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I tested and reviewed the best electric bikes for under $1000.
I'm a recent convert to the e-bike. I will admit I was a bit of a snob and didn't think much about the electric bike. However, after hiring one in Spain a few years ago, I fell in love and I'm always on the lookout for the next hot model from the brands we know and love!
Spoiler: My favorite electric bike under $1000 was the Ancheer folding electric bike. I loved its disc brakes and aluminum alloy frame, not to mention the power and top speed!
But there are other bikes to get to and I accept a folding electric bike might not be your thing so what could be your best electric bike?
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If you're in the market for an electric bike that you can use for commuting and weekend adventures then the eAhora bike offers all of that...for less than $1000!
The motor in this bike is a 350w brushless motor. For those not sure how that stacks up in terms of power, it's a very good option. 350w will be sufficient for most riders. Anything greater is likely to be unnecessary.
This electric bike has an aluminum alloy frame, meaning that it's lightweight, coming in at 50lbs. If you're like me, I don't use the electric motor all of the time when I'm on an e-bike so it's nice to have a lightweight bike for those times when I want to do all of the work.
I know what you're thinking, lightweight frame might not have much of a rider capacity but it can support up to 220lbs.
The battery power is well provided by a 48v 10.4Ah Samsung lithium-ion battery. This gives you a range of around 50 miles on a single charge using assist mode.
That sort of range is impressive, especially when you factor in that you can buy this bike for under $1000.
The top speed is set at 22mph, which is quick enough for any cyclist.
I won't shy away from the fact that I like it when I see Shimano components on a bike! The eAhora comes with a 7-speed transmission system, which is smooth and responds well.
7 speed may not sound like a lot, especially if you're used to a bike with 21-speed but what you should consider is where you'll be riding and the fact you are getting pedal assistance so you won't need as many gears as if you were on your own.
To top this nice package off, the stopping power is good thanks to Shimano Tektro mechanical disc brakes. Obviously hydraulic would be sweeter but do remember the price range and there has to be some compromise. Though honestly, mechanical discs are a fine compromise!
I do like where they've placed the throttle as it allows you to have a solid grip of the handlebars and full control of the speed even on challenging terrain.
Being a bit of a sucker for all things aero, I do like where the LCD display has been placed, which is in the center of the handlebars. It's also incredibly easy to use and you can even password protect it for that extra bit of security. Pretty neat, right?
Not content with just one mode, there are three to choose from; PAS, electric, and fitness setting.
The E-PAS technology was a real, unexpected treat. When you cycle over 15mph you start to charge the battery. This also works when no energy is being consumed - so when you're going downhill for example.
Everything about this electric bicycle shouts that it will thrive on any adventure, whether that's groceries shopping, hitting dirt trails, or mountain climbing, the Yiilove feels like it can go anywhere.
The motor itself was a little off the mark at 250w. However, it did surprise me and for most purposes, it was fun and held its own so don't be put off by the motor size - it's a plucky little thing.
Being able to charge the 36v 8Ah lithium-ion battery either on or off the e-bike is appreciated as it gives a good amount of flexibility.
The top speed is 18mph, which doesn't reach the speeds of other e-bikes within this price range but how often do you need to go above 18mph?
You can expect a range of around 18 miles on a single charge, making it potentially ideal for a commuter.
As with other electric bikes under $1000, there are 3 modes to choose from; pure electric, assist electric mode, and pedaling power only.
The LCD display is tucked away nicely by the gear shifter.
Ensuring you get the true MTB experience with this e-bike, it comes equipped with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain and some quality disc brakes to give you reliable stopping power.
I've saved something up my sleeve...this electric bike is foldable! So adding to the convenience factor. The frame is made from aluminum alloy and weighs in at 55lbs, making it portable and nicely compact.
It's nice to have a bicycle that's comfortable to ride and this one sure is, thanks to the shock absorption features built into the carbon steel front fork.
Whether you're on an errand run or taking to the road for some exercise, the Ancheer e-bike can take what you throw at it.
I feel like I have to start with the appearance of this bicycle, it's one of the standout features - though there are several others! It's sleek and cool in appearance yet offers lots in the way of durability.
This Ancheer folding electric bike offers true portability and has an alloy frame to ensure it's lightweight and durable.
Ancheer didn't stop there with the frame...
It has an anti-exposure and rust-resistant finish that meets the needs of whatever weather conditions you face on a commute!
The saddle is nicely cushioned and the height can be adjusted, easily. This is paired with a curved handlebar, allowing you to adapt the full set-up for your body build. I found this to be comfortable once I got it to work for me, however, I can see that it may not suit everyone.
Ancheer supplies this folding electric bike with a 21-speed Shimano transmission system. So you'll have plenty of gearing options, whichever mode you choose - pedal-assist or power-only.
