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Are There Any Electric Bikes Made in the USA? (The Surprising Truth)

I’ve been in the bicycle industry for more than 20 years now and I can tell you that even though an electric bike brand is based in the USA, that brand’s electric bikes are not always made in the USA. However, there are a few companies that do make their ebikes in the US!

Yes, there are! These 3 electric bike companies offer ebikes that are Made in the USA – Outrider USA out of Fletcher, NC, Electric Bike Company out of Costa Mesa, CA, and Hi-Power Cycles from Chatsworth, CA.

They have some amazing electric bikes that look like a lot of talent was poured into the craftsmanship. I hope they continue to succeed and more companies take note.

So let me try to clear up some of the confusion about ebikes and where they are made. I have read many blog posts on this subject and they are full of misinformation.

It’s not too hard to find the truth, so I wrote this article to explain where bikes are made and why many of the electric bikes made overseas are still amazing!

If you are looking for an electric bike that is Made in the USA then allow me to introduce you to 3 companies that make their bikes here in the States! (I have talked to each of these companies in person just to be sure the information is accurate.)

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Outrider USA

Outrider USA is located in Fletcher, NC, near Ashville, and custom builds every bike they sell, in-house, to fit their customer’s needs. Outrider USA specializes in 3 and 4 wheeled all-terrain electric vehicles that can be pedaled with motor assist or throttle support, and even makes ebikes for adaptive riding needs.

After talking with Mickey at Outrider USA it is clear that this is a labor of love for these folks. Mickey told me that about half of the bikes they produce are made for adaptive riding. They build bikes for people that have physical limitations that make it impossible for them to ride regular bikes.

The folks at Outrider can even build you a bike that uses the seat as the throttle by leaning forward and back or is operated just by hand controls.

They are truly doing something unique and amazing, allowing access to the outdoors for people that would not otherwise be able to enjoy it!

Outrider USA also uses batteries that have a 1500 watt-hour capacity and some of their ebikes can take up to 4 of these batteries! That’s an electric bike with 6000 watt-hours of capacity!! With an average of about 30 miles per battery (range will vary based on rider weight, trail conditions, wind, etc.) you can see that these bikes are made for range.

When you are ready to choose an electric bike with Outrider USA (they actually prefer “electric ATV” which is really what these are), you choose a base model and can customize it from there.

Mickey told me one of the options is an internally cooled mid-drive motor that they can custom design the power on to go from 2000w up to 5000w depending on your needs. This upgrade can help you reach as much as 45mph on 3 wheeled full suspension ebike with over 100-mile range!! (with the 4 battery upgrade)

I really want one of these now.

Now, with this kind of craftsmanship and customization, these are not budget bikes by any stretch. Expect to spend about 15,000 to 20,000 on one of these beauties. The electric ATVs that Outrider USA are creating are truly one of a kind!

I have not ridden one or seen one in person, but they are made in the USA and if you are looking for a well-built, custom, recumbent-style 3 or 4 wheeled all-terrain electric ATV, then be sure to check them out!

Here is a factory tour of Outrider USA –

Electric Bike Co. custom model x

Electric Bike Company was established in 2014 in Newport Beach, Ca with the purpose of bringing everyday biking to those that thought it was out of reach. Whether due to riding distance, age, fitness level, steep hills, or time many people choose not to ride a bike for their daily routines.

What Electric Bike Company has focused on is making custom cruiser-style electric bikes that are made in the USA, right from their factory in Costa Mesa, CA. Their ebikes are custom built to order and each one is unique to the customer. They even have wood fender options!

Electric Bike Co. has its frames made overseas from some of the best frame builders in the world and custom specs every bit of the design here in the US. Then the frames are delivered to their factory in Costa Mesa and every component is installed by their in-house expert technicians.

After talking with Blake from Electric Bike Co. he told me that in Jan. 2020 they had about 14 employees working out of one location in Huntington Beach and now in Feb. 2022 they employ over 100 people locally and train them to build each bike they produce to the specific customer designs.

Every ebike they make is a custom-built thing of beauty and even though not every part is made in the USA (Electric Bike Co. gets some of their parts from 11 different countries), you can rest assured that your ebike will be hand-built by trained experts here in the USA.

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Electric Bike Company has 8 base models to choose from starting at 1699 and then you get to customize it as you see fit. The more options you pick out the higher the price will be. I highly recommend you go to their website and play around with the bike customizer, it’s insane.

Here is a factory tour of Electric Bike Company –

Hi-Power Cycles was founded back in 2008 by brothers Chris and Derek Hunt and manufactures all of its ebikes here in the USA. The idea for the company actually started in 2005 when Chris was commuting to college on his regular bike and getting tired of always being sweaty and well, tired.

