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Best Electric Bicycles in the Netherlands - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best electric bicycles in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

We understand that buying an electric bicycle is rocket science. You must be having a book full of questions such as Can I ride it on a harsh landscape? What should be the power of the engine? Which battery type is the best type? How fast can I ride it?

Well, we believe that this buyer’s guide will not only answer all your questions but also help you choose the best e-bike of 2021.

UPDATED

9/20/2022

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VIENA Electric Hybrid Bicycle

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VIENA Electric Hybrid Bicycle

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LED, front, and rear light
It is also available in 49 cm (L) frame size
2.5-inch LCD screen offers 5 levels of assistance
It has a 6-km/h “walk mode”
Efficient braking gives full control in all weather conditions
Hybrid
Lithium
840
160 km
Rear-wheel
120 kg
Derailleur
5
45 cm
Hydraulic disc Shimano MT200
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Bluewheel Electromobility

Bluewheel BXB55 e-bike

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250

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Removable battery
A high-quality suspension fork effectively absorbs bumps
Easy folding system
LCD colour display
Bikewise app track your progress, including daily driving time, calories burned or distance covered
City
Li-ion
Not mentioned
150 km
Rear-wheel
100 kg
Derailleur
7
Not mentioned
Front: Disk brake Rear: V-brake

Eskute

Voyager Mountain Electric Bike

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Brushless gear hub motor
Removable battery
LCD digital panel displays battery life, current speed, distance travelled, and Pedal Assist level
Waterproof LED headlight
The alloy aluminium suspension fork dampens the shocks and reduces hand fatigue while driving
Mountain
Lithium
450

Pedal-assist mode: 45-70 km
Electric mode: 35-40 km

Rear-wheel
120 kg
Hub
7
42 cm
Disk brake

Eskute

Wayfarer Electric Bike

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Brushless gear hub motor
Removable battery
The LCD digital panel displays battery life, current speed, distance travelled, and PAS level
The rear rack is suitable for storage or to seat your child
Puncture-resistant tires
City
Lithium
360

Pedal-assist mode: 35-60 km
Electric mode: 30-35 km

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120 kg
Hub
7
47 cm
Disk brake

LANKELEISI

G650 folding electric bike

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Multi-functional LCD display riding data
The battery takes only 5-8 hours to charge completely
Add Pro 3
Three driving modes are there - full-electric mode, pedal-assist mode and manual work mode
5-trap pedal assistant sensor
Folding
Lithium
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40-80 km
Not mentioned
120 kg
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7
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Disk hydraulic brake

Legend eBikes

Monza

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HIGO IP67 waterproof connectors
The battery takes only 4-6 hours to charge completely
A removable battery makes it easy to charge
The rear rack can take a 27kg load
Full connectivity (Bluetooth, USB) through ebikemotion
Folding
Lithium
504
60- 100 km
Not mentioned
100 kg
Derailleur
6
Not mentioned
Hydraulic disc brake

Shengmilo

MX02S Electric Bikes

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Damage-protected, removable, and key-protected battery
Multi-function smart display
Shimano 21-speed shifter system
A lockable aluminium suspension fork ensure a bump-free ride
LED front light and rear warning light make a night ride safe
Hybrid
Lithium
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Pedal-assist mode: 60-90 km
Electric mode: 40-50 km

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180 kg
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43.18 cm
Hydraulic disc brake

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VIENA Electric Hybrid Bicycle


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LED, front, and rear light
It is also available in 49 cm (L) frame size
2.5-inch LCD screen offers 5 levels of assistance
It has a 6-km/h “walk mode”
Efficient braking gives full control in all weather conditions

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840

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160 km

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Rear-wheel

Maximum User Weight

120 kg

Gear Type

Derailleur

Number of Gears

5

Frame

45 cm

Braking Technique

Hydraulic disc Shimano MT200

Helmet Required

❌(but the user must be 16 years old)

Your guides

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Buyer’s Guide - Electric Bicycles in The Netherlands

For the greater adventures!

1

Features: Most important purchase criteria for an electric bicycle

What should you look for when buying a new electric bicycle?

2

Use Cases: The best electric bicycle for you

Which type of electric bicycle is best for your use cases?

3

FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an electric bicycle

Best buy and usage practices for electric bicycle.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best electric bicycles

Know how we chose our top seven electric bicycles.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for an electric bicycle

1.1 Types

  • Electric Bike: This is a regular or basic electric bicycle that looks like a standard bicycle but has a battery on or under the luggage carrier and an electric motor. The motor makes pedalling less challenging, and it does not go faster than 25 kilometres per hour. It is ideal for recreational use, commuting or other daily applications.

  • Speed Pedelec: A speed pedelec is gaining popularity these days since it is faster than an e-bike. With this, you can reach a speed of no less than 45 km/hr. It is mainly used by people who travel far to work but prefer not by public transport or car. 
    Since it is a motorised bicycle, you need a COC certificate and third-party insurance along with a driving license. You must also buy a number plate for this type of e-bike, wear a bicycle helmet, and adhere to the rules for moped riders.

  • Cargo Bike: Cargo bike- a development of recent years - now seems to be becoming more and more popular. It is a bicycle with two or three wheels and has a large box at the front to transport the luggage. Interestingly, you can also use it to carry children and not just things! Postal parcels are nowadays delivered with electric cargo bikes. People use electric cargo bike because it is convenient and cosy!

  • City Bike: City bikes are suitable for short trips since they are less efficient than other bikes. A city bike has thicker tires than regular bikes, and it is usually made of steel. You will find the seat comfortable as long as you have to do some shopping or go to a cafe and not go on a long trip with heavy luggage and hills on the route. The city bikes are specially designed for a quiet, sweat-free cycling experience, and the electric assistance makes that feasible. The city bike has good battery and gear options. 

  • Mountains Bike: A mountain bike is best for exploring bumpy trails or cycling on mountains. These types of bikes are more powerful, faster and also heavier. Same as a regular mountain bike, an electric mountain bike must be able to handle hills, mud and obstacles. Some other considerations that also need to be made are the cables and connections on the bicycle must be watertight because there is a high risk of exposure to water in nature reserves. The electrical parts must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. Last but not least, the bike must have gears, as this is a must when riding up hills. 

  • Hybrid Bike: It is a combination of a traditional city bike and a mountain bike. You can use it for commuting purposes. Despite being lightweight, it can handle your luggage well. Thanks to the comfortable sitting position and a suspension fork, your ride remains smooth even on a bumpy road. Moreover, larger wheels ensure that the bike is more stable.

  • Folding Bike: Folding bikes are preferred for their lightweight and compactness. You can simply fold them to unleash their portable side and easily take it with you on public transport. Such electrical bikes have smaller wheels and shorter wheelbases. A folding bike is suitable for short distances.
    A point to be noted here is that the weight increases if you add an extra motor, and it becomes difficult to carry the bike. Also, while adding a motor to a standard folding bike, it is essential to ensure that the folding mechanism is not hindered. 
    And do not forget to look for the gears as some have them, others don’t, which can cause problems when going up hills.

  • Tricycles: Tricycles are bicycles with three wheels. These bikes are primarily used by people with physical limitations and for increased stability. Therefore, they are perfect for the elderly who do not cycle because they are afraid of falling. Also, kids with special conditions can use it. 

  • Electric Bike: This is a regular or basic electric bicycle that looks like a standard bicycle but has a battery on or under the luggage carrier and an electric motor. The motor makes pedalling less challenging, and it does not go faster than 25 kilometres per hour. It is ideal for recreational use, commuting or other daily applications.

  • Speed Pedelec: A speed pedelec is gaining popularity these days since it is faster than an e-bike. With this, you can reach a speed of no less than 45 km/hr. It is mainly used by people who travel far to work but prefer not by public transport or car. 
    Since it is a motorised bicycle, you need a COC certificate and third-party insurance along with a driving license. You must also buy a number plate for this type of e-bike, wear a bicycle helmet, and adhere to the rules for moped riders.

  • Cargo Bike: Cargo bike- a development of recent years - now seems to be becoming more and more popular. It is a bicycle with two or three wheels and has a large box at the front to transport the luggage. Interestingly, you can also use it to carry children and not just things! Postal parcels are nowadays delivered with electric cargo bikes. People use electric cargo bike because it is convenient and cosy!

  • City Bike: City bikes are suitable for short trips since they are less efficient than other bikes. A city bike has thicker tires than regular bikes, and it is usually made of steel. You will find the seat comfortable as long as you have to do some shopping or go to a cafe and not go on a long trip with heavy luggage and hills on the route. The city bikes are specially designed for a quiet, sweat-free cycling experience, and the electric assistance makes that feasible. The city bike has good battery and gear options. 

  • Mountains Bike: A mountain bike is best for exploring bumpy trails or cycling on mountains. These types of bikes are more powerful, faster and also heavier. Same as a regular mountain bike, an electric mountain bike must be able to handle hills, mud and obstacles. Some other considerations that also need to be made are the cables and connections on the bicycle must be watertight because there is a high risk of exposure to water in nature reserves. The electrical parts must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions. Last but not least, the bike must have gears, as this is a must when riding up hills. 

