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Electric bike buyer’s guide

Electric bikes or e-bikes are a Blast to Ride!! Plus, we can go farther than we ever thought possible. Learn about the benefits of e-bikes and how to choose the right bike for your style of riding.  Once you find the perfect e-bike, don’t forget to read all about taking care of it. We want to keep your brand new e-bike in perfect condition . Once you start riding, you won’t want to stop. Time to start planning your 2022 e-bike adventures.

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What is an electric bike?

E-bikes amplify your pedaling power thanks to an electric drive system. There are many different kinds of e-bikes, but all of them use an electric motor and battery to assist your feet to power your bike. Most e-bikes have a controller that lets you choose the amount of power the system provides.

Is an e-bike right for me?

While e-bikes are a super fun, easy way to get around, they might not be right for everyone. Here’s a brief comparison of electric bikes and other popular modes of transportation.

Electric bikes vs Traditional bikes
 Traditional bikes do not have an electric motor. The electric motor on an e-bike gives a boost helping you ride faster and farther. Traditional bikes are, however, lighter and generally less expensive than e-bikes. Both types of bikes are a fantastic way to go places and exercise!

Electric bikes vs Electric Scooters
 Electric scooters are compact and easy to maneuver in the city. Scooters shine on short, intra-city trips when you want to get somewhere faster than you can walk.  Still, e-bikes can take you further and faster than an electric scooter. An e-bike can often travel twice as far on a single charge. Many e-bikes also have rack options for transporting items allowing riders to replace car trips for errands like shopping.  The e-bike is a sturdy, balanced, quick form of transportation.

Electric bikes vs cars
 We admit, cars can travel much farther and faster than e-bikes and weather conditions are less of a concern. Plus, cars can haul more than e-bikes. But cars are more expensive - initially and over time—considering maintenance, fuel, licensing, and insurance costs. E-bikes are economical, and they provide exercise which is excellent for your bank account, health and wellbeing.

Electric bikes will change your life

Electric bikes give you the freedom and power to extend your ride, explore longer, and ultimately have more fun. Whether you’re looking for a faster, more enjoyable, planet-friendly commute or seeking bigger thrills on the trail, we have a Trek e-bike that will accomplish all of that. Get the most out of every riding season.

It’s easy and fun to get out and ride

E-bikes are an awesome option for cyclists who are recovering from an injury, wishing to ride further, or as a gate-way bike into cycling for the new rider. The extra boost from the pedal assist will encourage you to get outside and ride. You can enjoy the outdoors and put less strain on your body.

Ride farther, faster, and right up hills

Is climbing hills discouraging you from riding a bike? We have the perfect solution. An e-bike will give you just the right amount of boost to get you up that hill. In fact, the variable settings on the controller will work with you to increase strength and endurance.  Power up the hills and amplify your level of fitness. Longer, faster trips are always within reach. 

Replace car trips and commutes

Long bike commutes are feasible, more enjoyable, and much less sweaty on an e-bike. That extra boost increases your carrying capacity on errand runs. Leave your car at home and feel good about getting exercise. The positive impact on the environment is an extra bonus.

Anatomy of an electric bike

Parts of an electric bike

1. Electric bike motor

The two main types of e-bike motors are hub motors and mid-drive motors. Hub motors are typically mounted in the rear wheel while mid-drive motors are located in the same area as the pedal cranks and bottom bracket. Mid-drive motors are more efficient, feel more natural while pedaling, and are easier to shift on hills.

2. Electric bike controllers

As you might guess, controllers are used to control the e-bike’s settings. They’re super simple to use. You can change your level of assist, see speed and distance, and check remaining battery power. Some controllers can integrate with your smartphone for added capability.

3. Electric bike batteries

E-batteries are a key factor in determining the e-bike’s travel range. A higher watt hour (Wh) provides more potential to travel further. Batteries can be mounted in several different places on the bike. Those mounted on the downtube or even integrated into the downtube itself provide the best center of gravity for the rider.

We’re your electric bike experts

Expert e-bike service

The qualified technicians in our service center are standing by to ensure your ride is dialed and ready for fun.

We’ll take care of you

Every Trek e-bike is backed by a lifetime frame warranty and a two-year battery warranty.

Best-in-class electronics

We only use e-bike drive systems that meet our incredibly high standard of quality, reliability, serviceability, and ease of use.

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