Best electric mountain bikes: top-rated eMTBs to tame the trails. 29 inch electric bike

Best electric mountain bikes: top-rated eMTBs to tame the trails

The best electric mountain bikes make ascents a lot easier while providing all the performance and handling you want on the way back down. They add some extra power on the flat too.

You can turn your FOCUS to climbing the steepest, most technical slopes you can find – or just go longer and faster with a grin from ear-to-ear. The ability to cover ground quickly means you can go out and explore places you wouldn’t otherwise consider. These bikes also enable you to ride in ways you usually couldn’t. As designs become more refined, their handling increasingly rivals – and in some cases exceeds – that of non-assisted mountain bikes.

For more on what to look for when buying an e-MTB, read our buyer’s guide at the bottom of this article. Otherwise, check out our guide to the best electric bikes for advice on choosing the right ebike for you. If your riding will not be exclusively off-road, then the best electric gravel bikes are worth considering instead. What’s more, motor-assisted miles on tarmac call for the best electric road bikes.

Best electric mountain bikes in 2023

Marin Alpine Trail E2

Slack geometry and Shimano’s EP8 motor make the Alpine Trail E2 a formidable bike. Andy Lloyd / Marin Bikes

  • £5,695 / €6,199 / 5,999 as tested
  • Marin’s first full-suspension e-MTB
  • Capable, fun and comfortable

Marin launched the Alpine Trail E at the end of 2020 and it’s the Californian brand’s first full-suspension electric mountain bike.

Luckily, it’s been worth the wait because the Alpine Trail E is a capable, fun and comfortable e-MTB with a well-thought-out spec that offers good value for money including top-spec dampers, Shimano drivetrains and branded components.

You get an aluminium frame with 150mm of travel, with aggressive, descent-focused geometry, while Shimano’s EP8 motor provides the power.

The Alpine Trail E2 is at home on a broad spectrum of trails and lives up to Marin’s promise as a bike that will put a smile on your face.

The range also includes the cheaper Alpine Trail E1 at £4,295 / 4,499 / €4,899.

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Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory

Nukeproof also took the top step in our inagural eMTB Bike of the Year test. Steve Behr / Our Media

  • £7,000 / €8,200 as tested
  • Comfortable, efficient climbing
  • Good balance of motor power and range

The winner of our first ever eMTB category in Bike of the Year, the Nukeproof Megawatt scores on geometry, spec and suspension and, with its 170mm rear travel and mullet wheels, is designed for enduro riding.

The top-drawer spec includes a Fox Factory 38 fork and Float X2 shock, Shimano XT drivetrain and four-piston brakes, DT Swiss H 1700 Spline 30 wheels and Maxxis tyres.

Power comes from a Shimano EP8 85Nm motor with three customisable assistance levels and a 630Wh battery supplying the juice. We got over 2,000m vertical in Eco mode and up to 1,400m in Boost.

We loved the downhill performance, a mix of fun and stability that’s hard for bike designers to get right. The super-smooth rear suspension with balanced geometry makes it easy to ride quickly with little effort.

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Orbea Rise H10

  • £6,623 / 8,000 / €7,100 / AU12,600 as tested
  • Well-finished alloy frame
  • Throttled-down Shimano EP8 motor gives natural ride feel

The Orbea Rise H10 is an alloy version of the original carbon Rise. It’s a stripped-back ‘eMTB Lite’, with less power and weight than a fully assisted eMTB, that Orbea says is “less e, more bike”.

The Rise H10 gets a larger battery than the original, at 540Wh, and is powered by a 60Nm Shimano EP8 motor that’s throttled down to limit its usual 85Nm torque and extend range. You can add a 252Wh range extender.

The H10’s frame has nicely smoothed welds at the top tube junctions that could fool you into thinking it’s carbon, and side-on it’s not obvious there’s a battery in the down tube either. Geometry is trail-oriented and modern but not cutting-edge.

With its higher-torque motor than the Specialized Turbo Levo SL, the Rise feels more powerful on climbs. It can handle rougher, steeper trails, although it’s not as sure-footed as more enduro-oriented ebikes. It’s happiest on rollercoaster singletrack and berms though.

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Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL

  • £12,500 / 15,000 / €14,500 / AU24,200 as tested
  • Top-drawer spec to match the price
  • Highly tunable geometry
  • Lower-powered assistance leads to more rider input to keep up pace

First in our line-up of very spendy Specialized electric bikes, the enduro-focused Turbo Kenevo SL mixes a 19kg weight with 170mm travel.

