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Do You Need Gears on an Electric Bike | E-Bike Questions

Hey guys, Dustin here, CEO of sixthreezero. Today we're going to answer the question do you need gears on an electric bike? Stick around.

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All right, so let's answer the question do you need gears on an electric bike? The simple answer to the question straight away is no. Now electric bikes at their core are standard bicycles and just like standard bicycles, they don't have to have gears. There's a lot of single-speed gears out there, so you have to really answer the question of how are you going to use this bike, this electric bike, and are you going to use the electric bike as a standard bike at all?

If you are going to rely a lot on the pedal-assist or the propulsion of the motor on the electric bike, then having multiple gears may not be that important to you. You could have one speed and as you pedal the motor kicks in and that'll be good enough, so you don't have to have gears on an electric bike. And the other thing I'll talk about as we talk about gears on an electric bike, we're talking about the gears of the bicycle. The actual motor of the electric bike doesn't have gears. You're not shifting the gears of the motor like you would on a motorcycle or a car, so to speak. So we're just talking about the bicycle gears.

Now I would say I prefer to have gears on an electric bike because just like on a normal bicycle, it's going to give you that variance. So if you're going uphill, you can shift into first, use a little bit of pedal assist, and it'll be much easier to pedal and get the motor going. If you're going uphill and you still want to use pedal assist and you have one gear and it's really hard to pedal, it's going to be difficult to get up a hill using the pedal assist because you still got to turn that crank. So having one speed on an electric bike is not going to give you that variability, it's just going to be one speed, and hopefully, that one speed is good for the terrain that you're going to be riding on.

Now if you absolutely know that you're going to be on flat ground only, and you're not concerned with your top speed or you're not going to be doing many hills, then one speed on an electric bike may be just fine for you. But again, if you're going to be going up lots of hills, hilly terrain, you want to do variances and speed with the pedal assist, having those gears will be a nice addition to the bike. In addition to that, if you want to ride the bike without gears ... Or sorry, without the motor turned on, having the gears will be nice if you plan to go longer distances or again, riding hills without the motor. So having the gears will just give you more flexibility in how you use the bike.

Now with that said, we sell a lot of single-speed cruiser bikes, and if you're riding by the beach, flat ground, just around the neighborhood, it's perfectly okay to have a single-speed bike. So what it really comes down to is how are you going to use the bike and what's the best-case scenario for you? I don't think you can ever go wrong with having some extra gears, but if you're looking for an absolute simple electric bike with the least amount of cabling, you don't have to have gears and a single-speed bike does exist. But I find that there's a benefit to having at least, I would say seven speeds on your electric bike.

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