Best electric bikes 2023 for every kind of rider. Giant e bike battery

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.

Top picks

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.

Our pick of the best electric bikes

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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.

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E-Bike Battery Charging Maintenance

If you’re an ebike owner, you know how crucial the battery is to keep your bike rolling smoothly. However, issues can arise when it comes to charging and maintaining your battery, particularly in extreme temperatures. Here in the Okanagan, we experience both scorching hot summers and freezing cold winters, which can impact the health and longevity of your ebike battery. That’s why we’re here to provide you with the tips, tricks, and advice you need to ensure your battery stays in top shape, no matter the weather!

How to Charge Your eBike Battery

Charging your ebike battery is usually as simple as disconnecting it and plugging it into the wall socket.

However, there are steps you can take to extend the life of your ebike’s battery:

  • Charge within the temperature range on your manufacturer’s specifications. For Giant bicycles, a ‘healthy’ charging range is 0 degrees to 40 degrees (celsius). Any colder or warmer may interrupt charging and harm the battery life.
  • Don’t overcharge your battery. This happens when you leave your battery charging for a long time after it has already finished charging. Instead, you should charge it while keeping an eye out for the green light. Once it’s fully charged, disconnect it from the charger as soon as possible.
  • Charge your battery to around 60% when you plan to store it for a long time. like over winter. It’s best to not fully charge or fully empty your battery before storing it.

Read the Giant Bikes Manual for eBike Battery Charging Tips

Your ebike will come with a manual. That manual contains up-to-date information about the technology and features your ebike (and battery) has. and which can drastically improve the lifespan of your eBike’s battery.

Giant Electric Bikes Review

Giant is the world’s largest manufacturer of traditional bicycles and is expected to become the most dominant player in the e-bike market in the recent future as well, as Giant electric bikes are becoming more and more popular.

Apart from designing and producing its own bikes, Giant also manufactures bicycles for other major cycling brands, such as Trek, Scott, and Colnago. Therefore, it’s unlikely that you’ve never ridden a bike made by Giant.

If you’re considering adding one of its bikes to your collection, you should read our detailed Giant E-Bike review below. We’ll tell you all about the brand and the technologies it uses, as well as show you its electric bike lineup.

Are Giant bikes worth the money? Let’s find out!

About Giant Bicycles—Are They Really THAT Good?

Giant is a well-known brand that has possibly contributed the most to the world of cycling.

Giant is a member of the Giant Group, which was established in 1972, in Taiwan. It is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-quality bicycles and cycling gear and one of the most influential brands in the industry.

Giant Cadex 980C first mass-produced carbon fiber road bicycle.

As an independent brand, Giant was born in 1981 when the first Giant-labeled bicycles hit the stores, first in Taiwan, and then in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world. After that, it soon rose to stardom and became the biggest player in the game.

The thing that sets Giant apart from other brands is that it has always been the pioneer of change. Giant made its frames from lightweight aluminum when the industry’s standard was still steel. It was also the first to make carbon fiber bikes widely available to the world, revolutionizing the cycling experience.

Giant also transformed the look and feel of modern road bikes with its Compact Road technology, as well as improved off-road performance bikes with Maestro Suspension.

Today, Giant continues developing groundbreaking cycling technologies and manufacturing modern bikes, including e-bikes for recreational and practical use.

Giant’s Patented E-Bike Technologies

Giant has been around for almost 50 years. During that time, it has patented numerous technologies that have completely changed how we ride bikes and how we think about them.

Let’s take a look at some of the most important e-bike technologies that this company has developed so far. You can find most of these solutions on Giant’s electric bicycles. But it all depends on how much money you spend.

SyncDrive Pro

SyncDrive Pro is a technology that provides pedaling assistance that’s in tune with human input. Therefore, Giant’s bicycles are able to produce smooth pedaling power and a natural feel that ensures good performance and an enjoyable ride.

