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Cheap Electric Bikes: 14 Things You Need to Know Before Buying (Under $1000)

Cheap Electric Bikes: What You Need to Know Before Buying

With so many electric bike models being sold for under $1000, you might wonder if this is the right time to buy a cheap one. After all, since more and more e-bikes are being made for the under $1000 price range, you have to assume that they’re being sold successfully. But will a cheap electric bike be the right fit for you?

So that you don’t regret your e-bike purchase, you should first understand everything you need to know about electric bikes that sell for under $1000. You can then decide whether to buy a cheap e-bike or whether to invest your money in a more expensive one.

I’m making it easy for you by listing all of the things you need to know before buying an e-bike under $1000, or even under $500!

Take a look at all 14 in this list to help you easily decide whether buying a cheap e-bike is right for you! Plus, make sure to see the list of the best electric bikes under $1000 later on in this article.

1. Are Cheap Electric Bikes Any Good?

Buying an inexpensive e-bike that works well has a lot to do with who is manufacturing the parts that go into building the bike. It also has to do with the quality of the company putting it together and shipping it to you.

In general, more expensive components increase the price of an electric bike. So, you can assume that the cheaper the e-bike, the poorer the quality of the manufacturer’s parts (or the less expensive it was to put it together).

But unless you want to spend hours researching the quality of various manufacturers in-depth, there is one easy thing you can do to find out if a cheap e-bike is any good: Read the customer reviews! Reading reviews will tell you a lot about the company as well as the bike itself.

Pay attention to any mention of how “customer support” is handled as well as negative reviews. Although bad reviews are sometimes due to angry people venting or being unhappy about something that wouldn’t even concern you, they will tell you if there’s something consistently wrong with the e-bike.

If 5 people out of 10 say that the motor stopped working in the first few months, then you definitely want to listen. Make sure to read as many reviews as you can… take a look at 15 or more, at a minimum.

If there aren’t many reviews yet, just know that you’ll be taking a higher risk when it comes to buying a cheap electric bike.

Lectric XP Step-Thru Fat Tire E-Bike
Lectric XP Step-Thru E-Bike has a powerful 500W motor but is still priced under $1000.

2. How Fast Do Cheap E-Bikes Go? (Watts)

Most e-bikes under $1000 come with a motor that’s 250W-350W, although you can find more with 500W motors as you get closer to a $1000 price. Not surprisingly, there are very few electric bicycles that have a 750W motor that cost under $1000 (but I did find this one on Amazon).

And you simply won’t find and e-bikes with 1000W or higher under $1000!

Still many of these affordable electric bikes have enough power to get you up to 20mph, while some will only go up to 15 miles per hour. And the higher the wattage, the more power you’ll have to get up hills, pull a bike trailer, or ride with greater weight on the e-bike overall.

If you’re concerned about getting where you need to go quickly, then make sure to pay attention to the top speed of each e-bike model.

3. Battery Range on a Cheaper Electric Bike (Amp Hours)

The lower the cost of an electric bike, the smaller the battery range will be in general. This is because the battery is typically the most expensive part of an electric bicycle. Therefore, in order to lower cost, a cheaper battery with less ability to hold a charge will be used.

When buying an e-bike, you can check out the Volts (V) and Amp Hours (Ah) to get an idea of how powerful the battery is and how long you can ride on one battery charge.

The fewer the Volts and Amp Hours, the less power will be delivered each hour (Watt Hours), and the shorter the ride will be until the battery loses its charge.

For example, a $600 250W bike with a 36V 8Ah battery might take you 30+ miles on one battery charge while an e-bike that costs $1000 and has a 48V 2.8Ah battery may take you 50+ miles. So, if you buy one that’s $500 as opposed to $1000, you’re likely to get a shorter battery range.

How far you can go isn’t only about how cheap the e-bike is or how efficient the battery is. It also depends on whether you’re relying primarily on electric power (using throttle only) or on pedal assist (you’re pedaling with assistance from the motor.

4. Do Cheap Electric Bikes Have a Throttle?

Twist throttle on an Electric Bike
Twist Throttle

Many cheaper electric bikes still come with a throttle, while some don’t.

If you intend to ride without pedaling, whether it’s to commute to work quickly, or while taking long rides during which you expect to get tired, then you must have a throttle. On the other hand, if you’re planning on leisurely rides and/or a great way to exercise consistently, then having a throttle may not be necessary.

Check to see if one is included on the e-bike before you buy it. And find out whether it is a thumb throttle or twist throttle, the main difference being that you’ll be putting pressure on the thumb as opposed to the wrist. This might be important if you have wrist pain or discomfort.

5. Electric Bike Comfort

Here’s the truth… if you buy an inexpensive electric bike, you won’t get the comfort features of pricier models. Some of the features you might be missing are:

  • Adjustable handlebars
  • Comfortable handlebar grips
  • Ergonomic frame and/or upright seating position
  • Wide, plush, comfortable seat
  • Seat that moves forwards and backwards

All of these improvements can make every ride much more comfortable. It’ll be extra important to you if you have injuries or chronic pain, plan on taking long rides, or if you’re a senior e-bike rider.

Purchase a Comfort Package

But there is a possible solution. If you decide to buy an e-bike that doesn’t have the comfort features you need, check with the company you’re getting it from to determine if they offer an add-on “comfort package”.

You may still be able to get one for under $1000 and add on a plush seat (Lectric Bikes) or other features that’ll make your ride more comfortable for less than buying a more expensive e-bike.

You can also buy a new plush bike seat from Amazon or elsewhere.

Just keep in mind that adding some features won’t correct any other discomforts.

Bikeroo Bike Seat Cushion - Padded Gel Wide
You can also get a plush bike seat cover, which is cheaper than buying a full seat.

6. Maintenance Costs for Electric Bicycles

You can expect maintenance costs to be slightly higher for cheaper electric bikes as compared to ones over $1000. Although professional servicing will typically cost around $100-$150 each time regardless of the price of your e-bike, as I mentioned above, inexpensive e-bikes will be made with cheaper parts. Thus, you’re more likely to need to repair or replace small parts sooner.

This holds true with e-bikes that cost $1000-$2000 as compared to ones that cost $3000-$5000 and so on. Expect to pay

Further, major electric components on cheaper e-bikes, such as the battery and motor, may need replacement sooner due to having shorter lifespans as well.

7. E-Bike Motor Replacement Cost

Motors should last for around 10,000 miles, give or take. But certainly, if you’ve bought an extra cheap e-bike (especially one under $600), the motor may not last as long.

But the good news is this: If you need to replace the motor on your inexpensive e-bike, you’ll likely replace it with something similar. Thus, you won’t spend as much on the motor as you would replacing one on a pricier electric bike.

In fact, you can probably find a replacement motor for well under $200 on Amazon.

8. E-Bike Battery Replacement Cost

Yes, you’ll probably need to replace your battery sooner on a cheap e-bike. Because $500-$600 e-bikes use less expensive batteries, they simply can’t be expected to last as long.

However, if you’re an occasional rider, or only ride a few miles at a time, then the battery may last you several years.

If you’re replacing the battery with the same or compatible battery, then you should be able to get one under $200.

9. Costs for Bike Accessories

Cheap electric bikes are unlikely to have all of the accessories you want or need. And they certainly won’t have any “luxury” features.

So, if you’re going to buy a cheap e-bike, make sure you decide if there’s an accessory you can’t live without. Because adding it later will increase your total cost.

As discussed above, you’re likely to want to upgrade your bike seat to something wider and plusher. Or you may decide you really need to add a throttle.

But even if you don’t need to modify a part, most riders can find plenty of other must-have accessories. So, don’t assume you’re done paying once you’ve bought your e-bike, cheap or not.

10. Are Cheap Electric Bicycles Safe?

Comparing the safety of a cheap e-bike to a more expensive one basically comes down to the brakes and the build quality.

Although brakes are far less expensive than motors or batteries, it still seems to reason that their quality won’t be as good as on a more expensive e-bike. Plus, you probably have never heard of the brand name of the brakes, which immediately makes their quality questionable.

Disc Brake Pads for E-Bikes
Shimano Disc Brake Pads are a popular brand name.

So, does it matter? Yes, if you’re a heavy-duty rider and especially if you ride down steep hills. This alone is a reason not to buy a cheap e-bike. However, it won’t matter as much if you ride infrequently or are able to avoid hills. Bad brakes are not safe to use going downhill, just as they aren’t safe in a car.

The other concern about safety revolves around how well it was built. Sometimes the brand’s warehouse is responsible for putting a bike together incorrectly or using the wrong parts. So, you’re left wondering… were screws tightened appropriately? Were the correct parts used? Did they miss anything?

Again, reading customer reviews may help determine if this could be an issue. Otherwise, you should check all of the nuts, bolts, and parts when your new e-bike arrives.

11. Best Cheap Electric Bikes Under $1000

The best affordable electric bikes sold for under $1000 can typically be found on both Amazon and online bike shops, so they require a little more work to find the best ones. However, you can find folding electric bikes and electric mountain bikes alike.

I’ve come across some of the best electric bikes priced under $1000 while researching for my articles on

So here they are:

E-BikeMotorBatterySpecial FeaturePriceCustomer
Ecotric Fat Tire Folding E-bike500W36V 12.5Ah4″ fat tires; foldable$8905.0
Lectric XP500W48V 9.6Ah20″ x 3″ tires$9995.0
ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike350W36V 10.4Ah26″ wheels;
Up to 40 mile range
$6304.3 (Amazon)
Heybike Cityscape Cruiser350W36V, 10AhShimano 7-Speed Gears$8504.5 (Amazon)

12. Best Cheap Electric Bikes Under $500

You’ll typically find every e-bike under $500 on Amazon or another discount retailer. So, you can always buy them online.

Therefore, the best e-bikes under $500 are the ones with hundreds of reviews averaging at least 4 stars out of 5.

E-BikeMotorBatterySpecial FeaturePriceAmazon Customer
ANCHEER Folding Electric Bike350W36V 6Ah12″ tires; foldable$350+4.3
ANCHEER Electric Commuter500W48V 7.5Ah14″ tires; foldable$4504.4
Jetson Electric Bike Bolt250W5.2Ah12″ tires; foldable$3984.0
Sailnovo 14” Electric Bike350W36V 10.4Ah14″ tires; foldable$4994.2

13. What is the Cheapest Electric Bike?

Some of the cheapest electric bikes on the market are typically manufactured and built in China and can be purchased on Amazon and at stores such as Walmart.

The most affordable electric bike has small 12″ wheels and is considered almost a hybrid between an e-bike and a motorized scooter:

ANCHEER Folding Electric Bike 350W Motor Scooter 12 Inch

Cheapest e-bike

This little e-bike has a 350W motor, a speed of up to 15 mph, and a battery range of up to 15 miles. It’s a foldable electric bike and uses an app to adjust speed, check mileage, and more. Plus it has over hundreds of ratings averaging 4.5 stars!

14. Should You Buy a Chinese Electric Bike (Made in China)?

Buying a Chinese-made electric bike is often the cheapest option. You can buy a good Chinese-made electric bike as long as you look at customer reviews and do a little brand research.

Because e-bikes are in high demand in China, there is a great deal of competition between manufacturers. Thus, they often lower prices to compete.

However, they produce primarily low-end e-bikes, from an American consumer standpoint, so you’re really dealing with the same concerns as buying any cheap electric bicycle. Therefore, you can read reviews and research the brand online. If you can find out what is considered a good brand in China, then it’ll help you make a decision.

E-bikes made in China are typically designed for daily commuting and work-related reasons. Therefore, you’ll find practical options without luxury accessories, which also brings down the overall price.


Buying a cheap electric bike can save you a lot of money, especially when you consider that many e-bikes are $1500-$4000.

But buying one under $1000 can affect the quality and features tremendously. So it’s important to learn all of the things you need to know before buying a cheap e-bike, because doing so may be right for you… or you may end up regretting your purchase.

Do Electric Bikes Need Special Inner Tubes? (Read Before Buying)

Do Electric Bikes Need Special Inner Tubes

After getting my first flat tire on my electric bike right at the end of a 40-mile ride, I knew I had been lucky. After all, I couldn’ve gotten that flat halfway into my ride and been 20 miles out in the middle of nowhere! Instead, I was able to ride and walk the 1/2 mile back to my car.

But it was then that I decided to start planning better and find out how I could prevent flats in the first place. This led me to research inner tubes for e-bikes, hoping I could find ones with more puncture protection and durability.

What I discovered was that electric bike inner tubes are the same as regular bicycle tire tubes. What’s important is that you use high-quality, puncture-resistant tubes that’ll help prevent flat tires while also fitting your e-bike’s wheel size and tire width.

Surprisingly, there’s a lot to understand about inner tubes and I discovered numerous options based on brand, size, riding style, and type of electric bike tire.

As I’m sure you have the same questions as I did, I’m going to show you what I found so that you can find the best inner tubes for your e-bike and avoid getting stranded by a flat tire.

special inner tube
Rubber Inner Tube with Schraeder Valve

Do Electric Bikes Need Inner Tubes?

You may have heard of other cyclists using tubeless bike tires. So, you might be wondering whether you even need inner tubes at all for your e-bike tires. Find out here!

Do Most Electric Bikes Have Inner Tubes?

You can choose between tubed tires and tubeless tires, which are becoming more common in some riding conditions.

Most e-bike tires have inner tubes and there are several advantages to having tubed tires on your e-bike:

  1. They cheaper to maintain
  2. You can easily buy repair patches and tubes
  3. A small tire repair kit can be taken with you on your ride
  4. You can apply a patch and fix your flat tire in minutes
  5. It’s relatively easy to install new tubes with just a tire lever and air pump
  6. Tubes are generally better for riding on the road

Generally, if you’re riding on paved roads and trails, you’ll choose e-bike tires with inner tubes. The reason for this is that there are fewer thorns to pop your tires on concrete or asphalt and you can set your tires at a higher pressure to keep you moving faster.

