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Beginner's Guide in Choosing the Right Electric Bike

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It might look like a regular bike, but E-bikes are anything but! E-bikes are the hottest way to get where you’re going faster – and with a lot more fun along the way. 

But we get it, there are A LOT of things to think about when buying an E-bike, not least, “Can I charge it like my phone?” Spoiler alert: you can! 

The guide lists the ebike types and some tips for choosing ebike. Read on for a lesson in all things E-bikes in the best E-bike Beginners' guide.

What is an E-Bike?


If you’re thinking an E-bike looks a lot like a standard bike but with a few more (very handy) parts, then you’re right. These parts put the ‘electric’ in ‘E’-bike: the electric motor, battery, and controls.

Each designers integrate these extra components into the bike’s frame so it isn’t any bulkier than a traditional bike. So, they look similar, but what’s it like riding an electric bike? You guessed it: it’s like riding a regular bike but with an extra boost when you engage the motor.

The E-bike Motor

When buying an E-bike, there are two things to look for when choosing the motor: the number of Watts (W) and Newton-meters (Nm).

A higher W power rating means the E-bike can pull weight more easily. (But remember: a higher W motor also drains the battery more quickly). The Nm rating refers to the force used to turn the E-bike’s back wheel – aka ‘torque.’ A higher Nm rating can turn the back wheel more quickly to help you accelerate or climb a steep slope.

We at LA Electric Bike Co help ensure you have the best motor and battery combo for your riding style.

The E-bike Battery


Your E-bike’s battery powers the motor. For LA Electric Bike Co's lithium-polymer batteries, note the number of ‘Wh.’ This stands for ‘watt-hours;’ the bigger the number, the further the E-bike can go. Just remember, the distance you can travel is also based on the terrain and ride mode.

Batteries with a higher Wh can take slightly longer to charge because of their extra power. For example, a 500 Wh E-bike battery might take under 4 hours to fully charge, while a 625 Wh battery could take up to 5 hours. However, all LA Electric Bike Co batteries’ lifetimes are similar.

The E-bike Controller

The controller lets you choose how much assistance you get from the motor. All of our controllers are easy to use and make for a smooth, effortless ride.

When the electric assistance function is turned on, just pedal normally to active your E-bike’s assistance-- the E-bike knows to provide an extra boost!

How Fast Does an E-bike Go?

We are totally here for the go-faster vibes, and because E-bikes can go quicker than traditional bikes, countries have different laws regulating how fast they can go. The way most of these laws work is that the E-bike can provide an added speed boost up to a certain point. 


Once the E-bike reaches a specific speed, the motor stops providing electrical assistance and any additional speed on top of that is powered by you. This means the absolute fastest speed your electric bike can go, in part, depends on how fast and hard you can pedal!


How to Choose and Buy an E-bike

There are so many options to choose. Don’t be overwhelmed, choice is good! It means it’s much easier to find the perfect E-bike for you. But when deciding which E-bike to buy, ask yourself these basic questions to understand your needs:

1. Where will you ride the most?

For example, if you plan to use your E-bike for your daily commute, then you might want to consider a city E-bike with a smart controller that offers a fast and seamless ride.

2. How often do you plan to ride?

Again, if it’s for everyday use, then a city E-bike with a fast-charging battery is important.

3. How far do you plan to ride everyday?

Your E-bike’s range (that’s how far it gets on a single charge) is very important, so if you’re riding to and from work, you’re probably going to want a commuter city bike with a bigger range than, say, a weekender relaxed riding style bike.

4. Do you need to carry a lot of stuff or kids while you ride?

A cargo E-bike will help you carry an extra load without having to work any harder. And if you want to just explore the city, ride for fitness, or have fun with friends, then you should make range and comfort your top priorities.

How to Choose and Buy an E-bike

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If you’re going back and forth to work every day, you want an E-bike that focuses on range and speed, which will help you ride further and faster with less effort. The Transend E+ has an integrated EnergyPak 500 battery that lets you ride longer distances on a single charge (the ideal range is 170km), and with six levels of pedal support you’ll be able to tackle hills faster and sweat-free. 

When working out a bike’s range, you need to consider a few factors: rider weight, riding style, riding conditions, and tire pressure. All of these can impact an E-bike’s top range. When compared to riding the bus or the subway, how far you can go on a single charge is still healthier, greener, and way more fun on the Transend E+! Plus, the bike’s upright position and luxe saddle make it super comfortable.

E-bikes For Exploring

These next bikes scream comfort, and we know how important that is! Our Retrospec e-bikes are designed with comfort as their top priority. Both are available with low-step frames, making it easier to get on and off your bike, and grippy 2.35-inch tires provide a chilled ride, regardless of the terrain.



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