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:
This unit of measure is similar to describing the engine size on a car which affects your maximum power output.
This measurement is similar to the size of your gas tank in a car.
This final spec affects both speed and acceleration (similar to horsepower)
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
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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.
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.
Electric bikes are everywhere! Have you experienced the eBike thrill yet? If not, you should ride one! All of a sudden the possibilities are endless.
With an electric bike you can travel further, see more of the city, carry the kids, carry the dog, and the cooler to the beach. Are you tired of looking for parking or waiting for an Uber or Lyft ride? Take your electric bikes to lunch or dinner in the busy beach town and be more efficient with your time and money!
We’re here to shed some light on some of the questions you might have before making your eBike purchase.
1. What’s the whole point in buying or renting an electric bike?
The first thing you need to know is that eBikes usually have different modes. One of these modes involves pedal assist which requires you to pedal but with a lot less work and effort to reach a certain speed.
The other mode is the throttle option which doesn’t even require you to move anything other than a few hand muscles. There are plenty of reasons to buy an eBike and here are a few of them:
You have the ability to ride faster and travel further.
You can absorb more of your surroundings than you would on a regular bike.
It’s safer to have a motor that helps you accelerate at street intersections.
If you have bad knees or joint problems, this makes riding bikes effortless and pain-free.
If you get an eBike with a strong enough motor, you can load it up with blankets, food, kids, and dogs (except for Great Danes).
Do you live close enough to where you work? Then, you can commute to work on an electric bike and skip out on traffic and keep your gas money to yourself!
You can even send your kid to school on one of these bikes which would save you all the time you spend in traffic near your kid’s school.
Last but not least, they are a LOT of fun!
2. What’s the typical range on an eBike?
There are various factors that impact the range of an eBike. This depends on how powerful the motor is (anything over 500 Watts is more than enough for most users), the size of the battery, the type of terrain that you’re riding on, whether you spend most of the time covering uphills, downhills, or flat surfaces, the weight of the bike, and finally how much you weigh.
3. How much do they cost on average?
At the higher end of the spectrum, the average road or mountain eBike costs approximately $5,000 while cruiser or city eBikes which are less performance-focused fall in the $1,200-$2500 price point. We at Synaptic Cycles say the $1200-$1600 price point is where the value is.
4. How fast do they go?
The average speed on eBikes is around the 20 miles per hour mark but they can usually go as fast as 28 mph.
5. Why can’t they go faster than say 28 mph?
There are legal barriers to this matter. If an electric bike assists you past 28 mph, then it would be treated by law enforcement similar to a motorcycle that comes along with the hassle of licensing and registration paperwork. In addition to this, you would not be allowed on ANY bike paths either.
6. There are endless options, but how do I choose the electric bike that’s right for me?
There is no “one size fits all” but some key things to consider are obviously your budget, how often you plan on riding the bike, how far you want to travel each time, how fast you would like to go, and what you want to use it for (health, recreation, transportation and etc.). With these factors in mind, eBikes are split into 3 classes:
Class 1 Electric Bikes: These bikes come with an electric motor that kicks in ONLY when you pedal and it will not assist you once you reach 20 miles per hour.
Class 2 Electric Bikes: Class 2 eBikes come with both a pedal-assist mode that works up to 20 mph and a handlebar throttle.
Class 3 Electric Bikes: Such bikes are only equipped with the pedal-assist feature (similar to class 1 eBikes); however, the pedal assistance allows you to go as fast as 28 mph.
If we were to pick a class of eBikes, our choice would go to Class 2 because it gives you the option of a throttle which is especially useful when you’re stuck in sticky situations and allows you to get out of tough spots much more easily.
7. How much does each full charge cost?
It depends on what time of day you charge your electric bike. For instance, electricity is much cheaper after 9 PM while it peaks in price between 2 PM and 6 PM.
As a result of this variation in the price of electricity, each full charge will run you about 3 cents to 10 cents.