The UK-wide lockdown eased on 13 May and some are returning to work. Public transit should still be avoided as per the official advice goes – which makes it a great time to look into a new bike for your commute. Electric bike hybrids are a great way to make commutes that much easier with a bit of a motored boost. Don't worry, it's not cheating!

Electric bikes are more expensive than regular bikes though, with many costing upwards of £1000. But as the weather gets warmer and as the demand increases for e-bikes, you can save money and avoid paying full price.

We’ve rounded up the best deals we can find including e-bike options that are under £500 and ship from within the UK (if you want to avoid importing one from overseas).

Best electric bike deals right now

What to look for in an electric bike

There are lots of different types of electric bikes, including mountain, road, hybrid, folding and more. Plus, there are various places the motor can live: the front or rear wheel, or by the cranks.

More importantly is whether the motor uses a simple motion sensor or a more advanced torque sensor to decide how much power to apply. In short, it’s best to get a bike with a torque sensor – if you can afford the higher prices they command.

You'll find more buying advice in our roundup of the best electric bikes.

Are electric bikes legal in the UK?

In short: yes. e-Bikes or EAPC (Electrically, Assisted PEdal Bikes) are treated liker egular bikes, but there are a few conditions. The rider has to be over 14 years old, the bike must have pedals, the motor cannot exceed 250W and the bike cannot travel faster than 25km/h.

Twist-and-go throttles aren't legal on e-bikes however. This is a feature that allows the electric bike to exceed the speed of a waking pace (4mph) without a pedal. These are classed as motorbikes, which have separate regulations. 

See our full guide to e-bike laws in the UK.

Where to look for electric bike deals

If you don’t like the look of any of the bike deals here, then shop around and see if you can find any deals we’ve missed.

The best places to look are:

However, if you’re willing to accept a shop demo bike or one with slight cosmetic damage, there are discounts to be had from sites such as Fully Charged

Best electric bike deals of May 2020

1. Giant Ease-E Plus 2 (2018, refurbished)

From: Rutland Cycling

Was: £1298.99

Now: £999.99  (£299)

Save an incredible £300 on this second-hand electric bike previously used for a bike hire. It may have a few scratches, but it's been repaired to work like new by Rutland and Cyclying's skilled mechanics.

2. Carrera Vulcan-E (2018 model, 16in frame)

From: Halfords

Was: £1400

Now: £995  (£405 off)

If you're a shorter rider, then this deal should appeal. Halfords has knocked over £400 off the 2018 Vulcan electric bike, but only models with a 16in frame are left.

3. Carrera Crossroads E Mens Electric Road Bike (2020)

From: Cycle Republic

Was: £1024

Now: £924  (£100 off)

Get a £100 discount on this electric bike from Cycle Republic. Available on finance too at around £30 per month.

4. Orbea Gain D50 Claris Men's Electric Road Bike (2019)

From: Cycle Republic

Was: £1799

Now: £1439  (£360 off)

This electric bike from Orbea can give you an assisted boost up to 25km/h. Get a whopping £360 off right now from Cycle Republic.

5. Wiggle Electric Bike Discounts

From: Wiggle

Now: Up to 30% off

Check out Wiggle's discounts on eBikes, with up to 30% off.

6. e-Bikes Direct End of Season Sale

From: e-Bikes Direct

Now: Up to £200 off

Save on a new electric bike from e-Bikes Direct which has its End of Season sale on now.

7. Assist Hybrid Electric Bike

From: Halfords

Was: £499

Now: £429  (£70 off + 20% off bike rack)

This is one of the cheapest electric bikes available in the UK, and this is a good discount of that. It's basic, there's no doubt of that, but if you want an electric bike on a tight budget without importing it from China, this is a good option.

When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?

Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.