I just went on my first cross-country e-bike ride on Charge Bikes’ XC! 🚴♂️✨ With a Shimano Mid Drive motor and 29” tires, it was all new to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I discovered was an e-bike that is excitingly different than the electric bikes I’ve reviewed in the past!
The Charge XC Electric Bike is designed for fast and smooth riding on the road but with solid handling and performance on off-road terrain.
I’m Lisa at E-Biking Today and I’m sharing what I’ve learned about cross-country bikes and the Charge XC electric bike. Read the detailed article. Then, watch my XC e-bike review below to check out the pros and cons and what makes this bike unique. Further, get help deciding if the XC cross-country electric bike is right for you and discover my surprising conclusion!
Cross County Electric Bikes vs. Electric Mountain Bikes
Before we dive deeper into our XC electric bike review, let’s answer this question: ‘What’s the difference between a cross-country bike, like the Charge XC, and a more traditional mountain e-bike?’
Cross-country (XC) bikes are designed primarily for speed and efficiency on diverse terrains, including off-road. They’re typically lighter, have an aggressive geometry for more power and efficiency, and generally offer less suspension travel compared to their mountain bike counterparts.
On the flip side, mountain bikes are built to tackle rough, super technical trails. They often come with beefier frames, more suspension to absorb shocks from big rocks and drops, and a more relaxed frame for stability. Think of XC bikes as agile marathon runners and electric mountain bikes as sturdy trail warriors.
But, what I’m most excited to show you in this Charge XC e-bike review is how versatile it is. It can literally take you across the country! It’s built to ride fast on the street but also has the ability to tackle singletrack mountain trails, fire roads, and gravel paths. Check below the video for more info on Charge Bikes… I think you’ll be surprised!
So, let’s dig into what makes this cross-country ebike stand out among other electric bike styles, and discuss the pros and cons.
Pros of the XC Electric Bike
Shimano Mid-Drive Motor and Components
The XC ebike is loaded with high-quality Shimano components, which increases its value big time!
First, there’s a Shimano 504-watt-hour integrated battery with an ABUS Lock. There’s also a Shimano controller and display, an 8-speed rear derailleur and shifter, and Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors.
But of greatest significance is the Shimano Mid-Drive Motor.
A huge benefit, the Shimano E5000 250W mid-drive motoris in the dead center of the Charge XC bike, not in the rear hub. It offers electric assistance up to 20mph through 3 pedal assist modes.
What’s Special About a Mid-Drive Motor?
Instead of providing power to one or two of the wheels on an e-bike, as with a more common hub motor, a mid-drive electrical system provides power to the actual drive train. Thus, it assists your pedaling effort. A mid-drive motor also allows better weight distribution, significantly improving a bike’s handling.
I experienced this ease of riding firsthand during my trail test ride. Even though the XC has a lower-powered 250W motor, it was easy to maneuver and glide over loose dirt and rocks.
Of course, I attribute my smooth ride to the next of the XC’s Pros as well…
29” All-Terrain Tires
The Goodyear Peak 2 and a quarter-inch wide puncture-resistant tires with reflective sidewalls are super tall, with little rolling resistance.
These knobby tires are perfect for riding across the country, bikepacking, and touring due to their ability to handle fast street riding and off-road terrain. I was able to ride on the road, over rocky terrain, on fire roads, and on single-track trails like it was nothing.
I loved the natural feeling of riding with a torque sensor instead of a cadence sensor. When I pedaled, I moved forward. When I braked, I stopped, instead of continuing to slide forward as sometimes happens on a cadence sensor e-bike.
Lightweight and Compact
The XC electric bike is thin and lightweight, weighing only 55 lbs with the battery installed! Plus, it has fold-flat handlebars and folding pedals for easy storage and travel.
Ride up to 50 miles without needing to recharge your battery. If you use a lot of pedal assistance, you may get 30 miles or less.
Automatic Tire Pressure Sensors
I love these twist-on air pressure sensors! They show red when you need air or green if you’re ready to ride, leaving the guesswork out of tire inflation!
Integrated Front and Rear Lights
High-powered, automatic front and rear lights are an essential safety benefit, so I’m glad they’re included as a benefit. See and be seen day or night.
The XC has an SR Suntour XCM 34, 100mm coil fork with a preload adjuster. This front suspension helped me feel quite comfortable going over rocks and bumps. Need even more suspension? Easily add a suspension seat post.
Additionally, I want to point out the super comfortable grips. My hands rested nicely on the ergonomic soft rubber yet I could still easily grip the handlebars.
Additional Benefits of the XC
Now, to add to the long list of Charge XC pros, it comes with an integrated rear rack with a 50 lb weight limit, and rigid, all-weather full-coverage fenders. Plus, with its maximum rider weight of 300 lbs, nearly anyone can ride, take along a pack, and be protected from debris while riding.
Cons of the Charge XC
Yes, the XC was easy to ride without a throttle… I just lowered the gears a notch or two and the difference was obvious. However, you might still prefer to have a throttle in the event you get tired after a day’s ride or if you’d prefer more assistance on steep hills. Consider adding a throttle once you get your XC bike.
At around $2699, Charge Bikes’ XC is a little more expensive than an otherwise similar hub motor electric bike. However, as I explained earlier, a mid-drive ebike is worth the added cost if you expect better handling and performance.
I wish the display was a little bigger. It was sometimes hard to see what pedal assist level I was on. But I think this is something I can live with given all the other pros of the Charge XC.
What You Need to Know Before Buying the XC
Unboxing and Assembly
Charge Bikes states that you can build the XC in 10 minutes and start riding. Perhaps this is true if you have all of the tools laid out and don’t need to take a look at the assembly guide or video. Realistically, expect to need at least 20-30 minutes if you read how to assemble it before actually doing it.
Further, if you end up like me, spending a half hour trying to slip the rotor in between brake pads that had closed, here’s a tip. If you accidentally squeeze the brakes before installing the front wheel, put a flathead screwdriver in between the brake pads to twist them open.
Overall, the XC assembly was super short and easy, which is yet another benefit of this cross-country e-bike.
Thankfully, the Charge XC is built in two sizes: Small, for riders up to 5’9” and Large for those up to 6’4”. The standover height is 30.5” on the Small frame and 32” on the Large frame. I really appreciate the different frame sizes, as many e-bike companies still build for taller e-bike riders. But, I think we smaller e-bike riders deserve a chance to have fun on the trails too!
The XC comes with the Charge comfort saddle. Although I was plenty comfy during my test ride, riding 50 miles could make me wish I had a wider seat.
Charge Bikes Brand
Charge Bikes is owned by Dorel Industries, Inc. alongside iconic cycling brands such as Schwinn, Cannondale, GT, and Mongoose. The company was founded in the UK in 2004 with the hope of making cycling accessible to everyone.
Who Is the Charge XC Mid-Drive E-Bike Best For?
Basically, an electric cross-country bike is the foundation for an electric mountain bike. It rides anywhere, minus super-technical mountain terrain.
Overall, the Charge XC is designed to withstand the rigors of off-road riding while trekking smoothly and quickly on paved roads.
Thus, this mid-drive electric bike is for you if you want the best performance, handling, and range. It’s also the best e-bike if you’re a cycling fan or enjoy riding a regular bike but want or need occasional assistance.
In fact, I think the XC may be the perfect first electric bike for traditional cyclists or new e-bike riders thanks to its success at mimicking the feel of a regular bike. However, it still carries with it the essential features of an electric bike.
Honestly, I was blown away that riding was so much fun on the Charge Bikes XC 250W e-bike without a throttle! The tall tires, mid-drive motor, and torque sensor made me believe I was riding a regular bike… but with plenty of power and speed when needed. The ride felt natural and I got out of it exactly the work I put into it.
I hope you enjoyed my Charge Bikes XC Electric Bike Review… and enjoy your ride!
So, I recently got my hands on the Aventon Sinch 2, and let me tell you, I’ve been buzzing to give this folding e-bike a spin. I’ve had my eye on it in the hopes that it might just be the folding ebike bliss I’ve been searching for.
Follow along as I break down the pros and cons of the Sinch 2 folding fat tire ebike, compare costs, and tell you what else you need to know to decide if it’s the best ebike for you!
Starting with an easy step-thru folding frame, and a bit of a rugged look, I’m excited to take you along on my ride in this Aventon Sinch.2 review.
The Pros of the Aventon Sinch.2 Electric Bike
Super Easy Unboxing and Assembly
Removing the sustainable packaging was easy… and assembling the Sinch 2 was a breeze. I didn’t need to attach even one component! I folded up the handlebar, unfolded the ebike frame, used two tools that came with it to tighten up, unfolded the pedals, adjusted the seat to the correct height, added some air to the tires, and I was ready to ride!
Foldable Design One of the biggest highlights! The Sinch 2 ebike folds up neatly. Thus it’s perfect for city-dwellers with limited storage space or folks who wanna toss it in the trunk of their car for some off-the-beaten path riding.
Powerful Motor It’s got a 500W sustained hub motor with a 750W peak, which means you get that extra push when you need it. I found it to be plenty powerful and easily rode up hills at 19-20 mph!
Torque Sensor If you checked out my review of the Aventon Aventure 2, you already know that I love torque sensors. Having one on the Sinch.2 is a huge benefit, giving me more control over how I ride! Check out the Aventure 2 review to help you learn more about riding with a torque sensor.
Integrated Lights with Turn Signals The Sinch.2’s front headlight may be standard, but the integrated rear lights with turn signals upgrade the safety factor. Using them to change lanes worked to my advantage and notified others of my intention to turn.
Strong Battery Life After riding it for 1 hour, the 48 Volt battery had lost only 6% of its charge. Thus, if you ride like I did, with low to moderate pedal assist and occasional throttle, then you should be able to ride close to 55 miles on a full charge.
Some folding e-bikes have a range of only 20 to 30 miles on a single charge. If an electric bike offers 40 miles or more as the Aventon Sinch.2 does, it has a very good range that will satisfy most e-bike riders. Just understand that this distance can vary based on factors such as the rider’s weight, terrain, pedal assist level, and typical usage.
Fat Tires I love having 4-inch wide tires instead of the 3-inch tires I’ve had on other electric folding bikes. The Sinch’s fat tires gave great traction on my favorite rocky paths.
Further, the ride felt stable and secure with the wide contact surface of the 4-inch fat tires and the low-to-ground 20-inch tires. This will be particularly helpful for new ebike riders or those wanting extra assurance on uneven surfaces.
Front Suspension You’ll get up to 45mm of travel to help reduce bumps on the road and off-road. At first, I found the bumps quite strong and jarring. But once I adjusted the suspension, my ride became much more relaxing.