One thing that I really like is the fact that the Ancheer bike doesn't feel like just any bike, it feels like you're getting an Ancheer electric mountain bike. That's a nice feeling!
This electric mountain bike is fitted with mechanical disc brakes. They provide a nice responsive feel but they aren't too sensitive. Ancheer has got the balance spot on.
You get a 36v/8Ah li-ion battery and this powers a 250w brushless rear hub motor. All of this equates to a top speed of 15mph.
What about the range?
Depending on various factors, you should see a range of up to 30 miles.
If you're looking for a cruising option, then this electric bicycle offers a heck of a lot for less than $1000!
The Nakto electric bike is designed beautifully, the controls are user-friendly and the components are high-quality.
I really like the step-through frame as it brings an element of retro to it but that's the only retro thing about it!
The frame on the Nakto electric bike is an alloy so true to Naktos' reputation, this bike is strong and durable and even comes with a rack included!
Whilst the handlebar and seat can be adjusted and this provides a degree of flexibility, the seat material wasn't the most comfortable when you're out cycling all day with friends for example.
With this Nakto electric bike, you get a 6-speed Shimano drivetrain.
I know what you're thinking...
That's not enough! But do keep in mind what this Nakto bike's intended use is...cruising!
For cruising 6-speed is plenty. The drivetrain itself operates flawlessly so you can say hello to smooth silky gear changes.
One potential downside to this bike is the lack of disc brakes, it comes with v-brakes. On paper, that's less impressive but in practice, it holds up well.
When it comes to design, this is one of the best electric bikes out there. The bike frame and mechanics just flow and work so well with the 26-inch wheels. For the rider, this means everything is beautifully smooth and responds well.
The motor is a 250w one, so yeah, not the most powerful one around but more than sufficient and actually close to being silent, which you can't say about too many electric bikes!
You'll be able to reach a top speed of 25mph so do keep in mind that you are using v-brakes so your stopping distance may be greater!
The Nakto electric bike comes with a long-lasting battery, one which can be removed and you'll be able to travel 35 miles when you're using the pedal-assist mode so a very respectable range!
Another bike from Ancheer, I know...but as a brand, they offer a good selection of e-bikes so it's hard for this manufacturer not to feature more than once.
This frame is made from aluminum making it lightweight at 50lbs but not compromising on durability.
The fork is a carbon alloy one so overall the bike can take a good amount of weight without losing traction!
I mention traction because you'll want to take this thing onto more challenging terrain!
The tires are of the hybrid variety so you'll be able to make the switch between dirt gravel surfaces and smooth ones in a flash!
But will it be comfortable?
Sure will! This bike features a good amount of shock absorption coming from the front wheel.
You're likely to need the mechanical disk brakes because the Ancheer comes with a 21-speed drivetrain, allowing you to get the max speed out of this bike but still feel in control.
With the Ancheer 500w, there are 3 riding settings; pedal-assist, full e-bike, and no assistance. I love having these choices because it gives you all the options you could want. I don't always want to use the motor on an e-bike so it's nice to have options!
The top speed will depend on the mode you're in. If you're using the full e-bike setting, you can get to 22mph, whereas with assisted it's 15mph, and then you're left to pedal if you want to go more quickly.
Battery-wise, the Ancheer comes with a 36v/8Ah removable lithium battery so in line with others we've been looking at. Couple that with a 500w motor, it's a fantastic piece of kit!
Of course, how much you get from the li-ion battery does depend on the bike and you. Ancheer claims your best range will be around 15 miles. Given that you get a removable battery with this bike, I feel like you can take it and the charger into work and charge it while you're working so you're ready to hit the roads again.
It does have a charge time of 5 hours, which isn't bad and I don't see how that will be problematic everything considered.
Overall, you're looking for an electric bike to commute with then it's one of the best electric bikes under $1000. As an electric bike under 1000 dollars, with the fabulous combination of a 500w motor and a decent battery life, it hits the mark in soo many ways.
Now for something a little different. A fat tire electric bike with the performance to take on the rough terrain!
This fat tire bike under $1000 is seriously heavy-duty and it rolls over terrain just as you'd want your bicycle to.
The frame is a carbon steel frame and built into that you get a high-quality shock absorber.
It's probably not going to win the best electric bike for the commuting award but when it comes to taking an electric bike offroad well... its performance is outstanding. An electric mountain bike made for the ultimate riding experience.
One thing which I did feel disappointed in was the assembly instructions. I'm fairly handy around a bike, even an electric bike but the instructions may be a bit lacking for someone who isn't used to an electric bike.
Though honestly, that's a tiny niggle because you'll soon forget about that when you're out on this electric mountain bike!
