WHAT ARE ELECTRIC BIKES?
Electric bikes are relatively new and technology is constantly changing, with new innovative ideas to make them more efficient and affordable options for everyone. If you've never seen an ebike before, you may envisage a scooter or motorbike hybrid, they're actually almost identical to a regular push bike.
On an electric bike, you'll find a number of extra components in comparison to a regular bike; a motor, a battery and a controller all integrated into the design. It's just like a regular bike in that you still need to pedal and steer with the handles. The idea of the electric motor is to assist, not completely replace pedalling. It means that hills and headwind are much more approachable and manageable, meaning you can travel further without getting tired and sweaty – perfect for a morning commute!
We understand that people still want to know a lot about ebikes and our aim is to answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision on which electric bikes you'd like to purchase. We've listed the most popular questions here about what is an ebike, we do also have a full FAQ page to answer all of your questions.
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How does an e-bike controller work?
Shimano Computer Display
A sleek bar-mounted cycling computer with an easy-to-read high-contrast display. It has been partnered with ergonomic switch unit with intuitive design. The easy-to-read computer has every function you’ll need for a successful outing. It's computer functions include speed, distance, trip time, clock, gear, estimated range, battery indication. Accurate, reliable, supple switching between all three power-assist modes regardless of weather conditions.
Featured on: Mustang E and Strada E
The Intuvia on-board computer serves as the command centre, allowing you to switch between four different riding modes; Eco, Tour, Sport & Turbo, as well as displaying information like speed, battery level, distance travelled and approximate range. Your hands remain safely on the handlebar thanks to the separate operating unit. You always have all riding data clearly in sight. You are always pedalling in the correct gear with the gear recommendation; this saves the battery and increases your range.
Featured on: Captus and Motus
Handle-mounted power controls are placed close to the grips, so you can easily select from the power levels, and use the speed button to give you an extra boost for hills or when you're late for work!
Featured on: Strada TSE, Spirit, Stow-E-Way and Pioneer
Emotion Control Panel
There are five different modes that are easily selected with a push of a button on the handlebar to offer you various levels of assistance, this also includes a 'walk' mode that gives slight assistance when you are walking alongside the bike.
Featured on: Array
Do you still have to pedal an electric bike?
How do you ride an electric bike?
Do you need help choosing your bike?
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