Ebike reviews and vendors v2

E-bikes are complex topic due to the multiple technical specifications and types of e-bikes.   The short story is to read the research before shopping.   I have listed a couple of sites that have reviews with or without rating by users. Once you see the best bikes, you can narrow it down by price, size, features and location, although some vendors sell online only. Check for dates of reviews as this area is rapidly evolving and there have been some casualties. Make sure the vendor is still in business. Prices range from about $1800 to $10,000. With so many models there will probably be a few that will not survive. Just because the bike has a review doesn’t mean it’s the best.

Here is a link to a sizing diagram to help with picking the right size.

Here is a link to a custom fitting service in Vancouver

Types of Ebikes from Montague

Class 1: Pedal Assist / Pedelec

The most common type of electric bike is the pedal assist or pedelec. The rider pedals the bike normally while a motor provides assistance, increasing the power transmitted to the rear wheel. The pedaling takes far less effort than it normally would, even in high gears, which allows for higher speeds and effortless climbing over steep hills. Settings can control the amount of assistance the rider desires but to be considered a Class 1 e-bike in most of Europe, the system cannot provide assistance over 25 kilometers per hour (kph) or approximately 15 miles per hour. In the US this class is limited to approximately 32 kph or 20 mph. A class 1 designation allows these bike to be used on most roads and paths where normal bikes are allowed and do not require any additional licensing.

Class 2: Throttle

Much like a motorcycle or scooter, a throttle operated e-bike propels the bike forward without any additional pedaling from the rider. Most can provide a variable amount of power depending how far the throttle is pushed. These are much less common than their pedal assist counterparts as many countries have laws that prohibit them entirely. The European Union requires an e-bike only provide power while the pedals are moving forward, so throttle e-bike are most common in the United States and China where little legislation exists to limit their use. Common

Class 3: Speed Pedelec

The design of a speed pedelec is similar to a standard pedelec but as the name implies, they allow for a higher top speed of 45 kph or approximately 28 mph . In many areas this class of e-bike is considered a motor vehicle requires its riders to be licensed.

Bikes also vary by placement of battery and type of battery and the length of time you can ride on the battery.

Review sites

I found 4 sites that review or ranks models of ebikes. The first two EBR and Momentum Mag appear to be paid for reviews. A bike vendor Cityebikes has made recommendations on the models it stocks.   Finally there is the Amazon customer rating. I found some of the Cityebikes site rates of the highly rated models in the EBR site so there is some congruence in the ratings.

  1. EBR https://electricbikereview.com/   The reviewer charges a universal service fee for reviews. The reviews are quite detailed and you can compare models. Another useful feature of the website are videos of people taking the bikes out of a test drive and then going over the bike features in a video.

The top reviewed bikes on this site available locally or online

Step through or low bar.

City Bikes for pavement

  • Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru see above
  • Rad Power Bikes Rad City Review $ 1499 US. However these bikes are in short supply.

Mountain or Trail bikes

Citecycles recommended

Step through Turbo-Como-3.0-650 $3799 CDN
Step through Turbo-Como-4-0-650b-Low-Entry $4399 CDN
Step through Turbo-Como-5.6-650b-Low-Entry- $5149 CDN
Step through/trail MOUSTACHE–Samedi-27-Open-Xroad 1 $ 3788 CDN
Step through/trail MOUSTACHE–Samedi-27-Open-Xroad 5 $ 5039 CDN

Momentum Mag E Bike reviews

Momentum Mag does not rank bikes, but the reviews do list the pros and cons of each model and it seems like reviewers have test driven the models. The reviews are helpful and informative. There are a few bikes reviewed that are available locally. These bikes did not get into the EBR site reviews. The products appear to be made locally.

Amazon highest customer ranking

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women’s Step-Through Hybrid Cruiser Bicycle (24-Inch and 26-Inch) $ 3308 CDN

DJ Fat Bike $ 1899 CDN

DJ Mountain Bike $ 1899 CDN

Finally reviews for 2019 from Bicycling Magazine. 

The reviews are good but many of the bikes were not on Canadian websites. There was a list of bikes under $ 1000 US and a list of bikes for women.

Selected Vendors who have some bikes in the reviews and some bikes not reviewed. 

