Speed vs Non-Speed - 28 vs 20mph: Which E-Bike Motor is Right for You?

Speed vs Non-Speed - 28 vs 20mph: Which E-Bike Motor is Right for You?

Speed vs Non-Speed - 28 vs 20mph: Which E-Bike Motor is Right for You?

How fast do I want to go? Where am I allowed to ride? What are e-bike “classes?”

There are a lot questions about the different speed and motor options available and this Tech Tip Thursday, Matt and Jodie have answers! Here's a rundown of the pros and cons to help you choose the e-bike that ticks all your boxes. 


A Non-Speed motor will go up to 20mph before the pedal assistance shuts off.  The e-bike can continue to increase in speed above 20mph, for instance if you’re going down a hill, but you won’t get the extra boost from the motor.  Basically, above 20mph you have a regular analog bike! Bosch, our #1 motor and battery partner, has the best lineup of 20mph motors out there.  Bosch's new Cargo Line 20mph motor is the most powerful we've seen yet! With 85Nm of torque and up to 400% assist, it will power you up the steepest hills around. 

Bosch Non-Speed Motor Bike Path Cruising


For the extra oomph, we recommend the Speed motor.  It will go up to 28mph before the pedal assistance shuts off allowing you to keep up with traffic on 25mph roads.  Myth-busting time: Speed riders are NOT necessarily speed demons and adrenaline junkies (although some certainly are 😉)! Many commuters and everyday riders choose the Speed motor for the added boost of confidence and safety out on the road. 

Speed Bike Gazelle T10+ HMB In Action

Laws and Restrictions

Every state has different laws and regulations about how Speed and Non-Speed e-bikes are classified and where they are allowed.  Washington and California have adopted the class system where 20mph bikes are considered Class 1 and can be ridden anywhere you can take a regular analog bike.  28mph bikes are Class 3 - these have more access restrictions in place and are considered more of a vehicle than a bicycle.  Meanwhile, Oregon has yet to adopt this system.  You can learn all about the current e-bike laws in your area at http://peopleforbikes.org/e-bikes.

Budget and Price

There’s typically a few hundred dollar increase in price to opt for the Speed motor over a Non-Speed. 

We have an excellent selection of Speed and Non-Speed E-bikes and you can view our in stock models right here at oregon-ebikes.com.  We offer Ready-to-Ride shipping nation-wide so give us a call at 888.509.4210 and we'll help you decide on the e-Bike that’s right for you!


Check out our favorite Speed E-Bikes


Riese & Müller Electric Bikes Cruiser Mixte Vario HS


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Every mile on the Cruiser will put you at ease! From the style to the ride, the Cruiser allows moments of complete relaxation while it gets you from A to B. You'll be smiling ride from start to finish. Learn more here.
Riese & Müller Supercharger2 GT Rohloff HS

Riese & Müller Supercharger2 GT Rohloff HS 49cm $9,203.00

The Supercharger2 will take you there, wherever 'there' may be! Daily commutes, extended trips, spontaneous adventures... all are better on the Supercharger2. Freedom is yours. Learn more here.
Gazelle Medeo T10+ HMB

Gazelle Medeo T10+ HMB $3,499

Effortlessly navigate the roads with assistance up to 28 mph. With confidence-inspiring handling thanks to the robust aluminum frame, wide tires, and suspension front fork, this is the smart choice for any adventure near or far. Learn more here.

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