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Best Electric Bikes for Women (and Buying Guide)

Shopping for a women’s electric bike? In addition to being ridiculously fun, electric bikes are great for a wide variety of riding uses. From cruising around town or down the boardwalk, to commuting to work or school, ebikes will transform the way you experience riding! Whether you’re looking for a boost to ride farther or faster, you’ll be thanking yourself for investing in an electric bike.

With seemingly endless ebikes on the market, where do you even start? We set out on a journey to find ebikes for women that are not only fun to ride, but are also reliable, backed by solid customer service departments, and offer great value.

Along the way, we learned a lot about what to look for when purchasing a women’s electric bike, as well as things you’ll want to avoid. In this article, we’ll cover everything we learned about ebikes from our group of women bike testers, and showcase our favorite bikes that we tested.

Our Favorite eBikes for Women – Personally Tested by Our Crew!

From quality and performance, to readily accessible replacement parts (super important!) and exceptional customer service, we can personally vouch for the ebikes on this list. Like all bikes, electric bikes are designed for a wide range of uses, and we’ve divided our chart accordingly.

Best Womens Electric Bikes

Comfort/CruiserAventon Pace 350.2/500.2 Townie Go! 7D Priority e-Coast City/CommuterAventon Level.2 REI Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 Priority Current Brompton C Line All-terrain Fat BikeAventon Adventure.2 Family and Cargo Bikes (Haul 1 to 3 kids or cargoRadPower RadRunner Plus Aventon Abound Xtracycle Swoop
Comfortable and quick budget cruiser 1,399
True cruiser style and feel, no throttle 1,900
Fat tire beach cruiser, rust-free belt drive 1,999
Best Motor/Battery for the Price 1,949
REI Bang for Your Buck 2,150
Ultimate Speed Machine! 3,299
Best Compact, Folding 4,500
Fun and fast, do it all bike! 1,899
Single passenger kit included 1,899
Great value! Fast and fun, with throttle 2,199
Powerhouse motor, high-end build 4,999

What’s the difference between a comfort/cruiser bike and a city/commuter bike?

A comfort/cruiser bike is designed to be just that – comfortable as you cruise around! These bikes offer a more relaxed, upright seating position, swept back handlebars, plusher saddle, and cushioning tires to help smooth out the bumps along the way. They are best used for casual rides on paved surfaces. (Image on left below.)

Comfort Cruiser vs. Commuter Bike

City/commuter bikes are designed for to go faster for longer distances. They have larger, more powerful motors to help bikes stay safe on city streets (so you can quickly accelerate), larger batteries for longer riding time, and place the rider in a more forward leaning position on the bike. (Image on the right above.)

What is an all-terrain electric bike?

The “SUVs” of the bike world, all-terrain electric bikes are highly versatile to take you just about anywhere. Designed to provide a comfortable ride on a variety of terrains, all-terrain bikes are built to travel over everything from standard pavement to dirt roads covered in snow.

Very versatile and adaptable, all-terrain bikes can also be customized with racks, panniers, and lights to adapt to the needs of your lifestyle and adventures, whether it be mainly city riding or a dedicated rig for dirt roads.

In many ways, you can think of an all-terrain bike as a beefier, robust commuter bike with large, wide, knobby tires (4″ wide as compared to ~2″). The larger tires offer plush cushioning for smoothing out bumps, as well as plenty of traction on a wide range of surfaces. Like commuter ebikes, all-terrain ebikes have larger motors for increased speed and larger batteries for traveling longer distances.

Are all-terrain bikes the same as a mountain bike?

While all-terrain electric bikes can be ridden in the mountains, they are not “mountain bikes”. True mountain bikes (eMTBs) are streamlined machines designed for taking on steep, narrow, and often technical, single-track trails (only wide enough to go single file). All-terrain bikes are too heavy, sit the rider too upright, and are not technically proficient enough to take on single-track trails.

All-terrain ebikes are typically used for city use on varied terrain, on dirt roads, or wider trails on which challenging technical terrain can often be avoided. While all-terrain bikes are much cheaper then eMTBs, they are cheaper for a reason and should not be considered as a replacement for eMTBs.

Comfort/Cruiser eBikes for Women

If leisurely rides around the neighborhood or along paved bike trails are your main goal, comfort/cruiser bikes are your best bet. These bikes place more importance on the comfort of the bike over raw power and performance. While they don’t have as large as motors and batteries as many city/commuter bikes, they provide plenty of assistance to help you ride for miles without breaking a sweat!

Common Features on Comfort/Cruiser Bikes

  • UPRIGHT BODY POSITION: As shown above, comfort/cruiser bikes position riders in a more comfortable, upright body position, versus a more aggressive, leaned-in position. The upright position allows the rider to put most of their weight on the saddle and less on the handlebars, which is preferred by most casual riders.
  • LOWER WATT MOTORS: Designed for casual use, comfort bikes don’t need high-performing motors for powering up steep hills. Their lower wattage motors (250W – 500W), are more than enough to cruise around town and tackle mild hills with plenty of zip! If you live in really steep areas, however, a bike with at least a 500W motor is highly recommended (if not larger!). Motors with less wattage (especially hub motors), tend to lag on steep inclines.
  • LOWER BATTERY CAPACITY: Most comfort bikes come with batteries that will easily assist you for at least 20 miles. If you plan on riding over 20 miles, you’ll likely need a larger battery (greater than 600Wh).
  • THROTTLES: Some models have throttles, while others don’t. When activated, throttles will propel the bike forward without the need for any pedaling. Some local laws do not allow for bikes with throttles, but on most electric bikes, they can easily be removed if not wanted.
  • GEARS: For casual riding, the number of gears on a bike isn’t as important as the number of PAS modes. On most ebikes, regulating the speed of the bike in a casual setting is easier to do by changing the PAS modes versus the gears. All in all, the more PAS modes you have, the less important the number of gears and vice versa.

Aventon Pace 350.2/500.2/500.3

MSRP: Pace 350.2 – 1,199, Pace 500.2 – 1,399, Pace 500.3 – 1,699SIZES: Regular (fits 5’1″ – 5’11”), Large (fits 5’11” – 6’4″)FULL REVIEW: Aventon Pace 350 and 500“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Pace is fun and peppy, and very comfortable to ride. Our testers loved the upright positioning, cushy seat and the natural feeling of the slightly swept back handlebars. Due to the lack of a torque sensor on the Pace 350.2 and 500.2 models, you can’t control the speed of the bike with the pedals, so it can feel more like you are being “taken for a ride” versus “going for a ride”.

The new Pace 500.3 model, however, does have a torque sensor that provides for a much more natural riding feel that allows you to better control the speed of the bike with the pedals.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR (Rear hub motor): Pace 350 – 36V, 350W; Pace 500 – 48V, 500WBATTERY: Pace 350 – 36V (417Wh); Pace 500 – 48V, (614Wh)MAX SPEED ASSIST: Pace 350 – 20 mph (Class II); Pace 500 – 28 mph (Class III)PAS MODES: 5TORQUE SENSOR: NoGEARING: Pace 350 – 7-speed; Pace 500 – 8-speedTHROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)

From its thickly padded saddle to its ergonomic grips, the Aventon Pace is super comfortable to ride! Paired with its zippy motor, the Pace certainly isn’t slow as it provides plenty of zip for speed demons, but the lower PAS modes allow for more casual riding.

The Pace 350 and 500 models share the same frame, but the 500 comes with a larger motor and battery, as well as 8 versus 7 gears. If you plan on riding longer distances or if there are steep hills in your area, we highly recommend upgrading to the Pace 500.

The Pace 500.3 is the same as the 500.2, except that is has a torque sensor to help provide a more natural feel.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Cushioned saddle, ergonomic grips, and swept back handlebars provide a smooth and comfortable ride
  • Sleek frame design allows for a clean, seamless battery integration, while still allowing the battery to be removed
  • Brightly lit, colored LED panel provides plenty of stats, including mph, battery life and total distance traveled
  • Integrated LED brake lights – rear lights light up whenever you use the brakes (day or night!). Headlight also included.
  • Free Aventon app connects the bike via Bluetooth to provide additional stats. The app also has a thriving community of Aventon ebike users.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The frame is available in a step-through model (typically a women’s bike frame) or a traditional straight top-tube frame. There are no differences in these models except for frame design.
  • Without a torque sensor, you cannot control the speed of the bike through the pedals on the Pace 350.2 and 500.2 (the new 500.3 has a torque sensor). The bike will travel the same speed whether you are pedaling fast or slow. Our casual bike riders weren’t as put off by this disconnect as were our bike enthusiasts who regularly ride traditional bikes.
  • Aventon has over 600 retailers across the US where service is available. Replacement parts are also readily available on their website.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

Both the Pace 350 and 500 are available with step-through and traditional frames.

  • Pace 350.2: 1,199 – Has 350W motor, 7 gears and a 417Wh battery
  • Pace 500.2: 1,399 – Has a 500W motor, 8 gears and a 614Wh battery
  • Pace 500.3: 1,699 – Same as the Pace 500.2 but with a torque sensor!

Electra Townie Go! 7D

Comfortable, relaxed ride with easy balancing

MSRP: 1,900SIZE: One size fits 4’11 – 5’11“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Townie Go! mimics the feel of riding an analog bike, but obviously requires much less effort. Pedaling the bike makes it go faster, slowing the pedals slows down the bike. The max speed is determined by the selected PAS level combined with the amount of force you are putting on the pedals, so riding in a higher gear will allow you to ride faster.

Overall, it’s an incredibly stable, relaxing ride. But because it has a hub motor, the power in the motor does lightly jolt from time to time.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 250W Rear HubBATTERY: 250WhMAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)PAS MODES: 3TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 7-speedTHROTTLE: No

With bright and beachy color options and a laid back, lazy summer ride vibe, the Electra Townie Go! is a super relaxed and comfy ride. The Townie’s 3 PAS modes were sufficient for all of our casual cruising, allowing us to reach higher “fun” speeds without getting so fast as to make us nervous.

Flat Foot Technology is what makes the Townie one of the most popular comfort cruiser bikes on the market. On most bikes, to achieve proper leg extension on your pedal stroke, you need to raise your saddle so that only your toes touch the ground when stopped.

On the Townie Go!, the pedals are placed farther forward on the bike, allowing you to lower the saddle so that your full foot can be flat on the ground when you’re stopped, while still achieving the necessary leg extension for your pedal stroke.

This Flat Foot Technology is particularly ideal for more timid riders who need the extra security of flat feet on the ground for stopping and starting. (But it’s also super convenient for experienced riders as well!)

Without a throttle, this Class 1 women’s cruiser is a great option for areas that don’t allow Class 2 and Class 3 ebikes.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • A wide, cushioned saddle offers premium padding for your bum, while the handlebars keep you in a carefree “I’m on vacation” relaxed, upright position. It’s a very comfortable bike.
  • Wide, balloon tires contribute to an extra smooth and cushioned ride
  • Switching between PAS 1, 2, and 3 is done by pushing a /- button on the right hand. Super easy to adjust mid-ride.
  • Available in 4 bright, beachy colors.
  • Electra is owned by Trek, and can be serviced at your local Trek bike shop

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • With a smaller motor compared to other womens ebikes on this list, the highest PAS mode doesn’t offer as much assistance, especially on hills. If you’ll be riding a lot of hills, you should consider the Priority e-Coast.
  • Unlike most ebikes, the battery is internal and cannot be removed. While this makes the Townie Go! look like a regular bike instead of an ebike, if it ever needs to be serviced, you’ll need to take it to an official Trek shop.
  • Because the battery is internal, you’ll need to store the bike indoors during the hottest months of summer and cold months of winter. (Other e-bikes you can just store the battery inside.)
  • The Townie Go! comes in only one size, made to fit riders from 4’11 to 5’11. To make the ride comfortable for this entire range of heights, the handlebars can be lowered or raised, as well as rotated towards or away from the rider. We tested with riders 4’10.5 – 5’10.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Electra Townie Go! 7D: 1,900 – 250W rear hub motor, 7 gears, and 250 Wh battery, 3 PAS, mechanical disc brakes
  • Electra Townie Go! 5i: 2,949 – 250W mid motor, 5 gears (internal hub), 400 Wh battery, 4 PAS, hydraulic disc brakes
  • Electra Townie Go! 10D: 3,849 – 250W mid motor, 10 gears, 500 Wh battery, 4 PAS, hydraulic disc brakes

Priority e-Coast

Fat Tire Beach Cruiser with Rust-free Belt Drive

MSRP: 1,999FULL REVIEW: Priority e-CoastSIZE: Two sizes – Diamond frame (5’5 – 6’5), Step-thru (5′ – 5’11)“FEEL” OF BIKE: In the truest “cruiser” fashion, the Priority e-Coast is designed to make casual cruising as easy, carefree, and effortless as possible.

With 5 PAS modes and a throttle, the “hardest” PAS mode (1) still offers plenty of pep from the motor, while the “easiest” PAS 4 and PAS 5 require barely any pedaling or effort on your part. And of course if you choose to use the throttle, you don’t have to pedal at all.

This women’s ebike only features a cadence sensor so the speed of your pedaling doesn’t affect the speed of the bike. That said, in the lower PAS 1 and PAS 2 modes, the motor assistance is low enough that you still feel like you’re contributing to moving the bike forward (although still pretty effortlessly).