  • Hybrid Bike: It is a combination of a traditional city bike and a mountain bike. You can use it for commuting purposes. Despite being lightweight, it can handle your luggage well. Thanks to the comfortable sitting position and a suspension fork, your ride remains smooth even on a bumpy road. Moreover, larger wheels ensure that the bike is more stable.

  • Folding Bike: Folding bikes are preferred for their lightweight and compactness. You can simply fold them to unleash their portable side and easily take it with you on public transport. Such electrical bikes have smaller wheels and shorter wheelbases. A folding bike is suitable for short distances.
    A point to be noted here is that the weight increases if you add an extra motor, and it becomes difficult to carry the bike. Also, while adding a motor to a standard folding bike, it is essential to ensure that the folding mechanism is not hindered. 
    And do not forget to look for the gears as some have them, others don’t, which can cause problems when going up hills.

  • Tricycles: Tricycles are bicycles with three wheels. These bikes are primarily used by people with physical limitations and for increased stability. Therefore, they are perfect for the elderly who do not cycle because they are afraid of falling. Also, kids with special conditions can use it. 

1.2 Motor

  • Brush vs Brushless

An electric bicycle will either have a brush motor or a brushless motor.

Brush motors are generally cheap and reliable. If the brushes could be replaced, the motor could have a longer life. Motors with brushes are well suited for harsh environments. Unfortunately, these types of engines require a lot of maintenance as the brushes need to be cleaned and replaced from time to time.
A brushless motor beats a motor with a brush in the area of speed. Also, these motors require less and sometimes no maintenance.

  • Position

The location of the motor has a significant influence on the riding characteristics of the bicycle. Let’s find out the three places where the motor could be located and the pluses and minuses of each one of them.

Front Wheel: Some electric bikes have a motor incorporated in the front wheel, and such e-bikes are simple, robust, cheap, and need less maintenance. Another benefit is you can ride in any gear. The motor starts working as soon as you drive off. The disadvantages that front-wheel motor comes with are greater risk of slipping, heavier steering, and the cycling feeling is less natural because the bicycle is, as it were, pulled forward.

Mid Motor: In this, the engine is located just above the pedals, which are especially beneficial for the weight distribution. In this way, the bike doesn’t feel too heavy in the front or back. Also, a mid-mounted motor is less sensitive to malfunctions as you do not need a separate sensor for the pedals. A motor in the middle feels very natural.

Rear Wheel Motor: In this, the engine is incorporated in the rear wheel, which offers various advantages, such as the motor being tranquil. Another advantage is that you can put a brake on the engine, and then this braking energy is used by the motor to replenish the battery.

The disadvantages included are you can only use a derailleur gear, and a motor in the rear wheel also has lower efficiency. So, you drive less far with this motor.

  • Brush vs Brushless

An electric bicycle will either have a brush motor or a brushless motor.

Brush motors are generally cheap and reliable. If the brushes could be replaced, the motor could have a longer life. Motors with brushes are well suited for harsh environments. Unfortunately, these types of engines require a lot of maintenance as the brushes need to be cleaned and replaced from time to time.
A brushless motor beats a motor with a brush in the area of speed. Also, these motors require less and sometimes no maintenance.

  • Position

The location of the motor has a significant influence on the riding characteristics of the bicycle. Let’s find out the three places where the motor could be located and the pluses and minuses of each one of them.

Front Wheel: Some electric bikes have a motor incorporated in the front wheel, and such e-bikes are simple, robust, cheap, and need less maintenance. Another benefit is you can ride in any gear. The motor starts working as soon as you drive off. The disadvantages that front-wheel motor comes with are greater risk of slipping, heavier steering, and the cycling feeling is less natural because the bicycle is, as it were, pulled forward.

Mid Motor: In this, the engine is located just above the pedals, which are especially beneficial for the weight distribution. In this way, the bike doesn’t feel too heavy in the front or back. Also, a mid-mounted motor is less sensitive to malfunctions as you do not need a separate sensor for the pedals. A motor in the middle feels very natural.

Rear Wheel Motor: In this, the engine is incorporated in the rear wheel, which offers various advantages, such as the motor being tranquil. Another advantage is that you can put a brake on the engine, and then this braking energy is used by the motor to replenish the battery.

The disadvantages included are you can only use a derailleur gear, and a motor in the rear wheel also has lower efficiency. So, you drive less far with this motor.

1.3 Battery

  • Types

When it comes to e-bike batteries, you can choose between the following batteries:

If you choose a lithium-ion battery, you’re off to a good start as this offers high security. Also, it charges relatively quickly and is more environmentally friendly than other batteries on the market.

For higher energy density, cobalt batteries are the best.

The relatively new LiMg (manganese) batteries are safer and more environmentally friendly.

The cheaper nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hybrid batteries are also used, but these are heavier, less powerful, and tend to drain quickly even when not used.

Lithium iron phosphate batteries are also used since they charge faster.

The capacity of the battery is expressed in watt-hours (Wh).

  • Life

The average battery life is between 3 to 5 years. Due to circumstances, the battery may have to be replaced sooner, for example, when an e-bike is often parked outside instead of inside a shed.
Note: Always ask about the battery’s warranty period so that you do not have to pay for the battery replacement after a year.

  • Charging

The general rule is the greater the battery’s capacity, the longer it takes to charge fully. In addition, some batteries can be removed from the electric bicycle for a quick charge. However, we recommend choosing an e-bike on which the battery is permanently mounted, reducing the chances of the battery being stolen.

  • Range

The battery’s range matters because you don’t want to end up with an empty battery if you cycle a long way to work. You can choose an e-bike with a short battery range if you only have to cycle 5 kilometres a day. However, an extensive range is required if you want to make long tours.

Daily Use

If you need an electric bicycle for daily use to cover short distances, buy an e-bike with a modest range of fewer than 50 km. This will save you a lot of money since a lightweight and limited range battery will do the job. Also, you will have to carry less weight.

Long Tours

For this, you need an e-bike with a larger range of 70 km+. The electric motor will support you during the entire ride, and you will not have to worry about the battery.

Note: The range is mentioned on the manufacturer’s website and the bicycle itself when a battery is full. However, in practice, the actual range sometimes deviates from this. And the factors that can influence this radius are tire pressure, amount of wind and the wind direction, speed, degree of pedal assistance (which level), the terrain being driven on and battery’s age.

  • Types

When it comes to e-bike batteries, you can choose between the following batteries:

If you choose a lithium-ion battery, you’re off to a good start as this offers high security. Also, it charges relatively quickly and is more environmentally friendly than other batteries on the market.

For higher energy density, cobalt batteries are the best.

The relatively new LiMg (manganese) batteries are safer and more environmentally friendly.

The cheaper nickel-cadmium and nickel-metal hybrid batteries are also used, but these are heavier, less powerful, and tend to drain quickly even when not used.

Lithium iron phosphate batteries are also used since they charge faster.

The capacity of the battery is expressed in watt-hours (Wh).

  • Life

The average battery life is between 3 to 5 years. Due to circumstances, the battery may have to be replaced sooner, for example, when an e-bike is often parked outside instead of inside a shed.
Note: Always ask about the battery’s warranty period so that you do not have to pay for the battery replacement after a year.

  • Charging

The general rule is the greater the battery’s capacity, the longer it takes to charge fully. In addition, some batteries can be removed from the electric bicycle for a quick charge. However, we recommend choosing an e-bike on which the battery is permanently mounted, reducing the chances of the battery being stolen.

  • Range

The battery’s range matters because you don’t want to end up with an empty battery if you cycle a long way to work. You can choose an e-bike with a short battery range if you only have to cycle 5 kilometres a day. However, an extensive range is required if you want to make long tours.

Daily Use

If you need an electric bicycle for daily use to cover short distances, buy an e-bike with a modest range of fewer than 50 km. This will save you a lot of money since a lightweight and limited range battery will do the job. Also, you will have to carry less weight.

Long Tours

For this, you need an e-bike with a larger range of 70 km+. The electric motor will support you during the entire ride, and you will not have to worry about the battery.

Note: The range is mentioned on the manufacturer’s website and the bicycle itself when a battery is full. However, in practice, the actual range sometimes deviates from this. And the factors that can influence this radius are tire pressure, amount of wind and the wind direction, speed, degree of pedal assistance (which level), the terrain being driven on and battery’s age.

1.4 Gears

An e-bike can have either of the three gears, i.e. hub gear, derailleur gear or automatic gear. Each has its pros and cons. Your selection depends on what you want to use the bike for.

Hub Gear: Hub gear is a maintenance-free gear thanks to the closed chain guard. You can change a hub gear while standing still, and you often have eight gears available with this one which is more than enough if you use the bike for everyday use. However, changing a tire with this kind of gear can be difficult.

Derailleur Gear: If you want more gear, then go for a derailleur gear e-bike. It has no less than 27 gears, due to which a derailleur gear e-bike is best suited for hilly or mountainous areas. These bicycles are lighter but require a lot of maintenance.

