Watch: The problem with cheap e-bikes – £500 vs £1500

Watch: The problem with cheap e-bikes – £500 vs £1500

14 June 2023Tim Fullbrook

What's the real difference between a super cheap electric bike versus and mid-range, full-size model? Does the price actually make a difference? And what do you get for deciding to up your budget?

Moja and Wash pitch a £500 and a £1,500 electric bike  head-to-head to see who comes out on top; and crucially what that extra thousand pounds gives you in the real world.

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The Cycle to Work scheme is a government incentive that cuts the cost of buying a new electric bike and accessories by paying through tax-free salary sacrifice.

The price of the bike and accessories are deducted from your salary before tax and national insurance is applied - so depending on your tax rate you can save between 32% and 42% on the cost of the bike. Higher rate tax payers save the most.