Electric bikes will change your life
Haven’t ridden in a while? The smooth, powerful boost helps you get out for exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and feel that kid-like freedom you only get while riding a bike.
Fly up hills and tough terrain
Whether you’re on pavement or dirt, the extra power helps you make short work of any climb, leaving you with more energy to enjoy the ride.
Say goodbye to your car
Take on longer commutes, carry more groceries, and pedal across town quickly. All while getting exercise, enjoying fresh air, and avoiding traffic jams!
Discover more possibilities
Go ahead. Take the hard route home or explore that road or trail you’ve never ridden before. E-bikes amplify your ability to go farther and faster than ever before.
Electric bike anatomy
1 Electric bike motors
All of our e-bikes are designed with mid-drive pedal-assist motors that are located in the same area as your pedals. They feel natural while pedaling, are easy to shift on hills, and provide a boost of smooth, consistent power with every pedal stroke you take.
2 Electric bike displays
E-bike displays (also known as controllers) are what you use to see and control your e-bike’s settings. You can change your level of assist, see your speed and distance, and check out how much battery power you have left. Our e-bike displays are super intuitive to use, and are conveniently mounted right at your fingertips.
3 Electric bike batteries
E-bike batteries are the biggest contributing factor to how far your e-bike can go. The higher watt hour (Wh) your battery is, the more power capacity it has. Batteries can be mounted in lots of different places, but those mounted on the downtube or integrated into the downtube itself provide the best center of gravity for better balance.
How pedal assist motors work
Electric bikes work by using an electric motor and battery to help you power your bike. On pedal assist e-bikes, you can control the amount of power the drive system provides and the assist only kicks in when you pedal. The motor amplifies the power behind each of your pedal strokes, providing a natural riding feeling that makes it seem like your legs are supercharged!
Some manufactures make e-bikes that use a twist throttle to engage that drive system. With these bikes, you don’t have to be pedaling for the motor to be engaged. This can be dangerous, since it’s easy to get out of control if you’re not paying attention. We only make pedal assist e-bikes, because they feel the most like a regular bike and help riders feel more in command of their ride.
Pedal assist motor
Depending on the model, your e-bike’s electric motor has a power output between 250 and 350 watts, and assists up to 20 or 28 mph. And you can go faster than that without feeling much resistance from the motor.
You can charge your battery on or off the bike using a charging cable that functions just like your laptop’s. Plus, our Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) system makes it easy to take your battery with you for on-the-go charging.
Easy to use display
All of our displays show you critical ride info like range, assist mode, speed, and battery level. Select displays take things to a step further by integrating with your phone for on-bike access to music, apps, turn-by-turn directions, and more.
How do electric bikes work?
Electric bikes work by using an electric motor and battery to help you power your bike. The battery powers the motor, and you control the amount of power the system outputs using the controller. There are two main methods by which power is transferred from the drive system to your bike, and those are pedal assist and throttle control.
Pedal assist electric bikes On pedal assist electric bikes, you control the amount of assist the system gives you and the assist only kicks in when you pedal. The motor amplifies the power behind each of your pedal strokes, providing a natural riding feeling that makes it seem like your legs are supercharged!
Electric bikes with throttles These bikes let you use a twist throttle to engage the drive system. When the bike is in this mode you don’t have to be pedaling to be powered by the electric motor. Throttle bikes can be dangerous, as it’s easy to get out of control if you’re not paying attention. E-bikes with throttles are only allowed in certain areas, so be sure to check your local regulations before purchasing one.
How fast are electric bikes?
Electric bike speed is dependent on the capability and construction of the motor, and maximum electric bike speeds are regulated by law. Most e-bikes in the US will assist up to 20 mph. You can go faster than that, like when you’re zipping down a hill, but the motor will stop assisting once you reach 20 mph. At speeds lower than 20 mph, your speed is dependent on what gear you’re in, how much you’re pedaling, and what level of assist you choose. Different levels of assist will help you move faster by providing more power. For example, turbo mode provides the highest level of assist, and would help you go your fastest.
Fast electric bikes Speed electric bikes or speed pedelecs have special motors that assist up to 28 mph in the US. These bikes are favored by commuters and avid riders who want to go a long distance in a short amount of time. This kind of e-bike is only allowed in certain areas.
What are electric bike classes?
Electric bikes are divided into three main types or classes based on what sort of motor they have, whether or not they have a throttle, and how fast they go. It’s important to know which classes of e-bikes are legal in the areas where you’ll ride.
Class 1 electric bikes (low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle) A bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
Class 2 electric bikes (low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle) A bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches 20 mph.
Class 3 electric bikes (speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle) A bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches 28 mph.
Trek makes only Class 1 and Class 3 electric bikes (no throttle) as they provide the most natural ride feel, promote exercise, and help to keep you in control while you’re riding. See local electric bike laws regulations
How far can e-bikes go?
Electric bike range is dependent on several factors and can be very complicated to calculate. Some factors you can control, and some you can’t. Controllable factors include the size of your battery, the efficiency of your motor, the level of motor assist you select, and how much weight you’re carrying. Uncontrollable factors include wind, weather, temperature, and terrain.
