How Fast Do Electric Bikes Go?
Ebikes are helping riders go faster and further than ever. How fast, you ask? Tighten your helmet and join us, because we’re about to explore the top speeds you can expect when you take an ebike out to conquer the streets or trails.
How Fast do Electric Bikes Go?
One of the leading electric bikes on the market today is the Specialized Turbo. We’re going to look at the top speeds you can expect from the road and mountain versions of the Turbo to answer this question.
On the road, the Turbo CREO or Turbo Vado are capable of achieving top speeds of 45 Km/h while you pedal. That’s about 28 miles/ hour.
If mountain biking is your passion, the Turbo Levo can quadruple your efforts (or get you up the hill 4x faster) at top speeds of 20 miles/ hour.
Pedal Assisted Power
Electric bikes like the Specialized Turbo aren’t motorcycles in disguise. You won’t sit back and let the motor do all of the work.
These are pedal-assist bikes, and the pedals need to be moving before the motor begins assisting. They amplify your output when you want it.
Electric bikes like the Turbo offer varying levels of assist and will disengage when you’re over top speed.
So don’t worry about flying too fast.
If that’s even a thing.
If you only want a small assist and prefer to let your legs do most of the work, you can choose from one of the multiple levels of assist. Or, pump it up and get ready to experience the top speeds.
Can You Ride Faster than Your Ebike?
20-28 miles per hour will get you some seriously enjoyable speed on your electric bike before it tops out. But what if you want to go faster?
Will an electric bike stop you from reaching your top speeds?
If you’re like IAM Cycling sprinter Leigh Howard and can hit 75mph on a road bike, you can keep powering yourself to top speeds, even after your ebike assist has called it quits.
For the rest of us not-quite-so-super-humans, an electric bike’s top speed is typically faster than the average speed of a standard cyclist.
Electric bikes can add some serious speed to your cycling routine. If you’ve been dreaming of going faster than ever, it’s time to see how an ebike can take you there.
Who Rides Ebikes?
Electric bikes are growing in popularity, making an appearance on mountain bike trails as often as they’re spotted on the street. If you haven’t tried an ebike yet, you may be wondering if an ebike is for you.
Who Rides Ebikes?
Before we dive into who’s riding ebikes these days, let’s take a moment to examine a few widespread myths about ebike owners.
Myth: Ebikes are for older riders.
We can see how this myth began making its rounds. A pedal-assist ebike can make it easier to ride farther, faster, or make your way up a steep hill or rocky mountainside. So it’s no wonder that people mistakenly believe that only older riders would want an ebike.
Like many myths, this one is rooted in a little bit of truth.
According to Ray Verhelst of the U.S. Electric Bike Association, the leading age groups of ebike consumers are 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, and 65 and older.
We’re guessing those consumers in the 35 – 55 age range would object to being labeled as “senior” riders.
Myth: Ebikes are for people who struggle to ride.
Electric bikes are opening up a whole new world for those who consider themselves novice riders. The pedal-assist can help a novice rider keep up with a more experienced rider on the trails or streets.
But, far more often than not, it’s the experienced riders who are loving the benefits of a pedal-assist ebike.
“If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on!” says Janelle, a mountain bike skills coach and experienced rider.
Experienced riders are finding that ebikes can help them get more riding, more distance, and more speed in for an allotted time. They’re also highly desired for riders who don’t want to pay for, or hassle with, shuttled lift access.
According to a U.S. ebike survey, 93% of ebike consumers have cycled with a standard bicycle. And almost half (49.2%) of ebike purchasers ride daily.
So, who rides ebikes?
Men and women of all ages use ebikes for recreational and fitness purposes, commuting, going further than a standard bicycle allows, and, mostly, because the overall experience is more fun!
How to Choose Your First Ebike
How Will You Use Your Ebike?The first thing to consider when choosing an ebike is how you will use it. Just like conventional bicycles, ebike are available in various styles:
- Electric mountain bikes
- Electric cruiser bikes
- Electric road bikes
- Electric cargo bikes
- and many more
Electric Mountain Bikes
Tired of getting shuttled to the top of a mountain? Maybe an electric mountain bike like the best-selling Specialized Turbo is your answer to getting yourself to the top of the peak.
Some electric mountain bikes will do double-duty on the street as a road bike, too. Others, like downhill electric mountain bikes, are better suited for extreme dropoffs and hitting jump after jump.
Electric Cruiser BikesElectric cruiser bikes are all about comfort. From their seats to their handlebars and even pedal position, an electric cruiser bike is perfect if your ideal day of biking is a leisurely ride around town.
Electric Road BikesElectric road or electric commuter bikes belong to a broad category that covers any ebike meant for road riding. This includes commuter bikes that are more lightweight, racing bikes, and hybrids. Most ebikes in this category are more forward-leaning, have narrower tires and saddles, lack of suspension, and an emphasis on lightweight design.
Electric Cargo BikesElectric cargo bikes can help you take it all with you on the go, helping you haul it all with innovative solutions ranging from large front baskets or pods to rear cargo boxes and a wide range of cargo accessories. Cargo ebikes trade lightweight design for the extra cargo capacity.
