Halfords have long established themselves in the cycling market as one of the big players in the UK but have been quite late to enter the e-bike market. With offerings from £750 to upwards of £1,600 there is a lot to choose from. In this comparison we aim to offer some alternatives from an established UK based manufacturer.
CycloTricity are an established ebike manufacturer, formed back in 2008, its operations have grown year-on-year with products can found on popular online platforms and reviewed by the likes of CBS media website CNET and British daily broadsheet newspaper the Telegraph.
Halfords e-bikes have been heavily marketed and are sure to come up during your research. However, there are many alternatives on the market often offering similar, if not better, value for money. If you are one of the savvy buyers out there, you may have noticed the similarities below simplified in a non-biased way.
The CyloTricity Sahara is not only a comparable model, but offers enhancements in regards to specifications and comes with much better value for money.
|Halfords Pendleton Somerby||Cycloticity Sahara 7AH|
|Approximate Weight (KG):||22kg||21Kg|
|Forks:||Steel||Top Gun Suspension|
|Number of Gears:||8||6|
|Recharge Time:||4-5 hours||4-5 hours|
|Amps:||8.80Ah||7Ah (also available in 11Ah and 17Ah)|
|Bottom Bracket:||Sealed bearing||Sealed Bearing|
|Bottom crank size:||122.5mm||122.5mm|
|Chainset:||Alloy, 38T||Alloy, 48T|
|Digital battery charger:||Charger supplied||Charger supplied|
|Throttle/Pedal Assistance:||PAS only||PAS with optional Throttle|
|Drive Type:||Rear drive||Front Drive|
|Electric Bike System:||BAFANG||Cyclotricity|
|Frame:||Low step||Low step|
|Handlebar Type:||Flat||Dutch ergonomic|
|Maximum Range:||Up to 50 Miles||Up to 45 Miles (upgrades available)|
|Quick Release Front Wheel:||No||No|
|Quick Release Rear Wheel:||No||No|
|Rims:||Alloy, double wall||Alloy, double wall|
|Saddle:||Sprung, deep padded||Sprung, deep padded|
|Support:||Standard in Store||Dedicated E-bike Team|
|Spare parts:||Ordered||In stock|
|Return policy:||Only if unused and in original packaging||30 Day Trial|
Both brands come equipped with a 36V 250W brushless motor. Halfords have opted for a rear motor as opposed to our Sahara which has a front driven motor. Positioning the motor here allows for greater stability and, when combined with pedalling, offers an all-wheel-drive-experience. This is in contrast to a rear drive system, or a crank drive, which can be over complicated and can place increased strain on the chain and gear-set. A rear-drive system is only suitable for motors of 500W or more where the torque is too high.
Both brands have opted for lithium-¬ion batteries, which are considered to be the safest and most power efficient currently available on the mass consumer market. The Sahara comes with a 250WH battery as standard with all our bike range (though higher capacity options are available as optional upgrades), Halfords have opted for a 36v/8.4Ah (302WH), which will give you more range due to it's higher amp-hour, but come at a greater cost.
Cyclotricity use well know battery cells such as LG and Samsung whereas Halfords have opted for a lesser known cell Phylion.
Sahara amp-hour = 7Ah - optional 11Ah & 17Ah
Although the design of the Pendleton e-bike may look extremely comfortable on longer rides you may find the lack of a front suspension fork noticeable. This is mainly due to undulations and vibrations from the road, having a suspension fork between you and the road reduces the transfer of this to you contact points (wrists). With the Cyclotricity Sahara have already considered this and added a suspended saddle and front fork for your comfort.