Meet the Team
Electric Bikes Sussex is a family run business based in Brighton Marina. We are the only Electric Bike specialists in Brighton and Hove. We are also one of few Electric Bike Shops in the UK to have the “Bosch eBike Expert” accreditation.
The Rowe family runs electric Bikes Sussex. They were born locally and have lived in Brighton & Hove all their lives. Their passion for Electric Bikes originates from Dad (aka Graham) seeing very impressive Electric Bikes when travelling in his Motorhome in Europe. Back in the UK, there was a range of very poor quality, unreliable and heavy monsters that people referred to as Electric Bikes, but weren’t comparable.
Graham knew that modern Electric Bikes make cycling more enjoyable for nearly everyone. In turn this would help his home city address some of its challenges: EG: Health; Congestion; Parking; Pollution. Combining these benefits with the opportunity to develop the business skills of his 2 children, who were and remain to this day the prime motivators of Electric Bikes Sussex.
After assessing and developing the business case and crunching some numbers, the decision was made to open Electric Bikes Sussex. The plan being to offer Industry leading Electric Bikes at competitive prices and support Customers with a strong Customer Service ethic.
Since then the Electric Bike sector has become the fastest growing sector of the Bike Industry across Europe. This is because more and more people understand the benefits of a ‘proper’ Electric Bike and realising the massive benefits they offer - making cycling more fun and enjoyable.
Meet the family in more detail here:
Graham – Father, Managing Director, Bank
Graham started Electric Bikes Sussex in January 2015. Before this he had worked in multiple different industries. Most recently he worked in the Motorhome Industry, which was where his passion for Electric Bikes began. He was constantly seeing great looking Electric Bikes at Motorhome shows around Europe, but not in the UK. Being a keen cyclist all his life this really stuck in his mind. He then researched the market, the potential and how they could benefit him in his life. This combined with his passion for getting people out of cars and onto bikes it seemed like the perfect time to start an Electric Bike shop.
Here is Graham aged 15 after winning a cycling competition in Lewes.
Grahams favourite Electric Bike is the Haibike Xduro Trekking 4.0, see it here.
We asked Graham why he'd chosen the Haibike XDuro Trekking 4.0 as his Bike for the 2017 season, here's his thoughts: Commuting everyday means that having mudguards, in-built lights and a pannier rack make life easier, particularly as I dislike carrying weight in a back-pack etc.
The Bosch Performance Line Cx Motor is incredible, giving a smooth and reliable performance. Combined with the 500wh battery, it means I don't have to re-charge very often.
The plus size tyres also make the ride more comfortable and enable me to worry less about potholes and our seemingly ever-declining road surfaces. The gearing ratios easily cover all the hills and headwinds I encounter and I find the seat comfortable as well - which is always a bonus
Finally, I like to look of the bike and find it easy to maintain and clean. All in all, a really good all-rounder from Haibike that suits me well.
Lucy – Daughter, Manager, E-Bike enthusiast
Lucy has been running Electric Bikes Sussex since day one. She knows that Bike shops can be quite intimidating to some and therefore her goal is to make Electric Bikes Sussex as welcoming as possible.
Before Electric Bikes Sussex she was working as a letting agent in Brighton. She was commuting to work every day by car. She didn’t cycle, as she didn’t like arriving to work hot and sweaty and needing to change into her work clothes.
Since starting Electric Bikes Sussex, she has now sold her car and commutes everyday by Electric Bike in sun, rain or snow! She has seen notable health benefits since doing this and would recommend it to anyone.
Here’s Lucy on her first bike.
Lucy’s favourite Electric Bike is the Raleigh Motus Lowstep, see it here.
We asked Lucy why, here are her thoughts: It’s a very comfortable bike. It has a suspension seat post, a soft saddle, swept back handlebars and comfort grips. These features combined with the Bosch Active Line motor mean that riding is a pleasure. It also has a rack; mudguards and lights included meaning its ideal for commuting.
Jake – Son, Assistant Manager, Tea Boy
Jake is the youngest member of the team and has recently completed an apprenticeship in customer service. He has also completed training courses on Bosch, Yamaha, TranzX, Shimano and E-motion drive systems.
Jake has cycled to School, College and work from a young age. He also enjoys leisure and off road cycling. After leaving college he was introduced to Electric Bikes by Graham, he now describes them as life changing. Cycling through headwinds and up hills with ease makes it so much more enjoyable. He can also now cycle to work, events and meetings in suitable clothing and arrive feeling fresh. It’s now his goal to introduce these life-changing products to as many people as possible.
Here’s a young Jake after a mountain bike race.
Jakes Favourite Electric Bike is the Haibike Sduro Nduro 8.0, see it here.
We asked Jake why, here are his thoughts: This bike features the powerful Yamaha PW-X Motor, which can give you up to 320% assistance, this results in lots of fun up hill as well as down. The bikes spec, aggressive geometry and 180mm travel mean you can really attack the trails with confidence the bike is up to the challenge.
Not only this but the bike features Haibikes eConnect system. This offers functions such as GPS theft control, Crash detection, Bike locator & Route recording.
Our in-store workshop is equipped with all the necessary tools to make sure your Electric Bike is kept in tiptop condition. This includes all relevant diagnostics software and Electric Bike specific tools. We also stock a large range of spare parts.
Due to our highly skilled and experienced technicians and our Electric Bike Knowledge, we have been recognised by Bosch as one of the very few Bosch eBike Experts in the UK.
Steve – Full Time Technician, loves all things bike related
Steve has been working in the bike industry for over 20 years. Bikes are his passion. He has repaired almost every type of bike from children’s bikes to high end Electric Bikes. He has also been one of the official mechanics for the London to Brighton Bike Ride!
Steve has ridden bikes since a very young age. His personal bike collection covers everything from classic single speed road bikes to high-end full suspension mountain bikes.
If Steve is servicing your bike you can be confident it is in good hands.
Steve’s favourite Electric Bike is the Raleigh Strada E, see it here.
We asked Steve his reasons why, here are his thoughts: It’s a slick looking, clutter free speedy city bike. This bike has the Shimano Steps motor and Di2 gears making it extremely smooth and pleasant to ride.