Mid Drive vs Hub Drive Electric Bikes?

jonathon

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I am trying to decide between mid motor and hub motor for an ebike build, what are differences between the two systems?
 

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Mid Drives:

With a mid motor, an ebike’s weight is well balanced so a large torque can be delivered to the rear wheel when going up hills. Mid motors are best for mountains and regions where you will be climbing steep hills.

Hub Drives:

Hub motors for are easier to install, but they are better suited for ebikes that are going to be ridden in flat areas.

Efficiency:

The transmission efficiency between an ebike mid motor and an ebike hub motor is exactly that same.
 
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I think the big difference is that a mid drive motor powers the bike through the gears on the back wheel, so they can leverage that gearing advantage just as a rider's legs would do. It's a big advantage for hill climbing, but also in other situations. It's also a lot easier on the motor.

That said, mid-drive motors are more complicated to install. You might check out some YouTube videos to get an idea of the process. There are a million of 'em.
 
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