2016 Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Bikes

This is list of the best performing, best value electric bikes for 2015 / 2016. 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 feedback 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 Electric Mountain Bikes for 2015 / 2016

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

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Comp 6Fattie Review

  • MSRP: $5,500
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A full suspension electric mountain bike with 650b plus "six fatty" tires for improved traction, handling and comfort. Seamlessly integrated Brose motor and downtube battery pack, completely purpose built frame available in two…...

IZIP E3 Peak Review

  • MSRP: $2,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A 650B hardtail trail or mountain ebike with a powerful 73 Nm mid-drive motor, it's one of the quieter motors but less responsive (mostly cadence sensing) and no shift sensing. Nice 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, quick release for both wheels and a 15 mm…...

Best City Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

BULLS Cross Lite E Review

  • MSRP: $3,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

Fully loaded urban electric bicycle with great accessories for commuting including an aluminum rear rack, full length fenders with mud flaps and integrated LED lights. Relatively light weight at under 50 lbs, this is due in part to the nicer…...

IZIP E3 Vibe+ Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

An approachable electric bike with deep low-step frame, adjustable stem, swept back handle bars and a large comfortable saddle. Simple linear pull brakes work well and are easy to adjust, quick release skewers on…...

Best Cruiser Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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,…...

E-Lux Newport Review

  • MSRP: $1,895
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

Feature-complete cruiser style electric bike with a custom frame that brings the pedals forward and keeps the stand-over height low. Great looking paint... you get frame-matched steel fenders and chain guard, I like that the…...

Best Fat Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Haibike SDURO Full FatSix Review

  • MSRP: $5,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

One of the only full suspension fat electric bikes I've seen, quality hardware including 20 speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain, solid 2 year motor and battery warranty with 5 years on the frame. Powered by the Yamaha mid-drive ebike system with 500 watt motor, Zero Cadence pedal assist,…...

Best Folding Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Gocycle G2 Review

  • MSRP: $4,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A premium folding electric bike with an internally geared three speed hub in the rear and a 500 watt geared hub motor in the front for "all wheel drive" pedaling + motor support. Extremely light weight at ~36 lbs, unique quick-release wheels, lots of upgrade options for added…...

Enzo Ebikes Folding Electric Bike Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

An affordable, extra-durable, folding electric bike designed for yachts, RV's and other travel applications. Magnesium wheels are rugged and protect the motor, front and rear LED lights and fenders…...

Best Affordable Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Magnum Mi5 Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

A value priced hardtail electric bike that's trail ready with a basic suspension fork, knobby tires and 21 speeds. Average sized 350 watt motor paired with slightly larger 36 volt 13 amp hour battery…...

VoltBike Elegant Review

  • MSRP: $1,099
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A very affordable city style electric bike with lots of useful accessories including integrated lights, fenders and rack. Only available in one frame size ~19" but the adjustable stem and seat hight help…...

Best Electric Road Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Stromer ST2 S Review

  • MSRP: $9,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

An urban racer with smooth electronic shifting, app-driven performance tuning, ultra-bright dynamic lighting that responds to braking, five levels of power regen and regenerative braking. Available in three high-step frame sizes for improved fit, impressive weight distribution for a hub-powered…...

Specialized Turbo Review

  • MSRP: $3,800
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

Completely purpose built with integrated lights, in-frame cabling and downtube mounted battery pack that blends in. Available in four frame sizes for improved fit, optional city kit with fenders and rear…...

Best Electric Cargo Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Xtracycle EdgeRunner 10E Review

  • MSRP: $5,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

High quality steel frame and clever accessories combine to create a comfortable and useful electric cargo bike. 26" front wheel for improved handling and increased attack angle, smaller 20" rear wheel for…...

Best Mid-Drive Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Haibike XDURO FullLife RX Review

  • MSRP: $5,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

Custom geometry with shorter reach to accommodate women (who tend to have shorter arms and torso but longer legs), shorter saddle with wider back, adjustable position brake levers for smaller hands. plush 120 mm front and rear Fox air suspension with 15 mm thru-axle front and…...

IZIP E3 Dash Review

  • MSRP: $2,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A feature complete speed pedelec (capable of ~28 mph top speeds) with a high torque mid-drive motor from TranzX. Quality full length plastic fenders from SKS with integrated mud flaps, mid-level suspension fork with…...

Best Speed Pedelec Electric Bikes for 2015/2016

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

Focus Aventura Impulse Speed 1.0 Review

  • MSRP: $4,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015

Long range and high speed (28 mph) capable, feature rich electric bike available in five sizes and two frame styles (high-step and step-thru). Well priced considering the air suspension fork with remote lockout, premium Ergon locking grips, Fizik…...

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

An affordably priced speed pedelec that's well balanced, not too heavy and available in three frame sizes for a good fit, you can also upgrade the battery size. Comes stock with a powerful 48 volt battery but lower 7.8 amp hours, uses a…...

Best Electric Trikes for 2015/2016

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

Pedego Trike Review

  • MSRP: $2,895
  • MODEL YEAR: 2013, 2014

Stable three wheel design with battery, motor and controller mounted low under the cargo bin. No pedal assist option with this bike but the twist throttle is intuitive to use…...

Daymak Florence Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A stable, three-wheeled electric bike (trike) with front and rear cargo baskets for hauling supplies or groceries. Full length matching fenders look great and keep you dry, the basic headlight and large…...

Best Electric Bike Kits for 2015/2016

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 2015/2016

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

BESV Jaguar JS1 Review

  • MSRP: $2,980
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A comfortable and practical city-oriented electric bike with full length aluminum fenders, integrated lights, minimalist suspension fork with remote lockout and ergonomic grips. Near-silent but powerful 500 watt gearless hub motor, beautifully designed custom downtube battery pack, integrated…...

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.

If you cannot find the bike you’re interested in here, please contact me and I’ll do my best to track it down, shoot some videos and add it! New videos are regularly added to my YouTube Channel here. Have fun and ride safe :D