Best Electric Bike Under $1000

Best Electric Bikes Under $1000 – Who Will You Speed Past Traffic With?

by  Conrad Kühn

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Are you tired of arriving at work as if you’ve taken a shower with your clothes on? You can simply solve that problem by upgrading to an electric bike. 

To make selecting the best one out there easier, we have curated a list of the best electric bikes under $1000 specially for you.

 

Overview of Electric Bikes Under $1000

Best Overall
ANCHEER 500W/250W Electric Bike Electric Mountain Bike for Adult, 26" Electric Commuter Bicycle 20Mph with Removable 12.5Ah/8AH Battery, Professional 21 Speed Gears
Best Value
NAKTO 26" 350W Fat Tire Electric Bicycle Mountain Snow Beach Sporting Shimano 6 Speed Gear EBike Brushless Gear Motor with Removable Waterproof Large Capacity 36V10A Lithium Battery and Battery Charge
Best Portable
SWAGTRON Swagcycle EB5 Lightweight & Aluminum Folding Ebike with Pedals, Black, 58cm/Medium
Best Budget
NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle Sporting Shimano 6 Speed Gear EBike Brushless Gear Motor with Removable Waterproof Large Capacity 36V10A Lithium Battery and Battery Charger
Category
Mountain Bike
Fat Tire Bike
City Bike /Foldable
Cargo Bike/ Ladies Bike
Frame
Aluminum Alloy
Carbon
-
Carbon Steel
Motor
250W
250W
250W
250W
Battery
36V 8AH Lithium-Ion - Removable
36V 10AH Lithium battery - Removable
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Standard battery/Removable battery)
36V 10AH Lithium Battery -Removable
Gear
Shimano 21 Speed Shift Gear System
Shimano 6 Speed Shift Gear System
Single Speed
Shimano 6 Speed Shift Gear System
Weight
50lbs (23kg)
70lbs (32kg)
37lbs (16.8kg)
70lbs (32kg)
Best Overall
ANCHEER 500W/250W Electric Bike Electric Mountain Bike for Adult, 26" Electric Commuter Bicycle 20Mph with Removable 12.5Ah/8AH Battery, Professional 21 Speed Gears
Category
Mountain Bike
Frame
Aluminum Alloy
Motor
250W
Battery
36V 8AH Lithium-Ion - Removable
Gear
Shimano 21 Speed Shift Gear System
Weight
50lbs (23kg)
More Information
Best Value
NAKTO 26" 350W Fat Tire Electric Bicycle Mountain Snow Beach Sporting Shimano 6 Speed Gear EBike Brushless Gear Motor with Removable Waterproof Large Capacity 36V10A Lithium Battery and Battery Charge
Bike Model
Category
Fat Tire Bike
Frame
Carbon
Motor
250W
Battery
36V 10AH Lithium battery - Removable
Gear
Shimano 6 Speed Shift Gear System
Weight
70lbs (32kg)
More Information
Best Portable
SWAGTRON Swagcycle EB5 Lightweight & Aluminum Folding Ebike with Pedals, Black, 58cm/Medium
Category
City Bike /Foldable
Frame
-
Motor
250W
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Standard battery/Removable battery)
Gear
Single Speed
Weight
37lbs (16.8kg)
More Information
Best Budget
NAKTO 26" 250W Cargo Electric Bicycle Sporting Shimano 6 Speed Gear EBike Brushless Gear Motor with Removable Waterproof Large Capacity 36V10A Lithium Battery and Battery Charger
Category
Cargo Bike/ Ladies Bike
Frame
Carbon Steel
Motor
250W
Battery
36V 10AH Lithium Battery -Removable
Gear
Shimano 6 Speed Shift Gear System
Weight
70lbs (32kg)
More Information

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Best Electric Bikes Under $1000 Reviewed

Best Overall

1. ANCHEER POWER PLUS ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE

The ANCHEER Power Plus with its sleek, black aesthetics can catch anyone’s eye. Equipped with an Aluminum Alloy frame, the ANCHEER Power Plus is light, strong, and highly durable

The aluminum alloy double-walled rims will ensure that you have a fast ride with less drag. The saddle tube and pedal are also made of aluminum alloy ensuring that is it isn’t heavy and bulky. This brings the net weight to about 50lbs (23kg) which is pretty manageable if you have to carry your bike.

A striking feature I found is that the front fork of the e-bike is made of high strength carbon steel which will make your ride more comfortable and safer as it has higher shock absorption

Plus, you can adjust the seat until it is parallel to the handlebars even depending on your comfort. 

