Are lighter electric bikes better for a daily commute?
How much do lighter electric bikes weigh? It varies, but on average around 55 pounds (~25kg), making them suitable for your daily commute to the office or for riding around town.
First things first, a lighter e-bike doesn’t necessarily make it better or more affordable. For example, you might need a heavier cargo e-bike that suits your lifestyle and needs. However, if you are looking for a lighter e-bike and all the benefits it comes with, then read on because the VOYA E is Momentum’s lightest e-bike to date. However, there’s a small disclaimer! If you’re looking for an accurate number, we suggest you get your local dealer to weigh it for you; as the e-bike’s weight will depend on the size, finish, hardware, and accessories you pick.
Momentum’s e-bikes are efficient: charge faster, ride longer
City roads are generally flat, smooth, and relatively easy to ride on (sorry San Francisco!). This means you don’t need to use the auto mode all the time. You would be extending your e-bike’s battery life since you wouldn’t have to charge it that often. All Momentum e-bikes come with fast-charge technology and can be plugged into any wall outlet. This is a game changer for people who live a fast-paced life. Depending on the Momentum model, it usually takes between 3 to 5 hours to get a full charge. Stay tuned for a future article on different tips we have for you to keep your battery in tip top shape!
Fun fact:you don’t need to charge your e-bike fully. For instance, the Momentum Voya E can reach an 80% charge in just over 2 hours! This would let you ride for a solid 72 kilometers (approx. 44.7 miles) from just that one charge. Neat huh?
Lighter e-bike batteries offer flexibility
Lighter batteries are naturally integrated into lighter e-bikes to allow the rider to move faster and more easily around the city. They offer flexibility like normal bicycles with the added bonus of having the option to power your pedaling. This is perfect if you don’t want to break a sweat; when you want to cover more ground while commuting or exploring; or simply when you’re tired.
Average e-bikes can go as fast as 20 to 28 miles per hour (approx. 32 to 45km per hour). Not bad when you want to cover more ground. Just make sure you have enough energy to pedal if your battery runs out!
Lighter e-bikes are versatile and convenient
People who commute by bike don’t always ride the whole way. If you’ve seen people carrying bikes on and off subways, trains and sometimes buses, you’ll know what we mean. Some people prefer to live in suburban areas at the fringe of the city or in a neighboring city and then commute part way by train on their way to work. It makes sense for those who want to save time during rush hour, especially if they live in a city where public transportation is less than ideal (we’re looking at you Dallas!).
You might have also noticed that lighter e-bikes are a favorite for smaller or older riders. This is because they’re much easier to handle without straining the body. In addition, because of their lighter weight, these e-bikes can easily be used in off-motor mode.
Lighter e-bikes look great!
Ok, we’re biased but our newest, lightest e-bike looks so cutting edge because it’s smartly designed to conceal the slimline, lighter e-bike batter and electric components. It’s also sleeker and more minimal in form, without compromising its sturdiness and durability. That’s why we love the Voya E so much. It comes in a variety of colors, so you can do you!
What you need to know about lightweight e-bike
TL; DR. If you skipped ahead to this section because you’re short on time, the gist is that lightweight e-bikes are perfect for commuting. They share the same advantages as their un-assisted counterparts and heavier e-bikes, like having batteries with enough juice to power your daily journey but because they’re lightweight, they give you that added flexibility and convenience to move around with ease, especially if you’re also on the lighter side or just don’t want to lift a heavier e-bike.
Fun fact about electric bikes
Are you convinced yet? No? Well here’s another fun fact: did you know the first e-bike designs were actually patented all the way back in 1895? RD has come a long way, especially for batteries. In fact, between the 2010s and the 2020s, battery production costs dropped by more than 87%. Meaning now is the best time to get your first e-bike!
Best electric bikes | 15 top-rated ebikes for every type of rider
The best electric bike for you will depend on the type of riding you want to do, so in this guide we’ll cover the whole range of different electric bike types and recommend some of the best we’ve tested.
Electric bikes – or ebikes as they’re commonly known – are bicycles with an electric motor and battery that provides assistance as you pedal. There are many benefits to riding an electric bike. Electric bikes make riding up hills easier and will enable most riders to travel at a higher speed over longer distances without arriving at their destination covered in sweat.
