We won’t deny there’s something pretty special about going fast. However, the line is drawn firmly at 25 km/h on a standard eMTB. So shouldn’t it be a thing to rejoice if we can raise that max speed up to 50 km/h just by pressing a few buttons on our smartphones? It’s not quite so simple. We turned to experts at Bosch and Shimano to get their take on the contentious question of amped-up speed.
Our first port-of-call in the hunt for answers is Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems. “Some ebikers believe that the 25 km/h max speed for pedal-assist is too slow. This might be because they’re used to riding on the flat at 30–32 km/h with a conventional bike. By tuning their motors, they want to reach a higher speed with their pedelec and get the maximum support from the motor. The fact that tuning can have dangerous consequences and isn’t legally permitted on public roads is not something that they take into consideration,” he begins. Finding a tuning kit on the market isn’t a hard task. Prices start at around € 100, and they’re able to tune motor speed to provide support up to and over 50 km/h. More affordable options can be configured using Bluetooth, whereby a particular app can give you access to tune the maximum engine support.
READ MORE: https://ebike-mtb.com/en/ebike-motor-tuning/
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