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Electric Bikes 101
What TYPE OF E-BIKE IS BEST FOR ME?
What Frame Style is Ideal for Me?
What are the Classes of E-Bikes?
Which e-Bike Brands do you Offer?
We’ve curated a selection of the best brands of electric bikes on the market. When searching for a brand, we look at longevity in the market as a bike brand, which motor they are using, what functionality the bikes offer, and the brand’s warranty policies and procedures.
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Frequently Asked E-Bike Questions
What are my Motor and battery Options?
All About Motors
Finding the best e-bike starts with finding bikes made with high quality motors. The motor is the central nervous system of any electric bike and its placement on the bike can affect the way that the bike rides, corners and handles.
The best bike manufacturers design the motor to fit into the geometry of the frame, typically as replacement of the bottom bracket. This allows for the center of gravity to stay directly below the rider. The highest quality motors on the market are made by Specialized (Brose), Bosch and Shimano.
MID- VS HUB-MOUNTED MOTORS
Motors mounted at the bottom bracket, or mid-mounted, provide balanced, powerful propulsion that allows the bike to handle naturally and predictably. Hub-mounted motors may be placed at the front or rear hub. These motors are effective, but can often result in a bike feeling unbalanced or cause difficulty when fixing a flat. If you aren't sure which motor is best for you, come test ride the different styles!
ALL ABOUT BATTERIES
Most electric bikes come with lithium ion batteries that charge quickly and can be plugged into any 110v outlet.
Charge times range from 3-5 hours depending on the battery and how depleted it is.
Battery life (the number of times you can charge and fully discharge the battery before it needs to be replaced) lasts anywhere from 3-5 years depending on the size of the battery and the amount of usage.
WHAT DOES RANGE ACTUALLY MEAN?
Range refers to the length of distance a rider can get on a fully charged battery. Many factors impact range including size of motor and battery, weight of rider, elevation gains/losses, wind direction and more.
For example, a 500wh battery will give you an additional 50% of distance than a 250wh battery.
It is important to plan your bike ride based on the amount of mileage you can get out of the battery. Range anxiety happens when you are near the end of your battery’s charge yet you still have a noticeable distance to travel to get to your destination.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BIKE WEIGHT?
Weights can vary a considerable amount depending on bike model and battery capacity.
Most electric bikes are around 45Ibs but they can vary in weight from 30Ibs to more than 60Ibs.
Cargo bikes tend to be heavier due to carrying capacity. Some batteries are removable, making it easier to lift the bike for storage and transportation.
Remember to consider an appropriate car rack when purchasing--we recommend a receiver hitch rack.
What are E-Bike Battery Best Practices?
E-bikes and the batteries that power them are safe when properly used and maintained. Make sure you have the Owner’s Manual and any additional literature supplied with the e-bike. In coordination with the National Bicycle Dealers Association, we encourage adherence to the following guidelines to ensure maximum safety, utility, and life of your new e-bike and its amazing power pack.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY OLD E-BIkE Battery?
Like most components on your bike, an electric bike battery will eventually wear out, not hold a charge, and need to be replaced. It's important to properly dispose of your old battery, and that's why we work with Call2Recycle to safely and responsibly recycle batteries!
When you purchase any new e-bike from us, we charge a $15 battery recycling fee to encourage you to return that battery back at the end of its life. You can also recycle batteries from bikes you didn't purchase from us for $15 each. This fee covers the safe packaging, shipping, and processing of your battery.