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How Much Exactly Does an Electric Bike Weigh

John Clark, Velospeed
John Clark 30.10.20

The weight of any bicycle, and especially of an electric bike, is one of the most important parameters when choosing a particular model and a bicycle itself as a mode of transportation. Because in general the lighter the bike, the faster you ride (sounds almost poetic). You don’t want to ride at the speed of a snail, do you? However, this rule does not work with electric bikes…

We have already learned from the few past articles that ebikes are 1.5 to 2 times heavier than regular ones. But what’s surprising is that they ride faster than lighter regular bikes all thanks to the motor.

Now, we will look much closer at the weight of ebikes, answering a few simple questions to understand how important the weight of an electric bike is and whether it is worth paying as much attention to it.

How much exactly do electric bikes weigh?

Ebikes weigh between around 15 and 18 kg, on average around 20 kg. For comparison: regular bicycles weigh between 5-8 kg and 20 kg, with an average weight of 10-15 kg. In other words, the average weight of a normal bicycle is the minimum weight of an electric bike.

Why are electric bikes so heavy?

The bicycles are heavy because they include a motor and battery as well as some extra components, which regular bikes don’t have.

The entire motor system (motor plus components) usually weighs about 8 kg – almost half the weight of an ebike. The motor itself weighs about 4-5 kg.

The weight of a battery is on average 2-3.5 kg. The more powerful it is, the larger its size and weight. You can immediately understand this by looking at the bike from the outside in the shop.

What else affects the weight of an electric bike?

An electric bike also has a few additional parts: the drivetrain (transmission), the controller (a chip), and the computer (display). They also have an impact on weight. All this adds an extra 1-2 kg.

The ebike weight is also strongly influenced by the size and material of the main part of any bicycle – the frame. It can be aluminum (lightweight) or carbon (even lighter). Iron frames are almost non-existent today. Wheels, handlebars, pedals and other parts are usually made of the same materials.

Does the weight of an electric bike affect the speed?

Attention: we have a twofold situation here. It does, because the motor helps you turn the pedals. In this motor assistance mode, you can easily reach speeds of up to 25 km per hour. And it doesn’t, because as soon as you develop that speed, the motor will stop helping you. But you can keep pedaling. In doing so, you will have to put more effort into it.

This is especially important when you climb up a hill or a mountain. However, you are unlikely to go up a mountain at a speed exceeding 25 km per hour. It can only be difficult if you run out of battery power before climbing. So keep a close eye on it and recharge it before each trip.

(We speak about 25 km per hour — the legal maximum speed in the UK and Europe. But ebikes could be faster, and you could have a license.)

When else would a heavyweight ebike be a disadvantage?

Electric bicycles are not flying yet – they still need to be transported. Lifting 20-25 kg is not that easy. If you live on the ground floor, or if you don’t have a lift in your house, it can be a real problem. Or you have to store your bike in the car park.

It is also important where you usually ride. If you have a good cycle track or park starts near your home, you are lucky. If you need to ride on public transport to a nice place for riding a bike – you are less lucky. Take this into account, too.

What are the advantages of a heavyweight ebike?

There are many advantages. A heavier bike is more stable than a lighter one. From here, if you are not very confident and an amateur bike rider, a heavier electric bike will suit you better than a lighter ordinary bike.

What are the heaviest and lightest electric bikes in the world today?

The manufacturers are constantly working to reduce the overall weight of the bike. There are electric bikes in the world that weigh less than 20 kg – 19 kg, 18 kg, maybe 17-15 kg, but this is the lowest limit. You will most likely not find an ebike that weighs less. And if you do, it will be an expensive professional model that costs more.

The heaviest e bikes weigh 2-3 kg more than the average — 23-25 kg. It could be up to 28-30 kg, as you will see right next in the article.

When it comes to specific types of bicycles, road bikes usually weigh slightly less than the average, mountain bikes and folding bikes weigh more. The heaviest bikes are cargo and family bikes.

How much do electric bikes weigh in Velospeed?

Let’s make e-bike weight comparison and take several models of different types of ebike of low, medium, and high price categories:

Model Type Price Weight, kg
Batribike Alpha City ebike £1,399.00 22.7 kg
Moustache Samedi 28.2 2021 Сity ebike £2,599.00 24.8 kg
Riese & Müller Tinker vario Сity ebike £3,639.00 24.9 kg
Batribike Delta Electric MTB £1,499.00 20.5 kg
Cube Reaction Hybrid SL 625 29 Electric MTB £3,099.00 23.5 kg
Riese & Müller Superdelite Electric MTB £6,709.00 28.4 kg

Conclusion

When buying an electric bike, still pay attention to its weight — this is one of the main parameters. But, in the case of electric bikes, weight does not play the same role as in the case of ordinary bikes. You simply will not notice an extra couple of kilos. (Unless you don’t have a lift at home).

The idea behind riding an electric bike is that the motor makes it easier for you to pedal, so you put less effort into it. Especially when it comes to riding in hilly or mountainous terrain or a long ride of more than 30 km — an electric bike will win over a regular one.

That’s why so many people love it.

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