Do E-bikes Make Noise? – Are They Really Quiet!

Do E-bikes Make Noise

E-bikes are awesome, but they don’t come without their share of questions. One of the most common questions we’re asked is “Do e-bikes make noise?” The answer: Yes and no.

Electric bicycles have a lot of advantages over conventional bicycles, but they do make some noise. Direct-drive motors, which power the bike’s wheel, produce noise. The motors have two rings of magnets in them called the rotor and stator.

The rotor has teeth, which can generate a clicking noise when you turn the throttle. The noise level of direct-drive motors varies, and it’s best to research the specific model’s features before making a purchase.

The most common sources of e-bike noise are the electric motor, drivetrain components and tires.

Do E-bikes Make Noise or quiet
  • The electric motor is usually the most significant source of noise on an e-bike. It can make a variety of different sounds, such as buzzing and clicking noises that sound like they’re coming from inside the frame or spokes. If you hear these sounds, check your brakes first to make sure they aren’t rubbing against anything. For example, if you have hydraulic disc brakes with metal pads that ride directly on top of the brake rotor (instead of using calipers), it’s possible for them to rub against each other when you apply pressure at high speeds or when coming down steep hills at speed. You should also inspect your drivetrain for wear and tear—check your chainrings or cassettes for loose cogs before riding again!
  • If your bike has mechanical disc brakes instead of hydraulic ones then look over these parts carefully too because they may be making sounds due to friction between moving parts caused by wear over time (and don’t forget about those tires again!).
  • The motors on the front and back of the bike create noise. But this noise is largely due to the electric motor. In fact, electric bikes are usually noisier than a normal bike would be. It’s best to get a model with a low decibel level so that other cyclists can enjoy the benefits of electric cycling. However, a high-quality electric bike should have no noise problems.
  • Chain—If your e-bike is making a loud clacking sound when you pedal, then it could also probably because of a loose chain. This can happen if you don’t put enough tension on the chain or if there are too many links in it (the size of your pedals might not work with this). You’ll also hear this sound when riding uphill, which puts extra stress on both ends of your bike.
  • Sprocket—If there’s too much slack in your chain and it’s making more than just normal grinding noises, then one likely culprit is an overworked sprocket. A lot of friction between two surfaces like these will result in overheating and wear on both surfaces—and eventually make them noisier than usual!
See also
Will Electric Bikes Get Cheaper?


The bottom line is that e-bikes are safe and quiet, but you should still be aware of the noises that your bike might be making. If something doesn’t sound right, it’s always worth taking it to a mechanic so they can figure out what’s going on.

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Miranda Sharp

Miranda Sharp

I'm an Editorial Assistant based in South East Asia having travelled all over the world. I mostly cover the LATAM timezones managing the content side of things here. On weekends, you will find me watching Grey's Anatomy and plethora of Netflix soppy dramas or munching on dishes I would have doled out from MasterChef

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