Electric bicycle sales are higher than ever but it’s created a new problem

Electric bicycle sales are higher than ever, but it’s created a new problem.

Nearly every company that offered electric bicycles soon found themselves with empty shelves and warehouses.

While the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and the e-bike industry with it, the pandemic also led to a huge
surge in electric bicycle sales.
Between people being at home with more time on their hands, riders exiting lockdowns and itching to spend more time outdoors, and commuters looking for socially distant ways to get to work while avoiding public transportation, e-bike sales have never been higher.
But now that’s created a new problem in the industry: supporting all of those customers.
Large e-bike companies who count their customer base in the thousands and tens of thousands were already tasked with managing a carefully orchestrated customer service balance.

But now those systems have been pushed past the breaking point as countless new riders receive bike boxes at their doorstep, a small portion of which inevitably come with hidden problems.

VanMoof, one of the more visible e-bike companies lately thanks to a large marketing campaign around its recently released S3 and X3 e-bikes, has acutely experienced this phenomenon.

As reported by BikeEurope, VanMoof’s flashy ads across various social media platforms are often followed by a litany of public comments complaining about customer support, or a distinct lack thereof.

And while this surely represents just a small portion of its customer base, VanMoof saw sales more than double nearly overnight, meaning even a small number of complaints were bound to increase as well.

As co-founder Ties Carlier explained:

“There’s a lot of frustration, I know. Even if it’s only a few percent of buyers that’s still way too much. We calculated in about 1% – 1 out of 100 bikes within the first week or so would have something important enough for a customer to give us a call. But that turns out to be closer to 10%.

Our next frontier is to transform our business by building a full support ecosystem around every rider.”

And VanMoof isn’t alone, of course. Everyone has been forced to up their game.

Rad Power Bikes, the largest electric bicycle company in the US, began increasing the size of its customer support team once the e-bike buying boom began.

Founder Mike Radenbaugh explained in a call with Electrek several months ago in the early days of the pandemic:

“We’re already hiring like crazy, our customer support team is up to about 40 or 50 right now, I’m not even sure. It’s hard to keep track. We should be up to around 70 in the next month or so.”

The increase in customer service at Rad Power Bikes came at a key time, as the company capitalized on the e-bike boom by launching a popular new $999 model known as the RadMission.

RadMission e-bike Rad Power Bikes

Other electric bicycle companies found themselves in a similar boat.

Lectric Ebikes launched the $899 Lectric XP just over a year ago, which became one of the biggest runaway successes of 2019. During the e-bike buying spree of 2020, Lectric Ebikes released a followup in the form of the Lectric XP Step-Thru.

Anticipating the huge increase in customer support needed during the one-two punch of COVID-based buying frenzy and a new product launch, Lectric Bikes began increasing its customer service team.

The startup also hired a Director of Operations to bring in outside expertise and experience, helping further improve the company and customer support system in the midst of a massive run on e-bikes across the country.

As Co-founder Levi Conlow explained in a call with Electrek:

Bringing in our new director of operations has been a huge benefit. She obsesses over performance and details. We first told her about our competitors and how they can have wait times of days for emails and wait times of hours for calls, and how we thought we were doing alright since we had phone wait times of around 20 minutes and maybe up to a day for emails. But she came in and said ‘Nope, that’s not fine by me.’ She wanted those numbers brought down to 97% of phone calls being answered in under one minute and emails being treated more like a customer chat with quick responses. She wanted to make us become the most available electric bike company. And someone with that type of vision, it inspired all of us to get behind it. And now I’m confident in saying we have one of the best if not THE best customer support in the industry now.

Needless to say, the electric bicycle industry has been put under huge pressure by the skyrocketing demand for e-bikes.

It is unavoidable that some customers will unfortunately experience problems, but the industry as a whole appears to be well on its way to improving service across the board.

And you can be sure that any company that doesn’t pick up the slack will quickly find themselves shamed in countless social media comments and threads.

Now we want to hear from you! Have you had any experiences lately, good or bad, with e-bike company customer service? Let us know in the comment section below!

Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Bikes Market

Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Bikes Market

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E-Scooters Are Already Here And The City Needs To Adapt

E-Scooters Are Already Here  And The City Needs To Adapt

We’re going to need bigger bike lanes.

As New York City gets ready to set up corporate scooter-share programs outside of Manhattan, sales of privately owned e-scooters are skyrocketing by triple digits in the five boroughs, adding another transportation mode to the city’s increasingly congested bike lanes.

Amid the spike in sales of the light electric transportation option, advocates are warning that the city is running out of room to handle the additional traffic. The potential for conflict is obvious.