Automatic Gear: An electric bicycle with automatic gear allows you to select the suitable gear even while standing still. Another pro of this gear is that you can often set your cadence via the display. The system will then automatically set the correct gear.

An e-bike can have either of the three gears, i.e. hub gear, derailleur gear or automatic gear. Each has its pros and cons. Your selection depends on what you want to use the bike for.

Hub Gear: Hub gear is a maintenance-free gear thanks to the closed chain guard. You can change a hub gear while standing still, and you often have eight gears available with this one which is more than enough if you use the bike for everyday use. However, changing a tire with this kind of gear can be difficult.

Derailleur Gear: If you want more gear, then go for a derailleur gear e-bike. It has no less than 27 gears, due to which a derailleur gear e-bike is best suited for hilly or mountainous areas. These bicycles are lighter but require a lot of maintenance.

Automatic Gear: An electric bicycle with automatic gear allows you to select the suitable gear even while standing still. Another pro of this gear is that you can often set your cadence via the display. The system will then automatically set the correct gear.

1.5 Frame Size

Correct frame size is essential for cycling pleasure. A frame size that is either too small or too large can cause physical pain while cycling. Right frame size is the key behind a comfortable seat and having good access to the pedals and handlebars.

It is easy to calculate a frame size. Multiply your inseam in cm (distance from the floor to the crotch) by 0.68, and you have your ideal frame size. If the frame size comes in between two sizes, choose the smallest size for sports bikes and the largest size for touring bikes. 

Correct frame size is essential for cycling pleasure. A frame size that is either too small or too large can cause physical pain while cycling. Right frame size is the key behind a comfortable seat and having good access to the pedals and handlebars.

It is easy to calculate a frame size. Multiply your inseam in cm (distance from the floor to the crotch) by 0.68, and you have your ideal frame size. If the frame size comes in between two sizes, choose the smallest size for sports bikes and the largest size for touring bikes. 

1.6 Sensors

There are primarily two types of sensors in an electrical bicycle-force and motion.

How much you will have to pedal is determined by the built-in force sensor? These sensors react to the force you put on the pedals. If you have to pedal a little harder, the motor shifts up a gear offering the most natural cycling experience. 
The rotation or motion sensor also does significant work. This determines how often the pedals move, and that’s when it sends a signal to switch on the electric motor. In other words, the motor reacts to the wheel’s rotation, and you can choose how much support the motor must give. It is actually always full throttle, even if you stop pedalling for a while in a bend or before a roundabout. All in all, this sensor ensure you get maximum support with minimum effort.

There are primarily two types of sensors in an electrical bicycle-force and motion.

How much you will have to pedal is determined by the built-in force sensor? These sensors react to the force you put on the pedals. If you have to pedal a little harder, the motor shifts up a gear offering the most natural cycling experience. 
The rotation or motion sensor also does significant work. This determines how often the pedals move, and that’s when it sends a signal to switch on the electric motor. In other words, the motor reacts to the wheel’s rotation, and you can choose how much support the motor must give. It is actually always full throttle, even if you stop pedalling for a while in a bend or before a roundabout. All in all, this sensor ensure you get maximum support with minimum effort.

1.7 Power

Dutch electric bicycles are limited to 250 watts of power. If they had more power, you would need a scooter license to ride them. Also, things will change in the field of insurance.

Of course, a powerful engine is always a good choice, especially in terms of strength. The more robust a motor is, the more it helps you in high gear, and you can ride faster.

The engine’s power is expressed in Newton meters (nM). The higher the nM number, the more influential the electric motor.

Dutch electric bicycles are limited to 250 watts of power. If they had more power, you would need a scooter license to ride them. Also, things will change in the field of insurance.

Of course, a powerful engine is always a good choice, especially in terms of strength. The more robust a motor is, the more it helps you in high gear, and you can ride faster.

The engine’s power is expressed in Newton meters (nM). The higher the nM number, the more influential the electric motor.

1.8 Braking Techniques

Because you can cycle often faster on an e-bike, an excellent braking system is of great importance. This allows you to stop the bicycle right in time. You can choose from the following braking systems:

V-brake: It works with two brake pads that press on the rim. It has a light and strong system, but the brake pads have to be replaced often. Unfortunately, when it is raining or dirty, you have a chance of less braking power.

Drum Brake: This type of break is hardly seen now in e-bikes. It works with brake pads that press against the drum from the inside. Due to the closed system, the brakes are not that sensitive to rain and dirt.

Roller Brakes: This handbrake is similar to the drum brake. It works with rollers that are pressed against the inside of the drum, due to which it is less sensitive to wear.

Disc Brake: This handbrake works with a disc on the hub and a calliper pressing on this disc. A disc brake provides good braking power under all conditions.

Coaster Brake: It is the simplest braking system. This works by a drum brake on the rear hub, which is activated by pedalling back. This system is hard to find on an e-bike since the braking power is a bit limited.

Because you can cycle often faster on an e-bike, an excellent braking system is of great importance. This allows you to stop the bicycle right in time. You can choose from the following braking systems:

V-brake: It works with two brake pads that press on the rim. It has a light and strong system, but the brake pads have to be replaced often. Unfortunately, when it is raining or dirty, you have a chance of less braking power.

Drum Brake: This type of break is hardly seen now in e-bikes. It works with brake pads that press against the drum from the inside. Due to the closed system, the brakes are not that sensitive to rain and dirt.

Roller Brakes: This handbrake is similar to the drum brake. It works with rollers that are pressed against the inside of the drum, due to which it is less sensitive to wear.

Disc Brake: This handbrake works with a disc on the hub and a calliper pressing on this disc. A disc brake provides good braking power under all conditions.

Coaster Brake: It is the simplest braking system. This works by a drum brake on the rear hub, which is activated by pedalling back. This system is hard to find on an e-bike since the braking power is a bit limited.

1.9 Weight

The weight of an electric bicycle is of great importance if it is a folding bike, or you are less mobile or if you live in hilly or mountainous terrain. Also, a lighter e-bike is easier to drive than a heavy one. Typically, an electric bicycle weighs between 20 kg to 30 kg, including the battery. However, certain factors affect the weight of an electric bike, and they are as follows:

Battery: Not just the weight but the size of the battery also matters as both add to the weight of the electric bicycle. 

Gear: Out of three types of gears, the hub gear often makes the bike a bit heavier, while the other two -automatic and derailleur gears - are less heavy.

Frames and Wheels: Also, things such as the frame material, wheels and other bells and whistles also affect the weight of an electric bicycle. For a lightweight, look for a bike that’s made from high-quality, lightweight material and also doesn’t have too many extras.

Electric Motor: The motor type also plays a role in the weight of an electric bicycle as some are very light and others are heavy. However, a heavier engine is preferred due to its more power.

The weight of an electric bicycle is of great importance if it is a folding bike, or you are less mobile or if you live in hilly or mountainous terrain. Also, a lighter e-bike is easier to drive than a heavy one. Typically, an electric bicycle weighs between 20 kg to 30 kg, including the battery. However, certain factors affect the weight of an electric bike, and they are as follows:

Battery: Not just the weight but the size of the battery also matters as both add to the weight of the electric bicycle. 

Gear: Out of three types of gears, the hub gear often makes the bike a bit heavier, while the other two -automatic and derailleur gears - are less heavy.

Frames and Wheels: Also, things such as the frame material, wheels and other bells and whistles also affect the weight of an electric bicycle. For a lightweight, look for a bike that’s made from high-quality, lightweight material and also doesn’t have too many extras.

Electric Motor: The motor type also plays a role in the weight of an electric bicycle as some are very light and others are heavy. However, a heavier engine is preferred due to its more power.

1.10 Comfort

Good suspension of the e-bike certainly offers comfort. If your bicycle’s suspension is on the front fork and/or the seat post, you are already in the right place as bumps won’t bother you. For more comfort, go for e-bikes that offer extra suspension. However, they will be in the more expensive segment. 

Another thing that contributes to comfort is thicker tires. However, do not pump them up too hard because then the ‘natural’ damping will disappear.

If the height is an issue, choose an electric bicycle with an (extra) low entry.

Finally, check whether the stem is adjustable so that you can easily set the ideal cycling position. 

Good suspension of the e-bike certainly offers comfort. If your bicycle’s suspension is on the front fork and/or the seat post, you are already in the right place as bumps won’t bother you. For more comfort, go for e-bikes that offer extra suspension. However, they will be in the more expensive segment. 

Another thing that contributes to comfort is thicker tires. However, do not pump them up too hard because then the ‘natural’ damping will disappear.

If the height is an issue, choose an electric bicycle with an (extra) low entry.

Finally, check whether the stem is adjustable so that you can easily set the ideal cycling position. 

1.11 Extra

Some other minor factors may be necessary to you when choosing an electric bicycle, such as a display on the bike which shows the speed, the position of the bicycle and the battery capacity. The numbers should be clear and easy to read.

You must pay attention to the weight of the bike, especially if you plan to take it with you everywhere and lift it every now and then.

