Choosing the Right Electric Bike
& Avoiding ‘Electric Bike Psychosis’ 2016
When we first started in 1996, eBikes were pretty sketchy compared to today. Back then, they had 25 pound sealed lead-acid batteries, external motors, and cheap bike parts. If you wanted one, it was an easy choice -- there were only a couple of choices, all in one color -- if you could even find one! But they were fun, simple, and an absolute blast to ride. Fast forward to the present day when there are scores of models from tons of vendors, in scads and slathers of configurations, complexities, colors, styles, and technologies. These days, shopping for an eBike can make you dizzy, frustrated, and truly wiggy. And all you really wanted was some fun in the sun or an alternative to your car. After evaluating the current models at the various eBike shows, I feel that most of the models seem over-engineered, too expensive, and too complex for most people.
Well, I’m here to share my expertise and try to spare you some grief. We all like getting a good deal and feeling confident in our purchasing decisions. I’ve always combed through and shaken down all the available models and just gotten behind my favorites. Here are my 10 standards which need to all be fulfilled.
An eBike Must BE:
Fun -- is always number One
Durable - built to last
Lightweight - for performance, lifting up a curb, up stairs, or onto a bike rack
Comfortable - have proper ergonomics for good body alignment
Attractive - have 'eyeball’ -- an appealing fit and finish
Have Adequate Power + Long Range - for fun and for hills and to get you there and back
Versatile - to accommodate your various uses
Practical - easy use, maintenance, and reliability
Have Support - good a good manufacturer’s warranty
A Good Value - meets and beats expectations and be a good deal
and Here are some NoNo's:
-eBikes with the battery on the Rear Rack -- OBSOLETE! Balance is the key ...
-eBikes with cheap Batteries -- the most critical and important part on the bike!
-Used eBikes without a pedigree
-Poorly engineered conversion bikes
-Cheap Gas Bikes -- disturbing the peace in motion - like riding a weed wacker!
Please remember: eBikes are like Smartphones, constantly being improved and upgraded. And make sure the company has been around for awhile, and again, make sure it has an high-quality (LiNCM) battery!
eBikes do NOT need to break the bank!
20 years in the business, and I have become severely picky about finding high quality eBikes which are affordable. Unless you've won the lottery, everyone is value conscious and wants to get a good deal and be delighted with their purchase. If you're principally riding on the street, do you really need an expensive mid-drive Mountain bike? I don't think so. Do you want to pay for all the overhead involved in the supply chain? I've selected the best eBikes you can buy for your money, and will give you a great deal on yours!
We only sell 'eBikes for Everyone' -- All under $2000!
We will only sell models we fully believe in
We will match up your needs to the right bike
We will only sell a bike we would be happy to own ourselves
Why we like e-JOE and Magnum bikes?
We are an independent dealer and can work with any manufacturer. We've just returned from evaluating all of the 2017 entries at the giant InterBike show in Las Vegas where we check out everything. We're very happy to have found two companies which meet our discernment: e-JOE and Magnum bikes. These bikes meet all 10 of our standards, and they are most affordable. Plus, I am a champion of the underdog, and these companies are trying harder to gain traction in the US marketplace. I’ve been watching them develop over the last several years, and have grown to really appreciate them. They have blended the delicate balance of factors that make a great eBike: Intelligent and attractive design, next-generation ultra-long-range Samsung batteries, super-efficient motors, minimum weight, quick-disconnect electronics, good bike parts, and tremendous value. In addition, every bike saves you time and money as they come fully accessorized with: headlights, tail-lights, sturdy luggage racks, chain-guards, mudguards, ergo grips, etc. Instead of your money going to fancy offices, rep vans, expensive advertising, and big salaries -- the entire process has been streamlined so you get the Maximum product at a Minimum price. Both e-JOE and Magnum strive to be the ‘electric bike for everyone’ - truly succeeding at making wonderful bikes that are also a tremendous value.
If you’re a newcomer to e-Bikes, a commuter or recreational rider, an adventurer or an enthusiast -- there is cutting-edge, attractive, and affordable model I am confident you will love.
2017 Magnum Ui5 - The perfect all-around bike that rides like a dream and looks like a million
2017 Magnum Premium 48 - The ultimate Folder - 48 Volt 500 Watt performance.
2017 Magnum MI5 - Thrills and durability for both Street or Trail
2017 eJOE Epik SE - All the performance of a full sized bike, but just 42 pounds and it FOLDS!
2017 eJOE Koda SS - Hybrid-style sport bike with tremendous range and performance.
2017 eJOE Gadis - Gorgeous unisex cruiser that's got it all!