Visit any of the East River bridges and the already narrow bike and pedestrian paths are filled with multiple modes of transportation — legs, bikes, electric bikes, scooters and e-scooters — moving at different speeds. On a recent Friday on the Manhattan Bridge, Streetsblog spotted several e-scooter riders on the bike path, including a father guiding his child on a traditional three-wheeled kid’s scooter. Every day on the Queensboro Bridge, a single narrow lane is used by walkers, cyclists and scooter riders in both directions. Crashes occur daily.

Concerns over scooter-share programs tend to focus on the question of where to park the dockless devices, which have cluttered sidewalks in other cities. But that concern ignores the bigger one: New York City also doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle an explosion of new non-car transportation options. The increasing interest in e-scooters as a way to get around New York, even before companies like Bird and Lime can start local scooter-share programs, is putting stress on the city’s bike infrastructure, which was already creaking under an uptick in people on bikes.

“When Bird or Lime gets here, it’s going to explode in terms of usage. What I worry about is too many of these on the streets and not enough space to ride them. It’s been nice for people this summer, there’s plenty of space to ride,” said Eric Levenseller, the founder of New York City-based scooter company Levy Electric Scooters. “People will probably move out of the bike lanes and get into regular traffic lanes because there’s not enough space or they don’t feel safe in the bike lane.”

Some intrepid scooter users are already making that decision, like this pair recently seen scooting in the motor vehicle lanes on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Individual owners of scooters and other micro mobility devices are loving the ride, even if they miss the bigger picture.

“I’ve had this for three, four months now,” Brian Bonet said about his Segway scooter on a recent September afternoon after he rode across the Manhattan Bridge. “I take it to Borough Park and back. I live all the way on the Upper West Side, this thing goes around 28 miles in range. I just crossed the bridge all the way from Borough Park.”

Scooter riders had been an occasional sight on streets, bike lanes and bridges before the electric rides were legalized generally in the state budget and then by the City Council in 2020, and they’ve become an even more frequent presence since legalization.

Scooter companies and retailers are reporting an uptick in interest as well this year, driven by both the change in law and a population that remains wary of public transportation. A spokesperson for e-scooter company Unagi said that New York City sales of its product through the company’s website increased 312 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter, and 549 percent comparing the second quarter of 2020 with the second quarter in 2019. The spokesperson said that the increase amounted to going from hundreds of scooter sales per month in New York City to thousands.

Local retailers say they’ve seen the same kind of interest.

“A lot of people are coming in who’ve never owned a bicycle, but are looking for alternative modes of transportation,” said Levenseller. “A lot of people are using them that have to go back into work and don’t want to take the subway.

“Business has definitely picked up significantly since April,” Levenseller added during a chat in Levy’s Lower East Side storefront, claiming a 160-percent year-over-year increase since scooters were legalized statewide in April.

Eric Levenseller at his scooter store on the Lower East Side. Photo: Dave Colon

A few blocks north at Paragon Sports, sales clerk Julian Maerwitz said that sales on Unagi scooters were brisk since the store was able to restart its retail operations during the summer.

“We’ve sold a lot of these as the demand picked up from COVID,” he said, putting the number of scooters sold at around 30. “They sell almost immediately as they come in.”

Scooter riders around Manhattan ranged from the experienced riders to newbies, but both times said that they chose e-scooters in order to avoid the bus and subway.

“None of us wants to take the subway so we’re either getting electric bikes or scooters,” a scooter user named Jae, who declined to give her last name, said about her and her co-workers in the Meatpacking District. “I’ve definitely seen more people on these since I bought my first one three years ago.”

Sebastian Brecht, a chef in the East Village, said he switched from a bike to a scooter to commute from Crown Heights.

“I was riding my bike for many months but it was hard on my body,” he said. “I did not want to buy an electric bike because you’re still sitting down on it, and I don’t like going on public transportation. I haven’t been on it in five months or more.”

Advocates say they welcome any new transportation option that gets people out of cars, but that the city government has to start thinking about the bike and scooter traffic of tomorrow, instead of the traffic patterns of the past.

“Designing bike lanes for the traffic we had in the 2010s soon won’t be enough to handle the bike traffic of the 2020s,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joe Cutrufo “The number of people getting around on two wheels has shot up, not just with the pandemic-fueled bike boom, but the continued growth of Citi Bike, and soon scooter share. The next administration will need to expand not only the network of protected bike lanes, but also the width of protected bike lanes.”

