It’s all very well for us to wax lyrical about the latest e-bikes, but the best way to find out if electric bikes are for you (or a loved one?) is to try out one of these bikes for yourself. You can swing by one of our shops any time to try one out, but we also offer demo bikes so that you can take the bike out for a whole day or two.
Our Electric Demo Bikes
- Whyte Coniston: size medium
- Whyte Coniston Women’s: size medium
- Giant Dirt E+: sizes small or medium
- Giant Dirt Full E+ 1: sizes medium or large
Arranging your 2-day e-bike test ride
- Advance booking is required
- Pop into your local Bike Co-op branch
- Or phone us on 0345 257 0808 or 0131 331 5010
- We’ll then arrange to have the e-bike of your choice fully charged and ready to go from your local Bike Co-op shop on a mutually convenient date.
Two-day e-bike trial – conditions in brief
- Proof of ID #1 – you will need to bring your passport or driving licence along to the shop
- Proof of ID #2 – we’ll also need to view a bank statement or utility bill as proof of your current address
- We will take a security deposit of £1,000, which will be refunded in full when the bike is returned to us in the same condition you received it.
- We charge £50 for a 2-day hire (from 10:00 on day one till 17:30 on day two).
- When you return the bike in good condition, we will reward you with a £50 gift voucher. (This makes our two-day e-bike hire effectively free. Can’t say fairer than that.)
Short test ride – conditions in brief
If you only have the time or inclination for a short ride of say, 15 minutes, you’re welcome to go for a quick spin on any of our display bikes from any of our shops at any time. No booking required. Simply bring along two forms of id (bank statement or utility bill + passport or driving licence) and leave us your bank card while you go out for the ride. (We reserve the right to withdraw this service when the weather is foul.)
Terms & Conditions in full here
E-bikes: Our Picks for 2016
While we’ve been championing electric bikes at the Bike Co-op for the best part of 20 years, for spring 2016 we want to draw your attention to a couple of game changers – the latest e-bikes from Whyte and Giant.
Game Changer #1
1. Whyte Coniston
The Whyte Coniston is one of the first bikes to take advantage of STEPS (Shimano Total Electric Power System). Shimano invested three years’ intensive R&D in the creation of STEPS before releasing it to selected bicycle manufacturers. Shimano are so confident of STEPS’ reliability, they back it with a 2-year warranty (a first for e-bikes, as far as we know).
When you add Whyte’s mastery of bike frame geometry and their knack for designing bikes made to withstand the worst of British weather (see our Why We Love Whyte blog), you’ll understand why we are confident that the Whyte Coniston is going to be the most reliable e-bike to date.
Even more important perhaps, the Whyte Coniston fulfils the e-bike promise of being a blast to ride. Its ability to get you up a steep hill at 24 KPH with minimal effort will have you thinking, ‘now that’s how if feels like to ride like a pro’.
A stand-out feature of the Coniston is that, automatic power assist aside, it rides more like a normal bike than any e-bike we’ve ever tested.
Proof of the pudding is the fact that the Whyte is the first e-bike bought by one of our own staff. Even more impressive, it wasn’t one of our old codgers like Mike or Ged who bought the Coniston. It was our achingly cool 30 year old webmaster, Simon, whose main motivation was to make his daily ride to work more congenial and so effort free, he no longer needs a shower after his 20K commute.
Game Changer #2
2. Giant electric mountain bikes
Just as the Whyte Coniston rides like a Whyte Caledonian hybrid bike with free power assist, the Giant Dirt E+ is like a Giant Talon hardtail with extra oomph to make steep climbs almost as much fun as the downhills.
And to make the downhills even more of a blast, you’ve got to sample the Fox shock-equipped Giant Dirt Full E+ 1, which is every bit as able a full-susser as a Giant Anthem, but a lot less of a sweat, thanks to its Yamaha 80Nm torque motor – the smallest, lightest, quietest and highest power motor Giant have ever used on an e-bike.