It’s built from FACT 11m carbon fibre, with the tunable Specialized Turbo SL 1.1 motor meting out 35Nm of torque – about half that of most eMTB motors. That’s powered by a 320Wh integrated battery. You can buy a separate range extender to add another 160Wh.

The geometry is tunable, with 2 degrees of head tube angle adjustment via angled headset cups and flip chips in the suspension pivot. In the low setting, climbing is smooth and composed with subtle assistance. Handling feels more like a pedal-powered bike than an eMTB, with impressive composure on rougher trails.

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Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo

  • £13,000 / 15,000 / €13,999 / AU24,200 as tested
  • Great frame, motor, battery life and power delivery
  • Crazy price, tyres not robust enough to keep up

We really liked the Turbo Levo’s frame and motor when we reviewed the base model, but were underwhelmed by its components and their effect on handling. We’ve also reviewed the Turbo Levo Comp Alloy more recently, again with mixed results, in this case raising issues with the suspension damper, tyres and the bike’s value for money.

The range-topping carbon S-Works model rectifies all that – although at a price. Our reviewer rated it the “best bike he’d ever ridden”.

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The Brose motor pushes out up to 565 watts and 90Nm for impressive climbing with smooth power delivery and there’s battery capacity to stay the course. The rest of the spec is as top-drawer as you’d expect.

With 150mm of suspension travel and variable geometry, the bike can be fine-tuned to whatever you want to ride, although we swapped out the tyres to something better able to keep up with the rest of the bike’s capabilities.

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Vitus E-Sommet VRX

For the money, the E-Sommet has to be one of the best electric mountain bikes out there. Ian Linton / Our Media

  • £5,499 as tested
  • Draped in high-end components at a reasonable price
  • Impressive geometry and suspension

Rolling on a ‘mullet’ setup and featuring up-to-date geometry (boasting a 64-degree head tube angle), the E-Sommet is Vitus’ top-spec eMTB designed for enduro with 167mm of rear travel.

It’s powered by Shimano’s EP8 motor capable of 85nm peak torque and 250W of peak power combined with a 650Wh battery. We achieved 1,800m to 2,000m of ascent in the Eco mode from a single charge. This figure dropped in Turbo mode to 1,200m.

With Vitus being a direct-to-customer brand, the E-Sommet is adorned with top spec for its very reasonable price. It features a 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork, a Super Deluxe Select RT shock and Shimano’s XT groupset.

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Whyte E-160 RSX

  • £7,999 as tested
  • Calm and composed, hides its weight well
  • One of the best-handling electric mountain bikes tested

Available in 29in or ‘mullet’ form, the E-160 RSX is a 150mm do-it-all electric enduro bike.

It comes well equipped with Fox Performance Elite 38 forks and Float X rear shock, SRAM GX Eagle AXS and DT Swiss wheels. Power comes from a 250W Bosch Performance Line CX motor with a 750Wh PowerTube battery.

Whyte has positioned the battery partially beneath the motor to lower the bike’s centre of gravity, giving it a well-balanced geometry and truly special handling characteristics for a bike of its weight.

We managed to get 2,000m of ascent in Tour mode, and regularly hit 1,500m in eMTB mode. The 26.32kg weight (size large) was masked on the descents thanks to the low centre of gravity, making the bike easy to lean from one side to the other.

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Whyte E-180 RS

A mix of stability at speed with agile handling makes for great descending on the Whyte E-180 RS v3. Andy Lloyd / Our Media

  • £7,699 as tested
  • Geometry and motor/battery positioning designed for stability
  • Near-perfect descending performance

With 27.5in wheels and 170mm rear/180mm front travel, the downhill-oriented, alloy Whyte E-180 RS v3 sits at the top of the brand’s range.

There’s a quality spec with Fox Factory fork and shock, DT Swiss wheels and SRAM X01/GX Eagle drivetrain. Assistance comes in the form of an 85Nm Bosch Performance Line CX motor with a 625Wh battery and a Purion display.

The layout of the motor and battery is designed to give a low centre of gravity and there’s a flip chip to adjust geometry, dropping the head tube angle by one degree. Even in the high setting, it’s quite slack.

We managed 2,300m of climbing with the motor in Eco mode, although that dropped to 1,200m with higher assistance. Descending was near-perfect, with great stability over rough ground and the agility to handle complex trail features.

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Yeti 160E T1

Yeti’s first eMTB is an impressive ride, but feels under-specced for its price. Andy Lloyd / Immediate Media

  • £11,899 / 12,700 / €13,790 as tested
  • Superb suspension, balance and handling
  • Very expensive, without top-spec kit all-round

The Yeti is an expensive proposition, but we reckon its 160mm-travel six-bar suspension sets a new benchmark for enduro eMTBs and its downhill capabilities are second to none.

