Best Class 2 Electric Bikes – Pedal-Assist With Throttle

By Ibrahim Mawri


Editor's 1st Choice 
Best Class 2 Electric Bikes – Pedal-Assist With Throttle 1

RadRunner 1

Overall Rating:

  • Payload Capacity: 300 lbs 136 kg
  • Robust 750 W motor
  • Up to 45+
    Miles per Charge
  • 48V, 14 AhLithium-Ion Battery
Editor's 2nd Choice
Best Class 2 Electric Bikes – Pedal-Assist With Throttle 2

Scrambler

Overall Rating:

  • Payload Capacity: 275 lbs (125 kg)
  • Motor750W Geared Hub (1,300W Peak)
  • Battery52V / 13.0Ah Extended Range
  • Range
    45+ Mile Range
Editor's 3rd Choice 
Best Class 2 Electric Bikes – Pedal-Assist With Throttle 3

BAM POWER BIKES EW SUPREME

Overall Rating:

  • Payload Capacity: 275 lbs (125 kg)
  • Bafang Geared Hub 750 Watt Motor
  • 25-45 Miles Per Charge
  • 48 Volt 14AH battery Samsung Cells

Are you a huge bike fan looking to explore the thrill electric scooter enthusiasts experience while riding their high-speed toys?

Maybe you're someone who's tasked with delivering (or conveying) packages throughout your daily commute; with Class 1 e-bikes, the electric motor(s) assists your pedaling effort; however, with Class 2 e-bikes, the electric motor(s) drives you forward effortlessly.

A Class 2 electric bike can get you to your destination without the need to pedal, and today, I'm going to show you some of the best Class 2 electric bikes.

But before we get there, let's find out more about what a Class 2 bike really is and how it stacks up against the other 2 classes of electric bikes – Class 1 and Class 3.

What Is a Class 2 Electric Bike (What Are the Classes of Electric Bikes)

Electric bikes, unlike conventional bikes, are powered by electric motors which in most cases can perform independent of human effort. Because they are generally considered as motorized vehicles, certain laws were created to regulate where and how they can be ridden.

A 3-class system adopted by select states in the US categorizes electric bicycles based on their speed, wattage, power, etc. and helps users ride their e-bikes in accordance with local laws and regulations.

Class 1 Electric Bikes

Any pedal-assist electric bicycle with a maximum speed of 20mph (32.2kmph) is a Class 1 e-bike. A Class 1 electric bike's pedal-assist system stops boosting the e-bike's performance once it reaches its 20mph top speed.

E-bikes in this category are allowed on bike trails, bike paths, etc — pretty much anywhere a conventional bike can be ridden.

Class 2 Electric Bikes

A Class 2 e-bike utilizes pedal-assist and throttle-only boosts, giving users more riding options. They are very similar to Class 1 e-bikes.

Like Class 1 e-bikes, Class 2 are limited to 20mph (whether the rider chooses to use pedal-assist or throttle-only boost – or both). Essentially, what this means is the controller cuts power to the motors immediately the bike reaches 20mph.

They can be ridden on bike paths, trails, etc. (the same places Class 1 e-bikes are allowed)

Class 3 Electric Bikes

For an electric bike to qualify to be categorized under Class 3, it must be a pedal-assist e-bike whose top speed doesn't exceed 28mph (45kmph).

Riding Class 3 bikes in bike lanes and paths is prohibited in some states because of their speed.

Class 2 Electric Bikes

Differences Between Class 1, 2, and 3 E-bikes

Ebike Class Type

Class 1 E-bike

Class 2 E-bike

Class 3 E-bike

Power Type Technology

Pedal-assist only

Pedal-assist and throttle

Pedal-assist only

Allowed Speed

20mph max speed

20mph max speed

28mph max speed

Where it’s allowed to be ridden

Can be ridden anywhere conventional bikes are allowed.

Same as Class 1 e-bikes.

Class 3 electric bikes are mostly prohibited from bike paths and rails.

What Are the Differences Between Thumb Throttle and Pedal-assist

Simply put, pedal-assist e-bikes require human effort to engage their electric motor(s) while throttle-activated e-bikes don't. A pedal-assist system is equipped with sensors that detect how hard the rider is pedaling (torque sensor) and/ how fast the rider is pedaling (cadence sensor).

These sensors then determine how much more power is needed to propel the bike forward with as little effort from the rider as possible. Throttles on the other hand can engage the e-bike's motors on demand.

You don't need to pedal, just press down or twist the throttle and the electric motors propel the bike forward.

Are All Classes of E-bikes Allowed on the Streets

This is a tricky question because it has no straightforward answer. Generally, all classes of e-bikes are allowed on the streets, however, there are regulations as to who can ride and how they are allowed to ride.

