Existence is reasonable, E-bike allows more people to enjoy riding happily.

Electric bicycles are now a hot topic in the bicycle industry, and they have created endless value for leisure and cycling enthusiasts.


A few years ago, the idea of ​​making carbon fiber electric power-assisted road bikes in Italy might be absurd. Now, most traditional Italian road bike brands are selling bicycles with batteries and electric drive assistance. The growth of electric-assisted bicycles has been publicized in 2020, but these figures are still surprisingly statistically relevant. From 2019 to 2020, the demand for electric bicycles has surged by nearly 25%.

As people move away from public transportation and begin to seek electric bicycles as a commuting tool, and take this active and gentle commuting leisure riding as a habit, the sales of electric bicycles have risen sharply.

The bicycle industry has long known that electric-assisted bicycles are a growing market, but when the supply of parts is difficult to meet all electric-assisted bicycle configuration needs, the industry has never expected such a sharp increase in demand. For core cycling enthusiasts, this is the era of dispelling prejudice and re-understanding-as long as you participate in cycling, you can benefit.

With the emergence of a large number of electric-assisted bicycle commuters, the local government stated that the pressure on bicycle infrastructure construction is also increasing.

Attract new people

In addition to the increase in the number of commuters, electric-assisted bicycles have also attracted a more diverse group of riders: the elderly are keenly discovering (or rediscovering) the benefits of cycling because electric-assisted bicycles allow them to overcome distance and slope. They are more confident in the area, so they can do more ambitious rides.


Of course there are strange electric bicycles, but most of them are commuter bicycles for transportation, not sports or adventure. It is worth noting that in the past two years, many well-respected bicycle brands, whether large brands or niche boutiques, have launched agile electric-assisted road bicycles and gravel bicycles.

LeMond has previously released an electric bicycle called Prolog. This is a straight-handled commuter bike that is simple and elegant. Even the most avid bicycle purists have a strong desire to ride.

 


▲LeMond Prolog straight handle commuter car, simple and elegant, using Shimano's GRX kit.

 


Ribble's Endurance SL e uses the rear hub motor of Mahle Ebikemotion X35 M5 250w, which provides a very natural and linear pedaling assist function while retaining the completely traditional road bike beauty. As an electric bicycle, its weight is also very light, only 12kg.


Colnago’s E64 electric bicycle has the same configuration as Ribble, showing that the classic Italian road bike design can be perfectly combined with modern electric bicycle technology.


Perhaps the most impressive example is the Specialized Turbo Creo SL, which may be the most ideal electric bicycle: a central motor at the bottom bracket, standard wheels, and ideal weight distribution.



In any electric-assisted bicycle design with a bottom bracket as the center of gravity and equipped with a central motor, the overall mass of the bicycle is distributed at the heavier lateral pivot point, so the turning balance is very good. And with the increase in battery energy density, industrial designers have been able to package smaller power units in electric-assisted bicycles while still providing sufficient power and driving range. The result is that the new generation of electric bicycles are very agile to ride.

Although there are still controversies about the participation of electric bicycles in road races or sports events, the UCI mountain e-bike World Championship race has shown that in the near future, electric bicycles may have A place. How to manage or supervise these activities remains to be discussed, but it will certainly allow more people to participate in large-scale events.



In other words, the electric bicycle is an excellent training equipment, which is especially true for riders who are trying to recover from an injury or want to recover after a long period of inactivity. Modern life is stressful. Cycling in the evening or early morning is a good way to release and relieve stress. As many cyclists have proven, the farther you ride, the closer your health will be and the better your mood will be.

Another advantage of lightweight, high-performance electric bicycles is that they can give more riders the opportunity to get more benefits from cycling; for those elderly riders who are in poor physical condition, or those rookie novices with average physical fitness. Said that because of electric bicycles, the riding radius has doubled, making it possible for them to ride in the Pyrenees, Alps or Dolomites for a week. With the help of electric motors and hydraulic disc brakes, such riders can explore more unknown terrain and ride farther while maintaining sufficient physical strength and healthy knees.

It can be said that for cycling enthusiasts an electric bicycle, with a little courage, put in some time and energy, even if it is thrown to any corner of the world, they will find magical and charming scenery there.


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