11 of the hottest ebike motors available and one with 160 Nm of torque!!
We give you the low-down on 11 of the best ebike motors you can buy today.
Which is the best ebike motor available today? If that’s your question then we have 11 ebike motors listed for you with full details, specs and some of our own riders notes.
Over the past year, we have ridden a whole range of ebikes, and we often get asked “Which is the best ebike motor on the market?”. It’s not a simple question to answer, there are a lot of great ebike motors on the market today and much of your decision depends on how and where you ride.
So to make your decision a little easier, we have listed 11 of the best ebike motors on sale today, with details, features and a few of our own personal riding notes to help you decide which ebike motor will suit you best.
Here’s the list of 11 top ebike motors listed, either hit the name to jump to the information or scroll down to read about all 11 ebike motors.
The Brose Drive S Mag is a powerful motor that offers a very natural riding experience. At 90 Nm of torque it’s a feisty drive unit, but the software means that all that power gets to the rear wheel naturally without unwanted wheel spin. That power comes in a rather light and compact body too.
While a great motor, this magnesium housed motor unit is only available on a select few bikes, luckily one of those bikes is also one of the most popular ebikes on the market. Also, not all manufacturers using the Drive S Mag offer app connectivity.
Brose Drive S Mag Specs
Torque: 90 Nm
Bosch Performance Line CX Gen 4
Bosch really pulled one out of the bag with the release of the 4th generation Performance Line CX motor. Compared to the gen 3 Bosch motor it offers all of the same great features, including the incredible adaptive eMTB mode, but in a much much lighter and smaller package.
The Gen 4 Bosch motor now also uses a regular size chainring and makes the integration of optional range-extending batteries easier than any other mid-drive motor system on the market. It’s also by far one of the most natural feeling ebike motors on the market today and manufacturers know it too with brands jumping on the Bosch bandwagon like never before.
While the motor is excellent it is noisy, and because Bosch runs a closed system you have to use one of the bulky Bosch controllers and dated screens.
Bosch Performance Line CX Gen 4 Specs
Torque: 75 Nm
The FAZUA Evation system is perhaps the most innovative motor system on the market today. It isn’t powerful, but it is extremely light-weight and due to the fact the whole motor and battery can be removed, it makes your eBike a 2 in 1. Ebike and Mechanical bike.
On top of being compact and lightweight, the FAZUA Evation offers zero pedaling resistance, on the other hand, the system currently supports small battery capacities only. For riders needing an eBike that can convert, or for riders needing only slight uphill assistance, this is the motor for them.
FAZUA Evation specs
Torque: 60 Nm
Shimano’s flagship motor (for now) has been one of the most popular motor systems on the market for the past couple of years, and it’s easy to see why. The E8000 is light, compact, has a great range of plug and play accessories and can be tuned via Shimano’s own application.
The E8000 is the same compact sizes as the E7000 and uses the same mount pattern, but it boasts 10 Nm more torque for a total of 70 Nm. The extra torque does come with a slight increase in weight, but overall this is still one of the most versatile and best-performing motors on the market.
Shimano E8000 Specs
Torque: 70 Nm
The Shimano E7000 motor is the more affordable brother of the E8000 motor, and while they look the same there are some big differences. For example, the E7000 motor only offers 60 Nm of torque compared to the 70 Nm of the E8000, but on the other hand, it is much much more affordable and offers many of the benefits of the E8000 drive system.
At 2.78kg the E7000 is a light and compact motor and like its more expensive brother, the E7000 will work with 3rd party battery packs. Shimano’s E Tube application also syncs with E7000 for easy customization and tuning of the different riding modes.
The only drawback of E7000 over E8000 is that lack of torque and unless you really struggle on the climbs or you’re after Srava KOM’s then perhaps the E7000 is more than enough.
Shimano E7000 Specs
Torque: 60 Nm
TQ HPR 120S
At launch, the TQ HPR 120S offered more torque than any other ebike motor available. At 120 Nm, the torque available from this motor is significantly more than what Shimano and Bosch is offering. However, other brands have caught up and the Sachs RS with 110 Nm isn’t far behind, while China’s Bafang has raised the bar with a 160 Nm mid-drive motor.
Finding a TQ HPR 120S powered bike is difficult too. Although the motor launched in 2012, it was only back in 2018 that when Haibike used a modified version of it on Flyon bikes, you know those Haibike Flyon bikes that are still unavailable to buy!
While old, the TQ power unit has a lot going for it still, it’s still one of the most powerful motors on the market, there is very little pedal resistance and it is small. The drawbacks are that power feels a little unnatural and it drains batteries quickly.
TQ HPR 120S Specs
Torque: 120 Nm
The updated 2020 Yamaha PW-X2 motor is based on the same hardware as the previous Yamaha motor but its update sees more sensors added to the drive unit along with an important firmware update. The updated firmware boosts performance as cadence rises above 80 rpm. The old system would suffer here, but the Yamaha PW-X2 will now happily assist all the way to 100 rpm with as much as 50% more power over the PW-X motor.
Power remains at 250W and torque tops out at 80 Nm when set n the “Extra Power mode. The motor works at a max 70 Nm when set in High, STD, Eco or Eco+.
Yamaha produces a range of batteries up to 600Wh and there are a few external options too as well as various screen and mode control accessories.
Yamaha PW-X2 Specs
Torque: 80 Nm
The Italian Polini EP3 was designed with compact dimensions and lightweight in mind and is already seeing action on a few Italian eMTBs launched this year.
Weighing in at 2.8kg, the EP3 isn’t as lightweight as the Bafang M800, but it does offer more toque with a max output of 70 Nm. Power and torque can be tuned using Polini’s own software. In an effort to make the EP3 as compact as possible, Polini also developed an integrated 500Wh battery with bottle cage mounts built-in.
This small motor unit measures just 185mm long, 172mm tall and has a Q factor or 136mm.
Polini EP3 Specs
Bafang’s M800 motor is extremely compact and lightweight and could be a good option for manufacturers wanting to build sportier ebikes that give riders just enough assistance on climbs and not weighing them down much. The small M800 motor has an output of only 55 Nm but it weighs just 2.3kg.
The design of the motor is said to be aerodynamic, though we’re uncertain if it actually helps in a discernible way.
A matching Bafang M800 InTube battery is small in size and capacity with only 200 Wh available, this might be a good bet for short sprints and even road bikes.
Bafang M800 Specs
Torque: 55 Nm
The Bafang M620 is the powerhouse of this entire list of top ebike motors with this Chinese mid-drive unit maxing out at an incredible 160 Nm of torque. The M620 is intended for eMTBs but with that much torque on tap, it’s also a popular motor for eCargobikes and eTandems.
Bafang has also created a matching M620 battery with a 600Wh capacity. The battery is intended for internal use, hidden in the downtube of the ebike frame.
Bafang M620 Motor Specs
Torque: 160 Nm
Max Output: 1000w
The Sachs RS motor is one of the newest ebike motors on our list, and it has a few interesting ideas in it that should make it attractive to OEM’s and riders alike.
First up is the torque, Sachs rates the RS with a maximum torque of 110 Nm making for a very potent motor. 2-speed options are available with top speeds ranging from 25 km/h to 45km/h. The motor supports 4 rider modes and weighs 3.5kg.
Sachs has made the Sachs RS ebike motor an open system so that manufacturers can simply choose the motor, and then spec any battery, and display that they like. ISIS crank fittings also help increase the chainset options.
Sachs RS specs
Torque: 110 Nm
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