About Bicycle Crank Motor
A crank motor also called a mid-drive motor or a central motor, is a centralized motor, which is connected to a crankshaft through interlocking gears. The gear at the bottom of the motor locks into the gear ring, which is placed on top of the crankshaft. The crank motor is connected to a battery, which in turn, is connected to an electronic control unit. The battery is concealed. A switch to start and stop the motor is routed to the control unit. Based on the motor power of the crank motors, the market has been segmented into three product types, namely 200W, 300W, and 400W.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global bicycle crank motor market to grow at a CAGR of 3.26% during the period 2017-2021.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global bicycle crank motor market for 2017-2021. The report presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Bicycle Crank Motor Market 2017-2021
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global bicycle crank motor market: Bosch, Brose Antriebstechnik, Continental, Panasonic, and Yamaha.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Derby Cycle Werke, Unique Product & Design, SHIMANO, and Sunstar Suisse.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in the market is growing integration of smartphones with e-bikes. The demand for connectivity and telematics in e-bikes, which aim to improve the overall riding experience of cyclists is increasing steadily. Vendors have developed e-bikes and pedelecs with provisions for integration with smartphones and cloud computing to provide a complete remote diagnostic system (a system which can be controlled via a connected device with no requirement of physical presence) enhancing user experience.”
According to the report, one driver in the market is enhanced performance in hilly areas. E-bikes are fitted with either hub or crank motors. However, the most common is the hub motors, which are usually fitted in e-bikes. But, crank motors are also readily available in the market. Both the motors have their advantages and disadvantages, which depend on the need of the rider. Crank motors are powered by the crank drive in accordance with the gears. They are smooth and efficient in performance. They are very popular in Europe. The main advantage of crank motors is their synergic operation with the gear system. This enables these motors to perform better than hub motors in hilly areas or slopes.
Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is high maintenance cost of crank motors. E-bikes have two types of motors, namely crank motors and hub motors. Crank motors, also known as mid-drive motors, are popular in Europe and North America. They are slowly gaining popularity over hub motors in APAC. Crank motors perform better as compared to hub motors, as they drive the crank instead of the wheel. This multiplies power and aids in better use of the gears. Crank motors also have a fanned casing, which helps in heat dissipation. A crank motor is fixed near or on the bottom frame of an e-bike, which provides better stability and balance. However, the maintenance cost of crank motors is high when compared with hub motors.
Bosch, Brose Antriebstechnik, Continental, Panasonic, and Yamaha, Derby Cycle Werke, Unique Product & Design, SHIMANO, and Sunstar Suisse.
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