More scooter users doesn’t just have to be a conflict point for pedestrians and people on bikes though. As former Lime Bike Chief Programs Officer Scott Kubly pointed out to Streetsblog in 2018, scooter riders will eventually be like bike riders — and demand more space for their sustainable transport mode.

“If scooters have a lower barrier than bikes, but riders want the same protection that bikers do, doesn’t that build a larger constituency for better bike lanes?” Kubly rhetorically asked.

Two years later, scooter retailers and riders are echoing that 2018 prediction.

“In the long term cities need to think about having different lanes for lightweight electric vehicles like this, especially if they’re going to be going faster than bikes,” said Levenseller.

Bonet, who said that he rides his scooter in Midtown, said that the existing bike lanes in Midtown were hazardous already, and that the small bit of the curb being taken away from cars was also complicating things for riders.

“Sixth Avenue and Eighth Avenue, those are busy commercial streets and they get kind of difficult to navigate when people are parked in the bike lane, walking in the bike lane. And these new outside diner pop up things that take up parking spaces and bike lanes as well, it’s kind of a hassle, so maybe a little more room would be nice,” he said.

Multiple City Council members have expressed interest or support for scooter share in recent years, but the City Council still hasn’t had much in the way of a discussion about making the streets safe for scooter users. Queens Council Member Costa Constantinides expressed support for micro-mobility lanes and the idea of tilting the streets from car dominance to something more bike and light electric-friendly, while he watched Bird scooter demo held at Astoria Park in late September.

“It’s a good problem to have that we have too many people using the bike lanes, but multimodal transportation requires us to do more,” Constantinides said. “I’m not opposed to that at all. As someone who just went through a summer where my lungs were weak from COVID and the doctors said, ‘Go out for a walk’ when it was 95 degrees every day with oppressive humidity, where was I going to go? We’re living in climate change now, and if we don’t act to create options for emissions-free transportation, what are we doing?”

Small Format EVs & E-Bikes May Be Finally Success

Small Format EVs & E-Bikes May Be Finally Success
electric bikes

Inventors patented the first electric bikes back in the 1890s, but their innovations never garnered the same attention as other early-transportation milestones, including the first subways and the Model T Ford. Today, however, several trends have converged to bring e-bikes out of obscurity. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing as governments crack down on emissions. Meanwhile, innovators have introduced new technologies and business models that are breathing life into the market for small-format EVs (those with two or three wheels). Improbable as it may seem, e-bikes could finally be Success.

To gain more insight into the burgeoning market, McKinsey & Company examined worldwide trends for small-format EVs, looking at both geographic growth patterns and the forces shaping the industry. Our analysis shed some light on strategies that can help OEMs and other players succeed as small-format EVs gain traction.
A strong market for small-format vehicles

The sales figures for small-format EVs may initially seem modest. The market for two-wheel EVs (E2Ws) and three-wheel EVs (E3Ws) was valued at around $97 billion, or 4 percent of global auto sales. The sector has momentum, however, and global sales of E2Ws and E3Ws are increasing by more than 14 percent annually. (That figure excludes sales in China, which was an early adopter of small-format EVs and is thus experiencing slower growth.) By 2022, global sales of E2Ws and E3Ws could reach $150 billion.

It’s impossible to generalize about global sales trends, since transportation patterns and preferences vary widely by location, but some country-specific developments are striking. Take China: the country now accounts for around 30 percent of the global market for small-format EVs. What’s more, more than 80 percent of 2Ws in China are electrified, making it the dominant market by far in that category. The story may soon change, however, since growth of E2Ws is plateauing in China and surging in the European Union, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

India sells the largest number of E3Ws by far, and they now account for about half of all rickshaws in the country. By 2026, around 80 percent of 3Ws in India will be electric. One caveat: if more light commercial vehicles become electrified, they could become the default option for cargo transport, provided that their performance and economics improve.

Globally, we expect electrification to accelerate most quickly in the scooter and light-motorcycle segments. Electrification of heavy motorcycles will follow, but it won’t reach the levels seen with smaller vehicles.

