Methods To Coax More Speed Out Of Your E-bike

Update:12 Jul 2019
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To improve electric bike speed,you should use more effi […]

To improve electric bike speed,you should use more efficient battery, motor that rated high voltage or current. There are a number of ways you can increase the speed of your electric bicycle.

Here we’ll cover the top 5 methods to coax more speed out of your e-bike.

Tip #1: Stay charged up

A battery that is at a higher state of charge has a higher voltage. The speed of a DC motor (like the one in your e-bike) is entirely voltage dependent. So higher voltages = higher speeds.

Tip #2: Swap to a higher voltage battery

Since motor speed is voltage-dependent, using a higher voltage battery is the quickest way to substantially increase your speed. However, before you upgrade your 36V battery to 48V, for example, you’ll want to check that your controller can handle the increased voltage (most can accept slight overvolting). If you don’t feel comfortable checking the voltage rating of your controller (usually written on the capacitors) then check with the manufacturer. Do not just swap out your battery without checking – you could risk frying your controller if it can’t handle the higher voltage.

Tip #3: Swap your motor

You’ll simply want to source a motor that has a higher KV or RPM rating than your current motor. For example, if you have a 48V e-bike that travels at about 20 mph (32 km/h), you can swap on this hub motor and reach speeds closer to 28-30 mph (45-48 km/h).

Tip #4: Use smoother tires

Knobby tires for mountain bikes are great for grip, and their wide contact patch can really help smooth out bumps. However, they’re terrible for speed.

Lose the knobbies and go for a smoother tire meant for street or hybrid use. They have less rolling resistance and can actually add an extra 1-2 mph in some cases.

Tip #5: Pump up your tires

While we’re talking about tires, another way to reduce rolling resistance is to use higher tire pressure. Keeping your tires pumped up closer to their max pressure rating will not only help prevent snake bite flats but will also help boost your speed.

However, the downside will be a harsher ride. You’ll feel each bump a bit more without soft, spongy tires to absorb road irregularities