He picked up a basic ebike that was available at the time and after realizing how weak it was, modified it to be a higher-powered beast. This led to him eventually building some of the most powerful electric bikes you can get.

Their team of engineers and mechanics hand test all of their various electric bikes to make sure every ebike they produce is well crafted. They have professional riders test out every electric bike they produce to make sure the quality is second to none.

They have an insane ebike called the Typhoon that is up to 8000 watts on a mid-drive motor that can reach 45mph! High Powered!!

Hi-Power cycles is an off-road-focused ebike company that seems to go by the model “If you can see it, you can ride it” and the ebikes they carry will get you up and over it.

Hi-Power Cycles Revolution M

They currently offer 9 different models of electric mountain bikes that range in price from 1,895 to 13,500. Hi-Power Cycles is based out of Chatsworth, CA, and is hoping to expand and move to a bigger location soon.

I had a chat with Hi-Power Cycles and they make and manufacture all of the bikes in the USA!

Here is a video of Hi-Power Cycles making their Revolution ebike – My Lectric XP 2.0

Nope, not a typo. Lectric is an electric bike company with simplicity in mind. It’s this simple – Lectric has 3 bike models. They are all folding bikes. They all have fat, 20” tires. They come in black or white. Done.

Lectric Electric Bikes is a family-run business and their bikes do lean toward the RVing crowd. They launched in 2019 through hard work and determination. I respect that a lot.

If you want a folding fat tire electric bike for under 1000, these are it. Yep, you heard right, all 3 Lectric models are 999.

Haibike USA Electric Bikes

Now to my personal favorite, Haibike. I am on my second Haibike, I had to sell my first one to fix my Jeep or I would have kept it. Haibikes are the first modern ebike that I have serviced and sold and I think they are one of the best bangs for the buck.

I have put almost 10,0000 miles on my current Haibike and it just keeps purring along. Haibike launched its first ebike in 2010 and has been leading the way ever since. Haibike is a German bike company that now has Haibike USA and headquarters here in the US.

If you have a local Haibike dealer, I would strongly recommend you check them out. Keep in mind, my shop is a Haibike dealer and their ebikes are in very short supply. You may have to get on a waiting list.

Haibike will offer 6 models in the US this year and are 3,325 to 6,800.

Haibike USA electric bikes can be found here.www.haibikeusa.com

Ride1UP Electric Bikes

Ride1UP follows the direct-to-consumer approach. Their ebikes can be ordered online. Ride1UP has been offering commuter and city-style ebikes since 2019. Even though Ride1UP ebikes are not available at your local bike shop, they do have a 30-day trial, with some restrictions. (see their website and read the 30-day return policy)

Looking at their site, they now have a mid-drive Brose motor ebike for 2,295 “The Prodigy”. That’s a pretty great deal. One model of The Prodigy has lights and a front shock and the other two models have lights, fenders, and racks.

Ride1UP electric bikes have 7 models in total to choose from and range in price from 945 to 2295.

Blix Electric Bikes

Blix Electric Bikes is yet another direct-to-consumer ebike company. Blix carries city and commuter style ebikes and launched in 2014 in Santa Cruz, CA. Blix ebikes are simple, stylish, and affordable.

They have some very low step models that can be great for someone with shorter legs or trouble swinging their leg over the bike. Blix also has a cargo bike model.

Blix has 4 models to choose from and they range in price from 1,699 to 1,999.

You can find Blix Electric Bikes here.blixbike.com

Co-op Cycles Electric Bikes

Co-op Cycles is REI’s house brand and they only have one electric bike model so far. The only reason I mention them on this list is that the one ebike they do have, has front suspension, lights, rear rack, and a Shimano motor for 1,999.

If you’re an REI member you would also get 10% back. That puts the bike below 1800.

That’s a great deal and they are in stock as of writing this. Check them out here.www.rei.com/product/172495/co-op-cycles-cty-e21-electric-bike

Rambo Electric Bikes

Rambo Electric Bikes are geared toward the hunting crowd. I don’t have much knowledge on hunting and don’t talk about hunting ebikes much on this site but, they’re Rambo. Any company that makes big powerful ebikes made for the outdoors and hunting in the wild that calls itself Rambo Electric Bikes is worth mentioning.

Rambo started in 2018 and it’s pretty clear what they have and what they do. I like that. Rambo currently has 16 models to choose from with names like “The Venom” and “The Megatron”. You can order their bikes online, but they have local dealers all over.

Giant Electric Bikes

Giant is the second-largest retailer of bikes in the US. Giant owns most of the bicycle manufacturing in the world and has contributed greatly to the world of bicycling. Without Giant, most other brands would fail.

Giant may not be the most well-known brand name here in the states, but believe me, they make amazing electric bikes. As with Trek and Specialized, you will pay a bit more for brand recognition, but their ebikes are worth it.

