Mid-drive Electric Bikes
Mid-drive Electric Bikes: What Are the Differences that Matter
Comparing hub drive and mid drive electric bikes? You need to consider power, performance and price. Because at the end of the day, those differences are what really matter.
The way an e-bike travels has a major impact on its climbing ability, ride feel (what we call performance), and cost. This is what you should consider.
Hub Drive vs Mid Drive: Power
A hub-drive e-bike motor (sometimes simply called a hub motor) is located in the rear hub of the bike – hence the name.
These rear hub motors “push” the bike forward, spinning the wheel based on the controller and a cadence sensor or torque sensor.
In contrast, a mid-drive motor powers the bike’s drivetrain directly on the crankset. As such, mid-drive motors will work closely with the bike’s gears, amplifying the mechanical advantage they offer. This is especially useful for climbing steep hills or navigating extended slopes. On these types of terrain, the mid-drive motor can take advantage of the gears and keep the bike’s revolutions per minute (RPM) within an effective range without bogging down.
The mid-drive motor on this e-bike works with the bike’s gears to propel the e-bike forward in a natural and powerful way.
Assuming two motors of the same wattage (e.g. 750W continuous), a mid drive e-bike motor is likely to provide more torque and more power than a hub drive e-bike motor.
Hub Drive vs Mid Drive: Performance
For our context, we will describe the performance of an e-bike as the feel of riding.
Hub-drive e-bike motors feel like they have a lot of oomph or dynamism. While this is not an indication of actual performance, it feels real. In this way, they resemble a rear-wheel-drive car, or as some riders say, riding a Bird or Lime electric scooter. Frankly, this ride can be fun, even exciting. This is a big plus for a hub drive motor.
A hub-drive e-bike can be a fun and great value option.
However, placing a relatively heavy motor in the middle of the wheel can make a hub-drive e-bike more difficult to balance than a traditional or mid-drive e-bike.
Mid-drive e-bikes feel like bikes. The power provided by the motor is routed through the bike’s drivetrain, so riders may not notice the power as much as they would on a hub-drive e-bike. Instead, mid-range bikes just go fast and climb hills with ease. It’s also worth noting that the mid-drive motor tends to “accelerate” more smoothly, giving it a natural feel and protecting the bike’s drivetrain.
Mid-drive motors put all the extra weight in the center of the bike, so they feel more balanced than hub-drive e-bikes.
Hub-Drive vs Mid-Drive: Prices
Hub-drive e-bikes cost significantly less than mid-drive e-bikes. There are many reasons for this, including design, manufacturability, and the technology itself.
For example, a hub drive motor can be added to almost any bicycle frame, whereas the mid-drive motor must be integrated so the frame is always custom designed for that specific motor. What’s more, mid-drive motors are a newer technology that can make them more expensive than hub-drive motors.
Hub Drive vs Mid Drive: You Decide
Like many things, choosing between hub-drive and mid-drive e-bikes requires you to weigh your options and choose what works best for your particular riding situation.
For example, if you live in a mountainous area, or you’re a heavier rider, you might want to pay more for the superior climbing ability of a mid-drive e-bike. If you live in a relatively flat area, why not save some money and get a fun hub drive.
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About 90% of e-bikes have a mid-drive motor. Most e-bike riders choose this concept for good reasons:
Advanced drive technology provides a natural riding feel thanks to the direct transfer of power to the chain. The mid-drive motor provides a balanced weight distribution and center of gravity compared to a front- or rear-wheel motor. It also offers excellent drive control, is compatible with all shifting systems, and requires less energy due to greater efficiency. Another advantage of the mid-drive motor is its compact, lightweight design. It is perfectly integrated into the frame design, providing greater ground clearance and a lower Q-factor.
The natural riding feel is the result of innovative technology and a multi-sensor concept for optimal motor support. Sensors measure torque, speed and acceleration more than 1,000 times per second, ensuring perfect interaction between rider and e-bike. The technology mid-drive motor is available in two variants depending on the product line, offering support up to 20 mph or up to 28 mph.
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