Advice about electric bikes
E-bikes and pedelecs usually weigh more than normal bicycles. This is mainly due to the electric components, motor and battery. These enable you to transport heavier loads with your e-bike and to cover longer distances without much effort. But how much does the weight of an e-bike actually differ from that of a normal bicycle?
Find out how much an e-bike weighs, which Gazelle model is the lightest and what tips you should consider when handling a heavier e-bike here.
- How much does an e-bike weigh?
- What is the lightest e-bike?
- Tips for using a heavy e-bike
- Free e-bike test ride
How much does an e-bike weigh?
Depending on the model, there are differences in the weight class of our Gazelle e-bikes: Our e-bikes weigh a good 20 to 53.5 kilograms. The last value, however, is to be understood as an outlier. This is our Makki Load, which is an e-bike with a transport box and enables the transport of children, pets and heavy shopping.
On average, our e-bikes weigh between 20 and 25 kilograms. This weight is to be understood without the battery, because the values can vary depending on the desired capacity.
What is the lightest e-bike?
Now that you have learned that the Gazelle Makki Load is our heaviest e-bike, we would like to tell you which model is the flyweight. Our lightest e-bike is the Gazelle Ami. But you don't have to sacrifice comfort, design or safety with this model.
The Gazelle Paris weighs just over 20 kilograms and is therefore among our lighter e-bike model.
Tips for using a heavy e-bike
If you decide to buy a heavy e-bike model, here are a few tips for everyday use.
- Make sure you have the right posture when carrying your e-bike:
If you ever have to carry your e-bike up some stairs, you should pay attention to your posture. First bend your knees and then tilt your back straight forward until you can hold your e-bike close to your upper body. Tense your back and abdominal muscles before lifting your e-bike. Many e-bikes allow you to remove the battery and carry it separately.
- Use the push aid for climbing stairs:
If your e-bike has a push-assist function, you can use it as a support. Start the push-assist function, hold the handlebars firmly and lift the front wheel slightly.
- Use barrier-free access:
Do you want to transport your e-bike by train? In railway stations there are often barrier-free accesses such as lifts or ramps. Use these with your e-bike as well.
And a few more things to think about before buying an e-bike:
- E-bike parking:
E-bikes are not only heavier than non-motorised bicycles, they are also expensive and therefore sought after by thieves. So before buying an e-bike, check where you can safely park your bike at home. In the case of a bicycle cellar without a bicycle rail on the stairs, this can be a difficult manoeuvre. However, you may have the opportunity to fit a bike rail.
- Test drive the bike:
If you have your eye on the model you want, be sure to arrange a test ride at one of our e-bike test centres or at a specialist dealer near you. If you have never ridden an e-bike before, the expert will explain to you how the electronics and acceleration work, how to get off the e-bike safely and how the brakes behave.
- Practice, practice, practice:
Practice riding, braking and parking with your e-bike until you feel ready for real road traffic!
Get a feel for the weight of your e-bike with a test ride.
Did you know that you can take a free test ride on many different e-bikes at our Gazelle bike stores? Here, you can get all your questions answered by experts and get personal advice from a specialist.