E-Bikes & Bikes Customised to You
November 27, 2022
Hey everyone, I'm Dustin, and today I'm going to walk you through a 500-watt electric bike, all the ins and outs, the performance, and what you need to know, stick around.
All right, so today I'm going to walk you through a 500-watt electric bike, its performance of it, and the ins and outs of it, and just explain to you everything you'll need to know about a 500 watt electric bike. There are lots of different motor sizes out there. Let me start by saying 500 watts. I'm talking about the motor size here. In this case, I'm riding a 500-watt rear hub motor. Now there are lots of motor sizes out there, 250 watts, 500 watts, and 750 watts. Those are the only wattages that are going to be street-legal, but you're going to see wattages over 750 watts for off-roading mountains, and things of that nature.
Now, lot of questions and ideas or thoughts around what's the right size motor for me, what kind of riding? That's why today I'm going to walk you through a 500-watt electric bike and just show you how it performs, what's it capable of, and just demonstrate all the ins and outs of it so you can better understand if this is the right motor size for you.
Now what I have here is the simple step-through electric bike from Sixthreezero. This is easy to get on and off electric bikes. I love this e-bike because it's so easy to get on and off. You can also check out our website sixthreezero.com. We have a whole array of 500-watt electric bikes, and that's truly the motor size we think is one of the best all-purpose. Because you start to buy 750 watts, bigger batteries, and things like that, you may be overpaying for a battery or a motor that you may or may not need. So one thing to think about is when you have the 500-watt in the rear hub here, the 750-watt, the 250-watt, you're not going to notice much of a difference if the motor's in the rear hub here. It's going to look very similar.
In addition, we have a 10.4 amp hour battery on this 500-watt electric bike. That's going to be fairly common. You're also going to see 14 amp hour and 15 amp hour. I've seen 21 amp-hour batteries with 500-watt e-bikes. Keep in mind, the larger the battery, the more expensive the bike is going to become. So you have to make that choice when shopping or buying a 500-watt e-bike, how much you want to spend and what size battery you think you need, what kind of ranges you're going to ride, things of that nature. 10.4 amp hours, we see it is a good general-size battery where we've been able to keep the cost of the bike low enough to still make it affordable.
That was one of our goals was to produce an affordable 500-watt e-bike. Now the display, everything up here, that's going to be similar with all motor sizes, 250, 500, 750, nothing's going to change. You're going to have your miles per hour, your battery life, your trip odometer, and your overall odometer. Those can all be easily adjusted here. Some 500-watt e-bikes, you're going to have a display here. Again, it's sort of personal preference. You could always put a display here if you so choose, but there's no difference. Sixthreezero, we like more of the inconspicuous ones. We think it's nice and small.
It keeps a little more low profile. But again, there's a whole slew. When you're talking about all 500-watt electric bikes, there are going to be different displays. Again, just going to be one bigger. The information you're going to get is going to be the same, but it might be displayed maybe a little nicer. Some are colored, but it's not going to affect the performance of the bike. Now another thing to point out on 500-watt e-bikes is some of them may have the motor in the mid-drive here in the middle of the frame.
Now generally for a 500-watt, you're not going to need a mid-drive motor. The point of the mid-drive motor is to give you more torque. So it is going to be better for going up bigger hills, especially if you're doing mountain biking, things like that. They are going to be more expensive. So if you're doing primarily flat ground riding with some hills here and there, the rear drive is going to be more than enough for your 500 watts and it's also going to save you a few bucks when you're out there riding.
Now I'm 215 pounds and we've actually, we've done some other videos on our YouTube channel, which I would advise you to check out. We have a video of riders, 250 pounds to 400 pounds demoing our 500-watt e-bikes, and the 500 watts of electric power was enough to get them up hills and it was sufficient for their riding. Now one thing I will say is the more weight the rider has, the quicker the battery will drain. Something to consider. Now if you're on flat ground, it's not going to be as much of a concern. But if you're doing a lot of hills, then you may want to consider either an extra battery or a bigger battery. That's important.
But I'm 215 pounds and I just want to show you guys how 500 watts of power performs for me. And keep in mind, somebody up to 250 pounds is going to get the same performance as me. Anyone in weight below me, you're going to feel more power, it's going to be even easier for you to ride. I just want to show you generally how this 500 watts e-bike will perform for a rider at 215 pounds. So I just hit the throttle. I'm not even pedaling. You can see I'm already off-flying just by pressing that down. I'm up to 13, 14 miles an hour.
Now on a lot of the 500-watt, you'll have the option for the throttle-only pedal assist or ride it as a normal bike. Although not all 500-watt e-bikes will have throttle only. You have to check and make sure that's something you want. Some will have a twist throttle if they do have it. We have a thumb-throttle here. Now, when I get to the street here, I'm going to show you how quickly I can accelerate. With the 500 watts, you're going to get 20 miles an hour with the throttle easily. So I'm going to go ahead and push the throttle here and show you. We might outpace our cameraman a little, but you can see I'm off and running and I'm already up to 17 miles an hour.
And we're picking up steam. Now we're up to 18, and the turn there killed our speed just a little bit. Here we go. Okay, I'm at 18 miles an hour, 19, and I'm going to come to a stop right here, right at this stop sign. And there we go. All right, cameraman. Great work. Okay now, if we were in pedal assist, we could have been cruising at another 23, 24. You could get up to 20 miles an hour in a 500-watt e-bike. You're going to have to work hard once you start to get a little faster. But now I want to show you on this hill right here, we're going to tackle this. This is a pretty substantial hill.
Now I know a lot of people want to know how well their e-bikes perform. And I'm going to show you with me. So at 215 pounds, I'm in level five and I'm just going to do pedal assist, and here we go. I'm going to show you how easy this is. So I don't know if I can make this. I'm barely working here. I'm just casual, not exerting at all. And the bike is doing the majority of the work.
So if I wanted to also, I could pick up the pace here a little bit and we could get up this hill even faster. I'm going 11 miles an hour, 12. And I can tell you without a doubt, I'm working and sweating a lot. Well, I'm not sweating at all right now. But I would be sweating and working a lot harder to get up this hill. And there we have it. So 500 watts of power is a good universal e-bike wattage, especially for the price and the cost. I'm going to come to a stop over here.
There we go. And the beauty of this bike is the easy mounting and dismounting. Go ahead and flip around here. So that's my demo of a 500-watt e-bike. Super simple to ride. Definitely enough power for the average flat ground, with some hills during rides. And again, I'm 215 pounds, you can see how it performs. If you have any other questions about 500-watt e-bikes, put them below in the comments section or email the team at sixthreezero.com, or call us at (310) 982-2877. Or if you don't know what e-bike you want, take our proprietary body fit quiz on our website, sixthreezero.com. Answer a few questions about your body and your life. We'll recommend the perfect e-bike for you.
Also, we have a 30-day test ride, your e-bike policy. If you don't love your e-bike in 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. And lastly, join our community Facebook pedalers group and download our app even before you purchase. It's a great place to talk to other riders that already have 500-watt e-bikes. You can make friends. You can track your rides, and get comfortable with buying an e-bike before you purchase in those groups. Then after you can make friends and post photos. It is a lot of fun. So thanks for coming along today. And don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.
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