Tested: This is the best electric bike
17 Jun 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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What is the best electric bicycle? And which one has the best value for money? NU.nl and the Consumers' Association provide answers.
Electric cycling is becoming increasingly popular. It is of course also very pleasant. You can make cycling as heavy as you want. Do you want to be sporty? Then you turn the support low or off. But do you have to go up a hill or are you fed up with the headwind? Then you just put it a little higher.
The Consumers' Association tests e-bikes on, among other things, electrical support, range and operation and equipment of the bicycle. In total, nearly 400 electric bicycles have been tested and are readily available. Due to the corona crisis, e-bikes may be temporarily less available.
Four e-bikes come out as Best in the Test. We highlight here one of these bicycles (with the lowest target price): an e-bike from Kalkhoff. The bike with the best price-quality ratio is from Cube.
De Kalkhoff Image 5.B Belt BLX 625 Wh. (Photo: De Consumentenbond)
De Kalkhoff is an e-bike with a comfortable sitting position. It has no fixed gears, but a stepless gear. So your gear is never too heavy or too light. With a rotary handle you set the gear to the position you like best.
It has a Bosch Performance Line 3 motor with a 625Wh battery. This quiet motor performs very well. The support feels smooth and the range (distance on full battery) is excellent. Depending on which support you choose and the circumstances, you can achieve about 50 to 125 km on a full battery.
Instead of a chain, it has a belt drive. This is quieter, more durable and easier to maintain. Furthermore, it has good hydraulic disc brakes and wider tires for more comfort.
The Cube Touring Hybrid Pro 500. (Photo: De Consumentenbond)
Are you looking for a cheaper model? Then the Cube is a great alternative. This bike is a bit sportier than the Kalkhoff. The sitting position is slightly more bent and the derailleur gear with 10 gears feels more sporty. The chain case is open, so you will have to maintain the chain more often.
Like the Kalkhoff, the Cube has the Bosch Performance Line 3 engine. But with a slightly smaller battery of 500Wh. The range is still very good. Depending on the support you choose and the conditions, you can reach about 40 to 100 km on a full battery.
The Cube also has good hydraulic disc brakes and wider tires for more comfort.< p> In this section we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers' Association. This is a collaboration between the independent editors of NU.nl and the Consumentenbond.
The Consumentenbond annually tests thousands of products, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The products that are tested are bought in the store, so that they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.
New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction. How fast that is varies by product. The Best in the Test is always the product with the best test rating. This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better. The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.