Despite common misconceptions, you can still ride an electric bike for fitness. Electric bike laws limit the power of an ebike’s motor, so you still need to pedal – there’s no twist-and-go throttle here. There is an electric bike for every type of riding. Electric folding bikes and electric hybrid bikes are great choices for cycling to work, the best electric mountain bikes will help you get to the top of the next trail so you can enjoy more descending and the best electric road bikes and electric gravel bikes will enable you to take on longer adventures. Making sense of how an electric bike works and how to choose the right one for you is a daunting task. Luckily for you, BikeRadar’s team of expert testers have put in hundreds of hours riding more than 175 electric bikes across all categories. Our testing is 100 per cent editorially independent, so you can always trust our recommendations. In this in-depth buyer’s guide to choosing the best electric bike for any rider, we’ll talk you through the things you need to consider for each category of ebike. We also highlight the best bikes we have reviewed, as selected by BikeRadar’s expert team of tech editors, for each type of ebike, with links to our detailed buyer’s guide for each category. We also have a general buyer’s guide to electric bike tech at the bottom of this article that answers common questions. For even more information, take a look at our ebike FAQs. There’s a lot to cover here, so use the links below to skip to the section you need, or read on for every detail.
Best electric hybrid bikes
Like a non-assisted hybrid bike, electric hybrid bikes feature an upright riding position, flat bars and stable handling. They’re often the least expensive entry point into ebikes.
With lots of mounting points for accessories such as pannier bags and mudguards, electric hybrids are great if you’re planning to commute to work by bike, ride around town or want to go for leisurely rides on bike trails or through parks.
Electric hybrid bikes can be quite heavy because they tend to use less sophisticated motor systems and the bikes are built for robustness. This is worth bearing in mind if you need to carry them up stairs.
Below is a selection of four of the very best electric hybrid bikes as tested by our senior road technical editor, Warren Rossiter. For more recommendations, check out our full round-up of the best electric hybrid bikes.
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0
- £2,600 / €2,999 / 3,500 as tested
- Pros: Well-tuned power delivery; low weight
- Cons: Lower-torque motor means you have to put in more work
Specialized makes two electric hybrid bike ranges. Whereas the standard Turbo Vado is a heavy-duty ebike, the Vado SL uses a less powerful motor with 35Nm of torque. This reduces the weight to under 15kg, but the flip side is that you have less assistance than with the Turbo Vado, which could be a problem on hills.
The other advantage of the lower output is clean looks, with the concealed battery giving a sporty appearance. Specialized fits lights to all models and includes mudguards and a luggage rack on pricier models.
Canyon Pathlite:ON 5
- £2,499 / €2,699, as tested
- Pros: Great handling and confident off-road
- Cons: Heavy versus its rivals
The Canyon Pathlite:ON 5 is a powerful electric hybrid bike that handles and rides commendably. Our testing found the Canyon’s 100km claimed range to be true, but there’s no denying the bike is heavy at 23.5kg.
Where the Pathlite:ON 5 truly stands out is off the tarmac, where it rivals electric mountain bikes with confidence-inspiring chunky tyres and a shock-absorbing suspension fork.
Tern Quick Haul P9
- £3,100 / 3,299 / AU4995 as tested
- Pros: Great fun to ride and versatile
- Cons: Official add-ons are fairly pricey
The Tern Quick Haul P9 looks like a cargo bike at first glance, but its compact design means it isn’t much longer than a typical electric hybrid.
With the option to fit a huge array of useful add-on accessories both front and back, our tester described the Quick Haul P9 as a “genuinely viable car replacement”.
Best electric folding bikes
Commuters who travel by public transport or are short on space are catered for too. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
If you want to cycle to work or are just pressed for space to store your ride, a compact electric folding bike could be the answer.
Folding ebikes often have the battery hidden in their frames, or they may come with a removable battery to make carrying them on and off public transport a bit easier.
A removable battery also means you can take it somewhere where it’s easier to charge (at your desk, for example, if you use the bike to ride to work).