It’s powered by a Shimano EP8 motor with a 630Wh battery. The TURQ-series carbon frame is decked out in Shimano XT with DT Swiss EX 1700 alloy wheels and Fox 38 Factory fork and Float X2 rear shock; there’s also a less expensive C1 spec of the 160E.

There’s loads of grip on bumpy or rough terrain, with the rear tyre giving up before the suspension. Downhill needed a little tuning to raise the bars, but once done the controlled suspension and well-chosen geometry led to incredible, fast-descending performance.

Canyon Spectral:ON CF 7.0

Although it hasn’t got the most progressive geometry, it’s still a good-looking and top-performing bike. Ian Linton / Immediate Media

  • £4,299 / 6,299 / €4,497 as tested
  • Carbon main frame
  • Playful handling when ridden fast

Redesigned in March 2020, the Canyon Spectral:ON’s main frame is now carbon with an alloy rear triangle, instead of all alloy, and its 504Wh battery is now internal.

Like its predecessor, it has mullet wheel sizes, with a 29in front and 27.5in rear wheel. On this CF 7.0 model, there’s 150mm of travel at the rear and a RockShox Deluxe Select shock, while power comes from a Shimano Steps E8000 motor, running through a 12-speed Shimano XT derailleur.

The motor provides plenty of power to get up steep climbs, while the feel when riding fast is more playful than planted.

We’ve also tested the top-spec, £7,599 / 9,000 Spectral:ON CF 9.0. Its components are better, but we reckon there’s little other reason to choose it over the 7.0.

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Focus JAM2 7.0

  • £7,499 / €7,999 as tested
  • Tunable geometry and 150mm travel
  • Responsive, agile handling despite a 25kg weight

The Focus JAM2 7.0 rolls on 29er wheels with 150mm of linear-progressive suspension travel, while power comes from the Shimano EP8 85Nm motor, with a high-capacity 720Wh battery from Focus.

A flip chip enables you to tune the geometry and the JAM2 has Focus’s CIS system with cables and hoses threaded through the stem. There’s a built-in USB-C charge port on the top tube and another neat touch is the custom tool bag that sits under the front of the down tube.

We rated the rear-wheel grip when climbing, and the geometry adds playfulness on flowy trails, with direct, responsive handling despite the 25kg weight.

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Merida eONE-SIXTY 10k

  • £9,000 / 9,799 / €9,799 / AU11,999 as tested
  • Smooth-riding over choppy trails, high-value spec
  • Geometry is a bit short and high

Powered by the Shimano EP8 motor system, this top spec of Merida’s enduro-oriented eOne-Sixty has a carbon front triangle and single-pivot alloy rear. The ride is smooth over obstacles and on fast, choppy trails, although the reach is slightly shorter and the front end a bit higher than we’d prefer.

This top-spec model has everything you could desire, including Shimano XTR gearing and brakes, and DT Swiss carbon wheels with Maxxis rubber, along with a Fox Float X2 Factory fork and shock, and a RockShox Reverb AXS wireless dropper seatpost.

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Mondraker Level R

The Mondraker Level R electric mountain bike sits in the brand’s ‘super enduro’ category, where the FOCUS of performance is on the downhills. Andy Lloyd / Out Media

  • £5,999 / 8,499 / €5,799 as tested
  • Composed climbing and descending
  • 27kg weight limits climbing range, but isn’t an issue on descents

Mondraker sets the alloy Level R 29er in its ‘super enduro’ category, with the brand’s Forward Geometry and 170mm travel from a Fox DHX2 coil-spring shock and dual-link suspension system.

Power is provided by a Bosch Performance Line CX motor with four assistance levels, 85Nm of torque, a 750Wh battery and Kiox 300 colour display that can link to your phone, enabling ride recording and motor tuning.

You sit centrally on the bike, which leads to calm climbing with little tendency to front-wheel lift. We weighed the Level R at 27kg, which we found limited ascending capacity to around 1,300m. Weight was less of an issue on descents though, with the Level R feeling planted and well behaved.

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Santa Cruz Bullit CC X01 RSV

  • £10,499 / €11,699 / 11,499 as tested
  • Exceptionally fast and capable bike
  • Possible to overwhelm the forks and brakes on steeper trails

The Santa Cruz Bullit is a name that goes back to 1998, but the reimagined bike is a far cry from the original – the Bullit is now a 170mm-travel e-MTB with a carbon frame and mixed wheel sizes.

The bike’s climbing ability impressed most during testing – it feels unstoppable going uphill, thanks in part to the Shimano EP8 motor.

The Bullit is also extremely capable downhill, particularly on faster and rougher trails, but slower, tighter and steeper sections need a bit more care.

