Electric Bike Regulations in Canada: How and where can you use your electric bike? 

Electric bikes are a fun and cost-effective way to get around urban areas, but what are the laws surrounding them? Are they legal in Canada? 

Overall, the short answer is yes. Electric bikes are legal in Canada, and the laws are not overly restrictive. However, it is important to note that there are differences in each province and some important terminology to be aware of. Here we will look at those differences and demystify Canadian electric bike regulations so you can stay safe while maximizing the use of your electric bike.

Related article: Using an E-bike in Canada: Safety Tips and Precautions

 

What Legally Counts as an Electric Bike?

The term “electric bike” is sometimes used to reference scooters and electric motorcycles along with e-bikes, but all of these are distinctly different. In 2000, Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR), sought to clear up this confusing term by defining electric bikes as “Power Assisted bicycles (PABs).”

To be considered a PAB, a bicycle must meet these requirements:

  • Cannot exceed a speed of 32 km/hr
  • 500 watts or less of power 
  • Must have handlebars 
  • Has an attached motor that runs on electricity with no gas
  • Has operable pedals meaning you must pedal to make the bike move

Additionally, each electric bike must have a permanently attached label stating that the bike meets all requirements as of the time of manufacture. To ensure your safety and to avoid fines, it is important to buy a bike from a reputable seller/manufacturer who is adhering to regulations and including this label. 

 

Do you need a License to Operate a PAB?

MVSR regulations state that no license is required to own or operate an electric bike in most cases, though there are exceptions in certain provinces. Because of the power and speed limitations, electric bikes are considered safer and easier to maneuver than motor vehicles that can reach higher speeds. This built-in safety and ease of use make it unnecessary to have formal training and licensing. Similarly, insurance is also not required. 

However, it is important to note that a suspended driver’s license may make you ineligible to operate an e-bike. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, this applies to drunk driving offences. If your license has been suspended for other reasons such as speeding tickets or aggressive driving, you will likely still be able to operate an e-bike. 

 

Differences in Electric Bike Regulations in Each Province

Quebec: Each province has the authority to set their own age limits on e-bikes and some also require licensing. For example, Quebec stipulates that riders can be as young as 14 but if they are under 18 then they must have a license to operate a moped or scooter. 

  • Alberta: In Alberta, riders may be as young as 12 but all riders are required to wear a helmet. Alberta also sets out rules for having a passenger on an e-bike, stating that there must be a designated seat for a passenger, with no riding on handlebars or standing on the back of the bike. 
  • Ontario: As Ontario was slow to allow for electric bikes on roadways compared to other provinces, the rules here tend to be stricter. The minimum age for operation is 16, and there are additional stipulations about where e-bikes can be operated. For example, e-bikes are allowed on sidewalks and on many roads, but not on expressways or highways. 
  • Manitoba: Riders must be 14. Many of the other laws are similar to those that govern the use of manual bicycles. 
  • British Columbia: In BC, an e-bike is defined slightly differently – here, it is called a “motor-assisted cycle.” Despite this difference in name, many of the same requirements apply, such as operable pedals and a motor that is under 500 watts. Riders here must be 16 and wear a helmet, but they are not required to have a license. 
  • New Brunswick: New Brunswick adds some important requirements to ensure greater safety when operating an e-bike on a road. These requirements include having a headlight to allow for visibility at night. NB law also makes the distinction that if a rider has a DUI conviction, the e-bike is then considered a motor vehicle and cannot be operated. 
  • Newfoundland: The minimum age for use of an e-bike is 16, and not only are helmets required, not wearing one can carry a hefty fine. 
  • Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia has similar laws to other provinces and adds that helmets must be worn with the chinstrap in place. 
  • Prince Edward Island: PEI is unique in that e-bikes here are seen as mopeds and are required to meet the same safety and construction standards. 
  • Saskatchewan: In Saskatchewan, laws require the same speed and power limitations as the rest of the country, but they apply to both an electric-assist bicycle and a power cycle. An electric-assist bicycle specifically uses the motor and pedals at the same time, while a power cycle can be used with just the motor. While both are treated as bicycles, a power cycle requires a license to operate and must meet the same legal safety standards as a motor vehicle. 

 

Making Modifications to Your E-Bike 

For those who want a faster riding experience or who like to tinker with engines, it can be tempting to make modifications to your e-bike. Unfortunately, removing any parts such as the pedals or installing a more powerful engine will create an illegal vehicle that could result in fines. For your own safety and to stay within the laws, it is always best to maintain an e-bike in the form in which it was manufactured, in order to meet the most current regulations. 

Related article: Are Ebikes Accident-Free: Tips For Ebike Safety

 

DOs and DON’Ts of Safe E-Bike Operation

Along with following the legal requirements for e-bikes, there are also maintenance tasks you can perform to extend the life of your bike and make sure it is safe. 

  • DO inspect your bike before each ride. It can be easy to skip this step when you are in a hurry, but taking the time to make sure there are no visible signs of damage or excessive build-up of dirt and grime can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
  • DON’T let dirt and debris build-up on the battery. Cleaning this area frequently will give you better performance, save you from a bigger cleaning job later and help protect this expensive part of your bike. 
  • DO check your tire pressure before each ride. Tires are an important part of any vehicle, and an under or overinflated tire will not only wear out faster but also increase your risk of losing traction on the road. 
  • DON’T leave your battery sitting on the charger after it is fully charged. Batteries should be charged after each ride, and they should not be run to the point of being completely out of power, but they should also not sit on the charger indefinitely. Letting the battery fully drain and overcharging it are both actions that can reduce the life of the battery and its ability to hold a charge. 

 

Conclusion 

E-bikes offer a great balance between a fully motorized vehicle and a standard bike. Laws throughout Canada governing this unique mode of transportation are generally easy to follow, and they are not overly restrictive. 

Buying an e-bike that includes a permanent label stating that it was manufactured according to current regulations will ensure that it meets the minimum requirements for a legal e-bike. This, along with making sure to wear a helmet and observing traffic laws, are the most important things to remember. When in doubt, check your current local laws before purchasing or operating an e-bike. 

Maintenance of your e-bike, while not a legal requirement, is essential to staying safe on the road. Develop good habits, such as cleaning and inspecting your bike after each ride, so you can have the best riding experience.

Related article: Tips for Electric Bike Beginner

Tips for Using E-Bikes in Winter

For some people, e-bikes are a fun hobby. For others, they are an essential mode of transportation. Whether you use your e-bike to get to work, visit friends, or explore scenic areas around your neighbourhood, you don’t need to stash it away as soon as the first snow of the season arrives. Learn how to ride e-bikes in winter.

With these tips, you can safely enjoy your e-bike even during the coldest months of the year.

Related article: Tips for riding your e-bike in Canadian winter

 

#1: Know Your Abilities

Winter conditions can be dangerous and unpredictable, catching even the most experienced e-bikers off-guard at times. Before you head out into the snow, it is worthwhile to consider your personal abilities and how they stack up against the risks of riding in winter. 

Some considerations include the following:

  • If you are new to e-biking, try out your bike in fair weather conditions before attempting to ride when it is icy and snowy. This will build up your confidence and let you get a feel for how your bike handles before taking on more dangerous riding. 
  • If you are recovering from an injury, your ability to balance on a bike may be impacted. You may also run the risk of aggravating the injury with the repetitive motion of peddling or re-injuring yourself with a fall. 
  • Illness or medication can affect your ability to safely use an e-bike, especially in poor winter conditions. Medical conditions causing drowsiness or loss of balance should be taken into consideration before riding an e-bike in any weather.  

Similarly, riding e-bikes in winter should not be done while drinking or under the influence of any drugs no matter what the weather conditions are.

 tips for riding in winter

#2: Know Your E-Bike

Before you try to use your e-bike during the winter, it’s important that you first get used to it under good weather conditions.. Rain, snow and ice are not ideal conditions for testing the limits of what your bike can do. 

Specifically, you should get a feel for how fast your bike can go, how the throttle control works, and how the bike responds to braking. You should also know the range of your battery to avoid getting stuck without power in the middle of icy temperatures.

Once you know how your e-bike performs, you will be able to plan your winter rides. If this is your first time using your e-bike in the winter, plan conservatively. Most e-bikes lose about 15% of their range in very cold weather, and the throttle and brakes can behave differently in the snow and ice as well.

 Front-wheel-drive bikes have better traction in the snow than rear-wheel-drive bikes. Make sure you know whether your e-bike is front- or rear-wheel-drive and adjust your winter riding techniques accordingly.

Naturally, it will take you longer to get to your destination in the winter than it would in the summer due to how the bike handles differently and the caution needed when taking icy roads.  Until you have a solid idea of how your e-bike handles in the winter, leave yourself plenty of time to get to scheduled appointments. 

 

#3: Winterize Your E-Bike

Before taking your e-bike out in the winter, there are things you should do to make it safer and more comfortable.

  • Thoroughly check all components of your bike to ensure everything is in working order. This includes the lights, brakes and gears.
  • When riding E-bikes in winter, it is good to know that e-bikes are designed to withstand exposure to water in the form of rain and splashes, but the batteries are not fond of cold weather. A neoprene cover will protect your battery from sub-zero temperatures.
  • Invest in a rust prevention product that you can spray onto all exposed metal, including the spokes and spoke nipples. This will protect your bike from harsh road salt that can spray up during your rides. If you do use a rust prevention product, don’t let it come into contact with your LCD screen and electronic components.
  • One of the most important things you can do is switch out your regular all-season tires for a good pair of winter tires. Not only do winter tires give you better traction in snow and ice, but they are also more durable than regular tires, and less prone to being punctured by the debris that accompanies winter weather. If you anticipate using your e-bike in a variety of winter conditions, it would be advisable to get snow tires for deep, soft snow and studded tires for ice and hard-packed surfaces such as plowed streets. 
  • The ability to brake effectively is especially important in the winter. The start of the winter season is a great time to change your brake pads and ensure that your brakes are tuned up. At the same time, check your brake cables and make sure there are no areas in which water can collect and freeze.
  • Lower your seat to keep your feet closer to the ground. The only thing that is predictable about winter riding is its unpredictability: a lower seat will help you maintain your balance if you hit an icy patch, and will make it easier for you to quickly put your legs out to avoid falling. 
  • If you are using e-bikes in water for daily commuting, you will encounter a variety of weather conditions Consider installing a fender to prevent snow and slush from splashing up into your face and onto your clothing.
  • Put strips of anti-slip tape to your brake and gear controls to prevent your hands from slipping at inopportune moments.

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#4: Take Care of Your Battery

Your battery is the heart of your e-bike, and it is imperative that you take proper care of it throughout the winter months. You should expect to have lower-than-usual power and range when riding in sub-zero temperatures. Between rides, you should keep the battery indoors to prevent it from getting too cold. 

How you charge your battery matters. If you charge it immediately after a ride, when it is cold, you risk damaging the cells. Instead, bring the battery indoors when you get to your destination, and allow it to slowly warm up to room temperature before you charge it. The battery should never be warmed up by being placed beside a heater.

When your battery is charged and you are ready to put it back on for your next ride, first ensure that the battery terminals are dry and free of snow. This is where your neoprene cover comes in handy as it will help keep in the heat and extend the range. 

