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Electric Bike Batteries – Amphours, Watts, and Volts!

When looking to buy a brand new electric bike, one of the most important factors to consider is the battery. 

Here are 3 battery specs that you should know about before making your purchase: 

 

  1. Watt (W)

    1. This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output. 

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  1. Amphour (Ah)

    1. This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.

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  1. Volt (V)

    1. This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower) 

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More About Batteries: Amphours…

The Amphour rating is used to communicate how much electrical power the battery can provide in one hour of usage. 

Small batteries such as the standard AAA batteries found in your TV remote come, come with an Amphour rating denoted in milli-amp hours, or (mAh). 

On the other hand, large batteries typically have an “Ah” written on them. 

Additionally, batteries also have a C rating which tells you how many Amphours the battery can provide for a very particular amount of time. For example, at C/5, the battery will safely provide 26.8 Ah. 

In other words, the battery supplies a total of 26.8 Amps over a span of 5 hours without any interruptions. 

Please also note that the same battery might safely provide 36 Amphours for a period of 100 hours. 

Depending on whether you use the battery on a daily basis or only from time to time, you should compare Amphours in the C rating category as well but if you’re unsure of which C rating best fits your use-case, we recommend going with the C/20 rating. 

This is the middle ground which will give you a general sense of battery performance. 

All in all, batteries with higher Ah have better range, will be physically larger and will most likely increase the total cost of your eBike.

If you have any questions about purchasing or renting your next eBike, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (949) 484-6409

To learn more about electric bike batteries, please visit the following link

Top 4 eBikes to Buy or Rent in 2020

Here at Synaptic Cycles, when we purchase our eBikes, we are extremely meticulous about what we buy. 

This is because we have our customers in mind first and foremost and therefore we want to make sure that we deliver the best experience both on our bikes and off of them (considering our seamless reservation, transaction, and delivery solutions). 

Unlike the vast majority of other “Top eBike…” posts found on various websites, we have bought, assembled, tuned-up, and experienced every single one of the eBikes featured on this list. 

Our rankings are based upon the following factors: 

  • Our Customer Reviews

  • Our Experience Riding and Maintaining them

  • Safety Features

  • Affordability

  • Comfort Level

  • Range

  • Motor Power

  • Top Speed

  • And finally, Weight Capacity

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1. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike

We rated this eBike number 1 due to the following reasons: 

    1. It’s PORTABLE due to its foldable mechanism installed on both the headset and on the frame. This means that you won’t need a bike rack if you’re planning on going to the beach or the mountains. This alone could save you a few hundred bucks right off the bat and the added bonus of this feature is that it takes up far less space in your garage. 

    1. Comfortable doesn’t even do justice to the amazing experience of this eBike. It comes with a set of 20 by 4.0 fat tires, a very plush saddle, and its adjustable seat and headset post. 

    2. We’re talking both AFFORDABLE and convenient! At $1549, you get a FULLY-BUILT and tuned-up eBike with the options for FREE delivery and pick up by appointment ONLY at our Dana Point location

    3. This folding eBike has a long 40-mile RANGE due to its powerful 750W Bafang motor

    4. It’s SAFE as a result of its buttery smooth throttle and pedal-assist modes, comfy fat tires which give it some added stability and puncture resistance, bright front and rear lights, and reliable hydraulic disc brakes. 

    5. It can ride on a number of various surfaces given that it’s equipped with 20” x 4” Tires in addition to mudguards in both the front as well as in the back allowing you to roll over sand, gravel, mud, grass, and concrete with no problem. 

    6. It comes with crisp Shimano shifters, a 275-pound weight capacity, and it goes up to 20 miles per hour. 

    7. Last but not least, it’s also available for rentals for as low as $20/ hour which will count towards your purchase price if you would like to try it out before you make a $1.5k commitment!

2. Aventon Pace 500 

Our customers simply fall in love with our Aventon Pace 500 eBike fleet. They are light, superbly fast (clocking in at 28 mph), and climb hills with no problem whatsoever. They’re also equipped with a 500W brushless motor, hydraulic brakes, a 48V 11.6 Ah battery, throttle and pedal assist. This excellent eBike is fairly priced at $1399. 

3. 2020 Synaptic Cycles’s eBike Cruiser

This eBike has all the bells and whistles of the 2020 Synaptic Cycles’ Fat-Tire Folding eBike plus a few extra features! 

The Cruiser comes with the following:

    1. 26-inch fat tires compared to the 20-inch tires on our folding eBike. 

    2. A solid front suspension mechanism. 

Some of the reasons why it’s ranked 3rd: 

    1. It weighs in at 77 lbs (which makes it 27 lbs heavier than the folding eBike) and since it does not have a folding mechanism, it is much less portable than our #1-rated eBike. 

