As useful as cars can be, it’s a lot more fun – and healthier – to ride a bike. Matthew Herbst checks out the latest additions to the road, with E-Bikes taking centre stage
If you know your bikes from your trikes, then you’ll know that this is probably Cannondale’s most versatile mountain bike to date. The Cannondale Jekyll Carbon is jam packed with features intended for enduro racing and skilful riding. Thanks to a single switch that locks the shocks, this beast can become a mountain goat when climbing. Importantly, the BallisTec Carbon frame is light and stiff, making this a superb go-anywhere, do-anything ride, even if you’re in the city. From RO2,310 at www.cannondale.com
2014 is a big year for bikes and BMW’s latest collection of slick bicycles are guaranteed to add even more prestige to the name. The new arrivals include a Cruise Bike, the Cruise E-Bike (pictured), a sporty M Bike, and a sturdy Trekking Bike built for extreme terrain. You’ll be able to recognise these beauties by their “bull neck” trademark on the front of the top tube. The design is seamless, with a fluid flow of welded lines leaving no cables exposed. All the models sport a lightweight and robust hydroformed frame that is geometric, slick and edgy. RO493 at www.bmw.com
Meet SCOTT’s take on the concept of speed mixed with aerodynamic science. The SCOTT Plasma Premium has many of the same high-end components as an aero bike and is unique due to the fact that the toptube, headtube, seat tube and down tube are all produced together, reducing frame weight. A beautiful carbon bike worth the investment if you’re training for the next Ironman triathlon. RO3,464 at www.scott-sports.com
The spectacular Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike is plated with 24-carat gold and embedded with 600 Swarovski crystals. More a piece of art than an actual road bike, be careful when riding as a scratch will most likely cost a year’s salary to repair. There are only 10 in the world, making it extra special – just don’t expect to win any triathlons with it. RO39,039 at www.aurumania.com
Here are wheels with serious child appeal. Surprise your kids with this replica BMW motorbike tricycle. It comes equipped with easy steering, large noise-cancelling rubber wheels (necessary for any parents sanity) and comfortable seating. Because of its modular design, parents can easily take it apart for transport purposes. Safe to use and suitable for ages 3-5. From RO43.95 at www.bmw.com
Wave goodbye to stressful bike breakdowns with the Bike Doctor 2. This useful app features 29 common repairs perfect for when you’re stuck in a wadi or up a mountain. It will take you through each repair step by step and at your own pace. Just don’t forget your puncture kit and tools or it’s of no use. Available for iOS and Android
Caterham are best known for their lightweight Seven sports car model and have stuck to a similar formula in order to bring two-wheeled road users the Carbon E-Bike and Classic E-Bike. www.caterhambikes.com Prices are not yet confirmed
The Carbon E-Bike, which is inspired by technology from Caterham’s F1 team, is an incredibly beautiful bike to look at and with its lightweight body, it’s sure to be fast and furious.
The bike has a 36 volt, 250 watt Panasonic motor that applies power to the rear wheel via Shimano’s Nexus eight-speed hub gear. Unfortunately for speed demons, the bike has to be restricted to 15mph (24.1kmh) because if it were any faster it would have to be registered as a motorbike. It has a nifty handlebar-mounted LED dashboard that holds information about battery power as well as speed, trip and range data.
The Classic E-Bike may look similar to the Carbon E-Bike, but it’s a completely different story. First of all it has an aluminium frame and comes with a springer fork. To add to its James Dean-era look, the motor has been formed into the shape of a V-twin engine and the faux fuel tank is actually a luggage compartment to stow personal items.
The Panasonic motor offers a range of 40-80km and powers the rear wheel via a three-speed Shimano Nexus hub.