Max speed and max range on your Electric bike?


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Apr 30, 2020
Hello! I would like to buy an electric bike, but on a lot of web sites there is nothing about the maximum speed or the maximum distance you can ride on a single charge. To me this is one of the most important things to know about an ebike when spending a large sum of money.

I would like to know the range people are getting with their ebikes, and also the top speeds?

Thanks :)
The manufacturers claims of range and top speed are usually over hyped or use best case scenarios. Electric bikes rarely go the ranges they are claimed to go. There are so many variables with electric bike range such as:
  • How much you weigh
  • How fast you ride
  • How much you stop and start
  • How fast you accelerate
  • If you ride in hilly areas or on the flat
  • Your pedal assist settings
All of these things can make a huge difference to your range. Top speed may be a little bit easier to determine than range, as all you need to do is pin the throttle on a flat section of road to see how fast it goes.
Here are some more factors that will effect the range of your ebike:
  • Frontal area (drag coefficient)
  • Density of the air (depends on temperature, altitude and humidity)
  • Rolling resistance of your tires (depends on your tire pressure and the weight of the bike an rider)
  • Terrain
  • Wind speed
  • How much leg power you use