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
|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.
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.
- 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
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).
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.)
The Abound is only available in one model.
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:
|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.
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 2023 for every kind of rider
If you’re looking for the best electric bikes, there are a lot to choose from, with electric motors and batteries added to a wide range of bikes to add extra power.
Electric road bikes will come with dropped handlebars and favour low weight, whilst electric hybrid bikes will come with flat bars, wider tyres and accessories to aid commuters – such as mudguards and lights. Electric folding bikes are useful if part of your journey involves train travel or you’re short on space.
Here at Cycling Weekly, we’ve reviewed bikes from these three categories and there are links to our more detailed reviews for each bike in this guide. Our testing involves a range of routes and ride lengths and our highly experienced team of testers understands what makes a good bike and what to look for in the best electric bikes.
Electric bikes can be expensive, but there are options too if you’re looking to keep costs low with starting from around 1,000: check out the best budget electric bikes. If you’re into tinkering with your bike, you might also want to look at the best electric bike conversion kits as an alternative to buying a completely new electric bike.
Women may benefit from female specific components on the best women‘s electric bikes, and if you’re venturing off-road, check out the best electric gravel bikes.
If you’re looking for the best electric mountain bike though, follow this link to head over to our sister publication MBR which specialises in mountain biking.
Here’s a quick look at our top choices from the best electric bikes, including a folding option.
The Specialized Turbo Vado is designed for fast urban riding but with its suspension fork and wider tires it can also handle rougher roads.
There’s a lot of clever tech in the aviation-inspired Gocycle G4i, with a neat folding mechanism, lightweight frame and decent mileage from its internal battery.
The Giant Fastride’s neatly integrated battery and quality spec make it a great option for the commute, with wide gear range and hydraulic disc brakes.
If your e-bike riding heads off-road, the Neo Carbon Lefty has front and rear suspension and a powerful Bosch motor to help you up the hills.
The Cento1 Hybrid takes Wilier’s race bike pedigree and inserts a rear hub motor in a stealth package that keeps the bike’s performance and doesn’t add too much weight.
The classic Brompton with the same folding mechanism, but with a front hub motor and battery housed in a neat removeable bag.
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Best Electric Hybrid bikes
Electric hybrid bikes are the fastest selling style. Their flat bars, usually wide tyre, and commute friendly fittings. such as mudguard mounts and rack mounts. make them extremely practical machines.
The motor can be housed in the rear hub, or at the cranks, and the torque will vary. low torque models offer a natural pedalling assistance, but high torque versions will move off the lights more quickly.
Reasons to avoid
The Ribble Hybrid AL e is a road-going hybrid bike that’s equally at home on gravel paths and trails, with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring upright riding position, so great for returning or newbie riders.
For us, we think the bike is one of the best looking hybrids we’ve ever come across, with the design hiding away the motor incredibly well, although we were a little sad that adjusting the seat post left behind scratch marks. The fully loaded package includes fenders (mudguards), lights and a rear rack making it perfect as a daily commuter or for ditching the car when going to the store, although we did find these a little rattily on test.
The Ebikemotion motor delivers its power smoothly and efficiently and offers long-range in between charges, making the Ribble far more than just an A to B bike.
Understandably it doesn’t perform in the same way as the Canyon Grail:ON in terms of fast and tight torque, but tap along and it will tick over nicely, taking the top off any strenuous rides.
With all the added extras as standard and classy looks, the Ribble Hybrid AL e is a great electric bike for the money.
Reasons to avoid
A fun ride that’s great in urban environments but also provides a confidence-inspiring ride on rougher terrain is what the Specialized Turbo Vado is all about.
If you’re after a bike that is fully integrated with lights, fenders and rack (27kg capacity) as well as security (on the App removable battery using a key), then this represents a straight forward choice. Only the weight, and to a lesser degree cost, need consideration.
We found the 70Nm/250W custom-tuned motor applies power seamlessly and powerfully as soon as you push down on the pedals. Range is excellent too. 95-130km / 60-80 miles should be easily attainable using the default settings of “Sport’ and ‘50% power’. There is an Eco mode as well as Turbo, so if you’re careful you can expect much greater range.
It is a heavy machine at 60lbs/ 27kg, so not easy to lift, so anyone needing to navigate steps in or out of the bike’s storage place will need to take this into consideration, but aside from that we found the Specialized Vado Turbo to be a joy to ride.
Reasons to avoid
We absolutely loved zooming around on the speedy Ride1Up Roadster V2 with its five levels of power assist. If you’re anything like us and are more used to training and racing on standard road bikes it can easily become your guilty pleasure. it’s fantastic fun to ride.
The bike was so quiet, even on level 5, convincing onlookers that our tester had to be some kind of super Hero to ride so fast up 15 per cent climbs. The only downside. in common with other e-bikes that only assist when you’re pedalling. was where there was a requirement for a hill start, the cranks had to be turned over in order to get the motor to engage, creating a pregnant pause at the lights, before vavavooming off.
The claimed 24mph maximum assisted speed (in the US) needs input from the pedals to reach on the flats, but without a doubt it’s noticeable downhill, where other bikes, such as the Wilier Cento1Hy Ultegra Di2 e-bike auto assist would cut out and slow you down.
This extra speed also puts the bike into a class 3 e-bike, meaning that it doesn’t meet EAPC rules in the UK, but that’s by the by as US brand Ride1Up doesn’t currently ship there.
If you are in a country lucky enough to be shipped to: the US, Canada and Mexico, then it’s a great option and one that has a very high fun-to-dollar ratio.
Ride1Up is a direct-to-consumer brand. check out the Roadster V2 on its website here.
Reasons to avoid
The Canyon Precede:ON is an efficient automatic transmission city bike that performs well in multi-terrain settings whether for utility or for leisure purposes thanks to a powerful motor and control panel.
With built-in accessories such as lights, mudguards, rack and kickstand all the trappings are there to make for a comfortable ride with style straight out the box. All these add ons however do make it one of the heaviest e-bikes on the market, even heavier than the Specialized Turbo Vado.
We really loved the Canyon Grail: On and it’s great to see the Precede:ON also be kitted with the Bosch Performance Line CX motor, although ideally we would love to see a little more juice in the battery to support the other impressive spec.
With everything you need straight out the box, including navigation system and lights, it’s the easiest way to swap driving/ public transport for a bike, but it is at the higher end price tag wise. There are a couple of models to choose from, which also takes the cost down a touch, but with a six year guarantee, it could be a savvy investment.
The only other point to note is that Canyon has a direct sales model, so you’ll have to buy directly from the brand here.
Reasons to avoid
The Giant Fastroad E Pro is another road-going hybrid bike with flat handlebars to promote a comfortable ride position for even the rustiest of riders, in fact we enjoyed riding this great electric hybrid road bike so much we gave it a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice Award.
The tyres provide plenty of squish and the ability to go lightly off-road. However on test we found the aluminium frame and fork quite stiff, which will suit those used to a traditional road bike’s feel and riders looking for a speedy commute, but worth bearing in mind if you’re used to a softer hybrid feel.
We really liked the bike’s integration of the battery, which can often be a design factor forgotten about on hybrid bikes. We were also really impressed to see the spec on the FastRoad, with hydraulic disc brakes and quality Shimano shifting, with a compact chainset and wide range cassette at the rear to provide plenty of gears for the hills all making an appearance.
A great electric hybrid bike for a fair price that will have a lot of appeal to lots of different riders.
Reasons to avoid
With its 36V battery, which should give around 70 miles of juice, hooked up to a mid-drive motor, we found that the Volt Infinity electric bike gave a nice balanced feel to the bike.
Shimano provides the power in the form of 8-speed Alfine Di2 hub Shimano Steps, the highly regarded motor and e-bike specific groupset.
Three different assistance modes will let you get the most out of that battery and the display mounted on the front will make it easy to keep track and we loved that the torque sensor picked up when we were flagging and gave us a little boost to help us along our way.
Previously similar to the Carrera Subway E, it’s had a bit of a make over and it’s now much more visually integrated than the previous model that we tested, although it’s still without a quick release rear wheel, making investing in the best puncture-proof tyres or inner tubes a shrewd investment.
The only real downside is the one size fits all. Great if it does fit you, not so much if it doesn’t.
Best Electric Folding Bikes
Folding electric bikes are practical if you have a train journey forming part of your trip or are low on space. Being small, the battery and motor can represent a large percentage of the weight, so the FOCUS is often on reducing this as much as possible.
Mileage on folding bikes is often low, since they’re typically used to ride to and from train stations, so battery range isn’t always a major consideration.
If you are considering going for a folder, you might find our buying guide page dedicated to helping you find the best folding bikes a useful read.
Reasons to avoid
We absolutely loved the Brompton Electric bike when we took it out for a spin, finding it to be the perfect bike for commuting in traffic and then stowing well out of the way post-ride.
The brand is considered by many as the gold standard of folding bikes, and the Brompton Electric is clearly cast from the same mould.
As typical with any Brompton bike, the brand has taken full control of the engineering, so everything from frame to motor has been designed in house. Brompton however has called upon the experiences of Williams Advanced Engineering when it comes to the motor, developing a bespoke lightweight removable battery and motor.
As you would expect when a team of Formula One engineers get under the bonnet of the Brompton Electric, the small, but perfectly formed motor has excelled, delivering power smoothly, safely and exactly when you need it.
The frame is the usual Brompton high standard, and while one size, keeps the ability to choose handlebars, seatpost heights and even saddle widths. There are six speeds, giving you plenty to play with when you hit a hill.
