2017 Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Bikes

This is list of the best performing, best value electric bikes for 2016 / 2017. For each category I list two models, the first recommendation is based on performance and the second is based on affordability. As you explore the list and get to know EBR, check out the ebike community forum for more personalized feedback. Share your height, weight, budget and intended use (along with bikes you like) to get advice from actual owners and moderators.

If you’re completely new to ebikes, check out this short video overview and e-book guide that’s free on Amazon if you’ve got Prime. It’s full of pictures and examples to get you acclimated to the space. I’ve also done an in depth video interview about ebikes with my uncle since he has been riding one to work every day for over a year now.

 

Best Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bikes for 2016 / 2017

Explore all of the full suspension electric mountain bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS SIX50+ E FS 3 Review

  • MSRP: $4,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An all-mountain electric bike with plus sized tires for improved stability, traction and comfort, 150 mm air suspension with compression and rebound adjust. Battery and motor mount design are tighter than older Bosch systems, weight is kept low…...

VoltBike Enduro Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An affordable full suspension trail bike with quiet, but powerful, mid-drive motor and integrated downtube battery pack, full-sized USB charging port on battery, adjustable top speed. Integrated LED headlight, backlit LCD display panel, and standard reflectors for urban riding, high-pressure tires…...

Best Hardtail Electric Mountain Bikes for 2016 / 2017

Explore all of the hardtail electric mountain bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS E-Stream EVO 3 Carbon 27.5 Plus Review

  • MSRP: $4,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A Carbon fiber electric cross country mountain bike with premium components and ultra-integrated motor and battery system, excellent weight distribution. The Brose motor is quiet and responsive offering up to 90 Nm of torque output,…...

Haibike SDURO HardNine 4.0 Review

  • MSRP: $2,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the most affordable Haibikes in the line, available in four frame sizes, relatively lightweight, large 29er tires provide float and momentum at speed for cross country riding. Very capable mid-drive system (the same motor and battery as some higher-priced Haibike models), zero…...

Best City Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the city style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Review

  • MSRP: $3,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A highly adjustable, feature-complete, city style electric bike with long fenders that have an integrated headlight and enclosed chain cover keep you clean and dry, integrated keyed-alike cafe lock adds convenience. Available in three frame sizes with the small and medium being wave and the large…...

Magnum Metro Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An approachable, mid-step, high-speed, urban electric bike with six levels of pedal assist plus throttle mode that can override with full power. Fairly comfortable with larger tires, a basic suspension fork, and cheap seat post shock... the…...

Best Cruiser Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the cruiser style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Electra Townie Go! Review

  • MSRP: $2,729
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

The best Electra Townie Go! design I've tested to date, better weight distribution, increased efficiency and greater power thanks to the Bosch Performance Cruise drive system. Available in six different colors with matching aluminum fenders, chain guard, rims and carry rack,…...

Best Electric Fat Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the electric fat tire bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS Monster E FS Review

  • MSRP: $5,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

Full suspension fat bike with a high quality mid-drive motor from Bosch and their updated 500 watt hour battery pack for extended range. Cool fluorescent paint job that extends all the way through the fork, rear shock housing,…...

Best Folding Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the folding electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Tern Vektron Review

  • MSRP: $3,400
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A premium folding electric bike with Bosch drive system and leading warranty, sturdy and quiet with plenty of adjustability (seat post height and stem angle), smart accessories help you carry gear and stay dry without noise. The folding joints are thick and sturdy but don't have sharp edges, both latches have…...

e-Joe Epik SE Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A comfortable, highly adjustable, value-priced folding electric bike that's a third generation build with lots of little improvements and refinements like a more durable battery connection point. Color-matched suspension fork and swept-back handlebar with adjustable height improves comfort, integrated plastic fenders, a…...

Best Affordable Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the most affordable electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent S Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A high-speed, feature complete, value priced electric bike that comes in four frame sizes, high-step and mid-step frame style, and three colors. Relatively comfortable thanks to fatter tires, a suspension fork with compression slider and lockout, Velo…...

VoltBike Elegant Review

  • MSRP: $1,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An exceptionally affordable, feature rich electric bike, built around an approachable frame that's easier to mount and stand over, offers pedal assist and throttle override operation. The battery pack is protected by the top tube, positioned low and center along the…...

Best Electric Road Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the road style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS DAIL-E Grinder Review

  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the first Gravel Grinder style electric bikes to make it to America! Made with premium components, high performance lights and a purpose built frame in three sizes. Capable of high speed 28 mph performance, the Bosch centerdrive motor measures bike speed, pedal…...

Trek CrossRip+ Review

  • MSRP: $4,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A lightweight, high speed, electric road bike with sturdy 12 mm thru-axle on the front wheel, Carbon fiber fork, and Alpha 200 Gold alloy frame to dampen vibration. Capable and comfortable on hard packed trails as a gravel grinder, sturdy Aluminum fenders and…...

