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Best electric mountain bikes: top-rated eMTBs to tame the trails

The best electric mountain bikes make ascents a lot easier while providing all the performance and handling you want on the way back down. They add some extra power on the flat too.

You can turn your FOCUS to climbing the steepest, most technical slopes you can find – or just go longer and faster with a grin from ear-to-ear. The ability to cover ground quickly means you can go out and explore places you wouldn’t otherwise consider. These bikes also enable you to ride in ways you usually couldn’t. As designs become more refined, their handling increasingly rivals – and in some cases exceeds – that of non-assisted mountain bikes.

For more on what to look for when buying an e-MTB, read our buyer’s guide at the bottom of this article. Otherwise, check out our guide to the best electric bikes for advice on choosing the right ebike for you. If your riding will not be exclusively off-road, then the best electric gravel bikes are worth considering instead. What’s more, motor-assisted miles on tarmac call for the best electric road bikes.

Best electric mountain bikes in 2023

Focus JAM2 SL 9.9

  • £7,499/€8,499/AU14,499 as tested
  • Pros: Impeccable performance; powerful and frugal motor
  • Cons: Stock tyres are inadequate; Fauza ring controller feels cheap

The Focus JAM2 SL 9.9 is the German brand’s lightweight electric mountain bike. It uses Fazua’s Ride 60 motor that gives the bike a perky 60Nm of torque combined with a frugal power consumption of the 430Wh battery.

Focus has given the JAM2 two geometry flip chips, allowing the bike to be set up longer, lower and slacker thanks to their position in the linkage and chainstay.

We found this allows the bike to span both the trail and enduro categories, making the bike seriously fun on a variety of trails.

The only letdown from the spec was the lightweight tyres, though this is easily corrected.

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Marin Alpine Trail E2

Slack geometry and Shimano’s EP8 motor make the Alpine Trail E2 a formidable bike. Andy Lloyd / Marin Bikes

  • £5,695/€6,199/5,999 as tested
  • Pros: Capable; fun and comfortable
  • Cons: Cluttered handlebar; rear tyre not suited to some terrain

Marin launched the Alpine Trail E at the end of 2020 and at the time it was the Californian brand’s first full-suspension electric mountain bike.

Luckily, it was worth the wait because the Alpine Trail E is a capable, fun and comfortable e-MTB with a well-thought-out spec that offers good value for money including top-spec dampers, Shimano drivetrains and branded components.

You get an aluminium frame with 150mm of travel, with aggressive, descent-focused geometry, while Shimano’s EP8 motor provides the power.

The Alpine Trail E2 is at home on a broad spectrum of trails and lives up to Marin’s promise as a bike that will put a smile on your face.

The range also includes the cheaper Alpine Trail E1 at £4,295 / 4,499 / €4,899.

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Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory

  • £7,000/€8,200 as tested
  • Pros: Comfortable, efficient climbing; good balance of motor power and range
  • Cons: Low bottom bracket caused pedal strikes

The winner of our first-ever eMTB category in Bike of the Year, the Nukeproof Megawatt scores on geometry, spec and suspension and, with its 170mm rear travel and mullet wheels, is designed for enduro riding.

The top-drawer spec includes a Fox Factory 38 fork and Float X2 shock, Shimano XT drivetrain and four-piston brakes, DT Swiss H 1700 Spline 30 wheels and Maxxis tyres.

Power comes from a Shimano EP8 85Nm motor with three customisable assistance levels and a 630Wh battery supplying the juice. We got over 2,000m vertical in Eco mode and up to 1,400m in Boost.

We loved the downhill performance, a mix of fun and stability that’s hard for bike designers to get right. The super-smooth rear suspension with balanced geometry makes it easy to ride quickly with little effort.

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Nukeproof Megawatt 297 RS

  • £7,600/9,599 as tested
  • Pros: Great spec for the price; natural-feeling ride that’s easy to master
  • Cons: Tyres lack grip in cold weather; large gaps between coil spring rates

The Megawatt 297 RS is the brand’s range-topping model, featuring near-identical spec to the E-EDR bikes ridden by the Nukeproof team.

