The best electric bikes

Cruiser - SHIMANO Electric Bike - 26 "

Electric bicycles have become a perfectly valid alternative for some time now if we live in a city where car traffic is becoming worrying. Thanks to this clean transportation method, not only do we exercise but we also avoid polluting, in addition to reducing the time it takes us to move. It also allows us to park practically anywhere, without worrying about parking, the blue zone and others at any time.

The average speed that electric bicycles can reach It is between 25 and 30 km / h, with a range between 60 and 80 km depending on the model, weight of the user and the type of route we travel (it is not the same to circulate on flat ground than on a terrain full of ups or downs). In this article we are going to show you the best electric bikes that cover a wide range of needs and tastes.

Before buying an electric bicycle you have to be clear about what it is and what it is not. Electric bicycles require our pedaling for the motor to start working, since it works as an assistant to pedaling. This type of bicycle does not require any permission to circulate. However, if we talk about electric mopeds, things change a lot, since we find ourselves with a moped that works only with electricity, so it is associated with contracting insurance and the corresponding license to drive it.

How electric bikes work

Operation of electric bicycles

Electric bicycles are considered those that work by means of two types of impulse: pedaling and thanks to the support of an electric motor that starts up according to our needs when we are pedaling and will stop when we stop doing it. This operating system is called assisted pedaling, a system that we can implement in other bicycles thanks to kits sold separately.

The maximum power of electric bikes is 250 W, although on some occasions they can reach up to 350 W and their maximum speed is 25 km / h. Bicycles that claim to be called electric that have 500 W of power, fall into the category of electric mopeds, so they are out of this category.

Points to consider when buying an electric bicycle

Parts of an electric bicycle

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Manufacturing material / Weight

Although most manufacturers use aluminum to make the chassis of electric bicycles, we can also find models made of steel. Depending on the benefits offered by each model, we must take into account the weight, since in combination with ours it will influence the autonomy it will offer us.

Battery Life / Charging Time

Battery life has been, is, and will continue to be the number one issue with any electrically powered device. Depending on the needs or the use that we plan to give the bicycle, we must take into account the charging time. In the market we can find lead, lithium ion and nickel cadmium batteries. Each one offers us a different charging time, a time that obviously depends on its capacity.

Autonomy

If we want to use the electric bicycle mainly to go to work, we must first know the distance at which it is, since the average autonomy is around 50 kilometers. If the distance exceeds 15 kilometers we may have to rethink the idea or invest in a model that offers us maximum autonomy, autonomy that depends on the holography of the route.

Manufacturer

Spare parts are usually the workhorse in this type of device, if we choose to save a few euros and trust our money in a little-known manufacturer or that does not have technical service in our country. Shimano has been on the market for many yearsAlthough in the electric bicycle sector it has relatively little, although it already offers us a large number of models. Other great brands that offer total confidence in the bicycle market, electric or not, are Trek, Specialized, Haibike, Scott ...

If we talk about the electric motors of this type of bicycle, one of the most important parts, the German company Bosch is a benchmark in this world besides being one of the pioneers in this field. Panasonic, Brose and Shimano Steps are other manufacturers that also offer electric bike motors. One of the latest additions has been the Japanese firm Yamaha, a company that despite having been in the e-bike market for two years is assembling its engines in Haibike, Lapiperre and BH Emotion.

Electric bicycles between 500 and 1000 euros

Sunray 200 - Electric touring bike

Sunray 200 - Electric touring bike

This touring bike from Sunray offers us a steel frame, a 26-inch wheel size, front suspension and front disc brakes and rear drum. With an assisted pedaling system (PAS), it offers us a 250w motor, 3 pedaling assistance modes, a 36 v and 10 Ah battery. The autonomy is between 35 and 70 kilometers depending on the average speed at which we circulate. The Sunray 200 has an approximate price of 600 euros.

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Moma - SHIMANO electric touring bike - 26 «

Moma - SHIMANO Electric Touring Bike, 26 "wheels

Shimano's Moma model offers us an aluminum frame with a total weight of 20 kg, a 36 v and 16 Ah battery. The LCD display with which we can manage the electric motor offers us a level of pedaling assistance of 5 levels, speed indicator, distance traveled and the battery level. The charging time is 4 hours, with which we can travel about 80 kilometers at a maximum speed of 25 km / h. Shimano's Moma model has an approximate price of 800 euros.

Moma - SHIMANO 26 Inch Electric Touring Bike

Moma - SHIMANO Folding Electric Bike - 20 «

Moma - SHIMANO electric touring bike - 20 "

If bikes with a 26-inch wheel are too big for you, Shimano offers us a smaller and more portable model with 20-inch wheels. This model has a autonomy of up to 80 kilometers and has a weight of 18 kg. Like the 26-inch model, the body is made of aluminum which allows us to obtain a maximum speed of 25 km / hour, with a total autonomy of 80 km. The 20-inch Shimano Moma has an approximate price of 700 euros.

