7 of the best bikes with Gates Carbon Belt Drive

It's easy to be drawn to a bike with Gates Carbon Belt Drive. Maybe it's the promise of many maintenance-free miles ahead or even something as simple as the belt's clean, oil-free drive. It could be the clean lines of the bike or the fact that Gates belts are often quieter to ride than a traditional chain.

As a specialist in urban bikes, whether that be electric or non-electric we've long been a proponent of Gates so thought it would be worth putting together a list of some of our favourite bikes. At the time of writing, bikes like this are very hard to come by so if you spot one in stock, we'd suggest you don't hang around!

Before tucking into our list, take a deeper-dive into Gates Carbon Belt Drive with: An Absolute Belter an explainer on why and how you can break free of the traditional bike chain.

Schindelhauer Heinrich or Hannah Enviolo Electric Bike

First up it's an electric bike from a brand that's synonymous with Gates Carbon Drive. German brand Schindelhauer equips every bike they sell with a belt drive, tethering it to a gearing system that fits the purpose of a particular bike. Whether that's a simple, single-speed sprocket, a classic Shimano hub gear, an innovative Pinion gearbox, or as in this bike, a dreamy Enviolo automatic shifting system.

The Schindelhauer Heinrich Enivolo, and its sister bike, the Hannah, are a wonderful example of today's urban e-bike. It uses Gates CDX components (rather than CDN) which are made to take on the rigours of riding day in day out, perhaps in all weathers - the rest of the bike is certainly set up for it, what with mudguards front and rear, lights and those tasty, chunky tan-wall tyres.

Best for: City schlepping at your own pace

Schindelhauer Heinrich Electric Bike. RRP: £4995

BMC Alpenchallenge ONE Urban Bike

Moving onto something simpler, non-electric but equally as suited to urban riding, perhaps just at a faster pace. A bike brand with notoriety in the road cycling world, BMC's Alpenchallenge selection of bikes are built for sloshing around towns and cities at a decent lick. The ONE version is built with Gates CDX components combined with a Shimano Alfine 8-speed gear. With semi-slick 35mm continental tyres, mudguards and a kickstand, it'd be a solid choice for commuters.

Best for: Commuting short to medium distances, fast

BMC Alpenchallenge ONE Urban Bike. RRP: £1150

Tern GSD S00 Electric Cargo Bike

Back to electric this time, but not just any e-bike, this is Tern's electric cargo platform the GSD - the S00 to be precise. Like the Schindelhauer above, the GSD S00 pairs the silent, smooth and virtually maintenance-free Gates CDX belt, accompanying chainring and sprocket, with an Enviolo hub gear system. Predominantly designed for use in an around town, ferrying toddlers or teabags, the GSD pairs well with Gates. A GSD is likely to be ridden every day in all weathers or relied on by families or businesses as a mode of transport. We've jotted down some more information about the Tern GSD range, read The updated Tern GSD e-cargo bike. What you need to know

Best for: The weekly supermarket trip, the school run - anything you'd usually do with a car or public transport

Tern GSD S00 Electric Cargo Bike. RRP: £5500

Marin Presidio Urban Bike

Similar in design and execution to the BMC Alpenchallenge, the Marin Presidio 3 has long been a benchmark for a value-for-money urban bike with Gates Belt Drive. It uses Gates CDN components rather than the more expensive Gates CDX, but still promises 1,000's of riding miles before anything will need replacing. Much like the BMC, you're looking at a bike with an 8-speed hub gear. The Presidio has narrower tyres than the BMC so maybe a tad less versatile, although it has the requisite mounts for mudguards and a pannier rack.

Best for: Enjoying the benefits of Gates at a smaller cost

Marin Presidio 3 Urban Bike. RRP: £995

Gazelle Chamonix C5 HMS Electric Bike

The e-bike's adjustable handlebar, seatpost suspension, 40mm front suspension and 5-speed gearing point towards its intended use as a relaxed commuter or a bike to enjoy a sedate ride at the weekend. Although pictured as a step-through frame above, the Chamonix is also available as a classic crossbar frame - there's even a version with a long-lasting battery if that would suit you better. The Gates systems won't require much maintenance of course, and it's actually a tad lighter than a traditional chain - another benefit of Gates Carbon Belt drive to be aware of.

Best for: Riding in comfort

Gazelle Chamonix C5 HMS Electric Bike. RRP: From £2999

ARCC Abington Urban Bike

Available in a whole host of colours and other various builds, the steel-framed Abington from ARCC is hand brazed in Blighty before being built up with Gates parts. A dependable, well-thought-through bike on its own, ARCC's pièce de résistance is its retrofit electric bike system. Purchased separately, or as a complete package, the ARCC system weighs under 3kg and uses widely available batteries for easy charging. Take a closer look at the ARCC e2-pod Intelligent Drive System if you wish. ARCC finish the Abington off with a comfortable Brooks saddle and Schwalbe Marathon tyres.

Best for: Promoting British manufacturing and ingenuity

ARCC Abington Urban Bike. RRP: £1499

Tern Verge S8i Folding Bike

Last but not least, the final bike in our list of the best bikes with Gates Belt Drive is the Tern Verge S8i folding bike. It's quite unusual to find a folding bike with Gates, but Tern has deployed the system alongside a bike that folds small and rides just as well as a bike that doesn't. Like the BMC, the Marin and the ARCC, this bike has an 8 speed Shimano hub gear fitted to a Gates CDX rear sprocket. Tern hasn't forgone any other on-bike features either - the S8i has hydraulic disc brakes, mudguards and a pannier rack.

Best for: Super commuters and those who travel

Tern Verge S8i Folding Bike. RRP: £2100

Here endeth the list of our favourite bikes with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive. If you like the sound of a belt-driven bike and have some more questions we're just an email or phone call away, alternatively pop it in the comments below and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. You'll find a selection of bikes with Gates in every Velorution store.

Coming soon: Gocycle G4, G4i and G4+

This week Gocycle took the sheet (OK, a small pillowcase!) off their new electric bike platform, the G4. The teaser image offers a preview of the G4’s new carbon front fork built around a brand new motor system.

There will be three models in the range, the G4, G4i and G4+ all of which promise to continue Gocycle's design approach which focuses on lightweight performance and automotive-inspired design. 

Richard Thorpe, designer, founder and head-honcho of Gocycle, said: “It’s been more than a decade since we launched the iconic G1 Gocycle in 2009. Our generation four Gocycle range not only sets a new standard for Gocycle but will raise the for all folding electric bikes."

He continues: "What’s really exciting to me is that Gocycle G4 folding electric bike has the potential to challenge traditional non-folding e-bikes as well. When it comes to storage and security, there’s no compromise with a fast e-folder and Gocycle’s acclaimed riding dynamics just got even better with G4!  It’s the most significant step change in development we have ever made and I cannot wait to reveal more details!”

The exact specification of the new bikes will be released on the 1st March and of course, we'll be letting you know then how you can get your hands on one.

What to look for in a folding electric bike

Easy to store, small enough to fit on a car or train and most of importantly, good fun to ride, we do love an e-folder (suggestions on other nicknames welcome!) at Velorution and we think you will too.  If you want to take the plunge and buy an electric folding bike, but you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, this buyer’s guide should, like a sheepdog, round you up and point you in the right direction.

We won't cover the exact ins and outs of electric bikes in this journal so it would be remiss of us not to point you in the direction of another of our guides. Take two steps back with our introduction to electric bikes, read and move one step forward!

Two Brompton electric bikes being ridden

Why buy an electric folding bike

Before we get stuck into the what, let’s look at why electric folding bikes might appeal.