 

#5: Keep Your Bike Clean

In most places that experience snow and ice during the winter, salt is used to keep the roads safe for use by motorists and cyclists. The salt can spray up onto your e-bike and can cause the metal parts of your bike to start rusting.

You can prevent this by wiping down your bike regularly to get rid of salt residue, and by applying a bike lubricant to the chain. You can also use a garden spray attachment to wash your e-bike, although this should only be done when the temperature is above zero to prevent the water from freezing.

 biking in rain

#6: Wear the Right Clothing

Dressing properly for winter e-biking can be a challenge. Wearing too few layers can leave you feeling unprotected, but too many layers can cause you to sweat which will make you feel colder.  Therefore, it is best to select clothing that combines warmth, waterproofing and breathability.

Some of the essential gear for winter e-biking includes the following:

  • Helmet. This is required by law in most places and provides essential head protection. Winter conditions create a higher risk of falls and accidents, and a good helmet can literally be a life-saver.
  • Gloves. When you are using e-bikes in winter, your hands are exposed. Without gloves, biking will be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, as extremities are prone to frostbite and numbing. Two-layer gloves are the best option for winter riding – the inner layer provides warmth, while the outer layer provides grip.
  • Sunglasses. A pair of anti-glare sunglasses will aid visibility on sunny days and protect your eyes from debris that sprays up from the road. They will also combat snow blindness on days when the sun is shining brightly on a fresh layer of white snow.
  • Balaclava. When the wind chill is high, your face can get unbearably cold. A face mask or balaclava can protect you from wind and rain, and make you feel infinitely more comfortable while you ride. Select one made of breathable fabric that will also help keep your neck warm.
  • A windproof layer. Putting on warm clothing does not serve any purpose if the warmth escapes as soon as you walk outside. A windproof pair of pants and a windbreaker jacket will ensure that a layer of warmth is kept in.
  • Waterproof shoes. There are few things worse in winter than wet, cold feet. Thermal socks combined with waterproof shoes will keep you comfortable and dry. 

 

#7: Be Safe! 

One of the most important things to remember during winter e-biking is that you are part of the traffic flow in potentially dangerous conditions. Your e-bike is not the only thing that handles differently in snow and ice: all the vehicles around you have reduced braking ability and a tendency to slide. 

Here are some other things you can do to maximize your personal safety while biking in winter conditions:

  • Wear bright colours and reflective clothing to ensure that you are visible to fellow road-users
  • Install flashing lights and reflective tape on your bike
  • Install a rear-view mirror 
  • Slow down, especially when taking corners, and allow for longer braking times
  • If you are riding in the late afternoon or evening, select a well-lit route that is not isolated
  • Make sure someone knows what your route is and ensure that your mobile phone is fully charged in case you need to call for help.

 

Conclusion

While e-biking can be a great year-round hobby and mode of transportation, winter riding requires extra planning and safety. It is also important to remember that an e-bike is a motorized vehicle and you need to take many of the same precautions you would when driving a car.

If local authorities are warning people to avoid driving because of black ice, freezing rain or blizzards, this should be considered a warning for e-bikes as well. However, with extra care, you can still enjoy riding e-bikes in winter and all throughout the year.

Related article: Using an E-bike in Canada: Safety Tips and Precautions

The Lifespan of an E-bike

If you are in the market to purchase an electric bike, you are likely asking yourself…”How long will this bike last and what can I do to maximize the lifespan of an e-bike?” 

E-bikes share many of the same components as regular bikes, such as gears, brakes and drive chain, which makes learning how to operate and maintain these e-bikes very easy and familiar. 

However, with the addition of some key electrical components, such as a Lithium-Ion battery,  a mid-drive or rear hub motor, and an electronic controller and display, there are some additional things to keep in mind to maximize the lifespan of your new ride. 

The major components of an e-bike are:

  • The Battery
  • Motor
  • Brakes
  • Chains & Sprockets
  • Tires
  • Controller and Display

 

What’s the lifespan of an e-bike battery?

The battery is arguably the most critical (and expensive part) of an e-bike and it is important that you take steps to protect and maximize the lifespan of your battery. 

Today’s e-bikes use high-quality Lithium-Ion batteries, which are lightweight, compact and safe to use in any weather conditions, including snow and rain. 

Usually, there’s some proportionality in the wear and tear of other components of the e-bike depending on the frequency of usage. However, it’s a little different when it comes to the batteries as they tend to lose capacity with time, even if the bike is not in use. 

For example, if you buy a new battery today and have it stored for a year, it will have less capacity compared to when it was new. 

The batteries account for about a third of the cost of the bike, and if taken care of properly, they can last between 3-5 years (about 1,000 charge cycles) before becoming less effective. Proper maintenance of your battery will extend its life.  

Some tips to extend the lifespan of your battery include: 

  • Storing the battery in a cool, dry place with a temperature range between 15 C and 20 C. If you intend to have it stored for a prolonged period, store it with a battery charge of between 40-60% and not fully charged. Every 2 – 4 months it should be topped up if not in use. (batteries lose about 5% of their charge each month, even when not in use)
  • Do not use “ultra-fast” chargers, which usually charge the batteries within an hour. The charger that is supplied with the bike is always the best choice to use. For example…if you have a 2 amp charger and your battery has 13 amp hours…you need 6 ½ hours for it to be fully charged
  • It is not good for you to fully deplete your battery…it is best to recharge when your battery has about 20% charge left.
  • It is also not good for your battery to be left on the charger for extended periods. 6-8 hours is all that it needs, and excessive and frequent over-charging will start to deplete the battery’s effectiveness. 
  • Do not use pressure washers when cleaning the battery or any other electrical components. Even though they are sealed and technically water resistant…the high-pressure water may be able to infiltrate the interior and cause unwanted damage.

Related article: How to Protect the Battery of Your Electric Bike

 

The Lifespan of an E-bike Motor

The rear hub motors of many electric bikes is a sealed and closed system and do not require any on-going maintenance. Some motors may last up to 10,000 miles and more. In many cases, you will find yourself replacing other parts such as the brake pads, tires, cassettes, chains, and the battery before the motor wears out. 

While problems are indeed very rare, if an issue were to surface on a rear hub motor, they are often replaced under warranty, as there are very few replaceable parts inside the system. 

  • Consider drying the motor after cycling in moist/wet conditions (best maintenance practice for Direct Drive Hub motor). 

 

The Lifespan of an E-bike Brakes

The lifespan of the brakes on an e-bike depends on many factors like the size of the rider, how aggressive / fast the e-bike if ridden, the quality of materials used in making the pads, weather conditions, the land terrain, and finally, the maintenance practices done to the e-bike. 

Unlike regular bikes, electric bikes move at a much higher speed and are heavier. This increases the wear rate on the brake pads. You’ll have to replace them if you start to hear a rubbing or grinding noise. Once the new pads are installed, your brakes will be effective again…just like new. 

The very best quality rim brakes can serve you for up to 3,000 miles, whereas the high-quality metal sintered disc brake pads can last for as long as 6,000 miles. 

  • one universal maintenance practices for brakes is continually checking the pads for wear and replacing them as needed. 

 

The Lifespan of E-bike’s Tires

The electric bike’s tires have an extensive range of life; however, this depends on the type of tire, which usually ranges from 1600-4800 km (1,000 – 3,000 miles), sometimes even 4,000 miles (6,500 km), especially in the case of tough touring tires. 

Here are some of the critical tips that can help you get the most out of your tires:

  • Consider puncture-resistant tires to reduce flats-Kevlar belted or double shielded, if you are looking to buy a tire. 
  • It’s best to use a tire liner between tire and tube
  • If any punctures occur, seal them using super glue or flat sealant 
  • Swap front and rear tires of your electric bike to balance the wear; this is because the rear tire usually wears faster than the front one. 

 

The Lifespan of an E-bike Chains & Sprockets

Chains and sprockets wear out faster in electric bikes; this is because of higher speeds and longer distances covered by these bikes. It’s encouraged that chains of e-bikes be replaced after every 2,000 – 3,000 miles. Regular replacement of your chain will prolong the lifespan of the sprocket and drivetrain. Always use the chain-checker to monitor the state of your bike’s chain. 

Sprockets are expected to last 2-3 times longer compared to the chain; this, however, happens only with the regular monitoring and replacement of the chain. 

Some of the best maintenance practice for your e-bike chain includes:

  • Oiling the chain using the right grease 
  • Using the chain checker to see the state and health of your chains 

 

Controller and Display

The controller is the “brain” of the e-bikes, as it’s where all the other electronic components of the bike are connected. It reads all the inputs from each element and determines the signal that is sent to them in return.

The controller has a circuit board that regulates voltage and amperage input and output hence controls all of the critical functionalities of your e-bike. Not only does this operate the e-bike at peak efficiency, but it also helps to protect your bike from over or under voltage to the bikes electronic components…preventing damage along the way.

It also has a temperature sensor and will shut down your bike if any of the components start to overheat. In a way…the controller itself is a major component in protecting your bike and ensuring that you are able to get years and years of enjoyment.

Controllers can last as long as it takes, provided they are well maintained. Avoid water spillage to this part of your e-bike as much as you can.

The display of your e-bike is like the information console. It shows the speed at which you are riding, how much battery life is left, trip odometer and displays how much power you are drawing off of the battery. It also displays at what level of peddle assist you are riding with.

Recently, several e-bike brands have moved to replace the display with a smartphone app that you can control through Bluetooth.

In order to maintain the life of the display, it is important to ensure that it is wiped clean and dried if it gets dirty and wet. Also try to avoid any physical shocks to the display, like hitting it or dropping it. 

 

Conclusion

Whether you are looking to purchase a new electric bike or you own one already, you should know that the lifespan of an electric bike solely depends on the maintenance practices that you observe. As we’ve seen in the article, different parts of e-bikes wear and tear at different times depending on other factors like climate and terrain. It will, therefore, be okay to say that your e-bike will last for as long as you make it last.

For your E-bike concerns, call Epic Cycles today!

Related article: A Comprehensive Guide to Electric Bike Maintenance

Magnum Metro Bike Review

Electric bikes are getting a lot of hype at the moment, and for good reasons. They have pushed through the boundaries by being environmentally friendly, faster and more comfortable to use. With e-bikes, you can cover more grounds, train with loads or just enjoy uphill rides. And with their sophisticated electronic devices that support very high speeds, riding has never been smoother. Little wonder they are becoming more popular in Toronto and all over Canada.

Of all e-bike manufacturers in the Canadian market, a standout company that brings creativity to the table is Magnum. With products made from scratch, you can expect only the best designs and features from their e-bikes.

Our focus in this review is on the Magnum Metro Bike. Continue reading to get a full description of this popular model, and the reasons why you should buy the Magnum Metro e-bike.

That’s not all. We have taken the time to put together a video review of this e-bike. 

We have also included all the details you need to know about this bike in the article. That way, you can have a lot of info before visiting an online e-bike store. 

 

What is the Magnum Metro Bike?

The Magnum Metro low step bike is the perfect example of quality for value. It packs sportiness, power and comfort in just the right proportions. Before we go on to the features of this e-bike, it is worth mentioning that it was our winner of the Best Commuter Bike of 2018.