How batteries affect range The bigger your battery, the more capacity you have to go farther or go faster. Battery power is measured in watt hours (Wh), the higher the Wh the bigger the battery capacity.
How motor efficiency affects range The efficiency of your e-bike’s electric motor impacts how much of your battery’s energy it uses. A high-quality, efficient motor will draw less energy from your battery, while an inefficient motor will draw more energy and reduce your overall range.
How level of pedal assist affects range What assist mode you select directly affects your range. For example, eco mode provides the least amount of assist, and draws the least amount of power from the battery. Turbo mode provides the most assist, and draws the most power from your battery. Therefore your range in eco mode is longer than in turbo mode since turbo will drain the battery more quickly.
Long range electric bikes Long range e-bikes are e-bikes designed for long-distance rides and trips. They typically have large capacity batteries, such as 500Wh or 625Wh, and efficient motors that help you maximize your range. Some electric bike companies offer the ability to add on a second battery so you can double your range.
The general range estimate for an e-bike varies from 20-100 miles on a single charge. Yes, it’s really wide! That’s because there are so many factors that can determine your range. We recommend using Bosch’s range finder tool to help you figure out a more accurate range estimate for your e-bike.
What kinds of electric bikes are there?
There’s an e-bike for almost any type of riding you want to do, including mountain biking, road riding, touring, commuting, city riding, and more.
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We’ve been lucky over the past four years to test and review some of the best electric bikes on the market. From the top electric commuter bike to fat tire e-bike, folding bikes, and eMBX — if you can name it, we’ve most probably tried it. When testing the most popular electric bike brands, we follow strict testing guidelines to make sure that we can compare e-bikes objectively (more on that below).
What does it mean for you?
Well, if you’re here, I’m guessing you want to understand the different ebike options available today and figure out which electric bike is best for your particular use case.
If that’s you, you’re in the right place.
This is the fourth year in a row that we update our ranking of the best electric bikes. We’ve organized our list by bike category (e.g., city bike, cruiser, mountain bike, etc.). We’ve also shortlisted the top three overall best ebikes that we think will be great options for most people.
In a rush? No problem! Here’s our shortlist of the absolute best options available right now:
Why you can trust Luxe Digital? We’ve been regularly updating our ranking of the best electric bikes since 2019. We started by testing only high-end ebikes. Those were expensive, premium options at the time. But since then, we’ve broadened our ranking to also include more affordable ebikes across multiple categories as the market itself has evolved.
We personally ride as many of the bikes in this ranking as possible to give you our unique point of view and hands-on experience. If we were unable to get our hands on a particular model but thought it was worth being included on our list for your consideration, we performed detailed online research to give you the best recommendations possible.
The 11 best electric bikes of this year
Here’s the full list of the best ebikes of the year. You can directly click on the category that you’re most interested in:
- Overall best electric bike:Ride1Up-LMTD
- Best premium ebike:LeMond Prolog
- Best value electric bike:Ancheer Commuter
- Best foldable ebike:Lectric XP 3.0
- Best cargo utility ebike:Specialized Haul ST
- Best city commuter electric bike:RadCity 5 Plus
- Best electric cruiser bike:Flyer Cruiser
- Best mountain bike:Specialized Turbo Levo Expert
- Best fat tire electric bike:Ride1Up RIFT
- Best road electric bike:Specialized Turbo Creo
- Best electric trike:Lectric XP Trike
Methodology: Our approach to testing and ranking the best electric bikes
At Luxe Digital, we rate every product against the values that are important to us:
- Craftsmanship: How is it made? Is the brand using high-quality materials and expertise?
- Design: How does it look and feel? Is it aesthetic and timeless?
- Function and purpose: How well does it perform? Does it achieve its stated claims?
- Impact: Does the brand have a positive impact on your daily life and the planet?
- Value for money: Is it worth its retail price? Is the price justifiable?
Things you should pay attention to when buying an electric bike
Let’s quickly go through the things you should take into consideration when shopping online for an electric bike.
There are really only two factors to consider when comparing electric bikes: What you’ll do with your ebike and how much you’re ready to spend on it.
We told you it would be quick
Okay, there’s a little bit more to it once you get into the details, but these are the two important questions you should start with to keep your search for the best ebike focused and relevant.
Once you’ve defined your use case and budget, you can start comparing technical specs and features for the different electric bikes that are most relevant to your needs.
We’ll do that in a second, but first, let’s briefly talk about the three different types of electric bikes available today. There are categorized into three classes.
The three legal classes of e-bikes
First thing first, you should understand the class of ebike you want. There are three legal classes of electric bikes on the market in the US:
- Class 1 electric bikes: The easiest and safest to start with, class 1 ebikes use a pedal-assist motor to support your ride. You need to pedal in order to engage the electric motor. The motor will disengage as soon as you reach 20 mph.
- Class 2 electric bikes: These ebikes are equipped with a throttle motor that you can engage without pedaling. The throttle is usually a grip-twist or a button. Type 2 ebikes are also limited to 20 mph.
- Class 3 electric bikes: This is the fastest class of e-bikes with a pedal-assist motor that can reach a top speed of 28 mph. While you don’t need a license to ride them, it’s highly recommended.