Some other minor factors may be necessary to you when choosing an electric bicycle, such as a display on the bike which shows the speed, the position of the bicycle and the battery capacity. The numbers should be clear and easy to read.

You must pay attention to the weight of the bike, especially if you plan to take it with you everywhere and lift it every now and then.

2. Use Cases: The best electric bicycle for you

2.1 I plan to take my e-bike on public transport. Which e-bike is best for me?

If you plan to take the e-bike on public transport, it is best to choose a folding bicycle that does not weigh too much.

If you plan to take the e-bike on public transport, it is best to choose a folding bicycle that does not weigh too much.

2.2 Which e-bike is best for mountains and slopes?

Mountain electric bicycle is best for riding on hills as such bikes are designed for a specific purpose. They have high power, mid motors, large battery capacity, etc.

Mountain electric bicycle is best for riding on hills as such bikes are designed for a specific purpose. They have high power, mid motors, large battery capacity, etc.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 What are the health benefits of using an electric cycle?

Electric bicycles have several positive outcomes on the rider’s health.

  • It improves cardiovascular health because e-bike produces the same heart-healthy effects as traditional manual biking.

  • It helps in combatting obesity. The average cyclist’s BMI is 23.8%. Comparatively, e-bike owners have been shown to have a BMI of 24.8%, only a single percentage point higher.

  • It has been shown to improve riders’ mental and emotional health as well. Benefits like self-esteem boost, improvement in stress tolerance, sharpened mental acuity, alleviation of tiredness and fatigue are noticed even if an e-bike is used as low as once a week.

  • E-bike increases mobility.
    One out of every four e-bike owners says that physical impairments prevent them from riding a standard pedal bike. These impairments include physical and dexterity ailments such as knee and back pain, arthritis, miscellaneous musculoskeletal issues, partial hearing or eyesight loss, etc. These mobility-related impairments are high amongst the elderly, due to which high rates of e-bike ownership is also among senior citizens. 

Electric bicycles have several positive outcomes on the rider’s health.

  • It improves cardiovascular health because e-bike produces the same heart-healthy effects as traditional manual biking.

  • It helps in combatting obesity. The average cyclist’s BMI is 23.8%. Comparatively, e-bike owners have been shown to have a BMI of 24.8%, only a single percentage point higher.

  • It has been shown to improve riders’ mental and emotional health as well. Benefits like self-esteem boost, improvement in stress tolerance, sharpened mental acuity, alleviation of tiredness and fatigue are noticed even if an e-bike is used as low as once a week.

  • E-bike increases mobility.
    One out of every four e-bike owners says that physical impairments prevent them from riding a standard pedal bike. These impairments include physical and dexterity ailments such as knee and back pain, arthritis, miscellaneous musculoskeletal issues, partial hearing or eyesight loss, etc. These mobility-related impairments are high amongst the elderly, due to which high rates of e-bike ownership is also among senior citizens. 

3.2 What is the impact of e-bike on the environment?

E-biking remains one of the greenest and cost-efficient modes of transportation compared to other forms of transport like cars and trucks. 

  • An electric bike cuts down on CO2 emissions by emitting around 22 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is only one gram less than a pedal bike (Source- European Cyclist Federation). Whereas public buses produce around 101 grams of CO2 per kilometre, cars produce over 271 grams of CO2 per kilometre. 

  • It reduces fossil fuel dependency.

  • It reduces air pollutants. A 6.5 km ride keeps up to 6.8 kg of contaminants from entering the air. And the improved air quality leads to positive health outcomes such as decreased complications from asthma, allergies and other respiratory irritants, improved memory and sleep, and stronger immune systems.

E-biking remains one of the greenest and cost-efficient modes of transportation compared to other forms of transport like cars and trucks. 

  • An electric bike cuts down on CO2 emissions by emitting around 22 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is only one gram less than a pedal bike (Source- European Cyclist Federation). Whereas public buses produce around 101 grams of CO2 per kilometre, cars produce over 271 grams of CO2 per kilometre. 

  • It reduces fossil fuel dependency.

  • It reduces air pollutants. A 6.5 km ride keeps up to 6.8 kg of contaminants from entering the air. And the improved air quality leads to positive health outcomes such as decreased complications from asthma, allergies and other respiratory irritants, improved memory and sleep, and stronger immune systems.

Most e-bike brands are already known for ‘regular’ bicycles, such as Gazelle, Sparta, Batavus, Cortina, Giant, Trek, and Koga. A few smaller brands also make suitable electric bicycles, including Multicycle, Merida, QWIC, Victoria, CUBE, and DutchID. Amongst new brands, Stella and Amslod are pretty famous.

Most e-bike brands are already known for ‘regular’ bicycles, such as Gazelle, Sparta, Batavus, Cortina, Giant, Trek, and Koga. A few smaller brands also make suitable electric bicycles, including Multicycle, Merida, QWIC, Victoria, CUBE, and DutchID. Amongst new brands, Stella and Amslod are pretty famous.

3.4 How does an e-bike work?

An e-bike is a cycle with an electric motor that offers support while pedalling. The electric motor gets the power from a battery (this needs to be recharged once empty). The pedal aid provided by the motor is usually limited to 25 km/hr so that you do not go too fast. You can set exactly how much support you need, and this is then automatically adjusted by smart electric bicycles.

An e-bike is a cycle with an electric motor that offers support while pedalling. The electric motor gets the power from a battery (this needs to be recharged once empty). The pedal aid provided by the motor is usually limited to 25 km/hr so that you do not go too fast. You can set exactly how much support you need, and this is then automatically adjusted by smart electric bicycles.

3.5 What is an action radius?

The range of an electric bicycle indicates how many kilometres you can cycle when the battery is full. In reality, you can cover less distance because the calculation does not consider external factors such as tire pressure, the rider’s weight, weather conditions, etc.

The range of an electric bicycle indicates how many kilometres you can cycle when the battery is full. In reality, you can cover less distance because the calculation does not consider external factors such as tire pressure, the rider’s weight, weather conditions, etc.

3.6 Do I need to wear a helmet while riding an electric bike?

In 2017, the government made it mandatory to wear a helmet on a fast electric bicycle.

A fast electric bicycle is a bicycle that uses more than 250 watts of power, and usually, only speed pedelecs have this much power. So, you are not obliged to wear a helmet with electric bicycles other than pedelecs, but we recommend you wear them for safety.

In 2017, the government made it mandatory to wear a helmet on a fast electric bicycle.

A fast electric bicycle is a bicycle that uses more than 250 watts of power, and usually, only speed pedelecs have this much power. So, you are not obliged to wear a helmet with electric bicycles other than pedelecs, but we recommend you wear them for safety.

3.7 Can I get a discount on a new e-bike when I sell my old e-bike?

Yes. You can get a discount on a brand new bike at many bike shops when you sell an old one, including e-bikes. However, for this, your old electric bicycle must still be of some value.

Yes. You can get a discount on a brand new bike at many bike shops when you sell an old one, including e-bikes. However, for this, your old electric bicycle must still be of some value.

3.8 What are the advantages of an electric bicycle?

An e-bike is preferred for its following benefits:

  • An e-bike makes it easy to cover longer distances because you get support from a motor.

  • You need less muscle power to get as far forward. You need to put a lot less effort to cycle against the wind or ride up a mountain.

  • The cost of an e-bike proves to be a lot cheaper in the long run than a car.

  • Also, it is easy to maintain an electric bicycle than a car.

  • There is less carbon emission while e-cycling, and thus you save the environment a bit.

An e-bike is preferred for its following benefits:

  • An e-bike makes it easy to cover longer distances because you get support from a motor.

  • You need less muscle power to get as far forward. You need to put a lot less effort to cycle against the wind or ride up a mountain.

  • The cost of an e-bike proves to be a lot cheaper in the long run than a car.

  • Also, it is easy to maintain an electric bicycle than a car.

  • There is less carbon emission while e-cycling, and thus you save the environment a bit.

3.9 What are the disadvantages of an electric bicycle?

With some pluses come some minuses. Here are some disadvantages of an e-bike:

  • As compared to a regular cycle, an electric bicycle is expensive.

  • An e-bike calls for maintenance and repairs, which are more costly than with a regular bike.

  • An e-bike is a heavy product, at least 5 kg heavier than a normal bicycle.

With some pluses come some minuses. Here are some disadvantages of an e-bike:

  • As compared to a regular cycle, an electric bicycle is expensive.

  • An e-bike calls for maintenance and repairs, which are more costly than with a regular bike.

  • An e-bike is a heavy product, at least 5 kg heavier than a normal bicycle.

3.10 Usually, how long does an e-bike battery last?

Typically, the battery of an e-bike last between 2 and 4 years if it is well maintained. However, a lithium battery will slowly lose its capacity over time, even when not used.

Typically, the battery of an e-bike last between 2 and 4 years if it is well maintained. However, a lithium battery will slowly lose its capacity over time, even when not used.

