Hub Motor Electric Bike Reviews

This type of electric bike utilizes a hub motor (or two) that is built into the wheel. It’s the most affordable type of drive system and often works well with throttle operation. There are two types of hub motors: geared and gearless. Gearless tends to weigh more, provides less torque (especially at low speeds), produce some magnetic drag when not engaged, but may offer regenerative braking, and tend to be very durable and quiet. Geared hub motors tend to be compact, lightweight, and affordable, but they produce a bit of whirring noise during operation and may not be as durable over long periods of use. They freewheel efficiently without producing drag, but cannot provide regen braking. Since motor weight is positioned inside the bicycle wheel itself, it increases unsprung weight if the bike has suspension. It also requires custom spokes, wheels, and axles that bite into the frame to provide forward movement. For this reason, they may also require a torque arm to secure the axle against the frame.
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Stromer ST3 Pinion LE Review

  • MSRP: $9,200
  • MODEL YEAR: 2023

A highly refined speed pedelec with near-silent motor, regenerative braking, and premium integrated lights. The ST3 Pinion features an internally geared bottom bracket with 9 speeds, a 568% gear ratio, and can shift at standstill. The Launch Edition (LE) features special edition metallic red paint and a red Gates Carbon belt drive that is clean, durable, and quiet.. Top of the line touch points include Ergon saddle, GS1 locking grips, and wide aluminum…...

Trek FX+ 2 Stagger Review

  • MSRP: $2,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2023

An affordable, quiet, light weight, feature complete electric bicycle. Available in three frame sizes and three premium colors. Assembled and serviced by one of the largest bicycle networks in North America, it comes with a two year comprehensive warranty with lifetime frame warranty.. The mid-step frame design is approachable, easy to step over, but also sturdy and light.…...

Pedego Avenue Review

  • MSRP: $1,995
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

An efficient city style electric bike available in 17" step-thru and 19" high-step frames. Pedego is known for their fun styles, and the Avenue is available in six premium colors with frame, fork, and rims matching! Intuitive display panel with USB charging port built in.. The removable downtube-integrated battery is nearly hidden, and and can be charged on or off…...

Electra Bali Cruiser Go! Step-Thru Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

An affordable lightweight cruiser electric bike with special edition Artist Series tropical design. priced to compete with online ebikes but offers dealer assembly, fitting, post-purchase support, and comes in two frame styles and eight color scheme options! The step-thru is a small-medium with 26" tires and the high-step is a medium-large with 27.5" tires.. This is a Class 1 ebike with three levels of torque and cadence sensing pedal…...

Vintage Electric Tracker Classic Review

  • MSRP: $5,495
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A powerful motorcycle-inspired electric bike with sturdy color-matched skirted fenders and comfortable cruiser style swept back handlebar. Near-silent Crystalyte gearless hub motor offers 180nm of torque, regenerative braking, and can be unlocked for high-speed off-road use up to 26mph.. Available in two colors and one frame size with adjustable angle handlebar and adjustable height…...

Vintage Electric 72 Volt Scrambler Review

  • MSRP: $6,995
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A powerful motorcycle-inspired electric bike with knobby tire setup and inverted suspension fork to handle a bit of gravel and off-road use. Near-silent Crystalyte gearless hub motor offers 180nm of torque, regenerative braking, and can be unlocked for high-speed off-road use.. Available in one color and frame size for the Scrambler, but Vintage also sells the…...

Jetson Bolt Pro Review

  • MSRP: $599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

An extremely affordable compact electric bike sold online and through big box retailers such as Costco. Available in one frame size and one color: satin black with gloss black accents. Optional front and rear baskets sold separately. 265lb max weight capacity.. The 350 watt hub motor gets a mechanical advantage from the smaller 14" wheel size,…...

Aventon Soltera 7 Speed Review

  • MSRP: $1,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A light, efficient, affordable city electric bike. This option includes a basic Shimano Tourney 7-speed drivetrain and Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors. Efficient 350 watt hub motor and 350 watt hour removable battery pack.. Available in two frame styles: High-Step and Mid-Step, two frame sizes each, and three colors…...

Surface 604 Twist Review

  • MSRP: $2,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A folding fat tire electric bike with very approachable step-thru frame. Adjustable seat and handlebar height improve fit though it only comes in one size. Three colors including black, grey, and pink! Color LCD, powerful motor, clean wires and decals, quality 9-speed SRAM X5 drivetrain.. Good weight distribution of motor and battery pack, low and even across the frame. Ideal…...

Propella MINI Review

  • MSRP: $949
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

An extremely light weight 35.5lb, affordable, good looking, single speed, compact Class 1 electric bike. Fits easily into most elevators and closets. Available in one frame style: high-step, size: 18.5" and color: matte black with blue and white accents.. Good weight distribution with battery pack low and center. High quality compact battery charger only…...