Originally Posted by Villen
That is some rear tire on that thing! Two questions, How fast and how long?
I have two ebikes. One is a fat tire Radmini and is a 2017 model. It has no suspension to cushion the rider. The battery
style was changed the next year and the newer models get better battery
"How far can you go on a battery
charge?" is the most frequently asked question. The answer is, depends. Wind, road surface, road slope, your weight
, the bike's design, and most importantly how much assist you use, all affect the distance per charge.
On the mini, I went 24 miles and was down to the last bit of power. Haven't tried that again.
A year ago, I splurged and bought a mid drive Bosch powered Gazelle dutch style bike. I haven't come close to running the battery down yet. My butt wears out before that happens. I've gone 37 miles on it and the display showed half the battery gone. On another day I rode it 9 miles up a steeply sloped road and used the same amount. I had to use the highest assist on that ride.
There are three classes of ebikes. Class 1 is a bike that has a maximum speed of 20 mph and no throttle. You must pedal to get anywhere. The motor will not help you go faster than 20 mph so like on an acoustic bike, you must either be going downhill or pedaling hard to exceed that speed. My Gazelle is this type of bike.
Class 2 is a bike limited to the same speed, 20 mph but in addition to the assist, it has a throttle. You do not have to pedal, you can use the throttle to go places. This is what my Radmini is. The throttle comes in handy when extra oooomph is needed quickly. One park ranger said he likes it because when he's riding with his kids and they are 15 miles out and his knees start acting up, he can quit pedaling and use the throttle to get back.
Class 3 is a bike with a speed limit of 28 mph and a throttle. In some European countries, these are not allowed on bike paths and must use the roads.