Ebikes have gained popularity in recent years as a comfortable and eco-friendly transport option, both for commuting and recreational purposes.

Thinking about buying an eBike? If so, you're in the right place, because in this guide you will find out what are the different types of electric bikes and what you should consider to choose the one that suits you best.

Happy riding!

What are electric bikes?

Electric bicycles, also known as eBikes, are traditional bicycles equipped with a motor that helps pedaling and an electric battery that usually offers about 70 km of autonomy. 

The main advantage of these bicycles is that they provide an extra boost to cyclists that allows them to overcome the most demanding moments with less effort and go further than they did before. 

However, according to the European Parliament's definition, an electric bicycle is a two- wheeled fitted with pedals that are capable of propelling it and is equipped with an electric motor which provides a continuous rated power that not exceed 250 W electrical assistance and must cut off when the cycle reaches 15.5 m/h or 25 km/h.

If the power exceeds 250 W or the motor assistance allows reaching speeds above 25 km/h or 15,5 m/h without pedaling, the vehicle will no longer be governed by the regulations that affect traditional bicycles and the traffic regulations that apply to mopeds or motorcycles will have to be taken into account, with all the paperwork and costs that this entails (registration, name changes, revisions, etc.).

In any case, these traffic regulations may differ from country to country. So we recommend that you check local regulations regarding the use of electric bicycles before buying one. As each region may have specific rules regarding speed limits, power output, age restrictions, and where eBikes are allowed to be ridden.

5 important things to have on mind before buying an e-bike 

Before diving into the world of eBikes, there are a few essential factors to consider. These will help you make a better informed decision and choose the right electric bike that fits your needs and preferences. 

1 - Motor Placement

The first aspect to evaluate is the placement of the motor on the electric bike. There are three common options: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and mid-drive motors. 

Rear-wheel drive motors are built directly into the rear hub, so there is no need to change the geometry of the bicycle and they are more economical than bottom bracket motors.

The same applies to front-wheel drive motors. Only, in this case, it is not necessary to disassemble the drivetrain to incorporate them into the bicycle. They are therefore easier to install.

However, mid-drive motors provide a more balanced weight distribution and a riding experience much more similar to that of a conventional bicycle. And, on the other hand, they respond faster and more efficiently on hills.

2 - Materials

Materials used in the development of a bicycle will not only determine its weight, but also its durability and performance. 

Aluminum is a more rigid and impact-resistant material than carbon. That is why when a bicycle with an aluminum frame receives an impact, it dents and does not return to its original shape. However, it is more susceptible to fatigue from bumps and uneven terrain.

Carbon, on the other hand, is a material composed of sheets of overlapping fibers bonded together with a resin. It is therefore more delicate and, if it receives a hard blow, it could break more easily. However, as it is an elastic material, it absorbs the irregularities of the terrain better and its durability is usually greater. 

So, if you're looking for a lightweight eBike that will increase your riding comfort and allow you to reduce stress on uphill sections or uneven terrain, go for a carbon frame.

While if you are looking for a more economical bike, ready for demanding urban use or to accompany you on your adventures with panniers, we recommend an aluminum frame.

a couple riding on a bike

3 - Battery range and charging speed 

The battery range determines the distance that can be traveled on a single charge, while the charging speed indicates how long it takes to fully charge the battery. 

At this point it is important that the range of the eBike covers the distances that are usually traveled and the charging time does not exceed the rest time between the different stages. 

However, there is a third aspect that is not considered in most buying guides and is equally important: the ease of charging. 

Charging an eBike battery is as simple as charging any electrical device. You plug the charger into the mains and then into the battery's USB port. 

The problem is that if your eBike does not have a removable motor, you will have to move your bike to the nearest power point. Whereas, if you have a Crow, you can remove the battery easily and take it with you wherever you want without having to move the bike. Or even carry a spare battery in your backpack for longer stages.

4 - Quality of components

Before buying an eBike you should pay attention to the quality of its components, which is not the same as the brand of the bike. 

For example, in all Crow bicycles we use components from brands recognized for their reliability and performance in the cycling world. Brands such as Shimano, Ritchey or Campagnolo, which are well known for the high quality of their drivetrain components, derailleurs, brakes and other crucial parts. 

Investing in a bike with high quality components ensures a smoother, more efficient and longer lasting riding experience.

5 - Budget

Prices can vary considerably depending on the brand, features and quality of the bike.

Determining what budget you want to allocate to the purchase of your electric bike will help you narrow down your choices and focus on models that fall within your desired price range.

And now that you know the points you should consider before buying an electric bicycle, how about analyzing the main types of eBike?

4 Types of electric bikes 

Nowadays we can find several types of electric bicycles designed for different riding styles and specific terrains. Here are some of the most popular ones:


Gravel ebike

Gravel eBikes are built for off-road adventures and are equipped with wider tires for enhanced stability and traction on unpaved paths. They typically have a more relaxed geometry, allowing riders to comfortably tackle rough terrains, including gravel roads and trails. However, they are also prepared for riding on asphalt, which makes them the most versatile type of eBike available.


Electric mountain bikes

Electric mountain bikes, also known as eMTBs, are designed for off-road cycling on challenging mountainous terrains. These bikes feature robust frames, powerful motors, and advanced suspension systems to handle rough trails and steep inclines with ease.


Electric road bike

Electric road bikes are designed for riders who enjoy long-distance rides on paved roads. These bikes offer a more streamlined and aerodynamic design, allowing riders to maintain higher speeds with less effort.

woman riding on a bike in the city


Urban eBike

Urban eBikes are specifically designed for city commuting and navigating busy streets. These bikes often feature a more upright riding position, providing better visibility and comfort in urban environments. They may come with features such as fenders, lights, racks, and integrated locks to enhance convenience and practicality for daily commuting.

How to choose the right electric bike for you 

Buying an electric bicycle can be an exciting and rewarding experience. But, to select the type of electric bike that best suits your needs, you should consider the following factors:

  • Riding Purpose

  • Determine the primary purpose of your eBike. Are you looking for a bike for commuting, off-road adventures or leisure rides? Understanding your riding goals will help you narrow down the options and focus on bikes that align with your intended use.

  • Battery capacity

  • A larger capacity battery will allow you to go on longer rides without recharging. However, larger batteries add more weight to the bike and may not always be the best choice.

    That's why our recommendation is to choose a battery with sufficient capacity to meet your needs.

  • Bicycle weight

  • The motorization of traditional bicycles has caused some ebikes to reach weights of up to 25 kg (55 Lbs). This is a great inconvenience because it forces you to be weighed down by your bike when you ride above 25 km/h (without the assistance of the motor). 

    However, in Crow we are committed to a system of ultralight bikes, between 13 and 16 kg (28 - 33 Lbs), which offer the possibility of removing the engine and reduce its weight by 3 kg more whenever you want. So you can choose between riding an eBike or a traditional bike depending on the moment and the situation.

  • Frame size and fit

  • Make sure the electric bike you choose has an appropriate frame size and a comfortable fit for your body. A well-fitting bike will enhance your riding experience and reduce the risk of discomfort or injury. Consult sizing charts provided by manufacturers or visit a local bike store for help finding the right frame size.

  • Additional Accessories

  • Note the availability of accessories compatible with the eBike. Accessories such as luggage racks, baskets, panniers and child seats can increase the versatility and utility of your electric bike. Look for models that offer customization options and eBike accessory integration.

    And so much for our little buying guide on electric bikes. We hope it helps you to find the perfect ebike. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

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