The bike maintains an easy-going character.

Shimano’s EP8 motor is used, offering 85Nm of torque, and connected to a 630Wh battery located in the down tube.

The bike features a Super Deluxe Ultimate RCT Coil at the rear, which gives the bike a supple feeling over high-frequency bumps and provides good traction through corners. However, some riders may struggle to find the right spring rates because there are large gaps between sizes.

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These bikes scored fewer than 4 out of 5 in our reviews but are still worth considering.

Giant Reign E 1

  • £6,299/€6,399/AU9,799 as tested
  • Pros: Good spec and powerful Yamaha motor
  • Cons: Low motor efficiency and sometimes harsh ride

The mullet-wheeled Reign E 1 has 160mm of travel with a slack geometry that was overhauled in 2021. There’s a Giant SyncDrive Pro motor (built by Yamaha) with 85Nm torque and a 625Wh battery, along with Shimano XT components, a Fox 38 Performance Elite fork and Float X2 Performance Elite shock.

Climbing performance is well balanced and capable due to the central position, but the motor’s on/off power delivery limited us to 1,700m climbing on a charge. When descending, there’s a direct, taut feeling, but that can translate to a stiff, harsh ride over bumpy terrain.

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Saracen Ariel 50E Elite

Saracen’s Ariel 50E Elite is the brand’s only electric mountain bike and is aimed squarely at the all-mountain and enduro categories. Andy Lloyd / Our Media

  • £6,500 as tested
  • Pros: High-quality spec
  • Cons: Geometry, battery capacity and tyre choice let the bike down

With 150mm travel from a Fox DHX2 Factory shock and a 160mm-travel Fox 38 Factory fork, a Shimano M8100 XT drivetrain, DT Swiss wheels and Shimano EP8 motor, the Saracen’s spec is impressive.

The 504Wh battery limits range though and we’d like to see a slacker head angle than the 65 degrees on offer, which limited performance on steep sections. Traction from the dual-compound Maxxis tyres wasn’t that great on rocks or roots when climbing, although the low bike weight made for a nimble ride.

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Scott Ransom eRide 910

Scott’s enduro-ready Ransom eRide 910 eMTB gives you 170mm of travel, but we found the ride a bit harsher than its rivals. Andy Lloyd / Out Media

  • £6,499/€7,190/AU14,500 as tested
  • Pros: Good motor and spec for the price
  • Cons: Raw-feeling downhill ride

Another enduro-oriented eMTB, the Scott Ransom eRide has 180mm of travel and runs on 29in wheels. There’s adjustable geometry and some quality parts, including a Fox 38 Performance Elite fork and Float X2 Performance shock, with a SRAM X01/NX Eagle drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes and a Bosch Performance Line CX motor. We reckon it’s reasonable value for money.

We found the ride wasn’t quite as calm or controlled as some rivals though. The rear tyre choice led to slipping on climbs and the downhill ride felt raw and un-smoothed. A tyre swap-out might remedy much of this.

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Thok TK01 R

The TK01 R is a striking-looking bike with its bold moto-style graphics. Ian Linton / Immediate Media

  • £5,900/€6,490 as tested
  • Pros: Good motor and spec for the price
  • Cons: Awkward setup and geometry; poor tyre choice

Italian ebike specialist Thok gives you 170mm travel with its enduro-oriented, alloy-framed TK01 R. It’s powered by a Shimano EP8 motor, which along with the bike’s geometry makes for great climbing. Descending is more of a mixed bag though, and required quite a bit of fettling for handling confidence.

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The spec’s good value for the bike’s price, although we didn’t find the tyres quite up to the job. The Thok is a good cruiser, just don’t press it to its limits.

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Buyer’s guide to electric mountain bikes

Electric mountain bike types

You can now find capable electric bikes for all types of mountain biking. Mathieu Echeverri / Lapierre

Whereas first-generation e-MTBs tended to be trail-oriented with around 150mm of travel, there’s now an increasing range of mountain bike disciplines covered.