Other Benefits of the Aventon Sinch.2
The Backlit LCD Display I appreciate the easy-to-read full-color LCD screen. It provides info like speed, distance, pedal assist, and battery life. And be sure to check out the Aventon iOS and Android app!
4 Levels of Pedal Assist You get to choose how much oomph you want when you’re pedaling. Ride up to 20mph using pedal assist or using the on-demand throttle. I found both easily achievable. Whether you want a light assist or full-on “take me to the top of this hill without breaking a sweat” mode, it’s got you.
Frame Size Seating riders from 4’11” to 6’2”, the Sinch 2 fits almost anyone. Plus being able to step through the frame makes it accessible for any fitness level as long as you can ride a regular bike. At 5 feet 1 inch, I sit upright and am super comfortable.
Adjustable Handlebars These are just one more thing that makes it a comfy ebike. Set the height of the handlebars to keep your shoulders comfortable.
A rear rack and dual fenders are included with the Sinch 2 electric bike.
Cost to Purchase
First, let’s compare its cost with equivalent folding electric fat tire bikes. The Sinch 2 ST (“step-through”) and the first generation Sinch electric bike (“step-over”) frame are priced separately. The Sinch.2 retails for about $200 more, around $1799. This is a great value considering the multiple added and improved features.
It’s important to note that the range of the new Aventon Sinch.2 is 25 miles longer than the original Sinch e-bike. In my opinion, a longer range and the addition of a torque sensor are worth paying a little more for. Plus, most riders will benefit from the low-step frame.
When comparing the Aventon Sinch 2 retail price to other folding electric bikes, it’s in the middle price range. The best value for your money depends on what you prioritize in an electric bike. You might prefer power or top speed to brand reputation, or require features like the Sinch 2’s torque sensor or long range.
Cons Discovered in the Aventon Sinch 2 Review and Test Ride
Cost Like most e-bikes, the Sinch 2 isn’t exactly cheap. If you’re on a tight budget, this might not be the one for you. But, if it’s in your price range, the quality and value make it a winner. Plus, Aventon Bikes offers sales like the one for $300 off.
Handlebar Grips Although they’re very grippy, they aren’t the most comfortable, as you can see by the light pattern left on my hand. The upside is that your hands won’t slip… and thankfully, nicer grips are inexpensive, so this isn’t a deal-breaker.
Folding Mechanism While it’s super handy that it folds, the mechanism took me a bit to get used to. Initially, I didn’t push it hard enough to lock it, and my first attempt at folding it took some time.
What Else You Need to Know About the Sinch 2
Weighing in at around 68 lbs, it’s not lightweight, but heavy is pretty standard for a folding fat tire e-bike. Still, it could be a bit cumbersome for some people.
And, even though it’s foldable, it still takes up a bit of space because its chunky frame holds a decent-sized battery. Make sure to check the dimensions to ensure it’ll fit wherever you plan on storing it.
A few other things to know… It has 8 speeds, mechanical disc brakes, and a weight limit of 300 lbs, while the rear rack holds a hefty 55 lbs.
Note of Caution
Be careful when reading the reviews on the Aventon site. Some customer reviews about the original Sinch e-bike are mixed with the new Sinch 2 Step-through, so looking at the specs as stated by customers is a bit confusing.
E-Bike Review Conclusion
So, what’s my conclusion from the Aventon Sinch.2 review? The Sinch 2 bike is near perfect and qualifies as one of the best folding e-bikes with fat tires, just as I hoped it would. And if you’re looking for a bike that blends urban commuting with off-road adventure, it could be the best electric bike for you.
I hope you’ve learned a lot in my Sinch.2 ebike review.
Here’s what I noticed before even seeing the helmet. It shipped with a layer of bubble wrap around it, inside a soft, cushioned sports bag, and protected by a sturdy cardboard box.
It’s nice to know that what I’m using to protect my head while I ride has been well taken care of before even getting to me!
As for first impressions… I like its updated urban style. It’s perfect for both city commuters and those riding just for fun. It has a cool denim fabric shell and the material is biodegradable. This is good news for the environment. After all, bike helmets don’t last forever.
Denim Helmet Styles
Although I’m showing the Blue Laguna denim in this bike helmet review, there are three other denim colors and one smooth matte black helmet to choose from. I love the Blue Laguna… it’s sort of in between the Blue Ice and the Tumbled Rigid colors. But you can also get it in a more rugged Black Camouflage.
First, I appreciate that it weighs less than 1 lb (that’s just 450 grams). It’s easy to ride my ebike 20 miles if I’m comfortable. Wearing a lightweight bike helmet makes me forget there’s anything there at all.
Then there’s the powerful rechargeable tail light! Charged using a USB-C cable, the helmet’s light flashes in 5 different modes, allowing you to adjust to the current situation and increase safety.
Further, the easy-to-use adjustable fit system saves time. Just turn the dial on the back of the helmet until it feels snug around your head. Next, adjust the chin strap so the helmet is seated on the top of your head and tight around the chin.
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Cons of the BC019 Denim Helmet
Despite all of its benefits, I still need to let you know what needs improvement on this stylish bike helmet
First, it only comes in one size: Medium/Large. It will fit average-size heads 22-24 inches (or 56-61cm). But, it’s a little too big for me and other e-bike riders who typically wear a Small or Extra Small.
However, thicker helmet pads come with it to make the fit tighter and more snug. Let’s just hope a smaller Basecamp bike helmet is in the works!
Whatever safety helmet you choose, measure your head and fit your bike helmet securely to maximize protection while riding your electric bike.
What You Need to Know About This Light-Up Electric Bike Helmet
Retailing around $57, the denim Base Camp helmet is competitively priced. Plus, E-Biking Today is offering an additional E-Biking Today 5% DISCOUNT CODE: “ebiking” on any electric vehicle, bike helmet, or gear.
In regards to safety, this helmet is made with an ABS outer shell and an EPS liner. Along with its strict EU (CE EN) and U.S. (CPSC) certifications, it meets and exceeds bike helmet safety standards.
Additionally, the BC019 helmet is cool in more than one way. There are 6 vents to keep your head cool. And, you’ll look cool wearing a modern urban helmet design.
But this is a winner in the “most unique bike helmet” category because of its design customization. Paint right on the denim helmet to create a DIY design! Of course, you can ask someone with actual talent to do it for you, just as I’ll have to do!
SMARTBike Helmet Upgrade
Now, I’ve mentioned that you might like to upgrade your bicycle helmet further.
While the BC019 high-quality bike helmet we’ve been looking at costs in the mid-range around $57, the Base Camp SF-999 smart helmet costs about $30 more. This may be worth it for you if you’re a tech lover.
Think Bluetooth speakers, music, or talking on the phone… plus actual turn signal options! There’s also a remote control that attaches to your e-bike handlebars.
There are a lot of awesome things to learn about this smart helmet and everything it has to offer.
I’ve already completed a helmet review for the smart helmet, so be sure to check it out.
Best Bike Helmet for You
No matter which helmet works best for you, it’s good to know that Base Camp helmets offer Lifetime Customer Support, 24/7, and Worldwide Shipping.
The BC019 is the best bike helmet if you need one that’s affordable, sturdy, and stylish. However, the SF-999 Smart helmet is the best choice if you want to listen to music and talk on the phone while riding.
If you have an electric bike rider in your life or are one yourself, you know that riding an e-bike is all about fun, recreation, good health, and exercise. So when you’re ready to give a gift, you want it to be meaningful and reflect what the rider gets out of e-biking.
To make it easy to find the best gift for an electric bike rider, I’ve curated a list of gifts that focus on safety, health, comfort, and/or fun.
Choose from the list below to find the perfect gift for the e-bike rider in your life.
Just adding this simple suspension seat post will reduce vibration and dampen bumps by 60%. But not only will it improve your comfort substantially, but it’ll also help reduce fatigue in your body, help you go faster, and let you stay in control on rough terrain, thus keeping you safer!
With 35mm of tunable responsive travel and four bars of linkage, you can adjust it until it matches your riding style. Plus, your saddle will maintain the same angle throughout your ride!
Safety should always be at the top of the list when it comes to riding an electric bike, especially due to the increased speed at which an e-bike rider can go. So if your friend or loved one doesn’t have a high-quality MIPS helmet, make sure to get them one.
MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. It adds a level of protection over regular bike helmets by reducing injury from angled impact, which is typically what happens to your head in a crash.
Besides the head protection, you can choose your gift in six different colors, so you’re sure to find the best one for the gift receiver. As a bonus, there are 24 vents for good airflow, it’s unisex, and it fits most adults. Plus, it’s one of the more affordable quality MIPS helmets out there.
The Souke Sports Winter Cycling Gloves water-resistant winter gloves are a great gift to provide comfort while riding an electric bike. Temperatures get really cold fast when you’re racing against the wind (which is so easy to do on an e-bike!).
These gloves give your hands warmth while providing superior grip and shock absorption, which are the first things you need from good cycling gloves. What’s even better is that these gloves still allow your fingers to move freely, allow touch screen ability, and offer a micro-fiber thumb to wipe away sweat and moisture.
They’ll keep hands warm while keeping the fingers free to chime a bike bell, use a smartphone, or pull on the brakes.
And they come in 4 colors and 5 different sizes, so they’re sure to fit everyone (men and women ). These are an especially welcome gift for e-bike riders who have cold hands like I do (I won’t ride without them during the fall or winter!).
And, the receiver of this gift is going to love you (if they don’t already)! With 21 different mounts, you can attach it to an electric bike and just start riding. It’s waterproof to 98ft, anti-shake, and wi-fi enabled. Plus, it captures wide angles, burst photos, and has a remote control, among other things.
This is such a fun gift, you might just want to buy it for yourself… and at this price, you can (The famous Go Pros start at double the price of the Remali HD camera!
A bike rear-view mirror is one of the top safety devices I recommend. I use mine every time I ride my e-bike, and it’s saved me from veering in front of cars and on street corners on numerous occasions.
This is one of the best gifts for safety-conscious electric bike riders… and might be something they haven’t even thought of, especially if they’re beginner e-bike riders.
Most mirrors adjust to fit most e-bike handlebars, but I can recommend the inexpensive Hafny Handlebar Mirror from Amazon… it’s worked great for me and my husband.
Why is a rearview camera needed? Not only will it help the e-bike rider to see what bikes or cars are approaching from behind (on a color screen), but it also provides evidence of an accident! And it can see what’s going on at night as well!
This gift can reduce a lot of stress for bike riders… they can stay safe without looking over their shoulder constantly!
UV400-protected, photochromic sunglasses are needed to protect an e-bike rider’s eyes. Using electric pedal assistance gives e-bike riders the ability to travel fast! Besides the chance of bugs flying in your eyes (I’ve definitely felt them hit my glasses!), these glasses are impact-resistant, scratch-resistant, and unbreakable.
