2017 Editor’s Choice for Best Electric Bikes

This is list of the best performing, best value electric bikes for 2016 / 2017. For each category I list two models, the first recommendation is based on performance and the second is based on affordability. As you explore the list and get to know EBR, check out the ebike community forum for more personalized feedback. Share your height, weight, budget and intended use (along with bikes you like) to get advice from actual owners and moderators.

If you’re completely new to ebikes, check out this short video overview and e-book guide that’s free on Amazon if you’ve got Prime. It’s full of pictures and examples to get you acclimated to the space. I’ve also done an in depth video interview about ebikes with my uncle since he has been riding one to work every day for over a year now.

 

Best Electric Mountain Bikes for 2016 / 2017

Explore all of the electric mountain bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail Comp 6Fattie Review

  • MSRP: $4,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

The lowest priced Turbo Levo eMountain bike model from Specialized, it's a hardtail with 10 gears, an air fork and the Brose drive system. You get a slightly smaller battery capacity here but the same beautiful integration into the…...

IZIP E3 Peak Review

  • MSRP: $2,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A 650B hardtail trail or mountain ebike with a powerful 73 Nm mid-drive motor, it's one of the quieter motors but less responsive (mostly cadence sensing) and no shift sensing. Nice 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, quick release for both wheels and a 15 mm…...

Best City Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the city style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS Lacuba EVO E8 Review

  • MSRP: $3,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A versatile urban electric bike well suited to commuting, touring and trekking because of its efficient mid-drive motor and larger than average battery capacity, durable internal gearing and belt drive. Available in five frame sizes and three frame styles including wave, mid-step and high-step diamond…...

IZIP E3 Vibe+ Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

An approachable electric bike with deep low-step frame, adjustable stem, swept back handle bars and a large comfortable saddle. Simple linear pull brakes work well and are easy to adjust, quick release skewers on…...

Best Cruiser Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the cruiser style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Electra Townie Go! Review

  • MSRP: $2,729
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

The best Electra Townie Go! design I've tested to date, better weight distribution, increased efficiency and greater power thanks to the Bosch Performance Cruise drive system. Available in six different colors with matching aluminum fenders, chain guard, rims and carry rack,…...

E-Lux Newport Review

  • MSRP: $1,895
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

Feature-complete cruiser style electric bike with a custom frame that brings the pedals forward and keeps the stand-over height low. Great looking paint... you get frame-matched steel fenders and chain guard, I like that the…...

Best Fat Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the fat style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS Monster E FS Review

  • MSRP: $5,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

Full suspension fat bike with a high quality mid-drive motor from Bosch and their updated 500 watt hour battery pack for extended range. Cool fluorescent paint job that extends all the way through the fork, rear shock housing,…...

Best Folding Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the folding style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Gocycle G2 Review

  • MSRP: $4,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A premium folding electric bike with an internally geared three speed hub in the rear and a 500 watt geared hub motor in the front for "all wheel drive" pedaling + motor support. Extremely light weight at ~36 lbs, unique quick-release wheels, lots of upgrade options for added…...

Enzo Ebikes Folding Electric Bike Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

An affordable, extra-durable, folding electric bike designed for yachts, RV's and other travel applications. Magnesium wheels are rugged and protect the motor, front and rear LED lights and fenders…...

Best Affordable Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the most affordable electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Rad Power Bikes RadCity Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

A value priced but featured packed urban commuter style electric bike with everything from fenders, to LED lights, rear carry rack and regenerative braking. Solid driving and braking performance with a 750 watt gearless hub motor and 180 mm…...

Populo Sport Review

  • MSRP: $999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An affordable, fairly stylish, surprisingly peppy single speed electric bike that would be great for urban riding, available in five frame sizes and four colors. Very affordable at just under $1k, especially considering the wires are internally routed through the…...

Best Electric Road Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the road style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS DAIL-E Grinder Review

  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the first Gravel Grinder style electric bikes to make it to America! Made with premium components, high performance lights and a purpose built frame in three sizes. Capable of high speed 28 mph performance, the Bosch centerdrive motor measures bike speed, pedal…...

