eBike Buying Guide
How Are You Going To Use The eBike?
Commute, trails, haul stuff, carry your kiddos, other? We have many customers and they each have a different story about why they want to add an ebike to their recreation and transportation options. Is speed important to you? For commutes across town and the desire to keep up with traffic, a 28 mph bike may be the ticket. Keep in mind some of our bikes can serve more than one purpose with the right accessories!
Pedal Assist or Throttle
With a throttle it is a twist-and-go motorcycle type experience but you can pedal or not pedal. A pedal assist is an amplification of your own pedal power and you must be pedaling for the bike to move. The pedal-assist or PAS is more closely aligned with bicycle riding experience. eBikes are also divided among 3 classes:
CLASS 1: have a motor (max 750w) that assists while pedaling, up to 20 mph
CLASS 2: have throttles that don’t require pedaling in order to get a boost
CLASS 3: or “speed pedelec,” up to a 750w motor, it can assist up to 28 mph
Your Price Range?
We have bikes starting at $2000 and usually can find something to fit most price ranges.We haven't skimped on quality however. Every ebike that we offer has been vetted by us. We consider the quality of the frame and components, the balance of power and weight, comfort, ride, accessories and of course support and integrity of the manufacturer.
Batteries range from 250 to 700 watt hours. Very simply, the more watt hours, the longer your bike will run on a full charge.
Mid-Drive or Hub Motor
The motor can be either housed on the center bottom-bracket area (mid-drive) or in the hub of one of the wheels (hub drives). Currently the top motor manufacturers are only producing mid-drives due to bikes handling better when the weight is not in one of the rotating wheels. The advantage of hub drives is the lower cost.
Not to be confused with the battery, the wattage (the ability to power up a hill) can range for 250-1000 however, keep in mind that this a voluntary rating put on motors and may not be the best way to compare an ebike's power. We strongly recommend test-riding to accurately assess its abilities before making a decision only based on a number.