17th January 2017

New 2018 Demo Bikes for Two Day Test Rides

e-bike hire

We’re delighted to be able to give you the opportunity to experience cycling effortlessly on an e-bike, by hiring one of our 2018 electric bike fleet for one or two days.


  1. Road bikes
  2. Mountain bikes
  3. E-commuter bikes
  4. E-mountain bikes
  5. Folding bikes
  6. ‘The bike I want to try out is not in the list’
  7. How to arrange a test ride

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Specialized Road Bikes

Specialized’s unique Future Shock suspension was a major factor that influenced Cycling Plus magazine to name the Specialized Roubaix their Road Bike of the Year 2017. Here’s your chance to try out this year’s version for yourself.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to a £2K-plus carbon Roubaix and/or you’re more interested in a gravel/cross style road bike, the big news for 2018 is that Specialized’s £1,500 Diverge E5 Comp features award winning Future Shock suspension too.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

Specialized Diverge E5 Comp 2018 Size 54 or 56cm – in stock

Specialized Diverge E5 Comp 2018

Specialized Roubaix Elite 2018 Size 54 or 56cm – in stock

Specialized Tarmac Expert SL6 2018

Prefer a no-compromise classic road bike? The Specialized Tarmac is a proven performer, which has enjoyed a complete makeover for 2108 with a more aero shape to help you maximize your speed and an even lighter weight frame for easier hill climbs.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

We’re looking forward to offering test rides on the all-new Tarmac Expert SL6 in 54cm and 56cm sizes early in the New Year (2018).

Giant and Liv Advanced Pro road bikes

Take arguably the most highly evolved full carbon frame and fork for the money. Equip it with a near-complete Shimano Ultegra groupset, and around £1,000-worth of system-built wheels with tubeless tyres. That’s how Giant create their Advanced Pro and Liv Advanced Pro road bicycles.

Giant Advanced Pro road bikes come in three distinct styles – Defy sportive road bike, TCR classic road bike and Propel aero road bike – and all three will be represented in our demo bike fleet.

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2 2018 in stock in size Medium/Large

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2 2018 in Medium – due late November 2017

Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 2018 in Medium and Medium/Large – due late November 2017

Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 2018 in Medium and Medium/Large – due late November 2017

Liv demo road bikes are due in early 2018 and we’ll be flagging up the Liv Avail Advanced Pro 1 sportive road and Langma Advanced Pro 1 classic road bike in our email news when they arrive – yet another reason to sign up for our email news.



Whyte 905


Whyte 905 2018 mountain bike

Here’s your opportunity to discover why Whyte 900-series MTBs are our best selling trail hardtails with both our staff and our customers. To ensure the best possible ride we will be setting up our test ride Whyte 905s tubeless so you can make the most of their new-for-2008 Maxxis 27.5×2.8″ Plus-size tyres. More on tubeless.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

White 905 – in stock in size Small

Sizes: Medium, Large and XL expected late January 2018.

Whyte S-150C RS

This will be your chance to try out the all-new carbon frame 150mm-travel S-150C RS (every one set up with tubeless tyres) which Whyte describe as their fastest trail bike ever.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

Sizes: Small, Medium and Large expected late January 2018.



Kalkhoff commuter e-bikes

Although we introduced them as recently as January 2017, Kalkhoff electric bikes have become our best selling commuter/hybrid/trekking e-bikes, thanks to their German engineered motors, their extended lifespan batteries (over 1,000 battery charge cycles when the industry standard is 500) and their practical fully-equipped Euro specs with integral lights, guards, rack and kickstand fitted to every model.

We’ve therefore introduced five distinct Kalkhoff e-bike models to our demo fleet to introduce you to the diversity of their range.

Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8 2018

Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8 2018

Looking for an e-bike that you can sling into the back of most cars? This is the one.

The compact frame, the 20” wheels and the Speed-lifter twist stem, which enables you to turn the bars in-line without tools, makes the Sahel a more compact e-bike.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock. The Sahel comes in one size that fits most adults.

Kalkhoff Jubilee Advanced i7 2018 Step Through

Here’s another brilliant Euro idea, Kalkhoff do really well – an extremely low step-through frames that make it a breeze to hop on and off. This Jubilee also features clean, low maintenance Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub gears and Magura hydraulic brakes.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock in size Small.

Kalkhoff Jubilee Excite i7 2018 – Step Through

Cleaner still, the Jubilee Excite features Gates belt drive, which does away with the messiest part of any bike – the oily chain.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock in size Small.

Kalkhoff Integrale Excite i8 – Men’s

With its 603Wh battery enclosed inside the frame down tube and its Impulse Evo Smart computer, which Bluetooth connects to your smart phone’s navigation app, this Shimano Alfine / Gates 8-speed is a more integrated e-bike design.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock in size Medium.

Kalkhoff Endeavour Move i9 – Step Through

Kalkhoff Endeavour Move i9 – Men’s

The Endeavour Move i9 features Kalkhoff’s smoother, quieter Impulse EVO RS motor with integrated 3Tron battery and navigation app Bluetooth compatibility.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

The Step Through Move i9 in small and the Men’s Move i9 in Medium are due to arrive in early 2018.

Whyte electric commuter bikes

Whyte ‘acoustic’ commuter bikes have long been our best selling hybrid bikes. Integrating a Shimano STEPS motor (generally rated as the most natural e-bike power assist system) into this already proven design makes for the easiest riding everyday bike.

