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Electric Bikes

Use our comparison chart and learn more about which e-bike fits your lifestyle.

Schwinn Knows E-Bikes

Most models include pedal assist and throttle up to 20 mph

Hybrid: for pavement or light trails

Mountain: for rugged trails

Hybrid: for pavement or light trails

Mountain: for rugged trails

Hybrid: for pavement or light trails

Mountain: for rugged trails

Integrated lights, storage seat, fenders, and rear rack

Integrated lights, fenders

Battery range and top speed can vary depending on rider height and weight, and riding conditions like hills or wind.

“I give the bike [Schwinn Coston DX] high marks… it’s a great go-to steed for commuting, errand running, recreational riding, hauling a kid in a child seat and other general purposes.”

Roam Farther with Superior Quality

Take on greater adventures with our e-bikes, which stay true to the superior quality that’s made Schwinn famous for over 125 years.

How far can I go?

When fully charged, Schwinn e-bike batteries last up to 45 miles. This estimate may vary depending on model, rider height/weight, and riding conditions.

Need more oomph? Our Coston and Marshall lines have an optional extended-life battery available that lets you go up to 80 miles per charge.

How fast is that boost?

Accelerate up to 20 mph with the pedal assist motor. Choose your level of assistance or ride without it completely. Select models feature a throttle, which makes it easy to get going from a stop.

Charge Up and Ride

Easily recharge in as little as 4 hours with a standard household outlet and the included charging cable. E-bike batteries can be removed for charging or storage.

Light Up the Way

Many Schwinn e-bikes come with built-in lights. Headlights, taillights, and integrated frame lights help you see and be seen in low-light conditions.

Anatomy of an E-Bike

Electric bikes are very similar to analog bikes – with a few key extras of course! Scroll through the carousel to learn about the unique features of our e-bikes.

Hub-Drive Motor

Our e-bikes feature hub drive motors. That means the motor is located on the rear hub and works by spinning the back wheel. This creates the feeling of being pushed – it’s that extra boost of energy e-bikes are famous for.


The controller is what you use to turn the motor on/off, select your level of assistance or throttle, and monitor battery level. It even controls the integrated lights on some models. It’s everything you need right at your fingertips.


Our e-bikes use lithium-ion batteries for their electrical stability, storage capacity, longevity, and lighter weight. The battery is easy to recharge with a standard household outlet and the included charging cable.

Wide Tires

Most Schwinn e-bikes include wide tires, which provide extra grip and stability. They also provide a smooth ride for added comfort – a great feature when you can ride farther than ever before.


Select Schwinn e-bikes include a headlight and taillight to help you see and be seen during low-light rides. The Coston and Marshall e-bikes also have lights along the battery for additional visibility and a sleek, modern look.

Dig Into Details

We’ve calculated just the right balance of motor-wattage to battery capacity to give you the power you need and the distance you want. A higher wattage motor might sound impressive, but it can drain the battery faster, leaving you with less range.

A rear hub motor is located on the back wheel. It works by spinning the back wheel, creating the feeling of being pushed.

A mid-drive motor powers the bike’s drivetrain instead of the wheel hub. This style creates a natural sensation that one would typically feel while riding a bike.

Most Schwinn e-bikes feature a hub drive motor because it requires little to no maintenance. In the event a replacement is needed, the motor is easy to replace as part of the wheel. This makes it easy for riders that are new to e-bikes.

There are three classes of e-bikes. All Schwinn e-bikes are Class 2, which are the most widely accepted. They include both pedal assist and throttle functions, with a top speed of 20 MPH. Class 2 e-bikes are approved for use on bike trails in most cities and states.

All the Details

Learn more about our e-bikes and see them in action.

Hybrid E-Bikes

Whether you’re commuting, exploring new trails, tooling around town, or all of the above, a sport hybrid e-bike can handle it all. Schwinn e-bikes deliver the same great riding experience with the addition of pedal assist motors and rechargeable batteries that let you roam farther than ever before.

