Use this simple guide to help ensure you get the best bang for your buck when buying an electric bike. A cheap price tag can be enticing but often times you end up paying later in frustration or repair costs.
Electric Bike Buyers Guide
The battery is the most important part of an electric bike. It determines how far you can ride, how fast you can go, and what type of hills you can get up. Every Murf comes with a 52 volt battery (58 volts fully charged) and either a 17.5 Amp Hour or 14.5 Amp Hour capacity, depending on if it's a Fat or Skinny tire. Electric bike batteries generally fall in to three voltages 36, 48, or 52 and come in a variety of capacities. If you want to ride fast and far choose the highest voltage that fits in your budget.
Voltage - Higher equals more speed and power
Amp Hour - Higher equals more miles per charge
Electric bikes are faster and heavier than a normal bike and because of that generally require more stopping power. We recommend looking for an electric bike that has hydraulic disk brakes rather than cable style brakes. Hydraulic brakes will help you stop quicker and generally require less maintenance than older style cable brakes.
Electric bikes can be complicated, and it's important to have access to a technician or a knowledgable sales staff in case you have questions, either before or after the sale. If you're shopping around for a bike give each place a phone call and ask a few questions about their bikes. you should be able to get a decent feel for how well they know the product and how competent they are in case you need any maintenance done in the future. If you're not able to get in contact with anyone via phone we recommend looking elsewhere.
This one is pretty simple. You should be looking for an e-bike that comes with at least a 2 year warranty. If a company isn't able to stand behind their product for at least 2 years you should probably steer clear.
In the best case scenario you're able to test ride all of the bikes you're looking at. This isn't very scientific but you should go with the bike that "feels best". If you're planning on doing lots of off-roading a mountain bike will probably be the best option. If you're looking to cruise around the neighborhood and do do light off-roading a cruiser could be a great fit for you.