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E-bike trends: The bikes remain expensive - and popular

A few years ago a Danish ice cream maker announced in its advertisement, "Everything is getting more expensive, we will stay that way". The manufacturers of e-bikes seem to have adopted this strategy. Although the number of bikes sold is constantly increasing and the pedelecs are setting new sales records year after year, prices remain stable at a high level. In the first half of 2020 alone, reports the Fahrrad press service, around 1.1 million e-bikes were sold, and this trend continues unabated. In view of the boom, the consumer thinks, prices should fall rather than rise, as with other products.

This development has not materialized, and nothing will change in the future. Gunnar Fehlau from the Bicycle Press Service justifies this situation primarily with the increased technical equipment of the bikes. “The modern e-bike is no longer a simple bicycle to which an electric motor has been flange-mounted. You have to pay for this effort. Customers get significantly more for their money than they did a few years ago. ”In addition,“ the batteries are becoming more and more expensive and are now around 800 euros ”. Currently, there are also the rapidly rising freight costs due to the pandemic. "The tariffs for containers have increased twelve-fold within a short period of time."

According to Fehlau, the average price for an e-bike is between 2500 and 2900 euros. At the same time, bikes are now coming onto the market that cost as much as a small car, and if the traffic planners have their way, the wheels should in fact replace the second car - especially in the city. For this clientele, for example, the Darmstadt-based e-bike specialist Riese & Müller has revised the Packster 70 (from 5699 euros), which can be used both as a van for weekend shopping and as a mum or dad taxi, if the Offspring should be brought to daycare.

For the sporty e-biker, motorcycle legend Harley Davidson will be rolling out the first of several e-bikes on the market with the Rush / CTY Step-Thru in the coming months. The design follows the trend towards a deep step-through, and as with the brand's motorcycles, a low-maintenance and, above all, quiet belt from Gates is used for the drive. The German automotive supplier Brose is contributing the engine. Harley charges a proud 4599 euros for his bike. For contemporaries who weigh a kilo or two too much, Stevens has developed the E-Triton plus (4499 euros), which is designed for a load of up to 180 kilos.

The Trekking 4 Lowstep e-touring bike from Haibike is significantly cheaper. The full-suspension bike with its deep step-through and an upright seating position plus a stable luggage rack is in the design trend of the year. The frame geometry that was once celebrated and later moved to the retirement bike department is making a comeback in almost all segments. Haibike charges 2499 euros for its touring bike. On the other side of the price list, Haibike is launching its 2021 anniversary model All Mtn SE for 10,000 euros, with all the technical refinements that support electric off-road driving. This includes a carbon frame and a powerful Yamaha engine.

The Sinus R380 auto (4599 euros) from Winora was developed for trips into the city, with an automatic gearshift and belt drive to enable a pleasant journey. The trend towards e-bikes has also reached suppliers. The specialist Schwalbe has developed a special tire for so-called SUV wheels that is supposed to withstand the higher stresses of the rubber compound. The manufacturer's Marathon E-Plus promises rides without breakdowns and is made with fair-trade rubber, among other things.

In addition to the pedelecs that dominate the scene, there are actually models that have to be moved with muscle power alone. In this segment, the so-called gravel bikes are writing a success story. These bikes with a racing bike look are just as good on dirt roads as they are on asphalt. The developers at the tire manufacturers are also responsible for this success, since they have succeeded in pressing rubber compounds into shapes that roll lightly and at the same time generate sufficient traction. One representative of these bikes is the Prestige from Stevens (1799 euros), which thanks to many eyelets can also be used as a touring bike for longer trips.

The cycling industry is one of the winners of the corona pandemic this year too, and that is why many of the new bikes can be sold out within a short period of time. This also applies to the workshops, which are faced with a flood of wheels that have not been moved for years and are now supposed to roll back onto the road. For the talented do-it-yourselfer who gets to work himself and at some point looks for parts, the wholesaler Messingschlager has set up a search engine (www.messingschlager.com/de/partfinder). (ampnet / ww)

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