5 things to consider when buying an e-bike
Do your research and choose an e-bike from a reputable brand – after all, it’s an investment for the future. To avoid cheap knock- offs, head to a registered e-bike retailer for some expert advice rather than searching online.
Would you buy a car without test driving it? Make sure you know what you’re buying by testing it out yourself.
Drive systems vary on electric bikes. Generally they will use pedal assist, allowing you to select the level of assistance you want from the motor at any given time. Some bikes also come equipped with throttles allowing easier take- off at lights or on hills. Chat to an expert in store who can explain the modes in layman’s terms.
Your riding setting
The environment in which you’ll be using your e-bike will help decide what type of motor and model you’ll need. If you’re after something to help tackle the bumps and bends on your favourite off-road trails, the model may differ to one designed for simpler urban streets.
Make sure your warranty covers the battery for at least two years and is from a reputable retailer. Despite degrading over time and holding less charge as they age, a good- quality battery should last several years.