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11 Best Electric Bikes With Belt Drive in 2023

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Raleigh Grand Centros E-Bike is one of the best e-bikes with a belt drive

Why would you want a belt-driven e-bike when a chain-driven one is the most common?

A carbon belt offers significantly less maintenance than a standard chain drive while offering the same or better performance. Belt drives are cleaner, don’t require lubrication, and last much longer than chains. So they’re definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a new electric bike.

The best belt-drive electric bikes for 2023 are:

  1. Ride1Up Roadster v2
  2. KBO Hurricane
  3. Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 IGH
  4. Specialized Turbo Como 4.0 Step-Through
  5. Schindelhauer Heinrich Enviolo
  6. Riese & Muller Supercharger GT Rohloff
  7. Luna Cycle Fat BABE (Bad Ass Belt ebike)
  8. Stromer ST2
  9. TENWAYS CGO600
  10. VanMoof S3
  11. Vvolt Alpha

Ready to find out more about each of these models and which e-bike brand is right for you? I’ve gathered all of the stand-out details as well as some of the disadvantages.

You’re sure to find the best bike equipped with a Gates carbon drive that fits your lifestyle.

1. Ride1Up Roadster v2

The Ride1Up Roadster is by far the least expensive and sleekest of all of the belt drive ebikes. At a price of $1095, this 33 lbs super lightweight model is hard to compare to others. With a fully integrated battery, ultra-quiet motor, and simple design this single-speed is one of the best belt bikes for the value.

Red Ride1Up Roadster Best Overall E-Bike with thinner frame and tires
The Ride1Up Roadster single-speed commuter e-bike

Its powerful Class Three 350W (500W peak) geared hub motor can take you up to 24 mph with pedal assist and a range of up to 30 miles with its 36V 7.0 Ah Samsung battery (35e Cells).

Surprisingly, despite its simplicity, it can still handle a payload capacity of up to 300 lbs. Even though it comes at an affordable price, it boasts a 5-level LCD display and an ergonomic road saddle. Plus, the frame comes in two sizes, fitting riders from 5’8″ up to 6’3″.

The downside is that shorter riders under 5’8″ won’t be able to reach the ground comfortably.

While it may be lightweight and fast, it can actually handle light off-road riding with its mechanical disc brakes and gravel-friendly tires, if you choose the gravel bike option.

Truly the only other electric bike with a Gates carbon drive in this price range is the KBO Hurricane (read about it below to compare further).

SEE THIS BIKE AT: RIDE1UP

KBO Hurricane Electric Bike
KBO Hurricane Electric Bike

2. KBO Hurricane

The KBO Hurricane has made it onto this list because it’s unique in the category of belt-driven electric bikes. The Hurricane is designed to be a “stealth” urban bike. Meaning that it’s made to be as sleek and stealthy as possible, with minimal signs to indicate that it’s electrically powered.

This is achieved by a very simple design, an integrated battery pack, and an integrated rear hub one-speed motor.

And, the Hurricane features no transmission because it’s a single-speed electric bike. However, it does have 3 power modes that determine how much pedal assist the rider is provided with.

This is one of the most well-priced e-bikes made to this high level of quality, as it only costs $1099. 

The Hurricane is lightweight, equipped with a 345Wh Panasonic battery pack, and 350W hub motor, and has a range of 45+ miles. 

This bicycle may seem very simple, but it’s a very capable electric road bike that is comfortable for almost every rider.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: KBO BIKE

Red Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 IGH with belt drive
Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 IGH with Gates Belt Drive

3. Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 IGH

Besides rocking a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, the Turbo Vado is unique in that it has advanced pedal technology not found in most other electric bikes.

The Como 5.0 internal geared rear hub motor allows you to predetermine your pedal cadence with its enviolo AUTOMATiQ stepless shifting. And because this system also uses a belt drive instead of a chain drive, you’ll get a smooth ride without messing with a chain or derailleur.

Thus, the Vado continuously adjusts itself to keep you pedaling at your preferred pace.

You’ll also get:

  • A 250W hub motor
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • A suspension seat post
  • DRYTECH Fenders
  • Rear rack with pannier mounts
  • Turbo System Lock
  • And a Garmin Radar available through the display

SEE THIS EBIKE AT: SPECIALIZED

BLACK Specialized Turbo Como 4.0
Specialized Turbo Como 4.0 with belt drive

4. Specialized Turbo Como 4.0 Step-Through

With a 250W motor, hydraulic disc brakes, and three frame sizes to choose from, a relaxed, comfortable ride on the Turbo Como 4.0 is in your future.

The Turbo Como uses the same stepless shifting technology as the Vado, but one feature might make this the perfect e-bike for you. With a step-through frame, you can get on and off easily, whether you need to dismount quickly or simply find it more comfortable to do so.

Plus, it has upright seating that allows riders to be comfortable throughout the ride with less stress on your hands, shoulders, and back.

Another benefit of the Turbo Como is the included Turbo System Lock that disables the motor and activates an alarm when motion is detected.

Other bonuses include:

  • DRYTECH Fenders
  • LED headlight and taillight
  • Rear rack compatible with child seats
  • Capable of pulling a thru-axle trailer 

SEE THIS EBIKE AT: SPECIALIZED

Heinrich Enviolo E-Bike with Belt Drive
Heinrich Enviolo with Belt Drive

Find out where Ride1Up ebikes are made here!

5. Schindelhauer Heinrich Enviolo Electric Bike

The next bike on the list of best electric bikes with belt drive is the Heinrich Enviolo by Schindelhauer.

Schindelhauer is a German e-bike manufacturer that was started by two friends right after leaving university in 2008. This is important to note because their idea was to create electric bicycles with belt drives right from the very start.

This means that all Schindelhauer bikes are designed from the ground up to function perfectly with belt drives, and without having been later adapted as a belt drive e-bike. This results in every component being as optimized as possible.

One of their bikes, The Heinrich Enviolo or the Hannah Enviolo, if you would prefer the e-bike designed for women, is their top-of-the-line model.

It features 8-speed automatic stepless transmission, a powerful Performance Line motor from Bosch, a 500Wh Bosch PowerTube battery, an Enviolo rear hub gear system, and a Bosch Kiox full-color control panel display and control system.

The battery pack is integrated into its frame and is equipped with lights, mudguards, a pannier rack, and a kickstand. Another huge benefit is that this model comes in three different frame sizes to perfectly suit riders of any height.

The belt drives on these e-bikes are the Gates Carbon Drive. The bike’s frame is aluminum to keep the weight as low as possible, and it features hydraulic brakes to ensure maximum safety.

This electric bike is the first on the list, not necessarily because it tops the list in terms of power or performance, but because this is the best all-around e-bike on the market that features a belt drive system.

The Heinrich/Hannah by Schindelhauer is an urban cruiser with a ton of heart and excellent craftsmanship. It’s a well-designed and well-thought-out bike with plenty of features.

There’s only one real disadvantage… this model costs $5015 USD (5195 EURO). Other than the high price, this is the perfect urban e-bike.

SEE THIS MODEL AT: SCHINDELHAUER BIKES

Riese & Muller Supercharger with Belt Drive System
Riese & Muller Supercharger GT Rohloff with Belt Drive

6. Riese & Muller Supercharger GT Rohloff

The Supercharger GT Rohloff is described as a heavy-duty electric bike. It’s a rugged bike that is capable of handling almost any situation.

Riese & Muller is another German brand and they produce some of the most versatile electric bikes in the world. 

The Supercharger is their flagship model, and it’s so named because of its extra-large battery capacity. It’s actually equipped with dual in-frame 500Wh Bosch battery packs, combining a total of 1000Wh of power and superb battery life! Dual batteries with 1250Wh are also now available!

This is significantly higher than most commercial electric bikes.

Additionally, the Supercharger features a 14-speed internal transmission system by Rohloff with a 1:5.6 gear ratio. This system allows the rider to change gears even while stopped. But it does also require the rider to stop pedaling to change gears, which can take some getting used to.

The stand-out features of this bike are the exceptionally large battery pack that affords it a 100-mile range, top speeds of over 50 miles per hour, heavy-duty tires and wheels, front wheel and seat suspension for extra ride comfort, two luggage racks, and high-end component quality.

However, there are some major drawbacks of the Supercharger… the e-bike’s 65-lb weight and the $9500+ price tag!

Otherwise, this ebike is perfect for all those who enjoy riding tours and long-distance adventures. It’s rugged both in looks and construction, and the all-terrain tires make it far more capable than most other e-bikes.

The Supercharger is equipped with a belt drive that is as tough as its other components.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: PROPEL BIKES

Luna Cycle Fat BABE E-Bike
Luna Cycle Fat BABE E-Bike

7. Luna Cycle Fat BABE (Bad Ass Belt e-bike)

The Fat BABE by Luna Cycle is the sleekest and most understated fat e-bike on the market. However, the sleek looks and design are not an indication of performance.

This is among the quickest and most powerful fat e-bikes on the market. The Fat BABE is equipped with a Bafang M600 800W motor, a 48V 13.5ah Panasonic GA battery pack, and a 5-way internal Sturmey Archer RSX-RK5 gear hub. 

All of these features are internally mounted but fully accessible for repairs and replacements, which means that you can be as rough as you want on the Fat BABE without fearing the difficulty of making repairs.

This electric bike features a Gates Carbon belt drive, which is very simple to maintain. Notorious for their rugged simplicity and effective power transference, these belt drives are more efficient than chain drives and require far less maintenance. Carbon belt drives also last significantly longer than chain drives, which just adds to this fat e-bikes toughness and versatility.

The Fat BABE is equipped with piston hydraulic disc brakes and 4-inch thick fat tires for all-terrain.

The full-spec Fat BABE has a starting cost of $2750 and can be upgraded with a full-color display and quieter drive.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: LUNA CYCLE

Stromer ST E-Bike with Belt Drive System
Stromer ST E-Bike with Belt Drive E-bike

Check out this list of US made fat tire e-bikes!

8. Stromer ST2

The ST2 is one of the most well-equipped, modern, and efficient electric bikes on the market. This model is equipped with features that almost no others have and is the ideal choice for those who seek the most technological versatility from their commuter e-bike.

The ST2 is equipped with a low-maintenance and durable Gates carbon belt drive, which sets it apart from other e-bikes in the Stromer range.

It’s unique among the others on this list (and placed at number 4 in the ranking) due to its clever digital connectivity. The Stromer ST2 is equipped with wireless connectivity to the OMNI app, which allows the rider more control of their bike than any other.

The app provides the rider with the ability to make individual adjustments to the motor settings, track mileage and personal performance, and localize the bike via onboard GPS. It even allows the ST2 to be locked and unlocked automatically via Bluetooth.

All of this is done via the riders’ smartphone, and the system is intuitive and simple to use.

Further, the ST2 has a 75 – 110 mile range (depending on the battery life), a rear hub-mounted electric motor that offers pedal assist up to 28mph, and a fully customizable riding position.

One of the major advantages of this Swiss-made bike is that it is fully configurable. You’re able to select the exact features that they require and choose from the list of compatible parts provided by Stromer.

This means that you can customize the range, power, and feature specifications of your own Stromer ST2 before purchasing it. Very few electric bike manufacturers offer this feature, and it’s a major plus for the ST2 overall.

As the lowest-priced ST model begins at around $5700 MSRP, be prepared to make a substantial investment.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: MIKES BIKES

BLACK TENWAYS CGO600 BELT DRIVE E-BIKE
TENWAYS CGO600

9. TENWAYS CGO600

The lightweight CGO600 is an electric commuter bike that’s hard to even recognize as an e-bike!

Weighing only 33lbs, its slim frame is super agile and able to maneuver through crowded city streets. 

Besides likely being able to lift it with one hand, the CGO has the features most discerning e-bike riders wish for, a magnetic torque sensor and a Gates carbon belt. Not only can you set your pace, but the belt drive also offers more than 18,000 miles of worry-free riding!

The CGO performs with a 250W motor and up 43 miles of range. In the US, the motor is adjusted to a top speed of 20mph (while maxing out at the required 16mph in Europe).

With Medium and Large frames sized for riders 5’4” to 6’6”, you can get this belt drive bike in the US, EU, and the UK! Choose from four beautiful colors starting at $1699.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: TENWAYS

VanMoof X3 Electric Bike with belt drive
VanMoof X3 Electric Bike with Belt Drive

10. VanMoof X3

The VanMoof X3 is really something special. This is one of the most sought-after electric bikes in the world. These e-bikes are meant to be elite and for the discerning bike rider, but they are growing in popularity due to their high build quality and unique design features.

Although this bike isn’t designed to be the most powerful model on the market, it is built to be the most well-suited for city commuting. The X3 has a small, compact design but is also one of the most comfortable rides out there. Interestingly, it fits riders as small as 5’0″ and tall riders ups to 6’5″.

The X3 is also equipped with modern features such as temper detections, theft defense, and a lockdown mode that will shut down the bike in case of theft.

It also features a smart electric motor, an electronic shifting system, and a hydraulic braking system. But the shining feature of the X3 is the 504Wh battery with a 90+ mile riding range.

You can get this sleek e-bike for around $2500.

SEE THIS BIKE AT: VANMOOF

Vvolt Alpha Step-Over

11. Vvolt Alpha

The Vvolt Alpha is a unique find in the e-bikes with a belt drive world… it’s a simple, single-speed commuter electric bike with a belt drive!

With a range of 20-40 miles and a 350W rear hub motor, it’s not the fastest or a long-haul e-bike.

However, priced affordably starting at $1399, it features a Gates CDN belt drive, hydraulic disc brakes, 5 levels of pedal assist, and a lightweight battery pack. It also sports a rechargeable headlight and taillight.

Thanks to its simplicity, the Vvolt Alpha only weighs 44-46 lbs, depending on whether you choose the Alpha step-over or Alpha S step-through model. Additionally, each model comes in two frame sizes, so it fits just about anyone 4’8″ to 6’4″.

Plus, Vvolt comes with one of the longest warranties I’ve seen… 3 years without any mileage limits!

SEE THIS BIKE AT: VVOLT ELECTRIC BIKES

Conclusion

As electric bikes become more popular, the features that are available on the market are also increasing quickly.

The use of belt drives, rather than standard chain drives, is a huge part of this advancement in electric bicycle technology.

Belt-driven ebikes are still not as commonplace as many would like, but this is simply because belt-driven bikes are much more expensive than the alternative. For now!

However, if you are seeking one of the best belt-drive electric bikes, the models on this list are the best ones to consider.

Interested in comparing these top e-bike brands before choosing?

Electric Bike Travel Guide: USA E-Bike Adventures

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E-biking is a fantastic way to see the USA while riding faster and farther than you ever could on a regular bicycle. Whether you want to ride all day in breathtaking National Parks or cruise through iconic American cities, riding e-bikes just makes it fun and easy!

In this electric bike travel guide, you’ll get a complete overview of how to transport your e-bike, where to travel in the USA, and what tools and accessories you need to take with you. Additionally, you’ll find out how to care for and charge your battery while traveling.

For many, including myself, traveling itself has become an active adventure, rather than just a “sit-by-the-pool” vacation. And electric bike vacations and bike tours are proving to be one of the top activities for travelers who want to see the US up close and personal.

