Electric Bikes FAQs

Why an Electric Bike?


The electric bike has changed radically in the past few years, and continues to be an exciting category. More and more Americans are realizing what their counterparts in Europe and Asia have known for a while: An electric bike is a fantastic alternative to a car for teens and for families who need a second car, but can't or don't want to afford one. 

For $995 and up, you can own a vehicle that will take you all over town, to and from work or school, to public transportation, or out for a great ride in the country ... all without working up a sweat.

Rear, Front or Mid-Drive Electric Bikes


You’ll notice that Populo electric bikes come with one of three motor mount types; front-drive, mid-drive, rear-drive. Front-drive and rear-drive motors, also known as hub motor assist, are built into the wheels. Hub motors tend to be quieter and provide a nice, smooth ride. A mid-drive motor, or crank motor assist, is directly connected to the bottom of the frame.  Mid-drive systems have a reputation for doing well on steep hills, but can sometimes be a little on the noisy side. While mid-drive e-bikes generally perform better, they tend to also come at a higher cost, which brings us to the next point - budget.

Drive Types


The two most main electric bike drive types are “pedelec” and “throttle.". Pedelec is the most common, which is the kind of system that monitors the rider’s pedaling and engages the assistance of an electric motor as needed. The amount of assistance is usually dependant on rate, force, and speed. Most countries limit the top speed of an electrically assisted bike but can range between a max speed of 20mph-28mph. When the bike has reached its top-speed, the motor automatically switches off. While there are some electric bikes that can achieve speeds of up to 50mph, users need to have a special driver’s license, plates, and insurance. Bikes with throttle drive-types have the same limitations as pedelecs, except the motor can be engaged by twisting a throttle on the handle bar.

Range on EBikes


 An electric bike’s range is the distance you can travel on one charge of battery.  While most e-bikes can travel about 20 miles distance on a single  charge, we have seen customer reports of up to 50 miles on a single  charge on our  Populo Sport   (eco mode). The range can vary from person to person, depending on your  weight, assistance levels, battery capacity, average speed, and profile  of the commuting tour. The best practice is to map your typical ride  and check the range of the electric bike you are interested in to make sure you can make it on a single charge.

Battery Types


One of the more important decisions to make is whether to buy an e-bike with a lithium-ion battery vs lead-acid battery.  Some of the less-expensive knock-off brands will come with a lead-acid  battery. If you find an e-bike with a lead-acid battery, RUN! While it  may seem nice to save a couple hundred dollars on a new e-bike,  lead-acid batteries come with several drawbacks. Lead-acid batteries are  almost three times as heavy as lithium-ion, have shorter lifespans, and  don’t run at the near 100% efficiency that lithium-ion batteries run  at. Populo e-bikes are made with lithium-ion batteries exclusively.

Try One Out


Bumstead's Bicycles in Ontario CA, offers a full range of affordable eBikes including the amazing Populo at only $995. But you really won't understand the excitement until you come and test ride one of these amazing vehicles. Owner, Lloyd Bumstead, has been an avid road and off-road cyclist for 40 years and he was super impressed with everything about these bikes, from the quality of the build to the use of the power assist.