Torque Sensor vs Cadence Sensor on an ebike?

freddy

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Which do you prefer an ebike with a torque sensor or a cadence sensor?
 

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In my opinion torque sensors are better as they measure the level of assistance that you get for the amount of effort you put into the ride!
 

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Neither, I like the good old thumb throttle which doesn't need any sensors ;)
 

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I'm with @2ndhand on the torque sensor. The downside is that you need to keep on peddaling when going up a tough hill climb otherwise the ebike comes to a halt!
 

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Cadence sensors are common because they are cheap. A really good torque sensor is always going to be better than a cadence sensor. I like having a throttle because it provides a backup to keep the electric motor going (like when you tear the PAS wires like I did on one ride).
 

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Throttle only is the cheapest option, then cadence sensor, then torque sensor, then torque sensor that actually works being the most expensive :)
 

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I've used ebikes with both cadence and torque sensors, A torque sensor is smooth an reacts very fast from my experience.
 

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A good torque sensor makes an ebike feel just like riding a normal bike. Throttle only feels like an electric scooter....
 

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Ebikes with torque sensors will get a longer range and therefore potentially greater battery life to make up for the extra cost of the torque sensor.
 
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