18 May 2018
Choose an e-bike that suits you!
If you want to buy an e-bike, there is a wide range to choose from. You can find many different models in the rapidly growing market. So the message is: know what you want and compare!
Do you want to use your e-bike for pleasure or for travelling between home and work? What distances will you cover? How fast is an e-bike? In this article, you´ll find answers to all of your questions.
What do you want to use your e-bike for?
There are several types of bicycles with electric assistance. But what´s the best choice for you?
- A standard e-bike with pedalling assistance up to 25 km/h is ideal for travelling between home and work up to 15 km. A high speed e-bike or speed pedelec is more appropriate for longer distances (up to 35 km).
There are a number of points that deserve attention:
- Higher speeds require more concentration and agility. Speed pedelecs are only for experienced cyclists.
- You cannot use the speed of the high-speed bike on busy (urban) routes.
- It´s best to opt for an ordinary e-bike for relaxing excursions.
- As a replacement for your car, for transporting your children and for the weekly shopping, an electric carrier bike is the best choice.
- For challenging routes and sports enthusiasts, there are also mountain bikes and racing cycles with electric assistance.
What´s your budget?
How much you will ultimately pay depends on a lot of factors. More expensive isn´t always better. The most important thing is that the e-bike suits you:
- Define your budget. A basic model for short distances will start at around 1000 euros. The most expensive speed pedelecs can easily cost four times as much.
- Draw up your cycling profile (distance, frequency, speed, route, objective, etc.).
- Gather as much information as possible.
Which type of motor suits you best?
There are three types of motors, each with its own characteristics:
- The front-wheel motor is robust and inexpensive and gives good support when going uphill or accelerating aggressively. Yet the front wheel is heavy, the front tyre is hard to replace and the bicycle is more difficult to steer.
- The rear-wheel motor has roughly the same characteristics as the front-wheel motor. It is also very quiet and wear-resistant. The output is lower, meaning you´ll be able to cover less distance with the same battery.
- The mid-drive motor ensures stable road-holding and is the most efficient, which is good news for your range. This motor is the least sensitive in terms of malfunctions, but it is more expensive than the other two.
Did you know that?
The power of the motor, expressed in Newton-metre (Nm), also has an impact on your driving experience. The higher the motor´s power, the more assistance the bicycle offers on difficult stretches, such as on uphill slopes.
Which battery should you choose?
Virtually all new models have lithium-ion batteries. Compared to the older types, these last a lot longer.
The capacity of the battery indicates how far you can cycle (assisted) with your e-bike. This is expressed in Wh (Watt-hour). The manufacturer generally states the number of kilometres (the range) under normal conditions. The range is influenced by a variety of parameters, such as head wind, extra weight, hilliness of the landscape or the power level set.
How and where the battery is located also has an impact on your cycling experience:
- You can recharge a removable battery anywhere.
- A battery is heavy: the lower and more centrally it is located, the more stable the bike will be.