Motors & Drives
are a bit old fashioned now but still have the advantage that they can (even though throttles we banned on new bikes in the UK from 2015) still offer you an effort-free ride on the flat or mild slope.
They are seeing a bit of a comeback in some light weight road bikes and commuters due to their lower cost and (if small enough!) weight.
They tend to "Bog-Down" on steep hills unless you can add quite a bit of your own effort.
There is a large choice of drive systems out there.
Crank or mid-drive
All e-drives make cycling easier.
have taken their place as the most popular because although they can't be fooled into giving you a free ride, they actually multiply your own effort so are less inclined to bog down on even the steepest hill and feel EXACTLY like riding a normal bike, only helping you when you need it and KEEPING YOU FIT.
Watch out though ..
the maximum power by law in the UK is 250W (don't confuse this with the battery size, 400 or 500Wh)
but the maximum TORQUE produced by different motors is VASTLY different..... YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
Every brand rides a bit different, sounds a bit different and has it's good and bad points
. . . but as long as it's RELIABLE it's a matter of what suits YOU.
NEW MOTOR BRANDS
are coming along all the time. Some filling a gap in the market, others just a me-too.
Our personal opinion is to wait until they have a few years in the field before you
opt for a new brand. BOSCH and SHIMANO have a lot of of experience making motors.
More info in our blog page
Our workshop is accredited by the brands below. We attend regular training and
updates so that we can keep motor, drive train and electrical system up-to-date and running at its best.