E Mountain Bike Motors Explained | EMBN's E-Bike Fundamentals Part 1

E Mountain Bike Motors Explained | EMBN's E-Bike Fundamentals Part 1

Here’s everything you need to know about each and every e mountain bike motor out there on the market right now.

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In this video, Steve explains the characteristics, key details, the all important ride feel and what it does on the trail, and, finally the tech specs and a few maintenance tips. Whether you need to choose the best e bike motor for you, if you’re looking to upgrade or find something suited to your riding, or if you’re just interested to find out more, it’s all here.

We cover the following systems:
– Specialized
– Shimano Steps
– Brose
– Bosch
– Yamaha
– Rocky Mountain

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Ware i live just stay under the speed limit and your OK 😎

  2. Муня Какая March 1, 2021 @ 9:38 pm

    Bafang ultra?

  3. I’m waiting for the Japanese to make drive chain for the motor instead of belt..

  4. This speed restriction bs takes all the fun out of it. I like going fast. That’s why I still use an older controller system. Until I figure out how to flash firmware on the new ones.

  5. Hi, i do enjoy your videos , but it would be really nice if you used british units of measure ie mph and lbs , thanks

  6. All the info I think I need to intelligently spend $5,000 to $7,000.

  7. FreakyScaryChannel March 1, 2021 @ 9:41 pm


  8. Thanks for the info mate, you’re really knowledgeable.

  9. what about Bafang?

  10. GoneRidingParts.Com March 1, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

    LEVO De-restriction question: Aside from increased heat, does it hurt the motor to run at higher RPM’s if the LEVO has been de-restricted ? especially if it was only used on occasion & not like a road bike. I am tempted to de-restrict the LEVO, but I don’t want to break it.

  11. Steve,,, (two years later) you said your lines with out a Hick Up… Well Presented…Cheers

  12. Any chance of an update with new TQ and Bosch units?

  13. Espen Danielsen March 1, 2021 @ 9:49 pm

    This whole video seems to lack any info on reliability. Could it be a sponsorship problem? From my local bike shop I was warned against Shimano even though many of their bike have a E7000 or E8000 motor. According to them there are fare more catastrophic motor fails on Shimano than the other comparable brands. I’ve been trying to find confirmed information on this, but no reviewers seems to mention it at all…

  14. I have an electric bike, it has a switch on the battery which is under my sead, in the handle bar I can’t switch the battery on and off, it only can change the speed of the electric, it has 3 speed choose on it, if I just want to paddle the bike without the electric, it is very hard for me to reach the switch on the battery, how can I add a switch on and off on the handle bar, then I can choose use paddle or electric when I was ridding on my bike. please let me know on this question, thank you so much.

  15. 90nm of torque my arse that’s more than a 500cc crosser or the same as a 1000cc road bike that does 200mph you have 1/3 of horsepower and roughly 10 to 15nm of torque as you can see when you come to small hills give a true reading not made up torque

  16. Enjoyed this matey.

  17. how can a 250w motor boost you 300% ebikes are only allowed an assist to 25kmh

  18. Paul Bisson Cheŕy March 1, 2021 @ 9:56 pm

    Do these motors include the Bianchi motor on the rebal ebike do u know, and as a comparison how do they differ as they have 1 more gear than the bosh or Shimano systems.

  19. Thank you! You really helped me with understanding my Bulls/Brose system! Cheers!

  20. sucks that you just focus on mid drive motors.

  21. Shan Rafnezden March 1, 2021 @ 10:00 pm

    Very useful! Thanks…

  22. Electric Mountain Bike Network March 1, 2021 @ 10:04 pm

    Which do you use?

  23. Useful, thumbs up

  24. If I run a 52v battery through a 48-80v controller to a 1500w rear hub motor, will I get a poorer performance?

  25. Most informative and absolutely minimal background sounds. Great!!!!. Many thanks.

  26. Can a yamaha motor/controller package be brought without the bike anyone know?

  27. Good vid! Any up to date info on these motors, any advancement? Cheers

  28. I hate ebikes but I love steve jones. So torn

  29. Brilliant presentation, thank you. Kind regards James

  30. Judgment Proof March 1, 2021 @ 10:09 pm

    I actually like both ebike styles, pedal and throttle assist. Much to my surprise, I learned my pedal assist has an additional feature called walk assist

  31. Denis Stepanenko March 1, 2021 @ 10:11 pm

    I have Scott e-spark 720 2014 with Bosch performance motor. It begin s clicking when pedaling. Amount of clicks depends on level of assist. What could be reason?