That includes overbuilt models designed for downhill use at one end of the spectrum, including the Specialized Turbo Kenevo and the Cannondale Moterra Neo.

At the other end, there are lighter machines such as the Specialized Turbo Levo SL and the Lapierre eZesty that use lighter, less powerful motors and smaller batteries similar to electric road bikes. That drops the bike’s weight and ups agility over more heavily built machines.

You’ll find e-MTBs with either 29in or 27.5in wheels, but ‘mullet builds’ with a 29in wheel up front and a 27.5in rear are becoming increasingly common. This setup gives good stability at the front and better agility from the smaller rear wheel. Examples include the Canyon Spectral:ON and the Vitus E-Escarpe.

Most e-MTBs are full-suspension bikes, but you can also find trail-oriented electric hardtails, such as the Canyon Grand Canyon:ON and Kinesis Rise.

Electric mountain bike motors

Bosch, Shimano and Yamaha motors are popular for electric mountain bikes. Mathieu Echeverri / Lapierre

Popular choices for electric mountain bike motors are Bosch, Shimano Steps and Yamaha, while Fazua’s lightweight motor is increasingly making an appearance on weight-focused bikes.

Bosch Performance Line CX motors provide 600Wh peak power and 85Nm of torque for fuss-free climbing. There’s a natural ride feel and good battery management that gets impressive range out of the system’s battery.

Shimano’s Steps E-8000 and E-7000 systems are still found on some eMTBs, although they’ve started to show their age, with lower power output and torque than newer rivals. Its smaller batteries give you less range too, but still boast low weight and a compact design, along with the ability to tune the output.

However, Shimano has added the EP8 motor to its range. This boosts torque to 85Nm while reducing weight by around 200g, lowering pedalling drag, increasing range and lowering Q-Factor. The EP8’s launch coincided with Shimano increasing battery capacity to 630Wh. and more, you’ll find it being specced on newer electric mountain bikes, including many of our picks above of the best electric mountain bikes.

Meanwhile, Giant uses the Yamaha Syncdrive Pro motor on its e-MTBs. Its Smart Assist mode uses an array of six sensors, including a gradient sensor, to work out how much power to deliver in any given situation.

A popular choice on road-going ebikes, the Fazua motor system is to be found on some lighter-weight e-MTBs, such as the Lapierre eZesty. It’s lighter, less powerful and has a smaller battery. That means you typically need to put in more of your own pedalling effort, but it drops the bike’s weight down closer to non-assisted models. Plus, you can remove the battery completely and ride the bike without it.

Specialized has its own motor units, which it specs on the majority of its electric bikes. Its Turbo Levo SL trail bike uses the low-torque SL 1.1 motor and a 320Wh battery for less assistance and lighter weight.

Electric mountain bike battery capacity

Some bikes allow range to be extended with an additional battery. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media

To get you up hills, produce enough power and provide adequate range, most electric mountain bikes will have battery capacities of around 500Wh to 700Wh.

An internal battery in the down tube makes for clean lines, but there are also e-MTBs with external batteries. These typically lower the weight and, in models such as the Lapierre Overvolt, mean the battery can be placed lower and more centrally.

But, as mentioned above, e-MTBs with smaller-capacity batteries down to 250Wh are appearing. These trade a more limited range for lighter weight and the potential for improved handling.

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É hora de trocar?

A bateria de uma bicicleta elétrica dá sinais de seu declínio, assim como a bateria de outros eletrônicos com OS quais já estamos mais familiarizados, como celulares e notebooks. O principal deles, segundo Sandra Spence, diretora administrativa da Ecostart, é a perda de autonomia: “no caso das bicicletas ou triciclos elétricos, quando carregar a bateria na quantidade de horas indicada pelo fabricante, e esta não percorrer mais a quantidade de quilometragem estimada, terminando a carga muito rapidamente, é um sinal de que sua vida útil está findando”. Além de descarregar mais facilmente, “a bateria pode desligar sozinha em caso de demanda mais forte, como em uma aceleração ou uma subida”, segundo Patrick Derycke, diretor da Fitzz.

