- Oct 25, 2006
Then why do you obsess over it?I have no problem with that
What is your problem with Cyrusher when they say this:
"So when you receive your new ebike now, there will be no throttle on the handlebar, and the motor is restricted to 250watts with a top speed of 25KMs (15.5mph).
Please note : Cyrusher do not condone the use of an unrestricted ebike on the roads within the UK."
Not true, most of the world's countries have few or no pedelec regulations, but many are very similar to the EU, for example China, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and EFTA countries. They all allow powers way over the nominal 250W.In just about every country in the world these ebikes would be rated by their actual wattage
Precisely because they are often unregulated in so many other ways as well, for example 30 or 40 mph on bicycle brakes. Whereas the mid drive bikes from Bosch et al are strictly regulated down the approved assist speed limit and include all sorts of anti fiddling software. The power needed but without excess speed.It's open season how you interpret the wattage so why are so many pointing the finger at ebikes that are typically much lower wattage than mid-drive motors as illegal?
Same safety reason as last answer.Why should someone with a 500W hub motor have to keep looking over their shoulder for the police but someone who has a 900W mid-drive motor does not?
That is your mistaken opinion. Here is why you are wrong.I've dealt with hundreds of different certification standards in my time due to being a compliance officer previously and nothing touched the incompetence of EU ebike certification.
The wider EU, EEC and EFTA countries and China are where the machines powers have the most flexibility with regulation according to need.
And surprise, surprise, they are where assisted bikes have taken off so successfully. The rest of the world is nowhere in comparison.
Permitted power is a balancing act. 250 watts is often far too little to get up a hill or battle a headwind, 500 watts is often far too much when it is propelling at 30 mph, so flexibility is needed in how we allow pedelecs to perform to match a given need.
Hence the most extreme case of the 250 watt Lynch motor that delivers up to 5kW when that is needed to propel a pedicab or light delivery van at a slow walking pace. Or even the lowly early Powabyke which ouputted over 600 watts at 7 mph.
Get this into your head, that is how it has to be. Countries which don't allow that reality fail to make a success of assisted cycling, the USA being a prime example.