7 Best eBike Conversion Kits for Heavy and Overweight People. Ebike for 300lb rider

Best eBike Conversion Kits for Heavy or Overweight People

As the average maximum weight a bike can carry is around 250 pounds, it can be pretty challenging to find a conversion kit outside of the more expensive mid drives, that can comfortably support anybody who exceeds this weight.

So this review focuses on the 7 best eBike conversion kits for heavy people who weigh more than 280 pounds.

For a comprehensive overview on eBike conversions please refer to An Introduction to eBike Conversions as it covers topics such as safety considerations that you need to think about particularly regarding hub wheel motor conversions.

In a hurry? If you don’t have much time, the two best eBike conversion kits for heavy eBike riders are the Magic Pie 5 hub motor and the Tongsheng TSDZ2 mid drive motor

The kits in this article include 5 hub conversion kits and 2 mid drive kits. Most of the hub kits are designed to hold maximum loads of above 280lbs/127kg up to 370lbs /168kg. The hub kits tend to use heavy duty wheels with heavy gauge spokes and the motors provide enough power or torque to move heavy loads at a decent pace. The mid drive kits by their very design are suitable for all shapes and sizes of people. With the exception of two of the kits, the battery is not included as part of any of the kits. So unless you have a battery from a previous project, you will need to buy one or build your own battery pack. Apart from one kit, all rear wheel hub kits in this list come with a 7 speed freewheel for your gears already attached.

There is a plethora of ebike conversion kits around to convert your old bike to a mean electric machine – hub conversion kits, mid drive kits, even all-in-one kits.

So common are these kits, you don’t even have to go a specialist bike shop anymore. Unless you’re looking for something very specific, you can pick up a kit online, read these how to pages here or watch a bit of YouTube for guidance on how to fit and away you go.

But what about the heavy eBike riders amongst us? The ones whose BMI’s raise worrying eyebrows at the doctor’s office. If we want to feel safe and comfortable on our converted eBikes we need conversion kits that a) will support our weight and b) will still move the bike at a fair pace and obviously an appropriate bike that is strong enough to take both our weight and the kit – see the 7 must do actions before buying any eBike kit

Most ebike conversion kits and indeed retail ebikes guarantee a maximum load of around 250lbs / 113kg. Retailers tend not to honour warranties if the maximum load was exceeded when something goes wrong.

So as obesity becomes “the norm” in the western world, it becomes more important to find kits that can take heavier weights without having to pay through the nose for them.

While mid drive kits can suit most people because of their placement on the bike and the nice weight balance they give to bikes generally, they tend to be significantly more expensive than hub conversion kits and harder to install.

But when hub conversion kits take on more weight than they can bear, spokes tend to break, the motors groan with the effort, or simply just stop working.

This is why heavy eBike riders need to be extra diligent when looking at both the type of secondhand bike they buy and the specs of the eBike conversion kits.


Best Budget Kit

The Voilamart front or rear wheel hub with its 48V 1000W brushless gearless motor and top speed of 28mph (45km/h) can be restricted to a road-legal 750W and 24mph (38km/h) with a single blue switch wire embedded in the controller.

With a maximum load capacity of 330-440lbs (150-200kg / 23.5-31stone) and 12 gauge spokes the Voilamart wheel is the strongest of the wheel hub kits in this list and will comfortably support the heaviest of eBike riders without effort.

The 26″wheel weighs a hefty 22lb /10kg and has an alloy double wall around the rim for extra durability and rigidity. This also helps in preventing the spoke ends from piercing the inner tube.

The power of the Voilamart is enough to take a heavy eBike rider up certain hills at a good 20mph according to several riders. This will depend on lots of mitigating factors such as weight, wind, tire pressure etc. The PAS (pedal assist system) in combination with the throttle will give enough variety for riders who are looking to get fit or strong.

The Voilamart comes with full PAS and e-brakes which will cut off the motor when braking for added safety.

Like a lot of eBike conversion kits, you will need to buy a battery separately. The battery needs to be 48V with a nominal capacity of not less than 11.6Ah. The throttle has a simple battery indicator which tells you if it is full, half or empty.

