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Please use the form on the right to contact us, or call 202 794 6620. We are happy to answer any question about electric bikes that we can. 

Allow up to 24 hours for a response - we get very busy helping folks in the store! 

Hope to see you soon! 

ElectriCityBikes Team


4810 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20016
United States


We have carefully curated the most reliable and innovative models of electric bikes from the top brands - Specialized, Kalkhoff, Focus, Raleigh. Come in today to browse and a free test ride - try before you buy! Our head tech has over 5 years experience in all brands and types of e-bikes and kits. Electricity Bikes was founded by City Bikes, pioneers of the urban transportation bike shop in DC since 1988.  

Front Hub Motors

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Front Hub Motors

Charlie McCormick

Twist & Go, and a basic geared front hub motor that could be added to almost any bike - even a monkey could manage this. This simple lightweight setup is the oldest, and it is still around in various forms. 

It also suffers from some major limitations:

Under powered - usually 15mph and much slower on the hills
Tired hands - twisting or pushing the throttle gets to be a pain.
Scooter-like - not really exercise oriented if you want a workout
Range (how far the ebike will go on a full charge)-  limited, usually less than 20 miles. Efficiency with a throttle was not very good. 
Batteries - lead acid & NiCd had low energy density, bad memory, and were bulky and heavy, struggling to deliver enough oomph.
Anxiety battery sizes tended to be smaller without a power meter to tell when you are going to run out of juice.

eBikes have evolved since the first iterations that were throttle only front drive motors. Some brands like GoCycle have innovated very capable eBikes using super advanced engineering. 

These early designs are kind of like a "gateway drug" to more modern mid drive options that will retain their value for many years to come. 


All Front Hub