Electric bikes managed to reinvent one of the greatest pastimes with a touch of modern technology. One of the newest trends in outdoor entertainment have brought back one of the most basic forms of exercise and modes of transportation have become much more efficient with the addition of a motor which gives new meaning to bicycle propulsion.
The days are long gone where getting from point A to point B on a bicycle means peddling your way as e-bikes provide you a pedal assist option. This gives you the same great cardiovascular benefits of a traditional bike which include improving your aerobic and fitness capacity.
When you break electric bikes down, they’ve quickly become a comparable mode of transportation with cars moving around town at an average speed of 15 mph compared to 18 mph which is the average speed of a car through town.
The following review details the Top 20 Electric Bikes of 2018 and breaks down all the reasons why.
- Built to last
- Sturdy and durable tires
- Simple start with Twist Throttle control
- Improved control with handlebar
- Durable battery can handle inclement weather
- Uncomfortable seat
Claiming the top spot for the best electric bicycle this year is the ProdecoTech Phantom 400 which has received rave reviews from consumers. This ProdecoTech e-bike scores a 9.9 out of 10 and is about as close to perfect for an e-bike you will ever find. From performance, comfort, precision, and price, you just won’t find a better e-bike than this.
The Phantom 400 has received a perfect 5-star rating from consumers with huge praise with a 30-mile range and 20 mph when only using the power option. These specs are what true e-bikes were meant to be and it all starts with the 400 HP direct drive motor. Powered by an efficient 36-volt Samsung battery, the Phantom 400 proves long range and power can be seen at the same time.
- Travel 30 miles on a single charge
- Reach speeds to 20 mph
- Durable Continental Traffic tires
- Very comfortable with the RockShox Recon Suspension Fork
- Affordable with high-end features
ProdecoTech claims another spot in this review which is a testament of how far this manufacturer has come. Distinguishing themselves as the industry leader in e-bikes and its products like the Phantom X3 being another reason why. Highlighted by a 36-volt 500-watt battery giving you a maximum range of 25 – 35 miles on a single charge.
The Phantom X3 is an 8-speed electric bicycle and serves up speeds to 20 mph. Traveling speeds which are comparable to your own car in city driving gets you to work, school and anywhere else you want in a more efficient way. Other features include a Twist Throttle control, hydraulic brakes, and a SRAM X7 Shifter & X7 Derailleur which is one of the best in its class.
- Powerful 500-watt motor
- Comes 90% pre-assembled
- Improved max speed to 25 mph
- Full suspension offers great comfort
- 500 times recharge cycle battery life
- Higher end of the price range
The Cyrusher Fat Tire e-bike is not only one of the best electric bikes out there, but one of the best mountain bikes hands-down. If you’re looking for a new ride that handles off-road and city riding with ease, then considering the 3rd best of the year is a great place to start. This e-bike is powered by 500-watts of power and is available in 4 colors.
The Fat Tire electric bike is highly durable and can accommodate riders to 350-pounds. The durability of this e-bike will give you years of enjoyment and will prove to be a more efficient ride than what’s in the garage. Some of the most notable features include dual disc brakes, full suspension, and it comes 90% preassembled. This ride reaches speeds to 20 mph and after a full charge you’ll get anywhere from 30 – 35 miles.
- High end build quality and unique design
- Strong and durable construction
- Great speed
- Moderate rate of charging
- Great mileage
Pedeco introduced the City Commuter Classic electric bike which is one of only a few models to have a perfect 5-star consumer rating. This commuter e-bike comes in four models to choose from giving you a wide array of prices to choose from. Coming in at the higher end of the price range, this Pedego e-bike comes in highly recommended for diehard enthusiasts.
The Pedego City Commuter Classic features innovative technology giving you an advanced system which hill climbing and acceleration with ease. The lightweight design makes it highly portable, and with a Twist and Go Throttle you can rest assured you’ll have plenty of power for when you need it the most. The padded seat provides plenty of comfort and with the traditional styled handlebars you’re getting a familiar look and feel.
- Faster charging with fast charger technology
- Improved vision with front and rear LED lighting
- Space saving technology with a foldable frame
- Durable, strong rear aluminum rack
- Pedal Assist and Throttle Control options
- Non-removable battery
Enzo introduced this 7-speed e-bike which folds for convenient storage and makes it highly portable. If you’re looking for a sports bike that offers an amazing look and practicality, but separates itself from the competition with a unique, custom design then this is it. This 2017 model is a significant upgrade over last year’s best-seller making it highly coveted among enthusiasts and diehard fanatics.
