Pivot Cycles – Shuttle
Specialized Bicycles – Turbo Vado
— E-Bikes —
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!
E-bike demos are $100 for a day, which is fully creditable towards the purchase of an e-bike from us.
Specialized Turbo Levo FSR – Full-suspension
$100.00 per day. Demo to purchase only.
Specialized Turbo Vado 2.0 – Street Bike
$100.00 per day. Demo to purchase only.
E-Bike – frequently asked questions
- 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
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 e-bike to commute to work was 25-33% faster than riding his traditional bike.
- Bionx kit adds 15-18 lbs to an existing bike
- A Specialized Turbo weighs about 45 lbs.
The short answer is “maybe”? Various companies offer kits that can be added to most bicycles. Some bikes, because of the way that their wheels mount and other limiting factors, may not be able to accept an e-bike kit. As we see more available options for ebikes, it is becoming an increasingly better proposition to get a complete ebike rather than converting your existing bike. Please visit us for details and to make a determination as to whether we can upgrade your bike or not.
- 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.
- Within 1 hour the battery has about 70% charge on the battery.
- Within 4 hours the battery is fully charged
- Currie batteries $600-700
- Shimano STEPS battery $800
- SPECIALIZED TURBO/VADO battery $810-$1000
- 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
Yes e-bikes can be ridden in the rain, snow and or the hot summer days.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 dive/mid-drive bike always has more torque than the best hub drive motor. This gives 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, chainrings, 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.