In some states, like Iowa and Colorado , Class 1 & 2 bikes can be ridden by anyone (irrespective of age), anywhere a conventional bike is allowed, without the need for a helmet or a license.

However, other states like Michigan and New Hampshire specify that riders must be at least 14 years old before they're allowed to ride electric bikes on the street. Wisconsin requires that riders have a licence before riding their e-bikes.

So, to answer that question, I'd say it depends on the state you're residing in. To be sure you won't be breaking any local laws by riding a Class 2 electric bike (or any other class of electric bikes) in your area, go through Wikipedia's resource on E-bike laws and regulations.

Additional Choices For Top Class 2 Electric Bikes

Editor's 4th Choice 
ArielRider Rideal

Overall Rating:

  • Max Load: 285 lb
  • Range of 30-60 miles
  • Top speed of 20 mph
Editor's 5th Choice
Juiced Scorpion X

Overall Rating:

  • Max Load: 275 lb
  • Range of 70 miles
  • Top speed of 28 mph
Editor's 6th Choice 
Heybike Mars

Overall Rating:

  • Max Load: 265 lbs
  • Range of 48 miles
  • Top speed of 20 mph

1) ArielRider Rideal

ArielRider Rideal

The Rideal is one of ArielRider's most affordable Class 2 electric bikes. Its 52lbs/24kg frame is powered by a 750W motor that generates up to 1000W at peak power.

With the Rideal, riders can select between five different levels of pedal assist depending on how much boost they need. At level 5, the electric motors will be working at peak performance, providing assistance and propelling the e-bike to a maximum speed of 20mph before cutting off power to the wheel.

It is also equipped with a twist-throttle that provides power on-demand whenever you're a bit tired and don't feel like pedaling. Both pedal and throttle activated boosts top out at 20mph.

Some of the e-bike's special features include front-facing headlights, rear brake lights (both lights can easily be turned on using the bike's user-friendly control kit located on the handlebars), and reflective strips on the tires that provide complete visibility for nighttime riding.

ArielRider Rideal

ArielRider Rideal

2) Juiced Scorpion X

Juiced Scorpion X

This high-powered electric bike is often confused with a moped because of its motorcycle-looking frame.

It is both a class 2 and class 3 e-bike. The pedal-assist function is able to boost the electric bike to reach top speeds of 28mph (a Class 3 e-bike). However, when throttle-assist is activated, the e-bike's speed tops out at 20mph qualifying it to be classified as a Class 2 e-bike.

Of the electric bikes listed here, the Juiced Scorpion X has the best shock mitigation system. Equipped with hydraulic forks in front and coil springs in the rear, riders are sure to enjoy smooth rides on the Scorpion even if they are cruising on uneven terrain.

It also comes with a rear rack in case you need to carry something along with you on your commute (with the throttle-assist option, you can conveniently cart items on your e-bike since you won't be needing to pedal)

Juiced Scorpion X

Juiced Scorpion X

3) Heybike Mars

Heybike Mars Electric Bike Foldable 20' x 4.0 Fat Tire...

The Heybike Mars is a foldable Class 2 electric bike. Powered by a 500W brushless hub motor, Mars can reach top speeds of 20mph on pedal-assist. Riders can also select different levels of pedal assistance.

The e-bike's four-inch tires and hydraulic forks help riders maintain stability when riding over bumpy terrain. It also comes with a built-in horn, bright headlight, rear brake light, and hydraulic disc brakes to improve overall rider security.

Mars' 48V 12.5Ah Li-ion battery can cover up to 50miles (80.5km) on a single charge. Another advantage the Heybike Mars has over other Class 2 electric bikes is that it comes assembled.

This electric bike's 66lbs (30kg) frame can support up to 265lbs (120kg) and is equipped with an LCD kit that displays current speed, battery blocks, distance covered, and motor mode.

Heybike Mars Electric Bike Foldable 20" x 4.0 Fat Tire...
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  • 4” FAT TIRES & SHOCK ABSORBER – With 4″ wide...
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Final Thoughts

Class 2 electric bikes are the most versatile amongst the three classes. Some e-bike manufacturers even make their batteries removable so users can ride their bicycles like conventional, pedal-only bikes.

To find out more about the laws that regulate the 3-class system, visit peopleforbikes.

About the author 

Ibrahim Mawri

Electric Engineer by profession. Throughout my career, I have been driven by my curiosity to find better answers to big questions. This curiosity makes me a lifelong learner. I am passionate about leveraging technology and automation to continuously improve human life. if you ever want to bounce some ideas, feel free to reach out.