A few years ago, there were not a lot of e-bikes to choose from. But now there are hundreds of options.
If you're buying your first electric bike, you'll be intimidated by all your choices.
What makes a good electric bike? What features should I look for? Where do I start?
Here are smart tips to help you when choosing electric bikes:
1 – Ask the Right Questions
To be able to choose the best e-bike, you'll need to know the right questions to ask. The answers will show you which options to consider.
When you go into a store, they'll ask you some questions so they'll know which e-bike to recommend. So before you look for electric bikes, you should already have answers to questions like:
- Where will I often ride?
- About how much distance will I be traveling every day?
- Will I often be riding alone?
- Am I going to use it every day or just occasionally?
- What will I use it for? City commute? Trail riding? Mountain biking?
2 – Look For a High-quality Battery
The battery is one of the most important parts of an electric bike. So the quality of the battery can really make a difference.
Most batteries for electric bikes (or e-bikes) are lithium-ion batteries. They typically last for three years of daily commuting or 800 full charge cycles.
Cheaper options come with lead-acid batteries. Aside from being able to save a little, you won't be happy with it.
They don't last long. And they're not as efficient as lithium-ion batteries. Plus, they weigh three times more.
Make sure the warranty for the e-bike covers the battery for at least two years.
3 – Avoid Cheap Electric Bikes
If you want an electric bike you can enjoy for a long time, prepare to spend a considerable amount.
You don't have to choose the most expensive one. But good quality bikes also come with a price.
4 – Choose a Higher Bike Range
Range is the distance your electric bike can travel on one charge.
An e-bike's range varies depending on a person's weight, speed, assistance levels, or battery capacity.
Make an estimate of the daily commuting you make. Make sure the electric bike's range can cover the kilometers you'll need in one charge.
And you don't have to choose an e-bike with too much range. You won't need to buy the more expensive electric bike with a 70km range if your daily commute is only within 20km.
5 – Decide: pedelec or Throttle
There are two main types of electric bikes: pedelec and throttle.
With pedelec, the system monitors your pedaling and automatically engages the assistance you need.
With throttle, you'll need to engage the throttle yourself to power the e-bike.
6 – Go on a Test Ride
No matter how much you've read on electric bikes, choose one only after you've actually ridden it.
Is the bike giving you the feel that other riders say about it? Are you comfortable riding it?
These are important factors you can't find out only from the product description or even other users' reviews.