Best Electric Bikes for Seniors 2023
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Whether you’re looking to get back on a bicycle for the first time in years or you’re just looking for a forgiving way to get back in shape, the number of seniors getting into e-bikes has exploded over the past several years.
The team at Electric Bike Report is often asked for our opinion on the best electric bikes for seniors, enough so that we put our heads together and came up with this list of our favorites.
Electric bikes have fast emerged as one of the most low-impact and most senior-friendly modes of exercise. While the small motor helps take the edge off obstacles — like hills — that may have kept some seniors off traditional pedal bikes in the past, they still require enough physical effort to make for a great workout. They’ve also been proven to help maintain cognitive and mental health among older riders — the light assist from an e-bike, according to one study, can inspire confidence and improve self-esteem in older people who may feel limited by mobility issues.
Thanks to the assistance of a motor and battery, there’s a laundry list of e-bikes that work well for seniors. This list is a selection of our favorites.
How we picked the best e-bikes for seniors
There are undoubtedly many seniors who read the above list and scoff because the bikes we chose are too laid back or aren’t fast enough.
That’s fine, we’ve got recommendations for other e-bikes (like electric fat bikes and high-speed commuters) that might suit your tastes better. But while what makes someone a “senior” is nothing more than their age, there are certain considerations that often come up when we get asked for our opinion on the best e-bikes for older riders. Those considerations often involve mobility constraints, concerns over balance and flexibility and whether a bike’s riding position is too aggressive. Oftentimes, on top of any one of those considerations, this is that person’s first time back on a bicycle in a long, long time.
This list was made with those seniors in mind.
We used a few key criteria to compile this list, mainly:
- Stability and comfort: Comfort and how stable they feel on the bike is often high on the mind of older riders. Bikes that earn a spot on this list shouldn’t just be supportive, they should invoke a feeling of confidence in corners and over varying terrain.
- Quality and components: We evaluate each bike’s spec sheet to make sure manufacturers are making good component choices; a good bike is much more than its frame.
- Value: What are you getting for your money? Are the components better than average and is the craftsmanship on par? We also account for things more intangible than parts bolted to the bike, such as quality customer support, brand reputation and the availability of good in-person service.
- Power and range: How fast does the bike go and how far can I ride on a single charge? These questions are often the first on the mind of someone shopping for a new e-bike so they’re at the top of our mind, too.
- Was it built specifically with seniors in mind?: This may seem like an obvious one, but we tried to find e-bikes built specifically for older generations of riders. Do these design characteristics make sense and are they executed well?
This list does not cover every single bike on the market today that would be a good option for seniors and older riders. In fact, I think most of the EBR staff would argue that almost any e-bike would be a good option for seniors. But, based on a plethora of reader questions (we get TONS of questions about e-bikes for seniors), we compiled this list of our recommendations that we feel are suited best for the fast-growing demographic of older e-bike enthusiasts.
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus ST
When considering our list of the Best Electric Bikes for Seniors, the Dutch-inspired RadCity 5 ST (step-through), has the “whole enchilada.” This user-friendly e-bike from Rad Power Bikes has the main features and components – comfort, stability, power and quality – that are preferred by older riders.
Classic design and exceptional performance are two distinctions not always found on electric bikes. The classic Dutch style provides a posture for comfortable riding, and the step-through frame produces rider stability. Powered by a 750-watt rear hub motor, the RadCity 5 ST cruises with distinction, and never feels like it wants to jump out from under you.
Energizing the sleekly integrated 12.3-amp hour battery, sleekly integrated into the frame bottom tube, to help you travel up to 50 miles between charges. Helping you maintain good looks while in a logjam, the half-twist grip throttle gives you the quick acceleration you need to dart ahead.
As this bike makes you look good as you go, it also confers an air of eminence as you stop. The hydraulic brakes perform well and the suspension forks keep you in control. The medium size aluminum frame can accommodate riders ranging in height from 4’8” to 6’0”. The tires are 27.5” x 2” puncture-resistant tires and you get riding experience that makes you feel in full control.
With its 15-inch seat post tube, this bike is sure to be a hit with shorter riders. The 275 lbs capacity allows for heavier riders or riding with cargo, using one or more of the optional rack accessories.
Looking at all the features this e-bike includes, the RadCity 5 ST is a great deal.
- Stable, comfortable posture makes it easy to climb aboard and ride for miles.
- Predictable handling, the power from the 750W motor is nice and moderate at low speed with plenty of torque for climbing.
- Rad’s reputation in the affordable customer service
- The NUTT hydraulic disk brakes are spectacular under hard braking. This bike set a new record for the best stopping distance of any e-bike we’ve reviewed.
- Rear rack capable of carrying lbs of cargo.
- The cable tidiness from the handlebars can be better. Instead of shortening cables where needed, they’re managed in zip-tied clumps that detract from the overall finish of the bike.
- The dual display setup is a unique and useful design, but the left-hand display can be tough to read in direct sunlight.
Blix Sol Eclipse
Many senior riders will appreciate the Blix Sol Eclipse as a classic step-thru beach cruiser. It’s comfort, control and stability will make you want to ride it often. Its stylish looks are enhanced by its powerful 750-watt motor that can really climb hills.
This Class 2 e-bike has a throttle that gives you that extra oomph when you need it. The motor is managed by the pedal assist system (PAS) featuring 5 levels that will take you up to 20 mph. Energy is provided by the 48-volt, 12.8 amp-hour battery that will take you up to 45 miles between charges. The 17.8” medium/large frame accommodates riders between the height of 5-1 to 6-2. Enhancing riding comfort is the comfy wide seat.
Designed to provide an upright riding position, this bike is great for casual cruising down any street, path, or trail. The Sol Eclipse comes with a front cargo rack (50 lbs capacity) and a rear rack (55 lbs capacity) that will help carry groceries, or a little one in style. The total capacity is 270 lbs, and most child bike seats can be mounted on the rear rack. Total weight of this e-bike is 56 lbs, which makes lifting a little easier than other cruiser e-bikes.
A great feature is the USB charging port you can use to charge your smartphone or other electronic accessory. The Blix Sol Eclipse is a quality bike at a budget-friendly price, so if you’re looking for a simple e-bike that is easy to ride and will provide you tons of fun, then you should consider this as your next e-bike.
Blix sells and ships their bikes directly to consumers. Some final assembly is required after the bike is delivered to you. They offer assistance with in-home assembly.
- Great for easy, leisurely rides – you’ll want to ride this e-bike a lot!
- RetroShift makes it easy to change gears.
- Good gear range with the 14-28T cassette and 48T chainring.
- Powerful 750w motor, great hill climber.
- Quality components, competitively price
- Comfortable seat ergonomics during our 100-plus mile series of test rides.
- Stylish looking beach cruiser, available in 4 colors.
- Throttle still active at PAS 1, safer to have auto shut off.
- PAS 1 and 2 are underpowered, mostly used PAS 3 – 5.
Aventon Pace 500 Step-Through
Seniors looking for a casual cruising bike that packs power will like this e-bike. With its upright cruiser frame, this Class 3 (throttle and PAS up to 28 mph) e-bike offers a good balance of comfort and power. The 500w motor dishes out power when you need it, and the 48-volt 12.8-amp hour battery will take you up to 60 miles.
The Pace 500 ST’s 500-watt rear hub motor, 5-level pedal assist system and throttle offer a great mix of cruising speed and acceleration – when you need it. We never felt like the bike wanted to storm ahead and shake us out of our seats – something less experienced riders will definitely like. The Zoom hydraulic disc brake system
The upright positioning and nimble handling made this bike feel more like a city commuter as we maneuvered around sharp corners and obstacles. The Shimano Acera 8-speed makes pedaling pretty pleasant in every gear. Stylish but simple looking, the Pace 500 ST has two frame sizes – medium and large, in four available colors.
Rolling this 53 lbs lightweight down the road on 27.5” x 2.2” Kenda multi-purpose tires, stopping is managed with the help of Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, which automatically shut of the motor when in use. Also keeping you safe are the integrated headlight and taillight.
This e-bike satisfies the needs of most senior riders with its reliable performance, good design and a comfortable ride. Whether you’re an experienced rider looking for something more casual, or someone getting back into riding after a long hiatus, we think you will have fun riding this e-bike. Aventon has dealers throughout the US and also ships bikes to buyer’s homes. Some assembly is required.
- Powerful 500w motor engages smoothly with the rider’s pedaling
- Upgraded 12.8 Ah battery can take you up to 65 miles on a single charge.
- Great ergonomics providing a comfortable ride.
- Adjustable stem makes sizing a snap for different size riders.
- Zoom hydraulic brakes provide safe stopping power.
- Shimano Acera 8-speed gives good range with no ghost pedaling.
- Rear rack can carry 55 lbs of cargo.
- Pedaling in turns might cause the pedal to scrape the ground, due to the low bottom bracket and 170mm long crank.
- Suspension forks and seat post would be nice to round out rider comfort.
Lectric XP 3.0 ST
Lectric’s XP 3.0 is a great e-bike for seniors due to it’s comfort, stability, and value, But it also has a feature most other e-bikes don’t have – it’s a folding e-bike. The folding frame is convenient for storing, whether it be an RV, car trunk or small apartment, and is convenient to transport, which is great for seniors who want to take their e-bike when they travel. This e-bike has a simple design, is easy to ride, and very affordable.
The XP 3.0 is a Class 2 e-bike, which means the throttle and pedal assist system (PAS) will help this bike reach a top speed of 20 mph. It’s a little heavy for its size at 64 lbs, but it can carry 150 lbs of cargo on its rear rack, which means you can carry a passenger larger than a small child. The overall capacity for this e-bike is 330 lbs.
The 500-watt motor has more than enough power to move this bike, and the 48-volt, 10.4 amp-hour battery offers a range of up to 45 miles on a single charge. Rolling on 20” x 3” all-terrain tires, the short wheel base and low profile provides good handling and good overall control. This e-bike can accommodate rider heights from 4’10 to 6’1.”
This e-bike is well-suited for senior riders in its ease at shifting, thanks to the Shimano Tourney 7-speed shifter, and the easy pedaling provided by the efficient gear range. With this being a more affordable ebike, the XP 3.0 uses mechanical brakes that stop almost as well as hydraulic brakes. One of the benefits of having less expensive brakes is the lower cost in fixing and replacing them as well.
Considering all the options that come on this bike, such as folding frame, good power and range, and cargo capacity, the XP 3.0 is competitively priced. Selling for under 1400, this is the most affordable e-bike on our Seniors list.
- Great hill climbing from the 500.2w motor’s peak output of 1000w and 55Nm of torque.
- Gearing range from the 11-28T cassette is in balance with motor engagement and no awkward pedaling.
- 180mm rotors and mechanical brakes stop superb, while keeping costs down.
- Coil spring fork, with 50mm travel, absorbs bumps well.
- Rear rack has 150-lb capacity, accommodates a child passenger heavier than the 55 lb average on other e-bikes.
- Can’t remove the battery key when riding, which increases the risk of losing the key when parked.
Rad Power Bikes RadTrike
Rad Power Bikes’ new RadTrike made our list of Best e-Bike for Seniors because it is the most stable and well constructed trike that’s available at an affordable price. Also consider Rad has been around since 2007, is an authority in e-bike manufacturing and is one of the leading e-bike distributors in the U.S., and you can see why we picked their e-trike for our list.
