Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver: See The City’s Sights

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Vancouver is a city with both natural and urban wonders. One of the best ways to access this exciting city is with an electric bike tour. Vancouver offers a wide range of scenic paths through mountains and along beautiful shorelines. Also, cultural, culinary and nightlife attractions attract thousands of visitors. 

Best of all, many of these attractions are accessible from your electric bike. Tour Vancouver on a bike to see more and do more while getting in enough exercise to reward yourself with one of the city’s iconic eats. Culinary masterpieces like the famous California Roll which was invented here in 1971 or a JapaDog, hot dogs inspired by Japanese street food. 

Here we’ll look at some of the best places to go with your e-bike. Additionally, we’ll discuss the bikes that are great for scenic travel and why e-bikes are one of the best ways to see the city.

Why Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver?

Ebike adventures offer several advantages over standard bike tours or travelling by car. They allow you to slow down and see more than you would from a vehicle. Also, they let you go further than on a standard bike. 

The places to go with your e-bike are nearly endless and the versatility of an e-bike can make a huge difference. While e-bikes still provide exercise, they make pedalling much easier. This will let average riders go further and help anyone who has difficulty using a traditional bike enjoy great e-bike adventures. 

Need another reason to tour with an electric bike in Vancouver? One of the best reasons is simply that Vancouver is one of the most bike-friendly cities. With dedicated bike lanes and other commitments from the city council, taking an e-bike tour around Vancouver is a truly delightful experience.

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Top Places to Go with Your Ebike 

Wondering where to go with your e-bike? Here are some of Vancouver’s best attractions:

Granville Island

This 35-acre peninsula is located across from downtown Vancouver by way of False Creek. Known as a shopping district, Granville is home to dozens of shops offering artisanal eats and unique gifts. 

Explore one-of-a-kind spots like Dragon space, a shopping experience for lovers of all thing dragons and fantasy. There are also handmade clothing shops, art galleries and unusual home decor items. 

With so many shops and attractions packed together, an e-bike makes for a great way to see the Island. Learn more about visiting Grainville. 

Stanley Park 

Stanley Park is a perfect representation of Vancouver’s ability to have a thriving urban center and beautiful natural sights. Located just outside of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park will let you get away from the sounds of the city onto over a thousand acres of greenery.

It’s surrounded by water, the Park sports several beaches, a meadow, a lagoon and two lighthouses. Should you want to take a rest from biking, you can catch a ride on the miniature train or visit the Aquarium. Stanley Park is truly a nature lover’s ideal electric bike tour in Vancouver. 

Just on the edge of the Park, you can also find a Pitch and Putt golf course. There are also dining options like the Lumberman’s Concession Stand and Stanley’s Bar and Grill. Many cyclists will choose to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the Park’s many scenic spots. 

University of British Columbia Endowment Lands

Located just west of Vancouver’s center, the UBC Lands are largely covered by the beautiful old-growth forest of  Pacific Spirit Regional Park. To get to this off the beaten path spot, you will travel over the Burrard Bridge. Then, bike through tranquil neighbourhood streets lined with tall leafy trees that have grown with this older section of Vancouver. 

Once you reach the UBC Lands you will also be treated to a view of the north shore mountains and the Georgia Straight. There is also a Museum of Anthropology and Botanical Gardens where you can sightsee and find washrooms. 

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Ridgeway Loop

The Ridgeway Loop, or Ridgeway Greenway, is for anyone who is interested in combining art and culture with their electric bike tour in Vancouver. Vancouver’s Ridgeway ride takes you through idyllic parks, walkways and publicly displayed art. 

Throughout this 12 km ride, you will see art sculptures and paintings all around you and even above you. Along with the natural and manmade wonders, one of the best things about this path is that it is close to a wide variety of places to eat at and to explore. 

CBC Trail – An Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver for Experienced and Adventurous Riders

Rated as a black diamond trail, the CBC Trail can be challenging but worth it. This trail located on Seymour Mountain will take you through the lush North Shore Forests. While the riding can be difficult on the way up, you can choose to take one of the easier trails on the way back. 

It is important to note that all adventures for e-bikes in Vancouver should be planned out beforehand. This is especially true for difficult ones like the CBC. We recommend checking the Trailforks website for updates on this path before heading out.

Best Bike for Your Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

The best bike to take on most rides is one you are most comfortable with. Some are built for speed while others are designed to help you go further at a more leisurely pace. If you are looking for a new ebike to tour with, here are our top suggestions:

The Magnum Pathfinder

Known for its extra-thick, 20” fat tires, the Magnum Pathfinder’s wheels create extra contact with the ground. This can help you take on more difficult terrain with less pressure on you and your bike. 

Magnum Metro

If your idea of a ride through nature is whizzing by a community park on your way to downtown, the Magnum Metro could be the bike for you. For one it’s designed for easy mounting and dismounting.

Also, this bike features a built-in USB charge point that will allow you to charge other devices as you ride. This makes the bike ideal for rides around local paths and through the city. It also makes the perfect commuter bike. 

Stromer ST1 Sport

Stromer Sport and Comfort bikes are known for their customizable riding positions. This makes them adaptable to many cyclists’ preferences. We especially like this edition because it comes in strike yellow along with deep red and grey.

Take an Electric Bike Tour in Vancouver

Final Thoughts

A tour with an electric bike in Vancouver offers the ideal combination of sightseeing, fresh air and exercise. Vancouver, in particular, is bike-friendly and committed to making the city even more accessible to riders.

While many paths offer stunning views of Vancouver’s natural beauty, there is also plenty to do if you are the indoorsy type. Explore everything from Vancouver’s culinary food scene to our artisan shops and more — all from the comfort of your e-bike. 

How to Use The Display on Your Electric Scooter and Bike 

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Do you know the display on your electric scooter or bike can help optimize your battery usage, personalize your riding experience and help you write the epic song that will save the world? Ok, one of those isn’t true. We’ll let you guess which one. 

That being said, your display is your command center and knowing how to use it will ensure you are getting the most out of your electric scooter. 

Here we’ll discuss the controls and settings of your display and focus on three popular models. These include the Das Kit C7, Das Kit L7 fore electric bikes and the display used on the X7 and X8 scooters. While there are differences, the displays for bikes and scooters serve the same purpose and have many of the same controls. 

For detailed instructions on which buttons to press and how the settings menus work, watch the included videos in this post. So, let’s get to it! 

Basic Controls on Your Electric Display

The way you adjust and access different settings on your electric bike display will vary slightly depending on the display model. For example, on the L7 the “+,” “-,” and “M (mode)” buttons are attached to the display. On the C7, these buttons are on a separate piece that is connected to the display with a wire. 

Because of the way the buttons are positioned, the C7 has a larger viewing screen than the L7. This can be easier to read and allows for more information to be displayed at one time. However, some find the button locations easier to use on the L7. 

Finally, on the X7/X8 scooter display, the Power and Function buttons are on the throttle. They will work similarly to how the “+” and “-” buttons work on the L7. 

What’s On Your Home Display?

When you first power on your bike or scooter display, there are some important numbers and settings. You can also access advanced settings but we will get to those in a bit. 

