E-BIKE OF THEYEAR

Ridge­back E-flight Di2

Bikes Etc - - AWARDS 2017 -

We no­ticed many new trends de­velop in cy­cling this year and 2017 will cer­tainly go down as the break-out year for e-bikes in the UK. In fact, we were among the first to trumpet their as­cen­dancy with a ded­i­cated mini-guide back in June. By Septem­ber we’d un­der­taken our first-ever e-bike test which threw up one run­away win­ner – this, the Ridge­back E-flight Di2. A su­perb ma­chine that stood out not least for its use of Shi­mano’s STEPS drive sys­tem. Stand­ing for Shi­mano To­tal Elec­tric Power Sys­tem, it only ap­plies power (silently) when you’re ped­al­ing, so this feels and han­dles like a reg­u­lar bike. This along with its au­to­matic Di2 8-speed hub and re­as­sur­ing Shi­mano De­ore hy­draulic disc brakes make this a rev­e­la­tion. Its in­te­grated lights won us over, too! £2,600 / ridge­back.co.uk

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