Motorcycles e-bike crisis: Allegedly, e-bikes in the pandemic are scarce. But that's true?

20:05  12 september  2021
20:05  12 september  2021 Source:   stern.de

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Strong demand and expensive supply chains affect the e-bike market. But is there no e-bikes anymore? The short answer is no. You can get an e-bike at any time, to take away and delivery times for two weeks. But that does not mean that all dreams come true.

The local dealer has not all

the problem begins when you say "market" and "not" says, but "my dealer nearby" means. For e-bikes, the purchase of the dealer is reasonable, at least then, if you do not want to take care of maintenance and service. There are currently several thousand different models of e-bikes or equipment variants of these models. This variety can be found in no dealer in the store. Before and after corona. The season is now: Bicycles are a seasonal product. From spring to summer, demand is great. Then comes with the enrollment again a peak and then the interest of the customers expires.

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dealers therefore have a great deal of interest in reducing the inventories of the year 2021 at the beginning of autumn. At Holland and City wheels, customers do not pay close attention to the model year. For expensive, sporty muscle wheels but already and also in the e-bike area. When Bosch brought the Performance Line CX of Generation 4 to the market or even announced, remnants were hardly for sale with the third generation. Those who now go to a shop in September must take what left.

ordering means

at an added greater specialist shop near the author you can still select below much more than 100 different e-bikes. But you are looking for a mountain bike in the north at the end of the season, the selection shrinks there on a single wheel.

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remains the order via the dealer. But you can often order only the new models of the year 2022 in the fall. However, they are produced in the crowd only next year, even if small series of test wheels and exhibition pieces have previously been built. The one who has fallen in love with the news of the coming season on the Eurobike must always wait until the next year. Unless he has excellent connections.

There are appointment slots for ordering. Now you can order a dealer great for the spring. But if this model has been produced once in the factory, you can only seriously deregister. The manufacturers work off the orders of dealers, chains, consignors and private individuals but do not build no wheels on Halde. Because of the infinite amount of equipment variants, this would hardly be useful. It can therefore happen that you want to order your dealer in May and the bike is no longer available. But that means that the wheel is then not to have? Not necessarily, quite possible and in common wheels even probably that any dealer in the Republic or the EU has this wheel in the camp. Only then would you have to order it without a test drive by shipping.

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wide selection in the network

and even in autumn there are still plenty of stocks. One of the big consignors currently has over 1800 e-bike models in the catalog, most in several sizes. And that's a consignor of many. So if you are looking for a "decent city-e-bike in size M", or its desire is "mountain bike, 27.5 inch wheels, good equipment in size l" will find it on everyone. It looks different if you want exactly one wheel of his favorite brand in a defined equipment - then the search is now a gambling. The bike of the author - Focus Thron² 6.8 EQP - is still to get even 500 euros cheaper than in spring.

snapper are rarely

has not changed anything in the pandemic? But temporarily it was hardly possible to get certain spare parts. The author, for example, was able to get a current 1х $ - derailleur with difficulty in Italy. But this crisis has largely laid. For this, the spare parts have become more expensive. If you could usually get them clearly below the price recommendation in front of Corona in the net, you have to expect the full price more frequently. And so it looks like the complete wheels. The price recommendations have risen and the special offers has become less common.

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