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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELECTRIC CITY BIKES AND ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKES?


E-urban

  • BIKE LOCK OR LOCK MOUNT
  • RACK CARRIER
  • LIGHTS FRONT & REAR
  • 28” or 29” wheel size
  • URBAN GEOMETRY

In Common

  • DRIVE UNIT
  • BATTERY PACK
  • DISPLAY
  • DERAILLEUR
  • KICKSTAND

E-MTB

  • MORE SUSPENSION TRAVEL
  • 27.5” or 29” wheels
  • BIGGER TIRES
  • MTB GEOMETRY

Electric bike: pedal assist system

Do I need to pedal with an electric bike?

Yes, SCOTT only sells E-Bikes with pedal assist. This means that if you don’t pedal, the pedal assist will not activate. This assistance goes generally from +50% of additional power to +300% depending on the mode.


How fast can I go on an electric bike?

Theoretically there is no maximum speed on an e-bike; the motor will cut out the assistance above:

Powered Cycles

Maximum speed Assist

25 KM/H (EU)
20 MPH (USA)

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Speed Pedelec

Maximum speed Assist

48 KM/H (EU)
28 MPH (USA)

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How far and how long I can ride with an electric bike?

On eco mode with 80kg rider.

The higher the Wh is, the greater range you can cover in theory. In reality lots of factors have to be taken into consideration:

  • The weight of the bike: the heavier the bike is, the more energy it needs to be propelled. At SCOTT the weight and the balance of the bike is always a key point.
  • The quality of the motor: a smooth and smart motor will save energy and increase range. SCOTT bikes are equipped with Shimano and Bosch motors, which are the actual benchmark on the market. Motors are also adjusted with regards to the program of the bike, a city bike, for instance, will have different settings compared to an off-road bike.
  • The environment: road quality, wind, temperature, grade of the road, all of these play an important role.

Electric bike battery

What is Wh?

A Watt Hour (Wh) is a unit for measuring the capacity of the battery. The higher this number is, the more range you can cover. Drive unit quality, settings, terrain and system weight have to be taken into consideration, however.


Is it possible to remove the battery from my E-Bike? 

Batteries are removable on all SCOTT bikes without tools; all you need is the key for opening the retaining system.


How long does it take to charge the battery of my E-Bike?

Nowadays most of the batteries (500wh) need around 4.5-5 hours to be charged completely and fewer than 3 hours for 80%.


E-Bike Regulations

Travelling

Can I fly with an electric bike?

Getting on a plane with an E-Bike requires special authorization, please contact your airline company before booking your ticket.

Security

Do I need to wear a special helmet to ride an e-bike?

For your security always wear a helmet when you are riding a bike or an e-bike. A motorcycle grade helmet could be mandatory with a Speed-pedelec. Please ask your dealer and check the local regulation.

Formalities

Do I need to get insurance for my e-bike?

Speed Pedelec need to be insured in most of European countries, have a look with your insurer.

Do I need a specific driving license to ride an electric bike?

In Europe an AM (M) license is required for Speed Pedelecs (45km/h E-Bikes). For whom ever has a driving license there is no issue 1 2.

  • 1 Switzerland minimum age 14 years old
  • 2 USA Type 3 minimum age 16

E-Bike Maintenance

Can I ride my E-Bike when it’s raining or in the mud?

Both the engine and the battery are water resistant, so there is no problem for riding in wet conditions.


How to wash an E-Bike?

  1. As an E-Bike is water resistant you can wash it as you would wash a normal bike. 
  2. Remove the major part of the dirt with a water-jet (never use a high-pressure car washer)
  3. With a soft brush and with the aid of a bike cleaner (bike specific, do not use car or motorbike products), clean the remaining dirt
  4. Once it’s done, rinse the bike with water to remove the washing fluid (never use a high-pressure car washer)
  5. When the bike is clean, turn the bike upside down during few seconds in order to remove standing water, then wipe off the bike.
  6. We recommend to wipe the electrical contact plates of the battery afterwards as well
  7. To finish, lubricate the chain with bike specific chain lube 

What kind of maintenance do I need to do on my E-Bike and how often?

The maintenance is pretty limited and simple. By yourself you can wash it, apply oil on the chain, wipe it down and check brake pad wear. A visit every 3 months to your local dealer is recommended to avoid any mechanical issues.


Still have questions?