How To Transport An E-Bike for Travel

Transporting an e-bike can be a challenge due to its heavy weight and large size. However, there are easy ways to travel with your e-bike in your car, attached to your car, or by plane as long as you have the right accessories.

Since most e-bikes are bulky and weigh anywhere from 38-70 pounds, depending on the battery and motor size and any parts added to the bike, you’ll need to take this into consideration

Continue reading to learn how to effectively transport an electric bike to an e-bike tour or travel destination.

How to Put It In the Car

Foldable E-Bike in Back of Car
Folding RadMini from Rad Power Bikes saves space and fits in the car easily!

Many e-bike models are foldable and portable! By purchasing a folding electric bike, you’ll be able to take it with you camping, to a trail on the beach, or anywhere that you can drive closer to first and be able to pop it right back out of the car. 

Pedal-assisted folding bikes can range anywhere from $800-$4,000 USD, although most fall in the $1,500-$2,000 range. These types of bikes work just as well as any electric bike model, but they are more compact and much better for transporting or even storing in a smaller space if you need to! 

From first-hand experience, make sure you consider the weight of your bike if you intend to lift it into the car, even if it’s a folding bike. My RadMini electric bike weighs almost 70 lbs. I certainly can’t lift it into the car and most people will need some help.

If you don’t have a foldable bike, there are some other ways to possibly put your bike in a car. You can always try removing the front or back tires, which will definitely allow for more space. If you are able to put your back seats down, placing the bike diagonally will help as well.

Make sure not to place e-bikes upside down as it may damage the handles! And protect the electric motor and other delicate components with a blanket or cushion.

Find out more about buying a folding electric bike:

Securing Your Electric Bike in a Truck Bed

Another great way to transport e-bikes is with a pickup truck. Although it sounds easy to throw a bike in the back of a truck, some caution is required. It’s important to strap your bike down in your truck bed to avoid it sliding around or getting damaged from moving too much.

The best way to secure electric bikes in the back of pickup trucks is to use bungee cords or a soft strap. Ratchet straps are actually not as good at securing and may pop off due to the lack of optimal tension.

E-bikes can also be hung over the edge of your truck if you have a tale bike pad to protect the truck. If it’s raining or damp outside, you can cover your electric bike with a blanket or tarp in order to prevent rusting and protect the electric motor and other components from damage.

Travel Racks for E-Bikes

2-Bike Hitch Rack on the back of a hatchback car that fits electric bikes
Saris Door County e-bike hitch rack

In general, e-bikes are more difficult to attach to your vehicle than regular bikes. They will likely need special car bike racks because they are larger, heavier, and have delicate electric parts.

So, it’s important to find racks that have good wheel support and can handle the weight of electric bikes. A pro tip is to remove the battery and store it inside your car before you mount it in order to reduce the weight (and to protect the battery from outside elements)! 

How to use a roof hatch with electric bikes

You can attach e-bikes to the roof, also known as a roof hatch. This is one of the more popular and secure ways of transporting traditional bikes. This way can work for electric bikes as well but can be a bit riskier. I’d definitely recommend having one or two others help you lift it and making sure it is strongly strapped down so that it can’t move and scratch or dent the top of your car.

How to use a hitch rack for e-bikes

Hollywood Special Car Bike Rack for Electric Bikes
Hollywood Special Car Bike Rack for Electric Bikes– How they should sit on a rack

The best method for mounting e-bikes is a hitch rack, which is installed on the back of your vehicle. This type of rack is the most secure and easiest option for mounting e-bikes.

However, a hitch rack may be slightly more risky due to the possibility of someone rear-ending your car. And they can be more expensive than traditional bike racks.

Here are some brands and models that are good for mounting electric bikes onto cars. Most of these options can mount 2 bikes:

  • Thule EasyFold- One of the most popular brands
  • Hollywood Racks Sport Rider- They even have a version that fits fat tire electric bikes
  • Saris SuperClamp EX 2-Bike
  • Swagman Escapee
  • Yakima Hitch Bike Rack- Fits 2 Fat Tire electric bikes
  • Hollywood RV Rider- Good for mounting to RV’s or trailer homes

Travel Trailer

A final alternative for transporting electric bikes is to use a 2-inch trailer hitch and attach a small trailer to your car. This will make transporting more than one bike easier and more secure. However, towing a trailer everywhere you go might negate any of the benefits of using this method!

Ship Your Electric Bike

Have you thought about shipping directly to your electric bike vacation or touring destination?

This could be a substantial expense but the convenience could make up for it. If only a portion of your travel involves a bike tour, you probably don’t want to be stuck carting around your e-bikes for the entire trip.

You can actually ship it to a holding location, like FedEx, and pick it up when you’re ready!

Find out everything about shipping e-bikes in this article!

Can You Take an E-Bike on a Plane?

Unfortunately, most airlines do not allow bike batteries to be taken on flights because of the danger of any lithium battery. Batteries are a fire hazard and because lithium is highly flammable. In general, any battery larger than 100Wh is prohibited on a plane. 

However, there are ways around this. Electric bikes themselves are allowed, so you can always try shipping your battery separately to your location or renting a new battery once you are there. Or, you can bring smaller batteries that are less than 100WH, but they probably won’t work very well. 

It’s still a good idea to call your airline beforehand to double-check any questions you may have about bringing your electric bike, as some may allow batteries up to 160WH or have other suggestions for you. 

Where to Travel in the USA With E-Bikes

In general, the USA is a fantastic place to travel with your electric bike. Many cities throughout the US have developed bike paths and bike-friendly roads while there are many public-owned lands and national parks that encourage riding your e-bike.

This is by far the best part of this travel guide… deciding where to go! And what’s great about this is that you can easily discover where to ride your e-bike with Google Maps. Just select your destination or route and use the menu to click on “Bicycling”. You’ll be able to locate bike-friendly paths like in Monterey, CA below in an instant!

Map of Monterey, CA showing bike paths and bike lanes
Map courtesy of Google Maps

This map of Monterey, California shows the amazing “bicycle-friendly” roads and, trails, and dedicated bike lanes in the area.

Are E-Bikes Allowed in US National Parks?

National Parks are probably one of the first places that people think of taking their e-bikes. As of 2019, e-bikes are officially allowed in US National Parks! However, riding them on hiking trails is still prohibited. As long as you’re able to ride them on the main roads, then you can definitely take your bikes to stunning places like Yosemite National Park in California!

Here are some of the best bike-friendly National Parks for riding e-bikes: 

All of these parks are not only beautiful and have breathtaking views, but they all have paths and roads that are great for cycling or a bike tour. You can easily ride your bike to explore rather than walking, driving, or taking a bus! 

Google Maps will find paths to ride e-bikes in the US National Parks as well. Here’s Grand Teton National Park, WY:

Google maps of the bike trails and bike-friendly roads in Grand Teton National Park, WY
Map courtesy of Google Maps

Bike Trails and Roads

E-bikes are allowed on most traditional bike paths and roads in the United States, so it’s not hard to find travel destinations that are perfect for riding.

Just make sure to look up the local laws for riding a specific trail or road in any area as they may differ depending upon your e-bike’s classification and more.

Here are some amazing US cities to ride your e-bike in:

  • San Francisco, CA. This is a great city for commuting and traveling around on a bike. It’s a smaller city with plenty of riding room, and e-biking is easier than driving a car.
  • Portland, Oregon. This is considered to be the best bicycle city in the United States! 
  • Austin, Texas. This is a great city for traveling in and considered one of the best cycling cities in America.
  • Tucson, Arizona. Because this is surrounded by desert, there are plenty of open roads to ride on, and has over 700 miles of designated bike paths.
  • San Diego, CA. This is great for biking scenic beach routes and parks. 
  • Washington DC. The Capitol of our country and great for traveling around on electric bikes.
  • Missoula, Montana. Montana is a beautiful state with lots of open roads and is also home to the Adventure Cycling Association. 
  • Boulder, Colorado. This is near the Rockies and is a stunning place for any bicyclist. Find other great Colorado e-bike trails here!
  • Monterey, California. A beautiful beach town with miles of bike trails right along the ocean (one of the best cities for a bike tour iin my opinion). 
  • Eugene, Oregon. A quaint city with paved roads specifically for biking around and plenty of space.

You might also like to read this before you head out on your e-bike adventure:

Are E-Bikes Allowed on Sidewalks in the US

Best States for E-Bike Riding

Although e-biking is legal in all 50 states, some states have stricter rules for riding while some are definitely more “e-bike friendly” in terms of having appropriate space, trails, and scenic routes for riding! 

There are three classification systems that a majority of states in the USA follow, all with a maximum motor of 750W:

  • Class One: Allows e-bikes that are pedal-assist only, has no throttle, and a maximum speed of 20mph. 
  • Class Two: Allows e-bikes with throttle assist, but still a maximum speed of 20mph. 
  • Class Three: Allows e-bikes that are pedal-assist only, has no throttle, but allows a maximum speed of 28mph. 
Image of USA showing general electric bike regulations
Image courtesy of People for Bikes

The states that follow the same general rules and stick within these classification systems include:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Traveling to California? Check this out:

While these next states don’t follow this three-tiered classification system, they do have specific rules for electric bikes that you should look up before traveling and riding here:  

Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Vermont.

The remaining 10 states have unclear e-bike laws and it is important to research your state specifically to see what their laws are. These include: 

Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. 

Each state may also have different age limits for riding e-bikes or helmet requirements, so be sure to look up whatever state you live in just to double-check the laws. 

Learn more about legal e-bike riding in the USA here:

Legal E-Bike Riding: Where to Ride in the USA

Electric Bike Travel Accessories

There are several accessories you’ll need when traveling with your electric bike. In addition to a battery and charger, you’ll need a specialized bike tool kit, tire repair kit, and cargo storage as well other optional items like a bicycle travel case or folding pedals.

Do I Need a Travel Case for My Electric Bike?

Other than the battery, this could be the most expensive item you’ll need to take your e-bike traveling with you. At an average price of $500 or more, you’ll be spending a lot to protect your also expensive bike.

The question is, do you need a rolling cover for airplane transport or a hard-sided case to put on the top or back of your car? Or maybe both? If you’ll be traveling where it’s rainy, snowy, or windy, you’ll want to make sure your bike is protected. Thus, just attaching them to the back of your car is not a good option.

Thule has several options to fit your needs.

Do I Need an Extra Charger?

Let’s face it… you have to take your battery with you wherever you go. You’ll need a lot of battery power for a full day or overnight bike tour. But you do have a couple of options:

  1. Get a lighter-than-typical battery that still works with your e-bike model. Bosch has a smaller and lighter charger that works well for travelers. It’s only 160mm long and 75mm wide as compared to a standard charger which is likely 190mm long and 86mm wide. Further, the Bosch charger only weighs 60 grams as compared to an 800-gram regular charger.

    When shopping for a charger, whether it’s a second travel charger being purchased or you’re getting one for regular use, you’ll want to consider the charging time. Bosch’s smaller battery can take up to twice as long to charge, which could be a problem if you’re making a quick stop while traveling to charge it.
  2. Frankly, it might just be more efficient to just take your own regular battery along during your travels. You could even buy a second one just for this purpose. Of course, at an average cost of $500, that’s a pretty expensive way to go!

Get a Bicycle Tool Kit

Although this can be a little bulky, a tool kit made just for bikes is a necessity. A bike tool kit will have several items to fix specific parts on your bike that a regular tool kit won’t have. This includes a pedal wrench and various other wrenches and allen keys that’ll fit your bike’s nuts and bolts.

Take a look at these 25 useful accessories for your e-bike!

Get a Tire Inflator and Repair Patch Kit

This is not optional! Hopefully, you already carry these with you wherever you ride. However, taking care of your tires becomes even more important when on the road or far from home. Keeping your tires inflated properly will provide a more efficient ride and protect your tires.

And if you end up with a flat tire and can’t find a local hardware or bike store with a tire repair kit, you could be in a world of trouble. Pushing your heavy e-bike 20 or 30 miles is not going to be fun!

Consider getting your tools and tire repair in one kit like this one on Amazon for about $30:

Get all of these tools and tire inflator in one kit from XCH Robots
Photo courtesy of XCH Robots

What About Folding or Removable Pedals?

If you’re traveling by car or in an RV, folding pedals could really come in handy. Being able to fold up or remove one or both of your bike pedals can help your bike fit better on a bike carrier or in your RV (one less thing to trip over).

Plus, it’ll be harder for a thief to ride off with your bike!

Cargo Bag with Food and Personal Items

If you’re traveling where you’ll be riding trails and roads in the backcountry, you’re going to need to carry more gear than usual. The best way to go about packing your cargo bag is to always assume that you could get stuck somewhere unexpected.

Here’s what you should have in your bag:

  • Additional layers of clothing
  • Small tire tube repair kit
  • meals or snacks
  • sunscreen
  • medications
  • keys to e-bikes and hotel or lodgings
  • extra water

Bike Locks for Security

Chain Lock example for an e-bike
Hiplock chain bike lock

Even if you already have a bike lock that you use, it’s a good idea to re-evaluate your security needs for traveling. Your e-bike will be at a higher risk of getting stolen because there will be many additional opportunities for thieves… at the campground, while you’re sightseeing, when you stop to use the restroom, etc. So, make sure you have the very best lock (you might consider using two or more at a time).

You’ll want to secure your e-bike to your car or RV and also be able to lock it up during your ride. A high-security U-Lock or a heavy-weight chain lock is a good bet due to its incredibly strong steel. The downside to both, however, is that they’re pretty heavy (3-4 lbs) and will add 3-4 lbs of weight onto your bike, which is already heavy due to the electric components.

Although a little heavier than the u-lock, a chain lock is far more flexible, making it easier to lock up your e-bike just about anywhere.

Ready to discover the best electric bike travel accessories?!

Battery Charging on the Road

Always plan ahead for keeping your battery charged while riding long distances (if camping or traveling, you may be able to charge using a generator). (if camping or traveling, you may be able to charge using a generator).

You’ll be able to charge your e-bike and protect your battery by doing a little research before you set off. Find out where the charging powerpoints are and what amenities are located on your riding path. Then check the local weather for rain, snow, and wind.

Where can I charge my e-bike?

As long as you remember to bring your battery with you, you’ll be able to charge it, even in places you wouldn’t have thought of.

Of course, you’ll always want to recharge your battery when you’re done riding at night and back where you’re staying. But you’ll also find powerpoints at coffee shops, airports and train stations, and gas stations. And, if you ask nicely, you might be allowed to charge it in a business office, church, or other retail location.

If you’re camping, plan ahead! It’s best to stay at a camp spot that has power outlets… because some don’t!

Learn all of the important battery charging tips here.

How to protect your battery from the elements

Just as you’d protect your battery at home, you’ll need to take care of it while traveling. Doing so may be even more challenging on the road due to temperature and humidity changes in your car and while riding.

Still, you should do everything you can to keep your battery well above freezing temperatures and preferably above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal temperature is always between 32-68 degrees, no matter where you’re traveling. If you’re riding in a humid location, make sure to take your battery into your air-conditioned hotel or condo as soon as possible.

A good rule is to just not leave your battery outside or in the car without you… remove it and bring it with you. If the temperature and moisture in the air are comfortable where you are, then your battery will be in good shape.

