Look around you. Technology today is reinventing itself at an ever-increasing pace, but a lot of this change has come at a cost to the environment. As a result, we are now experiencing what has been coined as a much needed “green revolution”. Alternative fuels and energy efficiency are now in vogue. Perhaps the biggest hot button topic is our over reliance on gasoline as a means of feeding our transportation needs. Over the last decade however, we have made progress in the right direction . Gas/electric hybrids, all electric, flex fuel, natural gas, and biodiesel are now less expensive alternatives and slowly making their mark on the automobile market. But what if there were a way to truly affect change by getting you out of your car entirely, get exercise, and save money on fuel costs? Welcome to the world of electric bicycles, and the benefits of eBike technology. Continue reading
There is a motorized bicycle revolution taking place around the world, and today, it is found in the form of the once ubiquitous electric bike. Hi-tech, environmentally friendly, and modern, electric bicycles have truly come of age in Western Europe and America, replacing the old electric-assist conversion kits many of us grew up with. The market is now filled with a variety of motorized bicycles for sale; from torque-assisted to throttle-assisted, from on-road to off-road, from the economical to luxury models. As a result, the purchasing decisions have become more complex. To assist with this, Optibike offers another post in a series based upon “The Electric Bike Book”. After sharing some initial purchasing considerations, and referencing where to buy your ebike, we want to leave you with a few other important factors worth scrutinizing before pulling out the credit card or checkbook.
Whether your electric bicycle is purchased through an independent dealer, a box store, online or factory direct, the following is a partial list of questions you need to be asking yourself before making any purchasing decisions:
Consider your budget, cost allowances, and if any financing is available.
Modern e-bikes encompass a wide range of pricing options; from economical and simple conversion kits with hub-drives, to pedalecs, on up to mid-drive, throttle-assisted luxury models. There are many electric bikes for sale to fit any budget. Check into any available financing options, you might be surprised. Many factory direct dealers, such as Optibike, even offer deeply discounted refurbished models. Optibike is also the only one of its kind to offer the widest selection of bikes by performance and price. See our full list of e bikes here.
Factor in the ease of maintenance, and the availability of qualified ebike technicians near you.
With a big box retailer, or an online purchase, your service options may be limited. By purchasing through an independent dealer, or factory direct, you have access to their service departments. Optibike’s in-house electric bike service department works with owners and bike shops around the world if you are in need of service, parts or repairs.
Educate yourself about what sort of warranty is available on your ebike purchase.
Warranties are as varied as the array of electric bikes on the market. You tend to get what you pay for, and once again, factory direct, or through an independent dealer is your best bet. In fact, Optibike is the only motorized bicycle company to offer a 90 day satisfaction guarantee on its full line of ebikes.
And finally, take a good look at the e-bike technology behind the frame, suspension, wheels, brakes and other components making up the electric bike you’re interested in. They should be produced by known and trusted manufacturers. You should also take the time to research where your ebike is designed, manufactured, and its country or origin. Again, the old adage applies here, you get what you pay for. Be on the lookout for knockoff components. We want to wish you the best of luck in making your purchase, and enjoy the freedom that only electric bikes offer the rider.
Want to learn even more about the electric bike revolution? Jim Turner, President at Optibike, has authored an informative and entertaining look at the rapidly expanding world of electric bicycles. Get your free copy of the eBook today.
Testimonial by Randol C. from Santa Monica, CA
“How do you justify spending $12000 on a bicycle? You don’t. How do you justify spending $12,000 on a second car, local commuter vehicle, and high-end mountain bike all wrapped into one? Easy. Its called an Optibike.” Continue reading
We are pleased to announce the new Optibike Pioneer Citi electric bike. The Citi is designed for the casual urban commuter.
With its Easy On-Easy Off frame and upright riding position it is perfect for commuting to the office or riding to the golf course, park or swimming pool. Continue reading
Optibike’s 90 day love it or return it e-bike guarantee provides our customers the confidence and certainty that they are making the right choice for purchasing the perfect electric bike. We are highly confident everyone will absolutely love our Optibikes and it will change your life. Sometimes we are wrong and we do get a few people to return their Optibikes for a full refund or return it for another Optibike electric bike model.
Here are 3 real world examples of Optibike customers who have taken advantage of the 90 day love it or return it guarantee
1. Dennis F. in Palm Springs California purchased the R8 All Around Electric Bicycle and returned it for a full refund after 2 weeks because he decided he didn’t want an electric bike and a conventional mountain bike works just fine for him.
2. Andrew R. in Maryland purchased a R8 All Around Electric Bike and noticed it he needed more power for his type of riding. So, Andrew traded in his R8 for an R11 Electric Mountain Bike to better match his needs for speed and power.
3. Sam J. in Maryland purchased an R11 and it was way too fast and powerful for him. So, Sam traded in his R11 for an R8 All Around E-Bike to enjoy more leisure riding around town and still get a great workout with some fun and adventure.
We believe it is important for you to have a full 90 days to ensure the Optibike is the perfect electric bike experience for you and changes your life for the better. We feel giving you 90 days instead of a 15 minute to 1 hour test ride is enough time to decide if it changes your life. If you don’t absolutely love your Optibike after 90 days of riding, return it for a full refund no questions asked.
The 90 day love it or return it guarantee eliminates your risk in making a bad purchasing decision, provides you more peace of mind and confidence to purchase and gives you an opportunity to change your life with an increase in fitness, happiness, joy and overall good times.
We are proud to announce that we have under 10 returns since we have been in business since 2006. Check out what some of our customers are saying about the best electric bike on the market.
Bike To Work Day in Boulder is always an exciting time for us at Optibike. It’s a little extra special of a commute to and from work compared to most other days I commute on my Optibike electric bike. It’s like a 2nd summer holiday with so many people on bikes having a fun groovy time, smiling and laughing, dancing to the music at breakfast locations and hoping to win prizes at the giveaways. What better way to celebrate summer right before the 4th of July Holiday, than to participate in Bike to Work Day. Continue reading
As mentioned in our post last month, Red Bull High Performance Lab Chooses Optibike R11 Velodrome Bike, Tim Kyer traveled to California to pilot the Optibike e bike during the elite athlete tests. Red Bull wanted to find out how the brain of an elite athlete works, and and how it can be positively impacted for further athletic performance. The team worked with neuroscientists from Burke/Cornell to find out. Continue reading