But the extra weight of the motor and battery means carrying a folding ebike on and off public transport, and up and down stairs, will be harder. The available range can be quite limited in some models too.
For more product recommendations, check out our round-up of the best folding electric bikes.
The Brompton Electric adds a front-hub motor to the iconic folder. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £2,725 as tested
- Pros: Very compact fold; smooth power delivery
- Cons: Quite heavy; two pieces to carry
A front-hub motor adds electric power to the classic Brompton folding bike, giving you a range of around 40km. The battery sits in a separate pack, which can be removed from the bike for carrying.
Since we tested the Brompton Electric, the standard bike has been redesignated the C Line Explore. It’s been joined by the P Line, which uses lighter frame materials and components to chop almost 2kg off the C Line’s 17.4kg claimed weight.
- £3,999 as tested
- Pros: Larger wheels ride more smoothly; stylish design
- Cons: Expensive; doesn’t fold as small as some ebikes
While pricey, the GoCycle G4 is a folder, commuter and electric bike in one. The ride and handling are far more assured than most folding bikes on- and off-road, thanks to the meaty tyres and larger wheels.
The bike folds in half at its centre, making it easier to roll than to carry and the removable battery in the front of the frame is accessed via the fold. At over 17kg, it’s quite heavy though.
MiRider One GB3
The GB3 is an upgrade on the original MiRider One, with an accompanying price rise. David Caudery / Our Media
- £2,495 as tested
- Pros: Very compact
- Cons: Price has increased significantly from the original bike
The MiRider One GB3 is an upgrade from the original model we tested a few years ago. Unfortunately, that’s resulted in a significant price hike, but the ebike is still a compact, nippy city commuter.
The belt drive is cleaner and lower-maintenance than a chain, there’s good adjustability, and built-in rear suspension and wide tyres add comfort.
The GB3 design has three speeds, adding flexibility over the singlespeed predecessor, and you can change gear while stationary. We achieved a range of up to 50km.
Best electric mountain bikes
Electric mountain bikes can be great on the climbs, but handling on the descents can take a bit of getting used to. Ian Linton
An electric mountain bike will get you to the top quicker, particularly on technical, steeper climbs, and with more energy to enjoy the descents. Plus, getting up the ups more easily will give you extra range to explore further.
Recent improvements in eMTB performance mean handling is approaching that of the best mountain bikes without a motor, providing heaps of flat-out riding fun.
But, nevertheless, the extra weight can make handling more tricky on particularly technical sections, so it’s a good idea to ease off a bit until you’ve got the feel of the bike
This is a small selection of the best electric mountain bikes we have tested, as selected by our expert team of mountain bike tech editors, Alex Evans, Robin Weaver and Tom Marvin.
Vitus E-Sommet VRX
For the money, the E-Sommet has to be one of the best electric mountain bikes out there. Ian Linton / Our Media
- £5,499 as tested
- Pros: Quality spec; great geometry and suspension
- Cons: Awkward cable routing and bottle placement
The Vitus E-Sommet adds a powerful Shimano EP8 motor and large-capacity battery to Vitus’ enduro platform. It rolls on a 29in front and 27.5in rear wheel mullet build and is impressively specced for its price, with a 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork, a Super Deluxe Select RT shock and Shimano’s XT groupset.
The E-Sommet descends and climbs impressively, with both comfort and great grip, making it fun, engaging and highly capable.
Marin Rift Zone E2
- £5,895 / 6,299 / €6,899 as tested
- Pros: Lively; great spec
- Cons: Slightly over-geared; less powerful motor than its competitors
The Marin Rift Zone E2 is a classy, comfortable full-suspension electric mountain bike with 140mm travel. It can take you beyond its trail riding mandate, handling more technical descents well.
The Rift Zone ebike is well specced for its price, although the Shimano EP801 motor’s 85Nm torque is a little less than competitors. We’d have preferred a smaller chainring than the 38t fitted for easier climbing.
Whyte E-160 RSX
- £7,999 as tested
- Pros: Calm and composed handling; hides its weight well
- Cons: Some chain slap; seat tube too slack for optimal climbing
The Whyte E-160 RSX is a well-equipped enduro bike, with its battery mounted below the Bosch motor to lower its centre of gravity.