Should You Bring an Extra Battery?

Ideally, having an extra battery while you’re traveling is a great idea. You won’t have to worry about not finding a charging station when you need it or accidentally forgetting to charge it. And if you’re a semi-professional rider, you might use both batteries on one ride!

But you will have to pay for two batteries and carry the extra bulk and weight of two batteries. So you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth it. I’d say that it’s definitely worth it if you’ll be riding daily and if riding your e-bike is the focus of your trip.

Ready to learn more about e-bike maintenance?

How to Care for an E-Bike: A Step By Step Maintenance Guide

E-Bike Touring in the USA

If you’ve never traveled with your e-bike before, it’s probably a good idea to get some experience doing so before deciding to ride longer than a few hours. An overnight electric bike tour is generally for more experienced riders who want to see vast amounts of the USA on their e-bike.

Generally, bike touring is when you ride all day and spend at least one night somewhere. Many riders will tour for days or weeks on end. Food and supplies can be carried on your e-bike or in a car that meets up with you in various places to offer you food, respite, and overnight gear.

Riding an electric bike is an exceptionally wonderful way to begin touring. First, electric bikes really level out the fitness abilities of each rider so that it’s easier to keep up with one another. One person can ride hard and fast but their traveling companion can easily catch up. if they fall behind.

And if you’re concerned that it might be too hard, you know your electric bike will do the job for you.

That being said, your main concern will need to be about the battery. If you expect to use motor power to ride for a long day or to keep up with others, you’ll need to have a good, strong battery. You should also plan ahead to find charging spots on the road so that you won’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere.

When touring with an electric bike in the United States, it’s a very good idea to have a second, fully-charged battery, especially due to the vast areas of open land, deserts, and mountains. Additionally, take into consideration all of the travel accessories mentioned previously… because you’re going to need them!

And if you’d like to read about touring on an electric bike from a guy who claims that “bike touring is the love of my life”, then feel free to check out his article in Cycling West here.

Renting E-Bikes

Don’t want to lug your ebike around the United States? Many bike shops rent electric bikes as an option for a slightly increased charge over a normal bike. And you can still follow this e-bike travel guide whether you own or rent a bike.

On average, you can rent an electric bike in the USA for $20 per hour or $75 per day, depending upon whether you are in a popular destination or a large city. Professional bike tour companies will also rent you an e-bike along with a self-guided or group tour.

Read this article on everything you need to know about renting an electric bike!

Electric Bike Day Rentals

In California, a popular place for riding because of the nice weather, rental shops charge around $20-$25 per hour to rent a bike, while the full day can be around $75-$80. And you’ll probably be given the option to add on equipment such as an extra battery or hitch rack for your car for $5-$10 each per day.

Some major cities have electric bikes available on the street. These are connected to an app and can be hopped onto anywhere you can find one. Usually for these, you pay a certain amount of money per minute you use the bike, but it is perfect if you need to get somewhere quickly. It’s also a great way to try out an electric bike for the first time!

Every county and state is different, so it’s a good idea to look up bike rentals near you. If you‘re going to a popular tourist area, you’re likely to find some quality electric bike rental shops that will show you everything you need to know to ride.

E-Bike Tour: Self-Guided or Group

Along with a traditional bike tour, many places now offer an electric bike tour! You can choose a self-guided one or a group one, however, in most cases, the group tours will cost a bit more. Prices may range from $700 for self-guided to $1,500 for a group bike tour and more, depending on the location and length of the tour.

Some bike tour options are now even labeled as Electric Bike Vacations!

Just look up electric bike tours near you or your vacation destination and see what they have to offer.

Summary

I hope you’ve enjoyed this electric bike travel guide and are excited to ride throughout the US. There are many adventures awaiting you and e-biking is a great way to find them. With endless big cities, stunning countryside, and unbelievable National Parks, you’re sure to become an experienced e-bike traveler in no time.

12 Best Places to Ride Electric Bikes in the USA (Paved Trails)

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Best Places to Ride Electric Bikes in the USA Paved Trails

Here’s the #1 thing I love about electric bikes… you can ride just about any hill, paved path, road, or bike trail because you have the power of the motor behind you! And long-distance riding is certainly easier. 

Yet, you might still prefer to stay on paved trails, even as an e-bike rider.  Not only do asphalt and concrete bike trails give you a smooth ride, but they also allow you to see more and adventure further. However, finding the best paved roads for e-bike riding is time-consuming and requires digging through article after article. 

So, to make it easy, I’ve compiled a list of the best places to ride electric bikes in the USA… and they’re all paved trails!

First, I’ve put together a table of the best paved bike trails in the U.S., listing their location, name, distance one-way, weather, amenities along the route, and what makes each one special for a long ride on your e-bike.

Then, keep reading to learn other important information about each e-bike trail, including where to find the trailhead for each one.

USA Bike Trail LocationName of Paved Bike PathDistance (one-way)Weather ConcernsAmenitiesNeed to Know
1. Cape Cod, MAShining Sea Bikeway11 milesCan be very windy as well as very cold in the winterFalmouth or Woods Hole on either end of the ride provides water, food, and restrooms.Witness beautiful scenery and diverse terrain on a short e-bike ride
2. Provo, UTProvo River Parkway15 milesSummers are hot and dry but winters can bring snow and freezing temperaturesParking, restrooms, camping, water, Utah Lake State ParkConnects with the Golden Spoke Network of 100+ miles of trails
3. Coeur d’Alene, IDTrail of the Coeur d’Alene73 milesWinters are cold and snowy… Summer is a beautiful time to ride your e-bikeBike-friendly businesses along the wayYou’ll need to charge your e-bike battery along the way or take a few days to see it
4. Monterey, CAMonterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail18 milesCan be breezy and cool, as well as foggy, throughout the yearLots of places to stop on the south end of the ride in Monterey. Other towns along the way as well.Primarily separated from traffic but gets busy on weekends.
5. Ventura, CARincon Bike Trail20 milesMild temperatures year-round but can be very windy, especially when going fast on e-bikesVentura or Carpinteria (Beginning or end of trail) + Fire Station 25 + Rincon PointMust get on 101 FWY for about ½ mile (wide bike lane) + ride on some streets with traffic
6. Henderson, NVRiver Mountains Loop Trail35-mile loopDeadly hot in the Summer: Ride this trail throughout Fall, Winter, and parts of SpringAmenities at Lake Las Vegas, Hoover Dam & Boulder CityKeep an eye out for Bighorn Sheep
7. Jackson Hole, WYNorth Pathway20 milesLots of snow and cold in the WinterJackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor CenterBeautiful scenery… Watch for large wildlife (Bison, Elk)
8. Miami, FLShark Valley Trail15-mile loopHot and humid much of the year, but pleasant during the winter & early springVisitors Center in Everglades National ParkMay have to pedal around alligators & turtles
9. Calhoun & Cleburne Counties, ALChief Ladiga Trail33 milesAbove-average rainfall, mild temperatures overall, but hotter and humid in the summerTown of Piedmont a little over halfway point (Stop for amenities before continuing)Connects to Georgia’s 62-mile Silver Comet Trail
10. Crow Wing State Park, MNPaul Bunyan State Trail115 milesBitter cold in the winter; summer is pleasant5 Electric Bicycle repair stops along the wayPerfect for touring with towns along the way
11. Columbia & Washington Counties, ORBanks-Vernonia State Trail23 milesMild temperatures year-round but summer is the best time to ride your e-bikeL.L. Stub Stewart State Park near halfway point + town of Vernonia at the end Bridges and Trestles
12. WA, ID, MT, WY, NE, IA, IL, IN, OH, PA, WV, MD, DCGreat American Rail-Trail3700+ milesBe prepared for all weather systems depending on the portion of the trailCheck with each trail location 139 trails You’ll have to pick and choose which trails to ride (only 50% of the trails are completed)

1. Shining Sea Bikeway (Massachusetts)

This amazing rail-trail bike path is perfect for starting to explore riding your electric bike long distances. But it’s also totally worth it for any e-bike rider.

Shining Sea Bikeway
Shining Sea Bikeway

You’ll ride wooded areas, through a saltwater marsh, past beautiful rivers, and get a scenic view on the section of Cape Cod seaside. If starting in Falmouth, you’ll end your ride overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with the opportunity to take a swim or relax on the beach.

I’ve listed this as one of the best places to ride electric bikes in the USA because it was named after the “America the Beautiful” song lyrics…. And because it includes some of the most diverse terrains you’ll see on a 10-mile bike ride.

Paved Trailhead

Start at the Falmouth Depot Road trailhead near Pine Street for the easiest parking (and to enjoy the best scenic reward once you reach your destination). The Woods Hole trailhead can be quite congested.

2. Provo River Parkway (Utah)

“Parkway” is a perfect name for this bike trail, as it winds from Utah State Park to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. Plus, there are a few other parks along the way!

With a gradual incline, this multi-use trail is mostly flat with just a few steep uphill climbs. So even the lowest wattage e-bike can manage this, although going up the hills may be slower than you’d like. Although you’ll find walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts on the path, it’s plenty wide for all at 8-10 feet throughout.

With water, restrooms, and picnic areas along the way, you’ll be well taken care of. And the main feature of your e-bike ride will be a stunning view of Bridal Veil Falls at the northern end!

There are a couple of places where you’ll need to cross a street or ride through a narrow underpass. 

Plus, this 15-mile path connects to 100+ miles of other paved trails, so you can ride your electric bike as far as you’d like. Just keep an eye on your battery charge (and know its range in the first place) so you don’t get stuck in the middle of a long trail without assistance).

Bike Trailhead

Start at Utah Lake State Park or Vivian Park at the Northern end.

3. Trail of the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho)

With 73 miles of paved trail through spectacular mountains and valleys, this is one worth spending a few days traveling over.

Bike Trail of the Coeur d’Alene
Bike Trail of the Coeur d’Alene

With lots of places to stop and visit, you’ll get the most out of this adventure by spending a few days in the area and tackling a portion of the bike trail each day! If you do, this will truly be one of the best paved bike trails in the U.S. when it comes to lots to see and do!

If you’re traveling during the warm season, you can stop for a cool dip in the lake at Heyburn State Park. 

And any time of the year, keep a lookout for lots of wildlife, including beavers, moose, and perhaps a black bear family. In the historical town of Wallace, you’ll find great food and entertaining attractions.

One more cool fact… this trail is connected to over 3,700 miles of developing rail trail called the Great American Rail Trail!

Bike Trailhead

There are many small towns in which you can park and access the trail. Consider starting your e-bike ride in Harrison and continuing on to the end of the route in Plummer (this is a scenic 30-mile round trip ride around and across Lake Coeur d’Alene).

4. Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail (California)

Another one of the best places to ride your e-bike is in one of my favorite California cities, Monterey. This 18-mile trail down the coast is easy on an electric bike, even if you ride both ways.

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail Bike Path
Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

You’ll wind along the Pacific Coast on a protected paved rail-trail path with amazing views of the ocean, boats, sea lions, and maybe even otters. And there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures.

You can even stop for lunch and shopping in Cannery Row or Fisherman’s Wharf, or take a tour of the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Just be sure to securely lock up your e-bikes if you leave them unattended!

Bike Trailhead

You can start inland at Castroville or on the south coastal end in Pacific Grove. The rail begins here near Ocean View Boulevard and Jewell Ave. You can probably find street parking with some patience or park in the paid lot.

5. Rincon Bike Trail (California)

Although you’ll find information stating that this is only a 3.6-mile ride, you can actually ride almost 20 miles one way if you ride from Ventura into the town of Carpinteria! 

Man standing next to e-bike near the ocean
My husband ad I rode 40 miles from Ventura to Carpenteria and back. What an adventure (that ended with a flat tire 1/2 mile form the end)!

Most of the ride is protected but, if you want to go the full distance, then you’ll have to ride a short jaunt on the 101 freeway (½ mile maybe) and on some side roads with car traffic.

However, with a little caution on these parts, it can make for an awesome full day’s ride. Stop in Carpinteria for lunch on the beach before riding back to Ventura (my husband and I grabbed some tacos and ate them on the beach) or enjoy the beach and boardwalk on the Ventura end.

It can be quite windy, so dress accordingly. But the good news is that the wind won’t keep you from riding the full distance on your pedal-assist electric bike!

woman on beach with e-bike
The Rincon Bike Trail starts and ends at beautiful beaches.

Bike Trailhead

Start riding in Ventura (there’s a bike path parking lot off E. Main St.) and head North or begin your e-bike ride at Carpinteria State Beach. Alternatively, if you want to avoid getting on the 101 FWY, start in Ventura and turn around at Rincon point.

Take a look at the very best places to ride your e-bike in California!

6. River Mountains Loop Trail (Nevada)

This is a wonderful 35-mile loop trail that’s paved and approximately 12 feet wide. From this bike trail, you’ll get a full view of the River Mountains as you ride around them and might even spot Bighorn Sheep (one of the largest populations lives here).

River Mountains Loop Bike Trail
River Mountains Loop Bike Trail

You’ll also connect to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam, which is an amazing must-see! There are also several connecting trails to check out, as long as your ebike’s battery charge can go the distance.

Even though you’re in the desert area, you’ll be riding uphill and downhill and may find some areas of gravel even though the path is paved (or if you choose to continue onto another trail).

Bike Trailhead

There are many places to start your ride on this loop. If you’d like to start with a big climb (so you won’t have to do it later when you’re tired), park at the Lake Mead Visitor Center and ride clockwise.

7. North Pathway (Wyoming)

You and your e-bike won’t want to miss out on this amazing paved path. As it parallels HWY 89 and Teton Park Road, it’s a stunning way to see the Grand Teton Mountains, and numerous wildlife, and even stop for a little fishing at Flat Creek.

Google maps of the bike trails and bike-friendly roads in Grand Teton National Park, WY
North Pathway Bike Trail Grand Teton

Halfway through this completely doable 20 miles (it’s easy on an e-bike at least), you’ll find the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center is a nice respite. Then, once you get to the northern end of the bike trail, you’ll get to the Jenny Lake Visitor Center where you can even connect to the Jenny Lake bike path to ride along the eastern shoreline of the lake.

But the trails still continue… the Jackson Hole Community pathway adds another 27 miles of paved road all the way to Teton Village.

Bike Trailhead

Start at any of the three Visitors Centers, where each provides parking, drinking water, and restrooms. Starting on the southern end is Jackson Hole, then Craig Thomas, and then Jenny Lake Visitor Centers (Grand Teton National Park), respectively.

8. Shark Valley Trail (Florida)

Here’s one trail you might not have heard much about. Located in the Everglades National Park, you can ride your electric bike (as long it’s 750 watts or under) on Shark Valley Tram road around an easy 15-mile loop of wetlands.

Although you won’t have to worry about your safety riding in traffic, you will have the occasional park tram pass you on this fully paved trail. But don’t be deceived by this nice little road. Watch out for alligators and other wildlife on the roads! Good thing the speed limit is 15 mph (yes, even on your e-bike).

Halfway through your ride, you can stop at the Shark Valley Observation Tower and look over the park for miles.

