Best electric bikes 2023 for every kind of rider. Electric bicycle for men

Electric Cycles

Take a look at 48 popular electric cycles available in India in the price range of Rs. 21,999. Rs. 5.00 Lakh. The most popular electric cycles include Motovolt Urbn e-Bike (Rs. 49,999), Polarity Smart Sport (Rs. 40,000) and Polarity Smart Executive (Rs. 38,000). The top manufacturers that produce electric cycles are Motovolt, Polarity Smart, Toutche Electric, Essel Energy, SVITCH BIKE.

Top Electric Cycles in India 2023

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Available in four jazzy colours, bookings for the Urbn have already begun on Motovolt’s website for just Rs 99. You can even get it in the more than 100 retail stores that the company has across the country. With that, the Urbn goes up against the Bounce Infinity E1 and Hero Electric Optima CX(Single Battery). It also acts as a great alternative to the TVS XL 100 with a lower running cost considering it’s running on electricity. Its payload, too, is not far off from the X100’s.

You need no license or registration in India for scooters that have their top speed capped at 25km per hour. However, the Motovolt Motovolt Urbn e-Bike’s top speed is around 25kmph, thus not requiring a license and registration.

Best electric bikes 2023 for every kind of rider

If you’re looking for the best electric bikes, there are a lot to choose from, with electric motors and batteries added to a wide range of bikes to add extra power.

Electric road bikes will come with dropped handlebars and favour low weight, whilst electric hybrid bikes will come with flat bars, wider tyres and accessories to aid commuters – such as mudguards and lights. Electric folding bikes are useful if part of your journey involves train travel or you’re short on space.

Here at Cycling Weekly, we’ve reviewed bikes from these three categories and there are links to our more detailed reviews for each bike in this guide. Our testing involves a range of routes and ride lengths and our highly experienced team of testers understands what makes a good bike and what to look for in the best electric bikes.

Electric bikes can be expensive, but there are options too if you’re looking to keep costs low with starting from around 1,000: check out the best budget electric bikes. If you’re into tinkering with your bike, you might also want to look at the best electric bike conversion kits as an alternative to buying a completely new electric bike.

Women may benefit from female specific components on the best women’s electric bikes, and if you’re venturing off-road, check out the best electric gravel bikes.

If you’re looking for the best electric mountain bike though, follow this link to head over to our sister publication MBR which specialises in mountain biking.

Top picks

Here’s a quick look at our top choices from the best electric bikes, including a folding option.

The Specialized Turbo Vado is designed for fast urban riding but with its suspension fork and wider tires it can also handle rougher roads.

There’s a lot of clever tech in the aviation-inspired Gocycle G4i, with a neat folding mechanism, lightweight frame and decent mileage from its internal battery.

The Giant Fastride’s neatly integrated battery and quality spec make it a great option for the commute, with wide gear range and hydraulic disc brakes.

If your e-bike riding heads off-road, the Neo Carbon Lefty has front and rear suspension and a powerful Bosch motor to help you up the hills.

The Cento1 Hybrid takes Wilier’s race bike pedigree and inserts a rear hub motor in a stealth package that keeps the bike’s performance and doesn’t add too much weight.

The classic Brompton with the same folding mechanism, but with a front hub motor and battery housed in a neat removeable bag.

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Best Electric Hybrid bikes

Electric hybrid bikes are the fastest selling style. Their flat bars, usually wide tyre, and commute friendly fittings. such as mudguard mounts and rack mounts. make them extremely practical machines.

The motor can be housed in the rear hub, or at the cranks, and the torque will vary. low torque models offer a natural pedalling assistance, but high torque versions will move off the lights more quickly.

Reasons to avoid

The Ribble Hybrid AL e is a road-going hybrid bike that’s equally at home on gravel paths and trails, with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring upright riding position, so great for returning or newbie riders.

For us, we think the bike is one of the best looking hybrids we’ve ever come across, with the design hiding away the motor incredibly well, although we were a little sad that adjusting the seat post left behind scratch marks. The fully loaded package includes fenders (mudguards), lights and a rear rack making it perfect as a daily commuter or for ditching the car when going to the store, although we did find these a little rattily on test.

The Ebikemotion motor delivers its power smoothly and efficiently and offers long-range in between charges, making the Ribble far more than just an A to B bike.

Understandably it doesn’t perform in the same way as the Canyon Grail:ON in terms of fast and tight torque, but tap along and it will tick over nicely, taking the top off any strenuous rides.

With all the added extras as standard and classy looks, the Ribble Hybrid AL e is a great electric bike for the money.

