Ride1Up Advanced Cadence Sensor on Ebikes
January 9, 2024
When it comes to electric bikes, the most common type of sensor you’ll find are cadence sensors. Choosing between cadence sensors and torque sensors has been a topic of debate among enthusiasts. However, most fail to realize that not all cadence sensors are created the same. In this article, we’ll delve into the typical budget hub motor cadence sensor setup found in other popular brands and explore how Ride1Up’s unique approach to cadence sensor technology sets us apart, providing a smoother and more customizable riding experience than competitors.
Most Common Cadence Sensors
In a typical budget cadence sensor ebike, pedaling activates the cranks around the bottom bracket, where the cadence sensor is strategically located. The sensor contains magnets that register motion within 30-270 degrees of the pedal/crank rotation. However, the riding experience with this setup can be perceived as jerky and lacks room for customization, especially at lower speeds. Not the ideal riding experience.
How Ride1Up Cadence Sensors are Different
Earlier Engagement and Responsiveness
Unlike the typical setup, our Pedal Assist System (PAS) engages much sooner, allowing for greater precision. Customizable through the display, the cadence sensor can engage with only 10 degrees of pedal/crank rotation. This prevents accidental motor engagement during coasting, enhancing safety and control. Adjusting this setting is possible on all KD21 and KD218 displays.
Current-Based PAS for Intuitive Riding
Our PAS operates on a current-based (CBS) system rather than speed-based. This means the PAS level changes the amount of current or wattage the motor provides, offering assistance based on your desired effort level, not your speed. This feature allows for a more natural and seamless riding experience compared to traditional speed-based systems, which can feel abrupt and unnatural.
Customizable PAS Levels
Our ebikes feature fully customizable PAS levels on KD21 and KD218 displays. Riders can choose between 0-3, 0-5, or 0-9 levels of PAS, tailoring the amount of wattage at each level to suit individual preferences. This level of customization is a game-changer in the ebike industry, providing riders with unparalleled control over their power usage settings.
Sine-Wave Controllers for Smoother Power Delivery
We use advanced sine-wave controllers in our bikes, offering a smoother and quieter application of power that is more reactive to load or resistance. This is in stark contrast to many budget ebikes that still use square wave controllers due to their cost-effectiveness. The choice of sine-wave controllers contributes to an overall enhanced riding experience.
In the world of electric biking, the cadence sensor setup has been given a new lease on life through our innovative approach. With earlier engagement, current-based PAS, customizable levels, and sine-wave controllers, our ebikes redefine what it means to enjoy a smooth, efficient, and personalized riding experience. Whether you opt for the Portola, Turris, 700 Series, Cafe Cruiser, LMT’D, Revv 1 or Rift model, our commitment to implementing cutting-edge technology ensures that with Ride1Up, you’ll be at the forefront of the ebike revolution