How to Choose Your eBike
Mountain or eMTB
Hills don’t have a chance. eMTBs are becoming the most popular style of eBike, offering capabilities to serve multiple uses with comfort. Most mountain eBikes come with full suspension, enabling comfort and stability. The thicker knobby wheels offer safety and control for any terrain. They are great for forest trails, state parks, hills, and mountain tracks, and for getting around town. Their use can be expanded with the addition of cargo racks, mud guards, and lights.
Commuter & Urban eBikes
From home to work and all stops in between
Looking to substitute your car for your daily commute? Want a fun way to haul groceries or transport the kids? Built with comfort and cargo in mind, commuter e-bikes are a great way to get where you need to go without breaking a sweat. Match your commuter setup to the myriad of accessories that meet your cargo carrying needs.
Tough enough for trails, gravel and in town
Gravel and all-road are terms used for this rapidly growing segment. These bikes have generous tire clearance and geometry that is more stable and forgiving than traditional road bikes. Gravel bikes were born out of the need to conquer challenging off-road terrain with stretches of nice roads in between. Racing on gravel roads took hold more than a decade ago and has been steadily gaining popularity.
One emerging trend is that people are getting two sets of wheels and tires – narrow, slick road tires for touring and commuting, and wider knobbier tires for gravel and some off road excursions. Some consider this the n+1 option or a hybrid bike.
Built for the faster longer treks
Electric road bikes are great for pushing through long training rides, riding with faster groups, and getting a bit of boost up hills. And no, it's not cheating—it’s getting to do more of what you love while riding with those who may leave you behind. Road eBikes can also be used for commuting, courier service and some light off road activity if properly equipped.
Whether your goal is to ride longer distances, hang with a stronger riding partner, or to keep your recovery days fun, a Road eBike is a great option.
The SUV eBike for getting stuff done
The cargo electric bike is the ultimate utility machine with its incredible versatility for families as they rethink the notion of having more than one or two cars. While cargo bikes have been around for a long time, the original version requires significant effort to pedal. This has all changed with an electric drive assisting the rider to propel when heavily loaded.
Some predict in 5 - 7 years, many families will have 3 or 4 electric vehicles in a family with only one being a car. They come in all shapes, sizes, and load carrying capabilities. The convenience of making the school run to frequent in town shopping becomes a fun reality. Handling the big shop to riding with kids and pets doesn’t get any better than this. Think of the savings in both economic, physical, and ecological terms. Central to this proposition is an electric vehicle line-up in which a cargo eBike is a viable choice.
For business uses, the “last mile” quandary can be solved as hardened couriers and delivery services of all kinds realize the economics and convenience.
THE BEST BRANDS READY TO GO
Piedmont eBikes range in price from $1,500 to more than $7,000. We carry brands from leading and emerging domestic and European bike manufacturers—names you’ll likely recognize as well as others that may be new to you. To help you get started, please browse our product and FAQ pages. Then let’s find out what kind of bike best fits your needs and lifestyle—and get you into a test ride. We’re ready and waiting for you.