The Enzo 2017 electric bike is available in virtually every color including black, silver, green, red, blue and many more. Highlighted by a 36v Samsung Lithium-ion battery that offers a cruising max distance of 30 – 50 miles and reaches speeds to 20 mph. The custom design features high-quality mag wheels, storage rack, internal battery, disc brakes, and titanium screws.
- Clear visibility with front and rear LED lights
- Patented, strong 250-watt motor
- High performance Aries series
- Lightweight, strong and durable Aluminum frame
- Improved safety with dual disc brakes
- Not for intermediates or expert riders
- Not good with off-road cycling
EVELO has become a well-known manufacturer of high-performance e-bikes, and the 6th best this year is another reason why. Sporting a NuVinci N360 Drivetrain, the Evelo Aries e-bike is one of the most powerful commuter e-bikes out there. Giving you up to 40 miles on a single charge and 20 miles if using the electric mode only option, you’ll have plenty of juice to get you anywhere you want without having to stop for a recharge.
The Evelo Aries electric bike is a newer model, but has quickly become widely known. Highlighted by the N360 Drivetrain which gives riders an unlimited range of gears. Other features include the 250-watt motor, front and rear lighting, speedometer LCD, and quick recharging of only 4 – 6 hours.
- Simple to use, even for beginners
- Durable battery with a great half-life
- Perfect wheel size for all types of cycling
- Safe and smooth ride
- Durable and strong frame
- Not available in multiple sizes
This 8-speed electric bike from ProdecoTech deserves the 7th spot in this review and stands out from the competition with its 600-watts of power. With this much power, you would expect to get plenty of range and speed which will get you to work in no time at all, and it delivers just that. The Phantom X V5 gives you a max travel distance of 25 – 35 miles with speeds to 20 mph and is comparable with other high-performance models.
The Phantom X V5 e-bike features a lightweight and durable Rigid Down Tube Aluminum Frame and a RockShox suspension. Other features include a direct drive motor, PTECH Samsung battery, hydraulic brakes, Twist Throttle control, and a SRAM X7 Shifter & X7 Derailleur which has become a gold-standard ProdecoTech.
- Comes 99% pre-assembled
- LCD display with USB exit
- Electric horn and lights makes for a safer ride
- Great front and rear disc brakes
- Improved comfort with a soft saddle
- Not for heavier riders
- Handlebars will have to be tightened over-time
Greenbike USA makes a debut in this review with the GB5 which is a 500-watt electric powered e-bike. This model appeals to the likes of all types of riders which is available in four color options including red, orange, silver and white. Powered by an efficient 48-volt lithium battery which gives you a ridiculous range of 60 – 90 miles on a single charge.
The efficiency of the Greenbike USA GB5 speaks for itself, but there are other things that separate this electric bike from all the rest. Boasting a compact folding design means you can take it anywhere and you’ll enjoy the full suspension which offers more comfort than the typical e-bike.
With speeds to 20 – 28 mph, USB Exit, LCD display, turn signals, brake lights, and 99% pre-assembled, you’re getting a whole lot of bike for the price.
- Simple to use for all skill levels
- Efficient battery consumption
- Available in many color options
- Visually appealing
- Limited gear levels
Addmotor has become one of the exclusive brands of electric bikes and this 2016 model is powered by a 1000-watts of power. The 2016 XIMA is available in three distinct colors giving you plenty of options to choose from and is a huge upgrade from the award-winning 1000-watt X4 Electric Bicycle.
The 2016 Addmotor XIMA e-bike gives you performance and class in the same ride and gives you a max range to 48-miles on a single charge. This fast and smooth ride performs well in all types of terrain including mountains, hills, city streets, trails, and even on the beach making it one of the most versatile e-bikes out there.
Some of the best features of the 2016 XIMA include a SR Suntour Xcm Aluminum Suspension Fork, 7-speed Shimano TX55 Gears, and lightweight, but durable aluminum frame.