  • Enjoy helping hand on your daily commute: Having a battery and motor fitted to your bike means you can commute without fear of overdoing it a climb or arriving at the office hot and bothered.
  • Hop on a train, hail a cab – it’s easy with an electric folding bike: Packed commuter trains or the boot of an Uber – not places you’re going to fit a full-sized electric bike easily. An electric folding bike adapts to your day, going everywhere you go. 
  • Remove the threat of theft: Unfortunately, bike theft is a blight on UK cities and with safe locking spaces often at a premium it can be a worry leaving your pride and joy out in the open. An electric bike, with all its gizmos and high price tag, is an attractive option for light-fingered ne'er do wells. Folding electric bikes, irrespective of how compact they fold, are far easier to take with you – slot one under the table at the pub, in your friend’s hall or just inside the door at your local convenience store.
  • If you’re short of space on the train, at home or work: There’s no getting away from it, electric bicycles can be cumbersome things! When the cupboard under the stairs or even your spare bedroom doesn’t have enough room for a bike, an electric folding bike really comes into its own. They’re ideal for workspaces too, less likely to bother colleagues if they’re stored under your desk than propped up against Jonathan and Andy's favourite place for their Monday morning sales meeting.

Electric folding bike differences

Ready to weigh up some options? Here are some folding electric bike attributes you should consider before making a purchase. Oh and at this point, it's worth mentioning that all folding e-bikes we've ever come across are sold in one frame size. Just make sure you fit within the suggested height range listed by the manufacturer.

Brompton Electric Bolt Blue stationary with a female rider
  • Foldability. Perhaps the most crucial attribute of an electric folding bike is its fold. Make a note of how compact your chosen model folds and how that compares to the space or spaces you’re going to store it in. Most manufacturers list bike's folded dimensions. Most models will fold at the handlebar, at the main frame and the best e-folders will come with folding pedals to further reduce their bulk. Some folding mechanisms can be more user-friendly than others, so we’d recommend seeing one in the flesh to get familiar with the process. At the very least head over to YouTube to see it demoed by someone else. Remember you could be doing this in a hurry as you try and catch the 07:05 to Kings Cross.
  • Wheel Size. Most folding e-bikes are designed around a 20” wheel. Smaller than full-size wheels, they are lighter and more compact when folded, but they won’t gather much momentum on the road when you get up to speed. Do bear in mind that larger, faster-rolling wheels will come at the price of overall bike foldability.
  • Weight. Now we’re getting to the nub of the matter - an electric folding bike’s weight could be a deal-breaker. If you can’t lift it onto a train, let alone up your office or apartment stairs, the bike might not be for you. Some models like the Gocycle GX make use of their wheels, helping the rider wheel the bike along when folded, whilst other bikes, like the Brompton Electric, are specced with a removable battery, great if you want a temporary reduction in overall weight.
  • Electric System, Battery and Range. The most expensive part of an electric folding bike is it's motor and battery. The majority of electric folding bikes use a motor in the hub of a wheel rather than a motor at the bike's crank - this way it doesn't affect the bike's ability to fold. To understand more about this, read our electric bike motors explained journal. Bigger batteries offer a larger riding range but to the detriment of overall bike weight. We’d suggest calculating the distance of your typical bike ride and see whether your chosen e-bike’s range is enough to cover that between charges.
  • Accessories. Some bikes are sold as a complete package, a rack, mudguards, front and rear lights, kickstand – the lot! If you want to make an electric folding bike part of your everyday life - come day or night, rain or shine - then it’s a sensible idea to purchase a fully-equipped model.

Best Electric Folding Bikes 2021

Brompton Folding Electric Bike

Brompton Electric bike unfolded and folded

Easily the smallest bike in our list when folded, the Brompton electric is based on the British brand's 'known-the-world-over' traditional folding bike. Available to purchase in a variety of build options (colour, gears and handlebar type are the main variables) the bike features a removable battery pack mounted to the bike's headtube.

RRP: From £2725

Gocycle GX Folding Electric Bike

Gocycle GX electric bike unfolded and fodled

The Gocycle GX is easily folded in a matter of moments making it a breeze to carry upstairs, wheel into a lift or slot next to an office plug for a charge. When folded the bike measures in at a paltry 83cm long, 39cm wide and 75cm high. And if you don't fancy folding the bike, an integrated kickstand will keep the GX rubber side down! Available in three frame colours, the GX keeps things clean and maintenance-free by enclosing its drivetrain.

RRP: £2899

Carbo Model X Folding Electric Bike

Carbo Model X electric bike folded and unfolded

A recent addition to our e-bike selection at Velorution, Carbo are, as the name suggests, are a range of carbon-framed electric bikes. Incredibly lightweight, they're an excellent choice if folded portability is your number one buying criteria. The Model X featured here is a single speed bike which uses a clean belt drive - just the thing for riding across flat urban landscapes. A traditional geared option with a chain, the Model S, is also available for cyclists who live in hillier areas. We've written about Carbo folding electric bikes in greater detail.

RRP: £2099

Tern Vektron S10 Folding Electric Bike

Tern Vektron S10 electric bike folded and unfolded

The feather in the Vektron's cap is its Bosch Performance Line Motor, placed at the bike's crank, rather than in a hub of a wheel like the other bikes listed above. With its standard 400Wh battery, the bike is capable of being ridden 100km before a re-charge - no range anxiety here thank you - and that motor placement means it should feel normal to ride. The bike is loaded with extras too - pannier rack, mudguards, kickstand, front and rear lights, they're all present and correct.

RRP: £3600

Here endeth our guide to folding electric bikes. Did we miss something, ask away in the comments below.

Electric, Foldable, Carbon. A closer look at CARBO bikes

Your electric folding bike shopping list might look something like this. One, the bike must offer a decent riding range when using electric assistance - enough to nip too and from the office, maybe. Two, it should fold to a compact size - small enough for a pokey cupboard or under a cluttered desk. Three, it will be light enough to carry up stairs, lift onto a train or into a car boot or campervan. Enter then, a trio of carbon-framed electric folding bikes from CARBO, a team of electric and cycling enthusiasts who launched via a successful Indiegogo crowdfund in 2018. Velorution is delighted to be able to bring you both the Carbo Model X and Carbo Model S folding e-bikes and thought a closer look at the bikes was in order. Read on...

Electric

Diving straight in with the electric system Carbo has selected for their bikes. In a sentence, you're looking at an e-bike with a Bafang motor in the rear wheel, paired with a Samsung battery located in the bike's seatpost. The Bafang motor has a power rating of 250 watts and a torque output of 45 newton meters. To deliver the correct amount of power from the motor, Carbo has fitted every bike with a torque and pedal assist sensor - a complicated way of saying that the system recognises how hard you're pedaling and adapts the level of assistance to match. For more on this topic, our Electric bike motors explained article might be worth a look.

And what of the e-bike's battery? Carbo has carefully inserted a lithium-ion Samsung battery in the bike's seatpost which offers enough juice to the motor for 20-40 miles riding. And because each Carbo is extremely light (more on this later) if you do run out of battery the bike shouldn't feel like a drag to ride. Included with every bike is standard 2amp charger. Connect it to the charging point under the nose of the bike's saddle and it'll be charged from flat in as little as 4 hours. That's not to say you must charge the battery on the bike - just slide the battery and seatpost out to charge it at a more convenient electric outlet.

A display unit on the bike's handlebar displays relevant riding information but also allows the rider to cycle through five riding modes. Assistance off, ECO, Tour, Sport and Turbo, plus there’s a walk mode too, ideal for wheeling the bike through a train station welcome hall, say. Carbo has cunningly added a standard USB charging port under the rear of the saddle, just the ticket if you're desperately scrolling through LinkedIn whilst waiting for a train and your smartphone battery is verging on empty.

Foldable

And now, Carbo's fold, a simple process that should take all of 30 seconds. Simply push the bike's seatpost down, fold the handlebar and pull the latch on the mainframe and it's done. Once folded the bike's dimension is 80cm high, 60cm in length and 33cm in width - hopefully, that's compact enough for your cupboard of doom or narrow enough for a hallway. We'd argue that it was it plenty small enough to fit in the boot of the latest Volkswagen Golf with room to spare, or popped in the Cross Country train luggage compartment.

