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It is not always easy to understand the capabilities of your electrically assisted bike's motor as there are many different models. The motor is usually located either at the bottom bracket, in the front wheel or in the rear wheel with an engine torque ranging from 30 to 120 Newton meter. The higher the torque, the more efficient the eBike will be on technical slopes.

However, not all engines have the same characteristics, nor are they all intended for the same use. Indeed, an engine can be used either for urban use, for touring, or for sports outings on the road or mountain bike. So, we have put together a list of engines on the market to help you understand the characteristics of each engine. It is also important to know that the electric assistance is automatically deactivated above 25km/h which is equivalent to 250 Watts.

Lexique :

Engine torque
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Main manufacturers

BOSCH

Since 2009, the BOSCH brand has been considered the leading manufacturer of motors, batteries and on-board computers for electric bikes. In addition, thanks to its high performance, reliable and quality components, many brands have resorted to using its motors.

Model Use Engine torque Level of assistance
Performance Line Urban/MTB 63Nm 4
Performance Line CX MTB 75Nm 4
Active Line Urban 50nm 4
Active Line Plus Urban 50Nm 4
Cargo Line Speed Urban 85Nm 4

SHIMANO

Since 2014, Shimano, the world's largest bicycle component brand, has been offering drive systems for eBikes, under the name StePS, with two distinct ranges, one designed for city use, the other dedicated to mountain biking.

Model Use Engine Torque Assistance Level
Steps E-5000 Urban 40Nm 3
Steps E-6000 Urban 50Nm 3
Steps E-6100 Urban 60Nm 3
Steps E-7000 Urban/MTB 5-60Nm 3
Steps E-8000 MTB 5-60Nm 3

YAMAHA

Yamaha made its name manufacturing motorbikes in the 1950s. Since 1993, the brand has been developing components for electric bike transmissions and was one of the first to launch electric bikes with electric pedals on the market.

Model Use Engine Torque Assistance level Location
PW-X2 Urban/MTB 80Nm 5 Crankset
PW-X3 MTB 85Nm 5 Crankset
PW-series ST Urban/MTB 70Nm 4 Crankset
PW-series TE Urban 60Nm 4 Crankset

BAFANG

Bafang is a Chinese company specialising in the design of equipment for electric vehicles. It offers quality motors.

Model Use Engine Torque Assistance level
BBS01 Urban 80Nm N.C
BBS02 Urban 120Nm N.C
BBSHD urban 80Nm N.C
H300E Urban 45Nm N.C

AEG

Since 2016, the German household appliance brand has been producing electric bike components for all types of bikes.

Model Use Engine Torque Assistance level
Eco Drive Urban 50Nm 5
Comfort Drive Urban 100Nm 5
Sport Drive MTB 100Nm 5

PANASONIC

Panasonic is a Japanese company specialising in consumer and professional electronics. The brand has recently developed motors for electrically assisted urban bikes.

Model Use Engine torque Assistance level
Ultimate GX Urban 90Nm 5

TRANZX

TranzX has been inspiring the modern cycling experience with intelligent solutions that feel like every pedal stroke for nearly 30 years. Innovation is the cornerstone of TranzX's success.

Model Use Engine Torque Assistance level
M01 Urban 80Nm N.C
M16 GT Urban 22-25Nm N.C

CONTINENTAL

Continental is a German automotive supplier best known for its tyres. However, it has diversified by creating its own motors for electrically assisted bicycles.

Model Use Engine torque Assistance level
48V prime Urban 70Nm 4
48V Revolution Urban 32Nm 4

FAZUA

Fazua is a brand that offers original motors, different from those present on the market. It distinguishes itself in particular thanks to 2 elements: compactness, its ease of integration with a block including the battery and the motor and is different from the motors of electrically assisted bikes. The pedalling is silent and fluid for a natural riding sensation.

Model Use Engine torque Assistance level
Evation 1.0 Urban/MTB 60Nm 3

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