Whyte Coniston 2018

Whyte Coniston Women’s 2018

Whyte Coniston 2018 electric bike
Rolling on wide 700×35 tyres and coming with suspension forks, the Coniston e-bike isn’t just for commuting. It’s equally comfortable and capable on dirt road detours too. Read our Simon’s review on the delights of owning a Whyte Coniston.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

The unisex Coniston is in stock in size Large

The women’s/compact version is in stock in size Small

Whyte Clifton 2018
Whyte Highgate Compact 2018

With its rigid carbon fork the Clifton and Highgate are more flatbar road bike in style than the Coniston. Their 650×47 tyres more than compensate for the lack of suspension forks when roads and tracks are less than smooth. Read this great customer review of the Clifton.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

A demo Highgate is in stock in Medium.
A medium Clifton demo bike is due later this month (November 2017).

Specialized Electric Commuter Bikes

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 2018
Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Women’s 2018

Specialized Vado 4.0 2018 electric bike

Powered by the same 90Nm German engineered motor that helped make the Specialized Turbo Levo our stand-out 2017 e-MTB line, you can be confident that the futuristic Vado has the power, the speed and the range to help make your commutes a highlight of every day.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

The Turbo Vado Women’s demo bike is in stock in Medium.
The Men’s version in Large.

Specialized Turbo Como 5.0

With its high bars, step-through unisex frame and its 650b x 2.3” tyres, the brand new Turbo Como offers you a cruiser bike-like comfort ride, turbo charged with a super smooth-operating motor that will have you grinning up the steepest climbs.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

We’re expecting this bike in both sizes (S/M and L/XL) later this month – November 2017.



Merida Electric Mountain Bikes

Merida eOne-Sixty 900e 2018

Merida eOne Sixty 900e 2018 electric mountain bike

Fancy trying out the trail bike that Dirt magazine hailed as the best e-mountain bike they’ve ever tested?

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock in both medium and large sizes.

Specialized Electric Mountain Bikes

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Comp Carbon 6Fattie/29 2018

450g lighter than the alloy version, thanks to its carbon main frame, and 15% more powerful than last year’s Levo FSR Comp, Specialized take their 150mm-travel e-MTB to a new level.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

In stock in Medium.
We’re expecting a Large one in December 2017.

Specialized Turbo Kenevo FSR Expert 6Fattie 2018

The all-new 180mm-travel Kenevo is like a Turbo-charged version of Specialized’s legendary Enduro trail bike. Specialized are proud to clam that this is the only trail e-MTB that offers instant pedal engagement and consistent torque across the entire cadence range.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

Both Medium and Large sizes are on order and due to arrive January 2018.



Tern Vectron S10 2018

Tern Vektron electric folding bike

Your opportunity to try out our first ever Bosch-powered folding e-bike.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

Test ride bike in stock. The Tern Vectron comes in one size that fits most adults.


Have you ever wondered why Brompton owners go starry eyed when talking about their folding bikes? Find out for yourself by arranging a test rides, long or short, from our three branches that stock Brompton Bikes: Leeds, Aberdeen and Canonmills, Edinburgh.

Availability for 2-day demo ride

These models are in stock for test rides:

Brompton M6R with classic upright bars, 6-speed gears, mudguards and rack

Brompton S2L Titanium with titanium forks and stays, straight bars, 2-speed gears and mudguards

Brompton Bags

Brompton front bags, designed to be clipped to the front of the bike, are almost as ingenious as the bikes themselves. That’s why we have demo Brompton bags which you can try out along with a Brompton demo bike. If you already own a Brompton we can even lend you a Carrier Block for fitting a borrowed bag.

Availability for demo ride

Brompton O Bag, C Bag or Roll Top Bag from our Leeds and our Canonmills Edinburgh shops

Brompton Electric

Contender for our ‘most eagerly awaited bike ever’ award, the Brompton Electric

isn’t even in production yet, but we have one pre-production model at our Canonmills Edinburgh shop that you can take out for a quick spin. More on this.



Our biggest suppliers – Specialized, Whyte, Giant and Liv – carry extensive demo bike fleets. If you’re seriously interested in trying out one of their bicycles in a specific size, we will do all we can to source the bike so you can enjoy a 2-day test ride.

7. Arranging A Ride


  • If you only have the time or inclination for a short ride of say, 15 minutes, just pop in to any of our shops. No booking required.
  • All we ask is that you bring along photo id (passport or driving licence) and leave your bank card in our safekeeping while you go out for the ride


  • Advance booking is required
  • Pop into your local Bike Co-op branch or phone us on 0131 331 5010
  • We’ll then arrange to have the demo bike of your choice checked over and ready to go from your local Bike Co-op shop on a mutually convenient date.


  • Photo id (driving licence or passport) and your bank details.
  • 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 1-day hire (from 9am – 6pm) or £100 for a 2-day hire (9am through to 6pm on day two).
  • Special Offer: When you return the bike in good condition, we will reward you with a £50 gift voucher (if you booked for one day) or £100 gift voucher (if you booked for two days.) This makes our two-day e-bike hire effectively free – not to be used in conjunction with other special offers.


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6 comments on “New 2018 Demo Bikes for Two Day Test Rides

  1. Nigel Kat on


    Will you rent me a decent, geared e-bike, suitable for city use, for 5 days in Edinburgh 19-24 August, please?


    Many thanks,


    • Web Master on

      Hi Nigel, unfortunately we don’t rent out bikes, but we do provide Demo Bikes for a maximum 2-day test ride. It involves a £100 downpayment which will be returned to you in the form of a Co-op voucher. Best, Simon

  2. Claire on

    I am interested in trying out a step through e bike. Can you let me know a bit more about how this works.
    Are there restricted days for the trial?
    Do I have to collect the bike in person, or could I send someone else collect it by car for me?


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