There will be variations on the placement of each item on your home screen display, but most will include the following:

Pedal Assist Sensor for Bikes

This tells you how much electrical assistance your motor is getting. Adjust this while you ride to make difficult terrain and hills easier. The slowest pedal assist is 15 km/h and the fastest is 32 km/h. 

Odometer 

This is available on the C7 and L7 bike display and tells you how many kilometres you’ve journeyed with your bike. 

Speedometer

This shows how fast you are going. A speedometer is important on electric bikes and scooters because some municipalities have restrictions on how fast you can go on the street.

Typically, this is not an issue with a bike with pedal assist. However, throttle-only bikes can exceed this and may not be legal in your area so be aware of this. Similarly, scooter rules will vary in your area. 

Max Speed Setting

You will set your max speed under your advanced settings. This setting is helpful to control speed in areas where it might be restricted. Max speed can be set on both scooters and bikes. 

For bikes, this is the max speed at which your motor will get power via the pedal assist function. For scooters, which are fully motorized, this will set the speed the scooter maintains. 

Battery Charge Indicator

The number of bars for a full charge will vary depending on the model but 5 bars tend to be completely charged. 

On the C7, you will also see a voltage number. This is more accurate than the battery bars. Generally, about 54.6v is fully charged while 47v is low and 45v will need to be charged before you can use it again. 

Accessing Advanced Settings: What You Need To Do

From the home screen, you can access your advanced settings to further customize your riding experience. In each of our three models, you can access the advanced settings by holding down two buttons. 

On the L7 and C7, you will hold the plus and minus buttons for 8 seconds. On the X7/X8, you will hold the Power and Function buttons at the same time. Over the next few paragraphs, we look at some of the advanced settings your electric cycle or scooter has.

Pedal Assist: What Does It Do and How Should You Use It? 

Pedal-assist refers to the power that is given to your motor to assist your pedalling. The ability to engage this is what differentiates your electric bike from a non-motorized bike and a throttle-only bike, which is essentially a moped. Throttle-only bikes are fully motorized and you simply sit on them without needing to use manual power at all. They don’t have a pedal-assist setting. 

For our C7 and L7 models discussed here, you will find pedal-assist under your first advanced setting option. When the Pedal Assist is at 0, the motor is given its maximum power level. 20 km/h is the lowest level of assist and 32 km/h is the highest. 

Consider using the higher settings when you need to go uphill or over difficult terrain. Less assistance to the motor also means you are getting more of a workout.

Power Output: To Eco Mode or Not to Eco Mode? 

Your power output setting changes how quickly your bike can accelerate. Each of the displays we are focusing on in this article includes three power output settings: Eco Mode, Normal, and Power Mode.  

The power mode is the fastest acceleration option. This means it will use maximum torque, the ability to spin the back wheel. Also, torque will help the bike accelerate quickly even from a still position.

Eco Mode offers the slowest acceleration. This mode is intended to give you a greater range at a slower speed. In theory, it can be used to extend your battery life if you are on the road and are low on power.

That being said, we have found in our personal experience that Eco Mode drains the battery faster than Normal Mode. Because of this, we generally leave ours in Normal Mode unless we need the extra torque from Power Mode. 

Furthermore, Normal Mode is a good balance between the two.  For inexperienced riders, Normal is safer than Power because it will give you more time to react and adjust as the scooter accelerates. Also, it gives you a better riding experience over eco mode which can significantly slow down how quickly you can accelerate.

Wheel Diameter Settings

Setting your wheel diameter is a way for your scooter or bike to calculate how fast you are going. Typically, this number should already be entered correctly when you get your electric scooter or bike. However, if you ever need to buy a new display, you should check this setting. 

Voltage

Similar to wheel diameter, your voltage should be set correctly when you purchase your electric scooter or bike. If you ever need to replace the display, that is likely the only time you will need to change this setting. 

Throttle Settings and Start Mode for Scooters

Your start mode can be set as either “Non Speed” or “Kickstart.” Non Speed will allow your scooter to start when you touch the throttle, even if the scooter is at rest. Kickstart requires you to manually start moving to activate the throttle.

While the convenience of Non Speed may be tempting, it does pose some safety risk. Since the scooter will take off instantly when the throttle is pressed, this can be problematic if you accidentally press it while getting on the scooter. In this mode, your scooter can take off even if you are not on it. 

Kickstart is far from difficult and offers the extra insurance that your scooter won’t go cruising away without you. We recommend this mode unless you are an experienced rider and need a quick start.

Cruise Control for X7/X8

On the X7/X8, you can choose a cruise control setting in your advanced settings under P1 (see the video for exact instructions on how to access this setting.) When you choose to enable cruise control, you can hold down your throttle for 5 seconds while you ride and your scooter will remain at that power output setting.

This is not the same as maintaining the same speed, but it can be if the road you are on is smooth and flat. If you are going uphill or the road is rougher, the scooter may slow down even when the power output remains the same. 

Final Thoughts

Jumping on a new scooter or bike is one of our favourite things to do. You can make that experience even better though if you take a minute to explore your display settings. 

Knowing how to use your display before jumping on for a ride can help you avoid accidents or having to stop your ride to figure out how to adjust things like the pedal-assist or speed. 

If you haven’t already, take time to explore your settings for an even more epic ride next time you hit the road. Check out our online store for selections of the most advanced, safest electric scooters and bikes in Canada. 

Learn a New Skill During the Pandemic: How to Ride an Electric Bike

With many individuals and businesses still affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are all looking for ways to make more of the downtime we are experiencing. While learning to make sourdough bread from scratch and endless hours of streaming movies were great during winter and early spring now is the time to look towards activities we can do outside while safely social distancing. 

Learning how to ride an electric bike is a near-perfect venture during these unusual times we are living in. Electric bike riding offers all the advantages of non-assisted bike riding plus several benefits that make it even more accessible to more people. 

In this blog, we answer questions about electric bikes and explore how you can learn to ride an electric bike. This way, you can start enjoying these benefits too. For the purposes of this blog, we will be focusing on pedal-assisted e-bikes but will also touch on e-bikes with a throttle. 

Is Riding an Electric Bike the Same as Riding a Traditional Bike?

In almost all ways, yes. If you can ride a traditional bike, you should easily be able to pick up riding an electric bike. The primary difference is that an electric bike, when you engage the assist mode (more on that in a minute), will feel much easier. 

The look of an electric bike is almost identical to a traditional bike as well. All of the parts and general dimensions stay the same. However, the major difference is in the form of an electrical system complete with a battery and a display screen. 

How Riding an Ebike is Different than a Traditional Bike:


While an e-bike experience is very similar, there are some things you should consider if you are transitioning from a traditional bike to an e-bike:

Faster Speed Equals Greater Efficiency

The rate you pedal your bike, also known as cadence, affects how efficiently your battery operates. You can pedal at any rate that you are comfortable with but the faster you go, the smoother your ride will be. 

Get a Feel for Your Brakes

When you are new to e-bikes it can be surprising just how quickly they can go and the ease of pedalling. While this makes for a more enjoyable riding experience, it also contributes to the bikes needing more room to slow down. When in doubt, brake sooner than later especially if you are going fast. 

