Posted by ebikespass on Mar 20, 2022 in Buying Advice |
Low-entry e-bikes mainly fall into the category of city e-bikes (with hub motor, mid-motor or design e-bikes) in our tool for independent online
This recommendation is available with a score of 30 to 100 points in the quick evaluation. Over 40% of the users of our buying advice tools state the low step-through/wave shape as their desired frame shape.
The frame shape with a low step-through, previously mostly associated with women’s bikes, is now considered unisex – i.e. for both men and women. It is also known as the Wave or Easy Entry frame.
In addition to city pedelecs, trekking e-bikes are also increasingly being offered with this frame shape. We see the models with motors up to 60 Nm torque in the city area and flatter terrain, those with over 65 Nm torque also in the trekking and touring area and in the low mountain range environment. We have divided the recommendation links in the price classes below accordingly.
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The characteristic feature is the low step-through, the top tube is omitted in this frame shape. With the low step-in/wave e-bike, you can no longer talk about “getting on” the bike, it’s more like “getting on”.
The low step-through makes it easier to get on, stop and stand stably on both feet. Low-step/Wave e-bikes thus bring additional safety and control, especially in urban bike traffic and with additional loads.
Enlarge Coboc Kallio city e-bike with Wave frame shape and rear hub motor
Very many e-bike manufacturers offer this popular and flexible frame shape. The low-entry / wave e-bikes can be seen on the road with a basket in front and with a child seat in the back. Since e-bikes / pedelecs have stronger frames than non-motorized bikes anyway, the stability and stiffness of wave frames is of little concern today. This frame shape can usually be loaded front and rear without loss of stability, but can also be ridden sporty and fast.
The wheel sizes for deep entry /Wave e-bikes are predominantly 28 inches front and rear, similar to many trekking and touring models. Not all come with suspension or suspension fork in the front. If they do, the front suspension travel ranges from 30mm to 100mm long.
The e-bikes of the low entry / wave category usually come with a luggage rack and with StVO-compliant lighting system. They are designed for everyday use in cities and urban environments. Some are also suitable for trekking and ouren.
Motors, batteries and range
Low-entry/wave e-bikes most often come with mid-mounted motors. For the city e-bike category, motor manufacturers usually opt for mid-range motors in the power category around 40 to 60 Newton meters of torque. Frequently used mid-mounted motors include the Bosch Active Line, the Shimano Steps E6000, a Yamaha or a Panasonic motor (in the Flyer models).
But also models with hub motors in the front wheel or rear are offered. With hub motors, products of the manufacturer Bafang are often used. Partly also relabeled engines (“Blaupunkt”, “AEG”, “Telefunken” …) and even engines from our own production or with strong customization. N
abenmotoren front I recommend only for very simple terrain – flat, dry and asphalt.
The hub motors and the mid-mounted motors up to 60 Nm torque are more likely to be found in models for fairly level terrain. They are not very suitable for steeper climbs or longer climbs when touring, especially with a load.
If you live in a city with steeper climbs (>10%) or are planning tours in low mountain ranges, mid-range motors with 65 Nm of torque or more are recommended.
The battery positioning of low entry / wave e-bikes is solved differently by the manufacturers. Models with the battery integrated on or in the luggage carrier are still on offer. Disadvantage: The weight is mainly on the rear wheel. The front wheel and the entire vehicle can feel unstable and even lose contact with the ground, especially uphill.
The most common variants are now those with batteries integrated into the down tube, which, with wattages of up to 750 Wh, are not inferior to other e-bike categories. Occasionally, there are still models with battery position between the seat tube and rear wheel. Caution: These models are less maneuverable and are usually about 10 cm longer, they may not fit on standard bike racks.
Design-oriented and particularly lightweight City/Urban models (like the Coboc Kallio in the picture. Here is our ride report on the Coboc Kallio) come with hub motors and smaller battery sizes (e.g. 380 Wh), which are almost invisibly installed in the down tube and usually cannot be removed for charging.
The range depends – as always – strongly on the support level with which you amplify your power. If you are sporty on the road, not too heavy including load and you often set the riding mode to Eco or a medium level, a smaller battery is enough for 50, 60 kilometers. If you have little leg strength and are relatively untrained, perhaps also weighs a little more, you will often choose a high support level. In this case, mid-range motors and batteries from 500 Wh, or better 630 Wh, are the order of the day in order to have enough reserve power. With these, you can also tackle tours with – depending on weight, power and terrain – from 80 to 120 kilometers.
Weight and permissible total weight
Low-entry/wave e-bikes come with different dimensions in terms of dead weight. You’ll find sturdy, heavy models weighing 27, 28 kilograms dead weight, but also lightweights starting at around 17 kilograms. This makes a big difference in handling. Especially if you have to carry your low-rider up a few steps or want to heave it onto the bike rack. It should also not be underestimated if you want to quickly turn the e-bike by 90 degrees at a junction by lifting it up.
Do you really have to be so strict about the weight requirement? My advice is: yes. See also our article XXL bikes – A search.
What are the requirements for low-entry/wave e-bikes?
The result “city e-bikes” with a low entry usually results from the requirements selected in the buying guide as follows:
- I want to do a lot of everyday commuting with the e-bike, e.g. commuting; Discover more of my surroundings and go on day tours
Attention: For day tours with luggage, the “Permissible total weight” of the e-bike should be taken into account
- Frame type: low entry / wave / easy entry / ladies
- Bhe weight specifications include everything – from light to heavier weight is fine.
- How steep can it be for you: Mostly up to 5 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1=flat; 10=very steep).
