magicycle ocelot pro May 26,2023

Aluminum Frame Ebikes, What Are the Advantages?

Most ebikes for sale are heavy -- have you noticed? Yes, of course, that's one of the first things riders comment about when first experiencing an ebike. Conventional bikes have no concerns about electric motors or large batteries or high speeds, so they can be designed with much less sturdiness. This means strength is less important, and frames can be much lighter.

Thus, all the things we love about electric bikes for adults--a powerful motor, strong battery, disc brakes--require a frame of appropriate strength. If that frame is manufactured from steel, the frame may have plenty of strength, but there are a few other considerations as compared to aluminum.

The Magicycle Inc. Design Team has opted for aluminum frames rather than steel. Here's why:

The Aluminum Bike Frame

The Frame of Magicycle Commuter

Quality Control is job one at Magicycle. All resources are focused on delivering a strong, powerful, and reliable ebike to every Magicycle customer. The bike frame is the foundation of that effort, making sure that each Magicycle begins with the perfect combination for frame strength, durability, longevity, and beauty...aluminum.


When designing the frame, every pound counts, and aluminum is lighter than steel.  By nature, aluminum is a less dense metal as compared to steel. In fact, it is less than half as dense, and this translates to a lighter frame. Because steel is a stronger metal, the bike frame tubes can be a smaller diameter as compared to aluminum. However, even though aluminum frame tubing is typically larger, it still is lighter than than the smaller steel tubing. For ebikers interested in maximum range, every pound saved is significant.


The truth is, it simply costs less to manufacture bike frames when using aluminum. Aluminum frames are easier to mass produce, and yet they provide excellent strength and light weight. Magicycle is dedicated to ensuring that customers have access to electric bikes with the very best "bang for the buck," so it just makes good sense to use aluminum. The combination of low cost and excellent strength is unbeatable.


Yes, we ebike enthusiasts dwell a lot on power, speed, and range, but we also want our rides to be eye-catching. Aluminum has molding capabilities far beyond that of steel, and that is very important. Aluminum frames can be designed and molded in flowing, aerodynamic shapes that are eye-candy for ebike riders...not to mention, the aerodynamics add to the speed capabilities of any bike.

And the beauty of design goes beyond simple good looks. It also includes strength and safety. Magicycle uses state-of-the-art technology, including robotic welding, to construct a meticulously designed frame that is both strong and beautiful. Every frame is subjected to Vibration Fatigue Testing of more than 100,000 repetitions. Magicycle goes beyond industry-standard testing to ensure the long life, high quality and safety of the frame.


Magicycle Inc. is one of the very few ebike brands that manufacture their own frames in their own factory. That's right, Magicycle actually owns the factory. This means the company has absolute control over that quality of every frame, and you can rest assured that a Magicycle e-bike is a wise investment. 

The Magicycle frame is formed in the Magicycle factory from 6061 aluminum alloy. This popular bike alloy provides exceptional strength, light weight, durability, and a defect-free highly pleasing appearance. It also provides corrosion resistance. Your Magicycle frame will never rust, no matter how long you leave it out in the weather. However, it is possible that aluminum will corrode, especially if you get deep scratches or chips. Even so, aluminum corrosion is never a problem. It actually strengthens the metal and even protects it from deeper corrosion...strange, but true.

All this is made possible by employing technology borrowed from the aviation industry. This includes hydroforming and cataphracted weld joints…regarded as the best welding technique in the world.. This means that Magicycle customers receive a high-tech frame that is strong, safe, and beautiful for unequaled riding stability and comfort on a very long-lasting frame.

Many ebike manufacturers base the frame sizing on seat tube length. That’s unfortunate, because seat tube length is not a key criteria. Far more important are body-hand distance adjustment and seat low-arc sag design so that riders have enough standover distance for their leg inseam length. 

The Magicycle designers take these key ergonomics as the primary criteria. This frame geometry and quality materials make our riding triangle the foundation of “the most comfortable ride ever.” Magicycle owners tend to rave about the high quality of their ebike and the ability to take long rides comfortably without tiring.


Riding happily with Magicycle Commuter

The Magicycle Design Team has designed its frame in a way that allows the pedals to be moved forward by 5cm, allowing riders to stretch their legs naturally. This helps riders with a height of 5’5‘’ to 6‘5’’ to adjust to the most comfortable riding posture. Magicycle owners pedal comfortably and exert smooth force, making long-distance riding easy and effortless. This helps maximize the power and efficiency of every pedal stroke.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but aluminum is a more rigid metal than steel, and so the Magicycle frame flexes less under heavy pedal pressure than does a steel frame. The result is that more energy from the effort of pedaling goes directly to turning the wheel, and almost zero energy is wasted in flexing the frame. All this comfort is a result of using the most advanced aluminum frame technology. With the resulting light weight and strong durability, Magicycle again scores high in rider comfort and safety.

You can see that the beauty of a Magicycle Cruiser is more than skin-deep. It is rooted in intelligent design, the best in aluminum frame technology, and an exceptional emphasis on quality control make possible by owning the factory. As we think about making the wisest decision on investing in an ebike, Magicycle always rises to the top of the list. As somewhat of a newcomer to the ebike market, Magicycle knows it must be better than the competition. And it is, indeed, the best. In fact, considering a price range of $1500 – $2500, no other brand matches the quality, power, speed, and safety that Magicycle owners around the world enjoy every day.

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