You can start your ride right behind the Visitors Center (and even rent a regular bicycle if you’d rather not bring your electric bike).

Paved Trailhead  

You can enter the park in your car or park outside it on the Tamiami Trail and ride in. There will be a fee for each bicycle (around $15 each).

9. Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama)

Ready to bike to the Alabama/Georgia State Line? This 33-mile path should be no problem on your electric bike!

Chief Ladiga Bike Trail
Chief Ladiga Bike Trail

In fact, the trail is a smooth, flat ride through the countryside and small towns, all the way to Georgia where you can pick up the Silver Comet Trail for another 62 miles (okay, you might need to recharge your e-bike battery overnight before continuing).

This bike path is unique in that it passes through wetlands, open fields, and forests. There’s even a stretch of the trail in which you’re likely to see wildlife such as deer and foxes. Further, there are quiet towns to stop in as well as Jacksonville State University.

Bike Trailhead 

Woodland Park Trailhead off Holly Farms Road.

10. Paul Bunyan State Trail (Minnesota)

This insanely long paved bike road (119 miles!) is one of the longest rail-trail, multi-use paved bike paths in the USA. 

Paul Bunyan State Bike Trail
Paul Bunyan State Bike Trail

Naturally, you don’t have to ride its entire length, but you may just want to take a few days on your e-bike to work your way along this inactive 1893 railroad. Since there are towns to stop in for the night every 10 miles or so, this isn’t as hard as it sounds (just make sure you have the electric bike travel accessories you need, especially if you’re camping).

Besides being no big thing riding an electric bike a long distance, it’ll be worth encountering over 30 lakes, rivers, and streams along the way. And wildlife? Yes, absolutely!

Bike Path Trailhead

Start at either Crow Wing State Park or Lake Bemidji State Park on the northern end.

11. Banks-Vernonia State Trail (Oregon)

This paved rail trail is one of the best trails for families and boasts stunning views over 13 bridges and two huge railroad trestles. It’s one of the best places to ride your electric bike in the USA in the summer! With beautiful weather along for the ride, you’ll get a view of the coast as well as forests, rivers, and creeks.

Banks-Vernonia Bike Trail
Banks-Vernonia Paved Bike Trail

The path is typically 8 feet wide which runs alongside a horse path, and is generally only a slight incline. However, there is an area of switchbacks that go up 700 feet… but the path is still plenty wide.

Make use of picnic areas and interpretive trails, as well as L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and Campground. Then enjoy the shops, town museum, and art galleries of Vernonia before heading back over 22 miles to the beginning of the trail in the city of Banks.

Trailhead

The city of Banks trailhead has the easiest parking, as well as water and restrooms. It’ll also provide for the longest ride. You’ll find the beginning of the route at NW Banks Road and NW Sellers Road.

12. Great American Rail-Trail (13 States)

I just couldn’t get away without mentioning this! The Great American Rail Trail is a multi-use bike path being developed all the way across the northern part of the USA, from the state of Washington to Washington, DC.

These paved trails have been built for over 30 years and are perfect for riding electric bicycles, even if you’re a beginner. Not only are they meant for bike riding, but with an e-bike, you’ll have no problem seeing any part of this trail system as you wish.

But you can’t yet just ride the full 3700+ miles without connecting to other roads and trails. Instead, it’s best to find a portion of the trail that you’d love to ride your e-bike on and drive to each trailhead.

However, the most fully developed bike paths(over 200 miles) are in Washington DC and Maryland and start at the U.S. Capitol.

Paved Bike Trailheads

You’ll have to do a bit of searching to decide where in the northern U.S you’ll travel in order to connect to a Great American Rail Trail. But, if you’re up for a lot of e-bike riding, I’d suggest starting at the United States Capitol and riding west!

Conclusion

Generally speaking, as an e-bike rider, you can ride on almost any public land in different states with the help of your bike’s electric motor. 

But, if you’d prefer to ride on paved bike trails, then the list and details above will help you decide which trail you want to ride on first! And although most electric bikes are allowed on these paths, you should check individual U.S. state laws before riding (especially if you have a Class 3 e-bike).

Frankly, the best trails for electric bikes are those that are paved. Riding on them will offer amazing views of so many places, landscapes, and small towns that you’d never see otherwise, even though you might’ve lived in the U.S. your whole life.

Enjoy this list of paved bike trails and the “Best Places to Ride Electric Bikes in the USA”!

Looking for more trails? Check these out:

Top 6 Best Electric Bikes for Sand: Fat Tire Beach E-Bikes

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The best electric bikes for sand riding will have a powerful motor and battery, pedal assistance, wide fenders, and fat tires that can traverse soft or hard-packed sand.

Thus, the 6 best electric bikes for sand are:

ModelMotorBatteryTire WidthPrice
Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus750W48 Volt 14 Ah4.0″$2099
Aventon Aventure750W48 Volt 15 Ah4.0″$1899
Juiced Bikes HyperScorpion1000W52 Volt 15 Ah4.25″$2499
Sondors XS (Save $50 w/ this link)750W48 Volt 17.5 Ah4.9″$2699
Aventon Sinch Foldable E-Bike500W48 Volt 14 Ah4.0″$1599
Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S1000W52 Volt 19.2 Ah4.0″$2399
Top 6 Best Electric Bikes for Sand (Updated 2023)

Fat tire electric bikes are the best way to explore sand and beaches. And buying your own is a worthwhile alternative to renting an e-bike every time you want to ride.

Unfortunately, with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to find the best electric bike for riding through the sand on the beach.

In this article, I’ll go into detail about the six favorite fat tire e-bikes I’ve researched and compiled that’ll get you through the sand and on your way! Then I’ll help you understand why sand can be a problem for e-bike riders and give you the solutions you need.

Top 6 Best Electric Bikes for Sand

Now that you understand what’s important when it comes to riding an electric bike in the sand, you can begin shopping for the best fat tire electric sand bike for you.

To reiterate, you should find one with a strong motor, varying levels of pedal assistance, and fat tires with wide fenders covering them.

Here are the top 5 best sand fat tire e-bikes I listed above. These are for riders who plan to spend time on the beach or in the desert sand.

1. Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus

$2099

Recognized as one of the “Best Electric Fat Bikes” by Electric Bike Review in 2021, this Rad Power Bikes fat tire bike is fast, solid, and perfectly capable of riding in sand.

The RadRover e-bike is a perfect way to get out and explore the great outdoors. With tires that can handle any terrain you throw at them, this fat tire electric bike will allow you to venture off-road without worrying about getting bogged down in mud or sand!

Electric power

You’ll have plenty of power on hand thanks to the 750-watt hub motor and 48V, 14Ah lithium-ion battery. In fact, you can typically ride for up to 45 miles on a single battery charge. Plus, you can ride up to 20 mph until the motor stops assisting you, likely getting up to 25 mph if you really try!

Of course, given that sand provides a lot of resistance (and it might be windy on the beach or desert), you probably won’t get quite that far on one ride. Any strain on the battery will reduce its capacity. Still, you can go for a full day’s ride on the beach!

Plus, this Rad Power Bike has 7 levels of gearing along with pedal assistance, which means you have plenty of torque to power through the sand, wet or dry!

Best fat tire e-bike

With full 4-inch Kenda Juggernaut tires and an internal K-shield tire liner, these tires are puncture-resistant. This means more protection from sharp debris hiding under the sand. Glass, rocks, and metal are commonly found hiding beneath the surface, especially in loose sand.

Further, you get two fenders included on the RadRover Plus, front and rear, which not all e-bikes come with. And they’re durable enough to withstand sand and other harsh elements as well as wide enough to protect you and the delicate electric parts.

Take a look at the Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus here!

2. Aventon Aventure 2

Red Aventon Aventure Step-Through
Aventure fat tire ebike (step-through version)

$1899

Relatively new on the Aventon e-bike model list, the popular Aventure has been updated to the Aventure.2 electric fat bike. It has a slight competitive edge over the also popular RadRover, which I’ll discuss below.

Although there is a difference in retail price, they both make for a great fat tire electric bike overall.

Electric power

However, the Aventure’s major advantage is its Class 3 capabilities… the 750W hub motor can carry you up to 28 mph with pedal assist (20 mph using the throttle). The RadRover Plus is a Class 2 giving you a pedaling top speed of only 20 mph.

In most other ways, the two fat tire electric bikes are quite comparable. The Aventure has a 45-mile average range, weighs a hefty 73lbs, has 26 X 4” fat tires, and stops easily with the hydraulic disc brakes.

Even though it’s a power horse, it rides smoothly with an 80mm front suspension fork, helping it to get over sand, gravel, dirt, and rocks. So, it’s great for a sandy beach, desert, or mountain trail!

It’s also worth noting the additional benefits of the Aventure:

  • 8-speed gears and derailleur
  • Resistant to water splashing from all directions (not a jet spray)
  • A payload capacity of 400lbs
  • Three frame sizes fit just about anyone

Fat tires

The tires could be a slight disadvantage to the RadRover Plus. Although they are the same size with a 4-inch width, Aventon describes the tires as “ebike rated”. 

Thus, they aren’t a brand name and there’s no mention of extra puncture protection (my ebike tires have “puncture protection” and I’ve had a few flats anyways).  However, they are solid, knobby tires that can traverse any terrain.

You’ll also get front and back fenders, integrated front and rear lights, and an advanced color display that works with Aventon’s own app.

Check out the Aventon Aventure 2 on their website!

3. Juiced Bikes HyperScorpion

$2499

Yes, there is a reason the HyperScorpion is “juiced”! Juiced Bikes defines it as a “moped-style” e-bike. This is appropriate given the incredible power of this fat tire e-bike.

This is a premium electric bike that comes with an amazing price tag. However, this futuristic ride features the latest technology and brings more than just speed to the table.

Electric power

The HyperScorpion, with its dual suspension, is the ultimate fat tire e bike for those looking to take their ride anywhere… dirt, gravel, trails, and of course sand. It has a 1000 Watt hub motor and either a 52 Volt 15.6Ah battery or a 52 Volt 19.2Ah battery that lasts 15% longer than most batteries. In fact, you can ride it up to 30 mph and between 50 and 70+ miles (with the 19.2Ah option)!

Additionally, it actually comes with both a torque and cadence sensor (most bikes only have one or the other). This allows for pedaling and traveling at higher speeds, even on the sand! Thankfully, the hydraulic disc brakes will stop you quickly when needed.

Other power boosters on this fat tire electric bike include its 1000 Watt Retroblade motor, an 8-speed transmission, and an easy-to-use twist throttle.

Fat tire

Even the tires on the HyperScorpion have a slight edge over the RadRover.

They’re not only puncture-resistant, but they’re also 4.25 inches wide (instead of 4 inches). Even this little bit can give this fat tire electric bike more traction and help you out when you need to get through deep sand to get back to the sidewalk or road.

Find the Juiced Bikes HyperScorpion on their website!

Find out more about what powers your e-bike: Torque Sensors

4. Sondors XS

Sondors XS electric bike
Sondors XS Fat Tire Beach E-Bike

$2699

Sondors offers a few different versions of e-bikes that can ride aptly through the sand. However, the XS model is the most powerful version of its all-terrain options.

Electric power

With a 750 Watt rear hub motor that speeds up to 20 mph, it uses a 48 Volt 17.5 Ah extended range battery. That gives you a riding range of up to 60 miles on one charge!

Of course, you’ll need to use the 7-speed gears and 12-magnet pedal assist to get over this many miles, especially if you’re riding in the sand. But you might just be tempted to 100% throttle it the whole way.

Fat tires

Just when you thought you’d never afford an e-bike with an even fatter tire, the Sondors XS comes along. These 26-inch wheels come with 4.9-inch wide tires. Sondors proclaim that the tires are their own “signature” tires.

*SAVE $50 on a Sondors e-bike with my personal referral link

One last thing worth mentioning: The Sondors XS comes with a high-performance air suspension to make traversing through sand, dirt, and gravel a breeze.

Check out the Sondors X!

5. Aventon Sinch Foldable E-Bike

$1599

The Sinch is the perfect companion to live with if you’re in a small apartment by the beach! So, I just had to throw this one in.

Not only can you ride it on the street to the beach, but it’s also one of the best small, foldable electric bikes to take you on a ride in the sand.

The folding, portable design lets you take it with you anywhere as well as store it under a desk or in a closet!

Electric power

Being a folding e-bike doesn’t mean the Sinch has less power or capability. Like the other sand e-bikes discussed above, it has a 500W sustained hub motor (750 Watt peak) and a 48 Volt, 14 Ah Lithium-ion battery.

With an average 40-mile range, it boasts 5 pedal assist levels and a throttle that’ll get you started quickly.

4-inch tires

Like the RadRover e-bike, the Sinch uses 20-inch Kenda tires. But even this “little” folding e-bike has full 4-inch wide tires that are puncture resistant.

Looks like you’ll have to add your own fenders, however. But to get a folding fat tire e-bike that can ride in the sand with 4-inch tires for only $1799… adding on a couple of fenders is worth it.

If you decide not to add fenders though, make sure you ride on hard-packed sand only!

Check out the Sinch here!

Read more about foldable e-bikes!

6. Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S

$2399

Here’s another super powerful fat tire e-bike from Juiced Bikes. It’s pricier for sure, but there are reasons that just might be worth it.

The RipCurrent S is the ultimate sporty utility e-bike for anyone who wants to get out and explore their surroundings. It can handle sand, hills, dirt trails, and gravel. It truly is a fully-equipped fat tire bicycle that delivers loads of fun and unmatched versatility.

Further, it comes with loads of super functional upgrades that will blow your mind!

Electric power

The RipCurrent S e-bike is the king of performance. It has a massive 52V 19.2 Ah battery, a 1000W rear hub motor, and a riding range of 70+ miles!

It also has a thumb throttle, geared 9-speed transmission, and both cadence and upgraded torque pedal assist sensors. With speeds up to 28MPH, you can get where you’re going fast, even if you’re riding on sandy terrain.

Full-size tires

All-terrain, 4-inch tires are included on the 26-inch wheels. These are puncture-resistant, knobbed Kenda tires that increase stability and comfort on all off-road terrains.

Extra upgraded features include an advanced LCD display with different riding modes and a rear rack. For all the reasons I’ve mentioned above, this could be the #1 best electric bike to ride in the sand.

Take a look at the new RipCurrent S on Juiced Bikes website!

Learn how to ride your e-bike in the sand here!

Can Electric Bikes Ride On Sand? Basic Requirements

First, consider the potential limitations and requirements of riding an e-bike in the sand.

Electric bikes can ride on the sand with a few requirements. They need all-terrain tires, wide fenders, and proper cleaning after each ride. They should also be ridden primarily on hard-packed sand.

Women cyclist with electric bike on the sand

Fatter tires

There are a lot of advantages of fat tire e-bikes… the right ones will allow you to ride on sand without sinking in. Fat, all-terrain tires work best in the sand. The perfect tires are ones that have a lot of surface area to create friction with the sand.

Most tires described as “fat” are at least 3-4 inches wide. The more time you’ll be spending riding in the sand, the wider your tire should be. If you’re planning to ride on the beach every day, then a 4-inch tire is best.

But if you’ll be doing a lot of street riding as well, it may be harder with a 4-inch tire.