I don’t know when the first Giant electric bikes came out, for such a huge company it’s tough to find some of this info.

Giant Electric bikes now carry 10 different models with multiple versions of each. Giant ebikes range from 2,650 to 9300.

Gazelle USA Electric Bikes

Gazelle USA is out of Santa Cruz, CA, and has been making electric bikes since 2015. A cool thing about Gazelle as a company is that their bikes are made in The Netherlands and they started making bikes almost 130 years ago.

Gazelle USA is mostly electric bikes, and they are designed for commuters and daily riders. All of their electric bikes come with lights, fenders, and racks. They also have many models with front suspension too.

So if you’re like me and want your ebike fully loaded, then check out one of the three models they carry.

To find Gazelle USA Electric Bikes look here.www.gazellebikes.com/en-us

Schwinn Electric Bicycles

Oh, Schwinn, I know that name, they’re an American company, right? Well, no.

Schwinn started as an American bicycle company way back in 1895. They did make bikes here in the states for decades. In 2001 Schwinn was bought out of bankruptcy by Pacific Cycles, which was then bought by Dorel Industries in 2004. Dorel Industries is a Canadian company that also owns Mongoose, Cannondale, and GT.

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Often when the big guys eat the little guys they dissolve the smaller company. Other times, if the company has a good brand then they will keep the name and outsource the production. In other words, Schwinn Electric Bikes are now made in China.

Schwinn does have 4 models to choose from. range from 1,499 to 1,999.

Diamondback Electric Bikes

Diamondback has been well known in the US for years. They just started offering their first electric bikes in 2021. I’m adding them to this list because Diamondback actually produced its bike here in the US, up until 1999.

We carry the new Diamondback electric bikes at my shop and even though they only have 4 models to choose from right now, they are on the right track. All four are Bosch mid-drive bikes and they are all class 3 (they assist up to 28mph).

Starting in the year 2023 they will be expanding to carry a full line of electric mountain bikes and if they are anything like the bikes they have now, then keep an eye out.

Diamondback Electric Bikes range from 3,499 to 4,100 and can be found here.

At the End of the Day

All these companies combined employ thousands of people here in the US. Those people in turn spend their money here and the economy is all the better for it. When you buy an electric bike from them, you are buying American. You are supporting businesses that are the livelihoods of your neighbors.

There is a lot more that goes into having a company that sells electric bikes in the USA than just where the bikes are made.

We are blessed with so many different options out there when comes to ebikes. If you find an electric bike that you like, and it fits your needs and budget, then go ahead and buy it. My main purpose of this whole site is to get you to start riding an ebike and using it for daily transportation.

If you’re not sure if you’re going to like riding an ebike, then start with one of the more budget options, or just head down to your local bike shop and test ride one for free.

One more person riding an electric bike is one less car on the road.

Made in the U.S.A. It’s a nice dream, but when it comes to the bicycle industry, it is rarely so.

Where do the biggest bicycle brands in the US make their bikes?

These are not specifically electric bike brands just the overall biggest ones.

The US is trending to have more than half the market share of bicycle sales in the world by 2025.

This means that the bike business in the US is booming.

And here are where their bikes are made

(found with a quick Google search)

Keep in mind – Almost all bikes, whether electric or not, are made overseas. This does not mean that these bikes are bad (some of them are), but some of these companies make the best bikes in the world.

So don’t let the fact that your electric bike may not be made in the USA keep you from getting out and riding more!

If you have an ebike company that makes its bikes in the USA and I have left you off the list, just let me know and I’ll add you. Or, if you know of a company that I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll check them out and add them. You can reach me on my contact page.

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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

Brompton Electric

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.

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GoCycle G4

  • £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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Electric Bike Company Model S Review 2023

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Electric Bike Company Model S Review: Overview

The Electric Bike Company Model S is a well made Class 3 electric beach cruiser powered by a 500W motor. With casual cruiser-oriented geometry and loads of customization, there are a lot of great features that make the Model S one of our favorite beach cruisers.

When we started the Electric Bike Company Model S review, we were impressed with how sturdy the frame was and how clean its welds are. It also came fully assembled, which was a nice touch. It didn’t take long for us to tell that EBC put a lot of effort into their electric cruiser.

Electric Bike Company has one of the most complete online customization tools we’ve seen in the e-bike industry, and our review model of the Model S was decked out with a custom colorway (even on the battery pack!), wood fenders, an upgraded 48V, 18Ah battery and a single speed drivetrain, plus a couple of additional custom features and accessories.

If you’re looking for a comfortable cruiser oriented e-bike that will withstand the tests of time, then we would highly recommend looking into the Model S. During our review its performance and extensive features backed up its looks.

