"For months I’d been cycling to work on my Specialized Sport Disc Hybrid bike and it was beginning to take its toll.
Each day I’d be dreading having to cycle the length of the Portway and then up Bridge Valley Road, (not an easy hill), then across to Redland and arriving at work all sweaty and in need of a shower. (Work doesn’t have a shower).
I’d been thinking about buying an electric bike and decided to do some research.
I didn’t like the look of most of the bikes available as they looked a bit ‘special’. They weren’t very “sexy”. But then I found the KTM E Cross P. Now this was more what I was after.
Review after review just raved about how great this bike was so I had to see for myself.
I took myself off to Atmosphere Bikes as they had come up as one of the best in Bristol for helpfulness and advice. (I soon discovered how true this was).
After trying various bikes to compare against (such as the Oxygen City 2014, the KTM Macina Action and the KTM Macina Cross 8) I decided that overall the KTM E Cross P was the one for me. It looked the business, had great performance and was an absolute joy to ride. It’s really comfortable, feels so solid, no rattles or clinks, build quality is amazing and the gears just seem to snap into position with such accuracy and efficiency, I’ve never experienced anything like it. I thought my Specialised bike was meant to be good but this build quality just blew it away!
The sensation of riding the E Cross is like having someone running along behind you, pushing you along. Someone who can run fast and is very strong! It’s almost as if the bike wants to go faster and faster and you’re almost trying to keep up with the pull of it - just amazing!
I also like the fact that you still have to pedal and don’t just sit there twisting a throttle. You feel like you’ve put some effort into getting to you destination, a sense of achievement.
If I had one criticism its the weight as I have to carry it upstairs to my flat. Its not the heaviest e-bike out there, but I guess its a small price you pay for one of the best battery packs you can get. Plus, the bike isn’t built to be carried - its meant to be ridden and you really don’t notice the weight at all when you’re riding it.
So, now I arrive at work, happy having enjoyed a lovely ride to work, not needing a shower and actually looking forward to the ride home. The only downside is when I arrive home I’m disappointed my commute isn’t longer. So much so that I now take myself off for rides on the weekends, thinking nothing of a 25mile ride; it’s a breeze! I’ve seen so much more of Bristol and look forward to discovering more.
As you can probably tell I’m over the moon with my E-Bike and I almost want to shout at everyone when I’m cycling along “look at me on my KTM e-bike!!!” It’s the best feeling!
So, Bravo KTM and bravo Atmosphere Bikes for marrying me up with the best bike I’ve ever owned. Happy days.