E-Bikes: Before you get started

It is worth noting the one common factor among all e-bikes vs normal bikes, and that is the weight difference. As all e-bikes require a motor and battery, there is a significant weight increase over a standard bike. So before jumping into buying an electric bike, bear this in mind as this may affect how you use, transport or store your bike. As with a standard bicycle, getting the right fit for you is very important. At Sprockets Cycles, we pride ourselves on our customer service; giving clear advice to help our customers get the best fit from their bikes. We are proud to offer the only Shimano ‘Bikefit’ service in Scotland, taking your bike fit experience to the next level.

1. Main use / style of bike

The most important question when buying an e-bike is what is going to be its main use? Will you be commuting, cruising across town, getting out for some serious road miles or scaling your nearest mountains? 

The frame style should be a key factor in this, do you require a sloping / step through style frame, a folding frame or something more rugged with suspension? 

If you feel your requirements lie in between these activities then feel free to contact us for expert advice on choosing the best e-bike to suit your needs.

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2. Budget

Your budget will affect a few key factors in your e-bike purchase. Typically these will be the overall spec of the bike with less expensive bikes having a lower level of components and accessories. The overall frame weight and frame design will also vary (e.g. hardtail vs full suspension for MTBs, also the spec of suspension available). Other elements such as the size of the battery (affecting weight & range) and type of motor can vary depending on your available budget. 

Our selection of E-Bikes varies widely in budget depending on your discipline and style. It's worth taking some time to think about what you want for an electric bike before making your final decision.

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3. Range / battery size

After the frame, the battery is one of the most expensive items on your e-bike. They tend to come in sizes suited to the end use of the bike, for example, a lightweight gravel bike may come with a slim battery with around 250wH capacity and a heavy hitting MTBs can have batteries around 700wH. The higher the wH rating, the further you will go; however, there are many factors which affect range beyond your battery. This includes your weight, type of riding (uphill will use a lot more power), tyre choice and environmental conditions such as temperature.

4. Servicing & support

E-bikes, like regular bikes, require some basic maintenance on key areas such as the drivetrain. Because of the extra power passing through your cranks, the drivetrain comes under more strain than with a regular bike. It’s essential to keep your chain clean and well oiled to help preserve its life and prevent excessive wear and tear on the rest of your transmission. 

If anything should go wrong with your e-bike or for more advanced servicing needs, having local support from an authorised dealer is also an important consideration. 

You can book into your workshop to have your Electric bike serviced by one of our team.

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