And if the tires are rolling faster, then you’ll have less need to use your pedal assist and therefore preserve your battery capacity.

But there are some reasons you may prefer to use tubeless tires.

Are Tubeless Tires Good for E-Bikes?

You might’ve heard of tubeless tires because they’re trending among some electric bike riding populations. And, they certainly sound like they’d make riding an e-bike and dealing with flat tires easier since there’s no tube to pop.

However, the truth is that they are most often used on electric mountain bikes. This is because mountain bikers need increased tire grip for their lower pressure tires to get around sharp switchbacks and over bumps.

And because mountain bikers ride with lower tire pressure, tubed tires are more likely to get pinch flats. So, tubeless tires solve this problem for electric mountain bikes and regular ones.

There are also some long-distance cyclists who use the tubeless tire system on their touring road bikes and swear by them, even though they ride almost exclusively on the pavement.

In general, the advantages of tubeless tires include:

  1. Ability to ride them with lower tire pressure
  2. Increased traction on rough terrain and mountain trails
  3. Faster downhill rolling
  4. Easier hill climbing (so you can use less electric pedal assist)
  5. Better puncture resistance for electric mountain bike riders
  6. Not a huge hassle installing tubes

Are Self-Sealing Bike Tubes Worth It for E-Bikes?

Perhaps these are the special inner tubes you were hoping for?

Self-sealing tubes work just like they sound… they seal punctures automatically when one occurs. Essentially, it’s an inner tube that comes with a sealant inside it that flows through the bike as the wheel turns, covering a tear as it does so.

However, some punctures may be too big to self-seal (generally once they’re over 1/4″ large). If a hole is too large, then it would take too much time for the tire to rotate and eventually cover the hole, if it can cover it entirely at all.

Still, most tears can be quickly covered.

Self-sealing tubes may be worth using for electric bikes if:

  1. You don’t mind the extra weight of the sealant inside the tube, even though e-bikes are already heavier than normal bikes)
  2. You’re not at high risk of regular punctures that are too large to get sealed.
  3. You aren’t concerned about putting in a slight bit more pedaling effort or decreasing battery capacity by using the motor more
  4. You are still willing to bring along a patch kit on your ride for larger holes
Man riding e-bike with 20" X 3" wide tires
E-Bike with 20″ X 3″ wide tires would use tubes from around 20.6″-3.0″

What Are the Best Tire Tubes for Electric Bikes?

If you want to avoid as many flat tires as possible, you should decide what type of tube (butyl rubber or latex) and brand of inner tube will be best for you.

Types of Inner Tubes

Inner tubes are typically made of one of two materials:

  • Butyl rubber– This is the least expensive type of tube and by far the most common. They’re used in most e-bike tires and sold in most retail locations because they’re super strong and reliable. So, why pay more since these rubber tubes work well?

    Sorry, you’ll still get flats on occasion but they are easy to repair with standard tire repair kits and they’re cheaper to replace than latex.
  • Latex- These have an adavatage over butyl tubes when it comes to speed because they’re lighter. However, they tend to decompress faster and you’ll likely need to inflate latex tubes before every ride.

Best Inner Tube Brands for Electric Bikes

There are 3 high-quality, well-known brands of tires and inner tubes that you can easily find for your e-bike tire size right on Amazon.

  1. Kenda Tire Tubes– Made of thick butyl rubber, Kenda guarantees their tubes will work. They’re a bit heavier due to their thickness but perfect for e-bikes that are already heavy (so you probably won’t notice a difference). Kenda is a brand that’s been around for many decades, which is a true testament to its high standard and quality.

    Plus, these inner tubes are affordable, easy to install, and quite durable.
  2. Continental Bicycle Tubes– A favorite for road bike tires, they have a large selection of inner tubes with presta valves to satisfy cyclists with higher-end road bikes and electric bikes. But they also have plenty of tubes with Schraeder valves as well.

    You can easily compare prices on Amazon even though Continental tubes are made in Germany.
  3. Schwalbe Bike Tubes– Schwalbe is a worldwide brand with excellent ratings on Amazon for almost all of their large selection of tubes with both Schraeder and Presta valves. This isn’t surprising since it is known for high-quality bike tires as well.

How to Buy E-Bike Inner Tubes (what you need to know)

When purchasing the best tire inner tube for your electric bike, you’ll need to know the following:

  • E-bike wheel size
  • Tire width (size)
  • Range of sizes inner tube fits
  • Inner tube valve types

Wheel Size

Wheel sizes vary in diameter from 12″ to 29″. Generally, the wheel size has a lot to do with the type of e-bike. For instance, most folding e-bikes have 12″ to 20″ wheels, while non-folding ones have 26″-29″ diameter wheels. Road e-bikes typically have larger wheel sizes, as do electric mountain bikes.

Thus, you will need a special inner tube size to match your wheel diameter.

Tire Width

Electric bikes come in a huge range of tire widths, starting at around 2.0″ and getting as wide as 5.0″!

These variations can make it difficult to find the right inner tube size, especially at a moment’s notice. So if you always want to have the best tire tubes for your e-bike, then I strongly suggest you plan ahead. Don’t wait until you get a flat tire to shop for the right bike tube.

Inner Tube Size Range

Tubes typically cover one wheel size and a range of tire widths. So, as long as you know the width of your tire, you can look for a tube that fits within that width.

Check the sidewalls of your e-bike tire or your manufacturer’s instruction book or website for the correct tire size.

Tube Valve Types

There are two types of air pressure valves that you’ll find on your electric bike tires and on the inner tubes:

  • Schraeder Valve- Most e-bike tires have Schraeder valves, unless you have a high-end road bike or eMTB. These thick and heavy valves typically perform well even though they may come on less expensive e-bikes. They look like car tire valves.
  • Presta Valve- As expected, you’ll find these valves on higher-priced bicycles because they’re lighter and their length varies. These need to be unscrewed a bit before adding air.

Make sure you’re getting the right valve type with your inner tube. And make sure you have a tire pump that can work on your type of valve. The air pump I bought on Amazon actually works on both types of valves.

E-Bike Flat Tire
Flat tire needs repair or new inner tube

Tips for Avoiding Flat Tires on Your E-Bike

Watch the road– Avoid glass, debris, and areas of potentially thorny dry bushes.

Check your tire pressure before each ride– And check it again during a long ride. If the air pressure is too low, you can end up with pinch flats, which are 90% avoidable! This occurs when you ride over an object and it gets stuck between the tire and the tire rim, essentially “pinching” the tire.

Maintain your tires– Check your tires regularly for wear and tear. If your tires experience wearing on the sidewall, or the tread wears thin, then your e-bike tire is much more likely to get a flat since there is little to protect the inner tube.

Special Inner Tubes– From reading forums and researching tubes, I can tell you that using tubes that come with an internal sealant, or adding your own, works for many. But sealant can also get messy if you end up with a big puncture and some products can dry out over time.

It’s really something you’ll need to try out that can be affected by your riding style, e-bike, and type of inner tubes.

Easy-to-Use Products to Help Avoid Flat Tires

Here are a few products that other cyclists are using to help protect their inner tubes and avoid flat tires:

Slime Bike Tube Sealant- Amazon
Slime Bike Tube Sealant- Amazon

Slime Tube Repair Sealant– This sealant is specifically for inner tubes and is the most talked-about brand on the internet. It’ll seal punctures up to 1/8″ and last up to two years. Slime is great to take with you and inject into your tube in an emergency.

If you have a fat tire e-bike, just keep in mind that you’ll need to use a lot more sealant than for other tires!

Stan’s NoTubes Tire Sealant – This has great reviews on Amazon, but do note that they mention it’s only for tubeless tires. However, some reviewers claimed it worked perfectly for their inner tubes as well.

This sealant claims to seal punctures up to 1/4″ and resists freezing. It’s natural and environmentally safe and lasts up to 7 months in liquid form.

KOM Tubeless Injector Syringe– Use this kit to help you inject your tubeless sealant easily and without a ton of mess!


Getting the right inner tube for your electric bike is more tricky than you’d probably hoped for.

But now that you’re up-to-speed, you can find the tube that fits your e-bike and performs well all while avoiding those disastrous flat tires.

Make sure you check out the brand list, stock up on a few inner tubes for emergencies, and read the last section on “products to help avoid flat tires”, as these work well whether you have an electric bike with tubed tires or tubeless ones.

How to Choose the Best Electric Bike Tire (3 Steps)

How to Choose the Best E-Bike Tire

No matter whether you need to replace an old electric bike tire, are doing an e-bike conversion, or need help buying an e-bike with the right tires for your riding style, deciding on the ones that’ll be best for you should be a top priority.

Getting the best electric bike tires for you depends primarily on where you ride, how fast you ride, and your general riding style, in addition to the weight of the e-bike.

Additionally, the best e-bike tires can withstand the bike’s extra weight and the greater force on the tires themselves during braking or accelerating.

Below is a list I put together to help you choose the type of e-bike tire that may be best for you. Take a look at the tire sizes and what terrain they’re generally good for… then continue reading to find out what tire and wheel size you need and how to choose the best tire in just 3 steps.

I’ll help you decide which tire will work best for you so that you’ll have an easier time buying the perfect tire or e-bike with the right tires.

Electric Bike TireOff-RoadPaved RoadFoldable E-Bike TireFat TireWheel SizeTire Size
Schwalbe Nobby Nic AddixXX27.5 inch2.6 inch
Kenda K-Rad 3.3XXX26 inch3.3 inch
Mongoose Fat TireXXX20 inch4 inch
CST Big Boat TireXXX20 inch3 inch
Kenda K-Rad 2.3X26 inch2.3 inch
Duro California Fat TireXX26 inch3 inch
Kenda CrusadeXXX20 inch4 inch

Do E-Bikes Need Special Tires? Really?

Electric bikes require tires that are durable enough to support the extra weight of a larger frame, battery, and additional electric equipment, such as the motor and controller.

Although Europe requires electric bicycle tires to be certified, the United States does not. Rather, the differences in U.S. e-bike tires are entirely the choice of the manufacturers and USA brands.

E-bike tires may even be different amongst the models of the same brand. So, although an electric bike may have special tires to accommodate its weight, it might also have the same tires you can find on any bike, at least in the USA.

Still, reputable brands understand the need for tire durability and use tires that allow for the correct tire pressure to maintain stability and traction.

However, if you’re choosing the best tire for your situation, it’s important to consider the type of tire that’ll work well before you purchase an e-bike, replace worn-out tires , stock up on tire inner tubes, or buy new tires for an electric bike conversion. After all, you’re likely to ride harder and go farther on your electric bike thanks to pedal assist and how it works.

A good tire also impacts tire puncture protection, flat tires, and how long your tire will last (along with correct tire pressure).

E-Bike Tire Size vs Wheel Size

When considering what electric bike tires are the best, you need to understand the importance of tire size versus wheel size. Much of an e-bike’s performance is dependent upon the size of both the tire and the wheel.

Here are some common wheel sizes and tire widths for electric bikes as well as the e-bike brands and models that use them:

Approximate Wheel Size vs Tire Width700c1.95″-2.2″2.3″-2.4″3.0″4.0″ (Fat Tire)
12-16 inchQualisports NemoCheck on Amazon
20 inchE-Joe XVRadMini

Emojo Lynx Pro

Green Bike
26 inchEcotric SeagullRadCityRadRoverPlus
27-28 inchRide1Up Roadster

Charge City

Ride1up Core
Ride1Up LMTD
29 inchCharge XC

As you can see, many electric bikes come with somewhat wider tires to support the weight of the components. E-Bikes with wider tires are generally better for riding on dirt or sandy trails while also riding smoothly on the road.

Electric Bicycle Tire Size

Tire size is determined by the width of the tire. In turn, tire width has much to do with the type of electric bike the tires are on and the terrain on which you’ll be riding.

A wider tire will help your e-bike ride comfortably on a greater variety of terrain, while a thinner tire will make your electric bike ride smoother and more efficiently on the road.

Electric Bike Wheel Size

Wheel size is all about the diameter of the wheel. Electric bike wheels can range from 12 inches to 29 inches in diameter, which is quite a huge difference.

Foldable e-bikes used for commuting often have very small 12″ to 20″ wheels. The wheel size is small so that you can easily fold up and carry your e-bike up a flight of stairs, or on a train or city bus.

The largest wheels are typically found on bikes that are ridden for sport (such as an electric mountain bike) and racing or riding long distances (such as an electric road bike). You’ll also find cargo e-bikes (to carry children, dogs or cats, and goods), electric trikes (with 3 wheels), and some of the biggest fat tire e-bikes in this wheel size category.

CST 20" Electric Bike Tire
CST 20″ Electric Bike Tire

3 Steps to Choosing the Best E-Bike Tire for Me

It’s much easier to choose the best e-bike tires if you know how and where you plan on riding. Complete these steps to help you find the best electric bicycle tire for your situation by answering each question:

Step 1- Will you be riding on paved roads or off-road? Or both?

Decide on what type of riding you’ll be doing most often. If you’ll be riding off-road in the dirt, gravel, snow, or sand, then you’ll want a tire that has at least a 20-inch wheel with a tire width of 2.6 or more. And, if this is your primary type of riding, you may want a 26″ or larger wheel with a much fatter tire.


Electric Bikes in Sand
Our 20 X 3″ RadMinis at the beach

If you’ll only be riding on paved road or bike trails, a thin tire will provide the best performance as far as speed and efficiency go.

However, if you expect to find yourself riding on both paved trails and rougher terrain, then you’ll want a tire that is wide enough to help you get over the bumps and loose ground safely and comfortably, while still providing a relatively efficient ride on the road.

My own RadMini e-bike does exactly this with it’s 3.0 inch wide tires (not super fat tires but much wider than standard bike tires).

Finally, if you only plan to ride in the city or on your daily e-bike commute to school , you can choose any wheel size. But a folding e-bike with smaller 12 inch-20 inch wheels will make it easier for you to carry it on public transportation or store it at work for the day.

Step 2- Will you need to transport your e-bike to trailheads or for traveling?

