Hi ,can a few of you owners of E-BIKES give me some info on what to look for as regards needs and must have` etc for these . `i` ve allready read a lot (google is awash) about central motors that fit on frame between pedals ,rear hub motors peddle assist ,pedal charging ,differant size ,batts and also folding e-bikes ,but would prefer a bit of a heads up from you actual users before we take the plunge .Thanks Andy .
What do you want on use the bikes for? How far are you intending to ride? How much assistance do you want? How do you intend charging them?
E-bikes are just like cars. The battery is a fuel tank, it has a limited amount of fuel. The bigger it is the further you can go. If you have a heavy foot you won’t go as far. It needs filling up when it’s empty
It’s easy to retrofit a motor in the back wheel on almost any bike frame. They work really when but they make the bike feel heavy at the back.
Centralised motors centralise the weight. In effect this makes everything feel lighter. Frames need specifically designing for this
If you are riding off road then a centralised motor will feel a lot nicer, more balanced and less harsh. On road you won’t notice much difference.
A bike, just like a car, is a sum of all it’s parts. While this makes it difficult to work out what’s going to be better from a spec sheet you won’t go far wrong on how something feels. Test rides are the key. You can’t test ride enough bikes.
If you test ride enough bikes and analyse the differences between them (geometry and motor types) you will quickly get a feel for what you like. But what you like not what someone else likes.
Make sure you plan for the practicalities of ebikes. They weigh a lot (9kg-ish more than an equivalent non electric bike) which means they are heavy to lift onto racks etc. Plus they need charging after use.
They also need servicing. Servicing costs in NZ are more expensive for many European cars compared to the more common Japanese brands. Buy a bike with a robust ecosystem here in NZ. I’ve seen a couple of people with bikes they can’t ride because they can’t get spares. It’s fine it being cheap but if it don’t work it’s not good value.
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