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.
Big wheel electric bike
M2 Big Wheel Electric Scooter 3000W 40Ah | US Warehoue In Stock
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Maximin 3000w powerful motor support a max speed 75km/h / 46.6mph
The 60V 40Ah battery capacity can cover 100km / 65 miles with a single charge, 40Ah in stock
Removable li-ion battery design allows 2 way easy charging
165/45-12 fat tires help keep the scooter balanced
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We are passionate about what we are doing with our electric future, including electric scooters, fat tire scooter, citycoco scooter, electric moped and etc.
Linkseride M2 Big Wheel Electric Scooter 3000W 40Ah version comes with a 2000W QS Motor stock in the US warehouse already. This newly designed model with the large foot pedal part on the front are with comfortable riding feeling.
Fat tire scooter M2 has a unique design with a thick and light aluminum frame and aluminum tires. It also features a wide handlebar and seat, while retaining its signature flat-bottomed, wide front wheel and rounded rear wheel. This Big Wheel Electric Scooter looks like anything else but is loaded with its latest features. The big wheel will make you feel safer and more protected with this stylish e-bike.
what is the key features of this Big Wheel Electric Scooter 3000W?
FAST FUN Offering a 3000W motor, twist throttle, and 3 speeds up to 46.6 mph, the M2 Big Wheel Electric Scooter is great way to enjoy commuting cross town. With 40Ah battery size options, your best life is within range.
HIGH PERFORMANCE The design of the M2 Fat tire scooter 3000W provides a stable and smooth ride due to the combination of the latest removable lithium battery and lightweight alloy components. With it’s big battery cage designed, this scooter can manage to offer you different options with battery capacity. US warehouse stock for 40Ah option.
SAFE CONTROL The Big Wheel Electric Scooter M2 is compact and light, perfect for a long day on the road. Its compact shape makes it convenient when traveling around the garage, or as a tow truck. With its bright front LED, the Fat tire M2 can be seen in daylight and is highly visible in the dark. This durable vehicle is built to last.
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|60V/40AH lithium battery
|60V/55A Integrated controller
|3000W QS Brushless DC Geared Motor
|Three levels gear throttle in the default.
|67.2V~5A quick charger, fully charged with 4-6 hours
|Front: Oversized headlight with turn light Rear: Integrated taillight on the fender with brake light
|Electric cut off when putting the kickstand down
|12″ straight grain vacuum tubeless tires
|Made of AB material.
|Front and Rear Hydraulic disc brakes
|Seamless iron alloy pipe
|Hydraulic shock Fork
|Spring steel shock
|Straight grain leather seat
SAMEBIKE Fat Tire Electric Bike
RS-A01 Long Range Fat Tire Commuter E-Bike
263 Fat Tire | 48V 14Ah | 110km in pedal | 40km/h | Double Suspension
RS-A08 750W Hydraulic Brake Mountain Electric Bike
Full suspension | 50km/h | Hydraulic disc brake | 17Ah 750W | 120km in pedal
XWXL09 750W Folding City Electric Bike
32km/h | 80km in pedal | Shimano 7 Speed | 5 Pedal Levels | 204 Fat Tire
XWC05 Pro Fat Tire Mountain Electric Bike
750W 48V 13Ah | 110km in pedal | 40km/h | 7 Speed 5 Pedal Level | 204 Tire
XWC05 Off-road Electric Bike
750W 48V 13AH | 40km/h | 110km in pedal | 20“4” Fat Tire | Shimano 7 Speed
YY26 26 Electric Mountain Bike
750W 48V 15Ah | 40km/h | 120km in pedal | Shimano 7 Speed | CST 264 Fat Tire
Why I choose SAMEBIKE electric bike?
Since its foundation, SAMEBIKE has been in the business of selling Commuter, Mountain, Folding, and Fat Tire electric bikes for 18 years. It is present in both the European and American electric bicycle markets in over 35 countries and empowers more and more people to live a more fun and healthier life. Up to now, over 354 thousand riders worldwide have chosen SAMEBIKE and have saved more than 4 million LBS of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting more than 6 million trees, working together to improve the global environment and green life.
Which one is good for commuter e-bike?
All model are good. RS-A01 is the new arrival with longer range and a basket to put your bag. And it is equipped with fat tire, you can enjoy the more comfortable commuting way while 20LVXD30-II is more compact and enable to be fold and put into your car. MY275 has bigger wheel, it maked riding more effortless.
Which one is the best for mountain e-bike?
Our mountain e-bikes have strong suspension, especially RS-A08. The best model with full suspension can ride 140km averagely under the Assist range with 45km/h peak speed, and the hydraulic disc brake makes riding safer. In additon, adventurers love LO26-II Spoke Wheel for its optional 21-speed shifters.
What is SAMEBIKE 1-3 year warranty policy?
Frame Metal and other accessories warranty for 3 years, batteries, motors and other accessories warranty for 1 year
Can I return the e-bike if I don’t like it or some quality problem?
We offer 14-days full refund for undamaged and unused e-bike. You will reveive your refund within 3 business days when we receive your return electric bike. And please contact us if the package is broken or e-bike is damaged when you received it. SAMEBIKE e-bike has the high-quality, but it may be crashed due to the long shipping. Please don’t worry about it, any quality issue, you can get your refund or free replacement.
Top 5 Fat Tire Electric Bikes for Off-Road Adventures: Explore the Great Outdoors with Ease
Exploring the outdoors on your electric bicycle is a chance to enjoy some fresh air as you encounter different terrains and road conditions. This can be done to exercise the body or as a fun recreational activity. You can climb up hills to enjoy the majestic views or ride through popular bike trails in an area. An easy transport option with a high payload capacity is ideal for all offroading adventures.
