Posted at 10:00 - 17th Des- Chloe Mitchel - Vacation

Macwheel E-bike 2019

We here at The Macwheel love electric rideables ; electric skateboards, e-scooters and e-bikes. But electric bikes belong in a category of their own because they’re more than just a fun tech fad. They could actually be the future of transportation. Meanwhile, major bike manufacturers are finally waking up to the profit potential of e-bikes and are introducing their own lineups. Prices are fluctuating, but you can get a solidly built, reliable e-bike for less than $1,000. Obviously, there’s a lot to choose from out there, and you don’t want to get fooled, so here’s what you need to know.


Generally speaking, e-bikes are bicycles with a battery-powered “assist” that comes when you pedal or, in some cases, use a throttle. Pushing the pedals engages a small motor, which gives you a boost, so you can zip up hills and cruise over rough terrain without breaking a sweat. Twisting a throttle does the same with no pedaling necessary.

E-bikes tend to use different types of sensors to determine how best to dole out power. There are two types: torque sensors and cadence sensors. Torque sensors regulate the motor based on how hard you’re pushing the pedals, while cadence sensors work off of how fast you pedal. Most good bikes use torque sensors, while the low-enders have cadence only. A lot of bikes use both.

I highly recommend testing out both types of motors before buying an e-bike to see which is the best fit for you. Think about how you plan on using the bike: commuting, off-roading, touring. The better e-bike brands usually match the appropriate motor placement with the type of bike they’re selling. Most mountain bikes come with midrange motors,


In Europe, pedal-assisted electric bikes with 250W motors capped at 25 km/h are treated as regular bicycles.

E-bikes can come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, from city bikes with thick tires and stylish designs to cargo bikes with enough power to haul heavy loads or even a couple of kids. There are some fun retro designs and some really cool space age ones. My personal favorites are the city bike designs.

E-bikes lower the barriers to biking, making it easier for people who are older or more anxious about the stresses and strains of biking to justify riding. You’re more likely to ditch your car or delete your Uber app if you know you can get to where you’re going faster and more efficiently without getting overly tired or sweaty.

Streets in the US are designed for cars, and bikes and pedestrians are often just an afterthought. This marginalization has caused a shameful spike in cyclist and pedestrian deaths nationwide. E-bikes won’t reverse that trend unless enough people stop driving and start pedaling. Only then will cities find themselves confronted with the choice between maintaining the status quo or redesigning their streets to be more livable, walkable, and bikeable.

Expert Thoughts

Electric bikes can make getting around so much easier for everyone, including older people and people with different abilities. Look, everything is terrible, and obviously, e-bikes won’t solve anything unless more people start riding. But there is one thing I can promise you: once you start riding, you won’t want to stop.

- Frank Mitchel -


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  • Christian BERNARD

    How can i buy a second battery for my mountain bike 48v 10ah for 250w motor ?

  • FREVILLE Christian

    il manque un service après vente pour acheter si besoin des pièces de rechange (exemple j’aimerais avoir deux batterie supplémentaire pour les vélo que je viens d’acheter )Macwheel 28" Vélo Électrique, Vélo Électrique Assistance.
    Avoir si possible une notice de montage en français un peu plus complète que celle avec la livraison et en français pour tous les vélo si vous voulez en vendre beaucoup en france par exemple pour
    les vélos cité si dessus pas d’indication pour monter le garde boue avant (tout le monde n’est pas bricoleur) pour la petite fiche pour le dérailleur arrière ne français ça serrais bien aussi avant que les gens vous demande pourquoi la 7 em vitesse ne fonctionne pas. je vous joint la traduction en français si cela peut vous être utile:
    La fonction du protecteur de derarilleur arrière est d’empêcher la force externe de serrer le dérailleur arrière pendant le transport et l’utilisation.
    Si le protecteur de dérailleur arrière touche le dérailleur arrière (comme indiqué sur l’image 1), le dérailleur arrière ne peut pas bouger normalement, ce qui affecte le changement de vitesse normal (en particulier les 6e et 7e rapports)
    Vous devez tirer le protecteur de dérailleur arrière jusqu’à ce que le protecteur de dérailleur arrière ne touche plus le dérailleur arrière (comme indiqué sur l’image 2).
    Afin de protéger le dérailleur arrière, nous vous déconseillons de retirer le protecteur de dérailleur arrière.
    M FREVILLE Christian

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