How Much Does an Electric Bike Cost?
You jump on your ebike. As the smile spreads across your face, you aren’t thinking about how much an electric bike costs.
You feel good, happy. You’re having fun. And if you are replacing a car-trip, you’re even saving money.
That aside, as enthusiastic as our customers are, everyone is wondering how much does an electric bike cost.
A Quick Review Of Ebike Prices
Like most products, ebikes come in a wide range of prices, driven by a range of quality and performance offerings. Ebikes cost anywhere from 800 to 8,000. That’s quite a range, right?
This range in price is due to the range in quality of components and the assembly. An ebike make on an overseas assembly-line with lower quality parts will be the cheapest. A hand-built custom electric bike made with quality components will cost a little more, though it may have a lower life-span cost.
The low-cost electric bicycles will have the lowest quality components, like no-name brand batteries and motors. The lower quality of regular bike components can also result in higher maintenance costs.
You’ll also see batteries with low watt hours, meaning you don’t have as much
The lowest cost ebikes are made in overseas factories, sold online only, and are not available in electric bike shops. These ebikes may also have very limited warranties, if any.
Functional and Custom Ebikes
Higher quality electric bikes cost around 1900 and go on up to 3000. Electric bikes in this price range start to have high quality hub motors, removable batteries, and suspension forks. Many of these ebikes are perfect for the daily commute, running errands around town, and regular pleasure trail and street riding.
For example, you get a quality custom built fat tire electric bike in this price range.
In this category of ebikes, you can expect name-brand batteries like Panasonic and Samsung and motors made by Bafang and Bosch. You can also expect known brand bike-components for brakes and shifters (Tektro, Shimano) on the electric bike.
Included in this category are most electric cargo bikes. E Cargo bikes cost a little more than their standard frame size counterparts. Higher costs are due to the larger frame, motor and battery requirements and other extra components required for a larger bike. For example, a quality electric cargo bike will have a dual kickstand.
Electric cargo bikes are a cost effective form of transportation.
You can purchase a custom ebike in this price range. Most custom ebikes are built in the USA and are built to order. You can select from a broader range of color combinations and styling options. Most custom electric bikes end up costing between 2200-2500.
The most expensive electric bikes tend to be those specifically designed for downhill mountain biking, hunting, or electric road bikes. These bikes will start in the mid 3000s, and go on up to 8,000 per electric bike.
An electric mountain bike will have full suspension, and requires a mid-drive motor. Both the rear-suspension and mid-drive motor add significantly to the cost, and on-going maintenance costs.
An electric bike that is designed to ride and feel like a high-end road bike will have a mid-drive motor. These bikes will also have other higher cost components matching what you might find on a high end road bike.
Maintenance Costs of An Electric Bike
Electric bikes, like bicycles and cars, do require some maintenance. Regular maintenance for moving parts like the chain will extend the life of the part. This can also give you a smoother and quieter ride.
We recommend a basic tuneup every 400 to 500 miles. This will include a full safety inspection, lubricating the chain and cables, check and adjust bearings, and adjusting the brakes and shifting. A basic tune-up for hour ebike will cost between 90-120.
Maintenance costs for an ebike usually include the regular aspects of bike maintenance. This includes brake adjustments, replacing brake pads, replacing cables, and shift adjustments. There is generally very little maintenance required for quality electrical components.
Disc brakes need periodic adjustments for best performance.
Maintenance Costs for Electric Bikes
Like most consumer products, the low-budget options frequently end up having higher maintenance and full-life costs. Lower quality parts wear faster or require more frequent adjustments.
That said, even the best of ebikes will benefit from periodic maintenance.
Here’s a quick look at the costs to service an electric bike:
- Tune-Up: 90-120
- Fix Flat Tire: 20-30 plus parts
- Brake Adjustment: 15-20
- Replace Brake Pads: 20-30
- Shift Adjustment: 15-25
Other maintenance costs to your electric bike could include trouble-shooting electrical issues. You can avoid a lot of these by purchasing a quality ebike from a reputable manufacturer. Also look for ebikes that have key electrical components, like the controller, installed inside the frame.