3.11 How far can an electric bicycle go on one charge?

With relaxed pedalling, you can cover 35 to 80 km on a single charge for most e-bikes. However, with some e-bikes, you can cover as much as 130 km on one charge! This range, however, is impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size.

With relaxed pedalling, you can cover 35 to 80 km on a single charge for most e-bikes. However, with some e-bikes, you can cover as much as 130 km on one charge! This range, however, is impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size.

3.12 How long does it take to charge an e-bike battery?

An empty lithium-ion e-bike battery takes 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge.
The last hour of a charge is used to “top-off” the cells, and you don’t have to wait for the respective process to be completed (also. you should never charge the battery to 100%). So, some batteries can be 90% charged in even less than 2.5 hours.

An empty lithium-ion e-bike battery takes 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge.
The last hour of a charge is used to “top-off” the cells, and you don’t have to wait for the respective process to be completed (also. you should never charge the battery to 100%). So, some batteries can be 90% charged in even less than 2.5 hours.

3.13 Can I ride an electric bicycle as a regular bike, i.e. without the electric power?

Yes, you can do so since it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might use the power only when you are going up hills.

Yes, you can do so since it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might use the power only when you are going up hills.

3.14 Do I have to pedal in an e-bike?

Yes. With an e-bike, you have to pedal less, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for pedalling. Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you’ll need to pedal when going up long, steep hills. Pedalling is good as it extends the range of your battery, the motor’s life, and extends your life too by making you healthy.

Yes. With an e-bike, you have to pedal less, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for pedalling. Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you’ll need to pedal when going up long, steep hills. Pedalling is good as it extends the range of your battery, the motor’s life, and extends your life too by making you healthy.

3.15 Is servicing an electric bicycle any different than a regular bicycle?

An e-bike consists of two parts – mechanical and electric.

  • Mechanical parts of an e-bike are the same as non-electric bikes. Therefore, their servicing can be done at any bike shop. However, e-bike parts (brake pads, chains, cogs and tires) wear a little faster than a non-electric bike because people tend to put many more miles on their e-bike.

    However, there is essential maintenance that you can do on your own, like keeping the tires inflated, lubricating the bike’s chain, and recharging the battery on time.

  • The electrical parts don’t require any maintenance. If there is any issue with an electrical part, you’ll need a helping hand from an expert or professional.

An e-bike consists of two parts – mechanical and electric.

  • Mechanical parts of an e-bike are the same as non-electric bikes. Therefore, their servicing can be done at any bike shop. However, e-bike parts (brake pads, chains, cogs and tires) wear a little faster than a non-electric bike because people tend to put many more miles on their e-bike.

    However, there is essential maintenance that you can do on your own, like keeping the tires inflated, lubricating the bike’s chain, and recharging the battery on time.

  • The electrical parts don’t require any maintenance. If there is any issue with an electrical part, you’ll need a helping hand from an expert or professional.

3.16 How much does an e-bike weigh?

The battery and motor make an e-bike heavier than regular bicycles. Most models weigh between 16 and 25 kg, but some can also weigh as low as 9 kg and as high as 30 kg.
Heavier bikes are difficult to carry and handle, but at the same time, they tend to be more powerful and require less effort.

The battery and motor make an e-bike heavier than regular bicycles. Most models weigh between 16 and 25 kg, but some can also weigh as low as 9 kg and as high as 30 kg.
Heavier bikes are difficult to carry and handle, but at the same time, they tend to be more powerful and require less effort.

As per the Netherland government, all motorised vehicles must meet certain requirements, and for an e-bike, the law is as follows:

  • An electric bicycle must not have the power of more than 250 watts, and the pedal assistance is limited to 25 km/h.

  • No driver license and helmet are required.

  • However, e-bike models have pedal assistance up to 25 km/h but a power above 250 watts. These bikes are motorised and not electric one. A driver’s license is not required for these bicycles, but they can be used only from the age of 16.

  • It is recommended to take insurance for civil liability. This is mandatory if the e-bike includes parking assistance, whereby you receive electrical aid when you walk with the bicycle.

As per the Netherland government, all motorised vehicles must meet certain requirements, and for an e-bike, the law is as follows:

  • An electric bicycle must not have the power of more than 250 watts, and the pedal assistance is limited to 25 km/h.

  • No driver license and helmet are required.

  • However, e-bike models have pedal assistance up to 25 km/h but a power above 250 watts. These bikes are motorised and not electric one. A driver’s license is not required for these bicycles, but they can be used only from the age of 16.

  • It is recommended to take insurance for civil liability. This is mandatory if the e-bike includes parking assistance, whereby you receive electrical aid when you walk with the bicycle.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for an electric bicycle

4.1 What is the step-by-step plan for purchasing an electric bicycle online?

With a simple and clear step-by-step plan, you will be able to purchase the right electric bicycle online.

  1. Determine The Type of The Electrical Bicycle

Determine the kind of e-bike you need. For example, if you need one for daily applications, such as commuting, then an average e-bike will do. Whereas, for speed or cover greater distances, you should opt for speed pedelec. Similalrly, if you have to carry a lot of stuff to work, there is the electric cargo bike.

2. Determine the Brand

There are countless providers of e-bikes in the Dutch such as Gazelle, market leader Sparta, the trendy Union, Giant, Cortina, etc. Each of these brands has its own characteristic, appearance and price.

3. Frame Type

There are generally three types of frames available men’s, women’s and low entry frames.

MeMen’srames are, of course, for men and women’s frames for women. However, at times men who have a bit more difficulty getting on opt for a women’s frame. Due to no diagonal tube, getting on and off is a bit easier. The low entry frames have been specially designed for people who have a lot of trouble getting on and off. Thanks to this frame, people with less mobility can also easily use electric bicycles.

4. Determine The Right Size

The right size of the bicycle is important because it helps you in sitting in a natural position. An unnatural position on a bike that is too big or too small can even put an overload on your muscles. In case of the right size, you will be able to put a brake quickly and put your feet on the ground in an unexpected situation. 

5. Price is Secondary to Service

Electric bicycle involves quite a lot of money. However, we think the price is less important than the service. With good service, you are sure that the electric bicycle is reliable. If there is anything wrong with the bike, motor, or battery, you can always contact a service point of the relevant brand or company.

6. Check The Delivery Time

When you order a bicycle online, it shows the delivery time, and at times that is just a few days. However, that is not always the case. In fact, if the order is from another country, it will undoubtedly take a little longer before the bicycle is delivered.

If you have any questions about the expected delivery time, you can always email or call the (online) store.

7. Delivery or Pick-up

Some websites do give you the option to choose between doorstep delivery or if you want to pick it up yourself in a shop or at a collection point. 

8. Test Ride

Some online e-bike providers offer test ride options and if you are not sure whether you want to buy a specific bicycle, take a test ride.

9. Returning the Electric Bicycle

You can simply return the bicycle, provided there are not too many signs of usage. You often have to return it within a certain period to receive a refund of the paid amount.

With a simple and clear step-by-step plan, you will be able to purchase the right electric bicycle online.

  1. Determine The Type of The Electrical Bicycle

Determine the kind of e-bike you need. For example, if you need one for daily applications, such as commuting, then an average e-bike will do. Whereas, for speed or cover greater distances, you should opt for speed pedelec. Similalrly, if you have to carry a lot of stuff to work, there is the electric cargo bike.

2. Determine the Brand

There are countless providers of e-bikes in the Dutch such as Gazelle, market leader Sparta, the trendy Union, Giant, Cortina, etc. Each of these brands has its own characteristic, appearance and price.

3. Frame Type

There are generally three types of frames available men’s, women’s and low entry frames.

MeMen’srames are, of course, for men and women’s frames for women. However, at times men who have a bit more difficulty getting on opt for a women’s frame. Due to no diagonal tube, getting on and off is a bit easier. The low entry frames have been specially designed for people who have a lot of trouble getting on and off. Thanks to this frame, people with less mobility can also easily use electric bicycles.

4. Determine The Right Size

The right size of the bicycle is important because it helps you in sitting in a natural position. An unnatural position on a bike that is too big or too small can even put an overload on your muscles. In case of the right size, you will be able to put a brake quickly and put your feet on the ground in an unexpected situation. 

5. Price is Secondary to Service

Electric bicycle involves quite a lot of money. However, we think the price is less important than the service. With good service, you are sure that the electric bicycle is reliable. If there is anything wrong with the bike, motor, or battery, you can always contact a service point of the relevant brand or company.

6. Check The Delivery Time

When you order a bicycle online, it shows the delivery time, and at times that is just a few days. However, that is not always the case. In fact, if the order is from another country, it will undoubtedly take a little longer before the bicycle is delivered.

If you have any questions about the expected delivery time, you can always email or call the (online) store.

7. Delivery or Pick-up

Some websites do give you the option to choose between doorstep delivery or if you want to pick it up yourself in a shop or at a collection point. 

8. Test Ride

Some online e-bike providers offer test ride options and if you are not sure whether you want to buy a specific bicycle, take a test ride.

9. Returning the Electric Bicycle

You can simply return the bicycle, provided there are not too many signs of usage. You often have to return it within a certain period to receive a refund of the paid amount.

