Electric bikes have exploded on the outdoor scene recently, and you’ve probably seen people riding by on them. They look pretty much like normal bikes, but you may have noticed a slight “whirring” sound of the motor as people ride by. Electric bikes are extremely versatile and are great for a variety of applications. If you’ve been thinking about buying one for yourself, here’s a brief electric bike buying guide 2021, as well as a few things you should expect in the electric bike industry this year.
More E-Bikes With Smaller Fat Tires
If you haven’t heard of fat tires, they are exactly what they sound like: tires that are wider than most. The trend for fat tires picked up in 2020, but in 2021, fat tires are predicted to take on a slightly slimmer appearance. More e-bikes are offering small diameter fat tries to help improve comfort on the bike (without investing in pricey suspension systems).
In addition to providing extra cushion for longer rides, small diameter fat tires aren’t as bulky or as heavy as traditional fat tires. Small diameter fat tires offer the benefits of traditional fat tires without the drawbacks. Of course, you may find that you prefer standard bicycle tires, and that’s perfectly fine. Just be aware that you may be presented with the option of putting small diameter fat tires on your e-bike this year.
A Push for More Affordable Electric Bikes
If you’re thinking of buying electric beach cruiser bikes, you may experience some sticker shock. These bikes can be prohibitively expensive for the casual rider. However, the electric bike industry is likely to push out a larger wave of more affordable electric bikes this year. You’ll probably notice more mid-drive e-bikes (with centrally-mounted motors) arriving in your local bike shops. This is great news for anyone who’s wanted to try an electric bike but hasn’t been able to afford the price tag (yet).
More E-Bike Companies
As e-bikes become more popular, you’ll likely see some new e-bike startups seemingly materialize out of nowhere. There are predictions that Asian e-bike companies will become more prominent in 2021 and beyond. Some of these ventures are bound to take off, while others may not last very long. Before buying from a startup, though, do your research to ensure you’re getting a high-quality product.
The following prediction isn’t a lot of fun to make, but it’s something you should know about anyway. It’s likely that there will be a long weight for e-bike orders in the first half of 2021. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic has caused supply chains to get ridiculously backed up. Though they will likely catch up to current orders eventually, no one really knows how long that will take. So, until things get back to normal, you should expect to experience some kind of delay with your new electric bike order. Hopefully, bike stores planned ahead and will have plenty of electric bikes for sale this year (even if they’re from last season).This brief electric bike buying guide 2021 lays out some of the top e-bike trends to expect this year (and possibly beyond). If you’re planning on buying a new e-bike this year, keep these things in mind.