Volt Pulse X
Volt’s hybrid electric bike is the perfect machine if your riding route takes you across the rough stuff as well as the slightly smoother road. It features grippy hybrid tyres and RST front suspension for soaking up the bumps, and you can even remotely lock out the forks when you’re grinding up hills. Not that you’ll need to do that much, thanks to the Pulse’s Bafang Power Motor, which gives you extra torque for getting up any gradient, and you even get a substantial 80 miles of range from the lithium battery.
Price: £1950 I Volt Bikes
Giant Prime E+
Giant has come up with the perfect entry into riding with power assistance. The Giant Prime E+ is smart-looking and thanks to the battery's neat location within the pannier rack, it doesn't feel as if the electric technology is an afterthought. A single front shock between the handlebar and forks ensures bumps are taken care of, and thanks to built-in mudguards, lights and provision for pannier bags, you can take the Prime E+ on any kind of journey, whether it's commuting or touring.
Price: £1900 I Giant Bicycles
Raleigh Stow E Way
Most of us probably grew up owning a Raleigh bike at some point in our lives, and while the company has been quiet for some time, it's now back with a great lineup of bikes, including electric-powered ones. Its Raleigh Stow E Way is the perfect bike for the commuter, with up to 24 miles of instant power from a battery hidden inside its frame, along with the ability to fold up to a public-transport-friendly size in an instant.
Price: £1350 I Raleigh
Most ebikes tend to blend in with the crowd, but the Obree from German manufacturer A2B definitely wants to stand out. It's menacing matt-black paintjob looks great, and thanks to smaller 24 inch wheels, it's the perfect tool for fast acceleration on city roads. It's meaty Magura hydraluic brakes also provide ample stopping power. As well as performance, the Obree is also very practical, with up to 62 miles of battery range.
Price: £2600 I A2B
Riese & Muller Load Hybrid Touring
Got some things to carry? Slight rephrase – got a lot of things to carry? Then check out the astonishing Riese & Muller Load Hybrid Touring. Aside from the lairy lime green paint job, the thing that will really get you noticed is the length of this thing. With a lengthened section beyond the handlebars, you can easily carry your entire weekly shopping, or even your kids – provided there’s no more than two. Despite its size and weight, the Bosch motor makes cruising from pickup to drop-off easy.
Price: £4400 I Riese&Muller
Moustache Bikes Dimanche
The fastest way to beat inner-city traffic is generally to straddle a full-on road bike, but the Moustache Bikes Dimanche can certainly give even the priciest carbon heros a run for their money. With a sleek and sporty alloy frame, fast-rolling Schwalbe slick tyres and a powerful Bosch motor driving the rear wheel, you can easily attain race-worthy speeds, and you won’t need to slap on your spandex to do so either.
Price: £3250 I Moustache Bikes
KTM Macina Race 27 10-400
KTM – more popular for its motorbikes than anything else – has been churning out a huge range of bikes recently, and has even jumped on the electric bandwagon spectacularly, with no less than 33 ebikes in its catalogue. The Macina Race 27 10-400 is designed for pure speed on the off road, with its 27.5 inch wheels cutting a sweet spot between the heavier 29 inch variety, and the old-school lightness of the 26 inch rim. With Rockshock front suspension, hydraulic brakes and a 250w Bosch Performance Line motor, this is the perfect weapon for carving up trails with ease.
Price: £2600 I KTM
Focus E-27R FS
Not all electric bikes are practical things meant for getting from A to B. This menacing-looking thing from Focus could be your next off-road attack machine. Featuring full suspension courtesy of shock-guru Fox, the E-27R FS will happily take care of downhills as well as cross-country, and when you find a boring uphill section, you can use the built-in Xion motor to power you to the top. One downside – you'll need to find somewhere else to put your water bottle.
Price: £TBC I Focus
Caterham Classic E-Bike
Though Caterham has the lid firmly on its new range of electric bicycles, the word is that they will be launching in 2014. The most street-ready of its designs, the Classic E-Bike – with its 40s-era motorbike styling cues - looks almost too concept to be a reality, but it has some very real underpinnings. A powerful battery motor is masked by a faux v-twin engine case, which is good for around 50 miles, and storage where the fuel tank would normally go adds real-world practicality. The question is: could you pull off the extreme styling on the road?
Price: £TBC I Caterham
Could this be the ultimate electric bike for the urban cyclist? Though most electric bikes look like a battery on wheels, the Porteur's design makes it look like a normal bike, in an unconventionally-fashionable way. Though it's not obvious, the Faraday's crank juice is cleverly hidden inside it's frame. See that trapezium-shaped frame-within-a-frame? That's where the bulk is located. Neat extras include lights that are integral to the structure, while a rack at the front adapts to your luggage needs.
Price: $3500 I Faraday Bikes