4.2 What tips should I keep in mind while buying an electric bicycle?

These small tips and tricks will ensure that your bike lasts longer.

  • Battery Maintainance

The battery is the most vulnerable part and, therefore, also has to be replaced first, and it can easily cost you more than €500. However, regular and proper maintenance can extend the life of the battery. Below are some tips regarding using and maintaining the battery:

  1. Charge an empty battery as soon as possible. Not doing so can put the battery into a so-called deep discharge. A deeply discharged battery cannot be used and must be replaced.

  2. We recommend charging the battery at least once a month, even in months when you hardly use the e-bike. Otherwise, again you run the risk of the battery becoming deeply discharged.

  3. Never charge the battery after every ride unless it is empty, as charging a battery too often harms the battery life.

  4. Keep the battery away from moisture and extreme weather conditions (scorching heat or cold). It can either damage the battery or make it unusable. Therefore, keep the battery in a safe and cool place.

  5. Never charge the battery below freezing because when a battery is charged when it is colder than 0 degrees, a chemical reaction occurs within the battery. This will irreversibly damage the battery, and you will have no option but to replace it.

  6. Do not charge the battery to 100% because an e-bike battery wears less quickly when charged to 90 or 95%. Also, you save on energy costs by removing the charger from the socket earlier.

  7. Only use the supplied charger. A different charger can not only damage the battery but also leads to dangerous situations.

  • If you experience problems with the electric bicycle, seek a professional bicycle mechanic help. We don’t recommend tinkering with an electric bike yourself unless you just need to change a tire.

These small tips and tricks will ensure that your bike lasts longer.

  • Battery Maintainance

The battery is the most vulnerable part and, therefore, also has to be replaced first, and it can easily cost you more than €500. However, regular and proper maintenance can extend the life of the battery. Below are some tips regarding using and maintaining the battery:

  1. Charge an empty battery as soon as possible. Not doing so can put the battery into a so-called deep discharge. A deeply discharged battery cannot be used and must be replaced.

  2. We recommend charging the battery at least once a month, even in months when you hardly use the e-bike. Otherwise, again you run the risk of the battery becoming deeply discharged.

  3. Never charge the battery after every ride unless it is empty, as charging a battery too often harms the battery life.

  4. Keep the battery away from moisture and extreme weather conditions (scorching heat or cold). It can either damage the battery or make it unusable. Therefore, keep the battery in a safe and cool place.

  5. Never charge the battery below freezing because when a battery is charged when it is colder than 0 degrees, a chemical reaction occurs within the battery. This will irreversibly damage the battery, and you will have no option but to replace it.

  6. Do not charge the battery to 100% because an e-bike battery wears less quickly when charged to 90 or 95%. Also, you save on energy costs by removing the charger from the socket earlier.

  7. Only use the supplied charger. A different charger can not only damage the battery but also leads to dangerous situations.

  • If you experience problems with the electric bicycle, seek a professional bicycle mechanic help. We don’t recommend tinkering with an electric bike yourself unless you just need to change a tire.

4.3 How can I protect my electric bicycle from being stolen?

Research shows that last year no less than 10% of all-electric bicycles in the Netherlands were stolen, due to which many e-bike manufacturers have come up with an innovative GPS system. 

The GPS is hidden in the electric bicycle frame, and it can be traced as soon as it is stolen.

In combination with this system, many brands have started offering a 'collection service.’ Once you indicate that your electric bicycle has been stolen, they determine the location of the cycle based on the GPS and collect it for you.

Unfortunately, this safety against theft is a little expensive.

Research shows that last year no less than 10% of all-electric bicycles in the Netherlands were stolen, due to which many e-bike manufacturers have come up with an innovative GPS system. 

The GPS is hidden in the electric bicycle frame, and it can be traced as soon as it is stolen.

In combination with this system, many brands have started offering a 'collection service.’ Once you indicate that your electric bicycle has been stolen, they determine the location of the cycle based on the GPS and collect it for you.

Unfortunately, this safety against theft is a little expensive.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about electric bicycle

5.1 You don’t need a driving license to ride an e-bike. An electric bicycle is fitted with a battery and a motor. However, the motorised assistance is limited, due to which it still falls under the bicycle class and does not require a driver’s license.

5.2 Electric bicycles can generally cover up to 80 km on a single battery charge.

5.3 In terms of fuel economy, e-bike’s energy consumption is equivalent to 1000 mpg.

5.4 Electric bicycles help in curtailing the commute time as they are not restricted to road travel.

5.5 An e-bike can be used as a traditional bike when the motor is turned off.

5.6 E-bike rider’s average BMI is 24.8, which is considered normal/healthy weight range by CDC.

5.7 E-bike helps in cutting down on CO2 emission. The CO2 emission is 21-22 grams for every kilometre travelled by electric bicycle. In contrast, it is 271 grams for every kilometre travelled by car.

5.8 China, Germany, Spain, and Denmark are four countries where e-biking is very popular.

5.9 Around85% of all e-bicycles are sold in China.

5.10 China reportedly has more e-bikes than cars on the road.

5.11 Sales of e-bikes in the European Union have grown on a YOY basis since 2006, at rates between 19 and 76% annually. 

5.12 Nine countries worldwide have set sales deadlines for petrol and diesel-based cars. For example, only by 2025, the Netherlands will permit the sale of electric vehicles. India and Norway araren’tar behind, with their bans coming in 2030. 

5.1 You don’t need a driving license to ride an e-bike. An electric bicycle is fitted with a battery and a motor. However, the motorised assistance is limited, due to which it still falls under the bicycle class and does not require a driver’s license.

5.2 Electric bicycles can generally cover up to 80 km on a single battery charge.

5.3 In terms of fuel economy, e-bike’s energy consumption is equivalent to 1000 mpg.

5.4 Electric bicycles help in curtailing the commute time as they are not restricted to road travel.

5.5 An e-bike can be used as a traditional bike when the motor is turned off.

5.6 E-bike rider’s average BMI is 24.8, which is considered normal/healthy weight range by CDC.

5.7 E-bike helps in cutting down on CO2 emission. The CO2 emission is 21-22 grams for every kilometre travelled by electric bicycle. In contrast, it is 271 grams for every kilometre travelled by car.

5.8 China, Germany, Spain, and Denmark are four countries where e-biking is very popular.

5.9 Around85% of all e-bicycles are sold in China.

5.10 China reportedly has more e-bikes than cars on the road.

5.11 Sales of e-bikes in the European Union have grown on a YOY basis since 2006, at rates between 19 and 76% annually. 

5.12 Nine countries worldwide have set sales deadlines for petrol and diesel-based cars. For example, only by 2025, the Netherlands will permit the sale of electric vehicles. India and Norway araren’tar behind, with their bans coming in 2030. 

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best electric bicycles

Choosing an e-bike is not an overwhelming task as long as you are sure about your needs. So, as long as you know your purpose, where you will be using the electric bike, what frame size you need, or if you will be using it for short or long trips, you are sorted.

To choose our top seven electric bicycles, we have primarily considered bicycles’ weight, top speed, and motor power. In addition, we also took into account some other features as listed in the table. Customer reviews and ratings given on well-known e-commerce sites were also considered to select the top 7 electric bicycles of 2021.

Choosing an e-bike is not an overwhelming task as long as you are sure about your needs. So, as long as you know your purpose, where you will be using the electric bike, what frame size you need, or if you will be using it for short or long trips, you are sorted.

To choose our top seven electric bicycles, we have primarily considered bicycles’ weight, top speed, and motor power. In addition, we also took into account some other features as listed in the table. Customer reviews and ratings given on well-known e-commerce sites were also considered to select the top 7 electric bicycles of 2021.

6.1 URBANBIKER VIENA Electric Hybrid Bicycle

  • Urbanbiker Viena is a new way to experience new patterns, paradigms and ways of discovering your surroundings.

  • Our comparison winner is a hybrid bike so that you can use it both in the city as well as in the mountains. Versatility is one of its main principles.

  • Its structure emerges from the fusion between power and design so that you can travel more with less effort.

  • It has an efficient lithium-ion 48V Y 17.5Ah (840 Wh) battery offering a range of 160km.

  • The ergonomic grips, the gel saddle and the front suspension, make your ride pleasant.

  • To ensure you are safe on all surfaces, Hatchinson covers with puncture-proof reinforcement have been used predominantly for long journeys.

  • You are bound to enjoy consistent and efficient braking with Shimano hydraulic brakes offering a safe driving experience in all weather conditions.

  • The 2.5-inch LCD screen offers five levels of assistance and features such as speedometer, odometer, speed information and a 6-km/h “walk mode”. Moreover, the back-light is there for better image quality.

  • The 350W powerful motor give reliability and durability. Developed by UBK Systems for a solid, robust and subtle motor, it can reach 50 Nm guaranteeing efficient consumption through the FOC controller.

  • The product has two years warranty on it.

  • Urbanbiker Viena is a new way to experience new patterns, paradigms and ways of discovering your surroundings.