Whatever your final set up, you can rest assured as to the bike’s foldability, which is one of the reasons why Brompton stands out from the folding bike crowd. Its folded footprint is one of the smallest out there: 565mm high x 585mm wide x 270mm long (22.2″ x 23″ x 10.6″). This means it’s highly portable and capable of stowing in the smallest of spaces, although be warned, due to the independent motor and battery pack, you’ll find yourself with two hands full, so best to invest in a rucksack for your other belongings.
On test we felt this was an absolute dream of a bike, in fact, we went as far as calling it a transport gamechanger. If you’re worried by the 17kg-plus weight, there’s now the Brompton Electric P Line bike, which uses lighter frame materials to drop the claimed weight down to 15.6kg.
Reasons to avoid
The G4i is a solid choice for a commuter, with the option to add many accessories such as mudguards (fenders), a front and rear pannier rack, integrated lights, lock holster and a travel case.
The design folds in half, so that you can push it on its wheels rather than needing to carry it, or you can fully fold it into a compact package. There’s built-in rear suspension, concealed cabling and a fully enclosed drivetrain.
It features a discreetly integrated USB port on the handlebar, enabling owners to charge their phone or other small devices from the bike’s battery when not in use. although we found the quality of the integrated phone mount didn’t quite match that of the bike itself. The same goes for the LED display, which we found to be rather basic. although the information it provides is useful.
It’s also likely to be pretty low-maintenance given that the drivetrain is completely enclosed. This makes sense, given that commuting year round usually means cycling in the wet at some point. The G4i utilizes a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internally geared hub. With 1” of elastomer suspension and 2.35” wide tyres, it is one of the more comfortable small wheelers. Single-sided wheel attachment means you don’t even have to remove the wheel, should you puncture one of the 20” wheels.
The 500W (250W in the UK/EU) G4 electric motor and 375Wh Lithium-ion battery is claimed to provide a range of up to 80km (50mi), but the most we managed to get out of it was just 44km (27mi). To be fair, that was in one of the more ‘assisted’ modes and I always had the daytime running lights on. and the city of Bath is well known for its brutally steep hills.
The bike is available from 17.6kg / 38.8lbs. However, as the weight is centred low on the frame, this at least makes the ride more stable. The folding mechanism has been improved since previous versions and can be quickly collapsed into a small package. Gocycle says this can be done in as little as ten seconds; we found it was closer to 20.
Best Electric Bikes 2023
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There’s never been more options to choose from in the world of e-bikes, but which are the best electric bikes of 2023?
The team at Electric Bike Report put our heads together and chose 16 e-bikes we’ve deemed the Best Electric Bikes of 2023. Some of these e-bikes are new for this year, but some are ol’ reliables that are tried, tested and still hold true as the best in their class.
As with every list of best e-bikes, ours has some nuance as to why a specific bike was picked — ranging from value and componentry to overall ride feel. We’ve also leaned heavily on e-bikes we’ve tested in-house, though there are a few e-bikes here that were picked based on merit and reputation alone.
Whether you’re looking for the best e-bike for older riders, the best electric commuter bike or the best electric beach cruiser, this list will point you towards what we think are the best in each category.
How we picked the best electric bikes
In a fast-growing sea of products, how did we make our picks for the best e-bikes? The answer to this question varies depending on the bike and category. But in every case, these e-bikes were picked through consensus among our team of expert e-bike testers.
Some bikes, such as the Aventon Aventure 2 electric fat bike, leapt out as obvious frontrunners during testing. While others, like the Blix Aveny Skyline and Ride1UP 700 Series, were sleeper contenders chosen for very specific reasons. But in all cases, we evaluated the bikes based on a few key criteria, mainly:
- Value: How much e-bike are you getting for your dollar? The e-bike market has grown flush with overpriced and under-spec’d electric bikes that don’t offer much value. Every bike on this list we’d call fairly priced.
- Components and extras: What else comes with the e-bike? Does it come with racks, bags, lights and fenders, and do those accessories make sense? Is there anything else that should be included but isn’t?
- Does it offer something unique?: In a market chock-full of options, what’s unique about this bike that sets it apart from the competition? There are many categories of e-bike — particularly at the more affordable end of the spectrum — that are flush with copycat brands and e-bikes that just aren’t that special. We’re looking for the ones that are.
- What does the manufacturer say it was built for?: What was this bike designed to do, and how well does it execute that purpose? Of course you can choose to use your bike however you’d like, but we want to make sure the e-bikes on this list function as advertised.
- How does it actually ride?: Last but not least, the most important question: Does the e-bike ride well? Most of these e-bikes we know intimately through rigorous testing.
Aventon Aventure 2
The Best Fat Tire Electric Bike, 2023
One of our favorite e-bikes since 2021, the newly-updated Aventon Aventure 2 electric fat bike truly is something to write home about.
It has all the typical accouterments you’d expect from a sub-2,000 electric fat bike: A 750W motor, a suspension fork and a solid component package — but where the Aventure sets itself apart are in its little details. Details like its full-color LCD display, metal fenders, hydraulic disk brakes and integrated tail lights that function as turn signals. Or the fact that this is one of the few e-bikes in this category and at this price point with a fully integrated battery that blends seamlessly into the frame, and sports a torque sensor for more responsive motor engagement.
All these small things add up into an e-bike that feels much more expensive than it is. It rides stable and inspires confidence in rougher terrain, and did we mention it’s really quick? Electric Bike Report has reviewed both the standard Aventure and the Aventure Step-Through and both put up some of the quickest times we’ve recorded on our test hill and our test circuit.
The Aventure series has retained the top billing on our list of the best electric bikes for over two years, and it’s continued to be one of our go-to e-bikes on filming days for hauling all gear and camera equipment. Its overall performance and utility has so far stood the test of time.
Aventon may not have reinvented the affordable electric fat bike, but they sure did raise the bar for what we expect from any sub-2,000 e-bike.
This bike can be anything you need it to be whether that’s your daily commuter, weekend plaything, or leisure ride. It’s mix of versatility and downright fun have kept it among the highest ranks of our choices for the best electric bikes of 2023.
- This is a surprisingly quick e-bike. The motor is powerful and smooth and likely to be a hit with new and experiend riders alike.
- The full-color LCD display features big numbers and a very helpful battery life indicator that gives the percentage of charge the battery has.
- Improved battery range on the newest model thanks to the efficiency / more responsive torque sensor that engages motor power as needed
- Metal fenders don’t wiggle as much as plastic ones and they have a quality look to them
- This is a distinctive e-bike with a stylish look and does a great job of integrating the battery
- The Aventure 2 improved over the Aventure 1 in small and large ways, but the Shimano Altus it now uses is technically a downgrade from the previously equipped Shimano Acera (although we saw no performance issues in our 160 miles of testing).
The Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus
One of the most confidence inspiring affordable e-bikes on the market, with good power, good componentry and the backing of one of the most reputable e-bike brands.
Lectric XP 3.0
The Best Folding Electric Commuter Bike, 2023
It may not be the fanciest or highest-spec’d folding electric bike on the market, but by golly it’s hard to deny the popularity and value of the Lectric XP 3.0.
The Electric Bike Report staff is always watching for e-bike sightings out in the wild. We like to know what people are riding and why, and Lectric XP series is arguably our most frequent sighting. It’s popular for very good reasons: Not only is it remarkably cheap (in terms of price, not feel) at just about 1,000, it’s actually a terrifically fun e-bike.
This is Lectric’s third iteration of their XP folding fat tire e-bike. This new version, released in 2022, comes with a 500W motor, a suspension fork, mechanical disk brakes on 180mm rotors and a 48V, 10.4Ah battery that has a pretty decent range (for its size). Toss in recent editions like a rack that can support 150lbs (and a buddy with the right accessory package), revamped contact point’s that are softer and more.
That spec sheet on its own is quite value packed at this price, but we’re not recognizing this bike for its components — we like it for its ride. The XP 3.0 is a meaty little folding bike that reminds me of those old Honda three-wheelers popular back in the late 80’s. It’s not super fast or overly nimble, but it romps around like no other and feels like it won’t let you down.
The Lectric XP 3.0 stole our hearts for its sheer affordability and fun factor. To be clear: There are more premium folding bikes that cater to different needs, but this one seems like the people’s Champion for affordable folding e-bikes. Of all the e-bikes listed on this best electric bikes list, there may not be a more affordable and versatile one of the bunch.
- It’s hard to find as full-featured an e-bike at such an affordable price
- The XP 3.0 has a terrific motor that provides spirited acceleration and a very fun ride
- As folding bikes go, this shrinks to a very manageable package, making it easy to stow away once folded
- Having such a large LCD screen makes it easy to read and serves up all the helpful ride data
- Not only is this an affordable e-bike, it includes a number of features we think of as premium, like front suspension, rack, fenders and lights
- The 3-in. tires are knobby and give the XP 3.0 the ability to take in some off-road riding
- Moving a 60-lb. e-bike isn’t easy, even when folded; we suggest removing the battery before picking it up
- We wish the key didn’t have to remain in the bike to operate it since it’s under the frame and easy to forget
The Aventon Sinch
With its low step-thru frame, big tires and suspension fork, this is a comfortable and easy to ride e-bike perfect for commuters or anyone short on storage space
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus
Best Utility Electric Bike, 2023
The Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus exists somewhere between a small cargo e-bike and a peppy commuter, and frankly, we’re in love with it.
Its moped-style seat, small wheels, built-in rear rack and semi-ridiculous BMX handlebars give the Runner Plus a quirky style that takes a little getting used to. But when you’re on the bike, it all just makes sense. It handles quick despite its 74.3 lb heft, and its funky frame design is actually functional: Rad’s built booko accessory options that either attach to the rear pannier-style rack and they make a big tank-style box that fits between your legs.