For a stylish bike, the Magnum Metro Bike is quite versatile and well-suited for leisure rides. As a successor of other e-bikes from Magnum, this model does not compromise on any of its predecessor’s features. If for anything, it is even a total upgrade. And for a change, it comes in two colours: brown and white. That’s pretty cool, right?

Related article: How an Electric Bike Works?

Now, let’s dig in deeper to get a feel of what the Magnum Metro Bike has to offer.

Bike Details

  • Weight: 26.48 kg. This is pretty light for an e-bike, so carrying it about isn’t difficult.
  • Battery Weight: 4.17 kg
  • Motor weight: 4.58 kg
  • Frame sizes: 44.45 cm
  • Attachment points: Rear Rack, Bottle Cage and Fender Bosses
  • Cranks: Forged Alloy Pro-wheel Ounce
  • Handlebar: Aluminium alloy, Low-rise
  • Handlebar length: 610 mm
  • Seat post: Aluminium alloy, Promax Suspension
  • The diameter of the seat post: 27.2mm
  • Seat post length: 340 mm
  • Frame Material: 6061 Aluminium alloy e-bikes made from this grade do not corrode. You can go for a ride without having to worry about your frames peeling off.
  • Wheel Size: 26 inches (66.04 cm). The Schwalbe wheels are brown coloured in both the black and white versions of the Magnum Metro Bike. 
  • Pedals: Wellgo Aluminum Platform. B087. The pedals are durable and stable to use for a long time.
  • Fenders: Rear and Front. The two fenders absorb much of the kinetic energy from impact. The rear one has a reflector that is completely integrated with the bike.
  • Grips Saddle: Selle Royal Brown. The Metro’s grips are firm and branded with the Magnum logo.
  • Rims: Double-walled
  • Pedal Assist: Cadence sensor
  • Number of Gears: 8 

Electric Details of the Bike

  • Motor Type: Geared Hub, Rear-mounted
  • Motor Torque: 90Nm
  • Battery Volt: 48v
  • Battery Ampere hours: 13 Ah
  • Battery Type: DLG, Samsung, Panasonic
  • Estimated range: 48km to 97 km
  • Drive mode: Trigger Throttle, Cadence Sensing
  • Display Type: Fixed, Monochrome LCD, Das-kit
  • Top speed: 45 kph

 

Exciting Features of the Magnum Metro Bike

Like we mentioned earlier in this review, the Magnum Metro Bike is perfect if you are looking for a stylish commuter to use. Some exciting features packed in the Magnum Metro Bike are;

Low-Step Frames

This is a must-have for commuter bikes. Bike frames should not be too high, if not it will only be suitable for a few people. The Magnum Metro Bike has a low frame that makes it much easier to mount and dismount. Its double-walled rims go perfectly with the 700c tires, so you can definitely move quickly on this model. The 6061-aluminum alloy used to make the frames are also very strong and lightweight.

Long Lithium-battery life

The standard battery type used on bikes is lithium batteries. The Magnum Metro Bike comes with either a premium DLG/ Panasonic/ Samsung 48v, 13A lithium batteries. These batteries can take you for a journey of almost 10 km before you need to recharge. The best part is that they support fast charging, and you should get a full battery in 6.5 hours. How nice is that!

Powerful and Eco-Friendly Das-Kit Motor

The 500W Das-Kit Motor is all you can ask from an e-bike. With this system, you can ride as fast as 45 km per hour. You can also climb terrains and steeped roads with ease. The bike has a throttle mode that allows you to switch to and from pedalling mode. Now, you don’t have to expend so much energy in riding your bike!

Display

The icing on the cake on the Metro Magnum e-bike is its display. Although monochrome, it displays your speed, battery life, distance covered, assist level, and how long you’ve been riding the bike. With this, you can monitor your stats on the go. It’s quite large, so you don’t have to strain your eyes or bend over to see what’s written on it.

In-built Charging Port

Even though we don’t recommend using phones while biking, this model has a USB port for charging electronic devices. It’s located in the top right section and is positioned out of the way of your legs. 

Adjustable saddle height and seat suspension

The saddle height is adjustable to suit different body positions and reach. Its stand-over height is the real deal for small people.

 

Magnum Metro vs Magnum Ui6: What’s the difference?

Are you thinking of buying a Magnum Metro or Magnum Ui6 bike soon? Can’t seem to make up your mind on which one to go for? Let’s help you out. Here are the differences between these two models form Magnum.

Brakes and Motor

The Magnum Metro Bike uses hydraulic brakes and a 500-watt motor. On the other hand, the Magnum Ui6 comes with a 350-watt nominal motor and mechanical brakes. The difference in power is not so much but can make the difference when climbing steeper roads.

Batteries

The Magnum Metro Bike comes with a 48 -volt battery, while a 36-volt battery is found in the Ui6 model.

Range and energy consumption

You’ll expect the Metro version to have a wider range since it has a greater power rating. However, both models have almost the same range. The Magnum Metro bike’s system consumes more energy. 

 

Pros of using the Magnum Metro Bike in Canada

There are many advantages you can enjoy using the Magnum Metro Bike. They include:

Excellent value for money

This bike has almost everything you need for a pleasurable ride. Its drive system is excellent, battery capacity is just perfect, and there are lots of cool features on the bike. It’s the complete package.

Its throttle is great

If you get stuck in traffic on normal bikes, you’ll definitely have to pedal your way back to full speed. This bike has a top-notch throttle that will help you speed you up, even if you have to stop at traffic or sign stops. With it, you can get up to 32km per hour in no time. Just be careful not to fire up the throttle if the bike is stationary. It can take you off your feet!

Flexible Battery Pack

The battery on this bike is excellent, but it doesn’t end there. It is also very flexible. It can be charged when on or off the Magnum Metro, and is lightweight. The battery’s cables can bend or get snagged, so be careful when charging it.

Stylish-looking Fenders

Another standout thing we like about this bike is its fenders. They provide just the protection you need. Since they are metal and made from alloy, they will not rust, so that’s definitely a plus. The ends have rubberized flaps, so you don’t bump your leg on metals while pedalling.

Matching brown tires, gel saddle and leather grips

It is great that these components match and blend. And frankly, it’s good to see something other than the conventional black tires for a change. If you intend to buy two Magnum Metro Bikes in Canada, then you can get different colours.

Solid Pedals

We like that the pedals on the bike provide just the right amount of traction and are solid. That’s definitely an upgrade from the cheap plastic or cage pedals other bikes have.

Nice racks

This is where Magnum really stands out from other e-bike manufacturers. The racks are solid and go well with trunk bags. No need to worry, they will not block your backlight! The Metro model also comes with a triple strap to keep small things in.

It’s the perfect gift

Due to its versatility, the Magnum Metro Bike is the perfect gift for a loved one, family or friends. No need to worry about swinging over the saddle, this bike has got you covered. 

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Cons of the Magnum Metro Bike

Of course, there are also aspects of using this bike that is not too perfect. They are not many and will not affect your user experience, but we do have to mention them.

The Magnum has a chain guard, but no protector on the inside that would have made things much easier. We’ve also noticed that the bike’s chain falls off while riding, but this is not so much of a red flag. You can easily get one from local stores and attach it to your bike.

Also, the lights need to be manually switched on and off. Just make sure to turn them off, so you don’t run out of batteries the next time you want to use it.

 

How to use the Magnum Metro Bike

Now that we have the specs and features out of the way let us have a look at how to use it. Breaking in this e-bike can be broken down into a few short steps. 

Charge the battery

This Magnum bike is an e-bike, so there’s no way to avoid charging it. Once you have it all up and running, you’ll be ready for some exciting rides.

Power it on

The power button is located on the left grip’s pad. Give it a little push for a few seconds, and the display should come on. Unlike in the Ui5 model, you don’t have to power on the battery, and later the display. 

Readouts like the battery capacity and current speed should be displayed. If you press the power button once, the backlight will be activated. The walk mode is activated when you hold on to the arrow button, and you can use it to go up a ramp.

Get your protective gear on

You’ll need a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads to ride any e-bike, and this is no exception. You can easily get them from the same store you buy your Magnum Metro Bike.

The final step is to start riding! Be sure that you obey all of the traffic rules and regulations in your locale too!

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Maintenance of the Magnum Metro Bike

Like other e-bikes, you need to take good care of the Metro if you want it to last long. You don’t have much to worry about since most of its parts do not scratch or rust when exposed to water and air. Just be careful with the display screen. If it gets a few scratches, it won’t look good again. 

Furthermore, if you intend to buy the Magnum Metro bike in Canada, make sure that you protect it from temperature extremes. Don’t keep them outside or anywhere else where they can be easily exposed. The Metro’s batteries last longer this way.

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Who is this bike for?

The Magnum Metro bike is for people who want the premium feel, but don’t want to spend so much on an expensive e-bike. This bike allows you to do less work, so it’s really nice for pleasurable and convenient rides. It’s great for almost every type of terrain, which is definitely something commuter e-bikes should have. With the adjustable seats, anyone can take the Metro out for a ride.

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Any Warranty on the bike?

Magnum provides a one-year warranty for the Metro, like with all other offerings from other bike models. This covers the battery, electrical parts and all costs of servicing the e-bike. If you buy the Magnum Metro from an e-bike store in Canada, much of the ergonomic features like saddle height and alignment of wheels will be handled for you.

 

In Conclusion

That’s it on our review of the Magnum Metro bike!

Economical, stylish, affordable, powerful, and impressive. All these adjectives describe the Metro e-bike. Magnum has made a significant upgrade from its previous models, so we definitely think the price on this bike is justified. It is one you should consider getting! Don’t forget to check out other reviews on our YouTube page. You’ll love them!

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The Dual Motor X Trail Scooter Review

Scooters are taking over the personal mode of transportation. This Dual Motor X trail scooter review will show you that. The popularity of the likes of bicycles, skate shoes (and boards), scooters, etc. over the years has risen to an all-time high. The frenzy to get a car is no longer as before, and people are looking at more cost-friendly intra-city modes of transportation. Of course, the electric scooter is one of the wheeled systems that won big in this aspect. 

Innovations are constant in the world, and this is vividly seen in the transportation system. We have moved from combustion engine cars to electric cars. This innovation also applies to the world of scooters. There is no need to push through with all your energy anymore. Electric scooters and bikes can do all of the work for you. 

There are different models of electric scooters available out there. In this article, we will be discussing the Dual Motor X Trail scooter. We have also included a video review to help you better understand this review. 

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About the Dual Motor X trail Scooter

The X trail scooters are arguably one of the most popular brands of scooters out there in Toronto. There is just so much to love about these bikes. The motorized X trail scooters are the perfect combination of performance, luxury, and convenience. These motorized scooters come either as the single motor or dual motor. 

Most recent in the flagship of the X trail scooters is the Dual Motor X trail scooter. Scooting far and near, across the city is so much fun on this scooter. On a summarized note, this motorized wheel is worth the buy. With this Dual Motor X trail scooter review, we going to prove that to you. 

Before we continue, note this, when it comes to power and speed on whatever trail, this is the best choice out there right now. The Single Motor X trail scooter was pretty impressive, but this is even better. Being a dual-motor scooter, it provides more power, and you can attain incredible speeds with it. 

Testing the scooter for a few days was excellent, and it brought us to the conclusion that it is a fine motorized scooter. On a scale of ten, we would rate this bike a “nine.” Not only the power and speed it offers prompt this high score, but there is also other stuff we found exciting on the bike. We would be taking an in-depth look at all this bike has to offer you. 