Mas essa perda ocorre de uma hora para outra? Não. As baterias envelhecem, em um processo que evolui até o extremo de ser inviável utilizar o produto. Ana Claudia Stier, gerente de marketing e vendas da E-leeze, explica: “a bateria de lítio, independente da marca, perde em média 15% de sua capacidade de carga ao ano, nos dois primeiros anos, aumentando este percentual nos anos seguintes, até exaurir OS aproximados 600 ciclos de cargas previstos para sua vida útil. Quando a bateria vai atingindo este número de ciclos de cargas, sua autonomia fica muito reduzida se comparada à bateria nova e, então, pode-se considerar que ela está chegando ao final de sua vida útil”. Uma bateria de chumbo suporta cerca de 300 ciclos de recarga e sofre, da mesma forma, uma decadência progressiva de sua capacidade.

Como a perda de autonomia é progressiva, é delicado falar sobre “vida útil”. Uma bateria que perdeu 40% de sua capacidade inicial, por exemplo, pode não servir mais para um usuário, mas ainda ter utilidade para outro que consegue realizar seus deslocamentos cotidianos com essa capacidade. Então, cada usuário terá uma percepção diferente sobre quando é hora de trocar a bateria.

A estimativa de ciclos de carga de uma bateria pode variar conforme a intensidade do uso, temperatura, vibrações, qualidade do carregador etc. A própria eletrônica pode deteriorar e começar a soltar soldas. “Basicamente, a vida útil de uma bateria depende de seu armazenamento, carregamento e utilização”, diz Krivania Sabatini, supervisora da Cycletech.

Realizando a reposição

Identificada a necessidade de realizar a troca, o primeiro passo do proprietário da bicicleta elétrica é procurar o estabelecimento onde foi realizada a compra do veículo. “A procura da bateria deve ser sempre no ponto de revenda, pois somente ele pode garantir a procedência da bateria correta ao seu modelo de bicicleta e lhe fornecer a garantia da nova bateria”, afirma Krivania Sabatini. Conte com o auxílio do revendedor neste momento, e fique atento se o pedido da nova bateria observa a amperagem e a voltagem que se deseja.

Em alguns casos, o contato é direto com a fabricante ou importadora. Se, por um lado, isso é bom por ter um suporte geralmente mais técnico e qualificado, por outro lado, pode gerar mais burocracia e tempo de espera para o atendimento.

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E quando a bateria nova chega, é necessário levar a bicicleta no revendedor para efetuar a troca? Segundo Caio Ribeiro, executivo de vendas da Sense Bikes, “não existe a necessidade de mão-de-obra específica nem há dificuldade alguma na troca da bateria de lítio”. Geralmente, as e-bikes possuem um sistema rápido e fácil de retirada da bateria para carregamento e/ou substituição. Mesmo assim, quando possível, é recomendado que a troca seja realizada por um técnico com experiência que possa sanar possíveis dúvidas e identificar problemas imediatamente.

Todas as marcas contatadas incentivam que o consumidor entregue a bateria usada no local onde adquirir a nova bateria, para que seja encaminhada a uma empresa autorizada que faça o devido descarte. Esta atitude está consoante à responsabilidade compartilhada entre fabricantes, importadores, comerciantes e consumidores no que diz respeito à logística reversa prevista na Lei nº 12.305/10, que instituiu a Política Nacional de Resíduos Sólidos.

Que preço pagar?

Em média, as baterias de lítio custam, no Brasil, de R 800 a R 1.500. Já as baterias de chumbo são mais baratas, com preço médio entre R 500 e R 600.

