Ebike Buying Guide

ELECTRIC BIKE (EBIKE) BUYING GUIDE

An Ebike features an electric motor that is powered by a rechargeable battery. The most popular system in Australia is the pedelec (or pedal assist) system. You ride a pedelec Ebike by pedalling as normal, but the electric motor adds power to each pedal stroke - flattening out the hills and getting you up to speed with much less effort.

Ebikes make it easier to ride further and more often. You can go longer distances, get there faster, easily carry more luggage and arrive in better shape when doing it! You still get an exercise benefit and the simple joy of being on a bike, but the experience is less taxing and something you’ll want to repeat daily.

Ebikes are the fastest growing category of bicycle in the world and have seen a ten-fold increase in Europe over the past six years. Much of this growth has come from increased awareness but also improvements in performance, handling and aesthetics driven by advances in battery technology.

Australia has always been behind on these advances as we couldn’t import from the key markets driving developments in electric bikes. In May 2012 however, the Australian government adopted European rule (EN 15194:2009) for permitted power output of electric bikes from 200 to 250 watts. With the adoption of this common standard we are at last now seeing the better international systems become available here in Australia.

To give more riders than ever before the opportunity to get on an Ebike, Reid Cycles have partnered with industry leaders to develop our own range. Choose from our Urban+ mid-mount motor system bikes featuring the premium Shimano Steps, or the globally popular and affordable hub drive motor from Bafang as featured on our Pulse range.


REID URBAN+ RANGE

Featuring Shimano Steps Mid-Mount Motor

Partnering with industry leader Shimano for the battery, control unit and motor and a leading Taiwanese eBike manufacturer for the frame and parts, Reid Cycles is now offering our own premium eBike to Australian riders at a value packed price. The Urban+ range of eBikes are built around one of the leading mid-mount pedelec systems available today to deliver fast charging, reliable performance and a smooth riding experience.

Reid Cycles chose to partner with Shimano on this new range as the Steps system is a proven premium performer in the eBike category. Shimano Steps now also offers a local support centre in Australia to handle any issues with their pedelec systems.

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REID PULSE RANGE

Featuring Bafang Hub Motor

Bafang are the largest Ebike hub motor manufacturer in the world and continuing to grow rapidly in the European and US markets. The motor is light and unobtrusive at only 2.9 kg, recharge time is quick and the range is good. Considering how affordable these bikes are, a new Ebike now makes a lot of sense for more people.

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Thinking of trying an eBike? Read the FAQs below and contact your nearest Reid Cycles store for a free test ride.

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HOW TO CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC BIKE

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MID-MOUNT AND A HUB MOTOR ARRANGEMENT?

Primarily the mid-mount design offers a smoother acceleration and lowers the center of gravity of the bike giving a more stable ride over broken ground (this benefit is more valuable when riding off-road). For a bike that will only ever be used on roads and paths however, hub motors offer a more discrete, lighter and more affordable choice.

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Q. HOW FAST DOES AN EBIKE GO

eBikes in Australia are limited to 250w and will assist you up to 25km/hr - going faster than this is up to the effort of the rider. Any motor providing more power will be classified as a motorbike and must be registered and ridden by a licenced rider.

Q. HOW FAR CAN I TRAVEL ON A FULL CHARGE

The range you can expect on a full charge depends on the rider, how much luggage you’re carrying, terrain and the power setting. Under standard commuting conditions you can expect a range of 85km (under ideal conditions it has been shown to travel 125 kilometres) for the Shimano Steps system, while the Bafang system will cover 70km.

Q. HOW DO I CHARGE AN EBIKE AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

Simply plug the charger into a standard wall socket at work or when you get home. To charge the Shimano Steps battery from 0% to 80% will take 2 hours, 100% in 4 hours. Most of the time though you’ll just need to top up rather than completely refill. Charging times are similar for the Bafang.

Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARGE?

The Shimano Steps system uses a 418Wh battery. At 30c/kWh x 0.418kWh = 12.5c for a full charge. Costs are similar with the Bafang.

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Can I ride it like normal

Q. CAN I SWITCH OFF THE ENGINE AND RIDE IT LIKE NORMAL?

Yes. Remove the battery pack and it will feel very much like a normal bike.

Q. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A MID-MOUNT MOTOR ARRANGEMENT?

The mid-mount design means that the full gear range of the bicycle can be used and the centre of gravity is lowered, giving a more stable ride.

Q. WHAT IS THE WARRANTY FOR SHIMANO STEPS BATTERY PERFORMANCE?

Shimano warranty all products (including their Lithium Ion batteries) for 2 years. 

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Shimano Steps System

Q. WHY CHOOSE A REID BIKE BUILT WITH THE SHIMANO STEPS SYSTEM?

Over many years of leading innovation in the bicycle industry, Shimano has become synonymous with quality, reliability and value for money. 

After testing all of the leading available pedelec systems on the market, Reid chose Shimano Steps as the perfect partner for our Urban+ range of eBikes – delivering long battery life, quick charging, near silent operation and smooth power delivery.

Now that Shimano is supporting the Steps eBike system with a local service centre to quickly resolve any issues, we are confident in offering the system to our customers.

By designing our own bikes and selling direct through our own stores, Reid Cycles gives Australian riders the opportunity to take advantage of these amazing innovations at an unbeatable price.

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For all new bikes we offer FREE servicing for 12 months, lifetime warranty on frame and forks and 2 years warranty on parts.

By designing our own bikes and selling direct through our own stores, Reid Cycles gives Australian riders the opportunity to take advantage of these amazing innovations at an unbeatable price.

If you’d like some more information, give us a call or come into one of our stores for a warm welcome and friendly advice. In the meantime, check out our full range of eBikes. 

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