Some of the more comfortable electric bikes come standard with 3″ or 4″ tires and have a lot of clearance so these will be good for riding on any terrain including sand. The truth is, fatter tires make riding an electric bike fun! You might also choose to ride on an electric mountain bike.

Wide fenders

Wider fenders will help keep the beach from getting into your drivetrain and gears and damaging it with saltwater, dirt, and other debris. Fenders will also keep the sand from flying up into your eyes while you ride.

Make sure that any e-bike you choose to buy has fenders that are as tall and wide as the tire is.

How to clean sand off your e-bike

After you ride on a sandy surface, be sure to brush any loose particles off of your bike. You don’t want them to get stuck between moving parts like the gears, brakes, or motor.

You may also need to clean down deep under the derailleur if you’ve been riding through wet sand all day long!

Use a dry or very slightly damp rag to wipe down our e-bike, being cautious to avoid sensitive electric components. Not only will this keep sand from falling into unwanted places, but it’ll also help protect metal or aluminum parts from corrosion during long periods of non-use.

Cleaning the sand off your e-bike after each ride will also help limit scratches and visual damage.

Hard-packed sand vs loose sand

Just because you get an electric bike good for riding in the sand doesn’t mean that you should ride it in all sand types. In fact, loose sand can cause quite a few problems.

And when you have that nice new fat tire electric bike, you’ll probably think twice about riding it through soft sand.

Hard-packed sand is just better for electric bikes to ride on:

  • It’s less strenuous to ride on
  • You won’t have sand flying into your eyes (which also makes it easier to see where you’re going)
  • Sand won’t be as likely to get into and damage electrical parts and other important components such as your chain and pedals.

Fat Tire E-Bike vs Beach Cruiser

Upon first thought, you might think that you need a “beach cruiser” to ride on the sand, especially at the beach. However, a beach cruiser is really just for “cruising” up and down the boardwalk or sidewalks near the beach and not for strenuous sand riding.

For instance, most tires on an electric beach cruiser are typically just over 2 inches. These tires don’t provide enough contact with the softer ground to help them get over such terrain.

Further, even electric cruisers aren’t typically built with the power you need to get through softer sand. Most of them come with a 250W motor as opposed to a 500W or 750W one.

That being said, e-bike brands are combining all different types of features on different bikes now. But, even if you find an electric fat bike with a 750W motor and fat tires labeled as a “beach cruiser”, can you really call it a “cruiser”?

So, let’s focus on what electric bike you need to ride in the sand as opposed to what it is called! You’ve just seen the six best e-bikes for sand that I researched and put together for you.

Check out the top electric fat bikes made in the USA right here!

Conclusion

I’ve assembled six of the best electric bikes for sand to help you find a great bike that’ll work perfectly for you at the beach. The ones I’ve listed are all top-rated and are in the lower to average price range, so there should be an option that fits your budget and needs.

You can see how they stack up against one another in terms of power, speed, range, tires, and more!

The hardest part will be deciding which fat tire beach e-bike is for you!

Want a fat tire bike that rides well in mountain terrain, as well as the sand?

KBO Breeze Electric Bike Review (Pros and Cons)

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KBO Breeze Electric Bike

If you’re looking for a commuter electric bike or fun recreational riding, the affordable KBO Breeze electric bike is worth considering.

In this KBO bike review, you’ll discover the pros and cons of the Breeze e-bike and what you need to know to decide if this is the best electric bike for you.

Check out its performance and notes from my testing and review.

Pros of the KBO Breeze

  • The KBO Breeze has up to a 55-mile range that allows most commuters and recreational riders to get from point A to point B and back again, without having to recharge!

After riding about 25 miles, I lost only about 1 ½ battery bars on the display. But, keep in mind that I rode these miles primarily on levels 1 and 2, using minimal throttle except during testing.

  • And even with a larger battery capacity, it only takes 5 hours to fully charge. This allows for a pretty quick turnaround time.
  • Another pro of the KBO Breeze is its integrated LED headlight AND rear brake light. As an electric bike commuter, you don’t ever want to be caught in the dark! 
  • Then KBO added full metal fenders and a rear rack. These, combined with the integrated lights and larger battery, give you everything you need for your daily ride.
  • And, as a bonus to an ebike in this price range, the KBO Breeze is pretty comfortable. You’ll enjoy the ergonomic handlebar grips and sit upright on an adjustable saddle built to reduce bumpy riding.
  • Plus, the Step-Thru Breeze is easy to get on and off without swinging your leg up and over. And any cargo you carry won’t get in your way.
  • The Breeze also has a sizeable payload capacity of 300 lbs, a twist throttle that went well over 20 mph during testing, a front suspension fork, an easy-to-read backlit LCD display, and some free accessories.
  • And, finally, in my opinion, it’s a beautiful ebike! The white step-thru looks really sleek but the energetic bright orange is a lot of fun as an option.
KBO Breeze Electric Bike
The Breeze has everything you need in a commuter electric bike!

Cons of the KBO Breeze

  • At 62 lbs, it still weighs a little more than you might like for a commuter electric bike. It won’t be super easy to carry upstairs or hang for storage.
  • And, since it doesn’t fold, taking it on a train or bus won’t happen easily. 
  • Another possible disadvantage to the Breeze e-bike? Unfortunately, when it comes to the step-through model, you may not be able to ride comfortably if you’re much shorter than 5 feet 2 inches or taller than 6 feet 3 inches. However, the KBO Breeze step-over model will accommodate slightly taller riders.

    At around 5’1″ tall, I can just fit comfortably on the Breeze. However, your comfort has a lot to do with how long your arms and legs are, as well as other factors (make sure to see measurement info below).
Woman standing next to the Breeze e-Bike
Me during a test ride of the KBO Bikes, the Breeze

KBO Breeze Review: Overview

For a commuter electric bike under $1500, most of what you get with this ebike can be expected. 

For instance, the KBO Breeze has a sustained motor of 500 Watts with a peak of 750 Watts. You’ll get moving plenty fast and ride a steep hill easily, as I did.

Additionally, there are 5 pedal assist levels, 7-speed gears, tall 2.4-inch wide puncture-resistant tires, and mechanical disc brakes.

But here’s where I see that KBO went beyond the standard:

The removable, integrated, 16 Amp hour battery. With it, you can ride 10-15 miles further than many ebikes at similar prices and quality. Frankly, this can make a huge difference in the value of a commuter ebike.

Please note: KBO provided the Breeze electric bike for independent review and testing. They don’t tell me what to say or do. Instead, my opinions and comments are based solely on my evaluation, test rides, and experience.

First Test Ride & First Impressions

My first ride on the KBO Breeze was well, literally, a breeze! As you can see above in the pros and cons section, there are only a few potential cons. I took off fast, changed gears, increased pedal assist, throttled, and braked easily.

Plus, I noticed how fast the 27.5″ tall tires took me as compared to smaller 20″ or 26″ tires.

The only slight technical difficulty was that the front fender rubbed against the tire a bit. I adjusted it easily (this may have been my error during installation).

KBO Breeze Review: Performance and Specifications

Shimano Altus Gears
Shimano Altus Gears on the Breeze ebike

Read the review notes in the table below for the most important information and check out the review notes for each.

Performance ComponentsReview Notes
Motor500W Sustained Geared Hub Motor (750W peak)A plenty powerful motor for commuting and riding for pleasure
Battery48V 16Ah Lithium-ionLarge battery capacity for its price point; sleek frame integration
Range30-55 milesBetter than average for an e-bike in this price range (you can get a range with 10-15 more miles than is typical)
Brakes180mm Mechanical disc brakesSmooth, capable stopping & easy to dismount e-bike while braking
ForkFront suspension with 80mm travel, preload adjustment, and lockoutIt’s a definite bonus to get a front suspension fork on an e-bike at this price! I was able to comfortably ride over loose gravel.
Derailleur & Drivetrain (Gear Shifts)Shimano 7-speed gearsEasy-to-change gears and smooth-shifting transitions
Display & ControllerLCD Backlit display and 48 Volts, 18 Amp controllerBasic functions are easy and intuitive and it’s easy to read
Tires27.5″ x 2.4″ Provide a smooth, comfortable ride
ThrottleTwist ThrottleEasily punches up your speed to 20mph +
SensorCadence SensorAppropriately sensitive

Motor

As commuter e-bikes go, I found the KBO Breeze to take off plenty fast. Although it has a 500W sustained brushless hub motor, it peaks at 750 watts, giving a healthy speed increase when needed.

KBO Breeze Rear Hub Motor
KBO Breeze 500W Motor with 750W peak output

Battery & Range

As I’ve already mentioned, finding a similarly priced, quality electric bike that gives you up to 55 miles may be hard. The battery range and overall battery life are above average for a single-battery commuter e-bike.

Plus, even though it has good size battery, it only takes around 5 hours to fully charge.

KBO_Breeze_Large_battery
The KBO Breeze has a longer than typical range thanks to its large integrated battery.

Pedal Assist and Throttle

With five pedal assist levels and a throttle that takes you just over the maximum 20mph speed, there is nothing to complain about here. I felt particularly confident about getting up the steep hills in my area. The KBO Breeze is a bike that doesn’t sweat!

KBO_Breeze_Throttle
KBO Breeze Twist Throttle

Additional Notable Specs and Components

Here’s what else comes with the KBO Breeze:

  • Alloy Pedals with Reflectors
  • Rear Cargo Rack- weight capacity of 33 lbs (15 kg)
  • Full Aluminum Fenders
  • 48V Battery Charger with LED Realtime Charging Indicator Light
  • Upright Handlebars
  • Ergonomic Grips
  • Comfortable Saddle
  • KMC Chain
  • Stainless Steel Spokes
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Kickstand for Extra Support
Front view of KBO Breeze showing tire, fender, headlight, and frame.

KBO Breeze Weight, Load Capacity, & Dimensions

Measurement ST (Step-Through) XR (Step-Over)
Bike Weight62 lbs62 lbs
Load Capacity300lbs300lbs
Rider Height Range5’2″-6’3″5’4″-6’4″
Stand-Over Height (Inseam)18”28.5″
Seat Height29.5″-38″32″-40.5″
Seat Tube17″18″
Handlebar Reach16″16″

See the complete KBO Breeze Step-Thru dimensions to determine whether it will fit you.

Comfort

KBO Breeze Rear Rack and Seat
The KBO Breeze has a long rear rack and comfortable seat

I found the Breeze to be quite comfortable. If you’re a recreational rider, you may wish to replace the saddle with a larger one, which is easy to do.

Breeze Comfort Features:

  • Ergonomic hand grips
  • “Well-built” saddle
  • Front suspension fork
  • Upright seating position
  • Long Rear Rack

Safety

Safety Features:

What KBO Breeze Owners Are Saying

KBO brand e-bikes have an overall 5-star rating, as given by its customers. Here’s what they specifically see as the pros and cons of the Breeze Commuter electric bike.

What Owners Like and Don’t Like

KBO Breeze riders seem to love it and it was hard to find things they didn’t like! Check out the list:

Liked by CustomersNot Liked
“Economical”- Good value for the moneyLong handlebar reach
Assembly was easy using the online video and written instructionsNo key switch to turn off the ebike.
Bike arrived quickly
Fun to ride!
Good quality
Large battery capacity
Accessible for seniors
Great value for the money

Unboxing the KBO Breeze

KBO Breeze Shipping Box

Unboxing the Breeze electric bike was fairly simple and fast. There weren’t too many individual pieces to manage.

Assembly Time and Instructions

Since the Breeze already had its rear wheel and rear rack assembled, it was really just a matter of setting up the handlebars, putting on the front tire, and attaching the pedals.

Expected Assembly time: 20-50 minutes

KBO Brand Overview

Service and Support
2-Year WarrantyBeyond a standard 1-year warranty
14-Day ReturnsStandard
Free ShippingStandard to the lower 48 U.S. States
Payment OptionsA wide variety including a payment plan

KBO Breeze Review: Wrap-Up

Should you buy the KBO BREEZE?

The KBO Breeze might be the best electric bike for you if ride daily to work or school, take long recreational rides, or need to carry cargo. It’s also a great ebike if you intend to ride at night, thanks to the backlit display and integrated lights.

I might also point out that KBO eBikes have a 2-year warranty and financing available. Plus, it was easy to assemble with the cool multitool that comes with the Breeze electric bike.

However, it is not the best ebike for you if you need to carry it up a flight of stairs or on a bus or train during your commute.

I hope you enjoyed the KBO Breeze Electric Bike Review!

Haoqi Electric Bike Review: Eagle Electric Fat Bike

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Woman on Haoqi electric fat bike

Here’s the truth: I’d never heard of a Haoqi electric bike before they offered to send me an ebike for independent review. Since the Eagle Long-Range e-bike was a newer model with both full-size fat tires and a competitive price, I agreed to test ride and complete an electric bike review.

Now that I’ve tested and reviewed the Haoqi Eagle electric fat bike, I’m sharing my findings with you. Watch the video and read this Haoqi Electric Bike Review. You’ll learn the pros and cons, performance details, comfort, safety features, and more about the Haoqi Eagle to determine if this is the best e-bike for you.

Watch the video to learn about the Haoqi Eagle Electric Fat Bike!

Pros and Cons of the Haoqi Eagle Electric Bike

Take a look at this list of the Haoqi Eagle’s pros and cons, discovered through test riding and review.

PROSCONS
The Eagle’s long-range 48V 20Ah battery lets you ride
up to 75 miles
Quite heavy at 79.4 lbs
Riding feels smooth and balanced (in part because
it is an electric fat bike)
Cheap bell: Broke the second time I used it (you
can get a much better one for around $10 anyways)
The high-lumen LED headlight is easily visible to carsThe uninstalled rear, battery-operated brake light is a
bit of a disappointment with such a great integrated headlight
Throttle easily takes you up to 20+ miles per hour on
pedal assist level 5 (see what’s unusual about this under
“Throttle” below)
Could be considered a con that you need to be on
higher pedal assist levels to get the highest throttle power.
The rear rack is included in the purchase priceThe rack’s weight limit of 33 lbs (15kg) is standard but
low considering the overall payload capacity
(it’d be nice to be able to carry more gear)
380 lbs payload capacity is pretty awesome
160mm Hydraulic brakes stop fast and smooth
Step-over or step-thru frame option
Solid-looking frame with integrated battery
Knobby, all-terrain fat tires let you ride fast and comfortably
on paved roads or off-road
Easy to put together (most of it comes pre-assembled)
2-year “all-inclusive” limited warranty covering all of
the Eagle’s manufacturing defects (many ebikes only
come with a 1-year warranty); and the Battery still has
a pro-rated warranty after the 2-year period!
See detailed specs and performance below!

Woman standing over Haoqi Eagle Electric Fat Bike with Step-Thru Frame
Haoqi Eagle Electric Fat Bike with Step-Thru Frame

Haoqi Electric Fat Bike Review: Overview

Listed at a retail value under $2000, the Haoqi Eagle e-bike is a powerful, long-range fat tire electric bike that rides well on pavement, dirt, and gravel. As of this review, you can purchase the Haoqi Eagle Step-Over or Step-Thru electric bicycle for a discount off the regular price!

