E-Bikes & Bikes Customised to You
August 29, 2021
Hey, guys. Dustin here, CEO of sixthreezero, and today I'm going to give you the top four things you need to know about e-bikes before you purchase. Stick around.
Okay, guys. So today I'm going to tell you the top four things you must know about e-bikes before you purchase. But before I do, hit that subscribe button down below. Stay in touch with us here at sixthreezero. Be the first to see all the new content we're putting out and also be the first to know about the weekly monthly contest we're doing for giveaways of bikes, e-bikes, and accessories. So hit subscribe, stay in touch.
All right, so let's jump into it. The top four things you must know about electric bikes before you purchase one. Now, let's start. Number one, let me check my notes here, there are different motor sizes of electric bikes. So there are a lot of electric bikes popping up, tons of different styles, and one thing it's important to know is that there are different motor sizes.
Now, in California, as an example, the largest size of motor can be is 750 Watts. But motor sizes can range from 250 Watts, 350 Watts, 500 Watts, 750 Watts. They can actually go above 750 Watts, but they just won't be street legal so they would only be able to be used off-road, trails, things like that. So it's 750 Watts for pavement, and then they actually could go 1,000 Watts, 1,500 Watts. I'm seeing now off-road e-bikes coming in at 4,000 Watts, crazy things like that that can have top speeds, 60 miles an hour.
Now, I'm not going to tell you which wattage is right for you today, but I want to just say that there are lots of different motor sizes so it's very important that you think about the use and how you're going to use the e-bike. How much power do you really need? Just to give you some barometer, a 250-Watt motor on full throttle's going to be able to take you about 16 miles an hour with pedal assist. You'll be able to get up to 20 miles an hour. A 750-Watt motor is going to get you to 20 miles an hour full throttle, at least, and up to 28 miles an hour with pedal assist.
Anything above that, anything above 750 Watts, again, you can't use it on the pavement, it'll be off-road and those bikes can really fly. They can take you 30, 40, 50, even 60 miles an hour. Again, you're going to pay more. Bikes are going to get more expensive the larger the motor size gets so it's important that you just think about how much power do you really need? How much effort do you want to put in? Are you going to pedal the bike? Are you going to use full throttle? Totally up to you. So just think about it and just know that there are different motor sizes. It's not a one size fits all kind of thing.
Number two, there are different battery sizes. This is also important to think about because depending on how far you're going to ride, how long you're going to be out for, do you want a smaller battery or larger battery? Different companies have different battery sizes. Battery sizes also vary based on motor sizes so if you have a more powerful motor, you want a larger battery, obviously, so the battery can last longer when you're out riding. But it's important to think about, are you going to ride with pedal assist? Are you going to ride with full throttle? Are you going to ride the bike without the electricity even being turned on?
Because if you're going to do a lot of riding in full throttle, you want a larger battery. You can check when you look at the batteries for the amp hours, that's one way to see. The more the amp-hours, the bigger the battery.
You want to try to compare apples to apples so if you're looking at a 500 watt of one company, look at their battery size and then look at a 500 watt of another company and look at their battery size.
You can't really compare a smaller motor with a smaller battery to a larger motor with a larger battery. You're looking at apples versus oranges there. So just know there are different battery sizes. Check the range estimations that the companies give you and think about how much battery life do you need.
How far are you going to ride? How long are you going to ride? I would say the average person can get on an electric bike using full throttle, no peddling, is probably going to be around 10 to 15 miles. With pedal assist, you're probably looking at on average, I would say 35 miles. Again, there's lots of variables in that whole equation: The weight of the rider, the height of the rider, the wind conditions, the terrain, hills, things of that nature.
All right. My number three tip you must know, different frame sizes. Now, this sounds obvious, but if you're new to the market and just shopping for an electric bike, it's just important to know that there are tons of different frame sizes and styles that you can purchase. There are 20-inch e-bikes for adults. Up to 26-inch e-bikes. Some e-bikes don't look like bikes that have different styles of frames. There are folding e-bikes. But it's just important to know that if you don't have a sense of what you want, I want you to know that there are lots of different types out there and it's about finding the right type of bike that's for your needs. I have some other videos that talk about that specific topic, which is finding the right bike for you. But again, on the high-level search, just know lots of different types. You can search for different places. You don't have to focus on the first thing you see.
All right. Oh, and the last thing I'll say too is that with all these different frame sizes, you'll be able to find the right frame for your body. At sixthreezero, we actually have a custom fitting tool you can use to answer some questions and we can perfectly fit your body to an electric bike using our proprietary algorithm. That's another option. You can take that quiz on our website.
Lastly, my number four tip, electric bikes may or may not have gears, but the gears are not related to the electric portion of the bike. What I mean by this is electric bikes, the motors don't come with gears. When an electric bike has gears, we're talking about gears on the bicycle. I just think that's important to know that. Some people may think that electric bikes have gears and you shift them or the electric motor shifts. They don't.
Now, electric bikes can have gears, but again, they'd be on the bicycle. I've seen electric bikes with one-speed, seven-speed, three-speed, 21 speed. Really depends on how much are you going to use the pedal assist? Where are you going to ride the bike? Are you going to ride the bike and not use the pedal assist? If you're not going to use the pedal assist or you're going to use the pedal assist frequently, having some gears is nice. If you're going to be doing more full-throttle then you may not need gears as often. Just important to know the differentiation between the gears that are on the bicycle and the fact that there are no gears attached to the actual motor of the electric bike.
Those are my top four things to know about electric bikes before purchasing. If you have suggestions or think there are other things that people should know before buying an electric bike, please comment below. I'd love to hear them. Also don't forget, go to our website, you can browse our electric bikes. You can navigate over there and make our body fit quiz, which will perfectly fit you and your body to one of our electric bikes. We have a 365-day return policy. If you don't love your bike within 365 days, you can send it back, no questions asked and no money out of your pocket.
In addition to that, we have an awesome community of sixthreezero riders in our Facebook peddlers group. You can join that group and talk to other riders about our bikes, how they ride, what they're doing with them. Look at photos and ask them about the electric bikes as well and how they fit them. It's a great way to connect with our community either before you purchase and also after you've purchased to see how others are riding and where they're going.
In addition to that, you can download our app, track your rides and be a part of our community that way. You can see what types of bikes people are riding, how far they're going. We have leaderboards for tracking rides on standard bikes and e-bikes so it's a lot of fun. Download the app sixthreezero Pedaling. All right, thanks for sticking around, and don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.
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