You can avoid flat tire repair costs by installing tire liners, which significantly help reduce flat tires.
Cost of Electric Bike Batteries
The battery is one of the most expensive parts of your ebike. There is a balance on cost versus performance here.
Get too small a battery, and you might run low on pedal assistance when you need it. This matters if you have a long commute or like to go on long rides. That said, due to the high cost of batteries, there’s no need to buy a battery that is so large you never come close to using all the amps before recharging.
Look for a battery with at least 14 Amp Hours. Some ebike companies will also offer an option to upgrade to a larger battery, usually for 400-500 extra. This is still less than buying a spare battery in most cases.
With proper care, your electric battery should last for about 700-800 cycles. The number of charging cycles you will get varies on the riding and storage conditions you have exposed your battery to. While Rapid chargers are available, these will reduce the life of the battery.
Avoid storing your battery in extreme cold or extreme heat. Remove the battery from the ebike and store it inside a conditioned living space. This helps extend the life of the battery.
Eventually, after years of riding and 10,000s of miles, you’ll hit that time when you need to replace your battery.
At current prices, figure on spending 475-650 on a quality battery replacement.
Electric bikes are first and foremost fun. Ebikes provide a way for you to get out and ride more often. Fat tire electric bikes add a level of comfort and control not found in ‘skinny tire’ ebikes.
Considering the cost of other forms of physical activity (gyms, skiing, etc), ebikes are a cost-effective means of physical activity. Ebikes provide cost-effective, low-impact exercise.
As a means of transportation and mobility, ebikes are a great value, saving you 1000s in automobile-related expenses, even for just a short trip to the store. Recent research demonstrates that 62% of ebike trips replace a car trip, reducing automobile mileage by 20%.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Buy a low-budget ebike, and you may be stuck at somepoint with a throw-away object you can’t get fixed.
Spending a little more, particularly for a Built in the USA custom ebike, helps ensure you get quality components, hand-crafted complete assembly and tuning, with less maintenance costs.
Buy something too high-priced, and you may spend more than you need for the kind of riding you want to do.
A built in the USA custom ebike is an excellent way to get the best value for your money, and to get an electric bike that best fits your needs, styling preferences, and one that you can easily get serviced.
The True Cost of Investing in an E-bike
Lots of people talk about how amazing electric bikes are for the environment and their health but they rarely talk about the financial side of things. Not only are e-bikes a budget-friendly investment but they also help you save costs in ways you probably haven’t thought of (we’re not just referring to savings at the gas pump!). If this is your first time buying an e-bike, stick around and find out why this might be one of the best investments you’ll ever make for you and your loved ones.
Gloves off, it’s cars vs e-bikes
(Based on average US as of 2021 unless stated)
Purchasing: a basic commuter e-bike costs 1,000 to 4,000, while a customized high-end e-bike can range between 10,000 to 12,000. The Momentum Voya E commuter e-bike costs 2,800 in US for example. In comparison, a second-hand car costs approximately 27,000, while a new car can cost about 47,000. This means for the price of one used car, we could’ve bought nearly 10 new e-bikes!
Recharging: in an optimistic scenario where you drive a fuel-efficient car like a Toyota Corolla Hatchback, you’d be paying ~0.10 per mile in fuel costs. In comparison, if we take the Voya E as an example, we’d be paying ~0.04 per mile in electricity costs (excluding Hawaii). And considering office workers commute about 32 miles each day according to ABC News, that means you’d be paying 3.2/day if we drive and 1.28 if we bike using the pedal assist.
