One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make when deciding on the type of bike you want to purchase is deciding whether you want a rear hub or mid drive motor.
In this video, we’ll walk you through some of the advantages that each motor has to offer to help make your decision as easy as possible.
Rear Hub Electric Bikes: The rear hub has the throttle only option, which is nice for times when you want to cruise along without pedaling. The rear hub also has a bit more power and can reach speeds of 28+ mph with no problem and very little pedaling. The rear hub uses a cadence sensor to operate the pedal assist mode, which can create a surge of power that’s not as smooth as the mid drive bikes. Another thing about the rear hub bikes is that they do really well on long climbs as long as you can maintain speeds of 7+ mph. At speeds below 7 mph the motor can bog down a bit and not perform as well. Generally when I am riding on singletrack trails with technical climbs the speed is around 2-3 mph, so the rear hub doesn’t excel in these types of situations. It does offer the throttle, however, which means that on really steep climbs that are too steep to ride you can push the throttle and it will essentially pull you up the hill.
Mid Drive Electric Bikes: The mid drive has the advantage of using the torque sensor and cadence sensor, so it has a really smooth riding style that doesn’t feel as much like you’re riding an electric bike. It’s a really natural riding experience, but it does make you feel super strong and can provide three times as much power as the average rider. The advantage of the mid drive is that the torque sensor provides instant power and so it’s really easy to start from a full stop even on steep hills. The mid drive is my personal favorite for recreational trail riding and recreational rides where you want to get a light to moderate workout. It handles best on trails because as you come out of a corner and begin pedaling there is no delay in when the motor kicks in. It is also capable of climbing really steep technical hills at low speed, which is pretty common on singletrack trails.
Overall, if you’re looking for a bike that does almost all of the work for you and can operate as throttle only mode the rear hub is a great option. If you’d like longer range and a better trail riding bike that is still capable of easily cruising at 24 mph with top speed of over 28 mph when pedaling really hard then the All Terrain MD is a great choice.