What Is an E Bike? Learn about this Thrilling New Technology

E bikes (electric bicycles) are the newest innovation in riding technology. They have the same basic design of a traditional bicycle with some small differences.

Bikes with electric motors offer two primary functions that conventional bikes do not have:

  1. Pedal-Assist
  2. Pedal-Free Throttle

Pedal-Assist

A small electric-powered boost-system on the e bike boosts the rider as he or she pedals. This function helps the rider in two ways, depending on the type of bicycle:

  1. Increased speed: The primary purpose of e bikes designed for riding on roads is increased speed. Street bikes with electric-drive-systems typically have hub motors, located on the back wheel.
  2. Increased torque: Electric mountain bikes and delivery bikes are designed to provide extra torque for climbing steep hills or pulling loads. They usually have mid-drive motors, located in between the pedals. The gears in the hub of the rear motor provide extra torque as well.

Pedal-Free Throttle

Customers love the E3 Dash by iZip. CLICK to learn more about this popular model with an available throttle.

Some e bikes have a throttle that will function without the rider having to pedal. You set the speed you want, and press a lever on the handlebars which gives you independent thrust.

Some very fast electric bicycles, like those designed by HPC and Vintage Electric, are throttle-only e bikes. But many have both throttle and pedal assist.

Typically the e bikes with simpler cadence sensing motors, like Currie and Crystalyte, allow for the addition of throttle, whereas torque-sensing motors by Yamaha and Bosch do not enable this function.

Are Electric Bicycles Cheating?

When e bikes first came on the scene, the bicycle traditionalists felt like using an electric-assist was cheating the user of the health benefits of riding a bike. But attitudes about the technology are changing, even amongst the purists in the industry.

Why?

Because e bikes are AWESOME!

E Bikes Change the Bicycle Riding Experience!

Users of electric bikes discover something unusual about these exciting cycles–

—THEY’RE FUN!

When you ride an e bike, you feel like you’re superhuman, with bionic legs. Ride a little faster on a long road. Or get a bit more torque going up a hill. E bikes change the entire bicycle riding experience.

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E Bike Owners Actually Use Their Bicycles

Studies have found that most owners of traditional bikes don’t use them on a regular basis.

“About 100 million Americans bike each year, but only about 14 million bike at least twice a week”

When you buy an electric bike, you find that you love riding it a lot. It doesn’t stay in the garage for long.

You come home after a long day of work. Your kids want to go for a ride. But you’re tired. Increase the pedal-assist to make the experience more comfortable.

You’re on a long ride, and you get exhausted. This ride is no longer fun. Use the throttle and ride home without effort.

You’re mountain biking, and you hit an impossible hill. EASY PEASY with an e bike. You’ll climb that mountain like a pro.

You commute to work and it’s terrible weather. No problem. Your ride can be as challenging or as relaxing as you want with an e bike commuter.

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People with e bikes get more exercise than many people with traditional bicycles because they use them regularly.

And with the growing concern over the environmental and the financial cost of automobiles, many Americans are choosing an e bike as a viable means of transportation. Whether you’re concerned about the earth or you want to commute, electric bicycles can be a useful solution.

Who Uses Electric Bikes?

iZip E3 Dash in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Whether you’re a commuter, high-terrain competitive mountain biker, recovering from an injury, trying to improve your heart health, or a recreational cyclist, there’s an e bike for you.

Electric Bikes for Rehab

Many of our customers at High Country Electric Bikes are recovering from knee injuries, heart surgery, or elderly individuals that want to live a more active life.

E bikes are a great way of adjusting to a regular exercise program with bicycles while making it fun and enjoyable.

Electric Mountain Bikes are CRAZY Fun

Even more advanced bicycle riders with a dare-devil spirit are falling in love with the electric bicycle technology. They can climb hills and ride faster in circumstances that would have been impossible in the past. All it takes is one test-ride to understand why these are growing in popularity.

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Electric Bikes for Lifestyle

Many riders want a cruiser-style e bike with particular aesthetic qualities. With an electric motor, you can ride fast, without a lot of effort. So it’s often okay to buy a heavier electric bike with some panache.

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What’s the Best Way to Buy Electric Bicycles?

Admittedly, e bikes are more expensive than conventional bicycles. The motor alone adds a significant expense. And electric bicycles need to be stronger, with a more durable frame, and higher quality components. They need to be high-quality enough to manage the extra speed and torque.

Some people try to find ways to save cost with an electric bike purchase. They may buy a kit to convert their traditional bike. They might buy a bicycle on Amazon or at a big box store like Walmart.

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You Get What You Pay For!

If you’re going to invest in an electric bicycle, we strongly encourage our customers to do it correctly from the beginning. You really DO get what you pay for. You’ll have a much better experience purchasing a lower-end model of Haibike than some cheap brand at Walmart.

Buy from an E Bike-Specialist Shop in Salt Lake City

Purchase your e bike from a Salt Lake City shop that specializes in this technology. When you need maintenance on your electric bicycle, you want to trust that you’ll be able to find a bike mechanic that knows what he or she is doing.

How Much do Electric Bikes Cost?

The electric road bikes—iZip E3 Zuma 2017 features four bright colors that customers love—orange, lime green, aqua, and white.

We have starter e bikes at just under $2,000.

For high-adventure in the great outdoors we often recommend German e bike manufactured mountain bikes by Haibike that can be anywhere between $2,500 and $7,000.

We sell a lot of E3 Zuma by iZip that retail at $2,499.

For customers accustomed to motorbikes, we carry Hi-Power Cycles, high-performance e bikes that can go as fast 70 miles an hour with prices that approach $20,000.

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Utah’s Best Selection of Electric Bicycles!

Whatever you’re looking for, whatever your needs or interests, the electric bicycle-pros at High Country Electric Bikes will find the right bicycle for you, at the right price.

Test ride an e bike today and find out what all the buzz is about.

We also sell e bikes online and ship all over the United States.