For reference, we've listed the folded dimensions of some other popular folding electric bikes below.

Carbon

The third and final feather in Carbo's cap is its carbon frame construction. Aerospatial grade carbon fibre from Japan is manufactured using the latest bonding techniques to form an ultra-light, yet solid frame. Light enough in fact that the 13.3kg Model X (single-speed belt drive) fights for the title of the world's lightest folding electric bike. The Model S (9-speed derailleur) nudges the scales just a tad further at 15.3kg.

We've listed the total weight of some other popular folding electric bikes below.

What else?

It would be remiss of us not to draw your attention to some other standout points of each Carbo bike. Sold in a single size to fit riders from 4'10" to 6'5", Carbo has designed their frames with a very low standover height, making it easy for riders of any height to pop in and out of the saddle easily. And speaking of comfort, with a flick and a flourish of a quick-release lever, it's a straightforward task to adjust the seatpost and handlebar to meet your riding requirements. The bikes 20" wheels are shod with wide Schwalbe tyres which include puncture protection and reflective outer casings ideal for riding in town day and night. Speaking of which there's an integrated front light on each bike, powered by the on-board battery. Meanwhile, disc brakes, with standard 160mm rotors, help bring the bike to a stop quickly and safely.

That brings our review of Carbo folding electric bikes to a close. If you've got a question about the bikes, ask away in the comments below. See a Carbo folding electric bike in the flesh for yourself at a Velorution store.

A (last minute) Christmas Gift Guide for 2020

If you’ve been asking ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ for the last two months and have gotten nowhere, you might be starting to get a bit of a panic on about your pressies this year. We’re not saying that Christmas should be all about what’s under the tree (if there's anything 2020 has taught us, it may well be that!) but there's nothing wrong with pleasing a loved one this year with something they'll cherish!

So why not pop on some Bublé, pour yourself a mulled beverage and have a quick spin through a selection of gifts for all budgets. And if the mood takes you, our gifts selection contains a deeper array of favourites for this time of the year. Oh and one final thing before we get stuck in, our Christmas delivery information is but just a click away, whilst our seasonal opening hours are on this page.

Thousand Urban Helmet

Taking design cues from the 50's and 60's, Thousand have made an urban helmet that you'll acutally want to wear. Not necessarily the most aerodynamic, nor extremely low in weight, what Thousand lose in that regard they more than make up for in the safety, style and feature stakes.

Every Thousand helmet features a ratchet fit system to get the perfect fit, a soft, vegan leather strap and a clever magentic buckle to hold it in place. There's even a little section of the helmet that pops out to allow a bicycle lock to slot through it!

Price: From £79

Spurcycle Bicycle Bell

It's hard to put your finger on it, but there is something quite festive about the tinkle of a bicycle bell. A bestseller at any time of the year, but certainly around Christmas, the Spurcycle Bell is a premium bell with a ring that should easily outlast the worst Christmas cracker joke.

Made in the USA from brass and stainless steel, each bell is guaranteed for life. They should also fit most standard handlebar sizes. For now we only have stock of the Raw version, but we're hoping a drop of the black edition will be with us very, very soon - hopefully in time to be with you before Christmas!

Price: From £44.99

Beryl Laserlight Core Front Light (and Pixel Front/Rear light)

Yet another trip to pick up a click and collect food order, a trip into town to drop something at a friends or just another late night at work. If you’re riding a bike in December, or in the dark at any time of year for that matter, you’ll be needing a reliable set of bicycle lights.

Since 2012, forward-thinking, B-corp certified, Beryl has been producing innovative, lust-worthy bike lights. Their latest creation, the Laserlight Core emits a bright, 400-lumen beam and here’s the neat bit, a laser image of a bike on the road ahead so drivers know you’re coming. With up to 41 hours of run time on a single charge, you won’t be fretting if you get waylaid for yet more festive nibbles and the sun is starting to set. For those gift searches on a smaller budget, give the Beryl Pixel – two lights in one – a look-see. Used as a flashing rear, or a secondary front light, the Pixel can be easily attached to a rucksack, saddlebag, helmet or jacket.  

Price: £70 (Pixel: £19.99)

Portland Design Works Bottle Cage

A PDW bottle cage is a small cycling component, much like the Spurcycle Bell, that shouldn't escape your attention. Formed from a strong alloy compound, each cage is capable of holding a 500ml or 750ml bottle in a strong grip.

If the Sparrow shape doesn't take your eye there's an Owl version, whilst for feline fans the Lucky Cat bottle cage should hit the right note.

Price: From £19.99

Gocycle GX Folding Electric Bike

Electric, electric, electric - it's not just your boiler or your car that is going electric, bikes are muscling in on the green, electric revolution too, and why not? It wouldn't be over stating things by saying that Coronavirus has changed travel habits for good and the e-bike offers an excellent alternative to the car or public transport, both for city folk and commuters alike. A unique proposition, and a popular one at that, is the Gocycle GX folding electric bike.

Sleek, stylish and designed to be folded in less than 10 seconds, it is the perfect set of wheels for urban living. The GX isn't just great to ride because of it's electric assistance. Ergonomic and comfortable grips are mated to a 3-speed mechanical twist shifter, making cruising around town, changing gear when you need to, extremely easy. The Gocycle GX is available in three colours and is stocked in every Velorution store. Electric bikes can need a bit of explaining. A good place to start is our introduction to electric bikes.

Price: £2899

Reid E4 Plus Electric Scooter

Another item getting the electric treatment is the humble scooter, a geniune alternative to a bike in town (although it is worth stating that in many UK cities scooters are being trialled, but under current UK law they must only be used on private property only and should never be used on the road). This Reid E4 Plus electric scooter has 350W motor and various riding modes to help you save battery when the need arises!

Complete with intergrated suspension the scooter even has an accompanying app offering enhanced features such as journey tracking, light customisation, speedometer and other bits! The Reid is your ticket to escape great aunt Audrey or another two hours of Macaulay Culkin on ITV4. 

Price: £550

Chrome Industries Yalta 3.0 Roll Top

One last gift for you to ogle over and it's from our American friends, Chrome Industries. The Yalta 3.0 is 26L rolltop backpack which is completely waterproof thanks to its durable sailcloth material. The bag is capable of stowing a 15" laptop, but there's also two side pockets and a further two extra valuables pockets inside. Whilst accessing the bag can be done from the top, a side zip the length of the bag, helps you delve in to find a cherished item buried within.

But one of the most intruiging features of the Yalta is the inclusion of a further liner inside the bag. When not in use it sits happily in the rolltop closure, but open it out and it can be used as an extra liner to the main bag or simply as a tote bag for carrying some shopping. The cycling experts at road.cc gave it 9/10 when they had it in for review.

Price: £160

Other things that caught our eye 

And finally, because Christmas isn't all about bikes, bells and bags we've collated a selection of other odds and ends that's piqued our interest this festive season. First up, its Canopy Plants, run in Peckham by Saskia and James. They offer a startling arrange of plants for your home or workplace (hold on, isn't that the same thing?!) available individually, or as part of a subscription package. Their packaging is 100% sustainable cardboard and they even use potato starch bags when wrapping the plants for delivery!

Sticking with a sustainable theme, take a gander at KanKan and their range of body and hand washes available in 'infinitely recyclable' aluminium cans. We like! Meanwhile, Desmond & Dempsey, with their luxury pyjamas have us craving for yet more sofa time (What? You've had enough?!) at Christmas. Indeed, as their homepage states at the time of writing, "There’s a time and place for belts and jeans and it’s not in the presence of pudding."