Whyte says the full down tube this allows improves torsional rigidity as well. Lower-spec E-160s are available in both 29in and ‘mullet’ form, so you can pick your preferred wheel configuration, although this top-spec model is 29in only.
Despite its 26kg-plus weight, we found the low centre of gravity made for impressive downhill performance, although we’d have liked to see a slightly steeper seat tube for better climbing.
Best electric road bikes
It’s often hard to tell many electric road bikes from their unassisted counterparts. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
If you enjoy road cycling, but want a bit of help to keep your speed up or to get you up hills, an electric road bike could be the right choice for you.
Most e-road bikes use lightweight motor systems that provide less power than the motors used on electric hybrid or mountain bikes. This means they’re typically a bit lighter too, with the very lightest models tipping the scales at around 11kg.
However, with many road riders achieving speeds on the flat of 15mph or above, you may feel you’re carrying dead weight around, with the motor cutting out at that top-assisted speed, although assistance can continue to 20mph, or even in some cases 28mph in much of the USA.
Below are three of the very best electric road bikes senior road technical editor Warren Rossiter has tested to date.
BMC Roadmachine AMP One
- £7,600 / €7,999 as tested
- Pros: Smooth ride; compact motor; impressive range
- Cons: Tyres may need a swap-out for colder, wetter conditions
The BMC Roadmachine AMP One doesn’t look much different from its non-assisted sibling; it’s only the slightly expanded down tube, hiding a 350Wh battery, that shows there’s extra assistance. The Mahle X20 motor is so compact it hides between the largest cassette sprocket and the disc rotor.
The ride feels like the non-assisted Roadmachine as well, despite the 12kg weight. Range is impressive, heading up to 160km, depending on the conditions. We’d swap out the tyres for winter use though.
Scott Addict eRide Premium
The Scott Addict eRide Premium looks and rides like a racy road bike. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £8,349 / 9,299 as tested
- Pros: Great looks; top-spec build; lovely handling
- Cons: Non-removable battery
The Scott Addict eRide Premium has similar geometry to the Scott Addict RC Disc and the same carbon frame. The result is a possible sub-11kg build powered by the consistent ebikemotion rear-hub motor.
Neatly concealed in the down tube, the battery managed 100km and 2,000m elevation in testing. The 2022 version of the bike has been renamed as the Scott Addict eRide Ultimate.
Lightest road ebike
A sleek, seven-speed electric bike that is nimble and powerful enough to weave through the jungles of the city yet lightweight enough to carry up a flight of stairs after a day’s work. The elegant and minimalist design is reminiscent of Aventon’s performance cycling roots, but with an electric charge. The performance-inspired geometric frame allows for a more aggressive riding style with room to still enjoy a relaxing ride. Maneuver your way through the city with the help of the stealthy yet powerful motor, equipped with both a throttle and pedal assist. Or if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, ride the Soltera using your own force and will. The choice is yours.
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.
The Soltera ebike is meant for those who ride for the thrill of it. Its more aggressive geometry places the riders weight slightly more forward towards the handlebars, giving them greater control and stability as they navigate their commutes.
Seamlessly integrated lights make it possible for you to see and be seen. Streamlined taillights operate much like a brake light while Soltera’s headlight is both low profile yet illuminative!
Take on the pavement routes with our powerful 350W (Nominal) brushless rear hub motor and 10Ah seamlessly integrated battery. People will only know you’re riding a cycling-inspired ebike because of how fast you speed past them!
Take control with throttle on demand and pedal assist functions! Throttle takes you where you need to be without breaking a sweat, while 5 levels of pedal assist allows you to manage your energy output without losing out on speed. Crank it to the maximum or use your own force without assistance; the choice is yours.
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I rarely use the electric with this bike-it’s just easy to ride as is. However when I’m not out for my daily exercise the e assist is awesome. Liked this bike so much I bought a second. It comes with trip software that is great, but twice now it lost the data from my rides and that is frustrating since I ride it fir a workout and want to keep track of my numbers. Software is saying it wants to upgrade which might fix it, but I can’t find how to upgrade.
