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The best electric bikes of 2023

The Ride1UP Rift is an outstanding electric bicycle bike whether you’re headed to work or joyriding around town.

Offering all the basic ebike elements at a lower cost, the Ancheer Blue Spark is a great budget ebike.

The Priority Current gets up to max speed quickly and maintains that speed once it gets there.

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While electric bikes have existed in some form or another for more than a century, the modern version was properly introduced in the 1990s—to little fanfare. At the time, they were considered something of a novelty and failed to generate much interest. That changed in the 2000s, when ebikes took off in China. In the last 10 years, the rest of us have come around: There are countless ebikes now, which come in configurations to suit every rider’s needs. But with so many to choose from, how do you pick the one that will put you out in front of the pack? The best electric bikes deliver power (duh), comfort, style, and Smart features, whether you’re riding for sport, for work, or simply as a way to get around.

How we selected the best electric bikes

As a lifelong outdoor and fitness enthusiast, bicycling has always been a part of my recreational repertoire. From daily commuting to work via road bike to mountain biking through the rurals of my native state of Washington, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time perched upon the pedals. When it came to electric bikes in particular, I took the testing very seriously—by which I mean I had a lot of fun riding around! At this point, I’ve ridden ebikes from an expansive range of brands both renowned and up-and-coming, have discussed the pros and cons of different options with industry experts, and have even built several of them piece by piece straight out of the box.

I’ve written about outdoor and fitness gear, including electric bikes, for publications like Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, the Manual, Thrillist, the Daily Beast, and the Los Angeles Times. All that testing has made me an expert at recognizing genuine quality over hype. In categories where my judgment was a tie, I looked to impressions from real-world owners to verify which ebikes deliver a truly electrifying experience.

The best electric bikes: Reviews Recommendations

Our selections for the best electric bikes span a spectrum of budgets, from several hundred dollars to several thousand. We’ve included ebikes from a variety of categories that include a fairly wide range of features, so while which is right for you is determined largely by your specific needs, we think the options below cover the bases for most new and veteran riders.

Best overall: Ride1Up Rift

Why it made the cut: Ride1UP’s Rift is easy to assemble and feels smooth to ride.

  • Easy to assemble
  • Solid frame and overall construction
  • Comfortable to ride
  • Cost

After a few rides I began to see Ride1UP’s Rift as wish fulfillment for anyone who’s been curious about electric bicycles. The Rift was almost fully assembled when it arrived, which is very helpful if you’ve never put together an electric bicycle. We recommend following Ride1Up’s video instructions for a step-by-step guide on what’s required to put it together. It’s possible to assemble this bicycle by yourself, but it’s far easier for two people since one can keep the Rift steady, or lift up its frame while the other attaches its front wheel. The one accessory you’ll need when assembling any eBike—beyond the correct tools—is an air compressor to fill its tires.

Once the bicycle was set up, and a helmet was firmly strapped to my head, it was time to take the Rift for a ride on the suburban streets of Long Island. The area I rode on was paved but hilly, and it gave me the chance to put this electric bicycle’s motor to the test. I started by riding around without any “pedal assistance,” to get a feel for how the Rift handled. It’s a heavy electric bicycle, but after a couple of minutes I had a good handle on how to take wide and sharper turns, or how its fat tires would handle bumps in the road, hoses, or smaller potholes.

None of these smaller obstacles posed a problem thanks to the Rift’s fat tires, though we wouldn’t recommend going over huge bumps just for fun. Ride1UP recommends checking the bicycle’s brakes several times before taking it for a ride to make sure they’re fully operational, and these small test rides gave me the opportunity to do so—though I also checked them before getting on the Rift for the first time.

All of the Rift’s pedal assistance features are accessible via a 2.2-inch color screen mounted on the left handlebar. It’s easy to check your trip time, power consumption, and pedal assistance level (between one and five) at a glance. You shouldn’t be spending a lot of time looking at the screen while riding, so we appreciate how cleanly this information is arranged. As its name suggests, pedal assistance will only kick in when you’re pedaling. The electric bicycle’s motor will kick on after a few seconds, which gives you time to adjust to the increase in speed. Settings one and two feel like a nice little push while you’re going up hills—enough of a boost to make them easier to climb while still requiring effort.

Cranking the Rift’s pedal assistance up to four or five will turn pedaling into a performative act. We were able to get up steep hills with ease, but always felt completely in control of the bicycle. Yes, the Rift can up to 28 miles per hour with pedal assistance cranked up to five, but we never felt like we were going too quickly. If you’ve never used an electric bicycle before we recommend sticking to the lower power levels to start and working your way up.

