Whether it's mastering the challenging climb on a mountain bike route with support, going on relaxed weekend tours with friends, or arriving at the office without breaking a sweat despite a 15-kilometre commute. There are countless reasons why more and more cyclists are turning to an electric bike. No wonder! After all, you can now find every common type of bicycle as an e-bike. In other words, there is a right electric bike for every need. But what are the advantages of powered bikes? And what should you look out for if you're thinking about getting one yourself?
The drive is the heart of the e-bike. e-bikes come in three variants. A front-wheel drive is the most cost-effective variant, with which normal bikes can almost always be retrofitted. But, it is not optimal for the riding experience. If you are doing sporty off-road biking, you will mainly find bikes with rear-wheel drive. Mid-engines installed directly in the frame give the most stable running behaviour and a very pleasant riding experience.
If you are interested in e-bikes, you will always come across the term pedelec. This is how the bikes differ:
To what extent an e-bike is worthwhile for you, of course, always depends on how often you use it. Compared to a normal bike, the biggest advantages are the following:
Of course, if you're thinking about buying an e-bike as an alternative to a car, there are a whole host of other benefits. The biggest benefits are:
There's no question that owning your own e-bike is an investment. The cheapest models are now available from around €1,700. Brand-name e-bikes can quickly run you between €3,000 and €4,000. It is, therefore, all the more important that you choose a bike that really suits you. That's why we recommend buying an electric bike locally at a bike shop - especially if it's your first e-bike. Here you can test ride a wide variety of models and get extensive advice. E-bike tests can also be a good starting point to get an overview of different manufacturers and their ratings. But don't rely solely on a test result. After all, every cyclist is different, and not every e-bike is suitable for you.
Are you still unsure? Are you not ready to commit to an e-bike yet? Then simply test the motorised bikes by renting one. In this article, you will find various providers that have e-bikes that can be rented by the day or by the month in a subscription model.
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