Best For: Pavement or Light Trails

Cruiser E-Bikes

Visit your friend across town, explore a new bike path, and check out the other coffee shop – it’s all within reach with a stylish cruiser e-bike. These e-bikes deliver the same comfortable upright riding experience with the addition of a pedal assist motor and rechargeable battery that let you roam farther than ever before.

Riding Position: Relaxed Upright

Mountain E-Bikes

Take your adventure further than ever before with an electric mountain bike. These e-bikes deliver the same trail-ready riding experience with the addition of a pedal assist motor and rechargeable battery that let you roam farther and take on steep hills with ease.

Tire Type: Knobby Mountain

Why Schwinn E-bikes are the Right Choice

Our e-bikes offer a superior ride with great features, but that’s not all. When you buy an e-bike from Schwinn, you also get the following benefits:


The best bike for you depends on how you will be using it. You’ll need to consider the type of terrain and style of riding you prefer, as well as how far you want to ride before recharging the battery. For example the Healy Ridge and Ridgewood e-bikes are great for trails and other off-road rides, whereas the Mendocino is perfect for casual cruising around the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a great all-around e-bike that can do a little bit of everything, check out our Coston and Marshall e-bikes. But it doesn’t stop there. Most of our e-bikes are available with both stand-over and step-thru frames, so you can pick the right frame style for you. Many e-bikes also include extra features like integrated lights, storage, fenders, rear racks, and more. You can even add your own extras with our selection of e-bike accessories, including water-resistant pannier bags and heavy-duty e-bike locks. So, no matter how you like to ride, there’s an e-bike for you. For more information, check out our blog post on e-bike styles.

Electric bikes, at their core, are just like any other non-electric or analog bicycle. While electric bikes and analog bikes have pretty much all the same parts, e-bikes also have an electrical component that gives you an added boost, whenever you need it. The pedal assist function activates the motor only while you’re pedaling, amplifying the effort you put into it. The throttle function activates the motor without the need to pedal at all. In both cases, the motors on Schwinn e-bikes will only accelerate up to 20 mph to maintain a controlled ride. Learn more about the motor on our blog post, Expert Explanation: E-Bike Wattage, Range, and Weight.

For seniors, we recommend an e-bike with a step-thru frame and upright riding position. This frame style makes it easier to get on and off the bike, and an upright riding position is easier on the lower back. The frame is also designed to be lighter for easier handling, and includes wider tires for extra stability. Examples of this style include both the Coston DX and Mendocino Step-Thru models.

The permitted top speed for an e-bike depends on its classification. There are 3 classes of e-bikes:- Class 1 only includes pedal assist (not throttle) and has a maximum speed of 20 mph Class 2 includes pedal assist and throttle, with a maximum speed of 20 mph.- Class 3 only includes pedal assist (not throttle) and has a maximum speed of 28 mph.Schwinn e-bikes are Class 2, which is the most widely accepted for cities and trails, so you’ll be able to ride just about anywhere. However, it’s always a good idea to check your local regulations before riding.

An e-bikes battery range can vary quite a bit depending on riding conditions like hills, the height/weight of the rider, and the level of assist being used. Many Schwinn e-bikes have a battery range of 35 to 45 miles per charge. Extended range batteries have a range of up to 80 miles per charge. For more information, check out our blog post, Expert Explanation: E-Bike Wattage, Range, and Weight.

for e-bikes currently on the market can vary widely. Here at Schwinn, we worked hard to develop a high-quality ride that won’t break the bank. Plus, we believe in our bikes and back them up with one of the best warranty programs around. We also support finance options with Affirm.

Schwinn e-bikes are available for purchase right here on the Schwinn website! Shop now. Schwinn e-bikes are also available through Dick’s Sporting Goods, where select models are available for an in-store test ride.

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Fastest Electric Bikes for Sale in 2023: Top 5 Rapid E-Bikes

The Monaco-made Voxan Wattman has 150kw of power, or 203 horsepower, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 3.4 seconds. It was specially created to set new world speed records, so you can’t just go out and buy one.

