Decathlon Hoptown 500 lightweight folding electric bike with integral battery on clearance for just £499.00.
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Decathlon Hoptown 500 lightweight folding electric bike with integral battery on clearance for just £499.00.

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Found 30th May
Nearest equivalent is probably Halford's Carrera Crosscity at £700.

Alloy frame with removable battery inside.
6 speed Shimano gears.
Mudguards.
Lights powered from battery.
20" alloy rims.
Vee brakes.
Alloy seat post.

Decathlon have a good reputation for their bikes and servicing.
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Any legal considerations when using this in powered mode on public roads? Thanks.
It's completely legal on UK roads as far as I know. Having a captive battery in the frame is a very good feature however the low capacity 24V 6A battery (144 Wh) is quite low and the drivetrain is a very basic low end freewheel and tourney derailleur. Both to be expected at this price range but I have seen folding bikes go sub £400 with better batteries and drivetrains on occasion.

There is a link to the user manual on the web page but it only has instructions about the electric parts so presumably it also comes with a normal btwin user manual for all the other information and that would mean the weight restrictions listed in there are the same I would of thought as normal btwin bikes. So the bike may be limited to 80kg riders or less allowing for the weight of the bike.
AndyRoyd27 m ago

Any legal considerations when using this in powered mode on public roads? …Any legal considerations when using this in powered mode on public roads? Thanks.


You can go up to 25km/h without any legal implications (I think).

Electric bikes are restricted to that speed. You can derestrict it, but then it's illegal to ride on the road.

Hth
It's mentioned in the main text that this is similar to the Carrera Crosscity but that bike has much higher quality components. The battery is 313Wh which is over twice the capacity of this bike and it features a high quality freehub type drivetrain. This btwin bike is very low spec but with the big benefit of a captive battery for security. Worth looking at the reviews though as the btwin bike seems to have a lot of negative comments regarding the battery although being such a low capacity battery it could be customer expectations on range are unrealistic.

Also bear in mind the motor and drivetrain are both on the rear wheel so punctures could be extra awkward to fix on the rear wheel. I personally as a heavy rider always get more punctures on the rear wheel where most of the weight is. It seems lighter riders actually may get more punctures on the front which is normally the first wheel to encounter glass and sharp items in general. Whatever with this bike fixing front punctures will be a lot easier than the rear wheel by a long way. My own preference is the motorised hub on the front wheel making fixing punctures about equal in complexity front and back plus 3-5 years from now when the battery or motor have failed it makes transforming the e-bike into a normal bike very simple by just replacing the front wheel with a basic 20" wheel no more than £10-15.
Another option here if you want a more conventional e-bike. It has far higher rider weight capacity and about double the battery capacity. It might suit some better. It also has throttle control so probably older stock and legally a bit more dubious but has pedal assist as well.

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Edited by: "bonzobanana" 30th May
bonzobanana6 h, 5 m ago

Another option here if you want a more conventional e-bike. It has far …Another option here if you want a more conventional e-bike. It has far higher rider weight capacity and about double the battery capacity. It might suit some better. It also has throttle control so probably older stock and legally a bit more dubious but has pedal assist as well. https://bicycles4u.com/products/esprit-electric-explorer


Could be OK for someone like you with a good knowledge of bikes but I think a lot of people will want the reassurance of a 'proper shop' to deal with, especially with an electric bike. It may be cheap for an electric bike but £500 is still a lot of money!
Edited by: "Besford" 30th May
Besford3 h, 29 m ago

Could be OK for someone like you with a good knowledge of bikes but I …Could be OK for someone like you with a good knowledge of bikes but I think a lot of people will want the reassurance of a 'proper shop' to deal with, especially with an electric bike. It may be cheap for an electric bike but £500 is still a lot of money!


Fair point but for many like myself Decathlon isn't local so it would also be an internet bike that I would have to assemble and check myself and either would be a protected purchase if you use a credit card as they would be jointly liable. There isn't a single Decathlon store in the south west or wales. Bristol is one of Britain's biggest cities but no stores there for example. Where as within about 30 miles of where I am there are at least 6 halfords stores possibly more and at 40 miles probably 20-30 plus stores including Cycle republic stores. In fact wherever you go with a halfords bike you can pretty much get warranty work done just a few miles away which is better than most local independent bike shops. I totally accept for many though having a local Decathlon store is an advantage over online especially when a bike has low end short life parts that are more likely to need warranty work.
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Dealmessiah30th May

You can go up to 25km/h without any legal implications (I think).Electric …You can go up to 25km/h without any legal implications (I think).Electric bikes are restricted to that speed. You can derestrict it, but then it's illegal to ride on the road.Hth


This is nearly correct, in that the speed limit only applies to the motor assist, you can legally go as fast as you can pedal, which even on something like this is likely to be way over 15.5mph (25kmh) but the motor *must* cut out at 15.5mph.... now this might sound pointless, but the fact is when you have a motor to assist up 15mph, you save a lot of YOUR energy you would normally use for starts, riding up hills etc, so you find more energy to propel you over the 15.5mph motor limit.
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