Electric Bike Basics

Understanding Electric Bike Classes: A Guide to Class 1, 2, and 3 Ebikes

June 16, 2023

If you’re new to the world of electric bikes, you may have come across terms like Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. What do these classifications mean and how do they affect your riding experience? In this article, we’ll break down the differences between these classes and explain what Pedego has to offer.

Class 1 Ebikes for Pedal-Assist Convenience – Let’s Have Some Fun

Let’s start with Class 1 ebikes. These are electric bikes on which you must pedal in order to use the motor. It’s just like riding a conventional bicycle but with the added benefit of a motor that senses your pedaling, thus providing assistance. You’ll feel like you have a constant tailwind, making your ride easier and more enjoyable. The maximum speed for Class 1 ebikes is 20mph, and you don’t need a driver’s license to ride one. To ride a Pedego bike, you must be 16 or older. The Elevate is Pedego’s only Class 1 electric bike, specifically designed for mountain bike trails where Class 1 ebikes are allowed.

Class 2 Ebikes with Effortless Throttle Acceleration – Unleashing Power & Control

Next up are Class 2 ebikes. These electric bikes are equipped with a motor controlled by a throttle. With a Class 2 ebike, you don’t have to pedal to benefit from the motor. Simply press the throttle, and off you go. This feature allows for easy acceleration. Keep in mind that the more you rely on the throttle without pedaling, the quicker you will drain the battery. As with Class 1 ebikes, Class 2 ebikes have a maximum speed of 20mph, where you also don’t need a driver’s license but have to be 16 or older to ride a Pedego. All Pedego Class 2 ebikes also have pedal assist, with the exception of the Tandem. All Pedego models, except for the Elevate, are available in Class 2 configuration, providing you with a wide range of options to choose from. 

Freedom to explore – Pedego Element Electric Bike 

Class 3 Ebikes for High-Powered Commuting and Thrilling Rides – Unleash the Speed

Finally, we have Class 3 ebikes. These are the fastest “legal” electric bikes, with a maximum speed of 28mph. Class 3 ebikes are still considered bicycles and do not require a driver’s license or license plate. However, they do require you to be 17 or older and wear a helmet by law. Class 3 ebikes provide pedal assist, just like Class 1 ebikes, but they can reach higher speeds. They may also have a throttle, but the speed of the throttle remains capped at 20mph. Read on how throttle speed and pedal assist work here. Class 3 ebikes are great for commuting or for riders who want a bit more speed and power during their rides. Depending on the region, certain Pedego models can be upgraded to Class 3 capabilities, providing an even more exhilarating riding experience. Please consult with your local Pedego dealer or refer to local laws to determine the availability of Class 3 upgrades for specific models.

Navigating Electric Bike Regulations: Understanding the Legalities and Guidelines for a Smooth Ride

Riding ebikes requires knowledge of applicable regulations and restrictions. For instance, the National Park Service (NPS) has specific restrictions on electric bikes in wilderness areas and may impose additional rules in other parts of national parks. Moreover, individual states have their own laws concerning ebike access, age restrictions, helmet mandates, licensing, and insurance. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the laws in your state and any specific regulations in your intended riding areas for a safe and informed ride.

Built to keep you going - Go the extra mile with a Pedego Sattle and Battery on a boardwalk from behind
Built to keep you going – Go the extra mile with a battery that lasts with Pedego Electric Bikes

Pedego Electric Bike Models and Classes: A Comprehensive Overview and Upgrade Considerations

Review the table below for an overview of Pedego’s electric bike models and their corresponding classes. The Pedego Elevate is available in Class 1 only, which is perfect for most mountain bike trails. All other Pedego bikes are Class 2, but those with a 749W motor can be upgraded to Class 3 by your local dealer where allowed by regulations.

Remember to consider local regulations and laws when it comes to ebike classes and upgrades.

Class 1Class 2Class 3
Element: Platinum EditionxOptional
Comfort Cruiserx
Interceptor: Platinum EditionxOptional
Boomerang: Platinum EditionxOptional
City CommuterxOptional
City Commuter: Platinum EditionxOptional
Trail TrackerxOptional
Trail Tracker: Gorilla EditionxOptional
Ridge RiderxOptional
Overview of Pedego models and their class options

Discover the Joy of Pedego EBikes: Explore Class 1, 2, and 3 Options and Visit Your Local Dealer Today!

Pedego offers a wide range of electric bikes designed to cater to different preferences and riding styles. Whether you’re looking for a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 ebike, Pedego has options available. It’s important to consider local regulations and laws regarding ebike classes and upgrades. To explore the exciting world of Pedego bikes firsthand visit your local Pedego dealer. They will provide you with expert guidance, help you choose the right model for your needs, and even let you take a test ride. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the joy and convenience of Pedego Electric Bikes – let’s embark on your next electrified adventure and have fun!

Pedego Interceptor Electric bike near a river
Don’t compromise on fun – Pedego Interceptor Electric Bike