E-Bike Buyers Guide - Suburban Sports

Welcome to the Suburban Sports electric bike information and buyer's guide! Whether you're new to the world of e-bikes or a seasoned rider looking to upgrade, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about electric bikes, from the basics of how they are classified to key factors to consider when making a purchase decision. Whether you're interested in commuting, exploring trails, or simply enjoying the thrill of riding with a little extra power, we've got you covered. So, let's dive in and discover the exciting world of electric bikes together!

Electric Bikes are divided into 3 classifications. Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 e-bikes used to categorize electric bicycles based on their maximum assisted speed and the presence or absence of a throttle. Here's a breakdown of each class:

  1. Class 1 E-bikes:

    • These are pedal-assist electric bikes, meaning they provide assistance only when the rider is pedaling.
    • They have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) and are allowed on most bike paths and trails where traditional bicycles are permitted.
    • Class 1 e-bikes do not have a throttle, so the motor assistance is controlled solely by the rider's pedaling input.
    • They are often preferred for commuting and recreational riding, offering a natural biking experience with added assistance when needed.
  2. Class 2 E-bikes:

    • Class 2 e-bikes are also known as throttle-assist electric bikes.
    • They have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) like Class 1 e-bikes.
    • In addition to pedal-assist, Class 2 e-bikes are equipped with a throttle that allows the rider to engage the motor without pedaling.
    • These bikes are suitable for riders who may want the option to use motor assistance without pedaling, such as for starting from a stop or tackling steep inclines.
    • Class 2 e-bikes are generally permitted on the same paths and trails as Class 1 e-bikes.
  3. Class 3 E-bikes:

    • Class 3 e-bikes are known as speed pedal-assist electric bikes.
    • They have a higher maximum assisted speed of 28 mph (45 km/h).
    • Like Class 1 e-bikes, Class 3 e-bikes provide assistance only when the rider is pedaling.
    • Class 3 e-bikes do not typically have a throttle; the motor assistance is controlled solely through pedaling.
    • Due to their higher speeds, Class 3 e-bikes may have additional safety features such as larger brakes and lights.
    • They are suitable for longer commutes and faster-paced riding, but their use may be restricted in some areas or require additional regulations compared to Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes.
      • Many trails and bike paths have specific regulations regarding the use of electric bicycles, often based on their class classification. These restrictions aim to ensure the safety of all trail users and preserve the natural environment while accommodating the growing popularity of e-bikes. Always check trail regulations before bringing your ebike with you.

Thinking about diving into the world of electric bikes? Here's a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision:


  1. Consider Your Needs: Think about how you plan to use your e-bike. Are you commuting to work, exploring trails, or just cruising around town? Your intended use will dictate the type of e-bike that's right for you. E-bikes come in various styles, including commuter bikes, mountain bikes, and road bikes. Each type has its own features and benefits, so be sure to choose one that suits your needs and preferences.

  2. Check the Motor: The motor is the heart of an e-bike, so it's essential to understand its power and performance. Pay attention to factors like motor type (hub motor vs. mid-drive), power output, and torque. Also be sure to check the brand of bike and motor you are purchasing, you want to make sure it is certified and trusted. All models of e-bikes sold at Suburban Sports are certified and backed by manufacturer warranty.

  3. Battery Life and Range: Battery life and range are crucial considerations, especially if you plan to use your e-bike for long rides or daily commuting. Look for a battery with sufficient capacity to meet your needs, and consider factors like charging time and battery lifespan.

  4. Components and Build Quality: Pay attention to the quality of components such as brakes, gears, and suspension. High-quality components can significantly impact your riding experience, providing better performance, durability, and reliability.  Keep in mind that while higher-priced models often come with more features and better components, there are also plenty of affordable options available.

  5. Test Ride: Before making a purchase, take the e-bike for a test ride whenever possible. Pay attention to how it handles, how responsive the motor is, and whether it feels comfortable and stable. Not all e-bikes are built the same and they can feel different between each model.

  6. Consider Extras: Think about any additional features or accessories you might want, such as fenders, racks, lights, or a suspension system. These extras can enhance your riding experience and make your e-bike more versatile.

  7. Check Reputation: It is vital to check the reputation of the manufacturer of the bike. Buying a cheap electric bike online can be tempting due to its affordability, but it's essential to consider the quality of components, especially the battery. Here's why you should think twice before purchasing a cheap e-bike online, particularly due to concerns about the battery

  8. Check Reputation: It is vital to check the reputation of the manufacturer of the bike. Buying a cheap electric bike online can be tempting due to its affordability, but it's essential to consider the quality of components, especially the battery. Here's why you should think twice before purchasing a cheap e-bike online, particularly due to concerns about the battery

    • Battery Safety and Performance: Cheap e-bikes often come with low-quality batteries that may have safety issues such as overheating, short-circuiting, or even catching fire. These batteries are typically made with inferior materials and lack proper quality control measures, increasing the risk of malfunctions and accidents.

    • Limited Lifespan: Low-cost e-bikes often use inexpensive batteries with lower energy density and shorter lifespans. These batteries may degrade more quickly over time, resulting in reduced range and performance after just a few months or years of use. Investing in a higher-quality e-bike with a reliable battery can save you money in the long run by avoiding the need for frequent replacements or repairs.

    • Lack of Warranty and Support: Many cheap e-bikes purchased online come with limited or no warranty coverage, leaving buyers vulnerable to unexpected defects or failures. Without proper warranty protection, you may be responsible for repairing or replacing a faulty battery at your own expense. Additionally, customer support for cheap e-bikes can be minimal, making it challenging to resolve issues or seek assistance when needed.

    • Compatibility and Replacement Parts: Cheap e-bikes often use proprietary or non-standard battery systems, making it difficult to find compatible replacement parts or upgrade options. If the battery fails or needs to be replaced, you may struggle to find a suitable replacement, resulting in downtime and additional expenses.

    • Safety and Regulatory Compliance: In some cases, cheap e-bikes purchased online may not meet safety standards or regulatory requirements for electric bicycles. These bikes may lack proper certification or testing, posing risks to riders and potentially violating local laws and regulations. Investing in a reputable e-bike from a trusted manufacturer ensures compliance with safety standards and regulations, providing peace of mind for both riders and authorities.

    • Servicing Issues: Many bike shops will refuse to work on e-bikes not purchased from their store due to the liability of untrusted or cheap battery systems. At Suburban Sports, we do not service the electrical components of e-bikes of bike brands we do not sell. We will still service the mechanical components but the battery must be removed from the bike prior to bringing it in for service.