The RadTrike’s load capacity is 415 lbs, which includes 325 lbs for the rider, 60 lbs for the rear rack, and 30 lbs on the front rack. The frame dimensions can hit a wide variety of rider heights, with its low 13.4” bottom tube, 28″ – 35.4″ seat height, and 18.1″ handlebar reach riders as short as 4 ’10” to as tall as 6′ 4″ can adjust the Trike to accommodate their size.
RadTrike is designed to be stable and allow the rider to be in control at all times. Its maximum speed is capped at 14 mph. The 750-watt front hub motor climbs hills exceptionally well. The pedal assist system (PAS) has five levels, 1 – 5, and comes with a throttle when you need quick bursts of power when starting from a stop.
The 10 amp-hour battery can take you up to 50 miles between charges. The drive train consists of one single 16T gear rear axle and only distributes power to the right wheel. The left wheel spins freely. That allows for both rear wheels to spin at the speed they need to spin at to make safe turns. Trikes that had mid-drive or rear hub motors make both rear wheels spin at the same speed, which can make the bike tip over or crash.
Stopping is provided by the reverse pedal activated coaster brake on the rear wheels, and the front mechanical disc brake. The Trikecan folded and transported in the back of most SUVs. The strong steel frame gives it a total weight of 82 lbs, which means for most, lifting the RadTrike. is a two-person task.
Rad has a good shipping and customer service history as a direct-to-consumer seller. They can ship your RadTrike to your home or mailing address, with only minimal assembly required. If you aren’t sure you can do the necessary finishing work to make your RadTrike. road ready, then be sure to find someone local who will either come to your house to complete, or have the RadTrike. delivered to a shop that will do the work. Rad offers buyers a 14-day trial, so you can make sure this e-bike is for you. Purchase includes a limited 1-year warranty.
- One of the most affordable, quality electric trikes on the market.
- Designed with safety in mind, capping top speed at 14 mph.
- Unique free wheel design makes this trike handle better and much safer in turns.
- Great ergonomics: seat, back rest, grips, handlebar reach, leg extension to the pedals – all designed for max comfort.
- Powerful 750w motor overtook every hill we needed to climb.
- Depending on your speed and reliance on the motor, range is between 25-59 miles.
- Size convenient for getting through doorways and storing at home or in car.
- Folding design makes it easier to transport and store when not using
- This trike deserves a torque sensor to better manage motor engagement with the pedaling, and efficiently manage battery use.
Specialized Turbo Como 3.0
The Specialized Turbo Como IGH 3.0 is among the best as a high quality top performing commuter e-bike. With its comfortable geometry, sleek and stylish design, and lightweight aluminum frame, this e-bike is perfect for the senior rider looking for a bike that needs less maintenance and can better withstand outdoor conditions.
Propelling this Como 3.0 is the Specialized proprietary Rx Street Tune 250-watt mid-drive motor. With its smooth, silent running, free of vibrations, this throttle-less Class 3 motor has a pedal assist system (PAS) that will take you to a top speed of 28 mph. Rather than using a cassette and derailleur like most bikes, Specialized uses the Enviolo CVP Multi-Turn internal gear hub [IGH], which provides smooth, trouble-free shifting.
Powering the motor is the 10.4 amp-hour battery, frame integrated and removable for re-charging and storage.
The 2.2-inch LCD display has a USB port for you to recharge your smartphone. The 27.5” x 2.3” Pathfinder Sport Reflect tires handle great and keep you in control. You can use this e-bike for commuting and for cargo. Front and rear cargo baskets can enable you to carry up 75 lbs (30 lbs front, 45 lbs rear) for a total of 275 lbs.
The Specialized Como 3.0 IGH is like the Cadillac of commuter e-bikes for seniors. That means the quality build and components are reflected in the total price. But you know you’re getting a high quality e-bike when you buy from them, which says a lot about the overall value.
- High quality design, build and components from a top bike company.
- 250w proprietary mid-drive motor produces great power, and 50Nm of torque while economizing on energy.
- Ergonomically designed for ride comfort will keep you on the seat longer than you thought.
- Custom frame-integrated 48v, 10.4Ah battery will take you up to 90 miles on a single charge.
- High quality gearing with internal gear hub to withstand elements, no greasy sprocket
- Awesome stopping power with the Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm front and 160mm rear rotors.
- Built-in lift handle for easy maneuvering.
- High quality comes at a price, the price on this e-bike is around 3400.
- Most American riders will encounter a learning curve when first riding on the internal gear hub.
Blix Packa Genie
The Blix Pack Genie e-bike is a one-of-a-kind, built to carry cargo like no other cargo e-bike we’ve tested, which is why it’s on our list of Best e-bikes for Seniors. The stability and control this bike offers is surprising when considering its size. The rear cargo capacity allows you to carry 150 lbs, which could be groceries and a grandchild – amazing!
The step-through frame and 23“ height between the ground and step-over point makes it easy to climb on and off the bike (if you need a boost up, there are inexpensive folding step stools you can use and carry on one of the racks). Riders ranging in height from 5’1” to 6’3” will find they fit this cargo bike very well.
You get a lot of power from the 750-watt rear hub, which really matters when you’re carrying the extra passenger or cargo. Energy for the motor comes from the 48-volt, 12.8 amp-hour battery.
Stopping ability is provided by the Bengal hydraulic disk brakes. Changing gears is through the Shimano Acera 7-speed, making pedaling easier and the ride more fun. The 24” x 2.4” puncture-resistant tires cushion you from the bumps and rough parts of the road. This bike can take a 250 lbs rider weight, and its total weight is 75 lbs.
But aside from that, the Blix Packa Genie really offers a lot of value for your money, especially when you consider the basic one-battery e-bike which sells for under 2000.
- Good quality, value-priced e-cargo bike that lets you carry up to 400 lbs (up to 200 lbs of cargo)
- Great handling for an e-cargo bike. Riding around I easily forgot that the bike is 81” long
- Lots of accessories, making it easy to load the bike up with cargo and/or kids
- Very long range with dual battery setup (up to nearly 80 miles in our real-world range test)
- Powerful climbing hills, even when loaded up with weight
- Good, quality components (hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano drivetrain)
- Easy to get on/off thanks to 24” wheels and low, 19.4” step-over frame
- This is me being super nit-picky, but I’d like to see a slightly larger front chainring. On PAS 5 you really don’t have to pedal much at all to get the bike cruising at 20 MPH.
- You can do so much with this bike, and there are a ton of accessories already. I just want more – specifically some type of large cargo basket for the rear rack.
Denago Commute Model 1 ST
Denago Commute Model 1 ST makes our list of best step-through e-bikes for seniors based on its user-friendly acceleration, riding comfort, and overall value. The Shengyi 500w motor makes this a Class 3 e-bike (throttle and PAS limited at 28 mph). The motor is calibrated to give the senior rider a happy medium with its tempered acceleration. This bike will make you feel like you’re in control at all times.
Power to the motor comes from the 48v 13.6 Ah battery which will take you up to 45 miles between charges. Using the Microshift 8-speed, this bike has a gearing setup that is senior-friendly, providing gear options that work with your pedaling efforts and the road conditions. Whether you’re going uphill, or using PAS 5 on a straight away, this e-bike won’t leave you feeling under-powered or out of control.
The Commute is 66 lbs, a little heavier than similar style e-bikes, but the Zoom hydraulic disc brakes work well bringing it to a stop. The Zoom suspension seatpost and suspension forks do a good job absorbing the bumps. Riding atop 27.5” x 2.6” puncture resistant tires gives you positive traction and good overall handling in pavement, gravel and dirt roads.
Denago has priced the Commuter 1 for under 2000. When looking at the quality components and overall design, this bike has a lot of value with its price. Taking into account its stability, comfort and reliability, it is also a good e-bike option for seniors.
- Good mid and top end power from 500.2w Shengyi hub motor Class 3 (PAS limit 28 mph).
- 48-volt, 13.6Ah integrated battery has a low-key look and provided 27 Mi. of range in PAS 5.
- 8-speed gearing great for top speed and climbing hills.
- Good traction from 27.5 x 2.6-in.-wide tires.
- Frame size and reach well-suited for taller riders, too.
- Theft protection provided by PIN lock.
Rad Power Bikes – RadRunner 3 Plus
Whether you’re a senior looking for an alternative to your car, a good small cargo bike or an electric bike that will seat another person, the RadRunner 3 Plus, from Rad Power Bikes, could be the e-bike you’re looking for. This Class 2 e-bike features a well thought out frame design and a powerful 750-watt motor that will power you and your goodies all around town.
The RadRunner 3 Plus has a newly designed frame with a hauling capacity of 350 lbs. There is tons of versatility with what you can carry when using the optional rear passenger seat, front and rear racks with plenty of optional accessories, and an optional trailer.
The 750-watt motor is also newly designed and really wowed us with its performance. Distributing power from the bike chain is the 7-speed Shimano Altus shifter/derailleur, which worked well with the motor when pedaling in low gears, on hills, and flat straightaways. This bike has a right grip twist throttle. Providing greater safety and sure-footed stopping power is the upgraded hydraulic brake system. The brakes worked well for us when carrying cargo.
Considering all the features on the RadRunner 3 Plus, you definitely get a great bang for your e-bike buck. To learn more about this e-bike, or for information on price and availability, please click the link below.
- Thanks to its weight capacity, frame style, and 350-lb weight capacity, the RadRunner 3 Plus is hugely versatile e-bike.
- Tons of optional accessories, like additional seats, lockable hard-shell panniers, and even the new Rad Trailer, allow the bike to carry kids and pets, or haul just about anything.
- With a cargo rack significantly longer than previous models, the RadRunner 3 Plus has plenty of room for passengers or gear.
- Compared to earlier models, the bike’s frame is stronger and more maneuverable, while still accommodating riders between 4′-10″ and 6′-2″.
- The RadRunner 3 Plus feels great and handles well thanks to its improved motor, 3.3″ tires, and BMX-style handlebars.
- The bike’s PAS system offers a wide range of assistance levels to match the preferences of a wider range of riders.
- Comfort is at the forefront, with the bike’s upright positioning, improved saddle, suspension fork with 60mm of travel, and 17″ standover height.
- Currently in development, a second battery will be available soon to double the RadRunner 3 Plus’ range!
- The bike’s updated frame design and semi-integrated battery are welcome sights that also look great!
- We love the overall visual redesign, but still wish the bike had better cable management and came in more than just one color – but these things are pretty minor when considering all of the Pros!
- The single-leg kickstand is a bit of a downgrade from previous models that used a dual-leg one. This version is easier to use, but isn’t quite as effective when loading cargo.
Electric Bike Company Model S
The Model S, from the Electric Bike Company, is great for seniors, combining a classic look with quality components on a bike virtually anyone can ride. Its welded rear rack, with a 55 lbs capacity, is great for carrying groceries, picnic goodies, and even a bike seat for the grandchild. Add an optional front rack, and you can carry another 45 lbs of fun.
Powering you along with goodies at hand is a powerful 500-watt motor, claimed to be the best e-bike motor in the world. It has a 10-year warranty, which is the best in the industry, and gives the buyer greater value. The 12 amp-hour battery can provide enough energy for 60 miles of riding in between charges.
