Class two e-bikes offer the pedal assist system (PAS) of class one models, but also include a throttle that allows riders to propel the bike using only electricity, up to a maximum speed of 20mph. This throttle can take the form of a "thumb throttle" slider on the handlebar grip, and its power output can be adjusted based on the assist level selected.
In addition to the throttle feature, riders can still use the pedal assist system as they would on a class one e-bike. It's no surprise that class two e-bikes are a popular choice among riders who want the convenience of a throttle while adhering to e-bike regulations.
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