There are four models in the range, with starting at £6,899 / 7,499 / €7,699 for the Bullit CC R, which uses Shimano’s Steps E7000 motor, and rising to £10,499 / 11,499 / €11,699 for the top-of-the-range Bullit CC X01 RSV featured here.

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Giant Reign E 1

  • £6,299 / €6,399 / AU9,799 as tested
  • Good spec and powerful Yamaha motor
  • Low motor efficiency and sometimes harsh ride

The mullet-wheeled Reign E 1 has 160mm of travel with slack geometry that was overhauled in 2021. There’s a Giant SyncDrive Pro motor (built by Yamaha) with 85Nm torque and a 625Wh battery, along with Shimano XT components, a Fox 38 Performance Elite fork and Float X2 Performance Elite shock.

Climbing performance is well balanced and capable due to the central position, but the motor’s on/off power delivery limited us to 1,700m climbing on a charge. When descending, there’s a direct, taut feeling, but that can translate to a stiff, harsh ride over bumpy terrain.

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Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2 Elite

Lapierre designed the Overvolt GLP to compete in the emerging ebike racing scene. Andy Lloyd / Immediate Media

  • £5,399 as tested
  • Agile, eager to turn and easy to hop up and over obstacles
  • Can be tricky to control on climbs

Nico Vouilloz and Yannick Pontal have both won ebike races on the Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2 Elite, designed for the emerging motor-assisted racing scene.

The carbon frame makes this better value than some of its rivals and, out on the trails, the Overvolt is agile and eager to please.

The relatively small battery limits range against the competition, though, and the front end can be tricky to keep in check on climbs.

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Merida eOne-Forty 9000

  • £7,000 / €7,199 as tested
  • Nimble handling
  • Suspension holds it back on technical terrain

Merida uses the same carbon frame with alloy rear end on the eOne-Forty as its longer-travel eOne-Sixty, but kits it out with a 133mm-travel shock and steepens the head and seat tube angles.

It uses a Shimano Steps E8000 motor with an integrated 504Wh battery in the down tube for plenty of power and range.

The eOne-Forty is nimble on flowy trails, but the short suspension and front-end geometry make it nervous on steep descents. The top-spec bike internationally is now the 8000, with the UK range topping off with the 700 spec.

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Mondraker Crafty R 29

The Mondraker Crafty R 29 full-suspension e-MTB has plenty of composure for more aggressive riders. Andy Lloyd / Immediate Media

  • £5,899 / 7,199 as tested
  • Super-stable and excellent cornering grip
  • Powerful motor with good weight distribution

While the Crafty is never going to be described as lively, weighing in at 25.1kg for our test build and with a long wheelbase, it is very composed, feeling super-stable when riding fast and with excellent cornering grip.

Our tester noted, however, that while taller, more aggressive riders will enjoy the Crafty for its ability to handle technical terrain flat-out, smaller or more timid riders may find it hard to muscle the bike around and ride it dynamically.

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Saracen Ariel 50E Elite

Saracen’s Ariel 50E Elite is the brand’s only electric mountain bike and is aimed squarely at the all-mountain and enduro categories. Andy Lloyd / Our Media

  • £6,500 as tested
  • High-quality spec
  • Geometry, battery capacity and tyre choice let the bike down

With 150mm travel from a Fox DHX2 Factory shock and a 160mm-travel Fox 38 Factory fork, a Shimano M8100 XT drivetrain, DT Swiss wheels and Shimano EP8 motor, the Saracen’s spec is impressive.

The 504Wh battery limits range though and we’d like to see a slacker head angle than the 65 degrees on offer, which limited performance on steep sections. Traction from the dual-compound Maxxis tyres wasn’t that great on rocks or roots when climbing, although the low bike weight made for a nimble ride.

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Scott Ransom eRide 910

Scott’s enduro-ready Ransom eRide 910 eMTB gives you 170mm of travel, but we found the ride a bit harsher than its rivals. Andy Lloyd / Out Media

  • £6,499 / N/A / €7,190 / AU14,500 as tested
  • Good motor and spec for the price
  • Raw-feeling downhill ride

Another enduro-oriented eMTB, the Scott Ransom eRide has 180mm of travel and runs on 29in wheels. There’s adjustable geometry and some quality parts, including a Fox 38 Performance Elite fork and Float X2 Performance shock, with a SRAM X01/NX Eagle drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes and a Bosch Performance Line CX motor. We reckon it’s reasonable value for money.

We found the ride wasn’t quite as calm or controlled as some rivals though. The rear tyre choice led to slipping on climbs and the downhill ride felt raw and un-smoothed. A tyre swap-out might remedy much of this.