Designed to offer great ergonomics for comfortable posture, the 27” wide handlebars are easy to reach. The super comfy seat is great for longer rides, and the 7-speed shifting and pedal assist adjustments on the LCD display safely control your speed. The aluminum frame will accommodate a rider height range of 5’2” to 6’ 10” and the total weight capacity is 420 lbs, making this bike very inviting to almost anyone.
Optional anti-theft alarm is available, as well as numerous accessories, including a suspension seat post for smoother rides, and a variety of cargo carrying items. The Electric Bike Company sells directly to consumers, which means this bike arrives fully built, making it convenient for seniors who aren’t comfortable using tools.
All in all, you get a lot of value with this superbly built e-bike.
- 10-year warranty on motor – great value.
- Great riding control and stability for new and returning riders.
- Smooth, reliable power from the 500w motor.
- Impressive 65 mile range from the 48v 18Ah battery.
- Color LCD display was easy to see while riding, giving pertinent details.
- Good stopping power from Tektro Dorado hydraulic disc brakes.
- Weight capacity 420 lbs, welcomes most riders, regardless of weight.
- Optional suspension seat post smooths the bumps, and many accessories for customizing rider needs.
- We would like to see an optional suspension fork for smoother rides.
- High priced bike (but it does feature high quality components.)
Evelo Galaxy SL
Senior riders who are more active and who want an e-bike with innovative features will really like the Evelo Galaxy SL. Featuring its state of the art Enviolo gear hub and 500-watt Dapu mid-drive motor, the Galaxy comes packaged with nifty components that provide unique riding experiences and add value to your purchase.
The Enviolo continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a new take on the old internal gear hub that you see on Dutch bikes. With a manual twist shifter, you can change gears when you’re not moving and the unit needs very little maintenance throughout the life of the bike.
The Dapu 500-watt mid-drive motor is of higher quality than most motors you see elsewhere, and it complements your pedaling, rather than replacing it. When climbing hills you will appreciate the 95 Newton-meters of torque it generates – something mid-drive motors are known for. This e-bike comes with a throttle and is chain-driven.
The rear rack-mounted 36V, 13Ah battery allows for the shorter step-through frame, and is super easy to remove for charging and security. The battery should last for 50 miles between charges, depending on your shifting and pedaling.
The SL has rigid suspension, which helps keep the weight down, and the Zoom hydraulic brakes provide good stopping power. Complementing the shorter frame height are the 24” x 2.4” wheels, providing good traction and handling on pavement and gravel roads. The 350 lbs capacity allows you to take advantage of the cargo-carrying accessories that are available. But if you just want to ride this e-bike as is, then you will appreciate its light 52-lb weight.
So, in conclusion, the Evelo Galaxy SL is a unique e-bike more suited to active senior riders. But the technological features can help elevate your riding experiences to new levels. Evelo sells and ships e-bikes directly to consumers, and their bikes are delivered with some final assembly required. Shipping is included in the price of the bike, and they offer a 21-day at home trial offer, allowing you to make sure this is the e-bike for you.
- Enviolo’s continuously variable planetary transmission provides effortless gear changes and low maintenance.
- Peppy 500-watt mid-drive motor still provides a traditional riding experience.
- Low step-over makes it easy to hop on.
- Lightweight build, easy to maneuver, transport and store.
- Quality components give added value, especially Evelo’s 4-year, 20K mile warranty.
- Smooth, predictable motor engagement with pedaling, enables safe speed selections.
- Classic styling harkins to an earlier era of bicycling, but with modern amenities.
- expensive, but you’re getting a higher quality electric bike.
- Riders unfamiliar with CVT gear hubs may face a learning curve; plus upshifting is difficult in the first 500 miles.
Summary: Electric Bikes Keep Seniors Active, Happy And Healthy
I’ve spent most of my life riding bicycles, and I like knowing that electric bikes are there to keep me riding no matter my age.
E-bikes are sometimes called the great equalizer of cycling. Cycling, as a sport and a mode of transportation, was formerly reserved for the (relatively) young and fit; those unfazed by hills and long durations of physical exertion. But e-bikes, thanks to their small motor and battery, make it so that anyone — no matter their age, fitness level or ability — can enjoy going for a bike ride. E-bikes make hills feel flatter, accelerations easier and give riders the power to choose exactly how much they want to ask of their bodies when riding a bike.
I like to think of it as the democratization of bikes.
Few demographics have been more impacted by e-bikes than the older generations of riders. Not only do they give existing cyclists the power to continue riding at any age, it’s helping people who haven’t ridden a bike in years rediscover the sport. They’re less intimidating, more forgiving and can give you the sensation of turning back the clock to a version of you that used to do laps around the neighborhood on a one-speed bicycle.
We’ve spent hours testing with many of the bikes on this list, testing their braking, handling and acceleration to demonstrate how they handle in the real world. So if you’re a senior on the hunt for an e-bike, you’ve come to the right place.
Now you’ve seen all our picks for the best electric bike for seniors in 2023. Are there others you think should make the list? Let us know down in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев section below!
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One crappy bike after another. If your goal is to get a bike that breaks down then by all means, buy one of these. If your goal is to get a bike that lurches when you start to pedal, get one of these. If you want a super unstable trike that wants to tip over in turns, get the one they list here. If your goal is a reliable, safe and easy to ride, then go to your local IBD that sells quality bikes and listen to their recommendations. This list represents nothing more than paid advertising. Look elsewhere for advice
Nope, several solid and better bikes were left out including the fact that none of the Gazelle bikes were listed all of which are better made and will last longer than any of these bikes.
Unfortunately, Gazelle does not make an e-bike that will better accommodate a petite person. Petite people are not necessarily lightweight people but those of us less than 62 inches tall have trouble with Gazelle e-bikes. My good friends have two Gazelle e-bikes and let me ride from time to time – while I love the experience overall, it’s frightening when I have to immediately stop or dismount. I’m too far up off the ground. Because of the quality of the Gazelle e-bikes is outstanding, I keep communicating with them about creating a customized version with 20 inch wheels and/or a compact frame. Gazelle bikes, in every other aspect, are my favorite. The only reason I have not purchased, as I get older (yes, I am a senior), the higher bikes are more daunting.
I could not miss that you did not mention your qualifications and were completely negative in your Комментарии и мнения владельцев while providing a solution of your own. When I followed the link attached to your name it took me to Freedom Folding Bikes. I submit Sir that your motives are not in the best interests of the target audience of this article. I am a senior who purchased an ebike for several reasons not the least of which is my reduced capacity to ride a traditional bike. I found the article well written and with seniors in mind. Every potential purchaser has their own criteria that needs to be met. My advice to those investigating is to talk with people who have purchased an ebike, take some out for a test ride, and to remember that only you can decide if it is right for you.
Bryan ……. I’m a 79 senior. Riding a Pedego Stretch (cargo bike) for almost 6 years with over 10k miles. Your Комментарии и мнения владельцев regarding hands on consideration and test and trial of what’s good way to decide on an e-bike are very good. Especially for seniors, who may be less interested in being their own mechanic than younger generations, finding a dealer nearby with a track record of service and being in business for a while is especially important. Also, consider that with e-bike assist, some added weight is not particularly a burden. Especially with regard to wheels and tires, because skinner tires and rough trails or streets potential for flats are something that seniors want to stay away from. Invest time in shopping and talking to experience will pay off. Being on 2 wheels is so much liberation and fun for seniors …….
And the price point on the Freedom Folding bikes is substantially higher than those in scope for this article, too. Another important point about the critical comment.
I don’t know anything about freedom bikes but cost per mile is more important to most seniors than initial price.
Couldn’t agree more. Seniors want low/no maintenance. A lot of seniors have an above average budget to spend. You only have one belt drive bike on your list. Where are the Reise Muller and Gazelle e-bikes that feature belt drives and internal gear hubs for maintenance free riding?
Agreed, lifetime costs, cost per mile and no grief are the most important factor. I have a Gazelle with 4k miles in 18 months and zero issues. From the Schwalbe Marathon tires that have never had a flat to the Bosch drive system everything is built to last.
At just 68 years old I have found my Radcity to be very reliable, safe, and easy to ride. Extremely smooth and quiet-VERY relaxing to ride.
In my case one of the most important decisions for seniors like myself when considering an e-bike is “WEIGHT”. It affects all aspects of riding and also transporting. I’ve been riding e-bikes since 2013 and I could not recommend any bike that approaches 60 pounds to a senior.
David, likewise. I’m a 50 year cyclist; road, mountain, folding (Brompton) and now e-bike (Pedego Stretch). Pedego offers many model options. The nationwide independent dealer network is especially important, unless one has the ability, tools and a lack of arthritic joints to be a bicycle mechanic. As we age, good dealer service is increasingly important consideration.
As a 69 year old senior that migrated to an e-bike two years ago due to health reasons, I find that one key item is not addressed in your recommendations. The weight of e-bikes is a significant factor to understand when buying a bike. While I understand not everyone has a need to transport their e-bike on their vehicle, those that do need to understand the following: If you want to transport your bike on a car rack, you have be strong enough to lift it up onto the rack and take it off. (with or without your battery installed). You also have to have a car bike rack made to handle the weight of e-bikes. The only e-bike rated car racks I have seen require a car hitch, so that might limit your ability to have a bike rack if you do not have a hitch on your vehicle. You analysis and recommendations should include the weight of the e-bike.
Hi Gary! Saris makes an electric bike rack for ebikes! Check out: https://www.saris.com/product/door-county
I am 78 and ride a recumbent trike with a super pedestrian wheel on the hills of upstate New York. Excellent for seniors. Did you consider recumbent trikes in your research?
Don a great comment. Not only are recumbents more comfortable to ride, but much more attractive than the bikes in this article.
I am 85 and have been riding a three wheel Bionx assist recumbent for the past five years. My wife and I switched to recumbent trikes after crashing our mountain bikes three times each while touting on the GAP with panniers. I tried switching back to an ebike about a year ago and found them to be heaver than my trike and very short front to back. I felt very cramped and unstable.
I’m a 69 yr. Old senior with hip and knee issues. I bought a Aventon Aventure Step Thru. Other than its a little heavy as expected ,its great, especially on hills. My area is not very bike friendly, riding on the road mostly. One of my rides I can ride approx. 12 miles in 40 minutes with approx 30% hills, that’s riding on level 3 of 5. Need to work my way up to lower levels, less power, better workout,when. I want. I rode the same area. shorter rides,20 yrs ago on a Mtn bike. So much easier and more fun on ebike at almost 70 vs 50. My backside is the most limiting factor. Looking at new seat,maybe suspension seat post and tougher backside.
The saddle is crucial! It doesn’t have to be expensive. A suspension seat post is a real bonus. Again, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You appear to be my age with the same problems. I built my own bike as there is nothing on the market with the features I want. (That I can afford).
Thanks for a nice report. Some of the negative Комментарии и мнения владельцев by readers are not true. I recommend that a customer test ride 3 different types of E-Bikes from 3 manufacturers before they buy a bike.
I’m 69 with some hip and knee issues riding a Aventon Aventure. I’m new to ebikes. 20 yrs ago I rode a Mtn bike. No hip or knee issues then. The ebike is much easier to ride and I can ride much further. Ebike is a lifesaver on hills or when my knee is hurting. My backside is my limit so far doesn’t last as long as the battery. The bike is a bit heavy. But I’m also a big man. 6 ft 1″, 255 lbs.
