ATV Wholesale Outlet is Sacramento’s premier electric bike shop! We offer unbeatable prices on a huge selection selection of electric bikes to suit every need, style, and budget. From budget-friendly commuter bikes like the Soltera to high-end performance cruisers like the Gazelle Ultimate T10+. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it here. Drop-in today for a test ride!
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When choosing to purchase an electric bike, we suggest that you consider the following criteria before making a decision:
You should begin your ebike search by first considering what kind of environment you plan to ride in- essentially, where are you riding? Are you primarily riding on smooth, paved trails and streets? Are you going off-road and off the beaten path? Or are you doing a little bit of both? Take a second to evaluate your style of riding as well as what your riding environment looks like, then continue reading about how your environment should help you choose the best suited bike for your needs:
Smooth Trails and Steet’s: If you expect to ride primarily on smooth, paved trails or streets, we recommend considering a bike which is nimble, comfortable, and light on its feet! Bikes such as our Gazelle’s, the Pace 350, Pace 500, and the 700 Series are all excellent options for comfortable, lightweight ebikes! If you’re in need a lightweight commuter bike simply to get you from A to B, consider the Aventon Soltera or the Heybike Race, although those don’t offer the same level of comfort.
On and Off-Road: If you think that you’ll doing a little bit of on and off-road riding, such as mountain, beach, and bike trails, or maybe at an RV camp site, consider starting with a bike equipped with front suspension. An electric bike with front fork suspension will help absorb most of the bumps and vibrations you’ll come across when faced with terrain with rocks, gravel, shrubs, and debris. Bikes such as the Aventure or Level from Aventon, the 700 Series or LMT’D from Ride1Up, and the Zebra or Cruiser from Himiway are all excellent options to consider for both on and off-road riding!
Off-Road: If you ride primarily off-road where there is mild terrain, we recommend an electric bike with a full suspension setup such as the Himiway Cobra or Cobra Pro. Other bikes such as the Aventon Aventure and Himiway Zebra are also able to handle mild off-road terrain.
One of the biggest factors you should consider when choosing an electric bike electric should be the type of electric motor your ebike is equipped with. All ebikes are powered by either a mid-drive or hub-drive electric motor, and the differences between the two motors are worth your consideration! Lets take a look at the pros and cons of each electric motor:
Mid-Drive Motors: For a Mid-drive eBike, the electric motor is placed at the center of the bike, right between the pedals. Electric power/assist is transferred from the motor directly to the chain, which in turn spins the real wheel. The centered position of mid-drive motors provides a more balanced weight distribution and ensures a low center of gravity.
One of the biggest advantages of mid-drive electric bikes would be the superior ride quality. That’s because Mid-drive systems use a torque sensor which distributes power in direct proportion to the amount of pressure being applied at the pedal. This makes for a very natural and ‘organic’ ride experience. Another great advantage of mid-drive ebikes is their efficiency. For example, our Gazelle mid-drive electric bicycles provide a max average of 70 miles range on a single charge, compared to approx. 40 miles range per charge with hub-drive systems. This is because mid-drive systems work synergistically with the bike’s gears for higher efficiency, which translates into longer riding range per charge.
Bikes with mid-drive systems, such as our Gazelle bikes, can be pricier than those equipped with a hub-drive motor, but this is largely because mid-drive bikes are better equipped, use higher-quality components, and are not built in China. Buyers of mid-drive eBikes are typically those who are looking for a more long-term (5-10 years) investment for their next eBike and are willing to pay a little more for better quality bike.
Hub-Drive Motors: For a Hub-drive eBike, the electric motor is placed at the center (hub) of the rear wheel. Power is delivered directly to the rear wheel via a cadence sensor. Cadence sensors provide electric assist in an all-or-nothing fashion, which is what distinguishes them most from the torque sensors found in mid-drive eBikes. When riding a hub-driven electric bike, you’ll notice that when the cadence sensor senses your pedaling, a full surge of power (depending on the assist setting) is immediately delivered to the real wheels, which makes for a less than natural-feeling ride experience, although some people don’t mind this mode of power delivery.
For some riders, an advantage of hub-driven bikes is that they are often equipped with both pedal assist and a throttle, whereas mid-drive eBikes are typically powered by pedal-assist only. Hub-Driven bikes are an excellent value though, typically fitting in the $2,000 and under price point, which for many, the affordability of hub-driven bikes is a large factor.
Not all electric bike components are made alike! To better determine whether an eBike is right for you, it’s important that you evaluate what core components your bike is equipped with! Below is a set of core components we suggest you familiarize yourself with before making a buying decision!