Another super-fast e-bike that is solely made to break records is White Motorcycle Concepts’ WMC250EV.

It’s not intended to be a road-going machine, and was created to target the world land speed record for electric motorcycles, and also to show that its unusual technologies are improvements over conventional ones.

Its name comes from its intention to hit 250mph, but its final top speed may be higher than that. When it was initially tested, just to make sure that its systems and technical elements were working as they should, it got up to 170mph without really trying.

Fastest E-Bikes You CAN Buy

Hi Power Cycles Revolution XX

Heavy-Duty Tyres and World-Class Brakes

Windscreen for High Speeds

i Power Cycles’ Revolution XX Super E-Bike is an impressive machine with extraordinary performance and incredible top speeds.

The top speed of the Revolution XX is officially listed at 70mph, and test riders have been able to achieve 74mph on a flat surface.

The manufacturers state that they believe this is the fastest e-bike ever produced that has usable pedals at top speed.

It looks more like a dirt bike than a bicycle, with heavy-duty tyres, world class brakes and even a windscreen — necessary when going at such high speeds.

The windscreen is specially designed to breach wind resistance at top speeds, helping riders gain an extra few mph on the top end, and the suspension system is individually factory tuned to suit the rider who purchases it.

The battery system allows for a nearly 100 mile range, which is more than enough for an off-road speed run.

Only 20 units of the Revolution XX will ever be made, so this is a very exclusive bike.

It is also worth noting that, according to the HPC website, the bike will ship fully compliant with US Class 2 e-bike laws, meaning it will be limited to 20mph. Of course, as we’ve discussed earlier, you can remove speed limiters, but it will render the bike unusable on public road

Hi Power Cycles Revolution X

Upgraded motor with increased efficiency and lower weight

Compliant with US Class 2 e-bike laws

Hi Power Cycles’ Revolution X is the manufacturer’s flagship model, which boasts a top speed of up to 65mph depending on which power option you choose.

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The Revolution X has a 6,000W power level as standard, but buyers can upgrade to a 7,000W or 8,000W machine to reach the top speeds.

The model was first launched five years ago, but in 2022 the manufacturer has added an all-new motor, a 7% increase in maximum efficiency, a lower weight and less cogging torque.

The bike’s starting price is 13,000, with any added extras like two-stage colours, coloured rims, upgraded power levels, upgraded charger, individually factory-tuned suspension, added lighting etc costing extra.

As standard, you can choose from gloss red, gloss white, matte black or clear coat paint.

You can choose from the Thunderbolt (speed motor) or Striker (high torque motor) depending on what kind of ride you’re after.

The Speed motor blends speed, acceleration and torque in a way that’s perfect for moderate trails and moderate hills. With this motor, you can achieve speeds of 55mph on the 6,000W model, 60mph on the 7,000W model, and 60mph on the 8,000w model.

The Torque motor is for riders who want more acceleration/torque while sacrificing a bit of top speed. It’s more efficient than the Speed motor in most circumstances, and is better suited to steeper hills and trails. With this motor, you can achieve speeds of up to 45mph with the 6,000W model, 47mph with the 7,000W and 50mph with the 8,000W.

Like the XX, the Revolution X will ship fully compliant with US Class 2 e-bike laws, meaning it will be limited to 20mph.

Stealth B-52

2500W continuous power: highlights the power capability

60-mile range: emphasizes the range of the bike

Motorcycle-grade brakes: emphasizes the quality and precision of the braking system.

The Stealth B-52 reaches top speeds of up to 50mph, and is comparatively cheaper than the Revolution models listed above at around £9,500.

It weighs 64kg, has a max range of 60 miles on economy or 25 miles on full-throttle, and a recharge time of 3 hours.

The Stealth B-52 comes complete with motorcycle-grade brakes which gie you precise stopping control with just two fingers on the levers.

A silent, high-torque, brushless DC hub motor gives you fast acceleration, and is coupled with suspension that will give you a smooth ride even on the toughest trails.

