How does an Easy Motion Electric Bike work?
Easy Motion electric bikes differ from other electric bikes in that they are lighter and balanced to feel like a traditional bike. Easy Motion bikes offer both torque sensor pedal assist and power on demand (twist throttle). Pedal assist provides 4 levels of power assist that automatically support your pedaling. If you regularly commute through hilly or windblown areas, you’ll find this feature extremely helpful. Our 24-30 speed gearing options allows for ranges up to 40 miles on a single charge. The pedal assist function can be switched off when a rider wants to use the throttle mode only, no pedaling needed, just twist and go.
The Easy Motion NEO models utilize a planetary geared hub-driven motor that maximizes the power to a 1:3 assisted ratio that has been proven to outperform most mid-drive systems that are limited to a 1:2:1 assist ratio.
The highest quality Samsung Lithium ion battery powers the NEO with years of trouble free usage. You can expect approximately 3-5 years with 1,000 charges which will power the Easy Motion electric bicycle for 10,000-20,000 miles.
How far can I ride on a single charge?
The range of electric bikes can vary, but most riders are able achieve 40 miles per charge on eco-charge. One of the main factors in determining how far you can travel on a single charge is how much assistance you provide. Rated by amp hours (AH), the typical e-bike battery has a capacity of 10-12AH. Without pedaling, riders can expect a range equal to this rating (ie: 10AH = 10 miles). Obviously, the more pedaling you do, the less strain on the battery and the more range you’ll achieve.
Other factors that can have a big impact are wind, weather, tire pressure and terrain. If you live in a hilly area or have lots of steep inclines – expect less range from your e-bike. Larger riders or people carrying heavy loads can also expect reduced output.
Throttle control vs. pedal assist?
Our electric bikes are throttle controlled and pedal assisted – you use a throttle to control power and speed. To get started, simply twist the throttle to accelerate and hold it to maintain speed. We also offer ‘pedal assist’ and power is applied automatically. Once you start pedaling, a torque sensor picks up your movement and power integrates seamlessly while you ride. Just pedal and go. Once you use the brakes or quit pedaling, the power is deactivated and you need to pedal again (lightly) to re-activate pedal assistance.
For people who prefer full control, a throttle is a nice option since it operates just like a motorcycle. But if you’re looking for simplified operation, pedal assist is great because it does all the work automatically. Keep in mind: you have to pedal (lightly) for power to be applied with pedal assist. With a throttle, no pedaling is required at all. Please Note: Most of our e-bike models include pedal assist (PAS) and a throttle.
How fast can electric bikes go?
The speed of an electric bike will vary based upon several factors. With no pedaling, U.S. law restricts the speed of electric bicycles to 20mph or less. This ensures you don’t need a license, insurance or special safety gear to operate an e-bike in most states. Anything above 20mph is all up to your own two legs.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
Battery charge times will vary between manufacturers, models and battery types. For routine charging, higher quality batteries (such as Li-Ion and NiMH) will take less time – anywhere from 2-4 hours. Cheaper sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries will take 6-8 hours.
What types of batteries are available?
Battery technology continues to improve everyday. Currently, there are 3 main types of batteries used in electric bicycles:
• Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) – Lithium Ion batteries are the highest quality batteries available in today’s market. Although they cost the most money (upfront), they have the longest life and the lowest weight. Because they last 3-4 times longer than cheaper battery types, the higher cost will be negated over time. This is what all Easy Motion Neo’s have.
• Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) – NiMH is a mid-range battery chemistry that isn’t quite as common. NiMH batteries are light-weight and have an extended life span over cheaper SLA batteries. But for the most part, pre-built e-bikes due not include NiMH and it’s only available for people considering and e-bike conversion.
• Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) – Sealed lead acid batteries have been around for decades. Although they’re the cheapest form of battery technology, they have the shortest life and are extremely heavy when compared to other battery type.
How long will the battery last?
Battery life will vary depending on the type of battery you choose and how well you maintain it. Typically, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries last the longest – anywhere from 700-1000+ charges. Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries have a life span of about 500-700 charges, while sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries last between 300-500 charges.
To extend the life of your battery, charge the battery regularly and promptly after each use. If you store your bike for prolonged periods of time, both the batteries and charger should be stored at temperatures above freezing and recharged every 4-6 weeks. The longer a battery sits uncharged, the faster the life will be reduced.
Will an e-bike recharge while pedaling?
Surprisingly, this is one of the most common questions. In order for an electric bicycle to produce power, it would require resistance, making it harder to pedal. The energy savings would be minimal and riding your bicycle would be very difficult. If you used power instead, it would put more strain on the motor, depleting an equal amount of power to the power being generated. It’s unrealistic and inefficient. The Neo does not employ a regenerative system.
Do I need to have a bike shop assemble my Easy Motion electric bike?
Yes, you need to have a qualified bike shop assemble your Easy Motion e-bike. Failure to do so will void the warranty. Proof of assembly is required.
How much does it cost to ride an electric bike?
Not only are electric bikes fun and easy to operate – they’re very economical! It costs around $0.10 to fully charge a battery. Even with the oldest and least efficient form of battery technology (SLA), it costs less than $0.01 per mile to operate an electric bike. Li-Ion and NiMH cost even less. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a license, insurance or registration in most states – and maintenance is minimal.
Compare that to gas-powered vehicles which average about 25 miles per gallon. With gas prices at $2.50 – $4.50 per gallon, it costs about $0.15 per mile for gas alone – or 1500% more than an electric bike. Add in license costs, registration, maintenance and other fees, and the cost skyrockets. According to US Government figures, the average cost of driving and maintaining a motor vehicle in the United States is $0.54 per mile.
Can I ride my electric bicycle in the rain?
For the most part, every product we sell is water and weatherproof. But this does not mean they’re water-tight! If you submerge any of these products in water, it will seep into the openings and likely cause damage. These products are fine in light rain or damp riding conditions. But during heavy down pours or deep puddling, we recommend pulling over and waiting for the weather to subside. If you plan on riding in the rain on a regular basis, we recommend taking some extra steps to further waterproof your e-bike. This includes ensuring all electrical connections are wrapped in electrical tape and all connectors and exposed openings are sealed with clear silicone.
Do I need a license or insurance?
The Federal Electric Bike Law states that any e-bike with operating pedals, limited to 20mph and with 750w of power (or less) is classified as a bicycle. But this law only applies to manufacturer’s safety standards (ie: bicycles are not required to have headlights). While you can legally ride an e-bike anywhere standard bicycles can be ridden, each state is responsible for the laws governing the use and operation of electric bikes. Since the laws vary from state to state, please check with your local DMV or Secretary of State, if you are unfamiliar with local electric bike laws.