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The Eleglide T1 is a new budget-friendly electric bike that will be going on sale shortly. In this article, I’m going to be taking a quick look at the specifications – I’m hoping to be sent one of these to review in the near future.
The new range comprises of two e-bikes featuring the same components, but different frame designs. The ‘T’ stands for trekking and both bikes come with mudguards, pannier rack, lights and kickstand.
Trekking bikes are designed to be versatile and should be suitable for riding on tarmac or moderate off-road terrain. The both e-bikes in the T1 range have off-road friendly 27.5″ wheels with wider all-terrain tyres. Plus, there’s the added bonus of front suspension, which will help smooth out rough surfaces.
The T1 features a new and improved 250w, brushless, geared rear hub motor that produces a claimed 50Nm of torque. Speed is limited to 25km/h to comply with European e-bike laws.
A 450Wh battery is neatly integrated into the frame and has a claimed range of up to 100km, although I’d say 60-70km is a more realistic figure for everyday riding.
There’s a very large and clear 3.5″ LCD display mounted centrally on the handlebars – this displays speed, battery range, trip function and assist levels. There are 5 levels of pedal assist available, which will allow the rider to fine tune the assist and optimise battery range.
Both bikes have Shimano 7-speed gearing and mechanical disc brakes and a front suspension fork. The suspension fork is a basic coil-sprung design that can be adjusted and locked out if required. Other features include full-length mudguards, pannier rack, lights and kick stand.
Wheels are 27.5″, a size which is usually found on e-MTBs. These should be a little more durable than the 28″ wheels usually found on hybrids. The tyres are CST 27.5″ x 2.1″ which will be suitable for riding off-road.
Weight and size
I don’t have an exact figure for weight, but I would imagine both bikes will weigh in the region of 25kg. Both models are only available in one size, and looking at the dimensions I would say this is medium frame. This should be suitable for riders ranging in height from 5’2″ to over 6″ – larger riders may need to fit a longer seat post and longer handlebar stem. The T1 step-through version has an adjustable stem which will make life easier.
The Eleglide T1 features a standard frame with a sloping top tube with a high front-end. This will offer the rider a nice, upright riding position.
Eleglide T1 Step-through
The Eleglide T1 step-through has a classic, easy entry design making it particularly suitable for riders who have trouble mounting a regular frame bike. This model also has an adjustable stem, which will allow the rider set the reach and height of the handlebar to suit their needs.
|Basic Specification||Net Weight: 26KG
Unfolded Size: 1790x680x1118mm
Size of Frame: 27.5″ x 17.5″
Length of Handlebar: 660mm
Height of Saddle (from the ground): 32.5″-39.5″
Recommended Rider Heights: 160-200cm (5.25ft-6.56ft)
Max Load: 120KG
Max Speed: 25KM/H (Can be adjusted to 32km/h)
Max Range: 50KM (Electric Mode), 100KM (Assist Mode)
Speed Levels of Assist/Electric Mode: 12/16/20/23/25 km/h
Waterproof Level: IPX4
Material: Aluminium Alloy
Braking System: Front & Rear Disc Brakes + Auto Power-off Design
|Motor||Rated Power & Voltage: 250W, 36V
Max Instantaneous Power: 500W
Max RPM: 260
Max Output Torque: 50N.M
Number of Gears: 7(Rear)
|Suspension||Mechanical Damping with Lockout|
Charging Time: 4-6h
Standard Power Consumption: 450Wh
Protection System: Yes
|Charger||Input: 100-240V, 1.8A
Output: 42V, 2A
Size: 27.5″ x 2.1″
Type: Pneumatic Tyre
Tyre Pressure: 45-65PSI
Best Tyre Pressure: 50PSI (Front), 55PSI (Rear)
Gross Weight: 30.5KG
Who is the Eleglide T1 suitable for?
I can see the Eleglide T1 being suitable for a broad range of uses. It will be particularly good for commuting, due to the comfortable riding position, good battery range, and accessories. As with all hybrid / trekking e-bikes, the Eleglide will be great for leisure riding that involves some off-road riding.
Once I get hold of a sample, I’ll post a full review of the Eleglide T1. Going on specification alone, the T1 looks like an excellent budget electric bike. It’s got a decent sized battery, and has a good level of accessories. It looks more expensive than its price tag would suggest and it should certainly give some of the high street brands a run for their money. A similar specification Carrera Crossfire E from Halfords is nearly double the price!