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Electric Assist Bikes 101

Electric assist bikes are bikes first and foremost. They are well built, balanced, have smooth shifting and braking with efficient drivetrains. They blend human energy and electric energy from a compact motor to create the perfect human-electric hybrid vehicle.

The bikes are light weight with a comfortable and controlled ride and offer a boost of power from the motor.

The bike weighs about 50 pounds.

The controls for the electric assist bikes are on the right handlebar.  There is no need to ungrip to control.

There are three settings, the LED display shows mph, distance, time and miles you can go at each setting.

Battery-a charge will take you about 25 miles in normal mode.

Electric bikes flatten the hills.

With an electric bike—riders can ride along with stronger riders.

There are good for the environment as they replace the need to use your car.

 

Class Type Definitions

“Electric bicycle” a bicycle equipped with fully operable pedals and an electric motor, in Colorado if the ebike has a less than 750 watt motor it is considered a “bicycle”.

“Class 1 electric bicycle” or “low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle” a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

“Class 2 electric bicycle” or “low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle” a bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

“Class 3 electric bicycle” or “speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle” a bicycle equipped with a motor and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour.

Electric bikes have been around almost as long as the bicycle itself. In fact, some of the first electric bikes started popping up in the late 1890s but the technology was far from being commercially viable. Even into the 1990s battery technology was not reliable. But over the last few years, electric bicycles have benefited from rapid advancements in stable lithium-ion battery cells and chargers, torque and speed sensors, and many electronic technologies coming out of the automotive industry.

There are many reasons to get an electric bicycle from saving money, to being earth conscious, to just wanting to have fun. Once you decide that you want to join the clean energy vehicle revolution and buy the electric bike – there are questions that inevitably come up. The first, and usually most important on is, “which electric bike is right for me?”

To determine the electric bike that is right for you, you must first ask yourself “what kind of riding am I planning to do?” Just like regular bikes, electric bikes come in all shapes and styles, and are designed for many different types of terrains and riding styles.

The main types of eBikes are broken down on by terrain. Most electric bikes can fit into the categories of being every day and commuter road bike. These feature road tires and are offered in a variety of electric bike frames. For riders who have difficulty lifting their leg over a high bar, we recommend a step-through style frame.

The truth about choosing an eBike is you must ride one to understand what all the excitement and buzz is about. The electric bike revolution is coming to the USA.

For more information or to schedule a test ride, call 970-247-4066 or email

info@mountainbikespecialists.com