Best Electric Mountain Bikes in 2023
The history of electric bicycles goes back further than most would expect. Way back in the late 1800s, American inventor Ogden Bolton Jr patented a battery-powered bicycle with a hub motor on the rear wheel. This early invention and other similar ones were often slow, clunky, and didn’t include any gears.
An Electric Mountain Bike is also known as an E-MTB or E-Mountain Bike
Only toward the end of the 1900s did modern components like torque sensors and power controls begin appearing on electric bikes. Around the same time, ‘e-bikes’ began gaining popularity in the Far East when the first pedal-assist electric bike was manufactured in Japan.
By 2007, e-bikes had become a common sight on the streets of major Chinese cities and slowly began finding more favor in the West. Since 2013, sales of e-bikes in Europe have more than doubled to the point that many manufacturers struggle to meet demand.
#1. Trek Rail 5 Gen 2
Best enduro electric mountain bike
Trek Rail 5 Gen 2 is a high-end full-suspension electric mountain bike built for enduro and rough singletrack riding. It’s equipped with a RockShox 35 Gold RL 160 mm fork and a RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock, both of which are definitely up to the task.
When it comes to electronics, the Rail 5 boasts a Bosch Performance CX 250W, 85 Nm mid-drive motor and a 500 Wh battery. Together, they’ll assist you up to 20 mph for up to 6 hours of riding, depending on how much assistance you use.
Trek Rail 5 also comes with a Shimano Deore 12-speed rear derailleur and Shimano MT4100 four-piston hydraulic brakes, so it’s capable of serious climbing and descending. Though the Deore rear derailleur is slightly underwhelming at this price point.
Its 29″ x 2.6″ tires are massive and effortlessly roll over obstacles, and you even get a dropper post for enhanced control on descents.
To sum, if you’re looking for a truly capable electric mountain bike that will elevate your skills instead of hampering them, then Trek Rail 5 Gen 2 is the one.
#2. Giant Talon E 3
An affordable electric hardtail mountain bike
Giant doesn’t need much introduction as it has been one of the top brands worldwide for many years.
The brand has now released this affordable electric hardtail mountain bike – the Talon E 3 e-bike. This bike does not differ much from a regular mountain bike as it’s got a 100mm front fork and an aluminum frame, and the total weight is nothing over the top.
The Talon E 3 e-bike rocks a Giant SyncDrive Core 250W motor with 50Nm of torque and a 400Wh battery. This torque level is slightly low for a mountain e-bike.
Is it worth the almost 3,000 price tag? It sure is. There aren’t too many hardtail e-MTBs around, and this is a great bike for a large range of recreational mountain bikers who want a known brand.
- Max speed: 20mp/h
- 100mm SR Suntour XCM ATB Coil
- Shimano Alivio 9-Speed
#3. Aventon Aventure.2
Best electric mountain bike under 2,000 for light trail riding
Aluminum / 26×4.0″ / 77 lb / 8-speed / Class 3 eBike
MSRP: 1,999 Aventon
The Aventon Aventure.2 electric bike is a hardtail fat-tire mountain bike designed to be equally capable on the mountain as it is in urban environments.
At 77lb, this is a hefty piece of equipment. However, it has a powerful 750W motor and 720Wh battery that can dish out max speeds of 28mph and a max range of 60 miles per charge thanks to the efficient and smooth torque sensor.
Aventon chose a simple 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain and 180mm-rotor Tektro hydraulic disc brakes to ensure you have reliable shifting performance and plenty of stopping power in varied conditions.
The Aventure.2 has 4″ fat tires on agile 26″ wheels to provide comfort and traction no matter what terrain you encounter, including snow, sand, and mud. In addition, this bike comes with a rack, kickstand, fenders, and integrated lights for urban riding.
Don’t miss out on the Aventon Aventure.2 electric bike if you’re in the market for an affordable and versatile electric mountain bike.
Max weight capacity: 400lb
#4. Ride1UP Prodigy XC
Best electric mountain bike under 3,000 for lighter trails and gravel roads
Aluminum / 27.5×2.0″ / 48 lbs / 9-speed / Class 3 eBike / 90Nm
MSRP: 2,295 Ride1UP
We have chosen this Ride1UP bike as it features quite a good set-up for its price range compared to most other bikes that cost nearly twice as much!
At just under 50lbs, the bike has a pedal-assisted max speed of 28mp/h and a throttle-powered speed of 20mp/h. The Prodigy XC runs on a 500W motor and that boosts up to 90 Nm of torque! That’s quite a lot from a mid-drive motor.
It’s got a 9-speed ‘transmission’ by Shimano Alivio, a sporty yet comfortable Selle Royal Viento saddle, and integrated front light. Although the tires are not the widest at just 2″, the bike feels comfortable on lighter trails that are ridden by recreational urban riders. The Prodigy XC is best suited for commuters who are eager to explore the horizons further they could’ve thought of before!
Ride1UP has electric step-through mountain bikes in their lineup as well for anyone who is looking for an easy-access frame.
Can this bike take the beating on rough trails? – No. Can this bike be used as an all-around commuter with off-road capabilities? – Yes!
Max weight capacity: 275lb
#5. Marin Alpine Trail E
Marin’s first full-suspension e-bike!
The Marin Alpine Trail E is the electric version of the company’s flagship full-suspension MTB. This is a solid e-bike by experts in mountain bike design.
Take your enduro rides to the next level with Shimano’s EP6 e-bike system. The 250W, 85Nm motor delivers buttery smooth power that ensures you can ride all day. This motor pairs with Shimano’s 504Wh battery, providing several hours of juice.
The most impressive part of this bike is the MultiTrac suspension platform. It’s designed to balance pedaling efficiency with support.
The build kit for this bike includes a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain with an 11-46t cassette and TRP Slate Evo four-piston hydraulic disc brakes to round out the groupset. A TranzX dropper post combines with X-Fusion suspension in the front and rear.
All things considered, this is a high-level electric enduro/trail bike designed for riders with big ambitions and a decent budget to match.
- Frame: Aluminum
- Fork: 160mm X-Fusion Trace 36
- Shock: 150mm X-Fusion 02 Pro RXC
- Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain
- Brakes: TRP Slate Evo, 203mm rotors
- Wheels: Marin double-wall aluminum
#6. Orbea Rise M20
MSRP: 6,999 Jenson USA
Full-suspension e-bikes don’t get much better than the Orbea Rise M20. This premium E-MTB has all the power and performance to ride farther and harder.
The Rise M20 has excellent foundations with a light and responsive OMR carbon fiber frame. This frame has 140mm travel on the Fox Float 34 Performance fork and 140mm on the Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock.
For power, you can rely on a high-performance, customizable Shimano EP8-RS mid-drive motor paired with an internal Orbea 360Wh battery.
To assist the motor, you have a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain. This drivetrain combines with premium Shimano M6100 hydraulic disc brakes, RaceFace AR 30c rims, and tubeless-ready Maxxis Dissector and Rekon 2.4″ EXO tires.
- Frame – Carbon OMR
- Fork – Fox 34 Float Performance 140mm travel
- Rear shock – Fox Float DPS Performance140mm travel
- Motor – Shimano EP8-RS 250W Class 1 eBike
- Battery – 360Wh
- Drivetrain – Shimano SLX 12-speed
#7. Norco Sight VLT C1 29″
Carbon / 12-speed / 29×2.5″ 2.4″ / Choose between 450-900W battery / Weight: 50 lbs
MSRP: 8,999 Jenson USA
When it comes to high-quality, full carbon mountain bikes, Norco is one company that is known to deliver the goods. Their new Sight VLT e-MTB range continues this legacy – with an added boost of power. The Sight VLT range won The Loam Wolf’s 2019 e-MTB of the year for its excellent balance, versatility, and liveliness.
They are potent, lightweight all-mountain bikes that live up to their purpose – there are very few places in nature you won’t be able to visit with these bikes. The Sight VLT C1 is a full-carbon, full-suspension e-MTB with top-quality components in its range – and the price tag to match.
Yes, this full suspension ebike is a bit pricey but if you can afford it, you won’t regret it when you trust your investments in Norco’s hands.