Once you’re in PAS 3 or above, your pedaling effort is so minimal compared to the boost from the motor, that you are really just slowly moving the pedals forward to keep that high powered motor accelerating – until you reach your pre-set max MPH assistance.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 500W, rear hubBATTERY: 576 WhMAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (but can set max speed assist to any MPH 28 or below) PAS MODES: 5TORQUE SENSOR: NoGEARING: Single speedTHROTTLE: Yes

Whether you actually live near the beach or just love that beach cruiser style, the Priority e-Coast is easy on the eyes and a delight to ride! It’s all the comfort and relaxation of a luxurious beach cruiser, but with that extra kick of the motor that makes pedaling pretty effortless.

For riders who truly just want the feel of riding a bike while also feeling relaxed and never breaking a sweat, the Priority e-Coast surely delivers with those cushioning fat tires and peppy motor.

And while the e-Coast is a great ride on any paved trail in the country, it offers extra benefits for those living on the coast. Coastal living certainly has its benefits, but it’s also where rusty bike frames and bike chains are all too common.

The e-Coast was designed to be as rust-proof as possible, so you can spend more time just enjoying the ride and less time worrying about maintenance. The frame and fork are aluminum, rather than steel. And the Carbon Gates belt drive isn’t metal and can’t ever rust!

The belt drive is also beneficial because there’s no grease, it’s more durable than a chain, doesn’t require lubing or regular maintenance, and also won’t fall off as chains often do.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Carbon belt drive (instead of a traditional bike chain), along with an aluminum bike frame and other strategically chosen rust-resistant components, make this bike an exceptional choice for coastal riders.
  • Via an easy-to-use LED screen, you can set the max pedal assist to any speed 28 mph or below. This is really handy to convert the bike from Class 3 to Class 2, or just to keep the bike to slower speeds if high speeds make you nervous.
  • The 500 W motor is very powerful – getting up hills in PAS 3 and above was no-sweat, easy breezy
  • 3″ fat tires provide a lot of cushioning. They are also designed with increased puncture-proof features, so you’re less likely to get a flat than with a standard tire.
  • Built in front and rear lights can be turned on with the press of a button on the LED screen. Rear light turns brighter when brakes are engaged.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The e-Coast is a single speed bike. As a result, trying to pedal faster than casually in PAS 3 and above will cause your pedals to catch or jerk as you complete the revolution. This does take a bit of getting used to if you frequently ride an analog bike, but is certainly not a reason to not buy this bike.
  • As a single speed bike that is also quite heavy, the e-Coast can be ridden if the battery goes dead, but does require quite a bit of effort on your part. Unfortunately, you can’t switch to an easy gear to make pedaling easier. (The LED screen always shows an accurate battery power reading so you can avoid getting stuck!)
  • PAS 3 and above are less like riding a bike and more like riding a moped. If you want an ebike with less boost so you are consistently exerting effort, a bike with a smaller motor and a torque sensor (like the Electra Townie Go!) might be a better option for you.
  • Local laws dictate if or where you can ride an ebike, and often which class of ebikes are legal. The e-Coast can be converted from Class II to Class III by changing the max pedal assist on the LED screen. Be sure to know your local laws and have it set accordingly. (These laws can also be age-based.)
  • A Class 3 ebike maxes out pedal assist at 28 mph. While that’s pretty slow in a car, it’s quite fast on a bike. If you are new to ebikes, a more timid rider, or have teenagers riding, we recommend lowering the max pedal assist to at least 20 mph (the max for Class 1 and Class 2).

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The e-Coast is available in two models – diamond frame, or a smaller, traditional step-thru women’s ebike.

City/Commuter Electric Bikes for Women

If you need an efficient, fast and reliable women’s ebike designed for commuting through busy cities or longer distances on country roads, city/commuter bikes are your best bet.

Common Features on City/Commuter Bikes

  • LEANED IN BODY POSITION: While comfort cruiser bikes position the rider in a more upright position, city bikes place the rider in a more leaned-in position.

The slightly leaned-in position forces more of the rider’s weight to be applied to the handlebars, which allows the rider’s weight to be more centered on the bike (versus almost all over the rear tire). weight on the handlebars allows for more efficient and responsive steering.

Accelerating quickly is particularly important while riding in busy cities. Navigating through traffic or quickly getting going at a green light is safer if you can accelerate quickly.

Due to differences in how motors provide power, motors in mid-drive bikes do not need nearly as many watts to provide the same level of assistance as hub motors in the wheels with higher-wattage.

While there are other factors at play, a 250W mid-drive motor, can provide just as much (if not more) assistance than a hub motor with twice the wattage. Mid-drive motors, however, are much more expensive than rear-hub motors.

As a result, if you need to travel 30 miles, look for a bike with a battery capacity for at least 60 miles. If you are traversing steep hills or long extended climbs, additional battery capacity may be needed.

Aventon Level.2

Comfortable, relaxed ride with easy balancing

MSRP: 1,949SIZES: 3 sizes that fit heights 5’1″ – 6’4″“FEEL” OF BIKE: With a unique combination of a torque sensor and a rear hub motor, the Pace Level2 allows the rider to control the speed of the bike with the pedals. As a result, the Level2 provides a more natural feel compared to the Aventon Pace and other hub-powered ebikes without a torque sensor.

That being said, the torque sensor isn’t as refined as those on high-end bikes like the Priority Current, so you can certainly feel some lag between when you speed up or slow down your pedal speed and when the motor responds. It’s not significant or problematic, but is noticeable.

The Level2 is also very fast! With a max speed of 28mph, the Level2 quickly accelerates and is a blast to ride.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 750WBATTERY: 672 WhMAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (Class III)PAS MODES: 5TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 8-speedTHROTTLE: Yes

The Level2 offers a great combination of speed, style, comfort, and ease of use. Coming standard with a 750W hub motor, a 30-60 mile capacity battery, and a 28 mph max speed, the Level2 will quickly get you where you need to go and provide plenty of fun along the way.

As one of the most affordable ebikes on the market with a torque sensor, the Level2 is one of the few womens electric bikes under 2,000 that provides a more natural feel to the pedals. When you press harder on the pedals, the motor kicks in with more juice. When you ease up, so does the motor.

Since this pedal to power connection is naturally ingrained in all riders from traditional bikes, this connection makes riding the Level2 much more intuitive.

The Level2 also comes equipped with a lot of proper commuting accessories – a rack for holding panniers, baskets or backpacks, as well as full front and rear fenders.

For increased visibility and safety, the Level2 comes standard with a bright headlight as well as integrated taillights on the rear frame of the bike as well as on the rear fender. These taillights also act as brake lights as they automatically turn on whenever you pull the bike’s brake levers.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Torque sensor provides a more natural feel and better control of the bike’s speed
  • Battery is fully removeable and can be charged both on and off the bike
  • Bright red brake lights are fully integrated into the frame, greatly increasing visiblity from the back and the side of the bike. As an added bonus, they automatically turn on when you pull on the brake.
  • Bright and colored LED screen makes is easy to know your speed, battery life, and mileage, as well as a slew of other stats
  • Aventon has great customer service as well as wide array of replacement parts on their site. There are also over 800 local shops across the US that can help service your bike.
  • Aventon’s free app includes a robust rider community that freely shares tips, tricks, and ideas for riding adventures

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Level2 is available in both a women’s step-through frame and a traditional “triangle” frame. The frame design is the only difference between the two models
  • The bike is heavy (54 lb.) and should only be transported on high-weight capacity bike racks

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Aventon Level.2 – 1,949 – Available in both a step-through and a traditional frame
  • Aventon Level – 1,799 – Older model that does not have a torque sensor

Co-op Cycles CTY 2.1

Most Affordable Mid-drive, Easy REI Service

(Note: the 2.1 has been discontinued. The 2.2, which has a few upgrades, is now linked here for purchase.)MSRP: 1,799 SIZES: 3 sizes that fit heights 5’0″ – 6’3″“FEEL” OF BIKE: The CTY e2.1 is a buttery smooth ride that truly feels like you’re riding a normal bike. With a torque sensor and a mid-drive motor, the motor’s response is impressively in sync with your pedal stroke, and won’t jolt or “power surge” periodically like hub motors will.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 250 W mid-drive w/40Nm of torqueBATTERY: 418 Wh, 36VMAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)PAS MODES: 3TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 9-speedTHROTTLE: No

REI’s Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 is the most affordable mid-drive ebike we were able to find. At just 1,800, it’s an impressively smooth ride, with great-quality components. If you’re looking for the natural feel and efficiency of a mid-motor ebike, want to get some cash towards your REI dividend, and benefit from super easy servicing at your local REI, this ebike checks all of those boxes.

With just 3 PAS modes, the CTY e2.1 certainly isn’t the brawniest bike on this list. Its 40 Nm of torque is on the low end for mid-drive ebikes, but will certainly get the job done for less strenuous commutes.

If hills are a regular part of your route, a motor providing more torque will get you up those inclines with less work on your part, but you’ll need to be willing to spend more money. (The upgraded CTY e2.2 has 60 Nm of torque, but is an additional 900.)

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Highly adjustable stem allows for you to sit more upright than many commuter bikes
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer impressive stopping power, with hand levers that are smooth and easy to pull
  • Integrated rear rack has a 59 lb. weight capacity for cargo or a child bike seat
  • Front and rear lights for increased visibility in traffic
  • Small LED screen indicates PAS mode and speed
  • Order online and pick up in store, already assembled
  • REI’s service guarantee offers free basic maintenance (but not parts) for a year. REI members get TWO years!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • REI is a great place to try before you buy. You can simply call ahead to your local store to make sure the bike is ready for a test ride when you get there. They even provide a helmet for the test ride!
  • Limited color selection
  • While this is a great option for a women’s electric bike, the frame is not offered in a traditional women’s step-thru frame

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Co-op Cycles CTY e1.1– 1,599 – 250 W motor, 450 Wh battery, hub drive, no suspension
  • Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1– 1,799 – 250 W mid-drive motor, 418 Wh battery, 40 Nm torque
  • Co-op Cycles CTY e2.2 – 2,699 – 250 W mid-drive motor, 504 Wh battery, 60 Nm torque

Priority Current

MSRP: 3,299SIZES: 3 sizes that fit inseams 26″ – 35″“FEEL” OF BIKE: To be forthright, we haven’t tested out the Current, but extensively tested and LOVED its predecessor, the Embark. Although the new Current has several additional updates, we can speak from experience that Priority Bicycle’s electric bikes ride like the smoothest and quickest sports car you have ever driven.

The motor integrates so seamlessly into your pedal stroke that it’s really easy to forget you’re riding an ebike at all. Instead, you simply feel like you have instantly gained super-Hero strength and power!

Although we haven’t tried it, the Current’s motor features a ridiculously powerful 500W mid-mount motor that pumps out 140Nm of torque (most high-end ebikes only have around 80).

As a result, the Current is able to provide amazing amounts of power directly into the drivetrain, even while trying to tackle the steepest climbs at high speeds.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 500W mid-drive w/140Nm torqueBATTERY: 500 Wh, 48VMAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (ships as Class I, but can be converted to Class III w/ 28mph max)PAS MODES: 5TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 5-speedTHROTTLE: No

Offering the speed of a sports car, the comfort of a cruiser bike, and the efficiency of a commuter bike, the Priority Current is truly the complete package. Whether your definition of commuting consists of speedily weaving through traffic in big cities, or pounding out long distances on a daily basis, the Current will not disappoint.

With 5 PAS modes, massive amounts of torque and max speed, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-proof shock absorbing tires, a thickly cushioned saddle, as well as multiple locations for mounting accessories (including a front and rear rack), the Current can truly do it all. Priority even offers an extended battery pack that allows the bike to travel up to 100 miles!

Not into bike maintenance? Like all bikes from Priority, the Current features a grease-free belt drive that never needs adjusting and won’t get grease on your pants or skirt. Don’t want to deal with tuning a derailleur? Well, you’re in luck as the Current’s internally geared hub eliminates the need for a derailleur and is also essentially maintenance-free.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Top-notch power and speed that are smoothly delivered to the drivetrain. This women’s ebike can easily keep up with traffic as well as take on steep hills at higher-speeds.
  • Offers a very natural and intuitive riding experience.
  • Headlights and taillights both maintain charge. Taillights also remain on while the bike is stopped tn ensure visibility from behind.
  • Three different frames sizes are available to ensure a proper fit. The stem is also height adjustable to help dial in your preferred fit.
  • Like all Priority Bicycles, the Current features a grease-free carbon belt drive (no chain!), as well as an internally geared hub, so you never have to worry about a derailleur.
  • Brightly lit LED screen displays your speed, PAS mode, odometer, battery life (and more!)
  • Backed by Priority’s impeccable customer service

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Current ships as a Class I ebike (20 mph max), but can easily be switched to a Class III (max 28mph) through the bike’s display panel. The bike’s max speed can also be decreased, which can be beneficial for more timid riders.
  • The Current does not come with a throttle
  • Currently only available in white

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The Current is available in two different models – the “Shimano” and the “Enviolo”. The two models are exactly the same, except for their geared rear hub. The “Shimano” model has a 5-gear internal-hub (the gears are located in the rear hub – the bike has no derailleur).

The “Enviolo” model also has an internally geared hub, but instead of 5 fixed gears, it offers a continuous range of gears within a set range. Both hubs are great, but excel in different ways (as outlined below).

  • Priority Current – Shimano – 3,299 – Lighter than the Enviolo and provides the traditional sportier and snappier shifting.
  • Priority Current – Enviolo – 3,499 – Requires you to let up on the pedals for a bit when you change gears, but provides more intuitive shifting.

