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April 09, 2018 3 min read

Hello! Welcome to another installment of E-Bikes 101: Electric Bike School!

In the previous module, we discussed some of the more prominent kinds of e-bikes dominating the market - the folding e-bikes, the cruiser e-bikes, and the fat-bikes. We discussed their strengths, and the target markets that they cover, to help you decide what best works for your needs.

In this module, we are going to answer some frequently-asked questions about e-bikes commonly disputed online.   

1. What makes e-bikes better than regular bikes?

E-bikes hold significant advantages over regular bicycles. While they are a workout machine and a reliable green option of transportation, like regular bikes, e-bikes have battery-powered motors and electric pedal assist systems that help people exert themselves less on tougher terrain, be easier on the joints, and create the option of turning your e-bike into a no-pedal-required moped, increasing the fun factor by roughly 1,000,000. You simply do more with an e-bike.

2. Road legality - are they road legal?

E-bikes are 100% road-legal, as their factory top speeds are within bylaws. Keep in mind that while every Canadian province has declared them as legal, they do not condone an electrical assist motor more than 500 watts.

The USA laws are a little more tricky, as laws vary from state to state. We implore you to check with your local bylaws to find what is legal in your state.  However, the US allows a pedal-assist motor of 750 watts on the road.

3. How far does an e-bike battery take me?

Battery capacity can be determined on any battery through mathematics.  We at Biktrix use the watt-hour equation often to calculate just how long you have your battery until it needs a recharge. Here is the equation:

Voltage (V) x Amp-Hour (Ah) = Watt-hour (Wh)

Here's an example.

You get a 48-volt, 10.4 Amp-hour (48V/10.4Ah) battery for your e-bike.

48x10.4=499.2 Watt-hour.  This equation calculated that a 48V/10.4Ah battery, 500 watts, can run at full load for one hour before the battery is drained.

4. How fast can I go on an e-bike in Canada?

The top speed of road-legal e-bikes is 32kph, or 20mph.  You have the option of unlocking your e-bike to a top speed of 50kph, but your e-bike would be for off-road use only and is no longer road-legal.

5. How heavy is an e-bike?

While quite a few e-bikes from other companies are slightly heavier, Biktrix understands that to get the most speed out of any vehicle is the power-to-weight ratio: how much power is the motor releasing, versus how heavy the vehicle is for the motor to attempt to move.  We are unique in that we have among the lightest e-bikes in their respective classes.

The Juggernaut, fully decked, with battery and motor attached, weighs in at only 54 lbs for a fat-bike.  The Biktrix Stunner Cruiser bike weighs in at 45 lbs fully loaded. Our portable Biktrix Kutty series? Less than 40 lbs, fully loaded, for easy storage and transport.

Feel free to ask us any questions at biktrix.ca. We just might feature your question in the next FAQ section of E-Bikes 101!  Stay tuned for more editions of FAQ editions of E-Bikes 101: Electric Bike School.  Feel free to also browse the Biktrix website's FAQ's, for more information.

Class dismissed!


About Robert Bryn Mann:

Robert Bryn Mann is a Customer Content Specialist at Biktrix. A professional writer, he is happy to be working with a company that shares his passion for greener transportation options. When he is not working with Biktrix, he is writing stand-up material and scripts for film and TV.

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