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HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT MOTOR

Based on our 15 years’ experience Motorino has chosen to carry a variety of high-quality electric bicycles with top performance characteristics of their electric drive system. Fulfilling all the main priorities of light weight, high torque, and long range is only possible to a certain extent by using a geared hub motor. Many discussions are available regarding the pros and cons of a geared hub motor vs direct drive gearless hub and mid-drive geared motor. Therefore, we would like to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each propulsion system.

It is a fact that geared motors deliver much better and immediate torque for the same amount of input power with the same magnet surface compare to direct drive hub motors. This is possible because the geared motors are faster RPM motors and they achieve their max efficiency immediately. For the same amount of torque, a geared hub motor is almost twice lighter than direct drive one. Geared motors also have an internal clutch allowing the wheel to spin free whereas the direct motor will always have a slight amount of induced drag. The immediate torque a geared hub motors provide allows using a throttle without affecting its durability because the motor runs independently from the mechanical gears of the bike.

Most of direct drive e-bike manufacturers make their bikes power assisted only unless they use bigger motors. This is because direct drive motors lack starting torque due to their lower efficiency in low speed. In comparison, geared hub motor bikes make the worst-case scenario uphill start from 0 km/h much easier because they are equipped with a throttle providing immediate starting torque.

The geared mid-drive motor was introduced by Bosch in 2012 for the European market. Since then it became the most popular concept for the bikes in Europe where the regulations allow motor with max power of 250W and speed of 25km/h. The advantages of the mid-drive motor that drives the chain and takes advantage of the bike gears. However, the tension of the rear gears is transferred back to the mid-drive gear box resulting in extensive ware and tear from still start. For that reason, you wouldn’t be able to find a mid-drive propelled bike with a throttle and if you do avoid using the throttle without peddling.

The amount of power and efficiency of BLDC motors ultimately depends of the surface of the magnets. The position of the mid-drive motor restricts the size of the magnets and limits its power to 200-250W. Some manufacturers advertise higher than that power, but this is mainly achieved by increasing the input power resulting in more heat dissipation. Fictitious way to claim more power is by increasing the motor RPM and convert the speed into torque by increasing the gear ratio in gear box. The mid-drive motor and the mid-drive frame are also much more complicated for maintenance and expensive to produce. There is also a risk of jamming the gears if they are switched during the operation of the motor. For that reason, Bosch is using special gear shifter sensor that disengage the motor but not all mod-drive motor manufacturers have these additional sensors.

We at Motorino carry the largest selection of electric bikes for all your needs. All Motorino electric bicycles are built to meet European Union EN 15194 safety requirements. Most of them are based on designs by European manufacturers and comply with European quality requirements although many Motorino electric bicycles are upgraded, higher-power versions that maximize performance under North American regulations.

During our experience we have become very confident that the best propelling option for an e-bike is a geared hub motor. These motors are very durable, very easy to maintain and because they are working independently from the mechanical gears they can safely work with a throttle that provides immediate torque without the need of initial peddling. Any peddling however boosts the starting torque to incomparable levels compare any same power motor. The geared hub motor has a free wheeling due to the built-in roller clutch that avoids any internal resistance when coasting. The geared hub motor weighs twice less compared to the same power direct drive motor. It doesn’t require a special frame, it is quieter than a mid-drive motor and it can be upscaled easily. The controller of the geared hub motor is outside of the motor and that makes eliminating possible problems much easier. All hub motors come with water resist connectors and the wheel can be detached from the bike.

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Motorino Models Specification
XLr
XLr
CTi
CTi
CTb
CTb
LTb
LTb
LTi
LTi
MTg
MTg
CTf
CTf
CTe
CTe
MTf
MTf
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Motor 36V 250W Geared 48V 500W Geared 48V 500W Geared 48V 500W Geared 48V 500W Geared 48V 500W/2X350W 48V 500W Geared 48V 500W Geared 36V 250/350W
Controller 36V Sine- Wave 17A 48V Sine- Wave 20A 48V Sine- Wave 20A 48V Sine- Wave 22A 48V Sine- Wave 22A 48V Sine- Wave 22A 48V Sine- Wave 17A 48V Sine- Wave 17A 36V Sine- Wave 15A
Battery Type Samsung Li-lon LG M26 Li-lon LG M26 Li-lon Panasonic NCR Li-lon Panasonic NCR Li-lon LG M26 Li-lon Samsung Li-lon Samsung Li-lon LG Li-lon
Battery (V); (AH) 36V 7.5AH 48V 10.5/15, 17AH** 48V 10.5/15, 17AH** 48V 12AH 48V 12AH 48V 10,5/15 17AH ** 48V 10.5/14AH ** 48V 10.5/14AH ** 36V 8.5.5/l2AH **
Throttle Control PAS Only Thumb Thumb Twist Twist Thumb Thumb Thumb Thumb
Assist Levels 5 Levels 9 + Torque sensor 9 + Torque sensor 5 Levels + POD 5 Levels + POD 9 Levels + POD 5 Levels + POD 5 Levels + POD 3 Levels + POD
Gears Single gear Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano Hyperglide Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed Shimano 7-speed
Brakes U-Brake JK-AS2.6D Tektro Hydro Disk Tektro Hydro Disk Tektro Hydro Disk Tektro Hydro Disk Tektro Hydro Disk Tektro Disk Tektro Disk Tektro V Brake
Front Fork GP 700C*215mm Zoom - Hydraulic Zoom - Hydraulic Zoom - Adjustable Zoom - Adjustable 6061 All Alloy tube 6061 All Alloy tube 6061 All Alloy tube 6061 All Alloy tube
Shifter N/A Shimano Acera Shimano Acera Tourney 7-Speed Tourney 7-Speed Shimano Acera 7sp RapidFire 7sp RapidFire Shimano 6 gear
Tires 700X28C ThicSlick Shwalbe big apple 26" Shwalbe big apple 26" Shwalbe big apple 26" Shwalbe big apple 26" Kenda Krusade 26X4 Shwalbe Fat Frank 26“ Shwalbe Fat Frank 26“ Kenda hi pressure
Max Load 115kg (250LB) 136kg (300LB) 136kg (300LB) 136kg (300LB) 136kg (300LB) 136kg (300LB) 120kg (265LB) 120kg (265LB) 100kg (220LB)
Weight Incl Batt 12.8kg (28lb) 23kg (51lb) 23kg (51lb) 23kg (51lb) 23kg (51lb) 25kg (55lb) 25kg (55lb) 25kg (55lb) 15kg (32lb)
Range* 50km on level 2 60km /100km** 60km /100km** 80km 80km 60km /80km** 60km 60km 40km /70km**
Price $2,390 CAD $2,695 CAD $2,695 CAD $2,900 CAD $2,900 CAD $2,695/2,950 CAD $2,495 CAD $2,495 CAD $1,950 CAD

* Range based on 170lb load with pedling on middle level of assistance **With optional high capacity battery

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