Maintenance: like all vehicles, e-bikes also need some love to keep them in tip top shape. They usually require annual tune-ups, new tires, brake pads, and having the battery replaced every 2-5 years on average. Over a period of 5 years, maintenance can cost 754 per year for e-bikes. A car also requires tune-ups, and having the engine oil and other liquids, the air filter etc. changed annually. A year in maintenance costs can add up to approximately 1,186 according to the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 2017. It’s expensive maintaining any vehicle but e-bikes definitely come in cheaper. And don’t forget, Momentum e-bikes come with a warranty. To learn more about our warranty, hit the link, select your location and search ‘warranty’
Parking: with cities growing at the pace they are, it has become impossible to find available parking, let alone for free! Daily parking rates can cost ~40 for expensive cities like New York. What’s more, research done by INRIX also shows we spend 345 per driver per year on wasted time, fuel, and emissions looking for parking. With e-bikes we get more flexibility and parking is always free. Most cities also have designated areas just for bikes. Need we say more?
Insurance, License, Taxes, Depreciation and Car Payments: if you own a car, you know first-hand how troublesome this is. Even without car payments, all other costs can add up to ~5,668 per year according to AAA. E-bikes, despite being classified as a vehicle, do not require license registrations, taxes, or insurance by law. We do, however, recommend riders obtain insurance for safety reasons just in case. Better safe than sorry!
Say hello to a healthier – and wealthier! you by getting around by e-bike
What most people don’t think about is how their health also affects their bank account! If you take it up a notch and stick to riding as a form of regular exercise, it’s a great way to boost both fitness and endorphins (aka the feel-good chemicals in your body). There’s plenty of research that shows how physical and mental health are tied together, and how good health can reduce the number of doctor’s visits.
Did you know more than 50% of Americans now owe at least 1000 in medical bills that could’ve been avoided? Or that on average we pay 60 to 120 per session for therapy? Sure, health insurance might cover 20 to 50 per session but that would still add up to roughly 480 per year as a conservative estimate.
Time is money, e-bikes save both
Every minute counts. There’s no denying that. Who wouldn’t want to spend more time with loved ones, nurturing hobbies, or even sleeping in for an extra half an hour? If you don’t live next to the office, you know how torturous the journey can be, and commuting to work by e-bike can make a huge difference in your life. You can check out different routes and your estimated time of arrival on Google Maps if you’re not sure.
Owning an electric bike is the best investment you’ll ever make
Money savings from electric bikes go beyond the most obvious costs, like purchasing. There’s also commuting time and our physical and mental health. These are also important and can be costly over time. We don’t want to wait for another 5 years until we realize just how much we’ve spent in gym memberships we rarely use, doctor’s visits, therapy and health insurance etc. It can all add up to thousands and thousands of dollars. Ready to energize your life? Why not start with Voya E, our lightest ever commuter e-bike?
The VIVI 26 Inch eBike – An Amazingly Inexpensive Electric Bicycle
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more affordable, good looking, and easy to use eBike than the VIVI 26 inch electric mountain bicycle. This black, white and red aluminum eBike (made in China) has everything you need for daily riding around your neighborhood… and is even equipped to handle a little dirt, gravel, or off-road riding as well. Plus, this amazingly stylish eBike is outfitted with a number of different options you’d only find on a bicycle with a much higher price-point, including front and rear disc brakes, 21 total speeds, a front headlamp, a rear kickstand, front and rear fenders, and even a bell.
With an online sales price of only 639 USD, the VIVI 26 inch eBike is one of the most affordable electric bicycles on the marketplace today. It’s easy to put together, looks great, and works like an eBike should – with electric pedal assist modes (low, medium and high), full throttle mode, and can also be used as a regular bicycle (with no assistance from the motor whatsoever)!
The VIVI eBike
When you order the VIVI eBike online (via Amazon for 639 USD or the official VIVI website for 719 USD), the bike will be shipped to your home at no additional cost. That’s right – FREE SHIPPING!
The electric bicycle arrives packed inside a standard, brown, cardboard bike box. The bicycle comes almost entirely assembled, but there are a few things you’ll need to do to finish putting the bike together completely.
You’ll need to install the saddle and seat post, insert and tighten the handlebars, screw in the left and right pedals, adjust the position of the front headlamp, and pump some air into the tires. The tools you need to perform this basic bicycle setup are included with the bike (another big bonus!)… along with instructions on how to finish the bicycle assembly process.