Pro’s

  • The Model S is easy to get the hang of. Whether you’re an experienced e-biker or not, chances are you’re going to get the hang of riding this bike very quickly.
  • The large amount of customization, upgradable parts and additional accessories allowed us to set up the Model S exactly the way we wanted to.
  • The Model S should stand the test of time. It’s clear a lot of thought and passion has gone into this e-bike.
  • The 500W motor provides very smooth engagement. Electric Bike Company says this motor should last at least 18 years.
  • The riding position of the Model S is very comfortable. Throughout many test miles not one of our riders ever felt uncomfortable.
  • The battery range of the 48V, 18Ah battery impressed us.
  • The colored LCD display provides a lot of information in a way that’s easy to understand and interact with.

Con’s

  • The Model S may be a little heavy for those needing to lift it onto a bike rack or up stairs, and the rack-top placement of the battery combined with (in our case) the weight of the optional basket shifts the center of gravity a bit higher. It feels fine in corners, but it is something to note as you add accessories.
  • Battery: 48V, 18Ah (864Wh) | This is an upgrade over the standard 48V, 12Ah battery
  • Display: LCD color display, USB outlet included
  • Motor: 500W rear hub motor
  • Headlight: LED headlight – controllable via display
  • Taillights: LED tail light – controllable via display
  • Peal Assist: Levels 1-5
  • Range: Up to 100 miles (claimed, remember this is an upgraded battery)
  • Throttle: Lever throttle
  • Battery weight: 10-20 lbs will vary depending on choice
  • Real weight: 57 lbs will vary with customization
  • Maximum rider weight: 380 lbs
  • Brakes: Tektro Dorado hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm rotors
  • Fenderss: Optional, customizable
  • Fork: Suspension fork, optional upgrade from rigid steel fork
  • Frame: 6061 hydroformed alloy
  • Gearing: Single speed, 56T chainring, 18T freewheel
  • Grips: Lock-on hand stitched vegan leather
  • Saddle: Leather high density foam, elastomer bumpers
  • Handlebar: 27” steel handlebars
  • Kickstand: Reinforced non-slip kickstand
  • Pedals: Wellgo aluminium, non-slip rubber
  • Tires: Schwalbe Fat Frank, puncture resistant, ebike rated

Electric Bike Company Model S Performance Review

Acceleration / Speed

The Model S had no issue getting up to top speed quickly. The 500W motor only needed a couple of pedal strokes for the bike to hover above 20 mph. When I used the throttle it felt very similar in power and acceleration to when I was pedaling, it got me up to 20 mph within a matter of seconds.

The motor’s engagement is definitely powerful but it still feels safe. I never felt like I was accelerating too quickly or that the bike’s top speed was too much to handle. Despite our Model S only having one gear, the bike managed to fly up climbs which speaks numbers to the motors power.

With the 56T/18T gearing we had on the bike I was usually hovering around 25 mph as my top speed. The optional 7-speed drivetrain will give you the ability to pedal the bike up to 28 mph and the option to use an easier gear up hill. With that being said I enjoyed the simplicity of having one gear. The motor’s power made it so I never felt like I needed more than one.

Here at Electric Bike Report, we conduct a battery range test to get a good idea of how far the bikes we test can go on the lowest pedal assist level and the highest pedal assist level. Between the two tests you should have a good idea of the real-world range of the respective e-bike we are reviewing. The Model S has 4 different battery options. Our Model S was set up with a 48V, 18Ah battery pack that sits underneath the rear storage rack.

When I rode the Model S in the highest assistance level it took the bike 34.89 miles for the battery to finally die. My average speed was 18.8 mph. I was very impressed with how long the battery lasted and how high my average speed was for only having one gear. Because of the one gear set up I wasn’t able to help the bike as much with my own power as I am able to with a multi-gear drivetrain.

This made the motor engage more often than I think it would have if I had more gears to choose from, thus draining the battery faster. This makes my average speed and distance that much more impressive.

When we conducted the minimum pedal assist range test it took our test rider 65.7 miles for the battery to die. He had an average speed of 11.12 mph. Our results show the 48V, 18Ah battery is going to last for a pretty long time. I would recommend having at least the 18Ah battery if you want a solid battery range.

While the battery did fall short of the claimed ranges on their website, I think 35-66 miles is a very good range – especially for how the bike’s motor was doing nearly all the work on the 35-mile result.

Circuit test

Here at Electric Bike Report we conduct a circuit test to get a good idea of what each assistance level is like. Our circuit test is a one mile loop that we ride in each assistance level and with the bike turned completely off. After this test is completed we can see what each assistance level provides as far as power and speed goes. We can also see how big the jumps are from level to level and what the pedal assist power curve looks like as a whole.