Reasons to avoid

A fun ride that’s great in urban environments but also provides a confidence-inspiring ride on rougher terrain is what the Specialized Turbo Vado is all about.

If you’re after a bike that is fully integrated with lights, fenders and rack (27kg capacity) as well as security (on the App removable battery using a key), then this represents a straight forward choice. Only the weight, and to a lesser degree cost, need consideration.

We found the 70Nm/250W custom-tuned motor applies power seamlessly and powerfully as soon as you push down on the pedals. Range is excellent too. 95-130km / 60-80 miles should be easily attainable using the default settings of Sport’ and ‘50% power’. There is an Eco mode as well as Turbo, so if you’re careful you can expect much greater range.

It is a heavy machine at 60lbs/ 27kg, so not easy to lift, so anyone needing to navigate steps in or out of the bike’s storage place will need to take this into consideration, but aside from that we found the Specialized Vado Turbo to be a joy to ride.

Reasons to avoid

We absolutely loved zooming around on the speedy Ride1Up Roadster V2 with its five levels of power assist. If you’re anything like us and are more used to training and racing on standard road bikes it can easily become your guilty pleasure. it’s fantastic fun to ride.

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The bike was so quiet, even on level 5, convincing onlookers that our tester had to be some kind of super Hero to ride so fast up 15 per cent climbs. The only downside. in common with other e-bikes that only assist when you’re pedalling. was where there was a requirement for a hill start, the cranks had to be turned over in order to get the motor to engage, creating a pregnant pause at the lights, before vavavooming off.

The claimed 24mph maximum assisted speed (in the US) needs input from the pedals to reach on the flats, but without a doubt it’s noticeable downhill, where other bikes, such as the Wilier Cento1Hy Ultegra Di2 e-bike auto assist would cut out and slow you down.

This extra speed also puts the bike into a class 3 e-bike, meaning that it doesn’t meet EAPC rules in the UK, but that’s by the by as US brand Ride1Up doesn’t currently ship there.

If you are in a country lucky enough to be shipped to: the US, Canada and Mexico, then it’s a great option and one that has a very high fun-to-dollar ratio.

Ride1Up is a direct-to-consumer brand. check out the Roadster V2 on its website here.

Reasons to avoid

The Canyon Precede:ON is an efficient automatic transmission city bike that performs well in multi-terrain settings whether for utility or for leisure purposes thanks to a powerful motor and control panel.

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With built-in accessories such as lights, mudguards, rack and kickstand all the trappings are there to make for a comfortable ride with style straight out the box. All these add ons however do make it one of the heaviest e-bikes on the market, even heavier than the Specialized Turbo Vado.

We really loved the Canyon Grail: On and it’s great to see the Precede:ON also be kitted with the Bosch Performance Line CX motor, although ideally we would love to see a little more juice in the battery to support the other impressive spec.

With everything you need straight out the box, including navigation system and lights, it’s the easiest way to swap driving/ public transport for a bike, but it is at the higher end price tag wise. There are a couple of models to choose from, which also takes the cost down a touch, but with a six year guarantee, it could be a savvy investment.

The only other point to note is that Canyon has a direct sales model, so you’ll have to buy directly from the brand here.

Reasons to avoid

The Giant Fastroad E Pro is another road-going hybrid bike with flat handlebars to promote a comfortable ride position for even the rustiest of riders, in fact we enjoyed riding this great electric hybrid road bike so much we gave it a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice Award.

The tyres provide plenty of squish and the ability to go lightly off-road. However on test we found the aluminium frame and fork quite stiff, which will suit those used to a traditional road bike’s feel and riders looking for a speedy commute, but worth bearing in mind if you’re used to a softer hybrid feel.

We really liked the bike’s integration of the battery, which can often be a design factor forgotten about on hybrid bikes. We were also really impressed to see the spec on the FastRoad, with hydraulic disc brakes and quality Shimano shifting, with a compact chainset and wide range cassette at the rear to provide plenty of gears for the hills all making an appearance.

A great electric hybrid bike for a fair price that will have a lot of appeal to lots of different riders.

Reasons to avoid

With its 36V battery, which should give around 70 miles of juice, hooked up to a mid-drive motor, we found that the Volt Infinity electric bike gave a nice balanced feel to the bike.

Shimano provides the power in the form of 8-speed Alfine Di2 hub Shimano Steps, the highly regarded motor and e-bike specific groupset.

Three different assistance modes will let you get the most out of that battery and the display mounted on the front will make it easy to keep track and we loved that the torque sensor picked up when we were flagging and gave us a little boost to help us along our way.

