How Much Does Electric Bike Weigh
We all know the wonders of e-bikes and how beautifully these bikes are designed keeping in mind the needs of the user – be it kids, sports enthusiasts, advanced riders, urban riders or just plain cyclists. Electric bikes are for everyone!
How much does an electric bike weigh? Electric bikes are 40-50% heavier than conventional bikes, but much lighter than motorcycles. An average e-bike weighs about 45-50 lbs (18-22 kg). A typical conventional non-electric bike might weigh about 30-35 lbs (12-13 kg).
Electric bicycles are equipped with motors and batteries, which greatly reduce manpower.
Let’s take a look at a few different categories of e-bikes so that we can more easily see the different types.
mountain electric bike
Mountains are always fascinating. Reaching the top of the mountain gives a huge sense of accomplishment. Not only does rock climbing teach us patience, persistence, and gratitude, but it has indescribable health and fitness benefits.
Electric Mountain Bikes (e-MTBs) are a great help for anyone looking to ride uphill. They can easily take us off the beaten track. Also, since the effort required to pedal an e-bike can vary according to comfort, people with weight issues can also enjoy riding uphill (don’t forget the thrill of going downhill).
The makeup of these e-MTBs is largely determined by the terrain of the area in which these machines will be driven. It plays a very important role in the suspension system of e-MTB. Therefore, there are 3 types of suspension systems:
hardtail electric mountain bike
This can be explained from the word itself. “Hardtail” means the tail is stiff, i.e. there is no shock at the end. The shock is on the front end. Front suspension helps to better control the e-MTB and reduce upper body fatigue.
Fully Suspended e-MTB
Suspension on the front and rear makes the riding experience more comfortable and enjoyable. Riding with these e-MTBs is very smooth and has less impact on muscles and joints.
These do not contain any pauses. Although the body is not very comfortable, light weight is one of its characteristics.
Wheel size, distance and weight
The 26-inch wheel size has dominated the market for years, but 29-inch wheels are becoming more common these days. Larger wheels accelerate slower but provide more power. They can easily roll over small objects in their way. The 29-inch wheel size E-MTB is best for taller riders.
city electric bike
Coming to city electric bikes is a boon for anyone who has to commute from point A to point B. These bikes don’t just reduce pollution levels. They are also a great source of some kind of physical activity for people who find it difficult to follow strict activity routines.
Sweat Free Ride
Urban e-bikes are designed for urban commuters, allowing them to travel even the furthest places with ease and without breaking a sweat. After riding an e-bike like this one is sure to feel fresh and rejuvenated.
Best for delivery service
In cities with too many vehicles on the road, it becomes difficult and time-consuming for deliverymen to get from their outlets to places. Urban electric bikes come to the rescue, delivering speed in an effortless way.
Going to the grocery store or your office is just a few peddlers as urban e-bikes give you a hassle-free, smooth and fast ride because the electric assist these bikes provide makes pedaling easier and easier.
Now “weight” is no longer an issue
Urban e-bikes are specially designed with no added weight. To keep these bikes lightweight, even the battery is often integrated into the frame. The use of carbon fiber frames makes these e-bikes lighter because you can lift them up when needed.
It’s always good to do a comparative analysis, so let’s take a look at the various urban e-bike models on the market.
foldable electric bike
We’ve all experienced problems in our commutes such as traffic jams, getting to work on time on crowded public transport, and often traveling too far.
These problems are common to most of us. But thanks to our automotive giant for taking on the very interesting task of transforming a 300-year-old model bike to fit the needs of the modern consumer.
These foldable bikes have reasonable speeds, going 25 mph and 20 miles on a single charge. Many models offer charging while pedaling, which is an advantage as it also saves power.
Check out the many benefits these electric bikes offer:
Use, fold and carry
As the name suggests, foldable e-bikes are designed in such a way that they can be installed in cars, trucks or electronic devices
en spare tire trunk, or even carried in a bag.
Because of their carbon fiber frames, foldable e-bikes weights around 15.4 lbs – 27 lbs (7-12 kg). They can easily carry up to 200 lbs (90 kg).
