E-Bike Buying Guide: FAQs Answered by EbikeBC Experts
If you want to buy an electric bike that will meet all your needs, be reliable, long-lasting and give you the best riding experience - consulting with an e-bike expert sales team will be the best way to go. People who have yet to gain experience with e-biking or are newbies to the cycling world might use professional help before purchasing an e-bike.
The sales team from EbikeBc will be thrilled to have you as a client and happy to answer all the electric bikes and e-scooters related questions. We are here to make your biking experience easy and enjoyable without complicating things.
"How do electric bikes work?"
"Are electric bikes legal?"
"What is the difference between motors?"
"Are e-bikes waterproof?"
"Can I use electric bikes in the rain?"
"Are electric bikes heavy?"
"Are e-bikes easy to ride?"...
We prepared the TOP questions from our dear clients who, just like you, started the exciting journey through the e-bike world.
Here are some FAQ questions customers usually ask choosing an e-bike:
What is an e-bike, and how does it work?
An e-bike, or electric bicycle, is the same good-old bicycle but equipped with an electric motor and a battery. It assists the rider's pedalling by providing additional power. It makes it easier to pedal and travel longer distances without excessive effort. E-bikes are not designed to make people lazier or quit cycling; the opposite - they give you a chance to extend your limits and go further distances, climb steeper hills and make your daily commute more enjoyable.
What are the different e-bikes available, and how do I choose the best e-bike for me?
There is a vast selection of e-bikes nowadays, and how to choose the right one? Easy. Answer a simple question - "What do I need an e-bike for?"
Do you want an electric bike to commute, or just for fun, or maybe you are planning to travel with your e-bike and need it to be compact and light? Answering this question will help a sales team to show you the suitable options for each purpose.
All electric bikes E-bikes come in various types, including city e-bikes, mountain e-bikes, folding e-bikes, cruiser e-bikes, and more, each designed for specific riding purposes. For example, if you need a city e-bike, consider getting an Envo Stax - lightweight, comfortable, and looking like a regular bicycle. For cargo or passenger carrying options - there are Flex Overland and Flex Urban, which are also foldable e-bikes. If you need a compact travel-size electric bike - Lynx 20" or Lynx 16" can be a great solution. For trails or just fun rides - ST/D50 or ST/D35 electric bikes, depending on the power and battery size you need and also on the frame style: step-through or step-over e-bike.
What is the range of the e-bike on a single charge?
The range of an electric bike could be a crucial consideration, so shoppers often ask how far they can travel on one battery charge. At the same time, this is one of the most challenging topics to cover, as the range of every e-bike may vary depending on multiple factors, like the rider's weight and the weight of the bike, assist levels that the rider is using, terrain, and even the weather. All this together will input the total mileage you can get on your electric bike. Typically, all e-bikes work from 20 to 100 miles (32 - 160 km) on a single charge. This is a considerable gap, but it is just one of the points that e-bike sales representatives can explain and estimate for every bike you want to know about.
How long does it take to charge the e-bike battery from zero to full?
To answer this question, you need to know the battery's capacity, but for the 460Wh to 675Wh batteries, it takes 6-8 hr for the full charge. You might have one more battery-related question - is the e-bike battery removable? Depending on the model and brand, pretty much every single one of them is removable, and you can easily take it off the bike and charge it at home.
Are electric bikes legal, and What is the maximum speed the e-bike can reach?
We already covered this topic in one of the previous blogs, but the short answer is - YES, e-bikes are legal, and you don't need any license or certification to use an electric bike. BUT - make sure you follow the regulations for your country, province or territory. You can find more information about the local regulations and speed limits here: Getting a Legal Electric Bicycle in Canada: Rules and Regulations. https://ebikebc.com/blogs/articles/getting-legal-electric-bicycle-in-canada-rules-regulations
What is the motor's power and torque rating?
Motor power and torque ratings can vary between e-bike models. EbikeBC offers e-bikes with various motor specifications; you can find all the details on the website, but to make a long story short, in Canada, the maximum street legal is the motor with an output of 500W. Torque may vary for every e-bike; you can find ones with 40 Nm and 80-100 Nm, depending on the controller capacity and other bike specifications.
Why e-bikes are so heavy?
E-bikes are heavier than regular bicycles primarily because they have the motor and the battery, which adds extra weight to the bike. Also, frames are reinforced to handle motor stress, e-bike might have larger tires for stability and speed, plus accessories like lights, racks, and fenders increase weight. Electric bikes generally use sturdier components than regular bicycles and might have heavier steel or aluminum frames.
ENVO E-bikes are one of the lightest in their class - you can get a Stax City electric bike that weighs 48lb (with the battery) or a 50lb e-bike D35 with dual suspension. If you don't need to carry your bike around and lift it often - the weight shouldn't be a huge concern, as all Envo e-bike has a walk-assist mode to help you out even when you need to push the bike to the top of the heel.
Are e-bikes waterproof, and Can I use electric bikes in the rain?
E-bikes, like regular bicycles, are not inherently waterproof. However, all e-bikes are designed to be water-resistant to some extent and can handle riding in light rain or wet conditions without any issues. Electric bikes come equipped with water-resistant or weatherproof components, including electrical systems and connectors, to protect them from moisture. Manufacturers often provide guidelines on using their e-bikes in wet conditions. Following these recommendations can help extend the lifespan of your e-bike and its components. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating, can help protect your e-bike from the effects of moisture and prolong its life.
While e-bikes can generally handle riding in light rain or damp conditions, it's essential to exercise caution and avoid riding through deep puddles or heavy downpours, as excessive exposure to water can still lead to component damage over time. Additionally, after riding in wet conditions, it's a good practice to dry off your e-bike and store it in a dry place when not in use.
In conclusion, choosing the right e-bike involves asking the right questions and seeking expert guidance. EbikeBC offers a diverse selection of e-bikes, test ride opportunities, warranty and maintenance options, and even financing plans. By exploring their offerings and asking these crucial questions, you can confidently find the perfect e-bike to enhance your daily commute or outdoor adventures. Visit EbikeBC to explore their e-bike collection and connect with their knowledgeable sales representatives today.