5 tips for buying an e-bike
An e-bike is an expensive purchase, so you should pay attention to a few things when buying so that you can enjoy it for a long time. How To Cars gives five important tips!
Tip 1: Find the right e-bike type
E-city bike: As the name suggests, the city e-bike is designed for everyday short journeys in the city. For example, for work or for shopping. The focus here is usually on comfort, i.e. a comfortable sitting position and good equipment such as a removable battery or good suspension (for example for cobblestones). Most of them are characterized by a deep entry.
Folding bikes are particularly practical for taking them in the trunk or in the public transport.
E-bike folding bike: The electrically assisted folding bike is particularly worthwhile for cyclists who frequently change modes of transport and want to take the bike with them on the subway or pack it in the trunk. It is characterized by its particularly compact format and, as the name suggests, the bike can be folded up using a folding mechanism. E-compact bikes, which are also compact but do not have a folding mechanism, are similarly practical. Read more about this in the e-bike folding bike test
Cargo e-bike: The advantage of the cargo e-bike are the large transport trays or luggage racks, which allow children to be taken with them, to bring large purchases from A to B or to transport moving boxes. Some cargo e-bikes can lift a load of up to 200 kilos.
E-Crossbike: The cross bike is primarily intended for longer bike tours. Accordingly, it has a strong motor, a stable frame and good suspension. This means that you are well on the road with your cross bike even off paved roads. But the all-rounder among e-bikes also cuts a fine figure in city traffic.
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Tip 2: Take engine position into account
Tip 3: choose the right battery
The battery is also an important point when buying an e-bike. There are two main questions to be asked here: Should the battery be removable or integrated? What range should it create? A removable battery is convenient because it can be connected anywhere for charging. A permanently installed battery cannot be stolen. The range is primarily about the capacity, you should take into account that this decreases over the course of your bike life. Most e-bike batteries have a capacity of around 400-500 watt hours. But you should note: The range increases the weight.
Tip 4: Absolutely test drive
An e-bike is an expensive purchase, so a test drive is important before you buy it. This is the only way to determine whether the bike really fits you. This also applies to the frame size, because the calculated value is not always ideal for the individual physique. Another important criterion is the saddle: If it is uncomfortable, you will hardly be able to stand a longer bike tour on it. The handlebar should also be comfortable to handle and operate.
Tip 5: keep an eye on weight
If you want to carry or transport the bike, weight naturally also plays a role. Especially with sporty e-bikes, there are many models that are made of very light materials. Another weight driver is the battery: Here you should carefully weigh the weight and the range. Most e-bikes have a permissible total weight of 120 kilos. But that also includes the weight of the bike itself. With your own body weight and possibly luggage, it can get tight. Possibly. it is worth buying a special cargo bike here.
You should also pay attention to this when buying an e-bike
Brakes: With the e-bike you can reach significantly higher speeds than with the normal bike. Accordingly, the brakes must be more powerful and better decelerate. With the e-bike, you should therefore make sure that it is equipped with hydraulic rim or disc brakes.
Circuit: Buyers can choose between derailleur and hub gears. Derailleurs are more resilient and can often be serviced and repaired yourself. The hub gear, however, is less prone to wear and often cheaper. You usually have to go to a professional for a repair.