It is designed with solid state, digital inverter technology with no moving parts to prevent wear-and-tear and reduce maintenance intervals.

It has a continuous power of 2500W and the peak power is 6200W, and its noise emission is just 65db — quieter than the average vacuum cleaner!

You can get the Stealth B-52 in Pitch Black or Pitch Black Fluo depending on preference, and you can add on front and rear mudguards and a controller cover if you wish.

Delfast Top 3.0/3.0i

Full charge range of up to 200 miles

On-board computer with GPS

With a full charge range of up to 200 miles and a top speed of 50mph, the Delfast Top is a great e-bike for anyone looking for endurance as well as speed.

Some critics say it blurs the lines between electric bicycle and electric motorbike, but as it still has pedals, we’re including it in this list — like many of the other bikes we’ve featured, it looks more like a dirt bike with pedals than a regular bicycle.

There are two models of the Delfast Top available depending on your location — the Delfast Top 3.0, which can be bought in the EU and internationally, and the Delfast Top 3.0i, which is only available in the US.

The Delfast Top 3.0i has an on-board computer and 4G GPS, while the 3.0 has a built-in 3G GPS navigation system. Aside from this, they are functionally the same in terms of speed, range and more.

In terms of speed modes, both bikes will ship as a Class 2 e-bike, powering up to 750W with a top speed of 20mph and a Gates Carbon Drive single gear belt drive.

The EU version has a limited mode with a 15mph max speed, which is suitable for road driving in the UK and EU, as well as a 20mph eco version.

Both bikes have an Unlimited mode, which on the US 3.0i model is up to 5000W and 50mph, while the EU 3.0 model can go to 3000W and 50mph.

Therefore, while the top speeds remain the same, the regional versions of the bike are adapted to be road legal in their respective territories while still able to be opened up off-road if you choose — a great bike for all terrains and uses, including commuting.

Both models come in a range of colours, with black or white as standard and orange, red and blue available at an extra cost.

Understanding E-bike Modes: Pedal-Assisted Vs. Throttle

E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular among those looking for a fun and efficient way to get around town! Whether you’re new to the e-bike scene or an experienced enthusiast, it can be hard deciding whether pedal assistance or throttle support is best suited for your needs.

It’s worth taking time out of your day to weigh up each option before making this important decision. after all, having the right bike makes any ride that much more enjoyable!

In this post, we offer a detailed comparison between the two to help you make an informed decision when it comes down to pedal-assist vs throttle electric bikes!

Pedal-assisted vs. Throttle E-bikes

Pedal-assist Mode

Pedal-assist or pedelec mode works by activating motor assistance only when you’re pedaling (Class 1 and 2 ebikes, learn more about these classes here). For those accustomed to riding a regular bike, this mode offers a more intuitive feel compared to the throttle mode.

The pedal-assist mode also allows you to FOCUS on the pedaling and not worry about holding the throttle in position to get the motor assistance. Considering that you also inject some energy to propel the bike, pedal-assist mode tends to deliver more battery range compared to throttle mode.

Note that the pedal-assist mode can offer various levels of assistance, starting from low to medium and finally high assistance. You’ll find some e-bikes with up to 5 pedal-assist mode settings.

Throttle Mode

The throttle mode works in the same way as a scooter or motorcycle. By pressing the throttle, the motor is engaged and propels the bike forward. This is similar to pressing the gas pedal when driving a car.

The benefit of having a throttle on your bike is that it allows you to just “kickback” and enjoy the ride without lifting a finger. Most throttles can also provide assistance between low and high power which the rider can adjust as required.

Most e-bikes in the U.S come with the throttle feature, although some countries consider it a hazard and don’t allow such on their bikes; only pedal-assist!

Pedal-assist and Throttle Mode

Some electric bikes combine both the pedal-assist and throttle modes! This allows you to get some assistance from the motor by pedaling but also enables you to increase this when you twist the throttle.

