What is an e-bike?
Simply put, an e-bike is a bicycle fitted with an electric motor. The motor supplements your pedalling, to provide assistance that allows you to ride faster, further and longer than you would by pedalling alone.
E-bikes are perfect for small to medium length journeys (0-60km), so they’re a great option for everything from social riding to your daily commute to work.
Best of all, because they’re electric, e-bikes are extremely quiet, efficient and environmentally friendly. In fact, if you were to charge your e-bike via a renewable source of electricity, there’s almost no impact upon the environment.
How do they work?
The two key components of what makes an e-bike go are the motor and the battery pack.
The motor will generally be built into either the front or rear wheel, with the motor itself located in the hub. It works by either aiding your pedalling, adding more power for each pedal stroke you take, or, in certain systems, propelling the bike without pedalling. The systems come with various assist levels so you can control how much or little work the motor will do.
The second major component is the battery. They’re either mounted on or under underneath a rack located above the rear wheel, or on one of the tubes of the frame. These highly efficient batteries are usually lithium-ion based and provide power to both the motor and the display which is mounted on the handlebars of your e-bike.
The size and voltage of the battery determines how far your e-bike can go on one charge, with the distance ranging from about 60km to over 100km (of course, if you do run out of juice, you’ll still be able to pedal home!).
E-bikes systems also include a small screen which gives you information about your current assist levels and the amount of charge remaining in your battery.
E-bike systems are easy to use, but if you have any questions we will always be on hand to help you out.