Check our dedicated guide to electric bike classes to learn more about the system and see examples for each type. Check also your local rules and regulations to know where and how you can ride each class of ebike. For example, the city of New York enacted a law in 2023 prohibiting the sale, lease, or rental of electric bikes that fail the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard 2849.
Next, let’s see what you want to use the bike for.
The eight categories of electric bikes
Based on our experience riding electric bikes for several years, we’ve broken down this guide into eight categories of ebikes. These categories are based on different use cases and terrains. It’s important to choose a bike that suits how and where you want to ride to get the best experience possible.
Here are the eight different categories of electric bikes you should consider:
- Folding electric bikes: They are designed for portability and can be stored in small spaces. Folding bikes are ideal for travelers, RVers, city dwellers, and office workers who want to easily store their bikes. Just keep in mind that their design usually makes for a less stable ride.
- Utility cargo electric bikes: These bikes offer a large cargo capacity and can be customized to your needs, which makes them perfect to replace your car for most trips. Cargo ebikes are heavier, however, and thus best suited for riding out straight from your garage to school to drop your kids or to the store.
- City commuter electric bikes: These are great if you primarily want to ride to and from work. Commuter bikes are designed for city use and can replace your car. They have quick power output, higher speeds, and features like brake lights to improve your visibility on the road.
- Cruiser ebikes: This type of bike is built for comfort and ease of use. They are perfect for long slow rides on dedicated bike lanes or by the beach.
- Mountain electric bikes: Purposefully built for off-road use with rugged suspension systems, light frames, strong tires, and frame geometry that make them well-suited to riding trails.
- Fat tire electric bikes: Specially designed for off-road and rough terrain. They have wide tires that provide traction and stability, and a powerful motor that helps you to move quickly over different surfaces.
- Road electric bikes: Ideal for riders who want to go faster and farther on well-paved roads. Road ebikes are lighter and come with narrow tires to improve traction and speed.
- Electric trikes: These three-wheelers are a category on their own. They offer additional cargo space (ideal for children or groceries) with a comfortable and stable ride.
We’ve selected a winner for each category in our ranking below.
Now let’s look at the technical specifications to consider when comparing ebikes.
Technical specs to consider when comparing ebikes
You’ll see a lot of technical jargon on manufacturers’ websites when comparing electric bikes online. But really, we think you can narrow it down to only two essential elements:
Motor power output: The speed and electric assistance you need.
The electric motor determines how fast you can go and how much electrical assistance you will get while pedaling. Electric bike motors are measured in Watts and typically range from 250W to 750W—the higher the number, the most powerful the motor. Powerful electric motors will deliver more torque to carry heavier weights. They also accelerate faster and can reach higher speeds (although your top speed will be limited depending on your bike’s class).
Another thing to consider with the electric motor is its placement on the bike. There are two common options on the market: hub-drive motors, delivering power to one of the wheels, and mid-drive motors, delivering power to the pedal crank.
Hub-drive motors are cheaper and easier to maintain, but they’re less efficient and make tire replacement more complicated. On the other hand, mid-drive motors are more expensive but also more efficient and offer a more balanced weight distribution.
Battery capacity: The distance and duration of you ride.
Your ebike’s battery determines how far and how long you can ride. Batteries are measured in watts per hour (Wh)—the higher the Wh number, the more power storage. Higher Wh batteries are generally also heavier, however, so you’ll need to find the right balance between the overall bike’s weight, your own weight, and what you want to do with your bike.
Another thing to look out for is the option to remove (or not) your ebike’s battery. Some models offer a removable battery, which might be more convenient for you to recharge or store. Removable batteries are also easier to change if your battery gets old.
Now that you understand the two most important technical specifications related to electric bikes, let’s look at a few extra elements to consider:
- Weight: the battery and motor can add significant weight to your bike. Understand how that might affect your ride quality, speed, and distance.
- Tires: depending on your use case, you’ll want appropriate tires for the terrain.
- Step-over vs step-through: this refers to the height of the bar in the middle of the frame. Step-over bikes have a high bar that provides more balance and rigidity to your ride. Step-through bikes have a lower bar that makes it easier to get on the bike. I generally recommend step-over for most scenarios, but a step-through is a good option short distance commuting.
- Safety features: look for options such as integrated lights and capable breaks. Break lights are especially important if you want a city bike to ride in the traffic.
- Warranty: we only recommend ebikes from reputable manufacturers, but you should always check what the warranty is like and the quality of the brand’s customer service.
- Additional features: a few extra things to consider depending on your use case is the type of suspensions and the electric bike’s interface (for example, does it come with an app).
- Payment plan: there are so many options available on the market this year that you’re bound to find an electric bike that suits your budget. Many states and brands offer attractive financing plans, vehicle loan programs, or cash incentives to help support your purchase. We’ll mention them in our review below whenever possible.
One more thing before we get to the main course: you should check our selection of the best electric motorcycles if you want more speed and comfort while riding. And if you’re looking for a cheaper and lighter alternative, we have a detailed guide to the best electric scooters too.
Now, let’s get to the most interesting part of this article: our ranking of the best electric bikes of the year!
