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Kids Electric Bike Guide: What to Know Before You Buy

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Bikes are a great way to get kids outside and active, as well as provide a ton of fun. The problem is, with so many electric bikes on the market today, and not many specially designed for young riders, how do you know which one is right for your child? Or what features are important?

There’s a lot to know about electric bikes, leaving parents with many questions during the buying process.

Before buying a kids electric bike, parents should ask a lot of questions. A parent should first know if their child is allowed to ride an ebike where they live, the average cost of a good quality e-bike, how to choose one that meets their particular kid’s needs, and whether safety is a primary concern.

In this guide, I’ll help you explore everything you need to know to make the best decisions on buying electric bikes for kids. I’ll also go over safety considerations and age requirements as well as highlight some of the best models for children on the market today!

Mom and dad helping child ride a bike

Are E-Bikes Good for Kids?

In general, riding an electric bike makes a lot of sense for older kids and teens. There are multiple benefits, while safety is the only significant concern.

The benefits of kids riding e-bikes include:

  • The ability to keep up with bigger and stronger bicyclists
  • Staying healthy and fit
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving mood and self-esteem
  • Decreasing indoor screen time

Keeping Up with Others

It can be frustrating for everyone when a child is unable to keep up with other riders. Older children may resent having to wait for their younger siblings to catch up, while parents might wish that they could get more exercise during their time off from work.

Even if older family members don’t have an electric bike, allowing the younger riders to have one will help everyone get greater enjoyment out of their time riding. Further, smaller kids will feel stronger and more capable since they’re able to keep up with everyone (this means less whining and crying!).

Staying Healthy and Fit

Additionally, kids of all ages are more easily encouraged to get outside in the fresh air (and away from the computer or other electronics) when they know they’ll have fun. And, since riding an electric bike makes every hill surmountable and gives them more assistance when they get tired, it won’t feel like exercise!

Since riding an electric bike is fun and easy, kids can become more physically active, thus increasing their stamina and building muscle all while keeping their weight regulated.

Stress-Reducing

Although just about any form of exercise can help reduce stress, riding an electric bike also offers fresh air and greater independence. Children often get overwhelmed with schoolwork and feel pressured to achieve. Riding an electric bike may help decrease stress and improve academic achievement.

Further, there may be other stressors in a child’s family or with friends that threaten their well-being. So, having fun riding an electric bicycle is a great way to decrease stress and increase overall happiness.

It might also just be time to get rid of that old balance bike that’s been sitting in the garage!

Improving Mood and Self-Esteem

According to research from the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, exercise can reduce depression and even improve a child’s self-esteem. And it’s possible that exercise itself increases self-esteem, which then helps decrease depression.

Thus, getting exercise on an e-bike offers many ways for a child to become healthier both mentally and physically.

Decreasing Screen Time

Finally, riding an ebike will reduce the amount of time your child spends watching TV or playing electronic games. In general, it’s known that watching too much TV has negative effects on a child’s health.

Can You Really Get Good Exercise on an E-Bike? Find out!

Electric Bike Safety Tips for kids and families

Safety Considerations for Kids Riding E-Bikes

Before buying an e-bike for a child or teen, parents should understand the risk factors that come with riding a bike and the added concerns for an electric bike. To stay safe, kids should learn how to ride an electric bike, restrict their speed when needed, follow road safety rules, and wear a helmet and other protective gear.

It’s important to use good judgment. No matter what the age limits for legally riding an electric bike are where you live (see the chart in this article below), your first concern should be whether your kid is able to handle the added responsibility of a bike with electric power. If your child is impulsive or thrill-seeking, you should consider a bike with a low wattage motor (250W). Or, you simply might wait a couple of years until your kid is older.

If your child refuses to wear a helmet, then riding an electric bike isn’t safe for them.

Once you decide to buy an e-bike for your kid, make sure they have plenty of space and time to learn to ride it safely before letting them ride near other people and traffic. And, certainly, encourage them to ride their e-bike on the sidewalk wherever possible.

Help them learn basic bicycle road rules as well as how to respect and ride around pedestrians, without making them annoyed or angry. Teach them to slow down when approaching a person or pet, and how to use their bell while saying “excuse me” and “thank you.” And make sure they understand that wearing a helmet goes along with riding an e-bike.

Finally, parents, it’ll probably fall on you to keep their electric bike in safe running condition. So, don’t forget to tighten the nuts and bolts on it regularly and get it tuned up every 500 miles or so. Good maintenance will also save you money in the long run!

Read more electric bike safety tips for every family member.

Kids Electric Bikes Price

In general, suitable electric bikes for kids cost between $300 to $2000, depending on their quality and features. You’ll find that electric bike prices are at the lower end of this range when shopping for ones that will fit your kids. However, e-bikes made just for kids are limited in quantity and most other good options have a price over $1000.

Ultimately, the price you pay will depend upon the brand, the quality of parts used, and the features included in each model.

For example, you can get a kid’s Swagtron E-B6 Bandit with 250W motor and 20″ wheels for $1195. But a Pedego Trail Tracker with a 500W motor, throttle, and 20″ wheels will cost over twice as much at $2495. With the Pedego, you’re paying more for the higher-powered motor and added throttle, as well as for the higher-end brand.

Learn more about the costs of e-bikes in general in this article.

Should I Buy the Cheapest E-Bike for My Kid?

When buying an electric bike for any age, you’ll get better quality parts with a higher-quality, more expensive model. The difference when purchasing for a kid, however, is that they may soon outgrow their e-bikes. So, it makes sense to buy a cheaper e-bike, especially if they won’t fit on it for more than 1-3 years.

Thus it’s a good idea to take into account that you may need to buy a second electric bicycle within a few years, and choose one accordingly.

That being said, you’ll also want to take these questions into consideration:

  • How fast and how far do you want your kids to ride?
  • How often will they ride?
  • What are the maintenance costs for a kids electric bike?
  • Do you expect to be spending more on accessories?
Boy on electric bike

How Fast and How Far They Will Ride

As a parent myself, I’m guessing that limiting your child’s speed will make you more comfortable with buying an e-bike. So, you need to take into account the maximum speed that can be attained on any model.

The e-bikes designed specifically for kids are likely to have lower-powered 250W motors as opposed to 750W motors. Riding a 750W motor myself, I can tell you that it is fast! And although the motor cuts out at 20mph, you can get the bike up to 28mph with strong pedaling or coasting downhill. That’s way too fast for a young child (and even many adults)!

Next, decide how far you want your child to be able to ride. In other words, how far can the e-bike’s battery go on a single charge? If your 8-year-old is only going to be riding with you on your 8-mile daily rides, then you don’t need a battery that has a range of 45 miles. A bigger battery with a longer range will cost more but may be important for a teen who wants to ride longer distances.

How Often Your Kid Will Ride

Occasional weekend rides might make buying a less expensive bike (with cheaper parts) a good idea. However, if your child will be riding regularly, perhaps commuting to school each day, then buying a cheaper e-bike will mean more repairs and maintenance costs. In this case, paying more for one that uses better quality parts that won’t break as often and has a better warranty makes sense. You might also consider a folding bike for a student who needs to store the bike at school/

Maintenance Costs

Whether you buy a cheap e-bike model or not, you should consider how much you’ll end up spending on maintenance, as this will factor into your total cost.

Most electric bikes need tune-ups every 500 miles or so (but sooner on a cheap electric bike). This cost can range from $75-&150. So, depending on how far you ride in 6 months, a tune-up could be needed every 4 months, 6 months, or just once a year.

Further, a brake adjustment can cost an additional $20-$40, while a new tire can cost around $30.

Check out our step-by-step maintenance guide!

Spending Money on Accessories

Finally, a cheaper e-bike will be less likely to have the accessories you want. You might decide to add a rear-view mirror, water bottle holder, bike bell, rear cargo rack, upgraded bike seat, etc.

It’s best to decide which add-ons you’ll want before making a purchase so that you can total the cost. It could be that buying a more expensive e-bike will provide some of these features at a lower cost.

Little girl riding bikes with dad

How to Choose the Right E-Bike for Your Kids

Kids, like many adults, are drawn to the cool features of electric bikes. The only problem is that not all e-bikes are made for kids! The tips in this section will help you choose the right e-bike for your child before you make an impulsive purchase. Naturally, you’ll want to find a bike at an affordable price, but there are other important considerations as well.

Here’s what you should consider to help you choose the perfect pedal assist bike:

  • Find out what features are important to you, like color or battery life (chart of features)
  • Get a bike that is the right size for your child.
  • Look at reviews of different bikes before buying one
  • Whether your child enjoys riding a regular bike
  • If you want your child to take longer rides

What should I look out for when buying an e-bike for my child?

Important Features Checklist:

Review this checklist to decide what features you’re looking for:

Desired FeaturesYesNo
250W/500W Motor
750W Motor
Battery range (run time) of 20+ miles
Max speed of 12-15mph
Max speed of 20mph
Weight of e-bike under 55 lbs
Hybrid (rides on and off dirt/gravel)
Color of the e-bike (does it matter?)
Upgraded, plush seat
Fenders (protect from flying debris)
Foldable (saves space; can take on a train or bus)
LCD Display
Throttle (not recommended for young kids)
7-speed gears
Warranty over 1 year
Check “yes” or “no” to get a list of features that you can search for when buying an e-bike for your child

You will also want to consider the bike type (such as e-mountain bikes, fat tire bikes, or hybrids), getting one with a lower seat height and/or lower center, fat tires vs standard tires, LED lights in the display, and important basic accessories like a rear view mirror.

Which e-bike is best for my child’s age and height?

This is one of the most important considerations when it comes to kids electric bikes. If it doesn’t fit properly, then your child won’t be comfortable on it!

Therefore, your first consideration is fit.

Take a look at this general age guide for the best fit that considers your child’s height. However, if your child is taller or shorter than average for their age, you might need to adjust for size.

Electric Bike Frame Size by Age:

AgeAverage Height for AgeE-Bike’s Frame Size
6-8 years45.5″-50.5″20″
8-10 years50.5″-54.5″24″
10-12 years54.5″-59″24-26″
13+ years61.7″ +26″
Bike frame size recommended per average height dependent on age
A family riding bikes together with small children in child seats that attach to bike

You may also want to consider the handlebar height and the seat height if your young child’s legs or arms haven’t caught up with their body.

Electric bicycle speed and power

Next, take a look at power and speed. A teenager 14 years up might be able to responsibly handle a more powerful e-bike, such as one with 500W or 750W. But, most younger kids will get more than enough power with a 250W model.

250W motors are typically limited to going 15-20mph, but some manufacturers limit the speed to far less for kids’ e-bikes, so this is a good thing to look out for. The purpose is to get your child moving and to keep up with the family, not to race (unless you’re looking at electric dirt bikes perhaps).

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend anything more than 250W for kids under 12… and wouldn’t even buy my own teenagers anything over 500W.

How to use reviews when buying

I always recommend reading the reviews of every kids electric bike you are considering. You’ll learn a lot of information if you read carefully.

Here’s my advice on reading reviews:

  • Ignore reviews that are hostile (they may be coming from hostile people and don’t accurately represent the product)
  • Read specifically to weed out the factors that are most important. For example, if you have a child who’s 4’9″ and are concerned about getting a good fit, look for other reviewers talking about how it fits their similar-size child.
  • Only look at e-bike reviews if they have 3-stars and up (and preferably 4+ stars)
  • Make certain the reviewer is actually talking about the product you’re interested in
  • If you see a common problem re-occurring in the reviews for the same e-bike model, decide if you could live with that problem… because there’s a good chance you might have to.
  • Don’t buy an e-bike without reviews! Leave that to impulsive buyers and wait until that model has a good number of reviews.

Where to Buy Kid’s E-Bikes Online

Generally speaking, you can find e-bikes for kids in a few places online including Amazon and various individual brands. However, you may also choose to look through the hundreds of models built for adults to find the perfect fit for your child.

Therefore, buying an e-bike for your child can be a little frustrating. Further, many “electric” bikes you’ll see for kids are actually dirt bikes for off-roading rather than bikes for riding on neighborhood streets and bike paths.

Most importantly, don’t assume that because a model has smaller tires it’ll be good for your kid. Many e-bikes have smaller tires so that they can fold up easily… but they may weigh way too much for a smaller child and the frame itself may be too big.

You can buy one on Amazon, but read the fine print and reviews carefully to determine whether it’ll work for your son or daughter. The other option is to buy from an online brand directly. Then you can get questions about the e-bike answered before making a purchase.

To make the buying process easier, I’ve already done the research for you.

Listed in the next section, you’ll find a variety of e-bikes from online brands as well as Amazon.

What Are the Best Electric Bikes for Kids?

Brand/ModelAge RangeWheel SizePrice
Swagtron EB-6 Bandit6-1220″$1195
Haibike HardFour (eMTB)6-1224″$2800
Pedego Element12+20″$1695
Pedego Latch12+20″$2795+
Jetson Bolt Pro Folding E-Bike12+12″$494
5 e-bikes for kids with variable cost

The truth about finding the best electric bikes for kids is that there aren’t a lot of models made just for kids. I’ve listed a few here.

However, there are a number of other smaller e-bike models that may fit kids who are over 4’10”. Since most of these bikes are geared towards adults, make sure you keep all of the other tips in mind discussed in this article, especially its hub motor power.

Also, there electric balance bikes that typically have 12 inch or 16 inch wheels and go up to around 9 miles per hour for older toddlers and preschool-age chilcren. But I’m going to tell you primarily about actual electric bikes for ages 6 and up.

Best E-Bikes for Ages 6-12

Swagtron EB-6 Bandit

All black Swagtron EB-6 Bandit E-Bike for kids
Photo courtesy of Swagtron

With a 350W motor and a pretty sweet price of $1195, this e-bike with 20″ wheels is perfect for kids since it’s a fat tire bike (4″ wide tires). So it’s perfect for riding on trails, gravel, and hills. And it’s a cool color… all black!

It features a removable battery, so you can recharge without having to take the entire bike to the charging area. And the dual disc brakes are meant to keep your kid safe.

Although it’s less expensive than some, it still uses quality 7-speed Shimano gears and an aluminum frame “built to last”, per Swagtron. Anyone can get this bike through Amazon.

Haibike HardFour (eMTB)

Photo courtesy of Haibike

The best electric bike built exclusively for children is the Haibike HardFour. Kids 4’6″ and up can ride this e-bike with 24″ wheels up to 12 miles per hour with the motor’s assistance. As many adult e-bikes have motor assistance that max’s out at 20mph, 12mph is much more appropriate for children. It has an MTB “hardtail” frame and is great for boys and girls with its sleek white color, so it’s perfect for trails and hills.

This e-bike weighs around 44 lbs and costs upwards of $2800, which is a bit pricey for a kid’s e-bike. And, unfortunately for people in the US and Australia, you may only be able to find this in the EU, UK, and surrounding countries.

Ben-e-Bike

White Ben E-Bike TWENTY E-Power Kids Electric Bike
Ben E-Bikes exclusively make kids Electric Bikes

Ben E-Bikes is a great example of a brand that focuses exclusively on kids’ e-bikes. They have models built with child specific components for every age child, 6 and up. They have around five models to choose from with different wheel sizes. However, they aren’t cheap and you’ll only find them in Europe and the UK. Their e-bikes start at around 1800 euros and they have a variety of choices for each age group of kids.

Best E-Bike for Ages 12 and Up

Pedego Element

Bright red Pedego Element E-Bike with fat tires
Photo courtesy of Pedego

One of the best-priced e-bikes from the high-quality Pedego brand at $1695, the Element comes in 6 different colors to please any kid! It’ll fit kids 4’11” and up, which likely means that kids 12 and older, as well as younger kids who are taller than average.