Most E2Ws and E3Ws now rely on relatively cheap lead-acid batteries, but regulatory changes could compel a switch to the lighter lithium-ion power packs, which offer higher energy density and thus greater range. In China, where consumers have long had EVs with lead-acid batteries, replacement demand for vehicles with lithium-ion power packs could be high. Elsewhere, the transition will offer global players an opportunity to gain market share, since demand for EVs will increase as their range expands.
The forces driving electrification

Electrification is driven by a mix of regulatory push (policies designed to generate demand) and consumer pull (innate features or sales models that attract consumers). Here are the elements that are shaping the EV market:

Environmentally friendly regulations and incentives. EVs are getting a boost from recent government regulations and incentives to reduce emissions. Many of the regulations favor EVs, since they reduce the carbon footprint by 65 to 70 percent, compared with internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles. In China, for instance, the government banned the sale of ICE scooters in 2011.
Falling battery prices and lower total costs of ownership. Battery costs typically represent around 40 percent of the bills of materials for EVs, but that could change. Over the next few years, prices are expected to drop to $90 to $130 per kilowatt-hour, from the current $220 to $280 per kilowatt-hour. That shift will decrease the total cost of ownership and potentially stimulate demand, especially among B2B buyers and members of the lower or middle B2C segments.
Emergence of innovative go-to-market models. Some new models, such as those involving battery-as-a-service (BaaS), could reduce up-front acquisition costs for E2Ws and E3Ws. In addition to the lower prices, consumers may appreciate the convenience of BaaS, since emerging battery solutions allow refueling in under one minute. Future market share will increasingly depend on pairing one of those innovative models with the right product.
Appeal of high-end connectivity. Several players have created connected E2Ws, with more in the works. A company in India, for instance, has created a popular second-generation e-motorbike. For consumers in the premium-2W segment, a high-end EV with connectivity may be much more appealing than a standard ICE vehicle.

Of course, other powerful forces are also shaping the market. McKinsey research shows that E2Ws and E3Ws have surged in worldwide popularity since COVID-19 began to spread, partly because people are avoiding subways and other shared-mobility solutions. That said, the growth of shared mobility and micromobility can also benefit the sales of E2Ws and E3Ws, as seen in India, Southeast Asia, and other regions over the past few years. Once the spread of COVID-19 is controlled, the resurgence of those trends could increase the sales of small-format EVs.

Testing a budget ebike for an American ride

Testing a budget ebike for an American ride

When I visit China, or really anywhere in Eastern Asia, I’m always amazed at just how prevalent electric bicycles are. Ebike adoption may be on the rise in the US, but it’s simply the standard way to get around in much of Asia. And so I wanted to test how a typical Asian e-bike could perform when taken out of its element and dropped in the West. To do so, I hopped on the newly released F-wheel A5 e-bike.

The F-wheel A5 electric bike has all the hallmarks of an e-bike common to eastern Asia.

It sports small wheels, a small frame, a giant battery, seating for adults and kids, and is easy to maneuver in and store tight spaces.

And while you’re likely to see tons of these types of ebike zipping around just about any city in China, it’s a fairly out-of-the-ordinary ebike in the US. But since F-wheel just launched sales of the bike to the US (and with free shipping, no less!), I figured this was a great time to give the bike a real test.

To see the F-wheel A5 e-bike in action, watch my video review below. Then keep reading for all my musings on this electric bike.

F-wheel A5 video review
F-wheel A5 ebike tech specs
Motor: 350W continuous rear hub motor (probably 500 real watts)
Top speed: 25 km/h (15 mph)
Battery: 48V 7.5 Ah (360 Wh) or 21Ah (1,0008 Wh)
Range: 40 km (25 mi) for small battery, 110 km (68 mi) for large battery
Weight: 22.5 kg (49 lb)
Tires: 14″ x 2.125″
Frame: Aluminum alloy
Suspension: Front spring fork, suspension seat post
Brakes: Mechanical disc brakes
Extras: LED display with battery meter and PAS level indicator, front and rear LED lights, keychain alarm fob, electric horn, fenders, rear rack/bench seat
What is an “Asian e-bike” anyways?

I should probably clear this up right at the start so that we’re on the same page.

Yes, almost every electric bicycle sold in the US is an Asian e-bike. There are VERY few US-built e-bikes, and of course there are a growing number of European-built e-bikes, but the vast majority are built in Asia.

When I call the F-wheel A5 an Asian e-bike, what I mean is that it uses the common design of e-bikes I’ve seen across much of East Asia. And yes, technically speaking, e-bikes like those from Rad Power Bikes, Juiced Bikes and others are Asian e-bikes in the sense that they are built there. But those are obviously designed for American riders in an American market, and so that’s not really what we’re talking about.

Little wheels, little bike

The F-wheel A5 looks almost nothing like the kind of e-bikes we usually see in the US.

Its small 14-inch wheels and minimalist frame make the bike fairly light at just 49 lb (22.5 kg). Sure, that’s heavy relative to a pedal bike, but consider that popular US folding e-bikes like the RadRunner weigh 30% more, while big boys like the Juiced Scorpion weigh twice as much, and you’ve got a relatively lightweight e-bike here.