It’s powered by a 750W rear hub motor and a 672Wh battery that’s situated below the seat, which offer plenty of oomph for carrying people, cargo or just quickly getting around town. There’s also a twist throttle and the Runner Plus comes with a bench seat mounted to the rear rack and foldable foot pegs that make it pretty comfortable to take a friend.
It’s not just one of our favorite e-bikes, but it feels hands down like one of the year’s best electric bikes. We think the RadRunner Plus is a spectacular option for anyone looking for one bike that can do a little of everything.
- This is an unusually adaptable e-bike that can serve well for commuting, errand running or just cruising for fun
- The number of accessories that can be used to customize the RadRunner is larger than we typically see
- The 750W hub motor provides the power necessary to carry loads (including kids) and get around quickly as well as conquer hills
- 20-in. wheels and a low-slung frame make this a very well-balanced bike that handles with easy
- Because this isn’t an especially heavy e-bike, the 672Wh battery provides plenty of range
- We would prefer to see a more traditional saddle; the one included can rub the inside of the rider’s thighs
- Because this e-bike has 20-in. wheels, the mechanical disc brakes provide adequate stopping power, but hydraulic discs modulate better and would be more befitting of a “plus” model.
The Blix Dubbel
With the ability to carry up to 200 lbs. And a longer-than-usual rack, the Blix Dubbel is a utility bike that can double as a child carrier. Riders with long commutes will love that it can be ordered with two batteries.
Ride1UP 700 Series
The Best Class 3 Electric Commuter Bike, 2023
So Class 2 speeds aren’t your thing? Well, say hello to a top-notch Class 3 commuter that will keep pace with traffic without breaking the bank.
Ride1UP’s 700 series found its way to our best electric bikes list because we’re still scratching our heads how they packed this much value into an electric commuter bike.
Notice some of the names and numbers that jumped off the spec sheet to us: a 720Wh Samsung battery, 750W motor with 60 nm of torque, Tektro dual-piston hydraulic brakes, 100mm travel suspension fork, Schwalbe SUPER MOTO X 27.5×2.4” tires, and an 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain.
Not to mention they toss in all the typical trappings one hopes to find on a commuter with integrated lights, fenders, and a sturdy rear rack for your panniers.
The real kicker though? It feels like a bit of a steal considering that most affordable full-package commuters cost 200-300 more. The value here is off the charts as is the fun factor.
- It may not look like a commuter, but with its parts package, it offers all the features of a proper commuter at a great price
- This is a pretty speedy e-bike but never feels overly powerful
- The balloon tires have a great feel and roll easily
- The 720Wh battery offers enough range for multiple days of commuting without a rush to charge
- The 100mm suspension fork is more than many commuters offer making it a chushier ride
- It has a little more assembly than some other DTC e-bikes, but the instructions are pretty detailed and easy to follow
- It’s a mighty fine hill climber on PAS, but throttle only power may struggle on steeper hills.
The Vvolt Proxima
A long-reigning favorite among our staff, the Level looks nice, is appropriately outfitted and is just plain fast. Featuring an Enviolo continuously variable gearing drivetrain, a Gates belt drive and a powerful MPF mid-drive motor, this is a very versatile e-bike.
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus
The Best Class 2 Electric Commuter Bike, 2023
Rad Power Bikes really overhauled the latest iteration of their uber-popular commuter. The RadCity 5 Plus came equipped with a host of new parts on top of a freshly redesigned look. We were such fans of how the new RadCity came together that it easily sprang to our minds to be included on our list of best electric bikes.
The aesthetics upgrade is apparent: Rad swapped an exterior battery pack for a semi-integrated, frame-mounted battery. The modern paint job on a classic dutch-styled bike is a marriage that works quite well too. Rad also employed the use of a dual display set-up we rarely see which breaks up the information in a good way.
Powering the bike is a 672Wh battery and a 750W geared rear hub motor. Rad has dialed in the electronics to smoothly engage while riding and keep the rider comfortable and in control.
Not only does it roll well, but it stops well too. We tested both the step-through and high-step versions of the RadCity Plus’ frame and in both brake tests the RadCity was among the top performers in bikes we’ve ever tested. The NUTT hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm rotors perform very well and seem like the right spec choice.
Add in the 59.5 lbs capacity rear rack, 50 mm suspension fork, fenders and front and rear integrated lights and this e-bike will check nearly all the boxes on your commuter wishlist.
- 672Wh is plenty of battery for commutes, and it looks great on the bike.
- The handling is stable and predictable.
- It’s currently in the top-tier of our brake tests.
- The 750W motor will get the job done for you day in and day out.
- The Rad Power Bikes branded tires also performed well.
- For as much as the looks were upgraded, we feel some tidier cable management would have been nice.
- We like the functionality of two displays, but the LEDs on the left-hand display are hard to read in sunlight.
The Aventon Level 2
This is a very full-featured commuter with great lines, a powerful motor, front suspension and includes a commute-ready package with fenders, lights and rear rack.
The Best Electric Bike for Big and Tall Riders, 2023
Most e-bike companies produce a wide array of models. They may have a cruiser, a commuter, an all-terrain model and may even have a cargo e-bike. Himiway has gone a little different direction. Every one of their e-bikes sports fat tires at least 4 in. wide, making the cushy ride of a fat bike a signature part of their appeal.
Himiway delivers in four key areas on nearly all of the bike in their lineup: the bikes are big, fast, provide all-day battery life, and they don’t break the bank. So what makes them so good for big and tall riders? Well, the heavier a bike’s payload (rider load) the more power is required to move the rider. Having an exceptionally sizable battery offers a rider some reassurance that they can do a full commute and not worry about running out of battery. And an 840Wh battery is uncommon on bikes going for less than 2000.
The hallmark of a Himiway bike is the motor hits the pavement fast and hard. The larger batteries enable the programming to hold little back as there is plenty of battery to draw from, so when the bike promises class three speeds it will get there regardless of how heavy a rider or payload on the bike is. It’s quicker than most on hills too.
With wider tires you find more stability and comfort, and the 26 X 4.0″ tires are plenty wide. As Griffin the 6′ 1″, 230 lbs. rider from our team puts it, “I’m a bigger dude and there’s just something I like about what a bigger tire does for me.”
We like that they include lights and a rear rack to make the Himiway Cruiser as versatile as possible. It makes for a pretty killer value on the bike all around.
You don’t have to be a bigger or taller rider to appreciate what the Himway Cruiser can do, but it definitely checks that particular box on our list of the best electric bikes.
- Very powerful e-bike – many e-bikes can get you to the same speeds, but this one has a lot of acceleration off the line.
- The bike feels pretty stable all around – it handles well especially for the higher speeds it produces.
- 840Wh battery makes for very long rides, even in higher PAS riding.
- 350lb rider weigh limit is much higher than we typically see bikes rated for – and the motor still seems to work well for larger riders too.
- While speedy bikes can be fun, we wish we saw a little more dialed back speeds in lower PAS settings.
- It’s not the least responsive cadence sensor we’ve had, but it’s not the best either. It may take a couple of cranks on the pedals for PAS to kick in – especially after engaging the motor cutoff on the brakes.
The Mokwheel Basalt
400 lbs of payload capacity alone make it a compelling option, but the bike offers much, much more. The motor and battery life are inviting for all day fun on the Mokwheel Basalt.
Lectric XP Lite
The Best Affordable Electric Bike, 2023
Shopping for an e-bike that retails for less than 1000 can be a mixed bag. We understand people wanting to stretch a dollar as far as possible, especially with inflation being what it is. However, there’s a point of diminishing returns where the sacrifices made to reach the low price have eroded the e-bike’s quality to a point we don’t feel good recommending. The Lectric XP Lite bucks that trend by offering one of the most affordable e-bikes we’ve ever given a thumbs up.
Rather than design an e-bike from the ground up to be affordable, Lectric took the approach of putting their very successful XP 2.0 on a diet. Lectric eliminated the suspension fork, rack, fenders and multi-gear drivetrain to achieve a price anyone in the market for an e-bike can afford.
In removing those elements, the XP Lite lost weight and Lectric was able to capitalize on that by spec’ing a 300W motor and 374Wh battery, which gives it nearly the same range as the XP 2.0. Its 46-lb. weight makes it one of the easiest-to-fold e-bikes we’ve encountered.
When looking for the best blend of light weight and affordability, the XP Lite is tough to beat. A 70-lb. e-bike can be difficult for smaller riders to manage as well as elderly riders who may have lost strength; we appreciate an e-bike with such a broad appeal.
- We don’t often recommend e-bikes that retail for less than 1000, but this one gets a solid thumbs up
- With a weight of just 46 lbs., this e-bike has terrific handling
- By removing the battery before folding it, riders can cut the e-bike’s weight by 7 lbs., making it easier to manage
- To cut the chance for flats, the tubes come with Slime sealant installed
- The 20 x 3-in. tires feature knobs for unpaved surfaces
- Most sub-50-lb. e-bikes can’t carry as much weight as the XP Lite’s 275-lb. payload capacity
- There really isn’t much you could do differently with this bike without increasing cost. It fits the bill for being a fun, practical folder for riders on a budget
- The XP Lite strikes an amazing balance of features vs. affordability; any upgrades would increase its cost
- We would prefer to be able to remove the key after turning the e-bike on
- The single-speed drivetrain was a key part of hitting this price, but it will make hills a bigger challenge and practically necessitates PAS 5 usage on steeper grades
The Ride1UP Core-5
We don’t often see Class 3 e-bikes that are unquestionably affordable, and even with the powerful Shengyi motor, the bike is spec’d with quality parts.
