The Brief Introduction to Electric Bikes

In the United States, the definition and classification of e-bikes are not as detailed as in Europe, and the names are much more arbitrary, electric bikes and e-bikes are both available. The popularity of e-bikes is also later than in Europe, and the market is less educated. Moreover, due to the relatively independent administrative management of each state in the US, the regulation of e-bikes varies.

 

General regulations:

Maximum continuous motor output power: 750W

The maximum speed of 20mph, almost 32km/h

 

State regulations:

13 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., Wyoming) have taken the lead in implementing the Class 1, 2, 3 classification system, with the following differences between the three classes of e-bikes.

Class 1: Only assist mode, speed limit 20mile/h, to this speed motor power off, stop providing assistance

Class 2: With a handlebar, which is equivalent to one more option, other than the same as class 1

Class 3: only power mode, but the speed limit is 28mile/h, 40% more than the first two levels of the maximum speed limit

 

Many people buy bikes based on past experience and select those specific brands, but in fact, 80 percent of all e-bikes are currently shipped from manufacturers in eastern China, including super73 and juiced bikes, so most of the e-bikes on the market in the same price range are not very different in terms of craftsmanship and technology.

 

Actually, the U.S. e-bike market is very rich, arguably the richest in the world. This is reflected in the following areas:

  1. There are a very large number of brands, including American brands, Chinese brands, and traditional bicycle brands that have crossed over into the e-bike space.
  2. Product types, according to the focus of the brand, can be divided into two types: selling e-bikes themselves and accessories. For example, brands like Dillenger and E-BikeKit focus on e-bike conversion kit, while Currie only sells accessories for various e-bike brands. In terms of e-bikes themselves, there are different brands that specialize in one type of bike, some focus on electric cargo bikes, some focus on recumbent bikes, some focus on fat tire bike and some focus on electric tricycles, such as butchers & bicycles.
  3. The price positioning is rich. Ancheer is a typical low-priced product, all models of the entire brand do not exceed $1000, and in Wal-Mart supermarkets such as a large supply of Juiced bikes and Beecool bikes such belong to the mid-range price, you can buy a good electric bike riding experience with relatively cheap prices. Like Jeep, specialized these high-end brands, the price is practically no upper limit, the choice is not too many people.

 

In summary, if you are going to buy an electric bike, you should first understand the national laws and regulations and know the local regulations. Then get to know the market, choose a price point you can afford, and learn more about some brands, including well-known and emerging brands.

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