Brompton Electric C Line

Lightweight, foldable bike

MSRP: 4,050SIZE: One size fits inseams up to 35″“FEEL” OF BIKE: With a torque sensor and a front hub motor, the Brompton C Line has that “real bike” feel. You’ll speed up when you pedal with more force, and slow down when you pedal with less force. It doesn’t have as much “oomph” as other womens electric bikes on this list, and also is a bit bumpier due to the small and narrow tires.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 250WBATTERY: 300Wh, 36VMAX SPEED ASSIST: 15.5 mph (Class I)PAS MODES: 3TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 6 speed (2×3 combo derailleur and internal hub)THROTTLE: No

The Brompton folding ebike offers a brilliant and exceptional solution for a small niche of bike riders. Who needs a folding bike?

Primarily two groups of people – (1) Multi-modal commuters who want to bike part of the commute and take public transportation the rest, (2) Apartment dwellers who have limited space to store a bike or who need to haul their ebike up several flights of stairs.

Folding or unfolding into a compact square in just about 20 seconds, the Brompton C line can easily fit under a work desk or bed when not in use. The battery seamlessly snaps into place, or is detached by simply pushing a button. Contained in a canvas bag with a shoulder strap, the battery can be worn like a cross-body purse for the non-biking portion of your commute. (The battery must be removed from the bike before folding.)

While the Brompton C Line ebike truly is an exceptional feat of engineering, its ability to fold so compactly does limit its overall performance compared to a more traditional electric bike. There are other ebikes that can go faster and are a smoother ride. Whether the Brompton is best for your needs depends on whether its ability to fold, or a faster and smother ride are more important to you.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Brompton bikes are extremely high quality, with absolutely no “play” in the folding points when riding
  • Once folded, it’s quite manageable to carry (the P Line is even more lightweight than the C Line, up to 4 pounds lighter, depending on the model)
  • For train commuters, the Brompton P Line can be folded down partially and rolled through a train station by holding onto and pushing the saddle
  • Front and rear lights come standard
  • 3 year warranty on the electric system (Electra is 2 years)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Brompton is available in just one size to accommodate a wide range of heights. Taller riders (5’10 ) should consider the “high rise” handlebar, in place of the traditional “mid rise”.
  • The saddle is adjustable along horizontal rails to be closer or farther away from the handlebars. This positioning can make a huge difference in your body position and comfort level, so play around with a few positions before you settle on your “just right” setting.
  • Out of the box, the hand brake levers come set with a long-reach for a larger hand. If you have difficulty reaching the brake levers to pull them, they can easily be adjusted with an Allen key to sit closer to the grips. Be sure to consult the instruction manual, as doing this will require additional brake adjustments.
  • Of all the bikes on this list, the Brompton C provides the least assistance – only up to 15.5 mph. Other Class 1 ebikes usually provide assistance up to 20 mph. The difference in assistance between this bike and the Townie that assists up to 20 mph was very noticeable.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Brompton Electric C Line: 4,050 – 6 speed
  • Brompton Electric P Line: 4,700 – 4 speed, up to 4 pounds lighter depending on model

All-terrain Fat Electric Bikes for Women

Whether you need a bike for city use that’s also capable of taking on dirt roads and snow, or a bike ready to haul gear for an overnight trip via dirt backroads, all-terrain fat tire ebikes can do it all.

Common Features on All-terrain Electric Bikes

  • FAT TIRES: To help comfortably traverse varied terrain, all-terrain bikes have wide, knobby tires. The extra wide tires have a wider footprint to provide better traction, as well as more “squish” to help smooth out the bumps on non-paced surfaces.
  • SLIGHT LEANED IN BODY POSITION: All-terrain, fat-tire ebikes are built for comfortable use in varied conditions. Not designed for aggressive downhill riding, they have a more upright position than traditional mountain bikes, similar to the body position of city/commuter bikes.
  • HIGH WATT MOTORS: With the need to power through mixed terrain, all-terrain electric bikes typically have larger 750W hub motors for plenty of power for tackling hills and uneven terrain. The extra watts help to provide much needed speed and power to accelerate and rotate the large fat tires, while also amping up the fun.
  • HIGHER BATTERY CAPACITY: All-terrain bikes need larger batteries to help them to tackle elevations gains as well as provide the power necessary to accelerate the heavy frame and wheels.

Most all-terrain ebikes have larger batteries that should easily travel from 30 to 60 miles (depending on the terrain and PAS level used). Multi-day, overnight adventures are absolutely possible on all-terrain bikes, but be sure to carefully plan out your route with your battery in mind. The steeper the course, the quicker the battery will drain.

Aventon Adventure.2

Very comfortable, fast and capable.

MSRP: 1,899SIZES: 5 sizes that fit heights 4’11” – 6’4″“FEEL” OF BIKE: Fun, fast and responsive, the Aventon Adventure.2 is the most “natural” feeling ebike we have ridden with a rear hub motor. With every pedal stroke on the Adventure.2, you truly feel connected to the bike as the motor quickly responds to every pedal stroke.

The natural feel is the result of its new torque sensor (the original Adventure model did not have one), which allows the motor to apply power to the bike in accordance to the force at which the rider pedals. With minimal delay between your input and the motor’s output, the Adventure.2 can really make you feel like you are in impeccable shape as you power up hills on this 75 lb. bike!

While the Adventure.2 isn’t as responsive as an electric bike with a quality mid-drive motor with a torque sensor, we wouldn’t be surprised if the average rider (who hasn’t spent hours comparing different ebikes), would notice the difference.

Weighing 75 lbs., the Adventure.2 isn’t very quick and nimble to maneuver, especially at slow speeds. Like most all-terrain bikes, the Adventure is a large bike to maneuver, but once you reach speed, the weight of the bike helps the bike feel very stable and planted, even over uneven terrain.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 750WBATTERY: 720 WhMAX SPEED ASSIST: Up to 28 mph (Class II or III)PAS MODES: 4TORQUE SENSOR: YesGEARING: 8-speedTHROTTLE: Yes

The Adventure.2 offers unmatched quality, all-terrain performance, and style for under 2,000. In every detail, the love and attention Aventon put into the Adventure.2 truly shows.

In addition to a torque sensor, the Aventure.2 offers plenty of power with its 750W rear hub motor paired with a 720W battery for up to 60 miles of travel. For added safety, this fat tire ebike features powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-resistant 26×4″ tires, frame-integrated brakes lights and turning signals, as well as a powerful headlight.

With comfort and convenience in mind, the Adventure.2 is available in both step-through (typically for women) and traditional frame designs. All models also come with a front suspension fork, front and rear fenders, a rear rack with 55 lb. weight capacity, mounts for a front basket, a kickstand, as well as a colorful LED display. Aventon’s free app shows a wide variety of stats (odometer, average speed, max speed, etc.) and also includes an active ebike community where users regularly share tips, tricks, and even trip ideas.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Responsive torque sensor provides a natural pedal feel with minimal delay
  • Fat tires provide plenty of traction and cushion (just make sure to set the right PSI – typically MUCH lower than standard tires)
  • Battery is easily removable and can be charged on or off the bike. For added security, the battery can also be locked onto the frame.
  • Turn signals and brake lights! – Frame has integrated lights that serve as brake lights (that automatically turn on when activating brakes) as well as turning signals (turned on via control on handlebar)
  • Bright color LED screen has complete stats including speed, battery life, and mileage, as well as a slew of other information
  • Aventon has great customer service as well as wide array of replacement parts on their site. There are over 800 local shops across the US that can help service your bike.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Adventure.2 is available in two frames – a women’s step-through frame and a traditional “triangle” frame. The frame design is the only difference between the two models.
  • The bike is heavy and should only be transported on high-weight capacity bike racks

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Aventon Adventure.2 – 1,899
  • tAventon Adventure – 1,499 – Older model with a smaller battery and without a torque sensor.

Family and Cargo Electric Bikes for Women

Electric bikes are a unique and eco-friendly way to run errands around town. From picking up groceries to zipping past the carpool line at school pick up, ebikes are fast, efficient, and let you get your fill of sunshine.

All the bikes on our list come standard with high weight capacity rear racks. Each bike can also be customized with a wide variety of accessories to better outfit your bike for hauling kids or cargo. The RadPower RadRunner 2 Plus shown below comes stocked to haul kids, while the Aventon Abound and Xtracycle Swoop that are featured both show optional upgrades.

Common Features on Family and Cargo Electric Bikes

  • HIGH CAPACITY RACKS: Whether you have people, groceries, or books in tow, cargo bikes are designed to haul heavy loads. They come standard with high capacity rear racks to make it happen. All of the bikes we tested can also be equipped with front racks.
  • STEP THROUGH FRAMES: To ease in getting on and off the bike without you or the bike falling over, cargo bikes typically have step-through frames (usually a women’s frame style) compared to the traditional “diamond frame” on most bicycles. The step-through frame allows the rider to easily get and and off the bike without having to swing their leg over the top.
  • HEAVY WEIGHT: On their own, cargo bikes are heavy and can easily top 80 lb. While the motor minimizes the weight of the bike while you ride, transporting the bike is a different story. Due to their long length and heavy weight, most cargo bikes cannot be transported on bike racks and must be hauled in the back of a pickup truck.
  • SMALL WHEEL SIZE: Cargo bikes typically have at least one smaller 20″ wheel. The smaller wheel (especially the rear), helps to keep heavier loads lower to the ground, which makes it easier to balance the bike. The tires also tend to be “plus” size, with extra air to allow for additional cushioning.
  • HIGH WATT OR TORQUE MOTORS: Heavy weights call for extra watts to get the bike moving. eBikes with rear hub motors have more powerful 750W motors, while the more efficient mid-drive motors have about 250W. Mid-drive motors, however, should also have a high torque output (70Nm) to provide plenty of assistance when traveling up steeper hills.
  • HIGHER BATTERY CAPACITY: Hauling heavier loads requires more battery power, all three of the cargo bikes we tested had 600Wh batteries.
  • THROTTLES: Throttles can really help to overcome the inertia of the bike’s heavier weight, helping you get rolling from a standstill. Once moving, the throttle can be used full time or not at all – just be aware that the more throttle you use, the faster your bike’s battery will empty.

RadPower RadRunner 2 Plus

Single passenger kid comes included in the price!

MSRP: 1,849SIZE: One size fits 4’11” – 6’2″“FEEL” OF BIKE: The RadRunner 2 Plus is a fun, unique ride that feel like a mix between riding a pickup truck and an electric go cart. It’s a bit slow to get off the line (we always get started with the throttle), but once you get going, it’s a blast to ride.

Without a torque sensor, controlling speed is best achieved by feathering the throttle. Its heavyweight (especially with a passenger onboard) limits its maneuverability, but as long as you aren’t trying to weave the bike through small spaces or tight hairpin turns, the bike performs great.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 750W, 48VBATTERY: 672 WhESTIMATED RANGE: ~20 to 45 milesMAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class II)PAS MODES: 5TORQUE SENSOR: No

GEARING: 7-speedTHROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)TOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 lb.BIKE WEIGHT: 77 lb.

The RadPower RadRunner 2 Plus is a multi-functional utility electric bike meant for work. The Plus model comes with a full passenger kit (padded rear back seat, foot pegs, and protective side shields). RadRunner also recently released the RadRunner 3 Plus, but unlike the 2 Plus, it does not come with a passenger kit. The RadRunner 3 Plus has a new frame design and some new tech, but is mainly a cosmetic upgrade.

RadPower also sells a whole fleet of accessories to help customize any RadRunner models to fit a wide variety of uses, including a cargo hauler or a small child carrier. With 4″ wide all-terrain tires, the RadRunner also happily traverses dirt roads and basic dirt trails.

With a beefy frame designed to haul 300 lb. of payload, the RadRunner is certainly not lightweight (the Plus model comes in at 77 lb.!), but its powerful 750W rear hub motor with 5 PAS modes provide more than enough assistance to provide a fun and energetic ride (even when mom has a passenger on board!).

With one frame size featuring a seat with a wide range of adjustability, the RadRunner is also a great “sharing” bike. We tested the bike with riders ranging from 5’6″ to 6’4″ and they all comfortably rode the RadRunner.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Extremely versatile! Can be used to haul everything from people to groceries while working its way through city streets or dirt trails
  • Offers a comfortable, upright seating position for the rider as well as a padded seat for the rear passenger
  • Plus line comes with additional comfort features including a front suspension fork, front and rear fenders, and headlight.
  • While still a big bike, the RadRunner Plus is significantly shorter than the other bikes on this list. Its wheelbase is 46.5″ while the Xtracycle is 56.3″.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The RadRunner offers a smooth, fun ride, but it does feel more “truck-like” compared to the rest of the bikes on this list.
  • If you plan on hauling an older child on the rear seat (or an adult), we highly recommend purchasing the passenger bars
  • The Plus line comes with 7 gears, while the non “Plus” model is a single-speed. With 5 PAS modes, we rarely found the need to shift gears. We do feel that the added accessories found on the “Plus” model are worth the added expense, especially for moms, aunties, or nannies who need to haul kids!
  • The RadRunner Plus’ 300 max weight capacity is significantly lower that the Aventon Abound’s 440 lb.
  • RadPower does not offer a “child basket” that goes over the rear rack for younger children.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The RadRunner models share the same frame and are compatible with all the same accessories. The “Plus” line upgrades include a passenger package, a 7-speed geared hub, a front suspension fork, and a premium headlight.

  • RadRunner Plus: 1,899 – Worth the upgrade if you plan on hauling any passengers. The 7-speeds and suspension fork are also beneficial if you plan on taking on rougher terrains.
  • RadRunner 2: 1,499 – A great bike out of the box that can also be easily modified with RadPower’s wide range of accessories.
  • RadRunner 3 Plus:2,299 – Most recent model featuring an updated modern frame, semi-integrated battery and some slightly improvements to the motor.

Aventon Abound

Exceptional value! Fast, fun and affordable family bike with a throttle.

