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Designed in Derbyshire, England and launched in 2010, the goal at Forme has been simple: to create a product that encourages people to ride more, become fitter, and enjoy a more sustainable, hassle free cycling experience. Quality bikes are the outcome of our lifestyle and decades of personal involvement in cycling.
With confidence, we can say Bafang is the unrivalled, affordable motor system of choice. As Asia's leading and most reputable supplier for e-bike drive systems, with over 15 years of experience. Bafang powers our electric folding bikes between £1199.99 and £1499.99. With performance, longevity and post-sale confidence being paramount to our decision.
We have pulled together a useful guide to help you choose your bike and learn more about the capability, servicing and care of an electric bike. With so many systems, bike brands and categories to choose from, we are sure you will find our simplified FAQ's helpful.
You are not alone. The majority of bike and particularly ebike customers are in the same place so don't let plethora of price points, frame shapes and motor systems steer you away from making a choice. We sell via expert retailers capable of asking you the right questions to pinpoint the ideal bike for your requirements. If you would like to learn more before taking a trip to see your local retailer you can use our helpful e-bike buyers guide or use our bike finder to explore the range.
What’s the difference between crank driven and hub motors?
Crank driven motors are positioned in the middle of the bicycle frame at the bottom bracket area, behind the crank arms. This low position results in a much more natural and balanced riding experience. Crank driven bikes also provide greater torque and faster response times when applying power to the pedals. Hub motors, as the name suggests are located within the hub of the rear wheel. Unlike crank motors, they do not depend on the torque or power applied by the rider so are typically 40% less efficient. As a crank driven system applies more or less assistance depending on the rider power applied, the hub motor applies a constant power output. As a crank or mid motor works in with your torque and gears, these systems are better for powering up steep hills and therefore usually often provide between 10 and 50Nm extra torque. Hub motors however are much lower priced than centre motors and often all that is required for most recreational cyclists. They also have the benefit of not putting as much strain on the chain and drive systems so do not require any special chain or componentry. An ebike purchase should be carefully considered to ensure you are completely satisfied with your new bike. With so many unknown systems as well as a plethora of different frame shapes, battery types and general points to consider we recommend finding a specialist Forme dealer you feel you can trust. Let them help make the decision process much simpler.
If there are any problems with the motor or electric system, how will I know?
As with all electrically powered goods, sometimes things can go wrong. For this reason we only work with global leading and trusted systems from Bosch and Bafang. Both provide very clear diagnostic codes for our trained retailers to identify and resolve. The in-built diagnostics systems provided by Bosch allows our Bosch certified retailers to perform easy health checks on your motor and fine tune them at regular service intervals, just as you would expect with a car. Bosch certified retailers carry out a diagnosis on the motor, battery and head unit during these intervals and update the software for each of these parts.
Do I need to take any special care of the battery?
As a general best practice we suggest topping up your battery after each ride but most importantly do not leave the battery flat for long periods of time or expose it to excessively hot or freezing temperatures. It is best to store your ebike battery at room temperature.
Where can I ride an electric bike? Are there any laws different to standard bicycles?
You can ride an electric bike just the same as a normal bike, just with a little more assistance. There is no requirement to have a special licence to ride an e-bike although the maximum assisted speed by law is 15mph. You can ride much faster than this, within normal road speed limits, or as fast as you like off road although this will be without the assistance of the motor.
How long does it take to recharge the battery?
All our electric bikes use lithium ion batteries with a reputable re-charge time. The charge time varies depending on the battery size although an average re-charge time is around 3.5 hours from flat. It is worth noting that most batteries will be around 70-80% re-charged after 90 minutes as the last 20-30% of charge is set to a slower charge rate.
The Perfect Fit
Use our helpful sizing guide to find the right size for you or your child.