E-bikes 101: Everything You Need to Know about Electric Bikes

Get Your Ebike Questions Answered

Part fitness tool, part vehicle, an electric bike turns up the volume of everything you love about cycling. An e-bike lets you:

  • Love the whole ride, even the hills. Spin all the way to the top, no sweat.
  • Work out without overdoing it. Pedal more miles more often
  • Zip through traffic and run errands. Shuttle kids and cargo with ease. 
  • Commute in sleek style. Arrive fresh and polished every day.

Here are the answers to the most common questions we get about e-bikes:

How far can an e-bike go on a charge?
For each of our bikes, you’ll find an estimated range listed at the bottom of the Spec tab on the product page. Find out more about the battery pack and other factors that affect e-bike range.

Do Raleigh electric bikes have a throttle?
Our e-bikes come stock as pedal-assist only, meaning the motor engages only while you are pedaling. However, several of our bikes are compatible with after-market throttles.

How fast do e-bikes go?
The maximum assisted speed of every Raleigh e-bike is listed with the motor in the Spec tab on the product page. Our e-bikes are all either:

  • Class 1: The motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and the motor stops providing assistance when the bike reaches 20mph.
  • Class 3: The motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and the motor stops providing assistance when the bike reaches 28mph.

Where can I ride an e-bike?
E-bikes are legal in most places in the United States and Canada, but state and local regulations prohibit them in certain areas. For more information on e-bike regulations in each state, take a look at the e-bike page at People for Bikes. Also check out where you can ride an e-bike on natural surface trails as well as this e-mountain biking map. You can learn even more on our electric bike regulations page.

What type of motors do Raleigh e-bikes have?
Some of our e-bikes have what’s called center-mount or mid-drive motors. This means the motor is placed where the bottom bracket would be on a non-electric bike, between the cranks. Other e-bikes have rear hub motors, meaning the motor is built into the hub of the rear wheel. Read more about the pros and cons of these two types of electric bikes and more about drive system technology.

Which e-bike should I get?
First, narrow down your options by selecting the category that best suits your needs:

  • Leisure — E-bikes for the casual or recreational rider, with a retro or cruiser look. These are also great for mid-range or less hilly commutes.
  • Speed —Class 3 e-bikes, with a top pedal assistance speed of 28mph. Great for longer or hillier commutes or if you’re looking to put in longer miles for fun and fitness.
  • Trail —Electric mountain bikes or eMTBs, for those who want to explore the trails.
  • Utility — Electric adult tricycles built for hauling whatever you need around town.

We offer many models in step-through styles to make getting on and off easier. Many Raleigh e-bikes also come with fenders, a rear rack, and lights so you can commute or run errands year-round. For transportation, fitness, or recreation, e-bikes give you more of what you love about the ride.

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