Okay, let us talk you through this Gtech eBike deal, because it could seem a little odd at first glance. You have to buy TWO electric bikes: the urban-focussed, original Gtech eBike City and the Gtech eScent. The price: £1,699, a massive 40% or just shy of £1,200 off the RRP.
You might think, "Why would I want to buy two electric bikes?" but think of it like this: the eScent normally costs £1,899. So you're getting a £200 discount on that and then they throw in an eBike City for nothing. No pounds. Zip. Oh, and then they also throw in an additional spare battery, which can be used in both bikes.
All you need is this magic phrase and nerves of steel: EBIKET3
This is the process
Add eBike eScent to basket
Add eBike City to basket – the spare battery will then be added automatically
Go to checkout
Input voucher code EBIKET3
Enjoy massive savings, and RIDE. But do wear a helmet, now.
If you would like some more details on the eBike City and the eScent, here it is. The eBike City's very close relative the eBike Sports is currently at #1 in our Best ebikes chart, for its usability and low price (although it isn't usually as low as it is as part of this deal). The eScent mountain e-bike is also in our Top 10.
Gtech eBike City
The most affordable ebike for urban rides and so easy to use
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
There are definitely more powerful electric bikes out there than this, and a few cheaper ones, but Gtech – best known for its vacuum cleaners and hedge trimmers – has here created an e-bike with the right balance of affordability, ease of use and solid build. Its the e-bike for those who don't want to have to think to hard about e-bikes.
For just shy of a grand, you get an e-bike that actually looks like a bike, has a 30-mile maximum range, and is incredibly simple to setup and use. The step-through frame even makes it easy to mount up.
You turn it on by pressing the green button on the battery once for low power and twice for high, then pedal as on a normal bike. There are no gears, no chain to muck up your trousers (a motorbike-style carbon fibre belt is used instead) and not that much difference in feeling compared to riding a normal bike.
The twist, of course, is electrical assistance. A computer monitors how hard you're having to work to pedal, and applies the electric motor as required, helping you pull away from lights and iron out slopes.
Assisted speed is capped at 15mph, but the Gtech eBike City is actually is light and agile enough for you to be able pedal harder without feeling like the weight is fighting you back down to 15mph. You can even, at a push, use it without the motor on flatter roads.
We wouldn't try to take this up a mountain section of the Tour de France, but for urban hills and more gentle rural inclines, it really does take the work out of it.
For the money, and especially considering it comes from a hedge trimmer brand, the eBike is a great little set of wheels. There have been sacrifices made in the comfort of the saddle and the grips, and the brakes could have a bit more bite to them, but these seem like acceptable compromises to us.
In some ways, its real USP is that it just looks like a bike. We wish more e-bicycle brands would follow that lead.
Basically the other Gtech but with gears, suspension and a much bigger price
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
Rather as it did with the eBike City, Gtech has undercut its more established bicycle rivals with this beefed-up, 'mountain bike' successor. Again, a very solid basic frame is augmented with a motor (a rather more powerful, 500W one) that assists your pedalling automatically, based on resistance put up by hills and other obstacles.
At 19kg it weighs less than a lot of e-bikes built for off-roading, and the Shimano Deore gears and disk brakes are a good bundle at this price. It lacks the power and range (you'll get about 20-30 miles) of some heavier bikes but particularly for cyclists making the switch to electric mountain biking, it's more fun to ride.