- Drivetrain: SRAM X01/GX Eagle
- Fork: Fox Performance 36 GRIP 2 160mm travel
- Rear shock: Fox Performance Float X2 150mm travel
- Brakes: SRAM Code RSC 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes 220/200mm rotors
- MOTOR – Shimano STEPS EP8
- BATTERY – Norco BMZ
#8. Cannondale Moterra Neo 4
A high-end electric trail bike
Aluminum / 12-speed / 29×2.6″ / 630Wh battery – 20mp/h / Range: Up to 75mi / Weight: 57 lbs
The Moterra Neo 4 is a full-suspension electric bike from high-end bike manufacturer Cannondale. It’s an imposing piece of machinery that will turn heads in cities and on the mountain. The striking frame design is only amplified by the modern trail geometry and sharply inclined down tube with an integrated battery pack.
This is an e-MTB built for hard trail riding, with a powerful 85Nm motor dedicated to launching you up the steepest gradients. The incredibly soft and responsive suspension is complimented by instantaneous braking power and tactical precision on the handlebars.
With adjustable frame technology, raw power at the flip of a switch, and silky-smooth gear changes, the Cannondale Moterra Neo 4 full-suspension electric bike is an absolute pleasure to ride.
- SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed
- 29″ WTB STX i25 TCS rims
- Fork: RockShox 35 Silver R 150mm
- Rear shock: RockShox Deluxe Select R 150mm
- TRP Slate G4 4 Piston hydraulic disc w/ 200mm rotors
#9. Haibike ALLMTN 3
Aluminum / 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle / 27.5 x 2.5″ and 2.8″ / 625Wh battery – 20mp/h
Haibike’s ALLMTN 3 electric bike is a mid-range full-suspension bicycle that performs equally well going up or downhill.
For power, riders can rely on a Bosch Gen4 Performance CX 250W/75Nm motor and a large 625Wh battery. This combo delivers excellent ranges while easily tackling steep gradients and soft terrain. Additionally, this bike has an SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain so you can always find the perfect gear.
For suspension, the ALLMTN 3 uses a RockShox Yari RC 160mm travel fork and a Deluxe RT rear shock with 150mm of travel.
Finally, you can be sure of excellent performance thanks to Shimano MT420 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, an XLC remote dropper post, and premium Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II tires.
One slight disadvantage of this dual suspension eBike is that there isn’t any carbon in the frame construction despite its price.
- 6061 aluminum frame
- Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″ DHR II 2.8″ tires
- Bosch CX Gen4 250W mid-drive motor 75Nm torque
- Bosch 625Wh battery
- 20 to 40-mile range
- Fork: 150mm RockShox Yari RC
- Rear Shock: 150mm RockShox Deluxe RT
- 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T cassette
- Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, 203mm rotors
#10. Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 30
Aluminum / 11-speed / 29″ x 2.52.4″ / 108Nm / Range – N/A / 20mp/h MSRP: 5,599 Jenson USA
Built to take on all mountainous terrain, this Rocky Mountain electric mountain bike is a trail-blazing beast ready for adventure.
Considering the wealth of high-quality components on the Instinct Powerplay Alloy 30, it clearly belongs on the top shelf of aluminum e-bikes. A durable aluminum alloy frame with a 150mm fork and 140mm rear shock and a quality Shimano Deore groupset make this an excellent MTB in its own right. Add a powerful motor and long-range battery pack, and you have a killer electric MTB that can easily compete with the best.
The head tube angle on this hardtail is quite slack, which gives you better stability going downhill. Fast-rolling 29″ wheels help you cover ground quickly, while premium Maxxis DHF 2.5″ and Minion DHR II 2.4″ EXO tires provide traction in all trail conditions.
The Rocky Mountain Instinct is the perfect electric mountain bike for trail riding. Add it to your shortlist if you’ve got a big budget and want solid performance.
- Fork – RockShox 35 Gold R, 150mm
- Rear shock – RockShox Deluxe Select R 140mm
- Motor – Dyname 4.0 Mountain Bike Drive, 250W/108Nm
- Battery – 720Wh
- Drivetrain – Shimano Deore 11-speed
#11. QuietKat Jeep E-Bike
Electric mountain bike for hunting
Aluminum / 26×4.8″ / SRAM 9-Speed / Weight: 70 lbs / Range: Up to 58mi (Extra batteries available)
MSRP: from 5,499 QuietKat
QuietKat partnered with Jeep to develop one of the most advanced electric off-road bicycles available, designed with the full suspension to keep you stable on tough ground.
It does splendidly as an electric winter bike, full suspension hunting bike, or as a no-compromise electric trail rig. It’s possible to get the Jeep ebike in both 750W and 1000W motor builds, depending on how much power you need. With a custom QuietKat air fork and RockShox RL suspension, the Jeep is a rugged bike that rolls over all kinds of terrain with silent power.
For hunters and anglers, QuietKat offers add-ons like racks and bags to help carry gear out into the backcountry.
QuietKat is a brand who has specialized in torquey rear-hub motors, and the Jeep shines on off-road riding as more weight on the rear wheel means there’s more traction and torque when going up steep hills. If you have been looking for a rugged mountain e-bike, you should definitely look into what this bike is capable of.
- 10 levels of pedal-assistance
- Configurable as Class 1, 2 and 3
- Thumb throttle (removable)
- Torque / Speed sensors
- 160Nm torque (1,500W max output)
- Weight capacity: 300lbs
#12. Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus
Fat-tire e-bike with front suspension – great for snow, sand, and mud exploration.
Aluminum / 7-speed / 26×4″ / 25-45 miles range / Weight: 72.5 lbs
MSRP: 1,949 Rad Power Bikes
RadRover is more of an urban fat-tire bike compared to most other mountain bikes on this list.
Although this model is not built on a full-suspension electric bike frame, it still offers plenty of freedom in terms of choosing your trails. Matter of fact, the RadRover 6 is pretty much the only eBike in this list that could conquer sandy or snowy trails with ease. 4″ wide tires are more than enough to use it on beaches, snowy, or muddy trails.
Available in step-through and step-over frames.
The riding position is rather upright and comfortable. This is also the only bike on this list that features lights, kickstand, and fenders! An awesome choice for anyone who likes to commute daily through various terrains. Rad Power Bikes offers a great bunch of bikes at reasonable prices, so it’s worth checking out the rest of the range as well!
- Drivetrain: Shimano 7-speed
- Motor: 750W geared hub
- Battery: 672Wh
- Fork: Rad Power Bikes RST, 60mm travel
- Hydraulic disc brakes, 180mm rotors
#13. NS Bikes – E-Fine 2
Aluminum / 11-speed / 29×2.4″ 27.5×2.4″ / 60Nm – 250W /
MSRP: 6,500 Mike’s Bikes
NS Bikes is a lesser-known brand that specializes in precision and attention to detail, so it’s no surprise that the E-Fine 2 electric mountain bike is a well-designed and fined-tuned piece of machinery.
The high-quality full suspension frame glides effortlessly over rough terrain, leaving the fully integrated motor and the battery barely noticeable to both you and envious onlookers.
With a punchy Shimano STEPS E7000 drive system, it’s the perfect bike for those who need some extra uphill power without losing the raw feeling of a standard mountain bike.
Lightweight, responsive, and tough – the E-Fine 2 is a very enjoyable full-suspension eBike to ride.
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M5100
- Fork: Rock Shox 35 Gold RL 160mm travel
- Rear Shock: X-FUSION H3C Trunnion 150mm
- Brakes: Shimano Deore MT420 hydraulic disc with 203mm rotors
#14. Devinci EP
A great trail-ready full suspension e-MTB
Aluminum / 12-speed / 29×2.6″ / 60Nm – 20mp/h / Range: 60mi
MSRP: 5,999 Backcountry
This Devinci electric mountain bike is one of the best in this price range. The EP looks and feels like it should cost a lot more than it does. The fully-integrated battery fits seamlessly into the frame giving a clean and professional-looking finish, while the powerful 60Nm Shimano STEPS E7000 motor makes short work of steep uphill scrambles over loose, rocky surfaces.
Devinci has managed to deliver premium performance by using high-quality suspension components including a RockShox 35 Silver TK fork and Deluxe Select R shock linked by their Split Pivot platform. The brakes are off-brand Magura but the drivetrain is a reliable Shimano Deore 12-speed that injects some extra quality. Additionally, you have Maxxis Minion 2.6″ tires.
Consider the Devinci EP electric trail mountain bike if you want a fast and fun ride with tons of range for a long day on the trails.
