What's the difference between a front, mid and rear mounted motor?
Ever wondered how much the placement of your eBike motor mattered? It's guaranteed they'll all give you that extra push whilst you're pedaling, but how they do it and how much they can offer rests on where they are. Consider where you want to mount your motor so you can get off to a power assisted flying start.
Where is it? A hub attached to the front fork in the middle of the front wheel.
How does it work? It pulls the rider forward by rotating the front wheel, whilst distributing the weight of the motor over the front of the bike and the rider's weight over the rear leading to a relatively balanced ride.
What is the power capacity? Bafang's front motor is limited to the lower end: 220W - 350W.
How does it feel? A pulling sensation that allows you to set off cycling quickly.
Best suited for? Commuting and leisure cycling, helping to give you a little extra power during your daily ride.
Where is it? It is placed directly in between the pedals, at the bike's bottom bracket.
How does it work? It pushes the rider forward as it is connected directly to the drivetrain (pedals, cranks, chainrings, chain, cogs and derailleur), this makes the system more responsive to the rider and makes the best use of the motor power.
What is the power capacity? Bafang's mid motors have a wide range: 200W - 1000W.
How does it feel? This is the most balanced and comfortable ride as the centre of gravity is in the middle of the bike, offering a natural feeling e-assist.
Best suited for? Pretty much everything! Perfect for eMTBs and eRoad alike: ideal for adding a boost to your off-roading, allowing you to go on a longer exploration of a new city or just helping to get you up that hill on your daily commute.
Servicing & Maintenance? As it is on the inside of the bike it is more protected from external factors, therefore there is less wear and tear and it should need less maintenance. Simple to service and maintain.