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! You can learn more details in this article.
As we said, different countries have different laws. Let’s start with the United States where there are three classes of E-bikes
In Europe, things are a bit simpler. The E-bike must have pedal-activated assistance that stops once the bike reaches a speed of 15.5 mph (about 25 kmph). Not quite as fast as the States, but still a nice added boost to your ride. And remember, it’s still a bike so you can keep pedaling and reach a higher top speed with your own leg power once the electrical assistance stops, if needed.
Is an E-bike worth the money?
E-bike math is something we can totally get behind! E-bikes cost slightly more than traditional bikes, but the price difference is worth it given the increase in convenience: you can go further and faster on an E-bike.
Don’t believe the hype? The benefits of E-bikes have been looked at in numerous studies, which show that using less effort while riding allows people to ride greater distances and, most importantly, ride more often.
The numbers are impressive: E-bike riders are twice as likely as traditional bike riders to use their bike at least once a week. The extra boost from an electric bike makes it easier to ride to work without getting too sweaty, while the additional speed can be a lifesaver if you’re running a bit late (you feel seen, right?).
But an E-bike’s price tag is an even bigger steal when you compare it to other modes of transportation. After the initial investment (which is already a fraction of the cost of buying a car or motorcycle) an E-bike’s maintenance costs are low. In fact, they’re about the same as a regular bike, including parts like new tires or chains after they wear out. Compared to owning a car in the city, with its high costs for gas, parking, insurance, and maintenance, an electric bike turns out to be a really affordable option. And it might even be faster since you won’t get stuck in traffic.
And consider this your reminder that life on two wheels is seriously good for your health: Even on an E-bike, the extra boost provided by the motor is only assistance to your own pedaling efforts, and that can be a whole leg day right there! Switching up a more sedentary commute or journey for one that gets your heart and lungs pumping is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mental health, and get a sneaky workout into your day.
How to choose and buy an E-bike
There are so many options. 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 every day?
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.
Here are some of our best-selling options, whether you want a commuter-friendly ride, or an E-bike to spice up your social life!
Where can I buy a Momentum E-bike?
We are obsessed with E-bikes, and we want to make buying one as easy as possible. We have a global network of retailers and bike shops where our experts are ready to help you find the perfect E-bike. Find your closest Momentum E-bike retailer here. And if you know what you want already, just order online here.