The small wheels also help the small bike fit easily up staircases, into small elevators, and tucked into the corner of small apartments.

They give a fine ride on smooth streets, but potholes, cobblestones, and even pavers can be a nightmare for small wheels. To give you back a bit of hope on less-than-perfect terrain, the F-wheel A5 includes both front suspension and seat post suspension. Neither is high quality, but both actually work decently well. The seat post suspension is surprisingly effective.

Of course the little passenger on the rear rack doesn’t get any benefit from the seat post suspension. Instead, there’s just a thin pad offering their rear end any respite. But hey, kids are tough. Right?

There’s also a distinct lack of footpegs back there, which seems like a major oversight. My nephew just put his feet on the ends of the rear wheel axle, but that feels like a solution that wouldn’t fly as well in the US as it does elsewhere. So I’d recommend F-wheel include either a set of footpegs or a pair of kid-sized roller skates with the bike.

What’s the range?

There are two models of the bike with two different batteries: a 360Wh model and a giant 1kWh model. The battery cases are the same and they look identical, but one adds a couple more pounds and nearly 200% more range.

The smaller battery is rated for 25 miles (40 km) while the bigger battery is rated for 68 miles (110 km). That’s not bad at all!

What about the power?

While the bike may look small, it isn’t puny in the power department. It runs a 48V system, which if you aren’t familiar with e-bike voltage levels, is a pretty powerful system. Many larger European e-bikes use a 36V system, so you’re getting around a third more power here than you get with a lot of big bikes. The bike had good acceleration even with a passenger, so that tells me we’ve got more than standard cheap e-bike power.

Technically the bike claims a 350W rear motor, but the acceleration is quite powerful and so I’m guessing we’re looking at something that’s more like 500W continuous and even 750W peak — though I wouldn’t want to demand a sustained 750W from the motor. With an electronically limited speed of 15 mph (25 km/h), the bike feels like it is neutered too low. But then again, it’s designed for dense urban living and 15 mph in a bike line seems perfectly reasonable. I wouldn’t want to do that on the side of a busy road though.

You might have also noticed that the rear wheel motor is in a mag wheel, as is the front wheel. There are no spokes here, meaning nothing to fall out of tune or break. There’s also no derailleur or gears of any kind. Again, there’s nothing to tune, adjust, or break. It’s a single-speed e-bike that just keeps working.

While I initially put the single-speed nature of the bike in my mental “cons” category, it started to grow on me. The small wheels mean the bike is already geared very low, so you don’t need to downshift for hills. And with such small wheels anyways, your derailleur would be hanging millimeters off the ground. Better to just do away with it altogether and remove one more hassle/expense from the bike.

When it comes to standard maintenance, the only area that will eventually require some mechanical attention are the disc brakes. Of course, we’re not going to get hydraulic disc brakes at this price, so we’ll have to settle for these cheap mechanical brakes that will eventually require some adjusting to keep them in tip-top shape.

But all in all, the bike is designed to be as no muss, no fuss as possible. It even comes with a few extra features that I didn’t expect, such as a full lights including functional brake light, horn, fender set, and a pedestrian noisemaker.

That last one I could do without. Like, seriously. The noisemaker is terribly annoying (watch my video above to hear it). Perhaps there’s some new law in China that says e-bikes above 12 mph (20 km/h) need a noisemaker. Because the thing beeps as soon as you get going that fast. It’s awful. I hate that part. I want to cut the wire to the noisemaker and I just might do that, though I imagine I’ll lose the horn operation. That’s a worthy sacrifice if I’ve ever seen one.

Ultimately, I find the bike to be pretty decent for urban use, as long as you can put up with the limitations. The 15 mph (25 km/h) top speed is annoying and the noisemaker above 12 mph (20 km/h) is beyond annoying. But the bike actually works and it works well. Personally, I fit on the bike fine, but I’m only 5’7″ (170 cm) and 155 lb (70 kg). I could see it working for me still if I had another 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) of height. But once you get close to 6 feet (182 cm), you’re going to start to look like a clown car situation and steering with your knees.

If you’re searching for a recreational e-bike for trails or a fast e-bike for cruising, this puppy ain’t it. But if you’re looking for a small, light, and peppy utility e-bike that can carry a kid or a cargo box in a densely populated urban environment, this might be the ticket. For just $700 (for the 360Wh model) or $955 (for the 1kWh model), you get a low maintenance two-seater e-bike that fits a city lifestyle and fits into a city apartment.