The highlight of this scooter is the ease with which you can pack it away if you won’t be using it for a long time. There is so much to talk about on this bike — the convenience it offers and the pricing in Canada. 

X trail scooters are always top-notch with fantastic convenience all packed into a light-weighted machine. This is one reason why you should buy this scooter – amazing features, but lightweight. 

 

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Everything the Dual Motor X trail has to offer

Let’s take an in-depth look at the top-selling points of the Dual Motor X trail scooter.

The body: Material

In this Dual Motor X trail review, we will be starting with the body of the scooter. It is made of aluminum alloy 6061. This incredible finishing to the body of the X-trail scooter leaves it resistant to water. The colour, texture, and the quality of the materials used in every part are merely astounding. 

The aluminum alloy used in making the metal-framed parts of the scooter is just the best decision. If you don’t know aluminum alloys, they are always attractive in appearance, cost-effective and they can be easily recycled. These features are a win. 

Assuming this scooter has been made with other metal alternatives like iron, copper or brass, the weight will be three times its current weight. The use of Aluminum alloy makes the scooter very sturdy and with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. 

Additional advantages of using aluminum alloy are that the scooter enjoys resilience under static and dynamic loading. This frame makes the scooter resistant to corrosion, gives it the ability to conduct heat and a reflective surface that makes the bike all the more beautiful. 

Tires

This is also an impressive part of the scooter. First of all, the tires are 10 inches wide, and they are tubeless. The off-terrain tires are adapted for any terrain you may want to ride on. These tires are adapted for riding on the road, in the woods, and not-too-deep quicksand. The tires are as rugged as they can get and with the quad shocks fitted with them, your scooter is more than safe. 

The Dual Motor X-trail has quad shocks in the front wheel and dual shocks at the rear wheel. The shocks are perfect for keeping your scooter balanced and steady.  

On the front wheel, there are two shocks each on either side, while at the rear, there is one quad shock on either side. Featuring the quad and dual shocks on the front and back wheel respectively is very impressive. This is another score for X-trail. 

Suspensions

This Dual Motor X trail scooter review will not be complete without a word of how effective the suspension system is. During our test ride, the suspension was very useful as it combined seamlessly with the disc braking system to bring the scooter to a stop whenever we wanted. With this suspension, we can assure you of complete safety and balance.

The suspension also makes handling very easy. Coupled with the motors and the ergonomic handles, handling is effortless. The purpose of the motors is to get you going without having to expend much energy. The suspension system makes this process easier. 

Motors

Just as the name implies, it is a dual-motor scooter, and you can only imagine the power and speed this will offer you. The motors featured on this bike are 800 watts each. In total, you get 1600 watts. This high power delivered by the motor brings about fast speeds, and you can quickly move uphill without worry. The motors are situated in the rear wheel, with a shiny silvery finishing to complement the aesthetics of the scooter. 

The battery

The motors are powered by a 15 Ah battery of 48 volts. The lithium battery produces enough power to push the scooter for over 40 kilometres. This is impressive and makes it worth every penny you will pay for this bike. 

While preparing for the Dual motor X trail scooter review, we took it to about 60 km, well beyond the stipulated maximum of 40 km. This seems insane, right? This is to prove that the scooter can be pushed beyond its boundaries. Of course, you won’t push it that hard every time, but when needed, you can always achieve it. The recommended distance is 32km, and we think this is more than enough for everyday use. 

The batteries get to full charge between 5 to 6 hours. So, just by leaving the scooter plugged in overnight, it becomes fully charged, and you are ready to commute the next day. 

The handles

These are just ergonomic as they can get, making handling very effortless. There are other components on the handlebar, all designed to improve functionality in the scooter. 

First on the handle is the display. Switching on display is quite easy. There is a power button just beside it, which you hold down for just about a second before the LCD control screen turns on. Just beneath the display screen, there is the red button to control the motors. You can switch between single and full power on the motors. Using this all depends on the terrain you are currently on. If you are going downhill, turning to the single motor to conserve power is advisable. If you will be riding uphill, you can decide to use dual motors. 

Right beside the red button, there is a yellow button meant for the horns. It’s not quite as loud as found in motorcycles, but it does the job of letting people know you are right behind since most of your travel will be done on the pedestrian lane.

On the left hand, there is another horn (a red button this time). So you can use your horn while trying to switch between motors. This is just so convenient. 

Lights

There are also the light controls on the handlebars. The Dual Motor X trail scores so well with its lighting system. The headlights are bright, and you have no problem navigating the streets at night. With the swift controls, you can toggle them off and on, quickly. 

The scooter also has a lightning system around the board that provides for adequate night visibility. Hence, when riding at night, you don’t have to worry about an incoming car not seeing you and the scooter. The light twitches at a fast frequency to get the attention of incoming persons immediately. 

There is also a rear lightning system for the brakes. Once you press on the brakes, the light comes on to notify those behind you. All these lighting systems make the Dual Motor X trail scooter cool, way out of the league of traditional scooters. Toronto roads are always busy and to ensure safety, you have to be visible while you commute. The Dual Motor X Trail takes care of that.

Brakes

There are two brakes for the Dual Motor X trail scooter, working in sync with the suspension. Each of the wheels has its connected disc brake. The rear wheel has the brake on the left handle, while the front wheel’s brake is located on the right handle. Beyond the disc braking system, there is a feature of the electric brakes that automatically cuts the motor off when pressed. 

Collapsing and assembling

This scooter has many parts and features that make this scooter top-notch. However, beyond the components, lightweight, and ease of drive, the folding is another characteristic that will surely catch your fancy. 

Whether you are travelling, or you want it stashed away for some time, you can do it with ease. Folding the scooter away is very simple. On the handle, there are two levers on either side. Pull back at the levers and you can have it folded in no time. 

There is a third lever just behind the front wheel, pull it back, followed by pulling another lever right beside the front wheel.  Pulling these two levers, the whole stem of the scooter falls back on the board. It is that easy.

Assembling the collapsed scooter back into place is also very easy. Pull the collapsed stem back up, and allow for the lever to clutch back into place. Then make sure it is keyed by pushing the lever behind the front wheel into position once these are done, then to the handle levers. Just by lifting the handles back up, they snap into place. In a few seconds, your scooter is all set. 

Adjustable stem

In the course of the Dual motor X trail scooter review, we found that the stem can also be adjusted. This solves the problem of height compatibility. By opening the lever along the stem, you can raise or reduce the height of the stem to your height. Once you get the height right, lock the lever back into position, and you are ready to ride. 

This is an excellent feature if you are going to share the scooter with other adults or young teenagers. You don’t have to worry about getting a scooter that complements different heights. This does the trick for everyone. 

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A look at the cost; worth it?

The Dual Motor x trail review scooter review will not be complete without a look at the price here in Toronto. The cost of the Dual Motor X trail all depends on the location you are buying and the dealer. Irrespective, the cost of the scooter stands in the range of $1700 and $1900. 

Considering the cost and the features the scooter is set to deliver, there is then the question of worth. One aim of the Dual Motor X trail scooter review was to check if the scooter was worth the price tag. The truth is, the scooter is worth the $1800 average price. The motors, the lights, the braking system, and the fold-ability all adds up to the value. At this price, you are surely not going to regret getting this bike. 

 

Final Take

The Dual Motor X trail scooter review took some days, but it was a gratifying experience. The ease of use is one area that makes this scooter stand out from the pack. You don’t have to be a genius to get the systems working and commuting to your destination. 

If you are going on a long journey and want to have your scooter for local transport, this scooter has your back. On a single full charge, you can also travel about 40 km non-stop. Coupled with the other features, what more could be desired from a scooter in this price range. In our opinion? Nothing!

Contact us for more details about this e-scooter and other bikes. Also, don’t forget to check our YouTube page for other exciting reviews!

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A Detailed Look At The Magnum Low Rider Bike

The Magnum Low Rider electric bike is making movement easier within Toronto. In Toronto today, alternative and more economical methods of transportation within the city are becoming increasingly common. Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters have become very popular amongst citizens in Toronto. 

This is because of the ease involved in the use of these alternate modes of transport. There’s also the fact that minimal cost is required to run a bike or even a skateboard, for that matter.

A bike is also not restricted by traffic jams, traffic lights, and other limitations caused by vehicular movement. If you are interested in a functional yet stylish bike, then you should take a look at the Low Rider bike. The Low Rider bike was first designed based on inspiration from low rider cars. A low rider bike is always characterized by a curved frame, tall upward-swept hanger handlebars, and wheels with a lot of spokes.

Low rider bikes are usually very individualized in their creation and have a lot of style to them. Quite a number of people in Toronto own a low rider bike. A lot more than you think. 

Teenagers who are not old enough to drive particularly love Low rider bikes. Even adults who already own cars are still in love with the invention. We are sure you will too. This is because low rider bikes are a doorway to owning your own unique and very stylish bike.

Today, we are going to be focusing on the Magnum low rider electric bike. The Magnum low rider bike is the perfect blend between the high-performance and finesse. In this article, we will show you why you should own this electric bike. We will also explore the functionalities and unique features of this bike. 

That’s not all. We have a video review to help you understand the beauty and efficiency of this bike. You can check it out here.

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About the Magnum Low rider electric bike

The world of technology is progressing these days very steadily. It’s no wonder that there have been innovations where bicycles are concerned. The magnum low ride electric bike is one of the newer innovations, and it is an absolute delight to behold. Without even talking about the performance of the superb bicycle, only it’s beautifully designed body can convince you to get yourself one.

Magnum is one of the best makers of Low rider bikes. If not the very best. Their latest bike offering proves this. The Magnum low rider electric bike was created for swift, efficient movement.

In fact, when we took it out for a spin, it passed all the tests and raised the bar for other bikes. The Magnum low rider is equipped with some fantastic features you’ll be glad to have on your bike. We will rate the Magnum low rider electric bike as a nine out of a ten.

Why can we do that? The Magnum Low rider electric bike is a perfect blend of performance, comfort, and aesthetics. Did we mention that it is electric? Yes, you will not have to slave at the pedals to climb those laborious slopes.

This means that your ride on the Magnum low rider bike becomes much more comfortable and relaxed. The comfort of the Magnum bike is also aided by the suspensions fitted to its balloon tyres. When you buy the Magnum low rider electric bike, it is generally smooth sailing from there on out.

It will be an injustice, not to mention the beautiful design that went into the making of the Magnum low rider electric bike frame. The bike frame can only be described by words such as elegant and classy.

It is quite difficult not to take a second look at the Magnum bike to appreciate its beauty. Taking the Magnum low rider electric bike out for a test spin was a thrilling experience. Read further to find out more about the superb bike. 

 

Features of the Magnum Low Rider Electric Bike

There is more to the Magnum Low Rider bike than a beautiful design. This electric bike offers good value in terms of its electrical components. 

Motor

For an electric bike, the Magnum low rider electric bike has one of the most powerful motors out here in Canada. The Magnum low rider is equipped with a stunning 500 watt Das-kit R4 motor mounted on the rear tyre. This means more speed for you and more distance covered in little time. 

Although there is an option of combining pedalling with the power of the motor, this is rarely needed. On its own, the powerful motor is capable of generating speeds of about 20km/hr from the Magnum low rider.

