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You can get a further 15% off using code CYCLING15 which brings it down to £850, code ends Monday 01/07 and gives 15% off all adult bikes, electric bikes and cycling accessories (excluding Brompton)
I've been looking at these for a while since seeing a post yesterday from Cycle republic, Halfords have now price matched this. It appears to be a good bike, though there are question marks over the motors build quality, but a good entry E-Bike that doesn't look like your Miss Daisy



Frame: Aircraft grade aluminium

Gears: Shimano Deore, 10 speed

Suspension: Front and seatpost, 76mm travel

Brakes: Hydraulic Disc Brakes

Wheels: 27.5" with Kenda 27.5 x 2.35 tyres

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The Gtech eScent 650b Electric Mountain Bike allows you to enjoy the thrill of the ride without the struggle. Although it looks just like a normal mountain bike, as soon as you pedal you will feel the difference.The eScent has an easy to read LCD display, to tell you exactly how much charge you’ve got remaining. It has a range of up to 30
miles dependent on terrain and rider effort, and charges from flat in 3 hours. If the route starts to get tough, a built in computer smoothly adjusts the power as and when you need it.

The powerful 36V Lithium-ion battery and rear hub motor give you a boost up to 15.5mph, and you can always go faster under your own steam if you like. You can choose from two power settings at the touch of a button - Eco or Max; or turn the power off to ride it like an ordinary bike.The RockShox suspension gives you an easy, comfortable ride, while the suspension saddle makes riding over rougher ground smooth and comfortable. It is equipped with 1x10 speed Shimano Deore gear
componentry to help get the bike to the maximum assisted speed and exceed it.

The Gtech Mountain eBike is equipped with 27.5” off-road tyres providing the perfect balance between good acceleration and maximum manoeuvrability. The hydraulic disc brakes give you powerful braking performance without any compromises in riding control in any weather, meaning you can safely tackle any challenge with confidence. If you thought all this would make a heavy bike, you’d be wrong. The Gtech Mountain eBike weighs in at just 19kg, so nothing will slow you down. And it’s made from lightweight aluminium alloy, the same material used in modern aircraft, so you know it’s strong enough to withstand whatever you throw at it.
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I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike but always put off by the cycle aficionado who ALWAYS has some negative point to make about the battery, power, gearing, motor etc.

I realise there will always be some negative point to make as the perfect ebike probably costs as much as a car but there must be a good compromise bike at the £1K mark. I mean that's a lot of money in my books for a bike.

At this rate I doubt I'll ever find cycling as an alternative to driving
The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.
I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.
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Now becomes available on the old style cycle to work scheme £1k limit that some employers use. Still think most will be frustrated by the tiny battery range, but sub 15 mile round trip commuters or those that charge at work and at home might be tempted. Nice component set though and reasonably light for an ebike
Edited by: "rugman" 25th Jun
Halfords own Cycle Republic, in case you weren't aware. Prices aren't always the same across both though.
Cycle to work is changing as DFT have lifted the cap for £1000
Best of luck.
I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike but always put off by the cycle aficionado who ALWAYS has some negative point to make about the battery, power, gearing, motor etc.

I realise there will always be some negative point to make as the perfect ebike probably costs as much as a car but there must be a good compromise bike at the £1K mark. I mean that's a lot of money in my books for a bike.

At this rate I doubt I'll ever find cycling as an alternative to driving
FireOnAWire26/06/2019 05:40

I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike …I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike but always put off by the cycle aficionado who ALWAYS has some negative point to make about the battery, power, gearing, motor etc.I realise there will always be some negative point to make as the perfect ebike probably costs as much as a car but there must be a good compromise bike at the £1K mark. I mean that's a lot of money in my books for a bike. At this rate I doubt I'll ever find cycling as an alternative to driving


Not for an ebike it isn't. Sadly £1000 is entry level in ebike world still. You can get Sam decent bikes around that mark if commuting is your only use case.
To be fair even in regular mountain bikes £1k doesn't get you anything amazing these days. And the lift of CTW cap is not going to help.
FireOnAWire26/06/2019 05:40

I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike …I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike but always put off by the cycle aficionado who ALWAYS has some negative point to make about the battery, power, gearing, motor etc.I realise there will always be some negative point to make as the perfect ebike probably costs as much as a car but there must be a good compromise bike at the £1K mark. I mean that's a lot of money in my books for a bike. At this rate I doubt I'll ever find cycling as an alternative to driving


