E-bike tips recently reviewed the pros and cons of buying an e-bike vs a subscription. DASH Rides featured heavily in this article and we've provided a helpful summary below. You can read the original article here.
The main advantage of subscribing is that you don’t have to worry about maintenance, repairs or replacement costs if something goes wrong with your bike while you are out and about. If you have an issue with your bike, it will be fixed without needing to bring it into a bike shop.
Of the four main subscription operators currently in the UK, prices vary from a very attractive £30 a month or so for DASH (though note this is an employer-employee tax incentive scheme ), to around £160 for Zoomo’s delivery worker optimised e-bikes. However this is not a direct comparison, as Zoomo’s bikes are meant for ‘business use’ - i.e. day in and day out food delivery in all weathers.
If you're thinking of trying out the e-bike experience, or just want to try out a specific design, you might want to consider renting an e-bike for a limited amount of time. You'll probably want to do this before buying, as well.
You may be on a short-term work contract and need an e-bike only for that time. Or maybe you simply don't want to make the investment in an e-bike just yet, but need one for a while. Whatever the reason, renting gives you the flexibility you need to try different things without committing to one thing long-term.
Subscription allows all of this. The length of rental period varies — DASH offers contracts of 1 month, 3 months or 6 months.
It's easy to see why the e-bike subscription market is growing so quickly.
With time, the market may well grow to offer a greater range of services. For example, the option to change between e-bikes, e-scooters and other light electric vehicles should legal change allow such vehicles on public roads. It may also expand geographically and with any significant expansion a price drop may well come about too.