• March 6, 2024
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Versatile, practical and simply fun, it’s no surprise that the popularity of e-bikes continues to rise, with huge purchases of e-bikes expected by 2024.

As the UK’s leading online e-bike retailer and avid riders ourselves, we’ve asked a number of practical questions about this popular and environmentally friendly mode of transport.

One of these is “Are e-bikes loud?” It’s an interesting question – and whilst ‘loudness’ is somewhat subjective, in this blog we take a closer look at the noise levels of e-bikes.

Are e-bikes loud?

From the author’s perspective, no. E-bikes are not loud. Now, that’s not to say they’re completely quiet. Keep in mind that all bikes, e-bikes or otherwise, are not silent.

Are electric bikes loud

When you’re driving, you’ll hear the noise of the chain, the pedals and, of course, the brakes and tyres spinning. Of course, different bikes (models and styles) will have different noise levels – and don’t forget the level of maintenance. This can be a factor in the sound a bike makes.

The difference between an e-bike and a traditional bike is the motor. Yes, these motors are not silent. When the ‘pedal assist’ kicks in, you and everyone else around you will hear it.

However, as e-bike technology has evolved over the years, the motors have become quieter and quieter, and you’d be hard pressed to argue that they’re actually loud.

From folding electric bikes to a variety of other models in our online e-bike shop, you’ll find that the e-bikes we sell are fitted with high-quality, quiet motors that are built to the highest standards to ensure a smooth ride with minimal noise at a minimal cost.

Different e-bike motors

Generally speaking, you will come across two types of e-bike motors: crank drive motors and hub motors.

Crank drive motors first appeared on e-bikes in the 1990s (yes – that’s right, e-bikes have been around longer than you might think!)

Crank drive motors draw their energy from the crank section of the bike, which sits between the pedals, where the activity of the pedals is converted into energy.

They are a versatile engine option and are particularly impressive when travelling in the mountains. Crank drive motors are lightweight and efficient, and not at all noisy. That said, they do have a tendency to get louder over time, so this is worth bearing in mind.

Hub motors are the other most common type of e-bike motor.

As the name suggests, it sits on the hub of the wheel. As well as performing well in terms of design, there is a practical benefit to this positioning. The location of the motor also allows for easy access for simple repairs and also allows for the removal of the motor itself without damaging or altering the structure of the bike.

Hub motors will make more noise than crank-driven motors – but nothing to write home about, of course.

How to make an e-bike quiet

Motors make a certain amount of sound, and rightly so. However, if you feel that your e-bike motor is making unusual or too much noise, it’s worth contacting an expert to have it checked out.

As we’ve pointed out, no bike (e-bike or otherwise) is noise-free. Where there are moving parts, there will always be noise.

If you find that your bike is noisier than you’d like it to be, you may want to consider some maintenance. In fact, we’ve put together a handy guide to maintaining your e-bike, which you can check out here.

Common culprits of noise are brakes and chains. Squeaky breaks are usually caused by dirt, oil and grease on the rims (when using rim brakes), or by misaligned brake pads or rotors, which can lead to squealing.

In some cases, the brakes may need replacing, but a little TLC is usually enough to deal with the noise. A regular cleaning routine is vital for this – you can purchase specific disc breakage cleaning kits. If you’re at all unsure about how to maintain your brakes, head to your local bike shop.

In the case of chains, constant squealing can be caused by a couple of different issues, but each one involves making sure the moving parts are well lubricated or greased. This should be your first port of call.

In conclusion, electric bikes are far from loud. Their silent revolution disrupts the traditional soundscape of transport, offering a more Their silent revolution disrupts the traditional soundscape of transport, offering a more peaceful and sustainable alternative. As e-bikes continue to gain popularity, it’s essential to dispel the misconception that they contribute to noise pollution. Embrace the power of silence and enjoy the freedom that electric bikes bring.

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