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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EVELO Dash Review

  • MSRP: $3,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

An efficient folding electric bike with light and quiet Dapu MD350LT mid-drive motor, five levels of pedal assist, and trigger throttle on demand! The 5-speed Sturmey Archer internally geared hub is more durable and clean than a derailleur cassette, the Gates Carbon belt drive is reliable and won't fall off easily.. Large color display panel is easy to read, has intuitive menus and settings, button pad…...

Orbea Rise H30 Review

  • MSRP: $5,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

The entry model in the Orbea Rise line of light weight full suspension electric trail bikes. Featuring the Shimano EP8-RS Rider Synergy mid-drive motor that's custom tuned for efficiency, offering 60nm of peak torque and 250 watts nominal output. Available in four frame sizes, three color choices, and many hardware upgrade paths using MyO configuration ordering.. Fully integrated battery pack utilizes 21700 battery cells from Panasonic that offer high energy density,…...

OHM Quest 2 SUV Review

  • MSRP: $5,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022, 2023

A premium, feature complete adventure ebike that would perform well in a wide range of conditions. OHM uses the best brand-name components including the Shimano EP8 motor and Ergon accessories. The Quest 2 is available in three frame sizes with scaled cranks, handlebar, and other matching hardware.. Specced with a durable Shimano Deore derailleur with clutch, ten speed 11-36 tooth cassette, and…...

Ride1Up Prodigy XR Review

  • MSRP: $2,295
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A feature complete commuter-ready speed pedelec that can hit 28mph 45 km/h. It uses a premium mid-drive motor from Brose, and reliable Samsung battery cells. Relatively low price point for proven name-brand components including the 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain.. A physical shift sensor cuts power anytime you change gears, significantly reducing chain and sprocket…...

Devinci E-Milano Review

  • MSRP: $2,700
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A high quality hybrid electric bike with basic suspension fork that's well suited to neighborhood and city riding. Tall efficient wheels lower the attack angle and medium volume 700x50c tires provide some added stability and comfort.. Excellent weight distribution with the motor and battery low and center, standard 68mm Q-Factor and…...

Gazelle Arroyo C7 HMB Elite Review

  • MSRP: $3,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A refined Dutch-style cruiser with adjustable upright stem and swept back handlebar. Available in two premium colors and three frame sizes. The deep wave step-thru frame is extremely approachable and easy to stand over. Sleek adjustable suspension fork and suspension seat post offer improved comfort.. Streamlined ergonomic grips, twist bell, and grip shifter make the cockpit beautiful and functional. The…...

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 Step-Through Review

  • MSRP: $4,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A sporty urban commuter with suspension fork and suspension seat post included! Outfitted with some of the best fenders, rear rack, and integrated lights I've seen on any ebike. Available in high-step or step-thru frame styles, comes in four, three trim levels (3.0, 4.0, and 5.0), and the battery integration looks much nicer than previous generations.. Excellent weight distribution (low and center), clean integrated cables, powerful hydraulic disc brakes from SRAM…...

CUBE Cargo Sport Hybrid Review

  • MSRP: $6,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021

A sporty box bike with a suspension fork that can handle up to two children in the front, and maneuver like a traditional bicycle on two wheels vs. three. Bike weight and cargo weight is low and center for stability. larger 27.5" x 2.4" rear wheel adds comfort. All hardware is aluminum alloy vs. steel, so it won't rust and weighs less. Thoughtfully designed passenger seats, rain cover, and double battery options expand the possibilities.. Available with a 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain (this is the Sport model) or Enviolo CVT…...

Urban Arrow Family Review

  • MSRP: $6,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2021, 2022

A family oriented box bike that lets you see your precious cargo, up to three small children in the front, and maneuver like a traditional bicycle on two wheels. Bike weight and cargo weight is kept low and center for stability. Thoughtfully designed rain cover, poncho, baby seat adapter, rear rack, and double battery options expand the possibilities.. Available in black or white, the seat tube angle and highly adjustable stem and handlebar…...

EVELO Compass Review

  • MSRP: $4,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2022

A mid-drive electric trike with rear differential that sends power and braking to both wheels! Three speed internally geared hub allows shifting at standstill, motor inhibiting brake levers and inline shift detection provide drivetrain protection. Approachable step-thru frame with decent 350lb max weight (80lbs max in the rear basket).. Decent integrated lights, reflective tires, and glossy white frame improve safety and allow for day…...