- Strength/endurance/coordination: Values from 1 on the scale 1 to 10 (1=very little; 10=very much)
- Budgets were given as values from €1,000 to €3,000, each with a €500 margin
Which low-entry/Wave e-bikes are offered?
Price range up to 1500 €
In this price range you will find some models with batteries mounted above the rear wheel in the rack and models with batteries between the seat tube and rear wheel. I mentioned the disadvantages above. Different motor positions can be found. Frequently installed are Shimano hub gears from 3 to 7 gears. Sometimes with coaster, more often with rim brake / V-brake. These models are really mainly recommended on flat terrain and for easy climbs. When loaded and on tours with luggage they come to the limits of even driving safety. Coaster brakes may be used to – rim or disc brakes offer after a short familiarization (with both hands / brakes dosed braking!) m.E. more dosage and safety.
Price range 1.501 to 2500 €
In this price range we see almost only offers with mid-motor and battery capacities from 375 to about 500 Wh. The motor strength ranges here up to 100 Nm, but the MOdelle from 65 Nm are in the outnumberThe components are higher quality here than in the cheaper category. In addition to hub gears, there are also a few models with derailleur gears from 9-speed. In this price range, there is usually no pronounced emphasis on lightweight components and frames. Durability can be expected with good care and maintenance. The models are usually suitable for commuting.
- Idealo price comparison deep-entry/wave e-bikes 1,501 – 2,500 €, up to 60 Nm torque, pre-filtered: To the Idealo overview*.
- Idealo price comparison low entry/wave e-bikes 1.501 – 2.500 €, from 65 Nm torque, pre-filtered: To the Idealo overview*.
- NCM Milano Plus E-Trekking, low entry, 26 or 28 inch (somewhat narrow tires, more city than trekking), here: NCM Milano Plus 28″ at Amazon*
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Price range 2,501 to 3500 €
Low-entry/Wave e-bikes with a more variable wheel selection between agile-oriented 27.5 inches and the trendy 29 inches can be found here. Most, however, stick to the classic 28 inches for city e-bikes. You can count on very good quality for brakes, gears and display. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board here. Derailleur and hub gears balance each other out. Likewise, the torque strengths up to 60 Nm and from 65 Nm. The engines usually come from brand manufacturers. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually well developed (sensitive, responsive). Safety and driving pleasure can be expected.
Good price-performance ratios offer here, among others, the manufacturers Giant, KTM, Totem.
Price range 3,501 to 4500 €
In this price range, there are high-quality e-city and trekking low-mount bikes from Cube, Flyer, Riese&Müller, Kalkhoff, KTM, Haibike, Winora and others, the wheel sizes range up to 29 inches. With very good quality brakes, gears, display can be
should be counted. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board here. The motors usually come from the major brand manufacturers. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually very well developed (sensitive, responsive). High-quality equipment components can be expected in this price range. Durability and driving pleasure can be expected from these models
- Idealo price comparison E-low entry/Wave – 3,501 – 4,500 €, up to 60 Nm, from 27.7 inch, prefiltered: To the Idealo overview*.
- Idealo price comparison E-low entry/Wave – 3.501 – 4.500 €, from 65 Nm, from 27,5 inch, prefiltered: To the Idealo overview*.
- Myvélo Palermo low-mount with Shimano EP8 (85 Nm) – 4.099 € – Link to Myvélo*
Price range 4501 – 5,500 €
In this price range you will find some flagship models of the top e-bike brands such as Flyer, Riese&Müller and Specialized. The mid-range motors perform from 65 Nm to 90 Nm of torque. Top quality brakes, gears, display, mostly with apps for customization. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board, sometimes top models like four-piston brakes. The control/sensor technology of the engines is very well developed (sensitive, responsive). With these models, safety, durability and long-lasting driving pleasure can be expected
- Idealo price comparison E-low entry/Wave E-Bikes 4.501 – 5.500 €, from 65 Nm, prefiltered: To the Idealo overview*
Price range from € 5501
In this price range you will find flagship models of the top e-bike brands Flyer, Riese&Müller (Nevo, Homage), Simplon (Chenoah) with special features. For example, the full-suspension low-entry touring e-bike Riese & Müller Homage, models with the Rohloff E14 rear derailleur (top hub gears) or with Gates belt instead of chain. The ZEMO ZE FS 10F is also fully suspended. ZEMO is the premium e-bike brand of the Zweirad-Experten-Gruppe (ZEG). Hydraulic disc brakes are on board, sometimes top models like four-piston brakes. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually very well developed (sensitive, responsive).
can also find an S-pedelec as a low entry bike (Kettler Quadriga DUO CX Speed (2020))
- Idealo price comparison link to e-low entry/wave e-bikes from 5,501 €, pre-filtered: To the Idealo overview*.
Enlarge The high-end deep-entry Riese & Müller Homage GT (2021) together with the R&M Jetstream from 2011
Particularly lightweight deep-entry e-bikes
Currently, there is only one particularly lightweight e-city deep-entry / wave e-bikes or e-urban bikes up to 20 kilograms in weight: the Coboc Kallio
What we do not recommend
general, we do not recommend for e-city and trekking deep-entry
- E-bikes with luggage carrier battery, especially because of the load on the back when touring
- E-bikes with battery between seat tube and rear wheel, too long (usually over 2 meters), not maneuverable
- E-bikes with front wheel hub motor (only fair weather E-bikes, only on asphalt)
Your opinions, experiences and suggestions for this category
free to share your assessment, criticism and also your model recommendations or e-bike favorites for this category “E-city and trekking low entrants” below in the comments. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.
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