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a good book to thumb through and our selection is back on the cycling theme. Lacourseentete is a collective of some of the best cycling scribes in the land, and their Racing In The Time Of Covid aims to top and tail the whirlwind that was the 2020 road cycling season.

So there you have it – some of our best gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to pick up something they’ll (or you'll!) love this year.

The updated Tern GSD e-cargo bike. What you need to know

The original Tern GSD electric cargo bike, released in 2017 received rave reviews. It was an Earl Grey IPA amongst a litany of tasteless lagers; unlike anything else and good fun when you tried it. It used the latest (and best) e-bike tech of the time, it was like a smartphone of the twenty-tens, not your 2003 Nokia 3310. And that's not forgetting then GSD's big selling point - it was practical, like a favourite waterproof jacket. It kept you dry in winter, but it wasn't too hot for summer showers. It had plenty of pockets, a hood and a stuff sack. Oh no, it certainly wasn't an early boil-in-the-bag waterproof. In summer 2020, Tern announced that generation two of the GSD was on the way and with the bikes inching their way to us at Velorution its time to take a closer look. 

Tern GSD logo on the GSD frame

What is the Tern GSD?

The GSD is a long-tailed electric cargo bike which uses a Bosch Cargo Line motor and runs on 20" wheels. The bicycle is semi-foldable and can be stored vertically, thanks to a flat-ended rear rack. Let's not beat around the bush. The Tern GSD is the best grocery-carrying, child-ferrying, car-replacing electric cargo bike available today. 

Tern GSD R14 Electric Cargo Bike

What's new with the Tern GSD 2.0? 

Because the first edition of the GSD was so complete, so well-received it was going to be quite a challenge to make the new bike any better, but there's little doubt Tern have done just that. We've broken down the new features of the Tern GSD into four... 

Tern GSD Generation 2 Frame

A redesigned frame: Although it may look similar to the first edition of the GSD, the new bike is stronger than its predecessor with a larger carrying capacity. Reinforced tubing offers extra rigidity when the natural side-to-side motion of pedalling takes effect - a feature if you're riding the bike fully loaded you'll be thankful for. Speaking of riding the bike with extra luggage, the GSD is now rated up to a total weight of 200kg! That's more than enough for your average adult, two children and a few odds and ends.

Don't just take our word for it either. Tern submitted the GSD to EFBE Pruftechnik, a strictly neutral and independent German testing facility. EFPE put a bike through hundreds of thousands of multi-directional stress cycles, simulating pedalling and breaking simultaneously for example. In 2020, EFPE established a new standard for cargo bikes and you'll be pleased to know that the GSD (and it's sister the HSD) passed.

Tern has also tweaked the bike's geometry to make the bike more comfortable too. A higher handlebar and slacker seat tube angle makes it comfortable to rider irrespective of whether you're a jockey or an NBA professional. The exact rider height recommendations quoted from Tern are 150cm to 195cm.

Updated e-bike tech: All GSD models now use Bosch's Cargo Line motor, a system which packs a punch - up to 85nm of torque and a dizzying 400% extra support on top of your pedalling power. That's a sackful of power to get you rolling from a stationary start and a boatload of grunt to get you over sharp inclines with your two children in tow. Get 'under the hood' of Bosch's electric bike systems in our journal piece

Bosch Cargo Line on the Tern GSD R14 Electric Cargo Bike

Refined on-bike features: Alongside that new frame and Bosch Cargo line motor Tern have revised a large number of other features on the GSD. Starting with the bike's fork. Every bike now runs a custom SR Suntour suspension fork (opposed to a rigid fork on the first edition GSD) with 70mm travel - an extra soupcon of riding comfort.

There's a new double kickstand with auto-lock and quick release to give the bike a stable platform when stationary and enclosed rear wheels to protect you and your passengers from road spray. New passenger footplates, wheel locks on every model and updated luggage options illustrate that Tern has left no stone unturned in their quest to improve the GSD. 

New top-of-the-range option: All told there are five tiers of GSD and sitting pretty atop those bikes is the Tern GSD R14. It's equipped two 500Wh batteries for extra riding range, a Rohloff speedhub gearing, Gates belt drive, suspension seatpost and premium lighting. Tasty.

New accessories: Tern has also released a new range of accessories for the Generation 2 - the most exciting of which is the Tern Clubhouse Fort. Designed to fit two children and protect them the elements as you ride. All told four products complete the Tern Clubhouse Fort: The Clubhouse+Storm Box, Storm Shield and Sidekick Wide Decks. Each is sold individually helping you to mix and match to your daily or weekly riding requirements.

A complete guide to the Tern GSD range

Tern GSD S10

Starting things off is the GSD S10. All the new GSD features are present and correct - the suspension fork, the new foot plates, the enclosed rear wheel and the uprated kickstand. This bike uses a 400Wh battery (there's a port to add a second battery if you wish) and 10 speed Shimano Deore gearing. Overall bike weight is 33.58kg. 

Price: £4,500

Tern GSD S10 Electric Cargo Bike

Tern GSD S10 LX

The LX version of the S10 steps things up with a 500Wh battery, suspension seatpost and a more powerful 700-lumen front light, opposed to a 190 lumen light on the standard S10. The bike weighs in at 33.58kg.

Price: £5,000

Tern GSD S10 LX Electric Cargo Bike

Tern GSD S00

For a cleaner, oil-free ride, the GSD S00 and it's sister bike the S00 LX ditch the traditional bike chain for a Gates belt with an Enviolo SP hub gear alongside. This model runs a 500Wh battery and weighs in at 34.98kg. 

Price: £5,500

Tern GSD S00 Electric Cargo Bike

Tern GSD S00 LX

The S00 LX also weighs 34.98kg. Again powered by a 500Wh battery it adds a suspension seatpost and the uprated front light.  

Price: TBC

Tern GSD S00 LX Electric Cargo Bike

Tern GSD R14 

We touched on this model above - the GSD R14 rolls away from the factory with not one, but two 500Wh batteries, that Rohloff hub and all the accoutrements you'll probably ever need. Those two 500Wh batteries are good for 128 miles before they'll need a charge! This bike tips the scales at 37.26kg. 

Price: £8,200

Tern GSD R14 Electric Cargo Bike

That's our wrap up of the new Tern GSD. Selected Tern GSD models can now be pre-ordered online for store collection or purchased via one of our four Velorution stores. Pictured throughout this article is the Tern GSD R14. We're here to help with any additional questions you may have about the GSD, drop it in the comments below or send us an email: [email protected]

Velorutionaries – Viv Lawrence

Velorutionaries aims to tell one person's cycling story, with a foray into their passions and finally, a glance at the bike they ride. This time it's photographer Viv Lawrence and his Schindelhauer Heinrich electric bike in the spotlight...

What do you do for a living?

I am a photographer specialising in photographing artworks and I also help artists who need the records of their work updated. Old ‘analogue’ film stock - negatives and transparencies - deteriorate even if they are stored correctly so I transfer this into the more permanent digital format. There is usually a lot of restoration to do along the way which I enjoy. 

What are you passionate about?

I trained at art school and then went to the Royal College of Art to study printmaking. Still images have special power because they exist in time and space, so in our seasonal and continually changing world, they are evergreen.

Artistic and creative endeavour is a conversation with the world that anyone can join in and I never tire of this conversation, revisiting galleries to look again at familiar pictures or attending exhibitions to see what has been newly created. 

How long have you been a cyclist?

I can’t remember NOT being able to ride a bike. I have always had a bike wherever I have lived and at the school I went to they were compulsory. 

What bike are you riding?

A Schindelhauer Heinrich electric bike. I had my eye on it for a while and when my previous bike failed, I seized the opportunity and bought one. It is in a different league to anything I have owned before. It brings the sturdiness of motorcycle engineering to a bicycle and it is very beautifully finished. It has bright lights powered by the battery and the eight gears that cover every need. It also has Gates Belt Drive so no more oily chains.