Heavy eBike riders are able to climb hills with little effort on daily commutes

Controller bag is too small to hold the controller and excess wires

With the largest maximum load capacity of 440lbs this kit can carry the heaviest of eBike riders with ease

Included manual isn’t great

Has both PAS and throttle for different styles of riding

Great fun to ride with some riders hitting top speeds in excess of 30mph


Easiest and fastest kit to install

The iMortor app wheel is an “All-In-One” and is possibly the most unusual and easiest front wheel hub kit to install and is also great for heavy eBike riders as it has a maximum load of 369lbs (167.4kg /26stone). With no need to worry about various wires, connections and other parts, you simply slip this wheel in place and you’re virtually done. The easiest and fastest install for a complete beginner to eBike conversions.

The iMortor wireless wheel has the controller built into the hub itself which explains the huge weight. The included 36V 7.2Ah lithium battery slides on to the hub within a crescent shaped casing. What could be easier?

Despite it’s relatively low wattage compared to other kits in this review, the combination of the iMortor’s weight and torque from the motor means that you do need to add a couple of torque arms to keep the wheel in place and to ensure that your forks or dropouts do not snap.

It has a top speed of 25mph /40km/h. The battery should give a maximum range of 25.31 miles (40 – 50km)

The iMortor wireless kit comes with no obvious pedal assist, throttle control or brake switches. Instead it has a built-in internal sensor system which can pick up how hard you’re pedaling, whether you’re climbing hills or braking and adjust its motor accordingly – a very clever piece of kit.

To operate the wheel wirelessly, you need to pair the system with your phone using bluetooth and then set your parameters like speed, level of assist etc. on the phone. You install the iMortor app using the QR code sticker on the hub or download it from your phone’s app store. It works on both Android and iPhone. Your phone acts as the LCD.

It has five levels of assist with interesting category names and expected top speeds for each level:

  • Physical exercise 6-25-9.38mph (10-15km/h)
  • ECO 9.38-12.5mph (15-20km/h)
  • Economy 12.5-18.75mph (20-30km/h)
  • Sports 18.75-21.88mph (30-35km/h)
  • Climbing 21.88-25mph (35-40km/h)

The iMortor comes in several sizes including:

It will fit front forks between 85mm – 110mm in width. Once converted this eBike can be used for carrying kids, towing a small trailer and such like.

Can You Be Too Heavy to Ride a Bike?

Some bike manufacturers will give you the exact bike weight limit and others won’t, assuming that you are of average weight, somewhere around 200 lbs. But even if the bike can hold me the question can still arise “Will I be able to ride the bike?” So you might be scratching your head, asking yourself:

Can I be too heavy to ride a bike? It’s possible to be too heavy to ride a bike, but even heavy riders can benefit from cycling if they have the right type of bike. Certain bikes and ebikes can hold up to 550 lbs. They offer plenty of room for the rider providing a comfortable upright sitting position, a wide gear ratio (and some even electric assistance) to support the rider.

The proper mindset and bike can help a great deal to overcome difficulties such as feeling out of shape or the weight capacity doubts. In this article we’re going to take a deep dive into the best bikes and bike types, equipment and even the proper mindset if you’re a heavy rider.

Will I be able to pedal?

Wil I make it.

One can feel heavy for multiple reasons: extraordinary height comes with extraordinary weight, one can also be obese, but a muscular person, such as a bodybuilder is heavier than most people too. A short person can feel heavy even if he is well within the bike weight limits.

Answering just in terms of stones and pounds or kilograms would be oversimplifying a complicated question.

Let’s put things into perspective.

Feeling heavy is something most people associate with being overweight, unhealthy or unfit. Although health and fitness are closely linked, they are not the same and should not be confused.

Some of the characteristics of fitness are mental acuity, cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance, muscular strength, body composition, and flexibility. Even and unhealthy or ill person may still have these characteristics.

Being overweight is definitely unhealthy, yet an overweight person can be fit. In fact I know quite a few fit and overweight people, who by leading an active life, exercising and cycling keep themselves fit.

An overweight person isn’t completely healthy, he is exposed to greater risk of heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers, (not to mention the risks so acute nowadays in relation to Covid-19).

However even an overweight person can reduce those risks a great deal through physical exercise and in our case by cycling.

If you are trying to overcome your weight concerns keep in mind that even severely obese people can ride a bike. It is healthy and it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.