Differences Between Pedal-assist and Throttle E-bikes

Electric bikes are revolutionizing the way we ride. Powered by a stored battery, they give us an incredible range on each of their two main modes. pedal-assist and throttle mode.

The difference? With pedal-assisted biking, you get to enjoy some help from the motor while still feeling like it’s all in your own power; whereas with throttle mode pumping out full force, E-biking seems more effortless than ever!

Depending on the level of assistance required, you will use less motor assistance using a lower level of pedal assist. the higher the pedal assistance required the more motor power (and therefore battery usage) is required.

On the other hand, pressing the throttle on an e-bike signals the battery to activate the motor almost immediately, flooding it with electric power. Given that the motor power is used exclusively to propel the bike, a higher percentage of stored energy from the battery is spent.

Furthermore, some bikes have a full-throttle function with an “on or off” switch. This means you are unable to control the amount of electricity used to drive the bike, reducing the range you get from the battery on a single charge.

Throttle assist controller

Pedal-assisted bikes provide an extra bonus when you’re out on the road. regenerative braking or regenerative pedaling. This ingenious feature enables your battery to recharge while you pedal without electric assistance, and also generate power through its brakes.

In the end, pedal-assisted e-bikes are more energy conserving while throttle e-bikes tend to burn through the stored energy a lot faster! If you were to fit a 12V lithium-ion battery on a full-throttle bike, you’ll typically get around 22-40 miles of range.

Use the same battery on a pedal-assisted e-bike and the range will extend to around 55 miles, although this may be affected by some factors like the nature of the terrain and pedal-assist setting.

Fortunately, it is quite rare that you’ll be commuting for more than 20 miles on your e-bike, and this leaves you with enough time to recharge the battery back to 100% capacity when you get back home.

However, this could mean something entirely different when you’re using the e-bike for outdoor adventures that may continue for more than 20 miles.

For a full-throttle bike, it may mean that you either carry an extra battery or pause your journey constantly to recharge the battery!

Benefits of Pedal-assisted E-bikes

Make cycling even easier on yourself with pedal-assisted bikes. These special bicycles come equipped with regenerative braking and pedaling, allotting you the added bonus of powering your battery while coasting or pushing down on the brakes.

With this innovative feature, biking around town is smoother than ever before.

Longer Range

Enjoy the freedom that pedal-assisted electric bikes bring. Whether you are navigating a challenging incline or simply coasting along flat roads, these innovative machines provide just the right amount of support to help get you where you need to go without exhausting your energy. and with minimal charging sessions to.

Cruise in control, selecting how much assistance from the motor is best suited for whatever terrain lies ahead.

Great for Exercising

Electric bikes with pedal-assistance are the perfect way to make sure you get in shape, while avoiding physical exhaustion and potential injury.

With this type of e-bike, it is easy for cyclists to ride further distances without having their endurance worn away quickly; conserving energy so that they can have longer sessions on the bike.

Additionally, there is much less strain put on muscles and joints when using a Pedelec bicycle compared traditional cycling. meaning your body will always be ready for that next workout!


Depending on where you reside in the country, the average cost of charging a lithium-ion battery ranges anywhere between 0.10 to 0.20! If you use your bike to commute to work on weekdays, it means you only get to spend around 1 per week.

This is almost half of what it will cost you if you chose to use a throttle driven e-bike that burns through the conserved energy quickly. It is also a tiny fraction of the up to 80 per week on average that you’ll cough up to purchase gasoline for your car if your daily commute is 150 miles long.

A Natural Ride

If you’re looking to take the plunge into electric biking, a PA (pedal assist) system offers an effortless ride that mimics traditional cycling. There won’t be any nasty surprises like with throttle bikes. no sudden jerks or jolts here! Instead, it activates as soon as your pedaling begins for comfortable and smooth acceleration every time.

Regenerative Braking

Maximize your cycling range with regenerative braking. This unique feature found in some pedal-assisted e-bicycles helps to preserve and build up battery energy when you brake, giving you the power to travel longer distances. With a simple press of the brakes, this incredible system will recharge itself. and then giving you an extra boost when you need it later on in your journey.