That’s a lot of speed for a bike. No one likes to be late for a meeting, even a casual meeting. So if you are looking to put an end to tardiness because of your bike speed, then you should look towards the Magnum low rider. 

There are three modes the Magnum low rider motor can be set to;

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist

This is the combination of both the motor power and your pedalling efforts. An impressive point to note is that the Magnum low riding automatically detects pedal movements and adjusts itself. With the combination of both pedalling and motor power, the Magnum can reach speeds of at least 25km/hr. Whoosh!

Trigger Throttle

If you are moving using only the Magnum low rider’s motor, it will set itself to this speed mode. You can attain a speed of 20km/hr depending on the terrain, your weight, and how fast you want to go.

Walk Mode

Here, your Magnum low rider bike will only move as fast as you can walk. Why walk when you can ride? This is a good feature for those looking to take a leisurely ride out in Toronto.

Gear

Amazingly, the Magnum low rider electric bike has eight gears! Let’s not jump the gun. The Magnum low rider is equipped with Shimano, Acera M360 Derailleur. The Acera M360 Derailleur, in turn, has a speed of 8. 

In plain English, that is a lot more freedom for you to choose from depending on the slope of the terrain you’re riding. More gears mean that you can pedal easier, and that means more speed. The gear also has a shield on it to protect it from the effects of the elements such as rain and snow. 

The Magnum is equipped with a Shimano Grip Revoshift, and the gear shift is in the right handlebar for easy access. Changing gears has just gotten more straightforward and quicker. You see, the Magnum low rider electric bike has been created to serve all your needs.  

Frame

The Magnum low rider bike was no doubt designed to be a beauty. It features an elegantly curved frame that has a low step. The low step makes it easy for you to mount and dismount the Magnum low rider. However, it’s not just about outward appearance. The frame of the Magnum low rider is built from Aluminum alloy 6061. This means that the frame is not only stylish but is also very resistant to corrosion. 

The beauty of your Magnum low rider bike is guaranteed to last for a long time, provided you take good care of your bike. The Magnum is stylish yet sturdy. Interestingly though, it is essential to note that the bike is not heavy. The Magnum low rider bike weighs just about 27kg. Also, it can support up to a weight of over 100kg with a limit of about 120kg. One of the most beautiful bikes in Toronto, yet, very functional. 

Battery

A good motor needs a competent source of power, and the Magnum low rider has a battery that is up to the task. As with all the other features of the Magnum low rider electric bike, its battery is perfect. The Magnum low rider has a 48 Volt and 13 AH Lithium battery, which is capable of sustaining you for up to an impressive 60 miles. 

However, this distance is affected by factors such as the terrain, rider’s weight and the peddle assist level. 

The battery of the Magnum low rider, which is attached unobtrusively to the curved frame, requires a charging time of just about 6 hours. 

In addition, after that, even under the most unfavourable conditions, you are good for at least 30 miles. Another perk to the Magnum low rider battery is that it also has a USB port. This means you can charge your phone on the go. However, we do not advise you to text and ride. Play it safe.

Tyres

The tyres of the Magnum low rider electric bike were delicately yet very sturdily made. The tyres are Schwalbe Big Ben made and are lined on their inside with kevlar. 

With a diameter of 66cm and a width of about 5cm, the tyres of the Magnum low rider are very reliable partners to have with on the road. Both the front and rear tyres are further protected by custom-made fenders, which adds to the aesthetic value of the Magnum low rider. Functionality, aesthetics and durability, these tires have got it all. 

Suspension

Its very effective suspension increases the comfort from the Magnum low rider’s bike tyres. The low rider features an adjustable Spring Suspension With Lockout. That is not all. The height of the suspension can be adjusted according to your preference within 10cm. 

The suspension which is attached to the front wheel easily makes rough terrain seem less bumpy. The comfort that comes with the low rider is another incentive for you to get one. 

Light

Visibility at night is always a concern for drivers of various vehicles in Canada. However, with the Magnum low rider electric bike, you do not have to worry about low visibility at night. The low rider is equipped with a front-mounted independent headlight, which does an easy job of dispersing the darkness. 

However, the Magnum low rider does not only make sure you can see while riding, but it also makes sure you can be seen. It does this utilizing its rear-mounted brake lights, which come on when the brakes are applied. This brings us to the brakes.

Brakes

The only thing more important than a fast bike is a bike that can stop on a dime. While testing the Magnum low rider, we found that it has excellent brakes. The Magnum low rider electric bike is fitted with Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes With Motor Inhibitors. 

This means that as soon as the brakes are applied, it cuts off power from the motor so that the Magnum low rider can slow down or stop faster. The efficient brakes of this superb bike make for significantly safer riding.

LCD

It will be dangerous not to be able to keep track of your bike’s power functions. This is why the Magnum low rider has been equipped with an LCD. Although it is monochrome, it will help you to keep track of your power output, battery level, speed, pedal assist level. 

Also, this awesome bike keeps track of travel distance and travel time. The Magnum’s LCD has a six-bar indicator of its power output, battery level, and pedal assist level, which makes it easy to read without squinting or bending over. The LCD of the Magnum low rider is conveniently located on the handlebar so that it can be looked at even while in transit.

Adjustable handlebars

This ingenious addition to the Magnum low rider electric bike cannot but be mentioned. The adjustable handlebars allow you to pick your preferred position for your handlebar. 

The handlebars can be moved either forward away from you or backwards towards you. All you have to do is pull back a clamp in the middle of the handlebar and then adjust to your preferred position. Do not forget to lock the clamp back in place. 

Additional Features

There are several other perks that come with the Magnum low rider that are minor but still worth mentioning. First off, the low rider is equipped with large seats which are guaranteed to give as much comfort as you need while riding. It also has Selle Royal handlebar grips to help you hold the handlebars without worry about slipping. Both the grips and the bicycle seat are brown to match the bicycle design.

 

How to maintain the Magnum low rider electric bike 

The Magnum low rider requires no technical maintenance skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps. These instructions are

Do not leave your bike out when not in use. 

Although the aluminum alloy is resistant to corrosion, the rest of the bike is not very resilient. There are electrical components in the motor, battery, and LCD, which constant exposure to rain and snow will damage. Get your bike into the house. 

Clean when dirty 

This is to protect the beautiful body of the Magnum. It will help the paint, the frame, and the bike generally to last longer. Plus nobody likes a dirty bike.

Turn off the headlights when not in use

Although the Magnum low rider headlight has a lot of pros, it has one particularly con. It does not go off automatically when the bike is turned off. So, always remember to turn off the headlights when you are done riding. It will extend your battery.

Finally, try not to crash your bike

Crashing anything is never a good thing. And the Magnum low rider electric bike does not like to be smashed. Drive safely and carefully.

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Summary

Taking a ride out on the Magnum low rider electric bike was a thrilling experience. We hope this review has shown you all the things we enjoyed while out on the Magnum low rider. If you have any other questions about the Magnum low rider electric bike or you are wondering where to get the bike out here in Canada, please direct your questions here. We’ve got you!

Magnum Metro Conversion Kit Review

Electric bikes are the rave of the moment in Canada, and everyone seems to have one. They have excellent features that make them even more desirable. Hence, those who don’t own an electric bike, or still use the conventional road types feel left out. 

Others want to keep their old bikes and have the exciting features of an e-bike. The good news for all these people is that there is a kit they can use to convert it to an electric bike!

It’s called an electric bike conversion kit. There are different models out there available for use. However, this review is centred on the Magnum Metro Conversion kit. Keep reading to find out more about the kit. You can also check out the YouTube video below for a visual take on this review. 

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What is an electric bike conversion kit?

A conversion kit contains tools and materials used to upgrade a bike from a conventional one to an electric type. Conversion kits are sold in e-bike stores in Canada, as they are very popular. In the biking world, the process of converting is called electrifying. It’s a fairly easy process if you are experienced and know your way around a bike.

And if you don’t, there is no problem. You’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how. The objective of the kit we will be reviewing is to turn a normal bike into a rear hub e-bike. So, let’s get straight to it.

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The Magnum Metro Conversion Kit

This kit from Magnum is one versatile type that comes with a lot of features. There are so many aspects to deal with, but we’ll break them down into sections on;

  • Electrical and Mechanical Details
  • Features
  • Pros and Cons
  • How to get started with the kit

Model details 

  • Make: Magnum
  • Kit model: Metro Conversion Kit
  • Suggested Use: Neighbourhood, Urban, Road, Commuting, Cargo, Cruising, Mountain
  • Bike Class: Throttle-on-demand (Class 2), Class 1 Pedal Assist, Class 3 Speed Pedelec
  • Year of Make: 2019

Mechanical Details

  • Battery Weight: 4.26 kg
  • Brake Details: Mechanical Brakes, with inhibitors and rubberized edges
  • Rims: Double-walled, aluminum alloy, 36mm hole and 24 mm width 
  • Wheel sizes: 29-inch, 27.5-inch, 26-inch
  • Motor Weight: 5.03 kg
  • Tube: Schrader Valve
  • Spokes: 13 Gauge, stainless steel
  • Frame Rear: 12mm Axle, 142mm of hub spacing, Nuts of 19mm
  • Accessories: Optional second battery, adjustable rack, battery slider

Electronic Details

  • Motor Make: Das-kit
  • Motor Torque: Minimum of 90 Nm
  • Battery Make: LG, Panasonic, Samsung
  • Amp Hours of Battery: 13 Ah
  • Watt-Hours of Battery: 624 wh
  • Motor Maximum Output: 700 W
  • Motor Nominal Value: 500 W
  • Motor Type: Geared Rear-mounted Hub
  • Charging Time: 6.5 hours
  • Minimum estimated range: 40 km
  • Maximum estimated range: 89 km
  • Battery Chemistry: Li-NCM (Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese)
  • Top speed: 40 km per hour
  • Drive Mode: Trigger throttle and Cadence Pedal Assist
  • Readouts: Assist Level, Odometer, Current Speed, Timer, Battery Level, Trip 1 and 2, BMS Voltage
  • Display Accessories: 5 v USB charging post, Button pad
  • Display Type: C6, Backlit, Fixed, LCD

Exciting Features of the Magnum Metro Conversion Kit

The Magnum Metro conversion kit has many features that separate it from your normal conversion kits. We love to refer to these features as exciting features. They include:

Three-wheel sizes

The Magnum Metro conversion kit has three wheel sizes, depending on the bike you want to use them on. We are sure you like your old wheels, but you have to let them go if you want the upgrade. The 26-inch wheel size is just the type you will find in a Magnum Metro e-bike.

The wheels change the rim and have reinforced eyelets, 36 holes and strong gauge spokes. The best part is that they have machined sidewalls if you decide to use rim brakes.

Setup can go up to 25km per hour

With all parts on the kit installed, your newly electrified bike can go up to 25km per hour. To see a bike speed up so fast is exciting. The Magnum Metro conversion kit lets you set up your old bike as a Class 3, Class 1 or Class 2 e-bike. This means it has a speed pedelec, throttle and pedal assist. The throttle you get from this kit is narrow and doesn’t take up space on the handlebar. How nice! 