So, not only do they make it easy to see while riding, but they protect cyclists’ eyes from anything that could be blown in them.
I also love that they aren’t the typical thick, ugly cycling goggles. They’re so cool that you can wear them on your e-bike and off. Plus there are eight unisex styles to choose from.
When giving a gift to a health-conscious electric bike rider, you want it to be meaningful, and not some silly little item they couldn’t care less about.
That makes a Garmin HRM-Pro heart rate monitor an essential gift to many electric bike riders. Just strap the Garmin Pro Heart Rate Monitor to your chest and heart rate data is sent to any compatible app, fitness equipment, or Garmin device.
Users can compare various training sessions or simply make sure their heart rate is in the appropriate zone.
Garmin uses ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity with other devices and has a rechargeable battery.
Padded Bike Seat Cover – Bikeroo E-Bike Seat Cushion
Here’s the truth about electric bike riders… we ride longer and farther thanks to our e-bike’s motor, long-lasting battery, and however much pedal assistance we need! So having a comfy seat under the bum is a real treat!
One note of caution: You will need to know the size of the bike seat you’re buying for. If it’s for an electric road bike or an e-mountain bike, a narrower seat pad might be needed. Otherwise, it’s likely that you’ll need somewhere between 8 inches and 11 inches to fit most wider seats on commuter electric bikes, cargo bikes, and hybrid e-bikes… like this one!
Looking for something that costs less but is a truly meaningful and fun gift for your favorite cyclist? A Recycled Chain Bottle Opener, made from a recycled bike chain, makes the best gift because it’s one of the tools needed to get refreshment and have fun!
It’s bicycle-themed and promises relaxation after a long ride on an electric bike! But, of course, a rider can also take it with them and use it during a riding break.
When giving a gift, basic is just not enough. The Whale Fall 360° Rotation Bicycle Phone Mount goes above and beyond a simple smartphone mount… it’s actually a very compact storage bag that also protects your phone from rain and breakage.
The phone bag has a waterproof zipper and sun-visor, as well as comes with an additional waterproof cover. You can rotate it 360 degrees for easy viewing. Plus, it has a TPU Touch Screen and holds small items such as cash, credit cards, electric bike keys, or even a small power bank.
This phone mount and bag have all the necessities for any bike rider! It’ll protect your phone and make it easy to store other items. And it’s small enough to remove from your e-bike to keep it safe from thieves.
PR Muscle Lotion is a “miracle” lotion that releases the essential electrolyte bicarb directly through the skin to the fatigued muscle. It claims to reduce acid build-up from high exertion during exercise.
So, it’s a great gift for those who use cycling as a form of serious exercise or who are often combating soreness from electric bike riding.
Although you’ll get the best value for the dollar by buying a 10.6 oz bottle for $35, getting them in a box of 5 packets (20g each) makes them easy to take on the go!
Many people are tempted to get an inexpensive bike lock, thinking it’ll keep their electric bike from being stolen. However, bike thieves have many tactics for breaking and cutting locks.
But you can help out by gifting a sturdy chain lock (or two)! The Hiplock Chain Lock is a high-level secure lock made of 10mm hardened steel covered by a sturdy nylon sleeve. What really makes it unique is that you can wear it around your waist until you need to use it!
The wearable feature is actually super functional when it comes to electric bikes… it won’t harm sensitive electric components by moving around while you’re riding! This is because it’ll be worn around the waist instead of hanging on the e-bike!
Most of the reviewers said they hardly noticed it once around the waist. Wearing it with a snug fit also distributes weight evenly instead of affecting the bike’s balance.
Every cyclist loves a nice pannier bag! So, it’s not surprising it’s one of the best gifts for electric bike riders! There are a ton to choose from but the Ibera PakRak Quick-Release Bicycle Bag gets top ratings when it comes to an all-weather double-sided pannier that doesn’t break the bank!
Not only does it make it easy to ride to the store, work, or school, but you can also remove it from the bike rack in as little as 3 seconds with its strapless clip-on system! And its multiple compartments each carry up to 20 lbs (so 40 pounds total).
Every electric bike rider needs a few tools on hand for basic repairs, in case they get stuck far from home. It’s a matter of safety and convenience! So, if your e-bike lover doesn’t yet have one of these, then this Bicycle Repair Bag and Tire Tool Kit is one of the best gifts you could give.
It comes with tire repair patches, an air pump, and a tool kit for basic maintenance.
You can watch a short video to find out how to use these tools or change a tire tube... or there might even be another cyclist on the road willing to help out. Many times, the tire just needs a simple patch, which comes in a tire repair kit.
This is the best gift to use as an add-on to another gift for an e-cyclist. The Polar Breakaway Insulated Bottle has a cap that self-seals and a high-flow nozzle… it was actually made by cyclists who understand hydration needs!
An insulated water bottle is a healthy gift to share, especially when it’s BPA-free and easy to sip from, without any spills or leaks. Polar brand water bottles are dishwasher safe and even come with a Lifetime Warranty.
The cool new electric bike from Lectric is here. If you like the Lectric XP 2.0, then you’ll fall in love with the Lectric XP 3.0. And if you’re considering buying your first Lectric e-bike (the 3.0 is my first Lectric bike), you’ll want to know why you should (or should not) buy it. I’ll tell you what you need to know in this quick look at Lectric XP 3.0.
Overall, the Lectric XP 3.0 is more powerful and more comfortable than the 2.0 thanks to increased torque, an improved suspension fork, and a 20 amp controller, among other value-oriented features. The XP 3.0 offers amazing value for a low price.
Read to find out what you should know before you buy one.
Quick Look at the Lectric XP 3.0
The Lectric XP 3.0 offers a lot more than other folding electric bikes in its price range. For starters, the new ultra-strong bike rack can hold a passenger!
The XP 3.0 is perfect for you if you’re a budget-conscious buyer, want an affordable folding e-bike, or are a gem-seeker. Once you understand the value offered for the price, you’ll know you found something special! Just the added passenger capability alone hugely increases the value.
Here’s a list of this electric bike’s pros and cons… as you can see, there are far more advantages than disadvantages!
Plenty of power that lets you take off fast (honestly, I had to adjust a little to how fast it takes off).
Speeds of up to 28mph with pedal assist (faster than many e-bikes)
Speeds up to 20mph using the twist throttle
Plenty of power-assist flexibility (5 levels of pedal assist and an adjustable speed controller)
7-Speed Gear Shift to help dial-in pedaling difficulty and save battery life
Range of up to 45 miles/72 km (or 65 miles/105 km for the Long-Range XP 3.0)
Great stopping power with new hydraulic disc brakes (180mm as opposed to 160mm)
Choice of a step-thru or step-over model (priced the same)
Comfort: The customized saddle and hydraulic suspension fork will protect your body from bumps
Long Range XP 3.0 option offers 40% more range for only $200 more (or up to 65 miles/105km)
Very capable, knobby 20″ X 3″ tires (good for off-road riding)
Folds easily (put it in your car without dealing with installing an expensive bike rack)
NEW passenger capability- 150lb (68kg) rated integrated rear rack can hold a child or much larger person
Everything you need for your daily commute or leisure riding
You won’t find any top-of-the-line components on this budget e-bike (but you will get name-brand parts, such as Shimano, that work just fine)
The XP 3.0 weighs 64lbs (29kg) (but it’s not heavier than most e-bikes… and it’s actually lighter than my previous folding e-bike with the same size wheels)
Lectric XP 3.0 vs. XP 2.0 (Why is the 3.0 so much better?)
The XP 3.0 is a sizeable upgrade over the Lectric XP 2.0. Many features and components have been improved! And that says a lot for an electric bike that already had thousands of positive customer reviews.
The truth is, Lectric has sold tens of thousands of XP 2.0 electric bikes for less than $1000 since 2019. So they must be doing something right… their e-bikes are wildly popular, even though they’re priced on the low end.
Differences between the Lectric XP 3.0 and XP 2.0
The XP 3.0 still has a 500W motor, like the 2.0, but it offers much more power. The new 3.0 includes all of what you see listed below in the basic package, as well as upgrade packages (which may be free with purchase)!
Take a look at the table to see the differences between the XP 2.0 and 3.0.
500W (800W peak) with 35nm torque
500W (1000W peak) with 55nm torque
160mm mechanical disc brakes
180mm hydraulic disc brakes
Regular bike seat
Customized for a sportier look (see upgraded seat)
Ergo rubber with a hard durometer
Ergo rubber with a squishier, softer durometer
Rear rack weight capacity of 75lbs (not passenger safe)
To summarize the table above, many components have been improved upon to make the XP 3.0 more comfortable and more powerful than before.
For instance, a 55nm motor gives you faster acceleration, while the 20 amp controller pushes more battery energy to all of the electric bike components. Improved hydraulic brakes help you stop easier and protect your brake pads, while the greater freewheel range helps you pedal consistently and maintain fast speeds.
The Lectric XP 3.0 also gives you a more comfortable ride than the XP 2.0. From the custom-designed saddle to the softer handlebar grips, and the smoother front suspension (10mm more travel makes the ride even less bumpy and more fun).
Finally, one of the best reasons to buy the new Lectric XP 3.0 is its ability to carry a passenger. Now that the rear rack is fully integrated into the frame and twice as strong, you can carry a passenger under 150 lbs (68kg)! Plus, you can set your e-bike (using the display) to “Passenger Mode”. This will limit the e-bike’s top speed to 10 miles per hour (16 km) for safety.
Lectric offers a passenger package as well that includes a cushioned rear rack bench seat, a passenger handlebar, and footrests (when I got my XP 3.0, this came for free with purchase, so be sure to check if that Lectric offer is still available).
Finally, check out how easy it is to unbox and assemble the Lectric XP 3.0… another great reason to get one!
Reasons Not to Buy the Lectric XP 3.0
I had to dig deep to find reasons not to buy the Lectric XP 3.0. It’s such a great value at an amazing price.
But, here are a couple of reasons you perhaps shouldn’t buy the XP 3.0:
If you are comfortable spending over $2000, you can find an electric bike with higher-quality components.
If you’re afraid of having too much power, you can find Class 1 or 2 e-bikes with a smaller motor, less torque, and a smaller battery.
If you’ll need to lift your e-bike and the XP 3.0’s 64 lbs (29kg) is too much to handle, a lightweight e-bike can be found (but will almost certainly cost you more or be of lower quality compared to the XP 3.0).
Overall, there’s a lot to impress buyers of the Lectric XP 3.0, whether you choose to have the standard or the Long-Range XP 3.0. The great value of the features, as compared to the price (around $1000), makes it stand out from the crowd.
So, if you’d like a folding electric bike with power, speed, comfort, and added features at an affordable price, the Lectric XP 3.0 may be the best electric bike for you!