The ANCHEER e-mountain bike also features front and rear mechanical disc brakes which can be relied upon on their stopping power during any weather. We all know that roads can be tricky during bad weather. 

The Shimano 21-speed gear shift system is an added bonus which makes this a perfect companion for you, be it commuting on a road or going on an adventurous hill-climb. 

The Power Plus is packed with a 250W stable brushless motor which will allow you to ride at an average speed of 15mph (24.1kmh). This will again depend on the kind of terrain you ride on.

The motor is powered by 36V 8AH Lithium-Ion removable battery and this will allow you to recharge the battery while it is on the bike. Or if it is a hassle you can lock the bike and take the battery indoors to recharge. 

The battery generally takes about 4 to 6 hours to be fully charged and will last 15-30 miles (24-48km). This again will depend on the terrain as rough terrain will consume more juice.

This brings us to the next point. What can you do if you suddenly run out of juice in the middle of nowhere? The ANCHEER Power Plus comes with a solution for this as it offers 3 working modes: normal bike mode, pedal-assisted mode, and electric bike mode. So, if you run out of juice all you have to do is pedal to the nearest spot to recharge.

What’s more, you can even control the pedal-assist speed using the LED 3-speed smart meter button according to your requirements. If you are rushing to work and want to speed past the traffic leaving all the cars behind you, just simply twist the throttle to shift into the purely electric mode and breeze through.

For those who enjoy a ride at night, the ANCHEER e-mountain bike comes with a bright LED headlamp and horn. Even during the day, you can ask people to get out of your way by tooting the horn.

From what I noticed, for some riders, learning to shift gears smoothly might take a bit of time. Since it comes half-assembled, some may also have problems in assembling it. But you can always look on YouTube for help or go to the nearest mechanic and get it done for a small price.

Considering all these features and the minor cons, we think that this is the overall best electric bike you can get for under $1000.

Pros
• Sleek look
• Aluminum alloy frame
• Lightweight and durable
• Carbon steel shock-absorbent front fork
• Adjustable seat
• Front and rear mechanical disc brakes
• Shimano 21-speed gear shift system
• Removable battery
• 3 working modes
• LED headlamp and horn

Cons
• Difficult to shift gears
• Difficult to assemble

 

Best Value

2. NAKTO CRUISER

For those who love going off-road and want to ride on snow, sand, or mud frequently, the NAKTO fat e-bike is your kind of electric bike. Manufactured with a high strength carbon frame, this fat e-bike is strong and durable and weighs around 70lbs (32kg) which is more than your average e-bike. It will carry riders who weigh up to 220lbs (100kg) and the adjustable seat will accommodate a person who is even 6 feet tall (1.83 m). 

The Cruiser’s double-disc brake system can effectively and smoothly stop the bike when it is in emergency braking. The 4.0 wide tires are extremely thick and will also ensure effective shock absorption when you decide to travel on various kinds of terrains off the normal road.

In terms of electronics, I was impressed to find the central control digital LCD display which will indicate everything you need to know when riding the bike such as battery power, speed, and gear. It comes with the Shimano 6 speed shift gears and you will have no trouble adjusting your speed according to your requirements.

When it comes to the mortar, it is a 250W brushless motor with a removable waterproof 36V 10AH Lithium battery and a standard smart charger. So, you can either charge the battery while it’s on the bike or take the battery indoors and charge it. 

The battery will take around 4 to 6 hours to be fully charged and will last you an average of 35 miles (56km) or more depending on the terrain you ride on. The average speed would be around 30mph (48.3kmh) and this again would depend on the terrain since if you ride on snow you’ll most likely have to go at a slower speed.

Given the value of the bike, it is great that it comes with an aluminum alloy power brake and an aluminum alloy non-slip pedal. This will ensure that the bike has good strength as well as durability. 

I’m sure with a bike like this you would not just ride on normal boring terrains but will go on to explore rough and challenging terrains as well. You should be fine as long as you make sure to be careful. One cannot be too sure and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

For night riders, the safety light at the front is bright and powerful and can be adjusted according to your need. The light emitted is not the kind that will blind you, which is another plus.

The Cruiser also comes in 3 working modes. The first is the purely electric mode which won’t require pedaling once you turn the throttle. The next is the pedal-assist mode which will require a certain amount of pedaling from your end but not to an uncomfortable level. 

Finally, we have the normal bike mode for instances where your battery runs out of juice and you still have to get home. Always use a mix between the three and make the best use of your bike.

If you are worried about getting a damaged bike or certain parts malfunctioning, you can rest easy. NAKTO has got you covered. Your Cruiser will come with a 100% 1-year warranty as well as a 7x24h after-sales service.

