Hello. If I find a Class 3 Bike that I really like, a Specialized Vado, for example, can its controller settings be modified to limit its top speed to 20mph, thereby making it legal in all states, on bike paths, etc? Thanks.
Something like that makes sense. I've heard that there are "switches" that limit the top speed to 20mph instead of 28mph, the top speed of many Ebikes in the USA. Not sure if these "switches" really exist. It would be nice if they did. If you were in a state or on a bike path with a mandated top speed of 20mph, you could just throw a switch and make the bike compliant with local regulations.
In agreement with Mike. How can you visually tell a class 1 between a class 3?
Many states don’t allow class 3 on the bike paths, so it makes sense to simply keep the speed below 20 while on a bike path. And then save the higher speeds for roads, hills, commuting, etc.
Yes, it’s sometimes difficult not to crank up the speed. For me, I leave my Vado in Eco mode, which requires too much power from my whimpy legs to exceed around 12-15 mph. Then when I’m off the bike path I change to Sport or Turbo mode.
If you plan to ride 100% on bike paths, then why get a class 3? Save some money for cool accessories and simply get a class 1.
Depending on where you ride, the regs may frown upon ebikes modified to be different from the class sticker on the bike, so even though you might be making a good faith effort to ride legally, you may still be breaking the rules. Class 1 vs. 3 is stupid to begin with, should be more about speed limits where ebikes can ride, not what ebikes can ride, not to rehash a discussion many times over. That said, if you want a bike you can modify on the fly you can do that with some of the Bafang mid drives but I don't think it's an option with euro spec mid drives unless you buy a class 1 and then buy a derestrictor to bump the speed limit to class 3.