Smart Assist

Smart Assist technology uses complex mathematical calculations to determine exactly how much power a rider needs, based on their power input and the pedal-assist level.

EnergyPak

EnergyPak is Giant’s latest battery system that features an elegant design and full integration. The EnergyPak batteries are placed inside the bike’s downtube, so they’re not an eyesore. These batteries also charge up to 80% in 2.2 hours and offer a better range than regular batteries.

RideControl

RideControl is a handlebar-mounted command center that features special ergonomically designed controls. It lets you have full control over your e-bike and track important metrics such as distance, speed, battery level, and pedal-assistance level.

E-Bike App

Giant’s E-Bike App lets you connect your smartphone directly to your e-bike via Bluetooth. The app lets you tune the motor to get the best support ratio for your needs, use navigation, and track important fitness data.

Review of Giant Electric Bikes Lineups

When it comes to e-bikes, Giant’s selection is not huge at the moment, but it is pretty decent nonetheless. The company manufactures electric bicycles in several categories, including Road, Gravel, Mountain, and Lifestyle.

No matter if you are a regular rider who spins the pedals every day or if you haven’t sat on a bike saddle in decades, you’re likely to find a model that you like in Giant’s lineup.

Let’s take a quick look at each of the categories, learn about the individual model lineups, and find the best Giant electric bike for your personal needs.

Giant Electric Road Bikes

Electric road bikes stand for everything that’s good about cycling but make it even better with a boost in power to make riding more enjoyable.

If you still want to enjoy speed, cover long distances, and look cool, one of the Giant electric road bikes is the right choice for you.

Road E Pro

A drop-bar electric road bike to help you enhance your road riding experience

Road E Pro is a proper electric road bike made for speed and performance. These are Class 1 electric bicycles with drop bars, a mid-drive motor, and an integrated battery that sits hidden inside the downtube.

The Road E Pro series features Giant’s SyncDrive Pro 250W motor with 80 Nm, combined with a 500Wh battery. It’s built around a lightweight aluminum frame, equipped with high-end Shimano components and hydraulic brakes that stop on a dime.

If you wish for a high-end electric road bike to overcome injury or keep pedaling well into old age, the Road E Pro model is a foolproof choice.

FastRoad E EX Pro

Versatile and fast e-bikes for road and off-road exploitation

FastRoad E EX PRO is a multi-purpose electric road bike with flat bars and wide, versatile tires. It features the Giant SyncDrive Pro 250W motor with the Giant RideControl EVO display for maximum control. The Giant EnergyPak 500Wh battery ensures a decent range and fast charging.

The Giant FastRoad e-bike sports Shimano’s gravel-specific GRX RX400 groupset and 27.5 x 2.40″ tires, so you can enjoy in on paved and unpaved roads. Accessories like fenders, lights, and a rear rack will only make the ride better and more practical.

We recommend it to commuters, bike travelers, and those who want a bike that replaces their car.

LaFree E

Haven’t ridden a bike in decades? Start here!

LaFree E is not a road bike in the traditional sense of the word, but it is built to be enjoyed on the road. Giant LaFree is a city/commuter/comfort bike built to be appreciated on a daily basis by regular people, rather than hardcore cyclists.

It has a 60Nm SyncDrive Life motor and a 400Wh battery that together provide plenty of assistance and a decent range. The upright geometry will put you in a comfortable riding position and the rear rack allows you to carry groceries, a child seat, or anything else you need on hand.

Explore the neighborhood, get fit, commute, or ditch the car, LaFree E can do it all.

Giant Electric Gravel Bikes

Gravel bikes have become very popular because they give you more possibilities than any other type of bike. A gravel electric bike takes those possibilities to another level.

Ride farther than ever before, explore paved and unpaved roads, and keep pedaling even when you run out of road. Let’s see what Giant’s gravel e-bikes put on the table.

Roam E

Forget about the limits and start exploring more.