Blix Aveny Skyline
The Best Step-Through Electric Bike, 2023
The Blix Aveny Skyline isn’t the lowest step-over height of any bike we’ve tested. So why is it taking the crown on the step-through category of our best e-bikes list? Because it balances frame rigidity with ease of access. The top tube is low enough for most but the fact that it’s still there is important for the bike’s ride quality. You won’t notice the wallowy or flexy ride that so often plagues step-through e-bikes, which is confidence-inspiring in corners and when you’re looking to ride it for years to come.
Aside from being easily accessible, this e-bike it’s beautifully simplistic to ride too. It resides within the small category of e-bikes that feel remarkable to ride without any motor assistance.
But make no mistake, we’re fans of the electrical components too. The 500W motor and 614Wh battery pair nicely with the 7-speed drivetrain.
Thanks to it’s comfortable orientation, the Blix Aveny Skyline is inviting and approachable for those who may be concerned with throwing a leg over a traditional diamond frame.You’ll also turn a few heads with its classic car-esque paint job.
- Keeping the top tube while making it a step-through frame gives you the best of both worlds: easy access and good frame integrity.
- Regardless of the color you pick, they all seem to look great with classic car color choices.
- The 500W motor and seven gear range is a good combo for you to find your ideal cruising speed.
- Overall it’s a very poised-feeling ride. It handles predictably and comfortably.
- For a bike with no suspension (which always adds price), it felt notably smooth.
- It’s a one-size-fits-all bike that should accommodate between 5’1” – 6’2”. Our main reviewer is 6’2” and felt a tiny bit cramped.
- There is some rattle noise in the metal fenders. It’s not a deal-breaker for us, but notable if you’re searching for a silent ride.
The Aventon Pace 500 ST
With its combination of affordability and super-low standover height, this is one e-bike that is always easy to recommend. It ships as a Class 2 e-bike, but can be unlocked to achieve a Class 3 max speed of 28 mph.
Aventon Pace 500.3 ST
The Best Electric Bike For Seniors, 2023
Seniors often have someone different priorities than younger folks when shopping for an e-bike. The concerns we hear repeatedly are: something that has a step-thru frame with low standover to make getting on and off the e-bike easy; an upright seated position that is easy on an old neck; and calm handling for reflexes that aren’t quite so quick as they used to be. Of course, it never hurts to find all this in an affordable package, which is why we named the Aventon Pace 500 in its step-thru design as our favorite e-bike for seniors.
Among the many things we appreciate about the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST is the fact that this e-bike weighs less than many comparable models. Suspension forks, big tires, racks, baskets and fenders all add weight to a bike and at 52 lbs., the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST is an e-bike that’s easy to manage.
Its 500W brushless hub motor is surprisingly powerful and does a great job of delivering a rider up to 20 mph either with pedal assist or throttle. It can also be “unlocked” in the smartphone app to achieve Class 3 performance, something its 8-speed Shimano drivetrain can handle.
The Aventon Pace 500.3 comes in two different frame designs, both a traditional frame and a step-thru and both versions are available in two sizes. For seniors who have lost flexibility, finding a bike that is comfortable is important and with four choices, they are more likely to find a size that is comfortable. The adjustable stem is a great touch for dialing in the reach.
Few bikes we have reviewed has exceeded their range estimates as impressively as the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST. They claim a range of roughly 30-60 Mi., but in our test we achieved 68 Mi. in PAS 1 and 35 Mi. in PAS 5.
- The updates to the Pace 500.3 ST, like the reduced weight, torque sensor and integrated taillights (which function as turn signals), make a great e-bike even better.
- The battery is crazy efficient delivering up to 68 miles in our testing.
- The color display and accompanying app make for a rich experience
- Name-brand components from Shimano and Tektro reinforce the quality presentation
- The rider position is very comfortable, combining the upright position of a cruiser and the easy pedaling of a commuter
- At 52 lbs. it is relatively light for an e-bike, and works on most any hitch rack
- Bigger riders may find the short reach to the handlebar to feel a bit cramped; although it can be adjusted
The Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus ST
This very practical bike comes in two frame designs and is outfitted to allow a rider to leave their car in the garage. Its upright position is very comfortable and it includes a throttle to save tired legs.
Ride1UP Revv 1
The Best Moped/Moto-Styled Electric Bike, 2023
Moped-style e-bikes are all the rage these days, and the market is packed full of models spanning every imaginable price point and power level. We’ve tested our fair share of them, and found the Ride1UP Revv 1 to be a cut above the rest!
This smash hit of an e-bike is freaky fast, ferociously fun, and fully functional as an electric vehicle. It’s a Class 2 e-bike with a 750W rear-hub motor and a throttle to carry you up to 20 miles per hour, but with some help from Ride1UP, it can be loosened up to Class 3 mode for faster pedal-assisted travel on the streets, and fully unlocked for even greater speeds on private property. On top of that, it comes equipped with lights, turn signals, fenders, and even an electronic horn.
We acknowledge that many riders will opt to near-exclusively use the bike’s throttle, but the Revv 1 surprised us by the (relative) ease with which it can be pedaled. Regardless of how much speed and motor input you desire, the bike uses a cadence sensor for a smooth and casual ride that just needs the pedals to be in motion for the motor to pump out its power. We loved how stable the bike felt when braking or traveling at high speeds!
To top it off, this bike comes in two trim packages with different price points to meet your needs and budget – both under 2,500. With so much packed into such an affordable e-bike, it’s no wonder the Ride1UP Revv 1 was our top choice for the best moped-style e-bike of the year!
- The Revv 1 nails the moto-inspired ethos: it looks cool, and is an absolute blast to ride
- Hallmark Ride1UP value. Great value in terms of the dollar you pay and the spec you receive
- The handling is superb. Few, if any, e-bikes we’ve tested feel so stable at speeds up to 28 mph
- Solid range going between 30-60 miles in our testing, and we hear a dual battery option is on the way too
- The tires offer good puncture-resistance, but if the rear gets a flat it’s more labor-intensive than most to fix it
Electric Bike Company Model S
The Best Electric Bike for Customization, 2023
What feels permanently fixed on our wishlist for changes in the wider electric bike marketplace would be giving customers more options on the look and ride of their desired e-bike. Far too often you pick a step-thru or step-over frame, the frame size, the color, and…. that’s it. But one e-bike company stands alone in giving riders near-infinite possibilities to craft an e-bike of their liking.
The Electric Bike Company assembles classic beach cruiser-styled e-bikes out of Califonia where they are able to put together the custom cruiser of an e-bikers dreams. Let’s start with the looks: you can pick out the color of the frame, fork, chainguard, fenders, battery case, rims, basket and more. Choose one color. Choose two colors. Heck make everything different colors, it’s totally up to you. You can even get a bike helmet painted to match while you’re at it (yup, they do those too).
It’s not just about the pain job though, you get a lot of options in hardware too. You get to pick your option of grips, wheel size, tires, fork, drivetrain, throttle, size of battery you want and more. You can even throw on a security system as well.
Now all that customization is true for nearly all of Electric Bike Company’s models, so why did we pick the Model S? It had a rock-solid ride quality that perfectly captured the beach cruiser ethos: we felt like we were at the boardwalk even when we’re riding around our desert streets. It glides well about town, keeps the rider comfortable at all times, and helped convert even our most eMTB-inclined riders to find reasons to bust out the beach cruiser. It’s a fun ride that you can make exactly yours which is why it gets our nod for the best e-bike for customization.
- Staggering amount of customization options
- The quintessential beach cruiser experience. The Model S glides about town while keeping the rider very comfortable
- Weight capacity 420 lbs, welcomes most riders, regardless of weight.
- Since all the bikes are assembled in California, EBC has industry-leading warranties on the frame, motor, and battery.
Blix Sol Eclipse
The Best Cruiser Electric Bike, 2023
The cruiser vibe has always been about a bike that is easy to ride, comfortable to sit on and relaxed enough in its handling that the rider can look around and see the sights. The Blix Sol Eclipse is a cruiser that respects all that and then adds some oomph. We hadn’t really ever asked the question, “How do you make a cruiser even easier to ride?” but that’s exactly what the Blix Sol Eclipse does for riders.
With a 750W hub motor, a 614Wh battery and a 7-speed drivetrain, the Blix Sol Eclipse makes the riding just as easy on hills as it does on a flat bike path. And while most people don’t go for long rides on a cruiser, with the speed it propels riders to, making use of its 45-Mi. range doesn’t seem like too much fun in the sun.
The LCD display is large and easy to read at a glance. And the scale for the battery charge looked like a ruler and offers a finer sense than something with four or five bars. Having the display mounted at the stem also helps its readability. The backswept cruiser bar is very comfortable and we love the twist shifter; we prefer it to many other shifters we encounter.
We often criticize e-bikes that fit tall riders, but not smaller riders. The Blix Sol Eclipse has a low (17-in.) standover height and an even shorter reach to the bar (15.5 in.), making this e-bike ideal for riders who might not fit on most other bikes.
This is a Class 2 e-bike with a throttle and a maximum assist speed of 20 mph. While we like hydraulic disc brakes for their feel and power, the Tektro mechanical discs with 160mm rotors do a great job of keeping the Blix Sol Eclipse under control. It’s easy to see why this is our favorite electric cruiser bike of 2023.
- With 7 speeds and a 750W motor, even a hill doesn’t disrupt this cruiser’s easy vibe
- The relaxed position of this cruiser made for more than 100 miles of comfortable riding for our testers
- Few things get our attention as quickly as an e-bike loaded with features that doesn’t break the bank and the Sol Eclipse has everything needed for a fun day out
- The appeal of a cruiser is rarely about speed, but we found the Blix Sol Eclipse to be a very capable climber that also has terrific acceleration
- Most e-bikes we review come a two, maybe three colors; we were pleased to see that Blix offers the Sol Eclipse in four different colors
- PAS 1 and PAS 2 don’t assist the rider very much; we’d like to see the wattage increased on those to give riders an appreciable level of assist
The Electric Bike Co. Model S
This is a remarkable cruiser for its sheer customizability. Buyers have extraordinary ability to choose from a broad color palette, different batteries, suspension a GPS tracker and plenty more.