Other Electric BikesPortable folding ebikes, large-tired fat ebikes, tandem ebikes, and even electric recumbent bikes are more examples of the wide range of electric bicycles available.
Choosing a Motor
A basic understanding of how an ebike works can help you decide what type of electrical components you’re looking for.
We carry e-bikes with mid-drive motors that send power to the centrally-located drivetrain are the most popular. Mid-drive motors offer a more natural feel to riders, as well as numerous other advantages, which is why you’ll find this motor style exclusively in our Roseville e-bike shop.
Other options for motors include hub motors that supply power to either the front hub (pulling the rider along by the front wheel), or the rear hub (pushing the rider from the rear wheel).
Like standard bicycles, electric bikes come in price points ranging from low to ultra-premium. The bicycle components themselves will factor into the price of an electric bike. Then the electrical components (motor, battery, drivetrain) will further contribute to the price of an electric bike.
Primarily for regulatory reasons, ebikes are also categorized into classes that denote their level of motor assistance.
Class 1 eBikes, or low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycles, are legal on any paved surface that a regular bike is allowed to operate. Class 1 ebikes are equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and stops assisting when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
Class 2 eBikes, or low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycles, are legal on any paved surface that a regular bike is allowed to operate. Class 2 throttle assisted ebikes are equipped with motors that can exclusively propel the bicycle, but that cannot provide assistance when the ebike reaches 20 mph.
Class 3 eBikes, or speed pedal-assisted electric bicycles, are prohibited from Class I multi-use bike paths unless specifically authorized by a local ordinance. Class 3 ebikes are equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops providing assistance when the ebike reaches 28 mph.
Most new riders start out with a class 1 e-bike. Class 1 ebikes are the most affordable and, from a regulatory standpoint, the most universally accepted. You can ride one on city streets, bike paths, and even a growing number of mountain bike trails.
To keep up with ebike regulations in your state, check out People for Bikes’ state-by-state guide to e-bike regulations around the country, and check with local cities where you plan to ride.
Need Help Choosing an Ebike?
If choosing an ebike still feels like an overwhelming task, let Roseville Cyclery help guide you. We’re Northern California’s premier ebike sales and service shop and our team members can help you find the right bike for your needs and budget. Call us today to schedule a demo and you can ride before you buy to ensure you’re getting the perfect ebike for you.
How Does an Ebike Work?
Electric bikes, or ebikes, are similar to regular bicycles in many ways. You’ll pedal and handle it just like other bikes you’ve ridden. But ebikes contain an electrical component meant to enhance your ride, allowing you to travel farther without getting tired or more easily tackle obstacles like hills or headwind.
The 3 Components of an Ebike
In addition to the standard bike components, electric bikes have three parts that work together to power your ride:
For those uninitiated in the world of ebikes, here’s what those parts do:
The electric motor is the most critical feature of an electric bike. Ebike motors come in three different types: mid-drive, front hub, and rear hub motors.
Mid-drive motors send power to the centrally-located drivetrain. Mid-drive motors offer a more natural feel for riders. They are the most popular form of e-bike motor, and its numerous advantages is why you’ll exclusively find mid-drive motors at our Roseville e-bike showroom.
You can also find hub motors on select e-bikes. Front hub motors are located on the front tire, where they create a sensation of being “pulled” forward by the bike.
Rear hub motors are located on the back tire. They work by propelling and spinning the back tire, “pushing” you forward on the bike.
A bicycle’s drivetrain provides the power and torque to turn the wheels of the bicycle.
Think of the drivetrain as all of the bits that propel a bike. Most drivetrains allow a rider to shift gears, which can make it easier or harder to pedal.
The ebike battery can last between 20 and 60 miles per charge, so you can really go the extra mile. The battery range depends on your riding style and whether you prefer to pedal only, go electric only, or use pedal assist.
With pedal-only, you’re powering your bicycle fully with pedal power. And electric-only power means you’re not assisting the motor. It’s like a moped—which can be a big drain on the battery.
On the other hand, pedal-assist means the motor is only activated when the pedals are in motion. You can still get a good workout in by pedaling, but the motor can help boost you further and faster in the process.
How Often Do You Charge an Ebike?
After you hit the end of a battery charge, you’re going to want to charge your ebike, which is as simple as plugging it into any wall outlet. The time it takes for your electric bike battery to charge can range from 2-4 hours to 6-8 hours, depending on the battery quality.
Your battery will probably need to be replaced at some point, as well. Good quality batteries will last between 700 to 1,000 charges while a less expensive battery can last between 300-700 charges.
What Does it Feel Like to Ride an Ebike?
It’s one thing to read about how an ebike works and another to experience it yourself. The best way to truly understand how an ebike works is to get on a demo bike and take it for a ride! Roseville Cyclery is Northern California’s premier ebike sales and service shop, and our ebike specialists are on hand to help you find the perfect ebike. Call us today to schedule your ebike demo.