Do you need to choose your first electric bike? There are many types that can be found on the market. They certainly cost more than traditional bikes, but they are the perfect alternative for those who use bicycles as a form of transport or who have to cover long distances uphill, preferring a sustainable mobility that looks out for the environment.
Would you like to go ahead with your purchase? Here is what you should take into consideration to choose the right e-bike for you. The first step is establishing what your needs are: Where will you mainly use your e-bike? Do you have a sporty soul, or do you need a bike for the city?
The right e-bike is the one that is suited to the use made of it.
A city e-bike is perfect for moving around urban areas, representing a comfortable means to move quickly, transport shopping, go to work and accompany the kids to school. If, instead, the roads are more mountainous, or your bike trip destinations are hilly, a mountain e-bike is certainly the more correct choice. Once the aim has been established, it is then important to evaluate the four main factors that distinguish electric bikes.
By law, the motor must not exceed 250 W in power and 25 km/h in speed. It can be positioned in different places: on the front hub, on the rear hub or near the pedals. Bicycles with motors on the front hubs are ideal for trips that aren’t too far, ones that are simple and flat, as they present a risk of wheel spin. The e-bikes with motors on the back hubs are perfect for moving around in cities, but they create difficulties with wheel gears in the event of a puncture. The third case is perhaps the most preferable: the motor positioned between the pedals. It requires a specific frame, but does not create problems of wheel mounting and removal. It gives more grip on the road and safety when faced with holes, slippery or unsurfaced ground.
The battery supplies energy to the motor and, therefore, it may have a significant cost. The higher quality the battery, the longer it will last over time. The trustworthiness and manoeuvrability of a bicycle depend on the battery type. Other aspects to consider regard the position of the battery on the e-bike, which affects its steering, and the chemical component, which determines its performance. Lithium is preferable for performance, duration, autonomy, weight and dimensions, and it does not have to be completely dead to recharge it. Otherwise, lead ones can be found on the market, that have, however, lengthy recharge periods, or nickel-metal hydride, that run down, even if they are not used. The large majority of batteries have a capacity of 400 W, approximately 40 km autonomy at maximum power, with recharge periods of between 4 and 6 hours.
The control panel is important because it is needed to monitor the state of the bike and set its rate. Usually, it is located on the handlebars, easy to control and touch, and may vary in accordance with more or less advanced levels of technology (some integrate all the information and controls, while others use Bluetooth technology, GPS sensors and links with smartphones).
An eye for style must never go amiss! What makes an e-bike stand out on the market is not so much its components as the materials and optional extras provided. The choice must surround manoeuvrable models, not far from traditional bicycles, with refined and cared for designs. A bit like our Armonies!
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