Previously similar to the Carrera Subway E, it’s had a bit of a make over and it’s now much more visually integrated than the previous model that we tested, although it’s still without a quick release rear wheel, making investing in the best puncture-proof tyres or inner tubes a shrewd investment.

The only real downside is the one size fits all. Great if it does fit you, not so much if it doesn’t.

Best Electric Folding Bikes

Folding electric bikes are practical if you have a train journey forming part of your trip or are low on space. Being small, the battery and motor can represent a large percentage of the weight, so the FOCUS is often on reducing this as much as possible.

Mileage on folding bikes is often low, since they’re typically used to ride to and from train stations, so battery range isn’t always a major consideration.

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If you are considering going for a folder, you might find our buying guide page dedicated to helping you find the best folding bikes a useful read.

Reasons to avoid

We absolutely loved the Brompton Electric bike when we took it out for a spin, finding it to be the perfect bike for commuting in traffic and then stowing well out of the way post-ride.

The brand is considered by many as the gold standard of folding bikes, and the Brompton Electric is clearly cast from the same mould.

As typical with any Brompton bike, the brand has taken full control of the engineering, so everything from frame to motor has been designed in house. Brompton however has called upon the experiences of Williams Advanced Engineering when it comes to the motor, developing a bespoke lightweight removable battery and motor.

As you would expect when a team of Formula One engineers get under the bonnet of the Brompton Electric, the small, but perfectly formed motor has excelled, delivering power smoothly, safely and exactly when you need it.

The frame is the usual Brompton high standard, and while one size, keeps the ability to choose handlebars, seatpost heights and even saddle widths. There are six speeds, giving you plenty to play with when you hit a hill.

Whatever your final set up, you can rest assured as to the bike’s foldability, which is one of the reasons why Brompton stands out from the folding bike crowd. Its folded footprint is one of the smallest out there: 565mm high x 585mm wide x 270mm long (22.2 x 23 x 10.6). This means it’s highly portable and capable of stowing in the smallest of spaces, although be warned, due to the independent motor and battery pack, you’ll find yourself with two hands full, so best to invest in a rucksack for your other belongings.

On test we felt this was an absolute dream of a bike, in fact, we went as far as calling it a transport gamechanger. If you’re worried by the 17kg-plus weight, there’s now the Brompton Electric P Line bike, which uses lighter frame materials to drop the claimed weight down to 15.6kg.

Reasons to avoid

The G4i is a solid choice for a commuter, with the option to add many accessories such as mudguards (fenders), a front and rear pannier rack, integrated lights, lock holster and a travel case.

The design folds in half, so that you can push it on its wheels rather than needing to carry it, or you can fully fold it into a compact package. There’s built-in rear suspension, concealed cabling and a fully enclosed drivetrain.

It features a discreetly integrated USB port on the handlebar, enabling owners to charge their phone or other small devices from the bike’s battery when not in use. although we found the quality of the integrated phone mount didn’t quite match that of the bike itself. The same goes for the LED display, which we found to be rather basic. although the information it provides is useful.

It’s also likely to be pretty low-maintenance given that the drivetrain is completely enclosed. This makes sense, given that commuting year round usually means cycling in the wet at some point. The G4i utilizes a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internally geared hub. With 1” of elastomer suspension and 2.35” wide tyres, it is one of the more comfortable small wheelers. Single-sided wheel attachment means you don’t even have to remove the wheel, should you puncture one of the 20” wheels.

The 500W (250W in the UK/EU) G4 electric motor and 375Wh Lithium-ion battery is claimed to provide a range of up to 80km (50mi), but the most we managed to get out of it was just 44km (27mi). To be fair, that was in one of the more ‘assisted’ modes and I always had the daytime running lights on. and the city of Bath is well known for its brutally steep hills.

The bike is available from 17.6kg / 38.8lbs. However, as the weight is centred low on the frame, this at least makes the ride more stable. The folding mechanism has been improved since previous versions and can be quickly collapsed into a small package. Gocycle says this can be done in as little as ten seconds; we found it was closer to 20.

Best electric cycles in India (June, 2023)

Electric cycles are considered a great means to commute without actually harming the environment. So, getting these electric cycles will ensure that you travel with high-performance, excellent stability, and robust construction. Check out this list of some of the most popular electric bicycles along with electric bicycles price that you would love to check out before making your purchase.

