The Difference between Class 1 and Class 2 E-Bikes Explained

Guest Commentary in the Daily Camera offers some detail and background on the differences between Class 1 and Class 2 Electric Bike categories, and suggests the two classes should not be regulated differently:

Don’t distinguish between Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes

By Kingsley Stoken

This is in response to Mike Raudenbush’s letter to the editor regarding differentiating among classes of e-bikes (Daily Camera, Jan. 29).

Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes are identical in terms of power and assisted speed limits, so access to paved and improved surface trails should be equal.

The bicycle industry definition of a Class 2 e-bikes limits the power to 750 watts with a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. These are the same limits that apply to the industry definition for Class 1 electric bicycles. Many class 2 e-bikes offer the rider the option of both pedal-assist and twistassist. The twist-assist is important functionality for many riders (e.g., older riders or those with physical limitations) who need a little extra help just to get an e-bike moving so they can start pedaling with the pedal- assist mode.

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