What’s the difference between pedal assist & throttle?
If you’ve been thoroughly researching your electric bikes, you’re familiar with the finer points of how they work: either the electric motor assists you as you pedal, or you control how much assistance you get from it with a throttle. You could always pedal manually (the old-fashioned way), but keep in mind that ebikes are heavier than your average bike.
What is pedal assist and throttle in an electric bike?
The difference between ebike pedal assist and ebike throttle assist is pretty simple.
In the case of a pedal-assist design, a cadence sensor is installed near the bottom bracket (where the cranks attach). This device tracks how many revolutions per minute your cranks are turning. If you’re pedaling, the cadence sensor picks up this motion and activates the electric motor, giving you motor assist.
In a throttle-actuated design, it’s a little more like a motorcycle. You don’t have to pedal to access your electric motor’s power. All you need to do is add a little pressure to the throttle with your thumb, and you’ll get as much or as little assistance as you like.
The beauty of either system is that it’s like riding a bike, only better.
What are the different modes in an electric bike?
Electric bike modes are most clearly explained with a little primer on the three classes of ebikes:
- Class 1: pedal-actuated assist up to 20 mph
- Class 2: pedal-actuated or throttle-actuated assist up to 20 mph
- Class 3: pedal-actuated assist up to 28 mph
These three classes are legally mandated, and manufacturers must ensure their bikes comply with these limitations. With that in mind, there are many state and local variations on these themes that can make a big difference when you’re having a roadside chat with Johnny Law, so it’s best to make sure before you ride.
But that’s not all — because SUPER73’s Multi-Class Ride Modes also allow you to unlock Off-Road Mode and accelerate up to 28 mph. Your top speed will vary depending on conditions and rider weight.
Benefits of using pedal assist vs. throttle
With pedal assist, not only are you still getting some physical activity, but you also are getting the most from your ebike’s battery range.
With the throttle, you’ll have more control over the speed of your ebike during your ride. Although the throttle will save you from exerting physical energy, you will see a decreased battery range compared to only using pedal assist.
SUPER73: The BEST choice
Whether pedal or throttle-actuated motor assist is best for you, SUPER73 has a ton of different models, colors, and options to choose from. Check out our website and our FAQ, and whatever else you do, have fun!