Overall, the Ride1UP Rift is a stupendously smooth ride whether you’re upgrading from a different electric bicycle or have always ridden an analog bike. It strikes the right balance between easy assembly, ease of use, comfort, and overall design.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Get to where you need to go faster and easier than on a regular bike. Depending on how you choose to ride, you can travel without significant effort at up to 20mph on some bikes and even up to 28mph on others.
  • Climbing hills is a breeze. and we aren’t talking about the breeze from huffing and puffing.
  • No sweat. Even though you can ride much faster, you won’t feel like you have to take a shower once you are there.
  • Safer. That might seem counter-intuitive, since you can go faster than on a regular bike, but you also get an easier start from stopped positions, allowing you to get through an intersection steadier and quicker. When climbing steep hills with cars nearby you can FOCUS more of your energy on controlling the bike instead of propelling the bike.
  • Easier on those joints. Use the electric assist to ease the pressure on your knees and hips.
  • Staying together. You may have a riding partner that rides at a different pace than you. An e-bike can even out the pace for both of you.
  • Ditch the car. The convenience, the ease and the speed of an electric bike make it an alternative to an automobile more often than a regular bike. A study by Portland State University shows that e-bike owners ride more frequently and farther than when they relied on their traditional bike. This was the case for all age groups.
  • It’s FUN. Just try one and you’ll see. Or catch a friend coming back from their first test ride with a big smile on their face.

Do I need a license?

No. As long as the e-bike has a motor size of 750 watts or less (1000 watts in Oregon) and is programmed so that it can’t go more than 20mph without pedaling, there is no need for a license. No electric bike sold by Cynergy E-Bikes requires licensing. FYI – you must be at least 16 years of age to operate an e-bike in public places.

Where can I ride my e-bike?

First and foremost, make sure your bicycle with an electric motor is classified as an e-bike. The definition of an e-bike and rules on where to ride will vary state by state. For federal land the rules vary depending on the branch of government. For the most complete resource, check out PeopleforBikes.org

For Oregon, you can ride an e-bike on:

  • Any bike lane on the street.
  • Shared use paths that are reserve for bicycles and pedestrians
  • For state parks, you can ride on paved trails that allow bicycles, but check with the individual park’s management for their rules for unpaved trails. It varies from park to park.
  • Any trail where motor vehicles are permitted, such as unpaved forest service roads.

In Oregon, you must be at least 16 years old to ride an e-bike on public property. While most states have motor wattage limits of 750 watts, Oregon’s limit is 1000 watts.

  • National Parks – opportunities are expanding, but check with the park.
  • Bureau of Land Management trails – the trend is to allow e-bikes wherever non-electric bikes are allowed, but we advise you to check with BLM office that manages that trail.
  • U.S. Forest Service – opportunities are expanding, but check with the Forest Service.
  • Another resource for finding mountain bike trails where e-bikes are allowed is People for Bikes nationwide EMountain Biking Map.

What about theft?

As best as we can determine, e-bikes don’t get stolen with any more frequency than non-electric bikes. That’s most likely because people tend to lock them up better and because a bike thief needs to get a charger and a battery key to make the bike truly saleable.

The best ways to protect your bike from theft are:

  • Get a high-quality bike lock. Cable locks are way too easy to cut. High-quality u-bolts and folding locks are better.
  • If you are parking your bike in your garage, lock your garage. It’s probably the #1 location we’ve seen bikes get stolen from.
  • When in public, lock your bike in a visible location.

Do I need special insurance?

Check with your insurance company. Some insurance companies do not treat e-bikes as bicycles, so you may need to get a rider added to your homeowners/renters insurance for theft protection. You can also check with two bicycle specialty insurers – Velosurance.com and Spokeinsurance.com.

Aren’t electric bikes heavy?

As one of our customers told us, E-bikes might be heavy to lift, but they are heavenly to ride.

Electric bikes are typically heavier than regular bikes. But the weight of any bicycle (electrical or non-electrical) is felt the most when climbing hills. The electric assist on an e-bike makes up for the additional weight many times over. Where weight does matter is if you need to lift the bike. That’s one of the many reasons why e-bikes are favored over electric scooters, which often weigh 150 pounds or more.

If you have to climb several flights of stairs to store your bike, we strongly suggest finding a more accessible storage location.

CHARGING, BATTERIES RANGE

Do electric bikes recharge when applying brakes or going down hill – like a hybrid car’s regenerative braking?

It’s rare and the concept doesn’t work very well. A few models of electric bikes include a feature to recharge the battery, usually while you are braking. In those cases the range of the battery can be extended 5-10%, while adding several hundred dollars to the cost. However, due to the design of the motors that provide regeneration, you’ll often find that the bike is harder to pedal if you are using the bike with the power off.

What is the range I can get from a single charge?

