Take a look at 48 popular electric cycles available in India in the price range of Rs. 21,999. Rs. 5.00 Lakh. The most popular electric cycles include Motovolt Urbn e-Bike (Rs. 49,999), Polarity Smart Sport (Rs. 40,000) and Polarity Smart Executive (Rs. 38,000). The top manufacturers that produce electric cycles are Motovolt, Polarity Smart, Toutche Electric, Hero Lectro, EMotorad.
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Electric Cycles User Reviews
The big waste electric bike with high price tag.Not even worth as bicycle.No customer service and help given by motovolt urbn.
Toutche heileo m200 is born out of love and commitment to design, Quality, And experience.It has a 250w rear hub bldc motor which has a top speed of 25kmph.It looks great and is available at a good price.
Decent build looks average but does the job overall good performance and suitable for heightened people
Electric Cycles Question and Answers
Available in four jazzy colours, bookings for the Urbn have already begun on Motovolt’s website for just Rs 99. You can even get it in the more than 100 retail stores that the company has across the country. With that, the Urbn goes up against the Bounce Infinity E1 and Hero Electric Optima CX(Single Battery). It also acts as a great alternative to the TVS XL 100 with a lower running cost considering it’s running on electricity. Its payload, too, is not far off from the X100’s.
For the availability, we would suggest you to please connect with the nearest authorized dealer in your city as it depends on their stock book. Follow the link and select your desired city for dealership details.
You need no license or registration in India for scooters that have their top speed capped at 25km per hour. However, the Motovolt Motovolt Urbn e-Bike’s top speed is around 25kmph, thus not requiring a license and registration.
The brand hasn’t shared the overall warranty for Polarity Smart Executive. However, its battery comes with a 3-year warranty as standard.
FAQs on Best Electric Cycles
The most popular electric cycles in the market are Motovolt Urbn e-Bike, Polarity Smart Sport and Polarity Smart Executive.
Hornback M1 is the cheapest electric cycle in India priced at Rs. 21,999.
Polarity Smart Executive is the fastest electric cycle in India and it’s top speed is 60 kmph.
Best electric bikes 2023 for every kind of rider
If you’re looking for the best electric bikes, there are a lot to choose from, with electric motors and batteries added to a wide range of bikes to add extra power.
Electric road bikes will come with dropped handlebars and favour low weight, whilst electric hybrid bikes will come with flat bars, wider tyres and accessories to aid commuters – such as mudguards and lights. Electric folding bikes are useful if part of your journey involves train travel or you’re short on space.
Here at Cycling Weekly, we’ve reviewed bikes from these three categories and there are links to our more detailed reviews for each bike in this guide. Our testing involves a range of routes and ride lengths and our highly experienced team of testers understands what makes a good bike and what to look for in the best electric bikes.
Electric bikes can be expensive, but there are options too if you’re looking to keep costs low with starting from around 1,000: check out the best budget electric bikes. If you’re into tinkering with your bike, you might also want to look at the best electric bike conversion kits as an alternative to buying a completely new electric bike.
Women may benefit from female specific components on the best women’s electric bikes, and if you’re venturing off-road, check out the best electric gravel bikes.
If you’re looking for the best electric mountain bike though, follow this link to head over to our sister publication MBR which specialises in mountain biking.
Here’s a quick look at our top choices from the best electric bikes, including a folding option.
The Specialized Turbo Vado is designed for fast urban riding but with its suspension fork and wider tires it can also handle rougher roads.
There’s a lot of clever tech in the aviation-inspired Gocycle G4i, with a neat folding mechanism, lightweight frame and decent mileage from its internal battery.
The Giant Fastride’s neatly integrated battery and quality spec make it a great option for the commute, with wide gear range and hydraulic disc brakes.
If your e-bike riding heads off-road, the Neo Carbon Lefty has front and rear suspension and a powerful Bosch motor to help you up the hills.
The Cento1 Hybrid takes Wilier’s race bike pedigree and inserts a rear hub motor in a stealth package that keeps the bike’s performance and doesn’t add too much weight.
The classic Brompton with the same folding mechanism, but with a front hub motor and battery housed in a neat removeable bag.
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Best Electric Hybrid bikes
Electric hybrid bikes are the fastest selling style. Their flat bars, usually wide tyre, and commute friendly fittings. such as mudguard mounts and rack mounts. make them extremely practical machines.
The motor can be housed in the rear hub, or at the cranks, and the torque will vary. low torque models offer a natural pedalling assistance, but high torque versions will move off the lights more quickly.
Reasons to avoid
The Ribble Hybrid AL e is a road-going hybrid bike that’s equally at home on gravel paths and trails, with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring upright riding position, so great for returning or newbie riders.
For us, we think the bike is one of the best looking hybrids we’ve ever come across, with the design hiding away the motor incredibly well, although we were a little sad that adjusting the seat post left behind scratch marks. The fully loaded package includes fenders (mudguards), lights and a rear rack making it perfect as a daily commuter or for ditching the car when going to the store, although we did find these a little rattily on test.
The Ebikemotion motor delivers its power smoothly and efficiently and offers long-range in between charges, making the Ribble far more than just an A to B bike.
Understandably it doesn’t perform in the same way as the Canyon Grail:ON in terms of fast and tight torque, but tap along and it will tick over nicely, taking the top off any strenuous rides.
With all the added extras as standard and classy looks, the Ribble Hybrid AL e is a great electric bike for the money.
Reasons to avoid
A fun ride that’s great in urban environments but also provides a confidence-inspiring ride on rougher terrain is what the Specialized Turbo Vado is all about.
If you’re after a bike that is fully integrated with lights, fenders and rack (27kg capacity) as well as security (on the App removable battery using a key), then this represents a straight forward choice. Only the weight, and to a lesser degree cost, need consideration.
We found the 70Nm/250W custom-tuned motor applies power seamlessly and powerfully as soon as you push down on the pedals. Range is excellent too. 95-130km / 60-80 miles should be easily attainable using the default settings of “Sport’ and ‘50% power’. There is an Eco mode as well as Turbo, so if you’re careful you can expect much greater range.
