Bigger is not always better, or even legal

At first glance, it might appear that bigger is always better when it comes to ebike motor size. The bigger the motor, the more powerful the acceleration, and the higher torque generated, helping to climb those tough hills. 

But this is not always the case, and there are some key considerations for picking a motor size that's right for you. 

First, and most importantly, it's important to comply with all municipal, state, and federal rules that are applicable in your area. Only a few states allow motor sizes up to 1000W to be classified as electric bicycles and not motorcycles or mopeds. 

In Minnesota, ebikes must have a motor wattage of less than or equal to 750 watts in order to be classified as an electric bicycle. While it's still possible to have an ebike that has a motor size larger, it's legally not an electric bicycle and should not be ridden on the street or bicycle path.

All of the electric bikes that we carry meet the legal standards, and that's important to us--we do not want our customers to need a special license and registration to ride their electric bikes.

Second, we've found that for nearly all of our customers, 1000 watts or even 750 watts more powerful than their needs. 750 watts is great for riders looking for outstanding off-road performance or those looking to throttle up the steepest hills. 

But just as often, folks find that 500 watts is going to meet their needs, and is less surge-y or torque-y, so it's going to deliver a significantly smoother ride and acceleration curve. 

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