The Best All-Terrain/Hunting Electric Bike, 2023
This fat bike takes the idea of a an all-terrain e-bike and bolts on a turbo unit. The QuietKat Apex is the company’s top-shelf all-terrain e-bike, featuring a Bafang mid-drive motor for a more responsive ride and better performance on hills. This e-bike has the power necessary to take riders into the backcountry and the range to bring them back out.
The QuietKat Apex sports an excellent parts pick including Tektro 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, a SRAM 9-speed drivetrain and a 150mm-travel suspension fork. Add in fat 26 x 4.5-in. tires, and it’s ready to head into the forest.
Getting the most out of an e-bike offroad will be most likely if the e-bike fits the rider. To their credit, QuietKat offers the Apex in three sizes to fit a broad range of rider heights. QuietKat offers buyers a number of choices, including a motor upgrade and extended warranties, not to mention a vast selection of different accessories.
With a 325-lb. payload capacity, it is a terrific option for the hunter or angler who wants to bring home dinner, and with a 768Wh battery, it has the range to go where the game is.
- Choose between a 750W mid-drive Bafang motor (standard) or upgrade to a 1000W motor
- The 150mm suspension fork can handle the rigors of challenging terrain
- Tektro’s 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes are a Smart choice for riding in steep terrain, especially if pulling a load or if the rack is loaded
- Hunters and anglers will appreciate the forethought QuietKat put into its array of accessories
- At 70 lbs., this e-bike may be dificult for smaller riders to manage
- Riders looking for an e-bike for super-technical terrain may not find the Apex suitable for their needs; we consider it more all-terrain than eMTB
The Himiway Cobra
This full-suspension all-terrain e-bike offers riders terrific control, a smooth ride and the ability to go a very long way, thanks to its 960Wh battery, which powers a very torquey 750W brushless hub motor.
The Best Electric Cargo Bike, 2023
Electric cargo bikes are undergoing a revolution in 2023, and the Aventon Abound is amongst the most impressive of the bunch.
Cargo e-bikes are all about utility. They offer a practical solution for those trying to ditch car dependence, or who want to get out and about more with the kids. So reliability is key for riders looking to tote gear or people along.
The Aventon Abound is one heck of a well spec’d machine, with uncommon good looks in the cargo e-bike style. It starts with an impressive 750W rear hub motor that functions with a torque sensor instead of a cadence one. The result is better motor control depending on how much of your own effort goes through the pedals.
The torque sensor also makes for great battery efficiency. The 720 Wh battery isn’t class leading, but it squeezes more mileage out of that battery than a cadence sensor could.
What we really appreciated with the Abound is it gives you more out of the box than most cargo e-bikes. When shopping in this frame style, one almost automatically expects a few ‘add item to cart’ accessories to fully take advantage of a cargo bike. It could be pannier bags, passenger cushions or more. But Aventon does equip the Abound with more than most with the standard runner boards, storage compartment, and quick-adjust seatpost that offers a little suspension for the rider.
With terrific ride quality, gorgeous and thoughtful design, and a few more usable accessories than most, the Abound found its way on our mentions of the best electric bikes of 2023
- Hills are no problem. While the Aventure 2 has the reputation for a powerful motor, but the Abound actually put up better hill test results!
- 440 lbs payload capacity means you can really stack a lot on the Abound from people to pets and a week’s worth of groceries
- It’s subjective, but most cargo bikes don’t have the style the Abound does.
- The torque sensor/hub motor combo gives a good pedal experience, but a good kick of acceleration in higher PAS.
- The folding stem is designed to make storage and transport easier, but it adds a slight rattle to the ride at higher speed.
The Best Affordable Electric Cargo Bike, 2023
Given that this is our list of the top overall e-bikes of 2023, it’s no surprise to say every e-bike listed here gave us lasting memories. However, possibly no other bike gave us a bigger “WOW” moment this year than Lectric did with the sheer value of their first-ever cargo bike.
The XPedition has one of the highest weight ratings of any cargo rack at 300 lbs (total payload of 450 lbs), and Lectric made sure you could tow all that weight around by making their 750W motor the torquiest one to date to match any hill you’d come across. Oh, and it has hydraulic brakes, a custom stem for quick adjusting and folding for storing in compact paces, pre-slimed 20″ x 3″ tires, lights, fenders, and wheel guards all included.
Sounds great, right? But here’s the brain-busting part of the XPedition: we typically see quality cargo e-bikes selling around the 2000 mark. Lectric debuted the XPedition more than 500 below that level while boasting all those features listed above. For another 300 you can run a dual battery setup that will get you up to 120 miles range (in our testing) and you’re still not bumping against that 2000 line where most cargo e-bikes start.
The “WOW” factor isn’t done yet though. Almost every cargo e-bike rider we’ve known has accessories for either kids or gear. Looking to replace your car on grocery trips? Need a space for your little one? You can add two XL cargo pannier bags, or seat cushions and grab bars to the dual-battery XPedition and STILL not cross the typical 2000 mark.
It’s not a bike without its warts. The cable management isn’t the best we’ve seen, and the LCD display is pretty dated, but you throw all those features on top of rock-solid ride quality and remember you’re a fully loaded model can be had for under the starting price of nearly all other cargo options, and the decision to name it te best affordable e-bike of 2023 seems pretty clear.
- Simply among the best values of any e-bike regardless of frame style. You get a ton for what you pay for, and you don’t pay much
- Among the highest weight capacity ratings we’ve seen. 300 lbs on the rear rack, and 450 total payload
- Thanks to a low setp-over height and a custom stem it can fit riders 4’11” – 6’5″
- Makes light work of most any hill even when hauling a lot of cargo
- The folding stem can start to feel a bit wobbly when traveling at top speed
- We strongly recommend the dual battery model, but know you’ll have to buy a separate second charger to charge both at one time
The Blix Packa Genie
Hundreds of accessory combos, dual battery optional, quality design, and even a nice paint job help the Blix Packa Genie standout as an affordable cargo e-bike option.
Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5
The Best E-Bike For Smaller Riders
When we consider the needs of smaller riders, we look at three factors, all of which the Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5 addresses nicely. We want to see a step-thru frame for a low standover height, a short seat tube so that the saddle can be adjusted to the rider’s height and a reasonable reach to the handlebar with some amount of adjustability for the handlebar or stem in order to shorten that reach some.
Smaller riders, particularly those riders less than 5 feet 5 inches tall face a real challenge when shopping for an e-bike. Most e-bikes are built in a size well-suited to someone 5 feet 10 inches, but the quality of that fit drops the more someone deviates from that height. The high-rise handlebar of the RadExpand can be turned back toward the rider more than most, making the reach easier and its step-thru design not only makes it easy to fold, it’s easy to mount and get rolling.
The RadExpand 5’s versatility is part of what makes it so great. It’s a capable commuter, thanks to lights, fenders and a rear rack, and with its wide tires, it gives a smooth ride even on rough roads.
The 750W brushless hub motor is more powerful than we see on some folding e-bikes. For riders who have to deal with hills or consistently rough roads, having this much power will be welcome, especially for smaller riders who might not be as strong, which is why this is our favorite choice for small riders.
- The new handlebar setup is a game changer. The bars are wider, it feels less flexy and it still folds to boot.
- At over 62 lbs it’s still hefty, but the bike folds down to a convenient size for storing in an RV, a corner of the garage or in the trunk of most sedans.
- Rad’s rear hub motors have proven time and again to be some of the most reliable on the market.
- The spec sheet is solid for the price. A 7-speed drivetrain, nice working mechanical disk brakes and a sizeable battery for about 1,599 MSRP is a good deal.
- The handling is spot-on. Neutral, balanced, predictable — riding this will be intuitive even for e-bike newbies.
- Rad’s bikes have a distinct power profile that starts gentle and grows stronger as you pick up speed. Never once does it feel like it’ll jump out from under you.
- I don’t mind the lack of front suspension fork, but some people will not like it. You can really feel some bumps in the road.
- It’s surprising to see Rad move away from the LCD display. Unlike its predecessor the RadMini 4, this bike has no screen.
The Aventon Pace 500 ST
A low standover height, adjustable stem and powerful 500W brushless motor make this a terrific option for smaller riders. It can be unlocked to reach a Class 3 top speed of 28 mph, which makes it a fun way to commute or just get around.
Specialized Turbo Vado
The Best High-Performance Electric Bike. 2023
For over three decades, Specialized has had the same mantra: “Innovate or Die.”
They opted for the former.
The Specialized Turbo Vado is the result of world-class engineering with a high level of detail. The specially tuned 250W mid-drive motor is as responsive as any we’ve ever pedaled, delivering the right amount of assistance needed from the moment your shoes turn the cranks.
Doubters of smaller wattage bikes should make no mistake here, this bike can absolutely move if it wants to. The Turbo Vado has three different assist levels in ECO, SPORT, and TURBO mode. Each one provides a distinctly different feel from the others and the bike handles well in all three.
The motor alone is something we could wax poetic on for pages, but the bike doesn’t stop there. High-level componentry is found throughout the bike from the SRAM hydraulic brakes, SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain, and the generous 710Wh battery powering the bike (on the 4.0 model we tested).
Typically when a bike is in the “high-performance” category that might mean it runs a little pricier than it needs to. We don’t actually feel that’s the case here. Considering the componentry package, engineering investment, performance, and top tier customer support you’re getting in this bike it feels like you get every penny of what you pay for.
- Simply put: it’s one of the best feeling motors we’ve ever experienced.
