Cheapest E-Bike - Viking Hopper City Electric Bike £399 - Save on petrol, tax, maintenance etc at e-bikesdirect
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Cheapest E-Bike - Viking Hopper City Electric Bike £399 - Save on petrol, tax, maintenance etc at e-bikesdirect

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Found 17th Jan
Owning a car can be pretty expensive... riding a bicycle can sometimes be seen as a lot of effort. So... why not chose an e-bike which can take the expense and effort out of both...

There are perhaps better looking bicycles on the site at decent prices with better batteries, I just posted the cheapest deal here.

Charge lasts for 15 miles however there are other bikes which a charge can last for 35-45 miles.

Viking Hopper City Electric BikePerfect for commuting to work or leisure rides, the Viking Hopper City E-bike operates on a Pedalec system, this means that after you begin cycling the motor gives you a generous boost. It is equipped with a lightweight hi-tensile frame with rigid fork, comfort saddle and 20-inch wheels with black tyres and 36-hole rims.

There are also 6-speed gears with Shimano Revoshift shifter, alloy V-brakes with alloy levers and 600mm handlebars that fold down for storing the bike in small areas. Powering the Hopper Rigid E-bike is a 24V-5AH battery, which from a single 3-hour charge, allows the bike to travel up to approximately 15 miles.

Key Features:
  • Motor: 200 Watt 24V
  • Frame: 11in Lightweight Alloy
  • Forks: 20in Hi-Tensile Rigid
  • Gears: 6 Speed Shimano
  • Brakes: Alloy V style
  • Wheels: 20in Alloy black
  • Battery: 24V 5Ah Battery - up to 15 miles*
* This will vary depending on weight of user, terrain and mode of pedal assistance used.
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Lets start commenting legal and illegal on road with no insurance
Hardawan27 m ago

Lets start commenting legal and illegal on road with no insurance


One step ahead!

gov.uk/ele…les

They are classed as EAPC's electrically assisted peddle bikes, trust the government to unnecessarily complicate the wording.
Woah 200 Watt? At least you wont be lacking exercise riding this bike
TeamMCS53 m ago

Woah 200 Watt? At least you wont be lacking exercise riding this bike


There are some really good bikes around the £700 mark with more powerful batteries. This is ideal if you either live close to work or the parking is crowded at work, or perhaps the junctions are very slow getting out of work. 15 mile radius.
Unless you have some serious hills and a short commute, this bike will slow down even the average rider compared to a standard bike. Electric bikes are very heavy. This one is 21 kg.

The law in UK states an E-Bike cannot go more than 15.5 mph assisted, which makes them basically useless. There's a way to disable the speed restriction on some E-bikes, but until the laws are changed I'd stay away from E-Bikes in general.
Edited by: "DigitalReaper" 17th Jan
MrrImpeccable6 m ago

There are some really good bikes around the £700 mark with more powerful …There are some really good bikes around the £700 mark with more powerful batteries. This is ideal if you either live close to work or the parking is crowded at work, or perhaps the junctions are very slow getting out of work. 15 mile radius.


A deal is a deal. My advice would be to just ride a regular bike, there's far better solutions to the last mile problem for this price - sorry OP
So if the battery runs out you can start pedaling right?
Can this baby get me up to 88mph Back To The Future?
DigitalReaper38 m ago

Unless you have some serious hills and a short commute, this bike will …Unless you have some serious hills and a short commute, this bike will slow down even the average rider compared to a standard bike. Electric bikes are very heavy. This one is 21 kg.The law in UK states an E-Bike cannot go more than 15.5 mph assisted, which makes them basically useless. There's a way to disable the speed restriction on some E-bikes, but until the laws are changed I'd stay away from E-Bikes in general.


useless for long journeys, great for pulling away at the lights or general inner city commuting. I agree the limit should be raised though, 30mph would let you ride like a car pretty much everywhere. You'd need to enforce disc brakes at that speed.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 17th Jan
decent deal!
dealerxxx36 m ago

So if the battery runs out you can start pedaling right?



You can try but 21kg!..................how strong are your legs?

Let's be straightforward here: it's VERY cheap for an electric bike (so that's enoughg to get lots of heat on HUKD) but it's a very poor spec and you won't be happy with it for long. It's the electric equivalent of those £75 supermarket bikes.

No doubt electric bike prices will continue to fall but at the moment you need to spend close to £1000 to get something worth having and considerably more for something really good. It's still four hundred quid - put that towards something better!
Sounds a good deal to me if you only want to travel a few miles per day which many people do.