MSRP: 2,199SIZE: One size fits 4’11” – 6’3″“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Abound’s powerful motor, integrated torque sensor, and included throttle provide for a smooth and jerk-free ride. Like all family bikes, you can certainly feel the added weight of kids (or cargo) when starting and stopping the bike, but once you are up and running (which is made super easy by the bike’s throttle), the Abound offers a smooth and comfortable ride for driver and passengers.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 750W, 48VBATTERY: 720 WhMAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (Class III – but ships as a Class II) ESTIMATED RANGE: up to 50 milesPAS MODES: 4TORQUE SENSOR: Yes

GEARING: 7-speedTHROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)TOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 440 lb.BIKE WEIGHT: 81 lb.

Whether you plan on loading up the Abound with groceries, or kids, or both, the Abound offers tremendous value and performance.

On the technical side, the Abound’s powerful 750W battery keeps things peppy, while the 4 pedal assist modes combined with the torque sensor allow you to easily finesse the speed of the bike and always feel in control.

The Abound is also one speedy bike! While it ships with a max 20 mph limit, using Aventon’s app, the bike’s top speed can be changed to 28 mph (converting it from Class II to a Class III).

To keep its rider and passengers safe, the Abound features hydraulic disc brakes with front and rear 180mm rotors. The frame has integrated brake lights on the sides and rear to enhance visibility.

Up front, the bike has a headlight that’s easily turned on via the bike control panel, and also boasts turning signals! Yep, with the flick of a button, the right or left rear brake lights will blink to alert drivers behind you prior to turning.

Straight out of the box, the Abound comes complete with footboards, a storage bag, front and rear fenders, 50mm suspension fork, double-foot kickstand, and a rear rack with a 143 lb. weight limit.

But wait, there’s more! The Abound also comes with a very clever dropper post, which allows the rider to lower the seat to easily get on and off the bike. While it may seem gimmicky, being able to lower the seat absolutely helps you balance the weight of the bike when getting off the bike and before you have a chance to put the kickstand up.

To customize the bike for your personal needs, Aventon offers a seat pad, handrail (the black “basket” cage shown on our tester bike), front rack, as well as a front basket.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Torque sensor provides a comfortable, natural pedaling feel.
  • Extremely versatile! Can be used to haul everything from people to groceries, while working its way through city streets or dirt trails (various accessory kits available)
  • Comes with a “dropper post” that allows you to comfortably get on and off the bike without having to get on your tip toes! When you’re ready to go, just stand over the seat, pull the lever to pop the seat up, and then ride away!
  • Double leg kickstand automatically pops up when you start moving the bike forward. Kickstand also sturdily holds bike upright when loading up kids and cargo.
  • Handlebars fold down to aid in storing or transporting.
  • Comes complete with fenders, brake lights that activate when you pull the brake levers, a removable battery, and a large onboard storage to easy store your phone, keys, and jacket with room to spare!
  • Can be modified to a Class III using the Aventon app. The Abound ships as a Class II with a max pedal assist of 20mph, but switching it to Class III allows the motor to assist you up to 28 mph.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Abound does not come with the rear seat pad and padded child handrail as shown above, but does come with the metal footrests and fenders. As shown and tested, the Abound comes out to 2,384. The Abound is also compatible with a child bike seat, such as the Thule Yepp Nexxt Maxi, for use with kids 1 year and up.
  • Like all cargo bikes, the Abound is heavy and long. As a result it will not fit on most bike racks and is best transported with a truck.
  • The Abound is 20 lb. heavier than the Xtracycle, but has a higher total weight capacity (440 lb. vs. 400 lb.)

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The Abound is only available in one model.

Xtracycle Swoop

Powerhouse motor and high-end build with plenty of range and creature comforts.

MSRP: 4,999FULL REVIEW: Xtracycle SwoopSIZES: 1 size fits most“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Xtracycle makes easy work of the added load of cargo or kids with its powerful Shimano mid-drive motor with 85Nm of torque. Compared to the Aventon, the Xtracycle provides a much more “natural” ride feel as power from the motor is applied directly into the drivetrain versus being “pushed” from behind on the rear hub motor of the Aventon.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECSMOTOR: 250 W mid-drive w/85Nm of torqueBATTERY: 630 Wh, 36VMAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)ESTIMATED RANGE: ~30 to 60 milesPAS MODES: 3TORQUE SENSOR: Yes

GEARING: 11-speed (11-42t cassette)THROTTLE: NoTOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 400 lb.BIKE WEIGHT: 62.9 lb.

Whether you commute in the city or cruise through the suburbs, the Xtracycle Swoop has enough power, storage, speed, and versatility to get all the jobs done.

Compared to the Aventon, the Swoop’s higher price tag is reflected in its lighter weight, more powerful motor, and larger battery. Coming in at 62.9 lb. the Xtracycle is 18 lb. lighter than the 82 lb. Abound, making it easier to maneuver both on and off the bike. Considering cargo bikes often need to be moved around the garage or hauled up steps, the ability to easily move the bike around when its not being ridden shouldn’t be overlooked.

If hills are commonplace around your town, the Xtracycle’s mid-drive motor provides plenty of pedal assist with high-torque to help you power up the hills. Unlike the Abound’s rear-hub motor which can quickly lose steam on a steep hill (like a small 4 cylinder engine on a steep mountain pass), you can rest assured that the Swoop will kick into action to help you tackle hills without breaking a sweat (like a full size truck flying up a mountain pass while hauling a trailer).

The Swoop’s “secret weapon” (and the main reason for the large jump in price), comes from its Shimano EP8 mid-drive motor. Offering a powerful 85Nm of torque (over double the assistance than other mid-drive bikes), the Swoop’s Shimano motor won’t back down from a fight. In fact, the Shimano EP8 motor was actually designed for mountain bikes!

Carrying heavier loads also leads to great battery drain, but the Swoop’s large 630Wh battery has you covered. While the Aventon’s battery is larger at 720Wh, it is also equipped with a less efficient rear hub motor. With a more efficient mid-drive motor, the Swoop’s range is up to 60 miles while the Aventon’s is only up to 50 miles, even though it has a larger battery.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Mid-drive motor paired with a torque sensor and 11 different gears provides for a very traditional bike feel. With 85Nm of torque, the Swoop also makes you feel like a super Hero as you easily power up steep hills!
  • Exceptional quality bike and accessories. From stitching on their bags to the welding of the bike tubes, Xtracycles are truly built to last
  • Xtracycle offers unique fit kits for carrying all ages – 9 months to adults. Babies can safely ride in the compatible rear Yepp Nexxt child bike seat (the Swoop can accommodate 2 Yepps), while adults can ride with the Magic Carpet pad and SnackBars grips.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Swoop is only available in one frame size and in one color, a soft blue. Our testers ranged from 5’7″ to 6’0″ and they all fit comfortably on the Swoop.
  • The dual-foot kickstand, fenders, front and rear lights, rear rack, as well as the rear pannier all come standard on the Swoop.
  • The Swoop feels and performs much more like an analog bike than the Aventon Abound. Its mid-drive motor with a torque sensor provides a more natural pedaling feel. It also lacks a throttle, so it must be ridden using pedal assist.
  • Without a throttle, the Swoop can be more challenging to get rolling, especially on a steep hill, but the powerful motor quickly kicks in once you start pedaling
  • The rear “hooptie” child basket passenger system does not come padded. The bars, however, are designed to be wrapped with grip tape, which is pretty easy to do.

ebikes for Women Buying Guide QA’s

5 Things You Should Know Before Purchasing an eBike

(1) Ebikes are FUN to ride!

Riding an ebike is way more fun than we anticipated. Although our team of women testers ride bikes on a regular basis, the extra help you get from an ebike motor kicks the excitement of riding a bike into a new gear! We also recommend always wearing a helmet, and have tested many womens bike helmets to help you choose one that matches your style.

(2) Many electric bikes ride and feel very differently than traditional bikes

Riding an ebike can feel like you are riding an electric scooter (i.e. no effort on your part, just sit back and enjoy the ride), or can feel like a regular bike except that you are now a superhero and can pedal like a beast for hours without getting tired! The difference in how a bike feels comes down to the type of motor as well as the type of sensors the bike has.

(3) Be aware of local laws and regulations

Many cities and states have local regulations against certain types of ebikes. In many places, ebikes with throttles (more about this in the QA section below) are not allowed, so be sure to check your local regulations before purchasing a women’s ebike.

(4) Expect Lower Mileage than StatedIf you plan on commuting with your bike and need to go a certain mileage, be aware that the stated mileage may be misleading. Mileage is often given as a range (i.e. 20 – 40 miles) or simply a maximum potential mileage. This max mileage is based on the bike being used in the lowest power setting on a flat, smooth surface without the throttle (using pedal assist only).

Considering electric bikes are rarely, if ever, used in their lowest setting, do not anticipate getting anywhere near the stated max mileage out of each battery charge. The longer and steeper your commute, or the more likely you are to use a throttle (if your bike has one), the more important it is to get a bike with a large capacity battery and higher stated mileage.

(5) Plan on Needing Customer Service

Ebikes often need even more maintenance than traditional bikes, but servicing them can be tricky. While most bike shops are likely to service the “traditional” components of the bike (shifter, brakes, derailleur, etc.), they likely won’t be able to service the electrical components. Some ebike-specific shops will service brands that they don’t sell, while others won’t touch them at all.

As a result, it is very important that you purchase a bike from a company that has a robust customer service team as well as readily accessible replacements parts. All major name brand ebikes (Trek, Electra, REI, etc.) will all come backed with support from your local bike shop. Many larger online brands, such as Aventon and RadPower, have numerous certified mechanics around the US for support as well as replacement parts online.

Commonly asked Questions about Ebikes

Do all ebikes come with a throttle?

No. Throttles on ebikes allow the motor to propel the bike forward without pedaling. By simply pushing down on or twisting a throttle, the motor can accelerate the bike up to 20mph. Not all ebikes have throttles and due to safety concerns, throttles are banned in many areas. As a result, most large bike manufacturers (Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc.) do not manufacture any ebikes with throttles.

Most ebikes with throttles are manufactured by ebike-specific companies and are widely available online. In addition, most ebikes with throttles have hub motors vs. mid-drive motors (see below).

What is the difference between a mid-drive and hub motor?

Hub motors are located in the hub of the bike’s front or rear tire. Mid-drive (also called mid-motor) motors are located at the “bottom” of the bike, where the crank arms attach. Hub motors provide power by pushing or pulling the bike forward. Mid-drive motors provide power directly into the drivetrain of the bike, which replicates the “natural feel” of riding a bike.

There are pros and cons to mid-drive and hub motors:

PROSCONS
Hub Motor Inexpensive, throttle compatible Heavy, hard to change tire, not great on hills, require more battery power
Mid-Drive Motor Very efficient, provide a more natural feel, more responsive and powerful Expensive, most not compatible with throttles, more wear and tear on drivetrain

The “power” of hub and mid-drive motors can vary widely and shouldn’t be overlooked. Hub motors are typically rated by their Watts. The higher the Watts, the faster and more powerful the motor will be. Hub motors range from 250W on cruiser bikes to 750W on commuter and cargo bikes.

Mid-drive motors are often rated by the amount of torque they can produce. The higher the torque (measured in Nm), the more assistance the motor can provide. Mid-drive motors on cruiser bikes offer as low as 40 Nm, while mountain bikes and cargo bikes (which need more assistance climbing hills or hauling heavy loads), offer up to 90 Nm.

Why are there such big differences in the price of ebikes?

ebikes can vary from under 1,000 to over 10,000. The large variance in depends mainly on the motor and battery of the bike. Like traditional bikes, the components of the bike, especially the frame, brakes, derailleurs, and shifters, also play a role.

ebikes with mid-drive motors typically come with a large price jump over ebikes with hub motors. In addition to the mid-drive motors being more expensive, they are also almost always found on more “technical” bikes that also come with higher-end components, such as mountain bikes, road bikes, as well as high-end commuters.

What makes an electric bike “feel” more natural?

The “natural” feel of an electric bike is a combination of the type of motor and the type of sensors an ebike has. Because mid-drive motors apply power directly into the drivetrain of a bike, ebikes with mid-drive motors always provide a more “natural” feel than bikes with hub motors.

Just like a regular bike, on a bike with a mid-drive motor, you feel instant “power” originating from below you in the drivetrain with every pedal stroke. On a bike with a hub motor, you “feel” the power more as a push or a pull in front or behind you.

Ebikes with cadence sensors (which sense the motion of the pedals) as well as torque sensors (sense how much pressure the rider is applying to the pedals) offer the most realistic feel. This combination can be found on ebikes with mid-drive or hub motors. (Although a mid-drive ebike with both sensors will feel more natural than a hub motor with both sensors.)

By working in tandem, these sensors help the motor to modulate its power and apply it at the right time and in the right amount to replicate the feel of a traditional bike. Both types of motors can have cadence and torque sensors in any combination.

How fast do electric bikes go?

Like traditional bikes, ebikes can go as fast as its rider can propel it! There are legal limitations, however, on the top speed at which an ebike motor can assist the rider. The max speed at which the bike can assist the rider (typically 20 or 28 mph), as well as the presence of a throttle, determines what class the ebike is.

There are three different classes of ebikes, Class I, II and III.

Class I ebikes: Cannot have a throttle and can only assist the rider up to 20 mph at the most. Some bikes max out assistance at less than 20mph (closer to 15 mph), but are still considered to be Class I.

Class II ebikes: Have a throttle, and can assist the rider up to 20mph in both pedal assist and throttle modes.

