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Video: Gates Belt Drive for an Electric Bike

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Many of the electric bikes EVELO offers use a carbon belt drive instead of a conventional bicycle chain. This belt drive can last eight-to-time times longer than a chain, is easier to maintain, and a lot less messy.

In this video, Alex describes some of the benefits of a carbon belt drive on an electric bike. We’ve transcribed the video so you can watch it or follow along in this text. … Read more

Video: How Electric Bike Throttles and Pedal Assist Work

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Electric bikes add the power of a motor to your pedaling and make commuting, recreational riding, or getting back in shape easy and a lot of fun.

Two of an electric bike’s most important systems are pedal assist and throttle. Each of these is designed to help a rider decide how much he or she wants to pedal, effectively “flattening” hilly terrain and letting them get the ride they want or need. … Read more

Top 5 Reasons Commuters Should Consider an Electric Bike

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Fitness and speed are among some of the best reasons to commute to work or school on an electric bike.

In 2017, nearly 837,000 Americans rode a bicycle to work, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released in September 2018.

That number was down almost 30,000 from the prior year, perhaps, because of the lack of investment in bike lanes or similar infrastructure. Or perhaps because of how long bicycle commutes can take or the effort needed to make them. … Read more

Electric Bikes: How Watts, Volts, and Amp Hours Impact Performance

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If you want to know how fast or powerful an electric bike will be, you need to understand watts (W), volts (V), and amp hours (Ah) as these energy measurements apply to ebike motors and batteries.

Otherwise, “attempting to compare ebike power ratings is a great way to lose your sanity. That’s because ‘rated power,’ the metric some manufacturers use, doesn’t equal a motor’s actual power output or maximum potential power output,” wrote Dan Roe in Bicycling magazine. … Read more

The Power of $1 for Transportation

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A single dollar bill can take you a mile or it can take you 600 of them. The difference is in how fast or slow you travel, the purpose of your trip, and how much work you have to put into the journey.

Here are a couple of examples.

Recently, I took an Uber from a semi-rural community west of Boise, Idaho some 22 miles to a modern and popular shopping area called The Village. The drive took about 30 minutes in a silver Dodge Grand Caravan. It cost me some idle conversation and a little more than $37.00.

That same week, I took my EVELO Galaxy TT electric bike on a meandering December ride. I crossed over a set of railroad tracks (it was in the 40s and clear so they weren’t too slippery); stopped at a lonely thrift store with lots of small glass figurines that reminded me of Michael Rooker’s character from the Guardians of the Galaxy; and went into a pub to warm my hands. The journey (stops included) took a couple of hours and cost me much less than a dollar for the electricity that helped to power my electric bike.

I mention these two trips because they represent two transportation extremes in terms of cost. And, perhaps, they can set the stage for our premise. How far can you travel for one dollar in fuel? … Read more

State Electric Bike Laws, Definition & Legal Operation

 

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Additional Resources

Want to learn even more about the technology that sets EVELO apart from the competition? Take a look at the resources below:

EVELO MotionDriveᵗᵐ System
NuVinci® NuVinci® Continuously Variable Transmission
NuVinci® Fully Automatic Transmission
Gates Carbon Drive™ Belt Drive

Whether you are researching a multitude of electric bike configurations currently on the market, or trying to decide between different EVELO models, the motor will be one of the first things you look into. The information below will explain the differences between the two types of motors found on electric bikes – hub motor and mid-drive motor.

Mid-Drive or Hub Motor – Which Should I Choose?

Mid-Drive or Hub Motor – Which Should I Choose?

The motor most commonly found on the market today is a hub motor. It is typically placed on the rear wheel, although some front hub configurations exist. The hub motor is simple, relatively lightweight, and quite inexpensive to manufacture. The EVELO Quest One electric folding bike uses a rear hub motor since simplicity and weight were important considerations in designing a folding bike.

Every other EVELO model is equipped with a mid-drive motor. After some initial testing, our engineers concluded that the mid-drive motor has a number of key advantages over the hub motor:

  • Performance. Mid-drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a similarly powered traditional hub motor. One key reason why is that the mid-drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Perhaps the best way to visualize this is to imagine a scenario where you are approaching a steep hill. You would change the bike’s gears to make it easier to pedal and maintain the same cadence. If your bike has a mid-drive motor, it also benefits from that gearing change, enabling it to deliver more power and range.
  • Maintenance. Your bike’s mid-drive motor is designed to make maintenance and service extremely easy. You can remove and replace the entire motor assembly by simply taking out two special bolts – without affecting any other aspect of the bike. This means that virtually any regular bike shop can easily perform troubleshooting and repairs. On the other hand, if you had a hub motor in the rear wheel, even basic maintenance tasks such as taking off the wheel to change a flat tire become more complicated endeavors.
  • Handling. EVELO’s mid-drive motor is positioned close to the bike’s center of gravity and low to the ground. This helps improve the overall handling of your electric bike by better distributing the weight.

Given that locating the motor mid-drive is the right choice in most situations, which EVELO mid-drive motor is the right one for you?

250W Motor

250W Motor

Currently available on the single-speed Quest One model, the 250W motor is a good option if:

  • You live in a flat to moderately hilly area
  • You plan to use the motor to complement your own power when you need a boost or feel tired, but still plan to pedal the bulk of the time
  • The rider’s weight is under 200 lbs

350W Motor

350W Motor

Currently available on our Galaxy ST, Galaxy TT, Galaxy 24 and Quest Max models, the 350W motor is one of the newest motors in our lineup. It is highly efficient and generates roughly the same amount of torque as a 500W motor, while using less battery power. This is a great option if:

  • You live in an area with some steep hills
  • You plan to do little or no pedaling (relying more on the electric-only throttle)
  • The rider’s weight is over 200 lbs

500W Motor

500W Motor

The 500W mid-drive motor is available on our Aurora and Compass models, and is a good choice if:

  • You live in a really hilly area and want to have a lot of torque and power to go uphill, while still maintaining higher cruising speed
  • You plan to do little or no pedaling (relying more on the electric-only throttle)
  • The rider’s weight is over 200 lbs

750W Motor

750W Motor

The 750W motor, our most powerful motor yet, is available on the Delta, Delta X and Aurora bikes. With a peak output of 1,000W, this motor configuration can take you up virtually any hill and over any terrain, regardless of the amount of pedaling you want to do.

Note: Federal regulations cap the top assisted speed of any motor configuration at 20 mph, and the 350W, 500W, and 750W EVELO bikes are able to attain this speed with little pedaling effort. The “off-road only” option which allows for pedal-assisted speeds of up to 28 mph. Keep in mind that the actual speed you can reach depends on a variety of conditions, so it will vary significantly.
 

Additional Resources

Want to learn even more about the technology that sets EVELO apart from the competition? Take a look at the resources below:

EVELO MotionDriveᵗᵐ System
NuVinci® Continuously Variable Transmission
NuVinci® Fully Automatic Transmission
Gates Carbon Drive™ Belt Drive

 

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