The biggest factor contributing to your range is whether you pedal or just use a throttle without pedaling, along with what level of assist you use. Cynergy E-bikes is a strong proponent of the synergy cynergy resulting from combining human pedal power with electric power, so we’ll tell you the expected range when you do both. With relaxed pedaling expect 22-50 miles on a single charge for most e-bikes. In some cases you’ll go even farther. We have bikes that are getting 80 miles on a single charge. Range will also be impacted by the battery capacity, the hills, wind and your size. Many electric bikes pedal easily as regular bikes. So you can extend the range even further by using little or no power on level surfaces and down hill.

How long does it take to charge an e-bike battery?

A lithium ion ebike battery that is fully depleted will take 3.5 to 6 hours to recharge. Batteries that still have a partial charge when you start charging will take less. In addition, the last hour or so of a charge is used to top-off the cells, and you don’t have to wait for that process to be completed. So some batteries can be 90% charged in 2.5 hours or less.

How many charges can I get out of a battery?

Most e-bike batteries sold in North America are lithium-ion, which will provide a minimum of 500 full charge cycles at which point the battery will hold about 80% of its original capacity. Some batteries can deliver up to 1200 charge cycles. If you recharge the battery when it is only 50% depleted, that counts as only 1/2 of one charge cycle. If you usually use your e-bike in pedal-assist mode, combining both pedal power and electric power, you can expect to go 10,000-30,000 miles before replacing your battery. That is a lot of miles on a bicycle.

How much electricity does it take to charge a battery?

Depending on the capacity of the battery, it will usually take 500-800 watt hours (0.4. 0.8 kilowatt hours) to charge the battery. Assuming a rate of 0.10/kWh, it will cost you 5-8 cents for a charge that will last you 20-80 miles.

MOTORS, SPEED PERFORMANCE

What is the difference between Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 electric bikes?

This system of classifying electric bikes is being adopted by several states as a means of regulating electric bikes. The classifications are as follows:

  • Class 1. is a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling (thus no throttle), and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.
  • Class 2. is a bicycle equipped with a throttle that can propel the bike up to a maximum of 20mph with the rider pedaling, and may also have the ability to achieve up to 20mph with the rider assisting, without the use of a throttle.
  • Class 3. also known as a speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle, is 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 the speed of 28 miles per hour.

For all classes, the maximum power output is 750 watts (1 h.p.).

Several states, including our neighbor to the north, Washington, have adopted regulations that use this class system. Our home state, Oregon, has not yet done so.

Perhaps the most important aspect of this classification system is how some states are treating Class 3 e-bikes. While these bikes are permitted in bike lanes on streets, they can be restricted from shared use paths, such as those in parks and rails-to-trails paths that are designed to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians.

Should I buy a bike with a mid-drive motor or hub-motor?

They both have their benefits. Hub motors tend to be a little easier to operate if you are a less experienced cyclist, because they require less shifting of gears. Mid-drives tend to get a little better range for equivalent battery capacity, because you’ll get more efficiency by shifting. While theoretically you get better hill climbing with a mid-drive, you’ll usually find both types will climb just about any hill.

Finally, it’s usually easier to change a rear tire with a mid-drive.

But the real test of determining which type of motor is best for you is to ride both and compare.

What’s the difference between a cadence-sensor and a torque-sensor?

With a torque sensor, the power that is delivered is increased in proportion to the amount of pedal force the rider is applying. So as you pedal harder, the motor automatically delivers more assist. As you reduce pressure, you get a little less assist. It’s essentially amplifying whatever power you are applying to the pedals. You have multiple levels of pedal-assist, with each level representing a higher or lower amplification of your own power. A torque-sensor can feel more like riding a conventional bicycle than a cadence-sensor. It also tends to deliver power smoother.

A cadence-sensor, perhaps more appropriately called a crank-sensor, delivers a uniform amount of assist at each assist level, regardless of the amount of pressure you are applyng. It is activated just by getting the crank turning. Because a cadence-sensor is not reading your pedal pressure, the power delivery is not quite as smooth or “bike-like”. But it’s fairly easy to adapt your use of the controls to smooth out the power delivery. Some people prefer a cadence-sensor because it tends to provide a great sensation of power without applying much pedal pressure.

The best way to know which type of pedal-assist is right for you is to try them both.

How fast can an electric bike go?

If you are pedaling, you can go as fast as you are able to pedal it. However, most bikes stop providing electric assist while pedaling at 20 mph (Class 1 and Class 2 ebikes). Some will provide assist going at speeds up to about 28 mph (=45 kilometers per hour – Class 3 ebikes.)

How important is motor wattage? (also. I’m really big, so don’t I need a 1000-2000 watt motor? or. I want to go fast, so don’t I need a lot of wattage?)