Customizable parts

The brakes and throttle of this conversion kit can be customized to meet legal restrictions. You can do away with the throttle or set a lower top speed easily, which is just awesome. The brake levers can also be discarded if you like a hydraulic one. However, you’ll be missing out on the excellent motor inhibitors, which is not too much to lose in exchange for hydraulic brakes.

Excellent rear-driven hub

You can expect quality from this Das-kit geared hub, like all the others they make. Its minimum rating is 500W. However, it can get up to 700 W. In both cases, the 90Nm torque is just enough for the setup.

Powerful battery

The batteries on this conversion kit are of high capacity and just the perfect type you’ll need to convert your old bike. It’s a 48v, 13 Ah battery made by either LG, Samsung or Panasonic. The batteries should deliver about 620-watt hours and should take about 6.5 hours to charge fully. The kit also comes with a 2A battery charger, which is the standard.

A closer look at the battery shows that it has a casing made from aluminum alloy and a lock. Unlike with the Magnum Metro Bike, you’ll have to turn on the battery every time you want to use it, which is great when hanging around playful children. The battery weighs about 4.2 kg, which is quite light for a battery of that size.

Excellent Display

The C6-Daskit display is all you can ask for from any kit. It is controlled by the button’s pad that also included in the kit. Immediately you switch on the power button close to the grip, the display is powered on as well. It has different menus, and all you have to do is press and hold down the set button to view all of them. 

Related article: Choosing the right bicycle for an e-bike conversion

Pros of the Magnum Metro Conversion kit

The display that comes with the Magnum Metro conversion kit is very easy to read. You can put it to swivel, and it has a button pad to control it. Das-kit C6 is just the type of display you want to have on any electric bike.

The mechanical brake levers are very good. We like that you can switch them if you are uncomfortable or used to mechanical brakes. However, they should give you no problem.

Also, we like the rear rack a lot. It comes with Bungie notches and pannier blockers, and a reflector at the back. It is almost 30 kg which is not so bad for all the features it offers you. 

We also like that the conversion kit is versatile. It doesn’t require an electric bike’s frame, which is just great. Finally, it’s quite cheap for all of the awesome features it offers.

Cons of the Conversion Kit

The cadence sensor of this kit can wobble if not sealed properly, so that’s quite a concern. However, if installed by the representative of a reputable e-bike accessories store you shouldn’t have much to worry about.

It takes quite some time to convert the bike. There are quite some parts to fix together, so this can take you more than a few minutes. However, converting your bike should be a breeze for experienced customer support providers.

A lot of wiring can hang out. Again, this is only a problem if you’ll be converting your bike by yourself, and do not have experience in doing so.

When the whole bike is converted, it will be slightly heavier than it was. To many, this is the price they have to pay, and they are quite happy to do so. Also, this conversion kit doesn’t have a USB charging port. This is another difference between a converted and an actually Magnum Metro bikes. You cannot charge your gadgets on an electrified bike.

Ways to maintain the Magnum Metro Conversion Kit

It will be a pity if, after a couple of days, your newly converted bike stops working or develops a fault. That’s why you should take proper care of it by following these rules we have included below.

Keep the batteries in good condition

No battery, no e-bike. Batteries are perhaps the most important component of e-bikes, and their maintenance cannot be overemphasized. These lithium batteries that come in the kit should not be exposed to extreme conditions to allow them to work properly. Furthermore, you should not allow them to completely drain before recharging again. It puts a lot of stress on the cell’s chemistry.

Protect your C6 Das-kit display from scratches

No one likes scratches on any kind of display. When the C6 display that comes with this kit gets scratched, it looks really bad. You can protect the display from sunlight and scratches by putting your helmet over it.

Don’t alternate between a conventional road bike and an e-bike

We understand that it can be hard to let go of your old bike, especially if you’ve used it for a while. Nevertheless, it is not advisable to switch back to the conventional type because many wirings and parts can get bad. Stick with your new bike.

Follow the instructions contained in the manual

Magnum includes a manual in almost all their products. In them, you’ll find the best ways to handle and use the parts and assemble. Go with what they recommend!

Be careful with the frame and motor

The motor is so powerful that it can push against the aluminum alloy frame. Over time, the motor can rock and damage the frame. Ensure that the bolt that holds the motor is tightened correctly.

Keep the parts clean all the time

Wipe the sides, frame, display and rims with a clean, dry cloth frequently.

How to fix all the parts together

If you buy the Magnum Metro conversion kit from a local e-bike accessories store in Canada, then you should have it fixed up for you there. Otherwise, there are 12 things included in the kit, which include;

  • Brake lever set
  • Wheelset
  • Controller
  • Rear carrier band
  • Rear carrier
  • Charger
  • Disc
  • Display cable
  • Sensor
  • Battery
  • Throttle

Check to make sure that all these components are available and in their right quantities. If they aren’t, then, we recommend you contact the bike store you got it from.

Steps to fixing the Magnum Metro Conversion Kit

  • The sensor and disc should be placed and assembled on both sides of the bottom brackets. They need to match to work.
  • Assemble the disc. Then fasten the ring to tighten and fix it.
  • Next, fix the ribbon and assemble the sensors. You can also adjust the distance between the sensor and disc if you’ve made a mistake with them.
  • Moving on to the wheels, the inner wheel and tire should be assembled and pumped first. 
  • The shim and screws should then be removed from the motor. Fix the disc brake before the twist screws. Ensure that they are fixed in the correct direction.
  • Assemble the fixed-rotating and cassette freewheel. Again, make sure you get the directions right.
  • Then, fix the motor wheel and connect it with a cable to the controller.
  • Moving over to the controller, connect it with all other components. Fix the controller in its case, and make sure it is very tight.
  • Place the battery case in the carrier.
  • The last section is the display. Start by removing the original brake lever and grip that were on the bike.
  • Assemble the throttle, brake lever set and display. When they are together, then you can fix back the grips.
  • Lastly, fix the throttle and brake cable. Also, connect all the other cable.

Related article: How to Install an Electric Bike Conversion Kit

Is there a warranty for the product?

The Magnum Metro conversion kit sold in Canada kit has a one-year warranty. This warranty covers the parts and cost of general servicing for the period.

Final Take

We’ve come to the end of our Magnum Metro conversion kit review. The benefits of this kit outweigh its disadvantages by a large margin. It is quiet, reliable and quite responsive. 

For people wishing to join the community of e-bikers, this is the solution they’ve been looking for. You’ll just need to take extra care, and pay keen attention to details when assembling the parts.

If you want power, simplicity and versatility from your bike, then consider getting the Magnum Metro Conversion kit from our e-bike store in Canada.

 

How to Stay Safe on Electric Scooters

Electric scooters are it! Before 1985, all we had were scooters that were very difficult to use. With a small platform, much of the work in riding these push scooters had to be done by the rider’s feet. What was supposed to be a pleasant ride turned into a one-foot-speedy treadmill! A lot of work was put into this initial design, and a new type of scooter was invented: the electronic scooters.

To say they only ease the scooting stress is to downplay how excellent electric scooters are. But the big question is ‘How does one stay safe on electric scooters?’ Many people believe that it is impossible to stay safe on the streets of Canada with an electric scooter. However, it is possible. We will teach you how to stay safe on an electric scooter.

Continue reading to find out the tips and steps to stay safe on electric scooters.

Related article: Using an E-bike in Canada: Safety Tips and Precautions

 

Is an electric scooter dangerous to ride?

This is perhaps the most asked question about electric scooters. To answer it simply, they are as dangerous as knives used in kitchens. When used correctly, following safety rules and regulations, e-scooters (as they are popularly called) are not safety threats.

 

Can a child ride an electric scooter?

Yes. A child can ride an electric scooter. However, they should always be supervised when doing so. There are many electric scooters for kids, and if they are used safely in the right places, there is no cause to be alarmed.

So, with that out of the way, let’s dive right in. How do we safely use scooters? For the most part, the design of e-scooters conforms to standards and environmental requirements. The problem lies mostly with how we use them. 

There are three sections to help you out here: maintenance, road and riding tips, and general guidelines on how to use e-scooters. We will discuss all of these sections in equal detail. 

Related article: E-bikes for Kids in Toronto

 

Road and Riding Tips

The three golden rules to stay safe on electric scooter are;

  • Observe Everything
  • Be careful when using brakes
  • Ride Defensively

Observe Everything

Like the other two road safety tips, observing everything while on the road is not only applicable to scooters but all means of transportation. In observing everything, you should;

Be watchful of grates, paddles, shattered glass and rocks

The wheels on e-scooters are so small that they can get stuck in tiny spaces. Unlike mopeds and bicycles, you cannot easily maneuver around grates, rocks, and sewers on e-scooters. Always keep an eye on the road surface when riding an e-scooter.

Be wary of sidewalks and busy roads

When used on busy sidewalks and roads, you are going to have to duck way too often around pedestrians. And if the road’s surface is damp, tires lose traction quickly. Avoid busy and damp roads, and sidewalks during thunderstorms. It is safer if you walk. 

Most cities have designated lanes, so use them instead of roads. Scooters fall just short on the speed scale when compared to other means of transportation.

Be wary of the movement of other people’s movements

You can be a pro at ducking, and still, fall bump into people. Except on bike lanes, other people will (knowingly or not) get into your way. While looking ahead, make glances to the left and right to avoid bumping into people.

Be careful when using brakes and turning

Trying out a new e-scooter can be fun, and the thought of doing wild things and breaking speed limits is exciting. But when we have to slow down, as a reflex action, riders apply brakes too rapidly. This has been the cause of so many accidents.

Instead, you should be gentle but sturdy with your brakes. Hitting it and expecting your e-scooters to stop only happens in movies, even for cars. The recommended practice is to squeeze both breaks a little and watch the scooter reduce its speed slowly.

You never know what danger lies in the corner. Even if you do, a sharp turn is definitely not a good idea. When making a turn, maintain a constant speed all the way. You can accelerate when you pass corners.

Ride Defensively

This means using scooters in a way that you anticipate accidents. It’s a hard practise because you’ll have to let go of some of the thrilling things, just to be safe. Riding defensively entails;

  • Avoiding tricks: Unlike push scooters, e-scooters are powered by motors. Therefore, tricks and stunts are inappropriate for them. Your scooter can get damaged, and you can get badly injured.
  • Riding without passengers: Almost every scooter is meant for one person, so do not get on the wild bull by going on it with another person. E-scooters have a certain weight capacity, and you will not want to test their limits.
  • Avoiding tailgating: Give enough space between the vehicle or bicycle ahead of you. You can get a nasty injury if you hit the person ahead, or if they apply their brakes.

In a nutshell, be a proactive rider that is mentally present and reactive to the situation around them. You should not rely on other people for your safety.

Related article: Tips for Electric Bike Beginner

 

Maintenance Tips

An in-shape electric scooter can make all the difference between a fatal accident and a near-miss. Like other things, scooters can malfunction when not taken proper care of. Here are a couple of things you can do to extend and maintain the product life of your e-scooter.

Check the tires

Before you go for a ride, always assess the conditions of the tires first. Check their appearance and treads to make sure that they are fit for use.

For the tire pressure, ensure that they are always between the range set by the manufacturer. If the pressure is lower, then there’s a high chance that you’ll damage a rim. On the other hand, a pressure higher than the recommended value can cause a tire to burst.

