The mid drive motor is the all-rounder of e-bike motors, suitable for all types of e-trekking and mountain bikes. Its high-end sensor technology makes it an ideal choice for most riders. You can find them in most Simplon e-bikes and Performance Line e-MTBs. But what is its biggest advantage? In a nutshell, mid drives have the best power-to-weight ratio for most riders.
The mid drive motor is often stylishster described as a “motor between the pedals and the wheel” in bicycle terminology. The mid-drive motor applies torque through a chain or belt, and the pedals themselves operate by a chain. Because it’s more complex than a hub motor, the mid drive motor is more prone to breaking the chain during a ride. This makes it the perfect solution for steeper hills, and it allows you to race up and down all day long.
The mid-drive motor is a bit less smooth than a hub motor, and the shifting may be a bit more uneven. Some people say they prefer the mid-drive option, particularly if they’re riding on a mountain bike. Since the centre of gravity is situated lower than the front of the bike, the mid-drive motor’s ability to fit uneven terrain is an advantage. If you’re serious about e-bike maintenance, a mid-drive motor is the way to go.
The mid-drive motor is also more expensive than hub-drive bikes. Because of the added torque of a mid-drive motor, the bike may require more maintenance than a hub-drive bike. Chains may stretch more and derailleurs may require more tune-ups. A mid-drive bike might also take longer to break in after use. However, it’s well worth it for the added comfort and smooth riding experience it brings.