O valor de uma bateria nova varia muito conforme a amperagem, voltagem, qualidade, marca e origem. Segundo Patrick Derycke, mencionado anteriormente, “uma bateria com células de uma marca conhecida, como a Samsung, por exemplo, facilmente custará 30% mais do que a concorrente. A capacidade também influencia. Por exemplo, uma bateria de 11 Ah x 36 V pode ter um preço 20% maior do que uma bateria de 9 Ah x 36 V”. Tânia Mendes Janeiro, da General Wings, levanta outro dado que influencia no preço da bateria no mercado nacional. Segundo ela, “o lítio é importado e cotado em dólar, portanto, sofre variação constante”.

Dessa forma, ao pesquisar uma bateria nova, não leve em consideração apenas o valor. “A bateria é o coração da bicicleta elétrica”, diz Ana Claudia Stier, “e este é um dado muito importante, muitas vezes deixado de lado pelo comprador e até mesmo pelo fabricante. Quanto melhor ela for, maior será a sua durabilidade e vida útil, e consequentemente ela trará menos problemas e manutenção”.

Acertar na compra é o ponto chave para garantir que você não terá problemas no momento da reposição da bateria. Efetuar um test drive para verificar se o modelo e potência estão de acordo com suas expectativas, procurar uma marca já consolidada no mercado e que possua boas referências, e seguir as orientações do fabricante são pontos decisivos para você ficar mais seguro sobre o seu investimento. Sua preocupação deve ser apenas organizar a rota para chegar aos seus destinos com a bike – mesmo que eles estejam mais longe do que sua capacidade de pedalar, e sem precisar evitar aquela subida!

Where Should I Go to Get a Replacement E-Bike Battery?

On this last point it may help to note that there are a couple of manufacturing standards for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in e-bikes. Although it’s not a legal requirement, it may be that one of the standards is actually marked on the battery itself.

The standards are BS EN 50604‑1 and UN38.3, the latter required for lithium-ion battery transport by air, sea or land. Just because these standards are not marked on a battery doesn’t mean it does not comply with them – but it is a reassuring sign if a battery does bear one or both of these marks.

Note that using a replacement battery that does not come from the original manufacturer (whether a dealer is involved or not) may void the warranty of your electric bike or kit. Check with the e-bike or kit company to understand what their policy is regarding the use of aftermarket replacement batteries.

Replacement Batteries from Original Manufacturers

Bosch E-Bike Batteries

Only Bosch manufactured batteries will be used on any new Bosch e-bike – this has always been the case and so it makes advice on interchangeability a little more straightforward than with the likes of Shimano and Brose who have both allowed the use of third party batteries with their mid-drive motor systems.

There have been four basic designs made by Bosch over the years (good online overview here):

  • Rack mounted batteries: PowerPack in 300, 400, and 500 Wh versions which are all interchangeable with each other.
  • Down tube mounted batteries: PowerPack in 300, 400, and 500 Wh versions, current versions of which are all interchangeable with each other.
  • Frame integrated batteries: PowerTubes in 400, 500, and 625Wh versions, with the 400 and 500 units being interchangeable with each other. The 625Wh may be retrofittable but it needs a compatible frame with a big enough space to house it (400 and 500 units are the same physical dimensions but 625 is bigger). 500 and 625 Wh units are used on the Dual Battery system to give a capacity up to 1250Wh.
  • Frame Integrated ‘Smart’ Option batteries: This is a new 750Wh option for 2022 and will be only compatible with 2022 e-bikes that feature the Bosch ‘Smart’ system and will not be compatible with other Bosch e-bikes that are ‘non-Smart’. Similarly, other types of PowerTube batteries (400, 500, and 625Wh versions) will not be compatible with e-bikes featuring Bosch’s ‘Smart’ system.

Some third-party batteries compatible with Bosch systems are available as detailed in the section below.

There are some suppliers of batteries that will fit older models, in some cases dating back to 2011 when the Bosch e-bikes first entered the market, for example, The Holland Bike Shop in Europe sells some batteries compatible with much older Bosch-powered models.

Shimano E-Bike Batteries

Shimano produces its own brand batteries for use on their systems, but you may also find new e-bikes powered by Shimano motor systems with batteries manufactured by their licensed partners Darfon and SMP. These third party batteries are not interchangeable with any Shimano batteries.

