Based on what we talked before, you may have a certain knowledge about e-bike. E-bike is the most economical, practical, and fun way to get around, no matter for hauling goods, commuting long distance, or just a leisurely. However, choosing what kind of e-bike you need is not as simple as you thought. In the following paragraph, I will talk about the important considerations of buying an e-bike.
- Stay away from electric bike brands with proprietary systems if the brand is not being sold widely in Europe.
- Test riding an electric bike allows you to have the answer of the basic questions, “Do I love this bike”, “Does it climb hills in the way I need it to?”, “Does the bike fit me in the way I would like it to”, “Does it have the quality and functionality I would like?”.
- Buy local. If you have any problem with your e-bike, you can get help very soon.
- You get what you pay for. For throttle operated bikes or bikes with a cadence sensor, expected to pay at least $1500. For ebikes with a torque sensor, expected to pay over $2500.
- Take a longview. You should expect that your bike should last from five to ten years at a minimum with regular service, and that your battery should last from 600 to 800 full charge cycles. And when the battery needs to be replaced, your retailer should be ready to have it rebuilt or recycled, but not thrown in the trash.
- Judging the bicycle component quality by looking over the listing of part. For motor and battery, you can research their brands.
- Choose your retailer wisely. Is the staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful? Do they have many ebikes or just a few stuck in the back of the shop? Are their brand names that you can research?
- Warranty is very important. A two year warranty on parts, motor and battery is reasonable to expect from most electric bike manufacturers with product selling for over $2000.
- Electric bikes are designed for different people and different purposes. It’s up to you to decide what is most important to you, what is not important at all, and then communicate that to the retailer. If comfort is key, then a step-through frame might be best. If hill-climbing is crucial, then a hub motor over 250 watts or a mid-mounted motor is what will work. If riding long distances is your cup of tea, then a large battery of over 400 watt hours is paramount.