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How to Make Your E-Bike Faster: 7 Proven Methods

In this blog post, we will share with you 7 proven methods to increase the speed and performance of your e-bike. These methods involve upgrading or modifying some parts of your e-bike, such as the motor, battery, controller, gearing, weight, aerodynamics, and tuning. Before you try any of these methods, make sure you check the legality and safety of your modifications in your area. Also, consult a professional e-bike mechanic if you need more confidence in doing the upgrades yourself.

upgrade the motor for higher speed

Method 1: Upgrade the Motor


One of the most effective ways to make your e-bike faster is to upgrade the motor. The motor is the heart of your e-bike and determines how much power and speed it can deliver. A more powerful motor can increase the speed of your e-bike by providing more torque and wattage. 

 

However, not all motors are compatible with your e-bike model and battery. You need to select a motor that matches the voltage and current rating of your battery and fits the frame and wheel size of your e-bike. You also need to consider the type of motor you want to use: a hub or mid-drive motor. Hub motors are easier to install and cheaper, but they add weight to the wheel and affect the handling and balance of the e-bike. Mid-drive motors are more efficient and offer better performance, but they are more expensive and complex to install. You also need to replace the chain and cassette if you use a mid-drive motor. 

 

To upgrade the motor, you need to remove the old motor and install the new one according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You might also need to replace or modify some wires and connectors.

 

Method 2: Upgrade the Battery


Another way to make your e-bike faster is to upgrade the battery. The battery is the source of energy for your e-bike and determines how long and how fast you can ride. A battery with higher voltage and wattage can provide more power to the motor and increase speed. However, not all batteries are compatible with your e-bike model and motor. You need to select a battery that matches the voltage and current rating of your motor and fits the frame and mount of your e-bike. 

 

You also need to consider the type of battery you want to use: lithium-ion or lead-acid. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter, more durable, and have a longer lifespan, but they are more expensive and require a special charger. Lead-acid batteries are cheaper and easier to charge, but they are heavier, less reliable, and have a shorter lifespan. To upgrade the battery, you need to remove the old battery and install the new one according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You might also need to replace or modify some wires and connectors.

upgrade the controller to go faster

Method 3: Upgrade the Controller


A third way to make your e-bike faster is to upgrade the controller. The controller is the brain of your e-bike and controls how much power is delivered to the motor. Upgrading the controller can improve the efficiency and power output of the motor by adjusting parameters such as current limit, voltage limit, speed limit, pedal assist level, throttle response, etc. 

 

However, not all controllers are compatible with your e-bike model and motor. You need to select a controller that matches the voltage and current rating of your motor and battery and fits the frame and mount of your e-bike. You also need to consider the type of controller you want to use: sine wave or square wave. Sine wave controllers are smoother, quieter, and more efficient, but they are more expensive and complex. Square wave controllers are cheaper and more straightforward, but they are louder, less smooth, and less efficient. 

 

To upgrade the controller, you need to remove the old controller and install the new one according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You might also need to replace or modify some wires and connectors.

 

Method 4: Change the Gearing


One of the ways to make your e-bike faster is to change the gearing. The gearing refers to the ratio of the number of teeth on the chainring (the front sprocket) and the cassette (the rear sprockets). The higher the gearing, the more speed you can achieve with less pedaling effort, but the less torque you have to climb hills or accelerate. The lower the gearing, the more torque you have to overcome resistance, but the less speed you can reach with more pedaling effort.

 

Changing the gearing can help you optimize your e-bike for your riding style and terrain. For example, if you mostly ride on flat roads or downhill, you should increase the gearing to go faster. If you mostly ride on hilly or off-road terrain, you should decrease the gearing to have more power and control.

 

To change the gearing, you need to replace either the chainring or the cassette, or both. You can choose from different sizes and shapes of chainrings and cassettes, depending on your preferences and compatibility with your e-bike. You also need to adjust the chain length and tension accordingly.

