Why would you buy an E-Trek? Well, you wouldn’t if you want a bike which primarily does off-road, you’d probably opt for the Zephyr E-lite. If you want a casual around-town bike with stylish looks you’d select the Zephyr E-legance, and if you needed something for your commute then you’d more likely choose the folding Zephyr E-lite. But if you want a bike which is comfortable doing a bit of everything (which quite frankly is what most people want from an ebike) then you should choose the E-Trek from the Zephyr range. It is comfortable on longer rides, can take on hills and offroad tracks, and will coast along nicely on tarmac roads too. It’s an all-rounder!
This puts it squarely in Gtech Ebike territory, which is one of the most hotly contended electric bike sectors dominated by the aforementioned British ebike. The Gtech is good value for money but in my estimations is pared back to reduce weight and cost by excluding a gearing system, and utilising a drive belt system as opposed to the traditional chain drive system. While some people love that about the Gtech, because it looks and acts like a 21st Century bike, for others there are concerns about longevity, wear, difficulty with hills and certainly charge distance (at just 30 miles per charge). Rightly so Zephyr and other manufacturers have tried to produce a bike which sits neatly in the all-rounder category but try and fix some of the gaps found in the Gtech.
How does the specification of the Zephyr E-Trek measure up?
FRAME: Cr-Mo classical frame and fork
BRAKES: Alhonga calliper, rear roller
GEAR: 7 Speed Shimano Tourney
MOTOR：250 W front motor / Speed sensor
BATTERY：24V10.4Ah Li-ion battery in rear rack
MAX SPEED: ≤25km/h
MAX RIDING DISTANCE: PAS≥30 miles
CHARGING TIME: 5-6 HOURS
Full marks to Zephyr for adding a 7-speed gearing system to this bike, that’s a real advantage of other competitors which seem to think electric bikes don’t need gears even if the battery runs out! A 24V battery does mean lower miles per charge than electric bikes running a 36V, so only produces under test just over 30 miles per charge. I find this a bit disappointing really, as I think the industry standard should be over 40 miles now with the improvement in Li-ion batteries, and the desire to not have to charge your bike after every use. Zephyr haven’t documented the weight but with a Cr-Mo frame it’s likely to weigh in around the 23kg mark which isn’t too bad but certainly not industry leading.
So what you have in the Zephyr E-Trek is an average all-rounder, the Joe Bloggs of the electric bike world. That will suit some people, as will the price tag at £1,295 which isn’t too offensive. Personally, I’d think about what I’m more likely to use my ebike for and select one of the other three Zephyr ebike models because they are all very good at what they are designed for.