It is a heavy machine at 60lbs/ 27kg, so not easy to lift, so anyone needing to navigate steps in or out of the bike’s storage place will need to take this into consideration, but aside from that we found the Specialized Vado Turbo to be a joy to ride.
Reasons to avoid
We absolutely loved zooming around on the speedy Ride1Up Roadster V2 with its five levels of power assist. If you’re anything like us and are more used to training and racing on standard road bikes it can easily become your guilty pleasure. it’s fantastic fun to ride.
The bike was so quiet, even on level 5, convincing onlookers that our tester had to be some kind of super Hero to ride so fast up 15 per cent climbs. The only downside. in common with other e-bikes that only assist when you’re pedalling. was where there was a requirement for a hill start, the cranks had to be turned over in order to get the motor to engage, creating a pregnant pause at the lights, before vavavooming off.
The claimed 24mph maximum assisted speed (in the US) needs input from the pedals to reach on the flats, but without a doubt it’s noticeable downhill, where other bikes, such as the Wilier Cento1Hy Ultegra Di2 e-bike auto assist would cut out and slow you down.
This extra speed also puts the bike into a class 3 e-bike, meaning that it doesn’t meet EAPC rules in the UK, but that’s by the by as US brand Ride1Up doesn’t currently ship there.
If you are in a country lucky enough to be shipped to: the US, Canada and Mexico, then it’s a great option and one that has a very high fun-to-dollar ratio.
Ride1Up is a direct-to-consumer brand. check out the Roadster V2 on its website here.
Reasons to avoid
The Canyon Precede:ON is an efficient automatic transmission city bike that performs well in multi-terrain settings whether for utility or for leisure purposes thanks to a powerful motor and control panel.
With built-in accessories such as lights, mudguards, rack and kickstand all the trappings are there to make for a comfortable ride with style straight out the box. All these add ons however do make it one of the heaviest e-bikes on the market, even heavier than the Specialized Turbo Vado.
We really loved the Canyon Grail: On and it’s great to see the Precede:ON also be kitted with the Bosch Performance Line CX motor, although ideally we would love to see a little more juice in the battery to support the other impressive spec.
With everything you need straight out the box, including navigation system and lights, it’s the easiest way to swap driving/ public transport for a bike, but it is at the higher end price tag wise. There are a couple of models to choose from, which also takes the cost down a touch, but with a six year guarantee, it could be a savvy investment.
The only other point to note is that Canyon has a direct sales model, so you’ll have to buy directly from the brand here.
Reasons to avoid
The Giant Fastroad E Pro is another road-going hybrid bike with flat handlebars to promote a comfortable ride position for even the rustiest of riders, in fact we enjoyed riding this great electric hybrid road bike so much we gave it a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice Award.
The tyres provide plenty of squish and the ability to go lightly off-road. However on test we found the aluminium frame and fork quite stiff, which will suit those used to a traditional road bike’s feel and riders looking for a speedy commute, but worth bearing in mind if you’re used to a softer hybrid feel.
We really liked the bike’s integration of the battery, which can often be a design factor forgotten about on hybrid bikes. We were also really impressed to see the spec on the FastRoad, with hydraulic disc brakes and quality Shimano shifting, with a compact chainset and wide range cassette at the rear to provide plenty of gears for the hills all making an appearance.
A great electric hybrid bike for a fair price that will have a lot of appeal to lots of different riders.
Reasons to avoid
With its 36V battery, which should give around 70 miles of juice, hooked up to a mid-drive motor, we found that the Volt Infinity electric bike gave a nice balanced feel to the bike.
Shimano provides the power in the form of 8-speed Alfine Di2 hub Shimano Steps, the highly regarded motor and e-bike specific groupset.
Three different assistance modes will let you get the most out of that battery and the display mounted on the front will make it easy to keep track and we loved that the torque sensor picked up when we were flagging and gave us a little boost to help us along our way.
Previously similar to the Carrera Subway E, it’s had a bit of a make over and it’s now much more visually integrated than the previous model that we tested, although it’s still without a quick release rear wheel, making investing in the best puncture-proof tyres or inner tubes a shrewd investment.
The only real downside is the one size fits all. Great if it does fit you, not so much if it doesn’t.
Best Electric Folding Bikes
Folding electric bikes are practical if you have a train journey forming part of your trip or are low on space. Being small, the battery and motor can represent a large percentage of the weight, so the FOCUS is often on reducing this as much as possible.
Mileage on folding bikes is often low, since they’re typically used to ride to and from train stations, so battery range isn’t always a major consideration.
If you are considering going for a folder, you might find our buying guide page dedicated to helping you find the best folding bikes a useful read.
Reasons to avoid
We absolutely loved the Brompton Electric bike when we took it out for a spin, finding it to be the perfect bike for commuting in traffic and then stowing well out of the way post-ride.
The brand is considered by many as the gold standard of folding bikes, and the Brompton Electric is clearly cast from the same mould.
As typical with any Brompton bike, the brand has taken full control of the engineering, so everything from frame to motor has been designed in house. Brompton however has called upon the experiences of Williams Advanced Engineering when it comes to the motor, developing a bespoke lightweight removable battery and motor.
As you would expect when a team of Formula One engineers get under the bonnet of the Brompton Electric, the small, but perfectly formed motor has excelled, delivering power smoothly, safely and exactly when you need it.
The frame is the usual Brompton high standard, and while one size, keeps the ability to choose handlebars, seatpost heights and even saddle widths. There are six speeds, giving you plenty to play with when you hit a hill.
Whatever your final set up, you can rest assured as to the bike’s foldability, which is one of the reasons why Brompton stands out from the folding bike crowd. Its folded footprint is one of the smallest out there: 565mm high x 585mm wide x 270mm long (22.2″ x 23″ x 10.6″). This means it’s highly portable and capable of stowing in the smallest of spaces, although be warned, due to the independent motor and battery pack, you’ll find yourself with two hands full, so best to invest in a rucksack for your other belongings.
On test we felt this was an absolute dream of a bike, in fact, we went as far as calling it a transport gamechanger. If you’re worried by the 17kg-plus weight, there’s now the Brompton Electric P Line bike, which uses lighter frame materials to drop the claimed weight down to 15.6kg.
