Part 1 – E-bike Classes
Choosing the e-bike class that is right for you is a huge consideration when purchasing a bike. That said, while U.S. bike manufacturers and suppliers have agreed on the three e-bike classes below, not all states have. So, before buying a bike check your state’s laws and regulations first. A good place to start would be with MOVING E-BIKE LAWS INTO THE FUTURE.
THREE E-BIKE CLASSES:
CLASS 1: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and stops assistance at 20mph.
CLASS 2: Bicycle equipped with a throttle operated motor and stops assistance at 20mph.
CLASS 3: Bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and stops assistance at 28mph.
In my case I ride on both roads and trails. While a class 3 might be a good choice for the road, most of the trails I ride only allow class 1 bikes. So if I want a bike that will do it all, a class 1 bike is the only choice for me. On the other hand, if I want to use my e-bike for commuting and not on trails, a class 3 bike might be the better choice.