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Since early 2020 the bike industry has seen unprecedented growth and we are sure we speak for lots of independent retailers when we say the past 2 years have gone by in a blur!
We have of course been trying our hardest to keep up with demand, whilst also bringing on different bike and P&A brands, moving retail units, and supplying local authorities with bikes. Moving forward we have lots of updates in the pipeline, and to start with we thought we’d bring you the latest bike updates that we now have available in store.
Tern HSD Accessories
There have been several new and exciting updates for Tern’s accessories range. Building on from their previous GSD accessory release in 2021, Tern have now brought the modular Club House, Storm Box, and Storm Shield to the HSD range to make the ultimate all weather passenger compartment. Much like the GSD, this will keep your passengers or cargo dry and protected whilst on their ride. Have a furrier friend that you’d like to take along with you on your adventures? Turn have produced the Dog Roof Mini, a safe and secure way to carry man’s best friend to work, to the park and beyond!
See the full range here:
Riese & Müller Charger 4
Riese & Müller have announced their new model, the Charger 4. Following on from the extremely successful Charger3, a Reliable commuting machine during the week, and a sporty adventurer at the weekend. Featuring the new Bosch fully integrated 750 Wh battery and powerful Performance Line CX motor boasting 85 Nm, it is the perfect all-rounder.
Both components of the New Bosch smart system blend perfectly into the stylish frame design and deliver extra power. The LED Remote is fast and easy to operate, while the Kiox 300 display shows the remaining range. More to come on the New Bosch system on our next blog post!
Similarly to the Charger3, the high-quality equipment with suspension seatpost, responsive suspension fork, powerful disc brakes, daylight bright headlights and daytime running lights guarantees unrestricted comfort as well as optimum visibility and control on every journey. View the model here or in store now.
New Raleigh Motus Range
Raleigh’s flagship Motus range get’s updated for 2022! The highly popular city/commuting electric bike from Raleigh now features a completely new frame design for the Motus Tour and Grand Tour models, Bosch intube batteries, an updated spec and some brand new paint schemes! These bikes are perfect for commuting, everyday city riding or weekend leisure rides. Check out some of the highlights below;
- Lucy Rowe
elctrc/Beacon Bikes Partnership 0
We are excited to announce a new partnership with Sussex’s premier Haibike Electric Mountain Bike rental company - Beacon Bikes.
Beacon Bikes is an established electric mountain bike rental company and Cycle Cafe based at the foot of the beautiful Sussex South Downs. Just 6 miles from Brighton, Beacon Bikes has the largest fleet of Haibike Electric Mountain Bikes for rental in the UK. Offering self guided, guided and organised tours, Beacon Bikes is the No.1 choice for e-MTB rental in Sussex and enjoys an enviable location just a short ride from the famous South Downs Way. With ample free onsite parking, a cosy cafe offering the award wining coffee and local sourced food, Beacon Bikes is a haven for cyclists and the perfect place to start your journey with electric assisted cycling.
Rent either a Haibike hardtail or Haibike full suspension electric mountain bike for half a day from Beacon Bikes and receive the cost of your rental as a discount on the purchase price of an electric mountain bike from ELCTRC! This provides our customers with the opportunity to try two of the most popular and capable Haibike e-MTB models in their proper environment before taking the plunge with your purchase. And for Beacon Bikes customers, if the rental gets them hooked and they decide to purchase, the cost of their rental from Beacon Bikes will be applied as a discount on the purchase price from ELCTRC. It’s a Win-Win for both sets of customers!
As our partnership grows, ELCTRC and Beacon Bikes plan to hold a series of joint events such as family friendly e-bike open days, guided rides, new product launches and much more. ELCTRC and Beacon Bikes share the same mission - to provide our customers with market leading electric bikes and 5*customer service, whether for hire or for sale.
- Jake Rowe
Bosch eBike Battery Care guide 0
Electric Bike battery technology has come on a long way over the years and caring for them is relatively simple. It’s important to realise that not all batteries use the same quality components, so this guide is specific to Bosch eBike batteries, which are of the highest standard. Because of this, if they are well looked after they will probably last you a long time!
The battery is relatively easy to handle thanks to some smart design features integrated by Bosch.
All Bosch based Bikes that we sell have batteries that are easily detachable from the bike for charging and are locked onto the frame or rack for security.
Locking the battery in or on the frame is straightforward. One of our top tips is to re-lock the barrel and remove, this means when you then mount the battery there is an audible click to let you know that he battery is secure. This process is slightly different with the internally mounted PowerTube battery, the difference being that often the key must remain in the barrel to allow you to re insert the battery.
When handling or moving the battery, it’s important to be very cautious, dropping a battery can damage and potentially destroy the battery, most have a neatly integrated handle making it easy to carry and transport, it is recommended that, when possible, handle the battery with two hands.
Here’s Bosch’s Top Tips for handling batteries
Double protection – Each individual cell in a Bosch rechargeable battery is protected by a rugged steel cup and held in a plastic housing. The housing must not be opened. Mechanical stress and excessive heat must also be avoided as they could damage the battery cells and cause flammable contents to leak out.
Storage – Excessive heating should be avoided, and Bosch batteries and chargers must not be stored in the vicinity of heat sources of flammable materials. We recommend storage in uninhabited rooms with smoke detectors. Dry locations with an ambient temperature of roughly 20°C are the most suitable.
Cleaning – Cleaning with a direct water jet is impermissible, in particular to protect the electronic components. A damp cloth is more suitable for this task. Always remove the battery before cleaning the eBike.
