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This one's a pretty simple answer, are electric bikes heavier than normal bikes? The answer is yes, and the big reason for that is because it comes with a motor and a battery, and the reality of the battery is it's really heavy. The battery is the most heavy element of an electric bike. The majority of an electric bike compared to a standard bike is virtually the same.
Now, it depends if it's steel or aluminum, things like that, but if you were to take the battery and take the motor out of the electric bike it's going to be the same as a standard bike. The batteries can add anywhere from, I would say, six pounds up to 20 pounds, depending on how big of a battery it is, do you have more than one battery on your electric bike, so there are some variables there. The motor can add about, I would say somewhere about eight to 12 pounds, depending on rear hub motor or mid-drive motor, but it's definitely going to add some weight.
Now, obviously, when you have the assistance of the motor you're not going to feel the weight too much. If you do decide to pedal the bike without any of assistance, you're going to have more resistance on a standard bike because you're adding more weight to the bike. Now, if you're just doing recreational riding on flat ground, when you feel it not really that much. Honestly, I ride my electric bike sometimes without using the motor and if I'm just casually strolling along I don't feel it.
But over the course of 10, 15, 20 miles, if you were to do that, pedal normal and not use the electric assist and carrying that weight you're definitely going to feel it in your legs, which could be a good thing because it's going to be a better workout, so something to consider. The answer is, yes, they are heavier. At this point, just where battery technology is, there's no way around it.
Electric cars are also heavy. The batteries tend to be very heavy in electric cars so that's a piece that needs to be innovated and get better and reduce the weight. As it stands, yeah, they're heavier and it is something to think about when you're putting e-bikes on car racks, that they are going to be heavier than standard, so you just want to look at what's the car rack rated for, how many bikes is it rated for?
Sometimes if a car rack is rated for three bikes, you probably would only do two e-bikes, but it's important to remember. You can also take the battery out and put that inside your car when you're going to put it on the rack. Also, if you're going to go for a long bike ride and not use the motor, you could leave the battery at home, that will reduce the weight, create less drag, and make it easier to pedal that bike.
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