Assist Mode Will Turn Off at Higher Speeds

For pedal-assisted bikes, the assist mode will turn off if you are pedalling at around 32 Kph. This is not a bad thing. This is just the point where your electric system cannot provide any additional power to make you go any faster. 

Different Levels of Assistance

E-bikes typically provide at least 3 assistance modes while some provide more. At the highest level, you will receive the most assistance from your electric system. This will allow you to go faster with less effort. 

Start With Lower Assistance

It can be tempting to start out your e-bike adventure on the highest level of assistance for the fastest riding. However, this can take some getting used to and it is safer to start out at a low or medium setting. 

Other Safety Considerations

Ultimately, an e-bike requires the same precautions you would take with a traditional bike but with even more diligence due to the higher speeds.

  • Consider protective gear like a helmet and elbow pads. 
  • Make sure you start biking in an area with few people or obstacles until you get the hang of it. 
  • Practice getting on and off your bike. While the look of an e-bike is very similar to a traditional bike, the added weight from the battery will affect how the bike is balanced. If you are used to traditional bikes, this may change how you navigate getting on and off the bike. 

Is an Electric Bike Faster Than a Traditional Bike? 

A recent study shows that e-bikes are faster on average. However, a pedal-assisted e-bike is not like a car where you push on the gas and the speed increases. E-bikes work by giving your pedalling a boost. You, the rider, still control how fast you go, but the assist-mode makes it easier to pedal. 

Eventually, you will be able to go faster and accelerate more quickly with less exertion. Lessened fatigue and easier mechanics allow you to go faster, but speed is still based largely on your personal ability.  

Do I have to Pedal With an Electric Bike?

Yes, pedalling is a requirement for pedal-assisted electric bike riding. However, when you engage the highest level of assist-mode, pedalling is much easier than a traditional bike. If you are wondering whether to buy an electric bike based on your experience with pedalling a traditional bike, you should give it a try. An e-bike can take significantly less strength!

Do E-Bikes Have a Throttle?

E-Bikes with a throttle are in a different classification from pedal-assist bikes. A throttle is a component of the bike’s engine that manages power with the press of a button. Instead of speed dictated by your pedalling ability, the throttle controls the engine directly. 

While e-bikes with a throttle can be great for many uses, including off-roading, they are not legal in many cities. This is because they can achieve greater speeds than a pedal-assist e-bike and pose a greater risk of more serious injuries and crashes. 

Is an Electric Bike the Same as an Electric Scooter?

The idea that an e-bike is the same as a scooter is a common misconception. They are two entirely different animals. With a scooter, there are no pedals and most are intended to be ridden without any manual pushing the way a non-electric model would be. 

An e-bike, on the other hand, does have pedals and can be operated with or without the electric component engaged. Though they require the extra work of pedalling, e-bikes are faster than scooters and provide more calorie-burning while still requiring less exertion than a traditional bike. 

That being said, it is important to note that an e-bike with a throttle and no pedals can sometimes meet the definition of a scooter. However, this type of e-bike is quite different from the pedal-assist bikes we are considering here. 

Can I Manually Pedal an Electric Bike?

All pedal-assist e-bikes and many throttle e-bikes have pedals you can use without assistance from the motor. Some throttle e-bikes do not include pedals and will provide a riding experience closer to that of a moped. 

If this is the type of e-bike you are looking for, look into the laws regarding this in your area. Depending on where you live, this pedal-less e-bike could require licensing, insurance and additional restrictions.

How Do Pedal Assisted E-Bikes Charge? 

Charging With Pedaling

One of the coolest features of pedal-assisted e-bikes is that they can charge while you ride. Your pedalling creates kinetic energy which helps to recharge the battery. 

Your battery’s ability to be recharged through this method will depend on the age of the battery and how intense your use of the bike has been. Generally, your e-bike will no longer be able to recharge sufficiently from pedalling once it gets to the 5-year mark. 

Electric Charging

While pedal charging is a great feature and can help extend your battery’s charge, an electric charge is still needed. For a full electric charge, your battery will need anywhere around 3.5 to 6 hours. 

Regenerative Braking

With some bikes, you can regenerate your battery with braking. This can be a great feature but is not offered on many bikes for several reasons. Namely, regen braking requires a heavier motor type known as a direct drive motor. This extra weight can slow you down and the regen feature will not necessarily give you back that much more of a charge. 

Can I Ride an E-bike Without a Battery?

If you have decided that you do not want the pedal-assist or if your battery has worn out but you still need to use your bike, you can ride without the battery. Your bike will now provide the same riding experience as a traditional bike. 

Is Riding an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

Yes! While you will burn fewer calories per hour than you would on a traditional bike (around 440 calories/hour on an electric bike vs 550 on a traditional bike), many riders can use their electric bikes longer and more often with less fatigue.

Additionally, because you do not have to work as hard, most riders will find they sweat less. This is an important advantage if you plan to ride your e-bike to work or to any social gatherings (whenever we’re able to have those again, that is). 

E-bikes also allow many more people to enjoy cycling. Those who have physical limitations or who are new to cycling can find a traditional bike difficult or intimidating. E-bikes make it easier to pedal but also offer the option to reduce electric assistance. This means you can use the assist-mode less as you get more comfortable. 

Find Your E-Bike

E-bikes come in a variety of styles with different features. Many are designed for specific purposes such as commuting and mountain biking. Some are built for speed with lighter frames while others are heavy-duty to allow for cargo. 

To get started finding the right e-bike options for you, browse our e-bike selection or contact our Epic Cycles team. 

The Best Electric Bikes for Exercise During a Pandemic

Biking has become the top choice for exercise during the pandemic. Both traditional bikes and electric bikes offer you a way to get outside and work your muscles while maintaining social distancing. This increase in biking frequency can also have a positive impact on the environment, traffic congestion and personal health. 

So, what are the best electric bikes for exercise during a pandemic? As the popularity of e-bikes have grown so have the options available. Prices have also started to come down as production increases, making this an optimal time to buy.  In this blog, we will take a look at why bike riding could be a good fit for your life. More importantly, we will explore the best e-bikes for exercise during the pandemic.

Why Bicycling is Great Exercise During Social Distancing

In this section, we will show you why you should buy an electric bike. These innovative bicycles offer a number of benefits that can be enjoyed even with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Avoiding Public Transportation

Electric bikes allow you to travel further with less fatigue than a traditional bike. This makes them ideal for getting to places within your community while avoiding public transportation and rideshare services. While precautions are being taken in our transportation industries to keep riders and operators safe, it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of virus transmission in a closed space like a car or bus. 

However, an electric bike will allow you to travel upwards of 30km in an hour. Combine this speed with a pannier bag and you can easily knock off errands like buying groceries from your to-do list without risking public transportation. 

