Giant Road E+1 Pro bike
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10 e-Road bikes that are almost too good to be true

E-Road bikes are firmly here to stay. Check out our pick of the drop bar bunch currently dominating the roads.
Written by Adam Yare
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Road cycling is a funny old thing. While e-Bikes had exploded in popularity amongst mountain bikers and every-day commuters, the majority of drop-bar bike manufacturers had kept an electronically-assisted machine out of their line-up.
But times are changing, and as an increasing number of riders begin to see the benefits of a little motorised assistance, the rise of the e-road bike has well and truly begun. Perfect for improving and prolonging your time in the saddle, and with more brands than ever building high-performance bikes, there has never been a better time to go electric.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 top e-road bike picks currently on the market.

1. Gtech eBike Sport

Gtech E-bike Sport
Gtech E-bike Sport
Price: £995
Affordable and not unpleasant on the eye, the Gtech eBike Sport is a classic looking bike powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Perfect if you’re after an all round easy ride, all you need to do is pedal and the bike does all the hard work for you.
With an in-built computer that measures your pedal stroke, the bike’s speed can adjust to give you a much-needed boost of up to 15mph (the legal limit for all E-bikes is 15.5mph).
Simple and easy to maintain, the Gtech’s battery can be removed for charging and is capable of covering a range of 30 miles when full. What’s more, the traditional chain has been replaced by a light carbon fibre belt drive, so say goodbye to annoying chain oil tattoos or messy trouser legs when commuting.

2. Boardman ADV 8.9E

Boardman ADV 8.9 E e-road bike
This electric gravel bike is built for both on and off-road exploration
Price: £2,430
By taking its ever-popular ADV 8.9 model and making it electric, British favourite Boardman has produced a reasonably priced adventure e-bike capable of tackling any terrain.
Fitted with a removable Fazua drive system that is discreet and relatively light (4.6kg), the Boardman’s battery will last for 56 miles on the low assistance ‘Breeze Mode’ – making it perfect for those longer days in the saddle where you might need an extra push to get up and over the hills.
With a SRAM Apex 1 groupset, hydraulic brakes and a lowered bottom bracket for increased stability, the ADV 8.9 is a classic-looking gravel bike built for both on and off-road exploration.

3. Ribble Endurance SL e Tiagra

Ribble Endurance SL e Tiagra e-road bike
With a well-hidden battery, is this the ultimate stealth e-road bike?
Price: £2,799
In a market where sleek and stylish design is often compromised to squeeze in an unsightly battery, the Ribble Endurance SL e is a welcome sight.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the Endurance certainly stands up to its billing as the ‘the ultimate stealth e-road bike’. Featuring a well-hidden battery and integrated cabling, to the untrained eye the aero-looking Ribble could easily pass as a non-assisted roadie.
Built around an impressively light carbon frame and a Shimano Tiagra groupset, the Endurance SL e is the ideal choice if you’re looking for a serious piece of kit with a price tag that doesn’t require you to remortgage your home.

4. Giant Road E+1 Pro

Giant Road E+ 1 Pro e-road bike
The E+1 Pro's battery will last for 80 electrically assisted miles
Price: £3,799
Giant says that the E+1 is ‘engineered for exhilarating road performance’ and it might just be right. Like the Ribble and Boardman, the Giant’s geometry is more akin to a true road bike. The E+1 features drop handlebars, narrow tyres and an aluminium frame perfect for taking part in sportives or local club rides.
Giant claims that the bike uses ‘hybrid cycling technology’, but like all e-bikes, an electric motor is used to supplement the pedal power of the rider. In the case of the E+1, this comes from a SyncDrive Yamaha motor and a moderately light 500Wh lithium-ion battery.
To improve the riding experience, an ergonomic display with a remaining range indicator has been mounted on the handlebars, making it even easier for you to get out and explore up to 80 motor-assisted miles before the battery runs out.

