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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Electric Bike Company Model R Review

  • MSRP: $2,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020, 2021

A sturdy, powerful, step-thru cruiser electric bike with 26" or 24" wheels and stable plus sized tires. Assembled and customized in America, 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, expandable capacity from 556 to 1440 watt hours.. Comes standard with bright integrated lights (two 6-LED lights on the rear!) and reflective puncture-resistant…...

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…...

Urtopia Chord Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2023

A completely custom, artistically crafted, 8-speed electric bicycle with a 350 watt hub motor. The frame is hydroformed aluminum alloy with elegant curves and fins added for style. Internally routed cables, semi-integrated removable battery pack, fast 4 amp charger.. Available in two frame sizes, with the smaller Chord X being a mid-step with lower…...

Momentum Voya E+ 3 Review

  • MSRP: $2,400
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A light weight road style electric bike with flat handlebar and potential for many utility upgrades. All-aluminum frame and fork includes mounting points for a front rack, rear rack, two bottle cages, and fenders! Available in three frame sizes, two colors, and high-step frame style.. Efficient 250 watt planetary geared hub motor delivers up to 25nm of torque. The motor…...

Surface 604 Sunny Day Review

  • MSRP: $2,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2023

A zippy approachable cruiser ebike with mounting options for fenders and a rear rack. Ships as Class 2 with responsive torque sensing pedal assist and a trigger throttle that overrides all five levels with 100% power. Can unlock higher top speeds as Class 3 if you wish. This is the mid-step smaller frame, but Surface 604 also sells the larger Big Sky high-step.. Default battery is 48v 12ah, but they also sell a 14ah and 20ah pack for…...

JupiterBike Discovery X7 Review

  • MSRP: $1,195
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A six-speed folding electric bike made from light weight magnesium alloy, offers pedal assist and throttle modes. Mid-sized hybrid tires and adjustable bumper suspension for the rear wheel improve comfort and make the bike unique. Solid one year warranty.. Cast magnesium wheels are extra tough, and won't go out of true the way traditional…...

Electric Bike Company Model A Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2023

The most affordable model from Electric Bike Company, it comes in gloss black, one frame size, and a single speed drivetrain by default. Very high 420lb maximum weight capacity. Lots of customization options including 7-speed, fenders, a front basket, handlebar styles, and custom colors.. Powerful 48 volt 12 amp hour battery pack is cross compatible with some of the…...

Stromer ST3 Review

  • MSRP: $7,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

A stealthy urban speed pedelec (L1e-B in Europe) that offers premium design elements, sophisticated pedal assist (measuring pedal torque, terrain incline, and acceleration), keyless activation, GPS theft recovery, and motor tuning via smartphone app. Extremely smooth, quiet, and durable gearless direct drive hub motor from TDCM offers adjustable energy recapture with regenerative braking. Capable 11-speed drivetrain with wide 11-42 tooth cassette, durable Shimano Deore XT derailleur with clutch, upgraded narrow-wide chainring with alloy guard to reduce drops.. Available in two frame styles (sporty high-step and approachable mid-step), three frame sizes ranging from…...

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,…...

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4 Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

An affordable but refined electric cargo bike with custom 22" x 3.0" tires that improve stability and comfort while still keeping the cargo holds low and easy to load. Approachable but stiff mid-step frame comes in three beautiful colors. Reflective tires and quality integrated lights help keep you visible and safe. Powerful fat-bike rated 80nm geared hub motor provides excellent power for starting, hauling gear or…...