Out of all of these, the RadCity is my favourite. I suppose I am a Senior now – no escaping the fact. I wanted a bike with the things that were important to me. It had to have: Central battery,low step frame, disc brakes, hub gears, hub motor, steering stabiliser, proper centre stand, proper luggage racks, suspension forks and suspension seat post. I almost achieved what I wanted by building my own for about £800, but the frame was the limiting factor. Out of all these bikes for review, you can cross-off anything with the battery hanging off the back, central motor or fat tyres. The trike I’m not sure of, but I may have to have one in the future – who knows? I will be honest and admit I have ordered a Rad Runner as it has most of the things I/we wanted, although I’m not keen on the tyres. It is supposed to be for my wife. Time will tell.
Its true the RAD City is a well made and excellent bike. I was 81 when I rode my purchase bike 29 Miles total and fell standing still in my garage at 29 Miles dismounting. Determined bike was too heavy and sold it. I broke 3 ribs and had rehab for 3 months. I still ride a 1999 Curie kit at the beach 24V 600W MAC Chain rear Drive with 12,000 miles. The stock Kollmorgen lasted 8k miles before Hurricane rise of 5 ft in my garage where bike was hanging. Blew the controller with an audible Pop. My experience before the 90s was a kit from Mobility Co in NJ Mounted over front tire. Was friction setup with 12v tractor battery between your legs. Starter Motor with a bench Grinder disk mounted to the shaft. The mechanics was a break lever that went thru a block and tackle arrangement under the fiberglass housing which had a standard old starter switch that started the motor on contact with tire. It worked if adjusted correctly and your were moving else you grinder a hole in the tire! It was called Pedal Power Kit. From a company that pioneered Mobility Handicap Scooters in Swell NJ. Frank Flowers was the designer. For 99 it came with kit wires and battery with charger 1979. Ive narrows my new bike down to 2 Blix models. Both Step thru The Food up and Beach Cruiser light weight step thru. That’s my experience of many years peddling with Power. Bob
I was shocked that you did not list one recumbent or one trike with a body. All of the bikes listed were ugly. We older folks are still interested in riding an attractive vehicle.
Don a great comment. Not only are recumbents more comfortable to ride, but much more attractive than the bikes in this article.
Hi I’m a senior in my middle 70” always enjoyed bicycles, hiking. I have been shopping for a Trike. EBR Court give the Raleigh Tristarie IE the Izip Tristar Plus a High Rating. It was a few years ago. The price on this Trikes is 3000. The Evelo Compass Trike is at present time 4,299.00 Oct. 2021 Worth ones time, to check them out. All are good quality. Take Care Carmen
- Griffin Hales says October 11, 2021 at 5:02 pm
Thanks Carmen! We did take a look at the Compass earlier this year and enjoyed it. https://electricbikereport.com/evelo-compass-review/
I didnt get to see this article when it came out much earlier, but found it today and gave it a read. SOrry, but Chucks initial reply rings true to my own experiences dealing with older customers who still want to ride. Reliability is a HUGE factor when choosing a bike. When a bike breaks down for most people its just an inconvenience, but when that bike is a mobility device, a break down can turn a fun afternoon into a survival problem. Weight is another. I laughed when I saw the 70 pound aventure on the list! This is NOT a bike for seniors. Choose wisely from an actual bike shop and not from review shills on a website, and god forbid you pick ANYTHING from amazon! I’ve also found out that 2000 seems to be the price point to having a repaired often bike to a reliable AND supported one.
I just turned 60 and my wife and I have owned our eBikes since early 2019. We love it! We test rode several brands before we landed on the RadCity 5. No complaints. As to reliability, I’ve got over 700 miles on it and it’s going strong. It just works. No need for service yet. It’s well built and has decent components. Check the reviews… they are solid and have thousands of satisfied customers. And an amazing value at under 2K. The only negative is that it is a bit heavy. Not an issue for me but could be a bit much to handle for a smaller or older person. The big bike manufacturers (Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc.) have eBike models as well. Even Harley Davidson has entered the eBike foray (check out Serial1.com). I’m sure they are great (integrated batteries, high quality components, sleeker look more like a traditional bike, etc.) but you are well over 3K with this option. If money is no option, then check them out but I’m sure any of the options listed here will serve you well. I recommend that you test drive as many models within your price range, talk to owners/check the reviews, and go for it… you won’t regret it!
I am the 88 year old founder and President of North Bay Elder Ebikers in northern San Francisco Bay and my overall assessment of your list is that it is geared more for your advertisers and general readers than for potential older eBike riders. In a nutshell, they should want to buy the best quality bike they can afford from the closest eBike store that has a full service operation run by knowledgeable people. Also, I don’t believe value should be an issue if one plans to go down any hills, off road or in traffic. Ease of access and operation, proper fit, quality components, stability and, above all, safety should be their main concerns. In my opinion, any list for older riders that leaves off the Gazelle and Riese Muller step through eBikes is, at best, incomplete.
I own a Rad rover step, through I have almost 1900 miles on it and love it. I am 79 yrs young ride almost daily. I have added a brooks saddle and double actuated brakes.
I have not read anything about hand comfort for those of us with arthritis in our hands. Squeezing a hand brake after an hour or so becomes painful. Same with a thumb throttle. The throttle twist is better, but not ideal either. I would love to have coast brakes where I don’t have to use my hands at all. I am a small 71 yr. old woman. Do not want to give up bike riding, dang it.
I’m sure it’s possible to fit a rear wheel with a coaster brake to a bike with a front motor or even a mid-motor. Would that solve your problem? (Partially).
Make sure you check bikes with hydraulic brakes before trying to get someone to install a coaster brake, which would be an unsafe option, especially for the typical heavy ebike.
TOWNIE GO by Electra bikes. I am a senior and have 3500 mile on my Townie. This bike has the FLAT FOOT design with the pedals moved about 6 inches forward is extremely comfortable and easier to control. I commute about 6 miles roundtrip on most nice days and have enjoyed this bike. It has a Bosch mid engine and is fine for the hills in our city. I believe Trek bought this company to be able to use the patented design. The bike has been durable and held up well.
You identify the Ride-1-UP 500 Series (which I ride), but a number of the Комментарии и мнения владельцев you give are about the Core 5. Which model are you really trying to describe and recommend for (us) seniors?
- Griffin Hales says April 6, 2022 at 10:17 am
Thanks for the catch, Lou. We updated our recommendation from the Core-5 to the 500 series. Looks like the page had an error when updating.
For those whose ability to lift and/or carry heavy loads, weight of the bike is everything. I’m a woman aged 62, and I’ve had my Electric Bike Company Model S for 2 years. It’s lovely–the envy of all the neighbors (that custom paint is gorgeous!)–but it has become too big and heavy. When I purchased it, the weight wasn’t that big an issue (I was 60 at the time). But now I’m older (and an inch shorter!), and I do lift weights, but apparently it’s not enough for me to handle this bike. At 63 pounds in weight (including the basket and battery), it’s just too heavy to handle when I stop to cross at an intersection, for example. At this point, I’m afraid to ride it. I will try to sell it and get something lighter so I can ride without worrying if it’ll tip over and hurt me. Before you choose a bike, TAKE IT FOR A TEST RIDE. See if it’s too heavy, because you’re only going to get older (and likely: weaker) as you age. If you want to ride it for a couple of years, make sure it’s easy to handle now.
It was a great article, thanks for covering such a great piece of information about the best electric bikes for seniors.
Still riding Bionx since 2010. Since 2013 I have accrued over 30,000 miles On both bikes. My PL350 motors no problem. My Cruiser is a Townie 26″Schawble Marathon e-bike tires.21 Spd. Bike. Equipped with front shock forks, suspension seat post, Textro Rear Mag. Brake Lever,11.5 Amp 48 V. Battery. Range 45 miles. My Other Bike is a KHS 700cc Schawble Marathon e-bike tires Touring Bike PL350 Freewheel Motor Equipped with front shock forks, suspension seat post, Textro Rear Mag. Brake Lever,8.5 Amp 48 V. Battery. Range 45 miles. Both Bike batteries have been Rebuilt by Jhonathan Nethers. BionX Has Regenerative Braking and Regen Charging at 10 MPH.
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eBikes for Big Guys! the best electric bicycles for heavy / tall riders in 2023
Pedal assisted road bikes, MTB, city tricycles, and folding bikes for overweight adult men
As part of our “bikes for big guys” series, here we present our list of the best electric bikes for heavy and tall riders for 2023.
We know how hard is for tall cyclists to find an ebike that fits, and how stressful it can be to go through specs to be sure your new bike will be safe when you’re an overweight man.
Good news is we’ve done the legwork for you and curated a list of the top 11 big guys’ e-bikes, stuff that is built to last, offer ultimate comfort, and pack a powerful punch.
Whether you’re commuting to work, hitting the trails, working on loosing some fat, or just enjoying a leisurely ride, our list of the best e-bikes for 2023 has got you covered, indeed we have organized these bestial rigs according to their category, thus giving you big folks options for cities and sport e-bikes, pedal assisted road racers, electric MTB and fat bikes, folding ebikes, and even an elictric tricycle for obese or people with limited-mobility.
So get ready to conquer the road with ease with our top 10 picks for the best e-bikes for big, tall, and heavy riders:”
How we compiled this list
In compiling this list, we gave attention to a number of characteristics we deem to be the most important when looking for the best ebike for big guys:
For tall guys, we firstly found a number of e-bikes that come with a XL frame option, filtering for size 61 minimum and then researching models with sizes of 62, 63, and even 64.
As frame sizes don’t always tell all the truth when it comes to bike fitting for big guys, we also researched stack and reach values of each bike model.
Stack and reach are geometric measurements that describe the vertical and horizontal distance between the center of the bottom bracket and the top of the head tube. A taller stack will provide more room for a tall rider’s long inseam (the distance between the feet and the crotch), while a longer reach will provide more room for a tall rider’s legs and longer arms.
We also had a look at other measures, such as top tube length (the distance between the seat tube and the head tube, the longer the more clearance for knees), seat tube length (the distance between the center of the bottom bracket and the top of the seat tube), head tube length (distance between the top of the head tube and the center of the fork’s steerer tube), and standover height the clearance between the top tube of the bike and your crotch when standing with both feet flat on the ground.
For overweight riders, we primarily looked for manufacurers’ info about the maximum payload their electric bike can handle, secondarely we gave attention to components such as brakes (very important for heavy riders), tires, wheels (and number of spokes), and saddle – of course bike components can always be upgraded, so your priority as a heavy cyclist looking for an e-bike should always be the sturdiness of the frame.
Best Electric Bikes for Heavy / Tall Riders
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How we compile our gear guides: during the almost 10 years of cycloscope.net our team personally tested dozens of similar pieces of gear. For what we can’t test personally, we involve other people in the cycling community to give their feedback and opinion about gear they have used. Our decade-long experience in bicycle touring enables us to find the key cons and pros of every product we mention.