With 20″ wheels and 4″ fat tires, it’ll take your pre-teen or teen electric bike rider anywhere they want to go, including on the road and on trails. Plus, it’ll go up to 40 miles with its 48 Volt battery and easily tackle hills with its 500W motor. So, it’s a pretty powerful e-bike for the price.

This model even comes with a twist throttle and 5 levels of pedal assist so your kid can ride easy or ride hard! However, the motor will still max out at 20 mph. at 50 lbs of weight, it may be a little heavy if your younger teen needs to lift it.

Pedego Latch

Bright, lime green Pedego Latch e-bike model
Photo courtesy of Pedego

Another good option, the Pedego Latch is an electric folding bike. A foldable bike can come in pretty handy for throwing the back of the car or traveling. However, it’s quite a bit more expensive than the Element, ranging from $2795-$3095.

But it does come in three cool colors… back, lime green, and “space” blue. This is a comfortable choice for parents to buy a child because it only has a 250W motor. But that’s still plenty of power for most youth to get where they want to go.

Other bonuses include a twist throttle, 5 levels of pedal assist, built-in safety lights, and even a USB charger! Like the Element, it has a top speed of 20mph, which should easily satisfy any teen. And it weighs slightly less at around just 46 lbs.

Further, even though it’s foldable, it’s still plenty of bike with 20″ wheels and can fit a variety of sized people. Just fold it up in a few seconds, clip it together, and pop it in the car (or it even attaches to a rear bike rack).

Jetson Bolt Pro Folding E-Bike

Black Jetson Bolt e-bike with 14" wheels
Jetson Bolt Electric Bike Review

If you’d rather just get a starter e-bike with a slow speed for your child, without all the fanfare and expense, this may be for you. A cool little folding bike with only 12″ wheels, this may be just what your kid needs to get around. It’s fairly simple, with a 250W motor, short-range battery of 15 miles. You can get the Bolt with only a throttle (no pedals) or the Jetson Bolt Pro with pedal assist and throttle, giving your child all the power they’ll need.

Getting up to 15.5 mph, it has an adjustable seat height and can carry up to 250lbs. It can be easily folded and taken wherever it needs to go with the built-in carrying handle. The Jetson e-bike isn’t designed just for kids but it’ll work for kids ages 12-16+ who just want to ride it to school and around town. Another plus… The reviews mention kids riding who are as short as 4’9″.

And the best thing about this mini folding e-bike? It’s around $494 on Amazon! So, although it can work as a starter e-bike, its parts are cheap, so read the reviews to decide if this is for you!

Taking Small Kids on Your Ride

Since we don’t want to leave small children, toddlers, and infants at home, parents can put a kid’s seat on their own e-bike. Check out this cool option:

Pedego Stretch Electric Cargo

Photo courtesy of Pedego

This is a whopper of a bike (and that’s reflected in its $4295 price tag). But, if you want to take two kids on the back of it, you can have up to 400lbs. So, kids under 6 can easily ride along with you.

With this e-bike, the entire family can take a ride with up to two kids! Click the link above for more details.

What Age Does My Child Have to Be to Ride an Electric Bike?

This is an excellent question because your child may not be legally allowed to ride an e-bike where you live!

On average, a child needs to be a minimum of 14 years of age to ride an electric bike. However, laws regarding riding age may differ in each state or country and may depend on e-bike classification. Some places have no age restrictions while others don’t allow anyone under 16 to ride an e-bike.

Always check the laws in your local area before letting a kid ride an e-bike.

The truth is that the laws surrounding e-bikes are confusing and complex, including laws on age restrictions and licensing. And in the United States, each state determines the rules, which makes things even more confusing (this may be, at least partially, why not a lot of manufacturers make e-bikes for kids).

But, I’m going to help clarify what the restrictions are so that you can make sure your child can legally ride where you live.

Are you sure that your child can ride an electric bike? Find out before buying them an e-bike!

To begin, there don’t seem to be any age restrictions in the EU (which is good news if you live there or plan on traveling there and riding an e-bike with your family). However, right next door, the UK requires kids to be age 14 or older to ride an e-bike legally.

In Canada, electric bikes can be ridden at a minimum age of 12 in Alberta and 16 in Ontario and British Columbia.

Clearly, each country has its own age laws (that may change), so be sure to check them out if you live there or if you plan on riding while visiting.

Taking a closer look at all of the individual states in the US, here’s a chart from Wikipedia indicating state laws surrounding e-bikes in general, as well as age. In regards to your kids’ safety and to follow regulations, you’ll want to look at “Max Speed”, “Max Power”, “Minimum age”, and “Driver’s License”.


Keep in mind that laws can change at any time! The good news, however, is that e-biking laws have been changing consistently for the better, giving us all more freedom to ride. For example, more and more states in the US are starting to classify e-bikes as bicycles and not motorized vehicles! This will help e-bikes become more accessible to children. In fact, now that California is using a 3-tier class system, kids are able to ride e-bikes if it’s a Class 1 or 2.

If you didn’t find the age information you need for your area, and to confirm the current age limits, check with your local government. Nothing will be more frustrating than buying an e-bike for your kid who isn’t allowed to ride it!

Summary of E-Bikes for Kids

As a parent, you can have a lot more confidence in buying an electric bike for your kid after reading this guide telling you what you need to know about kids’ e-bikes. Keep in mind that the e-biking industry is always changing and that it’s good to review your child’s e-bike needs regularly.

Ultimately, your goal is this… to provide an opportunity for your kids to get outside, reduce stress, get healthy, and have fun with the family while staying safe. And the great thing is that kids can accomplish all of this with an electric bicycle that fits them!

6 Best Electric Bike Suspension Seat Posts

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REDSHIFT ShockStop Suspension Seatpost

Riding an electric bike makes it easy to traverse 40 or 50 miles daily. With pedal assistance and/or throttle, you can go further than you ever thought possible on a regular bike. But what’s the downside? A very sore backside!

Thankfully, a suspension seat post can relieve the discomfort from vibrations and bumps while riding your electric bike.

Here’s a list I’ve put together of the 6 best suspension seat posts that will fit onto your e-bike:

  • Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Suspension Seatpost
  • PNW Coast Suspension Dropper IR Seatpost
  • Bolany Suspension Seatpost
  • GANOPPER Suspension Seat Post
  • Redshift Shockstop Suspension Seatpost
  • Kinekt 2.1 Aluminum Bike Suspension Seatpost

Take a look at the detailed information (and table) of each seat post I provide below. I’ll give you the information you need to make a decision on what suspension seat to put on your e-bike. You’ll be able to choose the perfect one to suit your rear end and your budget.

I’ll also tell you why having a suspension seat on your electric bike is worth the cost and help you explore whether a dropper post might benefit you.

Best Suspension
Seatposts
Diameter (mm)Travel (mm)Max Rider WeightBest for…5-Star Rating
Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Suspension Seatpost27.2, 30.9, 31.676mm250 lbs (113 kg)Most E-Bike riders who need greater comfort4.5
PNW Coast Suspension Dropper IR Seatpost27.2, 30.9, 31.6100-120mm250 lbs (113 kg)Those willing to pay more for a drop post4.8
Bolany Bike Suspension Seatpost27.2, 31.640mm379 lbs (180 kg)Budget-conscious riders4.4
GANOPPER Suspension Seat Post27.2 (up to 34.9)40mm250 lbs (113 kg)E-bikers needing an atypical seat post diameter4.4
Redshift Shockstop Suspension Seatpost27.235mm242 lbs (110 kg)Riders wanting a fully adjustable suspension4.9
Kinekt 2.1 Aluminum Bike Suspension Seatpost25.4, 27.2, 30.9, 31.635mm240-320 lbs (109-145 kg)Heavier Riders4.7

What is a Suspension Seat Post?

Most electric bikes come with a standard seat post that doesn’t absorb shock well, which means you feel every bump and jarring motion. Although many e-bikes offer wider seats for comfort, don’t confuse this with having a suspension seat post.

A suspension seat post is built to minimize the impact of bumps while you are riding. It does this by damping vibrations and increasing shock absorption of bumps, holes, and rocks.

Essentially, it makes your ride more comfortable.

Why You Need a Suspension Seat on Your E-Bike

Because you can easily ride 20, 30, 40, or more miles a day on your electric bike, a suspension seat will provide more comfort than any other bike seat, even if it’s fully adjustable and you’re wearing padded bike shorts.

A suspension seat will give you a smooth ride. It’ll reduce the impact of everything you ride over, helping to cushion your behind, allowing you to ride farther, providing better handling of your e-bike by absorbing bumps that can cause you to lose control, and protecting your spine long-term.

Further, riding with a suspension post will make your body feel more relaxed by the end of a long ride, not only because you won’t need to stand up over rough terrain to avoid jarring shocks, but because the pressure on your lower back is lessened.

Finally, you’ll discover that suspension seat posts offer a practical solution being that they are far less expensive than buying a full-suspension electric mountain bike.

There’s no question that it’s worth it to have a seat post with suspension, but naturally, you’ll want to consider price and quality before choosing one.

What is Travel in a Bike Suspension Post?

In order to properly choose a suspension post, it’s a good idea to understand travel measurement. Basically, travel refers to the amount of distance the seat post can compress before it hits the bottom and you feel it.

A higher travel absorbs more force, making the seat less likely to bottom out. So, naturally, a heavier rider will need higher travel to absorb bumps while seated.

Further, some suspension posts have elastomer springs (rubber cushion) placed where the greatest force hits. This will further reduce unexpected shocks.

5 Best Suspension Seat Posts for Electric Bikes

Here’s what you need to know about each electric bike suspension seat post in detail.

1. Cane Creek Thudbuster Suspension Seatpost 3G

Prices start at $134 on Amazon

Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Suspension seat Post

With its parallel linkage technology (patented) and tunability, the long travel Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seatpost is one of the most versatile suspension seat posts for the price. It offers a minimum of 27.2mm of suspension travel up to 31.6mm, absorbing force and offering equal compression, without any saddle movement.

What makes the Cane Creek suspension great for electric bikes, is that it protects from bumpy roads while keeping your body in the same comfortable ride position relative to the pedals. It’s perfect for folding e-bikes with small tires that are less forgiving, as well as for long cargo bikes, electric road bikes, and hardtail mountain bikes.

Plus, what makes this one of the best suspension seatposts for the money is the addition of elastomers that provide up to 3″ of fine-tuning suspension.

2. PNW Coast Suspension Dropper IR Seatpost

Price: $189-$199 at Backcountry

Coast Suspension Dropper IR Seat post from Backcountry
PNW Coast Suspension Dropper IR Seat post from Backcountry

Designed with a dropper post (with 120mm of drop travel) for easy dismounting, you can put your feet flat on the ground with a simple push of a button. Then return to the previous saddle height when you continue on your ride. This feature is especially helpful if you are managing a big load or have short legs (or are just generally a smaller rider).

Further, the PNW Coast suspension dropper seat post with air suspension smooths out the bumps from rocks and potholes alike. Additionally, it has 40mm of air suspension making it optimized for just about any riding purpose.

What’s not to like? It’s a little pricier than some options. But the dropper post can make it well worthwhile, especially if you are a stop-and-go rider. Plus, the added expense isn’t that significant if you require a higher suspension due to different rider weights, hardtail mountain bike riding, or are a daily commuter or frequent high-mileage rider (20+ miles).

This seat post is available with internal or external cable routing (but does not come with the cable or lever).

3. Bolany Bike Suspension Seatpost

Price Starts at $29.88 on Amazon

Bolany Bike Suspension Seatpost

If you’re not ready to pay hundreds of dollars for a suspension post but you’d like to relieve your body from bumps and jolts, the good news is that the Bolany suspension seatpost is a great option under $100.

With a damping coil spring and 40mm travel, you’ll get a solid suspension that won’t do much damage to the pocketbook. This seat post is adjustable to meet your weight and can hold riders up to 397 lbs (180kg) by tightening the screw. However, most electric bikes don’t have that high of a load capacity. So I wouldn’t recommend testing those limits unless your e-bike is also capable of holding that much body weight.

Besides offering two diameter sizes, it also comes in a choice of three colors to best match your electric bike.

4. GANOPPER Suspension Seat Post

Price: $29.99 on Amazon

GANOPPER Suspension Seat Post with red head

Another seat post that’s easy on the wallet, the Ganopper has 40mm of preloaded suspension travel with an offset of 14mm. It has an adjustable angle seatpost and multiple size options.

Reviewers have indicated that their comfort while riding their electric bikes has improved considerably, even for those over 200lbs or riding long distances. Many e-bike owners opt to modify their bike seat and/or seat post after purchase. Unless you’re paying more than $2000 for an e-bike, you’re likely getting a standard factory seat.

5. Redshift Shockstop Suspension Seatpost

Price: $229 on Amazon

REDSHIFT ShockStop Suspension Seatpost

According to customer reviews, this may be the best electric bike suspension seat post you can buy, thanks to its ultra-responsive suspension. There’s also a reason the Redshift shock suspension post is the most highly customer-rated suspension seat post on Amazon.

It has a spring-loaded fully adjustable suspension and two-bolt seat clamp. You can even add a second spring to customize it for your own weight and comfort. Plus, with the removable mudguards, you’ll be able to fit a saddle bag.

Finally, with 35mm of tunable travel, you can expect to dampen vibration and bumps up to 60%, relieving your body from fatigue and improving efficiency.

6. Kinekt 2.1 Aluminum Bike Suspension Seatpost

Price: $279.95 on Amazon

Kinekt suspension seatpost

With preload adjustment, 35mm travel, and swappable springs, the Kinekt suspension seatpost is especially helpful for heavy electric bikes that experience more vibration.

Plus, it’s worth noting that this suspension seatpost is a perfect fit if you’re a heavy rider with between 240 and 320 lbs of body weight. In fact, it was specifically designed for you! So, even though it is more expensive than the other suspension seatposts, it’s a cost-effective way for a large person to ride an e-bike comfortably (rather than buy a full-suspension bike).

Further, it has pretty high ratings from customers who are in the same weight range and who were also looking for an effective suspension system.

Wrap-Up

Even the best suspension seat post can’t claim to replace a full-suspension electric bike or mountain bike if you’re riding on gravel roads or even small bumps. But it can reduce the jarring on your body while riding, improving your ride quality and overall comfort, thus making your rides more enjoyable!

QuietKat vs Biktrix (E-Bike Brands Compared)

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Quiet Kat mid-drive electric bike

There are more choices than ever when it comes to buying the best electric bikes. However, when looking for a high-quality e-bike that rides on the road and off, two electric bike brands find themselves being compared: QuietKat and Biktrix.

Both brands are reputable and make high-quality e-bikes with similar starting prices of $2300 (Biktrix) and $2499 (QuietKat). Both have an extensive product range. QuietKat makes electric bikes that have an off-road focus. On the other hand, Biktrix offers a greater selection of options that are suitable for commuters and urban riders as well.

The good news is that both e-bike brands are quite versatile and not tied to just one type of riding experience. QuietKat’s rugged bikes can be ridden in the city and Biktrix has models that can make easy work of any rough terrain.

So, how do you choose which electric bike brand to purchase? Take a look at this QuietKat vs Biktrix brand comparison. I’ll show you what each brand is best for and help you make a great choice for you.

Make sure to see the e-bike model comparison charts I put together for you below.

Quiet Kat mid-drive electric bike
QuietKat Apex with rear rack

QuietKat Brand Overview

Comparing e-bike brands like QuietKat and Biktrix is not that easy. Each brand has something unique to offer, while there are a lot of similarities as well. At the end of the day, it will all come down to what kind of bike rider you are and what you want from your electric bike. Let’s begin with an overview of QuietKat.

The brand was founded in 2012 in Colorado. And they had one mission. To create an electric bike that is perfect for someone who loves the outdoors. That is why you will see awesome e-bikes for anglers, off-roaders, and hunters.

