Cheap e-bike at Aldi – for whom is the offer worthwhile?

If you’re looking for an e-bike, you’ll find one at Aldi starting April 7. atechbook checks out the electric bike from the discounter and reveals for whom it’s worth buying.

Sales of e-bikes in Germany have been rising steadily in recent years. In 2020 and 2021, around two million bicycles with electric drives will cross the store counters. Discount retailer Aldi also wants a piece of the pie. From April 7, the online store will therefore be offering an e-bike for the city in a very special look.

E-bike for 1299 euros at Aldi comes in retro style

The “Prophete” brand e-bike comes in a look described by Aldi as “retro style”. This is noticeable, for example, in the light brown tires and the oldschool saddle. The turquoise frame as well as pedals and mudguards also fit the bill. Overall, a very eye-catching, but quite coherent look. Not for people with a penchant for understatement. There is a plus point for the inconspicuous battery on the pannier rack. At first glance, this makes the bike impossible to identify as an e-bike.

E-bike Aldi
The battery of the e-bike Photo: Prohete/Aldi

The retro bike from Aldi is a ladies’ bike. With a frame height of 50 cm, it is perfect for people with a height of 1.60m to 1.70m. In addition, the tires fit in 28 inches.

E-bike Aldi
Photo: Prohete/Aldi

Good distance, but high weight

Distance plays an important role for e-bikes. This is because it indicates the maximum distance you can travel with the bike on one battery charge. The manufacturer specifies 130 kilometers. This is a very decent value for a city e-bike. However, as with all bikes, the specified distance of Aldi’s e-bike also depends on how you ride it. You can certainly deduct a few more kilometers under real-life conditions. Nevertheless, it is still great for city use.

Less super is unfortunately the weight! The Aldi e-bike weighs in at a hefty 27 kilograms including the battery. atechbook editor Andreas Filbig once tested an e-bike weighing 18 kilograms. Carrying it up the stairs in elevator-poor Berlin required a good level of physical fitness. A 27-kilogram bike with the target group of 1.65-meter-tall women is therefore likely to be a challenge – both up and down the stairs.

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Technical data at a glance

Features:

  • High quality aluminum retro frame
  • Frame height: approx. 50 cm
  • Color: polar sky matt-light blue
  • Blaupunkt LED
  • 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub gear with twist shifter
  • Prophete steel fork in frame color
  • Brakes: Promax aluminum V-brakes (front wheel), coaster brakes (rear wheel)
  • Aluminum stem
  • Imitation leather grips in cream
  • Urban saddle in cream with rivets
  • Prophete patent support
  • Aluminum hollow chamber rims
  • Ursus side stand
  • 3-year warranty (except wear parts, which are defined in the bike passport).
  • 10-year frame warranty
  • 2 years battery warranty
  • On-site service
  • The bikes are delivered 98% pre-assembled and are ready to ride with a few simple steps (screw on pedals and turn handlebars straight)
  • Permissible total weight: 140 kg

Motor:

  • Blaupunkt front wheel motor, brushless
  • 36 V
  • Power: 250 W
  • 40 Nm
  • Support up to 25 km/h

Battery:

  • Luggage carrier battery with lithium-ions
  • 36 V/13.8 Ah
  • Approx. 500 charging cycles
  • Capacity: 497 Wh
  • Max range: 130 km (depending on riding style)
  • Push assistance up to 6 km/h

Lighting:

  • Retro LED headlight, 20 lux
  • AXA LED taillight

Tires:

  • Kenda balloon tires in cream color
  • With reflective stripes

Weight:

  • Approx. 27 kg incl. battery

Scope of delivery:

  • Retro e-bike Prophete 28 inch
  • Battery charger
  • Bell´╗┐
  • Plastic mudguards in frame color´╗┐
  • Tubular carrier with integrated battery
  • Bike passport with instructions for use
  • Warranty card incl. service hotline information

Conclusion: Price-performance ratio is right

Comparing e-bikes is not always easy. This is because, for example, the test winners from our comparison article usually cost around 3500 euros. Those who can’t afford that or don’t want to, should of course still be able to enjoy an e-bike. Aldi starts here with a price of 1299 euros. Still a lot of money.

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In some areas, such as battery performance and gear shifting, the Aldi e-bike can even keep up with the expensive competition. However, differences are noticeable in the brakes, for example. The expensive bikes use disc brakes. A possible weak point could also be the durability. However, only long-term tests can say that. In the back of the head, you should have the point but.

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We would recommend the e-bike from Aldi to anyone who has enough space for it at home. Especially in big cities, such a conspicuous bike could attract thieves. In addition, we recommend it more for smaller trips to the supermarket or to friends, despite the decent range. Limit yourself best to the city or village. For more, you should at least reach for a trekking e-bike.