If your answer is “yes”, consider doing one of two things:

  1. Get an electric folding bicycle with a smaller 20″ wheel so that you can toss it in the back of your car for traveling. I wouldn’t go any smaller than a 20″ wheel, however, if you plan to ride on off-road terrain or non-paved trails.
  2. Or, if you’d prefer a larger wheel and fatter tire, be prepared to spend additional money for a bike rack that’ll support the weight and size of an electric bicycle (check out this one on Amazon). You won’t be able to use a standard bike rack.

Step 3- How much are you able or willing to spend?

Now that you have an idea what size tire and wheel will work best for you, you can start searching for a tire. Higher quality tires will cost more but may be worth it if you ride long distances.

And, if you’re planning on buying a new e-bike with your choice of tires, then this is a good time to check your budget.

In general, fat tire e-bikes, electric cargo bikes, and electric mountain bikes will be somewhat more expensive than smaller tire foldable or commuter e-bikes due to added features such as wider tires or bike racks. And getting a good tire with puncture protection is a must.

If you’re looking to buy an electric bike under $2000, these brands will give you some great options with different sized wheels and tires:



Charge Bikes


Want to find an e-bike under $1000? Look here:

Lectric Bikes

Electric Bikes on Amazon (paid link)


Man riding electric bike on paved road
Riding 20″ tires on RadMini from Rad Power Bikes!


Are Fat Tires Better for E-Bikes?

Using a fat tire on your electric bike is a good idea if you plan on riding off-road and you aren’t worried about having to lift, maneuver, or store your bike in a small space.

A fat tire e-bike will give you better traction on all surfaces because they’re super wide and have more contact with the ground. It’ll also ve much more comfortable to ride when going over bumps or uneven ground.

But you’d probably rather have a smaller, lighter tire if you’ll only ride on the pavement or if you have a foldable e-bike... It’ll be much easier to manage with a smaller-width tire.

Further, if you get a poor quality fat tire as opposed to a high-quality e-bike tire, then there will be little advantage to having a fat tire just for the sake of it.

Find out all of the advantages and disadvantages of fat tires!


Man Replacing E-Bike Tire

Can You Put Bigger Tires on Your E-Bike?

For starters, this depends on whether you want to put on bigger (and taller) tires or tires of a different width.

If you plan on substituting tires that are larger in diameter, then you’ll also need to put on larger rims. But if you just want wider tires, then your current rims should work well.

As discussed in this article earlier, you’ll also want to consider the type of riding you’ll be doing the most. Getting a wider tire with the same wheel diameter will help you traverse rougher terrain (as long as your wheel size is a minimum of 20″).

Or, you might prefer narrower tires if you’ll be sticking to the road and have a folding e-bike.

So, in general, you can put bigger tires on your e-bike but you should check with the manufacturer to make sure you’re getting a compatible size.


Now that you’ve learned how to choose an electric bike tire (and in just 3 steps), you should consider your ultimate purpose for riding an electric bike.

Knowing how you want to ride and where you want to ride will help you decide on the right tires, whether you’re replacing worn-out tires or buying a new e-bike.

Remember, you’ll be choosing the best tires for your situation, not just good-quality tires.

Dual Mode E-Bike Controller: What Is It & Do You Need One?

Dual Mode E-Bike Controller

Electric bicycles are rapidly becoming more popular and widespread in the modern world. As more people invest in e-bikes, the technology advances, and the variety of products available widens.

The wide variety of electric bike equipment on the market has led many to wonder about a particular component, the dual mode controller. What are these controllers and do you need one?

Dual mode e-bike controllers receive signals from both Hall sensors and non-Hall sensors. An e-bike dual mode controller typically continues to sense motor rotation even if the non-Hall sensors fail. Thus, the motor will continue to work unlike it would with a single mode controller.

There are several types of e-bike controllers, and one that has generated much talk is the dual mode controller. There is little comprehensive information available about this piece of e-bike hardware, so it’s time to shed some light on the subject.

Continue reading and I’ll help you learn what a dual mode electric bike controller is and whether or not you need one.

Dual Mode E-Bike Controller

What Is A Dual Mode E-Bike Controller?

In the world of electric bicycles, there are generally two types of controllers that govern all the electric components, including the motor. One of the most popular is a relatively new type of electric bike controller known as a dual mode.

A dual mode electric bike controller is one that is able to function well for motors with and without Hall sensors. If a controller is not dual mode capable, it will only function well with or without a Hall sensor, respectively. 

This is a critical feature for a modern electric bike controller. If an electric bike motor is equipped with a Hall sensor, as most brushless dc motors are, and the controller that’s installed onto the e-bike requires these sensors to work, then the motor will fail if the sensor signals fail. This is very likely to happen in due course.

Inversely, if the motor in the e-bike is designed without a Hall sensor, as most brush motors are, it’ll be quite different. If the controller requires a replacement, and a motor that requires a Hall sensor is installed, the controller will not function to control the motor at all.

Specifically, a dual mode controller is one that’ll function well for both types of electric bike motors, whether they are equipped with Hall sensor drive or not.

Having one on your e-bike is ideal if your e-bike has a motor with a Hall effect sensor, as these sensors are very sensitive and likely to break or fail. In case of failure, the controller will then continue to function and effectively control the motor.

If you’re doing an electric bike conversion, your best bet is to build your bike with a motor with Hall sensors and add a controller that is compatible.

Take a look at full conversion kits with dual mode controllers on Amazon.

What Is The Hall Effect?

The Hall effect is often spoken of with regards to e-bike brushless dc motors and we understand that is an important factor to consider. But few of us fully understand it and why it’s important for e-bikes.

The Hall effect is essentially how an electric current affects a magnetic field. Measuring this effect is an excellent way to detect discrepancies within an electrical current and is a highly effective means of detecting and correcting changes within the source of an electric current.

This is, of course, a very over-simplified explanation, but it serves to answer the question as the Hall effect relates to electric bicycles.

Why Is The Hall Effect Important for Electric Bikes?

The Hall effect is important because it is a very effective means of measuring the position of the brushless motor so that the electric bike controller can effectively make adjustments in power at the perfect moment to fully utilize the capabilities of the electric motor.

Hall effect sensors are very small and can fit well within even the smallest e-bike motors. Using these sensors to accurately detect the position of the motor at any given moment is the most efficient way of using the energy that the motor has available.

This efficient use of energy prolongs the expected lifespan of the motor, extends battery life by lowering battery consumption, and provides more power from the motor, as the motor can be used to its full capacity without the unnecessary loss of power.

Hall effect sensors make use of magnets to detect changes in the electrical current passing through the motor and transmit that information to the electric bike controller. It can then make the appropriate adjustments to how the motor is running in order to coax maximum efficiency from the motor.

For this reason, the Hall effect is very important for electric bicycles. Without using this method of electrical detection, e-bikes would not be as fast, powerful, or efficient as they are today.

Do All E-Bike Controllers Have Hall Sensors?

Hall sensors are an important innovation in electric bicycle technology. These sensors have allowed electric bike motors to be more effectively utilized and have made e-bikes more powerful and useable as a result. But do they all have these sensors?

Not all e-bike controllers are equipped with the ability to receive information from a Hall sensor, and not all e-bike motors are equipped with them. Modern brushless electric motors used in e-bikes usually have a Hall sensor while standard brush motors don’t. 

Using this type of sensor in electric bike drive systems has not always been the standard. Before these sensors were used, there were other, more ineffective methods of regulating power to the motor and controlling how well it is used. But none of them were as accurate as Hall effect sensors.

Some e-bikes are not equipped with these sensors simply because they aren’t necessary. Many pedal-assist electric bikes don’t require such sophisticated motor management control and so only have a non Hall sensor.

However, the ones that are equipped with both sensors are far more efficient, powerful, and effective than those without.

Learn more about how to add an electric bike controller!

Why Is Dual Mode Necessary For Electric Bike Controllers?

Dual mode controllers are optional for e-bikes, and not always a requirement. Why are these controllers necessary for some electric bicycles and not for others, and what makes them so important?

Dual mode is a name that describes an e-bike controllers’ ability to function with or without a Hall sensor drive to manage the efficiency of the electric motor within the e-bike. This is necessary in case the sensors in a motor fail and provide an electric bike controller that is somewhat universal.

The ability of an e-bike controller to function well for controlling the motor is essential for the operation of the electrical components of the bike. If an electric bike is equipped with a Hall sensor, and those sensors fail, a standard controller will also fail.

However, if the same e-bike is equipped with a dual mode controller and the Hall sensor fails, the controller will continue to function. The functionality of the controller will be somewhat limited, and the system won’t be as efficient, but the e-bike will continue to function without grinding to a halt.

Check out the cost of e-bike controllers on Amazon

These types of motors are necessary to maintain the function of an e-bike that is equipped with Hall effect sensors in the event that the sensors fail. These sensors are known to be fragile and likely to break over time, even with minor accidents or bumps.

If the controller was affected by this, the electric bike wouldn’t function.

The other important reason why dual mode e-bike controllers are necessary is that they unlock the full potential of the motor and electrical system. 

Without this type of controller, any sophisticated e-bike will have diminished performance and power capabilities.

How Do Hall Effect Sensors Break?

Hall effect sensors are known to fail. This is why dual mode controllers exist… but what causes this type of sensor to fail so readily?

These sensors are nothing but small magnets that are connected to an electrical circuit. They’re effective because they are delicate. If they were more robust, they wouldn’t be as effective for detecting discrepancies in the electrical currents from the motor.

The delicate nature of Hall effect sensors means that they can be caused to fail by too much jostling, by an electrical surge, or even by wear and tear.

This means that they’re also likely to break far more quickly than other components in an electric bicycle’s electronic system. A large bump or a small accident is likely to cause damage to a Hall sensor signals.

The same is true for a power surge from improperly disconnecting a battery or even from overcharging a battery. These sensors also simply wear out over time.

For these reasons, it’s essential that electric bikes with Hall effect sensors are equipped with dual mode controllers so that the bike will still function when the sensors fail.

Find out how to test an electric bike controller (and how long they should last)!

Hall Effect Vs. Non-Hall Effect Motors

When discussing dual mode electric bike controllers and what they are good for, it’s important to understand the motors that this type of controller is intended to function with. At the end of it, a dual mode electric bike controller is intended to function well with motors that make use of Hall sensor signals.

Motors that are equipped with a hall sensor drive can very accurately detect the position of the motor and send information to the controller. Non-Hall sensor motors do not have these sensors, and so they are not as controllable.

Hall Effect Motors

The dual mode electric bike controller is designed to function with hall sensing motors. These controllers are more sophisticated and offer a greater level of control over the more sophisticated motor.

Motors without hall effect sensors only require the use of single mode controllers. These motors cannot be controlled to the same degree that motors with Hall effect sensors can.

The dual mode controllers that are typically used in conjunction with motors that are equipped with Hall effect sensors have the ability to control the motor even if the sensor signals fail.

This is important because motors that are equipped with these sensors are likely to have component failure at some point in their working lifespan. This is the biggest drawback to using this type of motor. 

Non-Hall Effect Motors

Motors without Hall effect sensors are very unlikely to experience component failure unless the motor is damaged. For this reason, these motors can use more standard and less sophisticated controllers.

Bicycle motors that are not equipped with Hall effect sensors are less controllable, as there are fewer methods of controlling the motor due to the lack of measurements taken from the motor to send to the electric bike controller.

This means that these motors are far less powerful, far less efficient, and far less useful than motors that are equipped with Hall effect sensors.

However, the less sophisticated motors are often far more reliable and far more robust. These motors are less likely to sustain damage and thus are very well suited for more rugged or off-road electric bicycles, such as electric mountain bikes and fat tire e-bikes.

Overall, motors with Hall effect sensors are much more powerful, much more useful, and far more efficient than motors without these sensors. This is simply because there is more information sent to the electric bike controller, allowing it to more accurately use the capabilities of the motor, making adjustments as the motor runs.

Dual Mode Vs. Single Mode Electric Bike Controllers: Pros And Cons

Dual mode controllers can be used on motors that are equipped with a hall sensor and those without. These motors are versatile, and they are far more accurate controllers, but there are some drawbacks to using this type of controller.

Single mode controllers are another option. These are less sophisticated, but they have some advantages that dual mode controllers don’t.

You should understand these advantages and disadvantages before doing an e-bike conversion so that you purchase the correct parts. You can find out more in my article about conversion kits.

Let’s compare both types of motors and weigh their pros and cons against one another in order to better understand which is the best motor in which circumstances.

Dual Mode E-Bike Controllers: Pros

Some pros of dual mode controllers (check them out on Amazon) include:

  • They better utilize electric motors.
  • They are better controllers.
  • They can be used for almost any motor.
  • They are very versatile.
  • They function if a Hall sensor fails.

Dual Mode E-Bike Controllers: Cons

Some cons include:

  • They are expensive.
  • They are difficult to install.
  • They are delicate.
  • They have more components that are likely to fail than less sophisticated controllers.

Single Mode Electric Bike Controllers: Pros

Some pros of single mode controllers (check them out on Amazon) include:

  • Single mode controllers are simple to use and easy to install.
  • They are very robust.
  • They can be used on any motor, as long as the correct controller for the motor is used.
  • Single mode controllers are affordable.

Single Mode Electric Bike Controllers: Cons

Some cons of single mode controllers include:

  • They will not function if a Hall sensor fails.
  • They don’t fully utilize electric motors.
  • They offer less control.
  • Not just any single mode controller can be used with an electric motor.


At the end of it, dual mode controllers are the best type of electric bicycle motor controllers for those who want to get the most from their e-bike.

They are sophisticated and difficult to install, but if you use a brushless motor with a Hall sensor on your e-bike, there is no other motor that will offer more control, performance, or efficiency.

This type of controller will also allow the motor to continue to function if the sensors fail, rather than causing the motor itself to stop functioning.

These controllers are generally the best option for all electric bike enthusiasts.