Class III ebikes: May have a throttle and can assist the rider up to 28mph. However, they can only assist up to 20mph with the throttle. Many throttles can be removed if needed on both Class II and Class III ebikes.

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Natalie Martins

Natalie has basically been obsessed with kids’ bikes since 2010 when her oldest of three kids began riding a balance bike. After trying to convince everyone she knew about how amazing balance bikes are, she began Two Wheeling Tots. As a certified secondary science teacher, she loves digging deep into the why and how of kids biking. With her in-depth knowledge of the kids’ bike world, she has consulted with many top brands as well as contributed to articles at NY Strategist, the Today Show, and more.

Best electric bikes for commuting 2023: Get to work faster and with less effort

The best electric bikes for commuting help you get to and from work faster and with less effort. That means that you’ll arrive less hot and also gives you a boost away from traffic lights and other stops on your ride.

You’ll become fitter and your commute may well take less time than by car or public transport as you’ll probably find quicker routes that you can only take by bike. It’s likely to be cheaper too, once the up-front cost of the electric bike has been discounted.

Depending on how far you’re planning to ride, your needs will differ. Our pick of the best electric bikes for commuting below covers everything from a folder for a short hop to and from the station to drop bar bikes for a long distance commute that maybe includes some off-road riding.

Cyclingnews has a huge amount of advice on electric bikes if you want to know more.

Our guide to the best electric bikes gives you a more comprehensive range of options, while our pick of the best folding electric bikes offers options that make a compact package for storage or to carry on public transport.

If you’ve got a budget in mind we have guides to the best electric bikes under £1,000/1,000 and the best electric bikes under 2,000/£2,000. You can even convert a non-electric bike to an e-bike with the best electric bike conversion kits.

Alternatively scroll down for our pick of the best electric bikes for commuting, or head to the bottom for a guide on how to choose and an explainer of the laws on electric bikes worldwide.

Best electric bikes for commuting

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Reasons to avoid

The Orbea Gain has such subtle integration of the battery and motor that, at first glance, you’d be hard-pushed to know it was an e-bike. It has an attractive, lightweight, aluminium frame and carbon fork with an 11-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain which should see you over any terrain. Well-disguised within that frame is a 248 Wh battery which should be plenty to get you to work and back.

If, however, you’d like more range, you can simply attach the external water-bottle-style battery and that’ll boost the battery capacity up to 456 Wh. Pedalling assistance is provided by a rear hub motor, which works in a concept Orbea are calling Enough Power and Enough Energy. The idea is that the bike intuitively offers enough power to keep you pedalling smoothly and efficiently to enhance your rider, rather than overwhelming you with big surges in power.

The bike comes with an app that allows you to change the bike’s functionality, including how power is applied as well as ride tracking your rides. The mode button on the top tube has coloured LEDs that show you how much battery is remaining, and which power mode you are in. There’s now an additional bar-mounted controller/computer which gives you more info and which sits on an out-front mount with a built-in LED light.

As a full size e-bike, the Gain isn’t going to be easy to take on public transport though, unlike a small wheeled folder like the Brompton Electric.

Reasons to avoid

If you’ve ever been on the market for a commuter bike you will have almost certainly cast your eyes upon a Brompton. The British company has sustained a great reputation built on ingenuity and build quality for so long that you know you’ll be riding a high-quality machine.

If you need a bike that packs up into a small space, on a train or in the office, for example, a Brompton is likely the best electric commuter bike for you. The C Line Electric bike comes with front and rear lights fitted, as well as mudguards, and the 6-speed gears give you loads of range. Helped by the motor, you’ll get to work easily however hilly your city is.

The company has fitted a 250 W motor to the bike, with a large-enough 300 Wh battery. The battery sits in a pack that conveniently unclips from the front of the bike and can be carried over your shoulder to your office or home to be charged. A full charge should be achieved within four hours. The quoted range for the battery is up to 70 km if you have it on its most energy-efficient setting. There is an LED indicator on the top of the bag which shows you how much of the battery you have remaining, which power mode you are in, and what setting your lights are on.

The bag-plus-bike set-up does make carrying the bike that bit more difficult though, although it does make charging a lot easier than an integrated battery like that on the VanMoof and the Orbea Gain and lowers the weight of the bike when you need to carry it.

There’s a P Line Brompton Electric available as well as the classic C Line Electric. Lighter components and fewer gears drop the weight quoted by Brompton from the C Line’s 17.4kg to 15.6kg.

You can read more in our full review of the Brompton C-Line Electric bike.

Reasons to avoid

The first thing that strikes you with the VanMoof S3 is just how modern it looks. The bike has very clean lines, classic geometry and most of the cables are hidden. The company sells five bikes, with either a standard crossbar or a more step-through frame design, including the VanMoof V which is rated to 31mph (although this model needs to be registered and insured to ride in the UK and Europe).

As well as automatic gearing, VanMoof’s anti-theft package means that if your bike gets stolen, they will personally track it down and if they can’t find it, they’ll replace it with a new one.

A feature that is still quite rare on bikes at the moment is the automatic gearbox. The Sturmey Archer gearbox will react to your accelerations and speed and make sure you’re always in the best gear. Should you wish, you can alter the timing of the gear changes with the VanMoof app. The 250 W motor is powered by a 504 Wh battery, with a range of between 60 to 150 km depending on the mode you have the bike in and the terrain you’re riding over.

There’s lots of integration, like the LED array built into the top tube, built-in lights, lock and alarm and location tracking from the VanMoof app, although the built-in battery and high weight mean that charging is not as easy as with a separate battery like that on the Brompton Electric.

Reasons to avoid

Ribble is at the forefront of value-for-money, high-specification, well-integrated e-road bikes. Many of the hallmarks of this capability are evident in this hybrid bike, which should handle both your commute and leisure rides with ease.

The basis of the bike is a strikingly good-looking lightweight aluminium frame within which there is a battery so well hidden that you barely notice it’s there. A subtle button and LED light on the top tube allow you to see how much battery is left and let you choose how much assistance you want. If you want even more control of the settings, you can change the settings in Ribble’s app.

The bike is impressively kitted out too, with a Mavic wheelset, a rear pannier rack, a bell, front and rear lights and full-length mudguards. As with all bikes where you can’t remove the battery, including the Orbea and the VanMoof, you will have to take this bike within touching distance of mains power to charge it up.

Reasons to avoid

While Tern claims the GSD isn’t intended to be a car killer, it may well be just that. The company is best known for its folding bikes, and while the GSD isn’t a fully foldable bike, the seat post and handlebars do collapse to make storage of this bike a little more compact. The reason it can’t fold down much smaller is this is not your average folding bike. This is a heavy-duty cargo bike, capable of carrying up to 200 kg, be that luggage, or should you attach the right seat, two passengers on the back.

The bike employs a dual battery system, which is 400Wh and 500Wh in size. Should you have both of them attached you’ll have a whopping 900Wh of capacity. This will be enough to assist your cycling for between 110 and 250 km depending on which of the 4 modes you have it in. The 10-speed Shimano hub gears and impressive 85Nm of torque mean you’ll be able to get up any hill, even when fully laden. It comes complete with wide, grippy tyres, a rear luggage mount, a kickstand, front and rear lights, and mudguards.

It’s a heavy duty cargo carrying option, but not as practical as a folder like the Brompton C Line Electric or a bike with less luggage capacity like the Ribble if you have less need of carrying capacity.

Reasons to avoid

Built for comfortable as well as speedy commutes, the Trek Domane LT electric bike gets Trek’s IsoSpeed seatpost decoupler built in to increase the isolation of your rear end from road vibrations. There’s front IsoSpeed too to add comfort at the handlebars. Wide 32mm tyres help add comfort and grip as well and you can either fit mudguards or even wider rubber for rougher routes into the office.

The Fazua motor’s phone app lets you fine-tune the motor’s output levels to match your power needs, so you can upscale the power delivery if you need more support for faster getaways or tone it down if you want to preserve battery life.

The Fazua drivetrain is removable from the bike, so you can ride without assistance, save weight and use the space that held the motor for storage, while Trek’s endurance geometry makes the Domane LT a comfortable ride for the long haul commute.

The Domane LT is still available for now, but the new (and even more expensive) Domane SLR that replaces it is lighter and (for US riders) faster.

Reasons to avoid

You might initially mistake this bike for a mountain bike, rather than one cut out for commuting. In reality, the 2.3-inch tyres and 80 mm travel suspension fork are perfect not for the trails but smoothing out bumps and road buzz on your commute. If you live in slightly more remote areas, the bike should also deal with gravel or hard-pack dirt trails with ease.

The bike comes with a large 710 Wh battery which powers a trusty Specialized motor and a SRAM NX groupset with a wide enough range to get you over any terrain. To keep you safe, it also comes with hydraulic disc brakes which will provide dependable braking in any weather conditions. It comes with front and rear mudguards, and a rear pannier rack to carry any work stuff from A to B without having to wear a backpack. It’s available as a step-through as well as the version with a top tube shown above.

You get extra comfort, range and a more powerful motor, but the Turbo Vado isn’t as sprightly as the Orbea Gain or the Cannondale Synapse.

Reasons to avoid

If you want to speed up your e-bike commute, a drop bar racer will give you a more aerodynamic ride position that should be faster than a flat bar hybrid like the Ribble, the Specialized or the Orbea. The Cannondale Synapse Neo comes with a powerful Bosch motor that’s mid-mounted for stability and a high capacity battery for plenty of range. The EQ version also gets mudguards, a rear rack (not shown in the image above) and lights so it’s all-weather ready and easy to load up.

There’s a 10-speed Shimano Tiagra drivetrain with plenty of gear range, that along with the motor should make a breeze of hills on your ride into town. The hydraulic disc brakes mean assured stopping and the 35mm wide Schwalbe tyres should provide comfort over broken roads or even if your commute takes in a towpath or gravel track. There’s plenty of range from the large 500Wh battery too.

Reasons to avoid

Hummingbird has engineered its folding electric bike to be as light as possible. A carbon fibre main frame paired to a cantilevered truss rear section and lightweight components bring the overall weight down to a claimed 10.3kg.

The Hummingbird bike doesn’t fold down quite as small as a Brompton Electric, it’s only singlespeed so might not work for hillier cities and the range is quite limited at around 50km, but Hummingbird has upped the torque from the 250 watt motor so there’s more pulling power to help get you moving. All that engineering means that the Hummingbird bike is expensive though.

Best electric bike for commuting: everything you need to know

There’s a lot to think about when selecting an electric bike for your commute, so we’ve provided a breakdown of the key points here. There’s more information in our guide to the best electric bikes as well.

Why is an electric bike good for commuting?

An electric bike can make your commute a lot more comfortable. It can make stops and starts a lot easier, provide assistance on uphills and increase your overall average speed, while lowering the effort you need to put in, so you should arrive less hot and tired than on a non-electric bike. You may feel more comfortable riding a longer distance too.

It’s also likely to be a lot more comfortable than a ride on public transport and you can choose your own time to travel, while you’re less prone to delays due to congestion than in a motor vehicle.

Many towns and cities now have dedicated cycling routes, so you may not need to compete with motorised traffic and might be able to skip queues and even get a jump at traffic lights due to cyclist priority signalling. There are also often quietway routes for cyclists that bypass main roads and take you away from traffic and may route you around bottlenecks.

On the flip side, most electric bikes are quite heavy, so moving them around at the beginning and end of a ride will be harder work than with a non-powered bike. If your commute involves public transport it will be harder to get your electric bike on and off than with a non-powered bike and you may not be able to take a non-folding bike at peak times. The best folding electric bikes will help here.

You also need to make sure that you can keep your electric bike charged up so you don’t run out of juice halfway home in the rain (although electric bikes are designed so that you can pedal them without assistance). That means having a handy power outlet close by where you park your bike, either at home or at work, or an e-bike with a removeable battery. You might need a second charger at work too.

What material should my frame be made of?

The three most common frame materials you’ll come across when looking for a bike are aluminium, steel and carbon, although titanium might make an occasional appearance.

Carbon is most often used in the best road bikes because of its low weight and high stiffness. However, it can be quite fragile, and innocuous bumps could cause very expensive damage, so if you’re locking your bike up in communal locations, we recommend you stay away.

Most bikes you look at for commuting are likely to be made from aluminium, and for good reason. It’s fairly cheap, very durable and not subject to corrosion.

You may find some electric bikes are made of steel. While it is tough and can take some bumps and bruises, it is relatively heavy and can be subject to corrosion.

What should I look for in an electric bike motor?

Most e-bike motors are power-limited to 250 watts, but they can provide varying amounts of torque, measured in Newton-metres (Nm). If your commute is flattish and you’re fairly fit, a motor with around 40Nm to 50Nm torque is likely to be fine, but if you’re riding somewhere more arduous or expect to be carrying a lot, then a motor with more torque will be better. Some go up to 80Nm or more, which is what an electric mountain bike puts out.

A mid-mounted motor is likely to keep your e-bike most stable, as it’s low down and central on the bike. But a rear hub motor isn’t likely to have a significant impact on handling and, as your weight is over the rear wheel, grip isn’t likely to be an issue.

Front hub motors are more tricky, as there’s less weight on the wheel and so less grip and the extra weight can affect the bike’s handling if it’s not been carefully designed.

How much battery capacity do I need?

As with all technologies, it’s easy to look back at some original e-bikes and notice how bulky they looked. Batteries were bolted onto frames wherever there was space and were often very low capacity. Fortunately, we’re beginning to see much bigger capacity batteries and sleeker integration of both batteries and motors.

