There’s a cultural phenomenon spreading across the entire world as more people hop onto electric bikes. For many, there’s a question about which e-bike to choose: One with a throttle or one with pedal assist (PAS). Fortunately, all SONDORS have both! The question then becomes when to use the throttle and when to use the PAS. Each mode has their own advantages, and they are best applied to specific situations to make the most out of them. So let’s take a look at each of their qualities and benefits to ensure you always have the best riding experience:
Throttle + Pedal Assist Riding
The throttle mode is similar to how a scooter operates. When the throttle is engaged, the motor provides power and propels you forward. You can use the throttle and still pedal, if you wish, or you can just kick back and enjoy the ride. Throttles can be fine tuned like a volume dial between low and full power.
The throttle is engaged by the pedal assist feature, which provides power only when you’re pedaling. If you’re used to riding a traditional bike, the PAS mode has a more intuitive feel compared to the throttle mode. It allows you to focus purely on your pedaling, and you don’t have to hold the throttle in a certain position.
When it comes to range, the PAS mode will generally give you more range compared to the throttle mode. That’s because when full throttle bikes send the signal to the battery to fire it up, it’s filling the motor with electricity. In pedal assist mode, you’re only using the percentage that’s allotted by the control function. If you only use 25% of the battery while you’re in the PAS mode, then it’s going to last much longer than if you were to hold the throttle on full blast. (Check out a recent SONDORS blog with tips to increase your range.)
The good thing is that you’re likely not commuting more than 20 miles a day in the round trip to your job, for example. This gives you time to put your SONDORS on the charger when you get home, and to prep it for your next commute.
Having both the throttle and the PAS features available to you at once means you can be operating in the pedal assist mode, and then get an additional boost when needed just by twisting the throttle. (Discover more about how to operate your SONDORS here.)
Many riders prefer to use the throttle if they want to reach their destination without building up a sweat from pedaling, whereas pedaling is the preferred mode for leisurely travel and for hobbyists who want to chill and take in the scenery. Whichever your preference and whatever your needs, we at SONDORS are thrilled to provide e-bikes with both modes for all of your electric excursions and adventures!
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