How to Carry a Cat on an Electric Bike (Best Cat Carriers and Baskets)

woman walking outdoors nature with cat in backpack carrier

You’re always seeing dogs having a good time riding on e-bikes with their owners. But cats may love riding with you just as much! Thankfully, there are several ways to carry your cat with you on an electric bike ride.

Take your cat on an electric bike ride in a cat backpack worn on your back or front, in a cat carrier attached to the handlebars or bike rack, in a bike trailer pulled behind you, or in a cat basket on the front of your bike.

In this article, we’ll explore those options and find the right one for you and your cat. Then I’ll show you the top 3 cat carriers based on awesome features and reviews (and why I love them).

But first, check out this list of customer loved cat carriers on Amazon that I found for you:

Best Cat Carriers, Backpacks, & Baskets for your E-Bike
(on Amazon)
Cost on
Rating (out
of 5 stars)
BARKBAY Bike Basket & Expandable Foldable Soft-Sided Carrier$664 1/2 Stars
PetSafe Happy Ride Wicker Bicycle Basket for Cats$604 1/2 Stars
Apollo Walker Pet Carrier Backpack for Large/Small Cats$37+4 1/2 Stars
ANZOME Bike Basket, Folding Small Pet Cat Carrier Front$224 1/2 Stars
Booyah Small Pet Bike Trailer$1604 1/2 Stars
woman walking outdoors nature with cat in backpack carrier

How to Take Your Cat on an Electric Bike Ride

Carrying a cat on an electric bike is a relatively easy thing to do once you have the right cat carrier and have acclimated your cat to ride on an e-bike.

How Do You Bike With a Cat (on an e-bike)?

There are several ways to carry your cat with you while you ride your e-bike. As long as you make them comfortable before you go, they’ll most likely love to see the world around them with you!

In general, here’s how to make a cat comfortable when riding an electric bike with you:

  • Use a cover to protect your cat from direct sunlight, cold weather, rain and wind
  • Add a flat, soft pillow or soft blankets on the bottom of the cat carrier (even if it’s a cat backpack)
  • Put soft towels or a small blanket around the edge of the carrier if there’s a lot of extra space to keep them comfortable and secure
  • Always bring your cat’s favorite treats to offer if you get in a sticky situation and your cat gets anxious
  • Always bring water and a bowl your cat will drink from, even if you’re planning a short bike trip
  • If you’re taking a ride longer than 30 minutes, make sure you have a leash so you can let your cat out to relieve itself
  • If you’re going more than a few miles away from home, bring some food in case you get stuck unexpectedly.

Keep reading below to find out the steps to take your cat on an electric bike ride.

Types of Cat Carriers and Baskets

Take a look at the different ways you can bring your cat on an e-bike. There are a few good options for riding your e-bike with your cat.

What is best for you and your cat can depend on your riding style, such as how often you ride and how far you go, as well as your cat’s temperament and needs.

Cat Bike Carrier (Front or Rear)

A cat carrier typically refers to a crate or soft-sided carrier that attaches to the front or rear of your bike. It may attach to the handlebars or sit on top of a front rack or rear bike rack.

If you buy a carrier specifically made for cats or small pets (Amazon link), it should come with a cover and tether, at a minimum, to keep your cat safe inside.

Cat Backpack

So, how do you carry a cat in a bag? Sounds like an odd thing to do, but if you don’t want to worry about the weight distribution of another type of basket or cat carrier on your already heavy e-bike, a cat backpack is a good option.

But don’t just put your cat in any backpack you have lying around the house. Instead, you should have one that’s made especially for pets, either small dogs or cats.

Small pet backpacks (Amazon link) will have a way to let your cat breathe inside the backpack and have a hard frame to protect your furry friend, among other cat-friendly features.

Front Cat Basket

You can typically carry a cat in a basket attached to the e-bike’s handlebars (steering). With this option, you can keep your eye on your cat and enjoy your ride together more easily.

Cat baskets (like this one on Amazon) are made of many types of materials and you should choose the most comfortable basket for your cat. Some people even like to make a diy cat bike basket, but this can add problems to riding your e-bike with your cat (so be sure to continue reading below).

Cats riding in a front bike basket should be quite content once they’ve adjusted to being on an e-bike.

Bike Trailer for Cats

Bike trailers are generally designed for either pets or kids. And although you can use a kid’s bike trailer for your cats, it’ll need to be adapted a bit to make sure your cat has a place to fully lay down and can still see what’s going on outside.

Generally, the better option is to purchase one made just for small pets. In these bike trailers, your cat will likely be the most content.

However, consider that many electric bike motors are placed on the rear wheel of the bike (hub motor). Thus the motor’s noise may be louder and possibly disturbing to your cat who is riding behind the back wheel.

For these reasons, and the fact that bike trailers are much more expensive, a bike basket, carrier, or cat backpack may be a better solution to taking your cat riding with you on an electric bike.

But if this idea works for you (maybe you have a litter of kittens or a couple of cats you want to take), then look at this small pet bike trailer on Amazon.

How to Carry a Cat on an Electric Bike (Important Considerations)

Make sure you’ve considered these things before riding an electric bike with your cat.

  • Your cat carrier attaches securely to your model of electric bike (and doesn’t slide around)
  • Can you handle the extra weight of the cat with carrier and still properly balance and steer the e-bike (especially since e-bikes are typically heavier than standard bikes)
  • Is your carrier made of a material that’s comfy to cats and won’t harm them (like a splinter from a wood basket)
  • Does your cat or cats fit inside the carrier, without it being too small or possibly too large (if they have too much room to get thrown around)
  • Finally, is your cat adequately secured inside the cat carrier with a harness and tether, leash, or cover?

Want to find out more about riding an e-bike with your dog? Read this article!

Can Cats Ride in Bike Baskets?

This is probably one of the best ways to carry your cat on an e-bike. Because baskets are typically attached to the front of your bike, you can always see your cats, so you’ll know if they’re in distress or enjoying themselves.

However, it’s not as simple as just sitting your cat in a basket.

How Do You Keep a Cat in a Bike Basket

You never want to assume that a cat will stay seated in an open basket. They may leap out after seeing a rodent, getting spooked by a dog passing by, or if they feel anxious for any other reason.

Thankfully, most dedicated cat baskets and carriers come with a cover that secures your cat inside.

If you’ve made your own diy cat bike basket but don’t have a cover, then you should use a harness that keeps your cat inside the basket. 

The harness could have a tether that attaches to the bottom of the basket or handlebars of the e-bike. But make sure your cat doesn’t have a long enough leash to get itself even partway out of the basket, or it may get hurt.

Best E-Bike Baskets for Cats

Some of the best cat bike baskets are right on Amazon. You can see the customer reviews, images of how it works, and loads of details.

I came up with the best e-bike baskets and carriers based on features, answered questions, and customer reviews. Check them out here:

Here are my favorite cat bike carriers and best bike baskets for carrying your cat on an electric bike:

  1. BARKBAY Bike Basket & Expandable Foldable Soft-Sided Carrier (MY TOP PICK) on Amazon
Barkbay cat carrier Video on Amazon
Watch the BarkBay Video on Amazon for details

I absolutely love this soft-sided basket because it has the most complete set of the best features I’ve seen in a cat bike carrier.

It includes:

  • A top and side mesh panel for your cat’s breathability and view (and you can see your cat as well, even if the mesh is zippered up).
  • A soft fleece bottom panel (removable and washable)
  • Reflective strips for night time
  • Rain cover
  • Shoulder strap to carry your cat when you’re not on your e-bike or traveling
  • Safety Tether
  • Comfy, soft-sided basket (that’s also collapsible for easy storage in your car, home, or attached to your e-bike)
  • Fits cats (or dogs) up to 18lbs!

Plus, your cat can actually lay down and still see outside. But you can also attach its harness to the tether included inside the carrier and allow him to keep his head above the carrier for a full view of what’s going on.

Get it now on Amazon: $66

2. PetSafe Happy Ride Wicker Bicycle Basket for Cats (& small dogs) on Amazon

PetSafe Happy Ride Wicker Bicycle Basket for Dogs and Cats
PetSafe Happy Ride Wicker Bicycle Basket for Dogs and Cats (Amazon)

This cute bike basket is perfect for your cat for short rides during nice weather. I say this because it includes only a light wicker shade cover. But it is adorable and your cat will love snuggling up inside.

This cat basket includes:

  • Stylish Weather Resistant Wicker Material
  • Comfortable, Easy to Clean Soft Liner
  • Safety tether
  • Removable Sun Shield Included
  • Machine Washable
  • Carries cats and other pets up to 13 lb

Get it now on Amazon: $60

3. Apollo Walker Pet Carrier Backpack for Large/Small Cats on Amazon

This highly-rated cat backpack is perfect to carry your cat on your electric bike if you don’t have a bike rack or aren’t as comfortable with keeping your balance.

Features Include:

  • Multiple-sided mesh windows
  • Cushioned back support
  • Chest and waist buckles for your comfort and support
  • Claw-proof mesh
  • Zippered buckles
  • Tether leash

Get it now on Amazon: $Check Price

Do Cats Like Bike Rides (and how are e-bikes different)?

With the right preparation, your cat will most likely love to ride with you on your e-bike. But an electric bike is a little different for a cat because it’s louder and can go faster.

Also, you may need to spend more time acclimating your cat to the outdoors if it’s always been an indoor cat.

There are several steps you can take to make certain that your cat will enjoy an e-bike ride.

Steps to Prepare Your Cat for Its First E-Bike Ride

  1. Put the cat carrier of your choice in your home where your kitty spends a lot of time
  2. Include soft blankets or towels inside the backpack, carrier, or basket
  3. A couple of times per day, add some of your cat’s favorite treats (it’s helpful to reward them once they’ve gone in all by themselves)
  4. Leave the cat carrier open until your cat or cats are happy spending time there
  5. Once they’re comfortable, add the basket cover, weather shield, or zip up the backpack and continue offering treats
  6. Next, with the cat secured inside, carry the basket or carrier around your home, giving it treats occasionally
  7. If content, your cat is ready for its first e-bike ride.

How to Take Your Cat on Its First Bike Ride

One thing that’s very different about taking your cat on an electric bike ride is the motor noise. The noise could make your cat nervous and so it’s important to start with a short ride.

Your cat may also have anxiety due to the wind, other people, cars, bikes, and dogs nearby.

So now that you’ve gotten your cat comfortable with the carrier, you can follow these steps to total cat e-bike riding bliss:

  1. Put your kitty in the carrier and offer a treat
  2. If they’re in a basket or crate, start walking your e-bike slowly, with the electric motor off and in a quiet place
  3. Give them a small treat
  4. If they seem comfortable and not anxious, ride on your e-bike a short distance, still with the motor turned off.
  5. Offer another treat
  6. Continue to go further and explore new situations slowly, without the motor or pedal assist until you’re sure your cat is happy.
  7. Once your cat is content, try turning on the motor and ride a short distance
  8. Check frequently to see if your cat is bothered by the e-bike motor
  9. Offer treats occasionally… this helps to make riding an e-bike rewarding but also ensures that they aren’t too nervous to eat the treat (if they are, go to a previous step and try again)
  10. Gradually explore riding with your cat in places with more noise, cars, people, and animals


Now you’re ready to enjoy riding your e-bike with your cat, whether it’s in a cute basket, backpack, or comfortable cat carrier.

After reading this article, you know how to carry a cat on an electric bike in a way that doesn’t scare them or make them anxious, and you’ve probably decided which one is the best cat carrier for you.

Go enjoy your first electric bike ride with your cat (or cats)!

Do You Need a Special Helmet for an Electric Bike? (Explained)

Woman putting on cycling helmet

When you’re riding an electric bike, as opposed to a regular bike, you’re bound to go much faster because of motor assistance and/or throttle. Depending on your e-bike, you might even be able to go up to 28 mph.

So, it’s understandable to question whether you need a special bike helmet when riding an electric bike.

In general, you are not required to wear a special helmet when riding your e-bike. However, you should wear the highest-quality safety helmet you can afford (preferably with MIPS technology) due to the higher risks of head injury from riding a fast electric bike.

Truthfully, how well a helmet protects your head has a lot to do with how fast you ride and the type and level of impact that happens when it’s hit.

Find out in this article what you need to know to get the best helmet for electric bike riding. For instance, do you know if you need a MIPS helmet? Or what safety features should you have?

I’ve included a list of the best cycling helmets to choose from below and what you need to look for when it comes to keeping your head safe when riding at fast speeds.

Plus, take a look at my own affordable e-bike helmet… it might be perfect for you too.

What’s Different About an Electric Bike Helmet (is it special)?

To clarify, it’s not that the helmet is somehow different, it’s the electric bike that sets itself apart from a regular bicycle. Riding an e-bike is what’s special.

Because motor-assisted electric bikes are faster and more powerful than standard bikes, you need to take extra care to protect your head from serious injury in a crash. That’s why high-quality electric bike helmets with added protection, such as MIPS, are recommended for most e-bike riders.

Do You Need a Special Helmet for Electric Bikes

What Are Bike Helmets Made of?

Typically, bike helmets are made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a Polycarbonate shell (PC), and a durable EPS foam liner (expanded polystyrene).

The difference between an inexpensive e-bike helmet and a more expensive one is in part due to how it’s made with these materials. A higher-end bicycle helmet often has added technologies and increased reinforcement within the EPS foam itself.

Additionally, even hard foam is not created equal. Depending on the density, it can crush by small impacts or only larger ones.

Bike helmets made with thicker, sturdier EPS foam will offer greater protection than a cheaper one with less foam density. Further, added protection in the helmet liner or shell is typical in the best e-bike helmets (see MIPS below).

Ultimately, an electric bike rider should consider what helmet will best protect their brain in a high-speed crash, as that is where the main difference occurs when compared to a regular bike rider.

Do Bike Helmets Need to Be Certified?

If sold in the USA, all bicycle helmets, regardless of whether they’re for e-bikes, are required to have certification from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This means that they all have a minimum standard of handling head impacts.

