Front versus Rear Drive

Last Reviewed: Mon, 27/Mar/2017


Front versus Rear Drive
Each has advantages and disadvantages. The rider is more aware of what the front wheel is doing. If it starts to spin, the rider has an additional plane of control. That is, you can turn the front wheel to maintain balance and correct for the spinout. The front wheel has less weight on it, though, so will spin more easily. Steep hills on non-paved surfaces can be a problem for this reason. Rear wheel drive has the advantage of better traction, but if you apply too much throttle on a turn and the wheel starts to spin, you will probably hit the ground as the bike goes out from under you (you can't turn the rear wheel as you can a front tocorrect for the slip). Rear drive puts the entire weight of the system on the rear of the bike rather than battery weight in back, motor weight in front. Rear dropouts on bikes are heavier than front, and can take more torque. If you use a rear drive, you can still have front suspension. NOTE: Front motors require the standard 100mm dropout spacing while rear motors require the standard 135mm dropout spacing.


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