Shimano’s current range includes rack-mounted, downtube-mounted and frame-integrated batteries from 418Wh to 630Wh. You can see a brief overview with detailed links to each battery on offer here.

It’s important to note that each battery model has a limited number of specific battery mounts it will work with, so it is important to replace an old battery with one that is compatible with the mount on your e-bike. You can check out detailed compatibility info here and here.

Shimano says that ‘the oldest current battery we have is the BT-E6000 and the corresponding battery mount BM-E6000. These are compatible with all five of our current drive units (DU-EP8/E8000/E7000/E6100/E5000), but not earlier systems. For reference, DU-E8000 is the oldest in that list – it was introduced in 2016.’

Brose E-Bike Batteries

The only battery listed on Brose’s own website is a 630Wh frame-integrated option.

However, Brose systems are widely used by other manufacturers who also spec own-brand or third-party batteries. These include the likes of the widely respected battery manufacturer BMZ and well-known brands like Scott and BULLS.

For example, Specialized’s ‘full power’ range use Brose-based mid drives and a range of their own brand frame-integrated batteries. Although information on interchangeability is scarce, a Specialized FAQ page, in response to the question ‘Can I increase range by using the 604Wh aftermarket battery in any Turbo Vado/Como?’ says yes, all Vado batteries are cross-compatible as long as you are running the latest firmware (by implication so are Como and Turbo full power batteries are cross-compatible too).

The above appears only to address compatibility on current Specialized models and battery availability for older models appears a bit more complex with lots of debate online over the matter.

E-bike Manufacturers Own Brand Batteries

There are hundreds of e-bike manufacturers in the more budget space so it’s way beyond the scope of this guide to cover the options for each one; rather we’ll take a look at a couple of the market leaders.

Rad Power Bikes E-Bike Batteries

Rad Power Bikes first started producing e-bikes for the North American market in 2015 and now claims to be the US market leader. Their website lists several replacement batteries and their current lineup of bikes uses one of two battery designs.

There is the External Battery Pack (with the option for the smaller pack specific to the RadMission) which is compatible with all 2018 and newer model ebikes except the RadRover 6 Plus and RadCity 5 Plus, which use the Semi-Integrated Battery Pack.

Rad Power Bikes does offer legacy options for bikes older than that 2018 ‘cutoff’ and although some of these legacy batteries are currently out of stock Rad says they have plans to restock them.

The battery packs are consistent across their main sales areas of Canada, US and Europe.

The Rad Power website has a great filter system so you can track down the compatibility of what batteries are in stock against all current and previous models, right back to the original 2015 RadRover. All e-bike manufacturers’ websites should provide this service!

Pedego E-Bike Batteries

A longstanding US manufacturer with a clear set of battery specs for current models here. However, there doesn’t appear to be any info about legacy batteries or backward compatibility.

Interestingly, and it seems uniquely amongst the mainstream manufacturers, Pedego have recently introduced a serviceable battery (pictured above) – designed to be easily maintained at the local Pedego store. It features a rear light, brake light and indicators to boot.

Batteries for Out-Dated Motor Systems

There are a number of older motor and battery systems that are either not used or little used these days but there are still some suppliers out there who may be able to help out and if you are in this position a bit of internet research might just turn something up. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

BionX E-Bike Batteries

BionX operated between 1998 and 2018 and were once one of the leading e-bike system manufacturers in North America, with the likes of Trek and Kalkhoff using their systems.

There are still limited stocks of spare parts available here and there, including batteries, for example on this Ohm webpage.

Heinzmann E-Bike Batteries

German company Heinzmann had a great reputation for quality and produced the now obsolete Classic system and the newer Direct Power system. At various times both were available as kits or fitted to off-the-peg e-bikes.

In the UK Electric Vehicle Solutions are the main stockist of complete Direct Power kits and of spare parts for the Classic system.