Schindelhauer Heinrich Electric Bike

Viv rides the Schindelhauer Heinrich electric bike. The Heinrich's power is provided by a Bosch Active Line Plus motor - an ideal choice for urban dwellers, thanks to its whisper quite assistance. Through an integrated battery (in the Heinrich's downtube), hidden cabling and an 8-speed hub gearing system the bike retains an extremely clean aesthetic.

We never tire of seeing a bike equipped with mudguards, pannier rack and lights - a bike is a mode of transport after all. The mudguards are of particular note. Manufactured by German brand Hebie, they include an unobtrusive rail for mounting pannier bags. Rated for a load of up to 8kg each side, not bad considering the mudguards only weigh 841 grams themselves!

Why did you choose an electric bike?

This is my third electric bike. I used one when I lived in the Netherlands 15 years ago where they were quite common, although the choice was fairly limited then. If you are meeting clients it is nice not to be in a sweat when you arrive, and if it is windy some assistance is always very welcome. The technology has moved on a lot and the range is far greater than it used to be and the batteries are lighter too.

What appeals to you about cycling?

You get to see where you live and the changes around you as they happen. And you know how long it takes to get somewhere. London is more bike-friendly than ever, although there is still some work to do here. I have two sturdy waterproof panniers which can even carry my photography equipment for a simple shoot.

Cyclists do often seem to be in a hurry, I notice, but I amble along and detour through the parks, just for the pleasure of it, if I have time. A journey on the bicycle is often interesting which is not the case on public transport.

How often do you ride and where?

I cycle every day for exercise apart from any other journeys I have to do. Where I live there are cycle paths in all directions which makes it easy to avoid sharing the road with traffic. The air is always good along the river apart from the great views and the wildlife, the boats and the ever-changing light.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I live by Tower Bridge and can cycle through Wapping and the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich using the foot tunnel to get under the river (although it’s closed at the moment because of social distancing). A pause to gaze at the Cutty Sark, then go on up through Greenwich Park to the Observatory and buy a coffee from the little café. It is a natural destination and there will always be other cyclists there to chat to while you all admire the view. 

Our thanks go to Viv for giving up his time to show us his Schindelhauer and tell us about his riding life.

A closer look at the ARCC e2-pod Intelligent Drive System

It was back in 2016 that we first threw a leg over a bike powered by the ARCC e-bike system. Although only four years ago, electric bikes then were something of a novelty, an after-thought in a two-wheeled world and perhaps something easily looked over. Today, its a very different story and many new (and existing) riders are experiencing the power of electric. ARCC have since revamped their e-bike system, the e2-pod Intelligent Drive System to give its full name and we thought it was high time we took a look at it in more detail.

What is the ARCC e2-pod Intelligent Drive System?

The e2-pod Intelligent Drive System is a highly innovative e-bike retrofit kit, designed and built in house by ARCC Bikes. The system weighs in at a paltry 3.9kg and is formed of a front-wheel motor, powered by a battery mounted to the headtube of the bike. Fitted at their headquarters by ARCC’s experts, the system is currently available for ARCC Bike’s own range of town bikes, the Abington and Rosemont, as well as for the Moulton TSR and Brompton (it is also compatible with Brompton bags).

ARCC Rosemont Electric Bike
ARCC Rosemont Electric Bike, fitted with the e2-pod Intelligent Drive System

In the five years since its debut, the system has been consistently refined and its latest iteration, the Gen II, builds on the highly successful Gen I with a sleeker design, alongside several new technological additions.

The e2-pod’s manufacturing process is meticulous and relies on sophisticated equipment, including CNC machining and 3D printing. Most of the components are fabricated from solid billets of 5083-grade Alplan aluminium alloy, which is highly durable and corrosion-resistant, and the pieces are then polished, hard anodised and weather sealed. Any leads are neatly tucked to the bike’s frame with bespoke clamps, allowing for easy removal of the front wheel.

ARCC Moulton TSR Electric Bike | Build your own

How is the ARCC system controlled?

The new Gen II ARCC system is now complete with a handlebar-mounted Bluetooth controller, which allows the rider to switch between power levels and modes on the fly, for a smoother, more enjoyable user experience. The unit sits snugly in a lipped cradle with a magnetic grip, that means it is easy to take out but hard to accidentally knock loose.

ARCC Bluetooth controller uni
ARCC Bluetooth controller unit

Using Bosch batteries as a power source, which are readily available from hardware stores and relatively cheap, the e2-pod can achieve a range of up to 75km, depending on the battery selected. They can also be quickly attached and detached from the pod when transporting the bike and are fast charging (tested on the 4 Ah Bosch battery).

Abington Electric bike, fitted with two Bosch batteries class=
ARCC Abington Electric bike, fitted with two Bosch batteries

With the ARCC Abington and ARCC Rosemont, you can also mount an extra battery to the downtube to extend the range, something Ebiketips did recently when they gave the system a once over. The Bosch batteries are also very hardy and have been rated to work after a 3m drop onto concrete and pleasingly they also come with their own two-year guarantee.

Riding the ARCC e2-pod system

So how does the system ride? Well, for starters the system features a state-of-the-art torque sensor that determines how much force the rider is applying to the pedal and delivers power to the motor accordingly. This system, as opposed to one that uses a rider's cadence to ration the motor power, helps you feel like you're riding a conventional bike. This gives the impression of riding on a flat, even when tackling steep hills. Assistance can be turned off by dialling the power levels down to zero, allowing the bike to be ridden as normal, and power levels can also be switched between using the free e2-pod app (only available on iOS).

ARCC Abington Electric Bronze
ARCC Abington Electric bike - Bronze

The e2-pod additionally features a launch control function. This can be activated by applying both brakes and pressure to the left pedal. When the brakes are released and the rider pedals, the motor delivers maximum power for a period of three seconds. This enables a fast, effortless, and safe getaway from lights and busy crossings in heavy traffic, as well as an extra boost for hill starts - a handy feature in urban environments, we'd wager.

That's our take on the ARCC e2-pod Intelligent Drive System. Experience it for yourself by test riding a bike with the system installed at a Velorution store. Or if you're after more detail online, head over to look at ARCC bikes in more detail.

Cycling, coronavirus and a change in the way we travel

Back in March, as coronavirus began to change every aspect of life in the UK, a two-wheeled revolution began to bubble under the surface. Prompted by the government’s classification of bikes shops, such as ourselves, as essential retailers, a reduction in traffic and the encouragement of daily exercise, cycling usage in the UK quickly began to rise through the Spring into early Summer. This increase in people riding is something we’ve experienced and something we reiterated when we spoke to the FT and the BBC recently.   

% increase in cycling as a mode of transport in England. Source: Department for Transport

This tidal wave of cyclists, electric and non-electric, young and old, new and returning has quickly been followed by a further slew of government announcements (alongside new infrastructure proclamations from local councils) and proposed Highway Code changes. Not something even we would have envisaged when we spoke to Andrew Gilligan back in 2015, a man who incidentally is back in government as a transport advisor. So are we in the midst of a paradigm shift in UK travel habits? Will coronavirus change the way we travel?

A new normal

Sourcing an expert opinion on the matter, we spoke to Dr Ian Walker, environmental statistics and traffic psychologist at the University of Bath. Has Coronavirus been the catalyst for real change in cycling and walking as a mode of transport we ask? “A lot of us noted how lovely the streets were early in lockdown, with cleaner air and less noise. People very quickly reclaimed their public spaces and it was incredible to see people strolling down roads, and families with small children cycling without fear.”

Perhaps what we shouldn’t forget, in today’s globalised world, is that change wasn’t limited to the UK shores either. Research from Hovding, the company behind the innovative Airbag helmet, suggest that “coronavirus has created a window for change, and many large European cities have seen the benefit of encouraging people to cycle.” Using data from 22,000 riders wearing their helmet, Hovding know that “cycling has taken off again in cities such as Copenhagen, Hamburg, Cologne and Stockholm. In Europe, the coronavirus pandemic may mean a cycling revolution, and the trend is for more and more people to cycle rather than take public transport.”

