Not all electric bicycles are the same…
Some things to look out for when deciding on a bike:
Is it a recognized global brand and have
been in SA at least more than 5 years. This is important as
we get daily requests from people who bought bikes from companies
that lasted a year or two and can now not provide support.
Does it comply with proposed SA regulations
i.e. less than 250W nominal and option to restrict to 25km/hr.
Although regulations in SA are a grey area, what we are sure
of is that if this is not the case, you will need to register
and licence the bicycle as a scooter according to SANS 311.
Note that eZee complies with EU regulations (but, at your own
discretion, can be derestricted to provide the full 35km/hr
and peak power of 750W). See also an article of The
Myth of the e-bike Watts
Does it offer good value? Make sure the company
you buy from does not spend more money on storefronts and marketing
than on actual product research and testing.
Make sure you understand how much a replacement
battery costs. Also, understand the difference between direct
drive and geared motors, various battery technologies etc. Do
not let higher figures for Volts, Amps, Watts etc. fool you
into thinking you are getting a better bikes. These figures
are all mostly marketing tools and real performance does not
There are a whole host of technologies available out there and
it is difficult to compare them directly. Comparing a cycle with
a lead acid battery and non-geared brushed motor (as found on
most cheap electric cycles) to one with a state of the art Li-polymer
battery and a geared, brushless motor with clutch (eZee proprietary
technology) is definitely not possible. There are, therefore,
a number of important design factors that make up a complete electric
bicycle that is safe, fun to ride, reliable, good at climbing
hills, looks cool and is legal to ride on SA roads. Our advice
to electric bicycle novices is…if you are unsure, first
talk to us for expert advice.
eZee advanced electric bicycles have been proven across the globe
to be one of the best electric bicycles available and have taken
top honors at several electric bicycle competitions, races etc…it
has dominated the Tour de Presteigne for three years in a row!
This is where most of the electric cycles in the UK compete for
the top prices and includes a hill climb and an endurance race.
eZee cycles are proven to be reliable in all conditions and can
be used for everyday commuting without worrying if it will leave
you next to the road. It performs like a normal cycle and the
added weight due to the motor and battery hardly makes a difference
in terms of cycling pleasure. They look smart and can be trusted
to get you to your destination safely and on time.
Also remember that all eZee cycles comes with our standard warranty
which we will proudly honor because we believe that eZee is the
best electric bicycle available in South Africa!
See the worldwide eZee site also here: www.ezeebike.com
for more info on the company that makes eZee.