How Fast Do Electric Bikes Go?

While ebikes are capable of traveling as fast as you like, that doesn't mean they're allowed to travel at such speeds. Speed restrictions vary in the US but are generally limited to 20 mph (32 km/h) on Class 1 and 2 ebikes. Class 3 ebikes are limited to 28 mph (45 km/h). At Gazelle, we only make Class 1 and Class 3 ebikes so that you can go faster with the modulation, dependability, and natural ride-feel of premium pedal-assist bikes.

Pedal assist motor

If you are pedaling, your only speed limitation is how fast you are able to pedal. So, how fast do electric bikes go? Most ebikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling up to 20 mph (Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes) and 28 mph (Class 3 ebikes). The fastest electric bikes on the market have higher top speeds, but they do not fit into the current classification system. Note: given the higher mass of most ebikes compared to non-electric bikes, you can easily exceed 20 and 28 mph on ebikes on a steep decline from inertia alone. You simply do not receive pedal assistance above these class-defined speeds.

Class 1

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Class 1: Electric bikes that are pedal-assist only, with a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. Gazelle carries a range of Class 1 electric bikes from the Gazelle Medeo T9 to the Gazelle Ultimate T10.

Class 2

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Class 2: Electric bikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted. Gazelle does not carry these type of electric bikes, only pedal-assist Class 1 and 3 ebikes. 

Class 3

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Class 3: Electric bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph. Gazelle carries Class 3 electric bikes like the Gazelle Ultimate T10+.

Class 1: Bosch Active Line (20mph)

Class 1: Bosch Active Line (20mph)

The Active Line motor is the perfect entry level introduction to ebikes. Optimal for gentle terrain and light city and suburban riding, this motor provides pedal assistance up to 20 mph with 40 Nm of torque and weighs in at just 6.3 lbs. The light weight and reduced size make it exceptionally quiet and efficient.

Class 1: Bosch Active Line Plus (20mph)

Class 1: Bosch Active Line Plus (20mph)

The Active Line Plus motor is the ideal companion for city and suburban riding and light touring. The quiet, small yet powerful drive unit weighs in at just 7.1 lbs and offers gentle acceleration up to 20 mph with 50 Nm of torque. The lightweight and reduced size ensure improved handling in all riding situations.

Class 1: Bosch Performance Line (20mph)

Class 1: Bosch Performance Line (20mph)

Whether you're on a sporty jaunt through the countryside, commuting to work or cruising on a leisurely outing, the versatile drive system from Bosch always gives you the right support at the right moment. The quiet, lightweight Drive Unit Performance Cruise provides support up to 20 mph and offers a convincingly natural riding sensation. With a torque of 65 Nm, it helps you get the most out of outings, even in mountainous terrain. 

Class 3: Bosch Performance Line Speed (28mph)

Class 3: Bosch Performance Line Speed (28mph)

Whether you're commuting to work, or on a countryside tour, versatile drive systems from Bosch always give you the right support at the right moment. The Performance Line Speed motor supercharges your daily routines with even more power, providing pedal assistance up to 28 mph and 85 Nm of torque. It enables you to reach high speeds quickly, while steep climbs and long distances pose no challenge. 

Class 1: Shimano Steps E6100 (20mph)

Class 1: Shimano Steps E6100 (20mph)

The Shimano Steps E6100 is a premium ebike system that delivers an enhanced riding experience. Built on the latest technologies developed for our successful eMTB system, which serves as the industry’s benchmark, this system is extremely versatile. At only  6.4lbs, this motor offers smooth, intelligent pedaling support and is easy to operate. The narrow pedal-to-frame width gives a natural riding feel with increased comfort, while the sleek, compact, integrated design blends in with the bike frame. With the Shimano E6000, you have an incredibly durable motor for all weather conditions.

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