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Thok TK01 R

The TK01 R is a striking-looking bike with its bold moto-style graphics. Ian Linton / Immediate Media

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  • £5,900 / €6,490 as tested
  • Good motor and spec for the price
  • Awkward setup and geometry, poor tyre choice

Italian ebike specialist Thok gives you 170mm travel with its enduro-oriented, alloy-framed TK01 R. It’s powered by a Shimano EP8 motor, which along with the bike’s geometry makes for great climbing. Descending is more of a mixed bag though, and required quite a bit of fettling for handling confidence.

The spec’s good value for the bike’s price, although we didn’t find the tyres quite up to the job. The Thok is a good cruiser, just don’t press it to its limits.

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YT Decoy Core 4 MX

The YT Decoy Core 4 MX has a quality spec, but is held back by its rather outdated geometry. Andy Lloyd / Out Media

  • £7,000 / 8,000 / €7,500 / AU12,000 as tested
  • Good motor and spec for the price
  • Awkward setup and geometry, poor tyre choice

YT gives you 165mm of travel from its mullet-wheeled, carbon Decoy Core 4 MX. There’s top-drawer kit including a Fox Factory fork and shock, Crankbrothers Synthesis alloy wheels and a Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain.

Assistance comes from a Shimano EP8 motor and 540Wh custom battery, which YT says has high energy density. We found the range lower than with the stock Shimano battery though and were only getting around 1,000m of climbing in Boost mode.

There’s a rearward-biased seated position, which means care is needed to prevent front-wheel lift on climbs. Performance downhill is poppy and fun, encouraging flicking across the trail and confidence in corners, although on steeps a slacker head tube would lead to improved handling.

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Buyer’s guide to electric mountain bikes

Electric mountain bike types

You can now find capable electric bikes for all types of mountain biking. Mathieu Echeverri / Lapierre

Whereas first-generation e-MTBs tended to be trail-oriented with around 150mm of travel, there’s now an increasing range of mountain bike disciplines covered.

That includes overbuilt models designed for downhill use at one end of the spectrum, including the Specialized Turbo Kenevo and the Cannondale Moterra Neo.

At the other end, there are lighter machines such as the Specialized Turbo Levo SL and the Lapierre eZesty that use lighter, less powerful motors and smaller batteries similar to electric road bikes. That drops the bike’s weight and ups agility over more heavily built machines.

You’ll find e-MTBs with either 29in or 27.5in wheels, but ‘mullet builds’ with a 29in wheel up front and a 27.5in rear are becoming increasingly common. This setup gives good stability at the front and better agility from the smaller rear wheel. Examples include the Canyon Spectral:ON and the Vitus E-Escarpe.

Most e-MTBs are full-suspension bikes, but you can also find trail-oriented electric hardtails, such as the Canyon Grand Canyon:ON and Kinesis Rise.

Electric mountain bike motors

Bosch, Shimano and Yamaha motors are popular for electric mountain bikes. Mathieu Echeverri / Lapierre

Popular choices for electric mountain bike motors are Bosch, Shimano Steps and Yamaha, while Fazua’s lightweight motor is increasingly making an appearance on weight-focused bikes.

Bosch Performance Line CX motors provide 600Wh peak power and 85Nm of torque for fuss-free climbing. There’s a natural ride feel and good battery management that gets impressive range out of the system’s battery.

Shimano’s Steps E-8000 and E-7000 systems are still found on some eMTBs, although they’ve started to show their age, with lower power output and torque than newer rivals. Its smaller batteries give you less range too, but still boast low weight and a compact design, along with the ability to tune the output.

However, Shimano has added the EP8 motor to its range. This boosts torque to 85Nm while reducing weight by around 200g, lowering pedalling drag, increasing range and lowering Q-Factor. The EP8’s launch coincided with Shimano increasing battery capacity to 630Wh. and more, you’ll find it being specced on newer electric mountain bikes, including many of our picks above of the best electric mountain bikes.

Meanwhile, Giant uses the Yamaha Syncdrive Pro motor on its e-MTBs. Its Smart Assist mode uses an array of six sensors, including a gradient sensor, to work out how much power to deliver in any given situation.

A popular choice on road-going ebikes, the Fazua motor system is to be found on some lighter-weight e-MTBs, such as the Lapierre eZesty. It’s lighter, less powerful and has a smaller battery. That means you typically need to put in more of your own pedalling effort, but it drops the bike’s weight down closer to non-assisted models. Plus, you can remove the battery completely and ride the bike without it.

