First look: Ducati e-Scrambler review

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The e-Scrambler from Ducati was a gateway into electric bikes for Janet Bradford 

Reasons to buy
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    Plenty of ride modes

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    Bike's weight unnoticeable when riding

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    Comfortable saddle

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    Plenty of range

Reasons to avoid
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    Wanted a step-through frame

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    Didn't beat my son on a hill climb!

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    Digital dashboard not intuitive

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Janet Bradford hadn't cycled for years until she had the opportunity to try Ducati's e-Scrambler. Here she outlines her experience of getting back in the saddle. This isn't a comprehensive review, as you'd expect from a member of our Cycling Weekly Tech Team, but instead a look at the experience of getting back on a bike after a long absence - and how a little added boost influenced that experience... 

I'd been saying for years that an e-bike was just what I needed. At my age, 68, with a history of sciatic trouble – leaving me with long-term weakness in one leg – plus various niggling aches, pains and stiffnesses, a little bit of pedalling assistance wasn’t merely a preference but an absolute necessity. It was the only way I’d be able to ride any substantial distance.

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