We tried to find downsides of this bike and there weren’t any noticeable cons. However, for some riders, the speed shifting could be a challenge but that is something you would get used to overtime. 

If you are thinking of getting an electric bike which is worth it for under $1000, I suggest you do some more digging on this bike. 

Pros
• Double-disc brake system
• Shimano 6 speed shift gears
• Removable, waterproof lithium battery
• Smart charger
• Digital LCD display
• 3 working modes
• High strength and durability

Cons
• Shifting gears is a challenge
• Heavy

 

Best Portable

3. SWAGCYCLE EB5 PLUS FOLDING ELECTRIC BIKE

For those who are looking for the best portable electric bike under $1000, I recommend the SWAGCYCLE. It comes with a streamlined shape and eye-catching design that can be fully assembled. This will save you the trouble of having to go through countless magazines and tutorials just to assemble your bike. 

This budget folding electric bike is equipped with a 250W hub motor and a lithium battery which will last you 15miles (24km) on power alone in a single charge and more if you pedal. 

The average speed is around 15mph (24kmh). When you want to speed past traffic or get to your destination quickly, you simply have to twist the throttle which will give the bike the additional boost that it needs. 

By using the throttle and the pedal alternatively, you can increase the distance you travel on a single charge. If you decide to use both together, that’s even better since this will give your body some much-needed exercise.

But on the downside, your pedaling won’t be of much use, and moving would be difficult if your battery is drained. So always make sure that your battery is properly charged. Also, keep in mind that there is only a single level of speed that you can travel at which is a bit of a bummer. But then, you can’t expect too much from a budget e-bike. 

The SWAGCYLE also comes in two styles called the standard battery and the removable battery. You get to pick what best suits your need. Still, I’d rather you go for the one that allows you to remove the battery for quite obvious reasons such as ease of charging. The battery would generally take about 4 to 5 hours to be fully charged. 

The SWAGCYLE weighs only about 37lbs (16.8kg) making it extremely easy to carry. The triple-fold design helps to fold this e-bike and is useful when you want to pack your bike into the trunk of your car, subways, closets, or any other compact spaces. 

As the bike frame is collapsible you would think it isn’t that strong. But the frame accommodates riders up to 264lbs (120kg) which is a pretty good range given the price. The portability makes it a good fit for everyone. Those who live in apartments several floors high could easily use this budget e-bike and even carry it up when it isn’t used.

Thanks to the special Autoguard technology, your SWAGCYCLE can be brought to a stop immediately when you press the brake. This safety feature ensures that the motor automatically disengages upon braking. Even if you’re holding the throttle and a dog appears in front of you out of nowhere, rest assured you’ll not run over it as your e-bike will come to an immediate halt. 

I was amazed to find that the height of the seat and the handlebar could be adjusted according to the rider. This means that the SWAGCYLE is an ideal companion that can be used by almost anyone in the family. 

Maintaining your budget e-bike will be a breeze with the quick-disconnect power lines that are fully removable. They will allow you to easily change tires or do some general maintenance. This will also ensure that your bike has better traction. 

All in all, this budget folding electric bike is fully worth its price and is the best portable option out there.

Pros
• Streamlined shape
• Pre-assembled
• Two styles
• Very portable
• Equipped with auto guard technology
• Adjustable seat and handlebar
• Quick disconnect power lines

Cons
• Cannot move with ease when the battery is dead
• Single speed level

 

Best Budget

4. NAKTO 26

If you were thinking about how to carry your groceries home, the NAKTO Cargo e-bike gives you the answer. You can either stack and tie your goods onto the rear rack or simply tuck them into the basket in front. 

The basket attached in front also gives a feminine touch to it making it an ideal pick for women. Forget grocery shopping, you can simply travel around the city without much effort in this low-cost electric bike. 

Built with a carbon steel frame and front fork, the cargo e-bike has high strength and durability. Since carbon frames are heavier, this bike weighs around 70lbs (32kg) and some riders might find it difficult to carry it around. 

This gets chalked off with the bike’s ability to ride on a variety of terrain. It also comes with high-level shock absorption which would ensure your safety while on the road without compromising the comfort of your ride. 

Like most electric bikes under $1000, this e-bike is also equipped with a 250W high-speed brushless gear motors which will allow you to travel at a range of 18-25mph (29-40kmh). 

This is a pretty good range given the price. The 36V 10AH lithium battery of this bike is removable and would allow you to ride up to 22-28 miles (35-45km) per charge. 