- The new looks of the Turbo Vado are great – it delivers a traditional bike feel.
- Specialized’s global network of dealers and nearly unparallelled customer service.
- This is a cruiser that could easily double as a commuter or city bike. It’s built to be very versatile
- One of our only complaints is that the magnetic charger can be difficult to seat correctly when the battery is installed in the frame.
The Ride1UP Prodigy
E-bikes with mid-drive motors like the Brose in the Prodigy are rare in this price range. Its combination of Class 3 speed, step-thru and traditional frame designs as well as an off-road configuration makes it ideal for high performance on a budget.
The Best Camping Electric Bike, 2023
Half the fun of camping is exploring the area visited. E-bikes offer campers the opportunity to go farther, see more and not be wiped out at the end of the day. The Mokwheel Basalt is unusual among e-bikes in that it is well-suited to not just to off-road exploring, but it can serve as a valuable resource thanks to some of its unusual accessories. As a Class 3 e-bike with a maximum speed of 28 mph, it is terrific for getting around most anywhere.
The Mokwheel Basalt may not look all that unusual at first glance. It features a 750W brushless hub motor that can turn 90Nm of torque, making it suitable to riding steep hills, whether paved or not. The 110mm-travel suspension fork improves control on bumpy terrain and the 7-speed Shimano drivetrain helps both uphill and down. Hydraulic disc brakes offer terrific power even on steep downhills and Chaoyang 26 x 4-in. tires provide the necessary cushion and traction for exploring the backcountry.
What really sets the Mokwheel Basalt apart is its massive 940Wh battery that can power a 100W power inverter that has the ability to run such essentials as phone chargers, coffee makers, electric grills and laptops. Planning to be gone more than a day or two? Mokwheel also offers a solar charger to keep the juice running to those essentials.
Riders can also choose between a traditional frame and a step-thru design. Because it has a 450-lb. payload capacity, campers who want to go bag dinner can carry it back to camp as well. This is ideal for anyone planning to go camping but still wants electricity.
- 750W brushless hub motor has the power and torque necessary to climb hills and deliver riders to a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph for spirited riding
- Comes in both a traditional frame and a step-thru to fit a broad range of riders
- Can power a number of electric appliances while camping with the help of the optional 1000W power inverter
- 4-in.-wide tires and a front suspension fork make for a very comfortable ride
- 450-lb. payload capacity makes it terrific for hunters wanting to bring home their game
The Lectric XP 3.0
We love the Lectric XP 3.0 because it is versatile, easy to store and thanks to its 3-in.-wide, knobby tires, it can go places commuters and cruisers can’t reach.
The Best City/Urban Electric Bike, 2023
One of the biggest challenges of e-bike design is that the bigger the motor, the more it weighs. The same goes for batteries. That creates a challenge for a bike designer; a more powerful motor gives up some of the value of its wattage by virtue of the fact that the increased weight negates it. Similarly, a more powerful battery weighs more and therefore cuts an e-bike’s range. Rather than beefing up both motor and battery, for the Aventon Soltera, the e-bike’s designer went in the other direction: Spec’d with a 350W brushless motor and a 360Wh battery, the Soltera tips the scales at just 41 lbs.
The Aventon Soltera is modeled on single-speed, flat-bar road bikes known as fixies. It features skinnier tires than we often see, which give the bike a more agile feeling, increases its efficiency, which makes it easier to accelerate and uses less energy at speed, and the 700C wheels roll over bumps more easily, not to mention offering a stable ride at speed.
Because seven speeds is often preferable to one, Aventon sells the Soltera in a 7-speed version for anyone who wants to make hills a bit easier. Single-speed e-bikes face a challenge in that if the gear is good at low speeds, like when starting, it won’t be great at 20 mph. And if it’s great at 20 mph, getting started won’t be easy. We suggest spending the extra dough to get six more speeds.
This is one of a vanishingly small number of e-bikes we’ve reviewed that feature traditional rim brakes. These brakes are plenty powerful for the kind of riding buyers will do on this bike; these rim brakes are nothing like the ones on the bikes we rode as kids. And while the tires on the Aventon Soltera are narrower than we often see on e-bikes, these aren’t as skinny as the tires we see on racing bikes; they will still offer a comfortable ride, even on rough roads.
- The riser bar, skinny tires and hidden battery gives the Soltera the look of a fixie
- At 41 lbs., the Soltera is a surprisingly light e-bike and as a result it has a zippy feel on the road that is refreshing
- Most similar e-bikes are spec’d with a battery smaller than the 360Wh battery found on the Soltera, which gives it a surprisingly long range
- The market for a single-speed e-bike is limited, but Aventon offers an optional 7-speed drivetrain that will increase its appeal to a much broader range of buyers
- Even though this is a budget-oriented model, Aventon doesn’t go cheap; the Soltera is equipped with the full-color LCD display, companion app and inset taillight
- Riders looking for an e-bike with a powerful motor might not appreciate this bike’s balance of power vs. weight; this bike is meant to make use of a smaller motor in a lighter bike
- Given the fixie-like styling of the Soltera, it’s not surprising that it comes without fenders or a rear rack
The Ride1UP Roadster V2
This budget-minded flat-bar road e-bike also uses a smaller motor and battery for Class 3 performance, making it one of the most affordable e-bikes we’ve encountered with a 28 mph top speed.
The Best Lightweight Electric Folding Bike, 2023
It’s obvious the GoCycle G4 is the brainchild of a former supercar designer.
Nearly all of the bike is made of carbon fiber, including the super sexy one-piece spoked carbon wheels and the entirety of the sleek-looking folding frame. The bike almost has a minimalist design with smooth curves and few obvious frills, but beneath that carbon facade is one of the most feature-rich and smartly-integrated e-bikes we’ve ever tested.
The G4 family of GoCycles is the fourth iteration of the British fast folder. Not only does this bike have more carbon and a more integrated cockpit than its predecessor, GoCycle managed to double the torque produced by the front hub motor. Don’t let this bike’s small stature fool you; it’s remarkably quick and climbs hills with the best of them. The new G4i also has predictive electric shifting and a set of very nice hydraulic disk brakes that are unbranded but bear a striking resemblance to a high-end Magura design.
All in, the GoCycle G4 weighs in the ballpark of 36 lbs, making this one of the most lightweight folding e-bikes on the market today. Add in its quirky cool looks, beautiful folding mechanism and feature-rich build, and it’s undeniably one of the best lightweight folding e-bikes of 2023.
- The design is bar-none. It’s amazing how many features have been crammed into such a little frame.
- Folding the G4 is very easy and, with a little practice, can be done in just a few seconds.
- The carbon rims on the G4i may seem like overkill on a folding commuter, but man do they make a noticeable difference. Plus they’re just ultra cool.
- Electric shifting is ultra cool and works great. Did we mention it’s a system made special for GoCycle?
- The lightweight plus convenient folding make the G4 lineup very realistic for dedicated bike commuters who are low on space.
- The predictive shifting is a nice touch, but it may take a little getting used to for experienced riders.
The Blix Vika Flex
Part of the challenge of making a great folding e-bike is keeping it light enough to be stowed. At 55 lbs., this folder is easy to manage, while still offering enough power to get up hills and enough range to get across town and back.
BULLS Alpine Hawk EVO
The Best Road Electric Bike, 2023
Road bikes are known for racing, and for lycra-clad cycling enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to use plenty of leg power when attempting a casual 30-60 miles on a weekend ride. Surely it doesn’t sound like the crowd that would see the appeal of having a motor-equipped bike doing some of the work for you.
So how do you get this crowd interested in e-bikes? By constructing a wonderfully subtle enhancement to the road biking experience.
The BULLS Alpine Hawk really captured the feel of a true road bike – so much so that we often forgot it was an e-bike. The 33.5 lb weight is a tad high for a performance road bike, but it’s a featherweight compared to most e-bikes. So with a small amount of assist, delivered beautifully from the Fazua motor I might add, you actually see modest speed increases that offset the weight of the bike and then some.
At no point does the bike take over for you, instead, it makes it so you get home a little quicker, manage headwinds better, and feel a little less of a sting when taking on a hill. If all of that subtlety isn’t enough, BULLS even made it so you can entirely remove the motor and battery out of the Alpine Hawk.
It’s a well-thought-out bike that is perfect for the e-bike curious road crowd.
- We’ve been very impressed with the Fazua drivepack. It’s relatively light, quiet and is incredibly responsive.
- This bike is incredibly compliant over rough roads; BULLS clearly had comfort in mind and built a bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for performance.
- The full Ultegra 11-speed groupset (plus the matching hydraulic disc brakes) works spectacularly well and compliments the do-it-all, ride-it-anywhere spirit of this bike.
- The Fazua drivepack (which includes the motor and battery) is removable and can be replaced with a blank cover, so you can ride this e-bike as a traditional road bike and shave over 10 lbs off the weight.
- The Alpine Hawk is only available in two sizes — a 54 cm frame and 58 cm, which is pretty limited in the road bike world. It would be great to see more sizes so riders can more finely tune their fits.
Bottom line: The best electric bikes
They say the best e-bike is the one you’re most excited to ride, and we couldn’t agree more.
While we’re sure there’s going to be lots of opinions and questions about why this or that bike didn’t land on our list, these are the 14 e-bikes we’re most excited about right now. This is not a comprehensive list, nor were we able to consider each and every e-bike use case, but we do think all the bikes on this list are a good representation of what’s out there right now.
Have a bike that you think would be a good contender for our best electric bikes of 2023 page? Let us know in the comment section below. At the very least, we always want to know what our readers are riding.
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I have to comment that so many of the bikes you picked have the WORST customer service when something goes wrong! Aventon has nothing but complaints in their Комментарии и мнения владельцев online. Rad isnt much better. AT least you picked a few bikes that are brands supported by actual bike shops.
