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Mid-Drive vs. Hub-Drive

At Seattle Electric Bike, we have been celebrating the emergence of mid-drive motor systems onto the electric bike scene due to their unique responsiveness for on-demand power and torque. Most customers find that they benefit from the light-weight, long-range, high reliability, and low center of gravity found on the new quality mid-drive systems available. These days, by far the most frequent question we get from our customers is: What is the difference???

We’re pleased to present some information in this post to answer that question. Then, we recommend you come in to the shop for a test ride to compare for yourself. We always make certain that you experience all that an electric bike can do for you!

The basic difference is that the mid-drive motor is located in the bottom bracket and drives the crank. The hub motor (located in the wheel hub, of course) drives the wheel itself. Batteries for either system can be located on the down-tube or on a rear rack, depending on the model. Both systems typically offer a range of pedal-assist-levels, where the mid-drive significantly multiplies the power and torque for hill-climbing, utilizing the existing gears, while the hub drive systems also include a throttle mode.

Credit to Blue Monkey Bicycles in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the following video. Enjoy, and then read on below!

And credit to Court Rye at Electric Bike for this one that addresses full-suspension mountain bikes in particular–which effectively highlights the difference between the mid- and hub-drive systems.

We carry several outstanding mid-drive models, using the Bosch, Yamaha, and Brose systems, on Bulls, Cube, Electra and other brands.

As a business dedicated to quality, we carry only products from reputable, established manufacturers, who back their products with great warranties and technical support. We pass this on to our customers in the form of excellent customer service, discounts and waivers for service when you purchase your bike from us, and expert technical support.Whether you purchase a mid-drive or hub-drive, we highly recommend that you choose a brand known for longevity and dependability, and a dealer who can provide you with the level of support you need as you invest in an electric bike.

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