All you need to know about E-Bikes
All of EZY-BIKE electric cycles comply with the South African Standard SANS 311/2007 as well as the European Standard EN15194:2012 and an EN15194:2012 compliance certificate is issued with each bike. All EZY-BIKE units comply
South African regulation SANS 311/2007 (which is almost identical to the EU regulations EN15194/2012) dictates that:
1. The motor power (on PAS mode) must be 250W or less
2. It must be fitted with a control that limits the maximum electric powered speed (on PAS mode) to 25kph
3. The bicycle must be fitted with all the safety equipment recommended for normal bicycles
4. The bicycle must weigh less than 40kg’s and
5. The bicycle must look like a bicycle and have working pedals that are useable as the principle method of propulsion.
This restriction to 250W is not great news for the thrill-seekers among us who want to have the occasional off-road fun yet still be able to ride sensibly and legally on-road.
A purchase of the common high powered electric bike (350W +) will come with its legal implications. On the other hand, the practicality of a road legal e-bike means giving up the fun one could have off-road. So which do you choose?
EZY-BIKE has resolved this dilemma and introduced an electric bike range that combines both configurations ! We have developed an almost unique system that allows the user to swap between two modes (PAS or Throttle) depending on whether you are on-road or off-road, allowing you to unlock the full power where it is safe and legal to do so.
All EZY-BIKE e-bikes come pre-set to the road-legal mode of 250W and 25 kph speed by default. The dual-mode system is embedded in LCD dashboard which can be programmed, by the user, to increase the speed and unlock the full power of the EZY-BIKE e-bikes dual system via the intelligent controller.
No, in terms of current legislation no drivers licence is required for an EZY-BIKE e-bike, but you must comply with the Road Traffic Legislation. i.e. wear a cycle helmet, no use on motorways.
No to all the above, because all EZY-BIKE e-bikes comply with SANS311/2007 and regulations for bicycles contained in the Road Traffic legislation.
You need only the basic skills to ride a normal bicycle, but with EZY-BIKE e-bike electronic technology is accessible to the rider, from the daily commuter riding to work and back or to the health conscious going for a Sunday bicycle trip in the countryside.
In addition to extreme convenience, EZY-BIKE e-bikes are quiet and emit zero emissions during operation. They are designed to the highest quality specifications producing efficient green transporters that are as eye-catching as they are exhilarating.
Hills are unavoidable, but that’s not troubling to the owner of an EZY-BIKE e- bike. The option of either pedal power or battery power (by using PAS or throttle) providing the optimum balance of exercise and enjoyment. The simple turn of a hand operated twist throttle is all it takes to activate the quiet electric motor on your EZY-BIKE e-bike, allowing you full control over your speed. Pedal, or add throttle as desired, OR use throttle and add pedal power as you wish.
EZY-BIKE e-bikes are fitted with LCD intelligent dashboard. Avoid downgraded LED controls that give very little information (on/off, three levels of battery state and three PAS levels) A full LCD (as fitted to EZY-BIKE e-bikes) are intelligent controllers that give a wealth of information. battery capacity, a speedo, max speed, average speed, single trip time, total trip time, walking power assist, trip distance, total distance covered and PAS levels (one through five.)
E-bikes are durable and can withstand any terrain but can they withstand any weather, especially the rain? The short answer is yes – but with a little help. Remember…
E-bikes are water resistant but not water-proof and you should treat your e-bike as you would any electronic under the rain:
1) Avoid excessive rain and do not submerge your e-bike in water.
2) Apply dielectric grease to all electronic points of your bike to avoid corrosion.
3) Dry your bike after the journey to maintain longevity.
4) Dry the battery and the battery cabin once the trip is over.
Legally under electrical PAS power in South Africa the limit is 25.4kph. This however does not stop you peddling to go faster, or programming the intelligent controller to allow faster speeds.
EZY-BIKE batteries are 36volt 10.4Ah Lithium-ion linked to an advanced battery management system (BMS)
Lithium-ion batteries do not develop ‘memory’ and a life of 500 + charges can be expected.
Charging, depends on how far the battery is depleted. Charging from almost depleted to 100% can take between 4 to 8 hours.
The intelligent digital battery charger communicates with the battery management system and has an auto stop when the battery is fully charged, this prevents overcharging.
Depending on rider weight and terrain a single charge has a range of approx. 45 to 60km.
Basically, save for charging the battery, the maintenance required is no more than that of a normal unpowered bicycle. Occasional, routine checking of nuts and bolts and perhaps an annual service at a reputable cycle store.
In South Africa, although not technically permitted, we are fortunate to have included the luxury of a throttle option to be fitted onto our EZY-BIKE e-bikes.
Throttles provide full power on demand and South Africans enjoy them, as they unleash the full power available on EZY-BIKE e-bikes..
Throttles are especially helpful for getting started from a robot or stop signs, throttles allow a burst of power to climb a hill, or safely getting through an intersection.
The Pedal Assist System (PAS) senses your pedalling pressure and provide assistance automatically. We find that PAS are most popular with experienced cyclists who prefer a more natural, “bike-like” riding experience.
PAS is wonderful for long rides on relatively flat terrain, as you can just relax and enjoy the ride, also in PAS mode, because the rider provides some propulsion, you use less battery power than in throttle mode.
In summary, we believe that the ultimate e-bike, as in all EZY-BIKE models, should both PAS and a throttle available. Even if you prefer only PAS, why should you not have the alternative of using a throttle?