The Model S has a somewhat linear power curve with the lowest pedal assist setting barely doing anything while the highest uses a lot of power. Our average speed was only 0.2 mph faster on the lowest pedal assist level than with the bike turned completely off.

The biggest jump we had was from pedal assist level 4 up to 5 where the bike went from an average speed of 17.7 mph up to 21.6 mph around the circuit.

Every other jump (2 to 3 and 3 to 4) was between 1.5 mph and 2 mph. All of our test riders felt the power curve was appropriate for the bike’s intended use.

Cruising around the park on the Electric Bike Company Model S.

The Model S has an easy to use interface.

The Model S uses a LCD display controller on the left side of the handlebar.

On our test hill, a one-third mile steep with an average grade of 12 percent, the Model S performed pretty athletically for an e-bike with one gear designed for leisure cruising. We took the bike up the hill twice, once with just the throttle and again in the highest pedal assist setting.

When I climbed our test hill using just the throttle it took me 1:25.00 for the bike to reach the top. I had an average speed of 12.8 mph — not bad for throttle only.

When I did the same hill climb in maximum assistance it took me 1:10.00 for the bike to reach the top. I had a solid average speed of 15.5 mph.

On this particular hill, of all the e-bikes we’ve tested there, an average time is in the ballpark of 1:32.7 seconds for the throttle-only hill test. So the Model S’ throttle-only result is above average. The story is much the same for the max PAS hill test, where the Model S’ 1:10 result is quicker than the average time of a little over 1:13.

Despite only having one gear, the Model S did really well up our test hill. Sure, we’ve had faster times on both maximum assist and throttle only, but when you take the style of the bike and its gearing into account it did really well.

The handling characteristics of the Model S are exactly what I’d look for in a beach cruiser.

In short, the way this bike handled allowed me to not have to FOCUS on anything other than the view around me. It’s well balanced, comfortable and easy to get the hang of.

It’s an easy bike to get on and off of, and it doesn’t take an experienced rider to handle and maneuver this bike. Regardless of your riding background you’ll likely find the handling characteristics of the Model S to be pleasing.

Electric Bike Company is based out of California so, they’re in the heartland of beach cruising. It only makes sense that they’d be perfectionists in this type of e-bike.

Ride Comfort/Geometry

The Model S is a very comfortable cruiser. Between the large cushioned seat, suspension seat post and upright positioning I don’t think I found myself feeling uncomfortable once.

Usually I’m a fan of conventional saddles, as the robust large ones usually don’t get along with my sit bones too well. But that wasn’t the case at all with the leather high density foam saddle on the Model S. I was actually very impressed with how comfortable it was. The stock saddle comes with elastomers for additional comfort and I never had to reposition myself.

It almost feels like this saddle cradles you and keeps you in a comfortable position the whole time you ride. The mentioned suspension seat post adds even more comfort to that area of the bike.

The cruiser style handlebars are great for casual riding, they’re easy to steer with and kept my upper body comfortable throughout my time on the Model S.

The Model S rides very smooth on paved surfaces and boardwalks.

The Fat Frank tires are the right tires for this bike. They are puncture resistant and good looking.

The suspension seat post and large saddle makes for a very comfortable combination.

Electric Bike Company Model S Specs/Features Review: Electric Components

Don’t let the beach cruiser style of this bike fool you; it has some serious power. The 500W motor provides more than enough power and torque for you to sit back and relax while the bike does its thing.

I was very impressed with the way this motor was able to accelerate quickly and the way it was able to flatten hills. Despite only having one gear I managed to make it up our test hill which has an average grade of over 12 percent. This motor should stand the test of time too, Electric Bike Company claims the motor should last at least 18 years.

The motor is one of many places on this bike where the quality and care is apparent.

The Model S comes with 4 options for the battery setup. Our review bike came with “Option B,” which is the singular 48V, 18Ah battery mounted on the rear rack.

The other options include “Option A” – 48V, 12Ah, “Option C” – 48V, 30Ah (sits within basket), “Option D” – 48V, 36Ah (sits within basket) — All the batteries come with a 5 year warranty.

One of the main selling points of the Model S is the extensive amount of customization you can do. The battery selection is one of many things you can decide on.

The battery on our bike comes with an auto-retracting charging cord built in. All we had to do was pull the charging cable out of the battery and plug it into the wall. Once we were done charging all we had to pull the charging cable and it retracted back into the battery.

You’ll notice that our battery pack has a custom finish that imitates wood grain. It’s visually stunning, and those who opt for the wood chainguard and wooden fenders will appreciate the option to complete the look. There is an extra cost with it, but honestly this is uncommon love and attention being paid to the battery pack and we thought it was really cool.

