How to buy electric bikes? It is a common question from every buyer. The answer to every buyer may not be the same depending on their needs (purpose of buying), where they stay (in the city or out the town or hilly village), their buying power, and even local regulation. Nobody can give a perfect answer, but we can give our opinion on how to look at buying an electric bike.
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Choose High specification or Low specification?
What is the buyer’s purpose use of buying an electric bike? Knowing the purpose use of purchasing an electric bike can help to decide what kind of specification an electric bike is required. If we can buy the right specification of the electric bike for our daily use for a long time, we will be happy and satisfy without choice.
Higher quality of electric bike means higher specification electric bike with a more durable wheel, more robust frame, bigger motor size, or bigger battery size.
All additional items for more top quality will add significant weight to the total weight of the electric bicycles if you need a lighter electric bike to use for daily activity only. With a higher quality of electric bikes can become a burden and an unpleasant feeling of using an electric bike.
The lower quality of electric bike means the lower specification of electric bike with a smaller and lighter wheel, which cannot ride on a gravel road or hilly area.
The lower specification of the electric bike means the smaller size of battery and motor, which cannot support to ride at high speed or longer travel distance.
When you go for long-distance traveling, the electric bike may need to recharging before reaching your destination. Cannot travel at a higher speed for long-distance can become higher time-consuming. Then you will not have satisfaction with the electric bike you have purchased.
The higher specification also means a higher purchase price. If you need only lower specification can help you save a sum of dollars for other use.
Example of High specification to low specification components:
- High Spec – Dura-Ace and Ultegra.
- Medium Spec – Shimano 105 and Shimano Tiagra.
- Low Spec – Sora and Claris.
- High Spec – Shimano 11-speed and Shimano 10-speed.
- Medium Spec – Shimano 9-speed and Shimano 7-speed.
- Low Spec – Shimano 6-speed.
- High Spec – Hydraulic Disc Brake.
- Medium Spec – Mechanical Disc Brake.
- Low Spec – Drum Brake and V Brake.
- High Spec – Below 20 Kg.
- Medium Spec – Between 20 Kg to 40 Kg.
- Low Spec – More than 40 Kg.
The above is for understanding how to differential high spec and low spec only. All component systems mentioned are standard and quality to use.
Which Application is needed, Electric City bike / Electric Folding bike / Electric Mountain bike?
There are many models of electric bikes on the market. We can see there are four primary types of electronic bike selling in the market. The road bike and City bike have a similar function. Leisure or recreation bike has no difference with Folding bike or City Bike.
A flat tire bike has the same characteristic as a shore cruise or gravel bike.
Mountain bikes can be the same as Trail bike.
If you travel to the city where the road is flat and smooth, a city bike or a road bike or folding bike can be your choice.
In some countries like Indonesia, Myanmar, or Laos, the road damaged with holes, or you have to travel on earth with stone; you can consider buying a Flat Tire bike for stability or a Mountain bike for durable use.
If you like hiking in the jungle or adventuring in nature, you should choose a mountain bike, which can stand bumping impact with good suspension absorbed.
A folding bike is a lighter and cheapest bike you can purchase in the market. This bike can be used for short-distance travel and can be carried by hand and use at a particular destination.
A Mountain bike or Trail bike is a hobby bike for people who are fit to cycle in the narrow and unpredictable jungle road. Riders must be skillful and having vast experience to stable the bumping situation on the gravel road. Puncture safe tire shall include in the specification.
High speed and long distance Delfast bike are perfect for commercial use. The speed can go as high as 78 km/hr or higher depends on the type of battery installed.
Delfast bike won the World Guinness record in 2018. This type of electric bicycle comes with an emergency stop device for safety reasons. A delivery company heavily uses a Delfast bike. Any buyer who wishes to travel long distances with high speed can consider buying a Delfast Bike.
Choose Motor power and Battery capacity
250W motor is the minimum power requirement for short-distance daily use of electric bikes. 250W motor can install for a city bike, road bike, or folding bike only.
This bike specification is suitable for students to travel to school daily and ideal for workers going to work daily in the city. The battery rating can be 24V 8.0Ah to move the 28 km range.
Motor power rating:
- High Spec – Above 750W
- Medium Spec – 350W and 500W
- Low Spec – 300W and 250W
- High Spec – Above 500 Wh.
- Medium Spec – 400 – 500 Wh.
- Low Spec – Below 400 Wh.
500W motor e used in all type of electric bike depends on what maximum speed you want and how far you want to go. In the market, there are 350W motors install for a city bike, road bike, folding bike for your choice. 750W motor required by Trail bike and mountain bike.
There are 750W motors installed at city bikes or road bikes for higher speed and more extended distance range in one charge. 800W/900W/1000W engines installed in the electric bikes will increase the selling price to a higher level.
How is Road Safety / Local Law?
Road safety is an important consideration to decide whether to use an electric bike or not. Local law plays a vital role in protecting electrical bike rider safety.
If the country has a separate lane for an electric bike, it is very safe to use an electric bike. If local enforce strict law on road safety and most vehicles obey the speed limit, it is also safe for an electric bike rider.
Every country has its law to limit the use of electric bikes. The buyer should find out his local regulation whether a permit is required or not to use an electric bike.
Now many countries promoting the use of electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, I believed the trend of using an electric bike would increase year by year.
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Before purchase an electric bike, you should check the height of the seat (depend on the length of your leg) for comfortable cycling. You can also discuss accessories items likes a bucket, phone holder, luggage support, rider event recorder, which is not in the standard package.
Many electric bike shops can provide payment monthly for your convenience with shallow interest.
I hope this article can help you decide how to choose the best deal on electric bikes. Please give your comment to help me to improve the content of the material.
See the Youtube video to know how the E-Bike works.