What are the advantages of hub motors?

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Hub motors are by far the most common motors on electric powered bicycles, and have been refined and developed over many years into extremely efficient machines.

 

The Advantages of a Hub Motor on an electric powered bicycle:

 

  • The motor is handily placed in the wheel hub, causing no change in the basic design of the bike.
  • Hub motors are relatively simple motors and are completely self-contained.
  • Because the motors are sealed they are extremely low maintenance. They are usually impervious to wind, rain, snow, and sleet.
  • The hub motor is directly attached to the wheel it is powering, making for high efficiency.
  • The center of gravity is quite low, which is good for balance and retaining the classic bike feel.
  • It is easy to access a hub motor if it needs service or repair.
  • If it fails completely, you can usually just replace the motor while not impacting any other part of the bike.