Does A Bafang Rear Geared Hub Spin Freely?

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My new store bought bike came with front wheel axle nuts over-tightened, cutting down freewheeling a lot. That was easily remedied. The rear wheel is much less restricted than the front was, but it doesn't spin for a long time at all.
Before I take the wheel off I wondered "Do such rear hub wheels spin as freely or almost as freely as the front wheel?"

Thanks for any input on this question, EBR Friends.
 
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harryS

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They spin, and there's enough rotational mass to keep it going for 10-20 seconds, but your front wheel should spin for up to a minute. I

Turn the motor wheel backwards. Now you will feel the drag from the gears and the motor. Probably hear the gears too. When spinning forward, there's a clutch that disengages the gears. Hub motors are made such that the axle bearings aren't compressed by the nuts.
 

Thomas Jaszewski

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My new store bought bike came with front wheel axle nuts over-tightened, cutting down freewheeling a lot. That was easily remedied. The rear wheel is much less restricted than the front was, but it doesn't spin for a long time at all.
Before I take the wheel off I wondered "Do such rear hub wheels spin as freely or almost as freely as the front wheel?"

Thanks for any input on this question, EBR Friends.
No.