Main Features of Electric Mountain Bikes
How much to spend on an electric mountain bike?
Santa Cruz Bullit is made from premium carbon fiber and costs more than 10,000. But not everyone needs to spend that much.
An average price for a decent electric mountain bike tends to stay in the 3,000 – 6,000 range. The most expensive e-bikes are usually pro-level carbon fiber mountain bikes that would cost a lot even without the extra motor and electric battery.
What speed and range can you expect?
Modern e-bikes use high-torque motors to reach speeds of up to 28 mph (45kph) and long-range batteries that will go up to 100 miles (160km) on a single charge. However, more common pedal-assist bikes usually only go about 20 mph (32kph) and cover about 62 miles (100km) on a single charge.
Pedal Assistance and Classes Explained
Electric-assist mountain bikes fall into two categories – pedal-assist and power-on-demand. As the name suggests, pedal-assist e-bikes require you to pedal for operation, whereas power-on-demand bikes can be controlled from a handlebar-mounted accelerator.
In some cases, an e-bike will have both pedal assistance and a handlebar-mounted throttle. Most high-end MTBs are equipped with a pedal-assistance only.
In terms of the speed and type of assistance you can expect, e-bikes are split into three official classes and one unofficial one:
- Class 1 eBike: Pedal assistance limited to 20mph. (Most common among high-end eMTBs)
- Class 2 eBike: Throttle (plus optional pedal-assist). Speed is still limited to 20mph.
- Class 3 eBike: Pedal-assist (optional throttle) limited to 28mph.
- Class 4 eBike: Any electric bike with a max speed of 28mph and over, or motor power over 750W.
The Orbea Rise e-MTB comes with a mid-drive motor, but you can go for a hub motor if you want to spend less.
You should also be aware that there are two types of e-bike motors out there. The majority of the best electric mountain bikes come with mid-drive motors, but some more affordable models feature hub motors.
- Mid-drive motor – Most common among high-end mid-range eBikes. Best weight distribution, most optimized power output.
- Hub motor – Found on most off-road eBikes. Cheaper, while there’s more torque on the rear wheel which is useful for heavier bikes.
Electric Mountain Bikes Buying Guide
What is the best electric mountain bike?
Choosing the best electric mountain bike is a subjective feat, but Quietkat Jeep is a solid choice.
The best mountain eBike is the one that fits your budget and has the right geometry and level of components for your riding needs. Mountain biking has many different disciplines, and all of the bikes here are fully ready to hit the trails, to say the least.
We are not big fans of the supermarket nor the Walmart electric mountain bikes. As in general, MTB is something where you really wouldn’t want to cut corners in terms of your own safety anyway, so it is better to trust MTB/E-Bike specific brands.
Is an electric mountain bike worth it?
These days, electric mountain bikes are gaining mainstream appeal, making them more affordable and more widely accepted. In particular, older riders or cyclists with injuries can enjoy cycling again with electric bikes. Furthermore, they can save a lot of time and energy going up a mountain. If you wish to dedicate more time to enjoy the fast-paced, downhill sections of a mountain you’ll find an e-MTB to be an invaluable resource.
Is it safe to ride an electric mountain bike?
With speeds seldom breaching the 28mp/h mark, electric mountain bikes don’t pose any more risk than a standard bike. In most cases, the small motors only provide minor assistance and aren’t powerful enough to cause any real danger on the roads.
So long as you familiarize yourself with the controls, use a helmet, and follow proper traffic laws, you should be as safe as you would be on a normal bike.
Where to purchase the best off-road bikes online?
- JensonUSA – Norco, Marin Bikes, Niner, Intense Cycles, Devinci
- BackCountry – Santa Cruz Bicycles, Pivot, Niner e-mountain bikes
- Aventuron – A small selection of Cannondale Electric Mountain Bikes
- TheProsCloset.com – Excellent selection of used electric mountain bikes in great condition
Electric bikes changed me, a former rider who preferred manual pedaling for exercise and health reasons, because they have allowed our family to venture out longer distances and visit more places. My brother’s family had since joined our outings and amusingly, he had come to like my Metakoo Cybertrack 100 mountain eBike more and more. He originally was going to buy a Metakoo, too, but eventually asked me to evaluate the 26″ Ancheer AM001907/AN-EB001. Its specs looked much better on paper, addressed some of the shortcomings I criticized the Cybertrack 100 for, but came with its own issues.
Son biking around the neighborhood (2021)
The below is my list of must-haves for a battery-powered bicycle. We will go over the reasons why later.
- Decent motor to aid with steep inclines
- 21 speeds/gears for tackling difficult, uphill climbs
- Pedal Assist System (PAS)
- Rides and looks like a normal mountain bike
- Detachable, large battery for long rides and convenient charging
So, what did I think of the Ancheer AM001907/AN-EB001 (Dynamic Red Line) electric mountain bike after riding it for a couple days? It was harder than I thought.
Bike or Scooter?
Electric scooters are more nimble to move around with — and in some cases, more fun — but local laws may prevent them from going onto the same paths as electric bicycles. Most can also be carried around more easily due to their more compact size and lighter weight. Personally, I prefer bikes because they are safer to operate, can (usually) go onto the same places that mechanical bicycles can operate, are (generally) allowed to carry an additional passenger, and if the battery runs out or fails, you can still pedal around. A scooter would stop to function without a battery.
In A Nutshell
Like the Metakoo Cybertrack 100, the awkwardly named Ancheer AM001907/AN-EB001 (Dynamic Red Line) is no Santa Cruz mountain bike and I would never trust my life to a relatively new brand going down the steep, rocky hills without worrying whether the frame or wheels would hold up to abuse. But comparing a 700 electric bike to a professional one that costs 10x more (but weighs nearly the same at 50 lbs) is unfair. The Ancheer checked all my must-haves AND addressed the shortcomings of the Metakoo: a powerful motor, 450Wh detachable battery, 21 Shimano gears, pedal assist, mountain bike style, and electronic horn and headlight.
The very Rapid, smooth acceleration afforded by its 500W motor (nominally 43% more powerful than the Cybertrack) evoked feelings of both fear and exhilaration. The battery, too, holds 20% more capacity that could translate to longer distances and provide an endless amount of power to the horn and headlight. Ancheer’s stem adds an advantage with its variable height and angle adjustment to accommodate different rider heights and styles.
The shipping package was well-protected, some assembly was required, and Ancheer had made a YouTube video available that did a much better job than Metakoo of explaining how to put together the front 26″ wheel, handlebar, and accessories. If you had never built a bike before, it would be possible to do so on your own with some patience, but an experienced person could easily assemble the entire product with ease. All the parts were already pre-tuned, but some small adjustments were still necessary to ensure the front disc brake did not rub and the 3-speed gears properly shifted. You may consider taking your new bike into a professional shop as needed.
Despite both bicycles sharing a very similar look and feel, including a fork (front) shock suspension, there were some things I liked more about the Metakoo upon much closer examination. The Metakoo Cybertrack simply looks more refined. Ancheer’s exposed, electrical cables were tied along the down tube, up the seat tube, and into the space-robbing control box that sat right below the seat. The Cybertrack had them professionally tucked away through a large side hole in the down tube itself, providing a cleaner appearance and better protection of the cables, but that would also invite liquids, dust, and rust to eventually damage the frame.
Other subtle downsides of the Ancheer included the handlebar controller not having a digital display to show speed and mileage, and its rear wheel’s skewer was already at maximum stretch to accommodate any additional accessories. The latter could easily be replaced with a third-party skewer of desired length (like the BOB 145mm), but I did not feel like taking the rear wheel off to do so. My brother should do it himself if he wanted to tow a bike trailer. Additionally, the Ancheer’s battery did not have a built-in switch to turn on/off like the Metakoo and its included 84W AC wall charger was standard like other eBikes I had looked at. That was where the Metakoo held a leg up over its competition: its 168W charger could fill up its battery in half the time. Whether a manual power switch and fast-charging capability are must-haves is debatable, but they certainly are nice-to-haves.
Ancheer’s aluminum alloy frame looks and feels sturdy, but again, I would not trust it with hardcore, rocky downhill rides, though the mechanical disc brakes performed well for quick, controlled stops. The heavy, Lithium-Ion battery enclosure is waterproof, could be securely locked to the frame with a pair of keys, and has a button to show charge levels in 25% increments. Its charging port is protected with a water resistant cover.
