How Much Should I Spend on a New E-bike?February 23, 2023
One of the biggest issues with an e-bike purchase is the cost and it’s something people put way too much thought into and all for the wrong reasons. It’s a familiar story, Person “X” has an amount “Z” to spend on an e-bike, but doesn’t know which one to get or where to start. So use this post as a guide to purchasing the right e-bike and within your budget…
As with so all other e-bike buying guides you should always start with the types of riding you will be doing. Will you be mostly hitting the bike parks? Is it for your daily commute instead of a car? Does it need to fold? Does it need off-road tyres? Does it need lights and other features for night riding? Asking these questions will get a picture of the kind of e-bike you need in your head.
How Much Will my New E-bike Cost?
So now you know the type of e-bike you need you can start to shop around. A good, affordable e-bike is within a £1000 budget if you ask me and that is brand new from a UK/local retailer. Don’t have £1000? Consider shopping on sites like Aliexpress or Amazon for cheaper, Chinese import e-bikes as they are often the same e-bikes as those in the shops, only you will often have to wait months instead of days, or even hours with a locally brought one (and there is always a risk that they could end up being delivered damaged like this post shows).
Maybe Get One 2nd Hand
Don’t be afraid to purchase a 2nd hand e-bike as the market is growing all the time which means you are more and more likely to pick up a bargain these days. I have seen post £1000 e-bikes in Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace go for just a few hundred pounds. As long as you are purchasing savvy and wise to con jobs you can find some great e-bikes at amazing prices for all uses. Just make sure you know the following information and checks before you part hands with any money…
- How old is the E-bike?
- What was it used for and for how long?
- Can you test ride it and make sure it is fully working?
- Can you find any information about it online in case it needs repairing?
- And lastly, you need to make sure it is not stolen or fallen off the back of a truck.
You really don’t need to spend £1000’s on any e-bike especially if it is your first one, but you do need to make sure it is the right kind of e-bike for you and that your purchase is a safe one. Buying a cheaper e-bike doesn’t mean it will break in a few weeks, it just means it is limited in what it can do.