As an e-bike rider, you have needs above and beyond a regular bike rider. E-bikes are faster, more stylish, and ridden for many reasons, including commuting or just having fun!
If you want to have more fun riding your electric bike, you can improve your riding comfort and enjoyment with these really cool e-bike accessories that include:
Action Photography and Video Equipment
Technology Gear and Accessories
Essential Riding Gear
Cargo and Storage Essentials
I’ve put together a list of the best electric bike accessories for adult men and women who want to kick up their cycling adventure a notch. Discover the coolest bike gear that suits e-bike riders who want to have fun, whether it be on a daily commute, a trip to the market, or a long recreational ride on the best trails.
Check out all 18 of these bike accessories right here…
Just because a helmet is essential to safety doesn’t mean it has to be standard and boring. So, take a look at these high-quality safety helmets for both men and women.
Coolest E-Bike Helmet for Men
The Thousand Heritage bike helmetis a unique helmet that’s not only fun but is also functional. The Heritage has a minimalist urban biker design inspired by vintage motorcycle helmets.
The Thousand Heritage helmet has high-end features including a one-hand magnetic buckle, a secret “poplock” for securely storing it with your e-bike, and three adult sizes with an adjustable fit system. The Thousand Heritage bike helmet is also available in over a dozen different colors. You can even personalize your helmet with a monogram.
This helmet will have you looking like you’re ready to hop on and ride into the sunset.
Stylish Ladies E-Bike Helmet
Good news ladies! You can ride an e-bike, protect your head, and look stylish doing it. Nutcase Helmetshas a huge line of unique helmets to fit your personal style. Choose from three different collections, with your choice of colors, delicate flowers, cool stripes, polka dots, and scenery designs.
Thankfully, you won’t be giving up safety and function for style, however. And, each helmet from the Vio and Adult collections has MIPS protection and is dual certified, not to mention that all of their electric bike helmets are made with either a strong polycarbonate shell or ABS, a durable and versatile plastic.
What’s an adventure without equipment to capture it?! Riding your electric bike fast doesn’t give you an option to slam on your brakes and record video when there’s something to see. Instead, just mount a camera to your e-bike and capture it all as you go. This will make a huge difference in your cycling experience.
Never miss capturing another moment of excitement on your ride. The REMALI CaptureCam shoots in 4K with an extra-wide angle lens of 170 degrees. Get every action shot on video or 12MP photos in single shots or cluster shots. There’s even an automatic timer that lets you get selfies from up to 30 feet away. Connect to the mobile app with wifi to control all of the action.
One of the reasons this is one of the best electric bike accessories is the price. For under $100, you can get the camera, carrying case, batteries and charger, remote control, 21 mounts, and other accessories. It’s a must-have for any adventure.
Technology Gear and Accessories
If you own an electric bike, you’re likely interested in other technology that will make your ride time even more exciting. Check out the extra gear and cool accessories to help you do just that.
Bike Mirror Camera
Better than a basic rearview mirror, theAntook 1080P Bike Mirror Camera (Amazon) lets you see what’s behind you at every turn of the wheel. With regular mirrors placed on the side of your e-bike, you have to glance over to one side… and you can only see what’s coming on that side.
With clear day and night vision and a 130-degree viewing angle, you can see what’s directly behind you and what’s coming on either side, helping you to relax and enjoy your electric bike ride.
It’s rechargeable, with the battery charge lasting up to 5-6 hours. However, since you have an electric bike, you can wire it into your existing lithium battery with the help of a local bike shop technician.
Not only can earbuds make your ride more fun, but they can also protect your delicate ear canals from the cold wind. The Skullcandy Push Active Wireless Sport Earbuds on Amazon do more than just let you listen to your favorite music for up to 44 hours between charges.
Although they let you quickly tap them to activate, the greatest thing about them is that they also include hands-free voice activation that let you control your audio instantly, without removing your hands from your e-bike’s handlebars. You can use your voice to activate your favorite music, take a selfie with your phone, or share music with a friend.
And, they’re perfect for active e-bike riding for fitness thanks to being sweat and water-resistant and reviewers say they’re super comfortable and have excellent sound quality (which you need when you’re riding against the wind.
Just make sure they don’t cancel out all noise and keep your music or entertainment volume low enough to hear emergency vehicles and traffic.
If your electric bike didn’t come with a headlight, you probably shouldn’t be riding at night. You can probably find a headlight from the bike manufacturer. But, if you want something easy to clamp on with a cool Retro vintage look, then this battery-powered headlight will do the trick.
The GOODKSSOP Retro Bike Headlight is a battery-operated LED light with a cool vintage style. Just add 3 AAA batteries, lock it onto your e-bike, and you’re good to go. No fussing with wiring it into your e-bike’s electrical system. It has a special lens for optimal brightness and can even be used as a flashlight when needed.
Essential Riding Gear
Taking a leisurely stroll around the park on a regular bike just isn’t the same experience on an electric bicycle. With your e-bike motor assisting you, you can go as fast and as far as you want (well, sort of). And, since you’ll be riding your e-bike faster and going longer distances, there are a few things you need to stay comfortable.
Although they are recommended gear, you can still choose some really awesome designs. Check them out.
If you’ve never heard of a neck gaiter, it’s probably because you’ve never ridden against the icy wind at 20mph on your electric bike. Here’s the perfect selection of neck gaiters and what you need to know about them.
These amazing neck gaiters on Amazon are made from a soft, breathable microfiber that stretches to comfortably fit your face. Without any irritating sewn-in edges, you can smoothly pull it up from around your neck and over your nose and mouth to protect you from cold or dry wind or harmful sun rays.
Or you can use them in other ways including as a head wrap, face mask, beanie, headband, and more. These are good for men and women, providing many designs to choose from (see just one example in the image below). Plus, you get 6 pieces in any design you choose.
Having a water bottle with you when you ride is a no-brainer, but it can liven up your ride when you have multiple bright colors to choose from. The ZORRI Sports Water Bottle comes in 4 different sizes and 9 cool colors. But it’s more than just pretty to look at. It has a filter, a one-click pop-top, and a secure lockable lid that prevents leaks.
Best of all, it’s BPA-Free and doesn’t leave a plastic taste in your mouth.
Coffee Cup Holder
You don’t have to choose a morning bike ride over your essential cup of coffee. Take your coffee with you in the MIZATTO Bike Cup Holder (2-pack from Amazon).
Keep your 12oz to 32oz coffee mug warm with a layer of PEVA thermal insulation. Or keep your water bottle or other beverage cool. With easy velcro strap installation on your e-bike’s handlebars, it’ll hold your mug tightly thanks to the drawstring straps at the top.
Bicycle Wine Rack
The Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack on Amazon is a one-of-a-kind idea. Just strap it onto your e-bike frame and take it to the park or a friend’s house.
Handmade from leather, it uses antique-looking brass fasteners and holds bottles 2.5″ – 3.25″ (6.4cm – 8.3cm) in diameter. The downside is that it only attaches to frames up to 1.5″ thick, which might be a problem for many heavier e-bike frames.
If this is a problem for your bike, you might rather use a basket on your rear rack to tote your wine and other beverages. Okay, so this wine holder is really more of a cool idea than an essential one, depending on who you ask. And you’ll still need to figure out how to carry the wine glasses.
Stylish Riding Glasses
You don’t have to be a pro cyclist to want to look cool and protect your eyes from UV light and wind with wrap-designed glasses.
These Tifosi Optics Unisex Davos bike riding glasses on Amazon come with 3 interchangeable lenses: two colored composite lenses and one non-polarized. So, you can ride day and night. Plus, choose from other colors and options.
You might not have thought about using a boring bike bell to add bling to your e-bike. But, these bike bell styles from Nutcase are certainly not boring.
The Nutcase bike bells offer a classic bicycle bell look but a choice of almost three dozen designs. From goofy faces to animals, fruits, and ones you just have to see for yourself, you’re sure to find one(or several) just right for your electric bike. The design below has a matching helmet (seen previously in this article).
Portable Air Compressor with Power Bank
Check out the CYCPLUS electric tire inflator that’s small enough to take with you everywhere! Easily put it in your gear bag or pannier or put it in a tall pocket.
This mini pump has a big output of 150PSI, allowing you to fill electric bike fat tires in an emergency or any time.
Even handlebars can use some bling. Check out these colorful handlebar grips from Rad Power Bikes. So, not only are they made of rubber to help you hold your grip, but they’re also ergonomically designed to make riding your e-bike comfortable for long distances.
HINT: The green grips even match the gnome fenders mentioned above.
Add some front and rear wheel lights to your electric bike and you’ll get noticed! Amazon has a huge selection of cool wheel lights and spoke lights. Pick from one-color, multi-color, and spoke designs, many for under $20!
Cargo and Storage Essentials
No matter whether you want a cute basket or modern crate on your e-bike rack, the options are endless. But here are two of the best storage accessories to meet either specification:
If you need a small and stylish bag to ride on quick trips, the Po Campo Kinga Handlebar Bag is perfect. It comes in two solid colors, a bright blue and black, and a fun, tropical pattern. Plus, it has lots of small pockets and zippered sections, so it can easily fit your phone, keys, earbuds, and more.
You’ll find multiple ways to attach it to your electric bike while it doubles as a small purse when it’s not on your bike. Further, it’s waterproof and reflective!
Need a lot of rear storage for your e-bike? The TOURBON Double Cycling Bike Bicycle Pannier Bag on Amazon not only looks cool but provides ample space for groceries, travel gear, tools, food, books, and more. Further, because it’s made of water-resistant canvas, it rolls up easily when not in use and converts to an over-the-shoulder bag when you get off your electric bike. Take a look:
Electric bikes are great for getting around town, but they can be even more fun with a few cool accessories that make riding more comfortable and enjoyable. These aren’t your standard bike necessities but rather ones that will enhance the time spent riding… and perhaps get you a little attention as well.
Looking into buying yourself an electric bike but unsure how complicated it will be to ride? Don’t worry!
Riding an e-bike is almost as easy as riding a traditional bike. However, there are several differences beginners should be aware of that can make riding an electric bike more challenging. Primarily, these have to do with the electrical components, heavier weight, and riding style.
Once you understand the differences and learn how to manage them, riding an e-bike will be easy.
So, I’ve compiled some tips from experience and additional research that will help beginners learn how to easily ride an e-bike.
Here are 12 tips to make e-bike riding easy (and fun!) for beginners:
1. Ride an E-Bike That Fits Your Weight and Size!
Finding the right physical fit for you is the first thing you should consider, as riding will be so much easier if you’re comfortable on your e-bike.
So, pick one that fits your size. If you’re a tall electric bike rider, make sure the seat and handlebars can adjust high enough so you don’t have to ride hunched over or can’t stretch your legs out when you pedal. Alternatively, if you’re on the shorter end, you’ll want to make sure the pads of your feet can touch the ground when seated but that you can still comfortably reach the handlebars.