Getting Fresh Air

The COVID-19 pandemic swept through the world just as many of us were preparing to get outside after the long winter. This has resulted in even more indoor time than usual – a fact that can have a serious effect on health. Bone aches, depression and trouble sleeping can all be attributed to a lack of sunlight and vitamin D. As little as 15 minutes of bike riding a day can get you all the vitamin D and sunlight you need to stave off this ill effect.s 

Your Personal Gym on Wheels

Gyms and indoor recreation centers have been among the places that Canadians have missed the most during the pandemic. While gyms are beginning to reopen, the threat of COVID-19 has not completely passed. This means there may be limited availability of certain equipment and shower facilities. 

For those with compromised immune systems, the risk may still be too great even with these extra precautions. Riding an electric bike is a great alternative that helps you work multiple parts of your body and cardiovascular system. Staying fit is top of the answers to why you should buy an e-bike.

Calorie Burning Without the Strain 

E-bikes are designed to assist riders to make taking on obstacles like hills easier. Also, they require less force to operate on flat ground. However, this ease does not mean you are not burning calories. 

An hour of electric bike riding will burn around 300 calories for most riders and even more for others.  Also, new riders who are not used to bike riding and those with mobility concerns can easily enjoy this versatile form of exercise thanks to the pedal-assist function. This functionality and ease of usage is why you should buy an e-bike even with social distancing.

Best Ebikes for Your Pandemic Workout

The following electric bikes are a great exercise and functionality option. Also, we have considered how much e-bikes cost to help you make the best choices.

Magnum Classic 11 – Low Step – Best Value and Great for New Riders

Voted “Best Value Folding Bike” by Electric Bike Reviews, the  Magnum Classic 11 – Low Step has plenty of features for new and experienced riders to love. A

 wide, cushioned seat, low-step and adjustable level of peddle assist make this bike great for riders who are new to bikes or starting a new exercise routine. Other features include: 

More Bike for Your Buck

The Magnum Classic 11 earned its title as a best value by coming in at a lower price point than many other folding bikes without skimping on the design. 

Gel-Cushioned Saddle Seat

If you have ever avoided biking because of fear of a tiny, uncomfortable seat, the Magnum is the best bike to change your mind. The wide saddle seat is cushioned with gel that provides comfort and stability for short and long rides. 

6 Levels of Peddle Assist

Start your biking journey with a little extra help from the varied levels of peddle assistance. This feature helps new riders get comfortable while also providing options for when you get more experienced. 

Top Speed

With a top speed of 32kmh, the Magnum makes a great commuter bike that can be ridden with ease in urban and suburban areas. 

Easy to Read Display

The large display makes it easy to switch from one level of peddle assist to another without taking your eyes off the road. 

Up to 45 Miles on a Single Charge

A powerful 500-watt battery allows you to get a full charge in 4.5 hours. Get anywhere from 20 to 45 miles on a single charge depending on driving speed and road conditions. 

Magnum Payload – Best Cargo Option

Perhaps your answer to why you should buy an e-bike is to start a delivery side hustle? The Magnum Payload could be the affordable alternative that will carry you, your cargo and even another passenger. With a weight capacity of 350 lbs and a cargo deck on the front and back, the Payload is ideal for running errands or making deliveries. 

Step-Thru Design

The step-thru design ensures you can get on and off the bike safely even when you are fully loaded with cargo. A double kickstand offers even more stability to ensure your cargo stays secure even when weight distribution is not even. 

Room for All Your Bags

When transporting cargo, the Magnum Payload has removable back footrests to accommodate longer, oversized pannier bags.  The front deck is securely fixed to the bike to provide an extra room that is also stable. 

Easy Urban Navigation

As businesses reopen, the Payload provides a flexible way to get through crowded urban streets. Even stacked with cargo or a passenger, this bike is easy to maneuver and provides greater versatility than even the most compact 4-wheel vehicle. 

Up to 88km on a Single Charge

The Payload’s rugged battery provides anywhere from 40 to 88 km on a single charge. Depending on total cargo and rider weight, riding style and terrain, you may get anywhere within this range.

Saddle Seat

A cushioned saddle seat helps keep you comfortable even during multiple stops and deliveries. 

Safe Braking


Hydraulic disc brakes by Tektro ensure that even when you have maximum cargo, you and your items can all come to a stop safely. 

Magnum Ui6 – Best City Biking 

Rated as the “Best Value in the City Category” by Electric Bike Reviews, the Magnum Ui6 is a quality, affordable bike for city dwellers. Furthermore, the user-friendly design and reliable performance of the Ui6 make it a great option. 

User-Friendly Display

The backlit LCD display lets you see at a glance your assist level, speed, battery power and even your trip time and distance. 

Lightweight Battery

With a 7lb, easy to remove the battery, the Ui6 makes charging easy. Just pop out the battery and plug in the battery wherever it is most convenient for you. 

Colour Options

The Ui6 is available in sleek black and bold white to help match your personal style. Choose black for a matte finish or white for a glossy look. 

Magnum Peak – Affordable Power 

As the name implies, this Magnum is especially well suited to hilly areas. If your answer to why you should buy an electric bike question is to avoid steep inclines, the MagnumPeak can open up your trail options. 

Exceptional Range

With a top range of 97 km,  the Peak wins big points for riders who want to be able to enjoy the open road longer. However, the range will vary based on riding style, rider weight and other factors but even the lowest end of the range is 48 km. This factor alone helps the Peak outshine many other bikes.

City and Trail Riding

Unlike many other bikes, the Peak has features that make it a great option for both mountainous trails and urban streets. Its 6 levels of peddle assist ensure you can get the exercise you need while also being able to make it up steep inclines and rockier trails. 

24 Gear

With the inclusion of a 24 gear system, the Peak helps to ease the descent down steep inclines. Bikes with lower gears will not provide the same gradual descent as the Peak which is another reason we love this model. 

Choose Your Wheels

The Peak comes with both 27.5 and 29-inch wheels. This 1.5-inch difference can change your riding experience. To reach top speeds faster, the 27.5” wheels are better while the 29 inch helps your bike be more efficient on longer trips. 

Final Thoughts

The reasons you should buy an e-bike ranges from great exercise to transportation and side hustle options for the pandemic and beyond. The Magnum Payload is especially well equipped to serve as a replacement for another vehicle during the summer. 

For those who will be in the city and on the trails, the Magnum Peak offers the best versatility. Choose a Magnum Classic 11 – Low Step for optimal comfort. This bike also has features that will make it easier to use for anyone not accustomed to bike riding or has any physical issues. 

Ebikes help you get a workout while maintaining a safe social distance. Explore the options listed here and more on our Ebike page. If you need more answers to burning questions call us via 647-715-9000. We’d be happy to help. 

The X7 VS X8 Scooter: All You Need to Know

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Electric scooters are an exciting personal transportation option for many urban and suburban dwellers. For those new to electric scooters, both the X7 and X8 are entry level choices that are well suited to many riders. These motorized scooters feature a sleek design coupled with several key safety features, compact design and a lightweight structure for easy carrying. 

So, why choose one over the other? While the two models offer many of the same features, there are key differences. If you’re looking to buy the X7 scooter, you should know its key features. In this blog, we will help you shed more light on the X7 vs X8 argument. Think of this as a buying guide that compares both electric scooters.

