Kinesis Lyfe Equipped Electric Hybrid Bike review

A fully loaded commuter bike, the Lyfe Equipped comes highly recommended

Kinesis Lyfe Equipped Electric Hybrid Bike review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

An extremely comfortable, fun ride, with practical accessories as standard. The relitively low torque EBikemotion hub means pedalling still feels natural and you'll certainly get some exercise, but the hills are less intimidating. The top tube mounted control button is a little counterintuitive, but you can pair it all to a phone or cycling computer to solve the issue. Since the ‘Equipped' pack only adds £100, it seems like a no-brainer to invest a little extra.

Reasons to buy
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    Value vs competitors

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    Lightweight vs competition

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    Mudguards and pannier rack as standard

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    Integrated lights as standard

Reasons to avoid
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    Best when paired with a cycling computer or phone for mode control

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Whilst I’ve a garage full of race-ready road bikes, there are instances where I simply want to get from A to B, ideally with as little physical exertion as possible - and an electric bike like the Lyfe Equipped is built for exactly that job. Now, pedalling a bike is never going to be as low intensity as walking - electric bikes do not do all of the work for you and if you are looking to get fit via using one, you absolutely will. The added motor just takes the sting out of the hills.

In the case of the Kinesis Lyfe, the motor lives in the rear hub. This is a popular method among some of the best electric bikes, as it keeps the overall weight of the bike relatively low and is aesthetically very subtle.

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