Typically, the smaller the physical size of the battery, the lower its capacity, and the fewer miles you’ll get out of it. For most people, this shouldn’t be an issue, with even small batteries having enough juice to get you to work where you can charge up again or serving duty for multiple days of commuting.

Battery size is most often expressed in watt-hours (Wh), and the amount of assistance you’ll get from it depends on how much you ask of it. For example, a 300 watt-hour battery can provide 300 watts of assistance for one hour, or 100 W of assistance for 3 hours.

A battery can weigh several kilograms and make up a significant proportion of an electric bike’s weight. That’s okay in a non-folding bike, although it can make moving the bike to a storage area at the end of a ride harder. It’s more of an issue with a folding bike designed for portability, so a bike like the Brompton C Line Electric will often have a lower capacity battery to make it easier to carry.

How do I charge my electric bike?

Some bikes have removable battery packs making them simple to unclip and charge, even if your bike is left outside or in a communal bike store. Others, typically those with more integration, require you to charge the battery while it is attached to your bike, meaning you’ll have to hook it up to the mains in your house, garage, or at the office, so it’s worth checking to see how easy this might be for you.

You’re either going to have to carry your charger with you or buy a second one if you need to charge the e-bike at both ends of your commute. Some electric bikes like the Orbea can be fitted out with a range extender battery if you do need more range, but in reality most commutes are likely to be short enough for range not to be an issue even with the lowest battery capacity, unless you expect to go multiple days without recharging.

How many gears do I need?

As usual, the stock answer is “that depends”. If you live somewhere flat, a singlespeed electric bike may be enough for you. The extra power provided by the motor means that starting off will be a lot easier and faster than with a non-powered commuter bike.

At the other extreme, if your commute is hilly, you may need a full range of gearing, as found on the best commuter bikes which don’t include a motor. Again, the motor is a huge help here. Crank it up to maximum power output and it may pull you up steep inclines; lower the assistance level once you’ve reached the top to conserve battery life and range.

What additional features should I look for?

For commuting duties, it’s preferable to get the load you’re carrying off your back: you’ll be more comfortable and your centre of gravity will be lower. It may be easier to look around without a pack too, although the best cycling backpacks will be designed to address these issues.

If you’re planning to commute with your electric bike in all weathers, then look for mudguards or at least the option to fit mudguards to your bike. Likewise, winter commuting is likely to mean at least one journey in the dark. In-built lights are handy and they’ll often be run off the electric bike’s battery meaning that there’s less to remember to keep charged up.

You can pick up a set of the best bike lights relatively inexpensively though. It’s a good idea to use lights even during the daytime to up your visibility, particularly in town.

Take a look at our commuter bike accessories checklist for a longer list of things you might need for your commute.

How do I maintain my electric bike?

Bikes, like cars or any other mechanical device, need to be maintained. If you’re not an experienced mechanic, most things are simple enough to learn how to do yourself, but spend a little bit of money and a bike shop will have you good to go in no time. But, the fewer complicated parts, and the better you care for your bike, the less chance there is of things going wrong.

The gears on your bike, including the derailleurs, cables and shifters will require regular maintenance to keep them performing at their best. Some people are fortunate to live and work in flat areas and so they can get away with the simplicity and ease of a single-speed bike.

However, most of us live in areas with hills, and therefore gears are a necessity. Internally-geared hubs are a more robust, easier-to-maintain solution than derailleurs, but can be pricier. You’ll sometimes find a carbon fibre belt drive on bikes for commuting, which cuts down on maintenance over a chain-driven solution.

Maintaining your brakes in working order is arguably the single most important thing when looking after your bike. Jumpy gears and a loud chain might ruin your enjoyment, but poorly functional brakes could have much more dire consequences.

Classical brake systems, using a cable to join your lever and your brakes, have stuck around for so long because they’re simple and they work, but you do need to keep them properly maintained, regularly checking the cables for wear.

Higher-end bikes are often equipped with hydraulic disc brakes; not only do these work more effectively in poor weather conditions, once set up they should require less maintenance too. Disc brakes are trickling down the bike hierarchy and you might find them on quite inexpensive electric bikes.

What are the e-bike regulations where I live?

What classifies as an e-bike and what regulations apply to riding it vary by where you’re located.

At present, most e-bikes in the UK fall under EPAC (that’s the electrically assisted pedal cycle) amendment regulation mandate. This means bikes have to be moving before the motor can kick in, it can provide a maximum of 250 watts of aided power and has to stop aiding at 25 kph. You also have to be at least 14 years old to ride an e-bike.

So long as your bike meets these criteria (as all the ones in the article do), then you’ll have the same legal standing as regular bicycles and you’ll be allowed on roads and bike paths. If your bike assists you up to faster speeds it’ll be considered a two-wheel moped, and therefore you’ll require insurance, a certified helmet, and a valid driving licence.

In Australia e-bikes can assist you up to a maximum speed of 25 kph. The two legal systems in Australia are throttle-operated and pedal-assist. If you have a throttle-controlled bike it can provide up to 200 watts of power, whereas pedal-assist e-bikes can give you 250 watts of assistance. Anything above that is legally considered a motorbike and must therefore be licensed and insured.

Given the structure of the American legal system, the rules governing the use of e-bikes are predictably more complicated than those in the UK and Australia. Let’s begin.

Obviously, the laws governing the use of e-bikes vary from state to state, but these are often difficult to interpret. The all-encompassing, federal definition of an e-bike is “a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph”.

As if that isn’t complicated enough, often state laws may override federal legislation. Some 33 states have statutes that define an e-bike in some way, while the rest lack any specific definition, and often chuck them in with other classes of vehicles. At present, 13 states are adhering to a three-tiered system proposed by The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. While the motors on all classes of bikes can produce a maximum of 750 watts, they are tiered depending on their maximum assisted speed:

  • Class 1: the motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedalling, and cuts out at 20 mph
  • Class 2: the motor can contribute even if the rider is not pedalling, but cuts out at 20 mph
  • Class 3: the motor provides assistance when the rider is pedalling but cuts out at 28 mph and must be equipped with a speedometer

While class 1 and 2 bikes are allowed anywhere bikes are allowed, class 3 bikes can only be ridden on roads and bike lanes, but not multi-use paths. In the states that regard e-bikes as vehicles, licensing and registration may be required to operate an e-bike.

Yes, this is a lot to get your head around, but thankfully the kind folk at People for Bikes have put together a state-by-state guide.

The 7 best electric bikes in 2023, for city commuters, road cyclists, and mountain bikers

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Electric bikes went from being curious novelties to reliable forms of transportation in the span of just a few years. Although they were initially met with skepticism, especially from traditional cyclists, more and more people are ditching their gas-guzzling cars in favor of battery-powered bikes.

I’ve been an e-bike enthusiast since right around the time the segment launched, riding them both as my preferred method of getting around town while also exhaustively testing them for work. This means I’ve pedal-tested a wide variety of models and learned firsthand exactly what makes a quality e-bike.

I used that experience, as well as months of research and testing, to compile the following guide of the seven best e-bikes I’ve ridden thus far. From short trips to the store to test ride comfort and utility to longer, battery-killing rides around the city, I pushed these bikes to their limit — all in the name of helping you find the right one for your needs.

You’ll also find answers to a few FAQs, as well as insight into how I test electric bikes, at the bottom of this guide.

The best electric bikes in 2023

Best overall: Priority Current. See at Priority CurrentThe Priority Current rides great, requires almost no maintenance, and would make a perfect car replacement.

Best throttle-assist: Juiced HyperScorpion. See at Juiced BikesThe HyperScorpion from Juiced combines the best of both a throttle- and pedal-assist ebike, and the finished product is a fast e-bike that covers plenty of ground and is just plain fun to ride.

Best budget: Charge City. See at Charge BikesAt just under 1,800, the City e-bike from Charge is lighter on the wallet than most of its peers and still offers a reliable, pedal-assisted ride that’s great for city commutes.

Best folding: GoCycle GX. See at Mike’s BikesGoCycle’s GX folding bike is a compact, easy-to-store option that cruises at speeds of up to 20 mph with a battery that delivers 40 miles of range.

Best e-mountain bike: BMC Switzerland Speedfox AMP AL TwoBMC Switzerland specifically designed the Speedfox AMP AL Two for electric mountain biking, including electric-specific geometry, an integrated speed sensor, and a design that keeps you stable and in control on the trail.

Best hub motor: Gogoro Eeyo 1s. See at Gogoro EeyoThe Gogoro Eeyo 1s is a gorgeous, full-carbon fiber e-bike that offers a smooth, pedal-assisted ride thanks to its rear-wheel hub motor.

Best all-terrain: Delfast Top 3.0. See at DelfastThe Delfast Top 3.0 is essentially a dirtbike with pedals; it travels at speeds upwards of 50 mph, has beefy, off-road-ready tires, and offers battery range of roughly 200 miles on a single charge.

Best electric bike overall

The Priority Current rides great, requires almost no maintenance, and would make a perfect car replacement.

  • Pros: Low maintenance and reliable motor system, smooth ride
  • Cons: The fenders sometimes rub, 50-mile range isn’t suitable for longer commutes

Of each bike tested, Priority’s Current shocked me the most. It’s a mid-drive commuter built with practicality in mind. Thanks to wide, grippy tires and hydraulic disc brakes, I was tempted to take it off-road, and although it likely would’ve been fine, the Current is meant for pavement.

If someone asked me to build the ideal e-bike, this is the model I’d come up with. For starters, maintenance is a breeze (and largely non-existent). Thanks to low-maintenance hydraulic disc brakes, the clever use of internal gears which takes away a derailleur, and a grease-free carbon belt drive, there’s little else to go wrong other than a potential flat tire.

If you intend to use an e-bike as a car replacement, the Current is a great solution for that, too, as it’s a joy to ride. The comfortable saddle, wide handlebar, and upright geometry make for a smooth, nimble ride no matter if you’re navigating city traffic or taking the scenic route through the park.

Component-wise, the Current uses a Bosch motor, Bosch head unit, and Bosch battery. Unlike bikes that mix components, using one system means that warranties and servicing are (mostly) simple. Its 50-mile range isn’t as much as others in this guide but I still found it to satisfy my commuting needs — though I did mostly use the second and third of the four assist settings, which helped preserve some battery. If you’re intent on using the fourth, or live in a hilly area, you likely won’t get the full 50 miles between charges.

This bike allowed me to do nearly everything a car would at a much lower cost. Perhaps the lone nitpicks are that the included front light could be better and its fenders sometimes rub. If I was looking for an urban mobility solution, I wouldn’t think twice about buying the Current.

Best throttle-assist electric bike

The HyperScorpion from Juiced combines the best of both a throttle- and pedal-assist ebike, and the finished product is a fast e-bike that covers plenty of ground and is just plain fun to ride.

  • Pros: Throttle-only makes it so you don’t have to always be pedaling, design is reminiscent of a small motorcycle, can travel at speeds up to 30 mph, has 70 miles of range on a single charge
  • Cons: Very heavy, might be too much bike for novice riders

If you’re in the market for an e-bike that doesn’t always require you to pedal, the Juiced HyperScorpion is what you seek. Outfit with a twist throttle, the HyperScorpion almost feels as if you’re riding a moped or small motorcycle — I include the latter example because it’s about that much fun to ride.

The bike also features a pedal-assist mode, with both motor options allowing it to reach assisted speeds of up to 30 mph. While that is an impressive amount of speed offered, it can be a little too much for anyone just getting into e-bikes or who hasn’t ridden one that much. With that said, you should always wear protective gear like a helmet when you’re on a bike, and jumping on the HyperScorpion is no different.

Juiced also outfit the bike with a 1,000W motor and a 52V/19.2Ah battery that allows for up around 70 miles of range on a single charge (depending on the terrain and how hard you ride it). Fully charging the battery does take a few hours, but I tended to just throw it on the charger every time I got home and it was always ready when I needed it.

Other features I found useful were its included headlight (which, again, gives off serious motorcycle vibes), a rear-mounted rack capable of hauling up to 50 lbs of gear, and its included mirrors which help provide more spatial awareness. It also comes with a rear taillight and an LCD display that shows battery life and current speed.

Though the HyperScorpion is a bike, it often felt so much more than that — and is a whole hell of a lot to ride. It’s fast, robust, easy to control, and has one of the best bike designs I’ve seen on an e-bike yet. Better yet, its price is often around 2,700 which puts it at about the middle of the pack compared to other bikes on this list — and those don’t come with a throttle.

Best budget electric bike

At just under 1,800, the City e-bike from Charge is lighter on the wallet than most of its peers and still offers a reliable, pedal-assisted ride that’s great for city commutes.

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  • Pros: Folding pedals and handlebars make it easy to store and carry, inexpensive price tag for an e-bike, 50 miles of available range, and has a lockable battery
  • Cons: Splash guards take some tinkering to get them not to rub on the tires, can be a jolty take-off if you’re not used to the motor

E-bikes aren’t cheap. When you slap an electric assist onto something that’s already several hundred dollars, it’s hard to keep the price tag manageable and produce a bike worthy of owning. Thankfully, a few brands have figured out a way to do both.

One such company is Charge, a bike manufacturer that specializes in wallet-friendly e-bikes, including the aptly named City. What the City offers is reliable pedal assistance that delivers 50 miles of range, a handy thumb throttle, and a modern design at a price less than 1,700. For e-bikes, that’s great.

The Charge comes in two different sizes, Standard and Low Step, and is available in either a basic silver finish or a more popping blue finish. The bike features an onboard battery that helps power it and has folding handlebars and pedals for easy transport and storage.