Giant Roam E is an all-road electric bicycle that’s built to enable you to roam and explore wherever you want to. You can ride it on smooth asphalt but also on gravel, bike paths, or even trails.

Roam E is powered by a Giant SyncDrive Core 50Nm motor, with an automatic mode and tunable support. This Class 1 e-bike also has a 400Wh battery and a RideControl display.

The suspended fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and 700x45c tires come together to make it a comfortable and capable e-bike for all purposes.

Explore E

All the e-bikes you need in one affordable model.

Giant Explore E is the ultimate electric bicycle for the average rider. Unless you’re a performance-oriented road or MTB rider, you’ll probably like what Explore E is all about.

This is a commuter bike that’s built to stray away from smooth city streets. It features a Giant SyncDrive Life motor, an EnergyPak Smart 500Wh battery, and a RideDash EVO display. It’s built around a lightweight aluminum frame with a suspension fork and features a mid-range Shimano Alivio group.

Giant Explore E can be ridden day or night, rain or shine as it comes with fenders, lights, and a rear rack that can carry whatever you need. Get it and forget that you own a car.

Revolt E Pro

Leave no rock unturned on scenic backcountry roads.

Last but not least, we have a proper electric gravel bike with drop bars, a gravel-specific groupset, and gravel-ready tires. Giant Revolt E Pro has all you need to explore gravel roads, away from the hectic traffic and busy roads and streets.

The Giant SyncDrive Pro motor outputs 80Nm of tuneable support, coupled with a compact 375Wh battery. This is a Class 3 e-bike, so the maximum pedal-assisted speed is 28 mph, perfect for hardpacked gravel roads.

In addition, Revolt E Pro features a full Shimano GRX groupset, including brakes, and 700x45c tubeless-ready tires.

Get Giant Revolt E Pro if you want efficiency, control, and versatility.

Giant Electric Mountain Bikes

A few years ago, few people could imagine that electric mountain bikes would wiggle their way onto trails. Today, the electric mountain bike market is the fastest growing one in the e-bike industry.

Giant electric mountain bikes let you enhance your singletrack adventures, climb steep hills, and conquer high peaks. climbs equals more descents, which comes without a recovery penalty if you do it on an e-bike.

Let’s see which models Giant offers at the moment and find out what they are good for.

Talon E

An e-bike for beginners to enjoy the perks of real trail riding.

Giant imagined the Talon E series to be a selection of affordable mountain bikes for trail beginners and those who simply want to enjoy some off-roading. Talon E is built around a sturdy aluminum frame and a 100mm fork, combined with massive 29″ wheels and tires for uncompromising on-trail rolling capabilities.

It uses a Giant SyncDrive Core mid-drive motor to push the rider, with 50 Nm of torque and 5 pedal-assist modes, plus automatic. The 400Wh battery is “hidden” inside the rather unwieldy down tube.

The traditional drivetrain has a Shimano Alivio 9-speed rear derailleur and a 36T chainring on the front. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes are easy to adjust.

We recommend it if you think it fits your needs.

Trance X E Pro

E-mountain trail bikes for big boys and even bigger trails.

Trance X E Pro is a serious electric mountain bike with full-suspension, 29″ tires, and aggressive slack geometry. If you want a Giant fat tire mountain bike and you have a big budget, there’s little you won’t like about these models.

The Giant’s mid-drive motor puts out massive 80Nm of torque for powerful climbing, with pedal-assist up to 20 mph. The battery has a 625Wh capacity, which translates to a lot of climbed hills.

The Fox suspension gives you 150mm of travel front and rear, whereas the 2.6″ Maxxis tires ensure both grip and confidence to shred trails.

Simply said, Trance X E Pro will let you hit trails as hard as before, if not even harder, as it is one of the best Giant electric bikes.

Stance E

A mid-range Giant full-suspension electric mountain bike for harsh terrain.