Overall best electric bike: Ride1Up LMTD
|750W rear hub with 95Nm of torque
|28mph pedal assist and 20mph throttle
|Up to 50 miles
Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023
Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?
When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.
I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.
It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.
Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.
Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!
Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.
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So what is an electric hunting bike?
Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.
The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.
Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.
One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.
As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.
Which motor is best?
It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.
Rear Hub Motor
The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.
Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.
The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.
Mid Drive Motor
Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.
One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.
Ultra Mid Drive Motor
Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.
A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.
A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.
All Wheel Drive
Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.
A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.
What About Range
Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.
How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?
The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.
On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.
And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.
Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?
Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.
Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.
In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.
Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?
The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.
Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.
Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.
What are the hunters saying?
Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.
Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.
Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”
And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer
While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say:. coolest thing I have ever reviewed
Anyway, Let’s get into it…
Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the Check Price button and the full description will open in a separate page.
Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes
The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou
Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike
The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.
Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.
The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.
Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.
The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.
The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.
What we love the most
- The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
- The Mule comes fully accessorized
- Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
- Has both Eco Sport modes
This bike lives up to the hype. I am so impressed with the torque and the get up and go that it has. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the largest battery possible because that big Bafang motor really likes to eat up the power. I haven’t pulled anything on the folding Deer cart yet because mine is still on back order but anxious to try that. I’m sure it will do just fine. I will probably end up buying a second battery during the off-season just because it doesn’t hold up too long when not using pedal assist. All in all I really enjoy riding the bike. I certainly would recommend this bike to anybody looking for a hunting style E bike. I have absolutely zero regrets with my purchase of this bike Aaron B
Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur set up.
Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.
What we love the most
- Frame design allows for a comfortable riding position with stand over height of 30
- Has the option of derailleur ( SRAM NX 1×11 for the XPC11 model ) or internal gear hub ( Sturmey Archer 5 Speed for XPC/XPS models)
- Comes in Viper Western Camo or dipped in Carbon Paint
- Feels very powerful
I thought my hunting days were numbered or at least limited to short hikes but with the Rambo ebike I can reach the spots I was almost giving up on. Instead and hiking in with gear I can cruise in with a trailer in tow (they make that too) and tow my gear in in under an hour Jonathan W
The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber
Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo ’ s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.
Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber also has the mid a good hill climber and can handle difficult terrain.
Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40 miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.
What we love the most
- Large 21Ah battery for better range
- Massive Maxxis Minion 4.8″ fat tires
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Fast: Top speed is 28mph
A MACHINE, YET QUIET
One you learn how to match up the pedal gears with the electric power levels, you will never want to walk anywhere again. The 1000w Rambo true timber has simply surpassed my expectations when it can to climbing steep hills without pedaling. I will definately buy again and the wife wants one too!! Brian G
Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes
Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike
Why is the Rambo Megatron All Wheel Drive eBike on the list? What’s better than one motor? Two motors! What’s better than one battery? Two batteries! The Rambo Megatron X2WD 1000 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.
Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.
A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.
What we love the most
- Dual 1000 Motors gives awesome traction
- Dual batteries for plenty of range. up to 80 miles in ideal conditions
- And quite frankly, it’s badass!
Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat
Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike
Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows of handling on very rough terrain.
What we love the most
- The motor is the market leading Bafang Ultra motor with 160Nm of torque so it will climb very steep hills
- 4.8” fat tires are huge and make it a lot of fun to roll over rocks or even loose soil and keep full control.
- 30 miles range on full throttle and 40-50 miles on pedal assist means you will always have juice left at the end of the day.
The Dualie By Rungu
Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike
The Rungu Dualie can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far Stable. Far Able.”
The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it into the backcountry. With 2 wheels up front it can tackle mud, rock fields and soft snow with no risk of the front wheel washing out.
It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand
RUNGU MDV SERIES
It is an awesome bike! Still getting used to the stirring of it but it’s awesome nonetheless. I also love the button to move the bike without having to petal for those times I need a little breather but still wanna keep going Carlos F
Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike
Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike
The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.
The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It’s built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more.
It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist. The Rubicon Trail Edition with those 2 large batteries boast a staggering 300 mile range on a flat paved road! The Rubicon Trail Edition comes equipped with off-road spare parts, tools and first aid kit and can carry a combined load of 350lbs.
What we love the most
- It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
- Built in the USA
- All season, all terrain, no washouts
- Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand.
- 2 large batteries for extra range
- Comes with rear rack, fenders, light, tire liners, skid plate, tool kit and first aid kit (that really is a complete package!)
Standing from a disabled perspective this bike is amazing. The 1st day that I received this I immediately hit the trails and haven’t really stopped except to recharge Matthew
Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike
Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike
The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.
The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.
The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save 1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000.
What we love the most
- affordable than a mid drive bike
- Rugged and feels very stable to ride
- Lots of power on flats or moderate hills
WELL-BUILT BIKE, VERY GOOD
very pleased so far. Used it a handful if times mostly on my land and a few log roads. Handles very well and feels smooth, comfortable padded seat and front suspension so it’s a nice machine. Harrold
Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike
Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike
The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!
The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and climbs like a mountain goat. It’s very agile and can go pretty much anywhere.