That being said, there is no air pump included with the VIVI eBike, so make sure you have a bicycle pump of some kind before your bicycle arrives. It’s a good idea to always carry a small hand pump on your bike rides anyway, in the event that you get a flat tire. So, if you don’t already have a pump, go out and get one right away!
Once you’ve set up the bicycle and inserted the charged battery into its holder positioned on the inside of the downtube of the bicycle’s aluminum frame, you’re ready to ride!
I suggest you start by riding the bicycle with its motor turned off at first – just to check and make sure that your handlebars, seat post and saddle are in the best positions for your body type. While the motor is off, also check that the brakes are functioning as they should and that you can easily shift through the 21 gears using the bicycle’s front and rear derailleurs. The VIVI eBike comes almost completely assembled, so you should, in theory, be able to jump right on the bike and start pedaling as soon as you have it properly put together, but you may need to adjust the brakes and/or front and rear derailleurs as these parts can shift slightly during the shipping process.
Once you’ve done a few laps around the block with the bicycle’s motor turned off, only then should you turn on the battery/motor and test out what the VIVE eBike can really do. This is where the fun begins!
To turn the eBike on, start by pressing the small, red, circular power button on the bottom of the battery. Then, press and hold the center power button on the power meter on the left-side of the bicycle’s handlebars. Once you do this, you should see the red lights on the power meter turn on. The lights at the top indicate the mode you are in (low, mid or high) and the lights at the bottom indicate approximately how much battery power you have left.
Now, just like you did a moment ago when the power to the eBike was turned off, step onto the VIVI eBike and start pedaling with the bike in the Low power setting. As soon as you make about one revolution of the pedals, you will feel the motor kick in and push you forward down the road. Keep pedaling in this manner and you’ll soon become comfortable with how the bike rides in the pedal-assist mode.
Once you become comfortable riding in Low, switch the bike into Mid by pressing the button on the right side of the power meter. Then, after you’ve become comfortable riding in Mid, switch the bike to High and see what the VIVI eBike is truly capable of.
Remember: The VIVI eBike is not a motorcycle and is not meant to transport you down the road at supersonic speeds. The maximum speed you’ll be capable of hitting on flat ground with the motor engaged is around 20 miles per hour (or approximately 25 kilometers per hour).
The final way to ride the VIVI eBike is in full eBike mode using the throttle located on the right side of the handlebars. This throttle allows you to ride the VIVI eBike and do no pedaling whatsoever. Simply twist the throttle, like you would on a motorcycle, and sit back as the bicycle’s electric motor transports you down the road.
You won’t go super fast using the bicycle’s throttle (especially when going uphill), but the throttle is extremely useful for new riders, or simply in the event that you want to go out on a bike ride, but don’t want to put in the work normally required with riding a bicycle.
As you can see, there are three ways to ride the VIVI electric bicycle: you can ride it as a standard bicycle with no motor assistance whatsoever; you can ride it in pedal assist mode, where you pedal normally, but the motor helps to make your bike ride a whole lot easier; or you can ride the bike with the assistance of the throttle, allowing you to simply sit back and do no pedaling at all.
Pictured above is the right side of the handlebar on the VIVI eBike. In the photo you can see the shifter, which allows you to change through the 7 total gears on the rear derailleur of the bicycle. The eBike’s throttle is located just to the right of the shifter. And in the foreground is the small, thumb-operated bell that comes as an added bonus with the VIVI 26 inch eBike.
Below is a snapshot of the bicycle’s battery specifications. For most people, these numbers won’t mean much, so what you need to know is that on a full charge, the VIVI eBike will transport you approximately 30 miles (or 45 km). Of course, this distance will vary depending on the mode you have the bike set to (Low, Mid or High), the terrain you are cycling over (steep vs. flat terrain), the wind, weather and other such factors.