Haibike XDURO Urban S RX Review

  • MSRP: $5,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A high speed road bike with electric assist up to 28 mph (45 km/h), available in five frame sizes for improved fit and a vibration dampening seat post and shock stem for improved comfort. Efficient low-resistance tires with deep-dish aero rims and bladed spokes, keep the tire pressure up…...

Best Electric Cargo Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the cargo style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Xtracycle EdgeRunner 10E Review

  • MSRP: $5,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

High quality steel frame and clever accessories combine to create a comfortable and useful electric cargo bike. 26" front wheel for improved handling and increased attack angle, smaller 20" rear wheel for…...

Yuba Spicy Curry Review

  • MSRP: $4,200
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A smooth but powerful electric-assist cargo bike with optional boost button to make starting from standstill easier. Compatible with a wide assortment of accessories including child seats, cargo racks, running boards and…...

Best Mid-Drive Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the mid drive style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS SIX50 E2 Street Review

  • MSRP: $3,899
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A fully equipped speed commuter capable of 28 mph operation, running on the proven Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and updated 500 watt hour Samsung battery. Extra large 203 mm hydraulic disc brakes offer smooth solid stops without requiring exorbitant hand…...

IZIP E3 Dash Review

  • MSRP: $2,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A feature complete speed pedelec (capable of ~28 mph top speeds) with a high torque mid-drive motor from TranzX. Quality full length plastic fenders from SKS with integrated mud flaps, mid-level suspension fork with…...

Best Speed Pedelec Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of 28mph electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

BULLS Lacuba EVO E45 Review

  • MSRP: $4,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

Available in four frame sizes, two styles (high-step and mid-step) with an adjustable stem, active-comfort saddle and ergonomic grips, this bike can fit well and feel good at speed and over long distances. Capable of 28 mph top speeds, this is a Class 3 electric bike with an…...

SmartMotion Pacer Review

  • MSRP: $2,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

An urban oriented speed pedelec capable of ~28 mph riding and long distance commutes or trekking, no suspension but the tires are larger to improve comfort and you get ergonomic grips. Integrated LED lights run off the battery pack and are upgraded a bit because the…...

Best Electric Trikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of the tricycle style electric bikes I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

Sun Seeker Eco Delta Electric Trike Review

  • MSRP: $1,835
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A recumbent electric trike with a higher seat, more relaxed bars and lower price point, the delta frame design positions one wheel in the front and two in the back. Highly adjustable seat angle and overall bike length for comfortable reach and pedaling, the chain…...

Sun 24″ Traditional Electric Tricycle Review

  • MSRP: $1,523
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A fun, classic looking electrified tricycle designed for adults, it's easy to mount, stable to ride and very adjustable in terms of speed and power, (go from 3 mph to 14 mph or slow reverse). Includes a rubber-coated metal basket that's perfect for storing groceries, supplies or the included charger…...

Best Electric Bike Kits for 2016/2017

Explore all of the electric bike kits I’ve reviewed (ordered by date) on the category page here.

e-RAD 500 Watt Mid Drive Conversion Kit Review

  • MSRP: $850
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

A solid all-around mid-drive electric bike kit with shift sensing, pedal assist and throttle override offering 500 watts of nominal power output. Two battery size options, available in downtube or rear rack styles, optional Race Face performance…...

Honorable Mentions for 2016/2017

These bikes offer something special… they are well designed, well supported and unique.

VoltBike Mariner Review

  • MSRP: $1,249
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

A miniaturized fat tire electric bike that's sand and snow capable, you get fenders, a rack and integrated lights for utility and safety no matter the terrain. Mid-mount battery design keeps weight low and centered, it's removable for reduced weight (when folding…...

To discover even more great electric bikes, check out the full list of electric bike reviews and electric bike kits which are ordered by date. You can also use the search tool and advanced search options on the right rail of any page to find bikes by brand, model or type.

If you cannot find the bike you’re interested in here, please contact me and I’ll do my best to track it down, shoot some videos and add it! New videos are regularly added to my YouTube Channel here. Have fun and ride safe :D