Ribble Hybrid AL e

Looking to get fit, commute to work or something for the family weekend rides? The Hybrid AL e is our power-assisted electric hybrid.

WHATEVER YOUNEED IT TO BE

The perfect blend of style, comfort and efficiency the Hybrid AL e combines features and technology with classic British styling.

At home in the city and on the trails this cycle scheme approved bike is the choice for those who want to enjoy riding without being limited by terrain or distance.


SIZEGUIDE

To assist you in selecting the correct size simply find you height below. The graphic below illustrates our recommendations so you can be confident that the size you order will be correct.

SMALL5′ 4″ – 5′ 7″163cm – 170cm

MEDIUM5′ 7″ – 5′ 10″170cm – 178cm

LARGE5′ 10″ – 6′ 1″178cm – 185cm

X-LARGE6′ 1″ – 6′ 4″185cm – 193cm

Hybrid AL e – BlueStandard Edition

  • SRAM NX 1×11 speed.
  • SRAM 42T x 11-42T.
  • Shimano BL-MT201/UR300 hydraulic disc brakeset.
  • Mavic Aksium Elite Evo wheelset..
  • Schwalbe Marathon Rigid tyres..
  • Level 640mm Alloy handlebars and 70mm stem.
  • Ribble Classic saddle.

SMOOTH ELECTRIC ASSISTANCE

A lightweight hub driven motor provides smooth, reliable power assistance and near-zero drag in off mode, ensuring your ride feels as natural as a traditional bike. The slimline and lightweight Panasonice 36V/250Wh battery fits discreetly within the frame’s downtube, reaches maximum capacity from fully depleted in only 3.5 hours and is capable of providing up to 60 miles of assistance over variable terrain..* average dependant on riding style, rider and terrain.

LIGHT WEIGHT & DURABLE

The light and strong aluminum frame makes the Hybrid AL e just as good for putting on the car for a fun weekend away as it is for the morning commute.

As the ebikemotion system weighs just 3.5kg, you get all the benefits of a smart ebike system with none of the typical compromises.

COMFORT AND STYLE

From the beautiful retro styling of the paintwork to the matched, faux leather handlebar grips and cushioned saddle you can be sure that this bike offers not only head turning good looks but also a very comfortable ride too.

Value

At less than £2k for a fully loaded electric bike with a superb frame, quality motor system and really decent parts the Ribble Hybrid AL e certainly offers almost unbeatable value when compared to its rivals.

Conclusion

Offering a smooth level of assistance from the Ebikemotion system, coupled with decent range and a fully loaded spec the Ribble Hybrid AL e can handle the daily commute as well as anything. But being both capable and rewarding, it’s certainly not restricted to A to B rides and could take you on many adventures.

Details

Frame: 6061 T6 Heat treated aluminium
Fork: Full carbon
Motor system: Ebikemotion X35 Smart System, 36V/250W
Drivetrain: SRAM S350 chainset 42t, 11-42t cassette, SRAM NX 1×11 shifter, SRAM NX rear derailleur
Brakes: SRAM Level, 160mm rotor f+r
Wheels: Mavic Aksium Elite Evo UST EBM
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Rigid 700x35c
Handlebar: Level Urban Alloy
Stem: Level Urban Alloy
Seatpost: Level 1 Alloy
Saddle: Ribble Classic
Accessories: Mudguards: SKS 45mm with Mudflap, Rack: Ribble Colour Matched, Lights: Ribble FL300 / RL150
Sizes: S-XL (Large tested)
Weight: 14.61kg (32.21lb)
Contact: www.ribblecycles.co.uk
Purchase: Ribble Hybrid AL e


The best electric bikes are rapidly becoming one of the most popular modes of transportation, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Electric bikes, also known as ebikes, now come in just about every style and model of bike, from basic commuters to snazzy street racers to voluminous cargo bikes. Most models offer 3 to 5 levels of power assistance while you pedal, with an increasing number including a throttle button for full-electric power.

The current surge in interest in ebikes has spawned a growing wave of innovations—and more price competition. Models expected to come later this year include a belt-driven model for less than £1,000 and a personalized, ultra-light carbon fiber bike for just over £2,500.

What are the best electric bikes?

Because electric bikes are made for many different purposes, it’s hard to say that there’s any one best ebike for everyone. Hyuhome Electric Bike for £510.00 – £899.00 adapts to need of your long-distance riding.you can enjoy a long time trip with any mode according to your needs, combining three modes would be a better choice. It is a Smart Mountain Bike, high speed motor, high power with speeds reaching up to 35km/h(31mph). Feel free to browse our best electric bike picks for 2020.

The best electric bikes at a glance

1. Hyuhome Electric Bike

Best electric mountain bikes for off-road

Price: £510.00 – £899.00 | Battery: 8AH/10AH/13AH | Max estimated range: 50km-90km | Motor: 36V350W | Gearing: 21-35 speed shimano

Hyuhome Electric Bikes
  1. 36V 350W high-speed motor-high power and high torsion output: improve the climbing ability while reducing battery burden, with the advantages of strong power / low noise / stable performance / long life.
  2. Intelligent automatic power off brake lever.
  3. Lithium battery-specific chain ring.

2. ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike

Best electric mountain bikes for commuting

Price: £749.99 | Battery:  36V 8Ah | Max estimated range: 25~50KM | Motor: 250W  | Gearing: Shimano 21

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike
  1. This electric mountain bike is foldable. 
  2. Double shock absorption offers better traction for a more fluid ride. Coupled with disc brake, this bike offers greater control and more reliable stopping power no matter what.
  3. Mechanical front and rear disc-brake design and Shimano 21-Speed gear increases hill-climbing power, further range variation, and greater terrain adaptability.

3. LANKELEISI XT750PLUS Folding Electric Bike

Best electric folding bikes for adult females / males

Price: £1,639.00 | Battery:  48V10ah  | Max estimated range: 25~50KM | Motor: 500W  | Gearing: Shimano M390 / 27 speed

LANKELEISI XT750PLUS Folding Electric Bike
  1. This gorgeous electric mountain bike has 3 working modes, Pure electric mode, PAS mode and pure human riding mode. 
  2. The durable structure makes it the perfect choice for almost all people with different heights and weights. (165 cm – 200 cm).
  3. two ways to charge the battery – it can directly be charged with the battery inside the frame, or you can also take the battery out and then charge it.

What to look for when buying an electric bike

Motor type

Less expensive bikes traditionally use a rear hub motor. Mid-drive motors located in the center pedal crank shaft tend to be more expensive but offer better overall balance and smoother shifting. 

Motors are also rated based on their power, measured in Watts. Typically, the least powerful motor will be 250 Watts, but unless you’re a very large person or planning to go up really steep hills, the motor size shouldn’t be a major determining factor for your purchase. More important,  there is no industry standard for measuring Watts (is it continuous or peak and if peak, for how long?). So in general, a motor’s Watt rating isn’t a reliable indication of power.

Comfort

Like any other type of bike the electric bike should offer you a comfortable ride. All general components such as, saddle, handlebars, the geometry of the frame should put you in a comfortable position. If the bike doesn’t satisfy these criteria it’s certainly not the best electric bike on the market. After all you’re going to spend quite a lot of time riding it, so you might as well look for a more comfortable solution.

comfort- ebike

How big a battery?

Consider where you live. If you’re in San Francisco you’re going to want more help than if you’re cruising around Austin. Watt hours (Wh) is the most important figure for comparison—it takes into account battery output and battery life to give you a better sense of available power. Higher Wh translates into more range. 

Many electric bike makers will also include an estimated range (usually about 40 miles) that you can get off a single charge. You should take this figure with a large grain of salt, as that number is usually determined under ideal circumstances: A fairly lightweight person riding on flat terrain with no wind, and at the perfect ambient temperature for the battery. Range is also dependent on the level of power assist being used, whether full-throttle has been applied and for how long, and your average speed. As they say, your mileage may vary.

Durability

You’re paying a lot of money and a costly investment that lasts for a short time is not worthwhile. The electric bike has more components than the common bike, adding the electric motor and the battery; more attention should be put in selection of the bike because of this. You don’t want your electric bike to turn into a regular bike in a short period.

Removable or built-in battery?

Most bike batteries will handle rides of about 40 miles and need to be plugged in for at least a couple of hours to get to 80 percent of capacity. So if you have a more demanding commute, consider a model that lets you swap out the battery rather than a bike with an integrated battery. 

Different cycling terrain

Each e-bike system is tested on a flat road, a shallow hill (1.5% gradient), and a steeper hill (6% gradient). 

Many of the motor systems we’ve tested can not provide all of the levels of assistance described above on even a shallow hill, making them unsuitable for hilly areas.


Motor vehicle legislation

To remain exempt from motor vehicle legislation, an electric bicycle must be fitted with pedals capable of propelling the bike and comply with the following:

Power and Speed

Maximum (continuous) rated motor power 250W: EN15194 regulations require an electric bike to be capable of delivering 250 watts continuously without the motor being damaged (e.g. overheating).
Maximum speed with power assistance 25kmh (15.5mph in the UK)

Throttle control

‘Twist and gos’ – electric bikes manufactured with the capability of being powered by a throttle alone – have required type approval since January 2016. ‘Grandfather rights’ apply to ‘twist and go’ e-bikes prior to January 2016. (This is entirely separate to ‘walk assist mode’ throttles that power the bike to a 6kmh top limit i.e. walking speed, to help you push the bike along, which are not affected by this law update.)

Trikes and Quadricycles

EAPCs are permitted to have more than 3 wheels (with no weight restriction).

Plating

Since 6th April 2015, manufacturer’s plates should show the maximum assisted cut­-off speed, in addition to the previous requirements of manufacturer name, battery voltage and maximum continuous rated power.

Cycle standards

All pedelecs must comply with existing pedal cycle standards. The Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 updated British Standard braking requirements to the 2014 BS EN Standard.

EN15194 safety standard

The official safety standard for pedelecs in force across Europe is EN15194, deeming the e-bike to be safe and fit for purpose. EN 15194 only concerns the electric part of the vehicle, whereas for the bicycle part EN 14764 applies.