Mountain bikes usually weigh more than your standard commuter, road, or hybrid bike so it's no surprise that this fat tire electric bike comes in at 66lbs.
The tires are fat at 4" wide so ideal for sand, mud, or snow - you won't be skidding around!
One thing I really liked was the fact that Nakto had fitted a USB connection to this electric bike. Some electric bikes wouldn't be able to cope with charging another device because of their battery power but this is not an issue for this electric bike!
As you'd expect, you get disc brakes so give you the stopping power you are going to need as this bike comes with a 350w gear motor so it's not short on power!
You can expect to be charging this electric bike for around 6 hours to get it fully charged, where you'll get around 35 miles out of it.
Overall a fantastic fat bike purchase for those on a budget - it even comes with a headlight!
Let's take a bike and then add a battery and a motor. What do you get? An electric bike. That's basically the essence of an e-bike.
Electric bicycles provide riders with a boost to get them places they may not have been able to go before, up hills more quickly, or to make their commute more bearable.
With the rise in popularity of electric scooters, it can be easy to get confused between the two, though they are hugely different!
Now the laws surrounding electric bikes vary from country to country (even state to state) so it's worth checking the law where you are.
However, in the UK to be considered an electric bike, the bike must have pedals to power the bike. So in the UK, electric bikes are often referred to as "electric-assist", rather than "electric-powered" as there is some power required by you.
Also, the motor power isn't allowed to function when the bike is traveling at a speed greater than 15.5mph. Following these rules will allow you to ride your electric bike on the road without a license.
This is what makes electric bikes so appealing, they bring so much more to a commute than a traditional bike.
It's easy to assume that electric bikes won't give you a proper workout but that's not true! They will improve your fitness and increase the distance you can travel on your bike!
Electric bikes also mean that riders who aren't normally capable of keeping up with a group ride can do so. So there are several social aspects to bikes too, which I don't think should be overlooked.
Whilst the health benefits are undeniable - that includes mental health too! - e-bikes are a game-changer when it comes to commuting. No more turning up to work sweaty and out of breathe. Even as a cyclist, I can accept that's not a good look.
E-bikes remove that issue, thankfully, allowing riders to rely on the motor assistance and battery to stop them from breaking out a sweat.
Ok, we shouldn't forget that these bikes are tremendous fun off-road! Having the performance to be able to get uphill, only to go barrelling down the other side, take the enjoyment factor up several notches!
Reliability is something you have to factor in when looking at brands, there are names out there such as; Ecotric 20, Lectric XP, and Swagtron, all of which offer a choice of bikes.
I can't speak as a commuter but as someone who likes to take their bike off-road, an e-bike made the whole adventure so much more enjoyable as I wasn't knackered once I'd reached the top of a trail.
There are three main types of electric bikes so let's see their differences.
These bikes are designed for the city streets and running errands at the grocery store.
They tend to be flat barred and a nice comfortable geometry.
Features on these types of bikes include big battery capacity so that consumers are able to spend a full day making trips on the bike without worrying about the motor capacity.
The bike battery is often removable and this means you can take your battery to work for a quick recharge.
What a rider wants from a commuting bike, is one that doesn't require much maintenance. Obviously, batteries are going to require some effort and maintenance from you but I'd say the huge benefits you get out of having a battery-powered bike outweighs the small increase in maintenance.
It's quite common for commuters to attached fenders, kickstand, and racks onto these bikes as it helps the commute. Bike manufacturers are aware of this and design an e-commuter model so that it's easy to attach these parts.
E-MTBs are for every type of rider, not just casual ones - the professionals use them too.
Particularly when it comes to training as it's the ideal way to focus on descents, rather than worrying about climbing.
Yes, E-MTBs are heavier than your standard mountain bike but when it comes to descents, they more than match them.
To be honest, you don't really notice the extra weight because the motor more than makes up for it.
See a climb coming your way? Find the assist setting for you and pedal - you'll be riding up that hill like you didn't think possible and you won't be out of breath when you get to the top!
E-road bikes excel at climbing. The frame on these bikes is light and despite the battery parts, the overall weight is usually decent, making them very powerful on climbs and exceptional on flats.
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There are 3 options when it comes to motor placement; front wheel, back wheel, or the cranks.
The best place is arguably the bottom bracket as it evens out the weight distribution, rather than it being focused at the front or rear. This provides good stability.
After a bit of research and a few guides, I'm sure you've seen that you can get all kinds of electric bikes for under $1000!
Personally, I favor the Ancheer Folding Mountain Bike. It offers maximum flexibility with its folding capabilities and the riding position is comfortable.
The maintenance required is minimal, the battery life is good and the charge time is short.
When the motor kicks in and you're pedaling, it feels like hills are no issue and I like that a lot!
Which model is your favorite?