Sleek and compact design
With new technological innovations, designers of these foldable electric bikes have given them sleek design, smart looks, and compact structure so that they fold extremely small and can be kept under office desks.
Ride it smart through smartphones
Since everything is available to us on our smart screens, the engineers have designed apps for these e-bikes that provide smartphone connection for GPS navigation, an integrated lock system, automatic safety smart lights for a safer and happy ride.
The comparison chart of a few models is described below.
The only solution seems to be, by providing them with something which is more fun than their PlayStations. And here come our kids’ e-bikes, super easy, super lightweight, and the most fun things for the kids.
A few words in conclusion
Simply put, e-bikes are just like the conventional day-to-day bikes with a few add-ons. The add-ons include a battery, motor, display panel, and some wiring. These components surely add up a few pounds to the original bike weight but the advantages that they offer far outweigh the demerits of a slightly heavier structure.
A simple non-electric bike may weigh 30 pounds (16 kg) and an electric version of the same may weigh 45-50 pounds (20-23 kg). But with those extra pounds, the rider (even with their bulkier body frame / senior citizen) can travel for about more than 100 km and that at a speed of 20 mph, which is really commendable.
Nowadays, lightweight carbon fiber is fast replacing steel as raw material for making e-bikes. By incorporating carbon fiber as a building material a further reduction of about 5-7 pounds (2-3 kg) in weight of e-bikes is feasible.
As you have seen from the above, with a few exceptions, modern electric bicycles are still heavy enough. Yes, this is changing and e-bikes will become lighter, as the frame, battery, and motor technologies develop. Still, some time will pass before this will take place.
Here is a list of lightweight cycling accessories that are useful in any cycling trip.
Does the reduction in size and weight of motors of e-bikes mean a reduction in performance? No, not necessarily. Nowadays with advancements in technology more compact yet powerful motors are being developed. They are compact, sleek; look elegant yet “all- powerful”. Bosch is one of the leading companies specializing in making compact and lightweight yet efficient motors for e-bikes.
Does using carbon fiber as raw material to make the frame of e-bikes cause’ reduction in performance? No, absolutely not. There is no reduction in performance if e-bikes if made from carbon fiber. In fact, e-bikes made of carbon fiber is lightweight and thus easy to maneuver. Moreover, they do not get rusted due to any moisture content in the atmosphere.
Air forks typically require a full rebuild every 8-12 months, while coil forks may only need a full rebuild every 12-18 months. A complete factory rebuild costs $150 to $175. Between full rebuilds, the fork needs basic service to the lower part of the fork. Between full rebuilds, air forks may need 2-3 basic services, while coil forks may only need 1 basic service. A basic service costs $30 to $50. Doing basic services yourself can save you some money. You will have to buy some parts and tools.
Coil forks cost about the same to maintain, but at longer intervals. All this extra maintenance adds up. You will spend more money maintaining your air fork in the long run. Your air fork will get more expensive if you neglect maintenance. For example, if your originals get scratched due to lack of maintenance, the cost of a new prop can exceed $500.
8. Brake dive could be a problem with the air fork
Air forks tend to be softer at the start of the stroke and mid-range. When you brake hard, the front of the bike can drop into mid-travel. It can be difficult to steer when you’re descending this far. Worst case, you could fly over the handlebars.
There are several ways to solve the brake dive problem. You can add some air to increase the spring rate. You can also increase the low-speed compression damping if your fork offers that setting. The problem is that these tweaks reduce small bump sensitivity. Good technique can also help reduce brake dive. When you have to brake hard, move your weight back as far as possible.
9. Some suspension ranges may not be available
Since the air fork is progressive, the force required to compress the spring increases throughout the range. At the end of the range, it takes a lot of force to compress the fork further. This makes the last part of the suspension travel almost useless. End of stroke is only used on the rare occasion when the fork takes a particularly hard hit and bottoms out.
To make more suspension available, you can lower the PSI to lower the spring rate. When you do that, you blow over most of the suspension when you hit a small bump. When you reach the end of your trip, progress quickly ramps up. There may be some unused trips left. If you increase the spring rate, the suspension travel increases in the middle of the range. This gives you less usable range and sensitivity. Pauses also don’t work when some pauses are not in use.
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