Their fat tire electric bikes are so cool that they have even started to replace traditional ATVs. After all, they’re smaller and more nimble than ATVs. Here are some standout features for QuietKat e-bikes.

Ruggedness

The build quality of a QuietKat ebike is apparent the moment you get your hands on one. It’s something I would call accessible durability. The brand uses tough materials like stainless steel and aluminum to make high-quality thick frames.

If you are looking for something that can tackle tough terrains, then QuietKat’s offerings will surely impress. Further, the brand is well-known when it comes to off-road fat tire electric bikes.

Ranger Fat Tire E-Bike from Quiet Kat
Rugged Ranger Fat Tire E-Bike from Quiet Kat

Great For City Riding

Although their e-bikes are rugged and strong, that doesn’t mean that they can’t handle normal city roads. Their electric bikes will do just fine for city riding, possibly even giving you more comfort while riding thanks to their typical fat tires. The best part? Riding one will certainly not feel cheap and it’ll be a fun experience, even if you’re using the rear rack for a picnic basket.

So, you get a lot of versatility here. These e-bikes can ride on all sorts of terrains like dirt, mud, snow, sand, and wet roads. Plus, you can also take it for a spin on paved roads in an urban environment.

Blue urban style e-bike from QuietKat
QuietKat Villager Urban E-Bike

Excellent Quality and Accessible to All

Here’s another thing to love about QuietKat. They have a program that makes it easier for everyone to own one of their e-bikes. This means that, even if you can’t afford a high-end bike upfront, you don’t have to settle for a cheap one.

QuietKat has something called ‘Ride Now, Pay Later’. And it is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a helpful financing tool that will make owning an electric bike much easier for you, letting you make monthly payments.

Overall, QuietKat’s electric bikes are great if you love the outdoor trails but also want to be able to ride in an urban environment. Their e-bikes are great for riding on rough terrain, angling trips, and mountain biking. Commuters will love them too!

Pricing

QuietKat prices are quite variable with their lowest model, the Pioneer, costing around $2500 (listed price but may be discounted) and their most expensive e-bike, the Rubicon, going up to over $8000. So, unfortunately, you won’t find any bargains here. But you can count on getting a quality electric bike that’ll last for years.

Check out the lineup of QuietKat electric bikes here.

Biktrix Brand Overview

The Biktrix e-bike brand offers high-performance electric bikes for a variety of riders and riding styles, including e-bike commuters, adventure seekers, and senior riders.

Therefore, not only will you find e-bikes that handle well on rugged trails, but you’ll also find capable utility ebikes, cruisers, and hybrid e-bikes.

More Variety of Designs

One strong point of Biktrix is that the design varies from bike to bike. You are not just stuck with one specific bike design when shopping for a Biktrix ebike. So, you can match your taste with the type of e-bike you want or need.

If you want an e-bike that looks sleek with both step-through and step-over versions, Biktrix has you covered. Overall, however, their designs are not all that rugged and utilitarian looking. So, if you’re into that, you might rather go for a tough-looking QuietKat e-bike.

At the end of the day, design is pretty subjective. So, you need to pick the one that suits your style best.

Biktrix Juggernaut Ultra FS Pro 2 E-Bike
Biktrix Juggernaut Ultra FS Pro 2

Customizability

Biktrix also gives you a full range of customizability options, which many other brands don’t offer.

You may be able to build your e-bike by choosing colors, wheelset, and battery capacity. And, on some models, you can even select your motor power, headlight, brakes, and front suspension. That means you can create an e-bike that is tailor-made for you, which is a good reason to buy from Biktrix.

Quality and Durability

Honestly, both QuietKat and Biktrix are a couple of the best electric bike brands. And I don’t think you’ll be dissatisfied with the quality of either of these brands, as both use premium materials and parts.

The customer reviews are pretty good for both brands. It all comes down to what you want from your electric bike. Do you want more ruggedness or do you want something that is more city-focused?

Keep in mind though, that QuietKat may be built for rough terrain but their e-bikes can handle urban roads well too. Some riders may enjoy the rugged look even though they will only be riding it for city commutes. 

Of special note, a few models of Biktrix e-bikes are made with a lightweight frame of carbon fiber, which is not seen on QuietKat models.

Price

You’ll find that Biktrix offers lower-priced options than QuietKat as well as more options to choose from.

Their prices start at around $1500 for city bike styles and go up to nearly $6000 for their 1000W, 160Nm torque Monte Capro Ultra.

Biktrix Monte Capro Ultra

Financing

Where QuietKat has its Ride Now, Pay Later program, Biktrix is right behind. The Klarna program from Biktrix gives you the same luxury of buying the bike now and paying later.

So, you can finance it with relative ease. And the pricing is completely transparent. You will see how much your monthly payment comes to before you make the actual purchase. All in all, Biktrix is a good option for those who want a bit sleeker looks and style with lots of customizability and options. 

Take a look at the entire line of Biktrix e-bikes!

Comparing Popular E-Bike Models from QuietKat and Biktrix

Before wrapping up, I wanted to end with a direct head-to-head comparison of some of the most popular electric bike models each brand has to offer. As I said, what works for you will ultimately depend on your needs and taste.

When comparing QuietKat vs Biktrix, you can’t overlook the numbers. So, here’s a comparison of three e-bike lines from each brand. On the QuietKat side, there is the Apex line, Jeep and Villager Urban. You can check out all the QuietKat models here

As for the Biktrix side, there is the Juggernaut Series, Swift Series, and Monte Capro Series. Take a look at the full Biktrix line-up here.

QuietKat Apex Vs. Biktrix Juggernaut Series

DetailsQuietKat ApexBiktrix Juggernaut Ultra FS Pro 2
Starts From$5499$4199
Watt750W – 1000W1000W
Size5’6”+5’4”+

What I love about the Biktrix Juggernaut Ultra is that it has an impressive range of up to 75 miles on a single charge, even though it’s not a road bike. Instead, it’s an electric bike fat bike with 4″ wide tires. It also comes with both a cadence and a torque sensor, 160 Nm of torque, thumb throttle, and a 330 lb weight capacity. So, not only is it super powerful, it can carry a heavy load quite far.

The QuietKat Apex, on the other hand, offers both a 1000W and a 750W motor, letting you choose to have a Class 1 or Class 2 e-bike. This is important if you want to ride on public lands and roads legally. And if you choose the 750W mid-drive motor, you’ll still get a cool camouflage design, hydraulic brakes, integrated battery, 4.5″ fat tires, and more than enough power to tackle hills, steep terrain, and gravel roads.

Plus, the Apex comes in three frame sizes to better fit smaller riders and tall riders alike. Check out the Apex in this YouTube video:

QuietKat Jeep Vs. Biktrix Monte Carpo Series

DetailsQuietKat JeepBiktrix Monte Capro Ultra
Starts From$7299$5999
Watt750W – 1000W1000W
Size5’6”+5’7”+

The Biktrix Monte Capro Ultra is built for serious mountain bike riders and features a carbon fiber frame, hydraulic disc brakes, cadence + torque sensor, powerful battery (840Wh), and mid-drive motor. You can choose from larger 27.5″ wheels with 3″ tires or 26″ x4.8″ fat tires. For a full suspension electric mountain bike, it certainly isn’t inexpensive starting at $5999.

So it’s a little hard to believe that the QuietKat Jeep full-suspension, fat tire e-bike, with a torque sensor, hydraulic disc brakes, and a mid-drive motor, starts even higher at $7300. They’re both high-end off-road e-bikes with suspension that are clear winners when it comes to climbing the steepest hills and going over difficult terrain.

So, what’s the main difference? For one, the QuietKat Jeep is backed by Jeep Motors, has a full suspension, and comes in three frame sizes to fit most riders. Plus it has a slightly higher load capacity at 300 lbs (compared to 280 lbs) and allows you to opt for 29″ mountain bike tires for greater flexibility. So the added cost might be well worth it, especially if you’re a hunter or will be carrying a large load.

Find out how fast the QuietKat Jeep can go in this article!

Here you can see the Monte Capro Ultra in motion:

QuietKat Villager Urban Vs. Biktrix Swift Series 

DetailsQuietKat Villager UrbanBiktrix Swift Step-Thru
Starts From$3199$2049
Watt500W500W
Size5’6”+5’3”+

The Biktrix Swift series again beats the price of the Villager Urban QuietKat brand. The closest comparison to the Villager, however, is the Swift Step-Thru, which starts at $2049. Both have an upright riding position, step-thru frame, and 500W rear hub motor, perfect for urban riding.

Where the QuietKat again steps ahead is with the wider 3″ tires and 100mm suspension fork, making it the best choice if you’re planning to go off-road or just want an e-bike that’s more fun.

QuietKat Vs. Biktrix: Which E-Bike Brand Is Right for You?

Let’s address the million-dollar question. Which e-bike, from which brand, is right for you? And sorry to disappoint you but the answer is… it depends. There is no single standout winner between QuietKat bikes and Biktrix.

The thing with e-bikes is that they offer tons of features among each model and brand. And not all features and gimmicks will matter to everyone. Thus, you need to pick the one that works for you based on your riding style and needs.

In general, QuietKat is the better brand for off-roading and rugged riding. These e-bikes are built like tanks and can tackle city roads as well. Their camouflage design is clearly geared toward outdoor sports like hunting. Biktrix, on the other hand, is the better brand if you’re looking for a sleeker, more modern design for commuting and everyday e-bike riding.

But again, you might find the perfect Biktrix model for off-roading, or find the best e-bike for city riding at QuietKat, such as the Villager Urban.

Wrapping Up

After reading this article comparing QuietKat vs Biktrix, you should have a pretty good idea about which brand will work the best for you. You might be focusing on the price point or the type of electric bike, but the good thing is that both brands offer great quality to meet all of your needs. Further, you can get more helpful advice on which brand and e-bike you should get by reading customer reviews on their websites.

Being informed is the best way of making sure you choose the right brand for your needs and desires.

Typical E-Bike Battery Problems And Solutions (Listed!)

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Back of an electric bike showing a close-up of the battery

All e-bikes are powered by batteries, and if you own one, you’re likely to run into common issues with the battery pack from time to time. Some problems may occur due to normal wear and tear, but batteries also have a limited number of charge and discharge cycles. Other problems, like failing to charge fully or refusing to turn on, can be fixed by checking the ports and allowing your battery to charge up to 100%.

In general, there are six typical electric bike battery problems that you may face:

  1. The battery fails to fully charge
  2. It swells up or bulges
  3. It’s not running as long as expected
  4. E-bike refuses to turn on
  5. The battery is not holding a charge
  6. Sluggish battery performance

Although many problems have a solution, it’s also possible that you’ll need to replace your battery pack.

So, continue reading… this article will discuss in-depth some of the most common e-bike battery issues while also providing possible solutions for them. Be sure to see the step-by-step diagnoses table as well.

Back of an electric bike showing a close-up of the battery

Typical E-Bike Battery Problems And Solutions You Should Know About

Electric bikes certainly have more problems than regular bikes due to the motor and battery pack. Although problems are not all that common, they can creep up and make your e-bike experience a little annoying. 

However, if you recognize the problems and understand how to deal with them, you can enjoy your e-bike fully. So, in this section, I’ll tell you the six most common problems e-bike owners might face with their batteries. And I’ll show you the possible solutions for each of them.

You can breathe a sigh of relief though. Some of the problems are things you won’t even have to deal with if you take proper care of your e-bike. And later on, I will tell you some best maintenance practices to help you get the most out of your electric bike.

Let’s get started then. There are six typical ebike battery problems to consider.

1. Battery Fails To Charge

One of the most common e-bike battery problems is that it might just fail to charge. Therefore, your electric bicycle motor won’t run at all. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most difficult problems to properly diagnose. 

This is because failure to charge can be caused by a couple of things. You might want to have a checklist of the things you want to test to ensure everything is plugged in the way it should.

How To Fix a Battery That Won’t Charge

There are a couple of solutions to fixing a rechargeable battery that’s not charging. Most of these are just normal troubleshooting steps. First, you need to check whether or not everything is plugged in right. 

Step One- Double-check that the battery terminals are connecting to the electric bike. If they are off just a little (or they’re not clean), then that would explain why the battery pack is not working.

Step Two- Check the voltage that is coming out of both your wall socket and the battery charger. Use a multimeter or voltmeter like these ones on Amazon.

Step Three- Make sure the charger is not at fault. Plug it in and look for the indicators to light up (or attempt to charge your battery completely).

If you determine that the charger voltage is lower than the specified voltage for your ebike battery, then the charger will not be able to pull as much power to charge your battery. You should also try and clean the charger ports as well. Dirt and debris on the battery pack charger port can stop it from making a solid connection.

For help checking your battery voltage, take a look at this YouTube video:

2. Battery Swells Up

If you had a phone for a long time, you might have experienced a swelling-up problem. Modern batteries are made from lithium-ion, and most electric bikes have lithium-ion batteries as well. Although the battery management system in these batteries are pretty durable and can last for up to 700 charging cycles, in some cases, they can also swell up prematurely.

If you see a swollen lithium-ion battery, then the problem is somewhat severe. One or more of the lithium cells could be the problem. Thus, there may not be anything you can do to fix it.

So, what should you do if the battery on your electric bike has swollen up?

How To Fix a Swollen Battery

Well, the only ‘fix’ in this case is to replace and recycle the battery pack. A bulge on the battery should be very noticeable. If you see one, turn your e-bike off and disconnect the battery. It is a huge risk to continue using a swollen battery as it can be very dangerous, leaking hazardous gases and fluid.

Unfortunately, for a swollen battery pack, the best thing to do here is to get a new one, as the entire battery management system has likely been damaged. Stop using it immediately and give it to your local recycling center. 

Then replace the old one with a battery of the same size and voltage. Refer to the electric bicycle brand you purchased from for assistance.

3. Battery Is Not Running As Long As It Used To

The third common problem with e-bike batteries is that they might not hold onto a charge as long as they should. Typically, electric bike batteries have a limited number of charge and recharge cycles. What this means is that there is only a finite number of times you can fully charge the battery and discharge it before it loses its optimum capacity and performance. 

You might have seen Apple tell you the battery health percentage on their iPhones. This number essentially tells you how well the battery is performing. The lower the percentage is, the lower the quality of the battery. A degraded battery will not hold a charge for as long as it used to.

This is the same for an electric bike lithium-ion battery. Even though a high-quality battery should last around 700 charging cycles or more, it will degrade over time and not go far on one charge. If it is degrading, you might even feel some resistance when pedaling.

Further, many e-bikes have advanced features like pedal assist or throttle that provide a speed boost. These will eat away at your battery charge quickly the more you use them.

How To Fix a Degrading Battery

Sometimes, a degrading battery packmight not be the only reason your battery is not holding its charge for long. However, there are things you can do to diagnose the problem and fix it. 

First of all, check whether or not the battery charges fully. If it doesn’t, then that will give you a clear indicator that something is wrong. Second, are you using your battery extensively when riding your e-bike? If so, avoid using the throttle and pedal assist system except when you truly need them, like climbing a steep hill.

Speaking of this, an uphill route can also cause your battery to discharge quicker, as it’s simply more strenuous.

Finally, the wheel bearings should spin freely and smoothly. If they are not, that means that there is something wrong and your battery is working harder than it needs to. Thus, the battery is discharging quicker than it should.

man's hand remvoing ebike battery from bike

4. Electric Bike Refusing To Turn On

Sometimes your electric bike might just refuse to turn on completely. Do not panic though. Yes, there might be a problem, but there is also likely a good solution.

After all, e-bike batteries don’t just work by themselves, but rather along with the different components such as the motor and controller. The problem could be with other parts of your electric bike not working, rather than simply your battery.

For example, a speed controller sends signals to the battery and the motor, letting them know that it needs to start working. Other components (like a fuse blown) are also pretty important.