  • Electric bicycles are great for fitness enthusiasts who want to make an environmental-friendly purchase
  • These bicycles usually cost more than Rs 30,000 depending on the features, available discounts, number of gears and more
  • These are unisex cycles and can be used for almost everyone

Looking to start commuting with the modern electric cycles ? Great. But do you know which one is the best? If you are seeking electric bicycles online, there is a high chance that you might get overwhelmed with a lot of alternatives available. And so, it becomes essential to get yourself familiar with the popular electric bikes. Typically, these electric bicycles are made using high-quality steel and aluminum. Appreciated for their rigid construction and robustness, these electric cycle s are known for their long shelf life and impeccable designs. You can also find different electric bicycle here.So, if you are seeking electric cycles and electric bicycles price, take a gander at some of the top-notch purchase options available online in India: Choose from this list depending on your budget and the key features of the electric cycles to make the best purchase for all your needs. Compare the given options based on the prices, key highlights and more to easily buy the best cycle that will be perfect for your needs. These cycles are not just great for adventure but can even be great for fitness without harming the environment when you use the cycle. Electric cycles with price and key highlights

Electric bicycles Price on Amazon Key highlights No. of speed options
Hero Lectro Clix 26T SS Single Speed Electric Cycle Rs 27,999 With a frame size of 16 inches 13
Hero Lectro C6iE 700C 7S Electric Cycle Rs 39,174 With 4 riding modes 7
NIBE Motors Electric Bicycle Rs 36,666 Available with front and rear disc brakes 3
Hero Lectro Unisex-Adult Hero C6E 700C 7S Electric Cycle Rs 31,444 Available with 4 riding modes 7
EMotorad EMX Electric Cycle 27.5 Wheel Size Rs 53,000 Available with 21 speed options 21
NINETY ONE Enigma 700C Single Speed Orange Electric Cycle Rs 30,400 With certified display and with 4 Riding modes 1
Geekay Hashtag Electric Mountain Bicycle Rs 28,800 With single speed gear 1
CULTSPORT Hermit (Black) with 250W BLDC Motor Rs 25,000 fully recharge the inbuilt Lithium-ion 36 V, 7.5 Ah, integrated battery in just 3.5 hours 1
TRIAD E1 Pro Unisex Pedelec Electric Bicycle Rs 35,000 7.8Ah Li-Ion Detachable Battery with 250W Rear Hub Motor 7

Hero Lectro Clix 26T SS Single Speed Electric Cycle

Lectro, being a prominent brand, comes up with this single-speed electric cycle that is ideal for common roads. This electric bicycle has a frame size of 16-inches and its front fork is designed using a rigid aerodynamic blade. In addition to this, the offered electric cycle comes in a single-speed design and is available in dark grey black color. Manufactured using high-quality aluminum, this electric bicycle is available in the 2.84 x 2.35 x 2.29 cm dimension.

If you are on the quest to purchase a ladies’ bicycle from a renowned brand, you have come to the right page. We have come up with some of the finest girls’ bicycles from CAYA, Hero, SPEED BIRD, BSA, and Beetle. Choose from this list to pick the perfect girls’ bicycle when you are shopping online.

Hero Lectro C6iE 700C 7S Electric Cycle

Hero Lectro offers this awesome electrical bicycle that comes with a wheel size of 700 mm. This electric cycle has a front suspension and is versed with a digital display, a paddle assistant sensor system, and 4 riding modes. The offered electric cycle comes with a Lithium-ion battery with 5.8 Ah capacity and is appreciated for its sporty look. Along with this, the offered electric cycle is versed with an adjustable seat and a powerful rear hub motor. Look for the complete range of electric bicycles here.

NIBE Motors Electric Bicycle

NIBE MOTORS brings you this electric bicycle that comes with a wheel size of 26 inches. This electric bicycle has an in-built Li-ion battery and has a battery rating of 36V/10.4 Ah. In addition to this, the offered electric bicycle comes with front rear disc brakes and has 3 PAS levels. The offered electric bicycle is available in the 170 x 97.8 x 57 cm dimension and comes in green color.

Are you looking to buy a high-performance yet affordable commuter bicycle this year? Perfect, you came to the right place. Get yourself familiar with some of the finest and most robust bicycles available on the web. So, what’re you waiting for? Check out the list of some of the most popular options

Hero Lectro Unisex-Adult Hero C6E 700C 7S Electric Cycle

Hero Lectro comes up with this electric bicycle that comes with a wheel size of 700 mm. This electric bicycle is versed with a high torque 250W BLDC motor and is available in the 175 x 28 x 115 dimension. Along with this, the offered electric bicycle is made using high-quality aluminum and weighs around 20 kgs. Available with 4 riding modes and an IP67 certified integrated battery, this electric cycle comes in black color. Electric bicycle price: Rs 31,444.

