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Best Electric Bikes 2023

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There’s never been more options to choose from in the world of e-bikes, but which are the best electric bikes of 2023?

The team at Electric Bike Report put our heads together and chose 16 e-bikes we’ve deemed the Best Electric Bikes of 2023. Some of these e-bikes are new for this year, but some are ol’ reliables that are tried, tested and still hold true as the best in their class.

As with every list of best e-bikes, ours has some nuance as to why a specific bike was picked — ranging from value and componentry to overall ride feel. We’ve also leaned heavily on e-bikes we’ve tested in-house, though there are a few e-bikes here that were picked based on merit and reputation alone.

Whether you’re looking for the best e-bike for older riders, the best electric commuter bike or the best electric beach cruiser, this list will point you towards what we think are the best in each category.

How we picked the best electric bikes

In a fast-growing sea of products, how did we make our picks for the best e-bikes? The answer to this question varies depending on the bike and category. But in every case, these e-bikes were picked through consensus among our team of expert e-bike testers.

Some bikes, such as the Aventon Aventure 2 electric fat bike, leapt out as obvious frontrunners during testing. While others, like the Blix Aveny Skyline and Ride1UP 700 Series, were sleeper contenders chosen for very specific reasons. But in all cases, we evaluated the bikes based on a few key criteria, mainly:

  • Value: How much e-bike are you getting for your dollar? The e-bike market has grown flush with overpriced and under-spec’d electric bikes that don’t offer much value. Every bike on this list we’d call fairly priced.
  • Components and extras: What else comes with the e-bike? Does it come with racks, bags, lights and fenders, and do those accessories make sense? Is there anything else that should be included but isn’t?
  • Does it offer something unique?: In a market chock-full of options, what’s unique about this bike that sets it apart from the competition? There are many categories of e-bike — particularly at the more affordable end of the spectrum — that are flush with copycat brands and e-bikes that just aren’t that special. We’re looking for the ones that are.
  • What does the manufacturer say it was built for?: What was this bike designed to do, and how well does it execute that purpose? Of course you can choose to use your bike however you’d like, but we want to make sure the e-bikes on this list function as advertised.
  • How does it actually ride?: Last but not least, the most important question: Does the e-bike ride well? Most of these e-bikes we know intimately through rigorous testing.

Aventon Aventure 2

The Best Fat Tire Electric Bike, 2023

One of our favorite e-bikes since 2021, the newly-updated Aventon Aventure 2 electric fat bike truly is something to write home about.

It has all the typical accouterments you’d expect from a sub-2,000 electric fat bike: A 750W motor, a suspension fork and a solid component package — but where the Aventure sets itself apart are in its little details. Details like its full-color LCD display, metal fenders, hydraulic disk brakes and integrated tail lights that function as turn signals. Or the fact that this is one of the few e-bikes in this category and at this price point with a fully integrated battery that blends seamlessly into the frame, and sports a torque sensor for more responsive motor engagement.

All these small things add up into an e-bike that feels much more expensive than it is. It rides stable and inspires confidence in rougher terrain, and did we mention it’s really quick? Electric Bike Report has reviewed both the standard Aventure and the Aventure Step-Through and both put up some of the quickest times we’ve recorded on our test hill and our test circuit.

The Aventure series has retained the top billing on our list of the best electric bikes for over two years, and it’s continued to be one of our go-to e-bikes on filming days for hauling all gear and camera equipment. Its overall performance and utility has so far stood the test of time.

Aventon may not have reinvented the affordable electric fat bike, but they sure did raise the bar for what we expect from any sub-2,000 e-bike.

This bike can be anything you need it to be whether that’s your daily commuter, weekend plaything, or leisure ride. It’s mix of versatility and downright fun have kept it among the highest ranks of our choices for the best electric bikes of 2023.

Pro’s

  • This is a surprisingly quick e-bike. The motor is powerful and smooth and likely to be a hit with new and experiend riders alike.
  • The full-color LCD display features big numbers and a very helpful battery life indicator that gives the percentage of charge the battery has.
  • Improved battery range on the newest model thanks to the efficiency / more responsive torque sensor that engages motor power as needed
  • Metal fenders don’t wiggle as much as plastic ones and they have a quality look to them
  • This is a distinctive e-bike with a stylish look and does a great job of integrating the battery

Con’s

  • The Aventure 2 improved over the Aventure 1 in small and large ways, but the Shimano Altus it now uses is technically a downgrade from the previously equipped Shimano Acera (although we saw no performance issues in our 160 miles of testing).

The Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus

One of the most confidence inspiring affordable e-bikes on the market, with good power, good componentry and the backing of one of the most reputable e-bike brands.

Lectric XP 3.0

The Best Folding Electric Commuter Bike, 2023

It may not be the fanciest or highest-spec’d folding electric bike on the market, but by golly it’s hard to deny the popularity and value of the Lectric XP 3.0.

The Electric Bike Report staff is always watching for e-bike sightings out in the wild. We like to know what people are riding and why, and Lectric XP series is arguably our most frequent sighting. It’s popular for very good reasons: Not only is it remarkably cheap (in terms of price, not feel) at just about 1,000, it’s actually a terrifically fun e-bike.

This is Lectric’s third iteration of their XP folding fat tire e-bike. This new version, released in 2022, comes with a 500W motor, a suspension fork, mechanical disk brakes on 180mm rotors and a 48V, 10.4Ah battery that has a pretty decent range (for its size). Toss in recent editions like a rack that can support 150lbs (and a buddy with the right accessory package), revamped contact point’s that are softer and more.

That spec sheet on its own is quite value packed at this price, but we’re not recognizing this bike for its components — we like it for its ride. The XP 3.0 is a meaty little folding bike that reminds me of those old Honda three-wheelers popular back in the late 80’s. It’s not super fast or overly nimble, but it romps around like no other and feels like it won’t let you down.

The Lectric XP 3.0 stole our hearts for its sheer affordability and fun factor. To be clear: There are more premium folding bikes that cater to different needs, but this one seems like the people’s Champion for affordable folding e-bikes. Of all the e-bikes listed on this best electric bikes list, there may not be a more affordable and versatile one of the bunch.

Pro’s

  • It’s hard to find as full-featured an e-bike at such an affordable price
  • The XP 3.0 has a terrific motor that provides spirited acceleration and a very fun ride
  • As folding bikes go, this shrinks to a very manageable package, making it easy to stow away once folded
  • Having such a large LCD screen makes it easy to read and serves up all the helpful ride data
  • Not only is this an affordable e-bike, it includes a number of features we think of as premium, like front suspension, rack, fenders and lights
  • The 3-in. tires are knobby and give the XP 3.0 the ability to take in some off-road riding

Con’s

  • Moving a 60-lb. e-bike isn’t easy, even when folded; we suggest removing the battery before picking it up
  • We wish the key didn’t have to remain in the bike to operate it since it’s under the frame and easy to forget

The Aventon Sinch

With its low step-thru frame, big tires and suspension fork, this is a comfortable and easy to ride e-bike perfect for commuters or anyone short on storage space

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus

Best Utility Electric Bike, 2023

The Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus exists somewhere between a small cargo e-bike and a peppy commuter, and frankly, we’re in love with it.

Its moped-style seat, small wheels, built-in rear rack and semi-ridiculous BMX handlebars give the Runner Plus a quirky style that takes a little getting used to. But when you’re on the bike, it all just makes sense. It handles quick despite its 74.3 lb heft, and its funky frame design is actually functional: Rad’s built booko accessory options that either attach to the rear pannier-style rack and they make a big tank-style box that fits between your legs.

It’s powered by a 750W rear hub motor and a 672Wh battery that’s situated below the seat, which offer plenty of oomph for carrying people, cargo or just quickly getting around town. There’s also a twist throttle and the Runner Plus comes with a bench seat mounted to the rear rack and foldable foot pegs that make it pretty comfortable to take a friend.

It’s not just one of our favorite e-bikes, but it feels hands down like one of the year’s best electric bikes. We think the RadRunner Plus is a spectacular option for anyone looking for one bike that can do a little of everything.

Pro’s

  • This is an unusually adaptable e-bike that can serve well for commuting, errand running or just cruising for fun
  • The number of accessories that can be used to customize the RadRunner is larger than we typically see
  • The 750W hub motor provides the power necessary to carry loads (including kids) and get around quickly as well as conquer hills
  • 20-in. wheels and a low-slung frame make this a very well-balanced bike that handles with easy
  • Because this isn’t an especially heavy e-bike, the 672Wh battery provides plenty of range

Con’s

  • We would prefer to see a more traditional saddle; the one included can rub the inside of the rider’s thighs
  • Because this e-bike has 20-in. wheels, the mechanical disc brakes provide adequate stopping power, but hydraulic discs modulate better and would be more befitting of a “plus” model.

The Blix Dubbel

With the ability to carry up to 200 lbs. And a longer-than-usual rack, the Blix Dubbel is a utility bike that can double as a child carrier. Riders with long commutes will love that it can be ordered with two batteries.

Ride1UP 700 Series

The Best Class 3 Electric Commuter Bike, 2023

So Class 2 speeds aren’t your thing? Well, say hello to a top-notch Class 3 commuter that will keep pace with traffic without breaking the bank.

Ride1UP’s 700 series found its way to our best electric bikes list because we’re still scratching our heads how they packed this much value into an electric commuter bike.

Notice some of the names and numbers that jumped off the spec sheet to us: a 720Wh Samsung battery, 750W motor with 60 nm of torque, Tektro dual-piston hydraulic brakes, 100mm travel suspension fork, Schwalbe SUPER MOTO X 27.5×2.4” tires, and an 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain.

Not to mention they toss in all the typical trappings one hopes to find on a commuter with integrated lights, fenders, and a sturdy rear rack for your panniers.

The real kicker though? It feels like a bit of a steal considering that most affordable full-package commuters cost 200-300 more. The value here is off the charts as is the fun factor.

Pro’s

  • It may not look like a commuter, but with its parts package, it offers all the features of a proper commuter at a great price
  • This is a pretty speedy e-bike but never feels overly powerful
  • The balloon tires have a great feel and roll easily
  • The 720Wh battery offers enough range for multiple days of commuting without a rush to charge
  • The 100mm suspension fork is more than many commuters offer making it a chushier ride

Con’s

  • It has a little more assembly than some other DTC e-bikes, but the instructions are pretty detailed and easy to follow
  • It’s a mighty fine hill climber on PAS, but throttle only power may struggle on steeper hills.

