Posted by Shoptimized Support on May 14, 2019
Is an electric bike worth it, you ask. Well that’s a very good question and an important one to consider before forking over the money for an electric bicycle. Much like buying a car, buying a bicycle and especially an electric bicycle is an emotional and scary proposition. You want to make sure your electric bike is going to be reliable. You want to make sure it will hold its value well. Factoring in how often you’ll use it is another important consideration. And is having the electric motor and battery to get you from point a to point b with less effort so important that you’re willing to spend 2-3x more for it?
In this video, ElectricBikeReview.com explains why some E-bikes are expensive compared to regular bikes.
These are all important questions and it brings us to our first recommendation, research electric bicycles. There are some great electric bike review websites out there like Electricbikereview.com which itself has reviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of electric bike models. You’ll find that for an entry to mid-level electric bicycle you should expect to pay upwards of $1,000 and up to $2,000 USD for a quality electric bicycle. You’ll also want to consider the electrical specifications. So what does it all mean and how does it translate to the real world? Here are some good pointers:
|Electric bike Specification||Real World Meaning|
|Voltage||Voltage correlates directly with acceleration. Standard voltages these days are 36V or 48V. 24V E-bikes will be a little low powered for 2019 standards. There are some super high powered e-bikes around 72V but these are not usually street legal.|
|Battery Capacity (Amp-hours or Ah)||Battery capacity in Amp-hours correlate to range that the E-bike can travel. Average E-bikes will pack around 10-13Ah. If your bike is heavier, has thick tires, and has a lot of suspension it will be less efficient than a road or hybrid E-bike.|
|Power (Watts)||Power is the rated power of the motor or the max power that can be drawn from the battery. Power will range from 250 Watts to upwards of 1,000 Watts. Typically a 1,000 Watt E-bike will exceed the limits of a Class 3 E-bike and won’t be street legal without a motorcycle license. A good guide on e-bike classifications is here.|
Another important consideration when looking at electric bikes is safety. The faster your e-bike goes or the more power it has the more dangerous it could be during a crash. You’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable riding a bike at the speeds your e-bike is capable of or at least operating it at safe speeds. The safest, and most efficient, E-bike option would be one with a 250 Watt motor such as the A2B 36V Entz Deluxe shown in the image below.
Type of use is a yet another very important thing to consider when you’re shopping for an E-bike. You’ll want to consider how often and how long you’ll ride your e-bike for. If you’re riding it daily for your work commute we’d recommend shelling out the money to get a comfortable, reliable bike such as the A2B 36V Entz Deluxe commuter electric bike. If you’re wanting to shred trails on the regular and minimizing the impact of the rocky terrain we’d recommend a Fat Tire E-bike to provide a smoother ride. If you want to haul your bike in your trunk or have it be nice and compact we’d suggest considering a folding electric bike for convenient transport.
And the most obvious consideration when buying an e-bike is price. Consider how many miles you’ll ride it, the warranty, and make sure you shop with a trusted store such as ElectricBikeCity.com. If you’re not riding your e-bike often and you just want to have it for the occasional leisure ride you might consider an e-bike under $1,000. If it’s going to be a primary or secondary means of transportation we’d recommend making an investment in it so it can be a reliable and safe way of getting you around town or around the trails. We guarantee that riding an electric bike will bring a smile to your face. We also guarantee that pedaling easily across the roads or trails will be far more enjoyable than stomping your gas pedal in your vehicle all day long in traffic.
ElectricBikeCity.com often ships directly from our manufacturers so we can offer you the lowest prices anywhere on the web. If you find a lower price elsewhere give us a call and we’ll match it if we can! Don’t forget to save 5% on eligible products using a promo code and don’t forget your free gift with your E-bike purchase (LED lights, phone holder, helmet, or bike lock are all eligible options).