5. Cannondale Synapse NEO SE

Cannondale Synapse NEO SE e-road bike
On or off-road, the Synapse NEO SE can tackle it all
Price: £3,500
As with many e-bikes on this list, the Synapse NEO SE is made as much for off-road experiences as it is on-road. A well-constructed gravel bike, the Synapse is perfectly at home racing over byways and forest trails as it is accelerating over mountain passes and valley roads.
Powered by the Bosch Powerline Plus, it comes with a 500Wh battery that is more than capable of taking you on a full day of riding (and then some). A handlebar-mounted LCD display allows you to view both your remaining mileage and choose one of four assistance levels – from Eco and Tour through to Sport and Turbo.
Comfortable and good-looking it’s an ideal companion whether you’re after support on long-distance endeavours, fancy going off the beaten track or simply require a boost to get you through the rush hour traffic.

6. Coboc One Soho

Coboc One Soho
Coboc One Soho
Price: £3,275
If you’re after the best looking bike on the market the Coboc One could be just the ticket. Embracing the pared-back ‘fixie’ look that has been popularised by hipster cyclists the world over, the One is available in various colours, each named after a different city.
Taking inspiration from retro-racing bikes of the '60s, the One Soho comes in a simple brushed aluminium frame and includes carbon forks, bullhorn bars and, for an added touch of class, a Brooks leather saddle.
Being, in essence, a single-speed, the Coboc isn’t going to be the best when it comes to long or steep hills. Yet weighing in at a super-light 13.7kg and with a battery life that lasts for 50 miles – if you’re willing to look past the lack of gears – you’re going to have a lot of fun.

7. Bianchi Impulso E-Road

Bianchi Impuslo e-Road bike
The Impulso packs enough range to handle the longest days on the bike
Price: £4,000
If there’s one manufacturer that springs to mind when it comes to road racing, it’s Bianchi. At the very heart of bike culture since 1885, the Italian manufacturer’s bikes have been ridden by some of the sport’s greatest cyclists.
Designed to look like a typical Bianchi road bike, the Impulso’s frame geometry wouldn’t look out of place in the Tour de France. The Polini EP3 motor is one of the least bulky on the market and the battery, which is kept well hidden inside the down tube, is one of the longest lasting on our list and packs a range of nearly 125 miles.
While the motor is unlikely to add anything on the flat due to the assistance limit of 15.5mph, as soon as it meets a hill the Impulso will dominate even the smallest of inclines, making it ideal for those riders anxious about going on longer rides or keeping up on climbs.

8. Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 SL Disc

Cube Agree Hybrid
Cube Agree Hybrid
Price: £4,999
We are now among the heavy hitters of the e-road bike game and they don’t come much better than the Cube Agree.
Likely to appeal to purists looking for a ‘proper’ road bike, the Agree’s e-bike credentials are so deceptive that at first glance it’s hard to even notice that it’s electric. Powered by a compact Fazua drive unit, the motor and battery are self-contained and can be fully removed, taking the already light 13.8kg closer to your standard road bike weight. Also, if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a full carbon frame, a Shimano Ultegra groupset and hydraulic disc brakes.

9. Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon

Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon e-road bike
Combine Tour de France looks with the endurance of a WorldTour rider
Price: £5,499
When it comes to building bikes, it’s safe to say that Specialized knows what it's doing. Consistently producing industry-defining models since 1974, it’s no surprise that the Turbo Creo SL makes our list.
The self-proclaimed ‘lightest e-bike in its class’, the Creo SL features the same Fact 11r carbon frame as the pro-model S-Works. And if a frame worthy of cycling’s Grand Tours wasn’t enough, Specialized has also included its headtube-based suspension system, Future Shock 2.0.
Capable of covering 80 miles of power-assisted pedalling on a fully charged battery, the Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon is a high-performance e-road bike that doesn’t compromise on comfort or speed.

10. Focus Paralane²

Focus Paralane² 9.9 e-road bike
A fraction under £10,000, this goes into 'remortgage the house' territory
Price: £9,499
“Fast like a road bike, strong as an e-bike” declares Focus on its website. The Paralane² is the leading example of a new breed of electric bike that is more about high-end performance than day-to-day functionality.
Released to a fanfare more suited to performance sports cars, it was obvious from the outset that the Paralane² was going to be something special. Utilising a carbon frame and weighing under 13kg, the fully removable Fazua motor and battery easily allow the Focus to be turned into a standard road bike. Aimed at riders who are looking for a proper workout but perhaps don’t have the legs or fitness to stay with stronger riders, the Paralane² is ideal for bridging the gap between abilities.