HOTEBIKE A6AH26 Electric mountain bike 26 inch 350W motor 36V hidden battery

HOTEBIKE A6AH26 Electric mountain bike 26 inch 350W motor 36V hidden battery

electric bikes

electric bikes often called e-bikes are conventional bicycles but with a rechargeable battery as well as a motor to help move you along, taking some of the efforts out of pedaling. An electric bike provides the chance to explore from a whole new perspective. The good electric bikes in the globe come with the chance to speed up your commute and cycle around your local place and beyond without breaking a sweat. An e-bike may open up all types of possibilities. Today, you can even find a few of the good electric bikes under $1,099. Distances that can have previously seemed difficult to become simple with an e-bike. A lot of 2020 electric bikes come having high-rise handlebars that let you for tackling any type of terrain or go off-road without having to swap wheels. There are so several reasons to invest in an electric bike this year.  Obviously, it is a far more sustainable choice to get around. Plenty of people are opting for electric bikes in urban places to do their bit for climate change. Swapping from four wheels to two is a simple way to do that.

Here is the best electric bikes on the market. A6AH26 electric mountain bike

A6AH26 Specifications:

36V350W Brushless Gears Motor

Multifunction LCD Display

Hidden Quick Release Battery 36V10AH

New design Aluminum Alloy Frame

SHIMANO 21 speed gears

Suspension aluminium alloy front fork

Front and rear 160 disc brake

3W LED headlight with USB mobile phone charging port

Charging time: 4-6 hours

Weight: 21 kg (46 lb)

electric mountain bike

A smooth and quiet ride is what you will get from the Priority Embark electric bikes Much like several other bikes produced by the brand, the concentrate is on ease of riding as well as low maintenance while offering a high-quality journey and a sleek look.  The Embark is a sporty e-bike that combines aspects from a electric mountain bike or a bike of commuter. It is the best all-rounder that feels light when accelerating and is simple to peddle, even when doing most of the manual work. The frame is made of Hyfromed aluminum tubing, making it a sturdy option without being too heavy. Its central motor position lets for simple balancing and provides a low center of gravity. It comes in three different size options: 26 inches, 27.5 inches, or a 29 inches wheel size making it a satisfying choice that is comfortable for several riders. It is possible to ride this e-bike in 2 different styles: comfort and performance. The latter provides a longer stem for a more effective riding experience while the former has an extra comfortable and upright stem, suitable for shorter distances. A6AH26 is the best sell electric mountain bike,It has 4 different levels of pedal help and can hit speeds of up to 20mph.

How do I Convert my Mountain Bike to an Electric Bike

What is different from electric bike and the mountain bike,can i make a mountain bike to and electric bike?

of course we can do it very easy.

How to do it?

1.we have a mountain bike.

2.we need to put the electric bike kit on the bicycle. we need to take the rear wheel out and install the electric motor instead the rear wheel.

we can choose 250w 350w 500w 750w and other suitable motor power.

electric bike kit

4.install the real wheel,and Then adjust the transmission system of the rear wheels.The most commonly used is Shimano accessories.




The most commonly used is shimano 21-27 gears.This is a common configuration for electric mountain bikes, and most people like to use it this way, which makes climbing more powerful.

5.The next step is to install the electronic control system. Battery,controller,display,brake,Various functional circuit wires.This will be easy. Shuangye Company has a special electric car modification, which can work normally after installing it according to the drawings. If you need to install video, you can contact customer service.

electric mountain bikes

6.Of course, after wiring the circuit, we can start to test whether the motor is working properly.

This is the main step to convert my mountain bike to an electric bike. If you are interested, you can contact us. We have various solutions.

Precautions for Riding in the Rain

Seeing this theme, some people will think: Riding on rainy days is a very bad thing, because it will cause the whole body to be wet and dangerous. So, is it really impossible to ride a bicycle on a rainy day? The answer is yes, but you need more preventive measures! How to solve the problem of “riding on rainy days and how to do if the ground is slippery”, I think we should be prepared in advance. We need to ride on rainy days and we must find a solution.

First, take precautions on the bicycle frame. When driving in the rain, the most effective way to prevent rain from splashing is to install mudguards on the electric bicycle. Installing mudguards is a good way to effectively prevent rainwater on the road from splashing on the body.

Secondly, when driving on rainy days, the ground is very slippery, so be sure to check the degree of tire wear. The tire is in direct contact with the ground. If the tire is not good, it is easy to fall and be injured in an emergency. Therefore, in the case of riding on a rainy day, be sure to check the tire wear. If the wear is severe, it is recommended to suspend the trip or replace the tires.

