Electric bicycle: what to know and which to buy
Perfect for getting around the city but also excellent in the mountains and for trips out of town, the electric bicycle (also called pedal-assisted bicycle ) is now very widespread in Italy and abroad. In a world that thinks of new ways to move without impacting the environment, the electric bicycle is also an excellent choice for sustainability. The world of electric bicycles, however, is vast and varied: it is not always so easy to orient yourself in the choice and purchase, especially if you are approaching it for the first time …
In the next few lines, let’s see together what to know and how to choose an electric bicycle that best suits your needs.
What is an electric bicycle
Let’s start with the definition first, useful if you don’t know what we’re talking about. The electric bicycle often called pedal-assisted bicycle or simply e-bike is a bicycle that integrates an electric motor that assists pedaling, making it easier and less tiring.
Those who use the electric bicycle, therefore, will be able to travel longer distances with less effort and less time. Some models, in fact, can reach considerable speeds.
Be careful, however, not to confuse bicycles with classic mopeds that are closer to mopeds than to bicycles. Mopeds (which have a higher power) need, unlike pedal-assisted bicycles, a license plate, and insurance. In an e-bike, the motor power must not exceed 250W and must be activated only if there is pedaling.
Types of electric bicycles
There are many types of electric bicycles that meet everyone’s needs. Let’s see together what are the types of pedal-assisted electric bicycles on the market.
Electric city bike
The electric city bike is perfect when using the bike in an urban setting. A comfortable seat is excellent for accompanying children to school and is perfect for going shopping with a practical luggage rack, usually, city e-bikes have a low and very comfortable frame for quiet travel.
- City bike, pedal assisted bicycle with maximum speed 25km / h
- 36V 250W brushless motor
- 55 km of autonomy on one charge
- 36 V 8 ah Lithium removable battery
- Shimano gearbox with 6 speeds
Electric bicycle for outings
It is a perfect model for getting out of the city and great for traveling long distances. In this case, the battery is more performing and the shape of the bicycle itself is that of a sports bicycle; perfect for grinding more kilometers!
- Mountain bike with 29 “wheels
- Steel frame with suspension fork and 3×7 speed gearbox
- Slope that can be overcome 10%
- 468 wh battery with full charge in 6h and 60km range
- 3 levels of assistance
Electric mountain bike
Just take a ride in the mountain resorts to see with your own eyes an e-Mtb, which is an electric mountain bike. This model gives its best uphill, assisting the cyclist’s pedaling on considerable slopes and dirt roads. The appearance is very captivating and, not surprisingly, it is one of the most loved bicycles by young people who, often and willingly, also use it in the city.
- 6061 aluminum frame 250W 55nm brushless motor
- Fully integrated and removable lithium battery 48V 13Ah (624wh) autonomy 120km
- Full shimano altus 24 speed / shimano rd-m310l rd-m310l shifter
- Hydraulic disc brakes
- Suntour xcm fork with lockout
Folding electric bicycle
The folding electric bicycle is very often seen on trains or public transport. The folding bicycle, in fact, meets the needs of commuters who, once in the city, want to move quickly and without using surface transport, or do not want to leave their bike unattended on the street. This model has the characteristics of an electric city bicycle with the advantage of folding back on itself to be transported when not in use. Convenient isn’t it?
- Max speed 25 km / h
- Charging time 3 h
- Bike Lock included
- Maximum capacity of 100Kg
- Battery range: 25 km
How to choose the electric bicycle
Are you thinking of buying an electric bicycle? In addition to the use, you will have to make of it, choose it also according to your needs, your level of training and your “desire” to work hard. In addition to choosing the best type for you (as we have seen above), electric bicycles also differ according to the pedal detection sensor.
If you do not want to exert too much effort, you can choose an electric bicycle with a pedal rotation sensor. After the first pedaling, totally charged to the cyclist, the sensors start to work and activate the motor allowing the symbolic pedaling: in a nutshell, the pedals turn “idle” and it is the motor that does all the work.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more natural pedaling, you can choose an electric bicycle with an effort sensor, also known as a torque sensor: in these models, the symbolic pedaling does not exist and the motor does nothing but help the pedaling but without ever replacing the work. muscle of the cyclist.