E-Bikes are electronically assisted Bikes - they are ideal for a wide variety of riders. It may be riding to gain fitness, or tackling rides that would normally be impractical, whether because of work limitations or impossibly steep hills, maybe even keeping up with your riding partner. Electric Bikes are very simple to ride, easily controllable and such fun! The sheer joy on the face of first-time riders is a testament to that.
E-Bikes have quickly gained a strong following, especially in Europe and Asia, and slowly gaining popularity here in Australia.
Five or six years ago, E-Bikes were hard to find and were only stocked by boutique stores. But with imProvements in availability, reliability and performance, along with price reductions and a broader range to choose from, Ivanhoe Cycles began selling electric Bikes 3 years ago.
Some people still have some doubts as to their suitability for their needs, some even ask if they will lose fitness because of it! If you too have some doubts, fear not, as almost all possible scenarios have a positive response.
One downside is the increased weight, but unless you plan to regularly lift it into a car or carry it up a flight of stairs, then it's not really a concern as riding the Bike is easy (and fun).
There are many and varied reasons why someone may consider an E-Bike. Some common reasons just from the last week or two in the shop are............"I've lost my licence and I have to get to work". ....... "I'm sick of sitting in traffic for an hour and then paying a King's ransom for parking" ... "I love riding, but it's too far to and from work" ..... " I want to do some exercise and get a bit fitter before it's too late" ...... "I'd ride to work, but (a) we don't have a shower, or (b) I can't take a change of clothes with me every day" ..... " There are too many hills in my area". These and Probably many others are reasons why even a non-cyclist should think about an E-Bike.
An E-Bike isn't a magic elixir, but it is a remedy for all of these "issues".
No licence is required for a start. So remaining on the right side of the law only requires the purchase of a helmet.
The traffic jams will still be there, but finding an easier less congested route is easier by Bike and when you arrive, parking is a breeze......... and free!
An E-Bike won't magically Shorten the distance, but what it will do is extend YOUR range. You will have the capacity to ride further with less effort.
Some have the notion that an E-Bike won't Provide a fitness and health benefit, but this is far from the truth. Almost by stealth, you will get fitter and healthier as you pedal even though the electric motor takes over when the hills rear up in front of you. After a few weeks, you may even find yourself dialling down the power assist so that you get an even better physical workout.
Hills, the sworn enemy of most cyclists are a point of derision for E-Bike riders. Just today I rode from Heidelberg along Lower Heidelberg Road, over the cutting and along Burke Road into Kew. Without a drop of sweat and hardly a raised heart rate, I easily cruised over the cutting at 24kph. Magic. Of course, if you are more comfortable at a lower speed, just cruise along within your comfort zone.
At Ivanhoe Cycles, we have a good variety of E-Bikes with a fairly broad price range.
Fitted with a powerful motor, generally with 5 different torque setting, delivering up to a huge 80 Nm of Torque in the Max. setting.
The settings are along this line.
= 100% of your effort
The advantage of multiple settings is that the motor has more gradual engagement and may be preferable for less experienced riders or for use in off-road areas requiring carefully graduated assistance.
The battery is 36v with an 11 amp hours capacity (which has a charge time of around 3 hours.) and a run time of 50-120 kms
Normal battery life is at least 500 charges, so will see out many years of riding without a reduction in power or efficiency.
Weight of motor 3.9 kg
Weight of battery 3.0 kg
Call in and check out our range. Have a free test ride, so that you can see for yourself.
ALUXX SL grade aluminium, Maestro, 140mm travel, Boost
Suntour Aion 35, LO-R, 15x110mm Axle, OverDrive steerer, 150mm travel
Fox Float DPS Performance, 3 POS Trunnion mount
Giant Contact SL trail rise, 35mm
Giant Contact SL, 35mm, 8 degree
Giant Switch Dropper, 30.9mm
Giant Contact, Neutral
Shimano Deore, 10sp
Shimano SLX, Shadow+
Tektro HDM745 hydraulic disc, 203mm
Tektro HDM745 hydraulic
Shimano HG50, 11-36T, 10sp
KMC e10 Turbo
Praxis E-Cadet+, 36T
Giant AM, Tubeless
Giant Sealed disc, Fr: 28H, Rr: 32H
Fr: Maxxis Minion DHF, TR, EXO, Folding, 27.5x2.6” Rr: Maxxis Rekon, TR, EXO, Folding, 27.5x2.6”
EnergyPak 6A Smart charger, MRP 1X CS custom chain guide
Giant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YAMAHA
Giant PedalPlus 4-sensor technology
Giant RideControl ONE, Remote button
Giant EnergyPak 500Wh, 36V 13.8Ah integrated Lithium-Ion