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Electric Bikes with Throttle, What you Need to Know About! - Ebikes with a Throttle

Hey everyone. I'm Dustin. I have almost 20 years of experience in the e-bike and bike industry, and today I'm going to talk to you about electric bikes with a throttle. Stick around.

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All right, so you're in the market for an electric bike and you see that e-bikes come with throttles. Now, what do you need to know? Now, e-bikes with a throttle in essence can function more or less like a motorcycle. I've got the sixthreezero lineup of e-bikes back here. We currently do all of our e-bikes with a throttle. There are two variations to a throttle. You can see right here on our e-bikes, we tend to go with a thumb throttle.

What that means is you basically just push your thumb on this little throttle and it acts like a gas pedal. You give it a little bit, it goes a little bit. You give it more, it goes more. Literally just like a gas pedal on your car, except your thumb controls it.

Now, the other option you can have is what we call a twist throttle. Now, sometimes you're going to see that and you just twist, and it's the same kind of concept. The more you twist, the faster you go. The littler you twist, the less you go. Now throttles are great. You're seeing more and more e-bikes in America. One little thing to know is actually in Europe, they don't even allow throttles. They only allow the pedal assist. But in America, we allow the throttles. 

With a throttle, you're only allowed to go up to 20 miles an hour. So what you'll find is for the e-bikes that do have a throttle, if you're riding it on the street, legally, the factory should set the display settings to actually cut the motor when it hits 20 miles an hour with the throttle. Now, there are ways you could bypass that, but again, on the street, legally, you can only go 20 miles an hour. 

I've seen lots of e-bikes out there that have throttles, and many of them do go over 20 miles an hour. The reason being is some e-bikes can be deemed off-road. Now, if you're taking an e-bike with a throttle off-road, you can in theory go as fast as you want unless the park, it's a national forest or national park, they have its regulations. But you could take it on private land and buy an e-bike that doesn't have this inhibitor. It's basically just a motorcycle, and you could go 30, 40, 50, or 60 miles an hour.

There are e-bikes out there now with throttles that are essentially motorcycles, but those are not street-legal. The idea of an e-bike with a throttle is to turn it into a bicycle, but still gives you the option to use the throttle. I personally love the throttle because it's nice for starting off when you're going on a ride. As opposed to having to struggle through that first crank of the pedals, you can hit the throttle, get the bike going, and then it's a lot easier for you to move the crank. Same with going up hills. You can throttle into the hill and then take over with the pedal assist. 

So the throttle has a lot of nice uses. Also, once you get to top speed, you want to give your legs a break, just hit the throttle and you can coast a little bit. So they're very simple to use. Honestly, I think anybody can figure it out. We have some other videos on YouTube showing people using the throttle for the very first time. You can check those out and watch them. 

The only thing about the throttle is it can provide its own danger. So if you're looking at an e-bike with a throttle, I think it's important to know that they do increase the level of danger associated with an e-bike. I've seen a couple of things happen. One, I've seen people accidentally hit the throttle when they've been trying to stop, or they pull up to a curb and they hit the throttle on accident and they accelerate through it. Or people getting on the bike, they accidentally hitting the throttle. 

So it's important when you have a throttle, please treat it with respect and don't get overconfident. I think a lot of people get overconfident because even the most experienced bicycle or e-bike riders could accidentally hit this and have the bike do something that they don't want it to do. I've had it happen to me before when I've been bringing my leg over the top. You accidentally touch it a little bit and the bike shoots out. So recommendations are to leave the motor on and off when mounting and dismounting. When you're coming into a curb or stop, just make sure your hands are completely clear of the throttle or turn the motor off in advance.

The other thing you can do is take this down to zero on your assistance levels, which will cut the throttle, but leave the motor on. So it's things like that. We have some other educational videos on our YouTube explaining a little more in-depth on how to use a throttle. But if safely used, it is an absolutely great feature. In this day and age, it shouldn't cost more money really than an e-bike without a throttle. It's a simple just extra wire that's going to run down through the bike to the motor and give control up here in addition to the pedal assist.

So I would say in America now it's probably like 60, 70% of all e-bikes are coming with a throttle option. So if you have any other additional questions, please comment below or email us, at You can also call us, at 310-982-2877. If you're in the market for an e-bike, check out our website,, and take our proprietary body fit quiz. It only takes a few minutes. You'll answer a few questions about your body and your life, and we'll recommend the perfect e-bike for you. 

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