Direct-drive hub motors are the simplest e-bike motors. The motor’s shaft becomes the rear axle. Because the shaft is fixed in place, the motor spins around the shaft, propelling you forward. Direct-drive motors tend to be larger in diameter than geared hub motors, bigger hubs meaning improved leverage and greater torque. Therefore they’re more suitable for higher performance ebikes. Because the motor is larger in size that makes it heavier and thus has less range in miles. All this extra weight on the bike and higher torque might be a safety issue if you have certain low-quality bike frames such as carbon frames. We do not recommend carbon frame bikes with direct drive motors. As eBikeling, we’re offering direct drive motors with 1200W, 1500W, and 3000W conversion kits.
If you’re planning on installing a direct drive motor to your bike you should consider 2 important factors before making a decision; Power and Weight. If you enjoy higher performance and speed a direct drive motor would be a good option for you. However, if you’re planning to have a lightweight bike then you should consider a geared hub motor.