E-Bike Pedal Sensors
An electric bike with Pedal Assist Sensors automatically turns on the motor when you pedal. With pedal assist, you do not need to use a throttle to control the motor. There are two basic types of Pedal Sensors: CADENCE which measures IF you are pedaling and TORQUE which measures HOW HARD you are pedaling.
The basic cadence sensor uses a magnet on the crank, it turns the motor ON when you start pedaling and turns it OFF when you stop pedaling. It works more or less like a switch. Using the cadence sensor, you have to control the boost level and speed by adjusting the assist mode manually up and down. Most basic e-bikes offer a cadence pedal sensor. The advantage of this sensor is that it's an inexpensive way to get some sort of pedal assist onto the bike, but the disadvantage is that the pedal assistance can feel jerky, laggy and counterintuitive. Also if you want to pedal faster than the motor is spinning, the motor will actively work against your efforts.
Torque Sensors (Advanced)
The torque sensor is a totally different technology that uses a precision strain gauge. It measures your actual force on the pedal, sampling at 1,000 times per second over the entire pedal stroke. A torque sensor measures how hard the rider is pedaling to determine how much electric power to push to the bike. The harder you pedal, the more power it gives to the motor. If you pedal lighter, less power goes to the motor. It makes this adjustment in real time so it is technically amplifying your every input and makes the rider feel BIONIC! Many higher-end e-bikes use torque sensors and in some countries, cadence-only sensors are not allowed to be sold. The disadvantage is the cost is significantly higher to implement this technology as the precision component is relatively more expensive.
Difference Between Torque and Cadence Sensor
Juiced Bikes offers some of the most advanced pedal assist electric bikes on the market with most models offering Dual Pedal Assist Technology, using BOTH a cadence AND a torque sensor.
Advantages of Pedal Assist
There are a number of great benefits of e-bikes with pedal assist. From serving as an intuitive and responsive feature on the bike, to making your ride more enjoyable and smoother, pedal assist is a clear choice for many electric bike riders. The pedal assist will save you energy. Whether you're out for a long ride or have a nasty hill along your normal commute, if you have a bike with pedal assist you'll finish your ride feeling more energized instead of drained. Going over rough terrain and up hills becomes much easier with the pedal assist feature.
With pedal assist being much more intuitive than using a throttle, it's a better option for beginners and novices. If you want to buy an electric bike but worry about learning how to use a throttle, definitely find an e-bike with pedal assistance technology. Pedal assist can also give your bike a higher range per charge. By combining manual pedaling with power from the battery, you can go farther than if you were relying solely on the battery. This also helps you get more exercise!
This feature works with you while you ride, takes you farther and makes it simple for anyone to hop on and have a great time. However you want to use a pedal assist bike from Juiced Bikes, we know this technology will give you an unbeatable time. From riding to work to not having a specific destination, our bikes have unparalleled power and reliability.