Tips for selecting and installing the right gears:

  • Check your e-bike’s manual or manufacturer’s website for recommendations and limitations on changing the gearing. Some e-bikes may have specific requirements or restrictions on the size and type of chainrings and cassettes that can be used.
  • Consider your riding goals and habits. Do you want more speed or more torque? How often do you ride on different terrains? How comfortable are you with pedaling harder or easier?
  • Compare different options and combinations of chainrings and cassettes. You can use online calculators or charts to estimate how changing the gearing will affect your speed, torque, cadence (pedaling rate), and range (battery life).
  • Consult a professional bike mechanic or shop if you need help changing the gearing yourself. They can help you choose and install the right gears for your e-bike and ensure that everything is aligned and adjusted properly.

 

Method 5: Reduce Weight

One of the simplest ways to make your e-bike faster is to reduce its weight. The lighter your e-bike is, the easier it is to accelerate and maintain speed. Reducing weight can also improve your battery life and handling.

Areas where you can reduce weight on your e-bike:

  • The frame: If you have a steel or aluminum frame, consider switching to a carbon fiber or titanium frame, which is lighter and more robust. However, this can be expensive and may require changing other components as well.
  • The components: You can also look for lighter versions of your wheels, tires, brakes, chain, cassette, pedals, and other parts. Look for light-material components, such as carbon fiber, aluminum, or magnesium. You can also opt for tubeless tires, which eliminate the need for inner tubes and can save some weight.
  • The accessories: You can also remove any unnecessary accessories from your e-bike, such as fenders, racks, baskets, lights, bells, locks, etc. Only keep the essentials that you need for safety and convenience.

 

Method 6: Improve Aerodynamics

Another way to make your e-bike faster is to improve its aerodynamics. Aerodynamics refers to how well your e-bike cuts through the air and reduces wind resistance. The more aerodynamic your e-bike is, the less energy you need to overcome drag and the faster you can go.

 

Ways to improve the aerodynamics of your e-bike:

  • The frame: You can choose a frame that has a sleek and streamlined design, with smooth curves and minimal protrusions. You can also look for frames that have internal cable routing, which hides the wires inside the frame and reduces drag.
  • The handlebars: You can lower your handlebars or switch to a drop bar or aero bar, which allows you to adopt a more aerodynamic riding position. You can also use bar tape or grips that are smooth and thin, which reduce air turbulence around your hands.
  • The other components: You can also look for components that have an aerodynamic shape and design, such as wheels, tires, forks, seat posts, saddles, etc. Look for parts that have fewer spokes, narrower profiles, and smooth surfaces.

 

Method 7: Tune the E-Bike

The final way to make your e-bike faster is to tune it. Tuning refers to adjusting the settings and parameters of your e-bike’s motor, battery, and controller. Tuning can optimize the performance of your e-bike and unleash its full potential.

However, tuning should be done with caution and knowledge, as it may void your warranty, damage your e-bike’s components, or violate local laws and regulations. You should always consult with a professional before tuning your e-bike.

Some of the ways to tune your e-bike:

  • Adjusting the pedal assist: You can change the level of assistance that your motor provides when you pedal. You can increase the assistance to boost your speed or decrease it to save battery power. You can also change the sensitivity of the pedal sensor or the cadence range that triggers the assistance.
  • Adjusting the throttle response: You can change how quickly or smoothly your motor responds when you twist the throttle. You can increase the response to get instant acceleration or decrease it to get more control and stability.
  • Adjusting the power output: You can change how much power your motor delivers to your wheels. You can increase the power to get more speed or torque or decrease it to get more range or efficiency. You can also change the voltage or current limit of your battery or controller.

 

Final Thoughts to Make Your Electric Bike Go Faster


If you want to make your e-bike faster, there are multiple options to choose from. You can upgrade the motor, battery, and controller, change the gearing, reduce weight, improve aerodynamics, and tune the e-bike. However, before you attempt any modifications, ensure that they are legal and safe in your area, and consult with a professional if you need more confidence in doing the upgrades yourself. By following the tips and tricks provided in this guide, you can increase the speed and performance of your e-bike and enjoy a more exhilarating ride. Remember to ride responsibly and always prioritize safety.

 

henry
Marketing and Sales Manager at Jieli Electric | Website

Sales Manager at Jieli Electric Bikes.
Near 10 years experience in electric bike industry, researching/marketing/promoting e-bike is my daily life.

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