City / Multi-Sport eBikes for Big Guys
Premium: Surly Skid Loader
- Model: Surly Skid Loader
- Max payload: 400 lbs (181kg)
- Max riders’ height: 6″5 (200cm)
- Motor: 600W
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Range: 15 – 50 miles (24 – 80km)
- Brakes: Tektro 4-piston M745, Tektro 6-bolt 180 mm
- Drivetrain: microSHIFT Advent X 10-speed
- Materials: steel frame and fork
- Price: 4,799
From legendary American touring bike brand Surly, here’s the best bike for big guys you can think of. With a weight capacity of 400 lbs, this cargo monster is sure to haul even the heaviest of the asses around without skipping a beat.
Designed for hauling loads of stuff around, with its monumental built-in rear rack, The Skid Loader has the utility of a long-tail bike, but with a compact footprint that let it snug through the same tight spaces as a regular bike.
The powerful 600 Watts motor lets this beast of burden tackle even the steepest slopes under the heaviest loads, ideal if you are living in a hilly area.
Comfortable to ride and compliant under load, with a 27.5″ wheel platform providing ample tire options, it’s built to withstand commutes from bus stop to bandit trail.
It is available in three frame sizes, the largest fitting tall riders up to 6″5, with adequate standover to fit all shapes and sizes, a dropper post, and useful accessory barnacles.
Trek FX 2
- Model: Trek FX 2
- Max payload: 300 lbs (130kg)
- Max riders’ height: 6″5 (200 cm)
- Motor: 250Wh
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Range: 35 miles (56km)
- Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc, MT200 lever, UR300 caliper
- Drivetrain: Shimano Altus M2010, 9 speed
- Materials: Alpha Gold Aluminum
- Price: 2,500
Premium: Stromer ST5 Elite
- Model: Stromer ST5 Elite
- Max payload: 136 kg (300 lbs)
- Max rider’s height: 6’5″ (200cm)
- Motor: 500W
- Top speed: 45 km/h (28 mph)
- Range: up to 150 km (93 miles)
- Price: /- 10,000
The Stromer ST5 Elite is the Tesla of electric bikes. It’s sleek, powerful, and will make you want to take the long way home. But let’s break it down, shall we?
First, the battery. With a range of up to 120 miles, you can kiss range anxiety goodbye. This baby will take you further than four gallons of gas and it’s way more eco-friendly.
Next, the connectivity. The ST5 Elite comes with a host of connectivity features, such as GPS tracking, theft protection, and the ability to control the bike’s settings through the Stromer app.
Then, the drivetrain. With a Shimano XT Di2, shifting gears will be smoother than butter.
Tire clearance? No problem. The ST5 Elite can handle tires up to 47mm wide, so you can tackle any terrain like a pro.
Price? It’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for. It’s a premium e-bike and it’s worth the investment.
Finally, the size. The ST5 Elite’s frame size is 19 inches, which makes it suitable for riders up to 6’2″ tall. It’s like a bespoke
Mid-Range: Trek Verve 2 Lowstep Electric Hybrid Bike
- Model: Trek Verve 2 Lowstep
- Max payload: 136 kg (300 lbs)
- Motor: 250W Bosch Active Line Plus
- Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph)
- Range: up to 88.5 km (55 miles)
- Price: from 2,199
Trek has designed the Verve 2 Lowstep with the overweight friends in mind. The rig is designed to handle heavy loads and can support a rider’s weight of up to 300 lbs.
It features a sturdy Alpha Gold Aluminum frame, and is equipped with a 250W Bosch Active Line Plus motor and a 400Wh PowerTube battery.
At 20 mph, this bike’s top speed fails to impress, but that’s certainly no F1 racer. The range instead, of up to 55 miles per charge (depending on the rider’s weight and terrain) is quite great, allowing for long commutes or leisure rides.
Designed for the city, the Verve is also equipped with a number of features that make it comfortable and practical for heavy riders such as a step-thru frame for easy mounting and dismounting, a comfortable saddle and a suspension fork that absorbs the bumps on the road.
The maximum rider’s height though is less than 190cm (6″2), so this is not the best bike for very tall people.
Best Electric Folding Bikes for Tall / Heavy Riders
Premium: Brompton Electric
- Model: Brompton Electric
- Max payload: 110kgs (242 lbs)
- Drivetrain: Brushless geared hub motor
- Brakes: Dual pivot alloy caliper brakes
- Tires: 16″ x 1-3/8″ Schwalbe Marathon Racer
- Weight: Approximately 13.6 kg (30 lbs)
- Folded size: H: 56cm x W: 59cm x D: 27cm (22″ x 23″ x 11″)
- Price: from 3,500
The Brompton Electric is a folding bike that packs a punch. Its small size when folded makes it easy to take with you on the go, whether you’re commuting to work or taking a trip on public transportation. But don’t let its compact size fool you – this bike packs a powerful fist with its electric assist motor. The motor provides just the right amount of boost to make hills and headwinds a breeze.
The bike is built with a lightweight aluminum frame and comes with a variety of gears, making it easy to tackle any terrain. The handling is precise and responsive, allowing for a smooth and enjoyable ride. The folding mechanism is intuitive and easy to use, making it a great option for city dwellers or those with limited storage space.
For taller riders, the Brompton Electric offers a larger frame size, with a maximum rider height of around 6’4″ for the largest available frame. This allows for a comfortable and efficient riding position for taller individuals. Overall, this bike offers great value for money, with its impressive capabilities and convenient folding design.
Electric: Turboant Swift S1
- Model: Turboant Swift S1
- Max payload: 330 lb (150 kg)
- Range: 35–60 miles (56–97 km).
- Motor: 750W brushless gear motor.
- Brakes: Tektro Aries disk brakes
- Tires: 20″ × 4.0″ Kenda fat tires
- Weight: 72.8 lb (33 kg)
- Folded size: 38” x 23.5” x 31” (96.52 cm x 59.69 cm x 78.74 cm)
- Price: 1,799
The Turboant Swift S1 is a folding electric bike that is great for city commuters. With its lightweight aluminum frame and powerful 250W brushless geared motor, it can easily reach speeds of up to 20 mph. The bike also features a thumb-throttle and pedal assist mode, allowing you to customize your ride to your preference. Its 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes provide smooth and reliable shifting and stopping power. Additionally, the bike can fold down in seconds, making it easy to store and transport. With a maximum rider height of 6’2, the Swift S1 is a great option for taller riders looking for a compact and efficient mode of transportation.
The Turboant Swift S1 electric bike is a great option for overweight riders looking for a reliable and efficient folding commuter at an affordable price pint.
With a weight capacity of 330 pounds, the Swift S1 can accommodate most of the heaviest guys.
The bike also features a convenient thumb throttle and pedal assist system, making it easy for riders to customize their ride experience.
A sleek and compact design, making it easy to store and transport adds up points making it an excellent choice for overweight riders, but note that at almost 73lbs, this is not an easy toy to haul around.
Pedal Assisted MTB and Fat Bikes
Premium: Trek Fuel EXe 9.5
- Model: Trek Fuel EX 5 Gen 5
- Battery: 360Wh
- Motor: TQ-HPR50, 50 Nm, 250 watt
- Max payload: 300lbs (136kg)
- Max rider’s height 6″5 (200cm)
- Frame: Carbon
- Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL, DebonAir spring, Motion Control damper, lockout, Boost110, 15mm Maxle Stealth, 150mm travel
- Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select RT, 205mm x 60mm
- Brakes: Shimano 4-piston hydraulic disc
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M6100, 10-51, 12 speed
- Tire clearance: 29×2.60″
- Weight: M – 19.93 kg / 43.94 lbs
- Price: from 6,500
If you’re looking for the ultimate electric MTB for big guys look no further then the Trek Fuel EXe 9.5.
I’ve owned a muscolar Trek Fuel EX for a while and loved it, it has everything I look for in a mountain bike: incredible handling, sensitive brakes, a wide range of gear, and reliable and smooth suspensions.
The geometry is well-thought and can easily accommodate the needs of riders who are carrying a bit more weight, indeed the weight limits stands at a whooping 300 lbs, quite impressive for a carbon MTB.
The Fox 34 Float Performance fork and Fox Float EVOL rear shock work together to soak up even the roughest of terrain, allowing you to FOCUS on the trail ahead.
Connectivity is hardwired with the ANT sensor integration and the dedicated app, designed specifically for the Fuel EXe.
The app can do a lot of things: from tracking your ride and navigate, to tune the performance of the TQ HPR50 motor and esteem the range. It can pair with a cycling computer and even with SRAM TyreWiz and AirWiz modules to provide live pressure readouts, and offer recommendations on setup.
In short, the Trek Fuel EXe 9 gen 5 is a bike that I would recommend to anyone looking for a high-performance hardtail mountain bike that is designed to accommodate the needs of riders who are carrying a bit more weight. It’s a bike that is built to last, providing an unrivaled level of comfort, control, and performance. And the price, let’s just say that you get what you pay for.
Budget: Aventon Aventure 2
- Model: Avanton Aventure
- Max payload: 180 kg (400 lbs)
- Motor: 750W
- Top speed: 45 km/h (28 mph)
- Range: 45-90 km (28-56 miles) depending on the rider’s weight and terrain
- Price: from 1,700
The Avanton Aventure is the ultimate e-bike for the “big and tall” crowd. With a payload of up to 400lbs, this bad boy can handle more weight than a buffet line at a Las Vegas casino. It’s like a forklift with pedals.
But don’t let its impressive weight capacity fool you, this e-bike is packed with high-tech features. It’s equipped with a powerful 750W brushless geared motor and a removable 48V 12Ah Lithium-Ion battery that can provide a maximum speed of 20mph and a range of up to 40-55 miles per charge.
The Aventure also boasts a 21-speed Shimano transmission system, which provides smooth and precise shifting, even when hauling a load.
The frame size of the Aventure can accommodate riders up to 6’5″ tall, so even the tallest of people can enjoy a comfortable ride.
Overall, the Avanton Aventure is the ultimate e-bike for those who want to tackle long-distance rides, whatever your size.
Cheapest: Ecotric Rocket Electric Bike
- Model: Ecotric Rocket
- Max payload: 120 kg (265 lbs)
- Motor: 750W
- Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph)
- Range: 64 km (40 miles)
- Price: 1,199.99
If you’re not above 265lbs or 6″2, here’s a really cheap electric bike that can accommodate relatively tall or heavy guys.
I had the opportunity to test it and I can say that the 750W brushless geared motor, paired with the 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, provides plenty of power for climbing hills and reaching high speeds.
The removable 48V 10AH Lithium-Ion Battery provides a range of up to 20-40 miles per charge, which is quite impressive, while the 26-inch fat tires provide excellent stability and traction on various terrain.
The frame is built with high-strength steel and can support a max payload of 264lbs. Overall, I would highly recommend the Ecotric Rocket to anyone looking for a cheap e-bike that can handle various terrain and provide a smooth and powerful ride.
Road / Gravel E-Bikes for Big Men
Domane AL 5
- Model: Trek Domane SL 6 Disc
- Motor: 250W
- Materials: carbon fork, aluminum frame
- Max payload: 275 pounds (125 kg)
- Drivetrain: Shimano 105 2×11
- Brakes: Flat-mount hydraulic disc brakes
- Tire clearance: up to 35c
- Top speed: 28mph (45km/h)
- Range: 50 miles (80km)
- Weight: 14kg (31 lbs)
- Price: from around 3,500
The Trek Domane AL is the electrified version of Trek’s best selling road bike. The Domane is a top-of-the-line road rig that can double as a light gravel. It’s built like a tank, and that’s exactly what you need when you’re a heavy rider. It can handle a maximum weight of 275 pounds and still provide a silky-smooth ride.