The X7 vs X8: Safety Features 

Both the X7 and X8 include several important safety features, including:

Triple Brake System

A quality braking system is the hallmark of a good and reliable scooter.  Brakes are, arguably, the most important feature on an electric scooter which can reach speeds of 32kmh. To ensure the X7 and X8 can perform well in both wet and dry road conditions and allow for safe stopping even at short distances, these scooters include three brake types: 

  • Mechanical Disk Brakes:  Mechanical disk brakes give riders a manual braking system they can activate by pulling on the brake lever. This type of brake does not include a brake fluid which can be an advantage in that you will not need to replace the fluid. 
  • Electronic Brake System:  An electronic brake system adds another layer of protection without increasing the weight of your scooter. These brakes can be activated with a switch located on the handlebars. This switch creates resistance in the motor so it can not rotate as quickly.
  • Rear Fender Brake: The foot brake offers another option for riders who would prefer to activate the brake by tapping the back fender with their foot instead of from the handlebars. 

Safety Lights

Safely riding a scooter at night requires powerful headlights and/or reflective material. If you choose to buy the X8 electric scooter, it has lighting features that ensure riders are visible even in dim conditions. The same goes for the X7.

Integrated LED Headlight

This powerful light is located on the front of the handlebar stem. Though the light is strong, the integrated design keeps it recessed into the stem. This allows it to be functional while keeping the overall look of the scooter sleek. 

Rear Brake Light

The rear brake light can be easily activated by double clicking the function button on the throttle.  This light includes a blinking action to increase its visibility.

Double Locking Mechanism

In the X7 vs X8 electric scooter argument, both models offer an easy folding design. To ensure the scooter only folds when you want it to, there is a double locking feature. This includes twisting the locking mechanism before pushing a button on the front of the handlebar stem. While easy to use, the design makes it impossible to engage it accidentally.

Handlebar Bell

A simple yet effective device, both scooters include a bell that can be activated with a lever on the handlebars. 

X7 vs X8 Electric Scooter: Comparing The Design 

Profile

Both scooters are known for their simple and sleek designs. The primary difference you will notice in the X7 bs X8 is the location of the battery. If you take a close look at the X8’s battery, it is affixed to the handlebar stem which creates more bulk to the front of the scooter while the X7’s is inside the stem.

Silicone Grips

Soft silicone grips add to a comfortable riding experience.The grips can prevent hand fatigue which can lead to a rider unsafely taking their hands off the bars. 

Easy Folding

Both the X7 and X8 scooter can be folded down in a matter of seconds. Once you disengage the double locking mechanism, the handlebar stem folds down and locks securely into a rear fender. Thus, creating a compact and easy to carry design. 

Fast Setup

Both the X7 and X8 are almost fully functional right out of the box. The only assembly required is attaching the silicone grips and tightening the brake lever. Once the battery is charged, the scooter is ready to go. 

Tires

Solidly built 10 inch tires offer reliable performance on smooth to moderately bumpy terrain. This size of tire also helps prevent excessive strain on the motor. However, the tires are still small enough to allow for easy maneuvering  and sharp turns when needed.

X7 vsX8: How Long Does the Battery Last?

The battery is the biggest difference between the X7 and X8 and is what gives the X8 greater range. The X7 comes equipped with a 5 amp power battery while the X8 has a 10 amp. Let’s take a closer look at the difference a more powerful battery makes.

Range

The X7 can travel around 20KMH on a single charge. Double the battery power equals double the distance for the X8 which can travel between 40 and 45kmh on a single charge.  Range for both will be affected by road conditions and the speed you are traveling. If you want to cover longer distances, buy the X8 scooter. 

Top Speed

While the X8 has greater range, the heavier battery slows down the top speed. The X8 can reach 25KPH while the X7 can reach 32KPH. 

Charging Time

A bigger capacity battery means a longer time to get a full charge. As a result, the X8 will achieve a full charge in about 6 hours while the X7 will only take around 3 hours. This difference can be significant if you need to use your scooter often and charge it quickly. It is also ideal to fully use your battery’s charge before recharging. Depending on how you plan to use your scooter, the smaller battery on the X7 could be advantageous. 

Total Weight

Both the X7 and X8 are lightweight enough to be lifted by most riders. The X7 weighs in at 12.5kg  while the X8 is 15kg. Depending on how much you plan to carry the scooter versus how much you will be riding it, the lighter weight of the X7 could be beneficial. 

Battery Location

Both scooters have their batteries located in the handlebar stem. However, the X8’s battery is affixed to the outside of the tube while the X7’s is inside the tube. 

Weight Capacity

100kg is the recommended maximum weight that each scooter can carry. The weight of the rider can affect performance and ability to reach top speeds. For example, a heavier rider may have more difficulty operating the scooter while going uphill.

A Look at Both Motors

Both the X7 and the X8 have a Brushless DC 350W motor. What does wattage mean for your scooter though? A scooter’s motor wattage determines a lot about performance including how quickly it can accelerate and how it will do carrying heavier loads. 

With a 350W motor, both can successfully carry riders up to 100kg. This is also part of what allows the scooters to take on hills and reach their top speeds. While this is not the most powerful motor available for a scooter, it is an improvement over the common 250W motor.

The brushless DC design is also an upgrade on older brushed DC motors. Brushed motors include mechanical brushes to power different phases of the motor’s operation. Brushless replaces this with digital circuitry. This adds to the performance and longevity of the motor.  

Where Can You Ride the X7 and X8?

Regardless of which you pick in the X7 vs X8 argument, both models include sturdy 10-inch wheels which gives some flexibility on where they can be ridden. However, these scooters are primarily meant for smooth, flat surfaces and not offroading. Both can handle minor bumps but really should be kept to paved trails and sidewalks. Gravel paths are about the roughest terrain these can take on.  

Some pedestrian paths may restrict their use as well so observe local laws. Similarly, and not surprisingly, they are not intended to be ridden on a main road where cars and other large vehicles will be. 

Despite these restrictions, they make for a handy and fun way to travel in many communities and parks. For most riders, small to medium hills will be rideable. Several factors will determine if it is possible for you to ride up a hill. The steeper the incline, the harder it will be. However, your weight can also affect performance. Generally though, the X7 and X8’s 350W motors are able to go up hills easily.  

X7 vs X8 Electric Scooters: What is the Cost?

The cost difference between the two scooters is around 100 CAD. Maintenance, design and durability remain the same so this difference is not enough for most riders to base their decision on. Factors like weight, top speed and charge length are typically better indicators of which scooter will work best for you. 

Conclusion

When deciding between the X7 and X8 the biggest factor is in the battery. The overall look, safety features and functionality of the scooters is largely the same, but the battery changes other key elements. 

The X8’s more powerful battery gives the scooter a greater range and longer charge. However, it also makes the scooter heavier and slows down the top speed. The X7 will also charge faster because it has a smaller battery but the charge will not last as long or allow for as great a range. 

Both are able to handle hills and smooth to moderately bumpy terrain. This makes them great options for urban and suburban areas. Overall, riders who want a longer charge should buy an X8. However, for faster travel, buy an X7 electric scooter.

Luckily for you, we are currently running a sale on both electric scooters. However, you can also check our online store for more electric scooter models. For more information you, call 647-715-9000 or send an email via info@epiccycles.ca.

