The 5 best urban e-bike brands with a design factor for the city

If you want to move around the city effortlessly and in an environmentally friendly way, you should rely on urban e-bikes. We show 5 brands for stylish designer bikes

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Author: House of Eden

  • Urban e-bikes, i.e. e-bikes for the city, are an environmentally friendly alternative to the car
  • The term e-bike refers to different types of bicycles that are supported by a motor
  • We are showing 5 brands that produce particularly high-quality and good-looking urban e-bikes

Recently, e-bikes have become a popular way to travel long distances in the city. Be it the way to work, a shopping spree or an excursion into the surrounding area - the e-bike makes it possible to arrive relaxed at various destinations. And without damaging the environment, because the CO2 emissions of driving is eliminated. All in all, urban e-bikes are such a great sustainable mobility concept for everyone - young or old - who wants to reach their destination effortlessly.

An additional plus point: The latest technologies make it possible to cleverly disguise the electric support, which is why some urban e-bikes cannot be recognized as such.

What is the difference between an e-bike and a pedelec?

In common parlance, bicycles that are supported by a motor are actually always referred to as e-bikes. However, there is a subtle and legally very important division into e-bikes and pedelecs:

  • Pedelecs: E-bikes up to 25 km / h are called pedelecs (Pedal Electric Cycle) and are legally treated like bicycles. This means: No driving license is required, there is no minimum age and no helmet requirement. An insurance number is also not necessary. The driver always has to pedal himself, the motor only has a supporting function.
  • S-Pedelecs: These are pedelecs up to 45 km / h. Important: S-Pedelecs are motor vehicles due to their speed and need their own insurance number. The minimum age for driving S-Pedelecs is 16 years. An AM driving license and a suitable helmet are also required. And: You can only ride on the road, not on bike paths.
  • "Real" e-bikes: You can also drive without muscle power at the push of a button. Up to 25 km / h they are considered a moped. The driver must have a moped test certificate if he was born after March 31.3.1965, XNUMX and does not hold a driving license. An insurance license plate and a suitable helmet are also mandatory.

In addition, a blood alcohol limit of 0,5 per mille applies to e-bikes and S-Pedelecs. So this is just as high as for motor vehicles. In contrast, it is slightly higher for bicycles and pedelecs. It is forbidden to transport children in trailers with the e-bike; attaching child trailers to the pedelec is not a problem.

In summary: Only pedelecs that are handled like bicycles are really uncomplicated. In particular, people without a driver's license should make sure that they are pedelecs when buying an urban e-bike.

What to look for when buying an urban e-bike?

There are many different types and models of e-bikes. When buying an urban e-bike, you should pay particular attention to the following elements:

The frame: The frame influences the riding style through its weight and size. It should not exceed your own height. Beginners are especially great as urban e-bikes because you can even cycle to work in a suit.

The engine: There are two types of drive: hub engine (also: front wheel engine) and mid-engine. The most important difference is that the mid-engine is mounted directly on the bottom bracket. It shifts the weight of the bike downwards, which is very pleasant for the ride. However, it also wears out the chain due to mechanical abrasion.

The range: Urban e-bikes are designed for the city, which means that they are wonderfully suitable for shorter distances. Nevertheless, there are sometimes big differences in the range of the e-bike models. If you drive long distances to work every day, you should make sure that the e-bike battery plays along.

Top 5 brands for urban e-bikes

  1. Ebike the original
  2. Schindelhauer
  3. Coboc
  4. MTB Cycletech
  5. Cowboy

1. Ebike the original

E-bikes from Ebike the original are built by hand in Germany. The range includes 75 models that differ greatly in terms of price, appearance and features. There is a suitable e-bike for every requirement and every budget. Special feature: Ebike offers the original 30 year guarantee on the frame of its e-bikes.

In the e-bike test of the Dutch daily “De Telegraaf”, Ebike the Original was named the test winner in both 2018 and 2019. The German company's e-bikes can be purchased either directly via the website or from participating dealers.

2. Schindelhauer

Since 2009 Schindelhauer his e-bikes an eye-catcher with their minimalist design. The “Arthur” model even won the iF Gold Award: “With its new electric bike, Schindelhauer has created an excellent integrated mobility solution. Special feature: The minimalist design and the seamless integration of the front and rear lights in the handlebar and the hidden battery are simply remarkable.

The Berlin-based company currently has 8 models in the price range from 3.800 to 5.000 euros. In addition to e-bikes, Schindelhauer also produces very classic bicycles, which also score with uncompromising functionality and an appealing look.

3. Coboc

E-bikes from Coboc are designed in Heidelberg. Coboc developed the battery and electronics as well as the software for its e-bikes itself so that the design of the e-bike does not have to be subordinate to the shape of the drive system. The it factor is not least due to the integration of the smartphone as an on-board computer. For example, the lighting system on the e-bike can be controlled from your mobile phone.

Coboc's range includes several product lines. SEVEN in particular includes urban e-bikes that are made for leisure and daily commuting. Prices start from 3.400 euros. Practical: test drives can be booked directly from dealers via the website.

4. MTB Cycletech

MTB Cycletech exists since 1983 and has expanded its range from standard bicycles to elegant and functional urban e-bikes (pedelecs and S-pedelecs). 2o2o, the Swiss company was able to take first place at German Design Award in the "Bicycles and E-Bikes" category for their MTB Cycletech model. The jury was enthusiastic about the clear design language and the well-implemented technology of the e-bike.

Urban e-bikes from MTB Cycletech are only available through e-bike dealers and not directly from the company. The prices are impressive: around 6.000 euros can be expected.

5. Cowboy

Cowboy designs a particularly light, visually appealing and well thought-out urban e-bike. For this, the Belgian company also received the Red Dot Design Award Awarded in 2019. The e-bike has no frills, is available in three colors and costs just 2.300 euros. This makes it one of the cheapest e-bikes on the market. It can be downloaded directly from the website of Cowboy be ordered.

Nevertheless, no compromises are made in terms of equipment. The removable battery can be charged at any socket and has a range of up to 60 km. Speed, driving time or distance can be recorded using an app. The motor support adapts to the pedaling strength of the rider and provides more support when going uphill. Cowboy also offers interested parties to take a test drive.

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