Plus, you might also get some cool, free accessories with your purchase. I was given a bike with full fenders and a rear rack, but currently, they’re also offering a free trapper hat and cycling gloves.

Both the step-over and step-through versions of this long-range electric bike come with similar features. The primary difference with the step-thru frame is that you don’t have to swing your leg over the top tube or bulky rear cargo to get on or off.

Overall, you’re getting a powerful 48 Volt 750 Watt fat tire electric bike with a longer than typical range (up to 75 miles).

Test Rides & First Impressions

I first had the opportunity to ride the Haoqi Eagle e-bike at night, just after assembly. So, I was immediately surprised at the bright headlight! In fact, in a matter of perhaps three minutes, I had two cars pause to turn as I approached from quite a distance away. It was definitely nice to be visible in the dark!

Additionally, three other experienced e-biking friends enjoyed taking it for a spin. We were all immediately excited at the power and speed and there was a lot of high-pitched laughing going on!

One of the other first things I noticed during e-bike testing is how stable the Haoqi Eagle feels. The 4.0″ fat tires do an excellent job of balancing and giving a sense of security on loose ground. Honestly, I was initially a little worried about riding such a heavy electric bike, especially since I’m a small rider. So I was surprised that I felt quite comfortable riding it (more on comfort later on).

Haoqi Electric Bike handlebars have a centered display.
Haoqi Electric Bike handlebars have a centered display.

Haoqi Long-Range Eagle E-Bike Review: Performance and Specifications

Since my first nighttime ride, I’ve taken it on streets, bike paths, and off-road. It handles very well and my husband, Marc, and I have had a lot of fun.

Read the review notes in the table below to learn what we’ve discovered about the Haoqi Eagle.

Performance ComponentsReview Notes
Motor750W Sustained Geared Hub Motor; 86nm torqueMore than powerful enough for commuting and all-terrain riding
Battery48V 20Ah LG High-Tech/SamsungPlenty powerful and excellent battery capacity with 20 Amp Hours; A little hard to get the battery out on the underside of the frame
Range40-75 milesThe large battery capacity adds up to a longer range than the average e-bike (many ebikes only let you ride up to 40-45 miles)
BrakesGemma 160mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes w/ Cut-off SensorAlthough I’m not familiar with the Gemma brand, the brakes stop smoothly and quickly, which is super important on a heavy e-bike.
Front ForkAlloy Suspension w/ lockoutVery comfortable ride over dirt, twigs, gravel, and leaves. As expected, I still felt the bumps over deep rivets, but it handled well and I didn’t experience any slipping.
Drivetrain (Gear Shifts)Shimano 7-Speed ShifterShifts smoothly into each gear without sticking.
Derailleur & Cassette7-speed Shimano Derailleur & Shimano 14-28T freewheelNo problems, no noise, and no clunking sounds when gears are shifted
Display Multifunctional LCD DisplayYou get the basic functions, which include battery capacity, speed, mileage, and pedal assist level.
Tires26.0″ x 4.0″ INNOVAProvides a smooth, comfortable ride; I noticed tire noise when going fast on paved roads (but they are 4″ wide tires that make a lot of contact with the road, so this can be expected)
ThrottleStandard Half-Twist ThrottleAmazing power on levels 4-5 but much lower on levels one or two. I’d prefer a greater burst of speed at a lower pedal assist level when crossing streets or riding with traffic (but cars don’t expect you to go that fast)
SensorCadence SensorStandard: It works!
Haoqi Eagle Step Over Frame Ebike
Haoqi Eagle Step Over Frame

Motor

The rear hub drive 48V 750W motor is plenty powerful and fast. The Eagle ebike takes off quickly and the motor is relatively quiet.

Battery & Range

Man holding large electric bike battery.
The Haoqi Eagle has a rather large battery. This is why it has a longer than typical range!

Thankfully, the Eagle’s high-capacity, long-range 48V 20Ah battery can take you on a longer than typical ride. You should be able to get a 40-70 mile range on one charge. I easily rode 20 miles on levels 1 and 2 without noticing a battery charge drop. However, as soon as I used the throttle (which I tested to its max capacity), the display showed a drop of around 15-20%.

Naturally, how many miles you’ll get on a single charge depends on several factors.

Yes, the battery needs about 6-9 hours to fully charge from 0%. However, I think that most riders who want to ride long distances will appreciate the range. And those who take short rides will be able to take several short rides before needing to charge again.

Two ebike batteries sitting sid-by-side
Comparison of the greater capacity Haoqi Eagle battery to the Ride1Up Core-5 battery.

Pedal Assist

The 12-magnet intelligent pedal assist is standard and works as it should. On flat ground, I felt a speed increase at each level. And, increasing the assistance as I climbed a steep hill kept me at a consistent pace.

Throttle

Haoqi Eagle Throttle and Gears
Haoqi Eagle Throttle and Gears

The Eagle comes with a standard half-twist throttle that works in an interesting way. It’s definitely powerful enough to get up to 20mph fast, but you need to be on pedal assist level 5. Here’s what the throttle speed burst looks like at each level on a slight incline:

  • 8-9 mph on PAS Level 1
  • 11mph on PAS Level 2
  • 15mph on PAS Level 3
  • 17mph on PAS Level 4
  • 20mph on PAS Level 5

I suppose this could be considered a good design. If you’re riding on level 1, then it’s likely you don’t want or need to take off super fast. Taking off more slowly is consistent with your general speed and is probably safer.

So, just keep in mind that you won’t be able to throttle fast unless you first dial up your pedal assistance.

Consider your overall battery life before using the throttle too often.

Additional Specs and Components

Here’s what else you get when you buy the Haoqi Eagle Long-Range Ebike:

  • Integrated Front Headlight
  • Front and Rear Fenders
  • Rear Cargo Rack with a maximum weight of 33lbs (15kg)
  • Plastic Pedals with Reflectors
  • Promax 31.8*90E Stem
  • Promax 31.8*720MM Handlebars (let you sit upright)
  • Long Rubber Grips
  • Upgraded Soft Saddle (Waterproof)
  • KMC 7-Speed Chain
  • Steel ED Spokes
  • 16″ Kickstand for Extra Support
  • Two Keys for Integrated Battery Security

Weight, Load Capacity, & Dimensions

 ST (Step-Through) XR (Step-Over)
Bike Weight79.4 lbs79.4 lbs
Max Load Capacity380 lbs380 lbs
Recommended Rider Height5’3″-6’2″5’5″-6’8″
Stand-Over Height (Inseam)28”43.7″
Seat Height27.5″-36.2″30″-38.6″
Handlebar Height44.9″44.9″

The Haoqi website reports the payload capacity for the Eagle electric bike to be between 350 lbs and 380 lbs. In the chart above, I listed 380 lbs as the maximum weight limit. This includes whatever gear you put on your rear rack.

For safety purposes, I believe it’s always wise to fall a little under the maximum capacity.

Comfort

Woman sitting on the Haoqi ebike
The Haoqi Eagle was comfortable for a small person like me!

Overall, the Haoqi Eagle electric bike is comfortable and easy to ride. This is especially notable for small riders like me. After all, it’s a big, heavy ebike and every rider should feel good about handling it.

When it comes to comfort, the Eagle offers what is expected for an electric bike of this price.

  • Bike Saddle: The seat is slightly larger and more comfortable than the standard e-bike seat. I found it to be just fine on a 12-mile ride. But since this is a personal thing, it’s easy to add a seat cover or a new seat if you need more padding.
  • Handlebar Grips: They’re not ergonomic but rather fully round. They’re not the most comfortable grips ever, but I doubt I’d even consider them if I wasn’t writing an electric bike review. That being said, I’m able to get a good grip and my hands didn’t slip when going over rough terrain.
  • Suspension: The front suspension knocked out a lot of jarring over bumpy terrain and provided a comfortable ride.

Safety

The Haoqi Eagle provides basic safety features:

  • High Lumen Headlight: This is the safety feature that stands out. The headlight is powerful and very noticeable to others (cars stopped for me from a good distance away).
  • Battery Operated Rear Light: This is not integrated into the electrical system and requires a battery.
  • Bike Bell: I can’t say much about this bell other than it’s pretty cheap. I used it once and felt it break under my small thumb. You’re better off getting an inexpensive higher-quality bell like this one on Amazon.

What Other Eagle E-Bike Owners Are Saying

There aren’t a lot of reviews on this newer electric bike model yet. However, the Haoqi Leopard electric bike, which the Eagle was upgraded from, has many customer reviews, most of them 5-star. But, here’s the feedback so far on the Haoqi Eagle ebike, long-range, which also has 5 stars.

What Eagle E-Bike Owners Like and Don’t Like

Liked by CustomersNot Liked
Easy to assembleSome riders prefer a mid-drive motor
(this would hike up the price significantly)
Fat tires handle a variety of terrain, including snowIt’s a heavy e-bike
Get up to 75 miles on a single charge
Quickly climbs hills
Long-range battery
Hydraulic brakes increase stopping power
Comfortable handlebar grips

Unboxing and Assembling the Haoqi Eagle: Time and Instructions

Hoaqi Eagle ebike inside box
The Haoqi Eagle comes in a big box!

Unboxing this Haoqi electric bike was straightforward. Because it is a pretty heavy bike, we cut down both sides of the front of the box with a box cutter. Then, we simply leaned it carefully against the wall while inside the box still (so it wouldn’t fall over).

Then it was easy to remove the big front tire and fender, rear bike rack, and the pedals and included tools.

You can expect to spend an hour attaching the front tire, handlebars, pedals, fender, and rear rack… less time if you are a bit handier. It was a bit hard to get to the handlebar bolts with an Allen wrench, so this accounts for some of the extra time we spent.

Overall, the Haoqi Long-Range Eagle was a fairly easy ebike to assemble since most of it was pre-assembled.

Man assembling electric bike
Assembling the Eagle took less than an hour!

Brand Overview

Service and Support
2-Year WarrantyTwice as long as the standard e-bike warranty
30-Day ReturnsThis is a great guarantee that you will love your e-bike
Free ShippingStandard if you live in the Continental United States
Paypal or Klarna Payment PlanAs low as $80 per month
Owners ManualHaoqi Eagle

Should You Buy the Haoqi Eagle Electric Fat Bike?

It’s definitely worth your consideration if you want a solid fat tire ebike that’s fast and fun or if you plan to ride over rough terrain and off-road bike trails.  

Without a doubt, I was way more comfortable on the Eagle’s 26 X 4-inch fat tires than on my current 20 X 3-inch tires. The Eagle’s tires easily gripped loose dirt and leaves and didn’t make me feel like I’d lose the bike from underneath me.

Although you won’t find high-end components, the Eagle has everything you need in an affordable adventure ebike, including a powerful motor, a longer 75-mile range, a 380-pound weight maximum, and a rear rack.

Hoaqi Electric Bike Review: Wrap-Up

Overall, the Haoqi Eagle electric fat bike is a fast, powerful electric bike that takes you anywhere you want to go. You can ride it down the street or on a dirt trail. Wherever you go, it feels sturdy, well-balanced, and comfortable to ride. Personally, I love how the tall 4″ fat tires and front suspension absorb shock, giving me the confidence to ride on slippery dirt and gravel.

Even with its few cons (see the list above), I find it to be a competitive fat tire e-bike with an affordable price.

Check out the Haoqi Eagle here.

Thanks for reading the Haoqi Electric Bike Review of the Eagle Long-Range!

Typical E-Bike Battery Life (+Tips To Make It Last Longer)

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Male looking over e-bike battery

Every e-bike rider wants to make their e-bike battery last as long as possible. They’re expensive and therefore not easily replaced. So it helps to know the typical e-bike battery life and how to make it last as long as possible. 

On average, a typical e-bike battery life is around 4-5 years. On the shorter side, it is about 2 years, and on the longer side, it is up to 8 years, provided you have a good quality battery, use it properly, and ride it moderately.

Read on to find out more about how long your electric bike battery should last and battery warranties. Plus, learn the top tips to make your e-bike battery last longer.

How Long Do E-Bike Batteries Last?

On average, the typical e-bike battery life is around 4-5 years. And if you are using a good quality battery, you should at least expect a good range for many years if you ride moderately and take good care of it.

So, you don’t have to say goodbye to your e-bike battery after only 2 years. In fact, the high-quality Bosch battery brand suggests that the battery should be good for around 10 years or 1500 charge cycles. And even after 1500 charge cycles, there’s a chance that the battery will continue to work.

Did you know? Bosch offers a guarantee of 2 years or 500 charge cycles (whichever comes first) for their batteries.

However, the primary point to consider here is the gradual loss of battery capacity over time. In other words, as your battery ages, you can’t go as far as you used to go on one charge. The range of the battery will continue to decrease.

Read Here: How Far You Can Go With An E-Bike In One Charge?

What is the Average E-Bike Battery Range?

Now, the most important consideration of an e-bike’s battery life is discussed in terms of the charge cycles. On a rechargeable battery, a charge cycle comprises a complete charge plus a total discharge (from 100% to 0%).

On one complete charge cycle, the battery offers you a specific range of distance you can go, based on your riding style and how much pedal assist and throttle you use. Generally, when you pedal in a relaxed way, most e-bikes can run about 22-50 miles on one charge. This is what we say is the charge-holding capacity of the battery.

Over time, with usage, it starts to degrade, and the battery capacity slowly starts to decrease.

So let’s suppose, on average, your new battery used to offer around 22 miles of riding distance on one charge. After one or two years, you should expect the battery to lose some of its capacity. So now, on a single charge, the battery may offer only a 20-mile range. 

Two different e-bike batteries sitting side by side.
These two electric bike batteries are very different in size and one may have a longer battery life than the other.

What Are the Types of Electric Bike Batteries?

There are really only two different types of rechargeable batteries suitable for today’s e-bikes. These include lead-acid (PbA) and lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. 

Although some electric bicycles still use lead batteries, lithium-ion batteries are the most widely used for newer model e-bikes. Lithium batteries, in general, hold up to 1000 complete charge cycles.

How Many Miles Do Electric Batteries Offer In Their Entire Life?

A lithium battery typically offers over 1000 charging cycles before you need to replace them. Let’s suppose you are getting a 40-mile range from one full battery charge.

Calculating further, you can expect 40 (miles) X 1000 (cycles) = 40,000 miles of total range in the entire life of your battery.

Of course, these figures are just rough estimations to give you an idea of how far you can go on one battery over time, without refurbishing it or replacing it. 

Some e-bikes can even run up to about 80+ miles on a single charge. So if we calculate based on that long range, a typical e-bike battery should last about 80 X 1000 = 80,000 miles.

Different size ebike batteries will have different ranges and lengths of battery life.

Batteries inside the bike frames of two different ebikes
Electric bike batteries are different from one another

Do E-Bike Batteries Wear Out Even If We Don’t Use Them?

Yes, e-bike batteries can wear out even if they’re not being used. It happens because of the phenomenon known as self-discharging, in which internal chemical reactions decrease the stored battery charge without any connection between electrodes or external circuits.

Batteries generate electricity because of the chemical reaction happening inside the cell. They then store the chemical energy and convert it into electrical energy.

However, it’s essential to note that a lithium-ion battery can gradually and eventually discharge even if you don’t use it. Further, if you store an electric bike battery for a long time, irreparable harm can occur because of internal chemical reactions. 

