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All right, so a lot of questions about the power of e-bikes, and specifically is 500 watts enough power? Well, at Sixthreezero we make most of our bikes in 500 watts, and the question is, is that enough power? That's a very challenging question to answer because there are many angles to attack it from. The answer I will say for a lot of riders is yes, 500 watts is going to be enough power. Now let's answer the question of when is 500 watts too much power and when is 500 watts not enough power. Let's start with whether is it too much power.
We've done a lot of rides with riders over the age of 60, and I've seen in many situations where they feel like 500 watts is actually too much power. Now, the one comment I will make to that, though, is you can always reduce the power, right? Like pedal assist, you can put it into Level 1 versus Level 2, so you're reducing the power that way. I guess if you're concerned about budget, you may be able to find an e-bike that's 250 watts or 350 watts, and you can get something less expensive than a 500-watt. It won't save you that much money in the end. Actually, it may save you a hundred or two hundred bucks, so it's probably enough to consider.
In some situations, you may only need 250 watts. We use 250 watts on our tricycles because we believe, in the use cases of those trikes, that's enough power. If you just really want to get a little bit of assistance and you're doing only flat-ground riding, I think 250 watts could be good enough for you, to be honest.
Now, when is 500 watts, not enough power? 500 watts, for anyone under 250 pounds, is going to be able to get you up most hills, and on flat ground, you're going to go 20 miles an hour with the throttle easily, and you'll be able to go up to 28 in pedal assist. I'm 220 pounds. 500 watts gets me up most hills and gets me to most places I want to go. Actually, it gets me up every hill, to be honest with you, for me. Now, I've never done the Alps or any extreme mountains. Those obviously may put some drain on 500 watts.
The time in which 500 watts is not going to be enough is if you're doing hills consistently for a very long range. Let's say you're doing a mile, two-mile-long hill, and you're doing a lot of those hills throughout a ride. 750 watts is definitely going to be your best bet because it's going to help power the bike up the hill. With that said, it also depends on the rider, right? How much assistance do you want from the bike? Do you want the bike to get you up the hill by itself? Do you want it to pedal assist? That's another factor to consider. Now, you may say, "Well, I'm looking at an e-bike, so of course I want it to help me." Okay, well, in that situation, then 750 watts for those longer, bigger hills.
The other thing is obviously weight plus hills. We've done some videos with riders from 250 to 400 pounds, and on flat ground and minor hills, 500 watts has actually been enough for them. Now, when you start to increase those hills, over 250, you're going to need 750 watts. I can tell you from experience. It's hard for me to talk about grades. Something like this. I'm just going to use my hand as a general visual, but for something like this kind of hill, 500 watts is okay. If the hill starts to get that, 750 watts. Depends on the grade. I'll make another video about that and maybe give more specifics about the grades and the kind of wattage and things like that. You can check out the video on our website of the riders at 250 to 400 pounds and how the e-bikes respond to them. Again, on flat ground, it performs with no problem.
The only thing actually that would be most affected would be the battery. The battery's probably going to drain. It will drain quicker with a heavier load, but the motor can still be enough to power the 250-to-400-pound rider. If you are over 250, or 300 pounds and you're consistently doing hills, and the hills are part of a lot of the rides you're doing and you really, really want to rely on the assistance of the e-bike to help get you up, then yes, you will need a 750-watt motor. It really won't matter if it's a rear hub or a mid-drive. Either will be fine. The power output will be enough at that 750 watts.
For most people, 500 watts is going to be a great option. Honestly, you're going to be able to hit top speeds of 20 miles an hour by just pushing the throttle, and the acceleration you get, I've seen lots of people test ride these e-bikes for the first time, and you can see those videos on our YouTube channel. We have the first reaction. They are surprised by the power. They think it's enough to power. They can't believe how powerful it is. That's why we believe 500 is enough for the majority of people riding e-bikes, which is why we stick to it. We do think there are fringe cases for the 750 watts and the 250 watts.
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