How much do electric bikes cost?
E-bikes range in price. Our lowest priced bike is $2,400 and our most expensive is $3,800. There are cheaper bikes out there, but we believe ours reflect a great balance between price and quality. And if you want to spend more, there are plenty of other brands to choose from.
How long do the batteries last?
The batteries that come with the bikes are rated to go about 40 miles on moderate terrain with a moderate amount of pedaling. If you are negotiating hilly terrain, your mileage may be less. If you don't pedal a lot, your mileage may be less. If you are negotiating hilly terrain and you don't pedal a lot, well, your mileage may be way less.
Another way to answer that question is to say the batteries will take 750 charges before they begin to lose efficiency. If you rode your bike every day all summer and charged it every day, your battery would last about three years before it began to wane.
Do e-bikes use regeneration?
Not the brands we sell. Regeneration is great for braking going down hills as it both slows you down without riding the brakes but also charges the battery at the same time. We find that pedaling on the flats in regen mode makes the pedaling significantly more difficult and most people choose an e-bike to make the pedaling easier.
What is the warranty?
We are carrying Evelo exclusively right now and they have the best warranty in the e-bike business: 4 years on the key components of the bike.
How much do they weigh?
E-bikes are heavier than normal bikes. These range from 49 to 73 pounds. This is a consideration if you need to move the bike up stairs or lift it onto a rack. But when you are pedaling and using the motor to assist you, these bikes don't feel heavy at all.
What happens if they get wet?
The motors and batteries are sealed, so a little moisture shouldn't be a problem. We don't recommend riding through puddles and creeks or leaving the bikes out in the rain.
Are they legal?
State laws vary, but federal law says that if it is propelled by pedals and can go no faster than 20 mph using its own power, it's a bicycle. Therefore no license, registration or insurance are required.
Will I still get exercise if I'm getting assistance?
A recent study from a university professor in Oregon showed that people who have electric bikes ride them far more than those who have regular bikes. You may not be working as hard, but if you are using your bike more days, who is to say you're not getting more exercise?