Back in the UK and the change might not have an element of permanence about it, however. “It feels like the jury is still out,” muses Walker. “It was notable just how quickly the roads became dominated by motoring again almost the instant the Prime Minister gave his "back to work" message.” Walker mourns, “We saw that it only takes a small amount of motoring to completely dominate our streets and exclude everybody not taking part.”

This Corona-induced glimpse of an alternative reality isn’t enough to deliver real change then? “Probably not by itself - we've gone back to the old normal depressingly quickly, in my opinion. But perhaps there will be longer-term benefits. I'd like to hope that this break - this experience of what the new normal could be - has planted seeds in people's minds that will lead them to support proposed changes to the law and to our streets, and to start traveling differently once those changes appear.”

“We're so used to cars coming first, and everybody else having to lump the danger and pollution that these bring, that we've developed a blind spot. My colleagues and I recently asked a large sample of people "Is it okay to smoke in public where other people have to breath the fumes?" and the public overwhelmingly said no. We then asked another large group of people the exact same question except we changed "smoke" to "drive"... and suddenly people were completely okay with forcing toxic fumes onto strangers! So I think the big issue with the British psyche is our blind spot about cars. We are so used to motoring coming first, we cannot think about the issue rationally any more.”

“This means we need a fresh way of approaching the issue, because by default, people's instinct is usually to accept the status quo as something that cannot ever be changed, because they have become blind to the fact it is something they really wouldn't like if they could view it with fresh eyes.”

Highway Code Consultation

So what could that fresh approach look like? Although consultation on the Highway Code began before the pandemic, COVID-19 has shone new light on this small, yet important part of transport in the UK. Could any changes to the Highway Code be a further catalyst for increasing cycling participation in the UK? Back to Walker: “This feels like it could be important. What we've realised for a long time is that if we want to get more people cycling, we need to learn from the people who are currently not doing it. When researchers have asked the general public, they always find that perceived safety is the number one barrier to getting more people onto bikes.”

“For example, the #BikeIsBest campaign recently commissioned a YouGov survey which found slightly over half of British adults said they would cycle more if the streets were made safer. That is millions of people. The potential is enormous.”

“But what data like this also show is that change needs to happen first, before mass cycling will appear. Policy makers cannot carry on demanding that everybody cycles before they will deign to provide safe spaces in which we can do it. The proposed changes to the Highway Code are a step towards this.”

Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure

What else can be done to keep the cycling participation wheel rolling? Walker likes the new planning guidelines for local authorities which put a vastly bigger weight on high-quality safe cycle infrastructure. “For the first time, local authorities have been explicitly told that nobody should be designing cycle infrastructure unless they have experience of using it. It's remarkable, when you think about it, that this had to be said! But that's the position we were coming from and I'm very glad the government has taken such a strong stance.”

Walker, together with some his University of Bath students, has been engaged in some interesting research to model the demographic impact of proposed council support. “As you'd expect, some wards had more potential to unlock the potential from bikes and e-bikes than others, and so it was easy to give the council a priority list of the areas most worth investment.”

“The really interesting bit was when we looked at the demographics of those wards. We saw there was no relationship at all between how much a ward would benefit from cycling investment and its level of wealth, its ethnic makeup, or the long-term health of its residents. In other words, our equality analysis showed the council could go ahead and invest where this would increase cycling the most, without worrying that this would end up benefiting the wealthier, healthier and whiter parts of the county. This was a really lovely thing to be able to demonstrate.”

Will the pandemic, UK governments support for cycling, changes to the Highway Code and the rise of electric bikes alter the way the UK population moves? Only time will tell, but what is certain is that cycling (and walking) can help solve a huge raft of problems in our urban areas. Air pollution, obesity, congestion, economic productivity improved with a broad brush stroke of more people on two wheels.

Has cycling in your area changed for the better (or worse!) since lockdown? Jot us your experience in the comments below.

Our thanks go to Dr Ian Walker for speaking to us for this piece. He’s no stranger to a couple of hours in a saddle himself, having spent just under 17 days riding between the northernmost and southernmost points of Europe in 2019 – a Guinness World Record no less. Ian has recently penned a book on the little known world of Ultra-cycling, Endless Perfect Circles, find it here

A guide to 2021 Bosch e-bike motors, batteries and displays

Arguably the biggest name in e-bike systems, Bosch has been providing power to e-bikes since 2010. Now in their eleventh year, Bosch motors deliver the holy trinity for e-bike assistance: power, efficiency and excellent ride feel.  

This guide gives an overview of each portion of the Bosch e-bike system – ,motors, batteries and displays, helping you decipher the jargon in order to ensure you purchase the right Bosch powered electric bike for your riding needs.

Bosch electric bike motors

At the heart of every e-bike system is a motor. All Bosch motors are situated at the crank of an e-bike.

Sometimes called mid-drive, these motors are powerful, offer a natural riding sensation as well as helping balance the overall weight of the e-bike system.

Each Bosch motor will provide assistance up to a speed of 15.5mph, the legal limit here in the UK and riders can select from four modes (turbo, sport, tour and eco) to conserve range, or simply provide a splurge of power when it’s needed.

To help with ride feel, Bosch electric bike motors measure torque, speed and acceleration more than 1000 times a second, rationing the power accordingly. This ensures there's a perfect interaction between rider and bike.

There are five different types of Bosch e-bike motor:

Bosch Performance Line CX

Performance Line CX is Bosch’s most powerful motor designed for electric mountain bikes. Updated in 2020 to be 48% smaller and 1kg lighter than the previous iteration, this unit can now pump out 85nm of torque after a software update. This means it should accelerate faster and perform more efficiently at low riding cadences.

Bosch Performance Line CX Motor

The unit is impressive to look, but perhaps, more importantly, offers that powerful, sporty feel mountain bikers demand, delivering up to 340% assistance as you pedal. 

Pedalling efficiency was updated in 2020 thanks to a redesigned crank - motor interface. Previously a small ring, not driven by the cranks, was used for Performance Line CX. This had the tendency to make riding without assistance a slightly sluggish experience. The newest version is now driven directly by a traditional chainring, mounted to the bottom bracket which helps maintain a natural ride feel once you pop over that magic 15.5mph.

Bosch Performance Line

Whether riding big miles on an electric hybrid bike or negotiating your favourite trail, Bosch Performance Line always delivers the right level of support.

Bosch Performance Line Motor

Redesigned in 2020, it’s not as compact or as light at Performance Line CX but it certainly retains enough punch for most e-bikers. 65Nm of torque (a measure of the rotational power of the motor) helps when things head skywards, whilst the same direct drive system as Performance Line CX helps maintain a natural ride feel. It’s also one of the quietest drives in its class.

Bosch Active Line Plus

Active Line Plus has been designed by Bosch to help commuters in urban environments get to and from work, as well as providing enough power, 50Nm of torque to be exact, for more demanding weekend rides.

Bosch Active Line Plus Motor

Active Line Plus is whisper quiet and doesn’t drag once your speedo ticks over that 15.5mph mark.

Bosch Active Line

Experience well-controlled acceleration and moderate assistance with Bosch’s Active Line motor. Anything but entry-level, Active Line offers 250% support level in Turbo mode and a maximum 40Nm of torque.

Bosch Active Line Motor

Bosch Cargo Line

Designed specifically for large cargo bikes, Bosch’s Cargo Line motor makes carrying large loads a doddle. Extremely powerful (85nm of torque with 2021 software), the motor will provide support for cargo bikes and loads that weigh up to an incredible 250kg!