Even severely obese and overweight people can ride a bike. It might not be easy initially, but here are some tips.

Weight loss

What about weight loss? Does cycling help me to lose weight?

Yes, it can! Cycling can tip the balance and help you get down to a healthy weight if you are only slightly overweight.

However, for a severely overweight person with a bad diet cycling will not help lose weight. As the saying goes ‘You can’t outpedal your fork”.

Losing weight is 70% nutrition and 30% physical activity. Or more 80-20… The point is that proper nutrition is key.

If your goal with cycling is to lose weight and you have a bad diet you need to change your eating habits and diet. Here is an article I wrote about this (Is bike commuting enough exercise)

Cycling is Fun

Cycling is useful for multiple reasons, but in addition to the utility factor cycling is also fun. Even an overweight person can enjoy a good ride.

One of the main reasons overweight people shy away from cycling is that they are ashamed of their appearance and ‘What will they say’, etc.

What I can say from my experience and having talked to others about this is that instead of despising overweight riders we rather appreciate them as they strive to live a healthier and more active life.

So don’t let a minority take away from you a fun hobby!

Get on the bike and enjoy the ride!

How am I supposed to start?

Set realistic goals

Choosing the right bike or ebike and making short rides on flat terrains can be a good start.

All you need to make sure is that you don’t jump into the middle of it right away!

If you feel unfit and you’re planning to start cycling, you should be careful because the first rides can be demanding on your body.

I definitely don’t recommend starting with long rides or tours. You should start gradually and set realistic goals that you can achieve. Most importantly goals that you enjoy achieving.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have challenging long-term goals, something like: ‘I want to cycle to work everyday’ or ‘I want to ride my bike on the weekends for 40 miles’. That’s fine, but don’t start with that. If you do, you set yourself up for failure.

Try to look for achievable short term goals that you enjoy achieving!

To set those goals and help you start and persevere in achieving those, this article I wrote can help you.

Flat terrain

Another key factor is the terrain. Especially at the beginning try to avoid hilly terrain, look for flat routes where you don’t have to make extra effort to climb up hills. Even a few degree uphill climb can take a lot of extra energy.

Consider using an Ebike

If you have doubts about your physical fitness or you live in a hilly area and you don’t think you can manage the ride you could use and ebike. Ebikes are great because they can provide extra support along the way.

You don’t have to have electric support during the entire ride, you can turn it on if you get to a hill or you feel tired or whenever you feel it.

Enjoy the ride

This is the most important step.

Whatever your long-term goal may be, you should enjoy riding your bike. That will be source of motivation for the next time.

This is something you can learn: try to appreciate every aspect of the ride: nature, moving a bit, nice weather, whatever you find enjoyable about it.

One of the many benefits of cycling is being less stressed and letting the steam out, so you shouldn’t ruin it stressing yourself by setting impossible goals or delving into negative feelings about your health and weight. On the contrary, make sure that you enjoy every ride!

Now let’s see what are the best bikes to achieve all that!

Bike weight limits

Fuji Traverse

Up to 330 lbs (147 kgs)

As we move up this scale there are fewer options, but still they can be found relatively easily.

If you check any brands owners’ manual you will find that to each bike a condition is assigned. That refers to the riding conditions, which may vary from 1 to 5 based on the roughness of the terrain, 1 being the smoothest ride on pavement and 5 being rough and extreme.

Typically some models of major brands, that are of condition 2 and 3, have a higher weight limit than their other models.

Such bikes are for example the cyclocross bikes of Cannondale Quick 3, Diamondback Haanjo 2, Marin Gestalt, Surly Bridge Club.

Up to 355 lbs (158 kgs)

Bikes with up to 350 lbs weight limit are primarily touring and trekking bikes, but some marathon, hardtail and cross-country bikes are designed for this same maximum weight threshold.

Cannondale, Diamondback, Marin, Surly bikes designated to touring and trekking belong here.

Up to 400-450 lbs (181- 204 kgs)

This is where your options start to significantly decrease. Bikes that fall in this category differ greatly in price.

Actually I found only one manufacturer making bikes of 400 lbs weight limit: Day6bikes.

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If you are looking for a nice comfortable bike, Day6 Bikes’ Samson model is the right bike! It comes with a wide comfortable saddle that even supports your lower back and thus offers a comfortable upright riding position.