  32. I currently have a 2×11 drive train on my mountain bike.No E!… yet. I am thinking about getting an Ebike but I have some question of whether it will be worth it for me, and here’s why. I tow my 12 foot 23 kilo/50 lbs Town and Country Dirigo kayak behind my Mountain Bike (with gear – up to 65 lbs/29 kilos. I am able to do long hill climbs with it and go long distances also. I can climb hills with my granny gears barely but that is with 2×11. Are there any ebikes that can be converted or modified to a 2×10/11/12 to still allow my to ride up hills on distance trails with this extra weight. Will a emtb allow and ebike to pull this weight with using all the power? Or do I stick to my regular mountain bike and just keep converting it to a 2×11? It would be a lot of money to find out that an ebike just won’t be able to do it. The other bike I was looking at was the Riese & Müller Delite Mountain which is a distance bike but I still like unhooking the kayak and still doing my mountain biking which I can’t do with the Delite Mountain bike.

  33. Darren Robinson March 1, 2021 @ 10:13 pm

    Good vid, I have a Giant Ebike Trance, is ther a UK app they seen to be either chineese or spanish.

  34. Yamaha makes the best e-bike motors and batteries. The most reliable and the most perfected.

  35. Steve’s Howtoinfive March 1, 2021 @ 10:16 pm

    Hi thanks for an informative video , but can I throw in a couple of points- you tend to lean towards mid mount motors but may I just add with my mid mount I found it very easy to break chains on rocky hill climbs under full combined power & as I live in a sandy dry area maintenance of the chain & sprockets was a continual pain however with the hub mount I have increased my power considerably & virtually no maintenance. The enclosed mid mount gearbox does run a chain but it’s much larger & no derailer , nothing hanging down to get wiped off in rocky terrain. Just a thought.

  36. Travelingman 1980 March 1, 2021 @ 10:16 pm

    Western countries like Australia are nanny states with too many rules over how much power you can use for road use.

  37. Jonathan Vaucher March 1, 2021 @ 10:16 pm

    How about the Bafang BBSHD, BBS02, BBS01 and Bafang Ultra and Ultra Max, all these mid-drive are at least twice the power and one sixth of the price of a Bosch

  38. Thanks again.

  39. K. Zeke Swaringen March 1, 2021 @ 10:20 pm

    Very good explanation about e-bikes. Thanks for sharing !!

  40. Zygfryd Homonto March 1, 2021 @ 10:22 pm

    Fantastic video. Thx

  41. Judgment Proof March 1, 2021 @ 10:24 pm

    My favorite is the enclose the one where no one but the trained eye will know it’s actually an Ebike 😂🤣

  42. Wilderness Music March 1, 2021 @ 10:24 pm

    Most disturbing for those of us going long distances is the resistance when the motor system is turned off. I won’t buy an e-bike until this problem is solved. I have over a hundred miles to ride, I only need the assistance on the long 5 to 10 mile mountain climbs, I don’t want to be "dragging" the bike along when the motor is off for the rest of the ride.

  43. Can I use a 36v battery with a 48v motor? TIA

  44. Wonderful presentation. Thank you!!

  45. Is Brose the only motor that uses a belt ?

  46. Berns Buenaobra March 1, 2021 @ 10:25 pm

    Very good fundamentals discussed here they are crisp and very clear! Thank you these gave me a serious consideration to upgrading to eMTB as my age advances. Would be nice also if there is some price tag matrix comparison too.

  47. Hub and Torque sensor FTW. Even for center of gravity, the rearward motor and the forward battery. Also a Hub drive doesn’t destroy your chain. You can have dual drive with a Hub.

  48. Yamaha is one of the Best! Mine has 17.000 Km and NO Issues! Brose….their dead Motors….And they have now 7!! Types of Motors, the same with Bosch. 4!! generations, with 3-4 Displays, 2+ 4 Battreies, none of them fits, …Yamaha, the Battreie from 2012 400 wh fits on the 2021 Bike! And its super reliable, and its a Workhorse. Cadence Support to 90, now to 120, and if we are honest, most Drivers here, dont even do that!! You always see Sportguys, and in Reality its almost 50+ to 55+ or even 60+
    Do ONCE! 120 RPM on your Bike….you understand.
    Yamaha is nearly the same Motor like 2012, and its still great. Climbing a Hill its the best. And its powerfull in low Revs, exactly what you need. (see above 55+).
    AND! Its super efficient, a Yamaha with 500 wh goes further than a Bosch with even 600!
    Its easy to pedal without Motor, which you really cant say from a Bosch.
    Love it, wil buy a new All Mnt to have 2 Bikes.

  49. Outstanding…. Love from India….. Can you do comparison on cost and feature compare with china

  50. Jperoni peroni March 1, 2021 @ 10:36 pm

    friend i have a bike with shimano steps e6000, my battery has gone black, i can put a non original shimano battery

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