Moma - SHIMANO 20 Inch Folding Electric Bike

Teamyy 26 Inch Folding Electric Mountain Bike

Mountain bikes also have a place in the electric bike sector. Teamyy offers us a 26-inch bicycle with a maximum speed of 30 km / h, made of aluminum and suitable for users between 165 and 185 centimeters, since the seat can be adjusted from 80 to 95 cm. The charging time is between 4 and 6 hours, which offers us less autonomy than city bikes located between 45 and 55 km. This model has load capacity less than 200kg, with a power lower than 500 watts and a 36 v battery. The approximate price of this model is 760 euros.

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Electric bicycles between 1000 and 2000 euros

Cruiser - SHIMANO Electric Bike - 26 «

Cruiser - SHIMANO Electric Bike - 26 "

Shimano's Cruiser is a wide wheel electric bike that features an electric touch throttle / pedal assist. The total weight of this model made of aluminum amounts to 26 kg, with 26-inch wheels. The 36v 10.4 Ah battery has a charging time of between 2 and 3 hours and offers us a power of 350 w. It has a security system with two calls, one for the accelerator and another for battery charging. The middle derailleur is a Shimano M410E and the rear is a Shimano TX35. The gear lever is a Shimano TX.50-21. The approximate price of the Shimano Cruiser mountain bike is 1.400 euros.

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IC Electric Emax Electric Bicycle

IC Electric Emax electric bike

The IC Electric Emax is made of aluminum, both brakes are disc and has an XCR suspension fork. The 36 v and 10 Ah battery offers us a power of 250 wy an autonomy between 40 and 60 kilometers. The IC Electric Emax has an approximate price of 1.300 euros.

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IC Electric Plume Folding Electric Bike

IC Electric Plume Folding Electric Bike

Folding bikes also have a place in this price range. With a weight of 20 kg, the IC Electric Plume is a folding bicycle with a autonomy between 55 and 65 km, thanks to its 360 w and 11 Ah battery that offers us a power of 250 w. Both the front and rear brakes are disc, it has a 7-speed Shimano gearbox and thanks to its folding we can easily transport it on the subway, train or our vehicle. The price of this model is 1050 euros.

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Electric bicycles from 2000 euros

If we pass the 2.000 euro barrier, we can find a large number of models on the market, all of them designed to meet specific needs.

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR

This firm offers us electric bicycles characterized by hide the battery in the down tube that allows us to quickly charge the battery in addition to being able to exchange it without problems. Turbo Levo FSR models are made of aluminum or carbon, and have a turbo that offers 15% more battery than traditional models. Thanks to the customized motor, the pedaling system will immediately receive the necessary help when we need it most and a conscious torque throughout the entire cadence range.

Thanks to the Mission control application we can have control at all times over the technology that these models mount. The Trail Display, available on all models, offers us the data that we need to know at all times of the journey we are taking. Thanks to the Trial Remote we can easily switch between the different modes without having to release our hands from the handlebar. The models Specialized Turbo Levo FSRs are available starting at 4.200 euros.

Brompton Electric

Brompton Electric

The Brompton electric bike provides us with the necessary assistance when we are climbing hills or making long trips on flat terrain, adapting to our riding style thanks to smart sensor technology. With a quick folding system, we can transport it without problems on the subway, bus or train. In addition, with a weight of 13,7 kg, more than 2,9 of the battery becomes in one of the lightest models on the market.

Thanks to the 300w battery, we can move at a speed of up to 25 km / h with a range of between 40 and 80 km, depending on the weight of the user and the type of route. The maximum weight it supports is 105 kg, including the equipment. The Brompton Electric price, which will begin to be marketed in the market at the beginning of 2018, will be between 2.800 and 3.000 euros, a price that is partly justified by the quality of the product and because it is manufactured entirely in the United Kingdom.

Scott

E-Contessa Scott Bicycle

The manufacturer Scott, like Specialized, offers us a wide range of models for all tastes and needs from 2.000 euros, all of them with a power of 250 w that offer us the necessary help at the right moment. It must be borne in mind that the bicycles of this manufacturer are designed for demanding users who need extra help from time to time to reach their destination.

Scott offers us different models made of both aluminum and carbon, disc brakes, Shimano and Syncros components. The battery is hidden in the box with immediate access when we have to proceed to charge it. If you want to see all the available models you can go to the section of the website of Scott for electric bikes where you will find more than 30 models.

Haibike XDURO FullSeven Carbon

Haibike XDURO FullSeven Carbon

The Haibike firm also offers us three versions of the XDURO FullSeven Carbon model: 8.0 which is priced at 4.999 euros, 9.0 which is 6.999 euros and 10.0 which has a price of 11.999 euros. All these models are made of carbon, they integrate a Bosh engine that offers a maximum speed of 25 km / hour thanks to the 250 w motor. Like most high-end models, the battery for these models is located on the diagonal bar, allowing us quick access to charge or replace it with another if necessary.

Thanks to the use of carbon, not only in the construction of the frame, but also in most of the different components that are part of the bike, the weight and space they take up is considerably reduced compared to other models. The wheel size is 27,5 inches on all models, it has hydraulic disc brakes on both the front and rear and the charger offered by the manufacturer is of the fast type, so that we waste as little time as possible recharging the battery of our electric bicycle.

On the Haibike website you can find all models of electric bicycles and what are considered electric mopeds, reaching a maximum speed of 45 km / h, which rRequires insurance and driver's license as I have commented above.


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