We have all heard the old adage, ‘You get what you pay for.’ Still, we are tempted by bargains that promise us more than they are likely to deliver. This can be said for e-bikes as much as most potential purchases. It makes sense to get the most for your money, but beware of offers that are too good to be true.
If you have heard of e-bikes that cost less than $1,000 and wonder why others cost several times that much, we can assure you that there are very good reasons. Components that lack durability, an uncomfortable ride, weak motors, and short life batteries are just a few things that you should look out for if you are considering a bargain basement e-bike.
Low cost e-bikes may seem like a good way to see how much you like riding an e-bike or an affordable option for a child rider, but go into the investment with eyes wide open. Choosing to spend the same amount on a quality used e-bike with better features may serve your needs for satisfactorily.
Here are just a few things to look for if you are considering an e-bike with an amazing price:
Batteries: A good quality lithium Ion battery from a name brand supplier such as Sony, Samsung or Panasonic retails in and around $1000 just for the battery and they should last you between 3-7 years. Many factories in China will claim that their bikes have Samsung batteries and they will even go so far as to write the name Samsung directly on the cells. Ask to see the MSDS battery sheet before buying an electric bike. This is a mandatory sheet required by Transport Canada that guaranties the quality and chemistry of the battery.
Tires: By using cheap tires that wear quickly and are prone to leaks, manufacturers of cheap e-bikes lower their costs, but you will soon have to replace them.
Seat: E-bikes are great for long road trips and commutes, unless your bargain find has a seat that is uncomfortable from the moment you set out.
Frame: Quality e-bikes are designed to keep electric components sleekly hidden away within a sturdy frame. Cheaply made e-bikes have less durable frames and less streamlined design.
Brakes: The ability to stop is an important feature that you will want to ensure is not missing in the subpar brake system of that discount e-bike.
Wiring: Obviously the electric system is a rather important feature of an e-bike. On cheap e-bikes and conversion kits, you will often find low gauge wire, poor connections, and lack of protection from the outdoor elements.
Warranty: If the e-bike comes with a limited warranty, that is a good sign that the manufacturers are aware that something is going to go wrong, and soon.
Service: Most extremely cheap e-bikes are made by manufacturers of unknown reputation and purchased online, so when they do need service you are left high and dry.
Don’t get burned by a bargain that turns out to be an expensive disappointment. Let Cit-E-Cycles help you select an e-bike that fits your lifestyle and your budget with quality components, generous warranty, and guaranteed service by e-bike professionals.