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Comparing Motor Power - a shootout

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Comparing Motor Power - a shootout

Charlie McCormick

It is hard to choose poorly on a torque sensing motor these days if you stick with the latest mid drives from the big three - Bosch, Brose and Shimano. Keep in mind that the most raw motor power may not, in fact, be the most important thing for your experience. Smoother riding, less powerful, longer range motors will still get up a steep, just a little slower. With the same battery, the hare might win the hill, but the turtle will always finish the race. Overall bike weight can also have a major impact on steep climbs - aka power to weight ratio - which is why a motorcycle will beat a supercar in a quarter mile race. And finally., eBikes are still bicycles - advanced mid drives only multiply your input, not replace it.

In real world testing on the steepest of hills (with equal rider wattage input), here is the descending pecking order of the fastest climbing eBike motors, from most fastest to the most tame: 

Drive Ranking

Note that all of the speed motors (assistance to 28mph) are not the fastest steep hill climbers. This is because power must be spread over a wider speed range. Of course a speed eBike is going to be fastest if already going 28mph when approaching an easy hill. Probably on moderate hill as well, with head start and substantial rider pedaling force. But the only benchmark metric for max raw power are steep hills.

Find out why motors perform differently