The Vvolt Proxima

A long-reigning favorite among our staff, the Level looks nice, is appropriately outfitted and is just plain fast. Featuring an Enviolo continuously variable gearing drivetrain, a Gates belt drive and a powerful MPF mid-drive motor, this is a very versatile e-bike.

Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus

The Best Class 2 Electric Commuter Bike, 2023

Rad Power Bikes really overhauled the latest iteration of their uber-popular commuter. The RadCity 5 Plus came equipped with a host of new parts on top of a freshly redesigned look. We were such fans of how the new RadCity came together that it easily sprang to our minds to be included on our list of best electric bikes.

The aesthetics upgrade is apparent: Rad swapped an exterior battery pack for a semi-integrated, frame-mounted battery. The modern paint job on a classic dutch-styled bike is a marriage that works quite well too. Rad also employed the use of a dual display set-up we rarely see which breaks up the information in a good way.

Powering the bike is a 672Wh battery and a 750W geared rear hub motor. Rad has dialed in the electronics to smoothly engage while riding and keep the rider comfortable and in control.

Not only does it roll well, but it stops well too. We tested both the step-through and high-step versions of the RadCity Plus’ frame and in both brake tests the RadCity was among the top performers in bikes we’ve ever tested. The NUTT hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm rotors perform very well and seem like the right spec choice.

Add in the 59.5 lbs capacity rear rack, 50 mm suspension fork, fenders and front and rear integrated lights and this e-bike will check nearly all the boxes on your commuter wishlist.

Pro’s

  • 672Wh is plenty of battery for commutes, and it looks great on the bike.
  • The handling is stable and predictable.
  • It’s currently in the top-tier of our brake tests.
  • The 750W motor will get the job done for you day in and day out.
  • The Rad Power Bikes branded tires also performed well.

Con’s

  • For as much as the looks were upgraded, we feel some tidier cable management would have been nice.
  • We like the functionality of two displays, but the LEDs on the left-hand display are hard to read in sunlight.

The Aventon Level 2

This is a very full-featured commuter with great lines, a powerful motor, front suspension and includes a commute-ready package with fenders, lights and rear rack.

Himiway Cruiser

The Best Electric Bike for Big and Tall Riders, 2023

Most e-bike companies produce a wide array of models. They may have a cruiser, a commuter, an all-terrain model and may even have a cargo e-bike. Himiway has gone a little different direction. Every one of their e-bikes sports fat tires at least 4 in. wide, making the cushy ride of a fat bike a signature part of their appeal.

Himiway delivers in four key areas on nearly all of the bike in their lineup: the bikes are big, fast, provide all-day battery life, and they don’t break the bank. So what makes them so good for big and tall riders? Well, the heavier a bike’s payload (rider load) the more power is required to move the rider. Having an exceptionally sizable battery offers a rider some reassurance that they can do a full commute and not worry about running out of battery. And an 840Wh battery is uncommon on bikes going for less than 2000.

The hallmark of a Himiway bike is the motor hits the pavement fast and hard. The larger batteries enable the programming to hold little back as there is plenty of battery to draw from, so when the bike promises class three speeds it will get there regardless of how heavy a rider or payload on the bike is. It’s quicker than most on hills too.

With wider tires you find more stability and comfort, and the 26 X 4.0″ tires are plenty wide. As Griffin the 6′ 1″, 230 lbs. rider from our team puts it, “I’m a bigger dude and there’s just something I like about what a bigger tire does for me.”

We like that they include lights and a rear rack to make the Himiway Cruiser as versatile as possible. It makes for a pretty killer value on the bike all around.

You don’t have to be a bigger or taller rider to appreciate what the Himway Cruiser can do, but it definitely checks that particular box on our list of the best electric bikes.

Pro’s

  • Very powerful e-bike – many e-bikes can get you to the same speeds, but this one has a lot of acceleration off the line.
  • The bike feels pretty stable all around – it handles well especially for the higher speeds it produces.
  • 840Wh battery makes for very long rides, even in higher PAS riding.
  • 350lb rider weigh limit is much higher than we typically see bikes rated for – and the motor still seems to work well for larger riders too.

Con’s

  • While speedy bikes can be fun, we wish we saw a little more dialed back speeds in lower PAS settings.
  • It’s not the least responsive cadence sensor we’ve had, but it’s not the best either. It may take a couple of cranks on the pedals for PAS to kick in – especially after engaging the motor cutoff on the brakes.

The Mokwheel Basalt

400 lbs of payload capacity alone make it a compelling option, but the bike offers much, much more. The motor and battery life are inviting for all day fun on the Mokwheel Basalt.

Lectric XP Lite

The Best Affordable Electric Bike, 2023

Shopping for an e-bike that retails for less than 1000 can be a mixed bag. We understand people wanting to stretch a dollar as far as possible, especially with inflation being what it is. However, there’s a point of diminishing returns where the sacrifices made to reach the low price have eroded the e-bike’s quality to a point we don’t feel good recommending. The Lectric XP Lite bucks that trend by offering one of the most affordable e-bikes we’ve ever given a thumbs up.

Rather than design an e-bike from the ground up to be affordable, Lectric took the approach of putting their very successful XP 2.0 on a diet. Lectric eliminated the suspension fork, rack, fenders and multi-gear drivetrain to achieve a price anyone in the market for an e-bike can afford.

In removing those elements, the XP Lite lost weight and Lectric was able to capitalize on that by spec’ing a 300W motor and 374Wh battery, which gives it nearly the same range as the XP 2.0. Its 46-lb. weight makes it one of the easiest-to-fold e-bikes we’ve encountered.

When looking for the best blend of light weight and affordability, the XP Lite is tough to beat. A 70-lb. e-bike can be difficult for smaller riders to manage as well as elderly riders who may have lost strength; we appreciate an e-bike with such a broad appeal.

Pro’s

  • We don’t often recommend e-bikes that retail for less than 1000, but this one gets a solid thumbs up
  • With a weight of just 46 lbs., this e-bike has terrific handling
  • By removing the battery before folding it, riders can cut the e-bike’s weight by 7 lbs., making it easier to manage
  • To cut the chance for flats, the tubes come with Slime sealant installed
  • The 20 x 3-in. tires feature knobs for unpaved surfaces
  • Most sub-50-lb. e-bikes can’t carry as much weight as the XP Lite’s 275-lb. payload capacity
  • There really isn’t much you could do differently with this bike without increasing cost. It fits the bill for being a fun, practical folder for riders on a budget
  • The XP Lite strikes an amazing balance of features vs. affordability; any upgrades would increase its cost

Con’s

  • We would prefer to be able to remove the key after turning the e-bike on
  • The single-speed drivetrain was a key part of hitting this price, but it will make hills a bigger challenge and practically necessitates PAS 5 usage on steeper grades

The Ride1UP Core-5

We don’t often see Class 3 e-bikes that are unquestionably affordable, and even with the powerful Shengyi motor, the bike is spec’d with quality parts.

Blix Aveny Skyline

The Best Step-Through Electric Bike, 2023

The Blix Aveny Skyline isn’t the lowest step-over height of any bike we’ve tested. So why is it taking the crown on the step-through category of our best e-bikes list? Because it balances frame rigidity with ease of access. The top tube is low enough for most but the fact that it’s still there is important for the bike’s ride quality. You won’t notice the wallowy or flexy ride that so often plagues step-through e-bikes, which is confidence-inspiring in corners and when you’re looking to ride it for years to come.

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Aside from being easily accessible, this e-bike it’s beautifully simplistic to ride too. It resides within the small category of e-bikes that feel remarkable to ride without any motor assistance.

But make no mistake, we’re fans of the electrical components too. The 500W motor and 614Wh battery pair nicely with the 7-speed drivetrain.

Thanks to it’s comfortable orientation, the Blix Aveny Skyline is inviting and approachable for those who may be concerned with throwing a leg over a traditional diamond frame.You’ll also turn a few heads with its classic car-esque paint job.

Pro’s

  • Keeping the top tube while making it a step-through frame gives you the best of both worlds: easy access and good frame integrity.
  • Regardless of the color you pick, they all seem to look great with classic car color choices.
  • The 500W motor and seven gear range is a good combo for you to find your ideal cruising speed.
  • Overall it’s a very poised-feeling ride. It handles predictably and comfortably.
  • For a bike with no suspension (which always adds price), it felt notably smooth.

Con’s

  • It’s a one-size-fits-all bike that should accommodate between 5’1” – 6’2”. Our main reviewer is 6’2” and felt a tiny bit cramped.
  • There is some rattle noise in the metal fenders. It’s not a deal-breaker for us, but notable if you’re searching for a silent ride.

The Aventon Pace 500 ST

With its combination of affordability and super-low standover height, this is one e-bike that is always easy to recommend. It ships as a Class 2 e-bike, but can be unlocked to achieve a Class 3 max speed of 28 mph.

Aventon Pace 500.3 ST

The Best Electric Bike For Seniors, 2023

Seniors often have someone different priorities than younger folks when shopping for an e-bike. The concerns we hear repeatedly are: something that has a step-thru frame with low standover to make getting on and off the e-bike easy; an upright seated position that is easy on an old neck; and calm handling for reflexes that aren’t quite so quick as they used to be. Of course, it never hurts to find all this in an affordable package, which is why we named the Aventon Pace 500 in its step-thru design as our favorite e-bike for seniors.

Among the many things we appreciate about the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST is the fact that this e-bike weighs less than many comparable models. Suspension forks, big tires, racks, baskets and fenders all add weight to a bike and at 52 lbs., the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST is an e-bike that’s easy to manage.

Its 500W brushless hub motor is surprisingly powerful and does a great job of delivering a rider up to 20 mph either with pedal assist or throttle. It can also be “unlocked” in the smartphone app to achieve Class 3 performance, something its 8-speed Shimano drivetrain can handle.

The Aventon Pace 500.3 comes in two different frame designs, both a traditional frame and a step-thru and both versions are available in two sizes. For seniors who have lost flexibility, finding a bike that is comfortable is important and with four choices, they are more likely to find a size that is comfortable. The adjustable stem is a great touch for dialing in the reach.

