Electric bike - For a simpler everyday life

Electric bicycles have taken the cities by storm. We have a society that is moving towards a great awareness of the environment and there cycling has dominated as "The means of transport of the future". The environment demands that everyone takes responsibility and tries to minimize miles with the cars to reduce emissions. We see a large increase in the fact that the cars are parked and used for longer trips and where the electric bicycle emerges as families' primary means of transport. Many also exchange the car for a box bike for transporting the children. There is a whole range of electric bikes and thus a whole range of motors, batteries, displays and gear systems. We often get questions such as "What is the difference between a central engine and a front-wheel engine?" or questions regarding different electrical systems, etc. We are happy to answer your questions by phone or email, but we have put together an information page here focused on electric bicycles. We hope it helps the race towards a greener everyday life and we hope that you choose the electric bike as your primary means of transport.

 
Can I use the electric bike as a regular bike?

Sure! An electric bicycle is in principle an ordinary bicycle, but with an electric motor on it. The electrical system weighs and therefore an electric bicycle is heavier, thus it feels heavier and slower without the electricity on. The engine has a gear that rolls freely when the engine is not working. The parts also create friction and therefore it can be perceived as heavier to ride an electric bike than on a bike without a motor.

 

Does the cold affect the battery of an electric bicycle?

Yes, the battery for the electric bike is affected by both heat and cold. The colder it is, the more capacity the battery loses. At -15 ° C it loses up to 40% of its total capacity and up to 20% when it is zero degrees. We therefore recommend that you store the battery indoors if it is below 10 ° C outdoors. If the battery gets cold and loses capacity, it will still come back when it gets warmer again.

 

How far does the battery last on an electric bike

There are many different factors that affect how long a battery for an electric bike will last. You can charge the battery as often as you like without adversely affecting the life, but you can actually positively affect the life. If you usually charge the battery to 80 % and then every ten or every fifth time charge to 100 %, the battery life can almost double. But as I said, there are many different factors that play a role. For example:

  • The terrain you cycle in
  • Weather and temperature
  • Start and stop frequency
  • Tire pressure
  • Basic characteristics of the battery

The sum of all these different factors tells you how far the battery lasts and therefore it is difficult to give a good standard answer. How big the cyclist is also affects how far the person can get on their electric bike. The bike weighs approximately 25 kg and if the cyclist weighs 60 kg, the total weight is 85 kg. If the cyclist instead weighs 90 kg, the total weight is a full 115 kg, which is 35 % more. This, of course, affects the range. If you did the same percentage weight gain with a car, it would mean about 9 more passengers in a car of two kilotons. Of course, it affects fuel consumption. If you stop and start many times in a short time, it will also draw more energy. It takes more electricity to get started from a standstill than to keep the electric bike moving. Many starts and stops can reduce the range of the bike. A longer trip on a flat country road consumes much less of the battery's resources and then you can take a round of seven to eighty miles.

 

How long does it take to charge the battery of an electric bike?

How long it takes depends on which battery you have and which charger you use. Our standard charger is at 2A, but we also have a fast charger at 3A. A completely empty 11Ah battery can take about 5.5 hours before it is fully charged with the standard charger, but it takes about 3.5 hours with the fast charger. Also keep in mind that you can extend the life of the battery by charging it to 80 % a majority of the charges and every five or ten times charging it to 100 %. Charging it often does not adversely affect the battery.

 

Do I have to step on the electric bike for it to move forward?

In order for the electric motor to give you extra help going forward, you need to pedal. You can decide for yourself when and how much help you want to get from the engine when you ride a bike. There is also a setting for walking assistance that helps when you lead your bike. Electric bikes are heavier than regular bikes due to the engine and associated components and when you lead your bike (at a maximum of 6 km / h) you get a little extra help on the stack of the electric motor thanks to this function.

 

Do I have to wear a helmet when riding an electric bike?

We always recommend a helmet when cycling, no matter what type of bike you use! If you are under 15, it is legal to wear a helmet, but older cyclists do not have to wear it. However, it is an important part of safety for you as a cyclist to wear a helmet in the event of an accident.

