Choosing the right electric bike

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These days, the variety of choices for electric bikes is almost endless, as is the variation in prices. We often see electric bikes around $1000 and they have a 500 Watt motor, next to it we have for example a Devinci E-Milano with a 250 Watt motor, but at a price of $3400. Why would we pay more for something less powerful? I will try to explain to you the differences between the ranges and also which type is best suited to your needs.
The price difference

Unfortunately, we are often limited by our budget, but buying the cheapest bike is not really going to save us money. Let me explain, at the time we can actually save, for example, $600 or even $1000 compared to two bikes that seem similar to us. The problem is that when the bike needs maintenance and most likely replacement of parts, it may be more expensive. Often, on less expensive bikes we find entry-level parts and even if it is Shimano, that does not necessarily mean that it is more quality since they also offer entry-level parts. However, this year one problem I noticed most often was with the brakes. The majority do not have a brand or it is a Chinese brand with which the "Bike shops" have difficulty finding spare parts and in the end you can only put a new brake kit, since the parts which are accessible to us are not compatible. So, by buying a slightly better quality bike, it will be easier and cheaper to get it repaired.

Basically, there are two types of motors: wheel motors and pedal motors. Of course these two types of engines have other particularities, but we will keep it simple so that you understand the basics.

Our wheel motor is as its name says located in the wheel, it is much less expensive since it has fewer sensors and technology inside. Often, we see them with 350 and 500 watt motors. With this type of engine, you have the advantage of having a “throttle” (the small eyebolt that allows you to move forward without pedaling) on ​​the majority of models. In general, this type of engine is appreciated by people who don't want to have to worry about changing gears, since you don't have to worry about what gear you are in, you have just increase the level of assistance and the bike pedals practically alone. So, we could say that occasional cyclists who rather want to go for pleasure rides will be the target clientele for this type of bike.
The pedal motor is more efficient and unlike the other, you always have to pedal to move forward. It is mainly offered in 250 watts and when you want something more powerful, you have to look at the Nm. The higher the number of Newton meters, the less difficulty/force you will have when going up a hill for example. For pedal motors, prioritize Bosch or Shimano motors since they are more reliable and much easier to get assistance when you have a problem with them! If you're the type of rider who wants to keep the pedaling feel of a regular bike, but just want a helping hand to get more mileage into your day, this type of motor would be a wise choice.
The type of bike

Now that we know what type of engine suits us, there remains the type of bike to
choose according to where you mainly want to use it.
The hybrid or road bike: if you do a lot of cycling or you ride mainly on asphalt roads, prioritize hybrid models. Often hybrids will be more comfortable for daily use.
The hybrid/mountain: We often see electric bikes with tires of
mountain and a small suspension in front. I would recommend this type of bike if you are the type to go for walks on gravel or dirt trails, like the Jean-Larose in Mont-Sainte-Anne.
The fat bike: Honestly, I only recommend this type of bike if you ride a fat bike in winter or if you often ride in sand. Otherwise, I don't really see the use.
Mountain biking: Obviously, if you are always on mountain trails and want to do more mileage you will like this option. In my opinion, prioritize a motor of at least 50 Nm.