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 Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bikes for 2016 / 2017

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

Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert 6Fattie Review

  • MSRP: $7,500
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

One of the stealthiest electric mountain bikes around with integrated battery and motor technology from Brose, available to demo and buy from a wide network of shops. Responsive and zippy without producing a lot of noise, you don't get shift detection here…...

IZIP E3 Peak DS Review

  • MSRP: $4,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A value-driven full suspension electric cross country mountain bike with higher end drive system and components from Bosch, SRAM and RockShox, it's $300 cheaper than prior year with lots of upgrades. Beautiful hydroformed frame with inset battery mount and tapered head tube, the motor hangs down…...

Best Hardtail Electric Mountain Bikes for 2016 / 2017

Explore all of the hardtail 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…...

Magnum Peak Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A high speed electric hardtail with with throttle on demand, hydraulic disc brakes and an extra large battery for $2k, all around good value with a 24 speed drivetrain. Optional rear rack for $50 transform the Peak into a sporty commuter, only one frame…...

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…...

Raleigh Detour iE Review

  • MSRP: $2,399
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A classy, comfortable, lightweight city ebike available in high-step and step-thru frame styles, choose from light blue or black, and three sizes. Swept-back handlebar, ergonomic grips, comfort saddle, fenders, and a combination chain guide plus cover offer…...

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 Electric Fat Bikes for 2016/2017

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

Tern Vektron Review

  • MSRP: $3,400
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A premium folding electric bike with Bosch drive system and leading warranty, sturdy and quiet with plenty of adjustability (seat post height and stem angle), smart accessories help you carry gear and stay dry without noise. The folding joints are thick and sturdy but don't have sharp edges, both latches have…...

VeloMini Plus Review

  • MSRP: $1,295
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

One of the lightest, most compact, folding electric bikes I have tested, it folds down quickly and doesn't rattle around or come undone very easily because the seat post secures it. An integrated headlight, independent rear light, and bright glossy white frame help you to see…...

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.

E-Glide ST Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An affordably priced urban electric bike that's pavement and packed trail capable, fully outfitted with a rack, integrated LED lights and some fenders... though the fenders are a bit basic. Five levels of pedal assist with three power modes (to optimize torque or efficiency), premium…...

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent Air Review

  • MSRP: $1,195
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An affordable speed pedelec with high-definition cadence sensor, mechanical disc brakes and a nine-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain, it's well balanced and relatively light weight. Removable battery and quick release front wheel make it easier to lock securely and fill-up…...

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.

Riese & Müller Load Touring HS Review

  • MSRP: $6,679
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

One of the only full suspension electric cargo bikes I've tested, the suspension is adjustable and provides a lot of comfort to you and your cargo when paired with the premium Schwalbe tires. Excellent safety features including integrated LED lights, the headlight points where you steer and has…...

Yuba Spicy Curry Bosch Review

  • MSRP: $4,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A powerful, well balanced and feature-rich electric cargo bike from Yuba, it offers a wide range of accessories and mounting points for hauling gear, passengers or children. Purpose built frame with internally routed cables, inset battery mount, high-clearance motor interface and smaller…...

Best Electric Box Bikes for 2016/2017

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

Butchers & Bicycles MK1-E Review

  • MSRP: $6,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A top of the line, tadpole style cargo trike powered by the Bosch Performance mid-drive motor and an 11 speed SRAM drivetrain, optional NuVinci N360 or Harmony continuously variable transmission with Gates Carbon belt drive. The bike leans side to side so you can corner faster and avoid the two-wheel…...

Virtue Cycles Schoolbus+ Review

  • MSRP: $2,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

A three-wheeled electric assist box bike designed to transport up to four children, includes a locking bench seat cargo cubby, full fenders and chain guard, optional canvas cover to keep the kids dry. Solid braking with two 160 mm mechanical disc brakes up front and a linear pull…...

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: 2017

A value-priced urban electric bike that includes fenders, integrated LED lights, a rear rack, and hydraulic disc brakes, it's available in three frame sizes but only high-step. This is a high-speed Class 3 ebike that can reach ~28 mph assisted and because…...

Best Speed Pedelec Electric Bikes for 2016/2017

Explore all of 28 mph 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…...

Giant Quick-E+ Review

  • MSRP: $3,000
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A highly-polished electric city bike with sleek battery integration, full-protection fenders, premium LED lights running off the main battery and a minimalist pannier rack for hauling gear. Available in four frame sizes but only one traditional high-step diamond style, the bike is…...

Best Upright Electric Trikes for 2016/2017

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

Pedego Trike Review

  • MSRP: $2,995
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A custom designed electric trike with large plastic cargo bin at the back, three-speed internally geared hub can be shifted at standstill and is more durable than a traditional derailleur. Two mechanical disc brakes provide good stopping power, max speed limited to 7 mph in…...

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 Recumbent Electric Trikes for 2016/2017

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

HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 S-Pedelec Review

  • MSRP: $8,495
  • MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015

A full suspension, pedal assist only, recumbent style electric bike capable of ~28 mph top speeds. Designed to work with up to two battery packs for increased range, great for commuting…...

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…...

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.

Easy Motion Evo Big Bud Pro Review

  • MSRP: $3,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

An all-wheel drive electric fat bike with adjustable drive modes (rear, front or both with traction control), beautifully integrated battery and compact motors blend in making it stealth. Upgraded quick release and thru-axle design makes the rear wheel easier to remove and the…...

Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0 Review

  • MSRP: $4,800
  • MODEL YEAR: 2017

A high-speed, feature-complete, urban electric bike with unique tubular fenders that have flexible extensions and water routing system to keep your legs, back and face dry, integrated lights and a tight modern rack. Available in four sizes including high-step and mid-step frame styles with gender-specific saddle and grips,…...

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.

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