eBike Buying Guide
Why an E-bike might be the right choice for you
What is an E-bike
The important thing to realise is that e-bikes as we now know them aren’t electric mopeds where you twist the throttle and speed away, they are more correctly known as ‘pedal assist’ bikes. This means you still have to power them and spin your legs, it’s just that the electric motor will give you some help to stay at speed, or get away from traffic lights, or cycle up hills
You can purchase a quality E-bike from as little as £399 while upkeep costs are roughly the same as running a regular bike (for consumable parts like tyres, chains, and brake pads).
Even though you’re using a bike with an electric motor, you don’t need a license and you’re still allowed to use the cycling lanes. In other words, far cheaper than buying, insuring and maintaining a petrol or diesel car, and a lot less than paying out for a season ticket or taking regular trips on public transport.
As for the cost of recharging your bike’s battery, we’re talking pennies when it comes to what it’ll add to your electricity bill.
Because you’re riding more, you’ll be pedaling more, even if that electric motor is helping you out on occasion. Scientific studies have proven that when 20 non-exercising men and women e-biked about 40 minutes three days a week, they improved their cardiovascular fitness and blood sugar in just one month.
E-bikes are great, too, for people who love the idea of riding a bike, but feel they can’t because their fitness isn’t what it could be, or are currently recovering from an injury or surgery.
Most bike accidents on the road take place at junctions such as crossroads or roundabouts. This is often down to the fact that it takes a few vital seconds for a halted cyclist to build up the required speed. Having that little motor to help you accelerate will get you out of the danger zone faster
Finally, because you’ll be able to keep up with the flow of traffic more easily, fewer cars, buses and Lorries will need to overtake you, which also means safer riding.
The manufacturers recommended inside leg measurement is an approximate guide only:
H 152cm / 5'.0" 71cm / 28"
H 160cm / 5'.3" 75cm / 29.5"
H 170cm / 5'.7" 79cm / 31"
H 175cm / 5'.9" 83cm / 32.5"
H 180cm / 5'.11" 85cm / 33.5"
H 188cm / 6'.2" 89cm / 35"
H 196cm / 6'.5" 93cm / 36.5"
E-bike brushless motor
One of the most common questions we get, is what is a brushless motor? And customers requiring support to understand whether they have a brushless motor on their bike or not.
The answer is that a brushed motor has two wires, and doesn’t need any kind of clever control.
You can connect it straight into a battery and it will operate. A brushed motor can be found on older E-bikes and is not commonly used anymore.
Our E-bikes are brushless DC motors, or BLDC motors, meaning they don’t use brushes to alternate the direction of current flowing to the motor, as older electric motors did. Those brushes made the motors less efficient and tended to wear out over time, so brushless motors have been the standard for more than a decade.
A brush less controller has 3 motor wires, and usually has 5 extra small sensors wires. It doesn’t waste any energy with brushes, and it has to be connected to a suitable controller otherwise it won’t work.
In addition to the motor, all e-bikes have motor controllers and batteries. The controllers regulate the amount of power flowing to the motor, which uses your input to transfer the desired amount of current from the battery into the motor. All our pedal assisted E-bikes use a speed sensor, which regulates the assisted power by detecting the rider’s pedalling cadence.