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Old 12-14-17, 11:13 AM
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Hub motor or mid drive?

Admittedly I'm new to the Ebike game and have not rode mid drive. My Ebike is a direct drive hub motor.
I live in a very hilly area and research on the net led me to believe I needed a mid drive kit. However the speed and ebrake capability of hub motors made me feel disappointed that I would have to go mid drive to climb local hills. Fortunately I could physically go to Grin technologies a Ebike kit vendor and they sold me on direct drive and I have had no problem climbing hills.
But if I wasn't lucky enough to have a local vendor I might have gone mid drive which would have been the wrong system for my needs. I'm not shilling here . I'm hoping to start this thread so newbies are better informed.

This article written by Grin Industries is hub positive but makes a good starting point for this discussion.

Why Hub Motors (New!) - Learn

Hoping to hear from mid drive users. There is no right or wrong here it's all about personal preference.

Kind regards to all

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Yeah, I usually tell people mid drive for hills, hub for simplicity and ease of maintenance (very quiet, no maintenance).

I did manage to break a chain commuting home on my hub drive, and got home just fine with no chain.

I like light weight, so no direct drive for me. My motor weighs about 4lbs.

Hub drives are great if you don't fall below 50% of your cruising speed when riding up a hill. Below that and I would go mid drive.
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Hub drive for flat lands, head winds , mid drive for torque to climb hills..

My LBS, here, does mid Drive Conversions to existing MTB for Hunters.

its allowing them to get behind locked gates across the Timber Company Access roads..





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Mid drive for hunting! What a cool idea. Low enough gear could drag a deer out of the bush! Light weight! I won't put my Hub Ebike on transit bus front bike racks scared it won't stay on. Could never carry my Ebike up a flight of stairs if skytrain elevator broke.
Steepest hills for me still on a road and moderate pedaling keeps motor above 50% max rpm is not an issue for me. Now I'm running a 52 volt system that actually puts out 56 volts at full charge.
Of course their are geared hubs as well hope to hear from you folk. Different animal to direct drive. I guess hub vs mid drive nice easy title but really the question is direct drive or geared hub vs mid drive.
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