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How Much Do Electric Bikes Weigh?

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Are you considering purchasing an electric bike and want to know how much they weigh? Maybe you have heard electric bikes are heavy and want to know if that is true or not? Or are you curious and want to know more? Whatever your question is, we have the answer for you! 

Finding out how much electric bikes weigh can be tricky, especially if you are new to the world of electric bikes! You head online to find out more but are met with conflicting and contradicting information that leaves you unsure where to turn or who to trust. Disappointed and frustrated, you wonder if you will ever know how much electric bikes weigh. 

Well, no more! Today, we are here with the answers for you. Keep reading to see how much electric bikes weigh and everything you need to know about their weight! We are here to take you from novice to expert, so let’s get started. 

What Is An Electric Bike?

Before we start, let’s have a quick recap for those that need it! An electric bike, or e-bike, is a bicycle fitted with an electric motor. The motor will help you when pedaling, ideal when you are feeling tired or approaching a steep incline. The motor is fitted with a rechargeable battery that gives the bike power. 

For an electric bike to be considered an e-bike, the motor has to help you move the bike, rather than move the bike of its own accord. So you will need to pedal the bike for the motor to kick in and help you! The amount of power you get is determined by how hard you pedal and the level of support you selected. 

Electric bikes come with a range of modes to choose from so you can balance the amount of power you need depending on the range and battery life. If you are looking for a helping hand, then an electric bike is a good option for you! 

Now that we have briefly established what an electric bike is, let’s move on to see how much they weigh. 

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How Much Do Electric Bikes Weigh?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a straight answer; one answer fits all numbers that we can give you. The weight of an electric bike varies from model to model. Generally, an e-bike will weigh between 40 and 80 pounds. You can find lighter bikes with lighter weight sometimes, but typically, they will be in the 40 to 80lbs category or 18 to 36kg. You might also find heavier ones out there too! 

Why Are Electric Bikes Heavy?

So why does the weight of an e-bike vary? Well, the weight is calculated not just based on the frame of the bike like we see with standard bicycles. You also need to consider the weight of the motor and battery pack. The weight of these can vary, with the average motor weighing 10lbs. 

Although 40 to 80lbs is given as an average, most e-bikes tend to be closer to the 70-80lb mark. This is not only because of the added motor but the battery required to power the motor. The frame of the bike tends to be heavier too, made from a durable material (like carbon steel) to support the added weight of the motor and battery. 

When it comes to purchasing an electric bike, most people tend to opt for a heavier bike. This might be because it features a more powerful motor, is made with durable material, or both. When searching for your electric bike, we recommend that you consider those that are a little heavier to give you a sturdier bike for both on and off-road adventures! 

As each e-bike has a different weight, make sure you check the weight of the bike before making your purchase! You can find this printed on the product information attached to the bike. If you are purchasing an electric bike in-store, it’s worth having a play with the display model (if allowed) to see how the weight feels. 

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Are Electric Bikes Heavier Than Normal Bikes?

Electric bikes are roughly 40 to 50% heavier than traditional bicycles. The exact amount they are heavier by will depend on the bicycle and e-bike you are comparing. As every bike has a different weight, it’s hard to give an exact number, but you can expect an e-bike to be almost double the weight of a traditional bicycle. 

The added weight comes from the motor and battery added to the e-bike to give you extra power and help when you need it. As we mentioned earlier, the weight of the motor and battery varies from bike to bike, but it usually adds around 10lbs to the weight of the bike, with some adding closer to 20 or 30lbs! 

Although e-bikes are heavier than bicycles, they are still far lighter than motorcycles! They can be considered the halfway point between a bicycle and a motorbike. You have the motor to help you move, but you are still pedaling to move the bike forwards. But you won’t have the bike doing all the movement for you as you do with a motorbike. Plus electric bikes tend to be a lot cheaper than motorbikes! 

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Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, electric bikes tend to weigh between 40 to 80lbs, with most of them being around the 70lb mark. While you can find e-bikes heavier and lighter than the average, it is more likely that the electric bike will be around 70lbs. The added weight compared to a traditional bicycle is the motor and battery used to power the bike and assist you when you want some extra power. 

Be sure to check the weight of an e-bike before you make your purchase and even test ride it if possible to see if the weight is right for you! 

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