Fat tire e-bikes are popular among cyclists, especially in America and Europe. They generally sport bigger wheels and wider tires than the average e-bike. With a width of between 3″ to 5.2″, the tires are designed to naturally improve stability when riding on uneven terrain. Fat tire bike is so versatile, this type of ebike is ideal for a wide range of terrains, from rocky to muddy.
Top 5 Fat Tire Electric Bikes for Exploring the Great Outdoors
The best electric bike is the one you find most ideal for exploring a given location. You need one with the perfect sizing and additional features to enjoy better comfort during stressful trips. Some of the best e-bike options to consider include the following:
Himiway Cobra Pro
|26″ x 4.8″
|60 – 80 miles
|Shimano 7-speed gear shift system
- Incredible traction on different terrains.
- Powerful 1000W mid-drive motor.
- Uses a four-bar linkage suspension for improved shock absorption.
The Himiway Cobra Pro is a Softtail electric mountain bike with exciting features that distinguish it from the competition. It uses a mid-drive motor with a capacity of over 1000W, peaking at 1300W. With this much power, it can generate a massive torque of 160Nm to enable swift and smooth uphill riding. Its 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 960Wh which provides a range of more than 80 miles. This means you can cover more distance and use electric power for longer.
The four-bar linkage suspension it uses makes offroading better on the Himiway Cobra Pro. This absorbs the impact of riding on bumpy roads, allowing you to enjoy a smoother experience on all terrains. At 4.8″, it uses one of the biggest tire sizes in the US market. These improve the bike’s stability and traction, allowing you to navigate tight turns and corners easily.
|26″ x 4″
|60 – 80 miles
|Shimano 7-speed gear shift system
- 400 lb payload capacity for carrying loads.
- The best fat tire e-bike under 2,000.
- Great for climbing hilly roads.
The Himiway Zebra is a premium fat tire electric bike built for multi-terrain exploration and designed with exceptional features that belie its price offering. It uses a 750W upgraded brushless geared hub motor that allows better exploration of hilly areas. This can generate a maximum torque of 86Nm to push you up any steep inclines. And it does this while you’re riding at a top speed of 20 mph to 25 mph using pedal assist.
This e-bike is equipped with a 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG lithium-ion battery, which enables campers and long-distance riders to enjoy a range of up to 80 miles. A fat bike with big wheels, its 26″ x 4″ tires can provide traction on rocky, snowy, sandy, and muddy terrain. Wherever you want to go, the Zebra can take you there.
Himiway Big Dog
|20″ x 4″
|60 – 80 miles
|Shimano 7-speed gear shift system
- The fat tires provide more traction.
- Massive 960Wh battery capacity.
- Perfect for traveling with heavy loads.
Himiway Big Dog is an electric cargo bike built to perfection. It is designed with premium features to provide a great riding experience, including a high load-bearing capacity. For many reaons, using the Big Dog will feel different from riding a regular e-bike.
The Big Dog’s 960Wh battery capacity can power long trips hauling heavy loads for up to 80 miles on a single complete charge. If you have a long day of riding ahead of you, this will help you stay in motion when you get tired. As you proceed, you can count on its Shimano 7-speed derailleur system for easy adaptation to all terrains.
|26″ x 4.8″
|60 – 80 miles
|Shimano 7-speed gear shift system
- Perfect for riding through mountainous regions.
- Increased shock absorption with four-bar linkage suspension.
- Best electric bike under 2,500.
The Himiway Cobra is a mountain electric bike and a unique spectacle. It is built with an upgraded 6061 aluminum frame that houses some of the best features for multi-terrain exploration. This is a durable long-range e-bike equipped with huge 4.8″ tires that can travel over the best and worst grounds, from snowy to rocky.
Asides from being a perfect camping companion, it will also help you proceed powerfully and smoothly in mountain regions. The Cobra uses a four-bar linkage suspension to absorb the impact from such rocky terrains. Its 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG battery can power an entire day of riding or 80 miles using pedal assist.
Himiway Cruiser Step-thru
|26″ x 4″
|35 – 60 miles
|Shimano 7-speed gear shift system
- 60-mile battery range for long-distance rides.
- Perfect for commuting to work.
- A great option for seniors.
The Himiway Cruiser is the best option for adventurers who intend to travel more on smoother trails and paved roads. Weighing only 72 lbs, it is light to carry and provides a step-thru version for better access. The Cruiser is built to travel long distances while providing a payload capacity of 350 lbs. Its 48V 17.5Ah lithium-ion battery makes it a perfect commuting and offroading beast with a 60-mile range to match.
The Cruiser’s wide 4″ tires provide traction on both smooth and rough surfaces. Its 750W brushless geared hub motor allows you to conquer hilly and rugged areas easily, using either pedal assist or throttle.
The brand matters when choosing the best electric bike for adventuring, from camping to road trips. Himiway manufactures fat tire e-bikes with features that accentuate their versatility across all terrains. One of these is the extended battery range noticed among the ones on our list. They all provide enough juice for long-distance riders. Campers and adventurers away from home can maximize the high payload capacity of these ebikes.
Other unique components include the Himiway Cobra Pro’s four-bar linkage suspension system, which absorbs the impact of riding in mountainous regions. Among others, these features are what you should consider when choosing the best electric bike for your adventures. Ensure you get a versatile option with enough battery capacity for long-range riding. Visit our online store today to see which of these products you can get a discount on.