Few bikes we have reviewed has exceeded their range estimates as impressively as the Aventon Pace 500.3 ST. They claim a range of roughly 30-60 Mi., but in our test we achieved 68 Mi. in PAS 1 and 35 Mi. in PAS 5.

Pro’s

  • The updates to the Pace 500.3 ST, like the reduced weight, torque sensor and integrated taillights (which function as turn signals), make a great e-bike even better.
  • The battery is crazy efficient delivering up to 68 miles in our testing.
  • The color display and accompanying app make for a rich experience
  • Name-brand components from Shimano and Tektro reinforce the quality presentation
  • The rider position is very comfortable, combining the upright position of a cruiser and the easy pedaling of a commuter
  • At 52 lbs. it is relatively light for an e-bike, and works on most any hitch rack

Con’s

  • Bigger riders may find the short reach to the handlebar to feel a bit cramped; although it can be adjusted

The Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus ST

This very practical bike comes in two frame designs and is outfitted to allow a rider to leave their car in the garage. Its upright position is very comfortable and it includes a throttle to save tired legs.

Ride1UP Revv 1

The Best Moped/Moto-Styled Electric Bike, 2023

Moped-style e-bikes are all the rage these days, and the market is packed full of models spanning every imaginable price point and power level. We’ve tested our fair share of them, and found the Ride1UP Revv 1 to be a cut above the rest!

This smash hit of an e-bike is freaky fast, ferociously fun, and fully functional as an electric vehicle. It’s a Class 2 e-bike with a 750W rear-hub motor and a throttle to carry you up to 20 miles per hour, but with some help from Ride1UP, it can be loosened up to Class 3 mode for faster pedal-assisted travel on the streets, and fully unlocked for even greater speeds on private property. On top of that, it comes equipped with lights, turn signals, fenders, and even an electronic horn.

We acknowledge that many riders will opt to near-exclusively use the bike’s throttle, but the Revv 1 surprised us by the (relative) ease with which it can be pedaled. Regardless of how much speed and motor input you desire, the bike uses a cadence sensor for a smooth and casual ride that just needs the pedals to be in motion for the motor to pump out its power. We loved how stable the bike felt when braking or traveling at high speeds!

To top it off, this bike comes in two trim packages with different price points to meet your needs and budget – both under 2,500. With so much packed into such an affordable e-bike, it’s no wonder the Ride1UP Revv 1 was our top choice for the best moped-style e-bike of the year!

Pro’s

  • The Revv 1 nails the moto-inspired ethos: it looks cool, and is an absolute blast to ride
  • Hallmark Ride1UP value. Great value in terms of the dollar you pay and the spec you receive
  • The handling is superb. Few, if any, e-bikes we’ve tested feel so stable at speeds up to 28 mph
  • Solid range going between 30-60 miles in our testing, and we hear a dual battery option is on the way too

Con’s

  • The tires offer good puncture-resistance, but if the rear gets a flat it’s more labor-intensive than most to fix it

Electric Bike Company Model S

The Best Electric Bike for Customization, 2023

What feels permanently fixed on our wishlist for changes in the wider electric bike marketplace would be giving customers more options on the look and ride of their desired e-bike. Far too often you pick a step-thru or step-over frame, the frame size, the color, and…. that’s it. But one e-bike company stands alone in giving riders near-infinite possibilities to craft an e-bike of their liking.

The Electric Bike Company assembles classic beach cruiser-styled e-bikes out of Califonia where they are able to put together the custom cruiser of an e-bikers dreams. Let’s start with the looks: you can pick out the color of the frame, fork, chainguard, fenders, battery case, rims, basket and more. Choose one color. Choose two colors. Heck make everything different colors, it’s totally up to you. You can even get a bike helmet painted to match while you’re at it (yup, they do those too).

It’s not just about the pain job though, you get a lot of options in hardware too. You get to pick your option of grips, wheel size, tires, fork, drivetrain, throttle, size of battery you want and more. You can even throw on a security system as well.

Now all that customization is true for nearly all of Electric Bike Company’s models, so why did we pick the Model S? It had a rock-solid ride quality that perfectly captured the beach cruiser ethos: we felt like we were at the boardwalk even when we’re riding around our desert streets. It glides well about town, keeps the rider comfortable at all times, and helped convert even our most eMTB-inclined riders to find reasons to bust out the beach cruiser. It’s a fun ride that you can make exactly yours which is why it gets our nod for the best e-bike for customization.

Pro’s

  • Staggering amount of customization options
  • The quintessential beach cruiser experience. The Model S glides about town while keeping the rider very comfortable
  • Weight capacity 420 lbs, welcomes most riders, regardless of weight.
  • Since all the bikes are assembled in California, EBC has industry-leading warranties on the frame, motor, and battery.

Con’s

Blix Sol Eclipse

The Best Cruiser Electric Bike, 2023

The cruiser vibe has always been about a bike that is easy to ride, comfortable to sit on and relaxed enough in its handling that the rider can look around and see the sights. The Blix Sol Eclipse is a cruiser that respects all that and then adds some oomph. We hadn’t really ever asked the question, “How do you make a cruiser even easier to ride?” but that’s exactly what the Blix Sol Eclipse does for riders.

With a 750W hub motor, a 614Wh battery and a 7-speed drivetrain, the Blix Sol Eclipse makes the riding just as easy on hills as it does on a flat bike path. And while most people don’t go for long rides on a cruiser, with the speed it propels riders to, making use of its 45-Mi. range doesn’t seem like too much fun in the sun.

The LCD display is large and easy to read at a glance. And the scale for the battery charge looked like a ruler and offers a finer sense than something with four or five bars. Having the display mounted at the stem also helps its readability. The backswept cruiser bar is very comfortable and we love the twist shifter; we prefer it to many other shifters we encounter.

We often criticize e-bikes that fit tall riders, but not smaller riders. The Blix Sol Eclipse has a low (17-in.) standover height and an even shorter reach to the bar (15.5 in.), making this e-bike ideal for riders who might not fit on most other bikes.

This is a Class 2 e-bike with a throttle and a maximum assist speed of 20 mph. While we like hydraulic disc brakes for their feel and power, the Tektro mechanical discs with 160mm rotors do a great job of keeping the Blix Sol Eclipse under control. It’s easy to see why this is our favorite electric cruiser bike of 2023.

Pro’s

  • With 7 speeds and a 750W motor, even a hill doesn’t disrupt this cruiser’s easy vibe
  • The relaxed position of this cruiser made for more than 100 miles of comfortable riding for our testers
  • Few things get our attention as quickly as an e-bike loaded with features that doesn’t break the bank and the Sol Eclipse has everything needed for a fun day out
  • The appeal of a cruiser is rarely about speed, but we found the Blix Sol Eclipse to be a very capable climber that also has terrific acceleration
  • Most e-bikes we review come a two, maybe three colors; we were pleased to see that Blix offers the Sol Eclipse in four different colors

Con’s

  • PAS 1 and PAS 2 don’t assist the rider very much; we’d like to see the wattage increased on those to give riders an appreciable level of assist

The Electric Bike Co. Model S

This is a remarkable cruiser for its sheer customizability. Buyers have extraordinary ability to choose from a broad color palette, different batteries, suspension a GPS tracker and plenty more.

QuietKat Apex

The Best All-Terrain/Hunting Electric Bike, 2023

This fat bike takes the idea of a an all-terrain e-bike and bolts on a turbo unit. The QuietKat Apex is the company’s top-shelf all-terrain e-bike, featuring a Bafang mid-drive motor for a more responsive ride and better performance on hills. This e-bike has the power necessary to take riders into the backcountry and the range to bring them back out.

The QuietKat Apex sports an excellent parts pick including Tektro 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, a SRAM 9-speed drivetrain and a 150mm-travel suspension fork. Add in fat 26 x 4.5-in. tires, and it’s ready to head into the forest.

Getting the most out of an e-bike offroad will be most likely if the e-bike fits the rider. To their credit, QuietKat offers the Apex in three sizes to fit a broad range of rider heights. QuietKat offers buyers a number of choices, including a motor upgrade and extended warranties, not to mention a vast selection of different accessories.

With a 325-lb. payload capacity, it is a terrific option for the hunter or angler who wants to bring home dinner, and with a 768Wh battery, it has the range to go where the game is.

Pro’s

  • Choose between a 750W mid-drive Bafang motor (standard) or upgrade to a 1000W motor
  • The 150mm suspension fork can handle the rigors of challenging terrain
  • Tektro’s 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes are a Smart choice for riding in steep terrain, especially if pulling a load or if the rack is loaded
  • Hunters and anglers will appreciate the forethought QuietKat put into its array of accessories

Con’s

  • At 70 lbs., this e-bike may be dificult for smaller riders to manage
  • Riders looking for an e-bike for super-technical terrain may not find the Apex suitable for their needs; we consider it more all-terrain than eMTB

The Himiway Cobra

This full-suspension all-terrain e-bike offers riders terrific control, a smooth ride and the ability to go a very long way, thanks to its 960Wh battery, which powers a very torquey 750W brushless hub motor.

Aventon Abound

The Best Electric Cargo Bike, 2023

Electric cargo bikes are undergoing a revolution in 2023, and the Aventon Abound is amongst the most impressive of the bunch.

Cargo e-bikes are all about utility. They offer a practical solution for those trying to ditch car dependence, or who want to get out and about more with the kids. So reliability is key for riders looking to tote gear or people along.

The Aventon Abound is one heck of a well spec’d machine, with uncommon good looks in the cargo e-bike style. It starts with an impressive 750W rear hub motor that functions with a torque sensor instead of a cadence one. The result is better motor control depending on how much of your own effort goes through the pedals.

The torque sensor also makes for great battery efficiency. The 720 Wh battery isn’t class leading, but it squeezes more mileage out of that battery than a cadence sensor could.

What we really appreciated with the Abound is it gives you more out of the box than most cargo e-bikes. When shopping in this frame style, one almost automatically expects a few ‘add item to cart’ accessories to fully take advantage of a cargo bike. It could be pannier bags, passenger cushions or more. But Aventon does equip the Abound with more than most with the standard runner boards, storage compartment, and quick-adjust seatpost that offers a little suspension for the rider.

