Not at all. An electric bicycle is much more similar to a "regular" bicycle than it is to a moped or a scooter. It looks like a bike. It feels like a bike. You can pedal it, just as you would with a regular bike.
The main difference lies in the integrated and virtually silent electrical system, composed of a motor, battery, and controller.
The electrical system is simply there to provide you with support, as needed. By the STROMER e-bikes this comes in the form of pedal-assist where the motor kicks in depending on how hard you're pedaling.
Like a "regular" bicycle, the top speed you can reach depends on the terrain, but the motor assist up to 48 km/h (30 mph) while you are pedaling.
The answer to this question depends on the intended use of the bicycle.
If you use your bicycle to train for sports or a competition, then yes – we would agree that a regular bicycle would probably be a better fit.
However, if you want to use a bicycle as a means of transportation or recreation, much as the rest of the world does, then it becomes more of a matter of choice and convenience.
An electric bicycle can allow you to commute to work without becoming exhausted and potentially offensive to the noses of fellow workers. It also lets you travel further with less effort, which can translate into a better job or a nicer home. Options are expanded to locations further from your usual comfort zone that may be more affordable.
If you use an electric bike for errands around town instead of your car, you also gain the advantages of being able to cut through a traffic jam, find parking easier, and save on insurance and gas.
For recreation, an electric bicycle offers the opportunity to spend more time outdoors enjoying yourself, without worrying about having the energy to get back home or keeping up with the rest of your friends or family.
At the end of the day, we believe that the only thing a bicycle should be….. is used regularly. And, of course, if an electric bike removes the obstacles that prevented you from cycling more before, then it has done its job.
Actually, the opposite is true.
Yes, you can use less effort on an electric bicycle compared to a conventional bike. However, most riders report that they actually end up riding more frequently, for further distances, and for longer periods of time on an electric bike!
Once obstacles such as hills, terrain, distance, physical shape, and others are removed with the help of an electric bicycle, it can help to incorporate exercise into your everyday life.
In some cases, folks that begin to commute on an electric bike keep their pedaling to a minimum on the way to work, in order simply enjoy the ride and not arrive tired or sweaty, but then go home on pedal-power only.
People who choose an electric bike over their car for short trips and errands around town find it so enjoyable, they look forward to getting on the bike the next time. (Not to mention the savings on gas money!)
In fact, many electric bike users find themselves using their bike in situations they hadn't even considered before. The net result is that they start to cycle more and more, and wind up exercising beyond their initial plans.
How far an electric bike can travel on a single charge is determined by several factors – battery chemistry and capacity, motor efficiency, assisting level, how much the rider pedals, the weight of the rider, and the terrain/hills on the route.
When selecting an electric bicycle, the battery and motor play an important role in determining the bicycle's range. STROMER has one of the most efficient electric bike who is designed and built from bottom up as an electric bicycle.
However, as a point of reference, the newest STROMER Lithium-Ion batteries, combined with the in Switzerland developed engine offer all riders a funny ride up to 130 km/80 miles of riding on a single charge in pedal-assist mode. It takes just 3.5 hours to recharge the battery completely and get you back on the road. After 2 hours the battery is charged by 80%.
Get you free test ride at our main location @788 Copping St, North Vancouver and be impressed about our Swiss engineered e-bikes or ask one of our partner shops.