If you are in the market for an e-bike, there are several different factors to take into consideration. Where you will be riding, how far away it is, how fast you want to get there, and what your budget is are all important things to factor into your decision-making process. With this guide, you will be able to choose the perfect e-bike.
Where Will You Be Riding Your E-Bike?
Knowing the type of terrain that you will be riding on can help you narrow down your search. Do you need something rugged? Are you just going up and down the street? Will you be riding on a main road to work? Once you know the answer to this question, you can find a bike that has the right tires, battery capacity and, potentially, the right engine size for your travels.
If you are traveling up hills, you will need more engine power and a mountain E-Bike would be good. If you are traveling on an unpaved road, you need to have more rugged tires. Each scenario poses different needs, so keep this in mind if you want an all-purpose bike.
How Far Do You Plan on Traveling?
Think about the farthest you will travel on your e-bike. How many miles away is that? What about round trip? This is the range that you will want to ensure that you can get out of your e-bike. The last thing that you want to happen is that your battery doesn’t stay charged long enough to get you either home or to a place that you can change the battery for a couple of hours. As the battery starts to age, it may need to be charged more frequently; this is an important item to note, as well.
How Fast Do You Need to Get Around?
Are you using your bike for a nature cruise or to get to work? Will you need to get places quickly or are you good with it taking a little longer? The speed at which you need your e-bike to go, will be determined by the size of the motor and this affects the cost of the bike. Sometimes people want to be able to get home in less than 20 minutes because they plan to travel with groceries. Others are fine with the same ride taking 45 minutes. How fast you need to get around is something to take into consideration.
How Much Do You Want to Spend on an E-bike?
Your budget will determine whether you can get a top of the line bike or something that is mediocre. No matter what you spend, you need to make sure that the bike meets the above criteria, otherwise it will be a waste of money.
Investing in an e-bike can be a lot of fun and save you money on traveling expenses, however, you want to make sure that what you are purchasing will meet all your expectations. Determine first where you will most ride your bike and how far you will travel with it, then determine your budget. From there you can start looking at bikes and find one that is the colour you like, along with other features. You will also want to hop on and make sure that it is easy to get on and off, isn’t too high or too low, and is comfortable.
If you are buying a used bike, you will also want to take it for a test ride to make sure that it works the way it should. Then, simply enjoy your time with your new e-bike!
Check out our range of awesome Electric Bicycles from Crooze Electric Wheels.
Article by Connor Flynn from Gadget Review
If you are looking to buy an electric scooter, there are a few things that you will want to take into consideration, before cashing out at the register. How you will use it, where you will use it, and how long you want to use it for are all great questions to get you on the right track. Here is what to look for in an electric scooter.
Types of Tires
While some electric scooters come with plastic tires, if you plan on using it for more than strolling around the neighbourhood, you will want one that comes with rubber, inflatable tires. Rubber tires can endure more wear and tear and can hold up better on rough roads compared to a plastic tire. If you plan on traveling any reasonable distance, rubber is also best.
If you plan on using your scooter to commute to work or school, or for longer trips around town, you will want to look for one that can provide you with a longer battery life. Most compact scooters can go around 10 miles in between chargers, where sturdier (not foldable) versions can take you as much as 30 miles before the battery needs to be charged. Be sure that the scooter you purchase can get you where you need to go. With a 3 to 4-hour charge time, on average, you don’t want to have to stop and plug-in, half way through your trip.
If you intend to use your scooter to commute to work and need something that is portable, you will most like want one that if foldable. These models are great because they are lightweight, often less than 30 pounds, and compact. They have a shorter battery life but can be ideal of those who work in the city and have trouble getting to work on time when traveling on foot, or those arriving fatigued from a long-distance walk.
Size of the Engine
How you intend to use your scooter will determine what size engine you will want. A motorcycle engine runs around 1,000 CC’s (cubic CM), where a child’s toy scooter will be around 125CC’s. The terrain and how fast you want to go will determine how powerful of a motor you will want in your scooter. Also, if you want something that is portable, a smaller, lighter-weight engine may serve you best.
Going along with the size of the engine is the speed of your scooter. Scooter speeds can range from 10 to 50 miles per hour. A 10-15 mph scooter is ideal for kids and teens, while a 30-50 mph scooter is better suited for adults. The faster you go, however, the less control you have when driving, so keep that in mind, depending on how you plan on using your electric scooter.
The price range of scooters can vary substantially. Once you determine how you want to use your scooter, where, and what size, you will need to figure out how much you want to spend. No matter what your budget is, you can find an electric scooter that works for you. However, quality counts too. Don’t go with something too cheap that will break after the first few times you use it. You don’t always need to go with the top of the line either, to accomplish your goals. Find the right balance between price and quality.
There are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing an electric scooter. Knowing ahead of time: what you will be using your scooter for, how far and fast you want to go, and how much you want to spend will help you narrow down the type of scooter you should be looking to purchase.
Check out our range of awesome Electric Scooters from Crooze Electric Wheels
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Crooze Electric Bicycles was established on the Gold Coast way back in 2011, when founders Ollie and Andrae Mueller began a electric bike hire shop, which was uncommon at the time. We were the first in Australia to rent out Pedego Electric Bikes. Once customers returned from their day of riding, they just wanted to know how they could get their hands on one.
Back in those days, electric bikes were very new to the world, new technology which then created teething problems, plus the high rental usage, those initial ebikes were just not designed or cut out for harsh Australian conditions.
We began sourcing quality and reliability that we needed, we had to build our own ebikes, not only for hire purposes but with the intention to sell these bikes to our future customers, so then the Crooze was born.
