The Difference Between Mid Drive and Hub Drive Motors

Mid drive and hub motors attached to ebikes
  • Pro: Efficient at a wide variety of speeds
  • Pro: Can use gearing to alter target speed
  • Pro: Can take advantage of gearing for climbs
  • Pro: Places weight at the center of the bike
  • Con: Produces driveline wear (chain rings and cassettes)
  • Con: More complicated installation
  • Con: Tend to be more expensive
  • Con: More complicated, thus more prone to part failures (sprag clutches, drive gears, drive shafts, etc)
  • Pro: Simpler to install
  • Pro: Lower maintenance
  • Pro: Efficient at typical on-road cycling speeds
  • Pro: Can recapture energy through regenerative braking
  • Con: Smaller hub motors don’t perform well on hills
  • Con: Places a lot of weight directly within the rear wheel
  • Con: Motor Kv locks you into one target speed range
  • Con: Makes changing a flat tire (on the drive wheel) a PITA

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