How Fast Can E-Bikes Go?
- 29 July, 2019
One of the most commonly asked questions about e-bikes is “how fast can they go.” If you’re putting some extra money into an electrically-assisted bike, you’ll definitely want to know what kind of benefits they provide. And speed is always at the top of that list.
If you’re like most consumers shopping for e-bikes, you’re looking for something that can make your daily commute easier both in time and effort spent. E-bikes can help you in both regards, but do they do it well?
Let’s take a look at just how fast e-bikes can go and how they get you to your destination without requiring a full-body workout.
Different Types of E-Bikes
The top speed of an e-bike depends on a variety of different factors, but one of the most important to consider is the specific type of e-bike you’re purchasing. There are three different kinds of e-bikes, each with their own top speeds:
- Pedal-Assist E-Bikes: These bikes provide power only when you’re pedaling and only if you’ve engaged the pedal assist mode. You typically have the option of choosing between different power levels. You can even choose to not use the pedal-assist mode at all.
Pedal-assist electric bikes max out at 20 miles per hour.
- Throttle E-Bikes: These bikes provide power without you needing to pedal. They work similarly to a moped or scooter in that you control speed by twisting the throttle control on the handlebars. Like pedal-assist bikes, you can choose to manually pedal or engage the throttle, depending on your needs.
Throttle e-bikes max out at 20 miles per hour.
- Speed Pedal-Assist E-Bikes: Speed pedal-assist bikes work in the same way as normal pedal-assist e-bikes, but they can go much faster. As you pedal, the motor provides extra power, boosting you to speeds of up to 28 miles per hour. Once you reach that speed, the assistance will stop and you’ll have to cruise from there.
How Fast Should You Go?
Just because you can go up to 20 miles per hour or 28 miles per hour, doesn’t mean you constantly have to ride at that pace. In fact, there are many situations in which you shouldn’t ride at top speeds. For example, if you’re riding on a shared bike path full of people, it’s best to travel at lower speeds so you minimize the risk of running into someone.
Use common sense when it comes to traveling at top speeds. Consider road conditions, your skill level and your overall comfort with your skill riding your e-bike. Also remember that traveling at top speeds can cause more injury if you were to crash. Be sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear!
How Fast Do BES E-Bikes Go?
We only carry pedal-assisted electric bikes in our online store, although each of our models has different functionality. All of our e-bikes feature five different speed levels, giving you more flexibility and versality in the way you can use your bike.
Since our bikes solely offer pedal-assist mode, they each travel at a top speed of around 20 miles per hour. This top speed can be affected by the size and skill of the driver.