The benefits of a high wattage motor are very overstated. A street legal e-bike in Oregon can go only 28mph, and only 20mph unless you are pedaling (and we recommend pedaling). You’ll be able to get that with even some 250 watt motors.

With a properly designed e-bike and e-bike motor, you’ll find that you get far more power than you need with 500 watts or less. There are many 250 watt motors that deliver as much torque as motors that are 500 watts or higher. The design of the motor and the gearing of the bike are far more important than the wattage of the motor.

Higher wattage correlates with higher power consumption, so using a higher wattage motor means you’ll need a bigger battery to go the same distance. The most expensive part of your e-bike is the battery, thus a larger motor, requires a larger battery which leads to higher cost.

As for hauling a lot of weight, we have several 300lbs customers that do fine at 250-350 watt motors.

Can I ride an e-bike as a regular bike. without the electric power?

Yes. And it is easy to switch back and forth. For example, you might want to use the power only when you are going up hills.

Do I have to pedal?

It depends on the bike. Some electric bikes sold in North America allow you to operate by simply turning the throttle without pedaling. Europeans have stricter rules, requiring that you pedal. which we support. If you think you’ll get by without pedaling, think again. Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you’ll need to pedal when going up long, steep hills, although you won’t have to pedal hard. Pedaling is more fun, extends the range of your battery, extends the life of your motor, and extends your own life too.

SERVICE

Is servicing an e-bike any different than a regular bike?

Look at an e-bike as being comprised of two groups of parts – mechanical and electric.

  • Mechanical parts are the same parts that you’ll see on non-electric bikes. Servicing mechanical parts can be performed at any bike shop. You might find that your bike parts might wear a little faster than on a non-electric bike – especially brake pads, chains, cogs and tires. But that’s because most people put many more miles on their e-bike. There is some basic maintenance that you can do on your own, like keeping your tires properly inflated and lubricating your chain. For some basic bike maintenance tips, check out our recommended maintenance videos.
  • The electrical parts don’t require any maintenance. If you do run into a problem with an electrical part, you’ll want to go to a shop that has some expertise in servicing e-bikes. While not really a maintenance task, you do want to make sure that the battery keeps some charge in it. If you don’t, it might discharge to a point so low that you can’t charge it anymore, thus killing your battery – an expensive mistake to make.

Cynergy E-Bikes has a complete service department for both mechanical work and electrical work, with expertise servicing electrical parts for from many different e-bike brands.

CLIMATE AND WEATHER

How much will I reduce my carbon footprint if I use an ebike instead of a car?

Our favorite question! In Oregon, which depends on hydropower and wind more than coal and gas, it takes the carbon footprint of over 60 e-bikes to equal the carbon footprint of one single occupancy, gasoline-powered car. In states that depend more on coal, it might be around 20-30 e-bikes compared to one car. No matter how you calculate it, even though an ebike uses electricity that might come from fossil fuels, the amount of CO2 emitted compared to a car is miniscule.

What about leaving my electric bicycle out in the rain?

The motor and battery are sufficiently sealed to be protected from the rain. However, we do suggest that if you are carrying your bike on the back of a car and rain is in the forecast, that you place the battery inside the car. Driving 70mph in a downpour with the battery exposed is like pressure-washing your battery. That’s a lot different than riding your bike in the rain.

How The Electric Bike Is Changing Travel: Is An E-bike Worth It?

The electric bike revolution is here, and it’s changing the way we travel.

With their innovative design, ease of use, and low environmental impact, e-bikes are becoming increasingly popular with riders of all ages and experience.

But what exactly are e-bikes? And more importantly – are they worth it?

While electric-assisted bikes were designed with the 35 and over crowd in mind, they are now just as popular with a younger generation of riders who are embracing the technology.

For decades, bikes have been seen as a necessity, not a luxury.

The e-bike has undergone a revolution and is currently the most popular bike on the market.

Technology has improved, making them safer, more durable, and more reliable, while new laws have been passed that make them legal to operate on roads.

So whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint, or take advantage of this new technology on bike trips – let’s look at the pros and cons so you can decide whether going e-bike is right for you.

Why The Sudden Popularity With Electric Bicycles?

Their appeal lies in the ability to level the playing field for cyclists of all experiences.

Electric bikes allow couples, groups, and families with different fitness and experience levels to travel together while making cycling accessible across difficult routes and long distances.

Bicycles have always been a healthy way to keep fit, save money on transportation costs, and enjoy the fresh air with the freedom to explore on your travels.

But once you cross the 20-30 mile mark, for many riders, they become quite tiring.

Electric bicycles solve this problem by giving you a little push when you need it.

