What To Know When Buying an Electric Bike


More cyclists are opting for motor-powered biking for an extra oomph on rides. The real advantages are being able to climb steep hills, manage wind and other terrain and ride for a longer range. Plus, they offer similar health and environmental benefits of traditional bicycles. While there are a wide range of benefits to buying an electric bike, there’s a few key areas to consider before you buy.



Due to the motor and battery, electric bikes are much heavier than standard road bikes. In fact, anything under 20kg is considered lightweight, and hybrid e-bikes (most of which come with front and rear suspension) tend to be heavier. When you’re looking to purchase an electric bike, consider how you’ll be using it. Do you need to carry it up stairs or on the train? Does it need to fit on a wall mount? RIDEL’s EKO is specifically designed with a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and integrated battery for bikers who want a highly maneuverable ride that’s quick on the pavement.


A battery is the most costly part of the entire electric bike. Replacement batteries can be costly, but the good news is, they work for the long-run as long as they are properly stored and maintained. A lithium-ion battery—the most popular— will slowly degrade over time so be sure to read tips to extend your electric bike battery. Make sure that you optimize your use to charge ratio, one of the easiest ways to preserve your battery over time. You can also purchase an additional battery to have on hand if you’re going for a multi-day outdoor adventure.


An e-bike’s rechargeable battery is what affects the range. At full charge, most electric bikes can travel from 28 to 38 miles, but this also depends on the terrain and level of assistance. For instance, if you’re riding on flat terrain with low-intensity assistance, you will be able to ride for farther distances. An average rider could typically ride for an entire week on a single charge, while mountain bikers would likely  use up a single charge on a half-day ride.

Price Point

Like most vehicles, electric bikes range in cost from under $1,000 to over $5,000. You can also increase the price point by purchasing bike accessories, like lights, pop-off pedal or additional batteries. In general, if you’re looking for an affordable investment, you can find an electric bike for a good price without sacrificing on quality.


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If you’re thinking about purchasing an electric bike, there are a few things you should keep in mind while shopping around. It’s not as simple as going into a store and choosing the first bike you see. Each model will have its nuances, and you’ll want to decide which factors are the most important for you and your lifestyle. With this guide, you’ll be able to find the right e-bike for you in no time! Consider Your LifestyleThe most significant factor will be how you intend to use your e-bike. […]