Specialized has its own motor units, which it specs on the majority of its electric bikes. Its Turbo Levo SL trail bike uses the low-torque SL 1.1 motor and a 320Wh battery for less assistance and lighter weight.

Electric mountain bike battery capacity

Some bikes allow range to be extended with an additional battery. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media

To get you up hills, produce enough power and provide adequate range, most electric mountain bikes will have battery capacities of around 500Wh to 700Wh.

An internal battery in the down tube makes for clean lines, but there are also e-MTBs with external batteries. These typically lower the weight and, in models such as the Lapierre Overvolt, mean the battery can be placed lower and more centrally.

But, as mentioned above, e-MTBs with smaller-capacity batteries down to 250Wh are appearing. These trade a more limited range for lighter weight and the potential for improved handling.

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Customer Reviews

There is not much options in this price range, all those lower quality parts can be easily replaced. Motor makes some weird resonant sound(sometimes) and sometimes it has some resonant vibrations that can be heard in front part of bike (gear changer, phone holder, maybe cabels). Battery can handle 40ish km on full electric mode at 35km/h and I’m around 82kg.So far made 200km with bike and I am really satisfied for the price I paid. If everything stays as it is now, I’d stronlgy recommend this bike if u are on budget :).

Super bike ! Very happy with it ; thanks

Nizka cena, nizka kakovost.

En attente de mon velo suite a un probleme entre le vendeur et le transporteur. Malgré cela, je note que la reactivité du vendeur pour resoudre le problême est correct et efficace. Alors on est loin aujourd’hui des 5 a 7 jours ouvrables annoncés pour la livraison, tres, tres loin. mais je suis satisfait des efforts du vendeur pour finaliser la livraison de mon velo.

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Evaluation video from French opinion leader

Real-life video of the C29 (Hungarian)

‍♂️BATTERY 48V 15Ah: Intense hikes and long trips on your electric bike are part of your daily life? With a 750W motor drive and a powerful 48V-15Ah lithium-ion battery, it delivers 65Nm of torque. On each charge, you can travel an impressive 100km (in assist mode).

‍♂️HIGH PERFORMANCE SUSPENSION FORK: With the DUOTTS C29 suspension fork and lightweight aluminum frame, you’ll have no problem leaving the bumps behind. Especially recommended for long rides and for people with back or joint problems, as vibrations are better absorbed.

‍♂️SAFETY FIRST: Featuring dual disc brakes, the removable battery mountain bike gives you plenty of and reliable braking power on steep hills, bumpy roads or other extreme conditions. Whether you’re riding fast around town or enjoying challenging trails in the suburbs, the removable battery mountain bike gives you plenty of and reliable braking power on steep hills, bumpy roads or other extreme conditions.

‍♂️Smart DESIGN: With our e-bikes, every ride is a real highlight. The ergonomic seat, quick-adjustable telescopic seat post, better soft grip, bell, kickstand, chain guard and LED headlight integrated in the frame give you all the comfort you need.

‍♂️ SHIMANO 21-SPEED SHIFT: Thanks to the adult e-bike’s 29-inch premium tires with Shimano gear system’s 21 gears (Shimano 3-speed front derailleur Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur), you can upshift quickly, which offers a wide range of precise gear changes. Start your exciting outdoor trip with the C29 Smart e-bike now!

Details:

Brand DUOTTS Motor(Brand: Huameng) 48V 750W
Certification CE Battery 48V 15AH
Power 750W Max Speed 50km/h
Folding No Max Loading 150KG
Source CN Tires 292.25 inches
Voltage 48V Drive REAR drive
Suitable People Unisex Brake Disc brake
Charging Time 8h-10h Damping front shock absorption
Range per charge 40km-60km Climbing Angle 45°
Category Single Motor Material Aluminum alloy
Weight 31KG Shipping Free Shipping
Tire Size 29 inch TAX No Tax

Package included:

Join the e-bike revolution and experience the freedom of effortless, eco-friendly transportation!

Upgrade your commute or explore new terrain with ease. Shop our C29 today and start riding towards a brighter, cleaner future !

Attentions: 1)Since the electric bike is an oversized and overweight item, it may be damaged during transportation. 2)Please check the condition of the package before signing for it. 3)If there is any damage, please contact us promptly within 14 days after signing the receipt. We are not responsible for any damage after 14 days after signing.4)In order to make a smooth delivery, please leave your phone number or WhatsApp when placing the order.

Thank you for your purchase. Have a nice day!

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

RipCurrent S

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

E-bike Specifications:

  • 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.

Conclusion

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!

E-bike Specifications:

  • 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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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!

The 6 Best E-Bike Conversion Kits of 2023

Heidi Wachter was a senior editor at Experience Life magazine for 10 years. She has written for publications like Experience Life, Shondaland, and betterpet.

