Central drive unit Bafang M500

Bafang has been one of the largest manufacturers of electric bike components in the world for over 10 years. In Europe, its electric motors have become the de-facto standard. However, in the last five years it has focused heavily on the production of central motors . In 2014, Bafang introduced an integrated central drive with the codename MAX, which later evolved into the name MaxDrive. MaxDrive has found its use in many types of 250W/36V e-bikes. Bafang also manufactures the hub (front and rear) motors, this makes it a long-term leader in the world market.


Motor Bafang M500 Motor Bafang M500


Drive unit Central
Rated power 250 W
Max. torque 95 Nm
Voltage 36/43/48 (DCV)
Efficiency ≥ 80%
Pedaling sensor Torque
Max. speed assistance 25 km/h
Weight 3,6 kg
Operating temperature -20 - 45 ℃
Noise level < 55 dB



Central drive unit Bafang M500 - Leader Fox Acron 29

The Bafang motor is mainly used in the mountain e-bikes and speed e-bikes, which also corresponds to its parameters. The M500 is equipped with a torque sensor, which allows the control unit to determine how much juice it should feed to the motor based on how hard is the rider pedaling. The electric motor offers a power of 250 W and a torque of 95 Nm. Same as with the M420 motor, the maximum speed is 25 km/h, or 45 km/h, depending on the use and legislation. The motor is characterized by smooth and quiet operation, even when changing gears during the uphill ride. The Motor also supports gear sensor.

E-bikes with Bafang M500 motor