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2022 Electric Bicycle Buying Guide: How To Choose, Trends & New Features

January 24, 2022

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or a better way to get around, an electric bike may be the right answer. However, finding the right e-bike for your needs can be challenging, especially if you don’t yet know a lot about them. There are so many options! Even when you find a great brand (like Sixthreezero), you may need some help narrowing down your choices. The following buying guide will get you started on finding the ideal e bike.


Types of Electric Bikes


One of the first questions potential buyers usually have is: how do electric bikes work? The answer is a little more complex than you may think because there are a few different types of electric bikes. Fundamentally, they are all bicycles with the addition of an electric motor and a battery. However, they can operate a little differently depending on the class you select:


  • Class 1: There is a motor that only provides assistance when you pedal, but it stops helping when you pass 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 2: The pedal-assist mode works up to 20 miles per hour and there is a throttle-only mode. In other words, you can ride a class 2 bike without even pedaling!
  • Class 3: Like those in class 1, these bikes only have a pedal-assist mode, but the assistance helps up to 28 miles per hour.


These classes are defined by law, so most manufacturers follow a similar classification structure. The type of bike also has a big impact on another key question for buyers: how much are electric bikes? Class 1 is generally the least expensive and ideal for fun-seekers. Class 2 is a little more practical and more expensive but can still go most places that class 1 bikes can. Class 3 is the most practical and the most expensive. It tends to be the favored class for commuters and others using bikes for daily transit needs.


Electric Bikes For Men


Once you know which type of e-bike you are looking for, you can start thinking about the specific model. Typically, there are similar electric bikes for sale for men and women, but, like standard bikes, there are a few small differences. Men’s bikes usually have larger frames and higher top bars.


At Sixthreezero, you’ll find a selection of styles including hybrid, cruiser, fat tire and comfort. Hybrid bikes tend to be great for commuting and other transit. Cruiser bikes are more ideal for relaxed riding. Fat tire bikes are great for fun rides and do well on sand. Comfort bikes are a more upright, European style that is great for people who find bicycles uncomfortable (or who just love the look).


Electric Bikes For Women


If you are looking for an electric bicycle for women, you will find a lot of great options, just like the selection for men. These bikes are built a little smaller. Additionally, some of them have lower, “step-through” top bars that make it easier for people wearing skirts to get on. Those lower top bars are also popular with people who have trouble lifting their legs over a standard frame.


You’ll find all the same frames available for women as for men. The EVRYjourney is especially popular with both men and women. The AroundtheBlock is another top choice in the Sixthreezero catalog.


Find the Ideal Electric Bike for Your Needs Today


Check out the full selection of electric bikes in the Sixthreezero catalog. Now that you know about the types of electric bikes, the difference between men’s and women’s bikes and the most popular frame styles, you can find the perfect bike for you. Also, check out our bike advice for more help.

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