While not necessarily new, electric bikes, or e-bikes, are gaining significant traction with both cyclists and those who wouldn’t necessarily call themselves riders. A cycling purist might shy away from the assisted propulsion from the electric motors, but many people find the ease of use and added benefits of e-bikes to be appealing. With an e-bike, bikers who might usually stay away from the hilly countryside or city blocks on a traditional bicycle, might instead expand their range and explore places they may never usually go to. What are the benefits of a new e-bike? What are the downsides? Here are 5 things to know before getting an e-bike.
What is an E-Bike?
Simply put, an e-bike is a bike with an electric motor designed to combine an authentic riding experience with a seamless boost of power. While there are plenty of e-bikes on the market, there are great e-bikes that are ready to go from Sun & Ski Sports through their Ride Ready Program. Besides the electric motor and bike, e-bikes will have some sort of display to show readings such as speed, battery life, or assist level. E-bikes are available in virtually every bike category including mountain bikes, road bikes, cruisers, and more.
Electric Motors and Pedal Assist
The electric motors on e-bikes can really help your daily ride, commute, or while on that mountain trail. While you won’t be zipping around at 50 miles per hour, you can go up to 28 mph on some bikes. E-bikes usually have multiple modes giving you options on how involved the electric motor is. For example, a Santa Cruz Men’s Heckler CC R Mountain eBike has three modes to help you conquer your mountain adventures. The modes include dynamic, explorer, and custom, which allows you to control how much power is given while pedaling. Depending on the situation, such as when you are climbing a hill, you are able to change between the modes and give you complete control over the bike’s power output.
Including the motor and battery, e-bikes may be between 15 to 30 pounds heavier than your traditional bike. This might sound like a lot, but bike companies have done a great job hiding this weight through great design. Many find it hard to feel the additional weight when riding e-bikes. As with any new tech, weights will continue to fall as efficiency and technology improve.
The ranges on e-bikes vary and are dependent on usage and conditions. Some kids e-bikes such as the Stacyc Kids’ 12EDrive Electric Bike only have a run time between 30-60 minutes. Though for a kids’ bike, that range is plenty far. On the other hand, a Cannondale Tesoro Neo X 3 Electric Bike has a range up to 59 miles with its Bosch PowerTube 500 Wh battery. Imagine all the places you can see with an extended range from a new e-bike.
Another big factor into owning a new e-bike is cost. With e-bike technology being so new, the cost is on the higher side compared to traditional bikes. However, considering the benefits of having an electric motor, many find the trade off worth it. Whether you are an inner-city commuter, an avid mountain biker, or a road warrior, there is a new e-bike waiting!
The phrase “the future is now,” certainly applies to e-bikes. Their beneficial features are the main driving force on their increasing popularity. Do you have more questions on e-bikes or want to take one for a test ride? Come visit us in-store or online at your local Sun & Ski Sports. Our bike experts will be able to help answer all your questions regarding a new e-bike. Also, if you are not sure what kind of bike to look for, read our blog about Buying Your First Bike.