What are eBikes all about?
eBikes, or electric bikes, provide extra power when you're pedalling.
Once you start pedalling the onboard computer will read multiple motion and torque sensors which will engage the 250w motor for extra power.
This process will automatically cut out when you brake or stop pedalling. As a result, eBikes provide control which is very similar to the experience of riding other bikes.
eBikes won't power your bike if you are simply coasting or not pedalling, you have to put in some effort!
Our eBikes are made with fames and components that are designed to deal with the extra stresses caused by heavier, more powerful drivetrains. Many cheaper alternatives are not!
While early eBikes were more heavily weighted towards the front or rear - new models tend to be lighter, stronger and have better weight distribution.
Motors and Speed
eBikes are restricted to to 15.3 mph (25kph) which is a pretty fast climbing speed and the motor will only assist up to this speed. It’s good to recognise this is indeed a pushbike with some extra oomph rather than a motorbike or a scooter. You still need to put effort into riding an eBike as you do a normal bike.
There are various different types of motors which can be mounted in an array of different positions. There are also differing torques which provide power for heavier riders or steeper hills.
Remember, an electric bike is designed around giving you the ability to ride faster and longer - it isn't cheating!
Hub motor (front)
This is the smallest motor option with a lower torque so expect less power on steep hills however it is generally the least expensive and lightest option. It powers the front wheel so coupled with your rider pedalling which drives the rear wheel your get an very similar speed coming from both wheels simultaneously. The balance is great for road and path use but the wheels are feel heavier when on uneven terrain.
Hub motor (Rear)
These are situated on the rear hub and work on the same principal of the front hub. These are typically larger and heavier but carry an increased amount of torque power meaning these are great for heavier riders or in hilly rides.
The power comes from the rear wheel so combined rider pedal power the and the motor power is transferred to the same spot (the rear wheel) this give a very realistic feel of the power coming from the rider. As the weight is very much on the rear wheel the balance is great for road and paths but not as balanced for off road.
Mid Drive Motor
These are found on most modern eBikes. The mid drive crank motors has revolutionised the e-mountain biking as they are very powerful with perfect balance. Mid drive motors really do give the feel that the power is all generated by the rider and with the high torque capacity the hills become a joy to ride up.
eBike batteries are most commonly mounted on the downtube for optimum balance. Many modern eBikes have an integrated battery in the downtube, offering a discreet and slick look. Town or Easy Entry eBikes often have batteries mounted on the rear pannier rack or behind the seat tube.
Batteries charge from any mains power socket and most models give you the option to remove the battery to charge it or charge it whilst it is still mounted on the bike.
Typical batteries vary from 300Wh to 500Wh with the higher the watt hours, the longer the range. The range of an eBike can vary and depend a whole range of factors such as :
- Weight of bike and rider
- Gradient and terrain
- Tyre pressure and size
- Gear selection
- Motor assist selection
- Wind direction and wind speed
- Outside temperature
- Rider pedal power
For a typical 400Wh battery, you may expect to ride 40-60 miles, but with lower motor assistance and sensible gear selection, you could travel much further.
Check out the Bosch eBike range calculator to give you an idea.
Types of eBike
Road / Hybrid
Suited to riders who want to ride on roads and paths, the rolling resistance of this style of bike is generally lower and therefore the range should be longer.
eBikes are more and more suited to off road riding. Full suspension eBikes are suited to the trail rider these are very capable off road bikes. These can also be used by trail riders who simply want the comfort for longer rides.
eBikes are more and more suited to off road riding. If you'll be hitting the trials but you want to maintain an element of efficiency for commuting then front suspension would be your best choice.
Sensible eBike Sales & Servicing
As a knowledgable eBike service centre - we are happy to explain everything you need to know about eBikes before you make your purchase. We want to help you make the right choice by explaining how the hardware and software works, walk you through the pro's and con's of choosing and eBike and encourage you to take one for a test run.
That's not all - all of our eBikes are sold with a free servicing package! Ask for more info (Standard Ts & Cs apply).
What are you waiting for? Check out our eBikes today or contact us for more information on anything you'd like to know about buying or servicing an eBike