How To Fix It

If your battery is not turning on at all, you need to check these things to ensure that they are all okay.

  • The fuse may be blown. 
  • There could have been a short circuit in the wiring (or just degradation over time).
  • The speed controller could be damaged if the electric bike was dropped or suffered water damage.
  • Moisture may have gotten in and destroyed the wiring. A good solution here is to try to force the speed controller to turn on by pressing and holding the power button for 10 seconds or so. 
  • Your charge levels may be very low, not allowing it to turn on (even if the charge level is 5 – 10%, there can be trouble). Charge it till you see at least two to three bars and try again.
Hub motor and battery add a lot of weight to an electric bike
Hub motor and battery on an electric bike

5. Battery Not Holding Charge

As I have mentioned, all batteries have a life cycle. They are not magic and will not run forever.

The reason for this is likely just due to casual wear and tear. Over time battery cells will naturally lose their ability to hold onto charge. This is because as the cells inside the batteries get older, they stop performing at their peak.

So, the problem could just be an old battery or it could be the electric bike itself.

How To Fix An Old Battery

Unfortunately, if the problem is just because of an old battery that has gone through its natural wear and tear. So, there is not much you can do about it. It’s best to get a new battery. Or you might choose to refurbish the battery, if you have experience doing so or are willing to have a bike technician do it.

However, before you head out to the store, there are a few diagnostic steps you can take.

First, try charging your battery to 100%. Just recalibrate it and see how it holds onto a charge. If you have not used your e-bike in a while, charging it all the way can help. Another thing you can try is to charge the battery and take it off your bike.

See how long it holds onto the charge. If it holds onto the charge longer, then the problem might be with your ebike. Your bike might have a short circuit in it that is causing the battery to drain faster. In this case, the best solution is to take it to a shop to be fixed or replace the battery with the same type.

6. Sluggish Battery Performance

A sluggish ebike is no fun. It will feel very dull to ride, almost as if you’re riding a standard bike. When this happens, sometimes the issue can be the battery. This is one of the most common wrongly diagnosed battery problems in an e-bike. However, there are some diagnostic steps you can take to try and fix it. 

How To Fix Poor Battery Performance

Good e-bikes will have a switch. These are located on the front and rear brakes. The switches can fail, causing your bike to move slowly. The first solution is to try pulling both brake levers at the same time. This can free up one stuck brake lever. 

You should check the limit switch as well. That might be faulty. Fixing that should get your bike up to speed in a jiffy.

E-bikes also have different riding modes including pedal assist, throttle only, and other modes. Check to see if you are using the right mode for when you need top speed. In some cases, the problem might not be your battery but rather the mode and the settings.

How to Know if Your E-Bike Battery is Bad

Given all of the potential problems and solutions to a bad battery, your first step should be to diagnose the problem. You’ll need a multimeter or voltmeter for a proper diagnosis.

Here’s a chart covering the general step-by-step diagnosis of your battery problem.

Step 1Make sure you’re using the correct battery charger for your electric bike
Step 2Make sure the battery connectors are lining up with the charging pins
Step 3Attempt to charge the battery fully
Step 4Test the battery charger for its voltage output using a multimeter
(and look to see if the indicator lights are working)
Step 5Test the battery with a voltmeter or multimeter (the e-bike’s display should light up)
Step 6Look for loose wiring: A loose connection may prevent the battery from receiving or
providing it’s full charge capacity

If you can diagnose the problem first, you’ll have an easier time finding a solution.

Need more help diagnosing a bad battery? Take a look at this YouTube video:

How to Take Care Of Your Electric Bike Battery

While some issues are inevitable, like wear and tear, other issues can be resolved. But no matter what the problem is, you don’t want to end up with a dead battery while riding. But, you can prevent this by providing your e-bike with good care. With proper maintenance, you can extend the life cycle of your e-bike battery pack to keep it working as long as it is expected to.

Here are a few battery maintenance tips to keep your battery in good shape. Don’t worry, these are pretty easy to do and won’t take much effort. You just need to be mindful of a couple of things.

  • Store your electric bike properly: Keep the battery in a cool place indoors where it won’t get wet or be susceptible to moisture buildup.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Preferably, keep your battery in a place under 100 degrees Fahrenheit and above freezing conditions.
  • Always use the correct battery charger, preferably the one that came with your e-bike.
  • Don’t let your battery overheat. Riding your electric bike will cause it to warm up, which is normal, but you should avoid leaving the battery exposed to the direct sun or in a hot location.
  • Try avoiding deep discharges. That is, don’t let your battery charge fall below 10% when possible. Recharge it as soon as possible, rather than letting it remain without a charge.

Read this article for 15 helpful battery charging tips!

Wrapping Up

Now that you have made it to the end of the article, you should be able to diagnose typical e-bike battery problems and use some of the solutions provided. Be sure to follow the above steps to help you.

In some cases, there isn’t a quick fix and you’ll just need to replace it. But proper maintenance will help you prolong your electric bike’s battery life.

Check out these other articles about batteries and common e-bike problems:

Typical Electric Bike Battery Sizes (Explained)

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Back half of an electric bike showing its battery

Are you interested in finding out how powerful the most typical e-bike battery sizes are, or maybe trying to figure out what size your current battery is? Or maybe you’re hoping to upgrade from your current size battery to a larger one.

Either way, it’s helpful to understand the typical e-bike battery sizes available and how they perform.

A 36-Volt or 48-Volt (V) battery is the most typical size for an electric bike, providing 360 Watt-hours to over 800 Watt-hours (Wh), depending on the number of Amps. However, some e-bikes use a 52-Volt battery that produces additional power and speed to assist in climbing steep hills or going over rough terrain.

Since electric bike batteries are often the most expensive component on the e-bike itself, it’s important to get one with the battery size you actually need for your riding adventures. If you get a battery that’s too big, you’ll be wasting money and adding weight to your e-bike. But, if you get a small battery, you won’t be able to ride as far as you need to or ride long-distance on difficult terrain.

In this article, we’ll be looking at how e-bike battery size relates to power and how you can find out what size battery you need, so keep reading!

Be sure to see the table below showing the typical electric bicycle battery sizes.

Back half of an electric bike showing its battery
Large Battery (48V 14Ah) on Rad Power Bikes

What is the Typical E-Bike Battery Size?

Electric bike battery “sizes” are described by either their wattage or battery capacity, which can vary according to the manufacturer’s product or any state, province, or national regulations. 

For example, in the UK, an e-bike’s battery isn’t allowed to produce more than 250W of continuous power, which means in terms of battery “size,” they won’t be very large. They also won’t be as powerful as a 500W or 750W battery.

In contrast, most US states have laws that typically allow electric bike motors up to 750W on public lands.

The size of your ebike battery can heavily depend on what kind of bike you have. Some electric bikes have more watts than others because they’re made to traverse terrains like steep streets and bumpy trails. Meanwhile, other e-bikes have a higher average operating voltage to get their lithium batteries to last longer on each ride.

If you want to know the literal size of an e-bike battery, the industry-standard size that factories use is about 18inches x 6.5 inches, but some

This table provides the common range of e-bike batteries. We’ll be talking about commonly used lithium-ion batteries, as opposed to lead-acid batteries. Further, there may be smaller or bigger batteries than what is presented in the chart below:

E-Bike Motor Size (Watts):Battery Volts (V):Amps (A) Per Hour (h) Half-hour (hh) Quarter-hour (qh):Battery Amp Hours (Ah):Battery Watt Hours (Wh): 
200W-1500W
3610/h 20/hh 40/qh10360
250W – 750W3613/h 26/hh 52/qh13468
250W – 900W3617.4/h 34.8/hh 69.6/qh17.4626
250W – 500W4810.4/h 20.8/hh 41.6/qh10.4500
250W – 750W4813/h 26/hh 52/qh13624
250W – 1000W4815.6/h 31.2/hh 62.4/qh15.6750
250W – 1200W4817.4/h 34.8/hh 69.6/qh17.4835
250W – 1200W5213/h 26/hh 52/qh13676

Common E-Bike Battery Sizes by Watts

Battery sizes that are organized by their watt-hours will vary based on what type of e-bike you own.

There are three main categories of e-bikes, each with a different lithium-ion battery size:

  1. Commuter e-bikes
  2. Performance e-bikes
  3. Utility e-bikes

Each category has its own sub-types that all have different watt-hours according to their needs.

Commuter e-bikes

Commuter e-bikes are exactly what they sound like. They’re the bikes made for taking you across town to work or school, and then back home. These include:

Commuter e-bikes usually come with 480, 500, or 672 watt-hours (Wh) batteries. They don’t need as much power (watts (W)) as the e-bikes that are meant for rougher terrain in the hilly countryside. They also aren’t normally used to travel far, so they don’t typically have as many watt-hours. 

Performance e-bikes

Camoflauge-styled e-bike with wide tires from Rambo
Rambo Krusader Extreme Performance Ebike with 48V 14Ah large battery.

Generally, performance e-bikes are made for people who train for marathons or ride mountain trails. These e-bikes include:

These are meant to go farther and their owners want power and speed. The typical battery sizes of this category depend on which subtype of e-bike you choose. For instance, electric mountain bikes may have 250, 418, or 500Wh batteries while road e-bikes have either 252, 320, or 500Wh batteries.

Utility ebikes

Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Blue
The Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Cargo E-Bike with 48V 15ah battery

Electric utility bikes are the sort you would use for off-roading, carrying small loads, or for multi-purpose use. These types of e-bikes include:

Folding e-bikes come with either 180, 250, or 500Wh batteries, hunting e-bikes come with 672, 720, or 840Wh batteries, and cargo e-bikes could have 374, 400, 500, or 624Wh batteries.

How is an E-Bike Battery’s Power Affected by Watts?

To answer this question, we need to know what affects the power in a battery and how watts are related to power. How much usable energy you get out of your e-bike’s battery and motor comes from several key factors:

  • Amps (A)
  • Volts (V)
  • Amp-hours (Ah)
  • Watt-hours (Wh)

Amps

Amps (A) just measure your electrical current. Basically, it tells you how many electrons are flowing through the current. The more amps in an ebike battery, the greater the electron flow. It’s like water in that the bigger the hose diameter you have, the more water you’ll have come out. 

In general, it’s the battery management system that determines the amount of current that can safely go in and out of the battery pack.

Volts

Volts (V) measure your battery’s power, but they are not the power itself. A battery’s voltage is the amount of force “pushing” the electron current through the circuit of battery cells. A higher voltage means your electric bike battery has more power and will last longer before you have to replace it.

Amp Hours

Amp-hours (Ah) tell you how long your electric bike will be able to put out its marketed volts at its available amp options. When you want more power from your pedal assist, you’ll be increasing the amps, like when you use a sink faucet. 

So, if you had a 48v battery with 10Ah, it will give 48V at 10Amps for an hour, 48V at 20A for 30 minutes, or 48V at 40A for 15 minutes. So the more amp hours you have, the better battery range and longer battery life you’ll get.

Watts

Watts (W) are basically your bike’s horsepower. A watt-hour (Wh) is a unit of power equal to your volts times your amps (Wh= V x A). Battery cells that have 48V and 10.4Ah would produce 48V x 10.4Ah for a maximum of 500 Watt-hours (Wh).

Battery volts multiplied by Amp-hours results in Watt-hours
Easily calculate Watt-hours by multiplying Volts by Amp-hours

The wattage that your e-bike battery discharges will indicate how powerful your battery is. Since a watt is a unit of power, the more watts your battery produces, the more powerful the battery is. For example, if you see an electric bike battery marketed as a 250W battery, this lets you know how many watts the battery is fully capable of producing.

Sometimes the typical e-bike battery size is described in watts instead of watt-hours or dimensions. The range of electric bicycle batteries in watts is between 250W and 750W (just like electric motors), but it’s not unusual to see higher or lower wattage.

Are Ebike Batteries More Powerful the More Watt-Hours They Have?

Watt-hours are a way to measure how many watts of power are consumed in an hour. A watt-hour (Wh) is a unit of measurement for energy that measures power expended over time. 1 Wh would equal 1 watt (W) of energy being consumed on average over the course of an hour. 

For instance, a small battery that uses 100 watts of power in four hours would have used 400Wh of energy.

In the e-bike world, it measures battery capacity and range. The more watt-hours your battery is capable of, the farther out you can ride. Thus, larger capacity batteries can take you 80 miles whereas a smaller battery might only take you 20 or 30 miles on one charge. The average range of watt-hours that e-bike batteries come in is 250Wh – 750Wh, but this range is expanding. 

Today, it’s not difficult to get your hands on an e-bike battery that has a little more than a kilowatt-hour of power (1000Whs). Many electric bicycle brands, like Juiced Bikes and QuietKat are offering 1000W electric bikes with up to 52 Volt, 19.2Ah lithium-ion batteries, and higher.

If a seller doesn’t state how many watt-hours their battery is capable of you can calculate it yourself. This isn’t really unusual, because if a manufacturer made one that has low voltage, they may try to market it as a “high amp-hour pack.” Watt-hours are calculated by multiplying the volts of a battery with its amp hours: Wh = (Ah x V).

Which E-Bike Battery Should I Get?

The general rule of thumb with e-bike battery replacement is that the battery size (typically lithium-ion) it comes with is the same one you should replace it with. The reason for this is that trying to attach a new one that has too much voltage to your existing motor could overload the circuits and damage the battery severely

You should get a battery that has the same watt-hours as what was originally put on the electric bike by the manufacturer. A battery of a different size can damage your motor and battery, leaving you without a bike to ride.

But what if you wanted to increase your e-bike’s range? Is it possible? There may be battery upgrades from the same e-bike manufacturer you purchased from that will fit your e-bike’s motor. They won’t be able to add much more power because the motor can only handle so many volts. 

Read this article before adding a second battery to your e-bike!

Watch this video to see how you can get more range out of your e-bike, even if it has a small battery.

If you’re reading this, and you haven’t bought an e-bike yet, you can avoid this frustration by figuring out how much power you need to begin with. To do that you first need to figure out how many watt hours you need. Are you someone who just needs to be able to make it to work and back each day or do you want to blast your way through 150 miles on an epic ride? 

At the first pedal assist option, you’ll probably be using about 15Wh/mile. If your commute is 5 miles one-way, that’s 10 miles both ways and 150Wh per work day. On the other hand, if you use the full throttle because you’re running late, that will be more like 40Wh/mile, or even 50 if there are hills to and from. That would equate to 250Wh one way, plus 75Wh one the way home (presumably you’re not racing back after a long day).

So, for the commuter example, you might want to find a battery that gives you at minimum, the Wh that allow you to book it to and from your destination whenever you’re running late without worrying about losing all your juice. 

As for longer bike rides, the average watt-hours you use per mile is 20Wh. If you intend to ride 50 miles, how far does your current battery get you? A 36v battery with 10Ah equals 360Wh. 360Wh / 20Wh/mile = 18 miles of range. At full throttle, a 1000Wh battery would get you 50 miles.

Conclusion

We hope this article made it easier to understand the power you need out of your e-bike battery and the power you’ll get in relation to the typical e-bike battery sizes, whether you just wanted to know the common dimensions or the power of available batteries. Happy riding out there!

Learn more about e-bike battery safety and charging:

Why Is My Electric Bike Not Working? (Problems & Solutions)

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Male looking over e-bike battery

So you were ready to go on a ride with your e-bike. But as you tried to get going, the electric bike didn’t work.  Or worse, you were out on a bike path or commuting to work when the motor quit! What can you do to get your e-bike working again quickly?

The most likely reason your electric bike is not working is loose or cut-off wiring connections. However, there can also be other reasons like problems with the battery, brakes, speed sensors, motor, controller, display, or even water damage.