Bosch Cargo Line Motor

Whether moving to a new house or simply taking children to school, Cargo Line delivers load-controlled acceleration, even from the first pedal stroke.  

Bosch electric motor comparison

Here’s a simple table to help you understand the differences between Bosch e-bike motors.

Performance Line CXPerformance LineActive Line PlusActive LineCargo Line
Best forMountain bikingMountain biking. Long distance or fast touringCommuting or relaxed touringCommuting or leisure riding. Cargo bikes, carrying heavy loads
Support level %+Turbo: 340:
eMTB*: 140-340
Tour: 140
Eco: 60
Turbo: 300
Sport/eMTB*: 120-300
Tour: 120
Eco: 55
Turbo: 270
Sport: 180
Tour: 100
Eco: 40
Turbo: 250
Sport: 170
Tour: 100
Eco: 40
Turbo: 400
Sport: 240
Tour: 140
Eco: 60
Maximum possible torque (Nm)85^65504085^
Maximum supported cadence (rpm)120120105100120
Start-up behaviourVery sportySportyHarmoniously agileHarmonious Powerful
WeightApprox. 2.9kgApprox. 3.2kgApprox. 3.2kgApprox. 2.9kgApprox 2.9kg

*eMTB mode is available on Performance Line and Performance Line CX only. Depending on how hard you pedal, this mode switches between Tour and Turbo mode to ensure support is always at the ideal level, even at low cadences.

+Support level % refers to motors on bikes with a derailleur rather than a hub gear

^With software update

Note that Bosch Performance Line Speed and Cargo Line Speed are not included in this table because they offer a maximum assistance speed which is currently illegal for e-bikes in the UK.

Bosch electric bike batteries

The next part of the Bosch e-bike system is the battery. Batteries determine an e-bike’s possible range, charge time as well as the way a bike handles due to its position on the frame.

Bosch Powertube Battery Comparison

To cater for different bike types, Bosch offer three battery types: 

Integrated battery

A recent addition from Bosch, the slim, compact design enables e-bike manufacturers to integrate the battery into their frame’s perfectly. Sometimes called PowerTubes, Bosch offer 400, 500 and 625 wH (Watt hours refers to the number of watts that can be delivered in one hour) versions. You’ll spot integrated batteries like this on high-end electric mountain bikes.

Bosch PowerTube Battery

Frame battery

Bulkier than an integrated battery, frame batteries sit on, or in, a bike’s downtube. Bosch name these PowerPacks and manufacturer them in 300, 400 and 500 wH. Electric hybrid bikes, electric mountain bikes and even electric folding bikes use this type of battery.

Bosch Frame Battery

Rack battery

One unfortunate consequence of frame batteries are their impact on a rider’s ability to mount and dismount a step-through e-bike. To solve this, Bosch designed the rack battery - situated over the rear wheel, but under a pannier rack. Again in 300, 400, 500 wH versions, look out for a battery like this on step-through electric hybrid bikes.

Bosch Rack Battery

Bosch electric bike battery comparison

Here’s a simplified table to illustrate the different attributes of each Bosch e-bike battery.


PowerPack 300wH PowerPack 400wH PowerPack 500wH PowerTube 400wH PowerTube 500wH PowerTube 625wH
Mounting typeFrame, RackFrame, RackFrame, RackIntegratedIntegrated Integrated
Ah capacity8.2Ah11.0Ah13.4Ah11.0Ah13.4Ah 17.4Ah
100% charge timeCompact: 5h Standard: 2.5h
Fast: 2.5h
Compact: 6.5h
Standard: 3.5h
Fast: 2.5h
Compact: 7.5h
Standard: 4.5h
Fast: 3h
Compact: 6.5h
Standard: 3.5h
Fast: 2.5h
Compact: 7.5h
Standard: 4.5h
Fast: 3h
Compact: 8.8h
Standard: 4.9h
Fast: 3.7h
WeightFrame: 2.5kg
Rack: 2.6kg
Frame: 2.5kg
Rack: 2.6kg
Frame: 2.6kg
Rack: 2.7kg
2.9kg2.9kg 3.5kg

Note that Bosch recommends that you store an e-bike battery between 0 and 20°C, out of direct sunlight and at 30-60% charge status to prolong its life.

That’s all very well, we hear you cry, but how does that impact an e-bike’s range? An e-bike’s range is the result of several factors and happily Bosch have grouped these together in one handy tool. Give the Bosch Range Assistant a go below.

Want to learn more about e-bike batteries? Read Electric bike battery care - 5 helpful tips.

Bosch electric bike displays

Bosch e-bike systems are controlled using either an on-board computer or a compatible smartphone display. Let’s look at those in turn.

Bosch Kiox Electric Bike Display

On-board computers

Kiox

Kiox is a full colour, compact display with an unbridled number of features. It’s 1.9” fully colour display provides all the essential information and changing ride modes or other settings is quick and efficient.

Bosch Kiox Display

For 2021, Bosch has updated Kiox to enable you to follow a route directly on the computer, in theory helping you do away with a secondary GPS unit! Connection and ride planning is through the eBike connect app on your smartphone. The display is completely customisable, so if you're a data geek or a .mph purist you should be able to alter Kiox to meet your requirements.

Other notable features include a scratch-resistant glass display, device recharging and the possibility to combine GPS and ride data when you pair Kiox with the eBike connect app on your smartphone.

Nyon

Completely updated for 2021, Bosch Nyon offers everything an e-bike rider could ever want: ride data, navigation, fitness measurement and motor control, but now in a smaller, compact package.

Bosch Nyon Display Unit

The Nyon's new 3.23" screen shows you all the important information at a glance and can easily be customised with 30 different metrics and three design suggestions.

With Nyon you can choose between the fastest or most scenic route to a given location, store favourite addresses, like home and work, or even plan a cycle tour with stopovers!

Purion

Purion is Bosch’s smallest device, displaying charge status, speed, ride mode, range, trip distance and total distance. Fitted neatly at the end of a handlebar, Purion is easily operated with a thumb or finger.

Bosch Purion Display Unit

Intuvia

Mounted on an e-bike stem, Bosch Intuvia displays all the key information. It’s easy to read, even in low light and a USB port enables you to charge your devices on the go.

Bosch Intuvia Display Unit

Smartphone Displays

SmartphoneHub

SmartphoneHub from Bosch transforms an e-bike into a fully connected part of your digital life. From navigation, music streaming, fitness tracking or even using third party apps, such as Strava or Komoot, this is one powerful device. Want to leave your smartphone at home? A 1.52” integrated display helps you control your e-bike as well as displaying all the most important ride data.

Bosch Smartphone hub

COBI.Bike

Bosch acquired COBI.Bike in 2017 and has now offer this system as an alternative to their own unit. Similar to SmartphoneHub, COBI.Bike turns a Bosch powered e-bike into a smart two-wheeled machine.

Bosch Cobi Bike

Bosch electric bike display comparison

Compare Bosch e-bike displays and their various capabilities in our comparison table.


Kiox Nyon Purion Intuvia SmartphoneHub Cobi Bike
High resolution display
USB device charging
Fitness tracking
Navigation
Third party app
Walk assistance

Bosch Range Assistant

So how far can I ride with a Bosch e-bike?

That’s a question we get asked all the time.On each of our electric bike’s you’ll find an estimated maximum range but we’d recommend giving Bosch’s range assistant a try below.

It enables you to select a Bosch e-bike motor and battery, alter riding factors and whizz pop, out spits an estimated range. Excellent for determining battery performance for a prospective commute or how many times you can ride your favourite trail loop after work.  

Oh, and if metric kilometres aren't your thing, there's a switch at the bottom to change all the figures to miles!

There we have it, our guide to 2021 Bosch electric bike motors, batteries and displays. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.

Introducing: Moustache electric bikes

Moustache founders Manu and Greg began their e-bike business with a simple aim: to help people leave their cars in the garage. Little did they know that 10 years later, Moustache would be helping so many people choose two wheels over four.

