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Why You Are Never Too Old To Ride A E-Bike

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Remember the excitement you had of riding a bicycle as a child? Who said those days are over? Anyone can now enjoy the thrill of riding a bike again with the Silverback Electric bicycle range. The entire S-Electro range features easy-to-use drive systems, so anyone can use it. 

This relatively new platform has given riders with limited capabilities the opportunity to feel healthier and like a kid again. Riders trying out an e-bike for the first time, always come back with a smile on their face, describing the experience as exhilarating and unlike anything they have ridden before.

Recently, we have received an e-bike review from 74-year old Hugh Smith who had just upgraded to the S-Electro Comp. Smith has been dealing with a leg injury for several years now but believes his S-Electro Comp will keep him cycling for many years to come.

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74-year old Hugh Smith from the UK

“I am very happy with my choice.” – Hugh Smith

Smith has recently relocated from the U.K. to South Africa. He made the decision to retire together with his wife and wanted to enjoy their journey in a different location. After being a Company Director for about 23 years, it was time to switch off and make a transition.

Happy Days

After being off the bicycle for close to 32-years Smith decided that it was time to enjoy his retirement and get back to his “old ways”.

“I use to ride a lot of motorbikes for pleasure and use to be very active in my younger days,” he adds.

Silverback S-Electro COMP.

So far, he has completed about 400km in under 2 months, “I enjoy the fresh air and to hang out with my S-Electro MTB.

“Doing so improved my health and the quality of life so much,” he elaborates.

E-bikes are especially capturing the older market, many of whom have found that e-bikes enable them to ride much later in life than they previously imagined. That’s because the extra push from the motor makes pedaling far less strenuous than traditional bikes. 

Only a couple of years ago, e-bikes seems to be an unnecessary toy for those too lazy to pedal up the hill. Now, these bikes have become a popular way to speed up your commute, extend your adventures and ultimately get more people on bicycles.

S-Electro Comp brings SB’s Best In Class philosophy to the e-bike market.

E-Bikes

Not sure if an e-bike is for you? Read some of our Frequently asked e-bike questions on our BLOG. Find your perfect match HERE

Tell us why you love your e-bike in the comments section below and stand a chance to have your story featured on our blog.

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Frequently asked e-bike questions

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How long will the battery last? Can I wash it? What kind of maintenance does an e-bike require? With the growing popularity of electric bikes, you might be getting a little curious. Here is a list of questions we often get asked regarding e-bikes…

  • What is the lifespan of an e-bike battery?

Naturally, this depends on the frequency you use your e-bike and how you take care of it. It also depends on the battery brand your bike is fitted with. Rule of thumb is 1000 full cycled charges, that is about 45 000km at boost setting (maximum assist)

  • Do e-bikes recharge when going downhill?

There are a couple of electric bike motors on the market that recharges when you are using the brake but this only really extends your range by 5%. Currently, none of our bikes features a recharging motor.

Silverback S-Electro Sport - e-bike battery
  • How fast can an e-bike go?

According to the European Union, the maximum speed an e-bike is allowed to go is 25km/h in the US 20mph is the speed limit. Technically the motor can go faster but most e-bike ESC’s stop providing power at 25km/h.

Electrical bike laws differ from country to country, click HERE to see what the speed limit is in your country.

  • What is the range of a battery?

This depends on a couple of factors, how you ride, the terrain you are riding as well as the level of assist you ride in. On average you should be able to do between 40km to 95km on a single charge.

  • Can I ride my e-bike without the battery?

Yes, it will be a normal bicycle once the battery is removed or switched off. 

Maintaining your e-bike

  • What maintenance does an e-bike require?

This differs depending on the brand of the drive system your bike uses.

– The Shimano system is sealed and has no serviceable parts.

-The Bafang service light comes on every 5000km, this is generally when the system should be serviced. This service is very basic and includes things such as new grease and cleaning out the system.

  • How to wash your e-bike and the use of water with electrical components.

Washing an e-bike requires a little bit more care than other bikes.

– No high-pressure water or direct stream of water should be used on your e-bike, as both will force water into any crevasses.  Using a bucket of water with a cloth is more than enough to clean.

– Also, avoid using silicone spray / anti-corrosion spray, it may seep into some components and eventually interfere with the electronics.

*Neither the Bafang or Shimano is waterproof so don’t go swimming with your e-bike.

  • Should I completely drain my battery before recharging it?

No, you don’t need to. Lithium-Ion does not suffer from the ‘memory effect’ so charging your battery before it is flat will not affect its longevity. It is best to charge the battery after every ride regardless of whether it is depleted or not. However lithium-ion batteries will last longer if not fully cycled regularly.

  • Where should you take the battery if you have any issuers?

If you pick up any issues with your motor, display or battery, you should take it back to your dealer, the same as with any other issues. Your dealer will asses the problem and submit a warranty claim if necessary.

If we haven’t answered your question, let us know in the comment section below. Be sure to check out our full range of e-bikes HERE.

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Why it is best: S-Electro Pro

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THE S-ELECTRO PRO: shred more trails with our brand new dual-sus e-bike.

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Trail ready

The S-Electro Pro, designed with similar geometry features of our Enduro ready machine, the Slider, this e-bike is ready to shred some trails. Featuring our POP geometry coupled with a modified Horst Link suspension layout and a function designed/dictated asymmetric frame.

The S-Electro Pro is a highly capable long travel 29” eBike that is also compatible with 27.5” wheels. The Metric trunnion mount rear shock is custom-tuned to work with bikes suspension. Delivering an efficient climbing platform in climbing mode, but then turn a race-ready descender when in open mode. The Shimano pedal-assist drive system makes getting up the hills faster.

