E-bikes have taken the European bike market by storm. In Holland alone, more than 270,000 cyclists have chosen to buy or upgrade their ride to an E-bike. And in New Zealand and Australia E-bikes are on the rise, with more cyclists seeing the benefits of pedal assisted riding and looking to make the change.
There are a number of bike brands offering E-bikes in the marketplace. So before you buy, make sure you choose well with our tips on what to look for.
What to look for in an E-bike
Quality drive system.
Invest in quality with top drive systems from well-known brands like Shimano or Bosch – both experts in the field, and trusted to keep you and your E-bike moving.
Mid-motor drive system.
This lowers the centre of gravity and gives you a balance riding feel.
After sales service.
Buy at a trusted dealership, who can offer you servicing on your new E-bike. Just like a car your bike needs a tune up every now and again.
E bikes are an investment in getting you moving, faster. Ensure your bike frame and drive system come with a warranty for peace of mind like the Avanti E-bikes.
Compliance to ride wherever.
Check the bike brand has complied with international E-bike standards on wattage; so you can ride your bike whatever country you’re visiting.
E-bikes without a throttle typically have a longer lasting battery, and will give you a smoother power assist with no sudden reaction in the handlebars.
Battery charge time.
Quality E-bikes can recharge their battery from empty to full in 4 hours. Some can be as quick at 2.5hours, like the Bosch system used on Scott E-bikes.
Reputable bike brand.
There are E-bikes around have been built solely to be ridden with the electronic assist, so if your battery goes flat while riding it may not be quite so comfortable and possibly harder work than you expected. Look for an E-bike from a reputable brand so you can be sure you’ll be riding in a comfortable position, and efficiently - making the effort on your pedal count. Reputable bike brands will have created their E-bikes using proven geometries so they’re built as a bike first. Battery go flat? No problem, your E-bike will ride as a normal bike.