EBikes Are Great For Exercise (Seriously)

I get it. Every rider has different wants, needs, and training levels. However, even someone like myself that can handle epic trails and long distances can appreciate everything an ebike has to offer. I still get in tons of exercise, even with a bit of help along the journey.

One of the biggest arguments I see and hear is that an electric bike won’t help you get in shape or be healthier, and they’re not any good for exercise. This is a misconception for several reasons, not to mention that mindset doesn’t apply to everyone.

For starters, yes, some e-bikes make rides easy and won’t deliver much of a workout, but almost all allow users to control how much the bike helps. You can always adjust the pedal-assist levels as you see fit to help get your heart rate up. This goes back to flexibility, as mentioned earlier. You can get plenty of cardio on your ebike, but then add some pedal-assist for the ride home or on light workout days. You can’t do that with a regular bike.

Furthermore, recent studies suggest those with an ebike get just as much exercise or potentially more than if they had a regular bike. Why? Well, many ebike owners end up going on longer rides or may use the bike more frequently. A longer bike ride with some help delivers similar or better results than a short ride. Of course, your mileage may vary with that approach, but it’s an interesting thought.

We’ve seen study after study that says something similar. Yes, an ebike is easier to ride, but you’re still active, moving your body, getting outdoors, and generally being healthier.

Additionally, an electric bike can be great for someone that’s out of shape, older, or has health conditions. Many people who otherwise wouldn’t attempt a bike ride can use an e-bike to start a fitness journey or become more active.

Plus, when I’m going up the side of a mountain, I get all the cardio I need, and I love having an electric motor to help along the way. Some eMTB brands even have an “eMTB” mode that uses the motor to only make up for the added weight of the components, and that’s all. You still get the same great exercise and experience but can crank up the pedal assist when you need or want it.

Either way, an ebike allows more people to ride a bike and offers greater flexibility or rideability for owners. Exercise is exercise, even on an electric bike.

Electric Bikes Are Getting Affordable

In the early days of electric bikes, things were really expensive, or you had to buy and build the components yourself. Nowadays, dozens of ebike brands offer any size, style, or price point you can imagine.

For example, you can get small city ebikes for around 700, a Lectric Bikes folding ebike for under 450,000, a Rad Power Bikes fat tire off-road bike for 450,300, the Velotric Nomad 1, or spend a few grand on a Super73. Then, while there are high-end bikes like the Yamaha YDX line for around 6,000, other bikes can certainly be far more expensive.

And sure, you can get a cheap pedal bike at Walmart or a nearby shop for less than some of these bikes, but then you won’t get any of the many benefits of an electric bike. Plus, it’s not uncommon for regular (acoustic pedal bikes) to cost a fortune. My Trek mountain bike was around 3,000 in 2019, so spending that type of money isn’t unusual for a quality bike.

Electric bikes are gaining popularity, growing rapidly, and these days you have more options than ever to get one in a style you want at an affordable price point.

Should You Buy an Electric Bike?

Electric bikes are downright more fun than regular bikes. And that’s all you need to know. They’re fun, fast, customizable, get the wind flowing through your hair, and offer more flexibility than a regular bike. So yes, you should absolutely buy one.

My Super73-RX Mojave is more of a motorcycle than a bike and goes over 30 miles per charge, and I friggin’ love it. The Super73 is an absolute blast and delivers more of a thrill (and more looks from others) than any bike I’ve ever had. Or, I can throw a cooler backpack on my city bike and take a riverside paved trail by my cabin in southern Utah for a nice day trip. Sure, you can do that on a regular bike, but using a throttle or the electric motor makes things all the bit better.

In closing, electric bikes do everything a regular bike can, yet so much more. For that reason alone, I’ll only buy electric bikes moving forward.

Cory Gunther Cory Gunther has been writing about phones, Android, cars, and technology in general for over a decade. He’s a staff writer for Review Geek covering roundups, EVs, and news. He’s previously written for GottaBeMobile, SlashGear, AndroidCentral, and InputMag, and he’s written over 9,000 articles. Read Full Bio »

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