Many other countries, such as Canada, also uphold these standards or have their own certifications.

For example, the Netherlands has NTA 8776 certification while bike helmets sold in Europe must meet the CE2205 – E10 safety requirements.

If you are buying a helmet online, make sure it is from a country that has certification standards. All helmets sold in the US should be certified by CPSC, but you can never be too careful about protecting your head from harm.

Is a MIPS Helmet Necessary for an E-Bike Rider?

Having a MIPS helmet is necessary if you want to increase the protection of your head and brain in an e-bike accident. Safe e-bike riding should be your first priority.

In a crash, the goal of the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is to reduce rotational forces on a rider’s brain upon impact. 

Shows the Yellow MIPS Logo on Bike Helmet
Shows the Yellow MIPS Logo Bike Helmets like Giro

When there is a crash, the rider’s head typically hits at an angle. Whereas regular bicycle helmets are meant to protect a blow to the front or rear of the head, MIPS helmets technology instead considers that this straightforward head impact is unlikely. 

Thus, having a helmet with MIPS (see the yellow MIPS logo) can help reduce the force of the head rotation.

It does this by using an additional “sliding” layer inside the helmet (you’ll find research and additional MIPS information here), either closest to the head, inside the EPS foam, or closer to the outer shell.

Ultimately, because you’re at higher risk of a harder brain impact in a crash, due to the speed of your electric bike, the MIPS system should be essential to your consideration when buying a helmet.

What Is the Best Helmet for an E-Bike?

Electric bike helmets come in hundreds of different models and prices, making it hard to choose which one is best for you.

To help you choose the perfect helmet, I’ve selected these helmets based on their MIPS head protection, multiple customer reviews (all 4 1/2 stars or better out of 5 stars), and my own brand knowledge and wearing experience:

Best E-Bike Safety HelmetsMIPSCostCustomer
Giro Vasona MIPS Womens Recreational Helmet ( I wear this one)YES$654 1/2 Stars
Giro Fixture MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling HelmetYES$704 1/2 Stars
Giro Agilis MIPS Adult Road Cycling Helmet
YES$995 Stars
Thousand Adult Bike Helmets- Mens and WomensYES$1354 1/2 Stars
BELL Sixer MIPS Adult Mountain Bike HelmetYES$130+5 Stars
E-Bike helmets on Amazon

Generally, the best e-bike helmet will be high-quality and should have extra safety features that you can afford including:

  1. High-quality impact-resistant material (sturdy EPS foam)
  2. MIPS
  3. Bright, easily visible color
  4. Integrated rear light (such as LED lights)
  5. Comfortable straps and closure
  6. Easily adjustable snug fit (with a dial fit system)
  7. Eye protection shield (important when riding at high speeds on an e-bike)
  8. Attached visor to protect your eyes from the sun and rain
  9. Great ventilation (keeps your head cool)

Additionally, a great helmet may have features that make it more comfortable and enjoyable to wear. The best e-bike helmet for you may be lightweight, have an adjustable airflow (some vents can be closed), allow you to listen to music or have conversations, and have a reasonable cost.

Without a doubt, the best e-bike helmet also fits snugly on your head, covering the top of your forehead and protecting the back of your skull.

Perhaps getting all of these features is what makes a truly special helmet for electric bike riders!

But, even if you don’t buy one with all of the best features, you can still get the right helmet for you. If you get one that fits you perfectly and has MIPS, then you’ve done yourself a big favor.

Take a look at my top pics above and you’re bound to find a good choice with a MIPS system.

How Much Does the Average E-Bike Helmet Cost?

Bike helmets that are perfect for e-bike riding typically cost $55-$195. However, you can get a MIPS helmet for as low as $30 and as high as $300. In general, you need to spend $25-$30 more to get one with MIPS.

So, the thing to know is that you can get the best e-bike helmet, with MIPS, for a reasonable price

I bought my new Giro helmet for only $65 on Amazon. And I chose a women’s helmet to make sure I got a good fit for my smaller head, and a bright color to stay visible (the color I received is a little greener than what you see here). You can also check out the other color options.

Giro Vasona MIPS Womens Recreational Bike Helmet
Giro Vasona MIPS Womens Recreational Bike Helmet

I love the bright color, the soft straps, and the adjustable but snug fit! And, honestly, I can feel the higher quality just by holding it, as compared to a regular $25 bike helmet.

And, although you don’t have to spend $200 to get the perfect helmet, you shouldn’t buy the cheapest one you can find! Those are made for casual, slow bike riders, not riders with fast and powerful pedal-assisted e-bikes.

Check out how fast your e-bike can go (watts compared)!

Are Helmets Required for Electric Bikes (is there a law)? 

In most places, it’s not legally required for an adult with a Class 1 or 2 e-bike to wear a helmet. Generally, each country, state, city, or county, has its own set of laws. However, Class 3 e-bike riders and children are typically required to wear bike helmets.

So, for example, in the United States, federal law doesn’t require adults over 18 to wear bike helmets, even if they’re riding an electric bike. But each state (or each locale in the state) may have its own set of helmet laws.

Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to understand the helmet laws in your city or state. You can find more information on what’s required in the United States by going to

What is a Class 3 Electric Bike (and why does it require a helmet)?

In the United States and some other countries, there are 3 defined classes of e-bikes:

  • Class 1- This is a motor-assisted bike that goes a maximum of 20mph without a throttle
  • Class 2– This class of e-bike also goes a maximum of 20mph motor-assisted, but is also powered by a throttle.
  • Class 3– A Class 3 e-bike, however, can reach speeds of up to 28mph with motor-assistance

As you can see, Class 3 electric bicycles are able to go substantially faster (with motor assist) than Class 1 and 2. Many local laws, therefore, define riding one as higher risk, which is why these riders must wear a helmet. Additionally, there are other restrictive laws regarding Class 3 electric bicycles.

Discover where you can legally ride your e-bike in the US, based on its classification

So, in some places, there are laws requiring you to wear a helmet when riding a Class 3 electric bike.

Find out more about the three classes of e-bikes and whether you need a license to ride!

Do Stylish E-Bike Helmets Have the Features I Need?

You can choose to buy an electric bike helmet based on how it looks and what added features it has, but you should still put safety first by looking at a helmet’s performance.

Make sure that the e-bike helmet you decide to buy has the greatest level of protection you can afford.

Then shop for the one that has the other features and style you want.

There are a few different styles of good helmets for e-bike riders. You can select from hundreds of these styles on Amazon.

Road Bike Helmets

The Giro Isode Cycling Helmet (Amazon) is a traditional style road helmet but also has MIPS and a very fair price, making it a great choice for any electric bike owner.

Giro Isode MIPS Adult Road Cycling Helmet
Giro Isode MIPS Adult Road Cycling Helmet- Amazon

Urban Bike Helmet

Urban bike helmets look a little more like motorcycle helmets with their rounded shell and visor.

Check out this urban style helmet on Amazon. It has the cool look but also has MIPS protection, magnetic integrated lights, active airflow vents, a great visor, and even a “poplock” that allows you to secure it with your u-lock or chain lock.

Dirt Biking or Electric Mountain Bike Helmet

This special helmet style (Amazon) is geared towards those who love the sport of e-bike riding, either on their electric mountain bike or dirt bike. Fortunately, it’s still inexpensive on Amazon, includes MIPS, and comes in multiple fun colors, like this bright green one:

Giro Fixture MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling Helmet
Giro Fixture MIPS Adult Dirt Cycling Helmet- Find it on Amazon

Snow Bike Helmet

If you’ll be doing some snow or cold weather e-bike riding, you’ll want to keep your ears and face toasty warm. Of course you can add accessories that’ll keep you warm, but this type of helmet makes it so much easier!

A stylish snow e-bike helmet (Amazon) gives you all that as well as MIPS, a controllable ventilation system, and an integrated shield. You can also add a compatible Giro audio system. It’s not surprising that the cost is quite steep!

Giro Vue MIPS Vivid Snow Helmet
Giro Vue MIPS Vivid Snow Helmet on Amazon


Although you’re not typically required to have any kind of special helmet for your electric bike, you may be required to wear one under certain local laws. You should always check the legal requirements wherever you are riding your e-bike.

So, although you don’t need a special helmet for an electric bike, what really makes a helmet “special” is that it will help protect you from head injuries

Buying a helmet with the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) I’ve discussed above will increase your chances of keeping your head safe.

And more importantly, you should always wear a cycling helmet whenever you’re riding your electric bike because it’s so much faster and more powerful than a regular bike.

There are plenty of reasonably priced e-bike helmets that are just $25-$30 more than a basic bike helmet. Plus, you can even find a stylish one with extra features if that’s your thing.

9 Best Electric Bikes for Adults in Their 20s and 30s (Find out why)

Best Electric Bikes for Adults in Their 20's and 30's

Are the best e-bikes for young adults the ones that are the fastest? Or ones that are foldable or easy to lift? Or is it a reasonable price that makes an electric bike the best one?

When you’re an adult in your 20s or 30s, the best electric bike is typically one that is:

  • good for city commuting
  • rideable on dirt and pavement
  • powerful and fast
  • priced on the low end of good quality bikes ($900-$1999) 

Because your lifestyle can change a lot during these years, you may start to think you need a new e-bike that better suits your needs within 1-3 years after buying your first one.  So, you don’t want to spend too much money on the first one. But you also want to make sure you find one that’ll meet your needs for as long as possible.

Here’s a list of the best electric bikes that meet those criteria no matter whether you’re a 20-year-old young adult in college or a 30-year-old just out to have fun:

Best E-Bikes for Adults in their 20’s and 30’sBest for City or Trail RidingFoldableMotor PowerTires (Wheel Size vs Tire Width)Approximate Price
RadExpandBOTHYES750W Hub20”x4.0”$1599
RadRunnerBOTHNO750W Hub20”x3.3”$1499+
Ride1Up LMT’DCITYNO750W Hub27.5″ X 2.4″$1895
Lectric XPBOTHYES500W Hub20”x3.0”$999+
Schwinn MarshallCITYNO250W Hub27.5”x2.3”$1599
Ecotric Leopard Electric Mountain BikeTRAILNO500W Hub26”x2.35”$1029
Magicycle Cruiser Fat TireTRAILNO750W Hub26”x4” (Fat Tire)$1999+
Ecotric Fat Tire Folding E-bikeBOTHYES500W Hub20”x4” (Fat Tire)$889
RadRover PlusBOTHNO750W Hub26”x4” (Fat Tire)$1999

It’s a good idea to look into your future for 3 years or so to determine what will meet your needs until then, so you’re not throwing down money on another new pedal assist electric bike in that short time.

Continue reading and I’ll help you determine which is the right bike for a rider who’s your age and has your ever-changing lifestyle.

Best Electric Bikes for Adults in Their 20's and 30's

What are the Most Popular Electric Bikes for Adults in Their 20s and 30s?

The most popular electric bikes for adults in their 20s and 30s are those that do one of two things:

  1. Help with the commute or getting around town
  2. Offer great trail riding capabilities and ride well on most terrains

These sound like two completely different types of bikes… basically, one that rides on pavement and one that rides on dirt or sand.

But the truth is, the most popular electric bike for a 20-year-old or 30-year-old is a hybrid. A hybrid electric bike can ride smoothly on the road and tackle dirt trails, which is why it’s in demand.

This type of electric bike is best for younger adults who want a little of everything and don’t want to worry about where they might ride next.

Because hybrids generally have wider tires, they can ride over rougher terrain than any electric road bike or electric commuter bike. However, you’ll want to consider the best tire pressure for the type of riding you’ll be doing that day (lowering the tire pressure for rougher terrain and loose ground).

Plus, there are a lot of different features on various hybrid e-bike models, giving you the flexibility to choose the right ones for your age and lifestyle. So there’s bound to be one that’s a perfect fit!

Read how hybrid e-bikes are different from electric road bikes

What are the Best Hybrid Electric Bikes for Adults?

One of the most popular electric bike brands, Rad Power Bikes, also has some of the best hybrid electric bikes for adults. They can cover both your off-road and cargo needs, such as for carrying a surfboard.

Check them out.

RadExpand E-Bike

The most notable thing about the RadMini folding electric bike is its 4.0” wide tires with 20” wheels.

These tires will get you over most terrains easily but also allow you to ride on paved road. And with a 750W geared hub motor, twist throttle, and powerful 48V, 14Ah battery pack, it’s got plenty of power to help you fly up hills!

It comes standard with front and rear lights, mechanical disc brakes, a nice LCD display, and five levels of pedal assist.

For these reasons, it’s probably the best electric folding bike there is that’s affordable (I still ride its predecessor the RadMini).

Plus at a starting price of $1599, every young adult can aspire to have one!

Read my full Rad Power electric folding bikes review

RadMini Foldable E-Bike with 3 inch wide tires
RadMini Electric Folding Bike


Designed as a step-thru electric cargo bike, this one is really so much more. With its 300lb payload capacity and 3.3” wide tires, it can haul what you need it to all while crossing loose terrain and jamming up hills!

I love the idea of this electric utility bike for people in their twenties and thirties because it can provide what you need now and what you might need later. For instance, you can store your groceries on a front or rear rack but easily add a child seat later!

And because it’s powerful on the road and in the dirt, moving to a rural area from a city (or vice versa) won’t be a problem.

Best of all, it’s on the lower end of the price range, costing around $1499 (you may spend extra cash on the numerous upgrades offered, however).

RadRunner Utility E-Bike Rad Power Bikes
RadRunner Utility E-Bike from Rad Power Bikes

What Type of Electric Bike is Best for Adults in Their 20s and 30s?

As discussed above, hybrid electric bikes are popular among the younger adult crowd because of their ability to do it all… on-road and off-road.

But, ultimately, the type of e-bike that’s best is the one that fits your riding style, riding schedule, and needs. Thus, you may be more focused on getting an electric bike so you can commute inexpensively or riding one just for fun, cycling exercise, and sport trail riding.

What electric bike is best for commuting?