Watch this 3D animation to explore the fame and technology used for this dual-sus e-bike: YouTube


Key frame features

  • Rear travel 140mm (which can be increased to 160mm)
  • Short offset fork for increased stability
  • Long dropper post compatible
  • Modern Geometry that gives the rider stability on fast descends
  • Custom proprietary rock link
  • Integrated motor mount for a lighter but stiffer frame
  • Washer free suspension, for less maintanance
  • Progressing leverage ration for bottom-out resistance


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Why it is best

We have just launched an e-Gravel bike: S-Electro Gravel

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Why it is best: S-Electro Fat

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SILVERBACK ELECTRO TECH #BORNTOBEELECTRIC

Why It Is Best: S-Electro Fat

Silverback Electro Tech #BornToBeElectric

It is no secret that the S-Electro FAT is a Best In Class E-bike. In fact, we think the S-Electro design is a real match made in recreational heaven.

This highly capable, E-Bike utilizes the Bafang Max M400 motor with intuitive controls. This, coupled with monster truck wheels, is guaranteed to have you venturing. Snow, sand or mud, in short, the S-Electro fat has no limit.

S-Electro Fat brings Best In Class to e-fatbikes. Packed with all the premium features you’d expect. Not to mention large rotors, and powerful brakes, giving the bike greater stopping power. Along with the SBC carbon fatbike fork, further key features include dropper post compatibility and a lightweight frame. Therefore making this a fun and capable e-bike with all the benefits of a normal fatbike.

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S-Electro fat is anyone’s adventure

Key Features

  • Silverback semi-integrated battery alloy frame.
  • Optimised geometry and internal cable routing, featuring smooth welds.
  • Tapered head tube for optimal stiffness
  • SBC Carbon rigid fork with 150mm O.L.D thru axle
  • Boost FAT hub spacing 12 x 197mm rear with thru axle.
  • Shimano XT 10 speed RD-M786 Shadow Tech. Plus rear derailleur with Deore 10 Speed Trigger Shifter.
  • Bafang Max Drive FAT e-bike system, 36V, 80Nm, integrated crankset.
  • Custom rubber battery cover. .
  • SUNringlé Mulefüt 80 tubeless ready rims with VEE Tire Bulldozer 26 x 4.7 tubeless ready tyres.
  • Compact chainstays with XC inspired geometry improves agility and ride quality.
  • Shimano BL-M315/BR-M425 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear.
  • Narrow Q-factor, more natural feeling when pedaling similar to a normal Shimano crankset.
  • Seat tube bottle bosses for on-bike hydration.
  • In line with Silverback’s BIC and ARD philosophies – more HERE

#BornToBeElectric #SilverbackBikes #BestInClass

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S-Electro Gravel

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RIDE ALMOST EVERYWHERE, ON THE ROAD AND OFF IT. RIDE MORE & GO FURTHER!

With its roots in gravel, the S-Electro GR encourages exploration without reservation. Going further and doing more, is not a question of if, but when. Fitted with a Bafang M800 drive unit, it offers the best of integration, while maintaining minimum weight compromise. Complimented by 11-Speed Apex, the drive system boasts 250W mid-drive power with variable assistance modes.  Accommodating up to 4 bottle cages, fender and rack mounts, the S-Electro Gravel is ready for any journey.

  • With an integrated battery
  • Integrated rack and fender mounts on frame and fork, as well as kickstand mount on seat, stays.
  • BAFANG M800 Mid Drive Motor 250wh, 55N.m
  • BAFANG 200Wh capacity, 3,5Hr recharge time.
  • 4x bottle compatibility – 2 on fork and 2 in front triangle.
  • Gravel focused geometry with responsive steering and improved stability
  • Increased wheelbase for better e-system weight distribution and balance.
  • Wheel Compatibility – 700C and 650B – Max tyre sizes 700C x 40C and 650B x 1,6”.
  • Super light SBC Cardon Fork.

Do you have a love for adventure but not convinced that you need an E-Bike? Then check out our new carbon gravel bike: Siablo CF

#SilverbackBikes #EBikes #BornToBeFast

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S-Electro Pro: Our first dual suspension, trail e-bike.

S-Electro

THE S-ELECTRO PRO – BORN TO BE ELECTRIC

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Featuring Position of Power geometry (POP)

Designed using similar geometry as our enduro ready machine, the Slider. The S-Electro Pro features our POP geometry, coupled with a modified Horst Link suspension layout.

The S-Electro Pro is a highly capable long-travel 29” eBike that is also compatible with 27.5” wheels.

The Metric trunnion mounts rear shock is custom-tuned to work perfectly with this bike. Providing you with an efficient climbing platform in climbing mode, and a race-ready descender when in open mode on the S-Electro. Watch this 3D video that shows the technology: VIDEO.

The Shimano pedal assists drive system makes getting to the top of the trails a lot easier. So save your energy for the downhills. Hooligan machine charged.  

Dropper post compatible

Key frame Features:

  • 140mm rear travel but can be increased to 160mm
  • Short offset fork, giving the rider increased stability
  • Long dropper post compatible
  • Modern / Progressive geometry for a comfortable and powerful ride
  • Custom designed rocker link for function and form
  • Rear suspension integrated motor mount
  • Quick battery access
  • Two bearing sizes used throughout
  • Progressive leverage ration for bottom-out resistance

Also check out our the S-Electro Fat: HERE