Trek makes this bike in an aluminum version with carbon fork (Domane AL) and a carbon one (Domane SL), several choices of components are available for different budgets, here we’ll talk about the Domane 6 AL in it’s cheapest built.
For 3,500 The Domane SL 6 Disc is equipped with a reliable Shimano 105 drivetrain, which delivers it’s tasks smoothly and promptly. The frame is lightweight 100 Series Alpha Aluminum, which keeps the weight at less than 31 lbs (14kg) for a size 56, impressive for an aluminum e-bike.
The 250Wh battery ensures a range of 50-60 miles on “Eco” mode, and up to 30 miles on “Turbo”. “Switching modes throughout the course of a ride is a good way to maximize your range. Use Turbo mode for the big hills, or for beating a difficult headwind.” says Trek.
Thanks to Trek’s precision-engineered Endurance riding position and capacity for wide tires (by road bike standards), the Domane AL leaves you in full control, even when the track starts getting hairy. Although you can only get 35c width tires, which is on the thin end for the gravel world, they are grippy enough on lighter trails.
The carbon forks work with you to dampen the vibrations from the trail, leaving you to enjoy the view as you career through the wilderness. This is essentially a road bike built for long-haul comfort, a great combination when you are looking for a reliable gravel bike.
Also available with an enormous crank length of 61 for the tallest of the folks.
Electric Trycicles Trikes
ADDMOTOR Electric Trike
- Model: ADDMOTOR Electric Trike
- Max payload: 350lbs
- Max rider height: 6’6″
- Motor: 750W brushless geared motor
- Drivetrain: 7-speed Shimano transmission
- Tires: 20×4.0 fat tires
- Weight: 86lbs
- Range: 50-60 miles per charge
- Charging time: 4-5 hours
- Price: from 1,499.00
The ADDMOTOR Electric Trike provides a perfect solution for the biggest of the party, a combination of power and comfort that is both suited for severely obese people as well as tall folks.
With a max payload of 350lbs, even the most overweight person will feel like they are riding on a Cloud, no more struggling to climb hills or feeling unstable on a regular bike.
For the “big and tall” folks, the trike is designed to be comfortable, with a max rider height of 6’3″, this trike will provide a comfortable and roomy riding position, no more feeling cramped on a regular bike. And that’s not all, it also comes with a backrest that leaves a lot of room for excess fat in the back, making even the longest rides feel like you haven’t moved from your couch.
The ADDMOTOR Electric Trike is not only comfortable but also extremely versatile, with its fat tires and powerful motor, it can handle any terrain and help you to carry groceries or any other stuff around with ease. This trike is a perfect combination of power, comfort, and convenience.
FAQs about bikes for big, tall, and heavy riders
Is there a weight limit for Ebikes?
Most Electric bikes’ (e-bikes) weight limits are usually in the 220-300 pounds range, this is known as Maximum Payload. This weight capacity value is intended for the whole rig-rider system, bike, cyclist, and cargo.Some manufacturers have designed e-bikes that are specifically intended for carrying heavy stuff, with higher weight limits of up to 600 pounds. It’s important to note that max payload values are usually conservative, it does not mean that the rider should exceed it. Carrying more weight than the specified limit can cause damage to the bike and increase the risk of accidents. It’s always paramount to double-check the weight limit of an e-bike before purchasing and to use it within that limit.
Can a 250W ebike climb a hill?
If your 250W e-bike will be able to manage that climb it will depend on a number of factors such as the weight of the rider, the weight of the bike, the terrain, and the slope of the hill. Generally speaking, a 250W e-bike may be able to climb a moderate slope, but it will struggle on very steep hills. A higher-powered e-bike, such as a 500W or 750W, would likely have an easier time climbing steep hills.A heavy rider or heavy cargo, while perfectly fine on flat or rolling terain, would make climbing a steep hill quite challenging for a 250W e-bike.It’s also important to note that e-bikes have different modes, some of them have a pedal-assist mode, which provides power to the rider depending on the level of effort they are putting in. This can make it easier to get up that mountain pass.In summary, if you’re a heavy rider and don’t really want to sweat, we recommend getting a 500W or bigger motor.
Fat Tire Electric Bikes: We review the best all-terrain off-road E-Bikes
Electric bikes are fast becoming the new favorite way to traverse across town. What started as a craze in Europe, has rapidly been on the upsurge and with a unique marketplace that contains a variety of niches.
One of these subcategories are fat tire ebikes. And in this article we will be looking at the best fat tire electric bike money can buy in 2023. Let’s start off with our top e-bikes in each category; the four bikes below are the ones we would recommend to our friends or family members depending on their budget and needs.
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The Best Fat-Tire Electric Bikes: Quick Takes
Quick Comparison Table of E-Bikes
Best Fat-Tire all Terrain e-bike
Perfect for long rides in the city, beach, as well on the mountain and offroad.
Our Top Pick
Rad Power RadRover 6 Plus
750 W of power is just insane to experience, and those fat tires help putting the power down!
Best Fat-Tire E-Bike
RadExpand 5 Folding E-Bike
If you need a smaller bike for the city this is a good option for you!
Top 10 Fat Tire E-Bikes for 2023
- 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
- 48V 14Ah 672Wh Lithium NMC Battery
- Maximum speed 20 mph
- 6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame
- Bike Weight 73.4 LBS
- Shimano 7 Speed
- 26” X 4.0” fat tire for all terrain
- Rad Power Bikes Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- Max Load Capacity Is 275 LBS
- Excellent range (up to 45 miles per charge)
RadRover 6 Electric Bike. Rated R For Robust!
Reaching your destination, regardless of the terrain, will be a carefree and swift task with the RadRover 6’s 750W geared hub motor. Top speeds of 20 mph are possible without pedal assist.
People were skeptical of that speed, as it’s hard to believe that a fat tire bike weighing 73.4 lbs can accelerate that fast. But, as it turns out, pairing that monster of an engine with a powerful 672Wh Lithium Samsung battery, is the optimal solution for making that possible.
Some e-bike manufacturers claim higher pedal assisted top speeds, which seems misleading to me. Sure you can hit a top speed of 40 mph if you’re competing in the Tour-de-France, but that’s not the point. What matters is the unassisted top speed.
To top it off, the bike is capable of holding up to 275 lbs of extra weight, effortlessly reaching and maintaining the maximum speed previously mentioned. Still, we highly advise that you remain within the maximum load capacity, as going overboard might prove troublesome.
Don’t be discouraged by the size of this e-bike: with state-of-the-art ergonometric applications, the RadRover 6 was made to fit all people, regardless of their body size and constitution.
Even smaller kids can gladly partake in riding this e-bike, as the seat tube can be greatly manipulated. We can lower the standover height of the saddle to a whopping 30.5”, making it an ideal fat tire e-bike for kids of all ages!
With small to no built-in flaws, the RadRover’s 6 aluminum frame is durable enough to conquer all terrain situations.
Even if a casual riding session around the city is what interests you today, this e-bike will do you justice by offering you a casual shifting experience between its 7 speeds. Regardless of how long you plan on traveling, the RadRover 6’s Velo Plush saddle will provide support and comfort.
Contrary to the predecessor’s old Tektro mechanical brakes. the new Rad Power hydraulic disc brakes are an excellent addition to this e-bike, as now we can safely enjoy climbing uphills, or descending from them, effortlessly relying on the much safer brakes integrated on the e-bike.
All in all, the ingenuity behind this e-bike offers a level of comfort and stability that’s hardly rivaled among others in this price range!
- 750 Watt Motor
- 52V/19.2AH Lithium-Ion Battery
- Max Speed: 28mph
- Bike Weight: 80.4 LBS
- 26” x 4” Fat Tires
- Shimano 9 Speed
- Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- 6061 Aluminium Alloy Frame
RipCurrent S Fat-Tire Electric Bike
We like the look of fat e-bikes, and most of the time, the riding experience is rather good. Juiced Bikes’ flagship fat tire e-bike, the RipCurrent S seems to take this up a notch, though. This electric bike is as beefy and burly as e-bikes come with a downtube that’s nearly as wide as the bike’s tires.
In addition to the silver finish, this electric bike is also available in matte black or red color. You certainly have your options here.
It features plastic fenders to keep you dry and clean with all the stuff a fat e-bike tire can end up hurling your way. which is always a nice touch.
If you’re looking for a fat-tire electric bike that just begs to be ridden off-road, the RipCurrent S is the right choice for you!
The bars on RipCurrent S aren’t as wide as some modern mountain e-bikes that come closer to 31 inches. However, they’re wide enough to handle the bike’s weight and size.
It also features a serious rack on the back. It’s rated at 55 pounds, but we’d wager that this thing could handle twice that amount.
The Selle Royal Lookin saddle is comfortable. especially for longer rides. However, depending on height, this saddle could wind up closer to the rack, possibly restricting what you can mount on it.
The Kenda 26×4-inch tires make the RipCurrent S look downright mean. They’re also laced to wide rims and even wider hubs, making them stiff and enhancing the tires’ grip.
The RipCurrent S features a mighty, 750-watt Bafang hub motor, and it’s designed for speed. Bafang motors are generally reliable, and, interestingly enough, they’re user-configurable.
The system uses both torque and cadence sensors. We loved the torque sensor; it makes the ride so much more controllable. The 750W rear hub motor reaches 28 mph. but the throttle is limited to 20 mph.
This e-bike also has additional features, such as throttle assist boost, cruiser control, and walk mode. Pretty neat, huh?
Having a long battery life is critical, and luckily, RipCurrent S can travel a stunning 120 miles on a single charge! This number could be even higher with varying pedal assist levels.
The RipCurrent S is armed to the teeth with safety features, too:
It has a bright, 1050-lumen front headlight, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 rotors, as well as dual-piston calipers.
The RipCurrent S electric bike is the complete package. absolutely nothing was left out on this bike. It performs exceptionally well in off-road terrain and has the battery life to last you for miles of an enjoyable ride.
Electric Bike Specifications:
- 750 Watt Motor
- 48V/15Ah Removable Battery
- Top Speed: 28mph
- Range: 50 Miles
- Hydraulic Suspension Fork
- 26” x 4” fat tires
Velowave Ranger Fat Electric Bike
This fat-tire electric bike comes neatly packed in a big carton box with a layer of protective foam. and that’s always a plus. You can see the manufacturer’s attention to detail; all parts came with zip ties, too.
The bike comes with a disconnected handlebar, battery, and front wheel.
For a faster assembly, you’ll get an accessory box with pedals, a 2.0A charger, a front headlight, a front skewer, and user-friendly instructions.
The clean-looking frame is available in silver and black. We have to add:
It has a massive appearance. and is much larger than models in the same price range.
With Velowave Ranger, you can enjoy a relaxed riding position since this e-bike has a full-size frame. On top of that, there’s plenty of room for accessories, like water bottle holders and bags.
If you’re looking for a less expensive fat-tire electric bike, the Velowave Ranger might be the perfect choice for you.
Given the 26-inch diameter, the tires dampen the road vibration well while still enabling you to maintain control on rocky and gravel terrains. Although the Velowave Ranger doesn’t have rear suspension, you probably won’t even notice the difference due to its tires.