EMotorad EMX Electric Cycle 27.5 Wheel Size

If you want to buy an electric bicycle that is suitable for both beginners and cycling enthusiasts, this one can be a good option to consider. This electric bike is available in a vibrant colour combination of black with neon green to catch your attention and remind you to cycle every time you pass by it. Available with 21-speed options, this bicycle gives you enough comfort to ride at your convenience. The frame is primarily made of aluminium alloy and the frame size is 18 inches. Since it is available with multiple riding modes, it can easily meet almost all your needs.

NINETY ONE Enigma 700C Orange Electric Cycle

Powerful rear hub motor: BLDC 36V/250W, 40 Nm, powered by Li-Ion 36V, 6.3Ah Panasonic batteries with 2 years manufacturer warranty; as claimed by the brand, sufficient to power your daily trip at 7 paisa per km without pollution. Therefore, this electric bike can be a good choice for you! To switch between different riding modes and display the battery charge level, the display has 4 riding modes and is IP66 rated. High-quality safety features include a lifetime warranty on the high-strength carbon steel frame, dual-disc E-brakes for slip-free braking and control, and an electronic key lock for an enhanced riding experience. Use the free Wynd Fitness Tracking App to monitor your progress and improve your riding.

Geekay Hashtag Electric Mountain Bicycle

Hashtag Electric has a 17-inch high-strength steel MTB frame and a steel suspension fork with 100 mm travel. a 36-volt, 250-watt top-of-the-line hub motor kit Removable lithium-ion battery, 36 volts, 7.5 ah Has a loud horn and a Focus Light. Therefore, this electric bike could be the best option for you! The bike is delivered in a pre-assembled state. With a powerful 36 V 7.5 Ah removable lithium-ion battery and best-in-class 36 V 250 watt BLDC hub motor with 45 NM of torque, this electric bike is the best in its class.

CULTSPORT Hermit (Black) with 250W BLDC Motor

The CULTSPORT Hermit Charge electric bike is a revolutionary bike for urban transport. Its powerful 250W motor, powered by a 360Wh battery, can take you up to 50km on a single charge. With a top speed of 25 km/h, you can get through traffic quickly without breaking a sweat. The Hermit Charge has a lightweight aluminum frame, 7-speed Shimano gears and front suspension for a comfortable ride. Equipped with disc brakes, front and rear lights, and a digital display, this e-bike is safe and easy to use. The perfect eco-friendly solution for your daily commute.

TRIAD E1 Pro Unisex Pedelec Electric Bicycle

The TRIAD E1 Pro is a high quality electric bike designed for the modern commuter. With its lightweight 18 alloy frame and 26 tires, it offers a comfortable ride and excellent stability. Its powerful 250W motor paired with a 360Wh battery offers up to 70km range on a single charge, making it perfect for daily commuting or weekend excursions. The 7-speed Shimano gears make for easy pedaling and effortless riding, while the front and rear disc brakes provide excellent stopping power. Ideal for riders 15 years and older, the TRIAD E1 Pro is the perfect combination of style and performance. Explore more electric cycles here.Buying a new electric cycle can be tricky but it is not difficult. Just compare the above-mentioned options properly based on your needs and you will be able to put your money to the best use when you are buying a new electric cycle online. These cycles are not just great for your health but will also help you make an environmentally-conscious choice by helping you ditch motor vehicles that run on non-renewable energy. Benefits of using an electric cycle or an electric bicycle

  • It is faster and more efficient than a regular bicycle or a fat bike
  • An electric cycle is environment friendly and is a smarter alternative to vehicles running on non-renewable resources
  • Easy to maintain and highly affordable
  • Available with multiple riding modes to ensure that you have the perfect ride on your electric bicycle

Bicycle carriers allow you to carry your luggage during the cycling session. A befitting product for off-road riders, these bicycle carriers are easy to install assemble and are known for their compact fit. The of these bicycle carriers are updated as of May 23, 2022.

