There is now almost no bicycle brand that does not produce bicycles with pedal assistance. There are so many electric bike manufacturers in the market, so what factors you should pay attention to when choosing from these e-bikes?

The Type (What Purpose)

In other words: what are you going to do with that new bike? Do you want to take it to and from work, do you want to take day trips with it, do you want to cycle around the world with it? Do you want to do this in an upright position or do you prefer to sit lightly or even further bent over? These are actually the most important questions when buying a bike, and therefore also an e-bike.

Motor Position

In the early days, there was a lot of discussion about the motor of an e-bike. Not so much about its power – that is limited by law – but about its position: in the rear wheel, in the front wheel, or in the middle. Cheaper models still have the engine in the front wheel, coupled with a rotation sensor. That is, as soon as the motor detects that the pedals are moving, it delivers its full power. The mid-mounted motor works with a power sensor: the more power you provide yourself, the more power the motor delivers. That gives a ‘more natural’ cycling feeling.

The Battery

As with electric cars, the capacity of the battery largely determines the price of the bicycle. A modest battery (250-300 Wh) is sufficient for 10 kilometers to and from work every day. The range of the smallest battery (250 Wh) is 35 kilometers under average conditions and with average cycling behavior. But the deviations can be large, depending on, among other things, weather conditions and the weight and driving behavior of the cyclist. And consider in good time whether it is necessary to be able to remove the battery from the bicycle for charging.

Brakes and Suspension

An e-bike is considerably heavier than a normal bicycle and usually runs faster. This means that good, often slightly wider, tires are necessary – which at the same time makes a suspension fork superfluous. The brakes must also be excellent. This is not to say that these have to be the so popular disc brakes; there are very good brake pads.

Belt or Chain?

The plastic drive belt instead of the chain is popular. Understandable: it collects and generates less dirt than a chain, is lighter, and requires less maintenance. He immediately makes the bicycle a lot more expensive, partly because it requires hub gear instead of a derailleur.

Pedal-assist Levels

Like electric cars, e-bikes often have various support modes: eco, normal, ‘high’, and sometimes even more. Well, it makes a difference, but it doesn’t matter much. Don’t spend extra money on that. The same goes for gears. Especially for those who mainly cycle in the city (commuting), two gears are actually enough: one to start from a standstill and one to continue cycling. After all, the rest is provided by the pedal support. But because, just like electric cars, most e-bikes are still ‘thought’ from traditional bicycles, there are often too many gears on them.