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.
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Momentum Pakyak E+ Review

  • MSRP: $5,500
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A premium electric cargo bike with dual-battery option for extended range, high speed 28mph performance in the US, and powerful SynchDrive Pro mid-drive motor (based on Yamaha PW-X). Available in two colors, the mid-step frame is approachable, and the adjustable height seat post accommodates multiple riders who share!. High performance hydraulic disc brakes use thick upgraded rotors, extra large brake fluid reservoirs, and…...

Gazelle Ultimate C380+ HMB Review

  • MSRP: $4,749
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A feature complete city-oriented electric bike with premium Enviolo CVT drivetrain, Gates Carbon belt, and Bosch Speed drive system. Powerful hydraulic disc brakes with quad piston calipers ensure smooth solid stops. Available in approachable mid-step or high-step frame style. The high-step frame can be upgraded with a second 500Wh battery pack!. Top mounting Bosch PowerTube 500 battery is easy to use and looks great, it shares…...

Bluejay Premiere Edition Review

  • MSRP: $3,595
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

An elegant electric city bike that comes feature complete in two frame sizes and five premium colors. This mid-step frame is approachable but sturdy, paint matched aluminum alloy chain cover and fenders keep you dry, paint matched front and rear racks provide utility, an upgraded bell and integrated lights help keep you safe.. Thoughtful hardware upgrades improve function and reliability. Highlights include physical shift detection sensor, narrow-wide tooth…...

CUBE Stereo Hybrid 160 HPC TM 625 27.5 Review

  • MSRP: $7,250
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

An enduro electric bike with long travel 170mm front 160mm rear air suspension by Fox. Available in four frame sizes and four parts levels, the TM is CUBE's mid-tier offering. Internal PowerTube 625 battery pack is hidden from view, the weight is kept low and center, the charging port and locking mechanism are well placed.. Nimble 2.5" front and 2.4" wide tires offer reduced weight and precise application-specific tread patterns.…...

Tern HSD P9 Review

  • MSRP: $3,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A high-quality midtail electric cargo bike that can stand vertically to save space! Available in three colors but only one frame size. Slack seat tube angle and two telescoping seat post segments provide a range of fit options for short and tall riders alike. This is a proven ebike in my opinion, one that is available in four configurations depending on your appetite for technology, power, and range. The P9 is the most affordable, uses a weaker motor and smaller battery, and is the second lightest in the group.. Lighter and less expensive than the Tern GSD models, the HSD (which stands for Haul…...

CANYON Grail:ON CF 8 Review

  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A high performance gravel ebike with carbon fiber frame, fork, and iconic double decker drop bar that introduces comfort and varied body positions. Sturdy 12mm thru-axles, tapered steer tube, and powerful Shimano ICE-Tech hydraulic disc brakes. This ebike is produced in seven frame sizes, but only four were in stock at the time of this review.. Available in multiple geographies, this ebike ships with a 4th generation Bosch Performance Line CX…...

CUBE Kathmandu Hybrid 45 625 Review

  • MSRP: $4,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A feature-complete speed pedelec, ideal for ebike commuting or touring. Available in five frame sizes across two frame styles, high-step and mid-step, but only one color scheme. Very wide 10-51 tooth cassette with high end Shimano Deore XT derailleur and shifters. Premium integrated lights with excellent positioning for the headlight, puncture resistant reflective hybrid tires designed specifically for fast riding, and durable plastic fenders improve safety and add utility.. Comes standard with the highest capacity Bosch PowerTube 625 battery pack and their faster four…...

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…...