A Throttle or Pedal-assist Electric Bike: Which One Will You Choose?


There are many different types of electric bikes with different activating electric-assist like throttle and pedal assist.

Several common throttle types include twist grip, thumb and push button. Most of Motrike recumbent trikes use thumb throttle.

How does the throttle work? When the throttle is applied, the motor provides power to drive your bike forward. You can pedal or just use the throttle to enjoy a “free” ride! The throttle on e-bike is normal in the US. In some Europe countries the throttle is not allowed; only pedal assist.

Pedal assist provides power only when you are pedaling. A lot of pedal assist bikes have different levels of assistance. The electric assist increasing according to the levels of assistance.

There are two different pedal assist types on the market; the torque sensor and the cadence sensor system.

The torque sensor pedal assist systems measure the amount of power you are putting into the pedals and it will increase or decrease the electric assist based on your pedaling power. Motrike entry-level recumbent trike M-009E and M-F010E come with DAPU torque sensor pedal-assist system. The cadence sensor pedal assist systems provide assistance when the cranks of the bike are turning. All of our Trikexplor electric recumbent cycles come with a Bafang cadence sensor pedal-assist system. You can choose any type you like.

Our electric trikes and quads equipped with both the throttle and the pedal assist. You can operate the trike or quad in the pedal-assist mode. You can also get an additional boost by twisting the throttle when starting or climbing.

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