What sets the City apart is that even with a price undercutting much of its competition, it still offers a similar ride experience. That 50 miles of range is on par with many e-bikes on the market (almost all of which are more expensive) and its design is great for the city rider who wants to get a little exercise, run to the store, or just enjoy a leisurely ride. And it’s a lot of fun to ride, too.

Best folding electric bike

GoCycle’s GX folding bike is a compact, easy-to-store option that cruises at speeds of up to 20 mph with a battery that delivers 40 miles of range.

  • Pros: Easy to store in small homes or apartments, has daytime running lights for added safety and visibility, fast top speed for a folding bike
  • Cons: Expensive

Folding e-bikes make a lot of sense. They’re easy to store in small urban apartments, they integrate well with mass transit, and unlike regular folding bikes, they aren’t a disaster to ride uphill.

The problem with folding e-bikes is that so many of them are awful. They’re either underpowered, overweight, totally impractical, or a mix of all three. Thankfully, the GX from GoCycle eschews these typical drawbacks and offers a smooth, comfortable ride in a compact and easy-to-store package.

Featuring hydraulic disc brakes, all-weather tires, a 20 mph top speed, and a 40-mile range, the GX is designed as a city commuter. Throughout testing, I kept coming back to the word “easy,” too — it’s easy to ride, easy to haul, and easy to store.

The GX folds down small enough to store either in a large locker or closet and, thanks to a clever design, it rolls on its rear wheel when folded. Given its 40-pound weight, this was incredibly helpful.

With a front hub motor and variable pedal assist, the GX tops out at speeds up to 20mph but doesn’t feel overly jumpy. GoCycle has plenty of experience designing e-bikes, allowing the GX to avoid suffering from the design flaws and engineering of other folding models.

Best electric mountain bike

BMC Switzerland specifically designed the Speedfox AMP AL Two for electric mountain biking, including electric-specific geometry, an integrated speed sensor, and a design that keeps you stable and in control on trail.

  • Pros: Geometry specific for trail riding on an electric bike, seamless ride experience from electric assist to only pedaling, features a range of electric assist modes that let you fine-tune how much energy you want to put in, doesn’t feel too heavy going downhill
  • Cons: Tough to ride uphill without any assist turned on (or if the battery is dead)

The Speedfox AMP AL Two from BMC Switzerland was one of the first electric mountain bikes I ever rode, but it’s the bike responsible for convincing me of just how fun (and useful) they are. It took just one full day of riding the mountain bike trails in Santa Cruz, California and I was hooked.

Not only did it provide just enough of a boost to get up the steepest inclines but it still felt light enough (with the onboard battery) to not always need the extra oomph. And I get how using a motor to help get uphill seems like cheating but really, it allowed me to ride far longer than if I was left to climb those hills entirely on my own.

It preserved my energy, for sure, but mostly it preserved daylight. I was able to ride double the amount of runs I’d typically do, and for anyone serious about mountain biking, that’s a significant perk.

The bike features the Shimano Steps electric drive unit and battery, as well as other Shimano components like its chain, shifters, brakes, cassette (among others). It does weigh 51 pounds which can feel a little heavy, especially if you run out of battery and are left with only your own power, but it wasn’t anything that ever felt overwhelming. Running out of battery going downhill isn’t an issue but once you start climbing again, you’ll surely feel the weight of the bike.

I also felt that the bike was highly responsive on trail and that its suspension system is more than capable of handling whatever the trail threw at me. I took it on some pseudo-downhill tracks, rode through a few normal single-track paths, and it performed well in all of it.

The Speedfox AMP typically costs around 5,500, and I’ve not seen it on sale very often. Still, for a mountain bike that rides as well as it does while also being electric, that’s a very reasonable price point.

Best hub motor electric bike

The Gogoro Eeyo 1s is a gorgeous, full-carbon fiber e-bike that offers a smooth, pedal-assisted ride thanks to its rear-wheel hub motor.

  • Pros: Full carbon fiber frame, fork, and seat post, smooth pedal-assisted ride thanks to a rear hub motor, companion app is intuitive to use, extremely lightweight for an e-bike
  • Cons: Expensive, hub motor turns off when you reach 25 mph and won’t kick back on until you get all the way down to 7 mph

Gogoro’s hub motor Eeyo 1s differs from the other bikes on this list as it’s propelled via a single smartwheel hub located on its rear wheel. This means that all of the bike’s electrical components are stored in the inconspicuous hub and it’s solely responsible (aside from your own pedaling) for pushing the bike forward.

The bike features a full carbon fiber frame and fork, as well as a carbon fiber seat post and handlebars, making it not only durable as hell but extremely light — it checks in at just 26.4 lbs with the hub. Most e-bikes weigh closer to 30, 40, or even 50 lbs, so the light weight of the Eeyo 1s is a huge benefit and one that made it incredibly easy to haul up and down the stairs of my apartment building.

A companion smartphone application helps render the bike between a battery-conserving, mellow pedal-assist mode called Eco and the faster, sportier Sport mode. With Eco, a quick pedal gives the bike a faint boost that helps teeter between getting a workout but still helping you quickly scoot uphill while Sport is the “I don’t want to break a sweat” option that gets you cruising along at a suitable speed before you’re able to pedal about one or two full revolutions.

There are a few drawbacks, however. First is its 4,600 price tag. While e-bikes certainly aren’t cheap (and 4,600 isn’t the most expensive e-bike on the market), it’s certainly a substantial investment. The other nitpick I had was that whenever the bike cruises at a speed over 25 mph, the hub’s assistance turns off and won’t kick on again until the bike slows down to less than 7 mph. It’s a minor annoyance but slowing down to that speed does tend to throw off any rhythm you’re establishing while riding.

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Aside from these faults, the Gogoro Eeyo 1s is an absolute blast to ride and remains one of my favorite e-bikes I’ve yet tested. It’s finished in a gorgeous matte white finish, it’s incredibly smooth to ride, and its light weight makes it easy to haul while also allowing it to not feel like you’re pedaling a tank when the hub turns off.

It’s a hefty investment but if you live in an area where a bike serves as your main source of transportation, it’s worth the splurge.

Best all-terrain electric bike

The Delfast Top 3.0 is essentially a dirtbike with pedals; it travels at speeds upwards of 50 mph, has beefy, off-road-ready tires, and offers battery range of roughly 200 miles on a single charge.

  • Pros: It’s incredibly fast, has robust off-road tires, can get up to 200 miles on a single battery charge, like riding a dirtbike with pedals
  • Cons: Expensive, might be too much bike for the casual rider, has a piercing alarm system

Calling the Top 3.0 from Delfast an “electric bike” is somewhat of a stretch. While it technically is one — it does have pedals, after all — it feels and rides much more like a souped-down dirtbike. In other words, it feels much more at home ripping through off-road trails with its throttle-assist than it does leisurely pedaling it around a park. I tried both and the latter felt like overkill.

But don’t get the wrong idea — you aren’t going to be spending 6,500 for something as off-road capable as the Top 3.0 just so you can ride it to the store or run errands. Something as hefty, fast, and (honestly) over-the-top as this is best used for what it’s actually designed for: Riding rough terrain and treating it more like a dirt bike than an e-bike.

To Delfast’s credit, it does want the Top 3.0 to be seen as a city electric bike but it’s clear after stepping foot on this thing that that’s just not its best use case. It truly shined when I was able to find a way off of my neighborhood’s streets and onto some off-road paths to really open it up a bit. It’s fast and handles just about anything a trail throws at it — so why waste that capability riding on normal city streets?

Though it easily passed the ride test, specs-wise, the Top 3.0 is impressive, too. It features a single-gear carbon belt drive, legit motorcycle tires, and rear mirrors that have blinkers and a headlight built on.

There’s also an included alarm system which was its clear drawback. The alarm system itself is nice to have but turning on and off the alarm via its set of keys lets off a short, ear-piercing beep. And while that isn’t actually so bad because of how short it is, setting off the alarm is a different story.

While stationed in my apartment during testing, I accidentally bumped into the bike one morning and the alarm started screeching over and over again at that same shrill octave. My neighbors had to have been thrilled. I came to find out, too, that the sound can’t be turned down or off.

But despite its alarm woes, the Top 3.0 is just damn fun to ride. It does require you get a bit more suited up than riding a traditional electric bike — did I say it rides like a dirtbike yet? — but that’s its entire draw. This isn’t a traditional electric bike and you wouldn’t be buying it under that assumption; you’d buy it to ride off-road terrain and it does that extremely well.

How I test electric bikes

Each e-bike in this guide went through a series of on-bike tests to assess a number of categories, consisting of: Range, ride experience, portability, and value. We wanted to see how each held up not just in a variety of ride conditions and use cases, but also a long-term solution to commuting, fitness, and leisure. Here’s how each category factored into our final picks:

Range: The available range offered by an e-bike should be enough, at the very least, to get you from point A to point B without having to worry about going into battery saver mode or pedaling with a dead motor. Of course, this means that rides of 70, 80, or even 100 miles are likely out of the question (save for e-bikes with dual batteries). However, a bike with a range of less than 40 miles is unlikely to make the cut here.

Ride experience: Riding an e-bike is an experience in itself but it should be one that’s enjoyable, intuitive, and safe. How well we were able to pick up and ride these bikes was a major factor, as was the learning curve, and if it allowed us to continuously ride within our comfort zone.

Portability: Not everyone has access to a garage or large closet to store their bikes, so portability is a huge deciding factor (especially for those living in apartments). Most standard e-bikes are heavy (think in the 40 lbs and heavier range) but a clever design of folding handlebars or pedals, or even the use of lightweight materials, make some of the bikes on this list far more portable and easier to stow.

Value: Value is relative to a number of variables including (of course) its price but also how well it rides, if its versatile enough for a variety of use cases, and whether it’s something that can take the place of owning a car or taking the bus or subway. The bikes featured in this guide are all featured in their own specific category but possess unique value to that subset, as well.

FAQs

How do electric bikes work?

After freely pedaling roughly two to three revolutions, most electric bike motors kick in with a mostly soft push, accelerating the bike and adding to the power output by the rider. Depending on its selected level of assistance — some offer everything from minimal to extreme pedal assistance — the bike’s ultimate top speed may vary from roughly 8 to 10 miles per hour on up to around 30 miles per hour.

Though the term e-bike refers to an entire industry, you’ll notice variation when shopping for specific models. Some are built for commuting while others are designed for mountain biking or hauling cargo. Nearly all have one thing in common: Electric pedal-assisted power.

Some models even feature a throttle option, giving riders the ability to ride the bike in a similar fashion as a motorcycle; just not as fast. As is the case with any bicycle, moped, or motorcycle, however, wearing a protective helmet is highly recommended no matter the use case.

Are there different kinds of electric bikes?

There are typically two different types of electric bikes: hub-drive and mid-drive. First, hub-drive bikes have the motor in the hub whereas mid-drive bikes house the motor in its frame. Mid-drive bikes have a few advantages over hub drive versions, as well. Those advantages are:

  • They apply power through the chain, so they feel and steer like a standard bike.
  • They utilize the bike’s gears similarly to how a rider would, applying power when needed.
  • These kinds of bikes also require a lower absolute power since they have the ability to use gearing to climb hills (whereas hub drive bikes deliver power at the hub and can’t use the bike’s gearing. This means they tend to have high-powered motors in order to generate enough torque to climb hills).

Power, or wattage, is also something you’ll notice often when shopping for an ebike. These refer to the amount of force a motor is able to put out over time. Think of it like a car’s horsepower rating.

A bike’s range is the total distance a bike can travel on a single battery charge. Do keep in mind that any range displayed either on the bike itself or via a companion app is a general estimate.

There are many factors capable of impacting an e-bike’s range, including the amount of power exerted by the bike, whether it needs to climb steep hills, and other ride-specific variables. Most (if not all) ebikes are still able to function without the motor running, though due to the weight of the onboard battery, they’ll feel extremely heavy.

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Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023

Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?

When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.

I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.

It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.

Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.

Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!

Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.

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Electric Hunting Bike Buying Guide

So what is an electric hunting bike?

Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.

The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.

Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.

One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.

As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.

Which motor is best?

It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.

Rear Hub Motor

The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.

Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.

The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.

Mid Drive Motor

Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.

One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.

Ultra Mid Drive Motor

Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.

A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.

A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.

All Wheel Drive

Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.

A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.

What About Range

Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.

How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?

The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.

On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.

And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.

Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?

Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.

Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.

In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.

Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?

The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.

Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.

Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.

What are the hunters saying?

Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.

Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: “It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.”

Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”

And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: “not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer”

While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say: “. coolest thing I have ever reviewed”

Anyway, Let’s get into it…

Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the “Check Price” button and the full description will open in a separate page.

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The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou

Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike

The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.

Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.

The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.

Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.

The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.

The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.

What we love the most

  • The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
  • The Mule comes fully accessorized
  • Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
  • Has both Eco Sport modes

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“This bike lives up to the hype. I am so impressed with the torque and the get up and go that it has. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the largest battery possible because that big Bafang motor really likes to eat up the power. I haven’t pulled anything on the folding Deer cart yet because mine is still on back order but anxious to try that. I’m sure it will do just fine. I will probably end up buying a second battery during the off-season just because it doesn’t hold up too long when not using pedal assist. All in all I really enjoy riding the bike. I certainly would recommend this bike to anybody looking for a hunting style E bike. I have absolutely zero regrets with my purchase of this bike.”. Aaron B

Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur set up.

Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.

What we love the most

  • Frame design allows for a comfortable riding position with stand over height of 30″
  • Has the option of derailleur ( SRAM NX 1×11 for the XPC11 model ) or internal gear hub ( Sturmey Archer 5 Speed for XPC/XPS models)
  • Comes in Viper Western Camo or dipped in Carbon Paint
  • Feels very powerful

“I thought my hunting days were numbered or at least limited to short hikes but with the Rambo ebike I can reach the spots I was almost giving up on. Instead and hiking in with gear I can cruise in with a trailer in tow (they make that too) and tow my gear in in under an hour.”. Jonathan W

The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber

Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike

The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo ’ s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.

Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber also has the mid a good hill climber and can handle difficult terrain.

Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40 miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.

The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.

What we love the most

  • Large 21Ah battery for better range
  • Massive Maxxis Minion 4.8″ fat tires
  • 4 piston hydraulic brakes
  • Fast: Top speed is 28mph

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“One you learn how to match up the pedal gears with the electric power levels, you will never want to walk anywhere again. The 1000w Rambo true timber has simply surpassed my expectations when it can to climbing steep hills without pedaling. I will definately buy again and the wife wants one too!!”. Brian G

Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes

Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike

Why is the Rambo Megatron All Wheel Drive eBike on the list? What’s better than one motor? Two motors! What’s better than one battery? Two batteries! The Rambo Megatron X2WD 1000 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.

Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.

A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.

What we love the most

  • Dual 1000 Motors gives awesome traction
  • Dual batteries for plenty of range. up to 80 miles in ideal conditions
  • And quite frankly, it’s badass!

Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat

Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike

Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows of handling on very rough terrain.

What we love the most

  • The motor is the market leading Bafang Ultra motor with 160Nm of torque so it will climb very steep hills
  • 4.8” fat tires are huge and make it a lot of fun to roll over rocks or even loose soil and keep full control.
  • 30 miles range on full throttle and 40-50 miles on pedal assist means you will always have juice left at the end of the day.

The Dualie By Rungu

Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike

The Rungu Dualie can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far Stable. Far Able.”

The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it into the backcountry. With 2 wheels up front it can tackle mud, rock fields and soft snow with no risk of the front wheel washing out.

It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.

It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.

What we love the most

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  • It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
  • Built in the USA
  • All season, all terrain, no washouts
  • Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand

RUNGU MDV SERIES

“It is an awesome bike! Still getting used to the stirring of it but it’s awesome nonetheless. I also love the button to move the bike without having to petal for those times I need a little breather but still wanna keep going.”. Carlos F

Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike

Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike

The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.

The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It’s built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more.

It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.

It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist. The Rubicon Trail Edition with those 2 large batteries boast a staggering 300 mile range on a flat paved road! The Rubicon Trail Edition comes equipped with off-road spare parts, tools and first aid kit and can carry a combined load of 350lbs.

What we love the most

  • It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
  • Built in the USA
  • All season, all terrain, no washouts
  • Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand.
  • 2 large batteries for extra range
  • Comes with rear rack, fenders, light, tire liners, skid plate, tool kit and first aid kit (that really is a complete package!)

“Standing from a disabled perspective this bike is amazing. The 1st day that I received this I immediately hit the trails and haven’t really stopped except to recharge.”. Matthew

Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike

Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike

The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.

The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.

The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save 1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000.

What we love the most

  • affordable than a mid drive bike
  • Rugged and feels very stable to ride
  • Lots of power on flats or moderate hills

WELL-BUILT BIKE, VERY GOOD

“very pleased so far. Used it a handful if times mostly on my land and a few log roads. Handles very well and feels smooth, comfortable padded seat and front suspension so it’s a nice machine”. Harrold

Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike

Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike

The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!

The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and climbs like a mountain goat. It’s very agile and can go pretty much anywhere.

It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26″x4″ fat tires.

With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!

What we love the most

  • It’s very solid and feels really rugged. Fells like a tank.
  • Full suspension so very smooth ride
  • Air suspension is the smoothest available
  • 4 piston hydraulic brakes
  • Comes with rear rack and fenders

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

“Love it. glad I got the full suspension Storm. The ride is so smooth. Shed hunting through the woods was exciting. Quickly learned to go so slow in the woods so as to avoid trees and limbs.”. Lee F

Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

The Warrior is Quietkat’s most popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.

The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.

With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.

The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat. the frames rustproof and has a lifetime warranty against flaws in workmanship. It’s built to take abuse and rise above. It will raise your hunting success and make it look easy. Mid drive motors are notoriously quiet so there’s no spooking game.

What we love the most

  • top speed of 25mph
  • powerful and strong. It’s well put together
  • Mid drive so climbs very with little or no effort

Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike

Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike

The Bakcou Kodiak is one of a kind. It has TWO 500W hub motors, one in the front hub and one in the rear hub.

It has more power and more capability than any HUB-DRIVEN BIKE BEFORE.

With Kodiak AWD, you can conquer any terrain. Snow, mud, rocky, sand.- you name it!

It combines the power and performance of Bafang’s 500W, high-end hub motors with bulletproof aluminum alloy frame and high-end components.

The wide stance, deep-cleated pedals have wide holes for extra boot grip and space to AVOID the accumulation of mud or snow.

The LCD display makes it easy to use while flying down the trail, and the CST BFT (Big Fat-Tire) gives you more grip and control than any other tire, so you can go where you want to go.

Overall, Bakcou Kodiak is a KILLER electric hunting bike for the price. Great range, POWERFUL, and can take on any terrain.

What we love the most

  • Range up to 50 miles
  • TWO 500W hub motors
  • Big fat tires
  • Bulletproof aluminum alloy frame
  • 300 lbs load capacity

Electric Hunting Bike Benefits

Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:

  • Go Farther – Electric hunting bikes help you go farther in a fraction of the time it would take to walk in
  • No Scent Trail. With an electric hunting bike you can move around without leaving a scent trail and gain a very important advantage when you need it most.
  • Move Stealthily – Electric hunting bikes are surprisingly quiet so you don’t spook the game.
  • Carry Extra Gear. They are built to carry 300lbs and if that’s not enough the trailers can carry an additional 100lbs so you can make it one trip in and out instead of a tiring back and forth lugging heavy gear on your back. Plus the bunch of other accessories available like rear racks and waterproof saddle bags for extra storage on the bike and not on your back.
  • Stay Out Longer. With the possibility to carry more gear and can stay out longer than before.
  • Age is Not a Factor. Electric hunting bikes make it easier for anyone to reach distant spots without the fatigue of hiking with gear so no matter your age or physical stature those once forgotten golden spots are attainable again.
  • Limited Mobility Not an Obstacle. Hunters with limited mobility, whether it’s an old injury that didn’t heal properly or a life changing injury, for hunting can make a world of difference and get you back out hunting again.
  • Reach Remote Unspoiled Spots. You can go than the weekend warrior is willing to walk. Leave them behind and take your hunting to that remote location.
  • Check Trail Cameras Quickly. Electric hunting bikes can go between 20 and 28 mph depending on the model. You can check your perimeter and trail cameras and be back before you miss anything.
  • Stay Safe – These hunting are fast so you can get out of a potentially dangerous situation in seconds
  • Environmentally Friendly. Hunting is also about preservation. are extremely friendly to the environment.

For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I’m going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it’s the alpha male in it’s category. 160Nm of torque, that’s awesome pulling power when it’s needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.

I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.

If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.

21 Responses

Mike Cook

One Word. UBCO – I’ve tried many different “hunting” bikes and I just got one that I guarantee you will outperform all those listed above. Try to take a test ride on the UBCO 2×2. It’s pricey but man is it AWESOME! I’ve taken it on deep sand, deep mud, very rocky terrain and on the road. The only area I found it to be a little sluggish is if you are climbing a very steep hill and have 300lbs of load on it. Then it moves a little slower up steep hills, but what bike wouldn’t? 🙂 NOTE: It does NOT have pedals though. It’s more like a moped mixed with a bike. Not sure what you’d call it. but having all-wheel drive helps in the sand and mud. There were a few times where I thought I was stuck for sure but the front tire would grip and help me get through. The top speed is only 30 mph but that’s plenty for a hunting bike. It says the max range is 75 miles and in three non-stop test rides I’ve gone 70, 60 and 50 but they were with different amounts of gear on me and different terrains. Still very awesome for what it is and does. Just wanted to share for once you try one, trust me you will be hooked.

BULLS BIKES USA

Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This post is very helpful for purchase a e bike.

Thanks for sharing such an in formative post. This post is very helpfully.

Norman Brown

Looking into buying a Grizzly scooter. I have a QuietKat but the bar is too high and tough to balance at 70 YO. As a Disabled Combat Veteran I need to be at a lower price even with the military discount Bakcou offers at 15%. Thanks can you help? I did hear that the scooters can tow a trailer.

LARRY JOHNSON

I started researching the hunter e-bikes (I’m a nature photographer) in October because my gear and large tripod are like what a lot of hunters haul. This is a very helpful article. As I think about some of the terrain and ground cover I’d be traversing it seems a chain and derailleur are points of vulnerability. Is there any thought or work being done to utilize a mid motor with a shaft drive system? It would present a cleaner, less-cluttered design that was better protected from damaging stubs, branches, wire, rocky cracks or potholes, etc. Last, I saw an ad for the QuietCat Apex that looks interesting. Is it enough like the Ridge runner and Warrior that those reviews would be applicable? Thanks.

I am 54 years old I have arthritis and a degenerative disc in my back. It is incredibly painful for me to be on my feet or my butt for more than 3 hours. I haven’t been hunting and probably six years as a result, I also suffer from depression. I could see myself hunting again with one of these most of them that look worthwhile are far too expensive for me

Ronald M Sucik

Is there any restrictions between 750W and 1000W for riding on BLM land or National Forest trails.

Ken Russell

I currently have an older bike with a BionX rear hub motor. I selected one with regenerative capability not for the extended range but primarily for resistance braking on long, rough down grades. A lot of my logging road rides involve 4 or 5 mile down grades on the way back to the truck and the regen option helps me avoid overheating the brakes. I will definitely be considering those down grades as I look to update my bike.

William Mack

I have the 1000 watt e cell bike and yes it is a big bike, but it is very strong and powerful this bike is like a tank with all wheel drive and 9 levels of assistance two batteries, two motors 203 cm disk up front and 180 rear their is no compromising with this bike. I ride around town, throw the forest on trails and on the beach, it takes on all challenges without blinking, but their is one issue and that is no front rack mounts unless you buy the 1500 watt bike, I got on them about that because it’s not cool. I am very happy with the bike just got my new bike rack to role the bike up to haul it that is very important because like I said it’s heavy just like a dirt bike but with batteries.

Steve Earney

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If/When you need service (damaged chain, bent wheel, etc.) should a local bike store be able to work on it or would you need to return to manufacturer? (I admit not mechanically inclined!)

John Murphy

Hi Rob, A second battery could set you back anything between 500 to 900 depending on the size. The bigger the battery the more range you get. The Bakcou Mule standard battery is a 14.5Ah which is already a good size will cost (at the time of replying) 599 and is good for 30 miles on throttle power. You could upgrade from the get go to a larger battery and just use one that has 40 to 60 miles per charge.

robert taylor

what is the answer to randys question how much average for spare batteries. I would use all one battery in one day, hunting northen BC

I’m just starting to learn about e hunting bikes. I live in Maine, turning 70 so need some assist getting to hunting locations. My biggest issue with buying on line is obtaining service on these bikes. Are available is service locations in the North East ?

Bart Robinson

I’ve been riding ebikes since they first came on the market, specifically looking for the best hunting ebike… something that could further my range and also help me explore quietly. I fell hard for QuietKat’s offering (even bought my brother one) and so far haven’t been dissapointed. Jim Shockey mentioned here in this post is an ambassador for QuietKat and I have to say this brand was the first to market, has been operating in this category the longest, and provides excellent customer support. While the bikes here mentioned are good options (my buddy Teddy has the Fat Tire Ridge Runner and it IS a beast!) I personally like the Apex because its got the same power as some of the other bikes on this list (also a 1000w mid-drive) but you can better manage your speed than with the ULTRA motor, which is great for tight trails and thicker woods. For me the Apex perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone! ~ Cheers from South Bend

Bill Thompson

well guess I’ll be selling my 4 wheeler.Bike is absolutely quitter and get though the trees here in Wisconsin a lot better.

What about dual hub motors, dual battery fat tire hunting bikes.not even mentioned. Most have a switch for motor and battery selection. I’ve seen models with up to two 2500W motors

Can any of the bikes go through water? I never see anything like a biker going through a creeks. As a hunter ( lol) who is on my last year of hunting. Because well, let’s just say I Hope I can maybe get a bike. But I have to cross a small creek.

I’ve been wanting to get an electric hunting bike for a while but I’m curious about charging the batteries while out hunting. How long would I need to run a generator for to top off a battery? Would a solar panel even get the job done? Seems like extra batteries might make the most sense. How long would one of these batteries take to charge from empty?

John Murphy

HI Berry, The Mule 1000 Storm 1000 both come in 17″ and 19″ frame size options so you should be able to find the right sixe for you both. The 17″ frame is best suited for heights ranging from 5’2″ to 5’8″ and the 19″ frame for 5’8″ and above. BackCountry eBikes are the makers or both models you like and they are hunters based out in Ogden Utah and they don’t make average bikes, they FOCUS on elite hunting bikes that will get the job done. They are designed to take a beating a perform well doing so. Both models have that coveted ULTRA mid drive motor so climbing hills and tackling rough terrain offroad will be a joy to experience.

They only use top grade components that can stand the test of rough offroad as that is what they are built to do. I have sent you additional info by email also, so you can make an educated decision on what suits you and your wife the best.

Berry Whatley

I really like the mule 1000 watt and the the storm 1000 watt, do you know what the stand over heights are? Im going to purchase 2, 1 for my wife and 1 for me. Are the components up upgradeable or are they good enough quality for rugged outdoor punishment.

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