Also, be sure to fix any wear out or puncture on your scooter’s tires immediately you spot them.

Use the battery just as the manufacturers instruct you to

Apart from the wheels and engines on electric scooters, other essential parts of electric are batteries. The number on an electric scooter’s battery should be 25 volts. If you get anything less, then it’s probably time to have them changed. Never let your scooter’s battery run out. 

Most batteries, when fully charged, can last through a 20-mile journey. If you intend to ride for longer then, ensure you have charging spots on the route. Therefore, always keep your eyes on the mileage throughout every trip.

Pay attention to the brakes

Mastering the art of stopping is crucial for safe rides. But the whole process of slowing down becomes such a massive task if the brakes are not working properly. Make sure you fine-tune your scooter’s brakes regularly.

Check the grips

Grips on e-scooters get worn out quickly. To change the ones on your scooter, remove them carefully. Then, prepare the surface using deodorant, hairspray, or an eco-cleaner just before you place the new one.

Watch the speed controller

This is one of the easiest things to forget when carrying out maintenance checks on electric scooters. Speed controllers are the main parts that connect every other component. They must be in proper working conditions before you go on a ride with your scooter. 

Correctly set up the handlebars

Just like how you adjust the seats of your car immediately you get into it, so also should you set up the handlebars of your scooter. It should be reachable so that you can maneuver easily.

Related article: Gearing up for a trail ride: Must-have accessories for E-bikes in Canada

 

General Guidelines

There are a few general guidelines that you should follow if you want to learn how to stay safe on your electric scooter. They include

Wear a helmet and other protective equipment, and keep them on

This is a no brainer. It is no show of skill or class to ride a scooter without a helmet or knee pad. If you fall off without them on, you will most likely get injuries.

Your helmet should fit properly and provide the necessary cushioning in case you fall. Elbow straps, knee pads, and mouth guards are also crucial protective equipment to wear. We recommend you use gloves to improve your grip as well. 

Another advantage of using helmets is to protect you from UV radiation and sunlight. When it comes down to your safety when using an electric scooter, there is no way you can be over-prepared.

Read your manual

Every electrical equipment comes with one, and this type of scooter is not exempted. Despite their easy-to-understand mechanism and straightforward functions, never jump to use your electric scooter without reading it first. The manual that comes with them is perhaps the only source of understanding the functions of that particular electric scooter. More importantly, reading the manual keeps you safe.

Practice a lot

Practice, they say, makes perfect. With scooters, it makes safe scooting as well. So, give yourself a lot of time to understand how your scooter works. A couple of places you can use to practice are your backyard, quiet and less-busy streets, and parking lots. 

The main reason for practicing this much is that it will help you to get acquainted with your scooter. Balancing and maneuvering are not so easy to learn, so do yourself a favour and practice. But don’t be alarmed on how you can figure everything out by yourself. A hand from an experienced person or a partner can get you up to speed. 

Always keep your hands on the handlebars

Stunts are not meant to be done on electric scooters, and neither is a no-hands move. As tempting as it is, don’t ride with only one hand either. You can only have total control to maneuver and turn with both hands.  

We recommend you get a backpack and keep everything there, so you don’t get tempted to hold on to something throughout the ride.

Don’t use headphones or phone

In cars, you can dare to use your headphones and phones and get lucky a couple of times. The car’s body can absorb most of the impact if an accident happens. However, on an electric scooter, there is nothing to take up most of the impact. This is why you should never use headphones when riding.

They put you at risk and take your attention from your environment. And if there’s traffic, you will not be able to hear anything with your headphones on. So, ditch them until you get to your destination.

Get a reflector

Riding at night is not the safest thing to do. However, if you have to, consider getting a reflector. They allow other road users to see you, and so reduce the probability of running you over. You can easily get them from electric scooter stores around you or online.

Use your horn

Most riders think that the horn is a fancy addition to the already cool design of electric scooters. Shouting through your way is not going to help you, and neither is swaying from side to side. If you don’t have one, we recommend you install an aftermarket horn. Know where your horn or bell is before you go out with your scooter. You will not have the time to search for it during emergencies.

Keep your cool

Don’t let the excitement of riding a scooter get the better of you. When using one, it is not a great idea to maneuver through everything. Maintain a straight line throughout the journey.

Keeping you cool also entails never riding under the influence. Alcohol plays a role in most of the electric scooting injuries, so it’s best to stay off before using your scooter. If you must take a glass or two, then consider using an alternative transportation means.

Follow traffic laws

The fact that you are on an electric scooter doesn’t exempt you from the traffic rules that other vehicles follow. In fact, you should follow them to the latter more than any other road user. This includes yielding to pedestrians, stopping at traffic lights and stop signs and all other traffic regulations. 

Go slowly

Don’t yield to the temptation of revving your throttle, to see how fast your scooter can go. It is always a bad idea. If you are not yet a pro, don’t even think about it. Go slowly and try to maintain a constant speed.

Related article: A Comprehensive Guide to Electric Bike Maintenance

 

In conclusion

Scooting is not as complicated as people think. It’s an exciting, fulfilling, and fun experience. Within a couple of practice hours, you should be able to get the hang of turning and maneuvering in no time. However, severe injuries can come from wrongly using a scooter, so always take precautions seriously. 

If you follow the instructions we have laid down for you in this post, then there is nothing to worry about when scooting. Contact us to help you choose the best electric scooter for you

Best electric scooter for adults

Nowadays, electric scooter for adults is becoming a common fixture. Although they are sophisticated; however, they are still very much affordable. An electric scooter can provide independent mobility, both indoors and out. It’s also useful for adults who are unable to propel around without help.

An electric scooter for adults can help adults reclaim parts of their lives that once seemed unreachable. Shopping, family outings, and moving around can be difficult, but an electric scooter can restore yours and your loved ones’ freedom of mobility. With various electric scooter stores available in Toronto, you can easily get a good one for yourself or loved ones. 

Everyone has the right, if possible, to move around freely, regardless of physical abilities. It should never be reserved only for some to get to go out, enjoy the sunshine, and a family outing. With an electric scooter for adults, everyday activities become both easier and more enjoyable for everyone. 

Regardless of whether you have an injury hindering your mobility or are handicapped, an electric scooter will help you get around. If your legs aren’t quite as strong as they used to be, an electric scooter is an ideal option that won’t fail you.

Electric scooters are great options as they can easily be ridden everywhere, and anywhere. Regardless of whether you’re just heading down the road to the neighbour’s house or planning an adventurous trip, an electric scooter will come in handy. Most scooters are great for both indoor and outdoor use, while some are designed specifically to be used outdoors and while travelling.

The importance and benefits of an electric scooter are numerous. To be honest, an electric scooter makes life easier for the owner. This is why it is important that you select the best electric scooter from a store in Toronto. 

Therefore, it is a good idea to investigate a bit before deciding what electric scooter to purchase. An informed decision is a good decision. Everyone leads a different lifestyle, so we believe your electric scooter should make you comfortable in yours. That’s why we have put together a list of the best scooters for indoor use, outdoor use, and rugged outdoor use.

This article will put you through the best electric scooter for adults in Toronto. Keep reading to choose the best scooter for your use. 

 

What is an electric scooter for adults?

An electric scooter for adults is basically a set of wheels attached to a board that can assist individuals with motor disabilities. It’s a combination of a skateboard and electric scooter which we think is a pretty cool way to get around. It’s pretty impressive.

You may be wondering who can benefit from this power-operated vehicle. The short answer is, everyone! Perhaps you or a loved one is coming to an age where it’s time to consider an electric scooter for adults. This benefits both the user and their caregivers. Also, this electric scooter reduces the need for outside assistance and prevents the user from falling.

This is also an ideal option for any individual who has a problem standing for long periods or handicapped adults. Just think about how much easier this compact vehicle will make grocery shopping, getting around the house, or commuting from place to place. For handicapped adults, an electric scooter might be your next best purchase!

 

Why Electric Scooters?

Confinement can be the most depressing situation that individuals can experience. Nobody wants to stay indoors for a long time, especially when it is not necessary. Notably, devices like walkers are an excellent tool for those with balance issues or those needing more support. However, for handicapped adults trying to get around, especially for longer distances, electric scooters may just be the solution. 

So, why electric scooters? Below are a few reasons why handicapped adults should own an electric scooter. They include

It prevents falling. 

When an individual’s body is tired or weak, they are more prone to falls. Walkers are great, but they can only do so much. Electric scooters are great for those who need more assistance in avoiding falls. They have secure support systems that keep you upright. You no longer have to push their limits of mobility and risk an injury or a bad fall. Also, with an electric scooter, you won’t have to push a handicapped manual wheelchair to and fro every time. Best of all, you know that you can sit comfortably for a long time without support. 

Quick healing and recovery.

Everyone needs proper recovery time after an injury or illness. An electric scooter can help you stay mobile but allow for healing as it helps keep the strain off of the body, muscles, and joints. Scooters also enable a bedridden individual to go out for a nice breath of fresh air. Regular walks and time with nature can actually help an individual heal faster. 

Physical exertion is becoming more challenging. 

Electric scooters can help you save your energy when exertion is a challenge. Scooters are a great mobility tool for individuals who have weak upper body strength and disabilities in the upper body or legs. It is also useful for individuals who have no means to move around. 

Mobility Independence.

Electric scooter for adults is designed to provide people with a means of commuting to the nearest store, park or community building. They give individuals a way to get around to places they need or want to go.

No one wants to stay inside four walls for a long time when it isn’t necessary. That can get depressing. No longer is the “Big Box Store” inaccessible. Daily tasks around town to get errands done become possible. Whether it’s to help with shopping, going out and about, or for a walk with your children or grandchildren, an electric scooter gives ultimate independence.

 

Conclusion

An electric scooter for adults will help you greatly. Bad knee? An electric scooter is an ideal option for you. It also helps to improve your physical health and fitness. For adults, an electric scooter will help you stay active and in good shape with continuous usage.

Regardless of what electric scooter you choose to go with, you will be surprised by how much easier life gets with a bit of help. An electric scooter is useful when dealing with everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping and getting around quickly. 

It will also help you get back to being active and getting around as opposed to staying in bed all day.  Age, injuries and disabilities are no excuses for why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your life. This is why you need an electric scooter for adults today. Call us to help you choose the best electric scooter for your needs.

Electric fat bike: Benefits and Cost

Today, an electric fat bike is a common fixture in Toronto. Getting to your destination is more comfortable with electric bikes. It offers more speed at the expense of less energy from you.

When it comes to convenience, electric bikes do better than traditional bikes. In fact, with an electric bike, you can do so many things, ranging from running errands to getting to work daily. With electric bikes, you save more money, time, and energy. 

In the lineup of electric bikes, there are those referred to as electric fat bikes. These are bikes that feature an unusually large tire. With these tires, riders can feel like they are riding a cushion on air.

There are numerous benefits to the use of this bike type. Electric fat bikes in Toronto are now more common than they were some years ago. And it is only right to want to get one for yourself.

 In this detailed guide, we will take an in-depth look into the benefits, costs, types, factors to consider when buying yours. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about electric fat bikes.

 

What are electric fat bikes?

Electric fat bikes are no different from the electric bikes you have been used to. There is just a single difference, which comes in the wheel. Electric fat bikes are electric bikes with a wider tire. With the presence of these tires, these bikes can navigate terrains that may prove difficult for regular e-bikes. 

