Getting started with electric bikes / ebikes / electric bicycles
Electric bike styles
Beyond providing electricity to assist you in riding, E-bikes tend to be no different from conventional bicycles. It applies to bike frame styles. There are fixies (like the Easy Motion Race single speed
), city bikes, road bikes, fat and mountain bikes with electric motors and batteries. Note that despite the E-bike industry follows trends found in conventional bike industry, electric bikes we offer are not made by adding motors and batteries to conventional bikes. Our electric bikes are firmly built and can last as long as any other bicycle, assuming regular maintenance.
Specifically, our electric bikes can differ by some considerations related to its electric powertrain parts.
Early electric bikes had external batteries and motors. An external chain-driven motor would usually be located on the side from where it would simply pull the rear wheel. Some bikes still come in that configuration, but it is less common today. You can also order electrifying kits which come as a package with battery, motor, wiring and other parts necessary to make a regular human-powered bike an electric one. These kits can work by pulling the rear wheel, chain or crankset.
Today, most electric bikes have an internal motor which is located in the hub of the front or rear wheel, or is built upon the crankset. Motors which can be installed inside wheel hubs can have power rating of between 200 and 700 watts. The latter, most powerful ones can serve for even the most demanding riders, or those who want to ride around elevated areas with lots of uphill effort needed. This motor is concealed which allows for improved aerodynamics of the entire bike and is less susceptible to thieves. Motors located around the crankset – usually called mid-drive are almost equally effective and can offer even more power. However, you don’t always to buy the most powerful one. Consult an electric bike sales specialist , describe your usual riding habits and environment, so they can tell which power option suits you the best.
Batteries are another common consideration in electric bikes. The main idea is to have a single lightweight battery to power the motor and any additional instruments which may require electric supply to run. These can either be nickel metal hydride or lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are becoming standard, as they provide plethora of power from little cell weight and volume, last very long and require little maintenance.
Location of the battery can depend from model to model. It can be integrated in the frame, or hang from the seat tube, down tube, seatpost or the top tube. There are no specific rules on the battery location and it depends mainly on the design idea. Some enthusiastic long-distance riders install additional batteries which extend ranges of their electric bikes. Speaking of original batteries, most serious manufacturers are committed to be producing spare batteries for many years beyond discontinuing an E-bike model.
Control and Power Delivery
The core principle of an electric bike is applying propulsion to some of the movable parts of the bike mechanism: the chain, crankset, rear wheel, rear hub. All electric bikes enable you to adjust the amount of propulsion from the motor, also enabling you to turn it off. For many practical and obvious reasons, virtually all electric bikes are allowed to run without assistance.The controller unit enables drivers to adjust or switch the propulsion on and off. While the main control unit is always located on the handlebars, some bikes allow for pedal-activated throttle mechanism. The difference between a handlebar controller activation and pedal activation is simple: a controller unit throttle-activated bike requires adjustment prior starting a ride. Pedal-activated systems will apply a preset amount of assistance just as you start pedaling. You can, however, still change the level of assistance or fully disable it. There is simply no throttle present in pedal-activated electric bikes.Pedal-assisted bikes, known otherwise as ‘pedelecs’ are ‘igniting’ the electric motor, and the power circuit connecting the motor, the battery and the pedal switch is closed only when the pedals are spinning. This design idea protects the battery and extends its life, however, it disallows any possibility of having a full assistance option. Overall, pedelec bikes are a more pleasant and convenient option, and the fact such bikes extend the battery life make these pleasant for your budget, too.
Nearly all electric bikes are equipped with a small LCD or LED display which monitors some of the vital riding stats and figures: current speed, battery level, total mileage, trip mileage, electric assistance level. Some advanced models have a display which features advanced stats, such as light indicators, cadence monitor, calorie meter, current temperature or navigation.
Lights are another essentials which you need to have if you ride at night or gloomy weather conditions. Many bikes come with lights already built-in. If it’s the case, these lights usually source power from the main battery. Some bikes, however do not feature any lights. If you mind riding these at night you will have to buy lights separately.