There is one more thing to note. The markings such as the zebra crossing on the road are very smooth after being wet by rain. Please try to avoid putting the brakes on these marks when riding, because this will easily make the bicycle slip and crash. There is still a saying to warn young riders: “Be careful.” Because young people are energetic, they will inevitably show impromptu performances when riding, such as drag racing and grudges. They are most likely to trip.

Next, we start with people. For traditional commuting in the rain, the most used is the poncho. Its wide windward side can block the rain to the maximum. However, this open structure also has great disadvantages and has no resistance to wind, so it is not resistant to people. The protection of the lower limbs is very weak. Besides, cool riders generally look down on this kind of “earth equipment”.

Then there is the raincoat. Its protection index is high, and it has the least impact on people’s riding movements. Moreover, it has a variety of styles and colors to choose from, which has obvious advantages. But raincoats also have inconveniences, that is, it is troublesome to put on and take off, and the air permeability is a more difficult problem to solve, and long-term riding will cover up sweat.

In addition to raincoats, you can also consider wearing assault clothes. Compared with a raincoat, it is more breathable (of course, it must be a high-quality jacket).

Some people will ride with umbrellas in the rain. This is too dangerous and is never recommended.

Having said so much, in fact, we have not evolved a more advanced method in the way of fighting rain. Just sum up experience in the traditional way and continuously optimize.

Finally, I still want to emphasize that riding in the rain is not more than usual. One is that the road is slippery, the other is that visibility is reduced, and the third is that the riding action is restricted, so the danger naturally increases. Therefore, you must pay attention to safety and never take it lightly.

Why do so many People Like Cycling

In recent years, more and more people like to ride electric bicycles. Riding has become a fashion and has become a part of life. However, many people don’t understand that riding is so tiring and hard. Why do so many people like it?In recent years, more and more people like to ride electric bicycles. Riding has become a fashion and has become a part of life. However, many people don’t understand that riding is so tiring and hard. Why do so many people like it?


No time constraints, no worry about traffic jams on the road, just go wherever you want. Regardless of the rising sun before dawn, or the beginning of the lights after sunset; whether it is a short distance of one or two days or a long distance of several months, you have the final say.

Energy saving and environmental protection, saving money.

Cycling is a healthy way of sports tourism, you can fully enjoy the beauty of travel, an electric bicycle, a backpack, you can travel, low-carbon environmental protection, and exercise.

Burn fat and lose weight.

Riding an electric bicycle is a good aerobic exercise. The hands, feet and other parts are constantly moving during riding, so a lot of calories will be consumed, causing sweat to be discharged, making it difficult to lose weight.

Pleasant mood and relieve stress.

Galloping on the road, watching the beautiful scenery along the way, breathing the fresh air, listening to the harmonious music, the happy heart is about to fly out.

Prevent many diseases.

Many sports are local sports, while riding an electric bicycle is a whole-body sports. During riding, not only can exercise the leg muscles, but also exercise the muscles of the back, buttocks and wrists, thereby improving the cardiopulmonary function, and effectively preventing and improving arteriosclerosis. Diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.

Make you younger.

Scientists have found that regular outdoor sports such as cycling can enhance the skin’s resistance to UV damage, enhance the absorption of oxygen and nutrients by the skin cells, and enhance blood circulation, thereby improving the body’s metabolic capacity and making you look Young and more energetic.

We can drive over mountains and stand on top of high mountains.

The oncoming wind tells us something called feelings.

We couldn’t help cheering and shouting loudly.

 I think this is a yearning for freedom, but also a love for a better life.

Riding on an electric bicycle, you will find that in the long-term city, the bicycle looks so free, like an elf, traveling freely in the world.

Because you ride an electric bike, you will find that you are getting thinner, your beautiful legs and abdominal muscles are coming out, and you will not get fat no matter how you eat.

Because you are riding an electric bicycle, you will find that the kindness and integrity of the girl who rides the bicycle has left a mark in your heart, and the girl with heavy makeup is no longer the focus of your attention.

Because you ride an electric bicycle, you will find your mobile phone in your pocket, and face to face has become the most common way of communication.

Because you ride an electric bike, you find that your social circle has expanded. Riding friends from all over the world are your friends. Walk with you and discuss what you like.

Because you are riding a bicycle, you are looking forward to a journey you can go. You will find beautiful bicycle routes to be your favorite, from the green grass with crystal dew on the side of the road to the majestic mountain top without clouds, the endless starry sky and the ocean.