Why Now is the Best Time To Buy an E-bike in Canada

Has an electric bike been on your wishlist for a while? Now might be the perfect time to invest in this safe and convenient personal transportation option. As our country starts to slowly lift restrictions that have been placed during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still faced with uncertainty. The safety of crowded areas like public transportation continue to be questionable. 

An electric bike may be an ideal solution for many urban dwellers who are starting to come out of their homes but want to avoid crowded buses, subways and ride-sharing solutions. Similarly, a scooter provides a way to get exercise and fresh air without hitting the gym or visiting a park. As you very well know, these are activities that may be limited in your area due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This blog contains information on the advantages of an electric bike. As we go on, we will also explore the health, environmental and economic benefits of purchasing an e-bike now. 

Exercise with Purpose Using an Electric Bike

A big part of staying healthy and adjusting to life during the pandemic and beyond is finding creative ways to get active. Electric bikes offer several advantages when it comes to exercising, productivity and health during this time. While any form of exercise is a good idea, electric bikes are especially well suited for maintaining social distancing among other advantages, including: 

Multitasking

Using an electric bike to run small errands or get to work (assuming your work commute isn’t just to your living room these days!) is a simple way to incorporate exercise into our busy routines. 

Also, because electric bikes are able to take on hills more easily and take less effort to operate than a traditional bike, riders can use them for longer trips. This opens up the possibility of getting more done without a car or facing risky public transportation during the pandemic. 

Staying Social while Distancing

While social distancing makes team sports impossible, bike riding is a good alternative. Ideally, riders will ride on their own in uncrowded parks while maintaining a minimum of 2 meters of distance between each other.

However, you can still be social while riding with the help of Bluetooth devices like this Bluetooth enabled helmet. You can make calls, listen to music, and talk with a fellow rider with this hands-free option. 

Biking for All

Current events have left more and more of us scrambling for alternative ways to exercise. While biking is a great option for many, others might be limited by health factors. The ease of operating a bike with an electrical assist opens up the possibility to people who are less in shape or suffer from joint problems. In fact, it makes the cost of an electric bike worth it.

More Efficient than Walking

Electric bikes are not only faster than walking, they burn more calories with less effort. On average, a person riding an electric bike will burn around 440 calories in an hour. This is a major advantage that should be considered if you are wondering whether to buy an electric bike.

Someone walking at a moderate pace will burn between 210 and 360 calories in that same time. These numbers depend on an individual’s physical fitness and the terrain but they are a solid estimate of the average. 

Burn Calories with Less Sweat

One of the drawbacks of a traditional bike ride is that you are likely to arrive at your destination sweaty and uncomfortable. While you can still break a sweat on an electric bike especially in hot weather, it is likely to take longer and be less intense. This can be extremely frustrating and embarrassing if you use your bike to get to work. An e-bike eliminates or at least reduces this issue. 

Start a Side Hustle with An Electric Bike

If you are not an essential worker and are not at an increased risk of complications from COVID-19, now might be the perfect time to start a delivery side hustle.  With so many people out of work and many businesses unable to operate safely, one of the things people are clamouring for is the delivery of necessary foods and goods. 

Cargo-style e-bikes and accessories increase what you can carry on your bike, making it a great delivery vehicle. Delivering on a bike can be a fun way to make money while also getting exercise and helping your community during these difficult times. 

Sustain the Environment With an E-bike

Electric bikes and scooters have always provided a transportation option that was faster than walking but more environmentally friendly than other motorized vehicles. Choosing an electric bike over a car when possible will help continue what we have started during the pandemic. 

Our reduced mobility and manufacturing during the pandemic has shown just how much of an impact our transportation methods can make on the environment. According to one study, pollution has been reduced by 30% due to roughly half the global population being on some form of lockdown restrictions. Though we are experiencing fatalities and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, there has been a decrease in emergency room visits for pollution-related illnesses such as asthma. 

Keeping pollution at bay may also be critical to lowering death rates. Fortune Magazine reported that it seems that areas with higher pollution rates also had more fatalities from the virus. This could be linked to the fact that pollution affects our lungs and hearts leaving us more vulnerable. 

Though this recent reduction in pollution is promising, it also shows just how much more we need to do. Most importantly, it highlights the need to create sustainable solutions with alternative transportation methods. 

Even if a vaccine and/or treatment is found for COVID-19 tomorrow, pollution will still have major impacts on our health. E-bikes are one way we can help improve this situation going forward. E-bikes offer the following environmental benefits: 

Minimal Waste

With batteries lasting through many charges, an e-bike creates little waste. Additionally, the more people that use electric bikes, the less strain is put on our roadways by larger vehicles. This results in less repair and construction waste on repairing roadways. 

Zero Emissions

Because electric bikes do not create carbon emissions, they do not contribute to air pollution the way other vehicles do. A city with less pollution will have fewer instances of respiratory issues and other related illnesses. 

Reduced Dependence on Oil

Oil and the process of oil extraction cause a variety of environmental issues. Also, the increased use of electric vehicles can reduce the chances of oil spills and save land that would be otherwise decimated for the purposes of oil extraction. 

You Could Get a Rebate 

The Canadian government, along with other countries around the world have taken notice of the environmental and health benefits of electric bikes. This has led to incentives in the form of rebates for purchasing an electric bike. 

In Canada, you may get up to a $500 rebate on an e-bike through the Scrap-It program. To qualify, you need to purchase an electric bike and also scrap an old car. Visit the website to see further details on how to qualify.

Along with rebate potential, the popularity of electric bikes has led to decreases in the cost. Electric bike technology is continuing to evolve with current changes including a smoother ride, longer-lasting batteries and improved safety features. 

Take Advantage of Less Traffic 

Perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to get an electric bike now is that there simply isn’t as much traffic. While e-bikes have always provided a safe and versatile mode of transportation, traffic from larger vehicles has hampered their use. Now, with so many people following lockdown restrictions, there is less traffic than we have seen in decades. This is the best time to buy an e-bike!

Buy an E-bike: Spring is Bike Weather 

Electric bikes can technically be used year-round but spring and summer are the best time here in Canada. Though the colder weather can provide some decent biking days, the warm weather means you don’t have to bulk up on winter gear. 

With so many businesses still closed and restrictions to contend with, a bike ride out in the open can be a major relief. Whether you have been isolating during the pandemic, are an essential worker going out every day or something in between, we are all feeling the stress of this unprecedented situation. 

Our mobility has been restricted, our social outlets have been cut off and there is uncertainty with respect to our physical, mental and economic wellness. A bike ride on the open road may be one of the few activities that still feels the same as what we had. It is also one of the few ways to be out in public without feeling at constant risk of being too close to another person or worrying about the surfaces you touch. Because of this, buying an e-bike now is as much for your mental health as it is for your physical health. 

Final Thoughts

Current concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental issues and social distancing have created an ideal scenario for purchasing an e-bike. With an e-bike, you can safely get exercise and enjoy the warmer months. 

For the best deals on e-bikes visit our online store for our selection of affordable e-bikes. Have questions? Call 647-715-9000 or send an email to info@epiccycles.ca .