And even if you reach higher speeds on this fat tire bike, the hydraulic disk brakes will keep the braking distance at a minimum.
The front hydraulic fork can be adjusted so that you can switch between softness and maximum stability within seconds!
With a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, the Velowave Ranger accelerates quickly and can reach up to 28 mph. It also handles different terrains well at higher speeds.
The Velowave Ranger allows you to select between throttle-only, pedal-only, and pedal-assist modes for better versatility.
The 38V 15Ah battery feels bulky and heavy compared to some other bikes. The good news is:
It’s incredibly powerful. and it can be locked with a key.
The bike can travel 25 miles per charge with full throttle, max assist level, and LED headlight on. If you want to help the motor, the distance can be extended to 40 miles. or more. easily.
The Velowave Ranger comes with a Bafang geared hub 750 Watt motor. The 750W of power makes it possible to accelerate quicker and get through obstacles effortlessly.
The strict appearance of this fat-tire electric bike and the range of valuable components make it a great competitor to some pricier fat-tire bikes.
The motor boasts decent torque and power output. while the different pedaling modes provide freedom and flexibility for every riding style.
Electric Bike Specifications:
- 750W hub motor
- 48V 672wh Battery with 45 miles max range
- A maximum speed of 20 mph
- 7-Speed MicroShift Gears
- Dual disc brakes
- Aluminum alloy frame
- 25 kg read loading rack (front rack optional)
- Weighs 62,5 lbs
RadExpand 5. Top Folding Fat Tire Pick
There’s no feeling like getting tired of cycling until you can’t go any longer. and then turning on your electric bike’s motor to give you a much-needed boost. What’s even better is being able to fold that bike away and store it in your trunk or in a closet somewhere safe.
Well, that’s what you can expect from Radpower Expand 5 folding e-bike!
I liked the feeling of the half twist grip throttle when switching between pedaling or throttle only. It pairs well with the 7-speed MicroShift derailleur at your disposal, and the 750W hub motor’s power.
Another strength of the RadExpand 5 is the fact that it weighs a reasonable 62.5 pounds. allowing you to cycle around without having to be a powerlifter to store your foldable bike away when you need to.
And when you need to go from 20 to 0 mph, that’s when the dual disc 180 mm brakes are welcomed. RadPower have designed a very good set of 180 mm disc brakes and these are found on most of their range, including the RadRover 6 which we mentioned earlier.
Many taller rider’s struggle to find a folding bike that’s comfortable. The RadExpand can accomodate riders up to 6 ft tall.
Overall, The RadExpand 5 is the folding e-bike we recommend to any rider. provided you are under 6 foot tall. if you’re looking for maximum comfort, performance and value for money.
Electric Bike Specifications:
- 300 Watt Motor
- Speeds up to 22 MPH
- Aluminum Frame
- Rear Disc Brakes
- Shimano 6 Speed
- Shimano External 6 Speed gear
- Battery: 36V 10AH Lithium Battery
- Bicycle Weight: 70 LBS Load Capacity: 300LBS
- 26” X 4.0” Fat Tire For All Terrain
- Tire: 26” X 4.0” Fat Tire
- Appropriate Height: 5’6-6’8
NAKTO 26 City Fat Tire Electric Bike 300W
One of NAKTO’s more recent fat tire electric bikes, which comes with a nice matte black finish, this all-terrain and all-purpose e-bike certainly looks the part. Top speed is up to 22 mph are stated which is achieved thanks to the Shimano 6 speed gearing system.
What’s more, there’s a solid amount of charging time, meaning you should be able to easily take the e-bike out for a full day without issue. The max range is 28-35 miles.
The frame itself is comprised of sturdy aluminum, giving a robust yet lightweight feel to the product. Big 26 wheels mean this is also suitable for the taller person and should be able to accommodate someone who reaches 6’8 in height.
If you are on a tight budget, yet you desperately want to cruise around on a beast such as a fat tire e-bike, this is your best shot.
A bike that is aiming to be the best bang for your buck, let’s see how the specifics line up.
A solid line list of specs sets the NAKTO up to be a good purchase. Some encouraging user reviews give an insight into how we feel about this product, that it is one of the best you can buy on a budget. With that caveat, however, there are drawbacks.
It’s not an all singing and dancing product, and there are a few things to note, such as the control not being on par with some other, more expensive e-bikes.
It’s important to note that this isn’t a deal-breaking feature, rather just a footnote against the product. The drawbacks are definitely not a dealbreaker however and NAKTO has been fast to respond to any concerns.
To conclude, the assertion when viewing this electric bike was that it could be a solution to your e-bike needs without costing too much. That’s exactly what you get. It really feels like it should be priced higher, as the quality, comfort, and ride are outstanding.
Again as we noted, there are of course boxes that remain un-ticked, including the control not being as developed as a more expensive model. However, this is a nitpick blemish on a product that does what it sets out to do while looking great and excelling in its remit.
The verdict? A good budget bike, but some sacrifices were made. Buy this if you’re on a tight budget or just entering the world of e-bikes and want a solid first one.
Electric Bike Specifications:
- 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
- Speeds up to 28 MPH
- 6061 Aluminum Frame
- Tektro 180mm Hydraulic Brakes
- Shimano 7-speed Drivetrain
- 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG Lithium Battery
- Bicycle Weight: 88 Lbs
- 226″ x 4.8″ CST Fat Tires
- Appropriate Height: 5’6-6’8
Himiway Cobra Fat Tire Electric Bike
The Himiway Cobra is the electric mountain bike of choice for thrill seekers wanting to conquer more challenging trails. Whether you’re a competitive rider or just out for some fun, the Cobra’s fat tires will provide an excellent grip and great shock absorption on any terrain, no matter how bumpy it gets. Most Himaway bikes have 26 x 4 Kenda fat tires, except for the Himiway Cobra series, which has 26″ x 4.8″ CST fat tires in that size.
Meanwhile, the Himiway Cobra series of tires can be said to have the largest tires for electric bikes in the United States!
Built from aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum, the Cobra is one sturdy ride with a tall standover height and long wheelbase. Impressive power comes from its 750W brushless geared hub motor which packs a torque sensor that monitors your pedaling intensity and adjusts the motor’s output accordingly. Such power requires a strong battery to keep up, so the Cobra sports a 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG lithium battery securely integrated into its frame—a weighty task that helps minimize range anxiety.
Ideal for serious trail riders who want to get off the beaten path and explore nature’s wildest terrain without breaking their budget!
Speed freaks need not worry either; this rig can hit speeds of up to 28 mph depending on surface conditions and other external factors such as battery life and rider weight. The five-level pedal assist system lets you customize your experience according to your needs, while an LCD display provides real-time information about speed, distance traveled and more.
A robust drivetrain gives you control over your riding style; choose between Shimano Altus derailleur or SRAM X3 trigger shifters then adjust its 21 speeds accordingly. Tektro brakes are also included in case you need to bring the speed down quickly; their hydraulic disc brakes will have you stopping on a dime whenever necessary.
The Himiway Cobra is equipped with features that make it ideal for serious trail riders who want to get off the beaten path and explore nature’s wildest terrain without breaking their budget: Its mid-drive motor offers superior torque in difficult terrains while providing e-bike benefits such as pedal assistance for those steep hills; puncture protection keeps tires durable against unforeseen obstacles; adjustable suspension ensures comfortable rides on various surfaces; adjustable handlebars allow riders to customize their fit according to their body size; foldable pedals save space when storing or transporting your bike; and last but not least, with its kickstand, fenders and reflectors you get additional features that give added safety during nighttime rides or when parking in busy cities.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose electric mountain bike that’s perfect for both recreational riders seeking fun trails as well as hardcore trail riders, then look no further than the Himiway Cobra! With its high quality construction materials, fat and sturdy tires, powerful motor, adjustable components and other useful features it’s sure to meet all your riding needs!
Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023
Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?
When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.
I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.
It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.
Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.
Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!
Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.
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Electric Hunting Bike Buying Guide
So what is an electric hunting bike?
Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.
The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.
Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.
One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.
As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.
Which motor is best?
It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.
Rear Hub Motor
The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.
Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.
The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.
Mid Drive Motor
Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.
One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.
Ultra Mid Drive Motor
Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.
A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.
A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.
All Wheel Drive
Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.
A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.
What About Range
Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.
How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?
The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.
On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.
And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.
Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?
Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.
Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.
In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.
Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?
The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.
Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.
Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.
What are the hunters saying?
Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.
Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.
Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”
And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer
While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say:. coolest thing I have ever reviewed
Anyway, Let’s get into it…
Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the Check Price button and the full description will open in a separate page.
Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes
The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou
Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike
The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.
Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.
The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.
Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.
The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.
The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.
What we love the most
- The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
- The Mule comes fully accessorized
- Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
- Has both Eco Sport modes
This bike lives up to the hype. I am so impressed with the torque and the get up and go that it has. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the largest battery possible because that big Bafang motor really likes to eat up the power. I haven’t pulled anything on the folding Deer cart yet because mine is still on back order but anxious to try that. I’m sure it will do just fine. I will probably end up buying a second battery during the off-season just because it doesn’t hold up too long when not using pedal assist. All in all I really enjoy riding the bike. I certainly would recommend this bike to anybody looking for a hunting style E bike. I have absolutely zero regrets with my purchase of this bike Aaron B
Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur set up.
Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.
What we love the most
- Frame design allows for a comfortable riding position with stand over height of 30
- Has the option of derailleur ( SRAM NX 1×11 for the XPC11 model ) or internal gear hub ( Sturmey Archer 5 Speed for XPC/XPS models)
- Comes in Viper Western Camo or dipped in Carbon Paint
- Feels very powerful
I thought my hunting days were numbered or at least limited to short hikes but with the Rambo ebike I can reach the spots I was almost giving up on. Instead and hiking in with gear I can cruise in with a trailer in tow (they make that too) and tow my gear in in under an hour Jonathan W
The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber
Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo ’ s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.
Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber also has the mid a good hill climber and can handle difficult terrain.
Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40 miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.
What we love the most
- Large 21Ah battery for better range
- Massive Maxxis Minion 4.8″ fat tires
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Fast: Top speed is 28mph
A MACHINE, YET QUIET
One you learn how to match up the pedal gears with the electric power levels, you will never want to walk anywhere again. The 1000w Rambo true timber has simply surpassed my expectations when it can to climbing steep hills without pedaling. I will definately buy again and the wife wants one too!! Brian G
Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes
Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike
Why is the Rambo Megatron All Wheel Drive eBike on the list? What’s better than one motor? Two motors! What’s better than one battery? Two batteries! The Rambo Megatron X2WD 1000 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.
Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.
A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.
What we love the most
- Dual 1000 Motors gives awesome traction
- Dual batteries for plenty of range. up to 80 miles in ideal conditions
- And quite frankly, it’s badass!
Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat
Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike
Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows of handling on very rough terrain.
What we love the most
- The motor is the market leading Bafang Ultra motor with 160Nm of torque so it will climb very steep hills
- 4.8” fat tires are huge and make it a lot of fun to roll over rocks or even loose soil and keep full control.
- 30 miles range on full throttle and 40-50 miles on pedal assist means you will always have juice left at the end of the day.
The Dualie By Rungu
Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike
The Rungu Dualie can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far Stable. Far Able.”