Hi there, we appreciate your feedback. Please visit the Apple store and search for our app. It should prompt you to update the app in blue once you have found it. If you are still experiencing technical difficulties, please call us at 866-300-3311 M-F 8-5 PM, PST.
Hi David, Thanks for the great review! We’re glad to hear that you’re enjoying the Soltera Ebike. Aventon
Aventon seems to be one of the few manufacturers that places some emphasis on appearance. The paint, the welds, the graphics, the display, and the controls all speak of a quality far beyond the cost. The Soltera is a bike, first and foremost. Easy to pedal even without battery assist. I ride mine even though the battery was DOA. It relative light weight makes it easy to load onto my old bike rack. Not having to buy a high dollar rack to carry a heavyweight bike was a bonus. If you want to pedal and are looking for a bike that encourages it the Soltera is your bike. The pedal assist is nice and useful for long rides and hills but it isn’t absolutely necessary. And if you talk to some of those with the heavy fat tire bikes they dread a dead battery. With the Soltera you may not even miss it. And I want to add that Aventon has some of the nicest most responsive Customer Service Representatives of any company I’ve ever dealt with. Even with the current battery issues they still respond to questions courteously and promptly. It may not be the answer you’re looking for but it is an answer.
Hi Richard, We’re glad to see that this lovely bike is holding up so well. thank you for sharing your experience! We’re glad to hear that the pedal assist is useful and enjoyable, and that the Customer Service Representatives are so helpful and responsive. Aventon
Hi Steven, Thank you for the great review of the Aventon Solara! We’re so glad you’re enjoying it. Aventon
We wanted a bike that looked and rode like a traditional bike but could assist when needed. The bike exceeded expectations.
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Magicycle Commuter Step Over Lightweight Electric Bike
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Perfect for Every Day Commuting
Lightweight and Nimble, you can just carry it up easily. If you encounter some steps or you just live upstairs, you won’t need to worry about how to carry your ebikes. With sleek styling, a powerful motor and a smooth ride to boot, the Magicycle Commuter is a great choice for a commuter who wants a nice looking and reliable ride. Magicycle Commuter is a thoughtful, simple and aesthetically pleasing electric commuter bike.
It was given a Belt, make for a smoother, firmer drive, quieter, no noise and cleaner ride, no chain grease, and low maintenance. When you are riding an electric bike with chain drive, it will cause noise which is not great if it’s at nighttime. However, with belt drive, your ebikes won’t make any noise but provide you smoother and quieter rides, quietly gliding through the city.
Integrated Battery Circuit Design
This versatile Commuter E-bike sports an ultra-slim, 350W battery integrated into the down tube, designed for a clutter-free outlook. With a range of 30 to 40 miles, depending on the level of assistance in use, the bike can serve as a functional commuter. There is no connecting wire inside the frame, and the circuit design obtained the Dutch invention patent.
Reliable Brakes and High-quality Motor
Commuter features JAK M300 mechanical disc brakes and a 350 watt hub motor driven by a 52 volt battery, a combination that delivers outstanding power. It’s more than enough for this light weight commuter!
- Battery 52V 7 Ah Lithium Battery
- Charger 52V Smart Charger
- Range 30-40 Miles
- Motor 350W Rear Hub Motor
- Recommended Rider Heights 5’7″ ~ 6’5″
- Display Backlight display (With USB Power Port)
- Charging Time 3-4 Hours
- Total Payload Capacity 265lbs
- Weight 43lbs/19.5kg
- Tires CST 700C38C
- Front Fork Alloy Hydraulic lockout suspension fork
- Brake Lever Aluminum alloy comfort grip levers with motor cutoff switch
- Throttle No
- Freewheel Belt freewheel single speed
- Max Speed 20MPH
- Derailleur Single speed. belt-driven
- Saddle Super Soft Cushion
- Brake 180mm Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Bike Frame 6061 Aluminum Frame
MAGICYCLE COMMUTER FAQS
Magicycle Commuter adopts an expensive belt drive, which is quieter than ordinary chain-driven electric bikes and can soften the impact and absorb vibration when riding. Simple installation, no need for lubrication, easy maintenance, and repair. You don’t have to worry about tangling chains anymore.