Giant Stance E is designed with trail-friendly geometry and rider-friendly components. This is a purebred full-suspension trail bike with 130mm of travel and a mid-drive motor that will send you flying up steep climbs.

The SyncDrive Sport motor is powered by Yamaha and develops 50Nm of torque, whereas the battery packs 625 Wh of additional juice.

Stance E bikes feature lightweight and efficient 1x drivetrains and uncompromising 29″ wheels. These ensure a good attack angle on fast descents. While descending, you’ll also appreciate the hydraulic disc brakes with giant rotors.

Are there any trails and descents waiting to be sent?

Fathom E

Versatile trail application with 27.5″ wheels and a dynamic motor.

Giant Fathom E will let you take full control of trails thanks to its sport-optimized motor and versatile 27.5″ wheels with super-wide tires.

This bike excels on XC and singletrack terrain, where the SyncDrive Sport motor can help you reach a 20mph speed and the 500Wh battery can help you maintain it over a decent distance.

Fathom E bikes are reasonably priced, so they come with mid-range components that offer excellent value for the money. Examples of this include Shimano Deore components and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.

This is a Giant electric bike for easier climbing and longer riding, deep into the sunset.

Reign E Pro

Reign the trails, both up and down, with the help of a mighty motor.

The Reign E electric mountain bike is the creme de la creme of Giant’s e-mountain collection. These are premium enduro bikes with high-end components and high-end prices. The top model costs 8,500. Ouch!

We’re talking about SyncDrive Pro mid-drive motors with up to 80Nm of torque and EnergyPak Smart 500Wh batteries integrated into the down tube.

Happy owners will also enjoy the high-end SRAM and Shimano drivetrains, brakes, and top-of-the-line 170mm suspension. These are 27.5″ electric mountain bikes, so handling is nimble and precise on demanding twisty trails.

You can’t go wrong with one of these Giants if you need their performance and their price fits your budget.

Momentum Lifestyle Electric Bikes

Momentum is a newly-established brand, founded by Giant. It makes so-called Lifestyle bicycles intended for casual, everyday use. If you’re an urban commuter looking to ride their car less, Momentum is a brand you should look into. These are also great bikes for recreational rides around the block, through the park, on bike paths, or for losing weight.

At the moment, Momentum manufactures three electric models called:

According to the info on the website, momentum was founded with a clear mission: “To help you move through life with happiness and ease.”

The three model lines available at the moment roughly cost between 2,100 and 2,800, which puts them in the entry-level to mid-range category. They include both step-over and step-thru frame variations, so they’re suitable for male and female riders.

Something they have in common is Giant’s SyncDrive mid-drive motors, hydraulic disc brakes, and a relaxed upright riding geometry. This makes them ideal for older riders, as well as those riders who don’t cycle too much but want to feel good when they do.

Momentum e-bikes are neither very lightweight, nor too fast (these are Class 1 e-bikes), but they look pretty and get the job done with ease. If you want a no-fuss e-solution, look into this Giant’s sister company.

Value for the Money—Are Giant Electric Bikes Too Expensive These Days?

Giant is one of the biggest, if not the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world. That’s true for electric bicycles as well. Big-name brands are usually more expensive than small ones because they sell you both the bike and the branding. But is that true for Giant as well?

Actually, compared to some other big cycling brands like Trek, Specialized, or Canyon, Giant is a lot less expensive overall. That’s possible because Giant does the entire production and development process in one place, which allows them to cut costs, reduce overhead, and lower production times.

Therefore, even though you can definitely find cheaper e-bikes out there, Giant electric bicycles are not overly expensive. They offer pretty good value for money. Plus, buying from a big brand means that you will 100% get a replacement or a refund if your bike has a manufacturing defect. That’s not usually the case when purchasing cheap bikes off Amazon, even though you save at first.

What’s unique for Giant is that its e-bikes are fitted with proprietary technologies, such as SyncDrive motors and EnergyPak batteries. These are fitted on high-quality frames that are also built in-house by Giant. Therefore, all parts are compatible and work well as a package.

