If you have seen the G-Tech ebike with the (for want of a better word) older lady with a huge grin on her face riding up a steep incline, and over taking a struggling lycra clad road cyclist on the way to the summit, I can assure you that this situation would NEVER happen, and this is a serious case of false advertising.
As good as the G Tech may or may not be, it will not travel up hills that easily. The G Tech ebike will climb hills but not as easily as G Techs advertising team would have you believe…….
The G Tech ebike is a single speed electric bike. Single speed bikes are ideal for flat landscapes, but once there are a few hills or inclines a single speed bike becomes hard work, and this is the same regardless of whether it has a motor (i.e. is an electric bike) or not. If you need to climb some hills on your bike route, and they don’t even need to be steep hills, you need a bike with multiple gears. The G Tech ebike does not have multiple gears.
When I was looking at buying my first electric bike I was wooed by the G Tech ebike. It looks cool, it is light weight (compared to other electric bikes) and I though the non-oily belt looked a great idea. I was also taken in by the TV advertising campaign, described above.
When I went to a local bike shop to test ride a G Tech ebike, and a few alternatives (I like to make comparisons wherever possible.), I realised that a single speed electric bike is not suitable for what I wanted it for. Sure, the single speed electric bikes were light and, on the flat roads, rode nice but when I encountered the first incline I realised what a struggle keeping the pedals spinning without being able to change down a gear was. The first incline I encountered wasn’t that steep and neither was it very long and whilst I managed to get up it without too much hassle I had to put in more effort than I wanted to.
My test ride on the G Tech ebike confirmed I needed an electric bike with gears. I admit I am not a fan of cycling up hills and purposely go out looking for them, but if a ride happens to feature a few inclines I won’t shy away.
I really like the look of the G Tech ebike, I like the weight of the G Tech ebike (it is light compared to other electric bikes) and I like the feel of the G Tech ebike. It is a real shame the G Tech ebike is a city commuter rather than the tourer I wanted.
If you are considering buying a G Tech ebike you need to proceed with caution, and weigh up what you are going to use the bike for. If you want a city commuter or an electric bike to cruise along flat roads the G Tech ebike is one you should consider.
If you are going to be cycling up any hills or inclines the G Tech ebike will be hard work and I guarantee you will not be cruising up them with a grin on your face and without breaking a sweat, whilst passing the lycra brigade, like the lady in the advert does. If you cycle up the hills your heart will be pumping, your legs will be burning and sweat will be coming out of every orifice.
An electric bike that will deal with the hills
Two bikes you can use for hilly areas include the Wisper 806 Torque and Wisper 905 Torque, and the reason I know is because I own both, and use them on a regular basis. Both of these electric bikes have powerful 250 watt motors that quickly and efficiently accelerates to 15mph, which is the legal limit in the UK. I know the Wisper bikes will go faster, and in countries that aren't as strict as the UK I imagine the Wisper bikes will exceed 15mph.
The Wisper 806 Torque and 905 Torque are great fun to ride, and whilst you have to put in some effort to keep the motor spinning you don't have to put in as much effort as with the G Tech ebike. Climbing the hills on a Wisper 806 or 905 is easy and also good fun. You still have to use your legs, but you don't need to bust a gut and when you do reach the summit your legs won't be screaming out in pain, your lungs won't feel like they are about to burst out of your chest and you won't be sweating buckets. When you reach the summit on a Wisper 806 Torque or a Wisper 905 Torque you will be grinning, just like the lady on the G-Tech ebike advert.
Below are some videos, one on the Wisper 806 Torque and one on the Wispoer 905 Torque that may be of interest:-
Wisper 806 Torque folding electric bike
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before