It is available for 1.500. Its ebike version is identical except for the electric components and costs 2,000 more.

On the other end of this range is Clydesdale Bicycles. Their Big Friendly Giant model can hold weights up to 450 lbs.

This bike is quite costly (c. 5,000) so if you are on a tight budget this might not be your best choice. But if you keep on reading you can find more affordable ones.

Up to 500 lbs (226 kgs)

Big Bones Deluxe 3

Some Worksman Cycles bikes can hold 500 lbs weight.

They suggest getting a bike with special tires and tubes in addition to the drum brake to safely carry the extra weight.

Worksman Urban Commuter(TM) Cruiser 3 speed is equipped with drum brake, resistant tires and tubes and it costs 850.

If you want to further customize the bike they will assist you.

Up to 550 lbs (250 kgs)

If you are looking for a bike that holds 550 lbs weight then you should check Zize Bikes. Zize Bikes offers plenty of options for overweight riders; in fact, their primary customers are heavy riders.

The Younder

Zize Bike offers bikes that can hold from 300 lbs to 550 lbs weight. They even have the electric version of their bikes too.

I contacted Co-Motion Cycles and inquired whether some of their models could carry 550 lbs. Co-motion Didvide

They confirmed their models of Pangea, Siskiyou and Divide could carry this much weight. In addition to the reinforced frame the bikes have special 40 spoke wheels.

A completely equipped Co-Motion bike costs c. 3,600.

What if I’m overweight and above the average height

If you are looking for bikes that are not only able to hold a lot of weight but are also comfortable to ride for exceptionally tall people you should check first Clydesdale Bicycles as they manufacture even 4XL size bikes, fit for 7ft 4in (225 cm) tall persons.

You can also check Day 6 Bikes, Worksman Cycles and Zize Bikes, they also manufacture bikes for exceptionally high persons. All three of these manufacturers make XL size bikes and in some cases you can even further customize the way if fits you the best.

Be careful with the sizing of the bikes. Bike sizing is not universal for every manufacturer.

Some manufacturers indicate that a certain model is size XL. What is size XL for one manufacturer, might be size L for another.

Check the exact measurement of the bike in inches or centimeters and make sure that it will indeed fit you.


As you can see you have plenty of options to get out there and enjoy a good ride, it doesn’t matter if you feel to heavy or unfit or you might be very tall. You will certainly find on the market what you need for a good ride and with the right mindset you will certainly find motivation and joy in cycling.

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Electric Bikes Weight Limit: Key Factor for Safe Riding!

From this article, you’ll learn electric bike weight limits for different models as well as what affects these numbers.

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If you think riding a regular bike is cool, you should try electric bikes. They’re more fun and offer a new and exciting way to exercise your body. If you’re looking to lose some weight and stay fit, then e-biking is one of the best ways to get that done.

But you’ll need an e-bike that will go well with your body size. Using an e-bike that doesn’t accommodate your weight will frustrate you, and it’s almost impossible. Different electric cycles work for different body sizes, but is there an electric bikes weight limit? Follow this article to find out more.

Is There a Weight Limit for Electric Bikes?

Different electric bikes are available on the market, and choosing the best one for you depends on more than the appearance of the bike and what features it comes with. When looking for an e-bike, you should look at your body size and see if it’ll accommodate it. You can’t be overweight and use an e-bike that’s for small-sized people.

There are bikes for males and females. But if you’re a woman on the bigger side and you have been looking for bikes that’ll fit you, then you should check out our list of the best bikes for overweight females.

So, to answer the question, do bikes have a weight limit? Well, the answer is yes. Yes, they do. There is usually an electric bike 300 lb weight limit, but you can also find limits between that and 275 lb. But some unique bike models fit individuals that are heavier than these limits.

If you are a heavy rider, we’ve prepared a compilation of the best bikes for heavy riders to help you out with that. It lists the best bikes for bigger people.

There are electric road, hybrid, and gravel bikes, which are used for riding on different surfaces and are differentiated by their weight limit. It isn’t advised to use a light road bike if you’re a heavier person riding through gravel surfaces. You always have to be sure of the purpose of your riding before getting an e-bike.