①Smooth operation and no noise
Compared with the ordinary chain drive, the belt drive runs more smoothly, without the trouble of sliding chains.
②Buffer shock absorption
The belt has good elasticity, and the transmission is stable during operation, which can buffer and absorb vibration.
③Overload protection function
If it is overloaded at work, the belt will slip on the pulley, which can prevent weak parts from being damaged and can play a role in safety protection.
What’s the advantage of an integrated battery?
Magicycle Commuter is designed with an integrated battery. An integrated battery means the battery is embedded in the downtube, protecting it from the wind, rain, and humidity, and making the bike more elegant.
What is the recommended tire pressure of Magicycle Commuter?
Magicycle Commuter should be between 345-515kPa (50-75 psi/3.4-5.1bar) Min. Max.
Usually, you can check the recommended pressure on the tire sidewall which is how much you should inflate your tires.
What’s in the Magicycle Commuter gift package?
①Bike Repair Tool (19 Value): We carefully selected the following repair tools according to our ebike features: 3 wrenches, 6 Allen Wrenches, and 1 screwdriver.
②Magicycle Full Fenders (118 Value): Reducing the amount of water, mud, and grime that sprays up into your face, all over your bike and your backside is enough to warrant their use.
③Magicycle Rear Rack (99 Value): Provides a stable framework to hold gear on your ebike.
④Front Lights (25 Value): Integrated front and rear lights keep you to be seen all the time.
What’s the Ebike Classification of Magicycle Commuter?
Magicycle Commuter belongs to the Class 1 ebike.
Where can I compare all of the ebike models?
Check MODELS COMPARE to select the perfect bike for you!
Can I have a test riding before purchase?
Sure! Here is the Dealer Map. You can put your address in and choose the nearby shop for a test drive.
How long for the delivery times?
Place your order now, ship in 2 working days from the warehouse in California, and another 3-7 days delivery by FedEx.
How can I use the Magicoins?
We welcome our customers to use the Magicoins! Here is an article on how to earn Magicoins.
At only 37 pounds (17 kg), the Argon is a super lightweight e-bike. At least 15 lbs lighter than other e-bikes with similar size batteries. This makes it easy to carry up some stairs or put on a bike rack.
Elegant design combined with a large battery and high quality components make this the best value on the market today.
Every aspect made with performance, quality, and longevity in mind. The aircraft grade aluminum alloy frame is stylish and durable, and a sleek design looks like a regular bicycle.
Designed in Colorado and made in Taiwan; giving you high quality E-Bike with excellent performance at a low price. Optibike has been designing E-Bikes for over 20 years and is the oldest maker of electric bikes in America.
Unpacking and Getting Started
Easy To Ride Torque Sensor: Just Pedal and Go!
The Argon is easy and simple to ride. With no gears to shift and a powerful 500 watt motor, the bike can get you where you want to go with minimal fuss.
The near silent 500 watt motor is more powerful than other similar ebikes. Combined with the dual sided torque sensor, this bike goes up steeper hills and travels further compared to the competition.
The Belt Drive requires no lubrication so you don’t get grease on your pants, and it never gets covered with grime.
Pedal harder and the bike goes faster, it’s intuitive and easy to ride! The only bike in its class to feature a dual sided torque sensor for motor control.
Range Anxiety? Not here!
Largest battery in a bike of this weight class.
The Argon uses a 14Ah Li-ion battery, which is double the capacity of similar ebikes. This gives you double the range, better hill climbing and longer life for the battery.
With the Argon you will have a smoother ride, more range, and climb steeper hills.
If really extreme range is more your style, we have models that go up to 300 miles on a charge!
Better Ride Quality
Wider Tires and a Carbon Fiber Fork
Wider 38mm (1.5inch tires) give a softer ride and better traction. And the full carbon fiber fork absorbs bumps better and keeps the weight lower.
Great Stopping Power
With Shimano hydraulic disk brakes front and rear, the Argon stops quickly and is safer to ride.
The Argon can be easily configured as a fully compliant Type 1 Ebike, so it is legal to ride almost anywhere a regular bicycle can go. This is great for urban commuting on bike paths or roads.
The battery and controller are one unit and easily removed for service.
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