E-bikes are easier on the environment than cars. They’re also easier to pedal than a standard person-powered two-wheeler. You get as much exercise riding an E-bike as you do a traditional bike. Thanks to improved technology and more people interested in alternative transit methods, E-bikes are also becoming more available—and more affordable.

But no electric bike is as cheap as the bike you already own. If you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, live in a small space, or practicing minimalism, repurposing what you already have can be a win-win-win decision. So, if you love your current ride but want to add some juice for getting uphill or for powering your cargo bike when you’re carrying a heavy load, you can, thanks to electric bike converter kits. To electrify your bike, you need a battery, sensors, controls, and a motorized wheel or a drive unit.

Here are the best options for upgrading your bike with an e-bike conversion kit.

Best Overall

BAFANG BBS02B 48V 500W Ebike Conversion Kit

Since 2003, Bafang has been a leader in manufacturing e-mobility components and complete e-drive systems. Its products offer outstanding performance and reliability, and the BBS02B conversion kit is no exception, making it our top overall choice.

This mid-drive motor kit is versatile and compatible with road, commuter, and mountain bicycles. All you need is a bike with a 68-73 millimeter bottom bracket and the battery of your choice. Installation is relatively easy, and the battery is included. Once the kit is installed, you’ll be ready to tackle any hill.

Although several different conversion kits are available online from Bafang, those with more than 750 watts of power will be considered motorcycles in the United States.

Price at time of publish: 466

Best Budget

BAFANG E-bike Front Hub Motor 48V 500W Bafang Brushless Gear 20/26/27.5/700C inch Electric Bicycle Conversion Kits

This front-wheel E-bike conversion kit is easy to set up and easy on your wallet. Electrify your bike in one hour by following the installation video and manual. Don’t forget to choose the correct wheel size!

After setup is complete, ride around the town with pedal assist or switch to E-bike mode for longer trips. Commuters, long-distance trekkers, and mountain bikers can cruise up to 24 miles per hour. The battery is not included.

Price at time of publish: 579

Best for Commuting

Swytch Universal eBike Conversion Kit

Daily riders will love this easy-to-install, lightweight e-bike conversion kit. It is compatible with most mountain, road, hybrid, and step-through bikes, and disc brakes.

It’s as easy to install as swapping out your front tire. The controller and battery are combined into a 34.2-Volt power pack, which is included in the kit and mounts to the handlebars. That makes it easy to remove and keeps thieves at bay, but our tester did miss having the use of a handle bar basket. The battery pack is fitted with indicator lights that tell you how much juice remains and what assist mode you’re in. Once the system is set up correctly, you’ll be able to top out at 15-25 mph.

In general, I love it. It makes my ride easier without feeling like I’m riding a giant bulky e-bike. It’s got a phenomenal amount of power for such a little machine and seems like it has a good battery life too. ~ Treehugger Tester

Best Premium

Ebikeling Waterproof Ebike Conversion Kit 36V 500W 700C Geared Electric Bike Kit

Do you want to go farther or faster? You can do both with this setup from Ebikeling, with its 500-watt motor. Ebikeling makes it easy to buy different compatible batteries and other accessories in an a-la-cart way. There are seven different batteries that come in different shapes (bottle, triangle, rectangular), so that you can pick the one that suits your bike and needs best.

The double-walled rim and motor are ready to install right out of the box—just swap them out for your original bike tire. An LCD screen is included to help you stay within your town’s speed limit. You can choose between a front or rear mount, as well as a thumb or half-twist throttle.

Price at time of publish: 390

Most Powerful

AW 26×1.75 Rear Wheel 48V 1000W Electric Bicycle Motor Kit

Thanks to a 48-volt, 1000-watt battery, the AW wheel E-bike conversion kit satisfies anyone with the need for speed. A thumb throttle makes speed control simple. This kit is available as either a front wheel or back wheel conversion option. It fits any 26-inch bike frame with a 3.9 inch front dropout spacing (for a front wheel conversion) or 5.3 inch rear dropout spacing (for a back wheel conversion). The rear wheel kit weighs 24.7 pounds, the front wheel kit weighs 23.5 pounds.

The aluminum frame offers durability and stability, which is essential when you’re rolling at top speeds of 28 miles per hour. Hand brakes turn the motor off automatically to both improve safety and conserve battery power.

Price at time of publish: 300

Easiest to Install

Rubbee X Conversion Kit

If you want the fastest conversion possible, and even the option to take a motor off your bike quickly, the Rubbee X makes it a snap. The Rubbee X gives you a boost by resting against the rear tire, and has a special release that lets you remove the motor without un-mounting the entire system. You control the power just by pedaling, as a wireless cadence sensor that gets mounted to the pedal crank sends information to the motor, which shifts automatically without any additional user interface.

