Many electric bikes have both a throttle & pedal assist. Some e bikes, depending on the type of motor, allow you to add a throttle onto the bicycle.
It’s uncommon to find electric-powered mountain bikes that offer a throttle. Most off-road e bikes are designed to be ridden with a pedal-assist, not a throttle. High-performance mountain bikes use advanced technology, like torque sensors. We strongly recommend Bosch and Yamaha motors if you’re a competitive mountain biker. Neither are compatible with a throttle.
Throttles decrease the overall performance and range of the e bike on a mid-drive. This is probably why a lot of manufactures prefer to sell most pedal-assist electric bikes without a throttle. But some offer it as an add-on.
Crystalyte Motors Ideal for Pedal-Assist & Throttle
These high-performance motors are essentially kit-power-systems. Typically kit-motors offer less performance. The big exception is Crystalyte, which uses the best quality components.
Crystalyte Electric Hub-Drives
Crystalyte motors are always hub-motors, which are more compatible with throttles. Because this high-performance motor offers so much power, it makes up for any disadvantages that you may incur with a hub-drive design. The extra power also helps you maneuver the rear-heavy design of Hi-Power Cycles.
Both Options More Common in Electric Road Bikes
The pedal-free throttle is a feature that is more common with electric road bicycles rather than mountain bikes. The simpler technology needed for road bikes allows for the addition of a throttle.
Using Both Features at the Same Time
Most e bikes with both throttle and pedal-assist allow you to use both features at the same time. This can be helpful when you need a little extra boost in specific moments in your ride.
The exception to this would be the iZip Zuma, which only allows pedal-assist or throttle, but not both at the same time.
Electric Bicycle Models at High Country E Bikes with Throttle & Pedal-Assist
Magnum Metro +
Pedal-Assist Models Where Throttle Can Be Added
Some pedal-assist models of electric bikes allow you to add-on a throttle.
iZip Vibe +
Throttle-Only E Bikes with Pedal-Assist Add-on
If you’re interested in an electric bike that features both pedal-assist and a throttle, come into our Salt Lake City e bike shop and discuss with us your needs, and the pros and cons of each model. We’ll find the electric-powered bicycle that fits your needs and find you a great deal.