How does pedal assist work on an ebike?

What gear should a pedal assist e-bike be on?

Low gear is easy, which is good for climbing.

Low gear uses the most electric assistance power and the largest cog on your rear wheel cassette (rear or mechanical gears). In this position, the pedaling will be the easiest and you’ll be able to pedal uphill with the smallest amount of resistance.

Should I charge my ebike after every ride?


It is good practice to recharge as soon as is reasonably possible after the battery goes flat. We recommend charging after every ride, that way your electric bike is always ready for your next outing. Switch off the battery before charging. (If the battery has a switch on it).

Can you ride an electric bike without pedaling?

One of the key features that many ebikes allow is a throttle without the need for pedaling. This means that you can push a lever and ride your bicycle without pedaling. You can engage the electric motor by twist throttles or thumb throttles. There are a few situations where you’d want this feature.

Can you ride an eBike without the battery?

Yes, all electric bikes function as normal bicycles when the motor is off, so you can simply ride your electric bike the same way you would a traditional bicycle, whether the motor is switched off or if the battery is dead. You can also ride the bike normally by simply switching the pedal-assist function to zero.

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Can I convert a pedal assist to throttle?

It depends on the bike. The European bikes with the Panasonic or Bosch crank-drive motors can‘t be changed. If it’s a bike with a hub-motor, it could be as easy as buying a throttle and connecting it. In the worst case, you’ll need a new controller, which will be about $50.

How does a pedal assist sensor work?

For pedal assist to work, there is a sensor that ‘talks’ to the bike’s motor so you can go your desired speed based on your pedal assist settings. There are two types of sensors, cadence, and torque, and both of them tell the bike’s PAS (pedal assist system) when to engage the motor and propel the bike forward.

What is the difference between pedal assist and throttle?

So, pedal assist means that, as I said, the motor will only engage when you are pedaling. Full throttle means that, essentially, if you engage the motor, either with a twist throttle or thumb throttle, that motor will power you with or without you pedaling. So, that’s really the biggest difference.

Is a pedal assist bike considered motorized?

Under California law, an e-bike is essentially treated the same as a standard bicycle—with a few exceptions. E-bikes are to be operated like conventional bicycles in California and are not considered motor vehicles under the California Vehicle Code.

Can you manually pedal an electric bike?

Yes, you can. Most ebikes in today’s market include pedals that you can use in tandem with — or separate from — the throttle. It’s the power assistance that gives eBikes an advantage over a traditional bike for some riders.

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