Friction Drive Motors Demystified
Friction drive systems are more affordable than the hub or mid drive systems.
A friction drive kit can work on a wide range of conventional bikes and some kits offer quick installation or removal.
More recent friction drive systems have more functionality and features than the typical hub or mid drive systems.
Can allow cyclists to extend the life of their existing road bike by converting it to electric.
No need to purchase another bike since any existing bike can be converted to electric.
Is substantially lighter than other systems which makes the ride more enjoyable
Can be easily shared between multiple bikes
Does not require the spoaking of tires to accommodate a hub motor
Does not cause pre-mature wear on the gears or chain of the bike
Roller can be disengaged for normal unassisted riding when desired with no cogging effect
If the system should fail, it can easily be bypassed or removed and the cyclist can continue to use the bike as normal.
Friction drives are the easiest systems to install, so much so that your bike will be able to double as a normal unassisted bike if desired since the drive system can be removed in just minutes if required.
Friction drives offer a higher power-toweight ratio than a hub motor.
Friction drives put little extra weight on the wheels, which results in a more natural riding experience.
Depending on how it is configured, a friction drive can be more efficient than a hub motor.
Wet weather can affect the traction required for optimal performance.
Some of the older friction drives are not as aesthetically “clean” when installed compared to other systems.
Older friction drive systems were not well received and have somewhat tarnished the reputation of the newer, more advanced friction drive systems available today.
Knobby off-road tires are not recommended with a friction drive system.