With terrific ride quality, gorgeous and thoughtful design, and a few more usable accessories than most, the Abound found its way on our mentions of the best electric bikes of 2023

Pro’s

  • Hills are no problem. While the Aventure 2 has the reputation for a powerful motor, but the Abound actually put up better hill test results!
  • 440 lbs payload capacity means you can really stack a lot on the Abound from people to pets and a week’s worth of groceries
  • It’s subjective, but most cargo bikes don’t have the style the Abound does.
  • The torque sensor/hub motor combo gives a good pedal experience, but a good kick of acceleration in higher PAS.

Con’s

  • The folding stem is designed to make storage and transport easier, but it adds a slight rattle to the ride at higher speed.

Lectric XPedition

The Best Affordable Electric Cargo Bike, 2023

Given that this is our list of the top overall e-bikes of 2023, it’s no surprise to say every e-bike listed here gave us lasting memories. However, possibly no other bike gave us a bigger “WOW” moment this year than Lectric did with the sheer value of their first-ever cargo bike.

The XPedition has one of the highest weight ratings of any cargo rack at 300 lbs (total payload of 450 lbs), and Lectric made sure you could tow all that weight around by making their 750W motor the torquiest one to date to match any hill you’d come across. Oh, and it has hydraulic brakes, a custom stem for quick adjusting and folding for storing in compact paces, pre-slimed 20″ x 3″ tires, lights, fenders, and wheel guards all included.

Sounds great, right? But here’s the brain-busting part of the XPedition: we typically see quality cargo e-bikes selling around the 2000 mark. Lectric debuted the XPedition more than 500 below that level while boasting all those features listed above. For another 300 you can run a dual battery setup that will get you up to 120 miles range (in our testing) and you’re still not bumping against that 2000 line where most cargo e-bikes start.

The “WOW” factor isn’t done yet though. Almost every cargo e-bike rider we’ve known has accessories for either kids or gear. Looking to replace your car on grocery trips? Need a space for your little one? You can add two XL cargo pannier bags, or seat cushions and grab bars to the dual-battery XPedition and STILL not cross the typical 2000 mark.

It’s not a bike without its warts. The cable management isn’t the best we’ve seen, and the LCD display is pretty dated, but you throw all those features on top of rock-solid ride quality and remember you’re a fully loaded model can be had for under the starting price of nearly all other cargo options, and the decision to name it te best affordable e-bike of 2023 seems pretty clear.

Pro’s

  • Simply among the best values of any e-bike regardless of frame style. You get a ton for what you pay for, and you don’t pay much
  • Among the highest weight capacity ratings we’ve seen. 300 lbs on the rear rack, and 450 total payload
  • Thanks to a low setp-over height and a custom stem it can fit riders 4’11” – 6’5″
  • Makes light work of most any hill even when hauling a lot of cargo

Con’s

  • The folding stem can start to feel a bit wobbly when traveling at top speed
  • We strongly recommend the dual battery model, but know you’ll have to buy a separate second charger to charge both at one time

The Blix Packa Genie

Hundreds of accessory combos, dual battery optional, quality design, and even a nice paint job help the Blix Packa Genie standout as an affordable cargo e-bike option.

Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5

The Best E-Bike For Smaller Riders

When we consider the needs of smaller riders, we look at three factors, all of which the Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5 addresses nicely. We want to see a step-thru frame for a low standover height, a short seat tube so that the saddle can be adjusted to the rider’s height and a reasonable reach to the handlebar with some amount of adjustability for the handlebar or stem in order to shorten that reach some.

Smaller riders, particularly those riders less than 5 feet 5 inches tall face a real challenge when shopping for an e-bike. Most e-bikes are built in a size well-suited to someone 5 feet 10 inches, but the quality of that fit drops the more someone deviates from that height. The high-rise handlebar of the RadExpand can be turned back toward the rider more than most, making the reach easier and its step-thru design not only makes it easy to fold, it’s easy to mount and get rolling.

The RadExpand 5’s versatility is part of what makes it so great. It’s a capable commuter, thanks to lights, fenders and a rear rack, and with its wide tires, it gives a smooth ride even on rough roads.

The 750W brushless hub motor is more powerful than we see on some folding e-bikes. For riders who have to deal with hills or consistently rough roads, having this much power will be welcome, especially for smaller riders who might not be as strong, which is why this is our favorite choice for small riders.

Pro’s

  • The new handlebar setup is a game changer. The bars are wider, it feels less flexy and it still folds to boot.
  • At over 62 lbs it’s still hefty, but the bike folds down to a convenient size for storing in an RV, a corner of the garage or in the trunk of most sedans.
  • Rad’s rear hub motors have proven time and again to be some of the most reliable on the market.
  • The spec sheet is solid for the price. A 7-speed drivetrain, nice working mechanical disk brakes and a sizeable battery for about 1,599 MSRP is a good deal.
  • The handling is spot-on. Neutral, balanced, predictable — riding this will be intuitive even for e-bike newbies.
  • Rad’s bikes have a distinct power profile that starts gentle and grows stronger as you pick up speed. Never once does it feel like it’ll jump out from under you.

Con’s

  • I don’t mind the lack of front suspension fork, but some people will not like it. You can really feel some bumps in the road.
  • It’s surprising to see Rad move away from the LCD display. Unlike its predecessor the RadMini 4, this bike has no screen.

The Aventon Pace 500 ST

A low standover height, adjustable stem and powerful 500W brushless motor make this a terrific option for smaller riders. It can be unlocked to reach a Class 3 top speed of 28 mph, which makes it a fun way to commute or just get around.

Specialized Turbo Vado

The Best High-Performance Electric Bike. 2023

For over three decades, Specialized has had the same mantra: “Innovate or Die.”

They opted for the former.

The Specialized Turbo Vado is the result of world-class engineering with a high level of detail. The specially tuned 250W mid-drive motor is as responsive as any we’ve ever pedaled, delivering the right amount of assistance needed from the moment your shoes turn the cranks.

Doubters of smaller wattage bikes should make no mistake here, this bike can absolutely move if it wants to. The Turbo Vado has three different assist levels in ECO, SPORT, and TURBO mode. Each one provides a distinctly different feel from the others and the bike handles well in all three.

The motor alone is something we could wax poetic on for pages, but the bike doesn’t stop there. High-level componentry is found throughout the bike from the SRAM hydraulic brakes, SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain, and the generous 710Wh battery powering the bike (on the 4.0 model we tested).

Typically when a bike is in the “high-performance” category that might mean it runs a little pricier than it needs to. We don’t actually feel that’s the case here. Considering the componentry package, engineering investment, performance, and top tier customer support you’re getting in this bike it feels like you get every penny of what you pay for.

Pro’s

  • Simply put: it’s one of the best feeling motors we’ve ever experienced.
  • The new looks of the Turbo Vado are great – it delivers a traditional bike feel.
  • Specialized’s global network of dealers and nearly unparallelled customer service.
  • This is a cruiser that could easily double as a commuter or city bike. It’s built to be very versatile

Con’s

  • One of our only complaints is that the magnetic charger can be difficult to seat correctly when the battery is installed in the frame.

The Ride1UP Prodigy

E-bikes with mid-drive motors like the Brose in the Prodigy are rare in this price range. Its combination of Class 3 speed, step-thru and traditional frame designs as well as an off-road configuration makes it ideal for high performance on a budget.

Mokwheel Basalt

The Best Camping Electric Bike, 2023

Half the fun of camping is exploring the area visited. E-bikes offer campers the opportunity to go farther, see more and not be wiped out at the end of the day. The Mokwheel Basalt is unusual among e-bikes in that it is well-suited to not just to off-road exploring, but it can serve as a valuable resource thanks to some of its unusual accessories. As a Class 3 e-bike with a maximum speed of 28 mph, it is terrific for getting around most anywhere.

The Mokwheel Basalt may not look all that unusual at first glance. It features a 750W brushless hub motor that can turn 90Nm of torque, making it suitable to riding steep hills, whether paved or not. The 110mm-travel suspension fork improves control on bumpy terrain and the 7-speed Shimano drivetrain helps both uphill and down. Hydraulic disc brakes offer terrific power even on steep downhills and Chaoyang 26 x 4-in. tires provide the necessary cushion and traction for exploring the backcountry.

What really sets the Mokwheel Basalt apart is its massive 940Wh battery that can power a 100W power inverter that has the ability to run such essentials as phone chargers, coffee makers, electric grills and laptops. Planning to be gone more than a day or two? Mokwheel also offers a solar charger to keep the juice running to those essentials.

Riders can also choose between a traditional frame and a step-thru design. Because it has a 450-lb. payload capacity, campers who want to go bag dinner can carry it back to camp as well. This is ideal for anyone planning to go camping but still wants electricity.

Pro’s

  • 750W brushless hub motor has the power and torque necessary to climb hills and deliver riders to a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph for spirited riding
  • Comes in both a traditional frame and a step-thru to fit a broad range of riders
  • Can power a number of electric appliances while camping with the help of the optional 1000W power inverter
  • 4-in.-wide tires and a front suspension fork make for a very comfortable ride
  • 450-lb. payload capacity makes it terrific for hunters wanting to bring home their game

Con’s

The Lectric XP 3.0

We love the Lectric XP 3.0 because it is versatile, easy to store and thanks to its 3-in.-wide, knobby tires, it can go places commuters and cruisers can’t reach.

Aventon Soltera

The Best City/Urban Electric Bike, 2023

One of the biggest challenges of e-bike design is that the bigger the motor, the more it weighs. The same goes for batteries. That creates a challenge for a bike designer; a more powerful motor gives up some of the value of its wattage by virtue of the fact that the increased weight negates it. Similarly, a more powerful battery weighs more and therefore cuts an e-bike’s range. Rather than beefing up both motor and battery, for the Aventon Soltera, the e-bike’s designer went in the other direction: Spec’d with a 350W brushless motor and a 360Wh battery, the Soltera tips the scales at just 41 lbs.

The Aventon Soltera is modeled on single-speed, flat-bar road bikes known as fixies. It features skinnier tires than we often see, which give the bike a more agile feeling, increases its efficiency, which makes it easier to accelerate and uses less energy at speed, and the 700C wheels roll over bumps more easily, not to mention offering a stable ride at speed.

