Predicting Electric Bike Trends 2022
In the crazy two years of the electric bicycle world, with the sales boom and supply chain difficulties, electric bikes have also experienced a certain bottleneck period. But at the same time, the industry must evolve to remain competitive and stay afloat. As a result, a new trend has emerged in the ebike industry. Right now, we’re predicting how ebikes will change in 2022, and which e-bike types will be more popular.
We want more of anything, like the quality of an electric bike. We all want more range, more trails and more fun at an affordable price. In 2022, the average battery capacity of 36V electric bicycles will be about more than 400Wh, while 48V electric battery will be more than 600Wh. Some of the latest Yamaha PW-X3 motors rely on a 750 Wh battery. Bosch is also increasing the size of the battery, offering a 750 Wh model exclusively for the new Performance Line CX smart system. Brands such as Darfon, Simplo, and BMZ have been offering Shimano-compatible eMTB batteries with capacities over 700 Wh for some time. But these are the latest technologies, and they are also batteries made with the best and most expensive cells, which means that the price of the battery will be extremely expensive, and with the development of technology, this will definitely become the norm in the future and become the price A modest product, just now it’s up to you to choose an affordable battery or an expensive one. It may also be better to buy two batteries than one expensive battery if you choose an affordable battery.
If you equate battery capacity with fun, you’re missing something. The batteries for the next season are based on contemporary batteries. So a 20% increase in battery capacity also means a 20% increase in the weight and volume of the battery, i.e. without the battery case, cables and controller. The weight and placement of the battery in the frame can significantly affect the bike’s center of gravity, which has a considerable impact on its handling. Additionally, the downtube that houses the battery must grow accordingly, placing constraints on frame size and geometry. Battery accessibility and stiffness and durability of the frame and other components must also be considered. To that end, some manufacturers like Specialized and GHOST keep the opening in the frame as small as possible so that the battery can slide out the bottom end of the downtube. As a result, some of these eMTBs have to be placed on their side or upside down to remove the battery, as there is not enough ground clearance to do so. Another problem with larger (i.e. longer) batteries is that they don’t fit into a small frame-size downtube. As such, fans of the new CUBE Stereo Hybrid eMTB will only be able to enjoy the larger battery in sizes M and above. This is undoubtedly a big limitation, and hotebike has made new improvements to this. Take a 48V battery as an example, the earliest generation of more affordable batteries is about 500Wh, and the maximum can be about 650Wh. The latest generation – mainly a semi-hidden battery with a height of about 1CM more than the earliest generation can have a maximum capacity of more than 800 Wh, which is a more affordable option than the earliest generation of batteries. The other largest battery is the battery that mostly protrudes from the frame, and the battery capacity can reach 1286Wh. At the same time, please rest assured that hotebike has also optimized the frame to accommodate the three batteries more safely and better while conforming to the geometry of the frame. The battery can be easily removed from the top tube upwards.
The coming year will bring something for the tech geeks and purists among us, but eMTB riders who are looking for a no-compromise bike for the downhill also have reason to be excited about what’s to come. High-performance, gravity-centric eMTBs may not be new in 2022, as Lapierre has already showcased thoroughbred racehorses with the Overvolt GLP 2, as well as other brands that have already made a splash, such as Specialized or Mondraker with the Kenevo SL Dodgy carbon XR. However, these are just the first harbingers of a new generation of eMTBs with this specific use case: dashing down the trails at top speed.
hotebike’s A6AH26 started out as a 24V, 36V electric bike with a completely hidden battery and controller, which makes it pretty much like a normal bike, a really cool idea. At the same time, the triangular frame they use will make the bike more stable. With the development of e-bikes, they abandoned the 24V e-bike, kept the 36V fully hidden version and developed a new 48V e-bike. At this time, for 48V electric bicycles, its hidden part is not as perfect as 36V, but as long as you like it, it is still a big advantage in the world. It uses the same frame to still hide the controller, while the battery is semi-hidden, protruding a little out of the frame. And based on developments in other industries, they developed two new batteries and optimized frames. This means they can install larger and more affordable batteries in better condition of the bike. In late 2021 they developed a brake light that flashes when you brake. This will make riding safer.
The electrification of a simulated trekking bike has failed. The latest generation of eMTBs is super versatile, which is exactly what customers want. They want an eMTB for traveling, with or without luggage, commuting, shopping, having fun and as a fitness device to explore easy trails. Our collective testing of the best and most exciting concepts proves that the classic trekking hardtail no longer lives up to expectations. By 2022, a paradigm shift in trekking is imminent. Manufacturers will leverage the inherent advantages of eMTB to design new platforms that are more feature-rich. More specifically, we’re talking about full-suspension eMTBs that are more comfortable yet perform better than the classic hardtails of yesteryear. Aggressive, high-volume tires provide grip and safety on rough and wet roads, while powerful mountain bike brakes ensure reliable stopping power even on long downhills with luggage. The Trek Powerfly FS 9 Equipped is the poster child for the emerging new generation of E-trekking bikes. At this year’s Eurobike, Scott showcased the all-new Patron eRide, a full-featured eMTB whose platform is also used on the versatile Scott Axis eRide Evo FS trekking bike. Scott certainly won’t be the only brand to do its homework, and we look forward to this development. We’re excited about the future of trekking!
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The Zero FXE powerplant produces up to 78 ft-lb of torque. The air-cooled Interior Permanent Magnet (IPM) motor delivers impressive performance and fierce acceleration, which works in conjunction with regenerative braking to channel energy back into the battery.
The Zero FXE’s responsive handling matches its lean, mean looks. Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires are mounted on stylish cast alloy wheels to form a system that delivers maximum grip.
The Bosch anti-lock brake system (ABS) delivers confident braking. Tested for just about any situation you can imagine, the system optimizes deceleration under hard braking.