Fully Charge Your Ride
For years, the benefits of electric bikes have been enjoyed by our cousins on the continent, but they are a relatively new concept to our shores. So, what is an eBike, what are the benefits of riding with motor assistance and how do you go about choosing one?
eBikes can be many things to many people. Whether a tool for business, a way to extend your cycling commute or to simply have fun, there’s an eBike out there for everyone.
The Benefits of eBikes
Which eBike is Right For You?
How eBikes Work
eBikes combine some form of motor, battery, controller and display to provide assistance whilst riding. You pedal just the same as a normal bike, but you have extra power at your disposal making those difficult hills and tiring journeys a thing of the past.
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A hub motor is a motor unit mounted in the front, back (or in some cases both) wheels. Sensors detect a rider’s pedaling and power is sent to the motor. The extra propulsion helps the rider on, pushing from the rear or pulling from the front.As the name suggests, these have the Motor in the Front or less frequently, the Rear wheel.
There are various sensors that determine you’re speeding up, or slowing down, and whilst there might be different power levels, the bike still turns the Motor “on” or “off” as appropriate. This can sometimes give the feeling that the Bike is taking the rider, when perhaps they weren’t expecting it.
With crank drive systems, the motor replaces the bottom bracket, keeping the centre of gravity low and central, making for more balanced ride. Typically crank drives are more intuitive, with triple sensor technology used to measure pedalling power, cadence and speed 1000 times a second to ensure the force of the motor is harmoniously coordinated with the riders’ cycling style.
The Crank drive bikes are also more advanced in other ways, for example many of the Motor manufacturers have a “diagnostic” capability. This enables Specialist shops like ourselves, with the correct training and investment in equipment, to plug into your bike and get an accurate health check. Perhaps it’s reporting an error, or even a potential error that can be resolved before it causes a problem. Preventative maintenance is a great tool for saving money. The Diagnostic system can also often be updated – thus allowing you and your eBike to benefit from any new features or functions that may be released.