Pedal Assist / Throttle

TThe Model S comes with 5 pedal assist settings and a lever throttle that comes on the right side of the handlebar. As we discovered in our circuit test, each pedal assist setting has its own characteristics.

Pedal assist level 1 will barely assist you at all while pedal assist level 5 will do everything it can to keep you as close to top speed as possible. Levels 2, 3 and 4 all fall between these two extremes. The lever throttle is similar to pedal assist level 4 and boosts you to 20 mph with solid acceleration.

The LCD color display sits on the left side of the handlebars and comes with a USB port for charging devices. When you turn the display on you’ll be greeted with the Electric Bike Company logo. One thing worth noting is that the bike turns on with pedal assist disabled for safety reasons. Hold the down arrow down for 2 seconds to turn on pedal assist.

This display gives the rider a lot more information than your typical display does. On top of the standard mileage, mph and battery life it shows current voltage, wattage, outside temperature and more. You can set the speed setting to show average speed, max speed or keep it at the standard current speed.

Between the vivid colors, brightness and data, we think the display fits the high quality/well thought out theme of the Model S.

The Model S uses a 500W rear hub motor.

The 48V, 18Ah battery comes with a built-in charger, all housed in an optional custom paint job to match the wood fenders and chainguard.

The LCD color display comes with plenty of information.

The Tektro Dorado brake lever.

Electric Bike Company Model S Review: Components and Accessories

One of the main selling points of the Model S is the wide array of customization options. You have the ability to customize the battery, battery case, front basket, seat, grips, seatpost and more. The extensive amount of component customization should allow the Model S to suit anyone’s preferences and needs.

The Tektro Dorado hydraulic disc brakes are some of the best e-bike brakes I’ve tested. These e-bike specific brakes from Tektro not only provide sufficient stopping power, but also a lot of braking modulation. I could easily dictate how hard I was braking with the pull of the lever. These brakes come equipped with 180mm rotors front and rear.

In our brake test it took 19-feet 4-inches for the bike to stop from 20 mph. While this result is a little farther than average, it does make sense. Reason being is these brakes are powerful enough they lock up the wheels almost immediately, which makes for some skidding. Because the Fat Frank tires are relatively slick they also contributed to the sliding. But trust me when I say these brakes have a lot of stopping power.

These brakes also come with thicker-than-average rotors (2.3mm) and 4-piston calipers. In the simplest of terms, they are powerful.

The Model S is made of 6061 hydroformed alloy. This frame feels very durable and like it will stand the test of time. Between the well thought out geometry and the low profile welds, it was very apparent to me that the Electric Bike Company team puts a lot of effort and passion into their builds. These bikes don’t feel like your typical mass production bikes, rather each is unique and individual.

Regardless of the color you choose the frame is coated in base primer, three coats of paint, and two coats of protective sealant. It is then heat treated for additional strength and durability.

The standard Model S comes stock with a fully-rigid steel fork, but our review model was upgraded with an optional suspension fork.

The suspension fork did a good job of softening the rougher surfaces and giving the front end of the bike additional control. It also comes with a lockout and preload adjustment dial, so you can home it to specific surface conditions.

I really appreciated having the suspension fork on high speed downhills and rough roads. The fork is one of many components that can be customized. Between the 39 colors and 2 fork options, you’ll have plenty of options.

Drivetrain / Shifting

The Model S comes with either a 7-speed drivetrain or a single speed drivetrain, and our review bike came with the single speed drivetrain. The gear ratio is a 56T chainring connected to an 18T freewheel — a great gear for maintaining high average speeds on straightaways while still being easy enough to climb hills.

The single speed drivetrain made more sense with the beach cruiser style that this bike is; less gears equals less maintenance and less FOCUS on the bike, allowing you to better enjoy the ride.

The Model S makes it easy to sit back and relax.

The 180mm rotor and four piston caliper.

The Electric Bike Company bikes are made in the USA.

Contact Points / Comfortability

The Model S is no doubt a comfortable e-bike. The large seat, upright positioning, swept back handlebars and suspension seatpost and fork made for a very plush riding experience. You can tell this California-based company is steeped in beach cruising culture.

For comfort and performance, the Model S is one of our favorites in the beach cruiser class. It also fits a very wide range of rider heights, so if you’re above 5 feet tall and shorter than 7 feet, chances are you’re going to fit the Model S.

Our Model S came with Schwalbe Fat Frank tires, which are e-bike rated and puncture resistant. These tires are cruiser-oriented and provide great traction in on-road settings. These are pretty standard tires, and they should meet the needs of anybody cruising around on the Model S.