This conversion kit has some other nice features. It has tail lights on the back of the motor, to give you some additional visibility when riding at night. The base model comes with one battery, which weight 6.1 pounds, gives you 250 watts of power and has a top speed of 16 mph. Upgraded models have two or three additional batteries, each offering more speed and power, but also adding more weight. It’s compatible with any frame type, and with tires that are between 0.5 and 2.5 inches in width and between 16 and 29 inches in diameter.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you buy. First, the product ships from the European Union, so there may be an additional import tax. Second, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of room on your seat post to connect the motor.

Price at time of publish: 612

Whenever you’re buying a newer technology, sticking with a known brand makes sense. That makes Bafang’s E-bike conversion kits a sound choice—in terms of quality and price. If speed is what you’re after, the kits from Ebikeling.

What to Consider When Shopping for an E-Bike Conversion Kit

Battery

Is the battery included? You’ll need something to power and charge your e-bike conversion kit. Many kits include a battery. Cheaper kits may not, though, which means you’ll need to source a compatible battery separately.

Power

You’ll also want to think about your power needs. The higher the motor wattage, the more power you’ll get. A 250-watt motor is typically plenty of power to make the daily commute less sweaty. If you want to take your converted bike out on tougher mountain trails, you’ll want more power.

Keep in mind that according to U.S. federal regulations, e-bikes with more than 750 watts of power are considered motor vehicles and require a motorcycle license.

Local Laws

You’ll want to check your state and local laws as some cities and towns have banned e-bikes from bicycle paths, so if that’s where you want to ride, you’ll want to make sure your town allows your upgraded bike to cruise around on them.

E-bikes come in three classes:

  • Class 1 E-bikes that assist you while you pedal and top out about 20 mph.
  • Class 2 E-bikes have a throttle that assists you regardless of whether you pedal and have a top speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 3 E-bikes assist you while you pedal and top out about 28 mph.

Drive Type and Installation

There are several kinds of e-bike conversion kits, and the ease of set-up and installation varies.

  • Friction Drive Conversion is a simple strategy. A roller pushes against the tire on the wheel. When the roller turns, the wheel turns. It’s a reasonably easy system to set up but sometimes isn’t the most effective.
  • Mid-Drive Conversion is the technology that the best e-bikes tend to use. A weight sits at a low point on the bike frame, and the power is applied to the crank. These can be more expensive, but the technology is typically better. There’s no standardization, however, which can make figuring out exactly what you need to make your bike work a little more challenging. Adding the parts is also a bit more complex than friction drive conversion.
  • Electric Bike Wheel Conversion swaps out a non-electrified front or rear wheel with an electrified one. The process is simple depending on where and how the battery mounts—such as on a rear rack. Once installed, weight distribution can feel natural. However, powering the front wheel may impact your bike’s handling.

The difficulty of installation depends of the type of conversion kit, as well as your comfort with the tools required. But generally speaking, converting your bike is a DIY project. Many manufacturers offer how-to videos that show what’s involved, so you can see ahead of time what you’ll need to do.

You’ll need a bike tool, crank arm tool, adjustable wrenches, and a screwdriver along with your electric bike conversion kit. These demos can show you how to install your e-bike conversion kit.

A visit to your local bike shop mechanic is a helpful step in the decision-making process. They can help you determine if your bike is a good candidate for electric technology. Your old bike may not be able to be converted because adding a motor can increase torque. You’ll want to make sure your bike’s drivetrain can handle it. The extra weight from adding an electric motor also impacts your brakes, so you’ll want to make sure they are effective for stopping at a higher speed. E-bikes tend to have disk brakes for this reason. If your current bike is in disrepair, has old parts, or needs other improvements, it may be more cost-effective to sell your trusty old ten speed and buy an e-bike. Also, consider that a quality electric bike conversion kit can be nearly the cost of an electric bike. Do some comparison shopping between the price of a conversion kit and a fully-loaded e-bike before you decide which way you want to roll. Our picks for the best e-bikes may help guide your decision.

Why Trust Treehugger?

Treehugger has reported on dozens of e-bikes and e-bike conversion options over the past decade. To make this list, we deeply researched the market by reading other third-party reviews, user Комментарии и мнения владельцев, and enthusiasts blogs. We also considered the product’s value and the manufacturer’s reputation.

Author Heidi Wachter has been writing about travel and adventure for over a decade. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her riding one of her six bicycles—even in the winter.

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