Speed is an important factor when choosing any bike, and it was no different when I choosing an electric bike. In the UK the motor of an electric pushbike has to, by law, cut out once the rider reaches 15mph. You can of course travel faster than 15mph but to do this you have to use your own leg power.
Electric bikes are heavier than non-electric bikes, and in some instances a lot heavier. Let’s take a look at my Wisper 905 Torque electric bike for example. At 24kg, including the larger battery, this bike is 13kg heavier than my old Trek racing bike (i.e. more than twice the weight) and 11Kg heavier than my old Giant mountain bike. Pushing along a 24kg bike, plus your own body weight, under your own steam requires quite a bit of effort.
Cycling at 15mph on my electric bike takes very little effort, after all the motor is doing the hard work, although you do have to keep spinning the pedals (easily done in a low gear). I typically cycle around 15.5mph – 16mph and find that this takes quite a bit of effort. To consistently cycle faster than 16mph takes a lot of effort, which given the weight of the bike, the fact it’s based on a mountain bike and the fat tyres is to be expected.
I have managed to reach 27mph on my Wisper 905 however this was down a steep hill with a tail wind, and as soon as the road flattened out the speed rapidly dropped off. Averaging this sort of speed is not going to happen on an electric bike. I would say, that averaging 20mph on an electric bike is not possible either, although I would like to see someone prove me wrong.
If you are happy cycling at 15mph or less an electric bike is going to be perfect for you. If you are happy averaging around 16mph (like I do) and are willing to put in a bit of effort an electric bike is also the ideal bike. If you want to average more than 16mph you are going to have to put in a lot of effort, and you would be better off with a lightweight racing bike. Similarly, if you want to average 20mph or more, you’re not going to do it with an electric bike.
Several people have asked me “how fast is your electric bike?” and in response I thought I would create a short video to show just how fast my Wisper 905 Torque electric bike is, as below:-
If you live in the UK the best place to get a Wisper 905 Torque bike is Halfords, and the reasons I say this are:
The Wisper 905 Torque electric is available to order from Halfords here so head on over and check it out.
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before