  • Whether you really need one or a regular bike will meet your needs
  • The size of the electric bike with respect to your height
  • The adjustment options that the bicycle offers you
  • Your budget to narrow your choices
  • The size of the frame
  • The riding modes that are offered by the cycle
  • The types of brakes

Electric bicycles or E-bikes are gaining popularity because these are the biggest adoption of green transportation and these can help you to get to your destination faster and in better shape. So, what are the top electric bicycles in India? The of these electric bicycles are updated as of

  • What is the benefit of an electric cycle?These cycles are faster as compared to a regular cycle and will let you reach your desired destination quickly without harming the environment. So, you can stay fit, save time and be efficient and environment-conscious while travelling.
  • What is the price of an electric cycle?Electric bicycles usually cost above Rs 30,000. Some may even be available at a lesser price due to online discounts, lesser specifications, lesser speed range and more. So, you can make an efficient purchase as per your needs.
  • Can electric cycles be used by everyone?Yes, these cycles are suitable for almost all adults who have a road sense and permission of driving a two-wheeled electric vehicle on the road. These electric cycles can be used by people irrespective of gender or weight.
  • Are electric cycles available with different riding modes?Yes, these cycles are available with different riding modes that you can change depending on the road, the speed that you prefer and more. So, you will be able to enjoy your cycle ride completely.
  • Is it worth buying an electric bike?The quick answer is yes. Due to their design, they are safer than regular bikes. They replace conventional pedaling with an electric motor powered by a battery. This makes them extremely safe on the road and gives you even more control.
  • How safe are electric cycles?For example, the extra weight of an e-cycle alone could cause damage. They could collide with motor vehicles, whose drivers may not be expecting such a fast-moving bike, or with pedestrians who can’t get out of the way in time

Disclaimer: The Times of India’s journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The product mentioned in the article are subject to change with offers given by Amazon.

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Should I Buy an Electric Bicycle? Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Get Started!

Michael Graham Richard is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario. He worked for Treehugger for 11 years, covering science, technology, and transportation.

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A few months ago, Graham Hill (the founder of the site you’re reading this on) asked me for some help in choosing an electric bike. I wanted to help, but I knew that my knowledge of electric bikes was limited. there are so many models, with progress being made all the time in battery tech and power electronics. so I pointed him to someone who I knew was a real expert: Court Rye, the e-bike demigod behind ElectricBikeReview.com. But Graham’s question also made me realize that he certainly wasn’t the only one trying to figure out if an electric bicycle was right for him, what were the pros and cons, and if it did make sense, where to begin and which models to have a look at first.

This led to the interview below, where Court generously shares the e-bike wisdom that comes from having reviewed 300 models since he started covering the space in 2012 (prolific guy!).

Why Buy an Electric Bike?

Well, electric bicycles offer the same great benefits as traditional bicycles including cost savings (no licensing or insurance required), improved well-being, and connection with community.

The real advantage to ebikes in my view is efficiency in climbing hills or fighting the wind combined with better range. If you experience knee pain or exercise-induced asthma, for example, electric bikes can breath new life into the sport of cycling. They might convince your friend or significant other to join you on the trails more often or they might enable you to commute to work in extreme heat without perspiring so much. I’ve owned cars and mopeds before and neither felt as safe or refreshing as cycling along community paths, away from traffic.

Electric bikes remove many of the roadblocks and challenges that people face with traditional pedal-powered cycles but they aren’t perfect. They can be expensive, complex, and heavy which is a real pain if the battery runs out halfway.

Which E-Bike Conversion Kits Are Best?

Since the early days of electric bikes in the United States (starting in 1999 with the EV Global Motors Ebike from Lee Iacocca) frame styles and drive characteristics have really proliferated.

In addition to simple DIY kits there are also systems like the Ridekick Power Trailer now which add ebike performance in addition to storage utility! This system in particular is even easier than installing a kit and can be easily shared between family members and friends using regular bikes or recumbents as a platform.

What E-Bikes Are Good for New Riders?

Today it is possible to dive head first into electric bikes or dip your toe in for a little taste. In some towns you can even rent electric bike to get a better feel for them. Rocket Electrics in Austin Texas for example, offers foodie tours and also has a multi-day SXSW and F1 race week package for people who want to dodge traffic and get an up close view of the city. For the purest experience, purpose built ebikes are the way to go (bikes that were designed and sold as being electric, not converted later). They are lighter, tougher and more capable than ever. Whether you need a folding bike to stow in your loft or take on a plane, a tandem to rent and ride with your friend on vacation or a downhill bomber for free riding on mountain trails (no need for a chairlift!) there is definitely an ebike out there that’s fully capable.

Do E-Bikes Have Drawbacks?

Obviously, I’m a huge fan of the technology and it’s true that the breadth of products has grown thanks in large part to widespread acceptance in Asia and Europe but there are some things ebikes still struggle with.

