We’ve done the research to identify the top five Electric Cruiser Bikes of 2020. These recommendations provide the best combination of features and value on the market today, but you can see all 143 of our detailed electric cruiser bike reviews listed here. Reviewing electric bikes is our specialty, and EBR has the most wide-ranging and impartial reviews in the industry. Since 2012, we’ve helped millions of people discover the best ebike for their needs and budget. Let’s dive in!
Table of Contents:
- Best Premium Cruiser Electric Bike
- Best Value Cruiser Electric Bike
- Best Affordable Cruiser Electric Bike
- Promoted Cruiser Electric Bike
- Honorable Mention Cruiser Electric Bike
Electric Cruiser Bikes Offer:
- Comfort. These bikes are designed for comfort, frequently offering step-thru frames and forward pedal positions designed for full leg extension to reduce strain on your knees, hips, and ankles. Large seats, upright, relaxed handlebars, and longer frames engineered to keep your body properly aligned to prevent stress and soreness in your back, shoulders, and wrists. Upright riding with a wide view of the road and surroundings makes cruising a joy.
- Style and Fun. Electric beach cruiser bikes have a distinct vintage style. Curvy swooping frames vs. hard angles, extra long handlebars, and paint matched fenders and chain covers are all hallmarks of this category. They’re designed to be easy to operate with large shifting mechanisms, twist throttles, and large LCD displays.
- Economy. Electric Cruiser bikes are some of the most affordable ebikes since they generally use entry level components and few to no gears. One downside is that the larger frames and simpler parts tend to be heavy. Cruiser bikes are built for fun rides in nice weather, so they may have a rack or front basket to carry things.
Things to Consider:
- Intended Use. Electric cruiser bikes are great for fun, short rides in nice weather, however, there are other categories of ebikes that offer improved performance, durability, or value that are worth considering. For off-road or light trail riding, mountain and fat tire models are a great choice. If you plan to ride more frequently and need lights, fenders, and more durable parts, consider commuter ebikes. If you aren’t locked into a cruiser style bike, but still but want to save money and get something simple, consider our list of affordable ebikes. Finally, if you have limited space or need to carry your bike upstairs, you could consider a folding electric bike
- Total Cost. Remember to consider the costs of accessories and assembly if you buy direct. Add-ons can be expensive… so focus on total cost. A fully equipped already assembled ebike might be cheaper. For assembly, paying the professionals at a local bike shop can save time and money vs. the tools and mistakes of DIY.
- Frame Style. Our list of in-depth reviews below showcases many high-step cruisers, but some of these companies also sell step-thru versions… We point it out in the short descriptions and on the full review pages under “frame types”. Furthermore, we’ve created a dedicated shortlist of winning step-thru cruisers here that you can explore for more ideas.
If you’re interested in saving some money but still want a great cruiser that doesn’t make too many compromises, I highly recommend the Electric Bike Company Model X or step-thru Model Y. These cruisers are amazing because the company that makes them is so supportive and willing to customize everything from gearing to frame color. You can add matching fenders and racks… if you need them, or save money with the base level offering. For me, this ebike almost deserves to be the value and affordable category winner because it offers so many upgrade options (fenders, rack, great lights, suspension seat post and fork, and even a 7-speed drivetrain with Shimano Altus). The Electric Bike Company chose a single-speed drivetrain for their stock offering for simplicity. The chain doesn’t slap the frame, fall off easily, or require regular tuneups. Stand-out features include adjustable speed settings, trigger throttle, hydraulic disc brakes with large 180mm rotors and adjustable levers, a nearly hidden basket mounted battery (which can be doubled in capacity for long range rides), and a fast charger. This company sources a lot of their hardware and hand-builds in America. They offer an incredible 5-year warranty, ship the bikes fully assembled (which does add to the price), and the partnered with their battery supplier to ensure longevity and safety… they even include extra fuses on the charger and battery pack. Trade-offs include the heavy weight of the bike, added expense for the fenders, rack, and other upgrades, and limited ability to remove the battery for off bike charging (at least for the Model Y, the X has an easily removable downtube battery). To be honest, this is one of my top pics for any value electric bike category that involves neighborhood and city riding, whether you want the cruiser look or a fun relaxed commuter. They’ve just done such a great job and are such a friendly company to work with. I recommend them without reservation. Click the image or title below to visit the full review with more details, or add it to your compare list by clicking the box below.
A sturdy and powerful step-thru cruiser electric bike that's assembled and customized in America. Extremely well supported with great customer service and an industry leading five year comprehensive warranty! Ships fully assembled, 100% ready to ride on day one. Extra emphasis on charger and battery quality here with extra fuses and higher quality parts.. Comes standard with bright integrated lights (two 6-LED lights on the rear!) and reflective puncture-resistant…...