If you are in a hurry (which you likely are), here’s a quick chart that will show you how to troubleshoot common electric bike problems:

What To Check:Signs of TroubleProblem:Solution:
Check if power is coming to your e-bike or not.Check the battery voltage: See if you can turn it on or off. Is it fully charged? Does it give uneven battery voltage when checked with a voltmeter? The most probable cause of the issue is the battery.Test the battery by recharging it; if it has gone bad, you may have to replace it with a new one.
If the battery is okay, don’t forget to check the connecting parts and the battery prongs.Do the pins look broken, corroded, or damaged?Then the problem is the connector pins.You have to replace the damaged connector pin with a new one.
Check if the wiring connectors are loose or misplaced in the e-bike.Do the wires look pinched, broken, or loose?Then the wiring connection is the root cause.Try plugging and fitting them tightly if you find any loose connection. And replace the broken or damaged wires.
Check if the magnets on the brakes are aligned properly.Do the magnets of the brakes look shifted?If so, the shifted brake magnets could be the problem.Screw back on the magnets of your e-bike’s brake in their respective position.
Ensure the magnet in the rear part of your e-bike is in its correct position.Is there a missing magnet, or has the magnet been dislodged from its perfect position when the rear wheel turns?The root cause is with those magnets.Ensure the magnet sensors are clean and they are in their correct position. If one is missing, install a new one.
Look if the e-bike is damaged by water or not.Do you notice signs of water in any parts?Then water damage can be the main cause of the issue.Try drying out your e-bike completely and re-start the system.
Check if the motor is damaged.Do the motor parts look dark and give off a strange smell?Then, most likely, the motor is burnt out.You will have to replace the motor with a new one.
Check if the display is damaged.Does the display look burnt, or does it give any error codes?If so, the problem may be with the display.If the display is burnt out, replace it. And if you are getting error codes, search online or in your manual about what to do.
Check if the controller is damaged.Is the controller burnt out?Then, the root cause is the controller.You’ll have to replace the controller with a new one.
Check the throttle connector.Does your twist throttle feel loose when you push it to full throttle?If so, the throttle may be broken.Replace it with a new throttle.
Check the pedal assist system and PAS sensorIs your electric bicycle pulsating?Pedal assist magnets have been dislodgedScrew in the pedal assist disc magnet

Is your electric bike not working? Read the rest of this electric bike troubleshooting guide to learn what can go wrong with your e-bike and how you can fix it in more detail! Discover each problem and its solution in detail below.

Male looking over e-bike battery
Why is My Electric Bike Not Working: Problems with Solutions

1. Problems With the Battery Pack

The very first thing you should suspect if your e-bike isn’t working is the battery pack, as it’s one of the most common problems.

If the battery pack loses power, ask yourself if you charged it completely last night? Was your battery charger plugged in? Even if you think so, you could be wrong. Thankfully, this is an easy fix.

Maybe you connected your bike with the battery charger port, but later the connection was disrupted (maybe your cat pulled it out) and the battery didn’t charge fully. So, first, ensure that your battery pack has been charged after your last ride (most batteries take 4-6 hours for a complete charge).

If the battery power is easily drained or the battery pack isn’t fully charging, there could be some internal damage to the battery management system. Otherwise, the charger is defective. 

Check out how long an e-bike can go in one charge to set the right expectations for yourself.

Solutions:

Check the battery to see if it turns on and off. If there is no problem with the power switch, then check the battery output voltage. For this, you may need a voltmeter or multi-meter. You can check out some of the best voltmeters on Amazon.

But first, find out whether your LCD or LED display is lighting up. If so, you might have a blown fuse or circuit breaker.

If your battery pack is permanently damaged, you’ll need to buy a new one. Beforehand, understand, that e-bike kits are rated for a specific battery voltage. So you need to check whether a new battery can deliver the correct voltage level for your e-bike without causing overheating or other additional problems.

For instance, a 36V electric bicycle would need a battery that can offer the same level of power. Basically, you must know what battery is interchangeable with the dead battery.

If you check the power switch and battery pack and everything looks good, then the problem is not with your battery. Keep reading to apply other troubleshooting tips.

E-Bike Battery Charger
Make sure your battery charger port is fully plugged into both the electrical outlet and your battery pack.

2. Problems With the Battery Connectors

Another common issue is this: even if your battery seems good, that doesn’t mean it is making a good connection to its cradle. 

If the pins that act as connectors are burnt, corroded, or damaged, they may not provide the right connection.

Solution:

Take the battery pack off and carefully inspect the pins at the battery-mounting cradle. Do they look bent or broken? If they do, then you may need to replace them. 

Also, check the connectors of your battery pack. Often with regular and frequent usage, the connecting pins can get damaged. Check if they look broken or burnt. 

If they look burnt or damaged, you must replace the connector with a new one.

Find Out More About Repairing And Rebuilding Electric Bike Batteries

3. Common Problems With Wiring Connections

Wirings connect all the electrical components in your e-bikes. So whenever there are frayed or severely worn cables or loose wiring, you will have trouble running your electric bike. 

Solution:

Start inspecting the wirings and connections that go from the head unit (near your handle) to your motor. See if each wiring is in its proper position or not. 

If some connections seem loose, feel free to inspect more and try to tighten them in their correct place. 

Also, check if the wires aren’t obstructing the operation of any parts. For example, the wires or cables may tangle each other, causing a loose connection. So try to spot any such issues and fix the connection error as much as possible.

If you have a plastic cover, feel free to remove it to inspect frayed or worn cables. If everything looks good, put the cover back in its place and move on to the rear part of your bike. 

Start inspecting the wiring connections, tracking them from start to end. And fix any error that catches your attention. Usually, in most e-bikes, a wire runs from the back of the motor area to the rear wheel region. So ensure to check that as well. 

Sometimes, it can get pinched somewhere in the linkage or tangled anywhere and cause operation difficulty in other parts. So try to inspect and fix if there’s an issue.

For a loose connection, try unplugging, replugging, and tightening. However, you may have to replace badly damaged, broken wires with new ones.

Shows the wire ouputs for an e-bike controller
There are a lot of wires that need to be kept properly connected.

4. Problems With the Brakes

Perhaps the most common cause of an electric bike not working is the magnets of the brake getting misaligned. Do you have a hydraulic disc brake system? Then it is likely that the magnet fell off from its place or just got misaligned. 

The brake cable may also be loose. This might have occurred if your electric bicycle fell and damaged the brake levers. If the brake levers are jammed back, this may also inhibit the motor (see problems with the motor below).

Another ongoing problem is with worn-out brake pads or shoes.

Solution:

First, find out if the brake cable or magnets are out of place. Try to screw the dislodged magnets into their correct position on the brakes and see if that fixes the problem.

If this doesn’t work, check the brake lever and brake cable tension. First, the brake cable adjuster should be tightened on the brake lever. Then loosen each brake cable stopper before pulling the brake cable tight. Then re-tighten the brake cable stopper.

However, if you have worn-out brake shoes and aren’t getting good stopping power, it’s probably time to replace the brake pads with the brakes. You can adjust the brake cable tension at the same time to keep the braking system in good condition.

Read our Step By Step Electric Bike Maintenance Guide here!

5. Problems With the Speed Sensor

Usually, in e-bikes, you can find a small magnet that can be found in the rear wheel. You can most likely find it at the rotor itself or somewhere on the spokes. Now, this speed controller sensor is an important part of your electric bike system. 

If the electric bike cannot sense that magnet while the back-wheel rotation occurs, it won’t work or will only work for a very short time before cutting out. 

One of the best things you can do is check that the small magnets are in their right place and tight enough. 

If the magnet is loose, it can fall off. And it won’t be a good experience to ride your electric bike without a motor, especially if you are riding steep hills and far from home.

Note: This speed sensor is not the same as the cadence or torque sensor, which is typically mounted on the crank arm or shoe, as opposed to the wheel hub.

Solution:

Check if the magnet sensors are in their place. If not, you will have to put them back correctly. 

And if you can already see one in its place, ensure that the magnet is nice and clean. If you have a spoke-mounted style magnet, check (when the wheel is turning) that the magnet stays within the range of the pickup system of your electric bicycle. 

Also, ensure that the magnet doesn’t slide down/up from its position (specifically, if you have a spoke-mounted version). The magnet should remain in its designated place while the wheels rotate. 

Watch the following YouTube video to get better assistance in troubleshooting this issue:

6. Water Splashed And Damaged The Parts

Generally, e-bikes are considered more water-resistant than waterproof. And the battery is the most likely part that can get damaged by water.

Maybe you just pressure washed your bike (don’t ever do this… instead, read here on how to clean your electric bike)? Or it is also likely that you took a ride through a deep puddle. So if you notice water anywhere on your electric bike motor or battery system, the problem could be the water not letting the e-bike work correctly.

Solution:

Your best bet would be to dry out your electric bicycle and all of the electrical parts

  • First, you can remove all the cables and display parts. 
  • Then, take a dry cloth or tissue and clean the wet parts. 
  • You can also use something like a hair dryer, especially at the battery connections or at the controller contact regions. However, ensure that you have removed your battery from the bike frame and don’t overheat parts.

In general, you can do the cleaning for an hour or so. And after that, reboot the system and see if everything is working normally.

How to clean your e-bike without a pressure wash.
Dry off your electric bike with a soft cloth.

7. Problems With the Display

There can be system errors in the display, which could show some error code. Or it can be that the display has gone bad.

Solution:

If you feel your display has gone bad, try replacing it and see if that fixes the problem. At first (for just checking), you can borrow someone’s bike display and try to connect with yours and see if it works. 

If you are getting any error code, it generally means that the bike has detected some problem with the operating system. It can be related to the battery, battery charger, rear-wheel magnet, or a number of other things. 

So your best bet would be to refer to your particular e-bike’s manual or google the error code to learn what to do.

Electric Bike Controller with LCD Display
A digital controller display can be replaced if damaged.

8. Problems With the Motor & Controller

If all the above-stated troubleshooting methods fail, the problem could be with the rear hub motor connection or a controller issue. 

The rear hub motor may have trouble working if the motor inhibitor switch is stuck in the “on” position. This may have happened if, as discussed above, your handlebar brakes were damaged in a fall. If this is the case, the motor is being kept from working because the handlebar brakes are in the wrong position.

Otherwise, the motor or controller could be damaged or have just gone bad with usage over time.

Solution:

If your controller looks burnt or damaged, you have no choice but to replace it with a new one. Refer to this guide to learn how long e-bike controllers last. Unfortunately, there is typically no quick fix.

You can also take apart the motor and see what’s causing the issue. A common problem is with the motor hall sensor. Do you notice any odd smell or do the motor parts look dark? You may also have a burned-out motor. 

And in that case, you will also have to replace the motor with a new one. Check out this guide to know how long e-bike motors last.

9. Throttle Problems

With a twist throttle, most people have a tendency to use full throttle quickly for sudden speed and then let it go just as quickly. This can damage the throttle, possibly breaking it permanently.

Solution:

When going full throttle, release it slowly rather than letting it snap back into place. This is a simple way of solving a problem before it’s happened. However, if it does stop working, you’ll probably just need to replace it.

10. Pedal Assist System Issues

If you discover that your bike seems to be moving unevenly or jerking, rather than keeping a consistent movement forward, your pedal assist is likely damaged. As pedal assist is the most important feature of an electric bike, you’ll want to get this fixed as soon as possible.

Solution:

You can make some simple mechanical adjustments to the sensors and/or magnets, which are likely out of alignment. You may even be able to just use your hands to push the magnets on the bottom bracket closer to the cadence or torque sensor. If that doesn’t work, a flathead screwdriver should do the trick.

Always make sure you have simple tools with you while you ride. Take a look on Amazon for an all-in-one bike tool kit. Always add a few zip ties to your kit. This will help you keep all of your cable connections tight and in place. Otherwise, you will have a new problem when you need to replace frayed connectors.

Final Thoughts

In short, the battery, battery charger, connections and wirings, brakes, speed sensors, motor, controller, display, and water damage are some likely reasons for an electric bike not working properly.

Ruling out rare cases, you may be able to fix these electric bike problems on your own. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll have to replace a part if repair is not possible. If you’re not sure how to make the fix, contact a bike mechanic or local bike shop for help.

You should also note that, if you attempt to fix anything incorrectly, your manufacturer warranty claim may be voided! The best way to keep your electric bike in good working condition is to search for valuable information from your bike’s brand before making any adjustments.

But hopefully, after reading this guide, you will be able to pinpoint the problem and its solution so that you can keep on riding without the expense and time it takes to get help. Happy e-biking!

More Recommended E-Bike Resources For You:

16 Best Entry Level Hybrid E-Bikes 2022 (from Top-Selling Brands)

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Hybrid Electric bikes on the sandy beach.
16 Best Entry Level Hybrid E-Bikes

The number of electric bike brands is rapidly expanding, as is the number of e-bike models. No longer is there just an electric road bike or a mountain bike. Rather, there are e-bikes that are purposefully designed with the best features of cruisers, commuter bikes, off-road bikes, folding bikes, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, and so on. These hybrid e-bikes will allow you to get the most out of your e-biking experience.

The best hybrid electric bikes typically blend the most desired characteristics of a more upright riding position, wide tires, and a comfortable frame and saddle. They may also fold, carry cargo, or feature a step-through frame. The average price for an entry-level hybrid e-bike is around $1500.

But you might wonder if you can get a great electric hybrid bike for an affordable price from top-selling brands?

Below, I’ve put together a list of 16 of the best high-quality, entry-level hybrid e-bikes from dozens of models. They’re all priced at under $2000 from well-known brands and have above-average (and most often excellent) reviews.

Take a look at the chart to find the hybrid models listed from least expensive to most expensive. I’ve posted the list price but you may find special offers when you take a closer look.

After you’ve browsed the list, continue reading to discover what makes each electric hybrid the best!

ModelMotor PowerRange (Miles)Weight (lbs)Best FeatureList
Price
Lectric XP Lite300WUp to 40 miles46 lbsCompact & lightweight; overall value for the price$899
Nakto City Cargo Pony250WUp to 22+64 lbsEntry-level electric city bike$999
Lectric XP500W45+64 lbsAmazing power for the price$1099
Buzz Bikes Centris500WUp to 4067 lbsFolding e-bike with front suspension$1199
Ecotric Rocket Fat Tire500WUp to 34 miles63.5 lbsAdjustable suspension fork$1199
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner2750WUp to 45+ 65 lbsUtility hybrid with options$1499
Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser750W30-50 mile range65 lbsComfort + passenger as cargo$1595
Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5750WUp to 45+62.5 lbsFolding step-thru fits riders 4’10”- 5’10”$1599
Juiced Bikes RipRacer750WUp to 55+66 lbsChoose from 2 models: Class 3 (28mph) or Class 2 (20mph)$1699
($1499)
KBO Ranger750W60+77 lbs400lbs Weight Capacity$1699
Cyrusher XF650750W50 61 lbsEntry-level hybrid mountain bike$1799
Aventon Sinch500W40 miles average68 lbsFolding step-through with 4.0″ fat tires!$1799
Addmotor Motan M-50750W65+ 69 lbsSpring suspension fork$1899
Juiced Bikes RipCurrent500W45+70 lbsCadence and Torque pedal assist; 52-volt battery$1999
Rambo “The Cruiser”500W3559 lbsMid-drive motor and high torque$1999
Aventon Aventure750W45-mile average73 lbsTop speed of 28mph!$1999

Below, discover the important details about each hybrid e-bike and what makes it a worthwhile entry-level e-bike. You’ll find an incredible mix of features and specifications, such as electric folding bikes with fat tires, step-through cargo e-bikes, and off-road e-bikes that are just as much fun on the pavement. Check them out!

