5 things to con­sider when buy­ing an e-bike

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Brand

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.

Test driv­ing

Would you buy a car with­out test driv­ing it? Make sure you know what you’re buy­ing by test­ing it out your­self.

Power sys­tem

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.

Bat­tery

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.

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