The pedal assist can give riders just enough boost to try routes that would otherwise be outside their comfort zones.

And because you don’t tire as quick, you can bike for longer, which can open up opportunities for trips you might not have even considered.

Electric bikes offer more flexibility than traditional bikes when it comes to distance and terrain capability.

They can be ridden anywhere from city streets to rough trails while providing more speed and ease of use compared to regular bikes.

And they provide great exercise benefits without exerting too much effort due to their powered motors. perfect if you’re looking for light physical activity without exhausting yourself completely.

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They also don’t require expensive fuel costs or extensive maintenance, you just simply charge up your battery overnight, and you’re ready for another day of riding!

As well as being affordable and convenient, using an e-bike also presents environmental advantages by reducing carbon emissions. a major plus with a climate crisis looming over us.

With all of this in mind, it’s easy to see how electric bikes are worth investing in. economically and socially.

How E-Bikes Are Changing the Active Travel Business

A small boost can lead to incredible possibilities.

E-bikes make it easier for travelers to venture further than ever before with less effort – essentially taking the strain out of sightseeing and commuting.

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Riders can keep pace with cars on even steep hills or head off the beaten path without breaking a sweat.

For cyclists intimidated by steep hills or just want to spend less energy pushing a traditional bicycle uphill, an e-bike offers freedom like never before.

An e-bike lets you travel further with less exertion, opening endless possibilities on long-distance bike tours.

They are fast, fun, and very efficient.

Cyclists who have had to stop biking long distances or rough terrain for any reason have found a renewed opportunity by jumping on an electric bike.

But these bikes aren’t just useful for travelers looking to put in the miles on long distance tours and week-long trips.

They’re an increasingly popular option for day trips too, simply because you get the same hands-on experience but can pack more into your trip.

E-bikes can help breathe new life into cycling as they take the fear out of long-distance travel and make those daunting hills and roads a piece of cake for cyclists of all experiences.

E-Bikes Can Be Used where Hiking Is Impossible

The allure of mountain and off-road biking is the thrill of exploring rugged terrain that is usually unreachable by car.

The chasms, cliffs, and steep hills are a challenge to any rider, but electric-powered bikes make it easy to conquer those steep elevations.

For cyclists looking to enjoy spectacular scenery on a mountain trail, regular mountain bikes are often simply unusable because they do not manage steep inclines well.

E-bikes are an excellent way to make milder slopes accessible even for those who aren’t confident in their ability to take on more extreme hills that regular mountain bikes won’t be able to handle.

E-Bikes Can Be Used In Cities Where Cycling Is Not Possible

If you’ve ever tried to cycle around a busy city, then you know it’s challenging.

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There are endless obstacles to worry about, like cars that often end up being parked on the street, pedestrians doing what pedestrians do, and bicycle lanes that don’t seem to make any sense!

Way too often, cyclists are forced to merge back onto the sidewalk because they’ve run out of space or can’t cycle at all with so many people walking around.

Electric bicycles allow cyclists to bypass traffic, navigate busy and congested areas, and get around popular destinations much faster.

E-Bikes Make Travelling Accessible

E-bikes are like having a personal transport system that is always there for you: and one that is efficient, reliable, and enjoyable.

The convenience factor of an e-bike is hard to deny: with one charge, you can often reach distances far beyond what could be achieved by cycling alone.

Without needing specialist experience, anyone can use an e-bike to scale mountains and traverse previously inaccessible terrain with ease.

You can take on all challenges at your own pace while at the end of the day, still having enough in tank to enjoy the destination you worked so hard to get to.

Most travelers have their first encounter with electric bikes on a long-distance tour.

Most who opt for an e-bike are new to biking tours, often coming on the trip with a more experienced friend or group.

And generally, after trying one, or seeing someone in their group having a great experience, most people opt for an e-bike over their regular bike on longer trips.

Even if it might feel like you’re swallowing your pride on your first trip, electric bicycles are slowly changing people’s approach to active travel and will soon be a viable choice for most people.

However, many people don’t know that just like cars and motorcycles, there are a lot of of e-bikes out there to choose from.

E-bikes Make Pedalling Easier.

As the weather warms ups and cycling season gains momentum, the warm temperatures can zap your energy on a long trip.

And if you’re an avid cyclist, you know that the extra effort of pedaling across certain terrains and hills can be pretty frustrating, but that is all changing now that e-bikes have been designed to make pedaling easier.

Most E-bikes are fitted with a power switch where you can change the settings from “Eco” to “Turbo mode” for when you need a little more assistance or to catch a breather when taking on steep inclines.

Throttle mode v pedal assist.

Most electric-powered bicycles typically use a combination of different methods to power them.