Hybrid Electric bikes on the sandy beach.
16 Best Entry Level Hybrid E-Bikes

1. Lectric XP Lite

The Lectric XP Lite model is brand new in 2022 and makes the top pick for the best budget hybrid e-bike, given its substantial value for the price. Whether or not this will be your first electric bike, or you just want a solid bike for your money, the XP Lite is really just a “lighter” version of the popular Lectric XP 2.0.

Notable Features:

  • Powerful 48V battery
  • 275 lbs load capacity
  • Folds up small with 2.4″ tires
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery range

Besides having features that really give this best-priced hybrid bike a leg up, the XP Lite also has everything else you need. It comes with a 300W (720W peak) rear hub motor, mechanical disc brakes, 5 levels of pedal assist, and a twist throttle. The narrow tires make it easy to maneuver lighter and super compact when folded up.

All of these features make this a great e-bike for a commuter or anyone who wants to throw it in the back of the car and go! Plus, choose from 4 colors.

Take a look at the XP Lite on the Lectric website.

Lectric XP Lite Blue
Lectric XP Lite Blue

2. Nakto City Cargo Pony

The Nakto Pony is a super affordable single-speed city/cargo e-bike, making it one of the least expensive hybrids. With 3 pedal assist levels, traveling at a speed of up to 18mph, you’ll get where you need to go and have fun doing it.

Notable Features:

  • 20″ x 1.75″ wheels
  • Step-thru model
  • Integrated rack
  • Padded saddle
  • Hi-Rise handlebar

Even though this is a discount e-bike, the low-step frame and comfortable upright riding position make it one of the hybrid e-bikes to consider. With throttle and integrated rear rack, it offers value for the price and makes for a good first e-bike.

You’ll find this low-cost hybrid at BikeBerry...check for discounts.

Bright orange Nakto City Pony
Affordable Nakto City Pony

3. Lectric XP 2.0

The popular Lectric XP has thousands of excellent reviews among its regular and step-thru models… and it truly is one of the best hybrid e-bikes, even though the price is entry-level. There’s no doubt that the affordable price is the first to catch your eye. But, when you look further, you’ll find that the price you pay is an incredible value for the powerful, long-range e-bike you get.

Notable Features:

  • Lectric’s flagship, award-winning e-bike
  • Folding
  • 48V 9Ah battery with 45+ mile range
  • High load capacity of 330 lbs
  • Fenders, integrated headlight and taillight, and a rear rack

With 5 variable pedal assist levels, throttle, fat tires, and front fork suspension, the XP can conquer all terrains. And the fact that it’s a folding bike means that you’ll be able to get it to the trailhead or local path easily.

The only real issue is that the XP 2.0 weighs 18 lbs more than the Lite version detailed above. But this isn’t surprising given the 500W brushless geared hub motor with an 850W peak, higher payload weight limit of 330 lbs, powerful battery, and the wider 3″ fat tires. Bigger batteries, tires, and motors simply weigh more.

You also have the option to add an entire cargo package that includes a small and large basket as well as a front rack for $149+.

Check out the Lectric XP 2.0!

Lectric Bikes XP Fat Bike
Lectric Bikes XP Fat Bike with 20″ tires.

4. Buzz Bikes Centris

Even with its low price, the Centris from Buzz Bikes offers benefits that other hybrid fat bikes don’t, making it the best hybrid e-bike for the value.

Notable Features:

  • Front fork suspension
  • Folding bike
  • Front and rear rack included
  • 2 year warranty
  • 5 pedal assist levels

The Centris also has all of the features you need to have a great ride whether it’s for your daily commute, picking up supplies at the store, or just for recreation. It has a 500W hub motor, 20″ x 4″ tires, a 48-volt battery, 6 speeds, and mechanical disc brakes.

Plus, it folds! So you can take it with you n the rear of your car, bus, or train.

Take a look at the Centris on Buzz Bikes website!

Black Buzz Bikes Centris
Hybrid from Buzz Bikes-Centris

5. Ecotric Rocket Fat Tire

The Ecotric Rocket has one thing an e-bike of this price range doesn’t often have…. a front suspension. This gives it the ability to traverse sand and snow comfortably, at a max speed of 23mph (20mph motor-assisted).

Notable Features:

  • 36V 12.5Ah lithium battery
  • 7-speed gears
  • Front suspension
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • 26 x 4″ fat tires

If you want an affordable electric bike that can get through a variety of weather conditions, the Ecotric Rocket may be the one for you. There’s no doubt that the suspension and fat tires are a trade-off for battery capacity, however. This isn’t a problem if getting an entry-level hybrid e-bike that traverses tough terrain (at a price this low) is a good trade-off for range.

You can still enjoy a throttle and enough power to have a great time riding!

Take a closer look at the Ecotric Rocket at BikeBerry.

Ecotric Rocket Fat Tire with blue lined rims
Ecotric Rocket Fat Tire with full-sized tires

6. Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 2

The second-generation RadRunner 2 is a solid entry-level hybrid thanks to its price and general popularity. Not only is it a capable electric commuter bike, but it’s a comfortable bike for both urban riding and gravel riding… and it lets you add a passenger right onto the back seat.

Notable Features:

  • Weight limit of 300lbs
  • Thick saddle
  • 672 Wh battery
  • 4-level pedal assist + twist throttle
  • LED headlight and integrated taillight

The RadRunner has plenty of power, range, and payload capacity to make this one of the best electric hybrid bikes for pretty much any riding style or utility need. Yet, it’s still affordable.

Plus, there are lots of accessories you can add to make this moped-style hybrid e-bike perfect for you. Or if you want to kick it up a notch, you can spend $400 more and go straight for the fully loaded RadRunner Plus.

Get the popular RadRunner from Rad Power Bikes

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 2 in dark green
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 2

7. Ride1UP Cafe Cruiser

As one of the newest Ride1Up models, the Cafe Cruiser stands out in its line-up as the true comfort cruiser with its plush padded seat, upright position, and 26″ x 3″ tires with advanced traction. The list of notable features below justifies why this is a great electric hybrid, and possibly the best electric hybrid when it comes to versatility.

Notable Features:

  • 28mph top speed
  • 60Nm torque
  • “Comfort” frame geometry
  • 8-speed shifters
  • Includes 130lbs rated cargo rack
  • Integrated battery

So, it goes beyond an individual bike cruiser with its 300lb weight limit and rear rack that can hold a child bike seat and passenger up to 130lbs of combined weight. Plus, it’s a hybrid electric bike that has enough power and range to take you up to 50 miles in comfort, on bike paths or light trails.

You can choose a step-through or step-over frame in one of three colors. And it helps that it sits right at the average price for an entry-level hybrid e-bike (you can add the passenger kit for an additional charge).

Check out Ride1Up’s Cafe Cruiser!

Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Blue
The Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser Cargo E-Bike has lots of extra comfort features

8. Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5

Weighing less than its predecessor, the RadMini, it still has the power and range, payload capacity, easy portability, and affordability. Plus, they’ve added a few new features and benefits.

Notable Features:

  • 750W hub motor
  • 48V 14Ah lithium battery
  • Step-thru frame
  • 4.0″ fat tire e-bike
  • Integrated taillight

The RadExpand enters the territory of hybrid e-bikes thanks to the ability to fold up its step-thru frame, all while boasting 20″ x 4.0″ tires that can travel over variable terrain. It also has full upright seating and a twist grip throttle to power up those steep hills, if the 750W motor and pedal assist doesn’t take care of it on their own.

Plus, Rad Power Bikes makes it easy to customize your bike (for an additional charge) for greater comfort, adventure, or daily commutes.

Learn more about the RadExpand at the Rad Power Bikes website!

Black RadExpand from Rad Power Bikes
RadExpand E-Step-Thru folding e-bike!

9. Juiced Bikes RipRacer

The RipRacer is labeled “fun-sized”, not because it’s an e-bike for kids, but because the 20″ x 4″ knobby fat tires offer a smooth ride over variable terrain and the bike itself has quite a bit of power for a single-speed electric hybrid bike. However, it does accommodate riders at a height of only 5′.

Notable Features:

  • 52V 15.6Ah lithium-ion battery with water-proofing
  • Pedal assist speeds up to 28mph (Class 3 model)
  • 80Nm max torque
  • Advanced LCD Matrix Display
  • Integrated AirTag/SmartTag for security

Reading the above list of features, you’re sure to notice that the RipRacer is full of power and technology. But it also has plenty of great features such as hydraulic disc brakes, integrated lights, a half-length twist throttle, a custom-designed seat with a handle, and a bike bell.

See the RipRacer on the Juiced Bikes website.

Dark green Rip Racer from Juiced Bikes
Rip Racer from Juiced Bikes

10. KBO Ranger Cargo Bike

Without a doubt, the KBO Ranger lives by its name. With a range of over 60 miles, this hybrid cargo e-bike with an upright position can carry up to 400 lbs of rider /cargo combined while sustaining a motor power of 750W. Even with a full load, you’ll be climbing hills in no time.

Notable Features:

  • 840Wh (Watt-hour) lithium-ion battery
  • High Range of 60+ miles
  • Center kickstand with 2 sides
  • Comes with full fenders, a large rear rack, and running boards
  • LCD Backlit display

There’s no doubt that, for the price, you get a lot of value. Just the powerful battery alone goes above and beyond what other e-bike brands might offer. The 20″ tires have a 3″ width to make the ride comfortable and stable, especially with extra cargo.

Like most others in its price category, the Ranger has 7 speeds, 5 levels of pedal assist, throttle, mechanical disc brakes, and integrated lights. The only evident downside is the 77lb weight.

Check out the KBO Ranger on their website.

KBO Ranger
KBO Ranger Hybrid Bike

11. Cyrusher XF650

Besides its cool name, the Cryrusher XF650 shows off with bright-colored rims and bike designs. But it’s not just fun to look at, it has some decent power with a 1000W peak motor (750W sustained) and 80 Nm of torque.

Notable Features:

  • Front suspension with 80mm travel
  • Weight limit of 330lbs
  • “Mountain” fat tires
  • 21-speed
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • On/off button on twist throttle

Five motor assist speed settings keep you at your desired top speed, while the battery range gives you up to 50 miles and approximately 800 full charges. Further, the front fork suspension will get you over rough terrain with style and comfort.

The fully customizable LCD display is easy to read at 3.7″ tall. Rider height is 5’3″-6’3″.

See the Cyrusher XF650 on their website.

Black Cyrusher XF650
Cyrusher XF650

12. Aventon Sinch

Surprisingly fast and capable, the Aventon Sinch folding e-bike has a peak motor capacity of 750W (500W sustained) and has a weight limit of up to 300lbs. It’s capable, comfortable, and portable, so it can fit in your RV, trunk of your car, or in a small space at home, school, or work (and you won’t need a car bike rack).

Notable Features:

  • Lockable front suspension
  • 20″ x 4″ fat tires
  • Backlit LCD controller display
  • Foldable with quick-release clamps

Additionally, this foldable hybrid has 7 speeds, 5 levels of pedal assistance, on-demand throttle (no pedal assist required), mechanical disc brakes, and suspension forks. So, this e-bike goes way above your typical compact e-bike. You can ride up to 20mph with motor power and 40 miles on average, give or take depending on electricity usage, rider and cargo weight, and road conditions.

And it’s certainly sleek-looking with an integrated battery and two-tone color options.

Take a closer look at the Aventon Sinch.

Black folding e-bike from Aventon
Check out the Sinch folding bike!

13. Addmotor Motan M-50 Fat Tire

The M-50 is a powerful, long-range fat tire e-bike. It sits low to the ground and is easy to get on and off thanks to the low step. It’s a true hybrid e-bike, offering comfort cruiser features with 4.0″ wide tires!

Notable Features:

  • Spring suspension fork with 80mm Travel
  • Cruiser style handlebars that adjust for comfort
  • Wide, comfortable saddle
  • Integrated headlight and taillight
  • Sold with a rear rack and full fenders

A 750W brushless hub motor, combined with a 48V 16Ah battery, twist throttle, 5 levels of pedal assist, and 7-speed derailleur give this electric bike the power to go just about anywhere. With 280lbs of load capacity, you can add overnight bike camping gear to take with you while touring, or picnic supplies for a day in the park.

Get the Addmotor M-50 here!

Sky blue AddMotor M-50
AddMotor M-50

14. Juiced Bikes RipCurrent

Some of the most powerful electric bicycles come from the Juiced Bikes brand. So, it’s surprising to find an entry-level hybrid bike as the RipCurrent offered for only $1999. Given the 52V, 15 Ah battery, 750W motor, and 9-speed transmission alone, you’ve just discovered one of the best all-terrain fat tire e-bikes that’ll let you sit comfortably upright on your adventures.

Notable Features:

  • 9-speed transmission
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Torque sensor
  • 52V battery
  • Coil suspension fork

This kind of power comes with a 750W rear hub, thumb throttle, and 28mph max speed. Not only will it take you up steep hills and over uneven terrain, but it can also take you farther than 45 miles, depending on your riding style, weather, and terrain. Thankfully, the hydraulic disc brakes can stop this perfect hybrid bike fast and efficiently.

The RipCurrent comes in 3 frame sizes starting with Medium. Sadly, it’s not really an e-bike for a smaller person under 5’4″.

Find the Juiced Bikes RipCurrent right here.

Juiced Bikes Ripcurrent S Step-Through
Juiced’s RipCurrent S even comes in a step-through model!

15. Rambo Bikes The Cruiser

Rambo Bikes are built to be tough. And their entry-level hybrid bike “The Cruiser” has everything you need to go off-road.

Notable Features:

  • Mid-Drive motor (from the Truckrun brand)
  • 145nm maximum torque
  • 300 lb weight capacity
  • 26″ x 4.0″ tires
  • 59 lb weight is on the low side for this type of e-bike

With a 500W motor (750W peak), high torque, 7-speed rear cassette, and thumb throttle, you can get over variable terrain for up to 35 miles. Rambo brags that, similar to a Tesla motor, the mid-drive motor has a “high-speed reduction ratio”, which isn’t typical on most e-bikes. Plus, you’ll get good traction with the Kenda double-wall fat tires and keep track of your distance, battery level, and speed with the LCD display.

The Cruiser also has a line-up of optional accessories including a front suspension fork, fenders, and a rear rack. Unfortunately, these are an added expense you’ll probably want and need for off-road sporting adventures, thus making the Rambo Cruiser tip the under $2000 scale.

See the Cruiser at Rambo Bikes.

Silver Cruiser Hybrid electric bike
Rambo Cruiser Hybrid E-Bike

16. Aventon Aventure

The Aventure is the well-built, fast, and powerful 8-speed, fat tire e-bike from the popular Aventon brand. As their only full-size fat tire model, it’s a hybrid e-bike that gives you a powerful 750W (1130W peak) motor plus a 28 mph top speed, front suspension fork, and a comfortable upright seating position.

Notable Features

  • 26″ x 4.0″ fat tires
  • High capacity battery
  • Max weight capacity of 400 lbs
  • Fenders and integrated front and rear lights included
  • Offered in a step-through model as well

In addition, with a 48V, 15Ah (720 watt-hours) lithium-ion battery, 5 pedal assist levels, 45-mile average range, and a throttle that gets you going from a completely stopped position, you can ride fast and far whether you’re on rough terrain or city streets.

There’s also a backlit LCD display and the ability to synchronize with the Aventon app on this cool Class 2 (adjustable to Class 3) electric bike. And you can choose from three frame sizes, so the Aventon Aventure fits almost anyone.

A small disadvantage of this hub motor hybrid bike is the 73 lb weight; however, you shouldn’t really expect any less with this rugged bike that sells for under $2000!

Take a closer look at the Aventure on their website.

Red Aventon Aventure Step-Through
Aventure step-through hybrid fat tire bike

Summary

You’ve just reviewed 16 of the best entry-level hybrid e-bikes. I’m sure you’ve discovered that they are affordable, give a comfortable ride, and have the features you’d expect to find in entry-level bikes. However, there is still quite a bit of difference between these hybrid bikes.

