The motor provides the pedal-assist and throttle power. Hub motor configurations (found in rear or front wheel) are more common compared to a more complex mid-drive configuration (the difference between the two will be explained when you visit our shop). Electric bike motors come in a wide variety of power ratings, typically between 350W and 750W continuous wattage (the legal limit in Florida).
All of our bikes use tested and approved Lithium-Ion (L-ion) batteries that power the motor and, if configured, additional appliances and accessories (ask about our power bikes). L-ion batteries are much lighter and more powerful than previous technologies. The size and capacity will vary depending on the bike’s configuration and requirements.
The controller is the “brains” of an electric bike. Using electrical wiring, the controller communicates with the other components. Many ebike controllers are hidden inside the frame or inside a protective case if mounted onto the frame.
Bikes sold at National eBike have sensors that respond to the movement of pedals. When in “pedal-assist” mode, the motor is engaged when the pedals move (and dis-engages when they stop). Sensors are typically cadence (uniform power across pedal-assist speeds) or torque (a more natural power that adjusts to pressure placed on the pedals). We can explain each in detail when you visit our shop.
The display is how the rider and controller communicate. The rider typically makes selections by pressing on a pad or screen, and the controller display information via a screen or lights on the device. In some cases, the display/controller are combined in a single device.
6. Electric Wiring
Electric bikes typically use “plug and play” wiring that is reliable and waterproof.