The Top 10 Electric Bike Questions We Get (and Answers)

The Top 10 Electric Bike Questions We Get (and Answers)

Riding with Juiced

1. How far can Juiced e-bikes go?

Range depends on the battery pack and model. Generally, we offer two bike levels. Base models with a 13 amp hour battery capacity will go 45+ miles per full charge -- assuming you’re riding at conservative speeds and not throttling uphill.

For more premium models with the 52-volt 19.2 amp battery, you’ll get 70+ miles per charge. Our new Hyper Scrambler 2 has a dual battery option. So if you select a secondary battery, you can get more than 100 miles per charge -- depending on how fast you’re riding. Just make sure you charge the battery!

Read more: Juiced Bike Battery Packs and Range

 

2. How fast can these go?

Most models with 750 watt motors hit top speeds of 20 miles per hour on throttle, and then up to 28 mph with pedal assist. The torque sensor can sense the forced used to pedal, more pedal power equals more speed to propel the bike. Any of the “Hyper” models have 1,000 watt electric motors, so they have a higher speed classifications and can go up to 30 mph on throttle only and over 35 mph in pedal assist mode, depending on the rider and conditions.

Read more: Electric Bike Top Speeds

 

3. Can I ride an electric bike in the rain?

The battery is water resistant, but not waterproof. And other components can be damaged by water. You can heat shrink your cable connections and LCD screen for extra protection, but generally water isn't great for e-bikes. You don’t want to ride in a rainstorm with nothing over your LCD. In general, keep water away from electronics.

 

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4. Are Juiced e-bikes hub-driven or mid-drive?

Ours are all rear hub-driven. Mid-drives require different, more expensive maintenance -- and they're meant for very specific terrain. Hub drives can handle up to 15 percent hill grade in pedal assist mode and are fine for most general commuting. Plus they’re easier to maintain -- plus there’s not as much maintenance to the bottom bracket. You get more bang for your buck with hub drives.

 

5. What kind of maintenance should I expect?

Much of it is conducting pre-ride checks of your wheels, making sure that the spokes are tightened and that the tire PSI is right. Also make sure you get tune-ups every now and then. But along the way, expect to buy tire tubes, change your tires, and maybe swap out the battery -- it’s all part of having an e-bike. It’s essentially the same as taking care of a regular bike -- but with a motor and battery to also maintain.

Read more: Electric Bike Maintenance Made Simple

 

6. Are e-bikes hard to set up?

They’re pretty easy to assemble. Some models are heavy, so you’d need a partner to help. The nice thing is Juiced has assembly videos on our YouTube channel for every single bike. Watch it first while buying your model, and assess whether you feel more comfortable doing the build or paying somebody to do it. We don't work with any dealers or mechanics. But there are independent mobile contractors who can come to you and build it. They typically charge up to $150 to assemble it.

Find more information about assembly on our Bike Setup page

 

7. What bike classes are these and do I need to register them?

Speed-wise, ours are class 2 or 3 e-bikes. Those that top out at 20 mph in throttle mode do not need a license. Those with the 1,000 watt motors that go faster, however, may well need a license in many states. Check with your local DMV, to make sure. They can also tell you if you need to register it.

Read more: Electric Bike Classifications

 

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8. Can I get a workout on these?

Definitely. How much depends on the person. If you ride a road bike 100 miles per day, it might not feel like a workout like it will to everyone else. But it also depends on how much pedal assist you use, what kind of terrain you’re negotiating, and the wind against you. The S pedal assist level on our bikes stands for sport mode. It gives you more assistance but you also have to keep that consistent pedal up to get the higher level of assistance. And then to get your top speed in race mode, you still want to pedal hard. You can also set it down to eco mode and power the bike mostly with your legs.

Read more: Yes You Can Still Get a Workout on an Electric Bike

 

9. How should I store my e-bike?

Ideally indoors. But if you store it outside, sheds are fine -- as long as the components are free of humidity. Humidity affects things like your LCD. At the very least, bring the battery inside and keep it warm -- otherwise you lose a little range when it’s really cold. You can feel that when you're starting out on a ride -- it takes a while to warm up to those top speeds. But keeping the whole bike inside is the best thing possible.

 Read more: Riding and Storing your E-Bike During the Winter

 

10. Why Juiced over other brands?

First, we have the most control over our high quality products. Tora Harris, founder and CEO of Juiced, designs the products, oversees production, and has his hands on pretty much everything. That’s something you just don't see in the e-bike world. Some electric bicycles companies take a model out of a catalog, slap their label on it, and send it out into the world unchecked. We’re the total opposite. Tora addresses any production issues at the factory faster than any other owner out there. That quality control is unique. Secondly, Juiced gives you the most bike for your money. Other bike brands charge a lot more because of bells and whistles, but then the motor and battery are smaller. Ours are very customizable, should you ever want to upgrade them later on. We offer a much more expensive motor and battery as standard, because we're not putting on fancy leather grips or metal pedals.

Read more: The Juiced Advantage