Mid-Drive Electric Bike Reviews

This type of electric bike utilizes a motor system that is positioned at the middle of the frame, usually exerting force on the same chain that the rider is cycling as they pedal. They are known for their balanced weight distribution, unsprung weight advantage, battery use efficiency (because they benefit from gear shifting, just like the rider), and improved climbing power. Because they often require custom motor interfaces, mid-drive ebikes tend to cost more money. They exert more strain on the chain, belt, and drivetrain than hub motor and friction drive, and usually do not offer throttle on demand power. Most high-end and European ebikes utilize mid-drive motor systems.
Read More
Show Less

Giant Stance E+ 2 Review

  • MSRP: $4,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A high quality ebike from a mainstream company with loads of dealers in North America. The purpose built full-suspension frame comes in four sizes and features internal cable routing, custom metallic paint, and all-black accessories. It delivers cross country geometry with 130mm front and 120mm rear suspension travel. Air suspension is lightweight and highly adjustable for different rider weights.. Boost hub spacing with a 15mm thru-axle adds stiffness and strength for the front wheel.…...

Kona Dew-E DL Review

  • MSRP: $3,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A sporty, high performance urban electric bike with sturdy 12mm thru-axles, lightweight carbon fiber fork, premium integrated lights, and quiet sturdy fenders. The compact motor and battery pack disappear into the frame, and keep weight low and centered for optimal handling and stability.. Four frame sizes ensure a proper fit, though the bike does run a bit small.…...

Specialized Turbo Como SL 5.0 Review

  • MSRP: $4,800
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

One of the sportiest cruisers I've ever reviewed. Relatively light weight at 47.2lbs including integrated lights, a pannier-only rear rack, and custom designed tubular alloy fenders with extra long rubberized flaps to keep your feet dry. Class 3 speed-pedelec performance offers 28mph (45km/h), which is very unique for a cruiser! Available in three frame sizes and three colors.. Boost hub spacing on the front wheel provides sturdier spoke bracing angle, 12mm thru-axles provide…...

SONDORS LX Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

The SONDORS LX is a massive and powerful go-anywhere electric bike with a unique elevated chainstay frame design, available online in the US and Canada at an impressive price point of $2,000 USD. The Bafang Ultra mid-drive motor provides impressive torque and speed as well as a responsive…...

Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XTR Review

  • MSRP: $11,499.99
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

One of the lightest and fastest full suspension cross country ebikes available today, weighing just 36.6lbs with pedals. Carbon frame, crank arms, seat post, handlebar, and rims, the bike comes in four sizes. Designed around Boost hub spacing with 15mm and 12mm thru-axles for improved stiffness and support for wider tires. The battery and motor are built into a removable drivepack that can be swapped for an empty storage box so you can ride as a lightweight acoustic bike at just 30.1lbs.. High quality Fox Factor air shocks front and rear. Unique single pivot strut design in…...

CUBE Reaction Hybrid Performance 400 Allroad Review

  • MSRP: $2,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

Great value for a more premium product here. This is a versatile hardtail electric mountain bike with quality fenders and lights. It's functional in urban and off-road environments. CUBE sells an optional rear rack that reinforces the rear fender and allows the Reaction Hybrid Performance to be used for commuting purposes.. Bosch motor, downtube integrated battery, and compact display make this a reliable and aesthetically pleasing…...

Kona Ecoco Review

  • MSRP: $2,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A lightweight approachable mid-step electric bike with retro charm. Available in three frame sizes for optimal fit and comfort. Active touch points including a Velo sport saddle and flat rubber grips, but the swept back "gull wing" handlebar offers an upright body position for relaxed back, shoulders, neck, and arms.. Durable plastic fenders with rubber mudguards keep you clean and dry, the gloss black finish…...

Gazelle Ultimate C8 HMB Review

  • MSRP: $3,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

Purpose-built with premium components from a company with over 129 years of industry experience. one of the first two bikes from Gazelle to offer a Gates Carbon belt drivetrain to North American customers. Supported by an outstanding warranty and global network of dealers.. The belt drivetrain and internally geared hub from Shimano are quiet, smooth, and require almost…...

BULLS Adventure EVO AM 27.5 Review

  • MSRP: $7,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A long range dual-battery Bosch powered all mountain full suspension electric bike with premium components including Shimano XT 12-speed drivetrain, Magural MT5 203mm hydraulic disc brakes, Fox 150mm front and rear suspension, and 2.8" plus sized Schwalbe tires. The bike is running boost hub spacing with quick release 15mm and 12mm thru-axles.. Available in four frame sizes for optimal rider fit, sold through qualified dealers in the…...

Gazelle Ultimate C380 HMB Review

  • MSRP: $3,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A feature complete city-oriented electric bike with premium enviolo stepless CVT drivetrain, Gates Carbon belt, and Bosch drive systems. It's approachable, efficient, and extremely quiet! Safety upgrades include reflective puncture resistant tires, extra-bright integrated lights that are positioned perfectly, and durable aluminum alloy fenders. The rear rack design is one of the best I've ever seen.. Purpose-built step-thru frame offers an extremely low standover height without suffering from frame flex. The…...