Do the Numbers and Features Seem Right?
An e-bike’s motor is integral to the frame and cannot be easily swapped like other components. Husqvarna traditionally relies on Shimano motors and for its range of Gran Urban commuter e-bikes, it has also chosen a mid-motor setup from the Japanese brand. Offering about 50 Nm of urge, the motor delivers a pleasant and well-dosed thrust that suits a sporty and agile riding style on busy streets.
But should you rely on a traditional chain, or a cutting-edge belt system when it comes to the bike’s drive? Husqvarna’s selection of a Gates belt system for power transmission is both a brilliant and sensible choice as the maintenance intervals of the gearshift and the entire drive package are significantly extended.
Couple all this with the tried and tested, good-natured Nexus gearshift, and you can effectively change gears easily and reliably every time. And as e-bike commuting becomes more popular, hub gears are appearing on more bikes. Internal gears on Husqvarna commuter e-bikes make sense for an urban bike: they require similar care as derailleurs, but also lets you to shift gears even while stationary!