You’ll always find negative comments on every thread. Just take some time & do some research online, there’s plenty of helpful forums with loads of info & people willing to help. I’ve just taken the plunge for my cycle to work. You gotta weigh up what you want to use it for, terrain distances etc. I went for a cube acid one 500 as I live on the coast so plenty of paths & trails to ride plus the commute to work. It is a lot of money but once you’ve got one your happy with you’ll not look back.
FireOnAWire26/06/2019 05:40

I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike …I'm browsing these cycle threads to find a cycle to work compatible ebike but always put off by the cycle aficionado who ALWAYS has some negative point to make about the battery, power, gearing, motor etc.I realise there will always be some negative point to make as the perfect ebike probably costs as much as a car but there must be a good compromise bike at the £1K mark. I mean that's a lot of money in my books for a bike. At this rate I doubt I'll ever find cycling as an alternative to driving


I've been looking for a while and did nearly buy this, but considering you can get some with double the range for the same price, I didn't feel it was a great deal for me personally as this bike is pretty good, though plastic motor internals concern me but you do get a 2 year warranty.
For me, I actually want a bike that looks like a bike, I find a significant proportion of the lower end E-Bikes are step overs or small bikes designed for city commutes.
The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.
I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.
whathesmeg26/06/2019 09:23

The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to …The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.


This...

I'd recommend it for any £1k+ bike... But especially if you haven't ridden ebike before!
whathesmeg26/06/2019 09:23

The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to …The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.



So all these people who are buying 500W+ motors in kits on ebay, are presumably riding illegal vehicles?
whathesmeg26/06/2019 09:23

The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to …The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.


I'm pretty fit but there are some tough hills along my route and thought an ebike would let me reach my destination without sweating like crazy (unlike yesterday).

I was under the impression an ebike would act as normal until the press of a button where the motor would engage and whizz you along under electric power.
Indeed seems pretty useless otherwise.

I'll probably give the Halfords 48hr trial a go next week.

haslitt26/06/2019 10:16

So all these people who are buying 500W+ motors in kits on ebay, are …So all these people who are buying 500W+ motors in kits on ebay, are presumably riding illegal vehicles?



500W? Illegal? I like the sound of that
If it contravenes some stupid EU law I'm all for it

Edit: There's also 1500W versions
Edited by: "FireOnAWire" 26th Jun
FireOnAWire26/06/2019 10:18

I'm pretty fit but there are some tough hills along my route and thought …I'm pretty fit but there are some tough hills along my route and thought an ebike would let me reach my destination without sweating like crazy (unlike yesterday).I was under the impression an ebike would act as normal until the press of a button where the motor would engage and whizz you along under electric power. Indeed seems pretty useless otherwise. I'll probably give the Halfords 48hr trial a go next week.500W? Illegal? I like the sound of that ;)If it contravenes some stupid EU law I'm all for it (angel)Edit: There's also 1500W versions


Looked into it. It's UK law, anything over 250W needs a DVLA registration and insurance.
haslitt26/06/2019 11:03

Looked into it. It's UK law, anything over 250W needs a DVLA registration …Looked into it. It's UK law, anything over 250W needs a DVLA registration and insurance.


Which is silly (also see benefit from making electric bikes have a 20mph top speed) but reflects the low competence/intelligence of many MPs
WTF's an eScent?
afroylnt26/06/2019 12:29

Which is silly (also see benefit from making electric bikes have a 20mph …Which is silly (also see benefit from making electric bikes have a 20mph top speed) but reflects the low competence/intelligence of many MPs


I really don't think it is silly, agree maybe the limit could go up to 18 or 20 mph. But the faster you go the more likely you are to injure others. It is a good idea to have insurance, especially after that recent case where a cyclist ended up being sued and could be liable for £100k in costs... Despite his incident not being totally his fault.
haslitt26/06/2019 10:16

So all these people who are buying 500W+ motors in kits on ebay, are …So all these people who are buying 500W+ motors in kits on ebay, are presumably riding illegal vehicles?


The 250 watt + motors are legal off road. I built a 48 volt 1000 watt e-bike and it would do around 25 mph top speed. That is as quick as one of those cheap 'n' nasty Chinese 2 stroke petrol engine scooters.
The guys who ride these higher powered DIY e-bikes will tell you not to stop pedalling as doing around 20mph without pedalling is a dead giveaway to the traffic police that your bike is illegal.
Bicycle helmet and video camera on top is also a good idea.
I have gone back to a normal pedal cycle as on my main run the e-bike was only approx ten minutes faster on a 12 mile run, the main advantage was on the 2 x 1 in 15 hills I had to get up. That extra time is walking up the 2 hills.

