Best Electric Bikes
Having trouble deciding between a motorcycle and a BMX? Good news comes in the form of an electric bike. Also known as a pedelec, e-bikes are powered by a combination of pedalling and a compact motor.
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The Leitner Folding Bicycle can handle it all: whether you’re folding this bike up to take onto public transport or riding over rough terrain.
High-quality and durable bike
Puncture-resistant tires to handle rough terrains
Outstanding customer service
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Leitner Venice · includes 2 listings
With a high range, durable design, and exceptional safety features under its belt, the Leitner Venice lets you tackle roads, paths, and hills with the utmost ease.
Price (RRP) $1,295.00 to $1,545.00
Durable and high-performing
Easily climbs hills
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- Wheel Size26"
- Electric Parts Warranty1 years
- Motor TypeGeared and Rear Wheel Hub
- FeaturesIntegrated Lights and Throttle
- Max Assisted Speed25 km/h
- Charging Time6 hours
- Max Load Capacity120 kg
- Frame MaterialAluminium
- Rider Height 165 cm to 220 cm
- Power250 W
- Weight25 kg
- Colour / FinishBlue, Black or Silver and Blue, Red, White, Silver or Black
- Award Winner 2021
Leitner Berlin · includes 2 listings
The Leitner Straight Bar (also known as the Berlin Cruiser Electric Bike) offers a powerful and popular electric bike that’s suitable for riders 165cm or taller, and can be ridden at speeds of up to 25km/h.
Smooth riding experience, even on steep hills
5 levels of pedal assistance
Highly accommodating customer service
Comes with $150 worth of included extras
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The Leitner SuperT offers all the perks of an e-bike - such as an integrated bike computer and 5 levels of pedal assistance - without having the hassle of difficult storage.
Easily tackles a range of terrain
Comfortable and irons out road bumps
Folds away for simple storage
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Leitner Tirol · includes 2 listings
Latest review: Love my bike! So much so that I bought another Leitner bike for my partner. Superb customer service. Prompt and helpful. Would totally recommend if you are considering buying a great electric
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Pros and cons of buying an electric bike
- Easier to ride than a traditional bike
- Can handle a variety of terrains
- Various levels of assistance
- Don’t have to be athletic or fit to ride one
- Promotes a healthy lifestyle
- Can get expensive
- Needs semi-regular maintainance
- Not all models are rain-resistant
- E-bikes over 250W are illegal in Aus
What is the difference between an electric bike and a regular bike?
An e-bike is pretty much the same as a traditional bike, except it boasts a motor and battery and can sometimes offer extra features, such as LCD screens.
The most significant difference between the two is the fact that electric bikes have a motor. The motor is found in the centre of the bike tire.
An e-bike demands less physical exertion but still requires pedalling to get it moving and sustain momentum. How much pedalling depends on the level of assistance an electric bike provides.
Levels of assistance:
The most common levels of assistance come in the form of high, medium, and low levels. Some bikes have other levels of settings, such as 4 or 5 pedal assist settings.
High: A high assistance bike will bear the brunt of the work and will usually mean that you barely need to push down to keep it moving.
Medium: Fits in between high and low. This level is not quite as challenging as a low level of assistance but poses an increased level of difficulty than a high level of assistance.
Low: Low assistance involves pushing down harder and exerting more energy - this setting will also ensure that you’re burning more calories. This level is ideal for those seeking a fitness challenge.
If the battery runs out while out on a ride, you won’t be stranded. The good news is that if the battery conks out halfway through your trip, your bike converts into a standard bike that's solely powered by pedalling.
Got a long commute or dirt track ahead of you? Then it’s best to choose a bike with a powerful, long-lasting battery. An electric bike by , for example, is powered by Samsung lithium battery cells, which are thought to be stronger than other bike batteries.
Because of the motor, an electric bike will be able to go faster than a standard bike. You can ride your e-bike up to 25km/h with electric assitance - the motor will stop helping you once you go above this speed.
Some e-bikes have the capability to go faster, but electric bikes speed limits are bound by laws, which dictate that you can’t ride any faster than this 25km/h limit with assistance. You may of course travel faster than this without the assistance of the motor, such as when riding downhill.
How do I choose an electric bike?
When considering what type of bike to purchase it might be helpful to consider the following questions:
What are you using the bike for?
Want to avoid public transport but not quite looking for a car or motorbike? E-bikes provide a compromise for travelling to work or study. E-bikes are more eco-friendly than the typical road vehicle and much cheaper too.
However, if you’re planning on relying on an electric bike as your main form of transport, consider the type of conditions you’ll be riding in.
If you live in an area prone to rain, ensure that you select an e-bike equipped to handle various weather conditions. You can ride some e-bikes in the rain, but not all will be able to cope with this.
Similar to standard , there are mountain electric bikes specifically designed to handle dirt tracks, steep hills and rides over rough terrain. These types of bikes are often equipped with features such as a hardtail or full suspension.
Hardtail: lessons the suspension so you have more control over the bike. Hardtail suspension is better for riding over smoother tracks. Offering less suspension makes this type of bike lighter but won’t absorb as many shocks (such as bumping into a rock) during a bike ride.
Full-suspension: helps absorb any shocks the bike will encounter during your adventure, making it easier to navigate through rocky patches.
However, the two different purposes are not mutually exclusive. There are also versatile bikes that can be used on the daily commute, as well as handle a dirt track.
Types of electric bikes
A folding bike is an e-bike that you can fold in half, so it’s more compact. Once you fold the bike in half, it becomes easier to store it in a car or bring it onto public transport.
Also known as a ‘step-thru’ bike, this type of bike features a curved frame, which is to be stepped over in order to sit on the bike.
A low-step bike has a low bike frame, which is easy to get on and off. This type of bike is ideal for people with mobility issues, who might have issues getting their leg over a traditional bike frame.
A step-over bike can be recognised by its diamond or triangle frame and is the most popular type of bike frame.
Are electric bikes worth the money?
Most e-bikes will cost a minimum of $1000. You can find some e-bikes for under, but not by much - the cheapest e-bike you can buy costs around $700 to $800.
In comparison, standard non-electric bikes are much cheaper - you can find them for as low as $300.
In addition to the upfront cost of purchasing a bike, you also have other costs to consider.
- Battery: battery charger, motor, motor controller
- Servicing: will cost a minimum of $100+
- Accessories: helmet, hi-vis gear (if you’re riding at night).
Extra features to look out for
The following features aren’t strictly necessary for an e-bike, but they are useful extras that will make life easier.
- LCD screen: a control panel allows you to change the power levels (level of assistance) with a quick tap of the screen.
- Throttle: pushing a button propels you forward whether you’re pedalling or not.
- Front light/Rear flashing light: If you’re planning on taking your bike on night rides, a flashing light at the back will help make things safer, as the light will alert traffic that you are on the road.
Whether you’re searching for a convenient form of transportation to travel to and from work or easing back into exercise is a goal for you - electric bikes are a convenient, affordable and eco-friendly way to accomplish all of the above.