 

Your Guide to Bike Riding During COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to make changes to our everyday lives, we are all looking for a sense of normalcy and stress relief. At Epic Cycles, we know how important the freedom of bike riding can be especially in times like these. But how can you ride your bike safely without endangering yourself or others?  We know you have questions and we’ve put together our best resources to keep you safe, healthy and continuing to ride the bikes you love. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss questions about bike riding safety during social distancing, extra precautions you should take and the best ways to minimize risk to yourself and others. 

Related article: Health Benefits of Riding an E-bike

 

Is there a ban on outdoor activities? 

Currently, outdoor exercise is still recommended by the Canadian government. However, extreme caution must be practiced, and some people should not be going out at all. 

People who should avoid going out for any reason, include anyone who has:

  • Been in contact with an infected person in the last 14 days
  • Exhibited symptoms of the virus including fever
  • Been diagnosed with the virus 
  • Been outside the country in the last 14 days  

If you do not fall into any of the above categories then, yes, bike riding is a good exercise option as long as you follow certain precautions. Basic precautions include practicing proper hygiene and handwashing, avoiding groups and minimizing the risk of injury. 

Rules and regulations about permitted activities during social distancing have changed rapidly over the last several weeks. Here, we’ll give you some of the most common rules across the nation but for the most up to date measures for your province, visit Canada.Ca COVID Resources

 

Where should I ride my bike?

This can be tricky to answer and will depend on where you live. Most public trails and parks are currently closed to help prevent the spread of the virus and it is not recommended for riders to travel far for bike riding. The safest and most responsible option is riding your bike close to home during hours when the fewest people are out such as early morning.

 

Can I ride in a group?

With everyone being more isolated, we are all looking for ways to connect. Unfortunately, a group bike riding experience is not a good option. While a distance of 2 meters from other people in public has become the standard rule during the pandemic, that is much harder to control when in motion on a bike. 

If a bike path is crowded even with a small group, it can make it much more difficult to maintain proper distance. Additionally, bike riders may not be able to cover their mouths if they sneeze or cough while riding. Droplets from these have the potential to travel even further on the wind. 

Instead, go riding alone, keep your distance from any other riders and try to go riding at non-peak times. 

 

Will wearing a mask keep me safe from other riders?

In short, no. While an N95 mask does work to filter particles in the air, they can make breathing difficult during physical activity like bike riding, so they are not recommended. Also, with the current shortage of these masks, it is better to leave them for medical professionals. 

For most, cloth masks are more readily available or can be made by hand. These types of masks are most beneficial in keeping other people safe from your germs if you cough or sneeze. They are not considered effective for stopping particles from reaching your nose and mouth.

According to CDC Guidelines for Face Masks, a cloth mask is not a substitute for keeping proper distance. These should really only be used when you absolutely need to be in a public place where social distancing is not possible. Wearing one while riding will have little to no benefit.

 

How careful do I need to be about touching things?

As the COVID virus is still very new to medical and scientific professionals, many things are not yet understood about how it is contracted. This includes murky information about how long the virus can exist on different objects. 

Overall, it is best to err on the side of caution. If you touch anything while out on your bike ride, avoid touching your face after. As soon as possible, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, which is the recommended time for proper hand cleaning. 

 

How is Coronavirus spread?

While some information is not yet known about how COVID-19 spreads, the World Health Organization does say that it is spread from person to person through bodily fluids. Those fluids include saliva and discharge from the nose. 

These droplets are too heavy to stay in the air for long, but you can breathe them in if you are within 1 meter of someone who is coughing or sneezing. This is why a minimum of 2 meters of distance is critical to staying safe. 

You can also be infected by touching a surface that has the droplets on it and then touching your nose, mouth or eyes. It is still not known exactly how long the virus will survive on different surfaces. When in doubt, avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as possible. 

 

Will exercise help sweat the virus out?

The myth that exercise can help to burn away illness is only partially true. According to Medical News Today exercise can be beneficial for a common cold which includes symptoms like a runny nose, cough and congestion. However, if you are running a fever and/or have chest or stomach pain along with other flu-like symptoms, exercise can do more harm than good.

For those who have or suspect they have the COVID virus or the flu, exercise should be avoided. As Covid’s symptoms center on the lungs, physical activity is likely to exacerbate breathing difficulty. However, if your symptoms are mild and you feel like you need exercise, try walking slowly at first. 

If you begin to feel any tightening in the chest or shortness of breath, stop your physical activity. If you continue having difficulty breathing after stopping, it may be time to call the doctor. Learn more about when experts say you should seek medical help for coronavirus

 

What to Take When Biking Alone 

Bike safety is always important, and every rider should be prepared to perform minor bike fixes and basic first aid. Ideally, plan to bring everything with you that you will need to avoid stopping in a store. Safety gear and emergency supplies include:

  • Helmet and knee/elbow pads
  • Working headlight and reflective gear for night rides
  • First aid kit with bandages, antibiotics, pain relievers, etc. 
  • Bike repair kit including a tire patch and tools. 
  • Your cell phone – also, let someone know where you are going and specify a time you will call them by when you get back. 
  • Water/sports drink to stay hydrated. This is always important but is especially important now as you will want to avoid stopping in a store to get these items while on your ride.
  • Bike bell – typically used to alert other riders and pedestrians that you are coming through, this can now be a good way to signal for someone to keep their distance from you.

 

Why is it so important to be extra careful now?

  • As hospitals contend with higher volumes of COVID patients, it may take longer to get treatment for bike-related injuries.
  • Even with the best precautions taken, a trip to a medical facility with COVID patients will increase the likelihood of you contracting the virus. 
  • There is widespread uncertainty about available goods and services. If you injure yourself or are unable to repair a minor problem with your bike, it may not be easy to get alternate transportation. Contacting a friend or family member to come to get you may also violate social rules and put you both at greater risk. 

 

A Special Note on Safety 

It is more important than ever to take precautions and use proper protective gear when bike riding or doing any kind of activity.  Our available healthcare resources are already under stress from the increased number of coronavirus patients filling our hospitals. One way to do our part is to avoid other injuries that would require a doctor’s visit. 

Even if you live in a province where bike helmets are not mandatory, consider wearing one now. Other protective gear like knee and elbow pads could also minimize injuries. Now is also a good time to stick to paths that you know well. Exploring rugged, out of the way terrain might be tempting but it could increase your chances of injury. Similarly, avoid biking outside during rainy or icy weather that can make the roads more dangerous. 

 

Final Thoughts

Can you ride your bike during the coronavirus? Currently, yes you can, however; the situation is rapidly evolving, and you should check in with your local guidelines before striking out on the road.

The options for places to ride are limited and extreme caution should also be taken. Avoid dangerous trails, pack everything you need to avoid having to stop in a store and continue practicing safe distancing while riding. 

While bike riding is still an option, consider limiting how often you go outside. Incorporate other indoor exercises to stay healthy while also staying safe.

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

Sur Ron Electric Motorcycle Review

Affordable, built to take on all terrain, and a battery that lasts up to 3 hours, need we say more? Probably, yes. Built for speeds up to 77 km/h, the Sur Ron motorcycle is ideal for pretty epic off-road adventuring.  Lightweight construction and sleek design also contribute to this bike’s appeal.