Canadian Tire and Walmart have the cheapest ebikes.

brand vendor   website
E prodigy Brentwood cycle Burnaby http://www.brentwoodcycle.com
Opus, Cube BLACK’S CYCLE COMOX  http://www.blackscycle.ca/cubeelectric/
TREK Trail bicycles Courtenay
Benno, Giant, Devinci, liv, yuba Mountain City Cycle Courtenay  https://www.mountaincitycycles.com/bikebrands
Hyper Electric, T zone, Daymak Walmart everywhere https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/hyper-electric-700c-unisex-aluminum-electric-bikes/6000198837445
Junction Canadian Tire everywhere https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/sports-rec/bikes-accessories/bikes/electric-bikes.html
Raleigh, Bulls, Moustache. Reise & Muller+ others Citrus Cycles  Ladysmith  http://citruscycles.ca/bikes/urban-touring-ebikes/
Benno, EVO, Coal City Cycles Nanaimo,V9S 1H1  https://www.coalcitycycles.com/bikes/e-bikes/
Benno, opus LYNN VALLEY BIKES NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, V7J 2P1 www.lynnvalleybikes.com
benno. OHM OHM Cycles North Vancouver,V7P 3S7  OHM ebikes.com
Surface 604  online  online https://surface604bikes.com
Urban cruzer COSTCO online https://www.costco.ca/Urban-Cruzer-Step-Through-7-speed-Electric-Bicycle.product.100029326.html
Voltbike  online online https://www.voltbike.com
BC EBIKE  online  online https://ebikebc.com/ebike-landing
EVO no list of vendors on site online https://www.evobicycle.com
Giant  online online https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca
opus ROCKY CYCLE SURREY, BC, V3W 5A4 www.rockycycle.com
Montague reckless Vancouver https://www.montaguebikes.com/dealer-locator
benno, E prodigy reckless Vancouver http://www.reckless.ca/electric
TREK. Elektra Bicycle Store Pacific  Vancouver https://www.bspbikes.com
RADpowerbikes RADpowerbikes Vancouver, BC V5R 1W6  https://radpowerbikes.ca
opus RIDE ON AGAIN BIKES VANCOUVER, BC, V5T 3C5 www.rideonagain.com
Opus, Electra DENMAN BIKE SHOP LTD VANCOUVER, BC, V5T 3E5  http://denmanbikeshop.com
opus DUNBAR CYCLES(2008) LTD VANCOUVER, BC, V5Y 1P4 www.dunbarcycles.com
Turbo-como, CUBE, MOUSTACHE, BENNO, RALEIGH. Surface 640, Bull + OTHERS Cit-E-Cycles Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Victoria https://www.citecycles.com
Opus, elecktra, yuba, Raleigh, Evo FAIRFIELD BICYCLE SHOP LTD VICTORIA, BC, V8V 4N1  http://fairfieldbicycle.com/
Benno, Electra, Marin, Evo Coastal Cycle & H20 Sports Victoria,V9B 1H8  http://www.coastalcycle.com/bikes/

https://comoxbikeco.ca/

And an online vendor with a variety of brands from $ 1000 that ships free world wide.  They have an impressive selection of inexpensive folding bikes.

E-bikes vendors and reviews

I have discovered a variety of ebikes on Hornby. I have been chatting with local ebike users locally to find out what brands they are using.  One local user  told me that e-bikes are hard to brake and another person (female) said she had frequently fallen off.  What has been your experience?  I see men riding them, when they have bought them for their wives who don’t appear to be riding the bikes themselves.

I did a bit of research on Amazon to find the most highly rates and lightest e-bikes. They carry DJ and HOTEBIKE as well as BCBikes Conversion kits.  My Amazon wish list e-bikes. Amazon does not carry all brands.

The one that looked the coolest to me around Hornby was the Surface Rook.  It is $2000 US and you can order online for Sept 2019 delivery. I believe you have to assemble it when it arrives.  There doesn’t appear to be dealers and you have to order online.

Another model I have seen here is the TREK.  They are carried in  BSP bikes in Vancouver  with prices ranging from $2000-> $5000 CDN.  They have a good selection and I think this would be a good place to try out different models and sizes.  BSP also carry the Electra Band.  The Electka brand has a few good reviews.  Most models have to be ordered and the delivery time is 2 weeks. My preference is leaning toward the Electra Loft Go 8i step-through as it seems to have a smaller frame.  The specs don’t include weight which is unfortunate.  Also it costs $ 3700! Cute and rave reviews. 

The benno line is the featured image at the top of the page.  It was the Bicycling World Editors Choice in 2017.   It can be ordered through the following dealers.

There is another vendor in Vancouver called EbikeBC.  They have several models, conversion kits and used ebikes starting at $700.  They also have a blog with a lots of useful information.  The have folding bikes, tricycles and recumbent bikes.  They have locations in BC, Ontario and Quebec.  Their EVO is 25% lighter than other models.

If you want more information, try an E-<a href=”http://Ebikes: a buyer’s guide: Understand ebikes and buy the one that’s best for you“>bike guide on Amazon or Electric Bikes: The Ultimate Guide: 2020 Edition (Kindle) or more Electric bike advisor. This review site appears to be unbiased.  Their top step-through is the Pegasus Premio Evo 10e.

I’d like to hear your reviews of ebikes if you have used them.

Ebikes of Hornby