Caring for the battery, is straight forward and can even prolong the service life of the battery, here’s what Bosch recommends for care…
Charging – Batteries should be charged in a dry location and at room temperature.
Storage – It is recommended to store batteries in a dry location at temperatures between 0 and 20°C. If you plan to leave your battery for lengthy periods without use the ideal charge status of storage is approx. 30 to 60% or two to three LEDs on the battery indicator. It is not recommended to leave your battery completely full or completely empty.
Winter use – During winter use (particularly below 0°C) we recommend charging and storing the battery at room temperature before inserting the battery in the eBike immediately before riding it. For longer journeys in the cold, it is advisable to use thermal protective covers.
Transport – For transport, the battery should always be removed from the eBike and safely transported in your car, for example.
Inspection – Using a diagnostic unit, elctrc can check the health status of the eBike, especially the battery, and inform you of the number of charging cycles.
As a Bosch eBike expert we have the facilities to check the health of the batteries, enquire with us to find out more about this service.
As battery technology has evolved, so have the chargers and more importantly the charging times. Bosch now quotes some impressive charging times, with Bosch’s Fast Charger Bosch quotes it can charge a 500Wh battery from to 0 – 100% in as little as 3 hours.
There are some variables that can affect the battery during the charging process.
Here is what Bosch recommends…
Factors that shorten the service life:
Storage at below 0°C, or over 30°C ambient temperature.
Prolonged storage in a fully charged or fully discharged state
Parking the eBike in direct sunlight
Factors that extend the service life:
Storage at a temperature between 0 and 20°C
Storage at approx. 30 – 60% charge status
Parking the eBike in the shade or a cool location
Disposing of the battery
As with all batteries they should be disposed of in a responsible way. Dealers offer a free, environmentally friendly service for disposing of your Bosch rechargeable batteries. In this way, valuable raw materials re-enter the cycle and resources are conserved. Simply take the rechargeable battery to your dealer – perhaps on your eBike.
- Jake Rowe
Haibike 2020 - What's New? 0
We’ve just returned from the Haibike UK 2020 product launch. Where the top Haibike dealers in the UK were invited to attend presentations on the new models and see them in the flesh.
So what new Haibike updates are there for 2020?
It’s the year of the motor, with 4 brand new drive systems being introduced to the Haibike range!
There's also new frame designs, batteries and more.
New for 2020 is the Gen4 Bosch Performance Line Cx motor. This is smaller and lighter then the previous Cx, with a 48% reduction in size!
This motor comes with an updated gearbox concept, which will significantly reduce pedalling resistance when riding over 25km/h or when riding without assistance. This creates a more natural riding sensation.
The new Bosch Cx motor will give you up to 340% support and kick in even quicker from stationary then before. It will also feature Bosch’s intuitive automatic Emtb mode seen on the previous generation, which many of our customers love.
Expect to see this motor on mid to high-end mountain and trekking bikes.
Also new for MY20 from Bosch is the 625Wh Powertube. This combined with Haibikes new frame design below means you can also fit a 500wh external battery, creating a total capacity of 1,125Wh! Great for longer distance off-road riding or touring.
Haibike have a completely new frame design for their full suspension bikes fitted with the new Bosch Cx motor and 625Wh PowerTube. They have designed the frame so that the battery is as low as possible in the down-tube, having the weight this low keeps the centre of gravity low and improves handling and stability. They’ve also designed it so there is enough room between the down-tube and the rear shock to allow an external battery to be fitted close to the motor, again keeping the centre of gravity low.
2020 sees the launch of the Yamaha PW-X2, the next generation of the very popular PW-X motor. This is smaller, lighter and quieter than its predecessor! Not only that but thanks to its quad sensor system and new mechanical design it has an even quicker and more direct power response than before.
Yamaha have also improved the power delivery at higher cadences, at 100rpm power delivery is up to 50% higher than before.
Another new feature is Yamahas Automatic support mode, this will change automatically between Eco, Standard and High based on your input. Great for trail riding so you can keep your eyes on the track in front of you and not on the screen.
Expect to see this on mid to high-end mountain bikes in the Haibike range.
Yamaha have also launched the PW-ST, this is also lighter and quieter than previous models, coming in at 100g less then its predecessor.
New features on this include the quad sensor system, improved power at higher cadence and the Automatic support mode mentioned above.
This motor has less torque then the PW-X2 and is designed for less extreme more relaxed riding.
Expect to see this on low to mid-end mountain and trekking bikes.
There are also now Yamaha 400 and 500wh in-tube batteries in the Haibike product range. This means you can now get in-tube technology at a more entry-level price point, likely to start at around £2000.
The highly anticipated Haibike Flyon range is likely to be landing in store very soon. The Flyon bikes will use a TQ Motor, which is made in Germany. This is currently the most powerful crank drive motor on the market with 120Nm of torque. Haibike have had access to customise and tune the TQ system to their requirements. This has created smooth and intuitive power delivery and control.
They will also use a 630 Wh, 48v integrated battery. Which can be charged either on the bike or off of it. With this Haibike will be launching an optional quick charger that can charge this battery from empty to 80% in just 60 minutes.
All of the Flyon bikes have carbon frames, integrated cable routing and Haibikes Modular Rail System (MRS)! Not only this but the speed sensor is integrated into the frame dropout and the newly developed speed sensor disk sends 18 signals per rotation! This means it is measuring the speed 18 times more accurately than the standard magnet on the spoke seen on other systems.
Also, all of the Flyon bikes can come with integrated lights that run off the battery. The rear lights integrate onto the rear triangle of the frame!
There will be a number of different Flyon models. From Nduro to Adventure/Trekking bikes.
- Jake Rowe