Electric Bikes: Choosing the right e-bike for you
Monday 26 June 2017, Filed in: Blog
For some, e-bikes can be a genuine alternative to a car whereas for others they can help you get the extra trail miles in on your favourite XC rides
The amount of e-bikes available seems to be growing by the day with any number of manufacturers deciding they want to take advantage of what is one of the only growing sectors in the cycling market. Hopefully this post will go some way to helping you separate the wheat from the chaff.
There are a number of important factors to consider when looking at electric bikes. The system used is important, but as a prospective buyer, the first question you should be asking yourself is 'what do I actually want an electric bike for?'.
Pretty much all forms of cycling are covered by e-bikes now; you can get hybrids, full-suspension MTBs designed for serious cross-country riding, fully-equipped touring machines for long journeys or you can even have a road racer if you wish.
Whether it's for commuting every day or just general leisure riding around the lanes; in our experience hybrids are the e-bikes that tend to meet most people's needs. An e-bike can be a genuinely greener and cheaper alternative to a car for a lot of people.
If you want to commute in your work clothes whilst being able to carry small loads without getting sweaty, an e-bike makes perfect sense. Likewise, if you're someone who wants to spend a few hours riding around the countryside at the weekend but don't necessarily have the fitness or ability to do so, a hybrid style electric bike will enable you to ride pretty much where you want. A good quality hybrid will allow you to ride comfortably due to the upright position intended by the geometry of the frame. Things you also should consider looking out for are tyres that offer plenty of puncture protection, comfortable & adjustable handlebars and, most importantly, the reliability of the battery and motor. The price of cheap e-bikes might be appealing, but there's no point in them if they give up as soon as it starts raining or the battery only lasts 5 minutes.
KOGA electric bikes use Bosch systems and ION technology which are well regarded as being industry leaders. They're lightweight, quiet and compact for the style conscious as well as being packed with plenty of power for increased range and support.
Take a closer look at Koga's range here:
If you've always wanted to do something like Land's End - John o'Groats but don't get the time to train and get fit enough to do it on a regular tourer, electric bikes offer a great solution. Good quality electric bikes usually give you a number of options on how much power you get from the motor and can give you in excess of 100km of assisted power. The savvy tourer usually carries a reserve battery with them if they need extra assistance on a particularly hilly or long day. Fortunately in the modern world it's never too hard to find a power outlet to recharge and decent quality systems are quick and easy to charge up.
Electric mountain bikes are becoming more and more popular on the trails due to their ability to take riders further. Getting more trail miles in is difficult; especially if you're limited for time. However, with assisted power you can get twice as much riding done in the same amount of time. What's not to like there?
Giant have hardtail and full-suspension options available with a number of different specifications in the shape of the well-spec'd and aptly named Dirt-E and Full-E.
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