Road and gravel bikes are very similar in the aspect that they both have lighter weights and limits, and this is because they’re used to maximize speed when riding, but hybrid bikes are different. They’re heavier because they have more oversized frames and larger tires.

It is crucial to note that different bikes have their limits. Most times, you’ll find an electric bike with a 300 lb weight limit, but that doesn’t mean all bikes are that way. People’s bodies are different, and with this, no bike can be the same unless there are situations where there are only bikes for a specific set of people.

One of the best electric bikes you can use is the Gazelle Medeo T9 e-Bike. It is one of the lightest bikes you can find, according to user reviews, and it has been termed very dynamic and can be used to maneuver around different terrains.

What Affects Ebike Weight Limit?

Trusted Source NYC DOT. Electric Bicycles www.nyc.gov

is precisely what its name suggests. It is a set of wheels that are run on electricity. Without an electricity source, they won’t be able to operate, and that means that you will need batteries and a good motor. They’re different from regular bikes, and because of all the extra components, they’re usually heavier, and their weight limits differ.

Some things that affect the weight limit of an e-bike are the electricity source, tires, the bike model, and motor.

Electricity source/battery

This is one of the things that affect the weight limit of an e-bike. Some bikes will require more significant electricity consumption, and because of this, they’ll use heavier batteries. This will increase the weight of the e-bike and tamper with the limit.


The tires you use will also determine the overall weight. Using narrow and smaller tires will reduce the weight limit, while bikes with bigger tires will make it heavier and increase the total weight capacity.

Model of the bike

Another thing that affects the weight limit is the type of bike. Some brands make lighter e-bikes, and there are those who make electric bikes for bigger people.

Your riding style

The way you ride your bike is another factor that affects the weight limit of your bicycle. If you’re using your bike to ride through hilly roads and bumpy terrains, you’ll need a heavier bike.


The type of motor you use will also have a say in the bike’s weight limit. If the e-bike you’re using has a heavier motor, then the overall weight limit of the machine will be increased.

There are many more things that affect the weight limit of your e-bike, but those stated above are the most important. It is vital to remember that knowing which bike goes with your body size is essential when picking one to purchase. It would help if you were on the lookout for the things that affect the overall weight and pick one that accommodates you and what purpose of biking you want to do.

Electric bikes can be used for multiple things. Some people use them for recreational activities, while other people go racing. They even use electric bikes for hunting. If you’re looking for a good set of wheels to accompany you while you’re on the hunt, you should view our list of the best electric bikes for hunting.

Electric Bikes Weight Limits for Different Models

Different models have their unique bike limits. Here are some of the famous electric bikes and their weight limits.

Model Weight limit
RadRover 5 275 lbs
Verve 2 300 lbs
ANCHEER 500W/250W 330 lbs
Kemanner 26 Inch Electric Mountain Bike 330 lbs
NAKTO 26″ 250W 300 lbs
RadCity 4 275 lbs
RadMini Step-Thru 2 275 lbs
RadWagon 4 350 lbs
RadRunner 1 300 lbs

These e-bike models are all popular and well-known for their durability and reliability. They perform well, and if you want to get any, ensure it matches your body weight.

An honorary mention goes to the Jetson Electric Bike, it is well-respected and one you can use to get around. The Jetson electric bike weight limit is between 260-265 lbs, and they use wider tires. It’s definitely an amazing bike to use, based on online reviews.

Another Jetson product that you should check out is their Bolt Pro. Just like most of the products from the brand, it has a small frame and smaller tires. The Jetson Bolt Pro folding electric bike weight limit is 265 lbs.

What to Consider When Choosing an E-Bike for Heavier Riders?

If you’re on the bigger side, there are different things that you have to consider when selecting an E-bike to use. You have to look at the frame, wheels and tires, brakes, and suspension when picking a bike that accommodates you.


The frame is one of the most critical factors that affect the weight limit of an electric bike, and this is because there are different materials used to create frames. There are frames made from titanium, aluminum, and steel. The steel frames are the heaviest, and they can weigh between 80-90 pounds. But some unique models can weigh over 100 pounds.

Using carbon fiber frames is the best option for bigger people because they can hold more weight. It is well known that e-bikes make use of heavier frames, and this is to support bigger tires and the weight of the motor.