Tip: The less the motor is engaged, the greater range, battery life, and exercise you will have during the ride.
The brushless motor was turned on with the handlebar-mounted controller, and battery capacity was displayed in 20% increments. Horn and headlight could both be activated independently whether the power was on or off. There were 3 assistance levels controlled via the /- buttons and about 20 mph (as confirmed with a smartphone GPS) was reached with a 190 lb bicyclist. The manufacturer claims support for up to 330 lbs, and the frame should accommodate riders between 5’2″ – 6’3″ tall (roughly the same as the Metakoo). Cranking the throttle on the right-side handle engaged the motor for when you wanted temporary assistance: the more it was turned, the higher the assist and faster the speed.
Keep in mind that prolonged use of the motor at maximum performance could overheat it. Ancheer claims a range of “25-45 miles” under pure electric mode. This should translate to about 40-55 Mi via pedal assist. The Pedal Assist System (PAS) is useful for when you want to pedal with a small amount of electronic help. The less the motor is engaged, the greater range and battery life (and exercise) you will have during the ride.
So, which bike was better? That was a really difficult decision to make. It ultimately came down to preference. My brother loved the power and acceleration of the Ancheer, but the Rapid speed increase often elevated my heart rate far too much while trying to ensure a safe ride for my young children sitting inside the bike trailer. Metakoo’s cleaner look was my preference as I primarily used it for manual pedaling, engaging the motor only for climbs. Furthermore, the Metakoo’s rear wheel skewer was long enough to mount the component to connect the bike trailer to. The Ancheer would have needed to have its skewer replaced with a longer one. Fast-charging was possible with Metakoo’s, but honestly, the fact that I had only used 25% of the battery on a 25 Mi ride (where the motor was only used to assist with towing 40-95 lbs on climbs) makes this feature a mute point for probably most people.
Both the Ancheer and Metakoo were able to accommodate the Shotgun Kids MTB Child Seat for when a 2-5 year old child wanted to ride up front. My wife and I have been grateful as parents for the pedal assist that has enabled us to ride longer distances with children and heavy weights in tow.
Note: The Googo SY26 eBike is also a GREAT option.
- Nominal (average) power: 500W. Rated (maximum) power: 750W
- Top speed: 20 mph, tested (California speed limit is 20 mph)
- Fully electric: No pedaling necessary
- PAS – Pedal Assist System: Get assistance while pedaling (“low”, “mid”, “high”)
- Motor off: Move bike with the power of your own legs 😉
- On demand: Turn handlebar throttle to manually increase speed and motor assist level
- Battery: 450Wh Li-Ion (36V @ 12.5Ah) (Buy Replacement Battery)
- Detachable with Lock and 2 keys for more convenient charging
- These types of batteries have a 500 cycle lifespan and lose about 20-25% capacity after every 500 cycle
- Bikeable in rain but do NOT go through water that is high enough to reach the motor or battery!
- Manufacturer claims empty to 100% in 5-6 hours. Gyroor C3 took 4.5-6 hours with its 84W brick. Metakoo Cybertrack 100 in 3-4 hours with its 168W
- Range: 25-45 Mi on fully-electric (according to manufacturer), 40-55 Mi on pedal assist modes (my estimate)
- Approx. 110 Mi with occasional pedal assist based on my Metakoo 25 Mi ride with motorized help on uphill climbs (while towing 195 lb rider, 40-95 lbs cargo, and 46 lb bike itself)
- When the battery is out, the higher number of gears will allow easier, more effective, manual pedaling
- Displays battery level (20% increments) / motor assistance amount (“Mode” = off, “low”, “mid”, “high”)
- When motor assistance level is set to off, motor does not turn on, and you will pedal fully manual. It also enables the Power on Demand throttle on the right-hand side handlebar
Serial number is etched into the upper, front part of the stem tube for registration with local police to aid with recovery
- Arrived nearly fully assembled
- Took 18 mins to finish build
- Attach stem, handlebar, pedals, front wheel, kick stand, seat post, front headlight, rear reflector, and make small, tuning adjustments
- Can accommodate 5’2″ – 6’3″ biker height with its quick-release seat post
- Uses Schrader valve with recommended pressure of 40-65 psi
- Those not well-versed with bike building may struggle a bit, especially if some tuning needs to be performed. A YouTube video shows the major steps
Cabling and Wire Management
- Electric wiring could be managed and hidden better for a cleaner look
- Rear does not have shock suspension
- Heavy at 50 lbs, though similar in weight to the Gyroor C3 and a non-electric Santa Cruz Heckler
- Very limited mounting options on the frame, such as for a water bottle cage or tire pump
- Control box underneath seat saddle takes up additional space
- Rear wheel skewer length cannot accommodate more accessories without replacing it with a longer, third-party one
- 84W AC wall charger cannot fast-charge the battery
- Was not sure if fast-charging with Metakoo’s 168W brick was safe and so I did not test
- Shotgun Kids MTB Child Seat can expand to fit nearly any frame thickness
- Covered charging port is on the removable battery itself
- AC charging brick LED: Red = Charging. Green = Full
- Lithium Ion NMC batteries are known to be volatile and could catch on fire
- Do not charge overnight or unsupervised for prolonged periods of time. Stop charging once full
- Do not leave the bike in full sun or below freezing
- Lithium-Ion NMC batteries lose about 20-25% of capacity after every 500 charging cycle
- Ensure seat post is locked and tight
- Pedal the bike, and you will feel the motor assisting (Pedal assist/PAS)
- Throttle the accelerator by the right-side handle, and the motor will fully take over (Power on demand)
- Note: This only works when “Mode” is off (not “low”, “mid”, or “high”)
- The more you turn, the faster the bike will go
Left: Power Assist (Low). Right: PAS Off, Power-on-Demand On
- Manual power assist: Press and hold “-” button for 2 secs to activate motor at low speed
- Helps with walking the bike uphill
- Be aware of unexpected obstacles. I tumbled once while mountain biking and was hurt quite badly. It was not fun
Most, if not all, airlines prohibit electronic scooters and bikes that do not meet specific criteria. United Airlines, for example, allows collapsible ones whose battery is both removable and below 300 Wh. Southwest Airlines is more restrictive at 160 Wh. This bike’s battery is 450 Wh. Lithium-ion batteries are known to be volatile, and the higher their capacity, the more risky they are. Check with the airlines, TSA, and FAA for more details.
Here are some installation tips for those assembling their first bicycle. First, look at the below diagram to identify the major bike parts, then watch the Ancheer-made YouTube video found right after.
Bike Repair Stands
I use a repair stand to help with assembly and maintenance. SereneLife SLBKRS3 has a maximum load capacity of 66.7 lbs — enough to carry most electric bikes without falling over.
SereneLife Bike Repair Stand, Metakoo Cybertrack 100 mountain eBike
For easier maintenance or assembly, a bike repair stand can save a lot of time and back pain. Be sure to get one that can hold up your bicycle’s weight.
Bicycle Parts /Al2 (CC by 3.0, Wikimedia CurID 2995998)
Have included tools ready. Remove all protective material.
Included Tools. Protective Parts Removal
Attach stem (pointed forward), clamp the handlebar, and secure the headlight. Pay attention to the front fork: it faces forward. Screw the headlight onto it. The handlebar should be secured with the 4 bolts in alternating, opposite order. It is very important the bolts are securely tightened to prevent handles from coming loose while riding.
Place Quick Release skewer through front wheel. There is a spring on each end with the narrow part facing inward toward the bike. Fasten wheel to the front fork. The arrows on the disc brake should be pointing in the same direction as the ones found on the side of the tire.
Attach pedals to the crank arms. Note the “L” and “R” label on each, respective pedal and use a wrench to securely mount them in the appropriate direction to the crank arms.
Check derailleur protector. You may have to pull the protector a bit until it hovers nicely over the derailleur. It should be cleared enough for the derailleur to freely switch gears.
Attach kickstand, install seat post and saddle, then inflate tires. Tires are sized 26 x 1.95 (26″), use Schrader valves, and should be inflated to 40-65 psi.
Attach the tail reflector, adjust the seat post to the proper height (legs should be slightly bent at a 160 degree angle while seated and with foot on pedal at its lowest position), and do not lift the seat post beyond its maximum height line. Finally, fine tune disc brakes, brake handles, and gear shifters as needed.