For instance, some have hydraulic brakes and some disc brakes. A special feature on another might be a lightweight aluminum frame geared toward city riding while one in the same price range might include puncture-resistant tires with front and rear fenders to ride on local bike paths.

This list is not exhaustive as there are dozens of different models to choose from. However, with affordable pricing and excellent reviews, these models are a great place to start your search for the best electric hybrid bike. And I just have to mention, these are great hybrid bikes for experienced riders too!

Jetson Bolt Electric Bike Review (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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Black Jetson Bolt e-bike with 14
Jetson Bolt Electric Bike Review

Looking for an inexpensive electric bike that’ll get you where you need to go? There are a lot of things to consider before buying a cheap e-bike, even though your first inclination is to save money. After all, you’re still spending a good amount of cash, so you want it to meet your basic needs.

But is the Bolt e-bike just a toy or can it cover some serious ground?

The Jetson Bolt is a compact, folding e-bike that costs under $400, is lightweight at only 40 lbs, and has a maximum range of up to 15 miles. You won’t be able to ride as far as most electric bikes, but, in general, you’ll get an affordable mini e-bike.

Get all of your questions answered and find out what you need to know about the Jetson Bolt in this article.

Scroll down the page to see the table below with all of the Bolt’s specifications, as well as its comparison to the Bolt Pro and the similarly priced Eris electric scooter. Also, take a look at the list of advantages and disadvantages of the Jetson Bolt to determine if it’s the best fit for you.

Black Jetson Bolt e-bike with 14" wheels
Bolt Electric Bike Review

How Fast Does the Bolt Electric Bike Go?

The Jetson Bolt (see it at Walmart) has a top speed of 16 mph, which is lower than the typical electric bike max speed of 20 mph or 28 mph for a Class 2 or 3 pedal assist bike respectively.

Here’s the catch, the Bolt does not have any pedals, so it relies completely on its twist throttle for electric power. Most electric bikes can only go up to 20 mph using throttle only, so it’s not as huge a difference as it first seems. You simply won’t be able to pedal the Bolt to make it go faster.

The biggest disadvantage is that you’ll rely entirely on the throttle to go up a hill. It’ll be slow going if you have lots of steep hills where you’ll be riding, even with its 250W hub motor.

You’ll also want to consider your own weight. The heavier you are, the slower you will go uphill or even on flat ground. Besides, all bikes have a weight limit as well.

Additionally, keep in mind that traveling 16 mph on an e-bike may be plenty fast for you, as not everyone needs or want to go as fast as automobile traffic. Suffice it to say, you should be able to get away with riding it on the sidewalk.

What is the Range of a Jetson Electric Bike?

The maximum battery range is up to 15 miles, which is much shorter than the average electric bicycle. Most e-bikes will go a minimum of 20 miles and many will go up to 60 miles or more. So, this can be a big disadvantage unless you plan on staying close to home.

Of course, your e-bike’s range depends on what factors are working against the battery life. These include your weight, the weather, the amount of use of your LED headlight, hills, terrain, and wheel size.

This last consideration, wheel size, is one of the reasons the Bolt has a short range. With only 12″ wheels and basic rubber tires, the Bolt isn’t designed to go on long rides.

How Long Does the Jetson Bolt Battery Last?

Generally, the Bolt’s battery lasts for two to three years, depending on how often and how far you ride it. The battery was built to charge fully for 300 to 500 cycles.

The battery is a 36V lithium-ion battery which is the minimum standard for electric bikes. However, many e-bikes have 48V and even 52V batteries, which are designed to give you more power and last longer.

Generally speaking, the Jetson Bolt has a maximum speed of 16 mph because both the battery and its relatively low-power motor. Although it has a typical hub motor, it is definitely less powerful than other more expensive bikes.

How Much Does a Jetson E-Bike Weigh?

The Jetson Bolt weighs only 40 lbs. Compare this to most other e-bikes and you’ll find that this is unusually lightweight. Thus, you should be able to lift it fairly easily (especially with its built-in carrying handle).

Add that to the fact that it’s a folding bike, and you’ll find that it’s one of the easiest to carry, especially if going upstairs or onto a bus or train with your e-bike. Commuters who spend a lot of time on public transportation can benefit greatly. Keep in mind that you might need to lower the seat post if you’re folding it to fit in a car trunk or small space.

man riding Jetson Bolt with only legs showing
Jetson Bolt has many benefits as well as some disadvantages

Jetson Bolt Benefits and Disadvantages

There are many benefits of the Bolt e-bike, as well as several disadvantages. Here’s a list of pros and cons for the Bolt to help you decide if it’s right for you:

ProsCons
InexpensiveCan buy a less expensive scooter on Amazon
Foldable (fits in a car trunk)No pedals; throttle power only
LightweightLower top speed
Smaller e-bikeLack of power when climbing hills
Easy to assembleSmall tires; you will feel the bumps
Connects to the Ride Jetson appSome users have had difficulty with the Jetson app
Cruise controlHard saddle
Mechanical disc brakes
Integrated front and rear lights
Includes fenders (debris and puddle protection)
Includes a kickstand
Good e-bike for a Teen

One important benefit to discuss is that the Bolt is extremely easy to put together, by all reports. Most people can put it together in under 30 minutes. All of the tools you need come with your purchase. But do take the time to review the assembly guide before starting so you don’t make an error you have to spend time correcting. For instance, each pedal must go on the right side of the bike.

Another huge benefit is cruise control. This allows you to take a break from twisting the throttle. As long as you can safely stay at the same speed, just set it and go!

Generally, the Bolt is perfect for you if you want a small electric bike you can easily transport and that gets you where you want to go. But you will need to plan out the distance of your rides carefully so that your battery doesn’t die when you go too far.

As far as the hard riding saddle goes, you can always upgrade to a more comfortable bike seat at a small cost, like the ones you’ll find on Amazon.

Small black Bolt e-bike
Jetson Bolt E-Bike

Jetson Bolt vs Bolt Pro

Now that you know about the less expensive Bolt bike, you might like to know that there is also a Bolt Pro.

The main differences between the Bolt and the Bolt Pro are that the Pro has pedal assist, 14″ wheels, dual disc brakes, an improved frame geometry, and a 350W motor. It also costs around $200 more.

See the direct comparison to the Jetson Bolt Pro here as well as to the Eris electric scooter:

SpecsBoltBolt ProEris Scooter
SpeedUp to 16 mphUp to 16 mphUp to 14 mph
RangeUp to 15 milesUp to 30 milesUp to 12 miles
Wheels12″14″8.5″
Weight40 lbs41 lbs30 lbs
Weight Capacity250 lbs265 lbs220 lbs
Price$399 (Walmart)$599 ($464 on Amazon)$399 on Amazon
Black small Bolt Pro e-bike
Jetson Bolt Pro/Bolt Up

In general, the Bolt Pro lets you ride over twice as far as the Bolt, this being its primary advantage. However, it will also carry a greater load and has other added benefits.

For example, the Pro comes with a 350 Watt motor and a bigger battery, allowing a possible 30-mile range, which is typical of most electric bikes. Plus, although the top motor-assisted speeds are similar between the e-bikes, the Bolt Pro has pedals that allow you to add your own leg power. Not only can you climb hills easier, but you can also go a little faster than the motor will allow.

You might also enjoy sitting a little higher on the 14″ wheels as well as notice overall greater balance and riding agility than with the less expensive Bolt.

Although the Pro version has only a single speed, it does have a chain that will have to be maintained. One other downside is that it does not have Bluetooth connectivity to the Jetson app (but this may not be such a disadvantage since many riders report the app to be difficult to use).

Both bikes charge in 4-5 hours.

Black Jetson Eris Electric Scooter
Jetson Eris Electric Scooter

Jetson Brand

Jetson is an e-mobility company created in 2012 with a variety of electric riding products including small size bikes, scooters, and hoverboards. Their innovative products can be found in the U.S. and around the world.

Typically, they have a 30-day return policy (you must pay return shipping fees) and a one-year limited warranty.

A lot of people compare the Bolt folding e-bike to an electric scooter since it doesn’t have pedals and only moves forward based on electric power from the twist throttle. However, the Bolt has some advantages over an electric scooter.

Bolt E-Bike Advantages Over an Electric Scooter

The primary advantage the Bolt has over an electric scooter is the seated riding position. If it’s hard to stand for long periods (with one foot in front of the other) or to balance standing up, then you’ll prefer the Bolt bike to the scooter.

Additionally, the Bolt can go a little faster, has a slightly longer range, and has a higher weight capacity.

The disadvantages of the Bolt e-bike are that it is 10 lbs heavier than the Eris electric scooter and somewhat larger when folded, even though the handlebars fold as well.

Should I Buy a Jetson Bolt Electric Bike?

There are many reasons to buy a Jetson Bolt e-bike. You should buy one if you:

  • Are looking for an entry-level electric bicycle
  • Don’t have much money to spend
  • Don’t want or need to go ridiculously fast
  • Are a young rider
  • Are a smaller rider
  • Need to go relatively short distances
  • Need to carry or lift your e-bike often
  • Are a commuter or need to transport your bike regularly
  • Want to ride across campus quickly.
  • Just want to have some fun

Look for the Jetson Bolt and the Bolt Pro (also called the Bolt Up) on Walmart and Amazon for the best prices, fast shipping, and free returns.

What Is the Best Ride1Up Electric Bike? (For You)

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What is the Best Best Ride1Up Electric Bike

One of my favorite brands, Ride1Up has stylish electric bikes that look a lot like regular bikes but can meet the needs of a majority of e-bike riders. However, when it comes time to choose which model to purchase, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice.

Generally, the Best Ride1Up e-bike is the versatile 700 Series because of its high-quality components and features, like Shimano 8-speed shifters, hydraulic brakes, and Schwalbe tires, all at an affordable price of $1695. It’s one of the few e-bikes at this price that has a powerful 750W motor, a top speed of 28 mph, and a range of up to 50 miles.

However, since Ride1Up carries several sleek-looking models, each offering something special, you’ll want to make sure you get the e-bike with the best fit for you.

Check out the table below and then read on to find out all of the details you need to know about each Ride1Up electric bike model in order to choose the best one for your situation and riding style.

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Ride1Up Model 2022MotorRangeWeightSpecial FeaturesBest for…Price
Roadster v2350W20-30 miles33 lbsSingle-speed belt drive; road bike stylingCommuters & city riders$1095
Core 5750W20-40 miles49 lbsLightweight, with an integrated batteryFirst-time e-bike buyers$1195
500 Series750W
25-45 miles55 lbsOriginal best-selling modelBest for long-distance riders and touring$1495
700 Series750W
30-50 miles62 lbsVersatility; meets many needsRiders wanting a taste of the higher-end e-bike market without paying more$1695
LMT’D750W30-50 miles53 lbs100nm of torque for fast accelerationBest for those who want the ultimate power$1895
ProdigyMid-Drive Brose30-50 miles50 lbsBrose Drive System; Torque sensorBest for riders wanting a higher-end system at a value price$2295
Cafe Cruiser750W30-50 miles65 lbsCargoRiders needing to carry a lot of cargo$1595

Continue reading below to take a detailed look at the unique qualities of the Ride1Up e-bikes and why one might be the perfect electric bicycle for you over another.

Roadster V2

The Ride1Up Roadster is a classic among the Ride1Up line-up. It’s the most simple e-bike, with a single-speed only, instead of 7 or more like the other models. It’s also the cheapest model.

The Roadster is the best Ride1Up electric bike if you want a sustainable and easy commute, or if you want to ride a belt drive e-bike with a single speed. It’s a great e-bike for flat roads.

The Ride1Up Roadster v2 is a great option for those looking for an electric bike that is both durable and affordable. This model has a number of features that make it a likely choice for its low price of $1095. These include a strong 350W rear hub motor, comfortable seat, and sturdy frame.

The Roadster v2 also has a large battery that can provide up to 30 miles of riding on a single charge. So, you can ride a lengthy commute or enjoy it for daily rides. Plus, its extremely lightweight frame (weighing only 33 lbs), makes it easy for lifting onto a bus or train, or up flights of stairs to your apartment.

A notable feature is its carbon belt drive, which few bikes have. Other features that make this e-bike a great value are its sleek frame, compact LCD display, and its ability to get up to a top speed of 24 mph with pedal assist (no throttle on this model).

It also has the most colors to choose from out of all the brand’s bikes and has two different sizes, both being high-step frame options.

light green Ride1Up Core 5 Electric Bike
Ride1Up Core 5 Electric Bike

Core 5

The Core 5 might not have high-end components but it has all of the necessary essentials for having a great ride.

The Ride1Up Core 5 is the best electric bike from the Ride1Up brand for beginner riders and entry-level buyers. The price may be low but it still has a 750W motor and can reach a top speed of 28 mph, so you’re not missing out on the fun.

And, if you’re looking for a way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and save money on transportation costs, it can’t be beaten in quality and value for the price. The Core 5 electric bike from Ride1Up is a great option for those who are looking for an affordable and reliable electric bike. This e-bike has a number of features that make it a great choice for commuting or cruising around town.

The Core 5 has the power to help you get up hills without getting tired. It also has a 48-volt battery that will give you a range of up to 40 miles per charge, making it perfect for commutes or weekend rides. The 7-speed Shimano transmission ensures smooth shifting, while the mechanical disc brakes (with a sensor to cut off electricity) provide solid stopping power.

The great value you’ll find here in a well-made and simple electric bike is unparalleled. Plus, there are three colors and two frame styles as options.

Gray and tan Ride 1Up 500 Series E-Bike
Ride 1Up 500 Series

500 Series

A best-seller, and an original, the 500 Series has been updated to make it even better.

The Ride1UP 500 Series electric bike is one of the best electric bikes for you if you want to easily ride long distances or go touring. It was designed for ultimate comfort, is lightweight, and has agile 27.5″x 2.2″ all-terrain tires with puncture protection.

It has a powerful 750W rear hub motor that can take you up hills with ease and a battery range of up to 45 miles, so you’re sure to tackle a long day riding with ease.

The Ride1UP 500 Series is also very affordable compared to other electric bikes on the market. If you’re looking for an electric bike that’s fun, efficient, and at a reasonable price, the Ride1UP 500 Series is definitely worth checking out.

Get it in your choice of two colors and two frames that’ll fit most people.

700 Series

The Ride1Up 700 Series electric bike is a great option for those looking for an e-bike that offers high performance and a variety of features. It’s the best e-bike for anyone needing a well-rounded, fast e-bike for commuting, fitness, or leisure.

The Ride1Up 700 Series electric bike comes equipped with a powerful motor that makes it easy to conquer steep hills and provides plenty of torque for fast acceleration. It also has 8 speeds, which allow riders to adjust the bike’s speed to match their needs.

Additionally, the 700 Series electric bike comes with an integrated pedal assist cadence sensor, Shimano gears, integrated lights, and hydraulic disc brakes, which make it easy to stop quickly when needed.

The Ride1Up 700 Series electric bike is also comfortable to ride. It has a hydraulic fork, an adjustable plush gel saddle, and handlebars that allow you to find the perfect riding position. And the Schwalbe Super Moto X tires are wide enough to ride lightly off-road.

It’ll accommodate riders as short as 5’0″ with the step-through frame, but you can also opt for the regular bike frame as well.

See our full review of the 700 Series here!

LMT’D

The Ride1Up LMT’D electric bike is the best option on the market for many because it offers a smooth, comfortable ride with plenty of power. The e-bike’s lithium-ion battery can take you up to 50 miles on a single charge, and the motor is powerful enough to handle hills and other obstacles.

