Do I need to pedal to ride this ebike?
Yes, our ebikes are pedal assisted models which require rider input at all times.
I’m worried that I won’t have full control over the bike?
There’s no need to worry, being a pedal assisted model means you are in full control at all times. When a power assist level is selected the motor simply provides a little extra boost whilst you pedal and does not take over.
Do I need tax, insurance or a licence to ride the ebikes?
No, pedal assisted electric bikes do not require you to hold a valid driver’s licence, pay tax or take out insurance.
How do I charge the battery?
To charge the battery you simply plug the bike into a household socket using the supplied charger and cable. (The optional range extender can also charge the main battery whilst you are on the move).
Can I ride this in the wet?
The bike and propulsion system are fully weather proof so can be ridden in all weather conditions.
Can this bike be purchased on a cycle to work scheme?
Yes, all ebikes can be purchased through all the major cycle to work scheme providers. The government have even adjusted the £1000 limit making obtaining an ebike on cycle to work more beneficial than ever.
Is it possible to test ride the bike?
Test rides of the e-bike are available from Ribble HQ in Preston. We would advise that you contact us ahead of making your journey to ensure there is availability for your test ride. Alternatively, you can hire the e-bike from E-Venture Bikes in Keswick, and the cost of the rental will be deducted from your purchase should you then decide to buy one of our e-bikes. We also have various demo days around the UK which can be viewed via social channels or our events section of the website.
How much does the Hybrid AL e weigh?
Builds start at just 12.5kgs and this includes the motor system at 3.5kgs.
What electronic drive system does the ALe use?
The SLe has been built around the Ebikemotion X35 system.
Can I alter the assistance levels of the motor system?
Yes, you can cycle through 3 different assistance modes (which can be configured further in the app), or choose to have the motor turned off completely; all at the press of a single button.
How does the motor work?
The SLe’s motor system is 'pedal assist', which means that the motor supports you when you pedal the bike.
How fast can I go on the AL e?
The SL e’s motor system will power you until you reach 15mph, at which point (by law, and as with all e bikes in the UK) the assistance will cut out. If you drop below 15mph the system will automatically kick back in with assistance if required.
What is the range of the AL e?
The range of the ALe depends on a number of factors including rider weight, route profile and temperature. A rider of 90kg, on a varied route including climbs, descents and flats can expect an average distance of 60-80 miles when using maximum assistance mode.
Can I go faster than 15mph?
Yes, though the motor will only assist you up to 15mph, and for speeds above this you will be relying on your legs. Though in the US the bike is set up to max out at 20mph.
What if I get a puncture in the rear wheel?
It is simple to disconnect the rear wheel from the frame by unclipping the connector on the chainstay and releasing the nuts on the rear axle. To reconnect, simply click back in and tighten the nuts.
What is the warranty on the frame?
The frame has a 3 year warranty against manufacturing defects. All other parts are covered by the manufacturers standard warranty including the Ebikemotion system.
Can I fit mudguards?
Yes the frame is compatible with full mudguards thanks to its integrated mudguard mounts.
What is the maximum tyre width that the frame can accommodate?
The Hyrid ALe SL e is suitable for tyre widths up to 700x45c without mudguards, with mudguards fitted the bike will accept 700x40c tyres.
What type of riding is this bike best suited for?
The relaxed geometry of this frame is best suited to comfortable and leisurely rides on paves surfaces though it is also capable on bridleways and towpaths.
How many bottle cage mounts are there?
Each frame size has mountings for 2 bottles.
Does the frame have fittings to allow a rack to be mounted?
Yes, the frame does have mounting points for a rear pannier rack and if you opt for the Fully Loaded Edition a colour matched forms part of the specification.
Is it Di2 compatible?
No, it is not compatible with electronic groupsets.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
From flat the battery takes 3.5 hours to reach full charge.
Do I need to remove the battery to charge?
No, the charging port is accessible easily on the outside of the frame.
How will I know how much battery I have left?
The top-tube button indicates battery life at a glance with a simple colour-code. White means you’re at full battery; progressing down through Green, Amber and finally Red to indicate 25% or less remaining.
Is there an app to use with the system?
Yes, the motor system’s app is compatible with both Apple and Android OS’s and offers a full suite of functionality; from monitoring your exact battery life, to pairing the system with a heart rate monitor and having the motor kick in at a specific BPM limit.
How does the ALe’s weight compare to other E-Road bikes?
The AL e is one of the lightest e-Bikes of its type currently available.
Is the battery and /or motor replaceable?
Yes, the battery is accessible by removing the bottom bracket. The motor is also easy to replace.
Are the brakes flat mount or post mount?
The brakes are the most current flat mount variant.
What plug sockets are supplied for international customers?
Our AL e bike is supplied with a 3-pin UK adaptor.
Will the battery be chargeable in the USA as a different voltage is used? (also applied to other countries)
Yes, the bike is supplied with a US compatible plug, although charge times may vary to those stated for the UK.
How do you charge the battery?
You charge the system via the charging point that is easily accessible on the top of the bottom bracket shell.
What is the life expectancy of the battery?
Battery has a live expectancy of around 500 charging cycles.
What BB does it take?
The AL e takes a press fit style of BB, Shimano builds require a 86.5x41 BB and Sram a BB86.
Where does the additional battery mount/plug in?
The additional battery comes in the form of a bottle and is mounted via a standard bottle cage, the charger then plugs into the charge point on top of the bottom bracket shell.
Is the bike supplied with pedals?
Due to the many different systems people use we do not supply pedals with bikes but you can find a great array of pedals here.