When looking into buying an electric bike, you might be wondering the maximum speed one of these modern e-bikes can go and when it's legal to ride your full-assistance e-bike at higher speeds.
On average, an e-bikes speed is around 20mph, and in the UK, assisted speed limit is 15.5mph as they have an electric power motor limit of 250W, however, some e-bike range models for off-roading and electric bike types with throttles with a 750W can even go up to 30mph.
To find out just how fast different electric bike models can go and whether or not you can make your e-bike go faster, we have made a small information guide below to answer all your questions.
2000-watt electric bikes are pretty damn fast. I mean, 40 to 46 miles per hour is nothing to scoff at. That's assuming you've got a good battery and motor. But still, that's some serious speed. If you're not careful, you could easily find yourself going too fast for comfort or safety. But if you can keep your wits about you and handle your bike with skill, then a 2000-watt ebike can be a blast to ride. Just be careful out there!
First off, let's start with high power e-bike motors of around 1000W. These e-bikes have lots of power and are not UK road legal, they can potentially reach speeds of up to 32mph when used on maximum power and are mostly seen on MTB e-bikes, they are not suitable for road use.
Moreover, you can also read our dedicated blog post about how fast a 1000W ebike can go.
A 750W premium e-bike system can ride at around 25mph and are more common in the US, this assisted speed is easier to control than a 1000W motor power but still is not UK road legal.
These types of e-bikes are not so great for mountain biking as they will often lose speed easily when hill climbing weight for power.
For a 500 watt electric bike, this will give you a speed of around 20mph, this type of pedal power assist might be a better option for users who are heavier than a 250W max speed limitation. These are still however not UK road legal.
A 350W e-bike will go around 18mph, these bikes tend to be less common than a 250W electric bike or a 500W electric bike but are a great option for people who want a little more power than 250W but still want control.
Having a 250W electric bike is UK road legal and will give you maximum speeds of around 15.5mph, this is when it is used without throttle power which can give your bike more of a power boost when needed.
As most electric bikes come with a restricted maximum speed, you might be looking for ways to try and make your e-bike go faster without having to buy a whole new bike.
To help you out, we have listed our best tips below for speeding up your bike.
Overall, e-bikes can go very fast with pedal assist and will have different limits depending on the wattage of the motor you buy and the bike's battery, on average in the UK, this will be around 15.5mph but there are models on the market which can go up to 20mph too.
If you are looking for ways to try to increase the speed of your e-bike without buying a new one, check our tips above to see if you can implement any.
Moreover, you should also read our previous article about what is the fastest electric mountain bike.