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What E-Bike Can (Not) You Ride?

According to the federal definition of an electric bicycle, e-bikes are divided into classes that denote their level of motor assistance, it determines what and where you can ride. Learning which class of e-bike you need is an essential decision point:

What is the Difference Between 1,2,3 Class of E-bike?


Class Type Definition
Class 1 A bicycle equipped with a motor that kicks in only when you pedal-assist only and stops helping at 20 mph.
Class 2 A bicycle equipped with a motor has a pedal-assist mode up to 20 mph plus a purely throttle-assist mode.
Class 3 A bicycle equipped with a motor is solely pedal-assist (like class 1), but assistance continues until you reach up to 28 mph.


Most beginners start riding with Class 1 e-bike, which is affordable and meets the basic need, it can be a ride on the city street and many bike lanes. Check the policy in your states first.

Class 2 e-bikes are generally allowed to be a ride in the same places as with Class 1 e-bikes. Our Raddy eRide Metro and eTrail Terra both offer safety electrically assisted pedaling alongside throttles, both max speeds can reach up to 20 mph.

Compared to Class 1 bikes, Class 3 e-bikes are faster, more powerful, and at a higher cost. It is suitable for Most states to allow citizens to ride Class 3 e-bikes on road lanes or a bike-only lane, but restricted to take them on bike paths that exist outside of the road or on multi-use trails shared with pedestrians.

E-bike laws and regulations can vary widely across states and countries. For further information on e-bike laws, research, news and industry updates visit People for Bikes.