There are a number of advantages.
To begin with, the motor does not create friction, allowing freewheeling. While it does not have regenerative power; it allows you to pedal the bicycle like any regular bike.
One of the biggest pluses of hub motors is that they require little or no maintenance. There are simply less parts to fail. This is an independent system that retains all of the components inside the motor casing.
In the geared hub, over time, a tooth can break off and the reinforced nylon gear, but it is a replaceable part and a straight forward fix.
Hub motors don’t connect to the main pedal drive system; you can lose your chain and still get home on the motor, and vice versa. These motors also don’t add any extra stress to the chain or shifters, and don’t cause any of those parts to wear out quicker.
The hub motors also do not cost nearly as much as mid drive motors.
How far can you go on an electric bike?
In simple terms, the larger the battery the farther you go, although less can be more. Majority of the electric bike batteries today are made up of multiple cells (elements) similar to the ones you find in the floor of a Tesla, the more cells the higher the Amperage 8,10,12,14,17 and so on.
The higher the (amperage) power the higher the outright cost becomes. Ultimately the cost of the battery could be as much as 50% of the complete e-bike.
Battery life depends largely on 2 things: type and quality of elements, day to day treatment and maintenance.
Let’s talk about the battery elements and cost. There are many no brand name batteries out there, but the elements are the key. Cheaper batteries using aftermarket elements will likely end up costing the same as an equivalent market leader.
We suggest avoiding the extra hassle and acquiring good quality lithium batteries to begin with. Our bikes are equipped with 12 amp batteries to ensure you have a minimum of 25 KM range, even in harsh hilly conditions which create a great deal of energy consumption.