eBikes have revolutionised cycling with thousands of people now riding eBikes across the nation. However there are a large number of myths that surround this new technology. Wisper bikes have been producing electric bikes for 17 years, so we feel we are in a good position to help bust some of the myths that exist around electric bikes.

“You won’t get fit riding an eBike”

This is the most common eBike myth and also has the most evidence proving it wrong. Studies into the behaviours of conventional and ebike riders show that ebike riders ride for longer and more often than conventional bike riders. eBikes make longer rides more appealing meaning that more people are willing to take them on. In summary, eBikes are a great form of exercise and due to their ease of use eBike riders are more likely to exercise and get fit.

“eBikes are tricky to look after”

Many people are worried that an electric bicycle will be hard to look after and maintain. However other than the motor and battery, that themselves require very little maintenance, the rest of a Wisper eBike can be looked after in exactly the same way as a conventional bicycle. Also with Wispers industry renowned customer support any technical issues with a bike can be quickly and simply resolved.

“eBikes are for old people or people who can’t ride a conventional bike”

This is an incredibly frustrating myth as it is just simply not true!  eBikes are incredibly useful for people who struggle on a conventional bike however all bike riders will benefit from an electric bike in different ways. More and more cyclists are realising that an electric bike means that they can explore further and in tougher terrain.

“When the battery runs out on an eBike you are stuck”

Even when the battery runs out on an electric bike you are never stuck. If your battery dies the bike can be pedalled and ridden like a standard bike. However, it is highly unlikely with modern ebike batteries that you will ever run out of charge. Wisper bikes are offered with a number of different battery sizes so you always have enough battery range for whatever riding you like to do. Wisper bike batteries are also all removable so they can be charged in any location dramatically reducing the risk of ever running out of battery.

“eBikes are not good for the environment”

Some people point to the heavy metals used within eBike batteries as evidence that they are not environmentally friendly. However, as part of a Wisper commisioned report into the environmental effects of our bikes it has been found that eBikes can cut the UK’s transport CO2 by 22%. eBikes due to their ease of use have a far greater potential than standard bikes to replace car journeys and also lead to longer journeys being undertaken by eBike instead of a car.

“eBikes don’t work in the rain”

Many people worry that the electric parts of an eBike may struggle to survive in the rain. However, because Wisper Bikes are designed in Britain they are fully prepared for the rain! Wisper bikes can comfortably be ridden in even the toughest of the British weather.

“eBikes are too expensive”

When discussing eBikes one of the first things that is brought up is the price. Prices of eBikes have sky rocketed in recent years due to popularity and supply issues. Some eBikes do now sell for 5 figure sums. However, Wisper eBikes are available from as little as £1499. When the price of a Wisper bike is compared to the price of petrol nowadays commuting on an Wisper eBike will in fact offer the rider over a year a substantial saving!

“Mid Motor is better than Hub Motor”

This is a myth largely perpetuated by those within the eBike industry looking to sell more expensive mid motor bikes. Although very different, neither one is better than the other. The mid motor due to the fact it puts power through the bikes gear set, offers better hill climbing capability. Whereas the hub drive offers similar if not the same levels of power with much lower maintenance costs as it does not put pressure on the bikes drivetrain. This debate is something we will cover in greater detail in the future.

The huge boom in eBike and push bike sales we are all experiencing is not subsiding and shows no sign doing so.

It seems everyone in the UK wants to buy an eBike, fantastic news of course, it’s what we’ve all been waiting for but but it does bring with it some new challenges.

The 2020 stock of Traditional Wisper bikes that should have lasted until the beginning of the autumn is fast ebbing away. Fortunately we still have thousands of new bikes coming into the UK from Taiwan, and from July Portugal, but I believe that demand will outstrip supply this year.

Any orders that have been acknowledged and confirmed will be despatched during June.

Full details of stock levels and what we have left on the next few containers is shown in our B2B area. Please visit  https://dealers.wisperbikes.com/resources/stock-levels/ You will need a user name and password to enter, if you don’t have these please email andrew@wisperbikes.com Andrew will get back to you immediately.

Please note:   

Out of stock 24″ 705 Step Through. More in September
Very low stock 806 Folders in red and blue. More in September

Last few containers arriving from Taiwan

Mid June – Traditional Range – Almost sold out
End of June – Traditional Range – Good stocks of 705 26″ and 905 26″
Beginning of July – Traditional Range – Good stocks of 705 26″ and 905 26″
Mid July – Traditional Range – Good stocks of 705 26″ and 905 26″
Late July – Traditional Range – Good stocks of 705 26″ and 905 26″

After this all our bikes will be built in Portugal. (There may be a price increase at this time)

Containers arriving from Portugal

Late July / Early August – Wayfarers – Almost sold out
Mid August onwards – Wayfarers – Good stocks
Early September onwards – Traditional Range – Good stocks on all bikes.

Delivery lag from order to despatch

We are working seven days a week to clear the backlog and have employed three extra saff, however as fast as we prepare bikes more ordes are arriving. As a consequence we are asking you to please bear with us and…

IMPORTANT:  Please help us by only ordering through the dealer portal or by email to sales@wisperbikes.com

NOTE: Orders placed on the B2B portal are normally processed faster than emailed orders.

As of 10th of June 2020 we will respond to your orders with an emailed acknowledgement and an Estimated Date of Despatch. If you do not get an acknowledgement please let us know.

We are still offering a preparation and delivery service directly to your customers. For this service we charge £50.00 plus an extra £10.00 delivery. We will unpack the bike, make the PDI, adjust brakes and gears, pump up the tyres make sure that the bike is running smoothly. We will disinfect the bike, re pack it and send the bike directly to your customer.

Wisper Wayfarers, will be landing in the UK from late July 2020


Orders for 2021

In 2021 we will be offering three ranges:

Traditional – The bikes currently available
Wayfarer – The long awaited bikes Jeremy has presented to you already
Wisper Sport  – A new range of light weight, in frame battery, rear drive bikes we will present to you later in the year.

To help us plan our new year’s production in Portugal we will be opening our order books in September for delivery from March 2021. Orders will be firm and depending on quantities will attract a more favourable discount rate.  Once these orders are placed we will guarantee you will have the bikes as requested.  Jeremy will talk to you more on this when he next visits you or we meet at one of our road shows as set out below.

COVID allowing, we will be having a series of road shows in September to present our 2021 models and give you an opportunity to place your 2021 orders. In late Autumn, we will be holding a day out in Agueda Portugal to give you the opportunity test our new season’s bikes and inspect our new production facilities. Please let Jeremy know your interest and let him know numbers as places will be limited. (Max 1 person per outlet.)

A HUGE thank you or supporting Wisper into our 16th year, 2020 has been a strange one, but I am certain we have now seen the beginnings of the eBike revolution propper in the UK.All the best, David, Jeremy, Claud, Andrew, Adrian, and the Team 

For permanently updated information and image files please log into the B2B area on our website or see our Dealers Dropbox.  For log in details email andrew@wisperbikes.com or for a Dropbox invitation please email  david@wisperbikes.com