Because riding an electric bicycle, you will find the cosmetics on the washstand are missing. Riding an electric bike makes you look good and full of energy. All money for cosmetics is used to upgrade accessories.

Because riding an electric bicycle, you will find that you don’t have to worry about amnesia anymore. The agility of the nervous system brought by riding effectively delays the aging of the brain.

Because riding an electric bicycle, you will find that the heart disease has begun to slowly move away from you. Riding to improve cardiopulmonary function is one of the best tools to overcome heart problems.

Because you ride an electric bike, even if you get older, you will be ignored. Studies have shown that cycling can be equivalent to swimming and running, and the life span of internal organs can produce excellent exercise effects. Cycling is the most effective way to eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body.

The distance between the two wheels may be separated by mountains, perhaps by the soul. But there is a certain strength and a certain spirit between them. This spirit allows us to plunge into it without hesitation, unable to extricate ourselves. Feel the pain, feel the master. It transmits a certain sound from this end of the mountain to the other end of the mountain.

We have a lot of well-intentioned consolation and a lot of self-evident stories.

We work hard to move forward, towards poetry and the distance!

hotebike is selling electric bicycles, if you are interested, please click on hotebike official website to view

How Fast does a 2000W Electric Bike Go

Enjoy A Fast and Furious Tour

HOTEBIKE fat tire electric bike A7AT26 was designed with 2000W high power motor and high capacity battery and 26 inch fat tire to provide a superb ride on almost any terrain.

This bike max speed can reach 55km/h, which is very excellent. Besides, how can you get the faster speed?



There are a number of ways you can increase the speed of your electric bicycle.

First, a few important notes to get out of the way before we begin.

Keep in mind that laws differ around the world and it is up to you to respect your local regulations. Make sure you know how fast electric bicycles are legally permitted to travel in your area so you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Also, note that traveling at faster speeds on electric bicycles can be inherently more dangerous. Kinetic energy increases exponentially as speed increases while reaction time decreases, so make sure you’re riding safely at higher speeds.

For Battery

Tip 1: Stay charged up

A battery that is at a higher state of charge has a higher voltage. The speed of a DC motor (like the one in your e-bike) is entirely voltage dependent. So higher voltages = higher speeds.

By keeping your battery at a higher state of charge, you’ll inherently travel faster. Just don’t forget that letting your battery sit at full charge for long periods of time (weeks or more) can be detrimental to its long term health.

Tip 2: Swap to a higher voltage battery

Since motor speed is voltage dependent, using a higher voltage battery is the quickest way to substantially increase your speed.

However, before you upgrade your 36V battery to 48V, for example, you’ll want to check that your controller can handle the increased voltage (most can accept slight over-volting). If you don’t feel comfortable checking the voltage rating of your controller (usually written on the capacitors) then check with the manufacturer. Do not just swap out your battery without checking – you could risk frying your controller if it can’t handle the higher voltage.

Tip 3: Keep your battery cool

A cool battery is a happy battery. And a happy battery has less voltage sag, which is when the voltage drops under load. And as we already learned, lower voltage equals lower speed.

So make sure your battery is getting adequate cooling air to keep it from heating up more than necessary. Most e-bikes already have adequate cooling, but some that keep the battery hidden in a bag can have heat issues, which might be robbing you of a bit of top end speed.

For Tire

Tip 1: Use smoother tires

Knobby tires for mountain bikes are great for grip, and their wide contact patch can really help smooth out bumps. However, they’re terrible for speed.

Lose the knobbies and go for a smoother tire meant for street or hybrid use. They have less rolling resistance and can actually add an extra 1-2 mph in some cases.

Tip 2: Pump up your tires

While we’re talking about tires, another way to reduce rolling resistance is to use higher tire pressure. Keeping your tires pumped up closer to their max pressure rating will not only help prevent snake bite flats, but will also help boost your speed. However, the downside will be a harsher ride. You’ll feel each bump a bit more without soft, spongy tires to absorb road irregularities.

Last but not least, choose powerful motor

Another way to increase speed is to use a motor that has a higher RPM rating for your specific voltage (known as the motor’s KV rating). This is especially easy for hub motors, which are often designed with multiple motor windings for different models.

In conclusion

Remember that with great speed comes great responsibility. Obey traffic laws. Wear a helmet. And please don’t attempt to do anything on your e-bike that you don’t feel comfortable with or aren’t prepared to handle. As much fun as it can be to go fast, at the end of the day, sometimes it can be nice to simply slow down and enjoy the ride.


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