You have seen bicycles in your area. They look so fun! You want one! But e-bikes have so many different features and price points. Here’s what I would consider if I were you.
Can I build my own bike?
Many inexpensive bikes are now going direct to the consumer, meaning they are pre-configured or partially assembled in a box. As Peter Flax recently noticed V Bike magazine, these bikes don’t even come close to the testing or validation that bikes get from a larger manufacturer. If you don’t ride very much or very many miles, or don’t have much experience modifying your own bike, I recommend working with a reputable manufacturer that has a dealer network.
Why are some bikes more expensive?
The motor and battery are more powerful. Batteries and motors from high-tech brands like Bosch and Shimano are often more powerful and cover more distance, with 90 or 120 miles of range compared to the 15-20 miles you’ll see on more affordable bikes. However, this may not matter if you have a short commute to work.
What area do you live in?
If you live in a flat area, a 250W motor, which is the European speed standard, will probably suit you. However, if you live near hills or haul a lot of stuff, I’d shell out for a 500W or 750W motor and a few extras like hydraulic drive. disc brakeswhich will help you avoid getting stuck.
I would also look for a mid drive motor instead of a hub motor. The mid-drive motors are located in the center of the bike and feel more natural. The hub drive is on the rear axle and shifts the center of gravity to the rear, which takes some getting used to. This can throw you off balance when climbing steep slopes.
Follow some basic safety tips.
These are large batteries and motors. Do not leave the bike battery to charge overnight and do not let children ride the bike unsupervised. An 80 lb child should not ride a 65 lb bike, even if the engine allows it.