H U B M O T O R V E R S U S M I D D R I V E - P E D E G O E L E C T R I C B I K E S
Mid drive motors force you to
constantly shift gears while riding,
and many people are intimidated and/
or annoyed by all this extra hassle.
Bikes with hub motors are far more
pleasant and easy to ride. They
seamlessly deliver power right
where it's needed working totally
independent of your pedaling and
gear shifting. It's almost like the
difference between driving a
manual and automatic car.
Power & Freedom
Most quality mid drive systems
come from Europe where strict
laws limit the power to 250 watts
and forbid the use of a throttle.
Americans are allowed (and
prefer) more powerful motors and
the freedom to use a throttle. All
Pedego Electric Bikes sport 500
watt motors with twice the power
of a typical mid drive, and they
provide full power on demand
with a twist-and-go throttle.
Mid drive motors are notoriously
high maintenance. They put
extraordinary strain on the
drivetrain of the bike and cause
the chain, chainring, derailleur,
and cassette to wear out
much more rapidly than usual.
These parts are expensive and
inconvenient to replace.
Hub motors are completely sealed
and self-contained, and they
require no additional maintenance.
Where is the Best Place for the Battery?
We like hub motors better.
Most people agree. We think you will too.
For everyday riding conditions, the obvious place for the
battery is the rear rack. It's the most convenient and logical
way to carry extra weight on any bike.
Most experienced bike commuters and tourists carry
their luggage on the rear rack for the same reason
It just makes sense.
For extreme off-road riding it's nice to have the weight of the
battery more evenly distributed in the downtube of the bike with a
lower center of gravity. The Pedego Trail Tracker and Ridge Rider
both feature a downtube battery for that style of riding.
But not everyone is a hardcore mountain biker, and the
difference is hardly noticeable for the average electric bike rider.
For casual riding or commuting on typical streets and paths,
it's kind of like splitting hairs.