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Different Types of Electric Bikes

Written by: Greenworks Blog Team

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Hold onto your handlebars—we're about to take you on a ride through the electrifying world of e-bikes! From city cruisers to mountain adventurers, there's a pedal-assisted dream machine for everyone. Let's explore the different styles, classes, motors and other factors you should consider before buying an electric bicycle.

Greenworks 80V e-bike in woods

What are the Different Styles of E-Bikes?

Whether you prefer comfort or speed, e-bikes come in various styles to suit different riding preferences. Let's dive into the different e-bike types:

Cruiser Bikes: Cruiser e-bikes offer laid-back comfort and style, ideal for leisurely rides through flat terrain like neighborhoods, bike paths or boardwalks. Greenworks offers a range of cruiser e-bikes designed for a relaxed riding experience.

Commuter Bikes: Skip those costly parking fees and bike straight to work! Perfect for urban commuters, these e-bikes provide long-distance practicality and efficiency while navigating city streets on your way to work or running errands. Greenworks commuter e-bikes are equipped with features like integrated lights and racks for convenient commuting.

Mountain Bikes: For those who like a little dirt with their adrenaline, mountain e-bikes deliver rugged performance and versatility to tackle off-road trails and explore the great outdoors. Greenworks offers durable mountain e-bikes to satisfy your adventurous spirit.

Road Bikes: Road e-bikes satisfy the need for speed with their high velocity and efficiency on flat, paved surfaces (think commuter bikes that have traded in some of their comfort for speed). The Greenworks mini e-bike series provides a smooth and swift riding experience.

Greenworks 80V e-bike pedal assist battery

What are the Three Classes of E-Bikes?

Now that you've picked your style, what about the power behind the pedal? Here's the lowdown on the three classes of e-bikes:

Class 1: Pedal Assist Up to 20 MPH

Class 1 e-bikes are like a trusty sidekick, offering a gentle boost with assisted pedaling up to a top speed of 20 mph. They're perfect for recreational riding and casual commutes, and you can take them just about anywhere. Check out our selection of class 1 e-bikes today.

Class 2: Throttle Only Up to 20 MPH

If you want extra oomph without having to pedal, class 2 e-bikes are an excellent choice. These bikes use a throttle instead of assisted pedaling to propel you up to 20 mph, making commutes or leisurely cruising a breeze. Greenworks' class 2 e-bikes are the ultimate in effortless style and convenience.

Class 3: Pedal Assist Up to 28 MPH

Want to go fast? Class 3 e-bikes provide assisted pedaling and higher speeds of up to 28 mph. Whether you're racing through the city or tearing up the trails, these bikes deliver the thrills with the perfect blend of power and performance.

Greenworks 80V e-bike

What are the Types of Motors that Power an E-Bike?

It's time to talk about the heart of your ride —the electric motor! Here are the different types you'll find in your new two-wheeler.

Hub Motors: Think of hub motors as the strong, silent type. Nestled discreetly in the wheel hub, they provide smooth, reliable power without much fuss.

Mid-Drive/Center Drive MotorsMid-drive motors are the way to go if you want more balanced handling and extended ranges. Positioned at the bike's center, they offer a balanced and efficient ride that's second to none — but they often come with a heftier price tag.

Friction Motors: While less common, friction motors (also known as roller or wheel motors) apply force directly to the wheel to move forward. Just be aware that they can wear out the bike's tires more quickly!

Greenworks e-bike handlebars

What Factors Should I Consider When Buying an E-Bike?

So, you're ready to commit and get yourself an e-bike! Here are a few things to keep in mind to find the best electric bike for you:

Terrain: Where will you be riding? Consider the terrain you'll traverse, whether downtown city streets, mountain trails or suburban cul-de-sacs.

Speed: How fast do you want to go? Top assisted speeds range from 20-28 mph (though you can always pedal faster if you're up for it!).

Distance: How far do you plan to ride? Make sure the e-bike's battery life can handle your daily commute or weekend adventures.

Budget: Set a budget that works for you, keeping in mind that quality and features can vary.

Accessories: Don't forget to accessorize! Consider extras like racks, fenders and lights to customize your ride and make it your own.

With this guide, you're ready to hit the streets (or trails) in style with your very own electric bike. Check out Greenworks' collection of e-bikes and start your next adventure today! 

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Greenworks Blog Team

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