Cons of Pedal-assisted E-bikes

PA systems can be a disadvantage when you find yourself in hilly terrain during the course of your commute. If the slope is too steep, you will have a hard time clearing it without putting enough pedaling effort because the motor assistance is only as good as the effort you put in.

Best for Climbs

Conquer difficult terrain with ease by taking advantage of the power offered by throttle e-bikes. With just one press, a burst of energy is sent to your wheels allowing you to take on any hilly challenge without worry or fatigue. Experience an instantaneous acceleration and thrilling adventure as soon as you hit go.

Stress-free Riding

If you’re short on energy or are dealing with an injury, a throttle e-bike is the way to go. With this type of bike, all it takes to get going is a simple twist of the handle and away you ride. no pedaling required.

So if your body needs some rest but your mind still wants adventure, grab hold of one these powerhouses for fast transportation without expending any extra effort.

Reduced Range

The main disadvantage of using a throttle electric bike is that it burns through the battery power quickly. This limits the amount of time you can spend on your bike and forces you to charge the battery more frequently, which is not good for the health of the battery.

Takes Time to Get Used to

If you’ve never ridden a motorbike before, then it will take you some time to get acclimated to the sudden surge of power that kicks in when you twist the throttle. This can also put you in danger when you’re in traffic if you are not familiar with throttle power.


In some countries, throttle e-bikes are considered to be in the same class as motorbikes and mopeds. This means you won’t get the same privileges accorded to normal and PA bikes, plus you’ll need to get a special license to ride it in public areas.

Higher Maintenance Costs

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys an instant torque on tough climbs, throttle e-bikes may seem like a great option.

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However, battery efficiency won’t be in your favor with this choice. as compared to PAS bikes, batteries tend not to last as long and need more frequent charging cycles which can reduce its maximum capacity over time.

And unfortunately for riders looking for longer shelf life from their bike’s motor performance; even though it starts off strong at first due to that robustness factor provided by throttles. it might start needing replacing sooner than expected!

Pedal-assisted Vs. Throttle E-bikes: Which One Should You Choose?

When it comes to selecting the right electric bike, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Pedal assist bikes (PAS) boast added power and enhanced control that makes them perfect for more challenging terrain and longer rides – making them ideal for commuters looking to make their journeys effortless yet enjoyable.

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Meanwhile throttle eBikes are great if you don’t want a strenuous ride or need extra support on hills; plus they offer an easy way of getting around town in record time with minimal physical exertion. Ultimately, each rider should choose based upon the specific needs related to purpose and preference.

On the other hand, pedal-assisted electric bikes will be better suited for cyclists who like to spend more time on the bikes, as well as get a longer lifespan from your bike. If you’re a beginner, hobbyist, or leisure rider, then PAS will serve you much better!

Final Thoughts

Now that you know the difference between pedal-assisted and throttle electric bikes, it shouldn’t be too hard to choose from the two options. The most important aspect to consider is your own specific requirements and the terrain you will be riding on.

Which Type of Electric Bicycle Throttle Is Best?

Your electric bicycle’s throttle is the physical connection between you and your ebike. Through just a few square centimeters of surface area, a magical bond is formed between man and machine that allows the two to feel each other and respond to each others thoughts and desires.

Ok, perhaps I’m romanticizing it just a bit, but the type of throttle on an ebike really does affect the entire riding experience.

There are three main types of throttles: thumb throttles, half twist throttles and full twist throttles. Of course, each type of ebike throttle has its own advantages and disadvantages, and each have their own effect on your riding experience.

Each also have adamant supporters ready to go to blows to defend their throttle choice.

Rarely have I ever seen support for a specific ebike option so evenly distributed among riders, but that is the case when it comes to ebike throttle choice. Many people are quick to claim that one of the three electric bicycle throttles is the superior choice and just as many people are quick to discount that type of ebike throttle, wishing it upon only their most despised of enemies.

So let’s take a detailed look at the main three different types of ebike throttles and figure out what all the fuss is about.

