What is an e-Bike?

So, you're interested in an ebike?


You’re in the market for a bike, and during your research, you’ve found many different types of bikes, including e-bikes. So, your next question may be, “what is an e-bike?” or “how does an e-bike work?”


The term “e-bike” is short for “electric bike .” Electric bikes have the same aspect as regular bicycles, pedals, brakes, handles, and tires, but with one twist. Electric bikes have a motor and battery built into certain parts of a bike’s frame to assist the rider on a long commute, up a hill, or on other terrains that may require more effort.


How does an electric bike work? 

An electric bike has a motor housed in 1 of 3 places, front hub, rear hub, or center (referred to as a mid-drive motor powered through cranks). All Voltour’s e-bikes come with a rear hub motor. The rear hub motor is an axle-mounted motor that works through the e-bike’s chain and gears.

 hub motor

Another part that plays a huge factor in how an electric bike works are the battery. Nowadays, most electric bikes have batteries installed onto or inside the frame. The battery is the primary source of power for an electric bike.

 integrated battery

Every electric bike comes with different levels of assistance, called pedal assistance. The pedal assistance will usually consist of 5 levels that give a gentle push or a full blast of power to help with different terrains. Some electric bikes will also have a “throttle” mode, providing short bursts of energy to the motor that doesn’t require any pedaling.


How do you ride an electric bike?

It’s just like riding a bike with a few differences. The main difference between riding an electric bike and a regular bike is when the rider turns on the motor and selects a pedal assistance level. The higher the pedal assistance, the less effort it takes for the rider to pedal. Another difference is the weight of the e-bike and a regular bike. It may take more effort for a rider to manually pedal an electric bike due to the extra weight from the battery and motor.



What is the range of an electric bike? 

The range for an electric bike varies on many factors, including the size of the battery, weight on the bike, weather conditions, terrain, and level of assistance used for the e-bike. Voltour’s electric bikes come with a range of at least 40 miles.


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