E-Bike Classes: What Different Classes of Electric Bikes Mean
You can conquer huge hills on electric bikes, get sweat-free to work, and open up possibilities for people who never imagined they'd be able to ride again.
Electric bikes are also extremely diverse. Of course, there are e-bikes for every lifestyle, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that different countries classify bikes differently.
Electric bikes are classified by the U.S. bicycle industry into three separate categories: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3.
But this isn't like airline seating, where first class means you'll get more perks. Here's what different classes of ebikes really mean.
|Ebike Class||Maximum Motor Speed||Throttle assist|
|Class 3||28 Mph||No|
What is the difference between the three?
Class 1: A bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider pedals, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bike reaches 20 mph.
Class 2: A bicycle equipped with a motor that can be used only to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 mph.
Class 3: Bicycles equipped with motors that provide assistance only when the rider pedals, and that stop providing assistance once the bicycle reaches 28 mph, and equipped with speedometers.
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