Best Electric Cargo Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the cargo style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Riese & Müller Load Touring HS Review

  • MSRP: $6,679
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the only full suspension electric cargo bikes I've tested, the suspension is adjustable and provides a lot of comfort to you and your cargo when paired with the premium Schwalbe tires. Excellent safety features including integrated LED lights, the headlight points where you steer and has…...

Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Review

  • MSRP: $4,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A powerful, well balanced and feature-rich electric cargo bike from Yuba, it offers a wide range of accessories and mounting points for hauling gear, passengers or children. Purpose built frame with internally routed cables, inset battery mount, high-clearance motor interface and smaller…...

Best Electric Box Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the cargo/box style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Butchers & Bicycles MK1-E Review

  • MSRP: $6,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A top of the line, tadpole style cargo trike powered by the Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and an 11 speed SRAM drivetrain, optional NuVinci N360 or Harmony continuously variable transmission with Gates Carbon belt drive. The bike leans side to side so you can corner faster and avoid the two-wheel…...

Virtue Cycles Schoolbus+ Review

  • MSRP: $2,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A three-wheeled electric assist box bike designed to transport up to four children, includes a locking bench seat cargo cubby, full fenders and chain guard, optional canvas cover to keep the kids dry. Solid braking with two 160 mm mechanical disc brakes up front and a linear pull…...

Best Mid-Drive Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the mid drive style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS SIX50 E2 Street Review

  • MSRP: $3,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A fully equipped speed commuter capable of 28 mph operation, running on the proven Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and updated 500 watt hour Samsung battery. Extra large 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth solid stops without requiring exorbitant hand…...

IZIP E3 Dash Review

  • MSRP: $2,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A value-priced urban electric bike that includes fenders, integrated LED lights, a rear rack, and hydraulic disc brakes, it's available in three frame sizes but only high-step. This is a high-speed Class 3 ebike that can reach ~28 mph assisted and because…...

Best Speed Pedelec Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of 28 mph electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Vintage Electric Cafe Review

  • MSRP: $3,995
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the most powerful, fastest accelerating, quietest, and beautifully designed electric bikes I have ever tested, premium drivetrain and custom battery. Surprisingly lightweight and well balanced front to rear considering the large 750 watt hub motor,…...

OHM Sport Review

  • MSRP: $3,959
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017, 2018

A trail-worthy speed pedelec with premium accessories like aluminum fenders, integrated Supernova lights, a removable color LCD display, and regenerative braking. Very well balanced, especially for a hub-motor electric bike, the air fork, hollow-spindle bottom bracket,…...

Best Upright Electric Trikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the upright tricycle style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Pedego Trike Review

  • MSRP: $2,995
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A custom designed electric trike with large plastic cargo bin at the back, three-speed internally geared hub can be shifted at standstill and is more durable than a traditional derailleur. Two mechanical disc brakes provide good stopping power, max speed limited to 7 mph in…...

Sun 24″ Traditional Electric Tricycle Review

  • MSRP: $1,523
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A fun, classic looking electrified tricycle designed for adults, it's easy to mount, stable to ride and very adjustable in terms of speed and power, (go from 3 mph to 14 mph or slow reverse). Includes a rubber-coated metal basket that's perfect for storing groceries, supplies or the included charger…...

Best Recumbent Electric Trikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the recumbent electric trikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 S-Pedelec Review

  • MSRP: $8,495
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

A full suspension, pedal assist only, recumbent style electric bike capable of ~28 mph top speeds. Designed to work with up to two battery packs for increased range, great for commuting…...

Sun Seeker Eco Tad Electric Trike Review

  • MSRP: $1,875
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the most affordable recumbent tadpole trikes I've tested, you do have to pay an additional $350 for shipping but it comes "ready to ride" so you can hop right on. The 48 volt battery supports increased power and higher speeds for the 500 watt internally…...

Best Electric Bike Kits for 2016/2017

Explore all of the electric bike kits I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

e-RAD 500 Watt Mid Drive Conversion Kit Review

  • MSRP: $850
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

A solid all-around mid-drive electric bike kit with shift sensing, pedal assist and throttle override offering 500 watts of nominal power output. Two battery size options, available in downtube or rear rack styles, optional Race Face performance…...

Honorable Mentions for 2016/2017

These bikes offer something special... they are well designed, well supported and unique.

Easy Motion Evo Big Bud Pro Review

  • MSRP: $3,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An all-wheel drive electric fat bike with adjustable drive modes (rear, front or both with traction control), beautifully integrated battery and compact motors blend in making it stealth. Upgraded quick release and thru-axle design makes the rear wheel easier to remove and the…...

To discover even more great electric bikes, check out the full list of electric bike reviews and electric bike kits which are ordered by date. You can also use the search tool and advanced search options on the right rail of any page to find bikes by brand, model or type.

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