Crooze ebikes have been designed with simplicity in mind and reliability, so in the event of any failure, the bikes are be easy to fix. This is achieved by using all generic high quality branded components, which are quick to swap out, replace, get the bike going again without delay, which is expected by our valued customers.
Our bikes now require the same if not less maintenance than your normal everyday push bike, even changing flat tyres is easy. Our frames are build rock solid, held together with stainless steel screwings and spokes in the wheels are a lot thicker than the norm.
All aspects of our Crooze bikes have been incredibly brought together from amazing comfort with upright seating, the faultless powerful motors, to the uniquely protected centrally positioned No.1 branded Samsung Lithium battery. We have not only created the most reliable, toughest performing E-bikes, we believe that Crooze is Australia’s Coolest looking range of Electric Bicycles.
When purchasing your new electric bicycle, the one most important consideration to get right, is making sure you know what’s inside the bike's battery.
Battery casing’s on ebikes may very much look the same, be the same shape, have the same capacity, same physical size, same weight or even appear to be physically identical. They are definitely Not!
Like most supermarket batteries you purchase, they range in price, from the cheapest to the most expensive. In most cases it is fair to say that the most expensive the battery, the longer it will last. This is especially the case for the rechargeable one’s. E-Bike batteries are similar to this, and it is important to find out exactly what’s in the box, so to speak.
Crooze Electric Bicycles only use the Number 1 ranked worldwide manufacturer Samsung SDI high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion 18650 cells, all connected with precision cell balance. Cell balance is one of the most important factors determining the product quality and ultimately to the quality and reliability of the ebike as far as everyday range and as to how many year’s it will last.
Samsung SDI’s Li-ion battery cells are preferred by most high-end E-Bike Makers around the globe.
Beware of some brands, normally the cheaper options, stating that they have a Samsung battery as most consumers will never open up the casing holding the battery cells, so make every seller prove the cells on their bikes. Ask us for proof too!
Electric Bicycles are still new in Australia and even though most people have at least heard of them, they are yet to try one for themselves. Still after 5 years in the business of selling and hiring E-Bikes, we still hear the same old comments "That’s Lazy, I don’t need Electric, When I get older maybe, I can buy a car for that price" and so on, we’ve heard them all!
It's not just about the benefits of Electric bikes, It’s more about asking those who have not had the experience to just have a go, try one!
As with all aspects of life, before you decide on anything, you need to try something to form an opinion on it and not on the unknown. You can’t form opinion’s on something you haven’t done yet.
Try it…Just try it, you might like it, you might not. At least your decision will be made on truth and not on speculation.
Who know’s you might even get the famous Ebike grin or an Electric bike might just make sense to you on how it could better your Life.
So which one do I choose?
Over time we have dealt with this question time and time again. Our valued customers have the tough decision of which style of Crooze Electric Bicycle to choose? Here's a few little pro's on both styles to help you with your decision making when it comes to choosing the right electric bicycle for you.
Which ever ebike model you choose you can be sure that Crooze Electric Bicycle will have an option for you, we encourage you to test ride both styles in store. Check out all of our other Crooze models, features and specifications at our online store here
Katy Potaty Life & Style Blogger visits Crooze for an awesome day out on one of our Noosa Crooze Electric Bicycles, read here about what she & her partner in crime Brooke Falvey got upto! So glad you gals had a fantastic visit to the Gold Coast, come back again soon!
We wanted to share a little insight into the Front/Rear Hub Drive Motor vs Mid Drive motor debate, and we came to the overall conclusion that the hub drive motors just better! Why you ask?
For starters you may have no idea what the difference is, well a hub drive motor means that the motor is mounted inside one of the wheels (front or rear). A mid drive motor is usually mounted in the centre of the frame of the bike, under the seat post.
EBikes with rear hub motors are just far more pleasant to ride than mid drive bikes. Its hard to describe, but its the way they feel when you ride them and most people don’t like the way it feels when riding a mid drive motor bike, boring is a comment often heard. You can only tell the difference once you have tried both, we do stock both styles, with the overall winner from you normally as consumers was definitely the rear hub motor. However it does depend a lot on the use for your bike, if it is for Mountain Biking it is probably a necessity due to the extra torque Mid Drives can have.
On our quality built Crooze Bikes, rear hub motors seamlessly deliver power right when needed, with plenty of up and go, its not dependent to what gear your in and does not matter how hard you are pushing down on the pedals, unlike mid drive motors you need to push on the pedals harder to get the power, but with hub drive you can almost free wheel while pedalling in the lowest gear. It’s almost like comparing a manual car with an automatic one. Crooze motors have the gears built within them and are completely sealed and self-contained, requiring no maintenance. Mid drive bikes are notoriously high on maintenance, as they place extraordinary strain on the chain, chain ring, derailleur, cassette and other parts, which will wear out much sooner.
In our experience the mid drive motor ebike also harvest complicated electronics and equally complicated gear shifting while riding. The novice riders finds this aspect especially annoying and far too technical to maintain. Euro mid drive bikes are just like expensive made European cars, over priced dealer support, expensive to repair out of warranty and especially if you need spare parts.
A Crooze bike is all about fun and being easy to pedal, power only when needed, especially up those hard hills. Crooze is a very low maintenance ebike, simple to repair and much more affordable for the everyday ebike consumer, whether it be for leisure or commuting. Cost and affordability is a major factor to consider when looking at an ebike, and you certainly don’t need to consider the ongoing costs!
Credit: Alister Thomson, Gold Coast Bulletin June 29, 2016 12:00am