Adjustments: Disc Brake, Front Derailleur
I did not borrow the bike from my brother long enough to check whether the control unit could have its program options changed, like Power Assist level ratios and maximum speed limiter.
Motor Bike Laws
I first learned about laws governing motorized scooters when reviewing the Joyor X5S, and unfortunately, they were (and still are) not straight-forward. There had been a number of accidents involving scooters hitting pedestrians or riders hurting themselves. I get it. Laws are there to protect people from each other and themselves, especially from irresponsible individuals.
Electric bikes can result in severe injuries or death with their high speeds.
Surprisingly, the laws governing electric BIKES are much more lax. They are very similar to non-motorized bikes, in fact! There are different classes of eBikes. This Ancheer falls under the lower-speed Class 2 with a maximum of up to 20 mph, and as such, can be used on Class 1 bike paths in California. All 3 classes can ride on the protected, one-way Class 2 bike lanes found on streets and highways. Be sure to check with your local regulations. Some States categorize eBikes as mopeds or motor vehicles.
- Class 1: PAS-only with no throttle. Max assisted speed: 20 mph
- Class 2: PAS and throttle. Max assisted speed: 20 mph
- Class 3: PAS-only with no throttle. Max assisted speed: 28 mph
Disclaimer: I AM NOT A LAWYER. Please consult your local city, police department, and/or legal professional for advice.
The following is my interpretation of how I understand the law. It has been shortened to only point out parts that I found interesting or noteworthy.
- Does NOT require riding with a Driver’s License or Instruction Permit (eScooters require them!)
- No license plate required
- Passengers are allowed as long as the bike was designed for it
- Can ride on existing bike infrastructure
- Speed limited to 20 mph
- Follow most of the same laws as non-motorized bicycles
- Helmet required for riders 17 years and younger
- No minimum age limit
Some accessories I recommend for this bike for added convenience and safety:
- Yttao (Triangle) Bike Storage Bag: Holds mini tire pump, replacement tubes, and bike repair tools
- Rear Bike Rack: Enex, Dirza, or Vincita – For use as a luggage carrier or seat for a second person
- Rear rack seat cushions
- Rhinowalk Pannier Cargo Bag: A 27L, waterproof, very visible bike, laptop, and shoulder bag for a bike rack
- Ball Bungees: To fasten cargo more securely to the rack, such as my favorite Hydro Flask water bottles that can hold ice for days
Kids Bike Seats
See my Shotgun Kids MTB Seat (Review) and why I chose it over trailers, tow bars, and rear seats for quick, short rides. It has become one of my favorite additions for providing front-seat thrills to my kids.
Shotgun Kids MTB Child Seat/Handlebar Combo
Ancheer AM0019079/AN-EB001‘s more powerful, 500W motor and higher capacity, 450Wh battery gave it a definite edge in sheer strength and acceleration over the previous eBikes I had reviewed. It also included a built-in headlight and horn that were powered by the very same battery, and like all the eBikes I had worked with, it had its maximum speed limited to 20 mph to keep within legal guidelines. The way the electrical cabling was run underneath the down tube, up the seat tube, and into the bulky control box made it not look as clean as my own Metakoo Cybertrack 100. However, because the wiring did not flow through a large side hole in the down tube like the Metakoo, it should make it much more resistant to damage by dust, water, and by extension, rust.
Ancheer AM001907/AN-EB001 Mountain eBike
I wished the handlebar-mounted control unit had a digital display to show speed, odometer, power-assist level, and other useful information, but some of that could be addressed by adding a third-party speedometer. Also keep in mind that the rear wheel’s skewer would need to be replaced with a longer one if you wanted to attach additional components like those required for towing bike trailers.
I very much appreciated the ability to remove the battery for much easier charging at home or work without having to bring the entire bike inside. Additionally, the battery itself could be securely locked to the frame to minimize the risk of theft. Shifting between the 21 gears was seamless with Shimano derailleurs, and the disc brakes performed as expected for controlled stops.
Despite the shortcomings, the Ancheer bike was quite a powerful one to ride. Its Rapid, smooth acceleration made my heart race every time with both excitement and fear of having gone too fast, and that was exactly the kind of bicycle my brother fell in love with. As for me, I stuck with my Metakoo Cybertrack even with the minor flaws it came with.
Note: The Googo SY26 eBike is also a GREAT option.
Where To Buy
- Ancheer AM001907 Replacement Battery
- Yttao Triangle Bike Storage Bag
- Rear Bike Rack: Enex, Dirza, or Vincita
- Rear rack seat cushions
- Ball Bungee Cords | Rhinowalk Pannier Cargo Bag
- Additional Trailer Coupler so Burley can be switched to another bike (ie. bike failed or ran out of battery)
- HeyBike Cityrun: Beautiful, 26″ electric cruiser bike with 500W motor, 7 speeds (21mph)
- Polarna M4: 20″ foldable, electric bike with 750W motor, 8 speeds (30mph), and 4″ fat tires
- Jasion EB7: 20″ foldable electric bike with 3″ fat tires, 7 speeds, and can accommodate 5’1″ – 6’2″ tall riders
- Googo SY26: 26″ electric mountain bike with 21 speeds, large informative LCD, electronic headlight and horn, and solid build
- Metakoo Cybertrack 100: 26″ electric mountain bike with 21 speeds and a clean look
- Macwheel Ranger 500: Comfortable, 7-speed, electric cruiser for city commutes
- Gyroor C3: Single speed, electric, semi-foldable, and priced fairly low
Six of the best electric mountain bikes in 2023
Electric mountain bikes – otherwise known as e-MTBs – are rugged machines designed for the rigours of off-road riding in all types of weather. That riding can be as sedate as pottering around the local park or as extreme as chucking yourself down cliffs in some remote desert. As such, there are styles to match all kinds of riders, from mild to wild
Bikes range from simple hardtails with just front suspension to full-suspension designs with close to six-figure pricetags, making this a complex sector for newbies. But finding a bike to suit your tastes and budget gets a lot easier once you’ve decided what sort of riding you want to do.
At the extreme end of the spectrum, today’s e-MTBs provide tons of thrills thanks to their power and technology. Capable of taking on trails many of us would struggle to walk down, they’re all about giving riders maximum support.
Meanwhile, more sedate users will be happy to find many electric mountain bikes now employ features such as integrated lighting or pannier racks to help make the most of their electrical assistance.
radical forms of riding place greater strain on a bike, but almost all mountain bikes opt for the power of a mid-drive motor to help propel them up and downhill. You’ll also want a large battery to keep pace, while suspension, disc brakes and broad-spectrum gearing are also pretty much standard. Of course you’ll pay for all this technology and electric mountain bikes can be expensive. Luckily, they’re a riot to ride.
In this guide we’ve rounded up our six favourite e-MTBs, which have caught our eye for the following reasons:
- Moustache Samedi 29 Game 3: An incredible value build that competes on serious performance
- Cannondale Moterra Neo 3: Generations of Cannondale engineering know-how condensed into a performance eMTB
- Merida Eone-Forty 400: A capable full-suspension bike at a entry-level price for a performance bike
- Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0: One of the most versatile electric mountain bikes at an accessible price
- Haibike Alltrack 5 29: Best value hardtail for the impressive battery size
- Cube Reaction Hybrid One 500: A solid all-rounder that will be as happy on the tow path as in the woods
What to look for in an e-MTB
Suspension: Bikes with dual suspension suit rougher terrain, while hardtails with just front suspension are preferable on smoother trails. They’re also lighter and less expensive.
Weight: A lighter bike is nimbler, but heavier bikes with larger batteries can go further and are often more comfortable. Weights tend to fall between 15 and 30kg, with under 20kg being incredibly light and 20 to 25kg being average.
Motor power: Effective motors start at roughly 70Nm of torque, while 80–90Nm is the norm on stronger machines. The occasional super-powerful outlier can reach 120Nm.
Battery capacity: Small batteries of about 250Wh may be sufficient if you’re looking for a lightweight bike for a few hours of vigorous pedalling. You’ll require considerably more if you intend to stay out all day or ride in hilly locations.
How much do I need to spend?