If you’re a purist mountain biker who is barely accepted on hiking paths to begin with, ebikes may seem like a threat. In much the same way that snowboards used to be outlawed at ski resorts like Vail Colorado in the 80’s ebikes are still in their early days. Eventually snowboarding became mainstream and Burton helped to gain mass acceptance by launching a viral initiative challenging holdout resorts. These days, Deer Valley Utah remains a ski-only resort but you can snowboard pretty much everywhere else and I feel like that will become the case with ebikes as well. Once the technology becomes better understood and appreciated it won’t feel so threatening to some. I think traditional bikes are awesome frankly and I still own one for silent, light weight cruising.

To be honest, I mostly use it on wet and snowy days or when parking overnight in high-crime areas where theft or vandalism could be a risk. That said, I recently picked up bicycle insurance and am feeling a lot more comfortable from a theft and liability standpoint. To sum up the cons of electric bikes: they tend to be heavier, louder and almost always more expensive than traditional bicycles.

What Are the Types of Electric Bikes?

Having reviewed over 300 electric bikes to date, taking photos and shooting video for each and posting back at my site ElectricBikeReview.com these are the primary use cases I’ve identified to help people navigate the space: Cargo Hauling, Relaxed Cruising, Trail Riding, Mountain Biking, Downhill, Neighborhood Use, Kid Hauling and Grocery Getting, Road Bike, Sand and Snow (Fat Tire), Tandem, Touring or Trekking, Traveling (Folding) and Urban Commuting.

It feels like there’s a bike out there for any occasion, some have very small wheels and are designed to be easy to pick up and carry onto trains and busses (or even airplanes if the battery is under 300 watt hours) while other models are almost like mopeds or motorcycles with 100 mile range capability and regenerative braking.

There are so many types of light electric vehicles now that I actually started a second website called ElectricRideReview.com to cover electric motorcycles, skateboards and kick scooters.

What Are the Price Ranges?

As far as traditional ebikes, really vary and can be shocking at first. so brace for impact! The low end starts around 1,000 but a recent crowd funding campaign generated a lot of attention by offering a bare bones 700 model (it was sold as 500 ~200 shipping).

My feeling is that 1,500 is the lowest level worth exploring right now. I’ve seen too many unhappy customers who purchased online and are now struggling to fix a throttle mechanism or find a replacement battery pack because the cells they got were of very low quality. There have even been some fires when cheap batteries were damaged and didn’t have an electronic management system in place to prevent overload. At the upper echelons of the ebike world there are products selling for 50k but those are almost like art.

For ~4,000 you can get a high quality, Euro-proven, German engineered product with two years of comprehensive warranty support. Bikes like this offer intuitive controls, integrated dynamo lights, fenders and racks and an overall beautiful aesthetic.

Bikes in this premium class range up to 7,000 for pro-level components and while that may shock some people, it’s actually not far off from pro-level pedal-powered bicycles.

Now let’s go back to the middle-range and dig a bit deeper into costs. The first electric bike I purchased was 2,500 and it saved me 2,000 in parking alone over the first year (I was working downtown Austin, TX where parking is very expensive).

In YouTube Комментарии и мнения владельцев I regularly see people upset by the perceived high price of electric bikes, claiming that a used car would be cheaper. I think they often fail to recognize the high price of car repairs, preventative maintenance like oil changes, insurance, licensing and parking. Cars and ebikes are not investments, they are tools or toys that depreciate with use, their true value is highly dependent on the environment and task at hand or entertainment preferences of the owner.

So for example, if you live on a highway and commute 20 miles to work each day an ebike might not be a great tool. To that I say, consider renting an apartment near your job and buying an ebike!

Life changes aside, let’s do a quick hypothetical costing example, if you took all of the car maintenance stuff away for a moment and just looked at a 3k brand new car vs. a 3k brand new ebike and left gas at 2 per gallon. an average electric bike gets ~20 miles per charge and cost less than 0.15 to fill (even using Hawaii’s scale-tipping 0.37 per kilowatt-hour rates). So let’s say that your car gets 30 miles per gallon and a gallon is 2 and your bike gets 20 miles per charge and a charge is 0.15, the bike is way cheaper right? But that’s not the whole story. A premium electric bike battery costs anywhere from 500 to 800 to replace and lasts 1,000 charges so let’s treat this like a fuel cost and divide 500/1,000 charges. we get 0.50. So we add the 0.15 charge cost to the 0.50 battery use cost and get 0.65.