You can also pick out a bike with a low step that lets you easily get seated without having to swing your hips and legs up and over. Step-through e-bikes also make it easier to balance when getting on and off the bike and provide more stability while riding.
You’ll also want to consider the weight of the bike. E-bikes are definitely heavier than standard bikes and they can be a bit bulkier. Most e-bikes range from 45-70 pounds, so if you are a smaller person on an e-bike or lack strength, you might want to consider getting and riding one that weighs less.
2. Don’t Get an E-Bike That’s More Powerful Than You Need
Be aware that some e-bikes can have a lot more power than others! Their wattage can be as low as 250W and high as 1,000W, with the higher-watt e-bikes being faster and more powerful. The higher the wattage, the more careful you should be when starting out on one, as it can take off very quickly and you can end up going much faster.
If you just want to take leisurely rides or don’t like to go fast, you may need a bike with only 250W. But, even if this is the case, you might want to go up to a 500W e-bike if you’ll be riding hills or fighting the wind.
However, if you plan on going fast and far, you might consider an e-bike that has 750W. I have an e-bike with 750W and have no problem getting up any hill I need to. Be careful going any higher than a bike with 750W because you may be limited where you’re allowed to ride it legally.
3. Practice Using Pedal Assist Around Your Neighborhood
E-bikes can have a bit of a learning curve, as traditional bikes would! However, it may take more time to get used to pedaling and adjusting to the different speed settings on an e-bike.
Further, because of the speed and weight of the bike, braking can be a bit more difficult than on a standard bike. And you’ll need some time to test out the different pedal assist modes and gear shifting. It might be hard to believe it, but you’ll probably need some time to adjust to the speed as I did… it feels really fast at first!
This is why it’s a great idea to take your bike for a spin around your neighborhood, or somewhere less populated where you don’t have to worry about traffic while you get used to the feel of the bike. You can always take riding the bike in steps as well and eventually progress your way up to riding on a busy street, as long as you feel comfortable and take basic safety precautions.
4. Ride With Others
Riding with others on any type of bike can always make the experience more enjoyable! Having a riding partner can also make things feel safer, as you’ll be more visible to cars with two of you and it’s helpful to have someone there to help if things go wrong… like if your battery runs out or you get a flat tire!
It’s also nice to ride somewhere together to pick up dinner or run errands. This can also help to pass the time or motivate you to get the full e-bike workout that you want.
5. Remember Basic Safety
While e-bikes can feel almost like small motorcycles and you may get caught up in the speed and ease of pedaling, it’s very important to remember your basic safety!
Always wear a helmet while riding, especially with e-bikes since they are much heavier and are a bit harder to brake smoothly
Make sure to stay hydrated and bring plenty of water on your ride, even if you think you’ll be going for a short ride
Most e-bikes can travel for 22-50 miles on a single charge and will need about 3-6 hours to fully charge. Make sure you know just how far yours can go on a single charge.
One of the good things about e-bikes is that if it does run out of battery, you can always continue to pedal like you would a standard bike. However, it will be much more difficult and take a lot more strength to pedal without the electric assist.
Electric bikes tend to have a lower center of gravity than standard bikes. Because of the extra weight of the bike and the motor being low on the bike, it makes tighter turns more difficult. And, if you’re going at a fast speed, turning a corner will take much more caution because you can end up more toward the middle of the road you’re turning onto.
One of the best ways to do this is to stop pedaling as you enter the curve and try and gently apply the brakes before you go into it… just as you would when taking a tight turn in a car.
Another way to make a turn is to carefully take your bike out away from the turn coming up (but first check traffic on either side), which then allows you to turn tightly onto the road or path you’ll end up on. This can be compared to how a large truck or trailer makes its turns.
Just be aware of how fast you’re going when a curve is visible in front of you, so you can slow down as you need to. Practicing turns in low-traffic areas will make it easy to venture into traffic eventually.
8. Brake Slowly and Early on an E-bike
Be careful braking as well, as braking too suddenly while going downhill or going at a high speed can cause you to be thrown over the front of the handles or the bike to skid. Brake earlier than you might think as well!
This is especially true if you’re riding on dirt or gravel. Braking while going downhill may cause an unwanted skid (this happened to me the first time I rode downhill on dirt and it was a little scary). And if it’s a steep hill, or you’re going fast, this could lead to an accident.
9. Go Easy on the Throttle
Some e-bikes will have a throttle, which is a tool that will allow you to accelerate without pedaling. This can be very useful if you are struggling to make it up a large hill, if you just need a break, or if you need to accelerate quickly to get out of the way of a car.
The throttle can also cause the e-bike to make a sudden lurching motion, so it’s best to have a light hand and be aware of jerky motions when first using it (and be careful not to accidentally rest your hand on it if it’s a twist throttle… it may take off without you being prepared).
If you have an LCD display on your e-bike, then use it! It’ll show you your current speed, total miles traveled, and the battery power that remains, at the least.
This is a great way to keep track of how long you’ve been riding or how far you’ve gone. If you want to push yourself to ride a certain amount of miles, you can use the trip odometer to show your progress!
The LCD display can also showcase the watts your e-bike is putting out. So, when your bike says it puts out up to 750 Watts (e-bike Watts usually range from 250-1000), you can see if you’re maximizing the bike’s power. Watch the display as you continue to pedal up a hill and you’ll quickly see how fast you can accelerate.
And finally, the LCD display can tell you how fast you’re riding (current miles per hour), which is really just for fun.
11. Adjust Your Seat and Handlebars Before You Take Off
Getting comfortable makes riding an e-bike easy.
Adjusting your seat and handlebars to fit your legs, arms, and torso will allow you to maintain better posture while riding. As for the handlebars, you’ll be most comfortable in an upright position, so you see if you can reach your hands to the handlebars just below your shoulders. Many e-bikes allow you to adjust the height of handlebars as well, making riding even easier.
If your seat doesn’t adjust properly or is still uncomfortable, you can always buy a new seat and replace it yourself.
12. For an Easy Ride, Know Your Terrain
Before you head out, consider where you should take your e-bike out for a ride. Some bikes are built to take on more rocky and bumpy terrains while others are only built for standard street or concrete riding. Many electric bikes are a hybrid of both and have tires that can easily be ridden on most terrains.
So, if you take out an e-bike meant for the road but instead try to ride it on a rocky dirt trail, it won’t be easy!
Further, you might enjoy riding more if you can avoid large crowds of people or other fast-moving bikes or vehicles. Not only will you be more relaxed, but you also won’t worry as much about having to brake suddenly, especially since e-bikes are much larger, heavier, and more difficult to stop than a standard bike.
Riding an E-Bike is Easy Once You Learn How
In conclusion, yes, riding an electric bike is easy but somewhat different than riding a traditional bike. You just need to know how the electrical parts help you to ride, how to handle a heavier-than-normal bike, and how to ride in comfort.
But if you follow the 12 tips for beginners above, you’ll be pedaling around your city in no time.
How often do you go shopping and buy one-size-fits-all jeans or a T-shirt? Like women’s clothes, electric bikes should fit the rider like a comfortable pair of jeans.
So, when you’re looking for the perfect electric bike, you’re probably wondering, “What are the best electric bikes for women?” and “Which one makes sense for me”?
The best women’s electric bikes are from brands that cater to ladies’ sizes, practical needs, comfort, and style but don’t sacrifice power and features. These include electric cargo bikes, fat tire e-bikes, step-thru frames, hybrids, and cruisers built just for women or with a woman in mind.
Electric bikes for women often include smaller frames and ones that you can step-thru, an upright riding position, comfortable seats, cargo areas that carry children or groceries, and a greater variety of beautiful color options.
To make e-bike shopping easy, I’ve made a comprehensive list of the electric bike brands and models that will meet your needs as a woman.
I’ve considered comfort, practicality, style, e-bike frame, and special features that women, like myself, are looking for.
Check out the best women’s electric bikes in the list below. Keep reading to get other important details for each model, learn how to get the perfect e-bike fit, and discover what you need to consider when buying the best electric bicycles for women.
View each e-bike model below and get other important details!
What Is The Best Electric Bike for a Woman?
As a woman, you’re probably looking for an electric bike that is comfortable, easy to ride, and practical. Perhaps a little stylish. But you also want one that has the power to get you where you need to go!
The best women’s electric bike for you will be one that fits your body shape and size and meets your specific needs. Maybe an electric bike can help you commute to work, carry children or cargo, get exercise, and just have fun.
When looking for the best women’s electric bikes, pay attention to the seat size and density, handlebar reach, height of the top tube (standover height), and overall frame size. Getting the right fit will make a huge difference in your overall comfort while riding.
Seats should be plush and wide for long-distance riding comfort (an exception would be if you ride an electric mountain bike). If the e-bike doesn’t have the perfect saddle, you can replace it with something more suitable.
Find out more about getting the right fit below.
Commuting to Work or School
If you’re commuting to work, high school, or college, you’ll want an e-bike with a battery range that can easily handle the ride to and from, with potential detours along the way.
If your ride is 10 miles each way and your bike’s battery range maxes out at 20 miles, then you might not make it home. Further, you would need to pedal the entire time so the battery doesn’t discharge too quickly. It would be wise to buy an electric bike with double the range that you anticipate needing.
And, unless you want to carry a heavy backpack the whole way, you’ll definitely need a sturdy cargo rack. I’d suggest making sure to have one in the rear of the bike since it can typically carry more weight than a front rack. Also, added weight in the front of the bike can make it harder to balance and steer.
Finally, consider buying an e-bike with a throttle. It comes in handy when you need to get started up a hill or at a stoplight. Throttling will also make it easier to keep up with the traffic to cross the street. But keep in mind that using a throttle will drain your battery more quickly.
If you have small children to carry on your e-bike, then this is a top consideration.
Not only might you want a strong bike rack so that you can put a child seat on it, but you’ll also want a bike with good balance that you can control. This again comes down to finding the best fit (find your measurements below). For instance, if your legs are too short to stop the bike quickly, you won’t feel safe with your child on the back.
If you’re looking for the best electric bike for recreation or fitness, finding a woman’s e-bike that fits you (and you love riding) will help you ride more often and longer. Not only can you get great physical exercise on an e-bike, but your mental health can also improve.
Further, riding an electric bike with pedal assist can be easier on your joints and help you ride a bicycle again if you have injuries or disabilities.
Let’s face it… colors and style are important in the best women’s electric bikes… they help us enjoy ourselves more. Apparently, some electric bike brands have figured this out and offer fun styles and/or brighter and prettier frame colors (see the list).
You’ll also find e-bikes that are vintage or retro cruiser style. Or you may find one that looks fun or sleek. And, of course, you can typically add accessories that make riding even more pleasurable or practical.
