TV shopping channel Ideal World has launched the G-Tech e-bike, with a price tag of £925. We’ve tested a few e-bikes now at Cycling Weekly. Most are priced at £2000 plus, although the Juicy Roller e-bike, which we found to be very powerful and a great ride, came in at £1455. So an e-bike at this price looks like a bit of a bargain.
The G-Tech bike comes in two models: the Sport has a frame with a top tube while the City has a step-through frame and a usual price quoted at £995, discounted to the £925 figure. You can also buy the e-bike in instalments, with one option being four payments of £231.25.
Both models have a quoted range of up to 30 miles from their down tube mounted 2000Wh lithium ion batteries. Ideal World suggests that an average weight rider who is reasonably fit should achieve at least 20 miles on roads with moderate undulations, without having to pedal very hard. The 30 mile figure requiring a bit more fitness – and pedalling.
Ideal World quotes a weight for the G-Tech e-bike of 16kg. The 36 Volt electric motor is mounted in the rear hub and there is button controlled selection between the two available gears.
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The e-bikes have a maintenance-free carbon belt drive from the single chainring and come with V-type rim brakes. The G-Tech bike’s battery is removable for charging, but comes with a key to lock it to the frame. Ideal World states that the e-bike has puncture resistant hybrid tyres with a Kevlar puncture resistant belt built into them.