In your 20s or 30s, your primary goal may be to get an electric bicycle for commuting to school or work or just to get around town. In this case, then getting one that’s a smooth ride on pavement and is easy to lift and maneuver is essential. 

A foldable commuter electric bicycle is the best solution if you’ll need to travel partway on a bus or to store it while you work for the day.

Ride1Up LMT’D

The LMT’D is a high-quality city bike that’s both affordable and reliable. It’s perfect for commuting to school or work as well as riding for recreation. Although it’s geared toward city riding, you’ll be able to ride a little on hard-packed dirt or gravel when needed.

What’s really cool about it is that it is a Class 3 e-bike! This means that the motor will assist you up to 28 mph (instead of the typical 20 mph for most other models). In fact, all Ride1up e-bikes are Class 3 and the company designs them primarily for city and utility riding.

Plus, the LMT’D has a 750W motor with 100nm of torque and weighs in at only 53 lbs, which is quite a bit lighter than many models. Essentially, this is a powerhouse and gives you great value and high-quality to take you through your 20s and 30s.

Be sure to check out the LMT’D!

Ride1Up LMT'D Class 3 E-Bike
Ride1Up LMT’D Class 3 E-Bike

Find out more about Ride1Up here!

Lectric XP

Priced starting at only $999, this foldable electric hybrid bike will get you to work or the grocery store quickly! And because it folds up, and has smaller 20” wheels, you can take it on a train or bus as needed or even put it in the back of an SUV or large hatchback if you need a ride home.

But, even though the wheels aren’t full size, they’re plenty capable of riding on the road as well as through puddles or areas of loose dirt or sand. This is in thanks to their 3” wide tires made to traverse different terrains.

You should know that it weighs 64 lbs, so make sure you’re capable of folding and lifting it when needed.

For comparison’s sake, I’m under 5’2” tall and my e-bike weighs 68lbs, which is almost two-thirds of my body weight. So I need help lifting it, even though it’s foldable!

If you’re a smaller sized adult (like me!), check out my electric bike recommendations here

Lectric Bikes XP Fat Bike
Lectric Bikes XP Hybrid Bike with 20″ tires that are 3.0″ wide.

Schwinn Marshall

Alternatively, an electric city bike is another perfect option. It’s made just for commuting and riding around town, so it’s easy to manage and ride.

The Marshall is a 250 W geared hub motor city e-bike with a range of up to 35 miles, so you should never lose your battery charge riding around town. Plus, the 27.5” wheels and 2.3” wide tires make it the best for riding on paved roads.

So if you’re not concerned about riding on non-paved terrain, then you can ride quickly and easily to your destination. 

Schwinn Bikes is one of the old and trusted brands that has recently made its way into electric bike production. So you’re in good hands with this pedal assist electric bike which costs around $1500!

Schwinn Marshall City E-Bike
Schwinn Marshall Electric Commuter Bike

What electric bike is best for trail riding?

If, on the other hand, you’re an adventurous 20 or 30-year-old who’s all about riding for sport and having fun, an eMTB (electric mountain bike) or a fat tire e-bike are the top choices.

Ecotric Leopard Electric Mountain Bike

Only the best electric mountain bike will get you over steep hills and tight switchbacks. So if this is your thing, as it is for many adventurous riders in their 20s, the Ecotric eMTB is the best affordable choice at just over $1000!

And with its front fork suspension, it provides for a comfortable ride with good shock absorption for going over bumpy terrain and rocks!

What’s more Ecotric is proud to tell everyone that they’re UL Certified. This means that they’re dedicated to personal safety and good quality. This is important because their pedal assist electric bikes are very well-priced but the quality is still assured.

Ecotric Leopard Electric Mountain Bike
Ecotric Leopard Electric Mountain Bike

Magicycle Cruiser Fat Tire

This incredibly cool fat tire e-bike can take you over any terrain… sand, rocks, dirt, snow, and then some. Plus it has a battery range of up to 55 miles, so you can hit the trails all day, camp overnight, and return the next day.

This may be the best electric bike for you if you’re not quite as big of a risk-taker as mountain bikers, but want to be able to traverse tough terrain.

And with a 750W motor and 52V, 15Wh battery, it has plenty of power for riders in their 20’s and 30’s!

Bonus: The Magicycle has a two-year warranty on electrical components (whereas many brands only offer 1 year).

Find out everything you need to know about electric fat bikes!

Magicycle Cruiser Step Thru Fat Tire E-Bike
Magicycle Cruiser Step Thru Fat Tire E-Bike

What is the Best Value E-Bike for Your Money?

Choosing a great electric bike that doesn’t cost a lot is a challenging task. However, it’s super important because your lifestyle can change drastically from one moment to the next in this stage of life.

For example, you might buy a dog to ride on your bike with you, begin higher education classes, get married, have children, work longer hours, travel more (or less), or start a new career!

All of these possibilities could change your electric bike needs. Maybe you’ll find yourself needing an electric cargo bike with a child seat to carry your toddler with you.

Or perhaps you’ll need a commuter bike that’s easy to put onto a bus when you get your dream job.

And, sure, you might do your best to plan these life events out, but plans can change rapidly.

So, I’d suggest looking for an electric bike that’s a good value for your money but less expensive in general. Keep in mind that most affordable ebikes have a hub motor as opposed to a mid-drive motor. This keeps their cost down but doesn’t make that much of a difference when it comes to pedal assist mode or battery life.

Best Electric Bike Under $1000

One of the best budget electric bikes can be found at Ecotric for under $900!

Ecotric Fat Tire Folding E-Bike

This e-bicycle is a fantastic value for around $900. Not only is it UL Certified (so you know it’s safe and made of good quality), it has 4” fat tires and is foldable, even though it’s cheap. Talk about getting everything in one e-bike!

And what else is amazing, given the cheap price, is that it has disc brakes, a 500W rear hub motor, and a pretty decent battery capacity (36V 12.5Ah). Further, it only weighs 56lbs with the battery attached… this is much lighter than most competitors’ foldable fat tire electric bicycles. 

Ecotric Fat Tire Folding E-Bike
Ecotric Fat Tire Folding E-Bike

What’s the Fastest Electric Bike (that’s affordable for young adults)?

Being young and adventurous, you’re probably interested in riding fast. So you might be wondering what the fastest e-bike is that’s affordable but that you’ll still love as a 20-year-old or 30-year-old.

Here’s my advice: Get the fastest bike with the highest legally allowed motor watts. Although it depends on what country you live in, the U.S. doesn’t allow bikes over 750W to ride on public roads, parks, or trails.

So, if you want to ride wherever you go, without constantly fighting limitations, don’t get one with a motor over 750W and understand the electric bike classification system so you know where you can and can’t ride.

As far as what’s the fastest e-bike for someone your age, but still affordable, take a look at this: 

RadRover Plus

As if the RadRover wasn’t already awesome, Rad Power Bikes added the RadRover Plus to their fat tire electric bike lineup. Although it has fat tires, the bigger wheel size of 26” (say as compared to the RadMini with 20” tires) helps you to get where you want to go faster.

But more importantly, the company says that they’ve redesigned it with a “custom” geared-hub drive motor that’ll give you even more uphill riding capacity. So, it has more efficient power that’ll help you increase speed faster.

It’s definitely worth checking out if power and speed are important to you!

Wish you had that BMX bike from childhood? Check out the new Electric BMX Bikes!

Which is the Best E-Bike to Buy (in your 20s or 30s)?

With all of the variety in electric bikes, it’s no wonder you’re a bit confused about which electric bike to buy.

Of course, you can check out the list at the top of the post of the best electric bikes for people in their 20s and 30s. But I thought I’d offer you a checklist of the features you might want, before deciding which one is the best for you to buy.

With these features, you’ll get a comfortable electric bike that’s powerful, fast, has good range and lets you ride wherever you need to. Further, as life changes happen in the next few years, you’ll still have the best electric bike for the money and the greatest flexibility in riding.

Best E-Bike Must-Have Features Checklist

  • 500-750 watt motor (plenty powerful to get up hills)
  • Minimum 48V, 14Ah battery (this should give you a range of 40+ miles)
  • Extra-wide tires or fat tires (3”-4” wide would be nice, 5” would be overkill for most)
  • Throttle (to help you pick up speed fast)
  • Wide seat (for comfort)
  • Integrated lights, both headlight and rear taillight (in case you end up riding in the dark even if you don’t expect to)
  • Digital controller display (so you can keep track of the battery charge, miles, and speed)
  • Foldable (optional but possibly useful)

Small women: Take a look at some of the best e-bikes for you!


Because life is always changing, the best electric bikes for adults in their 20s and 30s include the styles that offer the most useful features and the flexibility to adapt to changes. 

Hybrid electric bicycles are a great option for many, but you might also have more specific needs such as commuting or recreation. 

You should choose one based on your current lifestyle and riding needs, but also consider how these might change within the next few years.

Take a look at the list of best electric bike options for your age in this article. You’re bound to discover the perfect e-bike for you at a reasonable cost.

Need more info? Take a look at the best electric bikes for college students here!

How to Take Your Dog on an Electric Bike (Big and Small)

How to Take Your Dog On An Electric Bike- Big or Small

You love your dog! So why wouldn’t you want to take your dog with you when doing something you also love… riding your electric bike? Plus, you know they’ll have so much fun riding in the breeze with you.

Fortunately, there are many ways to bring dogs on an electric bike. It depends on what size your dog is, the type of carrier, and your personal concerns.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of hard decisions to make when choosing how to let your dog ride with you.

With concerns over safety, your dog’s size, and your own riding skills and preferences, I’ll help you find the perfect solution to riding your electric bike with your furry friend, no matter how big or small (start by seeing the chart below).

Watch this video for a quick look at how to take your dog on an ebike ride!

How Can I Take My Dog on an Electric Bike Ride?

I’m not sure who has more fun on electric bikes... the human or the canine? Either way, it’s a close race. So finding a way to take your dog (or multiple dogs) with you, safely and securely, is a must!

Keeping in mind that an e-bike is faster, heavier, and can be harder to maneuver, let’s explore the four different ways you can take your dog on your e-bike ride: In a front bike basket, on the rear of your bike, in a bike trailer, or running alongside you.

How to Take Your Dog on Your E-Bike RideBig Dogs (60lbs+)Small Dogs (under 25lbs)Medium-Sized Dogs (25-60lbs)
Front BasketNoLineslife Detachable Basket (on Amazon)Maybe for a dog 25-40lbs
Rear CarrierNoRear Mount Willow Bicycle Basket for Dogs (on Amazon)Yes, if you can find or make one
Dog TrailersHAPPAWS Dog Trailer for Bicycle (on Amazon)Booyah Small Dog Bicycle Trailer (on Amazon)Retrospec Rover Pet Trailer (on Amazon)
Running AlongsideYes, but only for a healthy dogNo, not safe!Maybe, for a younger, energetic pup
How to Take Your Dog On An Electric Bike- Big or Small

Can My Dog Ride in a Bike Basket? (Front)

A small breed dog (under 12 lbs) can easily fit in a front bike basket. You’ll have a hard time finding a front riding basket for dogs who are bigger. But there are some dog carriers that hold up to 22lbs.

Most front pet baskets attach to the handlebars and sit over the front wheel, as opposed to sitting on a bike rack. This is one reason they can’t hold a lot of weight.

Look for a basket that fits your dog comfortably, being just big enough to turn around and lay down in, but not so big that he might flop around in it and make it scary.

Take your small dog on your electric bike with this Small Dog Bike Basket
There are lots of small dog front bike baskets to choose from; Check these out on Amazon!

Problems and concerns with a front bike basket

But the other thing you really need to consider is whether you can properly control the bike with the extra load in front of you.

If you’re new to electric bikes, you should feel confident that you have control of your e-bike before you add a dog carrier or basket. Weight on the front of the basket makes the front wheel more difficult to maneuver and the bike harder to turn.

New e-bike riders should read this before riding with your dog!

Can My Dog Ride in a Rear Carrier?

Putting your dog on the rear of your e-bike is a little bit trickier but can be done. First, you’ll need to have a rear rack attached to your e-bike.

Riding with a small dog in a front basket or bringing your big dog along in a trailer on the back of your electric bike makes a lot of sense.

But what if you have a medium-sized dog that’s too big for a front basket but you don’t want to hassle with a pull-along trailer? Or perhaps you’d rather take your pup with you on the rear of your e-bike, so you don’t have to worry about trouble steering? Or maybe it’s distracting to have your doggie in front of you?

Whatever the reason, bringing your dog along on the back of your e-bike is a good alternative.

Problems and concerns with a rear carrier

The biggest problem with using a rear carrier is that they’re harder to find!

I discovered this really cute rear bicycle basket on Amazon:

Cape May Large Rear Mount Willow Bicycle Basket for Dogs
Cape May Large Rear Mount Willow Bicycle Basket for Dogs (on Amazon)

However, it seems that any of the rear baskets I’ve found have reviewers stating that it’s still only for smaller dogs.

And when you do find one, there’s still the issue of having a rear bike rack installed (check prices on Amazon), one that will hold the weight of the carrier and your pup!

So now you are left to your imagination. Obviously, there are other rear bike carriers, baskets, and panniers that might do the trick. But you’ll need to make sure you fully secure them to the rear bike rack (they shouldn’t slide around or have any chance of coming undone).

Then you’ll want to have a way to safely attach your dog, big or small, to the carrier (I talk about safety issues later on in this article).

And remember, you can get going pretty fast on electric bikes, so securing your pet inside the carrier is super important, especially one that isn’t designed specifically for dogs.

Can I Use a Bike Trailer for My Dog?

Bike trailers are great for larger dogs. Almost all dogs can fit in one as some trailers can carry up to 110 lbs. Dog trailers have a wide cost range (check prices on Amazon), as they fit different sizes of dogs (and cats).

But is there a difference between trailers made just for dogs and bike trailers made for kids?

Trailers made specifically for dogs typically have a more flat area to lay down in and a door flap that makes it easy for your dog to get in and out of. Plus, you’ll find a place to connect a leash.

