If you're an active adventurer, someone looking to enjoy bike riding in a different way, or even someone who wants to make their commute healthier, you might be considering purchasing an eBike. One question you might be asking yourself is, "Well, how fast are eBikes?"
We get asked this one a lot. So, in this blog post, we'll explore the speed capabilities of eBikes and what you can expect when you take one for a spin.
How can eBike speed vary?
First, it's important to note that the speed of an eBike can vary depending on several factors, including the type of eBike you have, the terrain you're riding on, and how much effort you're willing to put in. However, most eBikes have a maximum speed of around 20mph (32km/h) with pedal assist.
If you're not familiar with pedal assist, it's a feature that helps you pedal by giving you an extra boost of power from the motor. This makes it easier to ride uphill or against a strong headwind, and it also allows you to go faster than you would be able to on a traditional push bike.
How fast can an eBike actually go?
This isn’t to say that faster eBikes don’t actually exist. You can get models that can comfortably do 50 or even 60mph. Needless to say, safety is a big issue when you reach those speeds and they aren’t legal to ride in the UK. The most extreme example is the Swind EB-01 which features a 15,000-watt rear hub motor!
The rules in other countries can be different, however EU rules match the UK's, whereas in the US there are three classes of eBike:
Class 1 - 20mph limit (no throttle)
Class 2 - 20mph limit with a throttle
Class 3 - 28mph limit
How fast are EnviroRides eBikes?
Curious how fast ours are? Here’s a breakdown of the speeds of our eBikes:
- Ezi Stow Folding Electric Bike (and the Pro variant), a great value folding eBike, has a top speed of 15.5mph PA*
- Endurance Pro Electric Bike, a lightweight and sleek eBike, has a top speed of 15.5mph PA*
- Pulse Pro Electric Bike, featuring a step-through frame and great traction control, has a top speed of 15.5mph PA*
- G1+ Electric Bike, with staggeringly good range, has a top speed of 15.5mph PA*
As you can see, they’re pretty universal when it comes to speed. But, they all have unique qualities that make them optimal for different riding scenarios. If you’re in the market for one, check out our selection in more detail here!
So, in short, the speed of an eBike can vary depending on several factors, but most eBikes have a maximum speed of around 20mph with pedal assist. Faster eBikes do exist, but they may not be legal to ride and safety is a big concern.