  • Our comparison winner is a hybrid bike so that you can use it both in the city as well as in the mountains. Versatility is one of its main principles.

  • Its structure emerges from the fusion between power and design so that you can travel more with less effort.

  • It has an efficient lithium-ion 48V Y 17.5Ah (840 Wh) battery offering a range of 160km.

  • The ergonomic grips, the gel saddle and the front suspension, make your ride pleasant.

  • To ensure you are safe on all surfaces, Hatchinson covers with puncture-proof reinforcement have been used predominantly for long journeys.

  • You are bound to enjoy consistent and efficient braking with Shimano hydraulic brakes offering a safe driving experience in all weather conditions.

  • The 2.5-inch LCD screen offers five levels of assistance and features such as speedometer, odometer, speed information and a 6-km/h “walk mode”. Moreover, the back-light is there for better image quality.

  • The 350W powerful motor give reliability and durability. Developed by UBK Systems for a solid, robust and subtle motor, it can reach 50 Nm guaranteeing efficient consumption through the FOC controller.

  • The product has two years warranty on it.

6.2 Bluewheel BXB55 e-bike

  • The BXB55 e-bike from Bluewheel is an ultra-compact e-runabout vehicle with an easy folding system.

  • With some easy steps, you can fold this piece of mobility into a compact size, and then you can easily transport it in the trunk of your car or take it with you on the bus or train.

  • A whopping 25 km/h top speed and a stunning 150 km lithium-ion battery range revolutionise the way you move around with ease.

  • The smart, integrated LCD colour display distance, speed, calories burned, and battery status.

  • The high-quality BXB55 is app-compatible. Connect your smartphone to the bike with the help of Bluetooth and use the free Bikewise app to track current daily driving time, calories burned or distance covered.

  • When it comes to a bicycle, not just the leg but also your buttocks, arm, back have to take a lot. The manufacturers have equipped it with a high-quality suspension fork that effectively absorbs bumps to make your ride comfortable. And you enjoy enormous comfort regardless of whether you are on-road in the city or off-road in the field.

  • The tires are exposed to constant stress on bike tours, and a city offers additional challenges like broken glass, chippings. However, with premium tires on the BXB55, you can continue driving in a relaxed manner.

  • The seven gears and powerful rear hub motor lets you master even the most demanding challenges with links. 

  • The BXB55 e-bike from Bluewheel is an ultra-compact e-runabout vehicle with an easy folding system.

  • With some easy steps, you can fold this piece of mobility into a compact size, and then you can easily transport it in the trunk of your car or take it with you on the bus or train.

  • A whopping 25 km/h top speed and a stunning 150 km lithium-ion battery range revolutionise the way you move around with ease.

  • The smart, integrated LCD colour display distance, speed, calories burned, and battery status.

  • The high-quality BXB55 is app-compatible. Connect your smartphone to the bike with the help of Bluetooth and use the free Bikewise app to track current daily driving time, calories burned or distance covered.

  • When it comes to a bicycle, not just the leg but also your buttocks, arm, back have to take a lot. The manufacturers have equipped it with a high-quality suspension fork that effectively absorbs bumps to make your ride comfortable. And you enjoy enormous comfort regardless of whether you are on-road in the city or off-road in the field.

  • The tires are exposed to constant stress on bike tours, and a city offers additional challenges like broken glass, chippings. However, with premium tires on the BXB55, you can continue driving in a relaxed manner.

  • The seven gears and powerful rear hub motor lets you master even the most demanding challenges with links. 

6.3 Eskute Voyager Mountain Electric Bike

  • If you are looking only for a mountain e-bike at a reasonable price, then this is it.

  • The E-bike ‘V‘Voyager’ith 27.5-inch wheels, advanced electric system, and high-quality parts always take you safely to your destination.

  • You can move a lot with a permissible weight of 120 kg and recommended height of 165-200cm.

  • The sporty features and the comfortable driving position prove to be a pleasant combination in all situations.

  • Thanks to a 250 W brushless gear hub motor that offers 25km/h speed, you can use it on all terrains.

  • It has a 36V 12.5AH lithium-ion battery to ensure a performance that lives up to your standards. A range of 70km and more can be achieved during the pedal-assist mode.

  • The LCD digital panel displays real-time feedback on battery life, current speed, distance covered, and Pedal Assist level (You can adjust the level of pedal assistance you need).

  • The outside of the fork tube is strong enough not to let the dust pollute the circulation of the barrel. 

  • A lightweight aluminium frame of 42 cm provides a lot of torsional rigidity.

  • For the necessary riding comfort, the suspension fork absorbs the shocks and protects your joints.

  • The reliable Shimano 7-speed shifter from Japan helps you control the speed with finesse, utilising the larger sprocket for uphill battles and the smaller sprocket for speed.

  • It has a cable-actuated disc brake system with a calliper made from cast aluminium which is powerful enough to stop downhill.

  • The waterproof LED headlight guides you whether it is night or raining.

  • The saddle is fitted with a comfortable cushion for a longer, more enjoyable ride.

  • The KMC rustproof chains ensure the sprocket perfectly takes the links, eliminating all the chances of error while riding.

  • The rubber handlebar grips offer efficiency and comfort. They are ergonomically designed to never slip up even against the most brutal weather.

  • If you are looking only for a mountain e-bike at a reasonable price, then this is it.

  • The E-bike ‘V‘Voyager’ith 27.5-inch wheels, advanced electric system, and high-quality parts always take you safely to your destination.

  • You can move a lot with a permissible weight of 120 kg and recommended height of 165-200cm.

  • The sporty features and the comfortable driving position prove to be a pleasant combination in all situations.

  • Thanks to a 250 W brushless gear hub motor that offers 25km/h speed, you can use it on all terrains.

  • It has a 36V 12.5AH lithium-ion battery to ensure a performance that lives up to your standards. A range of 70km and more can be achieved during the pedal-assist mode.

  • The LCD digital panel displays real-time feedback on battery life, current speed, distance covered, and Pedal Assist level (You can adjust the level of pedal assistance you need).

  • The outside of the fork tube is strong enough not to let the dust pollute the circulation of the barrel. 

  • A lightweight aluminium frame of 42 cm provides a lot of torsional rigidity.

  • For the necessary riding comfort, the suspension fork absorbs the shocks and protects your joints.

  • The reliable Shimano 7-speed shifter from Japan helps you control the speed with finesse, utilising the larger sprocket for uphill battles and the smaller sprocket for speed.

  • It has a cable-actuated disc brake system with a calliper made from cast aluminium which is powerful enough to stop downhill.

  • The waterproof LED headlight guides you whether it is night or raining.

  • The saddle is fitted with a comfortable cushion for a longer, more enjoyable ride.

  • The KMC rustproof chains ensure the sprocket perfectly takes the links, eliminating all the chances of error while riding.

  • The rubber handlebar grips offer efficiency and comfort. They are ergonomically designed to never slip up even against the most brutal weather.

6.4 Eskute Wayfarer Electric Bike

  • ESKUTE “Wayfarer” is an e-city bike with a robust and advanced electrical system.

  • 250 W motor, 25km/h speed, 36V 10AH 360Wh replaceable hidden lithium battery proves that this e-bike was born for riding in the city.

  • It has a 7-speed gear system, and it can take a 120 kg weight load.

  • The 250w brushless gear hub motor makes it suitable to ride on any terrain.

  • The LCD digital panel displays battery life, current speed, distance covered, and Pedal Assist level (You can easoly adjust the level of pedal assistance).

  • The front-wheel fork locking is there to soften the impact on your arms, allowing a comfortable and stable ride.

  • It has anti-puncture 700C*45C tires. The aramid and ceramic particles are weaved inside the tire to increase tire life and prevent punctures.

  • It has a cable-actuated disc brake system with a calliper made from cast aluminium which is powerful enough to stop downhill.

  • The LED lights are waterproof and installed with a bracket. So, not just when it is dark, but you can worry-free ride when it is raining.

  • The rear rack is apt for simple storage or to seat your child for a full day of fun outdoors.

  • ESKUTE “Wayfarer” is an e-city bike with a robust and advanced electrical system.

  • 250 W motor, 25km/h speed, 36V 10AH 360Wh replaceable hidden lithium battery proves that this e-bike was born for riding in the city.

  • It has a 7-speed gear system, and it can take a 120 kg weight load.

  • The 250w brushless gear hub motor makes it suitable to ride on any terrain.

  • The LCD digital panel displays battery life, current speed, distance covered, and Pedal Assist level (You can easoly adjust the level of pedal assistance).

  • The front-wheel fork locking is there to soften the impact on your arms, allowing a comfortable and stable ride.

  • It has anti-puncture 700C*45C tires. The aramid and ceramic particles are weaved inside the tire to increase tire life and prevent punctures.

  • It has a cable-actuated disc brake system with a calliper made from cast aluminium which is powerful enough to stop downhill.

  • The LED lights are waterproof and installed with a bracket. So, not just when it is dark, but you can worry-free ride when it is raining.

  • The rear rack is apt for simple storage or to seat your child for a full day of fun outdoors.