However, kid trailers are typically a little less expensive overall (average price of $150-$250) and many dogs can be found riding happily in one. Since many families already have one for their kids who are now riding their own e-bikes, it’s not surprising that many dog owners use regular trailers.

Although more electric bike riders use dog trailers for big dogs who won’t fit in bike baskets, I found this Dog Bicycle Trailer for small dogs who weigh up to 20lbs at Amazon.

Booyah Small Dog Bike Trailer
Booyah Small Dog Bike Trailer

Problems and concerns when using a bike trailer

One problem with taking your best buddy on an e-bike ride in a kid’s bike trailer is that the weight limit might not be as high as a dog trailer (especially one for large dogs). Even a 2-passenger trailer may only have a maximum weight limit of around 80lbs (that means it’s around 40lbs for a single child trailer).

The other primary concern about using a kid trailer is that there won’t be enough flat area inside to lay down. And even though dogs love to sit up and look around, they will get tired and need to rest. Kid’s bike trailers are made for the child to sit up and wear the seat restraints built into the trailer. This leaves little room on the floor for a dog or multiple dogs!

So, you’ll want to make sure that your dog has enough room to comfortably lie down and that your dog isn’t too heavy for the one you’re using, for your safety and theirs.

Here’s another thing to consider: You may need to introduce it to your dog slowly. After all, it may be scary to them initially, especially once they are moving and they can’t see you (because they’re facing out the back). Make sure to put your pup’s favorite toys inside and make it rewarding to get in by offering a healthy treat.

Can I Let My Dog Run Alongside Me While Riding My E-Bike?

That depends. Medium to large dogs may enjoy running next to your electric bike safely. But small dogs can get easily injured and won’t be able to keep up with you.

Problems and concerns letting your dog run next to your electric bike

Large, active dogs will likely love to ride next to you, at a reasonable speed, of course. This won’t be the time to test out how fast your e-bike can go, however. Having your dog running alongside you is already strenuous exercise. Plan on only going at the speed suitable for the condition of your dog.

Medium size dogs may also be able to do this, but keep in mind that their legs are probably shorter and they may have trouble keeping up, especially for a long ride.

There are some really awesome leashes made especially for dogs running next to bikes (found this bike leash on Amazon). I strongly suggest you get one that’ll allow your dog to move from one side of the bike to another, even if you think they’ll be trained to stay next to you.

Dogs are easily distracted. Just one sudden leap to another side could pull your heavy e-bike right over on top of you… and your best friend!

Can an Electric Bike Pull a Dog Trailer?

This is an important consideration if you’re planning on using a trailer.

Electric bikes can actually pull a bike trailer much easier than a regular bike because of the motor power. Almost any rider can pull a trailer by simply increasing the pedal assistance if they need it.

However, some electric bikes may need an additional attachment… and there doesn’t seem to be a universal one.

But you just need to know whether you have a quick-release or a thru-axle e-bike (check with your manufacturer).

Most trailers are built to be compatible with quick-release bikes (but you may still need to add a small spacer). However, if you have a thru-axle e-bike, you may need to ask the trailer manufacturer or local bike shop for help with an adapter.

Is It Safe to Ride an Electric Bike with My Dog?

The answer to this question partially depends on your dog having good health and temperament, an adequate activity level, and your skill in riding electric bikes. But there are some other things you should be aware of to make sure your dog is safe while on the ride.

It’s generally safe to have your dog ride with you as long as your dog has the stamina and isn’t skittish or highly anxious. You should also have good control over your e-bike and pay close attention to your dog’s well-being by considering these:

  • Terrain
  • Distance
  • Temperature
  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Comfort
  • Security
  • E-Bike Maintenance

Terrain, Distance, and Temperature

Learning how to safely ride your electric bike is as important for you as it is for your dog. And understanding where, and in what conditions, you’ll be riding is essential to both of your enjoyment.

Avoid particularly bumpy or slippery terrain. Riding for a bit on small gravel is one thing, but trying to climb over a mountain or go through mud or snow is another.

Start riding short distances with your dog to see how he does. Gradually build up the distance but take the cue from your dog as to how far is too much!

Heat can be detrimental to a dog, thanks to their fur coat and panting (rather than sweating as people do). Even if you’re not too hot, your dog may be. And this could be in much lower temperatures than you think (check out the infographic below from VetsNow).

So, stop frequently for water breaks and notice if they’re panting heavily or for a long period. Make sure you know the proper temperatures to take your dog outside in, and how to treat the symptoms of heatstroke for dogs.

Vets Now Heatstroke Infographic
Graphic courtesy of Vets Now

Thirst and Hunger

By far the most important safety consideration is to make sure your doggie is getting plenty of water throughout your ride. Even if they’re not running alongside your e-bike, they may become dehydrated due to the weather and the air blowing in their face constantly.

Carry enough water for both of you and even more if your dog is running next to your bike. Don’t ever assume that you’ll just get them water when you get home. Remember, dogs have a fur coat on all of the time and can easily get overheated.

Don’t forget a dog bowl for water! In fact, Amazon sells collapsible dog bowls that fit inside pockets or your bike pannier.

Also, bring a little snack and some treats… 1. in case you end up being out longer than planned and 2. to offer your pup as a reward for coming to you in case they break free or are in a dangerous situation.

Comfort and Security

Unfortunately, your dog can’t speak to you to let you know how she’s feeling. So, it’s up to you to know how your dog acts when it’s happy or miserable.

So, when you stop to offer food, water, and a potty break, it’s also a good idea to stop periodically and check on your dog’s comfort. Make sure the bike basket cushion or trailer is in position and that there aren’t any small injuries from moving around in the carrier.

Then make certain the leash and harness are secure and comfortable.

E-Bike Maintenance

Finally, it’s important to keep your e-bike well-maintained. With your dog in tow, you’re not just considering the difficulties you’ll face if your e-bike breaks down while you’re riding. Your dog will be impacted as well.

I’d suggest you read our easy-to-follow E-Bike Maintenance Guide before heading out!

Thinking about taking your cat on an electric bike ride? Find out what you need to know.

Can I Get an E-Bike with a Dog Carrier?

It’s hard to find electric bikes that come with a dog carrier (check out the couple I found below). And it’s unlikely that, if you did, it’d be perfect for your big or small dog and personal needs.

But I did find a couple of electric cargo bikes made just for dogs that are worth checking out:

If these work for your dog and situation, then fantastic. If not, you’re probably better off finding an electric bike with a basket that fits you perfectly or adding the appropriate dog carrier or bike basket.

You might like to start your search by browsing some electric cargo bikes that already come with a variety of bike racks to attach a carrier to:


Riding your electric bike with your dog is a lot of fun if done properly and safely. I asked you to keep in mind that e-bikes are heavier and harder to maneuver than regular bikes. Thus, this should be taken into consideration when deciding how to take your dog on a bike ride.

That being said, there are several ways to take your dog, big or small, on your electric bike. And there are ways to do it safely. Take a look at all of the great options in this article to find the perfect dog carrier or other solution for you and your dog!

May you have many wonderful e-bike adventures with your dog!

Want to take your pup to a new trail? Find the best hitch rack for your e-bike!

How Cold Weather Affects Electric Bikes (Problems and Solutions)

Choose the right electric bike brakes in cold weather

Electric components on an e-bike are susceptible to damage from water and moisture. But can freezing temperatures destroy your electric bike’s motor and battery?

Cold weather, especially below freezing temperatures (32°F), can shorten the life of your battery and motor or even damage them permanently if you don’t take proper care of them. You should never ride your electric bike in subzero temperatures (-0°F).

But how cold is too cold? And can you ride your electric bike when it’s really cold outside without ruining your investment?!

You can protect your e-bike if you follow simple guidelines and don’t get lazy. Read along and I’ll help you understand the problems that cold weather can cause for electric bikes and give you a solution to each.

How Cold is Too Cold for an E-Bike?

Generally speaking, temperatures lower than -5° Fahrenheit are too cold for an electric bike to be ridden in while temperatures below 32° Fahrenheit (0° Celcius) are too cold to store your e-bike in. Freezing temperatures will negatively affect battery range and performance.

The primary concern about freezing weather is that Lithium-ion electric bike batteries are super sensitive to extreme high temperatures and low temperatures. This means that the performance of Lithium-ion batteries can suffer greatly.

And the truth is, even cool weather (whether or not it’s below freezing) can harm the battery capacity without proper care.

One major problem of riding your electric bike in cold temperatures is due to the most sensitive component, the ebike battery. The battery capacity will significantly decrease in range.

For example, let’s say that you’re riding in below-freezing temperatures. There’s a good chance that you’ll lose 30-40% of the battery capacity temperature drops. Thus, it follows that you’ll be able to ride 30-40% fewer miles than on a 60-degree day.

So, if you intend to ride long distances during cold weather, you might want to have a battery backup plan.

Find out if lithium-ion batteries on electric bikes are interchangeable!

Can E-Bike Batteries Freeze? (Problem)

A battery isn’t likely to freeze as long as it’s being ridden in temperatures above 0°F. Just the act of riding will keep it warmer than if it was simply sitting out in the cold.

However, letting your battery sit unused in below-freezing weather will have a serious impact on your bike’s performance. It may decrease its overall life, reduce acceptable range, or possibly damage it beyond repair.

Although these are quite different results, it’s fair to say that storing your battery in really cold temperatures (or leaving your electric bike outside during the winter) is a bad idea.

E-bikes that house the battery inside the frame may offer some additional protection from the cold.

How to Keep My Electric Bike Battery Warm in Cold Weather (Solution)

Keeping your electric bike battery warm is similar to taking care of your cell phone. After all, you wouldn’t leave your phone sitting in the cold unprotected.

Fortunately, there are several ways of keeping your bike battery protected from the cold:

  • Use a battery cover. Thermal covers can be wrapped around the battery like a jacket while you’re riding. You can find a cover that fits your battery right on Amazon!
  • Wrap them with chemical heat packs, perhaps inside the battery cover
  • Store your battery in ambient temperatures above freezing but preferably between 50°-70° Fahrenheit
  • Keep it inside where temperatures are comfortable for you… and then you’ll know your e-bike battery is in good shape as well
  • Make sure your battery is warm before riding your e-bike (room temperature is perfect)
  • Charge your battery inside, or at least where it’s warmer than 32°F.
  • Charge your battery often… in low temperatures, your electric bike battery will lose its full charge more quickly

Learn all of the charging tips that’ll improve battery performance!

One other consideration… e-bikes that house the battery inside the frame may offer some additional protection from the cold.

Can I Ride My E-Bike in the Snow?

Nothing says “cold” like snow.

Riding an electric bike in snow and ice can be dangerous. But it is possible to ride safely when the temperature drops with the right tires, good battery care, and proper maintenance.

Keeping your battery warm, as discussed above, is essential. But so is keeping it dry. Additionally, keeping all of the other electric components clean and dry, such as the motor and electric bike controller, are important as well.

How Cold Weather Affect Electric Bikes

What Type of E-Bike Works Good in the Snow? (Problem)

The biggest problem is that you can’t easily ride just any e-bike in the snow. Not only are below freezing temperatures dangerous, but snow and ice are slippery and harder to ride on.

Further, riding an electric bicycle in the snow increases the chance of rust and corrosion that can cause damage to the bike frame and electrical components. So, it needs to be able to handle the environmental conditions!

Realistically, you should have an electric mountain bike with wide, studded tires or a fat tire e-bike like this one. Both of these types of bikes are built to handle bumpy, uneven terrain. This is thanks to the suspension and wider, knobby tires found on e-mountain bikes and the super-wide tires on fat e-bikes.

If you have a regular commuter e-bike or an electric road bike, you will have a tough time getting any traction in the snow, let alone ice.

Lectric Bikes XP Fat Bike
Lectric Bikes XP Fat Bike with 20″ tires that are 4.0″ wide.

Read this article to find out everything you need to know about fat tire e-bikes!

How to Properly Ride an Electric Fat Bike in the Snow (Solution)

The best way to ride an e-bike in the snow is with an electric fat bike or an electric mountain bike, preparation, and proper maintenance.

In general, the fatter the tire and the lower your tire pressure, the greater traction you’ll have.

If you are trying to ride an electric bicycle that isn’t suited for snowy terrain and winter conditions, be extra cautious!

Make sure you follow these tips for riding your e-bike in the snow and ice:

  • Charge your battery completely before heading out
  • Ride slow…. much slower than usual
  • Don’t ride in the dark
  • Watch for “black ice”, often found anywhere water has had a chance to build up and then refreeze (bridges, gutters, and puddles, for example).
  • Prepare for the most difficult conditions and coldest weather possible on your ride and wear proper clothing: Winter gloves, heated bike socks
    (got mine from Amazon), and a warm waterproof jacket is a must.
  • Clean and dry each sensitive component after EVERY ride to avoid rust and damage… the lithium-ion battery and motor need careful cleaning and drying as does the derailleur gear system (including the chain)

Follow the best electric bike maintenance guide here!

Can I Leave My E-Bike Outside in the Winter?

It’s typically not a good idea to store your electric bike outside in cold winter weather. Even with a protective cover, moisture and cold can damage the electrical parts.

Once again, the lithium-ion battery requires good protection from the elements.

Is It Safe to Store My E-Bike Outside in the Winter? (Problem)

The problem with storing your electric bike outside when it’s very cold is that it can be damaged by rain, snow, and sleet. Even if you cover the bike, moisture and dew can form under the cover or in the bike shed, leading to pulling out a rusty one after a few months of storage.

But, you can safely store your e-bike in a garage or outdoor shed, as long as you remove the battery and bring it indoors.

How to Store an Electric Bike in Cold Weather (Solution)

The best way to store electric bikes outdoors in wintery weather is to put them inside a weather-proof bike shed or outdoor shed. A bike shed will allow more air to move around your electric bike, helping to prevent moisture build-up.

First, always remove and store the battery at room temperature someplace warm and dry (inside is best).