 

Can you cycle the bike so it goes faster than 25 km / h?

It is possible to trim electric bicycles and it only works on central motors, not front-wheel drive electric bicycles.

 

I have had a puncture / will change tires on my electric bike with a front-wheel motor. How do I?

The big difference in changing a wheel connected to a motor is that you simply need to disconnect the motor cable. Loosen it carefully! If you have an electric bike with a central motor, it is like changing tires on a regular bike. If you are handy, you can change the wheels yourself, but if you are the least bit unsure, you are welcome to contact our shop / workshop. Then you are guaranteed professional help!

 

How much does an electric bike cost to run?

The operating cost depends a bit on how fast you consume the energy in the battery. The amount of electricity required for a charge costs approximately one kroner and if you go 50 km on one charge, it thus costs 20 öre per mile. In addition to the actual cost of electricity, you should submit your electric bicycle for service once a year.

 

How fast can I ride an electric bike?

Just like on a regular bike, the bike goes as fast as you pedal. On the other hand, the electric motor stops helping when you reach 25 km / h because a motor-driven vehicle that runs faster than that is counted as a motor vehicle according to laws and regulations.

 

What does the certification of the bike mean?

As of January 2018, a new law applies which states that all electric bicycles must be CE marked and approved. This means that the bicycle must be tested to live up to European standards (EN15194: 2011). Laboratory checks ensure that the bike maintains the correct speed and that the batteries are reliable and live up to safety standards. There are international requirements regarding explosion risk and fire hazard (BATSO 01). Of course, all Monark electric bikes are tested and approved.

 

What is the difference between a front-wheel drive engine and a mid-engine?

A front-wheel engine is a relatively simple construction that is cheaper to produce than a central engine. The front-wheel engine is most suitable for bicycles that are to be used in relatively flat terrain and on bicycles that are used more for the "quiet" transport. Most people who choose a front-wheel engine want the bike to do all the work, you just want to "ride with". A bicycle with a front-wheel motor has sensors that sense that you are pedaling. When the crank arms start to rotate, the sensor gives a signal and the engine starts to drive. This means that you really only need to pedal very lightly to get assistance from the engine. It also means that the power consumption is higher when the motor does "all" work. This means that this engine is not suitable if it is very hilly or if the crew is heavy (if, for example, you pull a bicycle cart and have a child seat so the total weight exceeds 125 kg). If the motor is at 250W, it will not be able to pull an excessively heavy crew up a steep hill, the power consumption will also be very high. A center motor is controlled in a different way, torque sensors sense how hard you are pedaling. If you pedal hard, you get a lot of assistance from the engine, if you pedal less hard, you get less assistance. A center engine feels more like a regular bike. This model of engine is more suitable for active cycling and in environments where there are more slopes or if you often pull a heavy crew.

 

The environment

Today's climate demands that everyone takes responsibility and changes to a greener everyday life. The electric bike can handle long distances with almost zero climate impact. From an environmental perspective, the electric bicycle is the future. The car is of course needed in our society, but it is important to rethink and plan differently. If you have a few kilometers to work, the electric bike is a worthwhile investment to make a green effort! Many miles by car is unnecessary.

Economy

An electric bike costs incredibly little in operation. No parking fee, tax or expensive fuel. In addition, it rarely costs extra with the insurance companies, but please check this for security reasons. You save an incredible amount of money and the electric bike usually pays for itself in just a few months. We also offer interest-free installments via Resurs Bank.

Health

The electric bike replaces the car in many respects and thus you usually cycle more and longer. It is a myth that electric cyclists get some exercise. Statistics show that cyclists who ride electric bicycles move more as this is their primary means of transport. The electric bike follows the work and private. It is also possible to set a lower assistance level on the displays, then you get to work more.

Lifetime free service

We also include a lifetime free service on electric bicycles. Lifetime free service applies to all bikes in our range. A service on an electric bicycle costs between SEK 499 up to SEK 899, depending on how extensive the service is. The service is free on all new bikes purchased from us.