Reasons to avoid
The G4i is a solid choice for a commuter, with the option to add many accessories such as mudguards (fenders), a front and rear pannier rack, integrated lights, lock holster and a travel case.
The design folds in half, so that you can push it on its wheels rather than needing to carry it, or you can fully fold it into a compact package. There’s built-in rear suspension, concealed cabling and a fully enclosed drivetrain.
It features a discreetly integrated USB port on the handlebar, enabling owners to charge their phone or other small devices from the bike’s battery when not in use. although we found the quality of the integrated phone mount didn’t quite match that of the bike itself. The same goes for the LED display, which we found to be rather basic. although the information it provides is useful.
It’s also likely to be pretty low-maintenance given that the drivetrain is completely enclosed. This makes sense, given that commuting year round usually means cycling in the wet at some point. The G4i utilizes a Shimano Nexus 3 speed internally geared hub. With 1” of elastomer suspension and 2.35” wide tyres, it is one of the more comfortable small wheelers. Single-sided wheel attachment means you don’t even have to remove the wheel, should you puncture one of the 20” wheels.
The 500W (250W in the UK/EU) G4 electric motor and 375Wh Lithium-ion battery is claimed to provide a range of up to 80km (50mi), but the most we managed to get out of it was just 44km (27mi). To be fair, that was in one of the more ‘assisted’ modes and I always had the daytime running lights on. and the city of Bath is well known for its brutally steep hills.
The bike is available from 17.6kg / 38.8lbs. However, as the weight is centred low on the frame, this at least makes the ride more stable. The folding mechanism has been improved since previous versions and can be quickly collapsed into a small package. Gocycle says this can be done in as little as ten seconds; we found it was closer to 20.
The ebike model that started it all: Hop on our flagship fat tire and you may never want to leave. Now in its sixth version, the RadRover 6 Plus powers through all types of weather and terrain, with the technology and design to make it your best ebike ride yet.
The ebike model that started it all: Hop on our flagship fat tire and you may never want to leave. Now in its sixth version, the RadRover 6 Step-Thru makes it easy to step on and power through all types of weather and terrain, with the technology and design to make it your best ebike ride yet.
This next-level hauler is perfect for taking the kids across town or loading up at the hardware store. The electric cargo bike’s elongated frame and lower center of gravity provide stable, reliable rides, even when you’re taking full advantage of the 350 lb. payload capacity. Take a passenger (or two!) for a spin.
The RadCity 5 Plus High-Step makes commuting the best part of your day. The high-step frame delivers a traditional bike-feel, offering hydraulic disc brakes and a 750W geared hub motor help you conquer hills without breaking a sweat, while a semi-integrated battery makes recharging and storing your battery a breeze.
The RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru makes commuting the best part of your day. Hop on and off with ease via the step-thru frame design. Hydraulic disc brakes and a 750W geared hub motor help you conquer hills without breaking a sweat, while a semi-integrated battery makes recharging and storing your battery a breeze.
The RadRunner 3 Plus raises the bar for what you can expect from an electric utility bike. Featuring a redesigned low-step frame, hydraulic brakes, and our most up-to-date tech, it’s expertly engineered to deliver an unmatched riding experience.
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This head turner delivers on more than just style: it can help you carry cargo, passengers, and even your morning joe. Factor in over 330 possible accessory combinations, and you can customize this moped-style ebike to your heart’s content.
Our latest folding ebike has fatter tires to tackle adventures of all sorts. Featuring a step-through frame, and allows you to customize your ride with adjustable handlebars, seven speeds, and four levels of pedal-assist.
Perfect for errands, perfect for fun, this electric utility bike comes fully-loaded with exclusive accessories to elevate your everyday experiences. The passenger package invites you to bring a friend for the ride, while the premium headlight gives you the confidence to hit the road any time.
Lower top-tube angle than a high-step frame. Riders find a more forgiving angle for swinging their leg over when mounting and dismounting.
Frame design without a top tube. No need to swing a leg over. rider mounts and dismounts by stepping over the low, dropped frame.
Electric bikes for all
Rad Power Bikes was founded in 2007 as a sole proprietorship and today, it’s North America’s largest electric bike brand. We rely on hundreds of designers, engineers, and support specialists to ensure that all 450,000 customers ride the best electric bikes possible. Our vision is a world where transportation is energy-efficient, enjoyable, and accessible to all.
An electric bike is simply a traditional bicycle that has been equipped with a battery-powered motor that makes it easier for riders to climb hills, go faster, haul cargo, and cover longer distances without getting tired with support from a pedal assist feature or a throttle. It is also known as an ebike or e-bike.
You can ride an electric bike the same way you would ride a traditional bike. The only difference is you have the option to summon power from the motor to make pedaling easier or operate the bike without pedaling.
In North America, electric bikes are commonly put into three different regulatory classes.
- Class 1: Pedal-assist only; motor provides assistance all the way up to 20 mph.
- Class 2: Pedal-assist or throttle; motor provides assistance all the way up to 20 mph.
- Class 3: Pedal assist only; motor provides assistance all the way up to 28 mph.
At Rad Power Bikes we exclusively make Class 2 electric bikes. All of our electric bikes include a battery that lasts 45-50 miles per charge, depending on the amount of power used, the type of terrain being ridden on, and the weight of the rider and cargo.
How do ebikes work?
The geared hub or direct drive motor channels energy from the battery to the pedals, which adds extra power with each pedal stroke to help the rider operate the bike. This is the pedal assist feature. Some electric bikes, like Rad’s, also include a throttle which propels the bike forward without the rider having to pedal, similar to a moped.
There are two ways electric bikes can be made. They can either be designed to be electric bikes from the start or developed by converting traditional bikes to be electric. An ebike conversion kit is a set of equipment that can be used to convert a traditional bicycle to an electric bicycle. Since ebikes for sale at Rad Power Bikes come standard with the motor and other necessary components, an ebike conversion kit is not necessary.
Why should I consider an ebike?
Electric bikes can fit seamlessly into your everyday life. They can be used to help you run errands, commute to work, enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, or hunting. They can also enhance your mobility and help you ride with children. In short, they’re a fun, easy way to get around and do more of what you love.