A fair bit, which makes sense given the demands made of e-MTBs and their complex, costly components. Expect a hardtail to set you back at least £2,000, with full-suspension models commanding an additional premium.
Buy if you want…
To wring maximum enjoyment out of exploring outdoors.
Avoid if you want…
To stick to sedate paths – e-MTBs are overpriced and over-equipped for smooth terrain.
Moustache Samedi 29 Game 3
As full suspension electric mountain bikes go the Samedi 29 offers great value and performance
French brand Moustache has been quietly building a reputation as a supplier of innovative, stylish and good-value electric bikes. It’s continuing this trend with the introduction of the Samedi 29 Game 3, one of its best value electric mountain bikes.
Of course, over £5,000 may seem like a lot of cash, but consider the inclusion of a Bosch Performance Line CX motor coupled with a large-capacity 750Wh Bosch battery. Then run your eye over the respectable Shimano Deore 11-speed drivetrain. Finally, take a moment to appraise the enormous amount of suspension travel – enough to eat UK trails for breakfast. All this combines to make the pricetag more understandable.
Moustache provides maximum fun for each pound spent by employing a hydroformed aluminium frame that holds a proprietary Magic Grip Control air shock to extract 160mm of rear-wheel travel. The clever shaping of the frame also allows Moustache to conceal the bike’s battery within the down tube and create a solid mounting point for the motor to help keep the centre of gravity low. Front-wheel dampening is then handled by a 170mm RockShox Domain R fork.
Clearly, the Samedi 29 Game 3’s chassis is designed to let you boss challenging terrain. This is also apparent in the inclusion of a KS dropper seatpost that lets you lower the seat out of the way via a handlebar-mounted switch. This ability is likely to prove pretty much essential when heading downhill or over jumps or drops.
Shimano’s Deore groupset may not have the cachet of posher ranges, but it still provides 11 gears and reliable and consistent operation. The same goes for the brand’s MT420 four-piston hydraulic disc brakes. Plus, if you crash and damage anything, the cost of a replacement won’t break the bank.
Most of the remaining finishing kit comes from Moustache’s own brand. This includes the 29-inch wheels, which feature tubeless-ready rims shod with aggressive Maxxis tyres. In keeping with the rest of the bike, they’re ready to rumble from the word go.
Pros: Copious suspension travel and a Bosch drivetrain with a large capacity battery represent excellent value for money
Cons: Own-brand finishing kit will put off potential buyers unable to see past more fashionable brand names
Moustache Samedi 29 Game 3 specs
Stated weight: 26kg; Frame material: 6061 T4-T6 aluminium; Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX 250W; Battery: Bosch PowerTube 750Wh; Stated range: 129km (80 miles); Gearing: Shimano Deore 11-speed; Saddle: Moustache Sport; Brakes: Shimano MT420 hydraulic disc; Wheels: Moustache tubeless 29in; Tyres: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5in
Cannondale Moterra Neo 3
Full-fat thrills from a big and bouncy bike that’s made for serious playtime
Cannondale has been making aluminium-framed mountain bikes for almost as long as mountain bikes have been a thing, and the Moterra Neo 3 is the latest in that tradition. It’s just that, unlike the company’s first offerings, this model has suspension at both ends plus electric assistance.
As the e-bike market grows and matures, its various segments become more defined. Some manufacturers FOCUS on bikes that offer subtle assistance, low weight and conventional handling, while others opt to go ‘full fat’. Bikes in this style include large-capacity batteries that provide high mileage and full-throated assistance at the expense of slightly increased weight and less nippy handling.
To provide all-day assistance the Moterra employs a sizable 750Wh Bosch PowerTube battery, which lives within the down tube of its aluminium frame. That heavily sculpted frame also houses a RockShox Deluxe Select shock that offers an impressive 150mm of rear-wheel travel.
Cannondale now uses a system it calls ‘proportional response size-specific design’ to ensure each rider gets the right fit. This means each frame size gets its own unique layout and geometry to make the best use of its suspension. This also sees smaller frames drop their wheel size from 29 to 27.5 inches to keep dimensions in proportion.
At the front end of the bike you’ll find a matching RockShox Yari RC 150mm suspension fork. That much suspension travel on tap increases the possibility of getting into trouble on the downhills, which Cannondale counters with a set of Shimano MT420 four-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
You’ll probably want to get back up the hill, and your legs will find assistance in the form of a mixed 12-speed Shimano XT/Deore groupset and Bosch Performance Line CX motor. There’s even a trials bike-style skid plate to protect the motor from damage if you get really adventurous.
The result is a full-bodied bike that’s ready for almost anything the mountain can throw at it and which packs enough charge to last a full day of up-and-down riding. When it comes to having fun in challenging terrain, the Cannondale is no lightweight.
Pros: A large-capacity battery plus lots of travel suspension equals big fun off-road
Cons: Not as competitively priced as the aforementioned Moustache with little to separate them
Cannondale Moterra Neo 3 specs
Stated weight: 26kg; Frame material: Aluminium; Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX; Battery: Bosch PowerTube 750Wh; Stated range: N/A; Gearing: Shimano XT 12-speed; Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport; Brakes: Shimano Deore hydraulic disc; Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS; Tyres: Maxxis Minion/Rekon 29 x 2.6in
Merida Eone-Forty 400
The Merida brings what passes for affordability to the world of electric full-suspension mountain bikes
Merida may not be one of the best-known bike brands, but the company is among the world’s largest bicycle manufacturers. Over the years it has made bikes for many renowned brands, and the Eone-Forty 400 puts all that knowledge to good use. The result is a well-outfitted and reasonably priced full-suspension electric mountain bike.
OK, so £4,000 for a bicycle may seem like a lot, but the average mid-range full-suspension mountain bike isn’t far off this total. And the Eone-Forty 400 doesn’t seem so expensive compared to the rest of the market, especially when you factor in its Shimano Steps EP8 motor and powerful 630Wh battery (although shorter riders should note that the smaller frame sizes require a slightly more petite 504Wh battery).
The frame housing the Shimano motor and matching battery is hydroformed from aluminium and allows for 130mm of rear-wheel travel. This is matched at the front by an SR Suntour XCR34 fork with 140mm of travel.
What isn’t shared front and back is the wheel size. The Eone-Forty 400 is what’s known as a mullet bike, whereby the front wheel is larger than the rear. It’s a common feature on many full-suspension bikes these days and aims to combine smooth rolling with manoeuvrability.
Both ends of the bike come fitted with seriously wide Maxxis Rekon tyres, and keeping these big treads turning when you’re not using the motor is Shimano’s Deore ten-speed drivetrain. While having ten gears at the rear may seem a lot for the uninitiated, more experienced riders might have expected to see an 11 or 12-speed cassette. Still, given the cost, it’s not something we’d be too minded to complain about, especially as you get the same highest and lowest gears. importantly, you get a dropper seatpost, which is now a must for serious mountain bikers.
Taken together, the Merida is an aggressive and capable mountain bike that’s unlikely to be stumped by anything but the most extreme terrain. Yes, the price is significant, but you’ll find it’s hard to beat.
Pros: A capable and on-trend mullet full-suspension bike with quality components for sensible money
Cons: The use of a Deore ten-speed groupset is an apparent move to keep the price down
Merida Eone-Forty 400 specs
Stated weight: N/A; Frame material: Aluminium; Motor: Shimano Steps EP8 (mid-mount); Battery: Shimano E8036 630Wh (504Wh on smaller sizes); Stated range: N/A; Gearing: Shimano Deore ten-speed; Saddle: Merida Comp SL; Brakes: Shimano M42040 (front), M4100 (rear); Wheels: Merida Comp TR; Tyres: Maxxis Rekon 29 x 2.4in (front), 27.5 x 2.6in (rear)
Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0
A cargo-capable full-suspension bike that doesn’t defy existing genres but creates one for itself
Capability and comfort. The Turbo Tero manages to fill a gap in the market that many of us might never have noticed was there. It’s a bike with full suspension and aggressive tyres that can transport rider and kit over rough terrain in comfort and safety, yet it’s practical enough for day-to-day use too.
To help keep the bike as stable as possible, it uses a smaller 27.5-inch wheel at the back for a lower centre of gravity paired with a larger 29-inch front wheel for smoother rolling where this is more desirable. You also get a dropper seatpost to lower your position on the bike for hopping on and off or getting the saddle out of the way during tricky descents. In all, there’s more than enough mountain bike technology to help you navigate rough and technically demanding routes.