If you’re looking for the most affordable, but still great, cruiser style electric bike. I highly recommend the Blix Sol. While it only comes in one size and frame style, the bike is extremely elegant, approachable, and capable. It doesn’t offer the same battery upgrade options, custom paint, or broad accessory selection as the Electric Bike Company Model X or Y, but it’s priced lower and sold through a decent number of independent electric bike dealers. For people who want that in-person support without paying $189 for shipping, this is the way to go. The hub motor is capable, and the battery pack is actually above average in terms of capacity. The brakes are just alright with 160mm mechanical vs. hydraulic disc, but they still come with motor inhibitors. Battery placement is excellent, low and center on the frame, but not as hidden as the really fancy ebikes. There are no lights, the tires aren’t puncture resistant or reflective, but that may not be an issue for fair-weather riders. With a large plus saddle, long swept-back cruiser bars, adjustable stem, and vibration dampening steel fork, this is a comfortable ride. I like that they include a chain guard, thoughtfully positioned kickstand (that won’t cause pedal lock), have rear rack bosses to add cargo hauling capacity, and went with an intuitive twist-shifter. lick the image or title below to visit the full review with more details, or add it to your compare list by clicking the box below.
An entry priced cruiser electric bike with tons of available accessories, upgraded 500 watt motor, powerful and long lasting 48v 14ah battery, disc brakes, and thicker tires. 2.2” wide tires for increased safety and stability, super wide handlebar with a back sweep…...
Magnum pays us to promote their Low Rider electric bike here on EBR, but it’s worth noting that this is an invitation-only service. That means, we only invite companies that have a great value proposition and with whom we’ve worked for many years. The Magnum Low Rider is an outstanding choice if you’re looking for a cruiser electric bike with rear rack, fenders, and approachable frame. While it only comes in one color, the company has done an exceptional job matching accessories. Black is an easy color to match, but everything is satin vs. a mix of gloss and matte. Magnum chose fenders that hide the support arms, so you won’t get snagged and they won’t require balancing and adjustment the way that cheaper ones occasionally do. Notice the minimalist chain cover, that will help protect pant legs and dress ends from the chain. The rear rack uses standard gauge tubing to maximize compatibility with trunk bags and panniers, and they’ve even included a bungee strap. This electric cruiser also comes with lights, but unlike some of the premium offerings, these lights do not run off of the main battery pack… so you’ll have to recharge them independently or use disposable cells. What really sets it apart from the competition is an adjustable suspension fork! This, combined with the adjustable angle stem, will help to reduce wrist, arm, shoulder, back, and neck pain on bumpy terrain. The suspension they chose offers preload adjust, to “pre-load” the spring for light and heavy riders as well as a compression lockout. That means, if you only ride on perfectly smooth streets and want to eliminate bobbing, you can! As with many of the others on this list, you also get large hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable levers. The Magnum Low Rider offers pedal assist, throttle mode, and was designed to be sturdier than some of the deep wave step-thru designs that other cruisers are built around. This reduces frame flex, helping to eliminate wobble, and provides a sturdier platform for heavier riders and cargo on that rear rack. I think it also looks really cool. Unlike some other cruisers, this model does come with a multi-speed drivetrain. You get eight gears and the range is above average with 11-32 tooth cassette vs. 14-28. Topping it all off, Magnum is sold online direct and through a vast network of independent bike shops in the US and Canada. That’s wonderful if you prefer to visit and test ride before purchase, or just get help with assembly. This is really a great option, and another top contender for the value spot on the list. You pay a bit more, but you get a lot for it. Click the image or title below to visit the full review with more details, or add it to your compare list by clicking the box below.
A comfortable, powerful, and approachable step-through style low and long cruiser bike with brand name components and utility like lights and rear rack. Great features like front suspension fork, stitched grips, wide comfort saddle with rubber bumpers, and…...
Rounding out this list of best cruiser electric bikes is the Specialized Turbo Como 5.0. I haven’t reviewed all of the Como models, but they are each worth considering individually as the components and exact pricing varies. This is a winning ebike in the hybrid/cruiser category for several reasons. Specialized is a premium frame designer, they have one of the largest dealer networks in the US and Canada, and they offer a range of sizes, colors, and frame styles. For example, the Como 5.0 comes in five frame sizes and two styles (step-thru and high-step). Here’s a review I created for the Como 4.0 step-thru version, which also comes in five sizes! This is a cruiser that you’re going to pay more money for, but it offers the same refined pedal assist performance as the premium winner. Specialized has chosen Brose vs. Bosch, and they’ve custom tuned the motor to feel smooth and be extra quiet. Highlights include reflective tires, mounting points for a rear rack and front rack (the front rack actually comes included), two sets of bottle cage bosses, sturdy thru-axles for both wheels (improving handling and load capacity), premium hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable levers and large 180mm rotors, one of my favorite saddles (super plush and comfortable), an 11-speed drivetrain with extra wide 11 to 42 tooth cassette, super high-end integrated lights, and a beautifully integrated downtube battery that improves balance and handling. The Turbo Como 5.0 definitely deserves to be on this list and is nearly tied with the premium winner listed above. I think I chose Electra because their Townie models look a bit more like cruisers than a hybrid mashup, and I like the straight integrated battery more than the triangle downtube here. I also trust Bosch a bit more than Brose because they’ve been around longer. Click the image or title below to visit the full review with more details, or add it to your compare list by clicking the box below.
A great top of the line model for Specialized, starts at $4,150 and has relaxed cruiser riding position, hydraulic brakes, front rack, a smooth mid-drive motor, 28mph top speed, and a lot of great little features. Features a custom Brose S ALU mid-drive motor that was tuned just for Specialized, high…...
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