Thumb throttles

The thumb throttle, no surprise here, is designed to be operated by the thumb. It consists of just a small lever that protrudes from the handlebar towards the rider.

Thumb throttles are the least obtrusive of the three types of ebike throttles. One thing I love about the thumb throttle is that it almost never interferes with brake levers or twist shifters. It only occasionally interferes with lever shifters, but this can usually be fixed by slightly rotating the thumb throttle’s own lever up or down to avoid the path of the shifter lever.

Thumb throttles allow the greatest freedom of handle bar accessories, like lights and mirrors, since they take up so little room. They also allow you to use any aftermarket handle bar grips you’d like, since they don’t reach to the end of the handlebar.

Another unexpected advantage of thumb throttles is a slight increase in safety. As we’ll soon see, other throttles have a higher chance of accidental engagement, either by bumping into a wall, doorway or other object – or simply through an inattentive rider.

The main complaint against thumb throttles is thumb exhaustion. It doesn’t sound like such a serious problem, but after long stretches of riding at full throttle many people complain that their thumb simply gets sore and tired from holding the throttle’s lever down the entire time. Unlike other throttle types that spread the load out to the whole hand, thumb throttles FOCUS the entire force of the return spring solely on the thumb.

Another disadvantage of thumb throttles is that they require you to constantly keep one fewer finger on the handlebars. The better grip on the handlebar you have, the better you can handle the ebike, especially in an emergency situation where you may have just milliseconds to think and take evasive action. This situation, while rare, isn’t the best time to have your strongest digit off hanging out by himself.

I personally discovered another unexpected downside of thumb throttles while commuting in the very cold winters of Pittsburgh. While your four fingers are wrapped around the handlebar and help keep each other warm, your lonely thumb protrudes far below the handlebar, hanging out in no man’s land and bearing the full brunt of the chilly air racing by. Combined with extremely cold temperatures and a fast ebike, you’ve got yourself a recipe for a frozen thumb. It sounds silly, but even through thick leather gloves, a 15 minute commute in the middle of winter consistently made my right thumb feel like it was about to fall off. Certainly it’s a problem only relevant to a certain demographic, but now you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

Full twist throttles

Full twist throttles are sort of the antithesis of thumb throttles as they are the largest type of ebike throttle and require the whole hand to operate. The full twist throttle takes up the entire end of the handlebar, completely replacing whatever grip would originally be on the end of handlebar. To operate it, the rider simply grabs a handful of throttle and twist it back towards himself.

Anyone who has ridden a motorcycle or moped will find the full twist throttle familiar. It operates just like the throttle on most motorcycles. Many people prefer full twist throttles because they are operated by the full hand – all five fingers grip that sucker. That allows you to hold on tight, handle well and use your wrist instead of your thumb to apply the twisting motion.

For that same reason though, many people complain that full twist throttles lead to a sore wrist. Just like riding full speed with a thumb throttle can exhaust the thumb, twist throttles tend to tire out the rider’s wrist over long periods.

Another disadvantage of full twist throttles is that they are most likely to be accidentally engaged. Because the throttle continues all the way to the end of the handlebar, bumping into walls, doorways and even handlebars of other bikes in close proximity can send the bike accidentally accelerating off into the distance with the unprepared rider trying to hang on. I’ve personally seen this happen a few times.

Ok fine, I’ve done it a few times.

For the same reason that full twist throttles extend to the end of the handlebars, they make using handlebar end mirrors impossible. This might not be a problem for you, but then again you might not be aware of the awesome Mirrycle handle bar end mirror.

Half twist throttles

Half twist throttles are like the little brother of full twist throttles. They operate the exact same way as a full twist throttle except that they don’t reach all the way to the end of the handle bar. They reach about half way. (Get it? Half twist? Haaaaalf twi- oh forget it)

The missing half of the half twist throttle is replaced with a matching rubber grip that doesn’t twist, it remains firmly attached to the handlebar. Half twist throttles have most of the same advantages as full twist throttles, they allow you to use multiple fingers, usually the first two fingers and thumb, and let you use your wrist to apply the twist motion to the throttle.

