An electric bike is a motorized motorcycle with an internal electric motor utilized to help propel the pedals instead of a fuel engine. Many styles of e-bikes have been introduced worldwide, but basically they fall into two general categories: electric bikes that employ the pedal-driven capabilities of a bike, and bikes which add a battery-powered throttle to their engines. These two categories differ primarily by the style of motor they utilize; for instance, an electric bike with a small throttle may not be able to compete with a similar model with a full throttle. In addition to this, there are electric bikes that do not require a throttle at all; this type is usually called a “pure electric” because it does not utilize any type of electrical engine.
Today’s electric bikes use a battery pack to store the power that is required for the motor to function. The size and speed of the motor will largely depend on the battery type used as well as the type of pedal assist mechanism being employed. In some cases, these bicycles feature a clutch system instead of a kick-start system so that there is less of a need to kick the bike forward when going up a hill. On the other hand, some electric bikes, such as some models of mountain bikes, feature a kick-start mechanism that allows the user to take control of the motor through a series of levers attached to the front of the bicycle.
Electric bike technology continues to improve as companies continue to seek ways to improve on existing designs, while simultaneously attempting to make the most out of existing technologies. One improvement in recent years has been the addition of a pedal assist mechanism to electric bikes. This is an ingenious design that allows electric bike users to use the kick start mechanism without having to kick the bike forward like if they were riding a standard motorcycle. Although many people believe that electric bikes provide a lesser amount of control than motorcycles do, more professionals are switching over to them because of their ease of use.