6.5 LANKELEISI G650 folding electric bike

  • LANKELEISI G650 is a foldable e-bike.

  • It has a popular fat tire that is engineered and designed to provide exceptional comfort.

  • It weighs very light at 19 kg. When combined with the easy-to-fold feature, you can literally carry it anywhere easily, whether in an SUV or Trunk or public transport.

  • The 48V 400W Brushless motor and 12.8ah Li-battery will easily help you travel 40-80 km on one full charge.

  • It offers a whopping 40 km per hour speed.

  • The powerful lithium battery takes 3-5 hours for a complete charge.

  • The Shimano gears provide seven speeds, and it has a high-quality 6061 aluminium alloy frame. 

  • The dual front fork suspension and 3rd point suspension under the seat don’t let you feel if the road is bumpy.

  • The disk hydraulic brakes on the front and rear are for safety. Also, the bright LED headlight makes it safe to ride at night.

  • The loud horn is also there to warn others of your presence on the road.

  • This bicycle has three working modes, i.e. full throttle (electric), pedal-assist, and pedal only (manual).

  • It comes 80% assembled.

  • You get a 2-year warranty on bicycle components, including frame, forks, stem, handlebar, headset, seat post, bottom bracket, crankset, and pedals. Whereas, 1-year warranty is given for derailleur, shifter, motor, throttle, controller, wiring harness, LCD display, kickstand, rims, wheel hub, freewheel, and cassette, reflectors and hardware.

  • LANKELEISI G650 is a foldable e-bike.

  • It has a popular fat tire that is engineered and designed to provide exceptional comfort.

  • It weighs very light at 19 kg. When combined with the easy-to-fold feature, you can literally carry it anywhere easily, whether in an SUV or Trunk or public transport.

  • The 48V 400W Brushless motor and 12.8ah Li-battery will easily help you travel 40-80 km on one full charge.

  • It offers a whopping 40 km per hour speed.

  • The powerful lithium battery takes 3-5 hours for a complete charge.

  • The Shimano gears provide seven speeds, and it has a high-quality 6061 aluminium alloy frame. 

  • The dual front fork suspension and 3rd point suspension under the seat don’t let you feel if the road is bumpy.

  • The disk hydraulic brakes on the front and rear are for safety. Also, the bright LED headlight makes it safe to ride at night.

  • The loud horn is also there to warn others of your presence on the road.

  • This bicycle has three working modes, i.e. full throttle (electric), pedal-assist, and pedal only (manual).

  • It comes 80% assembled.

  • You get a 2-year warranty on bicycle components, including frame, forks, stem, handlebar, headset, seat post, bottom bracket, crankset, and pedals. Whereas, 1-year warranty is given for derailleur, shifter, motor, throttle, controller, wiring harness, LCD display, kickstand, rims, wheel hub, freewheel, and cassette, reflectors and hardware.

6.6 Legend eBikes Monza

  • Legend eBikes Monza is an IP67 waterproof and dustproof bike weighing 19.5 kg.

  • This is a folding bike, and due to its well-thought geometry, it offers maximum stability even at a speed of 25 km/h and more.

  • The extra-long saddle post ensures maximum comfort even if your height is 1.95 m.

  • A suspension is achieved by the balloon tires from Schwalbe and doesn’t let you feel if the road is bumpy. Thanks to Bluetooth, you enjoy excellent connectivity that collects all the information about your trips and displays it on the smartphone.

  • It has hydraulic disc brakes and 20-inch tires to make your ride smooth.

  • The detachable integrated battery, powerful 250 W motor, at the top speed of 25 km/h, gives a range of up to 100 km.

  • The Legend Monza can be used flexibly, and it takes only 5 seconds to pack it. Furthermore, the e-folding bike is considered a piece of luggage.

  • KlickFix handlebar adapter is there for easy attachment of a basket or bag.

  • This e-bike with a cool, modern design is available in three stylish colours.

  • Legend eBikes Monza is an IP67 waterproof and dustproof bike weighing 19.5 kg.

  • This is a folding bike, and due to its well-thought geometry, it offers maximum stability even at a speed of 25 km/h and more.

  • The extra-long saddle post ensures maximum comfort even if your height is 1.95 m.

  • A suspension is achieved by the balloon tires from Schwalbe and doesn’t let you feel if the road is bumpy. Thanks to Bluetooth, you enjoy excellent connectivity that collects all the information about your trips and displays it on the smartphone.

  • It has hydraulic disc brakes and 20-inch tires to make your ride smooth.

  • The detachable integrated battery, powerful 250 W motor, at the top speed of 25 km/h, gives a range of up to 100 km.

  • The Legend Monza can be used flexibly, and it takes only 5 seconds to pack it. Furthermore, the e-folding bike is considered a piece of luggage.

  • KlickFix handlebar adapter is there for easy attachment of a basket or bag.

  • This e-bike with a cool, modern design is available in three stylish colours.

6.7 Shengmilo MX02S Electric Bikes

  • The sole reason for putting this e-bike at last is less number of reviews. Otherwise, this is the most powerful electric bike on our list with a 1000 W motor and a maximum speed of 35 km/h.

  • MX02S is equipped with a robust and removable 48V17A lithium battery. Thanks to the plastic and waterproof case, the battery is not easy to be damaged. It takes 5-7 hours to charge the battery completely.

  • This e-bike offers three working modes.

    • Pedal Assist – The motor gives a moderate burst of power as you pedal the bike. You can cover a 60-90 km distance when the battery is fully charged.

    • Fully Electric – You can twist the throttle in any increments of power, and the battery range is 40-50 km.

    • Manual – In this mode, you can pedal the electric bike normally as you would any bicycle.

  • The Shimano 21-speed shifter system, hydraulic disc brakes, an adjustable and lockable aluminium suspension fork converts forward power while climbing or riding easily.

  • It is a hybrid e-bike, and therefore, you can use it on off-road hills, jungle trails, city roads, snow, or beaches.

  • It has a LED front light and rear warning light to make the night ride safer. Even on rainy and foggy days, LED lights consume low energy and offers strong permeability. Moreover, you can choose if these lights should always be on or blinking.

  • The loud horn is also there to warn others of your presence on the road.

  • The hydraulic front and rear disc brakes are rustproof and durable. They come with superior heat dissipation capabilities that ensure high temperatures can’t cause any harm. Furthermore, rapid braking can’t damage it as the system powers off immediately when you brake, thus guaranteeing safety while riding.

  • The high-quality aluminium alloy frame is sturdy and lightweight. Therefore, you can use the cycle for all road conditions such as snow, road, beach, mountains, etc.

  • The electric bike can take a 180kg load due to its robust frame structure.

  • The handlebar is also made of aluminium alloy, and the instrument button is at your fingertips. Press that one button to start the e-bike gear adjustment, and see the information function at a glance.

  • The bike has a full aluminium alloy pneumatic suspension fork that is both adjustable and lockable. It filters out vibrations of bumpy roads and rugged terrain, ensuring a comfortable ride.

  • The sole reason for putting this e-bike at last is less number of reviews. Otherwise, this is the most powerful electric bike on our list with a 1000 W motor and a maximum speed of 35 km/h.

  • MX02S is equipped with a robust and removable 48V17A lithium battery. Thanks to the plastic and waterproof case, the battery is not easy to be damaged. It takes 5-7 hours to charge the battery completely.

  • This e-bike offers three working modes.

    • Pedal Assist – The motor gives a moderate burst of power as you pedal the bike. You can cover a 60-90 km distance when the battery is fully charged.

    • Fully Electric – You can twist the throttle in any increments of power, and the battery range is 40-50 km.

    • Manual – In this mode, you can pedal the electric bike normally as you would any bicycle.

  • The Shimano 21-speed shifter system, hydraulic disc brakes, an adjustable and lockable aluminium suspension fork converts forward power while climbing or riding easily.

  • It is a hybrid e-bike, and therefore, you can use it on off-road hills, jungle trails, city roads, snow, or beaches.

  • It has a LED front light and rear warning light to make the night ride safer. Even on rainy and foggy days, LED lights consume low energy and offers strong permeability. Moreover, you can choose if these lights should always be on or blinking.

  • The loud horn is also there to warn others of your presence on the road.

  • The hydraulic front and rear disc brakes are rustproof and durable. They come with superior heat dissipation capabilities that ensure high temperatures can’t cause any harm. Furthermore, rapid braking can’t damage it as the system powers off immediately when you brake, thus guaranteeing safety while riding.

  • The high-quality aluminium alloy frame is sturdy and lightweight. Therefore, you can use the cycle for all road conditions such as snow, road, beach, mountains, etc.

  • The electric bike can take a 180kg load due to its robust frame structure.

  • The handlebar is also made of aluminium alloy, and the instrument button is at your fingertips. Press that one button to start the e-bike gear adjustment, and see the information function at a glance.

  • The bike has a full aluminium alloy pneumatic suspension fork that is both adjustable and lockable. It filters out vibrations of bumpy roads and rugged terrain, ensuring a comfortable ride.