This is the best e-bike for you if you want maximum power and fast acceleration in a Class 3 electric bike. The 100nm of torque will get you moving quickly and the powerful geared hub motor will keep you moving.

Other great things about the LMT’d include hydraulic brakes, Shimano 8-speed shifters, and a thumb throttle for extra bursts of speed.

It’s also built for comfort, with an adjustable seat and handlebars that let you customize your ride. Plus, the 2.2″ color LCD display keeps you informed about your top speed, distance traveled, and lets you customize pedal assist.

It comes in your choice of two colors and a step-over or step-through frame.

Ride1Up Prodigy E-Bike in Blue
Ride1Up Prodigy

Prodigy

This is Ride1Up’s most expensive e-bike, and for good reason.

The Prodigy, at around $2300, features lots of cool things including a Brosen TF Sprinter mid-drive motor, Shimano drivetrain, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and a Brose controller and integrated torque sensor.

The Prodigy is the best Ride1Up e-bike for you if you intend to ride hard and often, appreciate the excellent quality components, and are willing to pay more money for excellent value.

It also includes a 6061-T6 aluminum frame, air suspension fork with a hydraulic lockout, and Shimano shifters. Like the other e-bikes in Ride1Up’s line-up, it has an integrated battery and powerful motor, which will carry you to a top speed of 28 mph, as far as 50+ miles… designed for a comfortable ride all along the way.

Finally, you can choose from three different frame types, including a step-through frame, as well as your favorite color (of three options).

Midnight blue Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser
Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser

Cafe Cruiser

The Ride1Up Cafe Cruiser electric bike is perfect for anyone looking for a functional but comfortable and stylish way to get around town with precious cargo.

It’s the best Ride1Up e-bike for carrying cargo as it holds up to 300 lbs and comes with an integrated rear rack, which has a weight capacity of 130 lbs all by itself.

The Cafe Cruiser e-bike has a variety of features that make it perfect for both commuting and leisure rides, even with a child seat on the rear rack. The cruiser-style frame is comfortable and stylish, while the 750-watt hub motor provides substantial power to help you get up hills or accelerate quickly. And although it’s practical, you can still get up to 28 mph with pedal assist or use the throttle to get moving quickly.

The lithium-ion battery can last up to 50 miles on a single charge, making it perfect for longer trips. This e-bike also comes with a built-in headlight and taillight, plush comfort saddle, and 3″ wide tires.

You can get the cruiser with a low-step or high-step frame, choose from three cool colors, and it comes with a rear rack.

One major con of the Cafe Cruiser… it isn’t built to fit anyone shorter than 5’5″.

If you want an e-bike like this but are too short to fit, take a look at the best small electric bikes for ones that are sized for smaller riders.

Are Ride1Up Good E-Bikes?

Ride1Up is one of the popular e-bike brands that produce high-quality electric bikes that everyone can enjoy because they’re affordable, reliable, and provide good value. It offers a variety of e-bikes for almost every need. Even the Prodigy model offers an exceptional value for the money even though its the brand’s most expensive bike!

Because it’s a fast-growing US-based brand, you can be sure that it’s focusing on maintaining high quality. Hence the reason for its exceptional customer reviews and new or improved models.

What makes Ride1Up the most unique, as compared to other brands overall, is that their e-bikes are Class 3 e-bikes with top pedal assist speeds of 28mph and integrated batteries. So, their electric bicycles look sleek and move swiftly, no matter which one you choose to buy.

Other reasons their e-bikes are worth buying are their durable, lighter-weight frames, powerful torque, and long-lasting battery life (672Wh) in their higher-end models. The truth is, any one of their bikes can replace car commutes.

Learn more about where Ride1Up e-bikes are made (and why you might like one).

Ride1Up has videos showing you how easy their bikes are to assemble; if you have any doubts, contact your local bike shop or bike mechanic!

Best Alternative Brands to Ride1Up

If you’re seriously shopping for electric bikes, you’ve probably looked around at several brands other than Ride1Up. Although you’re likely to find your perfect e-bike within their nice selection of high-quality, value-oriented e-bikes, there are some other top brands you may wish to take a look at first.

  • Rad Power Bikes

    Rad Power Bikes is one of the largest brands in North America, with several different style of e-bikes to look at. The main difference between this brand and Ride1Up is that they offer fat tire e-bikes, off-road bikes, and a folding electric bike. They’re also Class 2 e-bikes instead of Class 3, so pedal assist can take them to a maximum speed of 20 mph.

    *See our complete brand comparison between Rad Power and Ride1Up e-bikes
  • Aventon

    Another well-known company that’s been around for over a decade, Aventon also offers a wider range of types of e-bikes with some of them being Class 3 e-bikes just like Ride1Up. Like Rad Bikes, they also offer an electric folding bike and off-road or fat tire bike options that you won’t find at Ride1Up.

    *Compare Rad Power Bikes vs Aventon in this article
    *Compare Aventon Bikes to Lectric
  • Juiced Bikes

    From an adventurous off-road e-bike to an electric commuter bike, Juiced bike models can reach top speeds of 28 mph, like Ride1Up’s e-bikes. Plus, they offer a couple of other powerful features including a cadence sensor and torque pedal assist, 52-volt batteries, and long-distance riding ranges (up to 100+ miles in one of their models. You will pay more to get these, however.

Final Look

Each of the Ride1Up brand’s e-bikes has unique features and qualities that make them special, in addition to them all looking impressive with their integrated batteries.

As you probably only intend to buy one, it’s essential that you take a deeper look at what each e-bike will offer you and how it can meet your specific needs. Although the 500 Series is one of the original and most popular e-bikes, and the Ride1Up 700 Series offers practicality and great value, their other electric bikes also have a lot to offer.

Make sure to take a look at the table in the article above to discover special features and who each Ride1Up e-bike is the best for!

Are E-Bikes Good for Seniors: Pros and Cons

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Receiving a proper amount of exercise a day can definitely be a struggle, especially as we grow older and our physical abilities or motivation may diminish. However, it’s very important for seniors to keep their bodies and minds healthy and fit. Are e-bikes good for seniors?

E-Bikes have many benefits for seniors. The pros are that riding one helps older adults get the daily exercise they need to stay fit, improve cognitive function, and fight disease, among other benefits.

However, there can be cons to riding electric bikes for seniors as well, which this article discusses.

Overall, electric bicycles are a great, environmentally friendly way for seniors to stay fit, both mentally and physically. 

But do take a look at the possible cons of riding an e-bike if you’re an older adult so that you make sure it is right for you.

E-Bike Pros for SeniorsE-Bike Cons for Seniors
Riding can help prevent diseaseRequires more work to put together
Riding stimulates the mind and improves cognitive functionE-Bike size and weight
Safer and more eco-friendly than a car Need to keep track of battery charge
Customizable for comfort Pricier than a traditional bike 
Electric power assistance without pedalingPotential for injury
Choose an e-bike that fits your needs and body
Riding an E-Bike Pros and Cons for Seniors

The Pros of Riding E-bikes For Seniors

There are plenty of pros when it comes to owning an e-bike as a senior citizen. 

1. Riding Electric Bikes Helps Prevent Disease

Getting a sufficient amount of daily physical activity and cardio as an elderly person is extremely important and can help prevent cardiovascular diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart problems.

Taking an e-bike out for even a short ride can get your heart pumping and blood flowing.  This makes e-bikes an easy and efficient way to manage existing conditions as well. 

Read the fitness guide to learn everything you need to know about staying fit with an e-bike.

2. Stimulates the Mind and Improves Cognitive Function

Being out in nature and fresh air is a great way to improve your mental health and clear your mind. As you age, you might feel it’s simpler to stay indoors and lack the motivation to go outside or exercise. However, going out and experiencing life on an electric bike is a ton of fun and a great way to stimulate your mind and enjoy other health benefits.

The more active you keep your body, the better you may feel mentally and emotionally as well. 

And, according to a study by PLOS One, e-biking outdoors may be better for seniors when it comes to boosting their brainpower and enhancing cognitive function. 

Here’s the study: A team of U.K. researchers from Oxford Brookes University came up with an experiment to test this on 100 adults from the ages of 50 to 83. 

After separating these individuals into three groups, they directed one group to ride an average bike three times a week for roughly 30 minutes a day for eight weeks. The second group was directed to complete the same task, but with electric bikes instead of traditional bikes. The final group didn’t ride anything at all during the eight weeks. 

By the end of the experiment, the first two groups who rode either type of bike showed a big improvement in their planning, organizing, and task completion abilities. Although the research team had originally expected the traditional bike riders to achieve better results, this was surprisingly not the case.

Senior citizens women whose happy to ride her e-bike.

3. Electric Bikes Are Safer and More Eco-Friendly Than a Car

If you aren’t able to or don’t feel safe driving a car, this is a great replacement option. They are much easier to manage than a car but faster and smoother than a traditional bicycle.

Many e-bikes can go up to 28mph, but you can ride at any lower speed that you feel comfortable with. While it may take a bit longer to get somewhere on an e-bike, you won’t have to worry about stopping to get gas in your car or missing your stop as you could when riding a bus.

Plus, e-bikes are a completely environmentally friendly means of transportation as there is no gas or fumes being released from them. You can help keep the environment clean for future generations!

4. Seniors Can Customize Their E-Bikes

You can adjust or completely replace specific parts like the seat, pedals, or handlebars if they are worn down or just not the right fit but still have the electric motor to help you out.

You can also add baskets to carry things in for a quick trip to the grocery store or to bring your small dog along, which is easy and fast to do on an electric bike.

Along with this, the power of the speed settings is customizable, as you can choose how much pedal assist power you want. But if you want to work hard and get more exercise, you can pedal without any help from the motor, just like a regular bike.

And because maintaining good posture is even more important as you grow older, then you can upgrade the seat to one that feels more comfortable and has better shock absorption. 

5. Electric Power Assist Without Pedaling

If you are struggling to make it up a large hill on your own, many e-bikes have an electric assist booster, or throttle, that’ll allow you to ride without pedaling at all!

This is often a twist throttle that will help you propel forwards at a speed you choose and is a perfect tool to use if your legs just need a break. 

Take a look at the following article for more information on using pedal assist and a throttle…

Learn more about riding an e-bike with a throttle:

How to Ride an E-Bike Without Pedaling: Pedal Assist vs Throttle

6. You Can Choose an E-Bike That Fits You

There are many different models of electric bikes for seniors available to choose from when purchasing. Getting one with a less powerful motor, say 250-500 Watts, will probably be quite satisfactory if you’re not interested in going crazy fast.

Another thing to consider is that some might be bulkier than others with wide tires, which is good for stability but may be more difficult to maneuver.

A step-through frame bike will be a great fit for older adults and the elderly alike. Also called a “low-step” bike, you can get on and off the e-bike without swinging your leg and hips over a high bar. This is essential when it comes to electric bikes for seniors. And this makes it much easier to get off the bike quickly if needed.

Since the fear of falling is more of a concern as you get older, this type of low-step electric bike is really a great option. And senior riders with back issues or joint problems in the hips, ankles, legs, or knees, will especially appreciate a step-through bike… it’ll make all the difference in the enjoyment of riding your e-bike.

Aventon Pace 350 Step-Through with integrated battery
Aventon Pace 350 Step-Through is one of the best electric bikes for older riders

And here’s a really nice option: You can even find an e-tricycle that has three wheels for extra safety and stability (read more below).

Electric bikes for seniors should be comfortable and meet their very specific needs. So it’s a good idea to try riding several of the best electric bikes before purchasing one. Senior riders can even consider renting a few electric bikes for the day.


The Cons of Electric Bikes for Seniors

While there are many pros, of course there are a few possible cons to keep in mind. 

1. E-Bikes May Require More Work to Put Together

Electric bikes will have a few parts that need to be put together manually, usually including the wheels, handlebars, and pedals. They are also fairly heavy when removing the bike from the box it’s delivered in, and this could prove quite difficult if you lack strength or are a small person.

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However, the overall instructions are fairly straightforward and you can always invite someone else over to help put it together. Additionally, many companies offer a service to deliver and put together your e-bike, for an added price of course.

2. Electric Bikes Are Typically Cumbersome in Size and Weight

E-bikes are quite a bit heavier than standard bikes, and often bulkier if they have big tires. In fact, they can be up to 50% heavier than standard bikes and easily weigh 45-70 pounds, depending on the bike. This is partly because the motor and the battery add considerable weight already.

And because they’re heavy, they’ll require more arm strength to move around or lift. If you have back problems or knee problems, this could prove to be especially difficult. You may need help to get it into a car if you want to take it to the shop for maintenance or ride it somewhere far away.

E-bikes may also take up a bit more space than a regular bike. This could be a problem if you don’t have room in your living space to store it. But, the good news is that they can be safely stored anywhere that’s consistently above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and dry.

Because of the size and weight, it’s helpful to have someone around to help you move it.

3. Need to Keep Track of Battery Charge

Watch out for running out of battery power while riding up a large hill or if you are far from home!

While you don’t have to worry about battery power for traditional bikes, e-bikes (depending on the model you buy) can only last for roughly 22-50 miles on a single charge.

Even if you don’t think you’ll be going that far on a single ride, you can still get stuck if you don’t remember to charge the battery in between rides. Keep in mind that it takes about 3-6 hours to fully charge the battery!

However, if you are conscientious about charging the bike after each use, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. 

4. Pricier Than a Traditional Bike

E-bikes can definitely be fairly pricey.

Most e-bikes made with quality parts start in the $1000 to $2,000 range and go up to $8000! Although more and more e-bikes are being manufactured at a lower price, in the $400-$800 range, the quality of the parts used to make these is questionable. 

So, then you’ll have the concern about your e-bike, especially the electrical components, breaking down while you’re out riding. Further, these low-priced bike parts just won’t last as long in general and you’ll likely be spending money to replace parts, or the bike itself, more often.

Read More About Buying A Cheaper E-Bike Here:

Top 12 Things to Know Before Buying a Cheap E-Bike

5. Potential for Injury

Although e-bikes are great for improving certain physical problems, seniors also need to be especially careful when riding an electric bike as they are larger and more powerful than a regular bike.

It’s easy to find yourself at a higher speed than you expected, and breaking too fast downhill may be hazardous.

Keep in mind that the same safety precautions apply when riding an electric bike as when riding a traditional bike. Wear a helmet at all times and watch out for other people or objects in your path! 


Are Three-Wheel Bikes Good for Seniors?

Three-wheel electric bikes, or tricycles, are a great option for seniors who want to ride an e-bike. There are several reasons an electric trike might be better for you as an older adult rider:

  • Stability: Removes the need to balance on two wheels
  • Less chance of losing control and thus less risk of injury
  • You don’t need to have one foot on the ground when stopping
  • Steady riding going up and down hills
  • More comfortable- Wider seats and many come with seatbacks
  • Often able to carry more cargo than two-wheel bikes
  • Don’t need to know how to ride a regular bike

Although there are many good reasons to ride an e-trike, there are a few possible downsides. One is that they are heavy and will be hard, if not impossible, to lift. Also, some adult trikes are not as visible in traffic due to begin particularly low to the ground, especially recumbent electric tricycles. In this case, you should attach a tall flag to the back of your bike, especially if you’re riding in the road.

Take a look at some of the best brands of electric trikes for adults and seniors include:

3 wheel cargo e-trike with front basket and rear rack and cargo area
AddMotor Motan Trike M- 350 P7 with front basket and rear rack and cargo area

Conclusion: Are Electric Bikes Good for Seniors?

E-bikes are a great way for seniors to fight disease, manage existing conditions, and improve mental health and cognitive function. But, it’s always a good idea to keep both the pros and cons in mind when making a big purchase or considering doing anything physical you haven’t done before.

Riding an e-bike clearly has many benefits for seniors, but the cons are also worth noting. They’re heavier, require more care, can cause injury, and are quite expensive.

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