During my time with the VIVI 26 inch eBike, I went on several long bike rides and found that cycling more than 20 miles on a single charge was no problem at all, as long as I left the bike in the Low setting for most of the ride. The battery indicator would sometimes show that there was only one or two bars left in the battery, but would then later jump to three or more bars later in the ride, depending on the mode I had the power meter set to and the steepness of the terrain on which I was riding at the time. Therefore, more testing needs to be done to see what the true limits are of the VIVI eBike’s included battery.
Whatever the case may be, the good thing about the VIVI eBike, when compared with other electric bicycle models, is that once the battery dies and the bike is no longer able to be powered by the electric motor, the bicycle functions normally as a regular bicycle. So, if you find yourself returning home from an especially long bike ride and the battery cuts out a few miles short of your return home, you can always pedal the bike home using the power of your legs for the final few miles.
The Wheels Tires
26 inch wheels and tires are what you’ll find on this VIVI electric bicycle. And while 26 inch wheels and tires are what you find on many mountain bikes, I suspect that most people who purchase the VIVI 26 inch eBike will not buy the bike for its off-road capabilities, but will instead intend to use the bike largely as a local commuter – allowing them to ride around their neighborhood, run errands and go on casual bike rides with friends.
While the Chaoyang 26 x 1.95 tires that come equipped on the bicycle have held up during my recent test rides, the long-term durability of these tires has yet to be determined, and I may have to update this article/review once I determine how long-lasting these tires truly are.
These standard, treaded, 26 inch tires are great for casual riding on paved roads, however, and also make the bike capable of riding on dirt and gravel roads with a fair amount of ease. My guess is that few people will purchase this bike to do serious mountain biking, but the bike can certainly be used in off-road environments of some kind, due to both the tire size, tread and front suspension (which allows the bike to absorb some of the bumps you are sure to find in an off-road environment).
The front suspension on this bike helps with small bumps and gravel on the roads you’ll be traveling, but the suspension is not good in super rocky terrain – nothing like the suspension you find on higher-quality mountain bikes.
The Mechanical Disc Brakes
One of the great things about the VIVI eBike is that it comes equipped with certain parts you would only expect to find on bicycles with a much higher price tag. For example, the VIVI 26 inch eBike comes equipped with front and rear mechanical disc brakes.
Disc brakes have quickly become standard on most bicycle models, but cheaper rim brakes are still often found on many low-priced bicycle models. So getting a pair of front and rear disc brakes with the purchase of the VIVI electric bicycle is a huge added plus.
The disc brakes come ready to use straight out of the box when your VIVI eBike first arrives, but I found that a small amount of adjustment was needed to position the brakes so they weren’t rubbing and squeaking during my initial test rides. This is a very easy adjustment to make, however, and almost anyone capable of watching a how-to YouTube video will be able to adjust the disc brakes on the bicycle, if need be.
In addition to the bicycle’s electric motor, front suspension, and disc brakes, the VIVI eBike is outfitted with a number of other extras worth noting.
The first and most obvious of these extras is, perhaps, the saddle, which is an inexpensive bike seat decorated with a red and white “flame” pattern on its top. The saddle decoration is probably the only part of the VIVI eBike that I would change if I were in charge of the production of these bikes myself. I personally would prefer a standard, plain black saddle. But the saddle that has been chosen here isn’t really that bad. It looks a little childish when compared to the rest of the bicycle, but it’s comfortable and will work well for 90% of the bike’s users.
Another wonderful extra included with the VIVI eBike is the front headlamp, which comes pre-wired to the bicycle’s electric battery/motor. To turn the front headlamp on, simply press and hold the “” button on the right-hand side of the bicycle’s power meter. Then, to turn the light off, press and hold the “” button again. Lighting up the road in front of you has never been so easy!
While it’s common for more expensive bicycles to come equipped with no pedals whatsoever, because high-end bike manufacturers know that many serious cyclists will want to use a very specific type of pedal, a lower-cost bicycle such as the VIVI eBike comes equipped with a pair of standard, plastic flat pedals – like you would find on so many other low-end bicycles found in your local bike shop. The goal here is to give you a basic pedal that you can use straight away, right out of the box, so that you can start pedaling your bicycle the first day you get it. These plastic pedals are inexpensive, but they work well and will make most casual cyclists very happy. If, however, you wish to upgrade to a more advanced pedal, you can easily do so! Simply unscrew these basic, plastic pedals and screw in the pedals of your choice. Bingo!