- 40 mile range on a single charge
- Handles hill climbing with ease
- Clear visibility with front and rear lights
- Intuitive LCD monitor displays speed, battery life and more
- Comfortable, soft seat
- Does not come fully assembled
- Not recommended for heavier riders
EVELO introduced another beauty with the Aurora which features the acclaimed NuVinci N360 Drivetrain. This drivetrain is arguably the best one out there as it gives you plenty of power and an unlimited amount of gears which gives you real-time control at the turn of a knob. Boasting a 20-mile range with electric use only and up to 40-miles on a single charge, the Aurora can become your daily commuter giving you a more efficient means to work.
The EVELO Aurora boasts a mid-drive motor with 250-watts of power. The full front suspension provides a great deal of comfort and proves worthy of being perfect for any riding condition. The Aurora’s top features include front and rear lighting, LCD speedometer, and an efficient lithium polymer battery.
- Folds to a compact size making it highly portable
- Max speed to 20 mph
- Intuitive LCD display
- Hidden, efficient 36-volt battery
- Zero carbon emission e-bike
- Heavy when comparing it with other folding electric bikes
The Cyrusher XF700 claims the 11th spot in this review and is a high-performance mountain e-bike which performs well under all riding conditions. Dubbed as a mountain e-bike, but sports a 21-speed gear system allowing riders to get the best of all worlds. Sporting a double mechanic dual brake, it gives you the sense of security for stopping on the drop of a dime.
This Cyrusher electric bike is known for much more than its performance as it sports a sporty design that conveniently folds. The folding operation makes it even more practical for those on the go and can easily be stored in the trunk of your car making it highly portable. The Shimano frame sports a hidden battery and can function under 100% electric power or pedal assist.
- Superior build quality
- Eco-friendly electric bike
- Great max mileage on a single charge
- Intuitive console displays metrics including battery power, speed, and more
- Speed Assist control
- Charging times are higher than most
The Ridge Rider from Pedego is another 5-star electric bike and scores a modest 9.0 out of 10. This is quite impressive considering how many models are out there and gives you years of security with a 3-year warranty on the battery and 1 year on the bike itself. Powered by a 48-volt, 528-watts of power for continuous use on a single charge.
The Pedego Ridge Rider is highlighted by a brushless gear hub motor and complimented by a variable speed control. The 2-speed Front and SLX 10-spd Back Shimano Derailleur is one of the best seen in an e-bike giving you a great deal of control and efficient power. This gives you speeds to 20 mph and features high quality parts including a lightweight, durable aluminum frame.
- Smooth and comfortable ride
- Visually appealing
- Safer ride with hydraulic brakes
- Quick battery charging
- Folds to a compact and more practical size
- Lacks a bottle holder for longer rides
If you’re looking for a stylish e-bike which comes in an affordable, compact package, then considering the Mariner 8 is a great place to start. ProdecoTech is easily one of the reputable electric bike manufactures out there with high-quality, high-performance models including the 13th e-bike in this review.
The Mariner 8 is powered by a 300-watt motor giving you a max speed to 18 mph and 25-35 miles on a single charge. The aluminum frame is lightweight and easily folds which makes it more practical for some users and boasts a full front suspension giving you a much softer ride. Other features include a Twist Throttle Control, hydraulic brakes, SRAM X7 Shifter, 36-volt Samsung battery and an X5 Derailleur.
- Quite motor
- Foldable design
- Long-lasting and durable frame
- Rust proof
- Riders over 6' will find it's an uncomfortable ride
Enzo is a leading manufacturer of sport e-bikes and this model is one of their best. The 2016 Enzo electric bike sports a stylish look and performs just as good as any other e-bike out there. This is saying a lot from the 14th model in this review which stands out with a 350-watt Brushless Rear Direct Drive motor which gives you a max range of up to 50 miles on a single charge.
This 2016 model can be street legal in most cities and can reach speeds to 20 mph. The folding operation makes it convenient as it easily folds and can be transported in the trunk of your car. Weighing in at just 44-pounds it’s as strong as it’s lightweight and with custom mag wheels it gives you a sporty look.
Other features include a large LED display, LED front/rear lights, Pedal Assist, Throttle Control and much more.
- Durable aluminum frame
- High-performance NuVinci N380 transmission
- Powerful 500-watt motor
- Higher end price
The EVELO Aurora offers a simple look that performs everything but simple with its high-quality NuVinci N380 drivetrain. This cross-over commuter bike gives you the best of both worlds which functions as a daily commuter, but can take you places that only mountain bikes can go. Boasting a max range of 40-miles on a single charge of the Lithium-Polymer battery makes it perfect for those looking for more distance.