Some info on DIY e-bikes here - ebikeschool.com/
Just reserved to collect at £850 (with the voucher code). Thanks for posting this deal OP!
whathesmeg26/06/2019 14:10

The 250 watt + motors are legal off road. I built a 48 volt 1000 watt …The 250 watt + motors are legal off road. I built a 48 volt 1000 watt e-bike and it would do around 25 mph top speed. That is as quick as one of those cheap 'n' nasty Chinese 2 stroke petrol engine scooters.The guys who ride these higher powered DIY e-bikes will tell you not to stop pedalling as doing around 20mph without pedalling is a dead giveaway to the traffic police that your bike is illegal.Bicycle helmet and video camera on top is also a good idea.I have gone back to a normal pedal cycle as on my main run the e-bike was only approx ten minutes faster on a 12 mile run, the main advantage was on the 2 x 1 in 15 hills I had to get up. That extra time is walking up the 2 hills.Some info on DIY e-bikes here - http://www.ebikeschool.com/


They're only legal on private land, not off road as in cycle paths/tracks, canal paths, greenlanes, BOAT's etc. And private land means somewhere where the general public dont have access.
SFconvert26/06/2019 12:53

I really don't think it is silly, agree maybe the limit could go up to 18 …I really don't think it is silly, agree maybe the limit could go up to 18 or 20 mph. But the faster you go the more likely you are to injure others. It is a good idea to have insurance, especially after that recent case where a cyclist ended up being sued and could be liable for £100k in costs... Despite his incident not being totally his fault.


I can see insurance is coming. The case for a 20 mph max is to allow cyclists to more safety accelerate away in traffic and also better share the roads with normal bicycles. I would make disc brakes mandatory on all electric bikes with a 20mph maximum ; good stopping power will help reduce collisions.

The recent court case decision seems to be without merit as a different ruling seems to have been applied to a bicycle than to a car/motorbike. Doddery old judge imho who needs to find a new hobby.
whathesmeg26/06/2019 14:10

The 250 watt + motors are legal off road. I built a 48 volt 1000 watt …The 250 watt + motors are legal off road. I built a 48 volt 1000 watt e-bike and it would do around 25 mph top speed. That is as quick as one of those cheap 'n' nasty Chinese 2 stroke petrol engine scooters.The guys who ride these higher powered DIY e-bikes will tell you not to stop pedalling as doing around 20mph without pedalling is a dead giveaway to the traffic police that your bike is illegal.Bicycle helmet and video camera on top is also a good idea.I have gone back to a normal pedal cycle as on my main run the e-bike was only approx ten minutes faster on a 12 mile run, the main advantage was on the 2 x 1 in 15 hills I had to get up. That extra time is walking up the 2 hills.Some info on DIY e-bikes here - http://www.ebikeschool.com/


Are they actually legal off road though? In a public place I would still presume they aren't, the same as riding a scrambler or quad bike isn't unless it's on private land.
Been looking at this all day, very tempted. Went to take the plunge and now it seems to be OOS everywhere. Typical!!
GazP26/06/2019 19:16

Been looking at this all day, very tempted. Went to take the plunge and …Been looking at this all day, very tempted. Went to take the plunge and now it seems to be OOS everywhere. Typical!!


The discount code works on all bikes, the Carrera at £950 doesn't seem a bad alternative, it comes down to £807
I can buy an electric scooter which is illegal to ride on public roads, yet I can buy an electric bicycle and ride it on a public road? What’s wrong with everything that moves on a road been taxed and insured.......oops sorry the cars and wagons will pay for that, in return for a small percentage of revenue put back into roads and infrastructure.

If we we leave eu we don’t need as many mp’s filling us with false promises and hopes?
This is one confused country, we’ll miss eu laws and directives.

Demolition Man (old film) it’s becoming reality...........proper nanny state.
whathesmeg26/06/2019 09:23

The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to …The biggest problem is the EU regulations that limit the motor power to 250 watts on public roads. This means that most of the time the motor is only assisting pedalling the bike. Then add the weight of the motor, battery and control box and there isn't a huge difference over pedalling a normal bike. You will need to pedal anyway to get the range mileage that the manufacturers claim. It really depends on how fit you are and if there are any steep hills on your route.I would recommend a test ride before parting with your cash.