Electric bikes also have commercial uses. Domino’s pizza franchises use our ebikes to deliver food and hundreds of rental fleets rely on Rad Power Bikes.
Match your lifestyle and ride needs
We know that different riders have different needs. While all of our bikes are great for multi-use situations, some models have special features. Electric cargo and utility bikes can be used to haul gear or ride with children. Electric folding bikes are designed to fit in RVs, trunks, small apartments or other compact spaces. Electric city and commuter bikes are designed for urban travel, reducing car trips, and saving you gas money. Electric off-road and all-terrain bikes are designed for camping trips, hunting, fishing, and light mountain biking.
In addition, we also design step-through electric bike models that make it easier to mount and dismount the bike and enhance mobility for all kinds of riders. All of our electric bikes can be used to climb hills easier, cover long distances, and haul cargo without getting tired.
We also sell ebike accessories that you can use to customize your ride. These include products for storage and transport, safety and security, seating and comfort, and ebike upgrades like phone mounts and USB chargers. To help you find the best accessories for your needs, you can select a curated electric bike kit or use the ebike customizer option at checkout.
Energy efficient transportation
There are environmental benefits that come with riding an ebike. Electric bikes are a key form of energy efficient transportation. They do not give off emissions while riding, ease traffic, and reduce congestion. Check out how ebikes can cut your carbon footprint with our emissions calculator.
Electric bikes can help you save money on gas since they provide a reliable alternative to cars. In addition, ebikes can reduce costs associated with parking and routine car maintenance.
Research says electric bikes can improve your health by helping you get exercise. When you pedal an ebike, you burn calories – especially if you are not using a high level of pedal assist. Electric bikes also make it easier to go longer distances than traditional bikes, which can extend the amount of time that you exercise.
We’ve heard from many customers that our electric bikes have improved their health. Rider Blair Hebert says his ebike helped him lose 40 lb., reverse adult onset diabetes, and recover from fatty liver disease. Another rider told us that he used his electric bike to lose weight ahead of a kidney donation surgery. (These are testimonials from customers and are not meant to constitute specific medical advice or claims.)
How to buy Rad
We sell electric bikes at affordable as a direct-to-consumer company which means we don’t sell our products through third-party retailers, helping reduce overhead costs. We then pass the savings on to our consumers. We were the first electric bike company to pursue this business model. You can also take advantage of flexible ebike financing options, free shipping, a one-year warranty, and a 14-day free trial.
To help find the best electric bike model by browsing our website, using our ebike finder, reading our guide to the best electric bikes, or calling our specially trained customer support team and asking for their advice. You’ll be prompted to enter your zip code where you can choose to have the bike sent directly to you, sent to a bike shop for assembly, delivered fully-assembled by a velofix mobile service provider or for online pick-up at a Rad Power Bikes retail store.
We have retail stores in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When you shop at a retail store, you can test ride models and ask for advice from our retail team to find the best ebike for you. Find a location near you here. Our customer service team can take your order over the phone, answer additional questions you have about ebikes, and help you pick your preferred shipping option.
Owning a Rad ebike
We design high-quality electric bikes our customers are proud to own. Every ebike is rigorously tested to ensure quality before it reaches your doorstep. To learn more about our design and quality assurance process, read our guide.
Our Product Support team can help you troubleshoot issues online or over the phone. For service maintenance and repairs, you can take your electric bike to a Rad Power Bikes service center, book a mobile service visit from our third-party partner, velofix, or bring your ebike to a local bike shop in our network.
Thank you to our 450,000 customers who are having fun and riding Rad!
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Should I Buy an Electric Bicycle? Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Get Started!
Michael Graham Richard is a writer from Ottawa, Ontario. He worked for Treehugger for 11 years, covering science, technology, and transportation.
A few months ago, Graham Hill (the founder of the site you’re reading this on) asked me for some help in choosing an electric bike. I wanted to help, but I knew that my knowledge of electric bikes was limited. there are so many models, with progress being made all the time in battery tech and power electronics. so I pointed him to someone who I knew was a real expert: Court Rye, the e-bike demigod behind ElectricBikeReview.com. But Graham’s question also made me realize that he certainly wasn’t the only one trying to figure out if an electric bicycle was right for him, what were the pros and cons, and if it did make sense, where to begin and which models to have a look at first.
This led to the interview below, where Court generously shares the e-bike wisdom that comes from having reviewed 300 models since he started covering the space in 2012 (prolific guy!).
Why Buy an Electric Bike?
Well, electric bicycles offer the same great benefits as traditional bicycles including cost savings (no licensing or insurance required), improved well-being, and connection with community.
The real advantage to ebikes in my view is efficiency in climbing hills or fighting the wind combined with better range. If you experience knee pain or exercise-induced asthma, for example, electric bikes can breath new life into the sport of cycling. They might convince your friend or significant other to join you on the trails more often or they might enable you to commute to work in extreme heat without perspiring so much. I’ve owned cars and mopeds before and neither felt as safe or refreshing as cycling along community paths, away from traffic.
Electric bikes remove many of the roadblocks and challenges that people face with traditional pedal-powered cycles but they aren’t perfect. They can be expensive, complex, and heavy which is a real pain if the battery runs out halfway.
Which E-Bike Conversion Kits Are Best?
Since the early days of electric bikes in the United States (starting in 1999 with the EV Global Motors Ebike from Lee Iacocca) frame styles and drive characteristics have really proliferated.
In addition to simple DIY kits there are also systems like the Ridekick Power Trailer now which add ebike performance in addition to storage utility! This system in particular is even easier than installing a kit and can be easily shared between family members and friends using regular bikes or recumbents as a platform.
What E-Bikes Are Good for New Riders?
Today it is possible to dive head first into electric bikes or dip your toe in for a little taste. In some towns you can even rent electric bike to get a better feel for them. Rocket Electrics in Austin Texas for example, offers foodie tours and also has a multi-day SXSW and F1 race week package for people who want to dodge traffic and get an up close view of the city. For the purest experience, purpose built ebikes are the way to go (bikes that were designed and sold as being electric, not converted later). They are lighter, tougher and more capable than ever. Whether you need a folding bike to stow in your loft or take on a plane, a tandem to rent and ride with your friend on vacation or a downhill bomber for free riding on mountain trails (no need for a chairlift!) there is definitely an ebike out there that’s fully capable.