Another big bonus found on the VIVI 26 inch eBiks is the included rear kickstand, which helps you keep the bike in an upright position whenever you go to park it. Not only does this rear kickstand make it easier to park the bicycle when you need to do so, but the kickstand likely extends the lifespan of the battery, motor and the bike as a whole, as you’re less likely to damage the bicycle or any of its parts if you simply use the included kickstand each and every time you go to park the bike.
The photos above show the kickstand in both its extended and retracted positions. This is a good quality kickstand that the bicycle manufacturers could very easily have left off in order to save money and produce larger returns on sales, but have included as an added bonus… and it’s a bonus that I think will be very much appreciated by those who chose to purchase the VIVI 26 inch electric bicycle.
The VIVI eBike – My Final Review
If there is any major downside to the VIVI eBike, it’s the fact that it is only available in one frame size. And unfortunately for me (at 6 feet, 2 inches tall), the size of the bike’s frame is simply too small for me. In order to properly fit this bicycle, you should probably be between 5 foot 2 inches and 5 foot 7 inches tall. If you are taller or shorter than this, the bike will still be rideable, but it isn’t going to fit you well. If the bike came in different sizes (small, medium and large), the VIVI eBike would be a total low-cost winner!
Overall, I’m very impressed with the VIVI 26 inch eBike. It’s a good looking bike that will make many first-time electric bicycle owners very happy. The bike is perfectly equipped for around-town riding, local commuting, running errands and could even be used on some kinds of mountain bike trails and terrain.
While the battery life and tires have yet to be tested long term, my experiences with the bike thus far have me very impressed. And even though the bike doesn’t fit me (I’m simply too tall for the one-size-only frame), I plan to keep the VIVI eBike for any of my shorter friends and family members who chose to come and visit me and want the assistance of an electric motor to help them keep up with me on the roads and trails in my area.
Overall, I’d give the VIVI 26 inch eBike a very high rating, considering it is such a low-cost electric bicycle. It really is incredible that they’ve been able to produce such a good looking, well-working, electric bicycle that costs so little and comes with so many extras!
So, even though this may not be the best bike in the whole world, I suspect that this is the perfect bike for someone who wants a basic, around-town electric bicycle, but doesn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a more expensive brand or model.
Top 10 Electric Bikes For Commuting in 2018
Fly Rides is back with the top 10 electric for commuting in 2018! Why top ten instead of eight? Because there are too many good choices this year! Electric commuting bikes are primed for more popularity this year than ever. With major cities across the country improving their biking infrastructure (finally), and electric bikes now having the capability to take you 60 miles and further, commuting by ebike grows all the time. Let us help you figure out the best option for your commute with our blog on the top 10 electric bikes for commuting in 2018! Read on for our full list.
But first: Reasons to commute by electric bike
- Save time, money, and miles on your car
- Shove it in your friends’ faces about how environmentally conscious you are
- Bring helmet hair into fashion for the first time ever
- Laugh at all the plebeians in their cars
- Make friends with a fellow cyclist
- Don’t sweat it, because of your powerful, powerful motor
- Be the coolest kid on the block
Riese Muller Nevo Nuvinci HS
Riese Muller’s Nevo line definitely tops my list for commuting electric bikes. These bikes are premium, custom made bikes for a reasonable, middle-of-the-road price. All Riese Muller bikes are hand made in Germany exactly to your specifications. The Nevo line specifically is incredibly well balanced and keeps riders in a comfortable, upright position. Riders also get a suspension seatpost (either the Cane Creek Thudbuster or Satori Elegance LT), which is a nice compromise between the full suspension Homage line and a complete hardtail.
The Nuvinci hub system is the best geared hub that I have ever used. There is literally no maintenance to be done on this drivetrain. I’d recommend buying it with the Gates Carbon belt because you’ll never run into issues like the chain falling off. You operate the Nuvinci system with a grip shifter and can of course shift even when you’re not moving.