This article and almost all product articles of late are missing the huge elephants in the room, 1) product availability. 2)parts interchangeability, supply chains that are a disaster and in no ones best interest. You keep writing articles on thebbn products and innovation. But meanwhile Ive had an ebike on order for a year, there is no word on when it will be available, and when it is finally ready no one can tell me if it will be a 2020, a 2021 or a 2022 model. That, is absurd and a disaster no one is talking about in these articles and reviews. Lastly, the dirty little secret… bike companies stop talking about new stuff, and start by fixing lack of parts and interchangeability in the bike designs. Ok when you had a 300 schwinn and you needed stuff for it, you maybe fixed it, or often. simply bought a new bikeNow? The bike is worth several grand. And the bike companies are laying back and running the same old sloppy business, taking our money but not giving us flexibility to extend life, reduce long term cost, ensured Parts avail, and fix the asset. Lastly related to the above, it took me 12 months to get a shimano part… really. Turns out they were playing favorites. This shits gotta change or the lower end of scooters, motorcycle mfgs, etc are going to eat your lunch, just watch… they can do it because they already do, only needs new products and we know bv now that product is the simple piece.
I think it all depends on what you are ordering and from who. I placed my order online with free delivery and had it at my doorstep 29 hours later.
I agree, Rich. These bikes sound great. I would buy a Specialized Turbo Vado this afternoon if I could. BUT I CAN’T. What about the part where few if any of these bikes can actually be purchased? And won’t be available this year, and maybe not even in 2023. It might be helpful if these lust-inducing reviews included helpful information like wait times.
- Griffin Hales says October 11, 2021 at 5:01 pm
Thank you so much, this is what I’m looking for! Now I need a ramp that I can use to get the trike onto a truck bed, any suggestions?
I do find it peculiar that you haven’t included the Priority Current in your reviews, or at least a “best belt drive” ebike category. Priority does not seem to need ongoing advertising to consistently sell all the Currents they can produce. It would appear that Ebikes with the capability of enabling a 28 mph top speed for the U.S. Market are hot sellers! Their lack of a front suspension in their design is somewhat offset by the combination of the low-maintenance Gates Carbon Belt drive and the Enviolo rear hub. The only thing lacking is a theft-proof system to lock the entire bike via phone, or perhaps, a key fob. I’m talking about a total locking of the bike so that it couldn’t even be walked away. With the high cost of replacement, ebikes may never be truly practical until such safeguards are part of the total package.
Some very nice ebikes for sure and the Aventon’s look very attractive compared to many of these pricey models. (my sister has the Aventon Level and I’m impressed with its quality and components). BUT, I just can’t see paying 4000 for ebikes with chain derailleur drivetrains unless it’s a mountain bike. Many casual riders (and those without any “10 speed” history) rarely shift gears on an ebike. So, if I’m going to pay the big bucks, I don’t want to explain to my wife that she has to gear down at every stop sign (and she’ll have to continue peddling to accomplish this). That is why we’ve sold all our previous ebikes and now own Evelo ebikes with Gates belt drive and the Enviolo automatic hub.
I also have to say that I wouldn’t consider any ebike without a throttle! You shouldn’t have to stand up on the peddles to get the motor to kick in. And if you’re stuck in a high gear (and have cadence sensors) this can be awkward if you want to make a quick get-away. This is certainly a common occurrence, but I don’t want to deal with it after spending thousands of dollars.
Your comment appears to be from someone who has never ridden a mid drive bike. Mid drives are superior in smoothness and get to actually use the mechanical advantage of gears on a hill. I’m guessing you dont know about downshifting when you come to a stop either.
To answer about other bike manufactures no being reviewed, the folks at EBR do not review any bikes that are not sent to them for review. EBR is cutting edge company but lacks true diversity. ITS apparent that sometimes you have to purchase a bike for review, one of the companies that I like is juiced bikes, they make their city bike in three colors (red my favorite) awesome battery duration more powerful 52 volt on top of that. I am a proud owner of a 2019 rad city with more than 10,000 miles, never a problem with getting parts in timely manner, but they are pushing me to buy a bit more expensive juiced bike over the model 5 rad city! WHY! 1ST. and biggest pev…the same old color in traditional bike style dull black, WANT ANOTHER RAD BUT NOT SAME COLOR. 2ND love the new 5 but now I have to buy a different battery, to use on my old rad city instead of swapping. so now I will have to buy 2 batteries at 550 each shipping not included, instead of 1. Do not get me wrong, the upgrade to motor and brakes is awesome and truly reliable bike company.
A couple of days ago, I found the Gazelle Easyflow. It enables the rider to place both feet on the ground when at rest, yet still ride with legs stretched out to save the knees. A very clever design, and not extortionate when you think of Riese and Mueller!
Wow a race to even less exercise and more accidents by a lot of persons who have no bike handling skills or desire to get their heart pumping over 85 bpm
Replying to counselors rude comment, not to Groucho. Groucho is cool and having a good time on his e-bike.
Unless you’ve spent your entire life riding bikes, and loving it, almost more than anything and then got lung damage from Covid and the only way to keep riding is an electric bike
I’m curious why the “E-Cells”Monarch 1500 LE AWD all train Fat tire bike isn’t mentioned? It has dual 750 Watt motors in front and rear wheels,dual batteries,dual suspension. Torque sensor, it has front,rear and all wheel options. It even has a USB charging port- both batteries are connected and work together and both charge the same time. Rock Shock moto style front and rear suspension – This really should have the Jeep logo on it. Lol- the Jeep Fat tire ebike is only rear wheel drive. That really makes no sense. I have this bike and it’s an amazing piece of machinery – it’s at 92lbs- but is a non issue with the power of the AWD- and it can handle up to 420lbs of load. Check it out!!
Hi, Hoping to get some feedback about two different bikes. First, we are only just trying them out for the first time, not investing for longevity yet. If our height matters in terms of your advice, my husband is 6’5″and I am a giant at 5′ 2″! Other things you may want to know is that we aren’t looking for high speed. Battery life would be of more interest to us if we are weighing specs. We also will not be using these bikes in the city – at all! We currently live in a small town and although we have vehicles most anywhere we go, traffic is not part of our life. We also have lots of trails intended for this type of activity and they would likely become our choice of destinations. Although we own a truck and car (and rails intended for my husband’s 4×4 and snowmobile), we’d like this hobby to be ‘easy’. The two bikes I’m looking at are as follows (Please don’t curse me out if you’re an avid rider who has invested thousands of dollars! We’re talking “baby steps” here): ~ Veltoric Discover 1 Class 2 Step-through ~ Heybike Ranger Step-through Any help/advice you would be willing to offer would be greatly appreciated! Linda
Really provide very deep information about best ebike with pro cons ,price ,features in 2022.very appreciate for your research and blog.Thanks for sharing great report.My favorite one is urban e bike.
To answer about other bike brands not being reviewed, my experience with Addmotor E-43 long-range ebike is excellent! It features thin tires and a 48V20Ah battery and 500W gear motor, which can reach 125miles on a single charge (PAS1), a perfect choice for city commuting.
Can’t get most of these bikes if you are in Canada. Aventon I can get locally but only a few models and none I like. I would have to travel 1,500 km to get to a bike shop to test anything out since locals don’t allow that. Buying a “pig in a poke” based on a review is something I won’t do. Or did you just go down to the car lot, pick out a car, pay your money and drive it right off the lot without a test drive? Nice reviews and gives me more info but as of today, that’s about all I have…
Have you ever evaluated the BeeCool bikes? I have an Adventurer and an Explorer. There are so many features I love about the bikes themselves. Like so many of the other brands above it sounds like most have customer service that’s less than desirable, but based on bike features and price they are worth looking at.
My hubster and I ride Espin Sports that we have had for about 18 months now and have over 2500 miles on them as of today. We love them and Espin’s service was great. Mine came with a slightly bent controller and it was replaced very quickly when it probably could have been easily fixed. The pedals also had a weird knock and they replaced those quickly as well. Both were very minor issues. We ride on paved and gravel roads that have some good hills. The tires could have been better than what they shipped with but bought Maxxis replacements and no flats since. The value for the money was why I bought them. Came with lights, brake and head, fenders and a rack when you had to pay extra for that stuff on an equal Aveton or Rad at the time. We have been very satisfied with the Espin bikes and I would buy another.
Is this a list of the best bikes you could get your hands on at the time? A lot of these are pretty low end and not powerful in the real world. And only 2 non-chinese motor systems? Seriously?
Ok enough about all the bikes mentioned is asomtom mountain e bikes worth 1700.00. Just bought one hoping on the first ride it’ll make me smile ear to ear. Any Комментарии и мнения владельцев from previous owners have a take about it.
Thank you for this content! I am currently waiting for the arrival of a “MagiCycle”. Having some issues getting it here it seems but would be interested in reading a review by you at some time in the future. All the videos I’ve seen of it are very positive. Thanks!
- Griffin Hales says August 5, 2022 at 12:27 pm
We haven’t tested very many and wanted to make a list comprised of things we’ve gotten to know well. We’re working on getting more eMTB coverage though!
Hi I would like to see your reviews of the asomtom mountain bike 26” 4” tires bangfang 1000w w hydronic brakes and tork front suspension It’s a head turner and a beast Fast and rock solid.