Complete and utter nonsense I just cam back from a ride with a 5ft girl with muscular dystrophy on her ebike and I could not live with her on the flat let alone the hills! All 6ft 2 of me with my mountain bike lungs had no chance!
I think for anyone looking to get an Ebike this is a great deal.
I got bit obsessed about the battery life before buying mine and whilst this is quite a small battery, the cool thing is that this is easy to remove, you can buy spares and it probably is enough to get where you need to get if you are prepared to do a little bit of pedalling.
I can easily get 60 miles out of mine on setting 2/5 which is a good setting for taking the pain out of hills but still spinning your legs. Its 7 years old and still works like the day I got it!

The things I really like about this bike are:
1. It actually looks like a normal bike and isnt a weird monstrosity that people laugh at (like mine)
2. Its got decent components such as hydro disc brakes and front suspension
3. You can remove the battery and it looks like a water bottle
4. You can probably ride it like a normal bike if the battery goes (on my Oxygen City Ebike you have no chance)
5. Being Gtech there are loads of spares and a 2 year guarantee is decent

You could probably flog this after a year for about £800 if you dont like it anyway
If you can find one get one!
squeekyclean26/06/2019 20:03

I can buy an electric scooter which is illegal to ride on public roads, …I can buy an electric scooter which is illegal to ride on public roads, yet I can buy an electric bicycle and ride it on a public road? What’s wrong with everything that moves on a road been taxed and insured.......oops sorry the cars and wagons will pay for that, in return for a small percentage of revenue put back into roads and infrastructure.If we we leave eu we don’t need as many mp’s filling us with false promises and hopes?This is one confused country, we’ll miss eu laws and directives.Demolition Man (old film) it’s becoming reality...........proper nanny state.


All vehicles are subject to VED(no such thing as road tax), which is based on emissions. Electric cars/bikes etc have zero emissions, do pay zero VED.
Road maintenance comes out of general taxation which all tax payers pay (including those who don't drive at all).
FireOnAWire26/06/2019 10:18

I'm pretty fit but there are some tough hills along my route and thought …I'm pretty fit but there are some tough hills along my route and thought an ebike would let me reach my destination without sweating like crazy (unlike yesterday).I was under the impression an ebike would act as normal until the press of a button where the motor would engage and whizz you along under electric power. Indeed seems pretty useless otherwise. I'll probably give the Halfords 48hr trial a go next week.500W? Illegal? I like the sound of that ;)If it contravenes some stupid EU law I'm all for it (angel)Edit: There's also 1500W versions


Contravene EU law? The UK limit is 250watt, most of the rest of Europe is 350watt and unlike us many other European nations treat those little electric scooters like electric bikes...

It's also been that way for a long while, well at least regarding electric bikes. We are way behind the times, not just on this but our level of electric bike use, it's a fraction of Germany for example.
Edited by: "supermann" 1st Jul
squeekyclean26/06/2019 20:03

I can buy an electric scooter which is illegal to ride on public roads, …I can buy an electric scooter which is illegal to ride on public roads, yet I can buy an electric bicycle and ride it on a public road? What’s wrong with everything that moves on a road been taxed and insured.......oops sorry the cars and wagons will pay for that, in return for a small percentage of revenue put back into roads and infrastructure.If we we leave eu we don’t need as many mp’s filling us with false promises and hopes?This is one confused country, we’ll miss eu laws and directives.Demolition Man (old film) it’s becoming reality...........proper nanny state.


Electric bikes are legal to ride on UK roads because as long as they only have 250watt motors and the newer ones don't have throttles they are treated in exactly the same way as regular bicycles.

Your comment seems to be alluding to the idea that there's such a thing as road tax. There is no such thing in the UK. The only tax that relates to the roads is vehicle excise duty which is taxed according to emissions and does not pay for road infrastructure. Bikes are treated the same as electric cars in this way.

The cost to build and maintain roads comes out of general taxation, which includes all sorts of taxes. Everyone pays for them... And don't forget, the reason we have to spend so much money maintaining roads is largely because of how much wear cars, vans and lorries place upon them.
Edited by: "supermann" 1st Jul
supermann01/07/2019 16:47

Contravene EU law? The UK limit is 250watt, most of the rest of Europe is …Contravene EU law? The UK limit is 250watt, most of the rest of Europe is 350watt and unlike us many other European nations treat those little electric scooters like electric bikes...It's also been that way for a long while, well at least regarding electric bikes. We are way behind the times, not just on this but our level of electric bike use, it's a fraction of Germany for example.


What's your point?

I'd still opt to get a 1500w version.
Code working again and seems to be back in stock round me.
Athia04/07/2019 08:09

Code working again and seems to be back in stock round me.


And don't forget 10% off for British Cycling members!
voucher not working now
There's a new code for 10%, but someone on here suggested that once the that code expires, that CYCLING15 will work again. I have no idea if that is true.
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