The improved e-bike of and for the future
E-bikes are on the rise. Not only in the Netherlands as a traditional cycling country, but also in countries where cycling is not so 'normal' at all, people are discovering the advantages of the electric bicycle. E-bikes provide comfort and convenience for short and long distances. However, a lot about the e-bike is also still unknown, such as the target group, the functional properties and the technical possibilities. Did you know that about half of all bicycles sold today are electric? And that will only increase.
Target groups e-bike
The electric bicycle exclusively for the elderly? Certainly not. More and more (young) adults and young people are switching to the e-bike. The means of transport is now completely hip, partly thanks to the common models and versatile specs. Modern e-bikes and electric cargo bikes have given the image of the electric bicycle a huge boost. A short ride to the supermarket, cycling to school in the morning or 10 kilometers on the way to work; they are ideal distances for your e-bike. The sale of electric bicycles continues to grow, and that among a varied target group. The perfect means of transport for you.
Advantages Vogue Bike
- quickly and comfortably at the destination
- environmentally friendly alternative to the car
- less physically demanding than the traditional bicycle
- healthy: exercise in the open air
- ideal for bridging various distances
Position of the motor on the e-bike
Depending on the structure of the e-bikes, the motor can return to three different positions: front, middle (bottom bracket) and rear. The best place for the bike depends in part on your personal preference. We will briefly list the pros and cons for you.
Rear wheel motor
This is the most silent motor for e-bikes. This type of motor generates the same cycling experience as with a normal bicycle, thanks to the rear-wheel drive. Finally, the e-bike 'pulls' less strongly, and that ensures a manageable bike ride.
The downside is the reliance on one system: the derailleur system. This requires more maintenance due to wear and tear
The mid-engine is positioned on the bottom bracket, which has a number of practical advantages. For example, the weight distribution is more favorable, while you are more efficient and economical on the road. Easy to use.
Extra: the mid-engine does not need a rotation sensor, as is the case with the front wheel, to measure how much assistance the engine should provide to the driver.
Front wheel motor
A motor on the front wheel is basic and sturdy. Big advantage is that this engine can be combined with all gear system. You are on the road at the right speed from the first second, regardless of the gear.
The downside is that steering can be a bit heavier with a front wheel motor, and that can affect your grip when cornering. There is a front wheel motor for every type of cyclist.
Battery: properties, radius, distances, charging
The battery of an electric bicycle supplies power to the motor. In recent years, both the battery life and the range have been greatly improved. This is increasingly suitable for long distances, but of course still for short journeys. The range of the e-bike stands for the number of kilometers that you can cycle on one full battery, without recharging. How do you improve the life of the battery?
- Keep the battery at room temperature: do not leave the e-bike outside when it is freezing or extremely hot.
- Opt for even use. Avoid a completely full or empty battery for a longer period.
- Use the authentic charger, so you can be sure that the battery is being charged correctly.
With a battery, the range is roughly between 25 to 75 kilometers. Always pay close attention to the number of Wh / Watt hours, because these tell you more about the expected range. Please note: the range is usually the maximum power. Height differences, (strong) headwind and the age of the battery can affect the range.
Which type of e-bike is right for you?
E-bikes come in countless variants. Before you make a choice, it is important to consider what you will use the bicycle for: short or long distances, transport, commuting. Then you determine what you need most in your specific situation: comfort, speed, stability or solidity?
Vogue e-bikes have a front wheel or mid-engine. With the electric cargo bikes this is front, middle or rear. Because the position of the motor in combination with the battery has a lot of influence on the ease of use, you always receive free advice about the possibilities.
Would you like to know more before purchasing an electric bicycle from Vogue? We are happy to tell you more.