They are usually either pedal-assist or they use a throttle (where a motor kicks in to help you go faster)

When looking for an e-bike, pick the right one that works for you.

If you suffer from knee or foot issues and don’t want to FOCUS on pedaling, you can use a throttle-only bike.

But for those who worry about getting too much assistance from the bike and not being active, you can still pedal just like a normal bike and keep the assists for the tough terrains where it is needed.

What To Look For In An E-bike

The distance an electric bike can travel is the most important consideration when using an e-bike.

There are two key factors that determine how far an electric bike can travel.

The capacity of the battery. The efficiency of the bike.

It charges just like a mobile phone by connecting the battery pack to an electrical outlet and generally gets a full charge in around 3 hours.

How Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Bike?

In my experience, it takes 3-4 hours to fully charge an e-bike battery.

Typically, a battery will last for anywhere between 30 – 70 miles on a full charge, but if you manage your power well enough, it can last longer.

The type of terrain and power needed will have an effect on your battery life so it can be important to plan ahead when tackling large hills and rough roads where you need a lot of assistance.

Some bikes allow you to choose different levels of assist to prioritize speed or battery life, which can help you manage battery life on a longer trip.

Here are some approximate charging times for different types of batteries to get an idea of what you can expect on more powerful e-bikes:

500-watt hours (0.5 kWh) battery: 2-4 hours. 750-watt hours (0.75 kWh) battery: 3-6 hours. 1,000-watt hours (1 kWh) battery: 4-8 hours. 1,500-watt hours (1.5 kWh) battery: 6-12 hours.

And all-in-all, the cost to fully charge an electric bike comes in at around 5-15 cents. So, if it takes 500-watt hours (0.5 kWh) to charge the battery, and you are being charged 0.10/kWh for electricity, it would cost about 5 cents to charge the battery.

Knowing the type of trips you’ll be taking ahead of time will help determine which option is best for you.

Also, it’s important to consider the terrain when considering the battery range.

Hills require more power, so your battery will drain faster or get a little more use, so make sure your bike has enough power to tackle any potential challenges!

Although some e-bikes now allow you to choose different levels of assistance to prioritize speed or battery life, which can help you manage battery life on a longer trip.

Are Electric Bikes Faster Than Your Regular Bicycle?

Electric bicycles are always seeing technological advancements, particularly with how the hidden motor inside makes the entire bike run.

But does that mean that they are faster than your normal bicycle?

Not necessarily, as e-bikes are usually restricted with the top speed they can assist you with.

Currently, the assists will help you up to 32 km/h in the US and 25 km/h in most of Europe.

However, the max speed varies depending on the laws within the country you are in as well as the class of model you are using.

How Heavy Are E-bikes?

Many people have the misconception that e-bikes are heavy.

This is not the case. In fact, the average weight of an electric bicycle is 20 kg. The motor, battery, and frame material being the heaviest components.

Lighter bikes are easier to maneuver but heavier ones tend to last longer and come with more accessories like storage racks, headlights etc.

Make sure whatever model you choose fits comfortably within your budget while also providing all the features that matter most to you.

And think about your own comfort too; look for adjustable handlebars and seats and shock-absorbing forks that can provide extra cushioning over bumpy roads.

E-bikes are quite popular with travelers on long trips looking to carry heavier loads, typically for camping or when traveling with a family and needing that extra gear.

Depending on what you are packing can depend on the type of bike you need.

But when traveling with us at BikeHike we always have a support vehicle on hand to take your excess luggage and anything you don’t need on your bike journey so you never have to worry about packing too much.

Health Benefits Of E-Bikes

E-bikes are great for exercise, as they will improve your leg muscles and your cardiovascular system.

They are more environmentally friendly, too, as they emit less CO2 than cars, and don’t require the maintenance that cars require.

They are even easier to maintain than your regular bike while traveling since they have fewer moving parts.

The benefits of electric bikes are many, including the reduced pollution of fossil fuels, the resulting reduced carbon footprint, and the ability to enjoy traveling with less effort.

Are E-bikes Safe?

The short answer is yes; they are safer than regular bicycles due to how they are designed.

They utilize an in-line electric motor powered by a battery, which takes the place of traditional pedaling, and this makes them very safe to ride on the road and ultimately gives you even more control.

A study from Portland University found that 60% of owners felt safer riding an electric bike, and 42% of riders felt they had helped them avoid accidents.

E-bike With Us

Get hands-on with the advantages of an E-bike with our Croatia to Montenegro trip.

Experience the ride of a lifetime through Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro and tackle the scenic mountainous regions of the Balkans where you will use your electric pedal assists to their full potential to tackle these tough terrains, all while soaking in the magnificent views and rich heritage of each destination.

