A Class 3 electric bike provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour.
The fastest and most powerful electric bike category is the Class 3 eBikes.
In many states a minimum age of 16 years is required to ride a Class 3 bike because of the faster 28mph speed capability. Since the bikes are faster, they are more regulated in terms of where they can be ridden however, they will certainly get you from Point A to Point B much quicker. They will also allow you to keep up with traffic much easier if you’re riding on busy streets without much of a bike line.
This could also mean you’re at a bit more risk for injury as many drivers still don’t expect bikes to be traveling at nearly 30mph before making turns in front of them. So, a word of warning, if you are riding a Class 3, it’s best to assume you are riding a motorcycle and that your predictive anticipation could save you serious bodily harm.
Now, it’s not all doom and gloom with Class 3 eBikes. In fact, they are our favorite eBikes for covering ground quickly. We find that the higher speed means that we can equal or even beat our drive times to many of our local destinations.