Brakes: Almost all eBikes will be equipped with either mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes. Both brakes operate in a similar manner with one primary difference: Hydraulic brake systems utilize hydraulic fluid to apply pressure to the brake pads, whereas mechanical brake systems utilize a metal braided cable which pulls tension on the brake pads.
Hydraulic brakes provide superior stopping power and greater braking precision compared to their cable counterpart. This superior stopping power can be especially important for heavier electric bikes, which require more braking energy due to their weight. We recommend hydraulic brakes for any eBike weighing over 60 lbs, although mechanical brakes still get the job done. Hydraulic brakes cost a bit more than mechanical brakes and may require additional servicing and upkeep, although we think the extra cost and maintenance of hydraulic brakes is totally worth it.
Hydraulic Disc Brake Pros: They last longer, Require less maintenance, More durable, More stopping power, Requires less lever pull, More lever adjustment options, Self-adjusting caliper/braking pads.
Mechanical Brakes are a cheaper and more cost-effective alternative to hydraulic brakes, although they do not provide as strong of braking power. Typically, lightweight ebikes will utilize mechanical brakes, and heavier ebikes will use hydraulic brakes. Mechanical brakes usually require less maintenance and adjusting, and are easier to replace when they wear out.
Mechanical Disc Brakes Pros: Less expensive, Easier to fix, Easier to replace, More adjustable, More versatile braking feedback
In California, eBikes are classified into three different classes.
Class 1 eBikes are pedal-assisted bikes that stop providing assistance at 20mph. They can be used on any paved surfaces that regular bikes can be used on.
Class 2 eBikes are throttle-assisted bikes that stop providing assistance at 20mph. Again, you can use them on any paved surface where you can ride a regular bike.
Class 3 eBikes are pedal-assisted bikes that stop providing assistance at 28mph. You can only operate a Class 3 eBike if you’re aged 16 or older and wear a helmet. There may be restrictions on where you can use them.
Electric bikes need all the same maintenance as standard bikes, but with the added step of looking after the electrical parts like the motor and battery too.
Some general tips include regularly checking your bike for wear and tear, and charging and storing the battery correctly.
It’s a good idea to get your electric bike serviced regularly. The frequency of servicing will depend on how often and far you ride, but as a rule of thumb, you should usually get it serviced every 6 months – 1 year, or whenever it sustains any damage.
We can take care of servicing at ATV Wholesale Outlet. Just bring it into our full-service department and we’ll carry out all the necessary repairs.
Yes, absolutely! The best way to find the right e-bike for you is to try it out for yourself — and that means taking it for a test ride.
You can visit us here at ATV Wholesale Outlet to try out any of our eBikes for yourself before you take them home. That way, you’ll be able to ‘get a feel’ for the bike and make sure you find it comfortable before you make your decision.
An ebike is a big investment. Our electric bikes are highly durable and can last years, so it’s important to make sure you choose the right model for your needs.
Here are considerations to keep in mind while you’re comparing your options:
The first thing to think about is what you plan on using your eBike for. There are lots of different types of electric bikes out there, and some are better suited to different types of terrain and use cases than others. Understanding your needs will help you choose the one that’s best for you.
For example, do you plan on only using your bike to cycle to work? If so, a lightweight commuter bike like the Soltera may be a good choice.
Work in an office and don’t want to leave your bike chained up on the street? Go for a folding bike like the Sinch or Mars. They’re highly portable so you can fold them up and store them under your desk.
Plan on taking your ebike on the trails? Or riding over rough terrain? If so, you’ll probably need a fat tire bike. The wide tires offer extra grip and traction that makes it easier to travel over diverse terrain like sand, snow, and mud.
We offer a variety of eBikes with different gear systems, depending on what you’re looking for.
Some eBikes offer only one gear — we call these single-speed bikes. They’re simple to use as you don’t have to worry about switching gears, and can be great for commuting around flat cities. However, they’re not well-suited to inclines.
Multiple-geared bikes (like seven-speed cruisers) let you shift gear depending on whether you’re going uphill, downhill, or cycling on a flat road. If you plan on cycling across changing terrain, this is the way to go.
All eBikes come with battery-powered assists that use a small motor to give you a boost as you pedal, so you can get where you need to go breaking a sweat.
However, certain e-bikes come with an additional throttle in addition to the standard pedal assist. The throttle engages the motor when you press a button so you can stop pedaling completely and continue to move forward.
If this is a feature you’d like, you’ll need to look for an eBike that comes with a throttle.
Another factor to consider is the battery. Specifically, you’ll want to know how many miles you can travel per charge. Bikes that can get you further on a single charge are usually a little more expensive but may be worth the cost depending on your needs.
Look for a bike with a high-quality, durable, stable, and lightweight frame. Aluminum frames are a great choice. E-Bikes with frames made of lighter materials like carbon fiber usually cost more.
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