Do E-Bike Batteries Have Warranties?

E-bike batteries typically have warranties, but they vary from brand to brand. The warranty period is usually based on a set time frame or amount of charge cycles the battery goes through.

Generally speaking, with batteries, you are offered the shortest warranty period. However, you may be able to purchase an extended warranty.

warranty spelled out in blocks

Here’s a general guide on battery warranty period based on the battery type:

Battery Type:Typical Warranty Period:
Lead Acid Batteries6 Months
Li-Ion Batteries12-24 Months

Please note that this can vary based on the battery brand and quality, so check with battery-specific brand guidelines.

Here are some examples of battery warranty periods from different e-bike brands to give you an idea of what to expect:

Battery Brand:Warranty Period:
Rad Power Bikes1 Year
BULLS Bikes6-24 Months
Buzz Bikes2 years (for all electric components)
Rambo1 year
Trek Bontrager2 years / 600 charge cycles (whichever comes first)
Pedego5 Year Pro-rated

Be sure to properly check the exact wording of warranty policies provided by e-bike manufacturers. That way, you will know what to expect and can add battery replacement or repair to your electric bike maintenance cost.

You can research this aspect on the official website of the brand of each e-bike battery.

How Do I Know When To Replace My E-Bike Battery?

The best way to know when you should replace your e-bike battery is when it doesn’t offer you enough range.

With some high-quality batteries (like Bosch), there is an integrated Battery Management System (BMS) through which you can know the current battery capacity and how many charge cycles the battery has gone through.

But even if you have an inexpensive battery, you’ll experience your battery dying sooner than expected. Pay close attention to this to avoid any sudden surprises.

Recommended Read: What to Do When Your E-Bike Battery Power Dies While Riding

male hand adjusting ebike battery on electric bike

How Do I Make My E-Bike Battery Last Longer?

You can make your electric bike battery last longer by taking good care of it and following these battery care tips.

#1. Avoid Overcharging Your Battery

Overcharging can shorten an e-bike battery’s lifespan, as well as make it overheat, especially for older or cheaper batteries. In these cases, avoid leaving it plugged into a wall outlet longer than necessary.

Luckily, however, most modern e-bike batteries are equipped with smart functionality, which enables them to stop charging once the total charging capacity is achieved.

That said, energy in a battery slowly discharges on its own even when you don’t use it. And when you leave it on the battery charger, it can resume charging once again when the stored energy level decreases below a certain point.

Long story short, keeping the battery connected to the charger even after 100% is achieved won’t help keep it charged. The natural on-off cycle will ultimately lower the overall battery energy capacity when it doesn’t need further charging.

Find Out: Can You Charge An E-Bike Battery Overnight?

#2. Store Your Battery Away From Extreme Temperatures

Severe hot or cold temperatures can hurt the overall performance of the battery. Generally, lithium batteries prefer relatively cooler temperatures. So to maximize the battery life, be sure not to let it get too hot.

Generally, the optimal temperature for storing batteries is between 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

#3. Keep the Battery In A Dry Location

Humidity is another factor you should consider as it isn’t great for electrical components. Thus, ensure that your e-bike is stored in a dry location, preferably indoors, or in a garage or bike shed.

Also, inspect the battery contacts once in a while to keep an eye on corrosion and remove it whenever you notice it.

Male looking over e-bike battery

#4. Use The Boost Mode In Your E-Bike Minimally

Many e-bikes come with a boost mode, or throttle, that helps in accelerating to the max speed of your motor in just a few seconds.

Even though the boost mode is a great feature to use every once in a while, it discharges the e-bike battery quickly and minimizes its lifespan. So try to use it less often if your goal is to maximize the battery life!

#5. Avoid Fully Discharging Your Battery

For better battery health, you should avoid fully discharging your battery frequently.

It’s okay if the battery is fully discharged once in a while. But be mindful that it is harmful to discharge your lithium-ion e-bike battery to 0% on a regular basis or when leaving it in storage.

Instead, you should perform shallow recharges and discharges. This means it is better to charge your battery after every few rides to avoid full discharge. The shallow charges and discharges don’t put much stress on the battery and thus make it last longer.

Final Thoughts

In short, your e-bike’s battery should easily last three to five years with moderate riding and adequate battery maintenance.

However, if you take good care of it and use a high-quality battery, you can expect it to live even longer. 

More Helpful E-Bike Resources For You:

7 Best E-Bike Trails in Colorado (Bucket List)

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E-Biker on Colorado Trail

E-biking is a stunning past-time in Colorado as the state has many views and topographies for recreational electric bike riders to explore.

You can ride up to the top of a snow-capped mountain crowned with a sparkling lake, motor through a hot sandy gulch with a mountain-range view, or cruise through an Alpine forest next to a pebble-strewn creek.

In fact, there are so many that I had to narrow it down to the best of the best!

Here is my bucket list of the 7 best electric bike trails in Colorado:

  1. Wonderland Lake Loop Foothills Trail
  2. Gore Valley Mountain Bike Trail (East Vail Trail)
  3. Crater Lake
  4. Dirty Bismark – Marshall Mesa
  5. Mount Falcon Park Trail
  6. Left Hand Canyon
  7. West Magnolia


Continue reading below to get the finer details of each bike trail, including what you’ll see and what to expect. Further, discover the difficulty level, length, the approximate time required to complete, and elevation, which is critical to know about each bike path before riding.

1. Wonderland Lake Loop Foothills Trail

  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 4.7 km (2.92 miles)
  • Elevation:  52 m (170.6 feet)

The Wonderland Lake Loop begins at Lee Drive in the west end of Boulder, Colorado. This well-lit, all-season trail meant is for urban hikers and mountain bikers.

Paved pathways lead north, through wildflower meadows, and then veer south along the rocky banks of Fourmile Canyon Creek.

Follow the creek leads to a cement path that circles the sparkling waters of Wonderland Lake, and then back to the Trailhead at Lee Avenue.

This relaxed ride for ebikes is best enjoyed at a slower speed, even if you have the urge to go 20 miles an hour.

2. Gore Valley Mountain Bike Trail (East Vail Trail)

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 6 km (3.72 miles)
  • Elevation: 24 meters (78 feet)
Gore-Valley-Trail

This paved e-bike path begins at the Village of Vail east parking lot and meanders through bike lanes and residential streets, eventually opening up to wide open spaces with views of Alpine fields. 

It’s perfect for e-bikers who prefer a mix of natural trails, urban scenery, and perhaps a stop-off at a local cafe.

Follow motorized trails through beautiful Gore Greek to the west. A mix of pavement, dirt trails, and bike lanes takes you through dense trees, a golf course, and an Alpine meadow. 

Electric mountain bike riders can picnic at Vail Memorial Park, a large flat grassy area with public washrooms.

The elevation is 24 meters so you may need to use your pedal assist motor on the way up, but when the trail loops back it’s all downhill. You can coast with your electric bike motor off for a bit on your way back.

3. Crater Lake

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Distance: 6.6 km (4.10 miles)
  • Elevation: 177 m  (580.7 feet)
Crater-Lake

Crater Lake is a hard dirt-packed trail and vehicle-free bike path that is 8 km west of Aspen off Maroon Creek Road.

The trek begins at the parking lot with its iconic view of Maroon Lake. Follow the trail to the end of the lake, and after a brief climb, find yourself on Crater Lake’s east side. 

After taking in the incredible view of North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, and Sievers mountain, you can circle back to the parking lot or stay a night or two at one of the Crater Lake campsites.

4. Dirty Bismark – Marshall Mesa

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: 24.5 km (15.22 miles)
  • Elevation: 24 meters (78 feet)

Dirty Bismark is a cross-country path that offers you the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, even though it passes quite close to nearby towns.

This route is one big loop that takes you through miles of treeless terrain, thus offering views of the Boulder Flatirons.

The dirt trail is rugged, but across flat land and mostly dirt. It suits riders on a regular mountain bike, as well as a fat tire ebike or one with all-terrain tires.

The trailhead begins in the west at grassy Marshal Hill and takes you through side roads and cattle gates. Natural surface trails turn into well-maintained gravel as you approach the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado.

A turnoff at Coalton Park Trailhead offers a steep climb up a dirt road to the top of the Davidson Mesa. 

The descent from the Greenbelt Plateau is a single-track trail, but at least you will save electric motor power as you coast down the dusty mountain bike trail from the Davidson Mesa.

5. Mount Falcon Park Trail

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Duration: 4  hours
  • Distance: 11.9 km (7.4 miles)
  • Elevation: 24 meters (78.7 feet)
Mount-Falcon-Park-Trail

Mount Falcon Park Trail is challenging because of its elevation, but good for off-road capable e-bikes because of its hard-packed surface.

This lollipop-shaped route appeals to those who enjoy a slower, casual ride through urban trails and then into the woods.

The e-bike trailhead starts in Morrison, just west of Denver on Vine Street. There is an initial steep hill from the Mount Falcon Park parking lot that leads to the Castle Trail and it has designated bike lanes for mountain bikes and electric bikes. 

Keep to your right to stay on the main, wider Castle trail that leads to panoramic views of the ruins of the Summer White House, also known as Mount Falcon Castle.  Then, continue following the urban trail system around the loop to find your way back to the parking lot.

6. Left Hand Canyon

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 52.7 km (32.72 miles)
  • Elevation: 24 meters (78 feet)

Left Hand Canyon takes you on a shaded scenic ride all along the Colorado Front Range. Note that unless you are riding a Class 3 motorbike, you are restricted to the designated bike lanes.

This day-long bike ride begins in Boulder Valley and takes you up the mountains to the mining town of Ward.

Enjoy views of the Arapaho plains and Roosevelt National Forest as you cruise through canyons on a flat paved road.

The road is steep during the final mile so make sure you’ve reserved enough battery life to complete the trek. Stop for refreshment in Ward, before looping and coasting back down the mountain (no battery power required!).

7. West Magnolia

  • Difficulty: Very Hard
  • Duration: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
  • Distance: 20.9 km (12.99 miles)
  • Elevation: 529 meters (1735 feet)

Roam through dark forests on your electric bike, by exploring the West Magnolia trail network. The trailhead is in the town of Nederland, just north of Boulder, Colorado.

These dirt trails are called “spaghetti trails” because they are irregular and connect to each with shortcuts. These multi-use trails best suit throttle-assisted electric bikes with good suspension and electric mountain bikes.

The first section, “Hobbit 1”, takes you through forests decimated by controlled burning ending with a view of Golden Gate State park.

Hobbit 1 drops you into the dark forest Hobbit 2, and ends at a campsite with a very steep hill.

Electric bikes can ascend Hobbit 3 to the Lost Meadow, which opens up into a valley with Aspen trees. 

As you travel up the Rocks and Routes part of the trail, you will pass an abandoned school bus. At this point, you can turn your e-bike back the way you came or coast down the Look Out Trail at top speed back down to the parking areas.

It is the fact that these natural trails are quite rough, and without signage that makes West Magnolia one of the harder Colorado trails for e-bikes to ride.

Things to Know About Colorado Bike Trails

As in any part of the world, the weather can be unpredictable in Colorado Parks but you can check the condition of the e-bike trails before you depart.

Check for Trail System Closures

Road and path closures in Colorado
OSMP Trail Map- Check for closures before heading out.

Before you navigate mountain biking trails with steep ascents, such as the Dirty Bismarck trail, it is a good idea to check for closures. No electric bikes are allowed on trails damaged by avalanches, floods, fires, or storms.

Throttle-assisted electric bikes can give your e mountain bike a real boost as you mount the trails.

Mountain e-bikes with fat tires are best for riders that want to try this type of terrain.

Riding Motorized Vehicles and Bikes In Colorado Parks

As you’ve discovered, you can coast along a smooth paved road or dig your wheels in and spray some dirt in Colorado. However, be sure to maintain the 20mph speed limit The motorized trails in Colorado Parks are well maintained by the forest service to accommodate mountain bikes and electric bikes.

Many trails require an e-bike with all-terrain tires and suspension. Further, every ride is more comfortable with a suspension seat post.

Summary

Many of Colorado’s e-bike trails connect with each other. Therefore, it is well worth checking the trail map of your chosen route to see if you can fit in an additional hour of sightseeing or a visit to a local town.

Be sure to fully charge your e-bike battery before you leave so you can put in the extra mileage without running out of power. Further, make sure to check that your chosen trail is one where electric bikes are allowed.

Finally, it’s a good idea to take the number of the forest service or land management with you. This is in case your electric motor runs out of battery power and you need to be picked up from summit country.

Ready to add to your bucket list of the best e-bike trails in the USA? Here are the 7 best places to ride your e-bike in California!

Are E-Bike Batteries Universal and Interchangeable?

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Electric bike battery

Traveling fast and far (and having fun) on your e-bike is hugely dependent upon your electric bike battery. The battery can make or break the electric bike experience. So what should you do if you need a new battery or your battery has lost its charge (and what if you’re far from home)? Can you put any battery on your e-bike as long as it seems to fit?

Unfortunately, e-bike batteries are not universal or interchangeable. An electric bike requires a specific type of battery based on its voltage (V), amps/capacity (Ah), and other features such as size and weight. For example, you can’t put a 48-Volt battery on an e-bike built for a 36-Volt one.

The biggest mistake you can make about e-bike batteries is believing that they’re all the same… even though they look similar.

But this is far from the truth! If you’re trying to replace the battery in your e-bike, you’ll need to make sure you get one that has the correct specifications. Otherwise, your bike won’t work or you’ll cause serious damage to the battery and motor.

In this article, I’ll help you figure out how to replace an old battery with a new one that’s right for your e-bike.

Battery volts multiplied by Amp-hours results in Watt-hours
Watt-hours equals the total energy output of the e-bike battery

Why Aren’t E-Bike Batteries Universal?

Having one universal battery for all types of electric bikes is certainly ideal. Wouldn’t it be nice to just grab an emergency battery anywhere they sold electric bike batteries? You wouldn’t have to be worried about your battery dying while you were riding because you could pick up a new one in a pinch. And you could even borrow a battery from another e-bike for the day.

Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. There are so many different kinds of lithium-ion batteries, all with unique specifications. They may differ in voltage (V), capacity (Ah), energy/watt-hours (Wh), size, and weight.

For a quick understanding, what’s ultimately important to know is that Voltage x Amp-hours= Total Watt-hours. Therefore, a battery with a different amount of volts or amps would produce totally different Watt-hours. Further, the volts and amp-hours must not only match the battery charger you’re using (generally the one that comes with the battery) but also the total wattage of the e-bike itself.

4 different battery chargers
These different battery chargers are built to give out the same amount of volts and amps

For example, a 48V lithium-ion battery may already be slightly larger and heavier than a 36V lithium-ion battery. And, even if it had the same amp-hours as the 36V bike, it still wouldn’t give out the same Watt-hours. And, there are several other potential problems as well that can be answered by understanding what voltage and amp-hours are best for your e-bike.

What Voltage is Best for an Electric Bike?