    2. This eBike is also $100 more expensive than the folding one (Price: $1649). 

2020 Del Sol eBike

4. Del Sol Railer Plus i/O 2021 vs. 2020 model

The 2020 model comes with the following features: 

    1. A light aluminum-alloy frame

    2. A 350W motor 

    3. An Integrated rear cargo rack system

    4. The Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain

    5. 26″ x 3″ tires giving it a great deal of stability 

    6. A cushy saddle

Upgrades made to the 2021 eBike model which we will have available as soon as this October: 

    1. A 750W Bafang Motor as opposed to the much weaker 350W motor on the 2020 version

    2. A 48V, 14 Ah battery instead of the 36V, 14 Ah battery on the previous model. 

    3. An overall faster eBike with a longer range and quicker charging at the same price point ($1799). 

Most of our eBikes are BRAND NEW or have less than 100 miles on them. *We offer excellent DISCOUNTS on our eBikes depending on their overall condition and mileage. 

Call us today to reserve or purchase your next eBike at (949) 484-6409

Thinking of building your own eBike? Simply put: DON’T!

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If you just purchased an eBike and it’s supposed to be delivered to your door by Friday and you’re planning on testing it out on a ride with your pals on Saturday, our best advice to you is to CANCEL your plans. Here’s why: 

Once you receive the eBike, you’re going to want to piece it together and hop on the saddle as soon as possible. 

You are probably thinking at this point that it’s no difficult task to put two wheels and some metal with a battery attached together. 

There are only a few possibilities as to what will happen. You will either be unable to build a functioning electric bike, or you go on your ride on Saturday and find out that something’s not working right which forces to you head to the nearest open bike shop. 

The most unlikely scenario entails you building the bike correctly. 

Despite what direct-to-consumer eBike companies tell you about building your own eBike, rest assured that the assembly process is no IKEA build. 

Many of the new eBike manufactures are now selling directly to the consumer. While that seems like you’re saving a sizeable amount of money upfront, you have to look at your long-term costs associated with such purchases. 

The manufacturers want to make you believe that it’s simple to build your own bike right out of the box. 

In fact, they want you to pull the trigger and put a dent in your wallet to purchase their product. One of their primary tactics to achieve the sale is through false claims such as: “Our eBikes are easy to build” and that there is “No need to pay an additional cost for a professional to build it.” 

In short, the assembly on the consumer’s end is boiled down to an uncomplicated and quick process.  However, that’s not the case at all from our perspective. 

Such a build can be complicated, costly, and potentially dangerous. 

Building your own eBike is like letting your painter plan and construct the foundation of your house. 

When the bike is assembled incorrectly, by all means, you will come across a number of additional maintenance costs. 

With eBikes going as fast as 28 miles per hour, if you want to let your child ride one, or you plan on riding one, you better make sure that every single part is working properly.

Over the past few months, out of every 10 consumer-assembled eBike that we have seen in our shop, 9 of them have had issues related to improper assembly. 

We have seen so many consumer build eBike come through our doors and many of them were damaged beyond repair because the customer built it wrong. 

Here are 2 solutions to such a widespread problem: 

  • Buy an eBike from your local bike shop OR

  • Drop off your eBike package at the bike shop and let a professional assemble your bike for you. 

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Either one of these solutions is meant to protect your investment. Building the bike right from the start will ensure many years of fun and safe riding ahead.

Yelp Reviews

Synaptic Cycles
5.0
Based on 37 Reviews
Kristin Lewis P.
Kristin Lewis P.
2020-09-17 15:33:32
Great experience at Synaptic! I needed a tube replaced on my "purchased for the pandemic cheap and cheery" bike and Shawn took care of it in under 10... read more
Anthony S.
Anthony S.
2020-09-16 10:05:21
If you don't have a way to get your bike to a shop Synaptic is the way to go. Pick up and delivery is such a convenience. I highly recommend them. read more
Nails By Stephanie R.
Nails By Stephanie R.
2020-08-15 20:50:41
We had company in town during Covid and wanted to check out Electric bikes. Shaun was amazing to work with, he has several different types of bikes to rent... read more
Brian V.
Brian V.
2020-08-06 18:34:45
Was difficult To find a bike shop during Covid Called Shawn and he took my bike ... He also takes the time to explain things to you. and yet they deserve... read more
Jessica K.
Jessica K.
2020-05-20 21:19:33
Quarantine restlessness got the best of me but I couldn't find a bike in stores so I ordered one online. It arrived mostly assembled but I quickly realized... read more
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