Ultimately, if you want an e-bike from a reputable and recognizable brand that offers good bang for the buck, you should probably get a Giant e-bike if there is one that fits your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Looking for answers to some specific questions about Giant electric bicycles? Check out the FAQ section below.

Is Giant the best bike brand?

Giant electric bikes are very good, considering that this is the biggest cycling brand in the world. However, whether or not they are the best is a subjective matter. Giant makes high-quality electric bicycles on par with other major manufacturers like Trek, Cannondale, Specialized, Canyon, and so on. Therefore, it is definitely one of the best bike brands in the world. Giant’s bikes get excellent ratings and user reviews, known to be durable, affordable, and reliable.

Where are Giant e-bikes made?

Giant has manufacturing factories in Taiwan and China, as well as the Netherlands and Hungary. Most of their e-bikes are made in Taiwan, but some are manufactured in other facilities as well.

Which is better Giant or Trek?

If you have a certain budget to spend and you do not want to go over it, Giant is the better choice. You will get better components and more value for your money. However, Trek bicycles are better designed and look nicer than Giant’s. Therefore, if your budget allows it and you’re willing to pay more for better looks, you will not go wrong with Trek either. Both companies are major players in the industry, manufacturing bicycles that last for years and ride for tens of thousands of miles.

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Are Giant e-bikes any good?

Giant electric bikes offer the best value for money compared to all other established brands. The company has long been known as the king of budget bikes. However, Giant has also been consistently making high-end bikes that help riders win world championships and Grand Tours. Giant equips its bicycles with parts sourced from other reputable cycling brands, so you know you’re always getting high-quality gear for your money.

Does Giant make good electric mountain bikes?

Giant makes excellent electric mountain bikes. Giant’s e-mountain bicycles are equipped with proprietary SyncDrive motors and EnergyPak batteries made in collaboration with Yamaha. Giant produces electric mountain bikes in different price categories, so they are suitable both for beginners and for experienced riders.

Common Problems With Giant E-Bikes (Do This Before…)

Do you know what Giant E-bike problems are? Well, you are at the perfect place to find the answer to such a question.

When it comes to e-bikes, the cycling behemoth Giant is a leader, not a chaser. But even still, your Giant e-bike may give you trouble now and again.

Whether it’s your first week on the road or your one hundredth, these four common problems with Giant e-bikes can perplex and confound. But never fear. We’ll help you understand what’s wrong with your bike and what to do about it.

  • RideControl Problems
  • RideControl Won’t Turn Off
  • RideControl Won’t Turn On
  • Problems With Bike Chains
  • Keeping Your Battery’s Charge

RideControl Problems

The RideControl is the command center mounted on the handlebars. Depending on which model you own, it’s either the small mounted controller on the left handlebar or the console that tells you your battery levels, speed, and distance in the center.

RideControl Won’t Turn Off

The most common problem Giant e-bike cyclists come across has to do with the RideControl not turning off.

Even if you power it down, it turns itself right back on a few seconds later. This can drain your battery, which makes it challenging to ration energy on longer rides.

Even though Giant e-bikes are water- and mud-proof, moisture can still accumulate in the connector. This moisture is often the culprit of your RideControl not turning off.

The best thing to do would be to detach all the electronics and let everything dry out for a few hours. You can speed up the process somewhat with a pressurized air canister, but fair warning, this adds an extra layer of risk and isn’t recommended.

Definitely do not use a hair dryer, as it could melt important components and cause irreversible damage.

If your bike still won’t turn off after having dried out, a local bike store or Giant retailer would be able to take a closer look.

RideControl Won’t Turn On

But what if you have the opposite problem? The RideControl won’t turn on, effectively turning your zippy e-bike into a large, expensive cruiser with no pedaling assistance to get you up those steep hills.

