We all know the wonders of e-bikes, how beautifully these bikes are built with the user’s requirements in mind-whether it’s a boy, a sports enthusiast, a senior rider, a city rider or just a bicycle lover. E-bikes are perfect for everyone!
How much does an electric bicycle weigh? E-bikes are a little heavier than conventional bicycles but much lighter than the motorcycles. A typical non-electric bike may weigh 30-35 pounds (12-13 kg), and weigh 45-50 pounds (18-22 kg) in an electric version of a similar model.
Electric bikes are fitted with a motor (what you need to know about this post’s electric bike motor) and an electric battery (what you need to know about the e-bike batteries in this post) that greatly reduces human effort.
Let’s look at several different e-bike categories, so that we can put different types into perspective easier.
Mountain biking isn’t going to be an uphill task. Could e-bikes take to steep hills? In this post I did some analysis of the various models.
Man has always been fascinated by mountains. Attaining mountain zenith brings an incredible sense of accomplishment. Not only climbing teaches us endurance, resilience and fills with appreciation both heart and soul, but the advantages of physical health and fitness are also beyond definition.
Mountain electric bikes (e-MTBs) offer great assistance to anyone who wants to ride uphill. We can take us to the less traveled highways, quickly. In addition, since the effort required to pedal the e-bike can vary according to comfort, people with weight problems can also enjoy riding uphill (and not to forget the thrill of coming downhill).
The composition of these e-MTBs depends a lot on the geography of the region that will power these devices. Suspension system plays a very important role in e-MTB. Three types of suspension systems, therefore, exist:
This could be translated from the very phrase. “Hard tail” means the portion of the tail is hard i.e. no shockers on the tail end. The front end is shockers. Front suspension helps to properly steer e-MTBs and decreases fatigue in the upper limbs.
Full suspension e-MTB’s
Front and rear suspensions make cycling a more convenient and pleasurable experience. Cycling with these e-MTBs is very smooth and has less muscle and joint exertion.
These are without suspension. One of its signature characteristics, though not so easy on the body but to be lightweight.
Wheel sizes, lengths, and weights For years the 26-inch wheel size has dominated the market, but nowadays 29-inch wheels are becoming more popular. Bigger wheels accelerate slowly but give more energy. We can roll easily over small objects that come in their way. 29-inch wheel diameter E-MTBs are best suited for riders with larger body frames.
City e-bikes Coming to city e-bikes (how to select one? read in this post), which were a boon for people to take on break trips from point A to pointB. Such bikes not only reduce pollution (are e-bikes good for the environment? read in this post). These are also a great source of some kind of physical activity for people (can e-bikes be used to get fit? read in this post), who find it difficult for them to follow a strict schedule of activities.
City e-bikes are designed for urban cyclists, allowing them to travel with great ease and without sweating even the farthest location (e-biking without sweat–read in this post). After taking rides on one of these e-bikes one definitely feels new and rejuvenated.
Best suited for delivery services
It becomes difficult for the delivery boys to reach places from their outlets in cities where there is an abundance of vehicles on the roads, as well as time-consuming job. Here come to the rescue of the city’s e-bikes that offer speed in an effortless way.
Going to grocery stores or your workplace is just a few peddles away as city e-bikes give you a trouble-free, smooth and easy ride as the electrical assistance provided by those bikes makes pedaling lighter and easier.
Now “weight” no longer a problem
City e-bikes are designed specifically with no additional weights. Even the batteries are often mounted inside the frame to make certain bikes lightweight. Using carbon frames makes these e-bikes lighter, as they can be lifted when needed.
Having a comparison analysis is always beneficial so let’s take a tour of the different city e-bike models available on the market.
Foldable e-bike: We have all experienced problems with our commutes, such as getting stuck in traffic jams, taking heavily crowded public transports to reach the workplace on time and traveling distances that are too far on a regular basis.
Most of us face these issues frequently. But, thanks to our automobile giants who took on this very interesting task of transforming a 300-year-old model bicycle to fit the consumer’s modern-day needs.
These foldable bikes have reasonable speed and are capable of traveling up to 25 miles per hour and 20 miles at one fee. Most models offer charging which is a plus point as it also saves energy when pedaling. Look at the oodles of advantages provided by these e-bikes: use it, fold it and hold it As the name says it all, foldable electric bikes are designed in such a way that they can be mounted into the car, truck, or even tire frame, or even held in a pack.
Extremely lightweight The foldable e-bikes weigh about 15.4 lbs–27 lbs (7-12 kg) because of their carbon fiber frames. They can carry up to 200 lbs (90 kg), comfortably.
Sleek and lightweight design With new technological advances, designers of these foldable electric bikes have given them sleek design, smart looks and compact construction, so they fold incredibly small and can be kept under office desks.
Trip it smart via smartphones Since everything is available to us on our smart screens, the engineers have built apps for these e-bikes which provide smartphone connection for GPS navigation, integrated locking system, automatic safety smart lights for a safer and happier trip.
E-bIkes for kids:
Just imagine, sporty parents wanting to take their kids out for some outdoor activity during the weekend. But woe to me! The grown-ups and kids ‘ physical endurance just don’t fit thereby destroying the weekend outing program. And take this–the hesitant children just aren’t ready to leave their PlayStation, becoming day by day lethargic and obese.
The only answer, by presenting them with something more fun than their PlayStations, seems to be. And here comes e-bikes from our parents, super easy, super lightweight and for the kids the most fun things. Read on how to pick your son or daughter’s right e-bike in this post.
Simply put, e-bikes with a few add-ons are just like traditional day to day bikes. The add-ons include a charger, an engine, a display panel and some cable. Surely these parts add up a few pounds to the original weight of the bike but the benefits they give far outweigh the demerits of a slightly heavier frame.
A simple, non-electric bike can weigh 30 pounds (16 kg), and it can weigh 45-50 pounds (20-23 kg) in an electric version. But with those extra pounds, the rider (even with their bulkier body frame / senior citizen) will fly for about 100 km, and that at a speed of 20 mph, which is highly commended.
Lightweight carbon fiber nowadays quickly replaces steel as the raw material for producing e-bikes. Through using carbon fiber as building material, a further decrease in the weight of e-bikes of around 5-7 pounds (2-3 kg) is feasible.
As you’ve seen from above, modern electric bicycles are still powerful enough, with a few exceptions. Yes, that’s changing and as frame, battery and motor technologies develop, e-bikes will become lighter. Still, some time passes before this happens.
Does decreasing the size and weight of e-bike motors mean decreasing performance?
Needless to say, no. Nowadays more compact and efficient motors are being built with advances in technology. They are compact, sleek; look “all-powerful” but elegant. Bosch is one of the leading specialist companies in the manufacture of compact and lightweight and powerful e-bike motors.
Does carbon fiber as raw material be used to make the e-bike frame trigger output reduction?
No, totally not. If the e-bikes are made from carbon fiber, there is no decrease in performance. E-bikes made from carbon fiber are highly lightweight and therefore easy to navigate. In fact, they don’t get rusted because of any atmospheric moisture content.