among others). So what’s cool about this. Well first unlike a lot of its rival, the battery is integrated into the frame, so it doesn’t even look like an electronic cycle. It has five pedal assisted speeds with the top one reaching around 20MPH. It has a pretty powerful battery on board too and everything is controlled by an on board computer which tells you how far you have cycled and how much power you have consumed.
Finally , also unlike a lot of its rivals, it is light enough to be picked up. Santa might have a few issues getting it down the chimney though. Yours for £1,895.
By Ashley | November 13th, 2012