No matter where your travels may take you, an e-bike can help make life easier and more fun.

Whatever your reason for choosing an e-bike, you can always expect to get the same amount of enjoyment out of it as your traditional bike.

And with its combination of convenience, sustainability, and affordability, investing in an electric bicycle can truly be worth every penny spent!

About The Author

Trish Sare is the owner of BikeHike and a passionate outdoor enthusiast with over 30 years of experience as a world traveler. She’s lived, traveled, and guided extensively in North, South and Central America, Europe, Oceania, Africa, and Asia. She has guided and helped to develop every one of our multi-sport holidays. In her spare time, Trish is usually outdoors either mountain biking, hiking, sea kayaking, trail running, or climbing. Trish has a passion for the world and all of the amazing cultures that inhabit it and does her best to immerse herself directly into their distinctive lifestyles.

The 10 Best Electric Bikes For Adults in 2023

You can speed up your daily commute, make hills feel slightly less steep, and cover considerable distances without breaking a sweat. Plus, they present an environmentally-friendly alternative to other modes of transportation.

You’ll experience cycling from a whole new perspective – but first, you have to pick the best electric bike.

We tested 2023’s most popular cheap electric bikes and summed up our findings in this round-up. Stick around and find an e-bike that suits you – no matter your budget or needs!

In a hurry, after 42 hours of research we recommend the following bikes for each category:

Rad Power RadRover 6

Rugged aluminum construction, 26-inch wheels with extra-wide tires, and a 750-watt motor to help you power up steep inclines, all available at a reasonable price. There’s no doubt that the RadRover 6 deserves the title of the best fat tire e-bike.

Ride1Up 700

The Ride1Up 700 is a price-friendly and fully loaded commuting e-bike that does not sacrifice on all the good features. Powered by a 48V Geared Hub Bafang Motor with 750W peak power and fitted with a decent capacity 500Wh 48V 13AH Reention Dorado ID Plus battery with Samsung cells.

Cannondale Tesoro Neo X 3 Remixte

Tesoro Neo X 3 Remixte top rated Cannondale e-bike is built for endurance, comfort, and efficiency. The motor is optimized for quiet and smooth engagement, with multiple pedal-assist levels and a 104-miles range and a range extender battery can be used with this bike. It’s the high-performance road e-bike of 2023 with motor that assist up to 28MPH!

Quick Comparison Table

Best Commuting E-bike Ride1Up 700

Built for smooth city commuting

Best Road E-Bike Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3

An ultra-quiet and fast motor for a smooth and natural-feeling ride

Best Fat Tire E-Bike Rad Power RadRover 6

The Hummer of fat tire electric bikes

Top 10 Electric Bikes For Adults in 2023

Listed below are some of the best electric bikes – and after putting them to the test, we have the utmost confidence in their capabilities. Dependable motors, sturdy frames, substantial battery capacities; these e bikes have it all.

You’ll probably notice that we didn’t go too cheap even though we included quite a few solid budget picks.

You get what you pay for – that saying held up for a reason.

We get that not everyone can afford to splurge on a high-end e-bike, and that’s fine. However, don’t go into this expecting to get the same level of performance from a budget pick as you would from a premium one.

Now that we have that settled, keep reading for our complete list of the best electric road, fat-tire, mountain, and folding bikes on the market!

Best Rated E-Bikes

The skinny-tire, pedal-assisted rides entered the scene a few years ago – and there’s been an ever-increasing variety of electric road bike options ever since.

There’s one for everyone – and we rounded up the best road e-bikes for grownups in 2023 for you.

If you’re thinking of adding one to your collection, now’s your chance!

Cannondale Tesoro Neo X 3 Remixte – Our Pick

By now, Cannondale has become a household name in the e-bike world. This company is well known for producing high-quality bikes of just about any variety. from commuters to fitness and mountain bikes.

So, it’s no surprise that Tesoro Neo X Remixte is one of the best adult e-bikes you can pick up.

It’s a dream to ride, looks gorgeous, and has more than enough range to take you quite a few rounds around the town.

The only thing holding it down is its hefty price. Still, you can’t expect to pay pennies for a premium bike.

Cannondale Tesoro Neo X3 Remixte – Our Pick For Best Road E-Bike of 2023

Frame Build

The Tesoro Neo X 3 features what Cannondale calls a Remixte frame. This is just a fancy word for a frame that has a slightly lowered upper tube, so it’s easier to mount.

Another benefit to this frame design is that it combines the sturdiness of a step-over frame with the approachability of a step-through frame.

This is not where cool frame features end. all cable management is done through it. Besides resulting in clean frame lines, hidden cables also mean less potential for them to snap or break.