Just like any other electric bike, the fat bikes feature an electric motor that aids in propulsion. There are different e-bike types in the world. Some have simple motors merely designed to assist the pedal power of the rider.

While there are some more powerful ones, featuring a moped-style functionality. Irrespective of how powerful these bikes get, the ability of the rider to pedal is retained. Hence, they are not completely electric motorcycles. 

Electric fat bikes come in different designs, styles, and variations. One thing is common in all these designs. It has a wide tire; hence, the name. 

 

Types of fat tire electric bike

There are three main types of fat tire electric bikes. The fat tires come in different styles, and if you are going to get yours, you should consider the style. These styles are adapted for different types of riding. 

Also, fat electric bikes are categorized just as your standard e-bikes or traditional bikes are. Fat electric bikes are divided into; fat tire electric mountain bikes, fat tire folding electric bikes, all-around fat tire electric bikes, special-purpose fat tire electric bikes. We will discuss these types of electric fat bikes in this section.

Fat tire electric mountain bikes

These are just right for riding along trails and other off-road terrains. They are adapted for the rough terrain and are geared up with various tools and utilities needed for rough terrain or mountain riding. If you are going to be doing a lot of mountain riding, don’t just go for any of the electric fat bikes in Toronto. Go for the ones adapted for the job. 

Hunting fat tire electric bikes

This might seem to be close to the mountain fat-tire bikes in structure. Well, they are! However, the only difference is that this comes with several accessories that make it more adapted for hunting. Mountain climbing and hunting require different gear hence, the difference.

They also come with some higher-spec accessories, which makes them suited for even harsher terrains. Hunting is bound to take place in grounds tougher than mountains. 

Folding fat tire electric bike

Of all the electric fat bikes in Toronto, these are the most popular. They have a smaller sized frame, and they can be folded easily. This has boosted their popularity amongst people who want to commute around town, but also desire a bit more stability.

With this bike type, you can save space easily. When you are going out of town, or on holiday, they can be easily packed along, without taking up much space. 

All-rounder fat tire electric bike 

These are the perfect bikes if you will love to have a bike with a full-sized frame. Also, it is excellent when you don’t need to fold your bike since you won’t be travelling much. With this fat tire e-bike, you can quickly go round town, with whatever accessories you will need. They are very affordable too since you won’t be needing to purchase high spec accessories. 

All-electric fat bikes in Toronto fall in one of these categories. 

 

Benefits of electric fat bikes

There are so many reasons why you should choose a fat electric bike over the traditional e-bike or regular e-bikes. Here are some electric fat bike benefits you will be sure to relish. 

It brings out the adventurer in you 

If you are looking for adventure, trying out e-bikes will be a great option. With an electric fat bike, you can seek out your very own adventure. You get to try many bike tricks and you get to go to different places. This is so because the electric fat bike offers you more balance and control. This balance brings about more confidence which brings about more adventure.

 Electric fat bikes in Toronto are all pretty handy, especially during the snowy season. It gives you more control; hence, a better experience in the snow. Also, in any other season, you can go anywhere, ranging from sandy terrains to rocky grounds and even muddy terrains. You will have no problem touring the backwoods trails too. 

As a statement of fact, people who bought fat electric bikes started to ride about twice the number of times they usually ride. This is proof of how effective the bikes are in bringing out the young fun-loving child in you. 

It is amusing

Fat electric bikes are always fun to ride. If you have seen anyone make use of the fat electric bike, you will always find them coming back with a broad smile on their faces.

People who haven’t taken time out with fat electric bikes before, get the same feeling, even at the very first time. It brings back the feeling you got when you learned to ride as a kid. Fat bikes can be enjoyed, either you are riding very fast or slow. When it comes to fun, fat bikes are the way to go. 

It is very comfortable 

Fat bikes are very convenient to use. The fat tires are obviously of a large volume and low pressure. With these characteristics, it can act as a shock absorber.

It is so easy to control, just as you would do a sports car. While riding, the large tires are designed to absorb lots of vibration. Hence, there is a drastic reduction on the stress passed to your hands and the lower back. 

Depending on the type and product of tire used, you can always have the pressure adjusted. Therefore, you can change the tire pressure to whatever terrain you will be riding on. You can also equip the bike with front suspension, which allows for additional shock absorption. This is highly recommended if you are looking to engage in some summer trail riding. 

It is effortless to ride 

Electric fat bikes in Toronto mainly elicit one question from potential users. People worry about whether the bike is hard to ride. There is just one brief answer, “no.”

The bikes are straightforward to ride, and you can confirm this by yourself. There is a provision for balance and control, thanks to the fat tires, which undoubtedly makes riding more comfortable. This is undoubtedly a good deal for beginners. 

They are very versatile 

Since the innovation of electric fat bikes, there has been a series of advancements and innovations in the parts. Hence, the bikes are good to go for any season and terrain. If you are looking to get to work, the fat electric bike has got you. Even if you want to compete with your friend on mountain trails, the bike is good to go. 

In recent times,  fat e-bikes have been used for trail riding in the summer. The versatility is just beyond words and is solely responsible for its popularity. These bikes can be ridden anytime, anywhere and in whatever season. 

 

Do I need an electric fat bike? 

This is a matter of preference. It is also dependent on the terrain you are riding on. With traditional bikes, there is less suspension compared to fat tire e-bikes. The fat tires have more suspension because they run at a lower pressure, which enables you to cycle in whatever terrain and in all weather conditions.

So, if you are in areas difficult for the traditional bike to ride in, you need an electric fat bike. It always seems as though the fat tires come into their own when you use them through sand, snow, and mud. Rough terrains indeed call for a fat electric bike, and if you are down for the benefits stated above, this is your best pick. 

 

Electric fat bikes; can you make your own?

There are many electric fat bikes in Toronto to choose from. Later in this article, we will take a closer look at how to pick the very best for you. However, you can also build your own.

By making your fat tire e-bike, you tend to save yourself some money. By creating your fat bike yourself, you can easily customize it to whatever you want. In the course of building, you can always add what you need and do away with what you won’t need.

What do you need to build your fat electric bike?

One of the very first things you need if you are going to build your fat e-bike is technical skills. You don’t need to be a mechanic, but if you are comfy with a wrench or a screwdriver, you are good to go. Apart from these skills, these three components are needed:

  • Fat tire bicycle (Also referred to as the donor bike)
  • Fat tire electric bike conversion kit
  • Battery

With these three components, you will be able to customize your bike to your needs.  When getting these components, you should note that there are different qualities of them. The quality of the element you get ends up affecting the overall quality of your DIY fat e-bike.

One thing though, if you are going to build a bike that comes to standard, you must be ready to spend on quality parts. Don’t go for the cheaper ones as they are most probably of inferior quality. Your best option is to go for the premium products, which come at a higher price than the others. Since this guide is to help you build the very best bike, we will consider the premium parts. 

The bike

You need to start with the fat tire bike. In this case, go for the GMC 26″ fat-tire electric bicycle at the very least. This comes for over $400. 

The conversion kit

In making this fat e-bike, you can go for a mid-drive motor, at least. You get a lower center of gravity, as well as the enablement to use all your gear with electric power. If you will use this bike for mountain climbing, or slow riding through the snow, the 1000W Bafang BSHD or the 750W Bafang BBS02 is advisable.

The Battery

You should go for the 50V 17.1Ah triangle battery from M3EV. It is one of the best cells out there, and you get a mounting bag-shaped similarly. 

Putting together the kit on the bike is as easy as it can get. The first step is to remove the pedals, the pedal cranks and bottom bracket assembly, right from the bottom of the bike. Then you should replace it with the motor kit. The motor kit contains the motor and pedal cranks that also need to be installed.

Subsequently, add the triangle frame bag with the battery inside. When this is done, you can add all the wires to the throttle, the motor, and the internal controller. Once this is done correctly, your bike is ready for a ride.

 

Electric fat bikes: Buying guide

If you don’t want to go through the stress of making your electric bike, you can always buy from an e-bike store. Though electric fat bike costs might differ at different locations, it is bound to be more than you will incur by building one yourself. 

However, it is always advisable to buy a new electric fat bike. These come with a level of guaranty that you cannot get from building one yourself. In this article, we will discuss how to buy the best electric bicycles.

What type of fat electric bike is for me? 

This is the very first question you need to answer. Answering this helps you know the accessories you should look out for on the bike. As stated above, there are four types of bikes, the fat tire electric mountain bike, the fat tire folding electric bikes, the hunting fat electric bike and the all-around fat tire electric bike.

You should consider the features and uses of the various types. This will guide you in knowing what type of bike you need. 

The frame size 

This is the second factor to consider. The frame size of these bikes is just like those of conventional bikes. However, there is bound to be a difference in the front fork sizes, as they are spaced to accommodate the massive tires. You need to cross-check the frame size, to ensure it is comfortable for you as you ride. 

One easy way to go about this is comparing with the frame size of a traditional bike you are comfy with. The height is what you should be on the lookout for. A tall person should go for a taller frame and a corresponding one for shorter persons. 

Some measurements of your own body may be needed before you go ahead with buying an e-bike. Measure your height, inseam, torso, and arms. Make sure the measurements tally with the frame size you want to go for 

Type of electric motor drive 

The very core of the electric bike is the motor. The type of motor on the e-bike plays a considerable part in its performance. There are three types of motors you can use for electric fat bikes in Toronto. These are the front hub, rear hub, and the mid-drive motor. 

The front and rear hubs are situated in either the front and rear tires respectively. While the mid-drive motors are located around the bottom bracket of the electric bike, this is the area where you will also find the crank and the pedals. 

There is a difference in power, cost, and riding experience with these motors. The mid-drive motors are more expensive, but you get more power and a better balance. 

The difference between the front and rear hub motors is that the front hub pulls the bike forward, while the rear hub pushes its forward. This difference is mainly felt when you are making a turn or riding on the hills. For beginners, it is advisable that you choose a bike with a mid-drive motor at an electric bike store.

The Batteries 

It is crucial to consider the battery of the fat electric bike you are getting. If the battery quality is terrible, you will experience so many issues with the bike. The best quality batteries are made from LG, Samsung, or Panasonic. Choose a battery from any of these brands. For maximum power, go for a battery with the 48V label.

The Brakes 

Thanks to innovation and development, you can now get a standard disc brake on your electric fat bike. For your braking system, make sure to look at the rotor size and the pistons. You should also consider if it is a mechanical or hydraulic system.

The larger the rotor size, the more the potential stopping power of the brakes. Also, the more the piston, the quicker the stopping force. You should also consider how often you will be using the brakes.

Suspension 

This is another factor to be considered. Most electric fat bikes come outfitted with front suspension, while others are equipped with full suspension. You don’t need a full suspension if you are riding to get around town. But if you are looking to go mountain riding, you need it. 

 

Conclusion

Electric fat bikes in Toronto are more popular than they used to be. They offer so much more than the regular bike and are surely twice as fun. They are known to provide balance and ease of ride. From your standard fat tire bicycle, you can make your own fat tire electric bike. If you are, however, looking to buy yours, you should consider the factors above to ensure it is the best.

Our online e-bike store can help you find the best electric fat bike in Toronto. Contact us today!