For example, the electric bike brand SixThreeZero offers customizable panniers and bags that match your e-bike, like for the EVRYjourney Women’s!
How To Find Your Perfect E-Bike Frame Size
Even though all of the e-bikes listed in this article are either built specifically for women or have features women need, there is still quite a variety in electric bike sizes. So, don’t just assume you’re an XS because you’re a small woman. Getting the right fit is essential to your comfort, safety, and enjoyment.
You’ll need to consider the e-bike model’s geometry and your body measurements. To do this, take these simple steps to measure and fit an e-bike to your body:
Measure your inseam– This is the distance from the ground up the full length of the inside of your leg. When measuring, wear your typical riding shoes and stand up straight with your back against a wall and your feet shoulder-width apart.
This measurement will give your Inseam Length.
Now find the Standover Height on the e-bike model that you’re considering. You can typically find this under “Geometry” or Specifications” on the e-bike’s product page. Compare your inseam measurement (leg length) with the standover height to make sure you can stand over the top bar on the bicycle.
For many of the best women’s e-bikes, you’ll have a step-thru (or “low-step”) frame. In this case, you won’t have to worry about the standover height. Your bike should also have an adjustable seat post to help you get comfortable.
Next, compare your leg length to the minimum and maximum seat height (also listed on the e-bike product page). It should fall between the minimum/maximum seat height listed. If so, you can comfortably reach the pedals when seated on the bike and maintain a good riding position.
Then find the measurement for the e-bike’s Reach. This is the distance between your body and the handlebars. Measure your arm from the top of your shoulder to the knuckles of your fingers. This will tell you whether you can reach the handlebars from your seat position (based on the manufacturer’s size specifications).
You probably don’t need to worry about this if you have long arms. Further, adjustable handlebars will give you some wiggle room as well.
Measure Your Height. Once again, stand and put your back and heels against a wall… but this time without shoes on. Measure the distance from your heel (the floor) to the top of your head.
Many electric bike brands. will tell you what height range can typically fit on each model. Knowing this will help you confirm that you are buying an e-bike that will fit you.
But always use your standover height as your primary measurement when buying an electric bike online. You want to stand over your new e-bike comfortably!
So, by now you know there isn’t just one e-bike that’s right for female riders. There are many things to consider. Some considerations will be based on need while others will be based on personal preference.
Taken from the extensive list above, here are the best electric bikes for women. Check out the important specifications and special features. Additionally, discover who each e-bike model is best for.
1. Rad City Plus
Perfect for: Commuters, long-distance city riders, and short women
Special Features & Extras: Powerful 750W motor, low-step frame, integrated rear rack
Reviews: 4.8/5.0 ⭐️
The RadCity (see the RadCity 5 Plus Review) is simply one of the best electric bikes for women thanks to its ability to fit shorter women and girls (height 4’8″ and up). With its small 15″ step-thru frame, even young women and teen girls can get on and off easily and fit comfortably.
It’s a great e-bike for commuting to school or work or just zooming around town. Its powerful 750W motor and 7-speed drivetrain (gears) will get you up every hill. And, it has an extended battery range of up to 50+ miles. Thus, you can ride just about anywhere you want.
It already has a rear cargo rack, so it’s ready to carry books, backpacks, lunch, and projects. Plus, easily add a front basket.
Perfect for: Women who want power and the ability to go over any type of terrain
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 45+ miles
Weight of E-Bike: 72.5 lb
Special Features & Extras: Powerful 750W motor, step-thru frame, 4″ fat tires, and semi-integrated battery for a sleek look
Reviews: 4.9/5.0 ⭐️
There’s no denying that the RadRover is awesome! You can ride on the street or ride off-road, all the while feeling the spectacular balance and tire grip from having super-wide tires. Although there isn’t a rear rack included, you can get one that fits perfectly from the website.
You need to be at least as tall as 5’2″ to comfortably fit on this e-bike. It’s also quite heavy… so if you need to lift it for storage or into a car, make sure you’ll be able to get some help.
Perfect for: Female riders who want a little adventure and are excited to fold it up and explore new trails
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 45+ miles
Weight of E-Bike: 62.5 lb
Special Features & Extras: Powerful 750W motor, step-thru frame, 4.0″ wide tires, and cool fenders
Reviews: 4.8/5.0 ⭐️
One of the best folding e-bikes for women 4’10” to 5’10”, this is a cool e-bike with 20″ wheels that are 4″ wide, giving it the ability to handle a wider variety of terrain than an electric city or road bike (with the right tire pressure).
My personal experience: I’m a smaller-than-average e-bike rider (5’2″) and love my RadMini (predecessor to the RadExpand)! I’ve ridden it up to 40 miles in one day and only lost around 40% of my battery charge. So it can go a lot farther than 40 miles if you’re mostly pedaling. Plus, I ride it on mega hills in my neighborhood and it zips right up!
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 48 miles with pedal assist (18-23 using just electric power)
Weight of E-Bike: 55.0 lb
Special Features & Extras: Folding, step-thru frame, 4.0 inch super fat tires, low cost, and free accessories
Reviews: 4.5/5.0 ⭐️
For a women’s e-bike under $1000, it has what you need to go off-road. With a 500 Watt motor, 36V 12.5 Ah lithium battery, and 20″ X 4″ fat tires, you’ll be able to get to town no matter the weather or terrain.
But it’s also portable… just fold it up, put it in your car, or take it on the subway. You’ll also get an 18month warranty and 30-day trial, which is super helpful when buying a cheaper e-bike.
Perfect for: Casual riders who want to get on and off easily and tote goodies in the included front basket
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 22 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 72.0 lb
Special Features & Extras: Step-thru frame with an attached wicker basket, half-twist throttle
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
What’s cool about this e-bike clearly designed for women with its adorable wicker basket, is that it provides an easy-going ride but still gives you plenty of power (and 6-speed Shimano gears) to climb hills.
In fact, you can choose between a 250 Watt or 350 Watt motor. Both options give you a 36 Volt, 10 Ah lithium battery with a range of up to 22 miles, which is less than most women’s electric bike options in this article. But if you ride casually and aren’t concerned about riding long distances every day, this bike might work for you.
Perfect for: A female rider who needs a nimble, lightweight electric bike
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 60 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 52.0 lbs
Special Features & Extras: Step-over or Step-thru frame, each in two sizes, so it fits almost anyone. Plus, it has a top speed of 28mph, a payload capacity of 300 lbs, and integrated lights with turn signals.
With a 500W motor and accessible phone app, the Pace 500.3 is ready to ride! See the full Pace 500 review here.
Perfect for: Women looking for just the right frame size and fun color choices
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 40 or 60 miles (depending on 10Ah or 15Ah battery choice)
Weight of E-Bike: 58+ lb (depends on frame selected)
Special Features & Extras: Four different frame sizes and two unique wheel options; exclusive 5-year warranty
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
A sturdy e-bike that comes with an integrated rear cargo rack and front/rear LED lights, its 500W brushless hub motor and 48V battery will get you far quickly. It comes with hydraulic disc brakes, Schwalbe tires, and Slime inner tube sealant to protect from flats.
A bit more expensive than the other models, it shows in quality!
Perfect for: An easy trek across town to grab some groceries or meet up with friends for coffee
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:
Weight of E-Bike: 55.0 lb
Special Features & Extras: Carries up to 300 lb cargo, including rider; color-matched fenders
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
Accommodating women from 4’11”, this 250W Shimano Nexus mid-drive motor powered by Bosch provides stability and balance, making it easy to ride. Name-brand puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires make for a smooth ride while carrying your groceries on the included cargo rack.
To add to the quality, you’ll find Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and Trek’s own patented “Flat Foot Technology”.
Perfect for: Any woman wanting a sleek design and bright colors to choose from
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:16-40 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 44-46 lb
Special Features & Extras: Upgraded LED display and patented Flat Foot Technology for riding control and comfort
Reviews: NEW/5.0 ⭐️
A 250W rear hub motor, Hyena battery, and balloon tires make up this fun, colorful e-bike. Choose from several bright colors and get a color-matched painted chain guard. This feature and the fully integrated battery give this electric bicycle a truly cool look.
Check out the colors: Tahiti Blue, Guava, Cintron, Mango, and Lunar Grey! Plus, there are some unique matching accessories, like a dome-shaped bike bell and a Sun Rays bike mirror.
Perfect for: Women appreciating American classic beach cruiser design with modern technology
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:16-40 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 44-46 lb
Special Features & Extras: Vintage cruiser appeal, fully integrated 250Wh battery, and unique riding technology
Reviews: NEW/5.0 ⭐️
The in-tube battery (an upgrade from the rack-mounted battery) and controller help give this electric bike its sleek, vintage look. It includes a T47 torque sensor and 26” x 2.35” tires, making this e-bike reliable enough to ride wherever you need to go.
This model comes with a kickstand but you’ll need to add a rear rack if desired.
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:45+ miles (or 65 miles with the optional long-range battery)
Weight of E-Bike: 64 lb
Special Features & Extras: Fully foldable + 3-inch tires + integrated rear rack that offers a Passenger Package!
Reviews: 4.9/5.0 ⭐️
You won’t miss out on any power with the Lectric XP 3.0 500W brushless geared hub motor (1000W peak!) and 5-level pedal assist! Plus, you can ride up to 45 miles (or more if you pedal) and traverse multiple terrains with 20″ X 3″ wide tires. It even has hydraulic disc brakes and a maximum payload capacity of 330 pounds!
And because you can travel anywhere with its foldable frame, it’s truly a fun and capable e-bike, especially for the price.
Perfect for: Riding on any paved bike path legally and looking great while you do it (check out the “blush pink” color and retro look)
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge: Up to 75 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 49.5 lb
Special Features & Extras: Two frame sizes for shorter and taller women + integrated rear cargo rack + vintage style lights and bell + child seat compatible
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
Chic and capable, this e-bike has a 350W motor and a Samsung 48V high-capacity battery. You’ll ride comfortably up to 75 miles on one battery charge as well as feel secure with an included USB charging port and a fully functional display showing your speed, lights, battery life, and mileage.
Choose from two frame sizes in this beautiful blush pink color (one for petite women under 5’5″). And because it’s a Class 1 electric bike, you can ride it anywhere non-motorized bikes are allowed, with no sweat.
Perfect for: Women with small children or two or more dogs
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge:Up to 35 miles
Weight of E-Bike: 152 lb
Special Features & Extras: Large cargo box fits up to 4 kids secured safely + anti-tip technology
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
There really isn’t an electric cargo bike more unique than this. Yes, it has a rear rack, but it also has a humongous front cargo carrier! You can put up to 4 small children on the benches with seat belts. Or, take them out to carry whatever cargo you’d like… dogs, camping supplies, and more.