Why pay more for an electric bike with a bigger range if you don't need it?
DigitalReaper1 h, 13 m ago

Unless you have some serious hills and a short commute, this bike will …Unless you have some serious hills and a short commute, this bike will slow down even the average rider compared to a standard bike. Electric bikes are very heavy. This one is 21 kg.The law in UK states an E-Bike cannot go more than 15.5 mph assisted, which makes them basically useless. There's a way to disable the speed restriction on some E-bikes, but until the laws are changed I'd stay away from E-Bikes in general.


Some good points here, yes the weight is a little high which is to be expected at the lower cost end. As Aluminum, alloys and carbon fiber are more than standard steel construction, plus the weight of the battery.

I don't ever see the police pulling people over on electric bikes or checking the speed that they can do, they are stretched enough as it is. For this reason, I doubt top speeds will be an issue, a fair amount of e-bikes can already top this. For faster electric commuting, one can buy an electric scooter for similar prices. Bear in mind these are then taxable in the same way a scooter or motorbike is. However, I still recommend the movement to electric if you can charge your vehicles at work and lower costs and / or the frustration of traffic.

Thanks for your comments DigitalReaper.
TeamMCS1 h, 15 m ago

A deal is a deal. My advice would be to just ride a regular bike, there's …A deal is a deal. My advice would be to just ride a regular bike, there's far better solutions to the last mile problem for this price - sorry OP


True perhaps for the last mile problem I described this may not work for everyone. I once worked at a massive site, with around 7K people working there with only one road out onto the roundabout to the ring road. I guess any folding bicycle would have been perfect but I do believe the folding bikes have always been around the £700 mark? Maybe those prices are out of date now, but my point is these may offer a ray of light in someones otherwise dull commute. Not perfect by any shot and I look forward to the prices dropping to half this for a really decent e-bike.

Thanks for your comments TeamMCS!
Edited by: "MrrImpeccable" 17th Jan
ebble9 m ago

Sounds a good deal to me if you only want to travel a few miles per day …Sounds a good deal to me if you only want to travel a few miles per day which many people do.Why pay more for an electric bike with a bigger range if you don't need it?


Good point! With an e-bike you can get fit and enjoy frustration free commuting with fresh air and when you have had a rubbish day, flick the battery on and whiz home to your favorite TV series! Good for hilly areas too. Cheers ebble!
This is a great deal for a partially disabled person such as myself for a short trip to the shops and back and as you say,it gets me out in the fresh air..Thank you for taking the time to post the deal
I've got a 500watt 13amh battery Ebike its brilliant flys up hills its up to you how much assistance you want or just peddle with out assistance choice is yours I get about 24miles on one charge and its very hilly where I live great
MrsKennedy7 h, 48 m ago

This is a great deal for a partially disabled person such as myself for a …This is a great deal for a partially disabled person such as myself for a short trip to the shops and back and as you say,it gets me out in the fresh air..Thank you for taking the time to post the deal


My pleasure Mrs Kennedy :-)
This is very cheap, yes, but the brand is also very poor in my experience.
The limited speed makes them legal, any higher and they start becoming in the scooter motorbike territory.
MrrImpeccable18 h, 52 m ago

Some good points here, yes the weight is a little high which is to be …Some good points here, yes the weight is a little high which is to be expected at the lower cost end. As Aluminum, alloys and carbon fiber are more than standard steel construction, plus the weight of the battery.I don't ever see the police pulling people over on electric bikes or checking the speed that they can do, they are stretched enough as it is. For this reason, I doubt top speeds will be an issue, a fair amount of e-bikes can already top this. For faster electric commuting, one can buy an electric scooter for similar prices. Bear in mind these are then taxable in the same way a scooter or motorbike is. However, I still recommend the movement to electric if you can charge your vehicles at work and lower costs and / or the frustration of traffic.Thanks for your comments DigitalReaper.


The speed isn't a police problem, the bikes are set to 15.5mph maximum. If your going faster than that, the motor turns off as soon as you reach 15.6mph. Even the £2000 electric bikes are capped at 15.5mph. To me, and the average rider, that makes them useless.

Yes some E-bikes you can try and hack the speed controllers to disable the limiter, but I wouldn't spend £2000 on an E-Bike and start downloading random software onto it that may or may not break your bike.

As far as I'm aware, there isn't any bikes you can buy off the shelf that aren't capped at 15.5mph, it's the law and they wouldn't be allowed to sell them.

There are some kits you can buy on ebay to convert your standard bike and fit a motor on it that allows unlimited speed, but that's a lot of effort.

Until the law is changed, I'd simply avoid e-Bikes unless you have a disability that stops you being able to ride a normal bike properly. 15.5mph is pretty slow.
CampGareth19 h, 47 m ago

useless for long journeys, great for pulling away at the lights or general …useless for long journeys, great for pulling away at the lights or general inner city commuting. I agree the limit should be raised though, 30mph would let you ride like a car pretty much everywhere. You'd need to enforce disc brakes at that speed.