Do E-Bikes Have Drawbacks?
Obviously, I’m a huge fan of the technology and it’s true that the breadth of products has grown thanks in large part to widespread acceptance in Asia and Europe but there are some things ebikes still struggle with.
If you’re a purist mountain biker who is barely accepted on hiking paths to begin with, ebikes may seem like a threat. In much the same way that snowboards used to be outlawed at ski resorts like Vail Colorado in the 80’s ebikes are still in their early days. Eventually snowboarding became mainstream and Burton helped to gain mass acceptance by launching a viral initiative challenging holdout resorts. These days, Deer Valley Utah remains a “ski-only” resort but you can snowboard pretty much everywhere else and I feel like that will become the case with ebikes as well. Once the technology becomes better understood and appreciated it won’t feel so threatening to some. I think traditional bikes are awesome frankly and I still own one for silent, light weight cruising.
To be honest, I mostly use it on wet and snowy days or when parking overnight in high-crime areas where theft or vandalism could be a risk. That said, I recently picked up bicycle insurance and am feeling a lot more comfortable from a theft and liability standpoint. To sum up the cons of electric bikes: they tend to be heavier, louder and almost always more expensive than traditional bicycles.
What Are the Types of Electric Bikes?
Having reviewed over 300 electric bikes to date, taking photos and shooting video for each and posting back at my site ElectricBikeReview.com these are the primary “use cases” I’ve identified to help people navigate the space: Cargo Hauling, Relaxed Cruising, Trail Riding, Mountain Biking, Downhill, Neighborhood Use, Kid Hauling and Grocery Getting, Road Bike, Sand and Snow (Fat Tire), Tandem, Touring or Trekking, Traveling (Folding) and Urban Commuting.
It feels like there’s a bike out there for any occasion, some have very small wheels and are designed to be easy to pick up and carry onto trains and busses (or even airplanes if the battery is under 300 watt hours) while other models are almost like mopeds or motorcycles with 100 mile range capability and regenerative braking.
There are so many types of light electric vehicles now that I actually started a second website called ElectricRideReview.com to cover electric motorcycles, skateboards and kick scooters.
What Are the Price Ranges?
As far as traditional ebikes, really vary and can be shocking at first. so brace for impact! The low end starts around 1,000 but a recent crowd funding campaign generated a lot of attention by offering a bare bones 700 model (it was sold as 500 ~200 shipping).
My feeling is that 1,500 is the lowest level worth exploring right now. I’ve seen too many unhappy customers who purchased online and are now struggling to fix a throttle mechanism or find a replacement battery pack because the cells they got were of very low quality. There have even been some fires when cheap batteries were damaged and didn’t have an electronic management system in place to prevent overload. At the upper echelons of the ebike world there are products selling for 50k but those are almost like art.
For ~4,000 you can get a high quality, Euro-proven, German engineered product with two years of comprehensive warranty support. Bikes like this offer intuitive controls, integrated dynamo lights, fenders and racks and an overall beautiful aesthetic.
Bikes in this premium class range up to 7,000 for pro-level components and while that may shock some people, it’s actually not far off from pro-level pedal-powered bicycles.
Now let’s go back to the middle-range and dig a bit deeper into costs. The first electric bike I purchased was 2,500 and it saved me 2,000 in parking alone over the first year (I was working downtown Austin, TX where parking is very expensive).
In YouTube Комментарии и мнения владельцев I regularly see people upset by the perceived high price of electric bikes, claiming that a used car would be cheaper. I think they often fail to recognize the high price of car repairs, preventative maintenance like oil changes, insurance, licensing and parking. Cars and ebikes are not investments, they are tools or toys that depreciate with use, their true value is highly dependent on the environment and task at hand or entertainment preferences of the owner.
So for example, if you live on a highway and commute 20 miles to work each day an ebike might not be a great tool. To that I say, consider renting an apartment near your job and buying an ebike!
Life changes aside, let’s do a quick hypothetical costing example, if you took all of the car maintenance stuff away for a moment and just looked at a 3k brand new car vs. a 3k brand new ebike and left gas at 2 per gallon. an average electric bike gets ~20 miles per charge and cost less than 0.15 to fill (even using Hawaii’s scale-tipping 0.37 per kilowatt-hour rates). So let’s say that your car gets 30 miles per gallon and a gallon is 2 and your bike gets 20 miles per charge and a charge is 0.15, the bike is way cheaper right? But that’s not the whole story. A premium electric bike battery costs anywhere from 500 to 800 to replace and lasts 1,000 charges so let’s treat this like a fuel cost and divide 500/1,000 charges. we get 0.50. So we add the 0.15 charge cost to the 0.50 battery use cost and get 0.65.
Basically, electric bikes are about three times less expensive to operate than cars from a current fuel cost perspective. Beyond user operating expense they also cost less in terms of negative externalities because they don’t create localized pollution. Ebikes are awesome but so are cars and even when self-driving electric cars replace the costs of ownership and reduce pollution, there will still be enormous value in cycling. and why not have an assisted cycle?
It’s like comparing a mechanical typewriter where you forcefully push the keys down to modern laptop that can be operated much easier, faster, in more environments and it will save your work digitally! Maybe some people would claim that the sheer muscular joy of old fashioned typewriting and the ever-present danger of a misspelling will always hold a place in their hearts. and good for them, it’s not really an issue and with ebikes or traditional bikes, we can still ride together and have fun!
How Far Can You Go on a Charge?
A good rule of thumb here is to divide watt hours by 20. So electric bike batteries have voltage and amp hours and a typical pack right now in the US is 36 volts of power with 10 amp hours of capacity for 360 watt hours total. If we divide 360 by 20 we get 18 miles. Given variation between throttle only electric bikes and pedal assist that 18 is really a floor that can go up as riders contribute pedal-power to the system or different drive systems are leveraged.