It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26×4 fat tires.
With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!
What we love the most
- It’s very solid and feels really rugged. Fells like a tank.
- Full suspension so very smooth ride
- Air suspension is the smoothest available
- 4 piston hydraulic brakes
- Comes with rear rack and fenders
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Love it. glad I got the full suspension Storm. The ride is so smooth. Shed hunting through the woods was exciting. Quickly learned to go so slow in the woods so as to avoid trees and limbs Lee F
Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike
Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike
The Warrior is Quietkat’s most popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.
The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.
With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.
The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat. the frames rustproof and has a lifetime warranty against flaws in workmanship. It’s built to take abuse and rise above. It will raise your hunting success and make it look easy. Mid drive motors are notoriously quiet so there’s no spooking game.
What we love the most
- top speed of 25mph
- powerful and strong. It’s well put together
- Mid drive so climbs very with little or no effort
Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike
Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike
The Bakcou Kodiak is one of a kind. It has TWO 500W hub motors, one in the front hub and one in the rear hub.
It has more power and more capability than any HUB-DRIVEN BIKE BEFORE.
With Kodiak AWD, you can conquer any terrain. Snow, mud, rocky, sand.- you name it!
It combines the power and performance of Bafang’s 500W, high-end hub motors with bulletproof aluminum alloy frame and high-end components.
The wide stance, deep-cleated pedals have wide holes for extra boot grip and space to AVOID the accumulation of mud or snow.
The LCD display makes it easy to use while flying down the trail, and the CST BFT (Big Fat-Tire) gives you more grip and control than any other tire, so you can go where you want to go.
Overall, Bakcou Kodiak is a KILLER electric hunting bike for the price. Great range, POWERFUL, and can take on any terrain.
What we love the most
- Range up to 50 miles
- TWO 500W hub motors
- Big fat tires
- Bulletproof aluminum alloy frame
- 300 lbs load capacity
Electric Hunting Bike Benefits
Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:
- Go Farther – Electric hunting bikes help you go farther in a fraction of the time it would take to walk in
- No Scent Trail. With an electric hunting bike you can move around without leaving a scent trail and gain a very important advantage when you need it most.
- Move Stealthily – Electric hunting bikes are surprisingly quiet so you don’t spook the game.
- Carry Extra Gear. They are built to carry 300lbs and if that’s not enough the trailers can carry an additional 100lbs so you can make it one trip in and out instead of a tiring back and forth lugging heavy gear on your back. Plus the bunch of other accessories available like rear racks and waterproof saddle bags for extra storage on the bike and not on your back.
- Stay Out Longer. With the possibility to carry more gear and can stay out longer than before.
- Age is Not a Factor. Electric hunting bikes make it easier for anyone to reach distant spots without the fatigue of hiking with gear so no matter your age or physical stature those once forgotten golden spots are attainable again.
- Limited Mobility Not an Obstacle. Hunters with limited mobility, whether it’s an old injury that didn’t heal properly or a life changing injury, for hunting can make a world of difference and get you back out hunting again.
- Reach Remote Unspoiled Spots. You can go than the weekend warrior is willing to walk. Leave them behind and take your hunting to that remote location.
- Check Trail Cameras Quickly. Electric hunting bikes can go between 20 and 28 mph depending on the model. You can check your perimeter and trail cameras and be back before you miss anything.
- Stay Safe – These hunting are fast so you can get out of a potentially dangerous situation in seconds
- Environmentally Friendly. Hunting is also about preservation. are extremely friendly to the environment.
For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I’m going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it’s the alpha male in it’s category. 160Nm of torque, that’s awesome pulling power when it’s needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.
I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.
If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.
One Word. UBCO – I’ve tried many different “hunting” bikes and I just got one that I guarantee you will outperform all those listed above. Try to take a test ride on the UBCO 2×2. It’s pricey but man is it AWESOME! I’ve taken it on deep sand, deep mud, very rocky terrain and on the road. The only area I found it to be a little sluggish is if you are climbing a very steep hill and have 300lbs of load on it. Then it moves a little slower up steep hills, but what bike wouldn’t? 🙂 NOTE: It does NOT have pedals though. It’s more like a moped mixed with a bike. Not sure what you’d call it. but having all-wheel drive helps in the sand and mud. There were a few times where I thought I was stuck for sure but the front tire would grip and help me get through. The top speed is only 30 mph but that’s plenty for a hunting bike. It says the max range is 75 miles and in three non-stop test rides I’ve gone 70, 60 and 50 but they were with different amounts of gear on me and different terrains. Still very awesome for what it is and does. Just wanted to share for once you try one, trust me you will be hooked.
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Looking into buying a Grizzly scooter. I have a QuietKat but the bar is too high and tough to balance at 70 YO. As a Disabled Combat Veteran I need to be at a lower price even with the military discount Bakcou offers at 15%. Thanks can you help? I did hear that the scooters can tow a trailer.