At the same time the Tero can carry up to 20kg of gear via its integrated rear rack, plus another 10kg on the front. Then there’s an integrated headlight to light your way and rugged full-length mudguards to stop you from getting sopping wet if the weather turns. You even gain a kickstand for easy parking.
To reach for a comparison from outside of cycling, it’s like a sports utility vehicle. However, rather than spewing fumes into the environment, the Turbo Tero uses a proprietary 50Nm Specialized mid-drive motor and 530Wh battery to help propel you along.
Like a sports utility vehicle, the Tero is also happy to be put to more pedestrian uses. For one thing it’s capable of towing a trailer, so it could potentially be used for ferrying children on the school run, only in this case you won’t get dirty looks if you park it on the zigzag lines outside school.
Whatever use you put the bike to, its MasterMind display provides instant tunability to swap between modes and a live range estimator, so you’ll always know how much you have left in the tank.
Pros: You’re unlikely to find yourself underequipped whether your rides are mild or wild
Cons: Might be a tad overkill for day-to-day use on the tarmac
Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0 specs
Stated weight: 26.7kg; Frame material: Aluminium Fork RockShox Recon Silver RL; Motor: Specialized 2.0E; Battery: Specialized U2-530 530Wh; Stated range: N/A; Gearing: Sram SX Eagle 12-speed; Saddle: Specialized Bridge Sport; Brakes: Sram G2 RE hydraulic disc; Wheels: Specialized 29in (front), 27in (rear); Tyres: Ground Control Grid T7 2.35in
Haibike Alltrack 5 29
A machine that looks like a mountain bike at first glance, but turns out to be much more versatile
When mountain bikes first appeared they were frequently called ATBs – all-terrain bikes – and they were indeed designed to be ridden everywhere. Perhaps it’s now time to re-establish that idea with bikes such as the Alltrack 5 29 from Haibike.
One upshot of mountain bikes becoming ever more capable off-road is that they’ve become inversely less usable on the road. Who needs 140mm of suspension travel at both ends of a bicycle that will be used as much for trips to the shops as it will for thrashing along muddy trails?
For many riders, such rugged full-suspension designs only add weight and are a potential liability when it comes to servicing. By comparison, the Alltrack 5 29 is a simple e-bike that can be taken off-road but isn’t so extreme that it can’t be used on the road. It’s a genuine all-rounder.
The Alltrack 5 29’s frame is a chunky-looking affair, but it needs to be to carry the bike’s impressively large 750Wh battery in the down tube. This should provide enough power to quell anyone’s range anxiety, even when toting heavy panniers or taking in multiple climbs. The oversized frame also provides a solid mounting point for a powerful Yamaha PW-S2 electric motor.
Sitting next to the motor is a single-ring crankset that directs both human power and electric assistance to the rear wheel via a Shimano Deore ten-speed gearset. Yes, an 11 or 12-speed groupset would be nice, but the ten-speed setup is robust and simplifies gear selection.
As the bike’s name suggests, the wheels are 29 inches in diameter, although that drops to 27.5 inches on smaller frame sizes to keep the handling consistent. It’s a nice touch that means all riders get the same ride experience. And no matter which size fits, you’ll find the same Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres on the wheels. Like the bike, they’re a bit slow on the road but are more than capable once you hit the dirt.
Pros: A no-nonsense mountain bike that’s not so extreme it can’t also be ridden on the road
Cons: The Yamaha motor is relatively new to the market and is not yet as well established as other premium brands
Haibike Alltrack 5 29 specs
Stated weight: N/A; Frame material: Aluminium; Motor: Yamaha PW-S2 250W mid; Battery: InTube 750Wh; Stated range: N/A; Gearing: Shimano Deore ten-speed; Saddle: XLC; Brakes: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc; Wheels: Rodi Tryp 30 29in; Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 29 x 2.6in
Cube Reaction Hybrid One 500
An adventurous hybrid or an easy-to-pedal mountain bike. The Cube is capable in either role
No one seems quite sure how to define the ‘hybrid’ bike. Is it a road bike with flat handlebars or a mountain bike with less knobbly tyres? As far as Cube is concerned, it’s the latter.
Clearly the manufacturer wasn’t going to be constrained by traditional design ideas and predefined use categories in creating the Reaction Hybrid One 500 – it may be called a hybrid, but it definitely looks like a mountain bike. Yet there’s also the option of an easy-entry step-through frame, which is not what you’d typically expect of a mountain bike. Then again, you can argue that bikes are made to be ridden, and if they can be ridden on all sorts of terrain then they’re genuinely hybrid. That’s certainly the case with this model.
Whatever you use it for, you’ll be assisted by a fourth-generation Bosch Performance CX motor that’s tucked away at the base of the frame. It combines with the Shimano Deore ten-speed gearset to let you conquer the steepest of hills or cruise along the high street with little effort.
Like many of today’s electric mountain bikes, the Cube’s frame is made from heavily shaped aluminium tubing that conceals the 500Wh battery inside the down tube. Those same shapely tubes also carry all the control lines internally, while cables are also hidden away from view to create a clean aesthetic.
The bike gives a nod to its mountain bike heritage by featuring an SR Suntour NVX30 suspension fork, which offers 100mm of front wheel travel. It also sports large-volume Schwalbe Smart Sam tyres that provide comfort and grip off-road or on.
If you plan on using the Reaction Hybrid One 500 on the road, you’ll appreciate how Cube has incorporated mounting points for a side stand, mudguards and a rear rack to let you commute in comfort. Still, even with all these extras and the motor taking the strain, this bike probably enjoys trails more than tarmac.
Pros: An all-rounder with frame options to suit a wide range of riders and riding styles
Cons: The hybrid name belies a bike more suited to off-road riding than regular road use
Cube Reaction Hybrid One 500 specs
Stated weight: 22.7kg; Frame material: Aluminium; Motor: Bosch Performance CX Generation 4 mid; Battery: Bosch PowerTube 500; Stated range: N/A; Gearing: Shimano Deore ten-speed; Saddle: Natural Fit Sequence; Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200; Wheels: Cube EX23; Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam, Active, 29 x 2.35in
Interested in the market’s very lightest electric mountain bikes only? Rotwild now lays claim to having developed the lightest mass-production unit.
The 11 Best Electric Mountain Bikes To Hit The Trails
Despite the fact that electric mountain bikes have existed since the early 1990s, it wasn’t until the last few years that EV powertrains have gotten small, lightweight, and potent enough to genuinely make for practical machines. And though they do come with some added heft compared to their entirely pedal-powered counterparts, E-MTBs allow riders to achieve higher levels of speed and performance, as well as unlocking the ability to effortlessly power a bike uphills.
Hugely benefitting from technological advancements made in recent years in the electric car and motorcycle sectors, today’s electrified mountain bike segment is comprised of thoroughly state-of-the-art models that combine the latest frame constructions and geometries with cutting-edge suspension setups and ultra-advanced electric motor and battery configurations. However, with more models to chose from than ever before, shopping for an E-MTB can be a daunting task — especially to the uninitiated. So, with this in mind, we’ve reviewed the last several years of two-wheeled releases and the latest and greatest offerings from the leading brands in the space to deliver this guide on the best e-mountain bikes.
Electrified Downhill Demons
The Main Qualities To Consider When Purchasing An E-MTB
Shopping for a high-end mountain bike can be an intimidating experience, even more so when dealing with electric models. Knowing this, we’ve put together this condensed guide on the six most pivotal areas to factor in before making your purchase.
Frame Construction Geometry: As the backbone and skeleton of a bicycle, an MTB’s frame is of extreme importance. When reviewing this area, you’ll want to keep an eye out for both frame’s material, as well as the construction technique(s) used to create it, as these two areas play pivotal roles in the strength and rigidity of a chassis. Aluminum and carbon fiber are two of the most common frame constructions used today. What’s more, you’ll also want to check out the geometry of a bike’s frame, exploring areas such as seat angle, wheelbase, reach, bottom bracket height, chainstay length, and head angle, amongst others.
Components: Alongside the frame, another element that plays a pivotal role in determining a given mountain bike’s overall quality is undoubtedly the individual components that comprise it. This includes componentry such as a bike’s front and rear suspension pieces, handlebar and stem, headset, seat and post, brakes and levers, rims, hubs, tires, crankset, and pedals, just to name a few of the more important ones. These pieces can also be individually swapped out, replaced, or upgraded, as well.
