Why should I get an e-bike?
Extend your range and capability as a rider– Riding an e-bike feels just like riding a regular bicycle, except you can more easily go faster and farther. Many e-bikes require that you continue to pedal and will go faster if you pedal harder. If you enjoy riding a regular bike, but wish you could do longer rides or up your pace a bit, an e-bike may be just the thing for you! Additionally folks with physical limitations, like people with injuries or disabilities and folks “of a certain age”, may be able to effectively ride an e-bike when they cannot continue to reasonably use a traditional bicycle.
If your commute has any substantial hills or is longer than a mile or two, an e-bike can help make your ride to work easier, more efficient and faster than riding a regular bike, and easier, less expensive, less stressful and way more fun than driving your car. It is much easier, and potentially cheaper, to park an e-bike than a car. Additionally, e-bikes can access routes that are inaccessible by car.
Reduce your carbon footprint- An e-bike can effectively replace many car trips and uses far less energy than an automobile. Because it has better range and speed than a traditional bicycle, you may be more apt to use it than a traditional bike to replace a car trip. Because an e-bike is easier to pedal, you can more comfortably use it to haul cargo and groceries than a traditional bike. An e-bike only uses a couple dollars of electricity every month, even with regular use.
Level the “playing field”- Maybe mom and the kids are avid cyclists and dad isn’t able to keep up on family rides. An e-bike can help make cycling an activity that the whole family can do together without leaving someone behind or struggling to keep up.
Ride more, explore more, and have more fun!– Even an avid and fit cyclist will have a great time riding an e-bike. Come by either of our shops and try out a e-bike for a quick ride…we think you’ll come back grinning!
Demo an e-bike!
We have several models of e-bike available to demo, including the full suspension Specialized Turbo Levo!
E-bike demos are $100 for a day, which is fully creditable towards the purchase of an e-bike from us.
E-Bike Frequently asked questions
- How far is an e-bike’s range?
- It depends on many factors: terrain, wind, temperature, rider weight, tire pressure, and rider input. Under normal conditions and rider participation
- Currie Elector Drive Motors 15-40 miles per charge
- Shimano STEPS 30-60 miles per Charge
- SPECIALIZED VADO (street) 93 miles in Economy mode, 40 miles in Sport mode, and 25 miles in Turbo mode.
- SPECIALIZED LEVO (mountain) Programmable with Mission Control smart phone app
- BIONX kit 40-80 miles
- How fast does the bike go?
- Legally, an e-bike cannot exceed 20mph under motor power alone. Most of the e-bikes we sell conform to this regulation. Certain models are equipped to go 28mph in pedal assist mode due to the rider’s added pedaling contribution. One of our employees found that using an ebike to commute to work was 25-33% faster than riding his traditional bike.
- What does an e-bike weigh?
- Bionx kit adds 15-18 lbs to an existing bike
- A Specialized Turbo weighs about 45 lbs.
- The different level of classifications of e-bike set by the BPSA.
- Class A – Peddle Assist only up to 20 MPH
- Class B – Peddle assist and throttle up to 20 MPH
- Class C – Peddle assist up to 28 MPH
- Can I add an e-bike motor to my bike?
- The short answer is “maybe”? We sell Bionx kits that can be added to most bicycles, and we have access to other options as well. Some bikes, because of the way that their wheels mount and other limiting factors, may not be able to accept an e-bike kit. Please visit us for details and to make a determination as to whether we can upgrade your bike or not.
- How long does the battery last?
- Average battery life depends on use and conditions. Even with proper care, rechargeable batteries do not last forever. Li-Ion batteries will last about 700+ cycles before losing significant capacity. A partial charge/discharge counts fractionally against those numbers; running the battery down halfway then recharging it completely uses up one half of a charge cycle.
- 700 – 1000 full charge cycles (on average use equates to roughly 5 years)
- Lithium Ion battery do not just tank off and stop working they slowly de-range meaning after the full charge cycles the batteries will not range quit as far.
- How long does it take to charge the battery?
- Within 1 hour the battery has about 70% charge on the battery.
- Within 4 hours the battery is fully charged
- How much does an additional battery cost?
- Currie batteries $600-700
- Shimano STEPS battery $800
- SPECIALIZED TURBO/VADO battery $810-$1000
- What are the different levels of assist?
- iZip models Lowest level or level 1 does about 50% of the leg strength that the rider is putting into the bike, highest level 3 or 4 depending on the drive system does about 250% of the leg strength that the rider is putting into the bike.
- SPECIALIZED-4 (No assist, Eco, Sport and Turbo)
- BIONX 0-4
- Can e-bikes be ridden in any weather condition?
- Yes e-bikes can be ridden in the rain, snow and or the hot summer days.
- What additional maintenance is there over a traditional/acoustic bike?
- E-bikes can be ridden in pretty much the same conditions as regular bike. They are fine in the rain or snow but shouldn’t be ridden under water! The batteries should not be stored in extreme temperatures and if inactive, the batteries should be charged up (to top off their energy level) every 90 days.
- E-bike batteries should be stored in temperatures of 60-80 degrees.
- Do electric bikes have regenerative System?
- Some do, but in reality the charge generated is less than 10%. You’d have to have some very long downhill terrain or drag while pedaling to make a noticeable, charging contribution.
- Only the Bionx kits that we sell have a regeneration feature.
- What is all this Amp hour, watt hour, motor and battery size stuff mean?
- The best way to understand the battery/motor combination is to ride the e-bike. While battery and motor specification is important, the ride-ability of the e-bike and the ability of the power system to provide the rider with usable power is the real test. Currie Drive Systems are engineered to provide the maximum balance of performance, range, and value for the particular e-bike it is designed for. Higher wattage and higher voltage usually result in higher performance, however, the type of motor and how the battery and motor work together can be as important.
- E-bike motor and battery options are rated using the following terms:
- Volts – A measure of the strength of the electric power. Most e-bikes are 24V, 36V, or 48V.
- Watts – A measure of power output, the way motors are rated. Most e-bikes are 250 to 500 watts.
- Amp Hours (AH) – A measure of battery capacity.
- Watt Hours – The total energy in a battery (V x Ah)
- AMP hours x voltage of batter = watt hours = Fuel in the tank
- The size of the motor equates to more get-up-and-go off of the line.
- Center drive vs. hub drive bikes
- Center dive/mid-drive bike always has more torque than the best hub drive motor. This give the rider the ability to climb any terrain much easier.
- The weight of the bike is more centered making the bike much more stable and increasing the handling abilities of the bike.
- The bike feels more like a traditional bike when riding because the motor drives the chain and the crank arms and not just the rear wheel.
- E-bikes with center drive use all traditional and conventional bike parts. ie: chain, cassette, crank arms, chain rings, wheels, tires, tubes, spokes.
- Changing a flat tire is much easier on a center drive because hub motors require disconnecting power/control cables and assorted other hardware. Center drive e-bikes have regular bicycle wheels.
- If the battery dies there is absolutely no drag on the bike making it identical to a traditional bike to ride just a little bit heavier.
- Hub drives are typically quieter than center drives.