Because seven speeds is often preferable to one, Aventon sells the Soltera in a 7-speed version for anyone who wants to make hills a bit easier. Single-speed e-bikes face a challenge in that if the gear is good at low speeds, like when starting, it won’t be great at 20 mph. And if it’s great at 20 mph, getting started won’t be easy. We suggest spending the extra dough to get six more speeds.

This is one of a vanishingly small number of e-bikes we’ve reviewed that feature traditional rim brakes. These brakes are plenty powerful for the kind of riding buyers will do on this bike; these rim brakes are nothing like the ones on the bikes we rode as kids. And while the tires on the Aventon Soltera are narrower than we often see on e-bikes, these aren’t as skinny as the tires we see on racing bikes; they will still offer a comfortable ride, even on rough roads.

Pro’s

  • The riser bar, skinny tires and hidden battery gives the Soltera the look of a fixie
  • At 41 lbs., the Soltera is a surprisingly light e-bike and as a result it has a zippy feel on the road that is refreshing
  • Most similar e-bikes are spec’d with a battery smaller than the 360Wh battery found on the Soltera, which gives it a surprisingly long range
  • The market for a single-speed e-bike is limited, but Aventon offers an optional 7-speed drivetrain that will increase its appeal to a much broader range of buyers
  • Even though this is a budget-oriented model, Aventon doesn’t go cheap; the Soltera is equipped with the full-color LCD display, companion app and inset taillight

Con’s

  • Riders looking for an e-bike with a powerful motor might not appreciate this bike’s balance of power vs. weight; this bike is meant to make use of a smaller motor in a lighter bike
  • Given the fixie-like styling of the Soltera, it’s not surprising that it comes without fenders or a rear rack

The Ride1UP Roadster V2

This budget-minded flat-bar road e-bike also uses a smaller motor and battery for Class 3 performance, making it one of the most affordable e-bikes we’ve encountered with a 28 mph top speed.

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GoCycle G4

The Best Lightweight Electric Folding Bike, 2023

It’s obvious the GoCycle G4 is the brainchild of a former supercar designer.

Nearly all of the bike is made of carbon fiber, including the super sexy one-piece spoked carbon wheels and the entirety of the sleek-looking folding frame. The bike almost has a minimalist design with smooth curves and few obvious frills, but beneath that carbon facade is one of the most feature-rich and smartly-integrated e-bikes we’ve ever tested.

The G4 family of GoCycles is the fourth iteration of the British fast folder. Not only does this bike have more carbon and a more integrated cockpit than its predecessor, GoCycle managed to double the torque produced by the front hub motor. Don’t let this bike’s small stature fool you; it’s remarkably quick and climbs hills with the best of them. The new G4i also has predictive electric shifting and a set of very nice hydraulic disk brakes that are unbranded but bear a striking resemblance to a high-end Magura design.

All in, the GoCycle G4 weighs in the ballpark of 36 lbs, making this one of the most lightweight folding e-bikes on the market today. Add in its quirky cool looks, beautiful folding mechanism and feature-rich build, and it’s undeniably one of the best lightweight folding e-bikes of 2023.

Pro’s

  • The design is bar-none. It’s amazing how many features have been crammed into such a little frame.
  • Folding the G4 is very easy and, with a little practice, can be done in just a few seconds.
  • The carbon rims on the G4i may seem like overkill on a folding commuter, but man do they make a noticeable difference. Plus they’re just ultra cool.
  • Electric shifting is ultra cool and works great. Did we mention it’s a system made special for GoCycle?
  • The lightweight plus convenient folding make the G4 lineup very realistic for dedicated bike commuters who are low on space.

Con’s

  • The predictive shifting is a nice touch, but it may take a little getting used to for experienced riders.

The Blix Vika Flex

Part of the challenge of making a great folding e-bike is keeping it light enough to be stowed. At 55 lbs., this folder is easy to manage, while still offering enough power to get up hills and enough range to get across town and back.

BULLS Alpine Hawk EVO

The Best Road Electric Bike, 2023

Road bikes are known for racing, and for lycra-clad cycling enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to use plenty of leg power when attempting a casual 30-60 miles on a weekend ride. Surely it doesn’t sound like the crowd that would see the appeal of having a motor-equipped bike doing some of the work for you.

So how do you get this crowd interested in e-bikes? By constructing a wonderfully subtle enhancement to the road biking experience.

The BULLS Alpine Hawk really captured the feel of a true road bike – so much so that we often forgot it was an e-bike. The 33.5 lb weight is a tad high for a performance road bike, but it’s a featherweight compared to most e-bikes. So with a small amount of assist, delivered beautifully from the Fazua motor I might add, you actually see modest speed increases that offset the weight of the bike and then some.

At no point does the bike take over for you, instead, it makes it so you get home a little quicker, manage headwinds better, and feel a little less of a sting when taking on a hill. If all of that subtlety isn’t enough, BULLS even made it so you can entirely remove the motor and battery out of the Alpine Hawk.

It’s a well-thought-out bike that is perfect for the e-bike curious road crowd.

Pro’s

  • We’ve been very impressed with the Fazua drivepack. It’s relatively light, quiet and is incredibly responsive.
  • This bike is incredibly compliant over rough roads; BULLS clearly had comfort in mind and built a bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for performance.
  • The full Ultegra 11-speed groupset (plus the matching hydraulic disc brakes) works spectacularly well and compliments the do-it-all, ride-it-anywhere spirit of this bike.
  • The Fazua drivepack (which includes the motor and battery) is removable and can be replaced with a blank cover, so you can ride this e-bike as a traditional road bike and shave over 10 lbs off the weight.

Con’s

  • The Alpine Hawk is only available in two sizes — a 54 cm frame and 58 cm, which is pretty limited in the road bike world. It would be great to see more sizes so riders can more finely tune their fits.

Bottom line: The best electric bikes

They say the best e-bike is the one you’re most excited to ride, and we couldn’t agree more.

While we’re sure there’s going to be lots of opinions and questions about why this or that bike didn’t land on our list, these are the 14 e-bikes we’re most excited about right now. This is not a comprehensive list, nor were we able to consider each and every e-bike use case, but we do think all the bikes on this list are a good representation of what’s out there right now.

Have a bike that you think would be a good contender for our best electric bikes of 2023 page? Let us know in the comment section below. At the very least, we always want to know what our readers are riding.

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I have to comment that so many of the bikes you picked have the WORST customer service when something goes wrong! Aventon has nothing but complaints in their Комментарии и мнения владельцев online. Rad isnt much better. AT least you picked a few bikes that are brands supported by actual bike shops.

This article and almost all product articles of late are missing the huge elephants in the room, 1) product availability. 2)parts interchangeability, supply chains that are a disaster and in no ones best interest. You keep writing articles on thebbn products and innovation. But meanwhile Ive had an ebike on order for a year, there is no word on when it will be available, and when it is finally ready no one can tell me if it will be a 2020, a 2021 or a 2022 model. That, is absurd and a disaster no one is talking about in these articles and reviews. Lastly, the dirty little secret… bike companies stop talking about new stuff, and start by fixing lack of parts and interchangeability in the bike designs. Ok when you had a 300 schwinn and you needed stuff for it, you maybe fixed it, or often. simply bought a new bikeNow? The bike is worth several grand. And the bike companies are laying back and running the same old sloppy business, taking our money but not giving us flexibility to extend life, reduce long term cost, ensured Parts avail, and fix the asset. Lastly related to the above, it took me 12 months to get a shimano part… really. Turns out they were playing favorites. This shits gotta change or the lower end of scooters, motorcycle mfgs, etc are going to eat your lunch, just watch… they can do it because they already do, only needs new products and we know bv now that product is the simple piece.

I think it all depends on what you are ordering and from who. I placed my order online with free delivery and had it at my doorstep 29 hours later.

I agree, Rich. These bikes sound great. I would buy a Specialized Turbo Vado this afternoon if I could. BUT I CAN’T. What about the part where few if any of these bikes can actually be purchased? And won’t be available this year, and maybe not even in 2023. It might be helpful if these lust-inducing reviews included helpful information like wait times.

  • Griffin Hales says October 11, 2021 at 5:01 pm

Thank you so much, this is what I’m looking for! Now I need a ramp that I can use to get the trike onto a truck bed, any suggestions?

I do find it peculiar that you haven’t included the Priority Current in your reviews, or at least a “best belt drive” ebike category. Priority does not seem to need ongoing advertising to consistently sell all the Currents they can produce. It would appear that Ebikes with the capability of enabling a 28 mph top speed for the U.S. Market are hot sellers! Their lack of a front suspension in their design is somewhat offset by the combination of the low-maintenance Gates Carbon Belt drive and the Enviolo rear hub. The only thing lacking is a theft-proof system to lock the entire bike via phone, or perhaps, a key fob. I’m talking about a total locking of the bike so that it couldn’t even be walked away. With the high cost of replacement, ebikes may never be truly practical until such safeguards are part of the total package.

Some very nice ebikes for sure and the Aventon’s look very attractive compared to many of these pricey models. (my sister has the Aventon Level and I’m impressed with its quality and components). BUT, I just can’t see paying 4000 for ebikes with chain derailleur drivetrains unless it’s a mountain bike. Many casual riders (and those without any “10 speed” history) rarely shift gears on an ebike. So, if I’m going to pay the big bucks, I don’t want to explain to my wife that she has to gear down at every stop sign (and she’ll have to continue peddling to accomplish this). That is why we’ve sold all our previous ebikes and now own Evelo ebikes with Gates belt drive and the Enviolo automatic hub.

I also have to say that I wouldn’t consider any ebike without a throttle! You shouldn’t have to stand up on the peddles to get the motor to kick in. And if you’re stuck in a high gear (and have cadence sensors) this can be awkward if you want to make a quick get-away. This is certainly a common occurrence, but I don’t want to deal with it after spending thousands of dollars.

Your comment appears to be from someone who has never ridden a mid drive bike. Mid drives are superior in smoothness and get to actually use the mechanical advantage of gears on a hill. I’m guessing you dont know about downshifting when you come to a stop either.