EV Powertrain: Though unique to mountain bikes of the electric variety, another monumentally important set of components to consider when shopping is the elements that make up a bike’s EV powertrain. This includes the type, size, and rating of the battery pack and motor, as well as some smaller additional parts such as displays and charging ports.
Performance Specs: As performance-focused machines, an E-MTB’s real-world capabilities are also wildly important. It can at times be difficult to get a sense of how these capabilities translate to use on the mountain, though figures on specs such as top (assisted) speed and maximum (assisted) range do give a more objective understanding.
Dimensions Weight: Just like when shopping for a regular, non-electric mountain bike, it’s important to look into a model’s weight and physical dimensions in order to ensure a given bike will properly fit its rider. Many of these figures are listed within a bike’s geometry. It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that electric MTBs are usually a good deal heavier than their pedal-powered counterparts, as the batteries needed to power these electric two-wheelers are quite heavy — though are also strategically located within the frame to optimize performance.
Intended Use: Though every model on this list falls under the same basic category of “mountain bikes,” these machines can hugely vary in some areas depending on their intended use. To help understand which type is best for you, you’ll want to explore the five main types of mountain bikes — cross country, all-mountain, downhill, freeride, and fat bikes — and then determine which will be most conducive to your intended use.
Best Electric Mountain Bikes of 2022
HAIBIKE ALLMTN 5
Despite being the most affordable model on our list, HAIBIKE’s ALLMTN 5 (or “All Mountain 5”) is an incredibly capable, high-performance machine that’s brimming with high-end componentry. At the heart of the bike is a 625Wh Bosch PowerTube battery feeding a 250W motor that allows for a maximum assisted cruising speed of 20mph. Other highlights on the HAIBIKE include a 12-speed Shimano XT shifter, and a RockShox suspension setup with Lyrik Ultimate RC2 fork, and a Deluxe Select RT rear shock that afford 6.3” and 5.9” of travel respectively.
Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH Range: N/A Weight: N/A Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″ Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX
Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2 Elite
Designed and engineered in France, Lapierre’s Overvolt GLP Elite is an endurance electric MTB that features an EV powertrain that’s bene centrally located within a carbon fiber chassis in order to deliver a riding experience that’s remarkably similar to that of a traditional mountain bike. In addition to a RockShox Zeb Charger RC fork and four-piston calipers, this model sports the latest generation of the Bosch Performance CX motor that draws from a 500Wh Bosch Powerpack Purion.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: 15.5MPH Range: N/A Weight: 46.8LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″ Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX
Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 2
Rather than trying to shoehorn a battery into an existing frame design, for Cannondale’s Moterra Neo Carbon 2 bike the company has custom-designed a proportional response-tuned carbon frame from the ground up that’s been engineered specifically for E-MTB use. On top of its 20mph top speed, this bike’s Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit and 625Wh battery together afford an assisted range of more than 60-miles on a single charge.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH Range: 63-Miles Weight: N/A Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″ Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX
Simplon Rapcon PMAX
Simplon’s Rapcon Pmax is a top-shelf touring and all mountain-focused bike that’s largely characterized by its immense performance prowess and its extreme versatility. This Aussie-built offering boasts a dual battery configuration with an impressive 1,125Wh of battery capacity while still managing to tip the scales at just under 50lbs — a feat made possible through the use of an ultra-lightweight carbon frame.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: N/A Range: N/A Weight: 49.6LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″ / 29” Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX
Ducati TK01 – RR
The TK01 RR is just as impressive a machine as one would expect from the renowned superbike manufacturer. Constructed around forged and CNC-machined 6061 aluminum chassis, this bike has been outfitted with a host of spare-no-expense componentry including a Shimano EP8 drive system with 63ft-lbs of torque, Crank brothers wheels shod in Pirrelli all-terrain tires, Deore Xt four-pot calipers, a Shimano SC-E7000 LCD display, carbon fiber Renthal bars, an Öhlins RXF38 Air TTX18 fork, and one of the Swedish firm’s TTX Air rear shocks — the latter two of which were custom engineered specifically for Ducati.
Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum Top Assisted Speed: N/A Range: N/A Weight: N/A Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5”” Motor: Shimano EP8
Santa Cruz Bullit
In early 2020, Santa Cruz debuted the first e-MTB in the company’s more than quarter-century-long history. Since that time Santa Cruz has developed an even more advanced electrified mountain bike with the Bullit. Weighing less than 50lbs, this bike hugely benefits from a host of parts and elements that have been derived from the cycle firm’s downhill race bikes. The bicycle’s Shimano EP8 drive system has been custom-tuned to afford more power while in trail mode without compromising its 630wh battery’s range.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: N/A Range: 37.3-Miles Weight: 49.75LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5” Motor: Shimano EP8
Mondraker Level RR
If one set out to piece together the ultimate high-performance E-MTB with zero concern for cost, the end result would almost certainly look a whole lot like Mondraker’s Level RR. On top of a lightweight yet immensely durable Stealth Alloy Evo frame, this model sports a Bosch Kiox display, a 625Wh Powertube battery, an RXF 38 fork and a TTX22M shock from Öhlins, a Krypton stem, E-Thirteen e-spec rims, spokes, and hubs wrapped in Maxxis Assegai all-terrain tires, and a chain, ring, rear derailleur, cassette, and RSC brakes from SRAM.
Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum Top Assisted Speed: Range: N/A Weight: 56.2LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29” Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX
Pivot Shuttle V2
Pivot is another renowned brand that’s well worth exploring when shopping for an E-MTB, as the company legitimately produces some of the finest bikes on the planet. Using a carbon fiber construction frame, the second generation Shuttle sports a high-end array of components including a Fox Factory E-MTB 38 fork, a Fox Factory Float DPX2 shock, a pivot precision sealed cartridge headset, a 12-speed Shimano XTR SGS unit, and a battery with a massive 726Wh capacity.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH Range: 50-Miles Weight: 43.25LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29” Motor: Shimano DU-EP800
Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XX1 AXS
Trek’s E-Caliber 9.9 XX1 AXS electric mountain bike comes loaded with some of the finest components that money can buy, affording it some incredible performance capabilities. However, what makes this model so special is undoubtedly the fact that it currently stands as the lightest full-suspension E-MTB in the world. Designed to offer a similar riding experience to a traditional cross country model, this E-Caliber bike also boasts the same cutting-edge suspension setup found on Trek’s top-of-the-line Supercaliber bikes.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH Range: 43.5-Miles Weight: 34.76LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29” Motor: Fazua Evation
Specialized Turbo Levo SL
Specialized’s top-of-the-line S-Works Turbo Levo SL is a wildly impressive E-MTB that feels remarkably similar to a traditional pedal-powered two-wheeler. This Bluetooth-connected E-MTB pairs its custom lightweight motor — which was designed in-house by Specialized — with a 320Wh battery that, while smaller than other cells on the market, enables the S-Works model to weigh in at an incredibly svelte 37.25lbs — a figure that was no doubt helped along by the use of the bike’s lightweight carbon fiber frame.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: N/A Range: 3.5-Hours Weight: 37.25LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29” Motor: Custom Lightweight Specialized SL 1.1
Greyp G6.X Limited
Having previously been tapped by Rimac to develop the elite hypercar marque’s ebikes, it’s frankly unsurprising that Greyp’s (pronounced Grape) Limited Edition G6.X is one of the most advanced and cutting-edge ebikes on earth. In addition to a top-shelf array of hardware — including a 12-speed SRAM Eagle AXS Controller shifter, Magura brakes, Öhlins suspension, a BikeAhead Biturbo wheel-set, and custom Greyp cranks and pedals — this Smart bike packs a host of state-of-the-art tech such as a 3” TFT display, integrated 1080p forward and rear-facing cameras, connectivity to a mobile app, a heart rate monitor, a bevy of sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, and barometer), and an embedded GPS unit.
Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber Top Assisted Speed: 15.5MPH Range: 80-Miles Weight: 55.1LBS Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5” Motor: MPF 6.0
The Best Mountain Bikes
Happen to prefer a more traditional non-motorized mountain-biking experience but still want a cutting-edge bike? Then be sure to head on over to our guide to the best mountain bikes for a the finest high-performance models currently on the market.