Extras / Accessories

The Model S comes with lots of upgradable features that I’ve mentioned throughout the review. On top of that, Electric Bike Company provides an extensive amount of additional accessories and replacement parts on their website. Our bike was additionally decked with the Smart Phone X-Grip Holder and the Portable Bluetooth Speaker. We also have been showing off the real wood fenders and chain guard, as well as the painted battery case that are just a few of many additional upgrades available when customizing the bike.

The optional suspension fork upgrade provided a lot of comfort.

The MIK mount paneer bags were a nice touch and have plenty of space.

The Electric Bike Company Model S review was a fun one to conduct, and it showed us what a stellar cruiser this bike is.

Electric Bike Company Model S Review: Summary / Where to Buy

The Electric Bike Company Model S met just about every need or want I’d look for in a beach cruiser style electric bike. It’s a comfortable e-bike that’s easy to ride and made of high quality components — a cruiser that will stand the test of time. It’s very apparent that the Electric Bike Company team cares about their bikes.

The bikes from Electric Bike Company feel a lot more personal than your typical direct-to-consumer brand. For starters, the bike comes fully assembled. I’ve worked at a couple of bike shops and I can say from experience that it takes some time to build and package up bicycles, especially when you consider the extensive amount of customization available on these bikes.

The Model S felt very well put together. The welds are low profile and the way all of the alloy tubes come together screams quality. The upright geometry mixed with the swept back handlebars and large seat made for a lot of rides where I was more focused on the scenery around me than finagling with the bike. This feels like a bike that virtually anybody could hop on and have a good time with — I can’t help but feel that’s by design.

Our test results backed up our claims and Комментарии и мнения владельцев about the Model S being a really solid electric cruiser bike. I reached nearly 35 miles when I conducted the maximum pedal assist range test which speaks numbers to the properly calibrated relationship between the motor and battery. While I was using a lot of power, I wasn’t losing charge very quickly. We had the second smallest battery too, there is a 30Ah and 36Ah battery available for those of you who want to cruise the whole beach (and then some).

I’ve tested a lot of bikes that come with 500W motors but that doesn’t mean they are all the same. Electric Bike Company says the Model S’ 500W motor should last up to 18 years, which is a substantial lifespan. This means EBC believes in its products and thinks they will last.

We are big fans of the Model S; we see it being the beach cruiser to set the standard for the rest of them. If you can appreciate high end American-made products and are looking for an e-bike that’s going to last for more than a couple of years, then I would highly recommend the Electric Bike Company Model S.

‘Happy Riding, make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our Комментарии и мнения владельцев section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the Electric Bike Company Model S.

Top 10 E-Bikes Companies in India

The India e-bike market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% during 2022-2027. E-bikes are motorized bicycles with integrated electric motors and rechargeable batteries to assist with propulsion. They are equipped with a thumb throttle or pedal assist that can be adjusted depending on the user’s need. Such advancements also help ease the overall riding experience in hills, inclines, and rough terrain and reduce stress on the rider’s joints. As compared to conventional bikes, e-bikes are more economical, flexible, versatile, portable, cost-effective, and environment-friendly transportation alternatives that require minimal road space and generate no emissions.

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top companies in the India e-bike industry are focusing on introducing mobile applications compatible with Smart e-bike monitoring systems (SEMS) that assist in tracking fitness and providing information in real-time on smartphones. In addition to this, the extensive investments in product innovations to improve the overall efficiency and quality are favoring the market growth. over, leading players are launching high energy density and affordable rechargeable batteries with better capacities to supply power to e-bikes, which, in turn, is propelling the market growth. Besides this, recent improvements and developments in charging infrastructure, along with the expanding automotive industry in India, are offering lucrative growth opportunities for the market. Furthermore, continual technological advancements, surging fuel costs, and ongoing research and development (RD) activities to engineer high-precision non-contact torque sensors to enable static and dynamic measurements on non-rotating parts are providing an impetus to the market growth.

List of Top India Electric Bike (E-Bike) Companies:

eAdicct Mobility Solutions Pvt.Ltd.

Establishment: 2015 Headquarters: Pune, Maharashtra Website: https://www.eadicct.com/

eAdicct Mobility Solutions Pvt. Ltd. is a technology start-up that aims to create a global footprint for green technologies by providing innovative solutions for personal mobility. It has authored over 35 patents in the field of electric hybrid vehicle technology and alternate energy. The company is also working on an IoT-based system, a power train for two and three-wheelers, artificial intelligence (AI) for automobiles, hybrid conversion kits for mopeds, and advanced battery technology, among others. Apart from this, eAddict has developed efficient platforms for Pedelec (Pedal Assisted Electric Bicycles) and manufactures and sells complete e-bikes as well as DIY (do it yourself) conversion kit.