The good news is that there is a solution. The bad news is that it is probably an issue with the battery that you won’t be able to fix on your own.

Some cyclists reported that this problem was fixed when their battery’s firmware was updated. A process that required them to ship their battery back to Giant itself.

Alternatively, it may be that the connection between the battery and the bike is faulty.

You can start by inspecting the bike to see that the battery is charging correctly. However, if charging isn’t the problem, because of the risks involved in working with batteries, both to yourself and to your bike, you’ll have better results if you just leave this one to the professionals.

You’ll want to visit your local Giant retailer to have them take a closer look.

Problems With Bike Chains

Just because you have a battery and pedaling assistance doesn’t mean you aren’t still riding a bike. Yup! That means bike chains will continue to fall off, stiffen up, skip gears, and all the rest.

Good maintenance is the best solution to issues with your chain. Keeping the chain clean and lubricated will avoid the worst of it.

If you’re having difficulty changing gears, give it a good wash and lubricate. Because e-bikes put more torque on the chain and run for longer, it’s recommended that you use an all-season chain lube.

There are chain lube products explicitly marketed for e-bikes, and these will work fine. Still, if you’re noticing a significant price difference or already have lube for your non-electric bikes, there’s no need to use the specialized version. The parts are the same as on a regular bicycle, so it won’t make much of a difference.

Another thing to look out for is regular old wear and tear. As your bike gets older, the chainrings can start to dull. If the chain begins skipping as you ride, this is something to look for. You may need to replace old parts to keep your ride smooth.

Keeping Your Battery’s Charge

Giant’s EnergyPak batteries are prime examples of just how far electrical engineering has come. Both water- and mud-proof, these tanks can keep you powered for many miles.

Without proper upkeep, your battery’s max capacity can start to lower. Sure, you can just replace it with a new battery, but a replacement costs hundreds of dollars. Instead, you’re better off putting a little effort into keeping the one you have in good shape for as long as you can.

Battery problems mostly come from improper storage. If you don’t plan on using your e-bike for longer than a month, you’ll want to keep the battery at 60% of its charge disconnected from the bike and out of the cold.

So, if winter is coming and you don’t plan on riding until spring, charge the battery until three of the five charging lights are on and pull the battery out of the bike to bring it inside.

The bike itself can stay in your garage if you like, but the battery will lose capacity if left out in the cold.

Once a month, you should check the charge of the battery to ensure it isn’t sitting depleted for long periods of time.

Try to keep it around 60% and charge it at least once every three months, regardless of its percentage.

Summary

E-bikes are breathing new life into the cycling world. Whether you’re a commuter or a leisure cyclist, you can rest assured that Giant’s e-bikes will give you the quality you want.

Now that you’re familiar with the types of problems you can expect with these models, you can plan ahead. Good maintenance and a little know-how will go a long way in ensuring you’re cruising smoothly for years to come.

Just remember that Giant has a good reputation for its customer service. So if you’re ever having issues, know that a quick stop at your local bike store or Giant retailer will get you back on the road in no time.

Should I charge my ebike after every ride? |Top tips to maximise battery life

Should I charge my ebike after every ride? or should I wait until the battery goes completely flat? The battery on your ebike is one of the most expensive components so these are valid questions often asked to make sure you maximize its life- span and don’t get into bad habits when charging

Should I charge my ebike after every ride?

The Short answer is …it depends. Most ebike manufacturer’s can safely guarantee 1000 x charges of the battery over its lifespan before performance will deplete but how do you know that you are charging the battery correctly to achieve this?

Many experts recommend charging the battery when levels reach between 30 and 60% which I would tend to agree with, however in the real world depending on what distances you are intending to travel this may not be possible to avoid battery anxiety.

On the flip- side if you are only using 5 – 10% each time on your rides then I would not advise to charge each time and let the battery use more of its capacity before plugging in.

Can I leave my ebike charging overnight?