To answer about other bike manufactures no being reviewed, the folks at EBR do not review any bikes that are not sent to them for review. EBR is cutting edge company but lacks true diversity. ITS apparent that sometimes you have to purchase a bike for review, one of the companies that I like is juiced bikes, they make their city bike in three colors (red my favorite) awesome battery duration more powerful 52 volt on top of that. I am a proud owner of a 2019 rad city with more than 10,000 miles, never a problem with getting parts in timely manner, but they are pushing me to buy a bit more expensive juiced bike over the model 5 rad city! WHY! 1ST. and biggest pev…the same old color in traditional bike style dull black, WANT ANOTHER RAD BUT NOT SAME COLOR. 2ND love the new 5 but now I have to buy a different battery, to use on my old rad city instead of swapping. so now I will have to buy 2 batteries at 550 each shipping not included, instead of 1. Do not get me wrong, the upgrade to motor and brakes is awesome and truly reliable bike company.

A couple of days ago, I found the Gazelle Easyflow. It enables the rider to place both feet on the ground when at rest, yet still ride with legs stretched out to save the knees. A very clever design, and not extortionate when you think of Riese and Mueller!

Wow a race to even less exercise and more accidents by a lot of persons who have no bike handling skills or desire to get their heart pumping over 85 bpm

Replying to counselors rude comment, not to Groucho. Groucho is cool and having a good time on his e-bike.

Unless you’ve spent your entire life riding bikes, and loving it, almost more than anything and then got lung damage from Covid and the only way to keep riding is an electric bike

I’m curious why the “E-Cells”Monarch 1500 LE AWD all train Fat tire bike isn’t mentioned? It has dual 750 Watt motors in front and rear wheels,dual batteries,dual suspension. Torque sensor, it has front,rear and all wheel options. It even has a USB charging port- both batteries are connected and work together and both charge the same time. Rock Shock moto style front and rear suspension – This really should have the Jeep logo on it. Lol- the Jeep Fat tire ebike is only rear wheel drive. That really makes no sense. I have this bike and it’s an amazing piece of machinery – it’s at 92lbs- but is a non issue with the power of the AWD- and it can handle up to 420lbs of load. Check it out!!

Hi, Hoping to get some feedback about two different bikes. First, we are only just trying them out for the first time, not investing for longevity yet. If our height matters in terms of your advice, my husband is 6’5″and I am a giant at 5′ 2″! Other things you may want to know is that we aren’t looking for high speed. Battery life would be of more interest to us if we are weighing specs. We also will not be using these bikes in the city – at all! We currently live in a small town and although we have vehicles most anywhere we go, traffic is not part of our life. We also have lots of trails intended for this type of activity and they would likely become our choice of destinations. Although we own a truck and car (and rails intended for my husband’s 4×4 and snowmobile), we’d like this hobby to be ‘easy’. The two bikes I’m looking at are as follows (Please don’t curse me out if you’re an avid rider who has invested thousands of dollars! We’re talking “baby steps” here): ~ Veltoric Discover 1 Class 2 Step-through ~ Heybike Ranger Step-through Any help/advice you would be willing to offer would be greatly appreciated! Linda

Really provide very deep information about best ebike with pro cons ,price ,features in 2022.very appreciate for your research and blog.Thanks for sharing great report.My favorite one is urban e bike.

To answer about other bike brands not being reviewed, my experience with Addmotor E-43 long-range ebike is excellent! It features thin tires and a 48V20Ah battery and 500W gear motor, which can reach 125miles on a single charge (PAS1), a perfect choice for city commuting.

Can’t get most of these bikes if you are in Canada. Aventon I can get locally but only a few models and none I like. I would have to travel 1,500 km to get to a bike shop to test anything out since locals don’t allow that. Buying a “pig in a poke” based on a review is something I won’t do. Or did you just go down to the car lot, pick out a car, pay your money and drive it right off the lot without a test drive? Nice reviews and gives me more info but as of today, that’s about all I have…

Have you ever evaluated the BeeCool bikes? I have an Adventurer and an Explorer. There are so many features I love about the bikes themselves. Like so many of the other brands above it sounds like most have customer service that’s less than desirable, but based on bike features and price they are worth looking at.

My hubster and I ride Espin Sports that we have had for about 18 months now and have over 2500 miles on them as of today. We love them and Espin’s service was great. Mine came with a slightly bent controller and it was replaced very quickly when it probably could have been easily fixed. The pedals also had a weird knock and they replaced those quickly as well. Both were very minor issues. We ride on paved and gravel roads that have some good hills. The tires could have been better than what they shipped with but bought Maxxis replacements and no flats since. The value for the money was why I bought them. Came with lights, brake and head, fenders and a rack when you had to pay extra for that stuff on an equal Aveton or Rad at the time. We have been very satisfied with the Espin bikes and I would buy another.

Is this a list of the best bikes you could get your hands on at the time? A lot of these are pretty low end and not powerful in the real world. And only 2 non-chinese motor systems? Seriously?

Ok enough about all the bikes mentioned is asomtom mountain e bikes worth 1700.00. Just bought one hoping on the first ride it’ll make me smile ear to ear. Any Комментарии и мнения владельцев from previous owners have a take about it.

Thank you for this content! I am currently waiting for the arrival of a “MagiCycle”. Having some issues getting it here it seems but would be interested in reading a review by you at some time in the future. All the videos I’ve seen of it are very positive. Thanks!

  • Griffin Hales says August 5, 2022 at 12:27 pm

We haven’t tested very many and wanted to make a list comprised of things we’ve gotten to know well. We’re working on getting more eMTB coverage though!

Hi I would like to see your reviews of the asomtom mountain bike 26” 4” tires bangfang 1000w w hydronic brakes and tork front suspension It’s a head turner and a beast Fast and rock solid.

  • Griffin Hales says August 8, 2022 at 12:24 pm

This appears to be a troll question about a bike that is not legal on public roads and paths. The description sounds like just another cheap fat tire bike with no redeeming value.

to reply to your comment that you’ve obviously have not looked into the reviews of this bike or anything about it says a lot. For a 1999.00 “troll” bike it in my opinion looks badass compare to others. And decided to get one anyway because it’s a new version 2022 asomtom Q7 mountain bike with A 6061 aluminum frame 1000 W brushless gear hub bafang motor up to 28mph 85nm of torque 48 v 15a lithium battery that’ll take you 45-60 miles per charge 7 speed shimano gear shift which is leagal to go on or off roads. snow. beach Tug a fat ass up to 400 lbs So I’m very happy I got it. The ride is awesome and pedal assist is great for hills which in its type 3 road rating it performs really great. So don’t be to judge mental on things you know little about.

This article represents all that is wrong with our industry. It very well could have been written in The 90’s! Nearly all the top recommended bikes sport dramatically outdated designs and components. Why are we still promoting heavy front suspensions as a comfort feature? All listed were poorly designed for off road control. They failed even at that in The 90’s. If tuned to absorb road irregularities they would dive dangerously and encourage squirm in handling. That’s dangerous! Look at any traditional touring bike, from the cheapest to the most expensive. They are designed for long hours in the saddle and for days on end. Not one has a suspension fork. Good geometry, materials and components make a bike comfy, reliable and efficient, not gimmicks. Today, not one of the hub drive models listed cannot be gotten with a mid-drive for the same or less money. Hub drives and cadence sensors are The 90’s. A best of list needs to at least be from the current century. I get it. Some can get by just fine with a hub drive. They have few and small hills or don’t care if they have to slow. They may not even need the additional range of a torque sensing mid-drive. They are still a huge pain on which to change a flat and heavy as heck to lift or handle in tight situations. It is time to change. What a shame that a quality product like The Aventon is still saddled with this antiquated technology. Every bike listed uses heavy, dull and buzzy straight gauge aluminum. That is even in the few that have better hydroformed tubes! Why, we have had more responsive, less buzzy, butted and hydroformed tubing on almost all traditional bikes since the turn of the century. Weight kills range. It makes a good bike hard for a smaller person to handle. Some even have square tubing. This takes a rough ride to a whole new level. What sense is there, for on-road riding, to having a comfort fork, bars and seat, with an extra stiff rear triangle? The same xan be said for the square tube necessary to accommodate the proprietary battery in the down tube. I don’t want to be negative. I want to promote great alternatives. Good enough just isn’t good enough anymore. These good enough bikes should be at least half their price and available only through places like department stores. We can do better and without breaking the bank. I do it daily in my tiny shop. I am no one special and am not particularly talented. I just have 50 years cycling experience. If I can do it, mfg’s can do it too. Let’s start demanding more for our money.

MARK!! You get it. This silly list popped up again in April 23, with what looks like the same old crap from the same old “heavy advertisers.” There is nothing in that list of bikes I would ever buy. None of them are the “best” in any way. I’m disappointed about what this publisher has become. It looks just like car ads and sories in the newspaper that has the unwritten…Dont talk bad about our product or we will cancel the advertising budget that keeps you afloat! I was hoping for better.

Absolutely out standing service from the company and from the bike itself It’s built extremely well and looks amazing.

The best electric bike mountain bike for 2022

The best electric bike mountain bike for 2022 is the Specialized S-Works Gen 3 Turbo Levo. This brand name, full suspension electric mountain bike has every cutting edge component required for top off road performance.

Brand name e-MTBs are focused on providing performance components that offer enthusiasts the best tools for the sport. Fantastic entry level e-mtbs start from US4000.

The Ultimate e-MTB

The ultimate electric bike mountain bike is beyond the budget of most enthusiasts with the S-Works retailing at US 19,000. The issue is that the sky’s the limit with the price of e-mtbs. You can easily pay more for an electric mountain bike than you can for a 1000cc Japanese Superbike, Motocross machine, or even a small car.

The Specialized 2022 models are out already and, if you are an electric bike mountain bike enthusiast then you want to know that you have the best e-mtb for your dollar. Most of us are looking for the best value that we can afford. We want the best but are held back by our budget.

  • What do you get when you buy a brand name electric bike mountain bike?
  • What can you get for your dollar? and
  • What is the best value for money e-mtb?

Why buy a brand name electric bike mountain bike?

Brand name electric bike mountain bikes FOCUS on rider experience:

  • Motors assist the rider by taking the edge off the physical effort that the sport demands.
  • Brand name e-mtbs are light to help the rider jump obstacles.
  • Weight is well distributed to help riders balance in difficult terrain.
  • Powerful brakes stop the bike quickly when required
  • High tech suspension absorb the impact on rough tracks and help grip on loose surfaces.

Hardtail vs full suspension mountain bikes

Entry level e-mtbs are often hardtail frames with no rear suspension. Hardtail electric mountain bikes are agile and exciting as they transfer more feeling to the rider. Many riders like the excileration of fast dirt track riding as the rear end bounce can be a greater challenge to control.