The half twist throttle is also slightly safer than the full twist when it comes to accidental engagement. It can still be bumped as it slides past obstacles, but because it doesn’t reach to the end of the bar, accidental engagement is less likely.

Also, because the half twist doesn’t reach to the end of the handlebar, you’re free to use accessories on the ends of your handlebars, including the magical Mirrycle handlebar end mirror.

The half twist throttle also has a unique solution to avoid wrist exhaustion. When operating at full throttle the rider can grip the throttle with three fingers and leave two fingers on the rubber grip which is firmly attached to the handlebar. This gripping arrangement keeps the half twist throttle from springing back to zero-throttle position and allows your grip on the handlebar, instead of your wrist muscles, to hold the tension in the throttle spring. Over long rides this position proves more comfortable and reduces or removes the exhaustion associated with thumb or full twist throttles.

Electric bicycle throttle accessories

In addition to the three main different styles of throttles, thumb, full twist and half twist, there are also many types of throttles with built in accessories. The most common throttle accessory is a battery life indicator. This is usually a set of three or more colored LEDs that indicate a full battery, partially discharged battery or depleted battery.

While nice in theory, these LED battery meters are notoriously inaccurate. They work not by measuring the actual capacity of the battery but rather by measuring the voltage level. Lithium batteries hold a fairly constant voltage throughout the middle part of their discharge curve, meaning these battery meters are really only accurate near the top and bottom ends. Basically, if all your lights are on you know your battery is mostly charged and if the lights are a near the end (red LED) then you know your battery is about to die. In the middle, your guess is as good as your throttle’s.

Many ebike throttles also come with buttons that can be used to control different functions. The most common is an on/off button to start your ebike. These buttons can also be used for things like lights and cruise control, assuming your ebike supports these features. Some throttles have momentary contact buttons that only work when the button is held down. These types of buttons are better for features like horns or regenerative braking, something you’d want temporarily and only for as long as the button is pressed.

Some throttles come with key switches that can be used to start the ebike. This is a convenient way to add some extra security to your ebike. The extra security is largely superficial, as anyone with a pair of wire cutters could easily “hotwire” your ebike by shorting the throttle wires to by pass your switch. In this case, the security is more against some idiot trying to turn your ebike on while you’ve left it parked. Either way, it’s still one more line of defense, and makes your ebike look just a little less desirable to potential thieves. Plus it’s kind of fun to have a key that starts your ebike.

Which ebike throttle are you?

At the end of the day, throttle choice really comes down to personal opinion. Each ebike throttle comes with different pros and cons, so it is up to you to decide which sacrifices you want to make and what advantages are more important to you on your own electric bicycle. I’ve tried to present the arguments for each of the three throttles as unbiasedly as possible so that you can make your own decision and choose the throttle that is right for you.

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But if you ask me, “HALF TWIST FOR LIFE, BABY. ”

It should also be noted that there is one other, much rarer type of throttle called the “push button” throttle. It’s pretty much inferior to these other three throttle types in almost every way. It works by applying full acceleration when the button is pressed, then providing no throttle when the button is released. Imagine, for a moment, if your car’s gas pedal was replaced with a simple on/off (full-gas/no-gas) button.

Throttles are meant to be controlled gradually, not used in an all-or-nothing fashion. Steer clear of push button throttles.

About Micah

Micah is a mechanical engineer, tinkerer and husband. He’s spent the better part of a decade working in the electric bicycle industry, and is the author of The Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide. Micah can usually be found riding his electric bicycles around Florida, Tel Aviv, and anywhere else his ebikes wind up.

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I have a low budget chinese electric scooter and I would like to order e new throtlle. I red this article and it is very interesting. I think I will go for the thumb throttle. Where can I find a trustable seller of this part? I found one online but it looked a bit dodgy to me. How do I know if the throttle is the correct one for my scooter or is it all universal? Thx, Erik

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