What’s your Type? Choosing an E-bike.

by Jack R. on January 22, 2013

These days Electric Bikes come in many different shapes and sizes and it’s important to know what would be the best choice given your specific needs as a rider.  Here are three different electric bikes, each tailored to fit the needs of a different riding style.

The Montague Crosstown with BionX

Montague Crosstown with BionXThe Montague Crosstown with a BionX motor attached would make a great E-bike for riders used to commuting on an average road-bike.  On it’s own, the Montague crosstown is a folding bike designed to ride like a full-sized road-bike.  It has 7 speeds, large 700c wheels, fast tires and a stiff frame.  And, at the end of the day, it will still fold in half, small enough to store in your closet at home.   Using the BionX motor you can turn this already versatile bike into an electric bike that is lightweight (only 43 lbs), fast, and portable with a 20 mile range. This makes the Montague Crosstown BionX bike ideal for bikers who are used to commuting to work on their road-bikes but want to add a little electric kick.

The Kettler Twin electric bike

Kettler Twin electric bikeThe Kettler Twin Electric Bike would be my recommendation for someone looking for a reliable, comfortable, electric bike perfect for joyrides, trips to the market, rode primarily just to have fun.  With a low step through frame, riders from 5 feet to over 6 feet will be comfortable riding.  It has a very comfortable seat, large wheels, and 8 speeds for hills and longer distance riding.  It is one of the more efficient electric bikes out there, able to go over 20 miles on a single charge, and it is still light enough to pedal like a regular bike if you happen to run out of juice.  I imagine myself charging overnight and then taking the Kettler Twin electric bike on a joyride around central park on my day off.

The Electric Brompton Bike

The Electric Brompton folding bike is powerful and versatile— somewhat of a super-bike with all advantages of the Brompton (renowned for it’s folding ability) added to a powerful and efficient electric motor, capable of 20 + miles on a charge, and great acceleration.  Unlike the previous two models, the E-brompton has smaller 16 inch wheels so its not going to be the right choice for someone looking for the feel of a full-sized bike.  Instead the Electric Brompton is the perfect choice for a hardcore everyday commuter who treats his bike like it’s attached to him.

With the small folding size, you’d be able to store this ebike in your home, or take it with you into coffee shops or the office.   One of our most prolific writers, TurboBob, has an entire blog devoted to his electric Brompton, “E-Brompton Banter” in which he details taking his E-brompton all across California.  The Electric Brompton folds smaller than any folding e-bike on the market, is light (45lbs), powerful, and perfect for your everyday diehard commuter who has convenience and portability as priorities.



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