Electric Bikes with mid-engine

Electric Bikes with mid-engine

An e-bike with a mid-motor is one of the most commonly sold assistance bikes and has numerous advantages for riders thanks to its central positioning of the mid-motor.

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What is a mid-motor?

A mid-motor e-bike is the most common and widespread type of e-bike drive.

The central location of the motor is a key feature of the mid-motor e-bike. The motor is located above the bottom bracket, creating excellent balance and handling due to its low centre of gravity at the middle of the bike. The battery for the mid-motor is mounted either in or on the down tube.

What are the advantages of the mid-mounted motor on the e-bike?

A mid-mounted motor on an electric bike offers numerous advantages, especially when compared to the alternatives, such as the hub-motor or the front-motor.

  • An e-bike with a mid-motor has a very central and low centre of gravity providing even weight distribution. This results in excellent handling and balance.
  • With a mid-motor, you still have options for gear shifting technology with both classic derailleur gears and hub gears.
  • In a mid-motor e-bike, the motor and battery are usually very close together, which allows for simple and effective cable routing. Usually, the cables run completely inside the frame.
  • Due to the close proximity of the motor to the bottom bracket and the cranks, the mid-motor reacts more directly to pedal force, offering a faster response than hub or front motors.
  • Mid-mounted motors are used across all cycling disciplines, from city bikes to enduro mountain bikes.
  • The support of a mid-motor is direct and smooth at the same time.

E-bike mid-motor manufacturers and their top models

In recent years, a handful of manufacturers have made a name for themselves in the e-bike electric motor market, with their outstanding product quality. We install the following motors in our e-bikes:

  • Bosch Performance Line CX
  • Shimano Steps E8000
  • Shimano Steps EP8
  • Fazua Evation

Bosch mid-mounted motors

Developed in Germany, Bosch is one of the market leaders in e-bike technology with its mid-mounted motors. Individual motors are available for different areas of use, meaning that a suitable motor is matched perfectly for every type of riding. The Bosch Performance Line CX mid-range motor supports the rider both powerfully and dynamically, making it particularly suitable for e-mountain bikes and e-trekking bikes.

Shimano mid-mounted motors

Equally popular in the e-bike motor market is Shimano. With their E8000 and EP8 models, Shimano delivers powerful and durable mid-mounted motors for different bike categories. The Shimano Steps mid-motor is also one of the lightest e-bike motors on the market.

Fazua mid-mounted motors

The Fazua Evation mid-motor is placed lower down in the down tube of the e-bike beneath where the battery is located, allowing for a slimmer profile of the bottom bracket area. . In addition, the entire system - including the battery – weighs only 4.6 kilograms and delivers 55 Nm of power and 250 Wh of battery capacity.

How fast can an e-bike with a mid-motor go?

As with all electric bikes, an e-bike with a mid-motor provides electric assistance up to a speed of 25 km/h, to comply with current legislation. If you want to pedal faster than that, you’ll have to rely on your own muscle power.

What is the range of an e-bike with a mid-motor?

The maximum range of an e-bike or does not necessarily depend on the type of motor, but much more on the capacity of the battery. The battery capacity is specified in Wh / watt hours. So the higher this number, the further the range. Actual real world range is influenced by a multitude of factors; how hilly or flat the terrain, the ambient temperature, the level of electric support chosen by the rider, the fitness and weight of the rider, tread and tyre pressure, and prevailing winds, to name but a few.

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