For example, mid-drive electric bikes can benefit from driving the rear cassette and gears to empower the motor for improved efficiency. In the same way that you would want to shift down when climbing (instead of standing up and working extra hard), so too does the motor and these mid-drive systems offer that flexibility because they pull the bicycle chain along with you. I’ve seen some electric bikes with that same “360 watt hour” battery capacity reach 50 miles per charge on a low level of assistance (equivalent to half of the rider’s pedal power output). That’s pretty amazing to me.
Are E-Bikes Faster Than Regular Bikes?
Not really, most low-speed electric bikes won’t go over 20 miles per hour under motor power alone. You can always pedal faster than that or drop a steep hill but federal regulation limits this top speed in exchange for classification as a “bicycle”. Some recent compromises have been made whereby pedal-assist electric bikes may reach ~28 miles per hour assisted but only if the rider is pedaling rigorously. A similar class of electric bikes called “speed pedelecs” exists in Europe and have become popular for commuters.
Take note however that efficiency drops off significantly as riders gain speed as a result of drag. That is “forces acting opposite to the relative motion of any object moving with respect to a surrounding fluid” or in this case air. The power needed to push an object through a fluid increases as the cube of its velocity while “air drag” is approximately proportional to the square of velocity.
In short, as you go beyond 15 mph on an ebike, drag really starts to cut into the range you can achieve so speed comes at a high price!
Can I Do DIY Maintenance on My Electric Bike?
This is a great question! When it comes to electric bikes I usually recommend that people buy locally if possible. This is because the bike will be assembled properly, following specific torque ratings on screws and such, and will be fit to the rider for improved comfort.
In the bike industry, many shops that sell both traditional and electric will tell me that ebikes see 10 times the use. This is based on customer feedback and tuneups that they provide. People just ride electric bicycles more, and further, and faster! Some of that wear can be serviced by the end user but when it comes to throttles, batteries and computer systems things can get tricky.
Electric bikes marry mechanical systems with software and electrical complexities. There is a reason that Apple calls their tech support “Geniuses”, right? Advanced knowledge and a specific toolset are required to truly maintain electric bikes as well, in my opinion. The most basic bikes that do not offer torque sensing pedal assist, LCD display readouts or frame-routed cables may be self-serviceable or simply disposable given their lower price point but the more purpose-built offerings really benefit from that professional touch and often times have locked computers with special diagnostic tools much like automobiles.
What Bikes Do You Recommend for E-Bike Newbies?
I spend a lot of time answering one-off questions back in the Electric Bike Review Community Forums where people share their budget, height, weight, intended use and style preference. Feel free to jump on over and ask for yourself! Alternatively, I’ve put together a “Top 10” list with recommendations for value and performance models ranging from Cruisers to Kits. Bikes that I’ve actually purchased for myself over the years include the Pedego City Commuter, Easy Motion Neo Jumper (now replaced by the Evo Jumper) and the Haibike XDURO FS RX 27.5 but I’ve been eyeing the new Specialized Turbo X and Felt Outfitter which are remarkable because both companies are long standing purists that FOCUS on performance and racing specs. Seeing them put out electric bikes is a real vote of confidence for the space.
Any Closing Thoughts?
I think electric bikes are remarkable because they compliment the human body and mind while connecting us with others.
If you’d like to learn more on the topic feel free to download my ebook called “A Practical Guide to Electric Bikes” on Amazon Kindle. The book includes photos, videos and a deeper look into topics like motor design so you can better understand the trade offs between hub motors like I had on my Pedego or mid drives like I had on my Haibike. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and ride safe out there!
Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023
Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?
When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.
I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.
It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.
Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.
Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!
Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.
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So what is an electric hunting bike?
Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.
The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.
Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.
One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.
As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.
Which motor is best?
It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.
Rear Hub Motor
The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.
Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.
The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.
Mid Drive Motor
Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.
One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.
Ultra Mid Drive Motor
Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.
A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.
A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.
All Wheel Drive
Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.
A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.
What About Range
Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.
How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?
The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.
On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.
And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.
Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?
Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.
Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.
In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.
Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?
The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.
Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.
Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.
What are the hunters saying?
Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.
Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: “It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.”
Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”
And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: “not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer”
While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say: “. coolest thing I have ever reviewed”
Anyway, Let’s get into it…
Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the “Check Price” button and the full description will open in a separate page.
Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes
The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou
Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike
The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.
Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.
The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.
Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.
The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.
The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.
What we love the most
- The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
- The Mule comes fully accessorized
- Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
- Has both Eco Sport modes
“This bike lives up to the hype. I am so impressed with the torque and the get up and go that it has. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the largest battery possible because that big Bafang motor really likes to eat up the power. I haven’t pulled anything on the folding Deer cart yet because mine is still on back order but anxious to try that. I’m sure it will do just fine. I will probably end up buying a second battery during the off-season just because it doesn’t hold up too long when not using pedal assist. All in all I really enjoy riding the bike. I certainly would recommend this bike to anybody looking for a hunting style E bike. I have absolutely zero regrets with my purchase of this bike.”. Aaron B
Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur set up.
Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.
What we love the most
- Frame design allows for a comfortable riding position with stand over height of 30″
- Has the option of derailleur ( SRAM NX 1×11 for the XPC11 model ) or internal gear hub ( Sturmey Archer 5 Speed for XPC/XPS models)
- Comes in Viper Western Camo or dipped in Carbon Paint
- Feels very powerful
“I thought my hunting days were numbered or at least limited to short hikes but with the Rambo ebike I can reach the spots I was almost giving up on. Instead and hiking in with gear I can cruise in with a trailer in tow (they make that too) and tow my gear in in under an hour.”. Jonathan W
The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber
Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo ’ s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.
Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber also has the mid a good hill climber and can handle difficult terrain.
Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40 miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.
What we love the most
- Large 21Ah battery for better range
- Massive Maxxis Minion 4.8″ fat tires
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Fast: Top speed is 28mph
A MACHINE, YET QUIET
“One you learn how to match up the pedal gears with the electric power levels, you will never want to walk anywhere again. The 1000w Rambo true timber has simply surpassed my expectations when it can to climbing steep hills without pedaling. I will definately buy again and the wife wants one too!!”. Brian G
Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes
Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike
Why is the Rambo Megatron All Wheel Drive eBike on the list? What’s better than one motor? Two motors! What’s better than one battery? Two batteries! The Rambo Megatron X2WD 1000 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.
Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.
A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.
What we love the most
- Dual 1000 Motors gives awesome traction
- Dual batteries for plenty of range. up to 80 miles in ideal conditions
- And quite frankly, it’s badass!
Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat
Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike
Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows of handling on very rough terrain.
What we love the most
- The motor is the market leading Bafang Ultra motor with 160Nm of torque so it will climb very steep hills
- 4.8” fat tires are huge and make it a lot of fun to roll over rocks or even loose soil and keep full control.
- 30 miles range on full throttle and 40-50 miles on pedal assist means you will always have juice left at the end of the day.
The Dualie By Rungu
Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike
The Rungu Dualie can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far Stable. Far Able.”
The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it into the backcountry. With 2 wheels up front it can tackle mud, rock fields and soft snow with no risk of the front wheel washing out.
It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand
RUNGU MDV SERIES
“It is an awesome bike! Still getting used to the stirring of it but it’s awesome nonetheless. I also love the button to move the bike without having to petal for those times I need a little breather but still wanna keep going.”. Carlos F
Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike
Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike
The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.
The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It’s built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more.
It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist. The Rubicon Trail Edition with those 2 large batteries boast a staggering 300 mile range on a flat paved road! The Rubicon Trail Edition comes equipped with off-road spare parts, tools and first aid kit and can carry a combined load of 350lbs.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand.
- 2 large batteries for extra range
- Comes with rear rack, fenders, light, tire liners, skid plate, tool kit and first aid kit (that really is a complete package!)
“Standing from a disabled perspective this bike is amazing. The 1st day that I received this I immediately hit the trails and haven’t really stopped except to recharge.”. Matthew
Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike
Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike
The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.
The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.
The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save 1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000.
What we love the most
- affordable than a mid drive bike
- Rugged and feels very stable to ride
- Lots of power on flats or moderate hills
WELL-BUILT BIKE, VERY GOOD
“very pleased so far. Used it a handful if times mostly on my land and a few log roads. Handles very well and feels smooth, comfortable padded seat and front suspension so it’s a nice machine”. Harrold
Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike
Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike
The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!
The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and climbs like a mountain goat. It’s very agile and can go pretty much anywhere.
It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26″x4″ fat tires.
With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!
What we love the most
- It’s very solid and feels really rugged. Fells like a tank.
- Full suspension so very smooth ride
- Air suspension is the smoothest available
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Comes with rear rack and fenders
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
“Love it. glad I got the full suspension Storm. The ride is so smooth. Shed hunting through the woods was exciting. Quickly learned to go so slow in the woods so as to avoid trees and limbs.”. Lee F
Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
The Warrior is Quietkat’s most popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.
The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.
With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.
The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat. the frames rustproof and has a lifetime warranty against flaws in workmanship. It’s built to take abuse and rise above. It will raise your hunting success and make it look easy. Mid drive motors are notoriously quiet so there’s no spooking game.
What we love the most
- top speed of 25mph
- powerful and strong. It’s well put together
- Mid drive so climbs very with little or no effort
Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike
Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike
The Bakcou Kodiak is one of a kind. It has TWO 500W hub motors, one in the front hub and one in the rear hub.
It has more power and more capability than any HUB-DRIVEN BIKE BEFORE.
With Kodiak AWD, you can conquer any terrain. Snow, mud, rocky, sand.- you name it!
It combines the power and performance of Bafang’s 500W, high-end hub motors with bulletproof aluminum alloy frame and high-end components.
The wide stance, deep-cleated pedals have wide holes for extra boot grip and space to AVOID the accumulation of mud or snow.
The LCD display makes it easy to use while flying down the trail, and the CST BFT (Big Fat-Tire) gives you more grip and control than any other tire, so you can go where you want to go.
Overall, Bakcou Kodiak is a KILLER electric hunting bike for the price. Great range, POWERFUL, and can take on any terrain.
What we love the most
- Range up to 50 miles
- TWO 500W hub motors
- Big fat tires
- Bulletproof aluminum alloy frame
- 300 lbs load capacity
Electric Hunting Bike Benefits
Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:
- Go Farther – Electric hunting bikes help you go farther in a fraction of the time it would take to walk in
- No Scent Trail. With an electric hunting bike you can move around without leaving a scent trail and gain a very important advantage when you need it most.
- Move Stealthily – Electric hunting bikes are surprisingly quiet so you don’t spook the game.
- Carry Extra Gear. They are built to carry 300lbs and if that’s not enough the trailers can carry an additional 100lbs so you can make it one trip in and out instead of a tiring back and forth lugging heavy gear on your back. Plus the bunch of other accessories available like rear racks and waterproof saddle bags for extra storage on the bike and not on your back.
- Stay Out Longer. With the possibility to carry more gear and can stay out longer than before.
- Age is Not a Factor. Electric hunting bikes make it easier for anyone to reach distant spots without the fatigue of hiking with gear so no matter your age or physical stature those once forgotten golden spots are attainable again.
- Limited Mobility Not an Obstacle. Hunters with limited mobility, whether it’s an old injury that didn’t heal properly or a life changing injury, for hunting can make a world of difference and get you back out hunting again.
- Reach Remote Unspoiled Spots. You can go than the weekend warrior is willing to walk. Leave them behind and take your hunting to that remote location.
- Check Trail Cameras Quickly. Electric hunting bikes can go between 20 and 28 mph depending on the model. You can check your perimeter and trail cameras and be back before you miss anything.
- Stay Safe – These hunting are fast so you can get out of a potentially dangerous situation in seconds
- Environmentally Friendly. Hunting is also about preservation. are extremely friendly to the environment.
For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I’m going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it’s the alpha male in it’s category. 160Nm of torque, that’s awesome pulling power when it’s needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.
I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.
If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.