I started researching the hunter e-bikes (I’m a nature photographer) in October because my gear and large tripod are like what a lot of hunters haul. This is a very helpful article. As I think about some of the terrain and ground cover I’d be traversing it seems a chain and derailleur are points of vulnerability. Is there any thought or work being done to utilize a mid motor with a shaft drive system? It would present a cleaner, less-cluttered design that was better protected from damaging stubs, branches, wire, rocky cracks or potholes, etc. Last, I saw an ad for the QuietCat Apex that looks interesting. Is it enough like the Ridge runner and Warrior that those reviews would be applicable? Thanks.
I am 54 years old I have arthritis and a degenerative disc in my back. It is incredibly painful for me to be on my feet or my butt for more than 3 hours. I haven’t been hunting and probably six years as a result, I also suffer from depression. I could see myself hunting again with one of these most of them that look worthwhile are far too expensive for me
Ronald M Sucik
Is there any restrictions between 750W and 1000W for riding on BLM land or National Forest trails.
I currently have an older bike with a BionX rear hub motor. I selected one with regenerative capability not for the extended range but primarily for resistance braking on long, rough down grades. A lot of my logging road rides involve 4 or 5 mile down grades on the way back to the truck and the regen option helps me avoid overheating the brakes. I will definitely be considering those down grades as I look to update my bike.
I have the 1000 watt e cell bike and yes it is a big bike, but it is very strong and powerful this bike is like a tank with all wheel drive and 9 levels of assistance two batteries, two motors 203 cm disk up front and 180 rear their is no compromising with this bike. I ride around town, throw the forest on trails and on the beach, it takes on all challenges without blinking, but their is one issue and that is no front rack mounts unless you buy the 1500 watt bike, I got on them about that because it’s not cool. I am very happy with the bike just got my new bike rack to role the bike up to haul it that is very important because like I said it’s heavy just like a dirt bike but with batteries.
If/When you need service (damaged chain, bent wheel, etc.) should a local bike store be able to work on it or would you need to return to manufacturer? (I admit not mechanically inclined!)
Hi Rob, A second battery could set you back anything between 500 to 900 depending on the size. The bigger the battery the more range you get. The Bakcou Mule standard battery is a 14.5Ah which is already a good size will cost (at the time of replying) 599 and is good for 30 miles on throttle power. You could upgrade from the get go to a larger battery and just use one that has 40 to 60 miles per charge.
what is the answer to randys question how much average for spare batteries. I would use all one battery in one day, hunting northen BC
I’m just starting to learn about e hunting bikes. I live in Maine, turning 70 so need some assist getting to hunting locations. My biggest issue with buying on line is obtaining service on these bikes. Are available is service locations in the North East ?
I’ve been riding ebikes since they first came on the market, specifically looking for the best hunting ebike… something that could further my range and also help me explore quietly. I fell hard for QuietKat’s offering (even bought my brother one) and so far haven’t been dissapointed. Jim Shockey mentioned here in this post is an ambassador for QuietKat and I have to say this brand was the first to market, has been operating in this category the longest, and provides excellent customer support. While the bikes here mentioned are good options (my buddy Teddy has the Fat Tire Ridge Runner and it IS a beast!) I personally like the Apex because its got the same power as some of the other bikes on this list (also a 1000w mid-drive) but you can better manage your speed than with the ULTRA motor, which is great for tight trails and thicker woods. For me the Apex perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone! ~ Cheers from South Bend
well guess I’ll be selling my 4 wheeler.Bike is absolutely quitter and get though the trees here in Wisconsin a lot better.
What about dual hub motors, dual battery fat tire hunting bikes.not even mentioned. Most have a switch for motor and battery selection. I’ve seen models with up to two 2500W motors
Can any of the bikes go through water? I never see anything like a biker going through a creeks. As a hunter ( lol) who is on my last year of hunting. Because well, let’s just say I Hope I can maybe get a bike. But I have to cross a small creek.
I’ve been wanting to get an electric hunting bike for a while but I’m curious about charging the batteries while out hunting. How long would I need to run a generator for to top off a battery? Would a solar panel even get the job done? Seems like extra batteries might make the most sense. How long would one of these batteries take to charge from empty?
HI Berry, The Mule 1000 Storm 1000 both come in 17 and 19 frame size options so you should be able to find the right sixe for you both. The 17 frame is best suited for heights ranging from 5’2 to 5’8 and the 19 frame for 5’8 and above. BackCountry eBikes are the makers or both models you like and they are hunters based out in Ogden Utah and they don’t make average bikes, they FOCUS on elite hunting bikes that will get the job done. They are designed to take a beating a perform well doing so. Both models have that coveted ULTRA mid drive motor so climbing hills and tackling rough terrain offroad will be a joy to experience.
They only use top grade components that can stand the test of rough offroad as that is what they are built to do. I have sent you additional info by email also, so you can make an educated decision on what suits you and your wife the best.
I really like the mule 1000 watt and the the storm 1000 watt, do you know what the stand over heights are? Im going to purchase 2, 1 for my wife and 1 for me. Are the components up upgradeable or are they good enough quality for rugged outdoor punishment.
Trek FX 2 Electric Bike Review, 2023
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A lightweight city bike for easy carrying, commuting, and cutting across town.