This amazing cargo bike isn’t cheap at around $5000, but it’s the best electric cargo bike for a woman with a family or who wants to carry cargo.
Plus, the 500W motor puts out 45 Nm of torque and the powerful 48V 13.6Ah Samsung battery will help you conquer hills and deliver all the precious cargo up to 35 miles from home!
Perfect for: Anyone who wants an e-bike built exclusively with women in mind
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge: Up to 93 miles under the best conditions
Weight of E-Bike: Ask in store
Special Features & Extras: Four frame sizes to choose from
Reviews: 4.5/5.0 ⭐️
Part of the Giant brand of e-bikes, many of the components used to build this model are from Giant themselves. But it also has a Shimano 9-speed derailleur and Tektro brakes.
With a powerful integrated battery and SyncDrive Core motor, it’s smooth riding all the way. And you’ll get the best fit thanks to the four different frame sizes! Although you can’t buy one online, they are sold by retail shops near you.
Perfect for: Moms who want to powerfully haul two kids in car seats (not included) on the rear cargo rack
How Far Can You Go on One Battery Charge: Up to 80 miles with dual battery option!
Weight of E-Bike: 67-75.5 lb (one or two batteries)
Special Features & Extras: Dual battery option + extra long cargo rack + automatic power cutoff
Reviews: 5.0/5.0 ⭐️
This is one of the best electric bikes for women because it can carry up to 200 pounds in different combinations with multiple front and rear mounting points. You’ll need the powerful 750W motor and 48V battery to get where you need to go fast… up to 40 miles. But just add the second bike battery and never run out of charge for up to 80 miles.
Go day and night with the integrated front light and brake light. Safe riding is also boosted with an automatic power cutoff when braking!
When it comes to heavy electric bikes, good brakes are one of the most important safety features. So even if you purchase a new e-bike, the brakes get worn down over time. Thus, you’ll need to replace the brake pads to make certain they won’t fail.
When replacing the brake pads on your e-bike, choose brake pads that are compatible with your brake system. Shimano, Magura, Tektro, and SRAM are among the most popular braking systems for electric bikes.
Generally speaking, you’ll be able to get compatible new pads from your own e-bike manufacturer or from other companies that make parts for multiple brands of bikes.
Take a look at the compatible brake pads for each brand of e-bike brakes (and get the details of each below):
Shimano brand brake pads
Magura brand pads
Tektro brand brake pads
Top Brake pads
Top Brake pads
Corki brake pads
Top Brake pads
Jagwire brake pads
Corki brake pads
From the lifespan of e-bike brake pads to the best options currently on the market, I’m going to break down everything you need to know. Once I’ve explained the factors that influence brake pad wear and how to determine whether your brake pads need to be replaced, watch the video that follows!
Then I’ll guide you through the 10 best replacement options!
The Lifespan of E-Bike Brake Pads
Having the best brakes is crucial to help your e-bike perform optimally and be safe to ride. Therefore, it’s important to monitor brakes and brake pads for wear and tear.
The best brake pads generally have a long lifespan. Unfortunately, there isn’t a set rule for when your brake pads should be replaced. It could be sooner or later than expected, depending on various factors like weather conditions (I list these below).
After all, in many ways, an e-bike is more akin to an electric vehicle than a regular bicycle. Essentially, you’ll need to routinely maintain or replace the components, like your motor, battery, controller, and even the best brakes over time, similarly to the way you would maintain a car. After all, you’ve invested a considerable amount of money in your e-bike!
Understanding the factors that influence the lifespan of your e-bike brakes is crucial to maximum performance over time. And being aware of these various factors will allow you to assess whether or not your brake pads have experienced substantial wear.
Disc brake pads on an electric bike can last from about 1000 miles to 6000 miles. This discrepancy is because there are many factors that affect brake pad wear and tear.
This list includes several factors that determine how long your e-bike brake pads will last!
The weather has a large impact on your e-bike’s braking system – particularly bad weather. In wet climates, disc brake pads are known to wear out faster. In fact, during wet seasons with consistent rainfall, e-bike riders will want to inspect their brake pads once a week.
Weather isn’t the only factor that impacts your brake pads. The condition of the road or routes you travel on will also impact the lifespan of your brake pads. If you enjoy exploring rocky terrain, your brake pads will typically have a shorter life. Hilly terrain is also known to cause increased wear and tear of e-bike brake pads, especially if the rider tends to use the brakes going downhill a lot.
Frequency of Riding
How often you use your electric bike plays an important role in how long components will last. The more you ride your bike, the sooner you’ll need to replace the brake pads. With disc brakes, e-bike riders are looking at an estimated 6000-mile lifespan. However, this estimation will also be influenced by the other factors on this list.
Another factor that influences the lifespan of your bike brakes and other components is your personal riding style. Of course, I’m not necessarily telling you to change the way you ride! But here are a few helpful riding tips.
However, just be conscious that being rough on your bike (such as slamming on the brakes frequently or braking hard while riding down steep hills) will play a role in how long your brakes and other e-bike parts last. Trail riding will be particularly hard on brake pads and will reduce brake performance over time.
Weight of the Rider
In relation to your riding style, it’s helpful to note that, if you’re an obese or overweight rider, the brakes will have to provide more braking torque to stop your electric bicycle, especially if riding downhill at higher speeds.
Maintenance of E-Bike
Like cars, e-bikes need to be regularly maintained. Improper maintenance can result in increased wear and tear of all bike parts, including hydraulic ebike brakes. Getting your e-bike regularly serviced and maintained by a mechanic will ensure that your components are in good order. And that they last as long as possible!
Quality of E-Bike Components
As I mentioned earlier, e-bikes will need to have components replaced. Ultimately, replacement part quality plays a crucial role in their expected lifespan.
For this reason, ensure that you use high-quality replacement parts. To assist you, let’s look at the best electric bike brake pads.
How Often Should You Inspect E-Bike Brake Pads?
Before replacing your e-bike’s brake pads, you should inspect them. By doing this, you’ll be able to verify that a replacement is actually necessary. I’ll guide you through this simple process in a moment. However, did you know that you should be inspecting your disc brake pads regularly?
As a golden rule, you should inspect your e-bike’s brake pads at least once a month. To do this, you will need to remove the brake pads from your bike. When inspecting the brake pads, you’ll be assessing how much the previously discussed factors have impacted brake pad wear and tear in the last month.
Brake Pad Wear and Tear
When you keep the factors that affect your brake pads in mind while regularly inspecting them (like weather, riding style, riding frequency, and quality of parts), you’ll be able to see how and why your brake pads have become worn over time – and whether you need to replace them.
If you discover that they’re getting worn quickly or the wear has formed a certain pattern, you might need to inspect your brake pads more than once a month.
Here are a few examples of why uneven wear might occur…
Has the weather been particularly bad recently? Have you been riding more frequently or in more hilly areas than usual? Did you purchase substandard replacement parts for your e-bike?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then you should inspect your E-bike’s brake pads more frequently than others might need to.
This is a crucial aspect of maintaining your electric bike. When you ride with brake pads that are worn out, you risk causing lasting damage to your e-bike’s brake rotor and caliper. As your brake pads become worn, the steel backing plate of your brake pads could make contact with the rotor, thus damaging it.
Regularly inspecting your brake pads will help avoid further harm.
How to Inspect E-Bike Brake Pads
To inspect your e-bike’s brake pads, you’ll need to remove them to get a proper assessment. Once you’ve removed the brake pads, measure the width of the pads. When measuring the width of the pads, include the brake pad’s backing plate in your measurement.
When it comes to the width of the brake pads and backing plate, any measurement less than 1/8th inch means that you’ll need to replace your brake pads. Fortunately, you’re about to get guided through the best brake pad options available on the market today!
If you’re not quite sure how to remove your electric bicycle brake pads, this handy video will guide you through the simple process (using Corki Brake pads)! Alternatively, you can always have a bike mechanic or repair shop replace the old brake pads with the best brake pads for you.
Main Types of Disc Brakes for E-Bikes
There are those that are hydraulically operated and those that are cable-actuated.
Hydraulic Disc Brake Systems vs. Mechanical Brakes
These utilize cables filled with fluid, whereas mechanical disc brakes (cable-actuated) utilize cables with air inside.
Many electric bikes today utilize mechanical brake systems instead of hydraulic brakes. Ultimately, use brake pads that are suited to the braking power that your e-bike uses and the braking torque required. You should see your current brakes marked with the brand name (such as Shimano, Magura, or Tektro).
It’s important to select brake pads that are compatible with your e-bike’s brand of brake system. However, when you need to replace your brake pads, the process is rather simple. Do it yourself with help from a video or go to an electric bike mechanic or knowledgeable bike shop.
Either way, you should learn what the best brake pads are for your e-bike braking system! Here are ten of the best for three major brands of disc brakes: Shimano, Magura, and Tektro.
The 10 Best E-Bike Brake Pads
When compared to traditional bikes, e-bikes are a lot more powerful. Due to this, you’ll need brake pads that will effectively slow you down. However, traditional bicycle braking systems, like rim brakes, will not always suffice with the power of an electric bike. For this reason, disc brakes should be considered a necessary component of your e-bike.
Regardless of the condition of your other braking components, such as the levers of pistons, high-quality brake pads are required to transfer the needed braking force to the discs.
Check out the following compatible brake pads (you can get them all on Amazon… I may receive a commission).
Shimano Compatible Brake Pads
Shimano has many popular braking systems, including XTR, Saint, Zee, Deore, and more. If you’re looking for the best brake pads that are compatible with these systems, these are your top options and you can even get them all through Amazon (paid links).
If you’re using a Shimano brake system with your e-bike, then your best option would be to get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts from Shimano. There are 2- and 4-piston brake pads, as well as options between metal and resin.
You’ll find brake pads that are compatible with XTR, Deore, Deore XT, Dura-Ace, SLX, Saint, and Zee braking systems. For more information, you can visit the above link!
These brake pads from Top Brake were made with e-bikes in mind! Designed to withstand wear and tear for longer, these brake pads are made with a heat-resistant formula. You’ll have optimal braking performance with these brake pads, regardless of the weather outside.
Both a ceramic compound and a specialized e-bike compound are available.
These brake pads are compatible with many Shimano e-bike brakes, including Saint, Zee, and Deore systems. They’re also compatible with certain Tektro e-bike brakes. For more information, visit the above link!
If you’re looking for high-quality brake pads that can rival the performance of OEM parts, you’ll want to check out these brake pads from Jagwire. These brake pads combine the best elements of both resin and metallic brake pads for optimal braking performance. Both sintered pads and metallic material options are available.
These brake pads from Jagwire are compatible with Shimano’s Alfine, Deore, Deore XT, SLX, Saint, and XTR braking systems. See the above link!
