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Kona E-bikes at Denman Bikes

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At Denman Bikes, we stock only quality e-bikes, which function well as regular bicycles but also provide the help you need when you need it with their electric drive. One of the brands we carry is Kona, a Pacific Northwest bicycle brand founded here in Vancouver.

Kona Dew-E

The Kona Dew-E is an electrified version of their best-selling Dew commuter bike. It shares the same simple, utilitarian genes as the Dew: it has hydraulic disk brakes for consistent stopping power in all types of weather, a high-quality and reliable Shimano drivetrain, and a comfortable and nimble aluminum frame suitable for all types of riding. In addition, the Dew-E is equipped with fenders, integrated Busch & Muller lighting, and high quality Schwalbe Energizer Plus Greenguard e-bike tires, making it an even more capable and useful ride.

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The Kona Dew-E has a bottom-bracket mounted Bosch Active Line electric motor. This powerful motor allows travel at speeds up to 32 km/hr, and is fully sealed, requiring no maintenance. A handlebar-mounted cycle computer allows switching between four power modes, from minimal “eco” mode up to the impressive “turbo”, and provides a wide variety of information such as battery life, speed, trip distance, and more. The high-capacity yet light lithium-ion battery can be locked to the bike with an Abus battery lock, will take you 40-120 km depending on usage, and may be charged fully in 6.5 hours on or off the bike.

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At $4299, the Kona Dew-E is a sleek commuting machine,also capable of longer-range adventure. Call (604) 559-9494 to book a test ride, or come down to Denman Bikes at 2607 Main Street and try it out for yourself today!

 

Why E-Bikes?

Category: Bike Trends, DBS Community, Pro Tips

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Have you ever found yourself wishing you could ride your bike to the store, the park, to work, but it’s a little bit too far? Or gone shopping on your bike and ended up buying things that are a little uncomfortably heavy? Or do you need the range of a car, but hate parking in Vancouver? (who doesn’t) If so, an electric bike might be right for you!

Electric bikes have come a long way since their conception. As early as the 1890s, US patents were being filed for electric-assist bikes, and e-bikes were available to consumers in a variety of configurations. These early e-bikes, however, were heavy, due to the materials in use at the time, and specifically due to the lead-acid batteries used to power them.

E-bike 1932 (by Philips & Simplex)

E-bike 1932 (by Philips & Simplex)

Luckily, today we live in a different world. Advances in materials have made quality e-bikes lighter, more powerful, higher range, and more pleasant to ride than ever before. Modern e-bikes often have frames of high-strength, low-weight aluminum, optimized geometry for the bike’s expected style of riding, powerful, compact motors placed in optimal drivetrain configurations, fully weather-sealed components, and energy-dense, light, fast-charging lithium-ion batteries.

What this means for a potential e-bike user is that not only do quality e-bikes ride like a normal bike, but they also provide the assistance you need, when you need it. Need to go that extra 10 kilometers? You can. Filled your bags too full of groceries? No problem. Want to go on a long bike ride with your fit friend, child, or grandchild? You’ll leave them in the dust. Hills getting you down when you want to go down to Spanish Banks? Leave it to an e-bike to get you back up.

As for maintenance issues, quality e-bikes are built with weather and wear in mind, so maintenance on the e-bike components will be minimal. In addition, the electrical components of all the quality e-bikes we sell come with at least a two year warranty. Legally, an electric bike is considered a regular bicycle, as well, so you won’t need any more safety equipment than you would need with a regular bicycle. However, one thing this entails is that the e-bike motor can take you to a legal maximum of 32.2 km/hr on level ground; if you’ve ever gone this fast on a regular bicycle, you’ll know that is pretty fast.

A modern e-bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/testlab)

A modern e-bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/testlab)

So, to conclude, who are e-bikes good for? In Vancouver, e-bikes are good for everyone! Many of our quality e-bikes come decked out with everything you could need for Vancouver and its weather – most have rain-defeating fenders already fitted, and some come with cargo transportation components ready-fitted. No matter your cycling experience, check out our catalogue of e-bikes, call (604) 559-9494 to book a test ride, or come down to Denman Bikes at 2607 Main Street and try out one of our e-bikes for yourself today!