Learn about electric bikes

eBIKE BASICS

Learn about electric bikes

eBIKE BASICS

Power that moves you forward.
And everywhere.

An eBike is much more than a bicycle. The power of its electric motor helps you get around better in the city, across the country or up a mountain. It gives you a power boost when you need it and makes you independent of schedules or parking spaces. The eBike takes up little space and produces neither noise or exhaust fumes. In return, the focus is on the fun even on longer routes. And, of course, an incomparable riding experience.

No wonder electric bikes are booming. Its advantages are both fascinating and convincing. Almost 40 percent of all bicycles sold already have an electric motor on board. And yet there are questions. About the technology, about operation, about use in road traffic. But don't worry: We'll explain everything you need to know here.

Overview: eBike types

Don't get confused: The generic term "eBike" has become established, but there are actually three types of electric bikes. The differences lie in the motor power, the type of support and the legal requirements. Bosch only creates drive units for Class 1 and 3 eBikes. Read on to learn more about the model legislation for the 3-class system.

Pedal assist (Class 1)

Pedal assist - up to 20 mph (Class 1)

This class of eBike can also be called pedelecs ("Pedal Electric Cycle") and they are only able to move forward, when the rider is pedaling. It supports you with a maximum permissible continuous rated power of 250 watts and up to 20 mph. If you want to go even faster, you have to achieve this with pure muscle power. This means that class 1 eBikes or pedelecs are legally considered bicycles.

Throttle assist (Class 2)

Throttle assist - up to 20 mph (Class 2)

With eBikes in general, you control the motor not by your pedaling frequency or intensity, but by a twist grip or shift knob. While these eBikes have pedals, you don't have to pedal for motor assistance. This makes them fundamentally different from bicycles and pedal assist eBikes.

Pedal assist (Class 3)

Pedal assist - up to 28 mph (Class 3)

With speed eBikes or s-pedelecs they function in exactly the same way as eBikes or pedelecs, but their powerful electric motor accelerates you up to a speed of 28 mph. Beware: the use of bike paths is not permitted in some places - find out in advance what the regulations are in your city.

Motors

The most premium electric bikes use mid-drive motors. There's a good reason for this: It sits at the bottom bracket in the middle of the bike, which lowers the center of gravity and leads to balanced weight distribution. Both of these factors make handling easier, and the direct power transmission to the chain also conveys a natural ride-feel. And because the Bosch eBike motors, also called drive units, measure important riding data over 1,000 times per second with their sensors, they always provide you with the optimum performance.

The fact that most premium eBikes use a mid-motor instead of a front or rear wheel motor brings another advantage. It preserves the natural riding feel familiar from bicycles and you don't feel pushed (rear wheel motor) or pulled (front wheel motor). In addition, with the mid-motor, the power can be controlled sensitively and precisely via the pedal pressure. Very important: Only the mid-drive motor can provide maximum power even at low speeds. It gives you thrust whenever you need it.

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Batteries

The eBike motor draws the energy to power you everywhere from the eBike battery. It supplies the eBike motor with power and decisively influences the range. Therefore, there are eBike batteries for different requirements as well as for different installation and mounting variants. Whichever eBike you choose, whatever your requirements - Bosch has the right lithium-ion battery. 

The PowerTube batteries can be seamlessly integrated into the bike frame, while the PowerPacks can be mounted either on the frame or on the rear rack. So that you always have enough energy for the fun and flow of a long ride, all batteries are available with different capacities, which are measured in Wh (watt-hour). Likewise, there are different chargers to quickly recharge the batteries after all the adventures.

PowerPack an eTrekking Bike

PowerPack on hybrid eBike

Voll integreierter PowerTube

Fully integrated PowerTube

PowerPack als Gepäckträger-Variante

Read rack PowerPack

Smart solutions: Displays, apps & control units

The display is the control center on the handlebar. It allows you to display various information such as range or selected riding mode and gives you the opportunity to change the support levels.Displays are available in many variants and with different functions. From the small control unit with minimalist data of riding modes and range, such as Purion or the LED remote, to classic displays with a screen, to fully-networked computers including smart features and automatic updates over-the-air, everything is now possible. The Bosch displays expand your eBike experience with exciting digital functions and services, such as navigation and route planning.

With apps from Bosch eBike Systems, you can connect your eBike to the digital world. For example, you can easily transfer a route from your smartphone to the computer. If you would like more information about the apps and the functions they offer, click here.

Flow App als Verbindung zum smarten System

Nyon computer with eBike Connect app

Smartphone mit COBI.Bike App

Smartphone with COBI.Bike App

Flow App als Verbindung zum smarten System

Flow App connected to the smart system

Support levels

The eBike expands your muscle power with motor power. You decide how much extra power it provides simply by using your own power and selecting the assistance level. Whether you want to work up a full sweat or arrive at the office without breaking a sweat - your eBike will help you have limitless fun!

These are the Bosch eBike support levels:

Riding modes


Off

Eco

Tour

Tour+**

Sport/eMTB*

Turbo
No support, all display functions are available. Efficient support for maximum range. Consistent support for longer rides. Continuous support for energy-saving rides. Powerful support for all types of riding. Maximum support for challenging rides.

No support, all display functions are available.

Efficient support for maximum range.

Consistent support for longer rides.

Continuous support for energy-saving rides.

Powerful support for all types of riding.

Maximum support for challenging rides.

*Progressive support for a natural riding sensation and optimum control in challenging terrain.
**The Tour+ riding mode is available for eBikes with the Performance Line CX Drive Unit (model year 2020 and newer) with derailleur gears and eMTB mode. It replaces the Tour mode.

How the eBike enriches your life

Sustainable changeover

The future is electric. The eBike is a sustainable alternative to the car for the vast majority of everyday journeys: With the cargo bike you can effortlessly go shopping in the neighboring town, and with the electrically powered city bike, you can comfortably cycle across the city - without traffic jams and the search for a parking space.

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Limitless fun

Riding an eBike is simply fun. Whether adventures in the mountains or in the urban jungle: With the individual support levels, you always get the boost you need. Whether light, maximally efficient support in "Eco" mode, steady support for long distances in "Tour" mode or full power for top performance in "Turbo" mode.

Fitnessapp

Fitness program included

The eBike not only gets you comfortably from A to B, but also trains your fitness. You decide how much additional support the drive delivers and how much power comes from your legs. With our networked  computers, you always have your performance in view and control your individual fitness training. Studies show that people ride an eBike more often and longer than a conventional bike.

Relaxed to work

Most people work within 10 miles of their job. An eBike is the fastest way to get there - and it's completely relaxed without breaking a sweat.

Family carpool

The eBike brings friends and families not only to the destination, but also closer together. Because its power makes age and condition a secondary matter, parents, children, grandma and grandpa can enjoy carefree excursions. Their range grows and so does the sense of community.

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