1. Raleigh Motus Hub Lowstep: £2,000, Raleigh
The Raleigh uses batteries from Bosch which have a range of up to 110 miles when in Eco mode, which is fine for flat terrain, but it’s quite a bit less in the more powerful Turbo mode – you flick between modes with a thumb press. It comes with mudguards, lights and a luggage rack plus a built-in lock. There’s also a Walk button which gives slower assistance (3.8mph) for when you’re pushing the bike along. Choose from bronze and cerise colour options.
2. Specialized Turbo Levo HT 29: £2,800, Evans Cycles
Californian bike company Specialized has been making mountain bikes for decades, though it’s new to the electric bike industry. An electric mountain bike is designed to make off-roading more fun (most electric bikes cope best on roads), as well as street cycling. This bike builds the battery and motor into the frame which looks pretty spiffy. This is a solid bike but still bouncy enough to feel fun. The battery is rechargeable and lasts for three hours or more, depending on terrain and how much work you do yourself.
3. Coyote Commute Folding Electric Bike: £500, Halfords
This bike has the convenience of being foldable so you’ll be able to take it on the train if your commute involves one, and store it indoors for extra safety. The battery, with cells made by Panasonic, an expert in rechargeable tech, has a range of 30 miles (and of course, if it runs flat, you can still pedal). The 20-inch wheels mean it doesn’t feel as stable as a full-sized bike but it’s an enjoyable ride nonetheless.
4. Woosh Krieger: £969, Woosh
The Krieger is a crank-drive electric bike with a throttle for powered cycling without pedalling but that also works as pedal-assist. You twist the throttle to scoot along effortlessly, even on hills. It’s powerful enough for most hills and has a range of up to 70 miles, or 60 miles if you take it easy on the pedalling, and more if you stick to pedal assist. It’s not light (about 25kg fully loaded) but absolutely manageable to cycle without any assisted power.
5. Pinnacle Lithium Ion: £2,000, Evans Cycles
The battery on this bike takes you further than some – up to 60 miles on a single charge – a few only take you half that distance. Pinnacle is an Evans Cycles brand, offering decent build and good value. It’s colourful, with matching mudguards supplied and reasonably nimble. Not everyone will like the look of the hefty battery slung between the cyclist’s legs – though it means the weight is centered as you ride.