The Aurora electric bike gives you an unlimited amount of gears with the N380 drivetrain. The gears are conveniently operated with a dial and gives you on the fly adjustments with a simple turn. The efficient battery takes only 4-6 hours to fully charge and is the perfect option for those looking for no limit riding.
- Strong and durable frame
- Simple to operate
- Great charging time
- Impressive mileage
- Comfortable seat
- Poor manufacturer warranty
For those looking for an electric bike that will make you standout in a crowd, then considering this e-bike from Pedego will do just that. The Pedego Latch is highlighted by a lime green color, but once onboard, its performance will immerse with up to 20 miles of travel distance on battery power alone.
The Pedego Latch e-bike is powered by a 250-watt brushless geared rear hub motor. The motor itself will give you years of rigorous use as it was specifically designed for the avid user in-mind. The 36-volt 10-amp battery is quite efficient giving you a stylish option fit for any city street.
- Comfortable cycling experience
- Silent operation
- Smooth ride
- Budget friendly
- Efficient battery
- Long charging time
- Average speed
- Poor manufacturer warranty
Onway introduced a great e-bike for women in this 26-inch, 6-speed model. Designed for city riding and outfitted with a Shimano 6 speed gear which gives you speeds to 16 mph and a max riding distance of 40-miles on a single charge. Powered by a 250-watt motor and complimented by a 36-volt 9Ah battery, Onway gives you a powerful, efficient electric bike in one.
Out of the box there’s minimal assembly required as it comes 90% assembled. The lightweight aluminum frame is highly durable and gives you piece of mind with a 3-year warranty on the frame. Other features include an adjustable seat, LED mode, 3-level assist, and can accommodate riders to 275-pounds.
- Improved speed with the 250-watt brushless motor
- Durable alloy frame
- Great mileage at 37 miles
- Efficient 36-volt Lithium battery
- Higher price
When Cyclamtic introduced the CX3 we knew it would be good, but not this good. This red and white electric bike has become a fan favorite with consumers as retailers including Amazon has had a hard time keeping it on the shelves. Becoming a top-seller in a very short amount of time, the CX3 is backed with all-positive consumer reviews.
What helps the Cyclamtic CX3 Pro Power electric bike standout is the lighter alloy frame which gives it great speed, acceleration, range, and makes it highly portable. The lightweight design takes full advantage of the 250-watt brushless motor which enables the rider to reach top speeds in no time. With a max distance of 37 miles, speeds to 15.5 mph, and a charging time of only 4-6 hours, it’s no wonder why the CX3 Pro Power electric bike makes this review.
- Durable and strong frame
- Powerful and efficient motor
- Lightweight, space saving design
- Full assist improves speed
- Great max mileage
- Extra maintenance required
- Higher price range
Another high-end electric bike from Pedego is this 24-inch Interceptor Step Thru model. This cruiser e-bike was specifically designed for riders under 5’ 6” tall and gives riders a comfortable, practical option for cruising city streets in class. Available in three color options including green, lilac and white, you can rest assured there is a perfect model for everyone in the family.
The Pedego Interceptor e-bike features a powerful 500-watt brushless motor. There’s a 10 Amp battery that comes standard, but you can upgrade the battery to a 20 Amp model for only $200 more. The standard battery gives you a max range of 20 miles on electric power only, but with other battery options to choose from you will get more speed, power, torque, and distance.
- Inexpensive, comparatively speaking
- Sturdy and durable construction
- Impressive visuals
- Versatile and high-end features for the price
- Smooth ride
- Limited display information onscreen
Rounding out this review is the SS Drop Frame Plus e-bike from E-Glide. E-Glide is one of the smaller manufacturers of electric bikes, but has impressed us all with their SS series which comes in with a great price and features typically reserved for more expensive models. With a max speed to 20 mph on all electric or pedal assist which gives you a 25-mph max speed, E-Glide proves that performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
The E-Glide SS Drop electric bicycle is another 5-star model and for many reasons. It’s range of 20 miles on electric power only or pedal assist to a max or 50 miles gives riders the ability to daily commute without limitations. Highlight features include a brushless geared hub motor of 350/700-watts, 36-volt Samsung Lithium Ion Polymer battery, 160mm rotor, Shimano Mechanical Disc Brake and a whole lot more.
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