Generally, the average voltage (V) for e-bike batteries is 36 volts. This is because the maximum speed of an average human pedaling is around 20 km/h (12 mph). So, a 36-volt battery will help maintain a reasonable and safe speed for someone riding an e-bike. Depending on where you live, a manufacturer is required to follow laws about how fast an electric bike can go… and some laws set maximum speed limits for an electric bike.

However, more and more electric bikes are using a 48-volt battery (in places that the law allows higher speeds, like in the US), especially on higher-performance bikes and/or e-bikes that have a throttle. Why? Because bike riders want more speed!

Let’s not get confused about higher voltage meaning more power (at least not on its own). By itself, higher voltage just offers higher speeds.

But, if you use a battery with a higher voltage than your electric bike needs, it runs the risk of overcharging and may stop working sooner than usual. This is a really good example of why e-bike batteries aren’t universal.

Back side of ebike battery showing battery specifications.
This battery has 614 total Watt Hours, whereas other e-bike batteries may have more or less.

Is a Higher Ah Battery Better for an E-Bike?

Unlike Volts, Amp-hours (Ah) measure a battery’s capacity. In general, that’s how long your battery will last and what range it can travel. But there’s a little more to it.

Higher Ah isn’t necessarily better for an e-bike. Whether or not you need a battery with high Ah really depends on how long and how far you intend to ride. Amp-hours will determine how long your battery will last on a single charge.

Basically, an e-bike battery with 36V and 8 Ah, as compared to one with 46V and 15Ah, won’t speed as fast or be able to go as far on a full battery charge.

Man holding large electric bike battery.
Lithium batteries come in different sizes. This one has a typical voltage (48V) but has a larger capacity of 21 Amp Hours than some.

Are E-Bike Batteries Interchangeable?

Now that you have a basic understanding of Voltage and Amp-hours, it’s really important to put the two together when considering if electric bike batteries are interchangeable (even though they’re not universal).

Generally, lithium batteries can’t be shared between electric bikes because each bike’s allowed wattage and the Watt-hours (Wh) of the battery may differ.

Just imagine trying to put a C battery in your computer mouse instead of a double AA battery? It simply won’t fit and therefore you know it wouldn’t work. However, batteries on electric bikes may not fit as tightly when bolted onto the outside of the frame.

So, it might appear that you’d be able to replace your old battery with a similar-sized battery on your e-bike.

Two different e-bike batteries sitting side by side.
These two electric bike batteries are different sizes and won’t fit into each other’s frame.

Why can’t I interchange e-bike batteries?

This question can be answered with a simple calculation (sounds tricky but it’s not). You need to calculate e-bike watt-hours (Wh) so that you can compare the total energy of the battery to your electric bike’s capacity.

Again, remember this simple formula: V x Ah = Wh

48V times 14 Ah equals 672 Watt-hours
Example of total Watt-hours calculated

Here’s an example of what could go wrong if you use the incorrect battery:

If a battery is 48V, 14Ah then it puts out 672 total Watt-hours (48 X 14= 672)… like my Rad Power Bike battery. And since my e-bike has a 750 Watt (max) geared hub motor, the battery Watt-hours fall right under the maximum wattage of the bike.

Now, if I were to put a 52V, 18Ah battery on my e-bike (52 X 18= 936), it would overpower my bike’s maximum 750 Watt capacity and quite likely damage the battery and the motor! Then I’d have to buy new parts or replace the bike entirely (which would be a reasonable option given the hundreds of dollars I’d need anyways to replace just the battery and motor).

This is just one example of why you shouldn’t swap one e-bike battery out for another without knowing what’s correct for your e-bike model. Truthfully, there are numerous combinations of volts, amp-hours, and watts that can go wrong if your e-bike wasn’t designed for that combination!

Find out everything you need to know about taking care of your e-bike battery!

What Type of Batteries Do E-Bikes Use?

Battery packs can have so many different characteristics that it would be extremely difficult to have a universal battery for all electric bikes.

Typically, an electric bike uses a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery as its main power source. Lithium-ion batteries generally have a long lifespan and a quick recharge time. This makes electric bikes with Li-ion batteries ideal for riding frequently and for long distances. This type of battery lasts for approximately 1000 charges.

So, in other words, they’re perfect for cycling regularly.

Hand pulling ebike battery out of frame.
This Ride1Up integrated battery is small and slender. It fits inside the bike’s sleek frame. Plus, lower Watt hours mean less power and range than a larger battery.

And lithium-ion batteries are also much lighter than lead-acid batteries, which will only give you about 300 total charges anyways.

If you’re purchasing a newer e-bike, you’ll find that it typically comes with a lithium-ion battery. So you won’t have to make a big decision about the type of battery, but you’ll still need to choose an e-bike based on the battery output.

Focus on getting an electric bike with a battery that lets you go as fast as you want (voltage) and as far as you want to ride on a single charge (Amp-hours).

And don’t charge using a car battery, solar panel, or generator without learning more first!

Rad Power Bike external battery
My Rad Power Bike’s external 48 Volt lithium battery.

How Can I Replace My E-Bike Battery?

You can get a new battery to replace a non-working or damaged battery by matching its specifications. It must have the same Volts, Amp-hours, and Watt-hours, as well as be the correct size and weight as your old one.

The best way to buy a new e-bike battery is to talk with your bike’s manufacturer or a reputable e-bike shop.

Both Aventon E-Bikes and Rad Power Bikes are reputable dealers who can answer such questions.

And since a battery will cost you about a third of the total e-bike’s cost, make sure you ask the right questions so that you end up a happy bike rider with a high-quality battery that’ll last you for years.

E-Bike Battery questions to ask before you buy

  • How far can a lithium battery go on a single charge?
  • How long will it take to charge it?
  • What is the warranty and how long does it last?
  • What should I do to take care of it properly?
  • Do you offer any discounts?


Find out: Is it safe to charge your e-bike battery overnight?

Conclusion

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but electric bike batteries aren’t universal or interchangeable. Therefore, it’s best to understand what your needs are as an ebike owner and how to find a lithium battery that works for your e-bike.

Make sure you’ve read the article in detail to learn what you need to know about your own electric bike battery and how to replace an old or damaged battery.

Is It Easy to Ride an Electric Bike? 12 Riding Tips for Beginners

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Looking into buying yourself an electric bike but unsure how complicated it will be to ride? Don’t worry! 

Riding an e-bike is almost as easy as riding a traditional bike. However, there are several differences beginners should be aware of that can make riding an electric bike more challenging. Primarily, these have to do with the electrical components, heavier weight, and riding style. Once you understand the differences and learn how to manage them, riding an e-bike will be easy.

So, I’ve compiled some tips from experience and additional research which will help beginners learn how to easily ride an e-bike.

Watch this to get 5 Essential Tips on riding your new ebike… and what NOT to do!

Here are 12 tips to make e-bike riding easy (and fun!) for beginners:

1. Ride an E-Bike That Fits Your Weight and Size! 

Finding the right physical fit for you is the first thing you should consider, as riding will be so much easier if you’re comfortable on your e-bike.

So, pick one that fits your size. If you’re a tall electric bike rider, make sure the seat and handlebars can adjust high enough so you don’t have to ride hunched over or can’t stretch your legs out when you pedal. Alternatively, if you’re on the shorter end, you’ll want to make sure the pads of your feet can touch the ground when seated but that you can still comfortably reach the handlebars.

You can also pick out a bike with a low step that lets you easily get seated without having to swing your hips and legs up and over. Step-through e-bikes also make it easier to balance when getting on and off the bike and provide more stability while riding. 

Read this article to find out more about e-bikes for shorter riders:

The Best E-Bikes for a Small Woman: 5 Affordable Low-Step Options

You’ll also want to consider the weight of the bike. E-bikes are definitely heavier than standard bikes and they can be a bit bulkier. Most e-bikes range from 45-70 pounds, so if you are a smaller person on an e-bike or lack strength, you might want to consider getting and riding one that weighs less.

2. Don’t Get an E-Bike That’s More Powerful Than You Need

Be aware that some e-bikes can have a lot more power than others! Their wattage can be as low as 250W and high as 1,000W, with the higher-watt e-bikes being faster and more powerful. The higher the wattage, the more careful you should be when starting out on one, as it can take off very quickly and you can end up going much faster.

If you just want to take leisurely rides or don’t like to go fast, you may need a bike with only 250W. But, even if this is the case, you might want to go up to a 500W e-bike if you’ll be riding hills or fighting the wind.

However, if you plan on going fast and far, you might consider an e-bike that has 750W. I have an e-bike with 750W and have no problem getting up any hill I need to. Be careful going any higher than a bike with 750W because you may be limited where you’re allowed to ride it legally.

Find out more about where to ride legally in the USA:

Legal E-Bike Riding: Where to Ride in the USA

3. Practice Using Pedal Assist Around Your Neighborhood

E-bikes can have a bit of a learning curve, as traditional bikes would! However, it may take more time to get used to pedaling and adjusting to the different speed settings on an e-bike.

Further, because of the speed and weight of the bike, braking can be a bit more difficult than on a standard bike. And you’ll need some time to test out the different pedal assist modes and gear shifting. It might be hard to believe it, but you’ll probably need some time to adjust to the speed as I did… it feels really fast at first!

This is why it’s a great idea to take your bike for a spin around your neighborhood, or somewhere less populated where you don’t have to worry about traffic while you get used to the feel of the bike. You can always take riding the bike in steps as well and eventually progress your way up to riding on a busy street, as long as you feel comfortable and take basic safety precautions.

4. Ride With Others 

Riding with others on any type of bike can always make the experience more enjoyable! Having a riding partner can also make things feel safer, as you’ll be more visible to cars with two of you and it’s helpful to have someone there to help if things go wrong… like if your battery runs out or you get a flat tire!

It’s also nice to ride somewhere together to pick up dinner or run errands. This can also help to pass the time or motivate you to get the full e-bike workout that you want.

Want to get more exercise on your e-bike? Read here:

Do You Get Any Exercise on an Electric Bike?

5. Remember Basic Safety 

While e-bikes can feel almost like small motorcycles and you may get caught up in the speed and ease of pedaling, it’s very important to remember your basic safety!

  • Always wear a helmet while riding, especially with e-bikes since they are much heavier and are a bit harder to brake smoothly
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water on your ride, even if you think you’ll be going for a short ride
  • Check your tire tube pressure before and after riding to ensure the best ride
  • Ride in low pedal assist modes more often to prevent injury.

Find out now if you should wear a special helmet for electric bike riding!

6. Pay Attention to the Battery!

As mentioned above, some bikes have less battery power than others and will need to be charged slightly more often.

This e-bike battery sits under the seat
Image of an e-bike battery that attaches under the seat.

Most e-bikes can travel for 22-50 miles on a single charge and will need about 3-6 hours to fully charge. Make sure you know just how far yours can go on a single charge.

One of the good things about e-bikes is that if it does run out of battery, you can always continue to pedal like you would a standard bike. However, it will be much more difficult and take a lot more strength to pedal without the electric assist.

It’s always best just to remember to charge your bike after each ride and keep track of the miles you travel. 

7. Make Turning Easy Instead of Cludgy

Electric bikes tend to have a lower center of gravity than standard bikes. Because of the extra weight of the bike and the motor being low on the bike, it makes tighter turns more difficult. And, if you’re going at a fast speed, turning a corner will take much more caution because you can end up more toward the middle of the road you’re turning onto.

One of the best ways to do this is to stop pedaling as you enter the curve and try and gently apply the brakes before you go into it… just as you would when taking a tight turn in a car.

Another way to make a turn is to carefully take your bike out away from the turn coming up (but first check traffic on either side), which then allows you to turn tightly onto the road or path you’ll end up on. This can be compared to how a large truck or trailer makes its turns.

Just be aware of how fast you’re going when a curve is visible in front of you, so you can slow down as you need to. Practicing turns in low-traffic areas will make it easy to venture into traffic eventually.

8. Brake Slowly and Early on an E-bike

Be careful braking as well, as braking too suddenly while going downhill or going at a high speed can cause you to be thrown over the front of the handles or the bike to skid. Brake earlier than you might think as well! 

This is especially true if you’re riding on dirt or gravel. Braking while going downhill may cause an unwanted skid (this happened to me the first time I rode downhill on dirt and it was a little scary). And if it’s a steep hill, or you’re going fast, this could lead to an accident.

9. Go Easy on the Throttle

Some e-bikes will have a throttle, which is a tool that will allow you to accelerate without pedaling. This can be very useful if you are struggling to make it up a large hill, if you just need a break, or if you need to accelerate quickly to get out of the way of a car.

Twist throttle on an Electric Bike
Twist Throttle

However, keep in mind that using this too much will wear the battery down quicker and you won’t be able to go as far on a single charge.

The throttle can also cause the e-bike to make a sudden lurching motion, so it’s best to have a light hand and be aware of jerky motions when first using it (and be careful not to accidentally rest your hand on it if it’s a twist throttle… it may take off without you being prepared).

But there’s no doubt that using a throttle makes riding an e-bike super easy!

Learn more about using a throttle and riding without pedaling here:

How to Ride an E-Bike Without Pedaling: Pedal Assist vs Throttle

10. Read Your LCD Display as You Ride!

If you have an LCD display on your e-bike, then use it! It’ll show you your current speed, total miles traveled, and the battery power that remains, at the least. 

This is a great way to keep track of how long you’ve been riding or how far you’ve gone. If you want to push yourself to ride a certain amount of miles, you can use the trip odometer to show your progress! 

The LCD display can also showcase the watts your e-bike is putting out. So, when your bike says it puts out up to 750 Watts (e-bike Watts usually range from 250-1000), you can see if you’re maximizing the bike’s power. Watch the display as you continue to pedal up a hill and you’ll quickly see how fast you can accelerate.

And finally, the LCD display can tell you how fast you’re riding (current miles per hour), which is really just for fun.

11. Adjust Your Seat and Handlebars Before You Take Off

Getting comfortable makes riding an e-bike easy.

Adjusting your seat and handlebars to fit your legs, arms, and torso will allow you to maintain better posture while riding. As for the handlebars, you’ll be most comfortable in an upright position, so you see if you can reach your hands to the handlebars just below your shoulders. Many e-bikes allow you to adjust the height of handlebars as well, making riding even easier.

If your seat doesn’t adjust properly or is still uncomfortable, you can always buy a new seat and replace it yourself.

12. For an Easy Ride, Know Your Terrain

Before you head out, consider where you should take your e-bike out for a ride. Some bikes are built to take on more rocky and bumpy terrains while others are only built for standard street or concrete riding. Many electric bikes are a hybrid of both and have tires that can easily be ridden on most terrains.

So, if you take out an e-bike meant for the road but instead try to ride it on a rocky dirt trail, it won’t be easy!

Further, you might enjoy riding more if you can avoid large crowds of people or other fast-moving bikes or vehicles. Not only will you be more relaxed, but you also won’t worry as much about having to brake suddenly, especially since e-bikes are much larger, heavier, and more difficult to stop than a standard bike. 

Riding an E-Bike is Easy Once You Learn How

In conclusion, yes, riding an electric bike is easy but somewhat different than riding a traditional bike. You just need to know how the electrical parts help you to ride, how to handle a heavier than a normal bike, and how to ride in comfort.

But if you follow the 12 tips for beginners above, you’ll be pedaling around your city in no time.