FAQs

What is an electric bike?

Blending an onboard battery with an integrated electric motor, a regular bicycle is transformed to a smoothly boosted bicycle. Using pedal assist, a handlebar throttle or combination of the two, your electric bicycle ride is powered by more than just pedaling.

For most e-bikes equipped with pedal assist, or pedelec, you choose a numeric level of motor assistance.  Sensors detect when you are pedaling and engage the motor. You will notice that your pedaling is easy and yields a greater distance.

Some e-bikes have a throttle for complete control. Simply operate the throttle to power the bike.

Many e-bikes feature a combined pedal assist and throttle operation, popular among e-bike owners.

How fast do electric bikes go?

Most electric bicycles are governed to not exceed 20 mph. Some of our off-road models are faster and reach speeds up to 28 mph or more.

Do I need a license or insurance?

Classified as bicycles, a license, registration, or insurance are not required. Please check your state/local laws to make sure this applies to your local area.  

What types of batteries does the bike use?

Electric bikes sold by The Future Cycle are powered by lithium-Ion batteries. E-bike batteries come in 36 and 48 volts with options of 9, 12 or 16 amps battery size. The higher the amperage, the further the e-bike will go on a charge.

How far can I ride on a charge?

This depends of the model that you choose — among other factors. A good average is about 35 miles.  

How do I charge my battery?

Usually you can charge your battery on or off the bike. Your battery will have a charging port. Charging the battery is as simple as charging a phone. Flip open the cap, insert the charger, and plug the charger into the wall.

How long does it take for a battery to charge?

In general, most e-bike batteries take about 4 - 6 hours from an empty battery to full.

Will an e-bike recharge while pedaling?

No, e-bikes do not recharge while pedaling.

How long until a battery needs to be replaced?

With proper care, the batteries can last between five and ten years.  

How does my bike arrive? Do I need to assemble it?

Most e-bikes are shipped 90-95% assembled. Typically, the only assembly needed is to put on the front wheel, install the seat, handlebars and pedals. Then, after attaching fender, light and any other accessories, you are good to go! The whole process should take only 30 minutes to an hour, and no special skills or tools are required. Any small tools required are included with the bike.