Hub Motor Electric Bike Reviews

This type of electric bike utilizes a hub motor (or two) that is built into the wheel. It’s the most affordable type of drive system and often works well with throttle operation. There are two types of hub motors: geared and gearless. Gearless tends to weigh more, provides less torque (especially at low speeds), produce some magnetic drag when not engaged, but may offer regenerative braking, and tend to be very durable and quiet. Geared hub motors tend to be compact, lightweight, and affordable, but they produce a bit of whirring noise during operation and may not be as durable over long periods of use. They freewheel efficiently without producing drag, but cannot provide regen braking. Since motor weight is positioned inside the bicycle wheel itself, it increases unsprung weight if the bike has suspension. It also requires custom spokes, wheels, and axles that bite into the frame to provide forward movement. For this reason, they may also require a torque arm to secure the axle against the frame.
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Populo Lift V2 Review

  • MSRP: $1,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An approachable step-thru electric bike with basic suspension for and seat-post suspension that improve comfort, large display is simple and easy to read, integrated headlight keeps you visible. Efficient 250-watt hub motor drives the Lift V2 to a top pedal-assist or throttle-only speed…...

Populo Sport V3 Review

  • MSRP: $999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An affordable, single speed electric bike available in three colors and four frame sizes, driven by an efficient 250-watt hub motor for a top pedal-assist speed of 20 mph, no throttle mode. Extremely basic setup makes for easy operation and potentially lower maintenance than electric bikes with…...

Xing Technologies Zycle Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A sturdy, folding electric bicycle, that can handle weight up to 330 lbs, available in four color choices with affordable second-battery option, the 250 watt geared hub motor is lightweight and efficient vs. powerful. Lighter than many other folding ebikes at 43.5 lbs, the front wheel has quick release,…...

Enzo Lite Folding Electric Bike Review

  • MSRP: $1,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A streamlined, folding electric bike with adjustable-height handlebar, sturdy cast rims, two color options (matte black and white), LED lights and reflective tires for safety. Well-protected drivetrain with derailleur guard at the back and plastic chain guide at the front,…...

2016 Enzo Ebikes Folding Electric Bike Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

An affordable, extra-durable, folding electric bike designed for yachts, RV's and other travel applications. Magnesium wheels are rugged and protect the motor, front and rear LED lights and fenders…...