As the number of cyclists increases, e-bikes are becoming more mainstream. The prices of high-end bicycles are moving closer to those of e-bikes. However, most bikes are still much less expensive than e-bikes. So what are the reasons for this price difference? Let’s analyse the differences between common bikes and e-bikes in more detail.
An e-bike has a battery-powered motor in the frame that you can use to help you pedal. You can control the motor and it will adjust the boost according to how hard you pedal to provide just the right amount of power. And you can also choose to pedal without any motor help, or get the full power and speed of the motor. Typically, with the full help of the motor, you’ll get twice the speed and four times the stroke. Best of all, you’ll also get some help going uphill and over long distances.
Regular bikes don’t have a motor so they don’t have any assistance. When it comes to climbing hills or long rides, you need to exert more effort.
E-bikes come with a battery that you can charge. Some e-bikes have a removable battery and you can also take the battery off separately to charge it. Charging time is about 3-6 hours. Different batteries have different lifespans and qualities.
Ordinary bicycles do not have batteries.
E-bikes are equipped with an LCD display (most are) that provides information about battery level, range, speed, etc. Displays linked to an app have now been designed. More advanced e-bikes offer additional features, such as the ability to locate or charge your phone. More intelligent features will be developed in the future.
Regular bikes do not have a display.
An e-bike basically looks no different from a normal bicycle, and what is noticeable from the outside is probably the battery. But thanks to technology nowadays, the battery is getting smaller and more invisible, to the point where you can hardly even notice where it is. In addition, e-bikes have an all-important electric drive system, which is also an important factor in differentiating them from regular bikes.
Overall, there is not much difference between the two as far as a wheel, handlebar, and body construction is concerned.
Maintenance and repair
As there is not much difference in body construction, there is not much difference in the usual maintenance and repairs. If you are bike savvy, then e-bikes are definitely not a problem for you. If you have a minor problem with a wheel or something else, you can fix it yourself or call a nearby bike repair shop.
For problems with the electrical system, on the other hand, you may need to call a professional technician. Some e-bike dealers offer professional after-sales services and warranties, so you can have no worries about repair problems.
How to choose?
If you’re torn between an e-bike and a regular bike, there are three main factors you may want to consider: your budget, your needs, and your commuting range.
Electric bikes are usually more expensive than regular bikes. The higher the bike, the more expensive it is. Budget is the first factor to consider.
Secondly, what are your needs? Is it for exercise or commuting or recreation or something else? Different needs will determine what type of e-bike you choose. There are several types of e-bikes on the market today, such as city bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes, folding bikes, and so on. Each type of bike targets a different need. It is essential to know this well before deciding to spend a large investment.
The range of your commute is often the reason that makes many people choose an electric bike. After all, as mentioned above, an electric bike allows you to ride for long periods of time without getting tired. And if you can cycle to work in 20 or 30 minutes, an e-bike is not necessary.
Both regular bikes and e-bikes are cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and healthier than cars. We hope our analysis will help you choose the best way to get around.