Skip to main content

electric Bikes 101

WHY GO ELECTRIC?

E-Bikes are for everyone. Whether you are new to cycling or a veteran cyclist, electric bikes offer an expanded riding experience. With an e-bike you can ride further, faster which allows you to cover more distance in less time. They offer the opportunity to explore new places, and get where you’re going with less impact on our air quality. On or off-road, they’re perfect for those who want to ride faster, conquer hills, sweat less on their commute, ride with friends, and most importantly, have a ton of fun!

WHAT TYPE OF E-BIKE IS BEST FOR ME?

ROAD & GRAVEL E-BIKES

Get out of town on one of these speedsters and explore Colorado in a brand new way.

bike image

TREK DOMANE+ HP

It's right for you if... You want a fast electric road bike that earns top marks in style and performance. You're looking to explore, hit distance milestones you never thought possible, and keep up with faster friends on group rides.

FULL POWER

bike image

SPECIALIZED TURBO CREO SL COMP CARBON EVO

The Turbo Creo SL EVO is here to assist you further into the forest, down the gravel road, or on your next adventure. It features the same motor, battery, and frame as its road-oriented cousin, but takes advantage of tire clearance and adds in some adventure-ready components to take you wherever your heart desires. It's you, only faster.

SUPER LIGHT

mountain E-BIKES

Ready to rip like you never have before?

santa cruz heckler image

SANTA CRUZ HECKLER

The Heckler is about expanding your own trail map—accessing previously unreachable trails, unlocking less-used trails, and doing so independently. The full carbon frame and interchangeable 504wh battery keep the weight down (45.3lb) compared to bikes with larger batteries, but it's fast and easy to put in a fresh battery for even bigger, longer days.

FULL POWER

turbo kenevo sl image

SPECIALIZED TURBO KENEVO SL

Power up to trail riding’s next level and rip the biggest trails like never before. The Kenevo Super Light is a featherweight e-MTB that redefines big mountain performance with a one-of-a-kind combination of light weight, responsiveness, and capability. Ultra-responsive handling and big mountain capability amplified by the benefits of Specialized's 240-watt Turbo Super Light system enables you to flow up, over, and through the biggest trails in ways that were previously impossible.

SUPER LIGHT

CIty, cruiser & recreational E-BIKES

Downright fun. These E-Bikes are perfect for commuting and getting around town.

specialized turbo vado image

SPECIALIZED TURBO VADO 4.0

It's a busy world out there, and the sad thing is, it's getting faster all of the time. That's why we recommend faster bikes for busy lives, like the Turbo Vado 4.0. It takes our award-winning and exclusive technology and tailors it to a package that's designed for getting you around your day-to-day life quicker than ever before.

COMFORT & CONTROL

trek allant + image

TREK ALLANT+ 9.9S

Allant+ 9.9S is the ultimate e-bike, one that’s more than worthy of replacing your car. The super powerful Bosch Performance Speed motor and extra long-range battery let you go fast and far for long-distance commutes and speedy weekend rides. Plus, the light OCLV Carbon frame is trimmed with high-performance parts and thoughtful features designed specifically for dedicated e-bike riders.

FULL POWER

ELECTRIC BIKE FAQS

DO I NEED A LICENSE TO RIDE AN ELECTRIC BIKE?

In most states, a license isn’t required to ride an electric bike. If a license is required by a state, then a standard driver's license is all that’s needed. Electric bikes are legal to ride anywhere you would be riding a traditional pedal-bicycle, including around the neighborhood and on bike paths. The advocacy organization People for Bikes is currently working to establish commonality across states and predictable federal legislation.

Learn More About Colorado E-Bike Laws

WHERE CAN I CHARGE MY BIKE?

The battery can be conveniently charged anywhere there’s a standard outlet – at your house, at work, or at the coffee shop. The battery detaches from the bike and charges quickly using the cable provided with your bike.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BATTERIES

HOW LONG WILL MY BATTERY LAST?

The duration of your battery life is dependent on a few things. If you are using the full assist mode, the battery will not last as long as if you are in the lowest assist mode. Other factors such as the terrain you are riding on plays a role as well. Each model is different, so we encourage you to talk to our team to get the specifics on your e-bike. 

WHAT ARE THE CLASSES OF E-BIKES?

CLASS 1
Pedal Assist 20 mph max

CLASS 2
(Throttle and Pedal Assist) 20 mph max

CLASS 3
Pedal Assist 28 mph max

WHICH E-BIKE BRANDS DO YOU OFFER?

Specialized, Trek, Electra, and Santa Cruz.

ARE ELECTRIC BIKES MORE EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN THAN NON-ELECTRIC BIKES?

The only thing different about an electric bike, in terms of moving parts, is just the added battery and motor. Every other moving part (including brakes and shifters) is identical to that of a traditional pedal bicycle. This means that tune-ups and adjustments are easy, and usually won’t cost much more to maintain than a regular bicycle.

CAN I TAKE A TEST RIDE BEFORE I MAKE A BUYING DECISION?

Absolutely! Wheat Ridge Cyclery carries one of the largest selections of eBikes in the Denver / Front range area. Give us a call today and see which bikes we currently have in-store, or conveniently browse our online inventory. We can nearly always accommodate, and would love to have you try before you buy – we know you’ll enjoy your test ride.

Do I need E-Bike specific gear and accessories?

Almost all the gear and accessories you would use on a non-electric bike will be perfect for your E-Bike rides too. Car racks can be a bit tricky, we recommend going with a receiver hitch rack to keep your car and your bike safe. 

If you aren’t sure exactly  what you are looking for don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Our team is here to provide you with professional guidance and advice for both electric and non electric bikes. 

TAKE AN E-BIKE FOR A TEST RIDE TODAY