When it comes to affordable methods of transportation that are also eco-friendly and convenient for the rider, the Ebike is simply one of the best ones out there, particularly for anybody living in the city or anywhere near paved roads.
With that being said, electric bikes are of course nowhere close to real motorcycles in terms of speed so you probably wondering how to make an ebike go faster. Ebikes generally just aren’t built for high-speed traveling. However, with that being said, there are some ways that you can make your Ebike go much faster.
How to Make an eBike Go Faster
1. Using the Right Tires + Air
One of the best ways to make sure that your Ebike goes as fast as possible is to make sure that you have road tires on it. Sure, mountain bike tires with big time treads are great for off roading and for getting traction on rough terrain, but all of those knobs and that large tire size create a whole lot of friction that slow you down.
Road tires are very smooth and therefore create the least amount of friction, thus allowing you to go as fast as possible. If we’re speaking of the tires, keep in mind that to increase both distance and speed, they should be filled up to maximum capacity. Yes, if the tires are very hard and full to the brim with air, your ride is going to be a lot bumpier, but you will go further.
2. Charge the Battery
The simple fact here is that the amount of power your battery can produce is always the most when it is 100% charged. The less of a charge the battery contains, the less power it will produce, and the slower your Ebike will go.
If you expect your Ebike to reach the maximum speed every single time you ride it, you should keep it fully charged at all times. Keep in mind that proper battery maintenance is not only important in terms of speed, but also in terms of overall longevity.
3. Trick the Speed Sensor
This method is only going to work if you have a mid-drive Ebike. This type of Ebike uses a wheel speed sensor on the back wheel. This measures the speed of the back wheel. The best way to trick this rear wheel sensor is to move the sensor to the crank.
The crank is always going to be spinning slower than the actual wheel. This means that you can go much faster than you otherwise could, but the downside is that you no longer have a speed limiter or a speedometer, so you really have no idea how fast you’re actually going. Although this is technically a possibility in terms of safety, it’s not exactly the number one recommended option.
4. Removing the Speed Limiter
Another good way to make your Ebike go faster is by simply removing the speed limiter. The speed limiter controls the maximum speed of your Ebike. If you remove the speed limiter, there is nothing that will restrict your speed.
That being said, if you are not an electrician or mechanic, removing this on your own can be very difficult, and moreover finding someone to do it for you can also be hard as it’s not exactly legal.
Something to keep in mind is that some E bikes feature physical or wired in speed limiters, whereas others feature the speed limiter built into the software.
You may be able to turn off the speed limiter via the software, but this is something that you need to know how to do. In some cases, you can turn the speed limiter off using the software, or you might need to upload different software into the E bike.
5. Change or Add a Battery
The next thing that you can do to make your Ebike go faster is to change the battery for a more powerful one. Simply put, if you have a 5Ah battery and you exchange it for a 12Ah battery, it’s going to produce a lot more power for the motor.
Something else that you can try doing, although also not exactly legal in most places, is to outfit your Ebike with a second battery. This is definitely not a common method, but it has been done before.
Quite simply, two batteries produce more power than one. The bigger and better your battery, and the more of them you have, the faster you will go.
6. Replace the Motor
Just like with the battery, more motor power means more speed. A 1000-Watt motor is going to go faster than a 250-Watt motor. Not all E bikes will allow you to remove and replace their motors, but for those that do, this is a possibility.
The final thing that we can say here today, although we definitely do not want to offend anybody, is that the weight of the rider definitely makes a difference here. Simply put, an Ebike is not going to be able to go as fast if there are 400 lbs on it as if there were only 150 or 200 lbs. Keeping that in mind, all of the other methods that we have discussed here today are fine options to consider.