I’ve spent greater than a decade working within the e-bike business, and so I’ve seen my fair proportion of the latest electric bicycle trends. One I didn’t anticipate to see this yr although was the rise of single-speed electrical bicycles.

However prepared or not, right here they arrive. They usually’re bringing decrease costs with them!

A giant motive for the lower cost of many single-speed electrical bicycles is just the discount in elements.

Shifters, derailleurs, and transmission cables all add value and complexity that may be eliminated on single-speed e-bikes.

They even simplify points like packaging and delivery, since there isn’t any want to guard fragile transmission elements. And some of the frequent locations for harm on an e-bike in delivery is a banged-up derailleur — so avoiding that helps minimize prices related to returns and replacements.

And when you think about the markup that goes into an electrical bike, eradicating simply $30-$50 in shifters, cables, derailleurs, derailleur hangers, guards, cassettes, and different associated elements can imply shaving off a number of occasions that a lot on the bike’s MSRP.

Strive working into that fragile factor with a pallet jack; it ain’t fairly

Living proof: Rad Power Bikes. The most important US electrical bicycle firm spent years at a gentle $1,499 value level throughout their lineup of practically a dozen completely different e-bike fashions.

Then they launched their first-ever single-speed mannequin, the awesome little utility e-bike known as the RadRunner. That bike additionally occurred to be the corporate’s lowest-priced e-bike on the time by a number of hundred {dollars}. Its value finally leveled out at $1,199, which was remarkable at the moment from an business chief like Rad Energy Bikes.

However the RadRunner didn’t maintain onto its title of lowest-priced mannequin for lengthy.

This summer season the corporate released their latest even lower priced e-bike, the RadMission. That e-bike, as you may need guessed by now, can be a single-speed e-bike.

It debuted at a promotional $999 earlier than leveling off at $1,099.

Each the RadRunner and RadMission additionally saved a couple of {dollars} right here and there with different measures, reminiscent of inflexible forks and simplified shows.

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The RadMission solely presents a single-speed, however is the corporate’s lowest-priced mannequin

However their single-speed designs weren’t outliers within the business. Different firms rapidly adopted go well with.

Ride1Up just lately unveiled its personal single-speed Roadster V2 e-bike priced at an impressive $995. The value is much more spectacular when you think about that the bike additionally includes a belt drive instead of a chain drive!

We’ve additionally seen different common sub-$1k single-speed e-bikes come alongside such because the Propella single-speed e-bike and the Analog Motion AM1.

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The Propella single-speed e-bike definitely embraces the hipster-fixie theme

Each of these bikes additionally reveal one other benefit of single-speed e-bikes: an opportunity to scale back weight.

Each bikes weigh below 35 lb (15.8 kg), which makes them veritable featherweights on the planet of e-bikes.

Are hills the enemy of single-speed e-bikes?

One of the frequent questions I get as regards to single-speed e-bikes revolves across the subject of hills.

Whereas single-speed e-bikes excel in flat areas, sure fashions can sometimes wrestle on hilly terrain.

With a single gear ratio that’s typically designed to be snug at larger speeds (the place e-bikes spend extra of their time), low-speed hill climbing will be extra of a chore if the motor isn’t very highly effective or if the battery ever runs out.

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The Ride1Up Roadster V2 barely even seems like an e-bike

For throttle-powered e-bikes, I don’t personally discover this to be a problem since I can blip the throttle to get previous the decrease pace vary and into the extra snug zone of the only gear ratio. In actual fact, most of my throttle-enabled e-bikes spend practically their complete lives sitting within the highest gear anyhow, since I spend so little time passing by way of the decrease pace zone that I not often really feel the necessity to downshift.

For throttle-less e-bikes although, some riders would possibly discover these first few pedal rotations on the backside of an enormous hill to be a doozy.

That doesn’t imply that single-speed e-bikes can’t deal with hilly terrain, however extra leisurely riders of pedal-assist solely e-bikes or those that are out of practice could also be extra snug counting on a couple of bigger gears to select from.

Finally, I believe the rising variety of single-speed e-bike choices is a superb addition to the market.

Yearly we see dozens of recent e-bike fashions bringing fascinating new designs and options.

Single-speeds merely provide that rather more selection for shoppers to select from!

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