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Is a 500 watt EBike Enough Power? The Truth About a 500 Watt Electric Bike Motor

Is a 500-watt e-bike enough power?

Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry. Today we're going to answer the question, is 500 watt e-bike enough power? All right, I've got three 500-watt e-bikes right here, our Simple Step-Thru 20 inches, our Relaxed Body, and our Simple Step-Thru 26 inches they're all 500-watt e-bikes top speed of 20 miles an hour by just using the throttle, and 28 miles an hour with the pedal assist, but typically people top out around 23, 24 miles an hour. Now, there are a few different e-bike sizes you see out there. 250, 350, 500, 750. Now, finding the right motor size for you can be challenging as you're out there shopping. You want to make sure you get the right motor size that's conducive to your type of riding. Now, is 500 watts enough for you? Well, let's talk about some different... body types and also some different riding terrains. Now, if you're primarily riding on flat ground and you're up to 300 pounds, 500 watts is going to be more than enough power. If you do mostly flat ground riding, 250 watts is a sufficient motor size. Now, if you're taking on small hills or hills infrequently that don't have serious grades, 500 watts is still going to be enough power.

Now, I'm 225 pounds. On any one of these 500 watts, I can just use the throttle and get up a lot of hills. And you can check out other videos of me doing that on these particular e-bikes going uphill. And in pedal assist, if I put it in pedal-assist five going up hills, I'm cruising up the hill. So pedal assist is no problem. Now, if you're a rider that's over 250 pounds, and you take on a lot of hills and you have an expectation that you just want to use the throttle or you want the bike to just do all the work up hills. At that point, 500 watts may not be enough power for you. If every day you've got to go up a seriously large hill with a very steep grade, you probably want to look at 750 watts at that point. But it also depends on the weight of the rider. If you're under 200 pounds, 500 watts is going to be enough for most riders on most hills. Now, over 200 pounds, depending on the type of hill you're taking on, you probably want to consider 750 watts. So, again, under 200 pounds, 500 watts is going to be ideal or okay for most hills, in most situations, because the weight of the rider won't be too much on the bike.

Over 200 pounds, if you've got a lot of hills and a lot of grades and you want the bike to do the work, at that point, start to consider a 750-watt e-bike. I do commonly see that seniors prefer 500 watts or 250 watts because it is a lot of power. It is a lot of power for flat-ground riding. Now, uphill is different. That's what I'm saying if you don't do a lot of hills, you probably don't need to consider a 750-watt and 500-watt is going to be more than enough power. Power and what I commonly see for a lot of riders is they don't get beyond pedal assist level three because they feel that the power even in one, two, and three is more than enough for them. So you have to think about the cost-benefit analysis. How often are you going to be going up hills? How often do you need the 750 watts of power before you jump in and make a choice? We sell a lot of 500-watt e-bikes and the majority of the riders who purchase them are happy. We also have 750 watts as well. So different riders prefer different motor sizes. Do your research and figure out what's going to be best for you.

If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them. Or you can reach out to us at or call us at 310-982-2877. In addition to that, we offer a 30-day test ride on your e-bike policy. If you don't love it in the first 30 days, send it back. No questions asked. No money out of your pocket. In addition to that, we're going to warranty everything for up to a year. If anything goes wrong in the first year, we take care of parts and labor to ensure you can keep riding. Lastly, join our Facebook group, sixthreezero Pedalers. There are thousands of members in there. Join the group and talk to existing riders before you purchase so you can get comfortable. Then when you have your e-bike, post in the group, and make friends. It's tons of fun. So thanks for sticking around and don't forget... It's your journey or experience. Enjoy the ride.


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