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Electric Bikes | Bicycle Junction

Whether you're scooting to work sans sweat, or testing yourself on an infamous incline, E-bikes open up endless possibilities. From impeccably stylish commuters, to rugged ramblers, to economical everyday-ers, we’ve got them. In fact we’ve got Wellingtons greatest range of quality e-bikes, have a nosey.


THE RIGHT E-BIKE

You may wish to purely ride on city streets or solely faraway singletracks. Perhaps you’d like to commute and still be able to ride the river trails on weekends. Better yet, you might wish to explore the New Zealand Cycle trails in your holidays. We have bikes for every gradient from purely off road to strictly on-road.

This is your first decision in finding the right e-bike, consider how much you will ride on-road vs off road. We recommend you buy a bike that suits the riding you will do most often. Bikes suitable for gravel trails will have wider tyres and usually front and/or rear suspension. Bikes for street only will have narrower tyres and sometimes only a rigid front fork. You can use the filters on the shop page to choose which terrain suits your style.
Think about your typical weekly use. How far will you need to ride daily? Are there steep hills or is it flat as a pancake. A mid-drive motor is desirable for hilly terrain as they will climb with less strain. If you have a long commute or want to go touring on your e-bike you may need a large battery capacity or a dual battery system. If you just want to run errands around the flat parts of town then you might get by on a smaller battery paired with a simpler hub-drive motor.

The harder you work your ebike the larger the battery and the more powerful a motor you will need. Fortunately, no one ever complained about too powerful a motor or too much charge in their battery. If in doubt, go up a grade.
When riding an e-bike there is no need to be tucked down low into the wind as the motor simply pushes you through it, but if you’re an experienced rider you may find that a sporty riding position is more familiar and comfortable. If you’re new or newly returning to cycling you might prefer an upright step-thru bike, generally new riders feel safer riding upright. Perhaps you’d like a mix of both in which case a mid-step frame will typically give you that semi upright riding position. The riding position on most bikes can be customised somewhat with adjustable handlebars and seat positions. We can help you with this in-store. Use the frame style filters in our shop pages to choose your desired riding position.
Perhaps you only need to carry a laptop in a pannier, or perhaps you’d like to use your bike for everything including dropping off the children to daycare or adventuring with your longboard and camping gear. This is where we determine whether an ordinary e-bike, Utility bike or Cargo bike might liberate your life a little extra. If you want to carry all-your-children you might like to check our our page about Cargo Bikes. If you just want to carry a pannier, then just ensure your bike comes with a rack, or ask us if one can be fitted. Generally standard racks will carry up to 25kg. We also have a range of baskets to fit the front of most of our e-bikes.



Electric Bikes Basics

Some of the e-bike models we stock have a manufacturer-claimed range of up to 190km.

The actual distance you can ride on a single charge will vary according to several factors, including the size of the battery, your weight, how much or how hard you pedal, how hilly it is, headwind/tailwind, air temperature etc. So it is possible to use up a battery charge over a much smaller distance.

We explain this in a little more detail below. You can also get an excellent overview of how this works using this nifty ‘range calculator’ made by Bosch.

Pedal Power: most e-bikes are designed to help you only while you pedal. Therefore, the more muscle power you use, the less power is taken from the battery and the more range you’ll achieve. This is especially relevant when accelerating or climbing steep gradients. If your e-bike has a throttle (which allows you to get power without pedaling), relying on the throttle will eat through your battery charge faster. When a throttle is installed there can be a tendency for this to happen.

Terrain and Rider Weight: If you use your e-bike in hilly areas, expect less range from your battery. Similarly, heavier riders or people carrying heavy loads can also expect reduced range.

Speed and wind resistance: Windy days can reduce range. This is because of increased air resistance. Similarly, if your e-bike offers assistance over 25km/h (many European models do not), you will see reduced range at higher speeds: you are likely to do twice the range at 25km/h than at 35km/h.

In New Zealand, the legal power output for a road-going electric bike is 300 watts. A 300 watt electric bike will typically go about 32-35km/h unassisted. Most NZ production electric bikes go about this fast. A 300 watt mid drive system like the Lekkie Summit can go faster as it uses the bikes gears as well as human input to obtain higher speeds.

There are systems available that can go much faster, but the bicycle must be registered to go on public roads.  We believe electric bikes should make the ride more enjoyable but not necessarily more exciting. If you are looking for a high power unit to take off-road we can point you in the right direction.

Choosing the right motor is a matter of what suits your bike and what suits your riding style. Here are some factors for your consideration. 

Hub motor – Explorer System

A hub motor system has good acceleration and hill climbing torque. It suits people that want an easy to use system with good range and smooth performance. You could think of it as the “automatic” system.

  • Easy twist and go use.
  • Keeps original gears.
  • No additional chain wear.
  • Maintenance free.
  • Suits bikes with derailleur gears.
  • Suits bikes with 26″ or 29″ wheels.

Mid drive motor – Summit System

A mid drive system has the advantage of driving through the bicycle gears. This allows for a greater torque and speed range. Great for people who want to ride as fast as possible or climb as steep as possible. Also it can fit to a wider range of bikes. Think of it as the “manual” system.

  • More technical ride, gear changing needed for best performance.
  • Additional wear on chain and sprockets.
  • Suits bikes with internal hub gears.
  • Suits all wheel sizes.
  • Motor weight is kept central in the frame.
  • Keep original wheels.
  • Greater top speed and climbing ability.

An e-bike is a bicycle with electric motor to help you along. You ride it much like you ride a normal bicycle, but with less effort.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of e-bike.

‘Factory’ e-bikes are bikes that designed from the ground up as e-bikes: our range includes Kalkhoff, Moustache, Faraday and others.

‘Kit’ e-bikes are ordinary bicycles with an electric motor kit retrofitted. We offer a Lekkie motor kit, which we can fit on many of the bikes we stock, or even install on your own bike.

Both of these types of e-bikes can come in many styles, from commuter bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes, and everything in between. Our focus is on urban and cargo bikes, used for commuting, transport, or pleasure. To that end, we stock bikes that have a focus on quality, are beautiful to look at, and will last a long time.

An e-bike motor works by automatically switching on the (quiet) motor when you pedal. There are two different types of motor: motors that are in the wheel hub, and motors that are in the crank. Both types have their pros and cons - it all depends on the type of riding you're planning on doing. 

As a rule, crank motors provide a more authentic bicycle experience. This is because the motor senses how much power you are putting into the pedals (using a torque sensor), and responds proportionally (that is, the harder you pedal, the more the motor helps you). This makes you feel like you have extra strong legs! Crank motors tend to be more responsive than wheel hub motors, and allow the bicycle to roll more freely without the additional drag of a motor in the hub. We stock several e-bike models with crank motors made by Bosch and the German-produced Impulse. We also offer a crank motor kit: the Lekkie Summit.

Wheel hub motors offer a simpler design. Most wheel hub motors do not sense how much power you are making with your legs, so they will generally be either ‘on’ or ‘off’ (though one exception is the beautiful Faraday, which has a separate torque sensor in the crank). We stock several e-bike models with wheel hub motors including Vintage Electric and Faraday. We also offer a wheel hub motor kit: the Lekkie Explorer.

All of our e-bikes allow you to adjust how much power you want, or to switch off the power altogether and ride it like a non-electric bike. The Lekkie kits also have an optional thumb throttle, which allows you to apply power without pedaling.




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