July 27, 2021
Interview with Mikey Part 1
Recently, we had an opportunity to sit down with ebike reviwer/guru Mikey Gee. We got to pick his brain and find out what really makes an ebike great, so sit back and check out some of the great information he provides!
So Mikey, can you please introduce yourself for those who may not know you yet?
I'm an eBike reviewer, with publication in Blue Monkey Bicycles, Electric Bike Review and Electrek.co
Perfect, so if you had to guess how many ebikes you have been up close with in your life, what do you think the number would be?
~1,000 different models
From all ends of the spectrum I assume! What do you think boils down to make an ebike a good ebike?
The thing that makes a good eBike is a good fit for the rider, far above everything else. People want eBikes for a variety of equally legitimate reasons, and if someone can distill that reason out of their broad desire, they are in a much better place to select the perfect bike. A bike 'fits' in two primary ways: actual, physical pairing with your body, and a combinations of features that are matched to the use of the rider. Like deciding a pair of shoes, and set of tools, combined in one.
Why is that so important?
People don't wear shoes that don't fit,
And people don't use kitchen knives for screwdrivers.
Very true! *laughs together* Are there any qualities in an ebike that people think they need or get sold on that really don't add up in the long run?
Bike shops tend to oversell torque sensing systems. Internet order companies sell fat tires as "do everything", but they should be saying "does a lot of different things, but only does one thing right". Ultra powerful motors are sold using fairly arbitrary numbers. I've ridden "250w" motors that are head and shoulders better performers than "1000w" motors.
Interesting, so a higher wattage motor doesn't always mean more power to the user?
Correct. There's a few things that make motor wattage a poor standard to use when judging performance.
The first is that a motor may be rated for wattage, but the battery and controller might never get close to putting that out. Essentially, a 50oz big gulp with 6oz of soda. Another is that motors have two primary ratings: continuous wattage rating, and peak watt rating. A 500 continuous watt motor may have a peak rating of 600-700 watts. Many companies use the continuous rating, but some advertisements will read with a peak wattage rating. This wouldn't be a big deal, but advertising the peak rating without specifying which it is, can lead to very confusing, and misleading ads. The big hangup with motor wattage, (in my opinion) is that sheer watts through the motor does not make a good bike. Bicycles, by their very shape, size and build quality, are normally not made to have 2.5 times the power of Lance Armstrong