Brose Drive S Mag – the best electric bike motor yet?

Brose Drive S Mag was awarded best in test in E-Mountain Bike magazines 2019 motor comparison. Light, powerful and super quiet, it snatched the prize from some very serious competition.

Brose Drive S Mag runs away with 2019 Best in Test Title

(and also wins a prestigious Design & Innovation award)

At the heart of every e-bike is its motor. There are now dozens to choose from but a small number of brands dominate.

Bosch has long provided motors for most reputable brands – Cube, Scott, Kalkhoff, Riese & Müller, Moustache, the list goes on. Their top-of-the-range Performance Line CX motor is fitted to several hundred thousand commuting, touring and mountain bikes. So they’ve enjoyed market domination for quite some time.

Shimano arrived late at the e-bike motor party but has claimed some of the market. It helps that their motors work well with Shimano gears that are found on 9 out of 10 bicycles.

There are dozens of also-ran motor systems these days. Some have won a reputation for reliability, others for sheer power. A sorry few for giving their owners and suppliers a lot of problems.

The best electric bike motors in 2019

But now it’s 2019 and a new cast of really, really good e-bike motors is here. Bosch is still in the running, as is Shimano, Panasonic and Yamaha. A relative newcomer out of Berlin, Brose, is now making a lot of noise (although their motors happen to be the quietest of all). Continue reading “Brose Drive S Mag – the best electric bike motor yet?”

Bosch CX 2020

Bosch has announced their new motor, Bosch CX 2020, which replaces the enormously popular Bosch Performance CX.

Bosch CX 2020 exploded viewBosch has been in the electric bike motor business for ten years now. Their range of motors has powered e-bikes for scores of brands including Cube, Scott, Kalkhoff, Riese & Müller and Haibike.

Their Performance CX motor was beginning to show its age in recent years, with limited battery capacity, excess noise and a less-than compact size and weight.

So what does the Bosch’s new CX 2020 system bring to the party?

Has it made Bosch Performance CX obsolete?

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Bosch Performance CX E-MTB Power Mode Update 2017

Bosch have announced a software update for the Performance CX motor system. The software will be available as of 01/07/2017.

The new mode, called eMTB, replaces the sport mode. The torque is still rated at a maximum of 75nm, and delivers power of between 120% and 300% of the riders effort.

Bosch Nyon

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A history of folding electric bikes

Hercules Rob Fold F8
Our latest folding electric bicycle, the Hercules Rob Fold F8 with Bosch motor

A new folding electric bike joined our range this week, the first in many years. The Hercules Rob Fold F8 from Germany has it all – Bosch motor, 400Wh or 500Wh battery capacity options, 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears, lights, luggage rack, kick stand, hydraulic brakes, mudguards. Continue reading “A history of folding electric bikes”

Kalkhoff Impulse and Bosch electric bike comparison

The Impulse and Bosch motor systems debuted around the same time several years ago and both have gone on to dominate the high quality electric bike market. They’re both highly versatile e-bike systems, powering commuter e-bikes, power-assisted mountain bikes and comfortable town bikes.

Both systems are into the second and third generations now, with increases in power as well as functional and ergonomic improvements. The latest versions even offer on-board navigation systems.

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