History of Moustache Electric Bikes

Since their inception, Moustache who are based in the far eastern corner of France, have focussed solely on e-bikes. Designed and fully built en France, you won’t find any Moustache bikes without electric assistance. OK, there is one - just one – but it’s a knockout out of a kids balance bike!

Due to that laser focus on electric bikes, it’s no surprise to hear that Moustache believe that bikes with a soupçon electric assistance are the future of our urban environments. As such, you’ll spot thoughtful touches on every Moustache electric bike – features like integrated lights and robust mudguards.

And what of the name? Much like the facial hair, each Moustache bike has its own unique, recognizable style. There’s Moustache’s signature handlebar too, which look very much like the facial hair of the same name!

What began in 2011 as a condensed range of seven electric bikes, has quickly expanded into an e-bike tour de force. Indeed, today’s Moustache e-bike range consists of over 65 bikes with every model powered by a Bosch motor and battery and controlled using a Bosch display.

Moustache’s commitment to Bosch e-bike systems has been extremely fruitful, enabling them to work hand-in-hand with the electric specialist to design bespoke solutions for their bikes. Purchase a Moustache e-bike and you can ride away confident in the knowledge that you’re onboard the most up to date, technically sound two-wheeled companion. You can find out more about Bosch e-bike systems in our journal.

Moustache Saison 10 (2021)

For their tenth new range of bikes, Moustache have been busy developing and refining their range of e-bikes. Models, like the new Moustache Lundi 27, have been painstakingly developed for two years before seeing the light of day.

Moustache has taken advantage of Bosch’s 2021 updated motors and display units as well as utilising the lighter and more powerful PowerTube batteries in more bikes than ever before.

“Stop waffling and get to the bikes!” OK, we hear you! Read on to look at each discipline of Moustache electric bike.

Moustache Electric Hybrid Bikes

Stylish yet practical, Moustache electric urban bikes are a no-brainer - just the ticket for the 9-5 or trips down to the shops and back. The experts seem to like them too! Here are a few things that mark them out from other electric hybrid bikes…

As we alluded to earlier, Moustache works extremely closely with Bosch when designing their e-bikes and shining example of their collaboration is the neat battery integration on some 2021 bikes. A specific dock allows the battery to sit lower in the frame, sliming down the bike’s frame and lowering the centre of gravity – something you’ll appreciate spinning around town. The dock also makes removing the battery a doddle!

There’s no getting around it, bikes aren’t the smallest things and storing them can sometimes be a pain. And yet, Moustache have come up with an extremely neat solution to this problem and not something we’ve seen on any other electric hybrid bike. Quick-Park, allows you to turn handlebars by 90° in just a few seconds, ideal if you want to store your bike against the wall in the office or back at base. Cool, uh?

Bikes like the Lundi 27.1, 27.3 and 27.5 feature wide, tough mudguards that’ll keep you protected even if it’s bucketing it down! Flick one with your finger and it’ll ting – metal, no plastic here! Moustache even run the cable for integrated rear lights inside the mudguard protecting the connection from water ingress or damage.

Moustache Electric Road Bikes

Dimanche or Sunday is Moustache’s electric road and electric gravel platform. It’s a road bike fit for 2021 with 32c tyres and tubeless-ready wheels sitting alongside Bosch’s Active Line Plus motor. The practicalities haven’t been forgotten either – every Dimanche has mounts for mudguards and a luggage rack.

Searching for something left-of-field? The Dimanche 29 is Moustache’s electric gravel bike. It features Shimano GRX, 50c tyres and a drop handlebar with extreme flair. The top-end model, the 29.5, even rolls off the production line with a dropper post!

Moustache Electric Mountain Bikes

Eye-popping Moustache electric mountain bikes have most of the mountain bike bases covered; from small travel trail bikes to big-hitting enduro weapons.

If you like the look of one of their off-road models you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve been tested under the toughest conditions. Does the inaugural e-MTB XC World Championships sound extreme enough?

Full suspension Moustache electric mountain bikes benefit from Magic Grip Control a rear shock technology that avoids jerky riding assistance when the suspension is actuated. Experts seem to agree that it does the business - the Samedi 27 Trail has podiumed in French magazine, Velo Vert’s electric mountain bike of the year in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

That’s our wrap-up of Moustache’s electric bikes.

Want to know more? Shop all Moustache electric bikes. You’ll also find certain Moustache models in Velorution stores.

Electric bike battery care – 5 helpful tips

Our five general pointers will help you get the most out of your e-bike battery. The aim here is to get the best range from your e-bike on one charge and ensure its life is prolonged. Whilst our five tips can be applied across the board, we’d encourage you to read the documentation provided with your e-bike to be aware of the exact guidance. 

1. Charging your e-bike battery

Whether charging directly on your e-bike or removing the battery to port on a dock, e-bikes are simple to bring back to life, and often quick too! It’s not unusual to see 100% charge times of around 2-3 hours. And if speed is a consideration (a quick charge at a meeting across town for example) some e-bike systems, like Bosch, offer various chargers for different situations.  

These days lithium-ion batteries you find in e-bikes can be charged any time, regardless of their charge levels. Discharging the battery before re-charging completely isn’t required, great if you need to give your bike a quick top-up before hitting the road. 

Two Bosch Electric Bike Batteries on an e-bike

The longevity of batteries is also worth mentioning. Shimano says their e-bike batteries will pass 1,000 charge cycles with no significant loss in power, whilst Bosch state their batteries will allow you to circumnavigate the globe 1 ½ times – that’s over 37,000 miles!

And of course, it goes without saying, only use chargers that are compatible with their respective batteries. 

2. Remove your battery when cleaning 

Is your electric bike looking a bit grubby? Before getting busy with a bucket of water and a sponge remove the battery. And if you’re using a hose or pressure washer don’t aim it at the electrical contact points. A gentle wipe of the plug pins with an e-bike friendly cleaning solution will prevent any corrosion or build-up helping your battery transfer power to your e-bike’s motor.

Bosch e-bike with powertube

3. Maintain your bike 

Much like non-electric bikes, electric bikes need to be maintained correctly to help them perform to their best. Here are a few helpful pointers… 

  • Keep your e-bike’s tyres inflated to the recommended pressures. Run them at low pressures and you’ll increase rolling resistance, your bike’s motor will work harder and your battery will drain faster. 
  • Utilising your e-bike’s gears correctly will help the motor perform efficiently. So do keep your gears well-indexed, free of rubbing and watch out for shifting recommendations on your on-board computer. 
  • Reduce the total weight of you, the bike and your luggage where possible. If you don’t need to carry your bike lock on every ride, leave it home. 

4. Pay attention to battery storage recommendations

Like humans, e-bike batteries prefer goldilocks temperatures – not too hot, not too cold. Storing your battery in a dry environment at room temperature will put less stress on its cells, helping it perform more efficiently and last longer. Try to avoid direct sunlight too – park your e-bike in the shade if you can. 

Riding a bosch powered e bike

If your bike is in a shed or garage over winter, or if you’re not planning to ride for an extended period of time it is recommended that e-bike batteries are put away with 30-60% charge – not full, not completely empty.

5. Transport safely

When transporting the bike by car, always remove the battery from the bike and transport this elsewhere safely. Removing the battery creates more room for bike racks clamps whilst also reducing the overall carry weight. Do make sure that you clip your battery back into position securely before you ride though won’t you! 

Riding electric bikes across London

At the time of writing, taking an e-bike battery on a plane is forbidden by IATA the International Air Transport Association. In some countries, it’s possible to rent batteries for the period of your stay, that way you can take your e-bike and leave your battery at home.  

There we have it, our five top tips to care for your electric bike battery. Ready for more? Our other guides, an introduction to electric bikes and electric bike motors explained might be up your street. Until next time.