Is an Electric Bike Heavy?

The evident response to the question is: compared to what? An Electric Bike tends to have a higher weight than a traditional bike due to the inclusion of a battery, motor, and other supplementary components. However, it's precisely these components that deliver the myriad benefits associated with Electric Bikes!

A more equitable comparison might be with a Moped, given that both provide powered assistance – in this scenario, the Electric Bike emerges as significantly lighter. Furthermore, Electric Bikes fare favorably when measured against Cars, Double Decker Buses, and Tube Trains.

The prevalent concern among individuals often stems from years of conditioning by the traditional bike industry, which has emphasized the importance of weight. It's worth noting that this is the same industry that thrives on selling components that are a mere 10 grams lighter, generating millions in revenue each year.

In practical terms, the act of lifting an Electric Bike onto a Car Roof-rack may not be the most enjoyable experience. However, in the realm of riding, the "weight" of an Electric Bike is not something riders typically notice. The powered assistance more than compensates for any additional weight when ascending, and interestingly, a bit more weight can contribute to increased speed when descending!

For those concerned about lifting, many Car Roof-racks now feature a 'cantilevered' design, and a tow-bar based rack is a viable alternative. Unless you derive enjoyment from bench-pressing your Electric Bike, the weight is unlikely to pose a significant issue.

It's important to highlight that the additional weight typically amounts to around 7 kilograms, with the average Electric Bike weighing between 16 kilograms and approximately 28 kilograms. So, while there is a slight increase in weight, the numerous advantages provided by Electric Bikes make it a negligible factor for most riders.

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