With the FX 2, Trek added an internal battery and small rear hub motor to its massively popular FX city bike, which gives its rider a subtle but effective boost for zipping around town. But this e-bike has certainly not lost its soul; the FX 2 has clearly been designed to maintain the overall feel of its non-electric cousin. In the following Trek FX 2 review, we’ll take a close look at the specs, performance, and ride experience through the eyes of the testers here at Electric Bike Report.
When we first saw the Trek FX 2, we had to do a double take to make sure we received the electric version; there is really only one obvious indication that this is an e-bike! That surprise continued with our first test rides; aside from an initial boost of speed from the small 250W rear-hub motor, the bike’s torque sensor and tuning provided a ride experience that was remarkably similar to a mid-drive motor, and therefore more akin to a traditional bicycle.
We were also stunned by the FX 2’s incredibly low weight. At just 40 lbs, the bike is easy to maneuver at low speeds, and is capable of accelerating to higher speeds quickly. The lightweight frame also added to its non-electric feel by making the bike easy to pedal with no motor assistance if needed.
These features, combined with integrated commuter essentials like a rear cargo rack, front and rear fenders, a headlight, and a taillight make the bike a capable, practical metropolitan meanderer.
For more information about this terrific traverser of traffic, swipe up or scroll down to our full Trek FX 2 review!
- It feels like a traditional bicycle! The FX 2 really strives to emulate the feel of a non-electric bike. With its subtle 250W motor and torque sensor, a stripped-down user interface, and the ability to be pedaled easily without motor assistance, the bike stays true to its old-school, urban roots.
- It’s incredibly lightweight for an e-bike. At just 40 lbs, the Trek FX 2 is easy to lift and carry, and has great acceleration and maneuverability at lower speeds.
- The PAS system is optimized for three functional settings, instead of the commonly-seen five levels of assistance. We often find at least one setting to feel pretty ineffective, so it is nice to see all three settings providing a noticeable difference in input here.
- The bike comes equipped for commuting right away, with an integrated rear cargo rack, headlight, taillight, and fenders.
- It’s super stealthy! The FX 2’s rear hub motor is the only thing giving any indication that this is an e-bike, and even that is whisper quiet.
- A functional app with motor customization! The FX 2’s HyDrive motor pairs with the Hyena Rider Assistant app for ride and data tracking, visible metrics, and the ability to tune the output of the motor in each PAS setting.
- Reliability and peace of mind. As a Trek product, the FX 2 benefits from the engineering and experience of a well-established brand. It also comes outfitted with a full scope of trustworthy components.
- Trek offers the FX2 in a huge variety of frame sizes and colors, allowing for a significant degree of customization for a wide spectrum of people. The high-step version has four frame sizes and three colors (including the flashy Viper Red), while the step-thru (or Stagger) model comes in three sizes and three colors.
- The LED indicator on the left handlebar fits the overall aesthetic and soul of the bike, but we’d love to see a small, simple LCD display for accessible ride data without the need for a phone.
- The FX 2’s fully internal battery also continues the theme of the bike, but makes charging a bit more complicated. importantly, the sealed frame will make replacing the battery difficult when it eventually stops functioning – only Trek dealers can perform the service.
- Battery : 250 Wh internal battery
- Display: LED Indicator (no LCD display)
- Motor: HyDrive 250W, 40 Nm rear hub
- Headlight: Hermans MR4, 120 Lumen, 40 lux, LED
- Taillights: Spanninga Solo
- Pedal Assist: 3 settings
- Range: Up to 35 miles
- Claimed weight: 40.13 lbs / 18.20 kg
- Maximum total weight limit: 300 lbs / 136 kg
- Brakes: Shimano hydraulic disc, MT200 lever, UR300 caliper, RT26 160mm rotors
- Fenders: SKS plastic
- Fork: FX alloy, internal brake routing, fender mounts, rack mounts, ThruSkew 5mm bolt-on skewer
- Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum, internal cable routing, internal battery, rack fender mounts, post mount disc, kickstand mount, 144.5mm OLD hub motor spacing
- Drivetrain: Shimano Altus, 9 speed, M2010 shifter, M2000 derailleur, HG200 cassette 11-36T, KMC X9 chain
- Grips: Bontrager XR Endurance Comp, lock-on
- Saddle: Bontrager Sport
- Handlebar: Bontrager Alloy, 31.8mm, 15mm rise, 660-690mm width
- Kickstand: alloy, rear mount
- Pedals: Bontrager City
- Tires: Bontrager H2 Comp, reflective strip, wire bead, 30tpi, 700x40c
Trek FX 2 Review: E- Bike Overview
When recommending e-bikes to friends or discussing them with new acquaintances who have asked about my job, I often hear some variation of the phrase “I’m not quite ready to give up pedaling yet.” This is, of course, an inaccurate perspective about electric bikes in general, and one that could quickly be remedied by giving the source of such a speech the chance to take the Trek FX 2 for a spin.
This e-bike was clearly meant to look and feel like a bike first, and an electric bike second. The stealth factor is huge on the FX 2 in just about every department:
First, in aesthetics; the tiny LED indicator that replaces an LCD display and the use of a fully internal battery serve to remove the largest giveaways typically seen on an e-bike. That leaves the small, super-quiet rear hub motor as the only real tell, and even then, someone would have to look (and/or listen) closely. We have some critique, or at least some considerations to point out, regarding some of these choices – but overall, they do a great job of helping the FX 2 disappear amongst a lineup of non-electric bikes.
