When you ride an e-bike, the possibilities become endless.
There’s no ride too long, no load too heavy and no place your legs can’t carry you, all thanks to the powerful little motor attached to the frame.
Four reasons to make your next bike an e-bike
Get back in the saddle
Been a while since you rode? The smooth, powerful boost helps you get back in the saddle for exercise, to reconnect with nature, and revel in that kid-like freedom you only get while riding a bike.
Fly up hills and tough terrain
Whether you’re on pavement or a woodland trail, the extra power from the battery helps you to make short work of any climb, leaving you with more energy to enjoy the rest of the ride.
Say goodbye to your car
The added power will make it easier to commute further, for longer. Plus, carrying added weight from groceries will no longer slow you down. Plus, you’ll be avoiding traffic while getting exercise in the fresh air!
Discover more possibilities
E-bikes amplify your ability to go further and faster than ever before. Go a few extra miles and explore parts of the country you’ve never been, without burning out your energy.
How pedal-assist motors work
Pedal-assist e-bikes work using an electric motor and battery to give you added power as you pedal. The motor amplifies the power behind each of your pedal strokes, providing a natural riding feeling that makes it seem like your legs are supercharged!
There are also e-bikes that use a twist throttle to engage the drive system which means that you don’t have to be pedalling for the motor to be engaged. At Trek, we only make pedal-assist e-bikes, because they tend to help riders feel more in command of their ride and feel the most like a regular bike.
Mid-drive pedal-assist motors are located down by your pedals. Providing a stable centre of gravity, they are easy to shift on hills and feel natural while pedalling. Depending on the model, they output 250-350 watts and can assist up to 20 or 28 mph (25 kph in Europe).
Rear hub motors
This type of pedal-assist e-bike features a motor encased within the hub of the rear wheel. They are generally more affordable and lightweight, making it easier to find one within your price range.
Use a display or controller to see and adjust your e-bike’s settings. They make it simple to change your level of assist, see your speed and distance, and check how much battery power you have left.
Batteries are the biggest factor in determining how far your e-bike can go. The higher watt hour (Wh) your battery, the more power capacity. Bikes with a Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system make it easier to take along and charge while you’re out and about.
How far will an e-bike go?
The general range estimate for an electric bike varies from 20 to 100 miles on a single charge. There are many factors that will determine your range – some you can control, some you can’t. Those you can include the size of your battery, the efficiency of your motor, the level of motor assist you select and how much weight you’re carrying. Those you can’t include wind, weather, temperature, and terrain.
How the chosen level of pedal-assist affects range
E-bike range is directly affected by which assist mode has been selected. Eco mode provides the least amount of assist, draws the least power from the battery and will therefore give you the longest range. Turbo mode provides the most assist, draws the most power from your battery and will drain your battery the quickest.
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