If your e-bike uses a Magura braking system, your top option might be to get official Magura parts. Their Sport Brake Pads are designed to provide optimal braking performance for ebike owners. Luckily, these are easy to find.
These brake pads are compatible with the 8.P variety of Magura braking systems. Make sure to find the correct size for your brakes.
Top Brake doesn’t only make pads compatible with Shimano brakes, but also with Magura brakes! These low-abrasion brake pads are designed to last longer. With heat-resistant properties, these brake pads will offer optimal braking performance in any weather condition!
These brake pads are compatible with many Magura brakes, including MT2, MT4, MT6, MT8, and more. Get more information at the link above.
If your electric bike uses a Tektro braking system, your top choice would be using official Tektro brake pads. Whether your e-bike has a 2- or 4-piston caliper, or you want a metal or resin pad, Tektro has got you covered!
There are many great OEM brake pads available from Tektro on Amazon. Find the brake pads compatible on your e-bike by visiting the above link!
If you’re looking for brake pads that are compatible with Tektro braking systems, then these brake pads from Corki are a great choice! You can choose between resin, semi-metallic, and sintered metal. There’s even a copper-based option. Regardless of your preference, Corki has got you covered!
Not only are these Corki brake pads compatible with Magura brakes, but they are also compatible with certain Shimano brakes. Check out the link above!
If your e-bike has an SRAM braking system, you’ll want to consider using official SRAM parts. Not only are these disc brake pads specially designed to work with SRAM brakes, but they’re also high-quality and will deliver great braking performance.
Check out the link above to see SRAM Road Hydraulic Disc BrakePads!
Top Brake also designs electric bike brake pads that are compatible with SRAM brakes. Not only are these disc brake pads noise-resistant, but they deliver incredible braking performance come rain or shine. There are two pad compound choices: ceramic or electric bike. For e-bike owners, the second compound will be the best suited for you.
These brake pads are compatible with a large variety of SRAM braking systems. For more information, you can visit the above link!
Corki also makes great brake pads that are compatible with SRAM brakes. Whether you prefer sintered pads, resin, or semi-metallic brake pads, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. There is also a copper-based option. These brake pads will deliver fantastic braking performance – even when you are going downhill.
These are also suitable for a variety of SRAM brakes. Learn more at the above link!
You should treat your e-bike like you treat your car! Understanding that your brake pads need to be maintained, and eventually replaced, will ensure that you don’t ignore them until they suddenly don’t work at a bad time.
Consider the lifespan of your brake pads and inspect them regularly. And when they need to be replaced, only do so with the best brake pads for your particular e-bike braking system. Check out the ten best brake pads above and match your current brake brand with the new pads. This way, you’ll make sure to get the ones that are right for your electric bike.
Rad Power Bikes and Aventon Bikes are two of the most popular brands of electric bicycles on the market. They have similar offerings and prices, making it hard to choose which brand is better.
While Rad Power Bikes is the largest North American e-bike brand with a dedicated following and top-notch customer service, Aventon has remained a popular choice thanks to features including mobile app integration, higher pedal assist speeds of 28mph, and multiple frame sizes to fit everyone.
The fact is that both electric bike brands offer riders a variety of options when it comes to powering their rides. And they both have their pros and cons. So which one is right for you? Read on to find out.
The only way to fairly compare these two top e-bike companies is to compare like models side by side, which I’ll do for you in this article.
Is Aventon Better Than Rad?
Whether you’re looking for an e-bike to take you on long rides, a relaxing cruise in nature, or to get you to work every day, there is a lot to consider. And both Aventon Bikes and Rad Power Bikes have a lot to offer. This makes it difficult to decide whether one brand is better than the other.
In general, Aventon has an edge over Rad when it comes to speed, having the Pace 500, Level, and Aventure with a top pedal assist speed of 28 mph (as compared to 20 mph). However, unlike anything Aventon has, Rad Power Bikes has The RadWagon, a huge electric cargo bike that can hold two passengers, and the RadRunner utility electric bike with an optional passenger seat.
So, if you need a utility e-bike to tote kids or large amounts of cargo, the choice of the RadWagon is obvious. Otherwise, you’ll need to compare your needs and wants in choosing the best brand and bike for you.
The Brands in Comparison
Both companies are highly regarded and have been around (and are still growing) for years. Both offer a throttle on each model and a step-through (or mid-step) frame option.
Aventon has been in business since 2012 when they started with just a delivery van and a one-room warehouse. Since then, they’ve grown to become one of the leading e-bike brands. Their bikes are known for their quality, style, and performance, which is why many riders choose to ride them.
Rad Power Bikes began in 2007 when owner Mike Radenbaugh first built an e-bike to ride to school. Then, after converting regular bikes into e-bikes for individuals, he joined up with Ty Collins in 2015, a college roommate, to start selling e-bikes to everyone. They combined their knowledge of bike technology and design with their passion for electric bikes, the result being a great selection of e-bikes at affordable prices.
As similar as both Aventon and Rad Power Bikes are, it’s best to look at what makes each company special, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Don’t offer a large electric cargo bike for families with more than one kid
Only one model with a 750W motor
Range may be less depending on the model
Rad Power Bikes vs. Aventon Bikes: Price
Overall, Aventon has the lowest-priced e-bikes, such as the Soltera, starting at $999, with three bikes under $1600. Rad Power Bikes models are priced starting at $1499 (before sales or discounts). Both brands’ highest-priced e-bikes are $2199 and $2299 respectively. Further, they each have a similar price for their hybrid fat tire electric bikes, the Aventure.2 and RadRover 6 Plus, respectively.
As you can see, their electric bikes fall within the same price range, with Aventon having more lower-cost models (but not cheap) to choose from.
You can follow below to see how similar brand models compare in price and features.
How Fast Do Rad Power E-Bikes Go vs. Aventon?
If riding as fast as the motor will take you is important, then Aventon is the speed winner with its Class 3 e-bikes. The fat tire Aventure.2, the Level.2 electric commuter bike, and the Pace 500.3 cruiser are the fastest electric bikes among both brands. The electric motor offers pedal assist up to 28 mph.
All three e-bikes are great for commuting and urban riding with their hydraulic disc brakes. There are a couple of main differences. The RadCity Plus has a 750W rear hub motor with electric assist up to 20 mph while both the Pace 500 and Level have a 500W rear hub motor but have a top assisted speed of 28 mph.
At the highest cost, the RadCity Plus goes far with its long-riding range, backlight LCD, and integrated rear rack capable of holding over 59 lbs. It’s made for taking comfortable e-bike rides in the city, whether for a long commute or just having fun.
Although the Pace 500 and Level don’t have as long of a range, their pedal assist speed of up to 28 mph can’t be topped, all while saving $200-$300 over the RadCity. The Level comes with integrated rear racks and fenders, while these are optional for the Pace.
Thankfully, all three models are available in a step-through version. Both the Pace 500 and Level are available in two frame types and two sizes per frame. Although the RadCity doesn’t have individual sizes, it does have a step-over and a step-thru model, which does a good job of fitting even the smallest bike riders, down to 4’8″.
If range and electric power are more important than overall electric speed and cost, then choose the RadCity Plus. If you’re all about speed and don’t mind saving money, then the Pace 500 or Level e-bikes are for you.
Aventon Sinch vs. RadExpand
Comparing the folding electric bikes for each company is a no-brainer… they each have only one. And, in this case, choosing between them might not be so hard.
The Aventon Sinch.2 and the RadExpand are pretty similar, both being Class 2 e-bikes having comparable top speed, range, tire size, and weight. Upon first glance, the primary differences are the Sinch’s lower motor wattage but higher price.
Let’s look at what makes the Sinch more expensive and whether it’s worth buying it over the RadExpand. First, the RadExpand only comes in a step-through, while the Sinch.2 also offers a step-over frame. But what else does the Sinch offer that the RadExpand doesn’t:
Integrated battery for a much cleaner style
mobile app synchronization
300 lb payload capacity (as opposed to 275 lb)
Are these details worth the additional price? If style and colors are ultra-important, then the Sinch.2 could be for you. Otherwise, the RadExpand is the better choice when it comes to overall value… plus, it includes an integrated rear rack.
RadCity Plus vs Aventon Soltera
Both the RadCity and Soltera are both electric commuter bikes. Once again, the Aventon brand has a lower motor wattage of 350W compared to 750W on the RadCity, smaller tires, and a lower range, which could account for the price difference.
The Soltera e-bike is designed more like a traditional road bike with racer-style geometry (so you won’t be sitting upright). The RadCity comes in a high-step and low-step, whereas the Soltera offers a low-step and step-over version in multiple colors as well as the choice of two frame sizes.
A primary benefit of the RadCity is its higher-capacity battery pack. It’ll let you ride farther on a single charge than Soltera’s 345 Wh battery system. Plus, this Rad Power Bike has a 50mm travel suspension fork while the Soltera has a rigid fork. But the Soltera 7 still gives you everything you want in a zippy electric bike.
When comparing the Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plusand the Aventon Aventure 2, it’s almost like you’re getting the same powerful e-bike with fat tires for off-road riding and hill-climbing.
But upon closer look, the Aventure has some advantages over the Rad Rover. These include higher pedal assist speed, a 400lb load capacity, a fully integrated battery for a sleek look, three frame sizes (small, medium, large), and three color choices.
However, both models have 4-inch fat tires, hydraulic brakes, and optional step-thru frames. They can tackle steep hills and ride over rough terrain. Plus, their weight is almost identical, as is the price.
An interesting comparison is that the RadRover is on version 6 with a newly designed ergonomic frame and an improved 750W geared hub motor providing greater power than previous versions. The Aventure, on the other hand, is relatively new to Aventon’s line-up.
Rad Power Bikes vs. Aventon: Other Models
Believe it or not, there are still other models from both electric bike companies that might be perfect for you.
What’s nice about the RadRunner Plus is that it has a rear rack that converts into a flat seat for second riders. And the RadWagon is so long that it can carry two child seats on the back. Plus it has a load capacity of up to 350 lbs.
The Aventon Pace 500.3 is an affordable, classic comfort e-bike that is as sleek-looking as the other Aventon bikes. With integrated lights and battery, a throttle, and a color LCD display, its five pedal assist levels and seven speeds will get you where you’re going. And, not only is it less expensive than its counterpart the Pace 500, it weighs less too.
Conclusion: Is Aventon or Rad Power Bikes the Best E-Bike Brand?
Choosing your electric bike from two well-known, high-quality brands is a challenge. That’s why this article looks at each model side-by-side, Aventon vs. Rad Power… right after the two brands themselves are compared.
Take a look at the comparison tables to find the best options for you. Read what makes them each special and you’ll be on your way to getting your new electric bicycle!
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