Full suspension electric mountain bikes lose some of the excitement of hardtail e-mtbs although they provide a performance advantage with their improved rear end stability.

Electric mountain bike Specialized

Our choice of the best electric mountain bike from Specialized resulted from an intensive process:

  • We began by consulting a number of emtb enthusiasts for their take on which bikes they would buy.
  • Next, we had some in-depth conversations with specialist e-mtb retailers to obtain their perspective on the gadgets, strong points, and weak points of each bike. This helped to fill in the details of what “bells and whistles” become available as you climb the price ladder.
  • Researching electric bike mountain bike user polls established what the broader market thought was the best e-mtb brand.
  • We examined alternative brand name manufacturers including “Trek” and Cannondale to establish what you get for your money and where the best value lies.
  • Finally, our market research established that Specialized are renowned as technology leaders in the industry and have won numerous international awards for their e-mtbs.

Other top brand e-mtbs

To start with a positive note, all e-mtb riders we spoke to told us that all brand-name e-bikes are good these days. So, whatever e-bike you buy, Yamaha, Bosch, Giant, Trek, Specialized, Avanti, or other brand name vendors, you will not be disappointed.

Electric mountain biking is gaining in popularity and big name auto manufacturers are entering the market. Porsche and BMW are two high end car manufacturers that are producing e-mtbs.

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As Specialized rated highest in our research, and they have a comprehensive range of e-mtbs, we used their models to provide a benchmark.

We then compare other price comparable e-bikes against the Specialized range. Some manufacturers offer features at a lower price while differences in rider engagement, engine noise, or rattles may sway your opinion as to your preferred option.

How we performed the ebike mountain bike review

The ebike mountain bike enthusiasts that we spoke to all thought that the selection of ebikes from Specialized were good value. Specialized provides a great range of e-MTBs from entry-level US4000 past US20,000.

In order to keep things simple, we discuss the features and benefits of 4 e-bikes from the Specialized brand: Entry-level, lower midrange, upper mid-range, and top end. We then pitch these against Trek and Cannonvale e-bikes in the same price bracket to explain the benefits or drawbacks of alternative brands.

Mountain biking vs road biking

There is a vast difference in the requirements of mountain biking vs road biking. Road going ebikes need power to tackle hills and travel extended distances.

E-mountain bikes need to be light and well balanced with good suspension. This allows them to more easily jump obstacles and make tight turns in dirt, mud, sand, gravel and other difficult tracks.

Where road going ebike batteries and frames can be heavier to extend travel distance and allow increased power, electric mountain bikes are used off road. Riders look for light, well balanced machines.

There is a trade off with electric bike mountain bike motors. The more power they provide, the greater the assistance provided to the rider. The extra power comes at a cost.

Larger batteries assist the rider tackle steep inclines and longer rides but require heavier, bulkier batteries. Heavier batteries make e-mtbs clumsy while lighter batteries means that the motor must provide less power or travel shorter distances.

The trade off is that the heavier the battery the less nimble the emtb. This is why ebikes like the Stealth Bomber range are not the best performers for rough, off road tracks. Stealth ebikes are styled after motocross motorcycles and are great performers on tarmac. The powerful batteries and hub motor weigh the bike down in difficult off road conditions.

Battery capacity

All brand name electric bike mountain bikes that we tested used either 500 wh Li-ion batteries for lower priced models or 700 wh batteries for their mid and top price range models. None of the battery packs were obtrusive or weighty and there was a negligible weight difference between the small, less powerful batteries and the larger 700 wh counterparts.

We note here that a larger capacity battery does not increase engine power. The benefit of a battery with 40% more capacity is that (in theory) you should get 40% further on the larger battery.

Li-ion is a proven battery technology that has been popular for more than 15 years. The integrity of the battery cells and the management circuits are good. Li-ion batteries are the most durable and reliable for the weight and price. Although batteries will reduce in capacity the more they are used, Li-ion batteries usually provide acceptable travel distance for 2 to 3 years.

Replacement Batteries

This brings me to my next point which is that e-bike buyers should consider the cost of a replacement battery pack when purchasing their bike as this can be a significant cost of replacement.

We have found over the years that few manufacturers have supported their products. Advancing e-MTB styling has meant that batteries are specific to the bicycle model and often cannot be obtained for e-bikes even just after a year or two old. When your battery dies, you have to look for a battery builder to rebuild the pack for you.

As the industry has matured, name brands in Europe are required to support their product for at least 7 years. This provides some assurance that your investment is not lost when the battery is dead.

We attempted to obtain for replacement batteries, however, most manufacturers refuse to provide this information. Producers will change or repair batteries under warranty but you have to specify your battery serial number before companies will provide a price of replacement.

We were able to obtain replacement battery for Specialized bikes who were open about their replacement prices. We anticipate that replacement batteries for Specialized brand e-MTBs are lower cost than their competitors.

Replacement batteries from Specialized are US950 for a 500Wh battery and US1400 for a 700Wh battery.

How fast is an electric mountain bike?

Everyone asks “How fast is an electric bike mountain bike” so let’s get this one out of the way.

E-MTBs have had a huge market in Europe which has attracted large Japanese and German manufacturers.

Manufacturers are heavily invested in technology limitations of Europe. Large ebike manufacturers are progressively pushing for European legislation to be implemented across the USA. Restrictive legislation is bad for the consumer but opens a larger market for influential manufacturers.

Top brand e-MTBs are manufactured for European legislation which is mirrored by Class 1 legislation in the US.

The outcome of this is that top brand e-bikes are limited to 25 MPH and have to be pedal assisted (The electric motor engages when the rider pedals. They do not have throttle control).

It can be a simple task to increase the power and speed of your electric mountain bike.

E-bike weight distribution

The combination of a low, mid-mounted battery and the mid-drive electric motor provides great balance for the bike and minimizes the impact of the additional weight. Weight distribution is significant for off-road use as you need a well-balanced bike for rock hopping and improved traction on dirt track turns.

All brand-name e-mtb’s are well balanced with the battery pack molded low into the front downpipe of the frame. Similarly, all e-bikes used mid-drive motors which sit between the pedals of the mountain bike and drive the rear wheel through the chain of the bike. This format has become the industry standard for e-mtbs.

Smartphone electric bike controller. Ride management

Specialized mountain bikes have a good, user adjustable ride management system. Their Turbo range of e mtbs use bluetooth to interact with their user friendly interactive smartphone app. We did, however, prefer the Bosch smartphone app which is available on Trek e-MTBs.

The Bosch system integrated with more devices connecting with navigation maps, heart monitors, and even weather forecasts.

The core function of App management software is to allow the rider to select the best power assistance for the expected length of each journey. The rider can select from a number of options to maximize the power that the ebike motor will provide during the ride.

Smartphone apps allow you to record information about your rides and adjust your e-mtb settings to better suit your goals. For example, the e-bike can be adjusted to increase power assistance or to improve ride distance. This allows the battery to be conserved by providing less assistance for long duration rides while providing maximum power in short bursts on the toughest parts of the ride.

In addition, the “ Mission Control ” app from Specialized records ride data and motor diagnostics.

Warranty

Brand manufacturers all provide an industry-standard warranty of 2 years on motor and 2 years on a battery. Specialized are a little ahead of the pack offering 4 years on the motor (double the industry standard) with the standard 2 years on a battery.

Specialized e-mountain bikes

In this review, we first compare the features and benefits of 4 Specialized e-mtbs to provide a baseline. Using this baseline, we can compare these Specialized models with similarly priced e-bikes from other manufacturers.

From lowest to highest price we look at:

1) The Turbo Levo Hardtail US 4,000

2)Turbo Competition US 5,950

4) S-Works Turbo Levo SL US19,000

Turbo Levo Hardtail mountain electric bike

Our first observation for this mountain electric bike is that it has been removed from the Specialized 2021 US website.

The ebike is still available in US retail stores and continues to be advertised in other regions but it looks like US marketing gurus are focusing on full suspension electric bike mountain bikes to define the sport.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty then. This e-mtb has a light aluminum alloy frame and tips the scales at 49lbs (that’s 22Kg) for the full adult spec frame. Smaller frame sizes are available for smaller riders and more aggressive riding.

The brakes are outstanding 4 piston front, 2 piston rear on 8” (200mm) rotors. Jargon aside, that means it has great stopping power.

At US4,000 retail, this bike is very capable. The major areas that the Levo Hardtail misses out on are:

  • Hardtail e bikes provide exhilarating rides but are less capable than full suspension e-MTBs.
  • Front suspension damping – This model has adequate damping on forks with 100mm travel. Damping is adjustable but is controlled by a simplistic “pepper pot” style restrictor which reduces air flow.
  • Front forks provide 100mm travel. This is shorter travel than higher spec models.
  • lower capacity battery. The 400wH battery means shorter rides or reduced rider assistance.
  • The Brose electric motor is tuned for range and lacks the torque of higher range models.
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Turbo Competition

Top brand manufacturers pitch their full blooded, out and out, performance bikes around US6,000. The Specialized Turbo Competition fits perfectly into this price bracket at just under 6K.

E-MTBs at this price provide every tool that a top rider would need to win a UCI electric bike mountain bike world championship race. Models in this price range provide full suspension e-MTBs capable of winning top level events.

Of course, there are benefits to more expensive models but the Turbo Competition e-MTB is very capable.

This e-MTB has FOCUS on lightness. The new for 2021 aluminum alloy frame has been redesigned motor mounts to shave off a few grams.

The 2021 models switch the front Rockshoxs for Fox 36 floating axle front suspension. The air damped suspension lacks the performance of oil damping but saves a little weight. The front damping uses high speed compression circuits. In layman’s terms, this means it has “trick” damping to absorb small, Rapid bounces while still allowing long travel to cushion the big hits without bottoming out.

The Turbo Competition has a 500Wh battery.

The brakes are again, 4 piston front, but up-rated from the hardtail with a 4 piston rear. Both front and rear discs are 8” (200mm) rotors. Brakes provide enough stopping power for any situation.

The e-MTB tips the scales at 51lbs (that’s a fraction over 23Kg) for the full adult spec frame.

