What are the best electric bicycles? We have reviewed hundreds of ebikes, and built a few for comparison. Along the way, discovered a few things used in building the best.
Here are 7 picks from the hundreds reviewed. We list some higher end bikes, couple from the other end of the spectrum, and the latest wireless ebike.
The Optibike offers power, performance and style. What makes it so? For starters the bike comes with a 20AH (0.72 kWh) battery pack, 36 volt system, 850 Watt motor, and plenty of extras. This bike is built to go just about anywhere, and everybody riding one seems to love it.
The price is steep, but still under 1/3 of the most expensive production Ebike - The Beast at $33,000 USD. Though it is likely a very well built ebike, we do not view the Beast as the Best however. There are plenty of great Ebikes for way less.
Pedago makes cool looking bikes with well integrated components. These bikes are built to last. With a 500 Watt motor pulling from a 36 volt 10AH pack, you can get around town OK. However, you may feel range limited on longer hauls.
Not to worry, Pedago has developed a fuel cell pack for its bikes! The H2 pack
effectively doubles the standard 15-20 mile range. No word on price for the pack.
However, the base price of the bike at $1,600 or so is very good for what you get.
The Pedago brand is doing very well. The company has tripled their staff recently and added an additional warehouse just to keep up with demand for their ebikes.
The company boasts some 220 Pedago dealerships across the USA.
The Rayos looks like a factory DIY bike. But, don't let looks fool you. Rayos Ebikes have been around for some years.
The bike features a frame mount 600 Watt motor and 24 volt system powered by a 14 AH lead acid battery pack. The pack is nicely stored on the down tube. This bike is a purpose built bike with attention to detail. The price rocks!
E+ bikes are listed as "The World’s Most Advanced Electric Bike." They are custom designed and built with attention to detail. The design features wheel mounted motors and batteries. This provides a balanced ride and plenty of power. E+ also makes a folding EBike.
E+ bikes come in 6 flavors that are basically all a variation of a mountain bike platform. Motors come in 36 volt, 750 and 1,000 Watt versions. Batteries are made with Nickel Metal Hydride and Li-Ion chemistries. Storage is limited to 9AH/0.324 kWh however which is a bit low relative to other best EBikes.
Prices range from about $2,700 for the 750 Watt version to $3,100 for the 1,000 Watt model, and $4,100 for the folding EBike.
The German Grace Ebike is a high tech, high performance, hand built top of the line ebike. The bike sports a 48 volt, 1,300 Watt motor that claims to push bike and rider to 65kph/40mph. This speed matches the 1,300 Watts of power as we show here.
The price is high, but you do get what you pay for in the Grace Ebike. The CNC-aluminum frame is reported to be outfitted with eurofighter and Formula One parts!
Best new Idea - Shadow Wireless EBike
We are listing the Shadow because it features spokeless, wheel mounted motors. Electric components are controlled by 2.4ghz transmitters. Shadow specs look good. The wheels would appear to catch a lot of air in a strong cross wind though.
The bike comes with either a 500 or 1000 Watt motor powered by a 36 volt system. Range is claimed at 30mi/50km and 60mi/100km depending on battery. The base ebike weighs in at 59lbs/26kg. Speed is limited to a legal 20mph/32kph.
Currie-EZip and IZip EBikes
Much of the Currie line of ebikes is bargain priced, but can be good machines. They have some good reviews, and those we know riding them report decent range and speed, except for steeper hills. This is to be expected for a 24 volt system, though the 450 Watt Currie motors do seem to perform well on the lower grades.
Prices on the 450 Watt models range from around $500 for the lead acid battery version up to around $1,800 and up for models with Li-Ion battery packs.
Currie does feature a higher end bike with a 36 volt, 500 Watt, hub motor. It runs
on a 11.4 AH Li-Ion pack. The Cirrie IZip-Zuma runs about $1,500.
At the top of the Currie line is the IZip-EVO. This is a belt driven, 750 Watt motor that retails for some $3,000 USD. No reviews on the EVO.
The best may not be the cheapest. This is true with most things, including ebikes.
We list the best ebikes regardless of price, then the best ebikes for the money.