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8 Smart Tips for Buying an Electric Bike

Written by James Robinson

An e-bike has a motor that helps to make it much easier to pedal. It is great for going shopping, for sports, and even for leisure. There are many models of electric bikes, and choosing which to buy can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are new to cycling.

There are many things to take into consideration. For example, engine power and battery capacity. Other things include whether to buy a racing bike, a mountain bike, or a city bike.

Here are 8 smart tips to consider when Buying Electric Bike:

1. The geometry of the e-bike

There are many e-bike geometries to choose from. These include racing bikes, mixed bikes (hiking and urban), hiking bikes, and urban bikes (city). The choice of any bike geometry depends on the use you want to put it into.

It also depends on the terrain you’ll ride on and how often you’ll use the bike. Some e-bikes aren’t designed for use in forests while some do well in such conditions. So, before you buy an e-bike, find out which geometry will fit your need(s).

2. Price

The choice of your e-bike may be limited by the much you are willing to spend. The price of an e-bike is determined by the quality of its battery, engine, accessories, assistance, bearings, braking system, transmission, frame, and more.

That’s why e-bikes are classed as entry-level e-bikes, mid-range e-bikes, top of the range e-bikes, and very high-end e-bikes. The entry-level e-bikes are the most affordable, while the very high-end e-bikes are pricey.

3. Battery and capacity

The battery is what powers the e-bike. Four types of batteries can be used on e-bikes: lead, nickel-metal hydride (Ni-Mh), lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), or lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries.

The capacity of a battery is a measure of how much power it can deliver in one hour. It can be expressed as Watt-hours (Wh) or Amp-hours (Ah). High-capacity batteries perform better than low-capacity batteries.

4. The range of the e-bike

The range or autonomy of an e-bike is the distance it covers before the power is dissipated. It depends on the nature of the terrain, the total weight supported, and the capacity of the battery. The range is also determined by tire pressure, surface type, and transmission efficiency. Choose an e-bike with a range that you are comfortable with.

5. Engine, torque, and assistance

Motors drive e-bikes. The force that a motor can deliver is referred to as its torque measured in Newton meter (Nm). The torque in e-bikes varies from 15nm to about 85nm. The higher the torque, the better the e-bike for climbing hills. If you are living in a hilly region, then you need to buy an e-bike with higher torque.

Assistance refers to the level of support you get from the e-bike’s engine. E-bikes offer from 3 to 9 support levels. You are supposed to select a level of support depending on how difficult the terrain is. When you are living in a less hilly region, you can make do with an e-bike with a low level of assistance. The converse is true if you are living in a hilly region.

6. E-bike’s weight

The weight of e-bikes ranges from 9 to 30 kg, with most of them weighing about 20kg. The weight of an e-bike matters a lot when you have to push the bike in case it malfunctions or the battery runs out. It also matters when you are in a very steep terrain that you can’t run the engine.  Choose a bike whose weight you are comfortable with when faced with such situations.

7. Speeds: with derailleur or integrated

F-bikes offer two types of systems for speed management: a speed system with derailleur and an integrated system. A derailleur system is good where speeds, responsiveness, and weight matters. The integrated system works well for e-bikes used for commuting, leisure rides, and city rides.

8. The frame

  • E-bikes come with three different frames:
  • Steel frame – robust and lighter. Suitable for mountain biking, trekking, and hiking.
  • Aluminum frame – most popular. It is very light.
  • Carbon frame – it is the most expensive. It’s light ad shock-resistant. It is great where weight matters.

Conclusion

When you are planning to buy an e-bike, at least, you can now make an informed decision. The two main factors to consider when buying an e-bike are: What you want to use the bike for and how much you are willing to spend.

 

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