Wheels and tires

The tires of an electric bike are also one of the components that affect the weight limits of the machine, and if you’re using narrower tires, then the e-bikes will have a lesser limit, but those models that use wider tires will make it heavier.

As a big rider, you should always go for the thicker tires as they offer more stability and reduce the pressure while you’re riding. Also, thick tires have extra cushioning that will keep you safe during fast rides. The weight of the tires usually ranges from 50-70 pounds, and this is added when considering the weight limit of your bike. For example, the Electra bike weight limit is lower than other bikes because the model has narrower tires.


Heavy riders will greatly appreciate brakes that have more stopping power. Most of the brakes today are hydraulic discs, which are better than using v brakes that operate with cables. The better the stopping power, the more suited the bike for bigger riders.

Trusted Source Science of Cycling: Braking | Exploratorium The brake mechanism is inside the hub of the wheel and pushes outward on the hub, creating friction and slowing the bike. www.exploratorium.edu

are vital to your safety, so it is not something you should handle carelessly. Don’t be stingy when buying brakes, you should always look at the ones that are sturdy and reliable. The mechanical brakes are cheaper and can be maintained easier, but it’s advised to use hydraulic disc brakes.


The suspension is also known as the shock absorber, and it is a vital thing to look out for if you’re a bigger rider in search of an e-bike. The suspension system is vital to making a bike rider more stable and comfortable when riding.

If you’re on the bigger side, you should look at bikes that have suspension because your weight will affect your bike rides through bumpy and rugged surfaces. Your suspension should always be something that you’re ready to spend good money on as it guarantees you comfort, especially if you’re going off-road. Always invest in a quality suspension.

The decision of the kind of bike you want to use will ball down to you and your preferences, but it is important to know what works well and suits your body type. It is something that should never be overlooked as it is important for the overall performance of your bike and also your safety.

Why It Is Important Not to Exceed Electric Bike Maximum Weight Limit

There are bike weight limits for a reason, and you should always consider them when buying an e-bike. Some bikes break down when they’re under pressure, while some can hold out under any condition. It’s not advised to gamble with that and just use one that suits you.

It is important never to exceed the weight limit on your electric bike because it will affect braking and, as a result, your safety. You may get injured and damage your e-bike.

The weight limit on the bike is out there concerning the overall strength of the bike, and if the load exceeds that, it can damage critical parts like the rims, handles, and seat. One thing you should never do is push your bike past the limits that it can handle.

Your safety should always be your top priority, and you should always make sure you’re using the proper safety gear when you’re riding. Also, you should never ride through surfaces that you’re not used to. With the right riding conditions, you can prevent e-bike accidents

Trusted Source E-bikes show distinct pattern of severe injuries | Reuters E-bikes and electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but the powered bikes carry a higher risk of severe injuries than traditional bicycles and a different pattern of injury risks compared with scooters, a recent study finds. www.reuters.com

Final Thoughts

Electric biking is way different from regular bike riding. Although an e-bike is fun to use and can be used for different things, if you don’t properly understand the weight limits and use it carelessly, you will end up injuring yourself and doing damage to the bike.

It is essential to know electric bikes weight limit and how much load it can take, especially if you’re purchasing a new one. Different bikes have different limits, and they should be appropriately checked before use.

Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Electric Hunting Bike Buying Guide

So what is an electric hunting bike?

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

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

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

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

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

Which motor is best?

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

Rear Hub Motor

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

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

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

Mid Drive Motor

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

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

Ultra Mid Drive Motor

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

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

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

All Wheel Drive

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

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

What About Range

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

How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?

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

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

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

Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are the hunters saying?

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway, Let’s get into it…

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

Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes

The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou

Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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


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

Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

What we love the most

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

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

The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber

Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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


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

Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes

Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

What we love the most

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

Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat

Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike

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

What we love the most

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

The Dualie By Rungu

Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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


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

Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike

Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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

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

Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike

Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

What we love the most

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


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

Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike

Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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


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

Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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

Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike

Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we love the most

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

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

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

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

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

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

21 Responses

Mike Cook

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


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

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

Norman Brown

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


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

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

Ronald M Sucik

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

Ken Russell

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

William Mack

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

Steve Earney

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

John Murphy

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

robert taylor

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

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

Bart Robinson

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

Bill Thompson

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

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

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

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

John Murphy

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

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

Berry Whatley

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

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