There are lots of factors that can influence the electric bike’s speed. Normally, the laws of USA restrict the speed of a non-pedal bike to 20 mph. Canadian laws, however, allow the electric bikes to go a bit faster, they have a 21mph restriction. It is done on purpose so that users wouldn’t bother with licenses and extra safety measures. But technically electric bikes can go faster.
The actual speed varies depending on the rider’s weight, the road and weather conditions and some physical factors (whether you go up or downhill). The lighter you are, the higher speed you can achieve.
Some of the electric bike kits can assist with speeding up to 35 mph. On the other hand, there are mountain bikes that gain the whole 50 mph with no kit at all (such as ‘The Bomber’). And if we look for the highest speed numbers available, we should focus on the astonishing 80 mph, done by the ‘Liveforphysic’s “Death Bike”’.
The first thought that appears after seeing these numbers is that 80mph on a bike is everything you’ve ever needed. But keep in mind that such speed isn’t always recommended for every particular rider. It can even be dangerous for an unprepared user. Make sure that all possible safety measures were taken before trying to reach that speeds.
Considering the features
As long as the majority of customers pay attention to the speed aspects, they forget about the other features that are no less important. First of all, you should consider the overall performance. The headwinds or uphill riding can sufficiently reduce the speed numbers and cause additional hardships for the motor. Choose the bike that performs constant speed regardless of the weather or road conditions. The moderate hills should cause no trouble for you. In fact, the primary target of every electric bike is to eliminate the fear of hills that can be generated while riding a conventional bike.
Evolution of the motors
The evolution of BMC motors (British Motor Company) brightly shows the need in faster electric bikes.
400W V1: the hill climbing abilities were put as the primary target while designing the motor. It finally allowed the rider to pedal without additional efforts when going uphill. The motor is still popular nowadays.
600W V2: This motor finds its fans among those looking for higher speed. It allows for a bike to go as fast as 28 mph.
1000W V3: It is the biggest and the fastest motor till date. However, the higher amount of power requires larger and stronger battery. As you know, large batteries aren’t cheap and they are heavy. Sadly but large dimensions don’t make them last longer than normal-sized batteries. Thus, large power capacities are not always better options. Though, customers that got used to buying high-end products may, of course, argue that statement.