Price vs. Value
Going to start trying to write more blog posts. I think that it can help a lot of people with their decisions on e-bikes regardless of which bike they end up choosing
Let's start this off with a quote by the great Warren Buffett: "Price is what you pay, Value is what you get". What exactly does this mean? In the e-bike market today, there are literally hundreds of bikes and it is inevitable that some are going to be good and some are going to be garbage. When making a decision on which e-bike to buy, you need to weigh the factors of how much you're paying vs. the value of the product: As a consumer, the larger the difference between the two, the better. Ideally, you want to find the balance of a reasonable price for high quality components. This lends to the million dollar question, "How can you tell good bikes from garbage?".
Many e-bike companies measure their specs in "interesting" ways. They might say that their bike can get some ridiculous range like 120km, because that is the number they got starting from the top of a mountain, pedaling the entire way down without stopping. Not exactly the way you plan on riding your e-bike, right?
Our bike is equipped with a 52V 16.5Ah battery; much bigger than most e-bikes. While it might look like it has less range than other e-bikes (50km), it is because we believe in accurately representing how far you can get riding it normally. Rather than listing our range as how far we can get while riding as conservatively as possible, we want to be open and tell you how far you're going to get riding the bike like a normal person; It makes no sense to inflate those numbers.
I think it's safe to say that nobody is buying an e-bike that looks like a motorcycle to pedal hard and cruise at 15km/h. When we say 50km, that is what we get when we ride full throttle 80% of the time, while barely pedaling at all, which is how I imagine most people intend on riding it.
The bottom line here is that make sure you don't confuse price and value when choosing your e-bike. Just because a bike is expensive, does not make it high quality. Make sure that when you look at an e-bike, consider the battery size and the weight of the bikes; that will tell you which bike will realistically go further on a single charge. And it will give you a good idea of who is being more realistic with their numbers. If you need any help deciding on an e-bike, reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For someone trying to sell you one, we give extremely fair and unbiased advice :D!