- Griffin Hales says August 8, 2022 at 12:24 pm
This appears to be a troll question about a bike that is not legal on public roads and paths. The description sounds like just another cheap fat tire bike with no redeeming value.
to reply to your comment that you’ve obviously have not looked into the reviews of this bike or anything about it says a lot. For a 1999.00 “troll” bike it in my opinion looks badass compare to others. And decided to get one anyway because it’s a new version 2022 asomtom Q7 mountain bike with A 6061 aluminum frame 1000 W brushless gear hub bafang motor up to 28mph 85nm of torque 48 v 15a lithium battery that’ll take you 45-60 miles per charge 7 speed shimano gear shift which is leagal to go on or off roads. snow. beach Tug a fat ass up to 400 lbs So I’m very happy I got it. The ride is awesome and pedal assist is great for hills which in its type 3 road rating it performs really great. So don’t be to judge mental on things you know little about.
This article represents all that is wrong with our industry. It very well could have been written in The 90’s! Nearly all the top recommended bikes sport dramatically outdated designs and components. Why are we still promoting heavy front suspensions as a comfort feature? All listed were poorly designed for off road control. They failed even at that in The 90’s. If tuned to absorb road irregularities they would dive dangerously and encourage squirm in handling. That’s dangerous! Look at any traditional touring bike, from the cheapest to the most expensive. They are designed for long hours in the saddle and for days on end. Not one has a suspension fork. Good geometry, materials and components make a bike comfy, reliable and efficient, not gimmicks. Today, not one of the hub drive models listed cannot be gotten with a mid-drive for the same or less money. Hub drives and cadence sensors are The 90’s. A best of list needs to at least be from the current century. I get it. Some can get by just fine with a hub drive. They have few and small hills or don’t care if they have to slow. They may not even need the additional range of a torque sensing mid-drive. They are still a huge pain on which to change a flat and heavy as heck to lift or handle in tight situations. It is time to change. What a shame that a quality product like The Aventon is still saddled with this antiquated technology. Every bike listed uses heavy, dull and buzzy straight gauge aluminum. That is even in the few that have better hydroformed tubes! Why, we have had more responsive, less buzzy, butted and hydroformed tubing on almost all traditional bikes since the turn of the century. Weight kills range. It makes a good bike hard for a smaller person to handle. Some even have square tubing. This takes a rough ride to a whole new level. What sense is there, for on-road riding, to having a comfort fork, bars and seat, with an extra stiff rear triangle? The same xan be said for the square tube necessary to accommodate the proprietary battery in the down tube. I don’t want to be negative. I want to promote great alternatives. Good enough just isn’t good enough anymore. These good enough bikes should be at least half their price and available only through places like department stores. We can do better and without breaking the bank. I do it daily in my tiny shop. I am no one special and am not particularly talented. I just have 50 years cycling experience. If I can do it, mfg’s can do it too. Let’s start demanding more for our money.
MARK!! You get it. This silly list popped up again in April 23, with what looks like the same old crap from the same old “heavy advertisers.” There is nothing in that list of bikes I would ever buy. None of them are the “best” in any way. I’m disappointed about what this publisher has become. It looks just like car ads and sories in the newspaper that has the unwritten…Dont talk bad about our product or we will cancel the advertising budget that keeps you afloat! I was hoping for better.
Absolutely out standing service from the company and from the bike itself It’s built extremely well and looks amazing.
Honeywell Dasher Foldable Lightweight Electric Commuter Bike, Silver. 98004
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Durable Magnesium Frame
Lighter and stronger than aluminum, includes a removable built-in frame battery for storing and converting physical pedal energy while pedaling.
Dependable Braking System
Crafted with sturdy, responsive 160mm Mechanical disc brakes, you can ride with complete peace of mind, even on a crowded city street.
With suspension built into both the front and rear of the bike frame, the Dasher offers a smooth ride across all terrain types.
High-Tech Backlit Display
The waterproof backlit LCD handlebar display instantly shows remaining charge, speedometer, odometer, pedal assist level, and more.
The Dasher incorporates a “swing arm” design that’s durable and resists wear and tear over time, folding in seconds for easy transport.
Visibility and Storage
The Dasher is equipped with a roomy rear rack for securing cargo, as well as rear lighted brake and turn signal for safe riding.
Honeywell Dasher Foldable E-Bike
Forged in lightweight, durable magnesium, the frame of this foldable electric bike gives you the consistent performance you need from a cycle without compromising convenience and portability. The patented Swing Arm folding design avoids the wear and tear of bi-fold travel bike imitators, offering superior strength over time. The battery is built into the frame. This allows for a cleaner, more compelling silhouette. The Dasher Electric Bike makes for an excellent companion for exploring the city, or for easing the usual on-foot commute to work. You’ll love how smooth it rides and how easily it travels: simply fold and tuck it into the trunk of a car for more distant trips.
The open road will always have plenty of room available for riders. The same cannot always be said about your storage and cargo situation. Honeywell Foldable E-bikes deliver the same quality performance as their solid-frame counterparts, all with a unique swing-arm folding design that allows them to fit virtually anywhere. Foldable electric bikes are perfect for e-bike riders incorporating small-space living into a go-big lifestyle.
- Frame: Magnesium Alloy
- Brakes: 160mm Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Fork: Coil Spring, 50mm of Travel
- Stem: Aluminum Alloy, Folding
- Kickstand: Included
- Headlight: LED Light Included
- Taillight: Included
- Mud Guards: Included
- Rear Rack: Included
- Minimum and Maximum Seat Height: 31 to 37 in.
- Tires: CST 16 x 1.95 in.
- Weight Capacity: 250 lbs.
- Weight: 46 lbs.
- Motor: 400W Brushless Rear Hub Motor
- Battery: 480Wh Lithium-ion Battery
- Charger: 48V, 2Ah Fast Charger Operates on 100V-240V AC Power Outlets
- Display: LCD Smart Display with Backlight
- Range: Up to 40 Miles
- Speed: Up to 20 MPH on Pedal Assist or Throttle
- Drive Mode: Thumb Throttle
- Pedal Assist: 5 Levels
- Controller: 48V Controller Integrated with Frame
- Sensors: Cadence Sensors
Range may vary depending on elevation, speed, assistance level, rider weight, headwind and ambient temperature, tire type and pressure, road condition etc.
Lightweight commuter ebike
Reinvent joyriding with Level.2. An upgrade to our flagship commuter ebike, Level.2 is as innovative as it is efficient. A fully integrated battery, four integrated lights, and a front suspension fork provide ultimate comfort and safety no matter the terrain or time of day. Equipped with preinstalled fenders and a rear rack, Level.2 can transport it all, from work essentials to picnic goodies, without the elements taking their toll. Aventon’s first electric bike engineered with a torque sensor means a more natural riding experience. Take control of your ride with Level.2 intuitively amplifying your effort or go against electric and pedal solely with your power.
An intuitive, color display shows your speed, battery charge, pedal assist level, distance traveled and more. In addition, it allows you to control your ebike’s class rating and integrated lights. Sync to the Aventon app to share your trips with your friends.
Level.2’s upgraded torque sensor recognizes how light or hard you’re pedaling, meeting you exactly where you’re at, amplifying your own power. Not only promoting a more natural riding experience but also conserving battery life and extending range!
Monitor your speed, battery life, distance traveled, and more mid-ride with the intuitive Color Display. Sync to the Aventon mobile app for additional riding data and to connect with the larger Aventon community!
A front suspension fork with up to 65mm of travel means you can ride anywhere and everywhere with comfort and confidence! Adjustable to match your preferences, Level.2 can absorb every bump in the road or be adjusted to your best feel on the road!
Pre-installed fenders will protect you from the elements, rain or shine, while an attached rear rack means you can transport all of your essentials, whether you’re heading out for a picnic or heading home from work!
Discover your level with a powerful 500W rear hub motor. Paired with a torque sensor and fully integrated fast-charging battery, you’ll get to your destination in record time with juice still to spare.
Five levels of pedal assist mean you’re in charge of how much or how little electric assist you get from your ebike, while a throttle will propel you at speeds up to 20 MPH, keeping you moving when pedaling is just an afterthought!
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I already have a pace and the level is a step up. The torque drive makes for a smoother transition and easier to start off. The shocks also smooth out the ride. However it is a bit harder to get a workout at a slower speed. Level seems much faster at assist 1.
I bought this to commute to work and now I take it everywhere. I live in Seattle, it climbs hills like a champ. The hills were always my barrier for regular bike commuting because let’s face it. who want to show up to a meeting all sweaty. This is the best purchase I’ve made in a long time!
Hi Stephanie, This is exactly what we love to hear! We’re glad you’re able to commute to work and be outside and more active. Thanks for the awesome review. Aventon
I love all the options and ease of use of this bike. Made me excited to ride. Lots of trips planned. Thank you
Coming from a level 1 step through there was something familiar about the level 2 when I rode it. The torque sensor really does make the ride more smooth. The new backlit display is bright and easy to see in the daylight. The brake light and side lights make me feel safer on my commute home from work at night. I honestly didn’t want to wait for someone to assemble it for me so I did it myself. I was a bit nervous but the bike is pretty much assembled on the package. I just had to watch the easy to follow instructions on the Aventon website. All in all it took me about an hour to assemble. I definitely recommend purchasing the level 2. you won’t be disappointed 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your new e-bike! Cheers to many great rides and welcome to the Aventon Family!
I bought the Level 2 for my wife and she was having so much fun I decided to get a Level 2 for myself. I have been riding a roadie for 26 years. I am 75 years old and sometimes the knees get a little sore. This is something my wife and I can do together and keep up with one another. She gave up on standard bike riding because of her knees and now she has no problems. This is a well built bike and brings the joy of riding back in our lives. The bikes are heavier than normal but we purchased a ramp for our porch and we keep the bikes in the house. Buy one-you won’t regret it.
Hey Rider, Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo of your new e-bikes. We can’t wait to see where you both will go next! Don’t forget to register your e-bike at https://www.aventon.com/pages/bike-registration! Cheers, Aventon
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