Price shopping for electric bikes can be confusing. How can one electric bike be $400 while another is over $3,000? What is the reason for this huge price jump? As one of the biggest dealers of electric bikes in the country, it's important to differentiate our bikes from other cheap electric bikes, although it may be hard to tell just by looking. Here are a few things you should consider when looking at cheap electric bikes:
This is singlehandedly the biggest difference between a cheap electric bike and a better quality electric bike. You can power a bicycle with any type of battery, but what is the lightest, longest range battery you can get? All of our electric bikes come equipped with Lithium batteries. These have a 20 mile range per charge, can last for many years, and generally weigh less than 10 pounds. Lithium is the latest battery technology currently available for electric bikes. Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) is a similar quality, weighing slightly more and having slightly less range.
In addition to bike shops, cheap electric bikes can often be found in online retailers or local department stores. Ask yourself, what happens when I need to service this bike? Is the online dealer or local department store going to have the parts necessary to repair a motor? A throttle? Even service the mechanics of a bike? Similar to owning a car, an electric bicycle is going to require some care and maintenance every once in a while. Wouldn't you rather spend time with a knowledgeable electric bike mechanic than a place that also sells women's clothing and video games?
And that means that, electric system aside, the parts are pretty comparable to a regular bike. Which means you're going to see different levels of quality here as well. Cheap electric bikes are often cheap everywhere, not just electrically. Check out those brakes, tires, pedals. If it looks cheap, that's a good sign it won't last very long. Why buy an electric bike if it can't even handle being a regular bike?
Take these things into consideration - an electric bike is a big purchase, and you shouldn't waste money on something that will give you more pain than pleasure. Sit back, take a look at the options, and pick the best electric bike. If you need help, use our electric bike selector.