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What is an electric bike?

Are you scratching your head, wondering: “What is an electric bike?” We’re here to help. An eBike is a bicycle with a powerful electric motor and high-capacity battery. It is constructed using top tier components, designed to provide you with a fun, reliable ride over almost any terrain.

Samson’s line-up of e bikes provides riders with variable levels of pedal assist, giving you the power to  see more and pedal less. A high-capacity battery ensures your eBike is up to the challenge, no matter where your adventure takes you.

What kind of terrain can a Samson eBike handle?

Our family enjoys riding our Samson eBikes on paved roads, trails, beaches and even through snow. Almost every adventure involves inclines. Samons eBikes are designed to conquer changes in elevation without wiping out your battery - allowing you to go further than the competition.

How old do you have to be to ride a Samson eBike?

Ebikes are a lot of fun at almost any age. We offer eBikes for children, designed with special safety features. Parents can configure speed limits before their ride to keep children at safe speeds. We get letters all the time from parents that are so excited to be able to enjoy a family eBike trip without having to circle back for slower riders.

If you can ride a bike, you’ll have a blast riding an eBike!

How fast do Samson eBikes go?

Most of our eBikes provide you with speeds up to 20 mph. Some models can assist up to 28 mph, but you need to provide a significant amount of your own pedal power to reach top speed.

Can Samson eBikes be made to go faster?

No. The intent of the electric bike is to be similar to a conventional bicycle, but with less effort in pedaling. If eBikes provided higher pedal assist speeds, they would have to be regulated like a scooter/motorcycle; which would require registration, licensure, insurance, etc. In addition, this would limit where they could be ridden.

Samson eBikes are designed to maximize fun and minimize hassle. That’s why we designed them to be as accessible as a traditional bike.

How far can Samson eBikes ride on one charge?

Most of our eBikes have a range of 25-50 miles, although it depends on riding conditions (hills, headwinds, etc.); how much weight is on the eBike and how much pedal power you are providing.

How much power does an eBike have?

Samson eBikes range from 350 watts to 750 watts. 750 watts is the maximum power to still be considered a bicycle, which equates to 1 horsepower.

How long does it take to charge the battery?

Our batteries will charge from empty to full  in just 5 hours. But don’t worry. You can top-off your lithium-ion batteries at anytime without hurting the battery.   

How much does it cost to charge the battery?

Generally, the cost will be from $0.03 to $0.10 to charge a Samson eBike battery. This will depend on what your local electricity supplier charges. The cost is so low, most employers won’t mind if you charge up at work!

Give us a call if you have more questions!

We hope this FAQ helped answer all of your eBiking questions, including “What is an electric bike?” If you still have questions, we’re standing by to help! Send us an email or pick up the phone. Our friendly team of passionate eBikers are ready to help you learn more. You can even order your very own eBike so that you can pedal less and see more.