A fraction under US6,000 retail, this bike is a real competition bike. The bike has the same top 250w motor as more expensive models (producing an industry leading 90Nm of torques) but uses the lower rated 500wH rated battery to lighten the weight. The engine has a clutch release above 25MPH to stop the electric motor from holding the rider back at high speeds.

The areas that the Levo Turbo Competition misses out on are:

  • Damping front and rear. The Turbo Competition model has adequate damping, however, it relies on air rather than fluid damping of more expensive models.
  • Front and fork travel has 150mm travel from Fox 36mm front stanchions. Rear Fox Float suspension provides 150mm of travel. These shocks are good but are not as stiff as higher spec models which are more planted on fast, bumpy, downhill tracks. The forks are great for uphill sections, slower trails and light riders.
  • Additional fork length causes more flex. For aggressive or heavy riders, thicker forks are required to allow the shocks to travel further.
  • 500Wh capacity battery is less capable than the 700Wh batteries of higher price models.

Turbo Expert

The Specialized Turbo Expert retails at 11,500. The rule of diminishing returns applies here. As the purchase price increases, the benefits obtained for your dollar decrease.

The best analogy here is formula 1 racing. How much do you think an F1 team would pay to gain 1/4 second per lap? Electric bike mountain bike technology is the same. There are benefits for the extra money but the differences are subtle rather than dramatic.

The core of the Turbo Expert electric mountain bike uses the same technology. The motor is identical to the Turbo Competition e-MTB. Improvements are found in all components – Cassettes, derailleurs, grips, bearings and tires. Uprated parts add to the quality feel of the bike and the electric SRAM shifter system delivers precise gear changes.

The greatest improvements, however, come from the stiffer, lighter alloy / carbon fibre frame and improved battery.

The frame provides a more aggressive stance (lower center of gravity and shorter wheelbase). This makes the bike more agile, more stable, and better for downhill runs while requiring a fraction more effort to ride.

The air damped front forks are again Fox 36 identical to the Turbo Competition. The rear again uses Fox float DPS 150mm.

Race organisers are adopting 700wH batteries as the maximum allowed battery storage. Needless to say that the 2021 model Turbo Expert sports a 700wH battery.

The e-MTB weighs 48lbs (that’s 3 lbs lighter than the Turbo Comp or just under 22Kg) for the 29 spec bike.

S-Works Turbo Levo SL

The S-Works Turbo SL is a super lightweight e-MTB with a few compromises to save weight. There are more expensive models which offer greater motor assistance and larger battery although the reduced weight, Carbon fibre frame and incredible suspension provide capable riders the ultimate tool.

This incredibly light e-MTB weighs 38lbs ( just over 17Kg) for the 2022 model 27.5” spec bike. This is the lightest e-MTB on the market and the performance shows.

Apart from the unbeatable weight advantage, this electric bike has the best of everything from bearings, breaks, agile frame geometry, suspension and electric SRAM Eagle ASX gear shifter and electrically damped saddle post. The smaller 27.5” rear wheel sharpens up the back end making it lighter and easier to control.

The bike is great to ride as it comes but offers changeable steering head angles and chain stay length for sharper ride to suit the individual. As with all the Specialized e-MTBs, the bike comes with a selection of frame sizes to suit tall or short riders and sharpen up the ride as required.

160mm front Fox 38 and 150 mm rear.Fox X2. The extra diameter of the Fox 38 reduces steering flex to allow more suspension travel.

The S-Works Levo SL is a bike made for elite mountain bike enthusiasts. This is the ebikes drawback as many riders snub this model for its lower power battery and motor.

The 2022 Gen 3 S-Works addresses these areas for an extra US2,000. You gain an extra 5Kg but have the advantage of the full powered 90Nm motor and the 700Wh battery.

Trek e-MTB

Now that we have established a baseline of what to expect from Specialized, we can easily compare these bikes to the Trek range of e-bikes.

What we find is that the features of Trek e-bikes mirror the features of the equivalent price Specialized e-bike with only minor variations. If we look at the US8,200 mountain bike, the features line up with the similar price Specialized e-bike.

Lower priced Trek e-bikes begin with a 500 wh battery, however, their larger battery has slightly less capacity at 625 wh (compared to the 700wh of the Specialized equivalent).

The Bosch mid-drive motor used on Trek e-bikes has received a torque upgrade in the 2021 model and now provides 85Nm of torque (compared to the 90 Nm of the Specialized electric motor).

Though fractionally down in battery capacity and engine power, these are not noticeable when riding the Trek. The engine, in fact, provides a more natural rider interaction. The power comes in smoothly and instantly engages the pedals on the Trek. Trek power plants make the Specialized bikes feel relatively clunky and slow by comparison,

There is a drawback of the Trek motors as noises from the electric motor reduce the quality feel. The Bosch motor used on Trek e-bikes emit a high-pitched whine when riding that some riders find off-putting. In addition, the engine rattled when off throttle on rough terrain.

Bosch provides the industry-standard 2-year warranty, and has a reputation for build quality, so the engine noise was a little surprising. Speaking from repair experience, our mechanics also felt that Bosch power plants develop faults at around 2 years. Bosch have recently redesigned their motor so we expect that the current generation of e-bike engines will have a longer life expectancy.

Livery

The Trek e-MTB was, in our view, the best looking of all the e-bikes we tested. The paint quality, color choices, and use of gloss and satin finish really took the bike to the next level. The Trek livery on the frame and battery really pop and little touches (like the finish inside the battery) add quality. When you remove the battery from the frame to charge, the Trek logo is present on the inside.

The attention to detail along with the styling and paint finish that impressed us most about the Trek e-bikes. If looks are high on your list of desires then Trek e-bikes are outstanding.

Best Value e-MTB

Comparing full suspension e-MTBs price for price, we felt that the Cannondale range offered very good value at the top price level.

The Cannondale Moterra Neo is their entry level e-MTB which presents fantastic value. Starting around US6,000, the Cannondale provided top spec suspension and carbon frame with 625Wh battery. The specs on this bike are approaching those of the S-Works at the price of the Turbo Competition.

The ride is excellent with 160mm front forks from Rockshox. The top level components use the Bosch motor and battery which we found to be a little noisier and not as smooth as the Bose motors used on the Specialized range.

Styling on the Cannondale models was a little plain compared to the finish of Specialized or Trek. This electric bike mountain bike is built to take care of business rather than to look good.

Overall, we felt that Cannondale presented a great value option for the price and we had to give this unit a special mention.

Summary

Electric bike mountain bikes are a very specialized market and all name brands performed well be it a 4000 model or a 20,000 model.

The best performing models are full suspension mountain bikes with light, powerful ebike motor and battery. It is important the weight is kept to a minimum and is distributed evenly.

E-MTBs with more powerful batteries provide more motor assistance but the additional weight makes the bike less nimble. For this reason, top performance electric mountain bikes rarely offer battery capacities above 700wH.

If looks and quality finish are important to you then the Trek range of ebikes have the edge as they have eye catching livery.

The price / performance of Trek bikes mirrored that of the Specialized range but we felt that the Bosch motor was rattily compared to the equivalent Specialized mountain bike.

Our choice of best performance for your dollar is the Cannondale Moterra Neo at the lower end of performance e-MTB pricing is similar to the Specialized Turbo Levo Comp. For top performing models, we found that the Specialized range of mountain bikes had a slight edge over their competition. We felt that Specialized e-MTBs provided a slightly better quality ride than other brands at the same price.

Within the specialized range, the individual needs to choose what standard e-MTB they can afford. All Specialized mountain bikes were good and each increment in price offered more advantages.

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Our opinion was that the top performing electric bike mountain bike was the S-Works Turbo Levo SL. There are more expensive models in the Specialized range of e-MTBs, however, the features of more expensive models were nice to have rather than functional. Advanced features like electric saddle adjustment just seemed a little too gimmicky for us.

The Specialized range of e-MTBs also provided better warranty and lower cost battery replacement than the alternative brands that we investigated.

woom UP

Your kid can go farther faster with the woom UP. E-mountain bikes give them the extra energy they need to tackle tough trails, and the intelligent drive system built with child-specific components makes it safe, easy, and smooth.

Whether exploring new trails, commuting to school, or riding around with friends, the woom UP ups the fun factor!

E-Motor

The boost you never knew you were missing. Delivering a smooth, resistance-free ride, the FAZUA drive system offers three different levels of pedal assist, as well as the option to ride without pedal assist. The compact and lightweight combined motor and battery unit is subtly integrated into the downtube and the battery can easily be removed to charge.

Lightweight Aluminum Frame

The superlight aluminum frame sports butted hydroformed tubes, kid-specific geometry, a long wheelbase, and a flat steering angle for optimal mountain biking performance. The curved top tube makes it easy to dismount quickly in any situation.

Suspension Fork

Comfort and control on the bumpiest terrain is a given thanks to the high-quality suspension fork, which can be dialed into the Rider’s specific weight. With adjustable compression and rebound damping, the fork can be tuned for the terrain and the day’s conditions, plus its lock-out function is a bonus on the climbs or flat roads. Whether conquering long days on the trail or just taking on an off-road shortcut, good times are right around the bend!

woom UP

Your kid can go farther faster with the woom UP. E-mountain bikes give them the extra energy they need to tackle tough trails, and the intelligent drive system built with child-specific components makes it safe, easy, and smooth.

Whether exploring new trails, commuting to school, or riding around with friends, the woom UP ups the fun factor!

E-Motor

The boost you never knew you were missing. Delivering a smooth, resistance-free ride, the FAZUA drive system offers three different levels of pedal assist, as well as the option to ride without pedal assist. The compact and lightweight combined motor and battery unit is subtly integrated into the downtube and the battery can easily be removed to charge.

Lightweight Aluminum Frame

The superlight aluminum frame sports butted hydroformed tubes, kid-specific geometry, a long wheelbase, and a flat steering angle for optimal mountain biking performance. The curved top tube makes it easy to dismount quickly in any situation.

Suspension Fork

Comfort and control on the bumpiest terrain is a given thanks to the high-quality suspension fork, which can be dialed into the Rider’s specific weight. With adjustable compression and rebound damping, the fork can be tuned for the terrain and the day’s conditions, plus its lock-out function is a bonus on the climbs or flat roads. Whether conquering long days on the trail or just taking on an off-road shortcut, good times are right around the bend!

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