To make the ride as comfortable as possible, the Tesoro Neo X 3 features a front suspension with 100 millimeters of travel.

Motor Battery

This e-bike is fully decked out with Boch electronics. from the battery to the motor.

The most peculiar thing about this e-bike is that it features a Boch Performance mid-train motor. This means there’s no throttle, but it makes the e-bike lighter and better at climbing steep hills.

Tesoro X 3 Remixte features a Bosch Power Tube battery that can hold 13.4 Ah of charge. You can expect around 50 miles of ride on a full charge. I managed to squeeze out around 45 miles, but I live in a pretty hilly area.

It takes around 5 hours for the battery to recharge, which is almost an industry standard. If you’re planning on using this e-bike for daily commuting, I recommend you get a spare battery to eliminate any downtime for recharging.

Tires Ride

The Tesoro X 3 Remixte handles like a dream. You’ll feel almost no road shock thanks to the generous suspension travel and decent all-terrain tires.

And don’t worry if you snag a pothole; the aluminum fenders feature a durable tubular design. This provides additional stiffness and durability that’s much needed for rough terrain.

Ride 1UP 700 Series

The Ride 1UP 700 series e-bike can be described in one word. value. Not only does it feature a stylish frame, but it also comes with a powerful motor and a beefy battery. All that for a pretty affordable price.

The only thing holding this bike down is a bit more involved assembly, but when you factor in the price-to-performance ratio. this is a pretty reasonable sacrifice.

Ride 1UP 700 Series Electric Bike

Frame Build

The 700 Series features a pretty hefty aluminum alloy frame that comes in two flavors: step-through and step-over. Both versions weigh around 62 lbs. This does make it a bit more cumbersome to lug around, but at least the bike won’t break if you fall or run into a pothole.

Both the cables and the battery are hidden inside the frame to protect them from harm and extra style points.

On top of all that, the 700 Series also features a pretty decent front suspension with up to 100 millimeters of travel. The suspension works in combination with the fat tires to absorb almost all road shock. resulting in an incredibly pleasurable ride experience.

And since this is an all-around commuter e-bike, you also get a rear cargo rack with 50 lbs of carrying capacity for groceries and other knick-knacks.

Motor Battery

The 700 Series comes with a pretty beefy 750W motor that can churn out 62 Nm of torque. This makes it perfect for just about any type of terrain. You’ll have more than enough power to conquer even the steepest of hills with very little effort.

Another benefit to having a high-torque motor is that you can accelerate pretty fast. It will take you just a couple of seconds on the highest pedal assist level to reach the max speed of 28 MPH.

The motor is pretty responsive, so you’ll have no trouble adjusting to the pedal assist. And if you ever get tired of pedaling, you can always use the throttle system. But that will only get you to 20 MPH.

The battery is just as impressive as the motor. It is rated at 16 Ah and provides you with around 50 miles of range. This is incredible for an e-bike in this price range. Most other models struggle to provide you with even 35 miles of range.

Tires Ride

The 700 Series e-bike features 27.5-inch wheels with 2.4-inch high-volume tires.

Thanks to their heft, the tires are capable of absorbing quite a lot of road shock. Add to that the front suspension, and you get some of the best riding experiences ever.

If you’re looking for a decently priced, high-performing daily commuter, I recommend you give this e-bike a try.

Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023

Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?

When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.

I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.

It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.

Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.

Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!

Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.

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Electric Hunting Bike Buying Guide

So what is an electric hunting bike?

Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.

The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.

Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.

One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.

As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.

Which motor is best?

It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.

Rear Hub Motor

The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.

Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.

The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.

Mid Drive Motor

Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.

One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.

Ultra Mid Drive Motor

Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.

A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.

A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.

All Wheel Drive

Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.

A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.

What About Range

Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.

How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?

The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.

On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.

And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.

Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?

Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.

Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.

In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.

Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?

The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.

Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.

Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.

What are the hunters saying?

Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.

Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.

Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”

And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer

While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say:. coolest thing I have ever reviewed

Anyway, Let’s get into it…

Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the Check Price button and the full description will open in a separate page.

Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes

The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou

Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike

The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.

Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.

The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.

Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.

The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.

The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.

What we love the most

  • The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
  • The Mule comes fully accessorized
  • Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
  • Has both Eco Sport modes

BADASS BIKE

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.

21 Responses

Mike Cook

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.

BULLS BIKES USA

Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This post is very helpful for purchase a e bike.

Thanks for sharing such an in formative post. This post is very helpfully.

Norman Brown

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.

LARRY JOHNSON

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.

Ken Russell

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.

William Mack

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.

Steve Earney

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!)

John Murphy

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.

robert taylor

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 ?

Bart Robinson

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

Bill Thompson

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?

John Murphy

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.

Berry Whatley

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.

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