The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it into the backcountry. With 2 wheels up front it can tackle mud, rock fields and soft snow with no risk of the front wheel washing out.
It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand
RUNGU MDV SERIES
It is an awesome bike! Still getting used to the stirring of it but it’s awesome nonetheless. I also love the button to move the bike without having to petal for those times I need a little breather but still wanna keep going Carlos F
Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike
Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike
The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.
The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It’s built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more.
It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist. The Rubicon Trail Edition with those 2 large batteries boast a staggering 300 mile range on a flat paved road! The Rubicon Trail Edition comes equipped with off-road spare parts, tools and first aid kit and can carry a combined load of 350lbs.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand.
- 2 large batteries for extra range
- Comes with rear rack, fenders, light, tire liners, skid plate, tool kit and first aid kit (that really is a complete package!)
Standing from a disabled perspective this bike is amazing. The 1st day that I received this I immediately hit the trails and haven’t really stopped except to recharge Matthew
Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike
Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike
The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.
The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.
The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save 1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000.
What we love the most
- affordable than a mid drive bike
- Rugged and feels very stable to ride
- Lots of power on flats or moderate hills
WELL-BUILT BIKE, VERY GOOD
very pleased so far. Used it a handful if times mostly on my land and a few log roads. Handles very well and feels smooth, comfortable padded seat and front suspension so it’s a nice machine. Harrold
Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike
Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike
The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!
The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and climbs like a mountain goat. It’s very agile and can go pretty much anywhere.
It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26×4 fat tires.
With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!
What we love the most
- It’s very solid and feels really rugged. Fells like a tank.
- Full suspension so very smooth ride
- Air suspension is the smoothest available
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Comes with rear rack and fenders
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Love it. glad I got the full suspension Storm. The ride is so smooth. Shed hunting through the woods was exciting. Quickly learned to go so slow in the woods so as to avoid trees and limbs Lee F
Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
The Warrior is Quietkat’s most popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.
The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.
With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.
The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat. the frames rustproof and has a lifetime warranty against flaws in workmanship. It’s built to take abuse and rise above. It will raise your hunting success and make it look easy. Mid drive motors are notoriously quiet so there’s no spooking game.
What we love the most
- top speed of 25mph
- powerful and strong. It’s well put together
- Mid drive so climbs very with little or no effort
Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike
Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike
The Bakcou Kodiak is one of a kind. It has TWO 500W hub motors, one in the front hub and one in the rear hub.
It has more power and more capability than any HUB-DRIVEN BIKE BEFORE.
With Kodiak AWD, you can conquer any terrain. Snow, mud, rocky, sand.- you name it!
It combines the power and performance of Bafang’s 500W, high-end hub motors with bulletproof aluminum alloy frame and high-end components.
The wide stance, deep-cleated pedals have wide holes for extra boot grip and space to AVOID the accumulation of mud or snow.
The LCD display makes it easy to use while flying down the trail, and the CST BFT (Big Fat-Tire) gives you more grip and control than any other tire, so you can go where you want to go.
Overall, Bakcou Kodiak is a KILLER electric hunting bike for the price. Great range, POWERFUL, and can take on any terrain.
What we love the most
- Range up to 50 miles
- TWO 500W hub motors
- Big fat tires
- Bulletproof aluminum alloy frame
- 300 lbs load capacity
Electric Hunting Bike Benefits
Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:
- Go Farther – Electric hunting bikes help you go farther in a fraction of the time it would take to walk in
- No Scent Trail. With an electric hunting bike you can move around without leaving a scent trail and gain a very important advantage when you need it most.
- Move Stealthily – Electric hunting bikes are surprisingly quiet so you don’t spook the game.
- Carry Extra Gear. They are built to carry 300lbs and if that’s not enough the trailers can carry an additional 100lbs so you can make it one trip in and out instead of a tiring back and forth lugging heavy gear on your back. Plus the bunch of other accessories available like rear racks and waterproof saddle bags for extra storage on the bike and not on your back.
- Stay Out Longer. With the possibility to carry more gear and can stay out longer than before.
- Age is Not a Factor. Electric hunting bikes make it easier for anyone to reach distant spots without the fatigue of hiking with gear so no matter your age or physical stature those once forgotten golden spots are attainable again.
- Limited Mobility Not an Obstacle. Hunters with limited mobility, whether it’s an old injury that didn’t heal properly or a life changing injury, for hunting can make a world of difference and get you back out hunting again.
- Reach Remote Unspoiled Spots. You can go than the weekend warrior is willing to walk. Leave them behind and take your hunting to that remote location.
- Check Trail Cameras Quickly. Electric hunting bikes can go between 20 and 28 mph depending on the model. You can check your perimeter and trail cameras and be back before you miss anything.
- Stay Safe – These hunting are fast so you can get out of a potentially dangerous situation in seconds
- Environmentally Friendly. Hunting is also about preservation. are extremely friendly to the environment.
For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I’m going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it’s the alpha male in it’s category. 160Nm of torque, that’s awesome pulling power when it’s needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.
I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.
If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.
One Word. UBCO – I’ve tried many different “hunting” bikes and I just got one that I guarantee you will outperform all those listed above. Try to take a test ride on the UBCO 2×2. It’s pricey but man is it AWESOME! I’ve taken it on deep sand, deep mud, very rocky terrain and on the road. The only area I found it to be a little sluggish is if you are climbing a very steep hill and have 300lbs of load on it. Then it moves a little slower up steep hills, but what bike wouldn’t? 🙂 NOTE: It does NOT have pedals though. It’s more like a moped mixed with a bike. Not sure what you’d call it. but having all-wheel drive helps in the sand and mud. There were a few times where I thought I was stuck for sure but the front tire would grip and help me get through. The top speed is only 30 mph but that’s plenty for a hunting bike. It says the max range is 75 miles and in three non-stop test rides I’ve gone 70, 60 and 50 but they were with different amounts of gear on me and different terrains. Still very awesome for what it is and does. Just wanted to share for once you try one, trust me you will be hooked.
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Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This post is very helpful for purchase a e bike.
Thanks for sharing such an in formative post. This post is very helpfully.
Looking into buying a Grizzly scooter. I have a QuietKat but the bar is too high and tough to balance at 70 YO. As a Disabled Combat Veteran I need to be at a lower price even with the military discount Bakcou offers at 15%. Thanks can you help? I did hear that the scooters can tow a trailer.
I started researching the hunter e-bikes (I’m a nature photographer) in October because my gear and large tripod are like what a lot of hunters haul. This is a very helpful article. As I think about some of the terrain and ground cover I’d be traversing it seems a chain and derailleur are points of vulnerability. Is there any thought or work being done to utilize a mid motor with a shaft drive system? It would present a cleaner, less-cluttered design that was better protected from damaging stubs, branches, wire, rocky cracks or potholes, etc. Last, I saw an ad for the QuietCat Apex that looks interesting. Is it enough like the Ridge runner and Warrior that those reviews would be applicable? Thanks.
I am 54 years old I have arthritis and a degenerative disc in my back. It is incredibly painful for me to be on my feet or my butt for more than 3 hours. I haven’t been hunting and probably six years as a result, I also suffer from depression. I could see myself hunting again with one of these most of them that look worthwhile are far too expensive for me
Ronald M Sucik
Is there any restrictions between 750W and 1000W for riding on BLM land or National Forest trails.
I currently have an older bike with a BionX rear hub motor. I selected one with regenerative capability not for the extended range but primarily for resistance braking on long, rough down grades. A lot of my logging road rides involve 4 or 5 mile down grades on the way back to the truck and the regen option helps me avoid overheating the brakes. I will definitely be considering those down grades as I look to update my bike.
I have the 1000 watt e cell bike and yes it is a big bike, but it is very strong and powerful this bike is like a tank with all wheel drive and 9 levels of assistance two batteries, two motors 203 cm disk up front and 180 rear their is no compromising with this bike. I ride around town, throw the forest on trails and on the beach, it takes on all challenges without blinking, but their is one issue and that is no front rack mounts unless you buy the 1500 watt bike, I got on them about that because it’s not cool. I am very happy with the bike just got my new bike rack to role the bike up to haul it that is very important because like I said it’s heavy just like a dirt bike but with batteries.
If/When you need service (damaged chain, bent wheel, etc.) should a local bike store be able to work on it or would you need to return to manufacturer? (I admit not mechanically inclined!)
Hi Rob, A second battery could set you back anything between 500 to 900 depending on the size. The bigger the battery the more range you get. The Bakcou Mule standard battery is a 14.5Ah which is already a good size will cost (at the time of replying) 599 and is good for 30 miles on throttle power. You could upgrade from the get go to a larger battery and just use one that has 40 to 60 miles per charge.
what is the answer to randys question how much average for spare batteries. I would use all one battery in one day, hunting northen BC
I’m just starting to learn about e hunting bikes. I live in Maine, turning 70 so need some assist getting to hunting locations. My biggest issue with buying on line is obtaining service on these bikes. Are available is service locations in the North East ?
I’ve been riding ebikes since they first came on the market, specifically looking for the best hunting ebike… something that could further my range and also help me explore quietly. I fell hard for QuietKat’s offering (even bought my brother one) and so far haven’t been dissapointed. Jim Shockey mentioned here in this post is an ambassador for QuietKat and I have to say this brand was the first to market, has been operating in this category the longest, and provides excellent customer support. While the bikes here mentioned are good options (my buddy Teddy has the Fat Tire Ridge Runner and it IS a beast!) I personally like the Apex because its got the same power as some of the other bikes on this list (also a 1000w mid-drive) but you can better manage your speed than with the ULTRA motor, which is great for tight trails and thicker woods. For me the Apex perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone! ~ Cheers from South Bend
well guess I’ll be selling my 4 wheeler.Bike is absolutely quitter and get though the trees here in Wisconsin a lot better.
What about dual hub motors, dual battery fat tire hunting bikes.not even mentioned. Most have a switch for motor and battery selection. I’ve seen models with up to two 2500W motors
Can any of the bikes go through water? I never see anything like a biker going through a creeks. As a hunter ( lol) who is on my last year of hunting. Because well, let’s just say I Hope I can maybe get a bike. But I have to cross a small creek.
I’ve been wanting to get an electric hunting bike for a while but I’m curious about charging the batteries while out hunting. How long would I need to run a generator for to top off a battery? Would a solar panel even get the job done? Seems like extra batteries might make the most sense. How long would one of these batteries take to charge from empty?
HI Berry, The Mule 1000 Storm 1000 both come in 17 and 19 frame size options so you should be able to find the right sixe for you both. The 17 frame is best suited for heights ranging from 5’2 to 5’8 and the 19 frame for 5’8 and above. BackCountry eBikes are the makers or both models you like and they are hunters based out in Ogden Utah and they don’t make average bikes, they FOCUS on elite hunting bikes that will get the job done. They are designed to take a beating a perform well doing so. Both models have that coveted ULTRA mid drive motor so climbing hills and tackling rough terrain offroad will be a joy to experience.
They only use top grade components that can stand the test of rough offroad as that is what they are built to do. I have sent you additional info by email also, so you can make an educated decision on what suits you and your wife the best.
I really like the mule 1000 watt and the the storm 1000 watt, do you know what the stand over heights are? Im going to purchase 2, 1 for my wife and 1 for me. Are the components up upgradeable or are they good enough quality for rugged outdoor punishment.