I understand firsthand the temptation to charge your ebike overnight due to average charge times being between 4-6 hours however this is not a wise thing to do, mainly because overcharging of the battery will reduce its life span over time, but also this could be a fire hazard.

Yes, I am aware that some chargers especially on the newer models actually switch off once fully charged which is a great safety feature, but personally I don’t like leaving things charging overnight just in case the battery has been damaged ( by dropping on the floor) or compromised in any way which could cause a spark.

Most reputable ebike brands supply the correct charger for the battery supplied with the bike and are perfectly safe, however on some cheaper less well-known bikes that you can buy from China ( ‘Frankenstein’ bikes I call them) or even DIY versions I would be more wary of overheating issues.

This is because chargers supplied may just be ‘compatible’ and have not been vigorously tested to the meet required standards that you would expect from a top-tier or well-known brand.

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Always use the charger supplied with your ebike and NEVER use anything else, even if the connection points are the same. This is because battery voltage outputs could be different resulting in a potential fire hazard.

Please also ensure the charger is placed on a flat, hard surface and not covered with anything as this can be another fire hazard.

Can you overcharge your ebike battery?

Over Charging of your battery over time will reduce battery performance and significantly reduce battery life.

We are talking about continually leaving the battery on charge for significantly long periods after it has fully charged, unless your charger has an auto cut off which happens when the charge reaches 100% it is recommended that you unplug the charger as soon as the battery is completely charged.

Another form of overcharging as explained earlier in this post is when you only use 5 – 10% after each ride and charging back up to full can have a negative effect on lifespan.

Should I Leave My ebike Plugged in?

As explained above, some manufacturer’s include a ‘cut off’ on the chargers which helps prevent over-charging, however its always best to go by the manufacturer guidelines and avoid over charging.

What is the standard lifespan of an ebike battery?

The standard lifespan of an ebike battery is typically between 3 and 5 years or 1000 charges. Sometime this is longer if you have looked after your ebike battery properly and follow the advice in this article on a regular basis.

How do I Store My Ebike Battery?

When you are not using your ebike for any prolonged periods of time then I would recommend the following in order to keep your ebike battery healthy and maintain battery performance and range over time.

Always remove the battery from the bike and store in a dry place in Temperatures between 60 – 70 degrees F. Leaving the battery on the bike over time could cause build up on the connectors or corrosion so always remove and store separately.

Never Store the battery when it is completely flat (0%) or when it is fully charged (100%). When you are storing for any prolonged periods of time then I would recommend charge levels being at between 60 – 80%. I understand it can be a pain, but its well worth checking every 2 months or so to see if the battery levels are within this range or if it needs a couple of hours on the charger before going back into storage.

Top tips to maximize battery range and lifespan?

Weather – You can’t control the weather, but extremely hot or cold temperatures will affect battery range when riding. Remove your battery after each ride where possible so it is not exposed to these temperatures longer than necessary.

Storage – Experts recommend that if you are storing your battery for long periods of time between riding that the levels are between 70 – 90% rather than fully charged to maximize lifespan.

Store in a dry place with a room temperature of between 60- 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Always remove battery from the bike to prevent corrosion and build up on the connectors.

Should I charge my ebike after every ride? Its good practice to allow your battery to fully deplete and charge from 0% to fully charged at least every 3-4 months

Should I charge my ebike after every ride? – Conclusion

I hope this answers the question Should I charge my ebike after every ride? as well as some other helpful tips to ensure you maximize battery range and capacity.

When you follow the above advice correctly these tips will ensure many years of enjoyment safe in the knowledge that your battery health is in a good state.

Above all else, please make sure you follow the manufacturer charging guidelines and never swap or use a different charger just because it may look compatible.

If you and your family have several ebikes of different specs it way be a good idea to label the chargers just to be sure.

Happy to hear from anyone who can provide any other useful tips or has had issues with their batteries from a charging perspective- drop me a message below

In the meantime ride safe!

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