Second, in ride experience; that petite 250W rear hub motor provides a reserved, but noticeable boost of assistance that is far more subtle than the more commonly-seen 500W or 750W varieties. This is accentuated by the inclusion of a torque sensor, which is relatively rare in conjunction with a rear-hub (though it is becoming more common with time). We were genuinely impressed by how closely the feel of this combination resembled that of a mid-drive motor, a type which is highly praised due to its similarity to a traditional bicycle. The FX 2 is even highly functional without assistance from the motor, and able to be pedaled around with relative ease if the electrical system is not turned on. This is thanks to the 40-lb frame, which is comparatively lightweight when considering the heft that often accompanies e-bikes.
An included package of commuter-centric accessories like the rear rack and fenders makes the FX 2 a capable daily ride.
The bike’s charging port is at the base of its down tube, just beneath the water bottle mounts that can also hold an optional range extender battery.
Commuters will be happy to learn that the rear rack on the FX 2 is MIK compatible to fit a wide range of accessories.
Speaking of e-bikes, the Trek FX 2 exhibits plenty of characteristics we appreciate in those, too. Most notably, our testing of the bike’s pedal assist system shows increases in motor assistance spread out evenly between its three settings. This is a pattern we at Electric Bike Report really like to see, though it isn’t as common as one might expect. Such steady increases provide an intuitive level of responsiveness to the bike, which just makes it more fun to ride.
We did find the bike’s range to be a little on the low end when comparing it to similar urban / commuter models, though it has a few things going for it in that department to help offset our critique. We’ll dive into those details and talk more about our testing deeper into our review of the Trek FX 2.
Trek FX 2 Review: Circuit Speed Test
Our first evaluation of the Trek FX 2 was our Circuit Test, which you can read more about from the graphic above. This allowed us to get a feel for the bike’s HyDrive 250W rear hub motor and test out the performance of its cadence sensor.
With no motor assistance, the FX 2’s slight frame and minimalistic character immediately came to the forefront. Many of the e-bikes I have tested are huge and heavy, a fact that becomes magnified quickly when the motor isn’t doing anything to pull its weight. For this reason, the PAS 0 lap in our Circuit Test can feel dreadful. With the FX 2, however, it became a relative breeze. The bike’s 40-lb frame is comparable in weight to a non-electric model on the heavier side, so completing that lap did still take some work, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much energy I had left as I rounded the last bend.
I noticed through my following three laps that the bike’s small, 250W motor really reinforces its intention of being a bike first and an e-bike second. To compare again with other e-bikes I have tried, many more powerful rear-hub motors create the strong feeling of being pushed from behind. This feeling exists on the FX 2, but only lightly and when the motor first engages after starting from a slow coast or a stop. Once up to speed, the bike’s torque sensor and motor work in tandem to provide a remarkably natural feel that I can only compare to a mid-drive motor. The motor engagement is subtle and sometimes difficult to perceive, until you realize you just climbed a hill you normally wouldn’t have made it to the top of. This contrasts sharply with many more powerful rear-hub motors which can very obviously feel like they fully take over.
The FX 2 stood out from many other e-bikes I have tested through another way as well: its PAS system. It is extremely common to see pedal assist systems with five levels of input. It is also common for at least one of these levels to feel relatively ineffective. The FX 2 trims the fat here by focusing on just three PAS settings, all of which are functional, varied, and tuned intuitively.
The graphic above illustrates this point perfectly. It’s relatively rare that we see such a linear progression between settings on an e-bike, and while it makes sense for some to deviate from the pattern, it’s something we’d love to see more often. To boil down what the data and the linear graph means: when you increase the PAS level on the FX 2, you get just the amount of power boost from the motor that you would expect.
If I’m being honest, this isn’t surprising. Trek has been making bikes since the 70s and e-bikes since the early 2000s, plus they’re a massive company with plenty of funding to apply to RD. They have the customer base to encourage them to do things right, as well as the experience and the development team to pull it off. You can see more evidence of this in our other Trek e-bike reviews. For now, let’s get back to our Trek FX 2 review.
Due to its dependence on rider input, the FX 2 is capable of high speeds even at low PAS settings. As a Class 1 e-bike, this means the motor will contribute up to 20 mph. I was able to reach speeds close to this limit in PAS 1 when putting in some work, and this just became easier in PAS 2 and 3. Here at EBR, we often say that some e-bikes can make you feel superhuman, and I think this definitely applies to the FX 2 in PAS 3.
The FX2’s motor performance can be tweaked a bit by pairing the bike with the Hyena Rider Assistant app. We’ll look at that a bit more in-depth later, but for now, just know that the motor output of the three PAS settings can be adjusted as long as the bike is stopped. PAS 1 has a range of 1-33% of the motor’s total (nominal) power. PAS 2 can be set anywhere between 34-67% of the total output, and PAS 3 finishes out the range from 68-100%. I played around with this a bit, and the difference is relatively subtle on the already understated motor, but it can make a difference of a few miles per hour.