All bikes that have passed testing will be issued with a certificate of compliance from the testing house.

Legal age

A rider must be 14 years old to ride an electric bike in the UK. In most European countries there is no lower age limit so anyone can legally ride a pedelec on public roads or where the public have access.

High power e-bikes / Speed pedelecs

Most electric bicycles sold in the UK have 250W (max continuous rated) motors and conform to both EU regulations and UK EAPC law.

What counts as an EAPC

An EAPC must have pedals that can be used to propel it.

It must show either:

  • the power output
  • the manufacturer of the motor

It must also show either:

  • the battery’s voltage
  • the maximum speed of the bike

Its electric motor:

  • must have a maximum power output of 250 watts
  • should not be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph

An EAPC can have more than 2 wheels (for example, a tricycle).

Hybrid Bikes

These bikes conform to the EU’s EN15194 regulations, and the basic stipulations of these are:

  • The bike must be pedal assist, not throttle-based
  • The bike must have a continually rated power output of 250W or less
  • The speed limit for assistance must be 25km/h

Fast Bikes

Above that standard there’s another: the speed pedelec, or S-pedelec. These bikes have a maximum assisted speed of 45km/h, and more powerful motors. They’re widely available from a range of manufacturers; Riese und Muller offer nearly all their bikes in a HS (High Speed ) build. And this is where it gets really complicated.

The adoption of the hybrid in Europe is on a state-by-state basis: there are no overarching EU regulations specifically for these bikes. Anything faster or more powerful than the EN15194 regulations allow technically needs to be type approved as a motor vehicle.

There are two standards: L1e-A, for motors up to 1Kw and speeds up to 25km/h, and L1e-B, for motors up to 4Kw and speeds up to 45km/h.

Anyway, because they’re faster, fall into the second category. They’re legally classed as mopeds, so you have to have a driving licence, the vehicle needs to registered, taxed and insured, and you need to wear the correct safety equipment: a motorbike helmet.

That’s a huge amount of hoops to jump through to get what’s effectively just a faster bike, so many EU countries have introduced their own legislation to cover hybrids and circumvent those rules, at least a bit. Generally this means they need to be licensed, but you don’t necessarily need to be insured or have a driving license. The actual stipulations vary from country to country.

10 Steps to licensing, tax and insurance for Electric Bikes:

  1. First, find yourself a bike. You’ll need to make sure it comes with a Certificate of Conformity, and that it conforms to 168/2013/EU regulations; you’ll need the certificate later.
  2. Head off to the DVLA and get yourself some forms. You’ll need a V267 (New vehicle import pack) and a V55/4 (Application for a licence for a new motor vehicle and declaration for registration). They take about a week to arrive.
  3. Complete the V267 & V55/4 with the information from the Certificate of Conformity.
  4. Send everything with a cheque for £55 and the original Certificate of Conformity off to the DVLA. You’ll need to include a bank statement and/or utility bill, and a copy of your driving license or passport.
  5. Wait for your V5C registration document to come back: this takes about two weeks
  6. Check your vehicle tax – it’s exempt, so there’s nothing to pay
  7. Get a standard vehicle number plate (around £10 online) and fix it to the rear of your bike
  8. Arrange some insurance – Bikesure quoted £135 third party only & Quoterack quoted £200 fully comprehensive for this bike
  9. Find yourself a kite-marked motorcycle helmet. An open-face moped helmet will cost from about £30 upwards.

And you’re done! So you’re looking at a process that’s likely to take about a month, and cost you at least £200, on top of what you’ve spent on your bike.


Buy or rent e-scooters?

E-scooters have become much loved and loathed by many people in recent times. The year 2019 brought a new lease of life to the technology with the much-anticipated launch of Lime electric scooters and an incredible growth spurt of private purchases from local retailers around the country.

Although it is likely that the Corona virus pandemic will increase demand due to social distancing requirements and health concerns, many citizens and residents of the UK still consider electric scooters to be a problem domain rather than a solution.

While government regulations remain incoherent at best, a lot of people believe e-scooters are a scourge and negative influence in many cities across the country. To this end, this article lays out a comprehensive list of valid concerns and potential citizen-driven solutions that might minimise the technology’s negative aspects and maximise its many obvious benefits.  


Electric Scooters Safety Tips

As concerns around the Coronavirus continue to decline in London due to aggressive measures taken across the country to flatten the curve, many londeners are craving a return to normalcy.

Over the last year, e-scooters have become a common sight in many parts of the country. Due to the incredibly high rate of adoption, accidents involving e-scooters, motorists and pedestrians have become common and as a result, steps are been taken to regulate their use.

Although e-scooters are incredibly convenient, save you time and money on gas and car maintenance costs, none of the regional governments have laid down a coherent body of laws or the necessary infrastructural adjustments to safely accommodate this incredible technology.

While the governments of other countries have responded to the boom by outrightly banning e-scooters, regional leaders in the UK are conscious of how e-scooters can positively decongest many big cities and are more focused on regulation as a result. The section below is a comprehensive guide to personal safety the next time you decide to get around town on an e-scooter.