You might like to check out these bike sheds from Amazon.

Avoid just throwing a cover over your e-bike which will collect dew and transfer it directly to the bike.

A shed will provide protection from the ground and decrease the amount of dew and moisture that’ll form on your bike.

If you plan on storing your ebike outside, make sure to read this first!

How Should I Prepare My Electric Bike for Cold Weather?

To get your e-bike ready for cold weather, you should make sure your battery is in good working order, clean and oil every metal part, and make sure your tires are in good condition.

How Do I Winterize My Electric Bike? (Problem)

If you don’t take special care of it during cold winter weather, rain, and snow, you might have a very rusty, non-working electric bike in the Spring.

Getting “lazy” or letting bike maintenance slide will end up causing you a serious headache later on. But there are a few steps you can take to make sure this doesn’t happen.

3 Steps to Prepare Your Electric Bike for Winter Weather (Solution)

  1. Prepare your lithium battery

    Store it partially charged as opposed to fully drained or fully charged. Somewhere between 40% and 80% charged is acceptable.

    This will prevent cell damage, as lithium-ion batteries discharge slowly over time as it is and you don’t want to end up with a completely depleted battery. Only charge it to 100% when heading out for a ride.
  2. Clean the bike frame and all metal parts while making sure they work as they should (but learn how to properly clean electric bikes first)
  3. Lube your e-bike’s chain

    After every cleaning, before storage, or in bad weather, make sure to lube your chain. Just wipe a small amount of bike lubricant on the top of the chain towards the center and make a couple of pedal rotations to spread it out.

Now, just repeat these three simple steps after each ride and your electric bicycle will be ready to go for the next chilly weather adventure.

Pro Tip: Buy a second ebike battery if you’ll be riding a lot when it’s really cold outside. This will double your range and protect you from any sudden Li-ion battery capacity problems (like having your battery die while riding).


I hope you’ve learned how cold weather affects electric bikes and an easy solution to each winter problem.

If you love to ride your e-bike in any weather, then you’d better know how to take care of it, especially when it comes to the battery!

If you do, you’ll keep it in great shape even during inclement weather and avoid the hassles (and expense) of an electric bicycle and lithium battery in poor condition.

Hub vs. Mid Drive Electric Bikes: Which Is Right For Me?

Electric Bike Hub Motor on Rear Wheel
Hub Electric Bike with Motor on Rear Wheel

Until around 2010, choosing an electric bike was relatively easy. You just had to choose your budget, your brand and go with what you liked best. As time has gone on, people have become overwhelmed with the number of options available.

So, today, I’m going to help you narrow down your options and choose a hub or mid-drive electric bike. Then you’ll be ready to pick the perfect model for you.

A hub electric bike will always be the most cost-effective entry into electric bikes and is perfect for you if you’re on a budget. A mid-drive electric bike is the best option if you are determined to get the best performance, handling, and range and are willing to spend a few hundred dollars more.

For the rest of this article, I’ll show you the key differences between hub motor and mid drive e-bikes.

Then I’ll help you choose the one that’s right for you by asking you a set of questions and comparing the two, as well as discussing initial costs and maintenance. So, keep reading.

Hub E-Bike Advantages Mid Drive E-Bike Advantages
Lower CostBetter Performance
Ability to take breaks from pedalingGreater Range
Loads of new brands, models, and featuresLess Exhaustion
Better Handling
Get Help Choosing a Hub vs Mid Drive Electric Bike below
Electric Bike Hub Motor on Rear Wheel
Hub Electric Bike with Motor on Rear Wheel

What Is A Hub Electric Bike?

When the first electric bicycles were released, they came with a hub motor. This was revolutionary when it came to commuter bikes. In this section, I want to explain what the hub motor electric bike is briefly. So, let’s get into it.

The hub motor is an electric motor placed on the front or rear wheel. It provides power directly to that specific wheel. Because of this assistance, you can expend a lot less energy when riding than you would with a normal bike.

Another name for the hub motor is direct drive. Keep in mind that the motor has nothing to do with your drive train, gears, or anything else. It simply works with the wheels of your e-bike.

What Is A Mid Drive Electric Bike?

The mid-drive or mid-motor system was released around 2010. It changed the way that electric bikes work. Instead of providing power to one or two of the wheels on the e-bike, it does things a little bit differently.

The mid-drive electrical system provides power to the gears of your bike. This difference has a few effects on the electric bicycle. It primarily acts as a more efficient power delivery system. Instead of helping the bike to move by providing power to the wheels, it assists the rider with pedaling effort (aka pedal assist).

Mid-drive motors are also known as central hub or mid motors. It’s installed by the e-bike’s pedals and is therefore ideally placed to provide power to the bike’s drive train (which includes the pedals, chain, cassette/freewheel, and derailleur).

Mid drive motors generally give better weight distribution as well, since they’re located in the middle of the e-bike.

The Key Differences Between Hub And Mid Drive E-Bikes 

Before discussing the advantages of both hub drive motors and mid drive motors, or before discussing which one you should get, it’s important to discuss a few of the key differences between front of rear hub motors and mid motors.

The main differences have to do with the motor placement, how each type of motor works (pedal assist), and the range. Let’s take a look at these three things.

Placement Of The Motor

Mid-drive motors are placed by your e-bike’s pedals, while hub drive motors are placed on one of your wheels. It could be the front wheel or the rear. This placement affects something called weight distribution, making the bike’s handling significantly better or worse.

In my experience, a mid-drive motor improves the handling of your electric bike because of its placement. With all vehicles, any added weight is less noticeable the closer it is to the center of gravity.

Quiet Kat mid-drive electric bike
On the Quiet Kat Apex E-Bike, the mid-drive motor is in the middle near the pedals.

Find out how long your e-bike motor will last!

How The Motors Work

Hub motors apply power directly to one of the wheels of the bike. So, for example, a rear hub motor is placed on the rear wheel.

On the other hand, mid-drive motors work with your gears. This makes mid-drive motors a lot more efficient than hub motors. However, you do need to pedal with a mid-drive motor, while with hub motors (that also include pedal assist), you can take short breaks and let the motor power the ebike until it slows down.

The Range Of The Motors

Because mid-drive motors work with your gears, they are generally more efficient than hub motors. When you shift to a lower gear, the motor’s power doesn’t have to provide as much because natural pedaling cadence becomes easier.

At the same time, when you change to a higher gear, the motor has to do more work but the change is less noticeable (the pedal assist feature continues to work smoothly and pedal speed doesn’t change noticeably). Therefore, you’ll get more range out of a mid-drive electric bike motor when in a higher gear because its workload is not constant.

Of course, this is only true as long as there is battery power (find out here what to do if your battery dies)!

Get a better understanding of how gear shifts work on an e-bike!

Should You Get A Hub Or A Mid Drive Electric Bike?

I’d like to give you the facts and allow you to make your own decisions. So, I’m not going to tell you which type of motor-driven bike you should get.

Instead, I’ll ask five questions and give you a recommendation based on each of those scenarios. Let’s jump into it.

What Is Your Budget?

The misconception that I see a lot is that hub motors come on entry-level bikes, but that’s not always true. A hub motor electric bike can be premium, but it’s still generally more affordable than mid-drive motors.

Potentially, you can save a few hundred dollars or more by choosing a hub motor e-bike. That said, I’ll discuss pricing further down in the article. However, if you are strictly looking to spend as little money as possible, a hub drive bike would be your best option.

Take a look at costs for different types of electric bicycles.

Do You Like Taking Breaks?

Because a mid-drive works with your gears instead of applying power directly to your wheels, the motor works when you pedal, so if you want to take a break during a long straight, you’ll have to stop the bike entirely.

But since a hub motor applies power directly to the wheels, you can stop pedaling and still have power delivered to the wheels to keep moving.

Don’t let that fact make your decision all by itself.

Because of the efficiency of mid-drive motors, you’ll feel less tired when riding and perhaps need fewer breaks on longer rides in general. In my experience, this is more useful than having the ability to stop pedaling, especially on long commutes.

Want to learn more about riding an e-bike without pedaling?

How Often Do You Ride Your Ebike?

The maintenance costs of mid-drive bikes tend to be higher than hub motors because more moving parts need to get looked after. However, what many people don’t tell you is mid-drive motors typically need less maintenance in general.

See, the motor is more efficient even with more moving parts, which means it goes through less wear and tear over the same distance. But, if you’re worried about high maintenance costs, hub electric bikes are your best option.

But, if you’re after convenience, then mid-drive motors are the better choice.

What Distance Do You Typically Ride?

The range you get with mid-drive electric bikes is far greater than that of a hub motor. So if you ride anything more than 15 to 20 miles per day, you should consider getting a bike with a mid-drive.

With a 750W motor on a mid-drive bike, you can cover around 45 miles of road with consistent pedaling. 

And, even though you have to constantly pedal, you won’t feel as fatigued riding a mid-drive motor e-bike the same distance as a hub motor bike, especially over long distances.

What Type Of Roads Do You Ride On?

If you ride on terrain mostly made up of straights or even downhills, hub motors will be perfectly fine. And you’ll be able to take quite a few breaks while cruising down the straights. 

If you have a few hills on your route, a hub motor will not be very efficient. Instead, you want to consider buying a mid-drive motor e-bike because it’ll assist you better with pedaling uphill. The minute you slip into a lower gear, the motor will do a great job of making it feel like you’re still going on a straight even though you are on a steep incline.

Advantages Of A Mid Drive Electric Bike

Most of you are looking for the best option available and don’t mind spending a few hundred dollars extra to get the best option (after all, you’re already shelling out quite a bit of cash for an e-bike).

So, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of mid-drive e-bikes to help you make your decision.

  • Performance: Because the motor provides power to the bike’s drive train, it feels like you have more power while riding.
  • Higher range: If you take a mid-drive or a hub bike with two similar specs, you’ll get more range out of the mid-drive bike. Remember, it’s not all about the power that a motor has; the efficiency of a mid-drive is what makes it able to go further.
  • You feel less tired: You can ride further without feeling fatigued because of the increase in power. This is especially helpful if you ride long distances or commute every day.
  • Better handling: A mid-drive motor is placed close to the center of gravity on the bicycle. This placement improves the handling of the bike.

Looking for great performance? Check out the best e-bikes with belt drives!

Advantages Of A Hub Electric Bike

Many people prefer using bikes with hub motors because of the variety of models, styles, and brands. Plus, there are still a couple of advantages when it comes to e-bikes with hub motors.

  • Lower cost: As mentioned in this article, you can save a few hundred dollars by going for a hub motor e-bike instead of a mid-drive one.
  • Ability to take breaks from pedaling: Also, you have the ability to take breaks and still have the electric motor power the wheels and keep you moving.
  • New brands and features: As e-bikes grow in popularity, so do the number of brands, models, feature, and types…so there’s a never-ending stream of e-bikes to choose from.

Because of the variety of features and models, as well as the lower cost, many recreational cyclists still end up buying a hub motor electric bicycle (I have the Rad Mini step-thru with rear hub motor that you see below).

Hub Motor Electric Bike Cost

You can get cheap hub motor bicycles. Still, these usually come with small motors (such as 250 watts) that don’t get you very far and don’t provide great performance. Therefore, when considering the cost of hub electric bikes, I didn’t include them.

For a 500 Watt hub motor electric bike, your entry-level is around $800-$1000. Depending on the brand you go for, you can spend around $1200 for a premium model. A 750 watt motor will typically cost you a couple of hundred dollars more.

It’s important to always look at the wattage of the motor. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to get a bike that doesn’t have enough power for your daily commute. So, try and look for 500 watts or more. Ideally, you should look at a 750 watt hub motor electric bike, like my own RadMini foldable (read a review of it here).

Mid Drive Electric Bike Cost

The cheapest mid-drive electric bike I’ve seen is around $1500. However, in recent times I haven’t seen one below $2000. This is partially because the mid-drive motor itself is more expensive than a hub motor.

Further, because the motors are better, the more premium the e-bike generally is. Thus, the more it’ll cost. You can even end up spending a lot more than $2000; sometimes they reach $8000-$9000.

For a good 500 Watt or more mid-drive electric bicycle, you can expect to pay around $2500 to $3000. 

It must be said that most mid-drive e-bikes are not low-end. They simply don’t put that type of motor on low-end bikes. Instead, $2000 will get you a mid-range electric bike, while $2500 or more will get you a high-end one.

Hub vs. Mid Drive Electric Bike Maintenance Costs

I’d advise you to have your electric bike serviced regularly, at least on an annual basis but likely two or three times a year if you ride daily. Maintenance should include checking and cleaning your electric motor. If any problems are found with individual parts, they’d need to be replaced, and that’s where mid-drive bikes tend to be more expensive.

To give you the best estimate of what you can expect to pay to maintain your electric bike based on what type of motor you have, hub vs mid drive, we need to break down the costs into a few sections:

  • Batteries: $200 to $400 every three years
  • Bike service including motor: $200 to $300 per year
  • Miscellaneous parts: $100 per year

When you break those numbers down to a yearly maintenance cost, you can expect to pay around $350 to $500 every year for a hub electric bike.

For a mid-drive bike, expect to pay $600 to $800 per year.

Read our complete e-bike maintenance guide here!

Conclusion: Mid drive vs front or rear wheel hub motors

I’ve just reviewed everything you need to know about hub vs mid drive electric bikes. Choosing between both types of e-bikes is tough. My goal with this article was to try and make it a bit easier, even though that’s a relatively tough job.

The truth is that hub motor e-bikes are a ton of fun, can get you where you need or want to go, and come in a huge selection of styles in a price range that fits many budgets. So, a hub e-bike is a great choice and is what many beginner e-bike riders choose.

However, if you’re serious about riding performance and you can afford to spend a little more on a mid-drive e-bike, then this is what’s right for you. Overall, the performance advantages outweigh the heavier price tag.

I can make a case for both types of motors on e-bikes. But at the end of the day, you’ll be the one riding it! So choose which is right for you based upon the advantages of each I’ve discussed in this article!