Related article: How To Choose An Electric Bike? A Complete Buying Guide

 

Quality in the Details

The Sur Ron X won its place as the winner of the 2018 German Red Dot Award for Design with exceptional attention to detail. With over a million dollars in research and design backing the construction of this unique bike, riders get quality and hassle-free user experience.  

Testing for both safety and performance were of top priority before the bike came to the Canadian market. Developed in state-of-the-art facilities, the Sur-Ron went through rigorous simulation trials to ensure each element of the bike can perform for riders of all skill levels. This includes multiple pro-athletes who use the bike for stunts and jumps without compromising the sturdy suspension. 

Let’s look at some of its features in more depth.

 

Sur Ron X Battery and Charger

Sur Ron’s charger works with the battery to charge faster, prolong battery life and optimize range. Unlike many other batteries, the Sur Ron’s can be regularly pushed to the max without affecting their ability to hold a charge. This is accomplished with a high rate of discharge in the 18650 battery’s cells. The 18650 lithium-ion cells are known for their superior ability to keep up with high-drain devices which allows for a longer charge.

 

Despite this long charge capability, the huge 60v 32ah pack only takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to fill. The included 10A charger makes this possible. Equipped with an outer fan, the charger is protected from overheating even in warm weather, making it safer and more reliable. 

Off-Road Use Only

An important factor to note about the Sur Ron X is that it is exclusively for off-road use. Because of its speed potential and lack of pedals, the Sur Ron is considered a motorcycle and not an e-bike. This makes the bike great for off-road adventures, but it is not street legal in Canada.

 

Light but Strong Frame

One of the best style features of the Sur Ron comes from the frame.  Internal structure elements reinforce the bike while the outside looks sleek and effortless. Made of high-pressure aluminum, the bike’s frame combines strength with lightweight construction. 

The Sur Ron weighs in at only 50 kg but can support up to 130 kg. This lightness can make for a unique riding experience with easier, more responsive handling. 

By applying a 6,000-ton press to the aluminum, the Sur Ron is made naturally 3X stronger without adding weight. Powerful jumps are made possible with this same technology as the rear swingarm is light but still able to withstand significant impact.

The seamless build-quality continues with the stainless-steel hardware. This will reduce the chances of rust and preserve the look and functionality of the bike for years to come. During our inspection, this quality jumped out in every detail. Sturdy frame bumpers protect the front from damage and each welded piece fits together flawlessly. 

Real Motorcycle Tires

Don’t be fooled by the size and light weight of this bike. It’s a true motorcycle with the wheels to match. Safe, durable and aesthetically cool, Sur Ron’s tires are another great example of the bike’s attention to detail. Three times heavier than regular tires, these rubber beasts will outlast and outperform standard bike tires.  Large, 13-gauge spokes add to the durability as well.

 

Motor

The Sur Ron includes a permanent, magnetized, internal motor with 6000W of power. Created especially for the bike, this axial flux electric motor is not a rebranded piece. With the axial’s ability to provide a higher rate of accessible power, it packs a greater punch in a smaller package than a radial flux. 

The 2-stage drive makes it possible for the motor to run a high RPM without overheating or excessive noise. A belt in the first stage reduces noise from the RPM and a chain in the second moderates the torque on the rear wheel.

Ease of Operation 

The Sine Wave Controller plays a major part in not only the sound of the bike but also the simplicity of operation. This upgraded controller improves on the older model which had rougher edges and a square shape. With the improved design, noise is reduced by nearly a third. 

Power curves are effortless and reliable with the Sine Wave’s digital programming and control. A unique, regenerative feature allows you to charge the battery when coasting over 12 KMH. This regenerative option does add some resistance when riding but can be switched off for an easier, gliding coast similar to that of a non-motorized bike. 

Additional improvements to operational ease include:

  • 20% increase in torque output
  • 30% decrease in noise over old “square” styles
  • Smoother handling at higher speeds
  • Increase in top speed by 10%
  • No gears or clutch 
  • Regenerate power when coasting

 

Suspension

Sur Ron tapped into motocross suspension design to up the ride quality of this value-driven motorcycle. With a front and rear suspension to rival more expensive bikes, the Sur Ron provides optimal shock absorption.

Our Epic Cycles team found the ride smooth and comparable to higher-end bikes. This made riding longer distances more comfortable and a lot more fun too. Quality suspension added to the feeling of balance and control. With the tires making better contact, the ride felt stable and the steering effortless.

For shorter, more powerful riding, the Sur Ron also has a lot to offer. A drive chain that could easily work with a larger motorcycle provides 6000w of power. Even from a resting state, you can get the bike up on the back wheel. 

Power is important, but does it provide a good riding experience? The suspension also helps here. The Fast Ace suspension in the rear combines with added linkage for smooth compression. 

Superior compression ensures that your swing arm can react to changes in the road easily even when riding at top speeds. However, Sur Ron also provides a harder compression for the second part of compression which allows the bike to take the impact of larger jumps. DNM Volcano powers the front compression can be adjusted for a different riding experience 

 

Top Speeds and Range

Multiple factors play into each rider’s top speed and range. The rougher the terrain and faster the speeds, the less distance you will be able to cover. For example, when ridden at the top speed of 77 KPH, only around 50 kilometres may be covered, and the charge will last around an hour. Hardcore riders who are riding at top speeds and taking on hills and dirt will get even less distance, perhaps only 30 km. 

To maximize the charge time and distance, this requires going slower and sticking to relatively smooth terrain. Only under these ideal conditions is a three-hour charge possible with a distance of 80 km.

Related article: Remove speed limit: can you derestrict an electric bike?

 

Bonus Features

USB Port:  Who’s going to say “no” to an extra USB port? We definitely aren’t. The Sur Ron’s attention to detail extends to the ultra-convenient addition of a USB charging port. Located above the battery’s case, the port allows for mobile device charging while you ride.

420 Drive Chain: The Sur Ron does not skimp on the drive chain. These 420 chains ensure you can push the bike to its max without breaking or snapping the chain.

Adjustable Foot Pegs: With several inches to adjust, the Sur Ron accommodates riders of different heights. This can also provide a varied riding experience.

No Duplicate Connectors: The bike’s wiring includes foolproof connectors. With only one each of 3, 4 and 6 slot connectors, it is impossible to connect them incorrectly. Each connector can only plug into one type of slot.  This makes maintenance, repair and tinkering with the bike simple.

LED Lights: Small but powerful, the stock LED headlights on the Sur Ron X can be adjusted up to a brightness of 3200 lumens or as low as 80 lumens. While the light is powerful, it is also prone to overheating when turned to the brightest settings. Fortunately, there is built-in heat protection and the lights will shut off when they are too hot.

 

Conclusion

For off-road adventuring, the Sur Ron X cannot be beaten in terms of value and quality. The bike combines features like motocross suspension and a fast-charging battery with a low price point. This makes it ideal for both beginners and more seasoned riders.

Related article: Tips for Electric Bike Beginner

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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