Once you decide to take the plunge and get an e-bike you have to decide where to buy it. Some shoppers get sticker shock when they price these amazing machines. Bike shops with major brands tend to have higher prices, but those shops also provide parts and service for what they sell. The price conscious sometimes pride themselves on making major purchases online, e-bikes are no different. Some wonder whether there is any real difference from one bike to the next.
You might pause before you order that inexpensive internet bike. We know of someone who purchased an e-bike online. It worked fine and was fun to ride until a car clipped it and damaged the drive wheel. It didn’t look like much damage, but it wasn’t safe to ride without having an inexpensive part replaced. However, the part could not be found. The bike was rendered a total loss.
How much money will you save when you have to trash your bargain e-bike and get another one simply because a part can’t be replaced? Getting an e-bike which can be serviced locally and have parts replaced as needed has value. E-bikes are fun and healthy, but all of them will eventually need service. Will it be available when you need it? Be careful and know your sources.