Highlights: 28 mph, Bosch Speed Motor, Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Easy Mount Frame
Haibike XDURO Trekking S 9.0
Everyone seems to know a lot about Haibike’s e-MTBs, but I think their commuting and touring bikes are just as good, if a little bit underrated by the e-bike community. Another bike with the Bosch speed motor, this bike is quick and powerful. I really like the spec upgrades on this bike from the Trekking speed model in 2017. You’ve got Magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes, a Shimano Deore XT M8000 Shadow Plus drivetrain, and the headlight and taillight run off a dynamo.
The thing that really is impressive about this bike is the price point for what you are getting. Apart from the Suntour fork (which is still pretty good) and maybe the rims, all of these components top of the line. You’re getting a pretty tech heavy bike for under four thousand. It also comes in a low step!
Highlights: 28 mph, Bosch Speed Motor, Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Dynamo Light System.
Haibike SDURO Trekking 6.0
This bike impressed me right when I saw it. I love that Haibike offers spec-heavy options with the Yamaha PW system. I think the PW system gets a bad rep sometimes for being less powerful than the Bosch, but to be totally honest not everybody needs the power of a Bosch system. Haibike makes up for the lower torque of the PW system by offering a premium Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with 20 speeds. This is great for riders who want to stay in the action a bit more, but still not arrive sweaty and out of breath.
This is another commuter with an honestly insane price point. Like its XDURO brother above, you’re getting dynamo lights, Suntour fork, and all the specs listed above. It also comes with the upgraded 500 watt hour battery to keep it pretty well matched with it’s Bosch affiliate.
Highlights: 20-speed Shimano Deore XT Drivetrain, Michelin Protek Cross tires
Riese Muller Delite GT Touring HS
If you’re looking for a premium option, this might be the bike for you. I’ve got to say that I don’t think there is a more comfortable commuter than this. Full suspension, upright positioning, and plus sized tires keep things nice and smooth. But the real reason this beast makes the list is the dual battery. Love it. The other day I realized we only had about 10% of the battery left in the charge. It was going out for a test ride, and I was like “dang gotta charge it” but then I was like “lol no I don’t 10% means there is like 15 miles left, BOOYAKASHA!”
Spec-wise, this thing is tricked out. You’ve got the option to go with Suntour AION suspension or Fox Float suspension. The drivetrain is Shimano Deore XT. Same with the hydraulic disc brakes. The bike also comes with an ABUS Big Bordo folding lock that is keyed for both the batteries and the lock. Super convenient. There’s also loads of other options within the Delite line. Nuvinci and Rohloff drivetrains, 20mph and 28mph motors, standard and plus tires. You get the idea. Lot to choose from.
Highlights: 28mph, Bosch Performance Speed Motor, Shimano Deore XT Shadow Drivetrain
IZIP E3 Dash
A classic. IZIP has been making a version of this bike for years now. This years model comes in a low step option as well!
The Dash is an excellent, low-cost option for those looking for an intro to e-bikes kind of ride. The TranzX motor will take you up to 28mph for about 16-35 miles per charge–more if you’re conservative with the assist. The components aren’t too shabby either. Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes keep you safe, the Shimano Deore SGS drivetrain, and RockShox Paragon fork with 65mm of travel make it a great entry level option.
I’ve also found that IZIP is pretty conservative with their mileage estimations, so you can likely take this thing further than listed. For the price point, this is a great option.
Highlights: 28mph, TranX Currie ElectroDrive motor, RockShox Paragon fork
Bulls Lacuba EVO E45 S Wave Frame
Okay yes. I’m putting a lot of 28 mph options up here. That’s because 28 mph bikes are cool. So…
Have to give a shout out to a Bulls Brose option. They were the first manufacturers I saw integrate the battery into the frame really well, and they’ve continued to improve upon that design. As I mentioned above, I love the wave frame. Super easy to get on and off and it’s got a cool look as well. If you’re not a fan, this bike does come in both a Diamond and step-thru frame.