Basically, electric bikes are about three times less expensive to operate than cars from a current fuel cost perspective. Beyond user operating expense they also cost less in terms of negative externalities because they don’t create localized pollution. Ebikes are awesome but so are cars and even when self-driving electric cars replace the costs of ownership and reduce pollution, there will still be enormous value in cycling. and why not have an assisted cycle?

It’s like comparing a mechanical typewriter where you forcefully push the keys down to modern laptop that can be operated much easier, faster, in more environments and it will save your work digitally! Maybe some people would claim that the sheer muscular joy of old fashioned typewriting and the ever-present danger of a misspelling will always hold a place in their hearts. and good for them, it’s not really an issue and with ebikes or traditional bikes, we can still ride together and have fun!

How Far Can You Go on a Charge?

A good rule of thumb here is to divide watt hours by 20. So electric bike batteries have voltage and amp hours and a typical pack right now in the US is 36 volts of power with 10 amp hours of capacity for 360 watt hours total. If we divide 360 by 20 we get 18 miles. Given variation between throttle only electric bikes and pedal assist that 18 is really a floor that can go up as riders contribute pedal-power to the system or different drive systems are leveraged.

For example, mid-drive electric bikes can benefit from driving the rear cassette and gears to empower the motor for improved efficiency. In the same way that you would want to shift down when climbing (instead of standing up and working extra hard), so too does the motor and these mid-drive systems offer that flexibility because they pull the bicycle chain along with you. I’ve seen some electric bikes with that same 360 watt hour battery capacity reach 50 miles per charge on a low level of assistance (equivalent to half of the rider’s pedal power output). That’s pretty amazing to me.

Are E-Bikes Faster Than Regular Bikes?

Not really, most low-speed electric bikes won’t go over 20 miles per hour under motor power alone. You can always pedal faster than that or drop a steep hill but federal regulation limits this top speed in exchange for classification as a bicycle. Some recent compromises have been made whereby pedal-assist electric bikes may reach ~28 miles per hour assisted but only if the rider is pedaling rigorously. A similar class of electric bikes called speed pedelecs exists in Europe and have become popular for commuters.

Take note however that efficiency drops off significantly as riders gain speed as a result of drag. That is forces acting opposite to the relative motion of any object moving with respect to a surrounding fluid or in this case air. The power needed to push an object through a fluid increases as the cube of its velocity while air drag is approximately proportional to the square of velocity.

In short, as you go beyond 15 mph on an ebike, drag really starts to cut into the range you can achieve so speed comes at a high price!

Can I Do DIY Maintenance on My Electric Bike?

This is a great question! When it comes to electric bikes I usually recommend that people buy locally if possible. This is because the bike will be assembled properly, following specific torque ratings on screws and such, and will be fit to the rider for improved comfort.

In the bike industry, many shops that sell both traditional and electric will tell me that ebikes see 10 times the use. This is based on customer feedback and tuneups that they provide. People just ride electric bicycles more, and further, and faster! Some of that wear can be serviced by the end user but when it comes to throttles, batteries and computer systems things can get tricky.

Electric bikes marry mechanical systems with software and electrical complexities. There is a reason that Apple calls their tech support Geniuses, right? Advanced knowledge and a specific toolset are required to truly maintain electric bikes as well, in my opinion. The most basic bikes that do not offer torque sensing pedal assist, LCD display readouts or frame-routed cables may be self-serviceable or simply disposable given their lower price point but the more purpose-built offerings really benefit from that professional touch and often times have locked computers with special diagnostic tools much like automobiles.

What Bikes Do You Recommend for E-Bike Newbies?

I spend a lot of time answering one-off questions back in the Electric Bike Review Community Forums where people share their budget, height, weight, intended use and style preference. Feel free to jump on over and ask for yourself! Alternatively, I’ve put together a Top 10 list with recommendations for value and performance models ranging from Cruisers to Kits. Bikes that I’ve actually purchased for myself over the years include the Pedego City Commuter, Easy Motion Neo Jumper (now replaced by the Evo Jumper) and the Haibike XDURO FS RX 27.5 but I’ve been eyeing the new Specialized Turbo X and Felt Outfitter which are remarkable because both companies are long standing purists that FOCUS on performance and racing specs. Seeing them put out electric bikes is a real vote of confidence for the space.

Any Closing Thoughts?

I think electric bikes are remarkable because they compliment the human body and mind while connecting us with others.

If you’d like to learn more on the topic feel free to download my ebook called A Practical Guide to Electric Bikes on Amazon Kindle. The book includes photos, videos and a deeper look into topics like motor design so you can better understand the trade offs between hub motors like I had on my Pedego or mid drives like I had on my Haibike. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and ride safe out there!

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