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What is an e-Bike?
An e-bike, electric bicycle, eMTB or e-road bike is a bicycle with an electric motor to assist the rider.
Electric bikes have become increasingly popular in recent years with a growing global market and improvements in battery technology and overall design.
E-bikes are an appealing mode of transport for commuters choosing alternative modes of transport for lifestyle, health, financial and environmental reasons.
Electric bicycles can also be helpful for people looking for an extra boost over long distances and climbing hills.
The range of an e-bike battery varies due to a number of factors such as battery size, rider weight, and the terrain being ridden on.
A rough guide is that you can expect 30-40km riding for hard, off-road mountain biking on challenging terrain, compared with hundreds of km on the road.
While there are some e-bikes that can operate with throttle control without rider input. We only stock e-bikes with pedal assist.
Pedal assist, also known as pedelec, engages the motor via the pedalling action. The rider has the choice of different levels of power, lower to higher, which can be switched between as necessary. Pedalling without using the motor is also available.
What are the different types of e-bikes available?
There is a wide range of electric bicycles available on the market today.
Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride around the neighbourhood or a more powerful bike for mountain biking, there's an e-bike to suit your needs.
E-bikes are an appealing mode of transport for commuters who are choosing alternative modes of transport for lifestyle, health and environmental reasons as more people are ditching the car.
Commuter e-bikes are designed for a more relaxed, upright riding style, with options for racks, pannier bags, and lights. With great battery performance, you will be arriving at your destination in comfort and on time.
E-mountain bikes have a more powerful motor, more robust frames and components, and are designed for off-road riding.
The powerful motors make the uphill climb achievable, but still a workout, leaving more energy for travelling greater distances and overall good bike times.
The consistent and enthusiastic feedback from our e-MTB customers is how much fun they are having on their e-MTBS. This translates to more time on the bike and best lives lived!
Electric road bikes are a newer category of e-bike designed for riding on the road and other surfaces, such as gravel.
Advancements in battery and motor technology are producing more compact and lighter systems for electric rode bikes, allowing riders to cover greater distances and climb with ease.
Whatever your needs, there's an electric bicycle to suit them.
How do I choose the right e-bike?
With the growing popularity of e-bikes, there are more and more e-bikes for sale both in brick-and-mortar stores and online.
Consider what kind of riding you'll be doing most often, and come and visit us in-store for a chat about your options, or get in touch via the website.
If you're mostly riding on roads and bike paths, commuter e-bikes and road e-bikes are good options.
If you'll be riding off-road on more challenging terrain an e-mountain bike is an e-bike for you.
E-bikes come with motors of varying power levels, so if you're mostly riding on flat terrain, you won't need as much power as someone who's constantly climbing hills. Think about how much power you'll need.
Consider what features you want in an e-bike. Some e-bikes come with features like built-in lights or racks, which can be helpful if you're commuting or running errands.
Other features, like a suspension system, can make your ride more comfortable.
If you’re looking for a new way to get around town, an e-bike might be the perfect option for you. They’re great for commuters who want to avoid traffic or exercise while getting around town. For those seeking off-road adventures, e-mountain bikes
You can shop online or in-store with Ride Bellerive today and find the perfect e-bike for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About e-Bikes
What is the difference between an e-bike and a regular bike?
An e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor to assist the rider. e-Bikes allow riders to comfortably travel greater distances and assist riders to tackle climbs with their motor systems. Like regular bikes, there are different types of bikes for different uses.
Unlike e-bikes, regular bikes rely on pedal power alone.
Can I use an e-bike on the road?
Yes. While all e-bikes can be used on the road, not all models are efficient for road use. As a general guide, road bikes and commuter bikes have lighter frames and specific frame geometry to suit road riding. Also, road-specific tyres are smoother and more efficient over sealed surfaces than mountain bike tyres which are knobbly and more durable for uneven and loose surfaces.
What is special about an e-bike?
The popularity of e-bikes comes is due to a range of factors.
- You can travel greater distances, go faster and ride for longer.
- Riding is more comfortable and enjoyable, and this makes you ride more!
- They help keep you fit - even with the help of the electric motor.
- They are a great option for people who are hesitant to ride because of their fitness, including older people or where fitness has been impacted by injury.
- They can help save money by replacing car use.
- They are a great option for commuting. Motor = less sweat!
- They come into their own when climbing hills.
- Motor assistance helps with windy conditions.
- The verdict is in - they are fun!