The Brose motor is definitely the most quiet ebike motor that I’ve used. The 28mph model is no different. I also find it to be pretty solid in terms of power. Generally speaking, Bosch motors are considered the most powerful, but with the Brose I actually think you get a lot of power with a more “real” feeling cycling experience. They also give you a 675 watt hour battery pack, which is still unrivaled in terms of a single battery system.
Highlights: 28mph, Brose Speed Motor, Easy Mount Frame, Integrated Lights
Bulls Cross Mover Speed Wave Frame
Look at Bulls giving you options! Very similar bike, but with the Bosch Performance Speed motor. Why did I include if it’s so similar? Because I think Bulls has build super interesting commuters. They set you up with a adjustable stem so you can literally be as upright as you want, if you’re a posture freak. Underrated part of this bike: water bottle boss placement. Call me crazy, but it’s little touches like these that tip the scales on commuting bikes for me. It isn’t always easy to find places to put cages on e-bikes.
This bike also does come in a diamond frame and step-thru, like its Brose cousin above.
Highlights: 28mph, Bosch Performance Speed motor, Adjustable Stem
Riese Muller Roadster Touring HS
Guys, I just absolutely love this bike. I try as much as possible not to play favorites…oh wait this is a top ten list, so I totally can. This is my personal favorite commuting electric bike, and it’s only partially because it looks just like my fixie that I used to ride around San Diego when I was a hipster.
In terms of design, the attention to detail is just exquisite. The extra long fenders ensure you’re not going to get wet going through puddles. The cafe lock is hidden well enough to not ruin the look. I do kind of wish that the battery and fork could be that lovely green color, but we can’t have it all folks. For you green haters, it does come in white and black too. There’s also an option for this cute little front carrier if you want to put a bouquet and a baguette in it.
Of course the specs are nuts. Shimano Deore XT Shadow drivetrain, Magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes, Mach 1 rims, and Schwalbe G-One tires make this not only an incredible commuter, but really a solid racing bike if you want to challenge another ebiker. The G-One tires I just love. They’re slick enough to keep you up to speed, but have a good amount of knobiness so that you can handle bad weather.
There is also a Roadster Mixte frame that I think holds up nicely to the regular Roadster.
Highlights: 28mph, Bosch Performance Speed Motor, Suntour NCX Suspension fork
IZIP E3 Moda
I think this is a super interesting bike. I like seeing IZIP stepping into the world of Brose motors. Brose bikes always look clean and refined because of the battery integration. This bike is a pretty great value for what you get. Totally integrated lights, rear rack, fenders, and plus sized tires are all great to have. I wish it had a dual chainring in the front, but you can always add one on a Brose motor.
I picked this bike because it’s definitely one of the lowest cost 28mph bikes out there that is still high quality. Magura MT4 hydraulic disc brakes keep you good and safe. The geometry provides a comfortable ride. Personally, I don’t always think a suspension fork is totally necessary since they are less efficient. If you’ve got a pretty smooth road to ride this is a great option.
Highlights: 28mph, Brose Speed Motor, Magura MT4 HD Brakes
Haibike Sduro Cross 4.0
Hear me out! I know this isn’t totally set up for commuting right out the gate, but the price point is bonkers. You get a suspension fork with lockout, hydraulic disc brakes, 20 mph, and a bike that will let you ride for at least 60 miles for 2399. Put a 40 rack and some lights on this puppy and you’ve got yourself a fully functional commuter.
The Cross line is also extremely well built. They’re like cyclocross bikes with motors. Super comfortable all day, but very fast thanks to thing slick tires. This would also be a great ride for commuters who want to take their bike on some trails for a shortcut.
Hightlights: 20mph, Yamaha PW System, Bangin’ Price Point
There are loads of incredible options in 2018. These are the ten I truly believe that riders will enjoy the most for years to come. Keep in mind that electric bikes are the only bike market that is still growing! There is going to be more and more interest in these in the coming years which is going to drive up the value of your bike if you invest early.
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