Elektron Cycles

Establishment: 2012 Headquarter: India Website: https://elektroncycles.in/

Elektron Cycles manufacturers electric bicycles with its state-of-the-art design and technology. It offers electric bicycles with enhanced miles per charge, comfort, and convenience via the internet of things (IoT) integration, better components and materials, global positioning systems (GPS), and a host of world-class features. The organization is focused on producing green products that reduce carbon footprint and contribute to the health of society.

Giant Bicycles India

Establishment: 1972 Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra Website: https://giantindia.com/

Giant Bicycles India is engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of high-quality bicycles and cycling gear. It has defined the look and feel of modern road racing bikes with its compact road technology and has revolutionized off-road performance bikes with Maestro suspension. To achieve this, they are focused on introducing aluminum frames that are lighter and stronger and provide more control, comfort, traction, and speed. over, the organization specializes in the production of bicycle gear for men, women, and children.

GoZero Mobility

Establishment: 2018 Headquarters: Birmingham, England Website: https://gozeromake.fit/

GoZero Mobility is a manufacturer and seller of electric bicycles powered by removable lithium battery packs that provide a sustainable distance range. The company offers electric bikes for travel, leisure, commuting, and sports. Its extensive product portfolio includes eBikes, fitness mobility vehicles, accessories, and gears that are easily available on both online and offline portals. GoZero entered India in 2019, establishing its local operations based in Kolkata.

Hero Lectro E-Cycles (Hero Cycles Limited)

Establishment: 2020 Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana Website: https://www.herolectro.com/

Hero Lectro E-cycles, a division of Hero Cycles Limited, is a manufacturer of sporting goods and bikes. The company offers a unique range of e-cycles, cargo e-bikes, and her-cycles in pedelec, throttle, cruise, and pedal modes. It is also constantly working towards developing newer and better features to provide a hassle-free e-biking experience. In addition, Hero Lectro E-cycles are introducing models that are eco-friendly, fast-moving, and battery-assisted to revolutionize mobility and short-distance commutes in India.

Nibe E-motor Limited

Establishment: 2022 Headquarters: Pune, India Website: https://www.nibelimited.com

Nibe E-motor Limited is an organization specializing in advanced, eco-friendly two-wheeler electrical vehicle manufacturing. It has a diversified branch that deals in the design, development, manufacturing, and trading of E-vehicles and delivers the best-in-class eco-friendly E-bikes and electricals. The company is committed to creating green mobility solutions for individuals who live active and sustainable lifestyles.

PURE EV

Establishment: 2015 Headquarters: Andhra Pradesh, India Website: https://pureev.in/

The PURE, acronym for power using renewable energy, is focused on enabling the transition to sustainable energy sources. The company manufactures electric scooters and motorcycles under the brand “PURE EV” and high-performance lithium-ion batteries under the brand “PURE Lithium”. The organization has set up a dedicated EV and battery manufacturing unit and a facility for research and development (RD) for EV powertrain development and testing in Hyderabad.

SK EBICYCLE LLP

Establishment: 2017 Headquarters: Mumbai, India Website: https://www.beinghumanecycle.com

SK EBICYCLE LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership firm that strives to pioneer in the field of green technology. The company is a manufacturer of electrical machinery and aims to create urban electric bikes that are more elegant, ergonomic, and lightweight.

SS Electric Vehicles

Establishment:2017 Headquarters: Ahmedabad, India Website: https://evor.in/ss-electric-vehicles

SS Electric Vehicles specializes in the designing and manufacturing of high-end electric vehicles. It strives to provide a cleaner, pollution-free, sustainable avenue to solve the menace of ever-increasing air and noise pollution. Its extensive product line includes e-loader, e-cargo, electric tricycle/trike, e-rickshaw, electric bicycle, electric bicycle conversion kits, and EV spare parts. The organization focuses on EVs that can run using a battery (Electric-Drive) or manually using the pedals.

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Establishment: 1976 Headquarters: Wisconsin, United States Website: https://www.trekbikes.com/in/en_IN/

Trek Bicycle Corporation is a family-owned company that is the largest manufacturer of bicycles sold by specialty retailers. With its expansion in India through the launch of its subsidiary operations, the company is focused on offering a better buying and ownership experience to Indian cycling enthusiasts. The company offers helmets, shoes, road bikes, men’s bikes, lights, mountain bikes, women’s bikes, equipment, and jerseys products. These products are manufactured and distributed under Trek, Electra Bicycle Company, Diamant Bikers, and Bontrager brand names. Trek Bicycle Corporation’s research and development (RD) center is significantly innovating towards providing quality performance by constantly reviewing and improving product designs and the latest features and technologies.

About IMARC Group: IMARC Group is a leading market research and consulting company that offers management strategy and market research worldwide. The company has done multiple projects global e-bike industry and regional India, Asia Pacific, China, Europe, and the United States, which has enabled clients to set up and expand their businesses successfully.

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