Sure you pull away faster, 3 seconds later your being overtaken by everyone who's not lugging around a 21kg bike
Edited by: "DigitalReaper" 18th Jan
DigitalReaper1 h, 33 m ago

Sure you pull away faster, 3 seconds later your being overtaken by …Sure you pull away faster, 3 seconds later your being overtaken by everyone who's not lugging around a 21kg bike


I think you overestimate the effect weight has. Sure this is maybe 5-10kg heavier than usual, but it has 200W extra driving it. The difference between say 100W total and 300W total is going to have massively more effect than the difference between 80kg and 90kg.

Now you'd be overtaken because they will go faster than 15.5mph sure... unless they're in a city where they'll have no choice. Not gonna argue that these things compete with a road bike going 50mph because they don't.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 18th Jan
As an aside, surely the 15.5 mile/hour limit isn't an issue for everyone.

Here in London, a number of boroughs (including mine) have 20mph speed limits on non-TFL roads anyway (although I accept that data evidences that these are generally ignored by the majority of drivers unless supported by robust traffic calming).
premierfella21 m ago

As an aside, surely the 15.5 mile/hour limit isn't an issue for …As an aside, surely the 15.5 mile/hour limit isn't an issue for everyone.Here in London, a number of boroughs (including mine) have 20mph speed limits on non-TFL roads anyway (although I accept that data evidences that these are generally ignored by the majority of drivers unless supported by robust traffic calming).


You know 15.5 is less than 20 right?
CampGareth34 m ago

I think you overestimate the effect weight has. Sure this is maybe 5-10kg …I think you overestimate the effect weight has. Sure this is maybe 5-10kg heavier than usual, but it has 200W extra driving it. The difference between say 100W total and 300W total is going to have massively more effect than the difference between 80kg and 90kg.Now you'd be overtaken because they will go faster than 15.5mph sure... unless they're in a city where they'll have no choice. Not gonna argue that these things compete with a road bike going 50mph because they don't.


No, the point is you don't have 200W driving it, because the motor switches off at 15.5mph. Electric bikes will slow down your commute in almost all situations, unless you have steep hills both ways.
Edited by: "DigitalReaper" 18th Jan
Avoid
DigitalReaper9 m ago

No, the point is you don't have 200W driving it, because the motor …No, the point is you don't have 200W driving it, because the motor switches off at 15.5mph. Electric bikes will slow down your commute in almost all situations, unless you have steep hills both ways.


We're talking about two different situations. Do you have 200W assistance when going from 0mph at the lights, yes. Do you have 200W assistance when going at 16mph down the road, no. Will you reach 16mph on the road? Who can say, in my city absolutely not.

So let's stop saying "your commute" like it's universal, let's try "your commute down 20 miles of country lanes" and "your commute across 2 miles of horrific traffic in central Manchester at 8:30am, going 20m between red lights at a time". This bike is rubbish for the former, great for the latter. Probably why it has "City" in the name.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 18th Jan
DigitalReaper15 m ago

You know 15.5 is less than 20 right?



Yes - perhaps I should have been more explicit. What I mean is that in some areas of the country 15.5mph really isn't that far from the official speed *limit* of the roads you'd be on anyway.
Although I cant comment of this particular bike, an ebike is excellent for normal commuters. Im not talking about the inconsiderate lycraclad butt'r smeared (they put cream on their anus's!!) sweaty road clogging fools. But for normal people, its a real benefit.
premierfella18th Jan

Yes - perhaps I should have been more explicit. What I mean is that in …Yes - perhaps I should have been more explicit. What I mean is that in some areas of the country 15.5mph really isn't that far from the official speed *limit* of the roads you'd be on anyway.



That is very true.
I took a 7.5 mile journey by car the other morning, leaving at 7am to North Manchester General Hospital, and that journey took 1 hour 5 mins
Another cheap option here;

bicycles4u.com/col…rer

It's smaller wheels but has a more powerful motor, higher voltage battery although unsure of actual Ah capacity. It's lighter and has a protected battery stored in the frame for security. Pretty much the same drivetrain quality. Worth considering too.

Viking bikes are part of Avocet bikes, I don't have a problem with them but assembly can sometimes be a bit rough and may need a bit of a service to get everything right before riding. An internet purchase like this really requires someone who is mechanically minded to give it a good check. One good thing about this Viking folding bike is in a few years when the battery has worn out (2-5 years) or the motor has died (?) you can replace the front wheel with a cheap standard 20" front wheel and remove all electric parts and you are back to having a standard bike which can be used for many years.
Edited by: "bonzobanana" 21st Jan
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