Budnitz Model E
The Model E proudly boasts being the world’s lightest e-bike. The titanium frame is loaded with a 250W electric motor and 160Wh battery that is packed into the hub of the rear wheel. This e-bike sports a twin-tube cantilever frame and weighs just 4lb. Every bike is custom built, so you’ll get a perfect fit. The bike offers 100 miles range and electric assist up to 15mph. What’s more, the carbon-fibre belt that replaces the chain means that the Model E is also maintenance-free.
Price: £6,650; budnitzbicycles.com
Prefer your tech more retro? Italjet, the once celebrated motorcycle manufacturer, offers a range of 1920s inspired e-bikes – and our choice is the Ascot. The vintage detail of the Ascot is remarkable. Brushed aluminium and brass sprung handlebars, leather-clad battery pack in place of a fuel tank, custom brown Kenda Flame tyres, hand-beaten mudguards and a gold chain are just some noteworthy features. Weighing in at 30kg (66lb) and hitting a 15mph (24km/h) top speed aren’t amazing specs – but just look at it. You might not be the fastest, but you’ll be the coolest.
Price: £3,500; italjetcycles.co.uk
If you are already aware of the Croatian electric supercar maker Rimac, then you can imagine how this e-bike is going to perform. This 28mph (45km/h) cruiser can cover 150 miles (200km) on a single charge. It packs a 3kWh battery, Supernova lights and custom-made pannier rack. Regarding that styling, you have the option to choose your own colour-scheme. A refined biometric sensor prevents theft and is used to activate the bike. Additionally, it can be programmed to deploy distinctive riding modes for different riders, or specific fingers for different events.
Price: around £7,120; www.greyp.com
Coboc One Soho
Looking for the ‘fixie’ of the e-bike world? The Coboc One Soho is a single-speed e-bike that manages to cloak its electric credentials. The battery and motor are hidden away in the frame. The only giveaways are the discreet on-off button and series of battery indicator LEDS in the frame. This 13.7kg bike has a claimed 50 miles (80km) maximum range. The brushed aluminium frame is finished with a lightweight carbon fibre fork, as well as retro-inspired bars and saddle from Brooks. E-bikes just got hipster cred.
Price: from £3,199; coboc.biz
Trefecta URB Speed Pedelec
This ultra-modern e-bike weighs in at 82lb thanks to an injection moulded aluminium chassis. The URB Speed Pedelec also boasts regenerative braking and 120mm of suspension travel in the front forks. Additionally, there’s a central shock absorber, carbon-fibre wheels, handlebar-mounted controls and an LCD screen. The integrated smartphone dock rounds up the rider tech. It has 100km (62 miles) of range, while the 4kW motor helps you hit a top speed of 28mph (45km/h). Best of all, it folds up to fit on the train.
Price: around £35,000; trefectamobility.com