are great options for those who want to stay active while reducing their
dependence on cars. All without becoming workout warriors. While biking is a
great form of exercise, most people are not physically ready to trade their vehicles
in for bikes right away. Bicycling has many known benefits, including improved
health, cost savings and a deeper connection with the community. The one thing
that often stops potential bikers is the anticipated cost of an electric bike.
The good news is that an electric bike doesn’t have to be an expensive purchase. There are many affordable models available for those who are introducing themselves to the world of eBiking. With a little preliminary research, you can find the eBike that best suits your needs without emptying your wallet.
Influence Electric Bike Prices
There is a huge range of pricing in the electric bike
market. Well-known eBike manufacturers such as SWAGTRON®, Ecotric, NAKTO
and Wallke have models ranging from around $299 to well over $1,500. Why
such a wide range of pricing? There are a handful of variables that dictate
pricing. From the components used to the included extra features – even weight
and size. In fact, the overall purpose of the electric bike is a
good indicator of its price range.
For example, a bike designed for quick rides around your community
will cost you less on average than a more durable model made for long-distance
riding. Trail riders will need an electric bicycle that use premium, ultra-durable
materials to withstand the harsher conditions of the trail. Fatter tires.
Stronger frame. More responsive brakes. Optimized motor. These are just some of
the advancements a solid mountain eBike should have over a short-distance
electric bike. And they’ll all factor in to the cost of your bike.
Pedal-free powerFoldable models available
Foldable16-20-inch tiresShimano speed transmission availableDetachable battery available
Bike (Classic Bike Size)
24- to 26-inch wheelsShimano speed transmissionDetachable battery
26-inch wheelsShimano speed transmissionHydraulic disc brakesSuspension system
Good for beach and snow and tough trail conditions20- to 26-inch wheelsFoldable models available
are additional costs associated with owning an electric bicycle that you should
look into before making your final purchase. As always, electric bike reviews
online are a great starting point to use to jump into the market.
Traditional bikes wear out over time and require certain parts to
be changed and maintained. Electric bikes are no different. In fact, due to the
nature of an eBike, there are more sophisticated components that wear out and
require replacement or maintenance. Some of the most likely offenders are the
motor, battery and motherboard. Planning on daily use to and from work or
school?? You’ll need to factor in the costs of maintenance. And like most
things, proactive maintenance (instead of reactive maintenance)
will help lengthen the lifespan of your electric bike.
bike manufacturers recommend a tune-up of your electric bike every six months
or every 500 miles, whichever comes first. Much like an oil change for a car, a
tune-up is the best way to extend the life of your bike and can catch potential
issues before they become even more costly to repair. In general, electric
bicycle tune-ups cost between $75 and $100. If you have an eBicycle with
specialized gear system, that might cost even more. If it’s something more
common, like a Shimano® gear speed system, that might lower the cost a bit. This
price will vary based on what is included in the tune-up and which bike shop
you plan to use.
with proper tune-ups and maintenance, there are always unknown variables that
may result in expenses. For example, electric bikes can get flat tires. The
average flat tire repair runs between $10 to $20, depending on how severe the
puncture is. In rare cases, the tire may need to be completely replaced, which
will cost you more.
Tip: Look for
eBikes that are marked as “maintenance-friendly.” These eBikes have
quick-release power cables that make tire maintenance easier.
sometimes your brakes will need adjustments or possibly new pads. Most bike
shops charge around $20-$35 for bike adjustments. If you choose a bike that is
designed to be maintenance-friendly, the charges may be less since the task is
not as labor-intensive. The cost of replacement pads will also play a role in
your total expenditure and is usually dictated by the manufacturer of your
Batteries are designed to have a lengthy lifespan, but eventually, they can wear out. A quick look at the competition shows replacement batteries between $250 and $400. Our own replacement battery pack for the SWAGTRON EB7 PLUS is only $99.
you’re a certified electrician (and maybe even then!), an eBike with an
integrated battery (i.e., non-replaceable) might be difficult for you to do on
your own. If you can find an eBike with replacement batteries, like our EB9, EB11 and EB12 models, then
you’ll save yourself a lot of time, effort and headache. Not only are they good
for doubling your e-powered adventure (you can buy an extra one and keep it on
standby), but replacing a dead battery is just a matter of popping out the old
one and sliding in the new. No mess, no stress.
Tip: An eBike
with removable battery will have some means to lock the battery compartment –
usually a physical key. Check with the manufacturer on what happens if you lose
your battery key. Can they replace it or re-key it? Or will they need to
replace the entire compartment?
Charging an eBike is considerably less expensive than paying for
gas, which is one reason why the overall costs of an electric bike are so much
more appealing to most people. (Even better, they also leave a much lower
carbon footprint as well.)
The math is going to vary by the battery voltage and amp-hour of
each individual eBike. But the the basic math for a standard bike with a 36V
10Ah battery comes out to be about $.05 to charge the battery. Most bike
batteries last for about 15 to 20 miles per charge. This means that you only
pay $1 to power your bike for 300-400 miles.
It turns out a dollar can still buy you something these days! Who
Protective Gear and Other
with any recreational activity, you’ll want to deck yourself up with the
latest, greatest safety gear – especially an ATSM-approved helmet to protect
the ol’ noggin. You’ll also want to purchase elbow pads, knee pads and perhaps
even shin guards. In some cities, cyclists riding are required to wear at the
very lease a helmet. But really, you’ll want to stay as protected as possible,
and minimize any risk of injury.
safety gear, you might also want to trick out your eBike with some cool
accessories. They could range from functional and helpful (e.g, a rear bike
rack) to necessary (Bluetooth®-powered smart lock) to just plain fun (tire
accessories that might seem optional would be something like turn
signals or headlights. If your eBike doesn’t come with its own set of
navigation lights, brake lights and an LED headlight, then you will need to
grab one separately. And always check with your local and state laws regarding
bicycling and electric bicycling. You may be required to have at minimum a
headlight and rear brake lights. But turn signals do wonders for safe riding.
If you find an eBike that you love that doesn’t have integrated turn signals,
don’t worry! You can find affordable “after-market” battery-powered turn
signals practically anywhere, including your local bike shop.
Tip: Does your
eBike have Bluetooth® connectivity? Don’t forget to grab a phone holder! You’ll
likely want to pair your smartphone with your bike for navigation purposes or
music control. And a well-placed phone holder can help you keep your eyes on
Cost vs Value
As we mentioned
The most common electric bikes in
the market today range from $400 to $2000. At SWAGTRON®, we leverage years of
manufacturing experience to keep costs low while still using premium components
and offering a plenty added value.
The cost of anything can be a hard thing to asses. It’s not always
just about the sticker price. That’s because the cost of something is tied
directly to its value. Does a thing provide value? Does it enhance our lives in
a way that is meaningful or memorable? The cost of an eBike is no different.
look at a manufacturer’s history and reputation. Have they been in business for
a long time? Have they learned how to leverage efficient manufacturing
techniques and processes that let them pack a ton of features into their eBikes
without cranking up cost? A higher price doens’t necessarily mean a higher
quality. Check bike blogs and tech reviews. Make sure they have warranty longer
than three months. Make sure a company has a return policy that you can work with.
If you’re likely to purchase from an online vendor, you won’t get a chance to
ride it until you get it delivered and set up. A one-week trial-run isn’t long
enough to determine if the eBike you got was right for you.