One Word. UBCO – I’ve tried many different “hunting” bikes and I just got one that I guarantee you will outperform all those listed above. Try to take a test ride on the UBCO 2×2. It’s pricey but man is it AWESOME! I’ve taken it on deep sand, deep mud, very rocky terrain and on the road. The only area I found it to be a little sluggish is if you are climbing a very steep hill and have 300lbs of load on it. Then it moves a little slower up steep hills, but what bike wouldn’t? 🙂 NOTE: It does NOT have pedals though. It’s more like a moped mixed with a bike. Not sure what you’d call it. but having all-wheel drive helps in the sand and mud. There were a few times where I thought I was stuck for sure but the front tire would grip and help me get through. The top speed is only 30 mph but that’s plenty for a hunting bike. It says the max range is 75 miles and in three non-stop test rides I’ve gone 70, 60 and 50 but they were with different amounts of gear on me and different terrains. Still very awesome for what it is and does. Just wanted to share for once you try one, trust me you will be hooked.
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Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This post is very helpful for purchase a e bike.
Thanks for sharing such an in formative post. This post is very helpfully.
Looking into buying a Grizzly scooter. I have a QuietKat but the bar is too high and tough to balance at 70 YO. As a Disabled Combat Veteran I need to be at a lower price even with the military discount Bakcou offers at 15%. Thanks can you help? I did hear that the scooters can tow a trailer.
I started researching the hunter e-bikes (I’m a nature photographer) in October because my gear and large tripod are like what a lot of hunters haul. This is a very helpful article. As I think about some of the terrain and ground cover I’d be traversing it seems a chain and derailleur are points of vulnerability. Is there any thought or work being done to utilize a mid motor with a shaft drive system? It would present a cleaner, less-cluttered design that was better protected from damaging stubs, branches, wire, rocky cracks or potholes, etc. Last, I saw an ad for the QuietCat Apex that looks interesting. Is it enough like the Ridge runner and Warrior that those reviews would be applicable? Thanks.
I am 54 years old I have arthritis and a degenerative disc in my back. It is incredibly painful for me to be on my feet or my butt for more than 3 hours. I haven’t been hunting and probably six years as a result, I also suffer from depression. I could see myself hunting again with one of these most of them that look worthwhile are far too expensive for me
Ronald M Sucik
Is there any restrictions between 750W and 1000W for riding on BLM land or National Forest trails.
I currently have an older bike with a BionX rear hub motor. I selected one with regenerative capability not for the extended range but primarily for resistance braking on long, rough down grades. A lot of my logging road rides involve 4 or 5 mile down grades on the way back to the truck and the regen option helps me avoid overheating the brakes. I will definitely be considering those down grades as I look to update my bike.
I have the 1000 watt e cell bike and yes it is a big bike, but it is very strong and powerful this bike is like a tank with all wheel drive and 9 levels of assistance two batteries, two motors 203 cm disk up front and 180 rear their is no compromising with this bike. I ride around town, throw the forest on trails and on the beach, it takes on all challenges without blinking, but their is one issue and that is no front rack mounts unless you buy the 1500 watt bike, I got on them about that because it’s not cool. I am very happy with the bike just got my new bike rack to role the bike up to haul it that is very important because like I said it’s heavy just like a dirt bike but with batteries.
If/When you need service (damaged chain, bent wheel, etc.) should a local bike store be able to work on it or would you need to return to manufacturer? (I admit not mechanically inclined!)
Hi Rob, A second battery could set you back anything between 500 to 900 depending on the size. The bigger the battery the more range you get. The Bakcou Mule standard battery is a 14.5Ah which is already a good size will cost (at the time of replying) 599 and is good for 30 miles on throttle power. You could upgrade from the get go to a larger battery and just use one that has 40 to 60 miles per charge.
what is the answer to randys question how much average for spare batteries. I would use all one battery in one day, hunting northen BC
I’m just starting to learn about e hunting bikes. I live in Maine, turning 70 so need some assist getting to hunting locations. My biggest issue with buying on line is obtaining service on these bikes. Are available is service locations in the North East ?
I’ve been riding ebikes since they first came on the market, specifically looking for the best hunting ebike… something that could further my range and also help me explore quietly. I fell hard for QuietKat’s offering (even bought my brother one) and so far haven’t been dissapointed. Jim Shockey mentioned here in this post is an ambassador for QuietKat and I have to say this brand was the first to market, has been operating in this category the longest, and provides excellent customer support. While the bikes here mentioned are good options (my buddy Teddy has the Fat Tire Ridge Runner and it IS a beast!) I personally like the Apex because its got the same power as some of the other bikes on this list (also a 1000w mid-drive) but you can better manage your speed than with the ULTRA motor, which is great for tight trails and thicker woods. For me the Apex perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone! ~ Cheers from South Bend
well guess I’ll be selling my 4 wheeler.Bike is absolutely quitter and get though the trees here in Wisconsin a lot better.
What about dual hub motors, dual battery fat tire hunting bikes.not even mentioned. Most have a switch for motor and battery selection. I’ve seen models with up to two 2500W motors
Can any of the bikes go through water? I never see anything like a biker going through a creeks. As a hunter ( lol) who is on my last year of hunting. Because well, let’s just say I Hope I can maybe get a bike. But I have to cross a small creek.
I’ve been wanting to get an electric hunting bike for a while but I’m curious about charging the batteries while out hunting. How long would I need to run a generator for to top off a battery? Would a solar panel even get the job done? Seems like extra batteries might make the most sense. How long would one of these batteries take to charge from empty?
HI Berry, The Mule 1000 Storm 1000 both come in 17″ and 19″ frame size options so you should be able to find the right sixe for you both. The 17″ frame is best suited for heights ranging from 5’2″ to 5’8″ and the 19″ frame for 5’8″ and above. BackCountry eBikes are the makers or both models you like and they are hunters based out in Ogden Utah and they don’t make average bikes, they FOCUS on elite hunting bikes that will get the job done. They are designed to take a beating a perform well doing so. Both models have that coveted ULTRA mid drive motor so climbing hills and tackling rough terrain offroad will be a joy to experience.
They only use top grade components that can stand the test of rough offroad as that is what they are built to do. I have sent you additional info by email also, so you can make an educated decision on what suits you and your wife the best.
I really like the mule 1000 watt and the the storm 1000 watt, do you know what the stand over heights are? Im going to purchase 2, 1 for my wife and 1 for me. Are the components up upgradeable or are they good enough quality for rugged outdoor punishment.