An e-bike throttle can assist you in connecting with the motor. It may not appear to be the only option, but if you have a long commute and do not select the throttle that best suits your needs, you will be very tired. It's not an easy decision, but we've outlined the facts you should consider before making your final choice.
How does the THROTTLE work?
The electric bike throttle, in general, works by engaging the motor and propelling the e-bike forward without requiring the rider to use the pedals. When the rider releases the throttle, the e-bike comes to a complete stop. The throttle regulates the rider's speed by sending electrical currents to the motor via a moving magnet. The motor then powers the wheels, causing your electric bike to move.
What are the different types of E-bike throttles?
Thumb throttles and the twist throttles are the main types of throttles. Of course, each type of e-bike throttle has its own set of benefits and drawbacks that affect your riding experience.
The Twist Throttles
The twist throttle is grip-movement-based. If you need to change the speed, simply twist the entire handle or the throttle. This is the type of throttle found on most motorcycles, and since many people are used to it from riding a motorcycle, they will want it on their e-bikes. However, not all twist throttles are the same. Some have a full-grip design, while others have a half grip design.
- What is a full Twist Throttle?
The full twist throttle functions similarly to the throttle on most motorcycles. Many people prefer full-twist throttles because they can be operated with the entire hand — all five fingers on that sucker. This allows you to hold tight, handle well, and twist with your wrist rather than your thumb.
Many people complain about sore wrists from twisting the throttle at full throttle. Riding at full throttle for an extended time causes the rider's wrist to become tired and sore.
Another disadvantage of full-twist throttles is that they are easily engaged by accident. Because the throttle extends to the end of the handlebar, scratching the handlebars of a nearby wall, door, or even other bikes can cause the bike to accelerate unexpectedly, injuring an unprepared rider who is rushing out.
Furthermore, the twist throttles extend to the end of the handlebar, leaving little room for other accessories, such as using a handlebar-end mirror, which is not possible.
- What are half-twist throttles?
Half-twist throttles work exactly like full-twist throttles, except they don't extend to the end of the handlebar. They are roughly halfway there. The missing half of the half-twist throttle is replaced with a matching rubber grip that does not twist and stays securely attached to the handlebar.
Because it does not reach the end of the handlebar and does not affect the throttle when scraping over obstacles, the half-twist throttle is safer than the full-twist throttle.
The design of the half-twist throttle eliminates wrist fatigue. During full-throttle acceleration, the rider can use three fingers to grip the throttle and two fingers to grip the rubber grips that are securely attached to the handlebars. This grip keeps the half-twist throttle from returning to zero-throttle and allows you to grip the handlebars rather than your wrist muscles. This position is more comfortable on long rides and reduces or eliminates fatigue with the thumb or wrist.
The Thumb Throttle
The thumb throttle is controlled by the thumb. A small lever is located next to the handlebar. The thumb throttle is the least convenient of the three. The thumb throttle rarely interferes with the brake lever or torsion bar. It only occasionally interferes with the lever shifter, but it's simple to manage.
E-BIKE THUMB THROTTLES have several advantages. The thumb throttle, for example, allows for maximum mounting of other e-bike accessories on the handlebar because it takes up very little space. Because they do not reach the end of the handlebar, you can use any handlebar cover you want. Another advantage of the thumb throttle is that it has a slightly higher safety profile. Other accelerators are more likely to engage unexpectedly in some unexpected situations or emergencies.
E-BIKE THUMB THROTTLES also have some drawbacks. Thumb fatigue is one of these issues. This may not appear to be a serious issue, but many people complain that holding down the throttle stick causes their thumbs to become sore and tired. Because, unlike other throttle types, which distribute the load across the entire hand, the thumb throttle concentrates the entire force of the return spring on the thumb.
Is the Thumb Throttle superior to the Twist?
Overall, a thumb throttle is not superior to a twist throttle. Neither of the two is superior to the other. Depending on how the electric bike is used, these throttles provide different benefits.
The twist throttle is activated by twisting the handlebar of the electric bike. The speed of your electric bike is determined by how tightly you grip the handlebar. As a result, the tighter you grip, the faster your e-bike will go. Assume you enjoy riding on rough roads. A twist throttle is a better option for you than a thumb throttle because your entire hand controls your speed and thus stays in close contact with the handlebar.
In comparison, if you only used your thumb, your hand would not be able to fully control the e-bike at all times. A twist throttle, on the other hand, may not be suitable if you suffer from wrist pain.
The thumb throttle, on the other hand, operates by depressing the thumb lever. The throttle button is located where the thumb rests comfortably on the handlebar. You can change your speed almost effortlessly when using a thumb throttle. If you have a strong thumb, an e-bike with a thumb throttle is ideal. A thumb throttle is a good choice if you have a weak grip.
While these are the different types of e-bike throttles, you should know that many of the best e-bikes, such as Hovsco e-bikes comes with a pedaling and throttle feature. With this, you could easily throttle after pedal and could also go on Pedal- assist.
As a Wrap
At the end of the day, throttle selection is purely subjective and comes down to personal opinion. Each e-bike throttle has different advantages and disadvantages, so you must decide which sacrifices you are willing to make and which benefits are more important to you on your own electric bicycle.