Electric bikes offer a wide range of benefits that cover everything from greater speed to increased range, but not all electric bikes are the same. If you start looking at various options, you'll notice that different motor options are available. For most people, this will mean choosing either a mid-drive motor or a hub motor.
Mid-drive motors are positioned close to the centre of a bike and transfer power to the rear wheel through the chain drive. In contrast, a hub motor sits on the rear wheel itself and provides power directly to it.
Both options come with their own pros and cons, but here are just four reasons to choose a mid-drive system.
1. Multiple Gear Ratios
Probably the most compelling reason to choose a mid-drive motor is that they allow you to take advantage of all your bike's gears. In contrast, a hub motor will generally only offer a single-gear ratio. That single-gear ratio will be fine for flat cruising, but it won't be as much help when you're tackling more varied terrain, such as hills. With a mid-drive motor's ability to change between gears, you'll be able to ride faster and more efficiently across all types of terrain.
2. Lighter and Smaller
It's common for people to not even realize that a bike has an electric motor when looking at a mid-drive option. This is because they are smaller and can be more stealthily integrated into the frame. Many people prefer that more inconspicuous appearance, especially since it is associated with a noticeably lower weight. Since mid-drive motors also tend to be lighter than hub motors, they place less weight on the suspension and improve performance.
3. Easier Tire Changes
Changing tires can become a real bother when you have a hub motor system since the motor will be attached to the wheel directly. You'll have to disconnect all the wires and move the heavy wheel around while it's still attached to the bike. With a mid-drive motor, you can change wheels at will. This is ideal if you're the type of rider who likes to make adjustments based on how and where you're riding.
4. True Torque Sensors
Finally, mid-drive motors can be fitted with pedal-assist sensors that measure the amount of force you're transferring to the pedals. This information is then used to adjust the level of assistance provided by your motor. Hub motors will generally use cadence sensors instead. They adjust motor output based on pedal speed rather than on much how force you're applying, so they tend to offer less smooth performance.
For more information about electric bikes, contact a local business.