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How to Choose an Electric Bike?


If you decide to buy an e-bike after reading the blog Why You Should Consider an Electric Bike? But you know little about the e-bike, you may become overwhelmed when you look at the extremely large number of electric bikes out there. Let’s step by step to help you figure out how to choose an e-bike. 

What e-bike can (not) you ride and where?

Firstly, we need to know if you can ride your e-bike in your area, and what type of e-bike you could ride.

According to the federal definition of an electric bicycle, e-bikes are divided into classes that denote their level of motor assistance which determines what and where you can ride. Learning which class of e-bike you need is an essential decision point: CLICK HERE to learn more about the e-bike class.

What kind of riding do you intend to do?

Most commonly used e-bike are electric urban (hybrid) bikes, electric mountain bikes (E-MTB), and electric road bikes. E-urban bikes are mostly used for short-range commuting. E-MTB is typically for off-roading, climbing the unsurfaced tracks and steep. E-road bikes are usually used for long-distance riding trips.

Figuring out what your demand would be more clear to choose the e-bike.

Electric urban bike

Most people buying an e-urban bike are to avoid traffic jams to save time and climb the sloping road. A larger battery and reliable motor would be important.

For instance, if you’re selecting an e-bike for your 30-mile one-way commute, you need a bike that can do that on a single charge. Our eRide Metro can do it.

Furthermore, the fordable design would save a lot of space in the house.

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Electric mountain bike

If you plan to buy an e-bike for off-roading, climbing hills, acceleration and higher motor torque rating should be considered, Typically, most motors’ torque is from 40 Nm to 75Nm, when over 55 Nm would be fit for climbing steep hills. Our eTrail Terra’s torque is 64Nm and will be a great choice for you.

What are the most important things for an e-bike?

Motor

Motors are at the heart of every e-Bike, it can boost the power in a short time, combined with the battery to make your pedaling easier.

The placement of the motor has a great impact on an e-bike. There are two common types of motors, Hub Drive Motor and Mid Drive Motor.

Hub driven motor: It is located in the front or rear hub, which is built in the wheel hub, most used in the urban e-bike, like our eRide Metro has a 500W rear hub drive motor, as well as some E-MTB, like our eTrail Terra has a 750W rear hub drive motor.

Suitable for commuting, climbing most hills (not steep), and exercise.

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Mid driven motor: It is positioned between the pedals at the bike’s bottom bracket, which makes the bike more balanced and more efficient, and most mid driven motors have a lighter weight. But the downside of the mid drive is that it will increase chain wear and increase the maintenance cost. In addition, it would be more expensive than a hub drive motor.

Suitable for climbing mountains, roading, and graveling.

E-Bike Batteries

The first thing you need to check is the warranty of the battery, we’re not recommended to buy the e-bike with a battery’s warranty which is less than one year (Our Raddy e-bike provides one year warranty for the battery). Less than a one-year warranty always means low quality.

Secondly, it is battery capacity. Battery capacity is like a gas tank for a car, a larger battery could support you to reach farther, but the large capacity means the e-bike will weigh. The capacity unit is watt-hours (Wh), which means how many hours will the battery take to run out with 1-watt power. The number of watt-hours a battery will be indicative of the range on offer, a higher number generally being able to provide an increased range.

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Riding Ranges

The riding ranges could vary from different situations: Terrain, rider/cargo weight, riding mode, driven, tire, average speed, weather, and so on.

What other features and accessories are necessary?

Fat tires: A large fat tire, usually 4-inch or greater, helps electric fat bikes ride up and over nearly any surface, loose soil, sand or even snow.

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Handlebar-mounted LCD display: The display will keep track of the real-time speed, total mileage, speed grade, and battery power remaining of your e-bike, so that it's easy and convenient to know how far you have gone, when to charge or maintain, and more information you need.

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Aluminum mudguards: They can prevent the water and mud from springing out on your clothes. It is also protected to the utmost extent, freeing you from the trouble of frequent maintenance of the e-bike.

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Front light: Sometimes you may ride an e-bike in the evening, front light would be typically ride-friendly for use in all light conditions.

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Rear rack: Always mounted in the cargo e-bike, it is solid and strong enough to carry heavy loads.

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For a starter, you will expect the e-bike integrated Kickstand, Handlebar-mounted LCD display, fenders, front light, rear rack, and inflator. If you buy our eRide Metro e-bike, you could get all of them.