But keep in mind that this will largely depend on the terrain you ride on. If you tend to go on more rough and uneven terrain, the charge will decrease quicker than it normally does. When you buy this bike, you will also get a smart lithium battery charger

The NAKTO cargo e-bike is fully equipped with a front V brake or in other words, a front rim brake, and a rear drum brake. This will ensure your safety as they will provide you with consistent braking despite the terrain you ride on.

The Shimano 6 speed shift gear system is an added bonus that will allow you to change the speed you ride at according to your needs. You can experience various speeds during the ride by simply twisting the throttle and shifting the speed gears. Getting used to change the gears smoothly might take some time but once you get the hang of it, it’s nothing. 

The LED headlamp and horn will make sure that you are comfortable and safe, riding at night as during the day. The horn will be handy not only at night but also during the day. 

This cargo e-bike comes in two working modes. The e-bike mode will ensure that you enjoy longer rides with minimum effort on your end. On the other hand, when you want to pedal and make riding an exercise, the pedal-assist mode will be at your service. 

Both the handlebar and the seat are adjustable and you can adjust it according to your height. But when it comes to the seat itself it can cause discomfort for some, as it is a bit on the narrow side. 

This is also an electric bike that fits most women in terms of its aesthetic and ease of maintenance. It is one of the most affordable e-bikes out there as well. This is why the NAKTO Cargo electric bike is the best budget electric bike under $1000 on our list.

Pros
• Carbon steel frame and front fork
• Shimano 6 speed shift gear system
• Removable lithium battery
• Strong and durable
• Smart charger
• LED headlamp and horn
• Two working modes
• Adjustable seat and handlebar
• Front basket and rear rack

Cons
• Heavier than aluminum alloy bikes

Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Bike Under $1000

We are done with our review and now it’s up to you to make your pick. Before you do that, let’s answer a few questions you might have before you buy an e-bike.

IS E-BIKE CLASS IMPORTANT?

The short answer to this question is yes. Even though you’re looking for budget electric bikes, you don’t want to compromise on performance. In that case, you must pick an electric bike from a class that best fits you.

Class 1 are the pedal-assist bikes that require you to pedal to kickstart the motor which will then provide the additional assistance. The average speed for pedal-assist e-bikes is 15 mph (24.14 kph). If you need your e-bike to speed forward without any pedaling, you should go for a Class 2 e-bike which has a throttle.

Class 3 electric bikes are for those who love to speed in pedal-assist e-bikes. These bikes will speed up to 28 mph (45.06 kph) and in most countries, Class 3 electric bike riders are required to obtain a driving license. So, before you decide on the speed of your e-bike, you might want to check on your local legislation.

WHAT KIND OF MOTOR WILL BEST SUIT YOU?

There are 3 kinds of motors that you could pick from when buying your electric bike. Let me start with the most common and most preferred motor type, which is the mid-drive motor. As its name suggests it is placed at the center of the bike making it more stable and balanced. This is what you should opt for as well.

The front hub motor, on the other hand, will make you feel as if you are being pulled forward, bike and all. It can be risky to ride these bikes in bad weather as it is highly likely to slip out of your control. If you feel as if you are being pushed forward from behind, that’s the job of the rear hub motor. These bikes are also tricky to control when riding on wet surfaces.

ebike in a park

 

WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF BATTERY OUT THERE?

The most commonly used battery is the Lithium-Ion battery which is essentially lightweight and lasts long. Even though it is on the expensive side, we think it is a worthy investment.

You will also find that lead-acid batteries are much cheaper. But they are quite heavy, bulky, less durable, and are going out of fashion. Nickel Cadmium batteries, though they are better than the lead-acid ones, are also becoming a thing of the past.

HOW TO PICK THE MOST COMFORTABLE ELECTRIC BIKE?

The comfort of your e-bike depends on several features. First, the size of your bike will largely determine your comfort. When you buy an e-bike you must always make sure that it fits your height. If you buy a bike and you have to strain to reach the handlebars it is going to be a waste of money and can cause backaches as well. 

So, when you buy a bike, you need to have an idea about your body measurements, especially the height of your upper body and lower body. Find the best fit using a bike size guide.

If there are slight mismatches between your height and that of the bike, an adjustable seat would help you find a solution to your problem without compromising your health or comfort. Also, make sure that the seat is wide enough and is properly padded. You don’t want to end up with a sore backside after a long ride on your e-bike.

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN STORING YOUR E-BIKE?

Electric bikes are bound to be heavier than your average bike due to their additional components. But there will be instances where you have to lift your bike to place it onto a bike rack or take it out of your house to store it when not in use. In that case, you must be able to carry your e-bike.

Most e-bikes nowadays come with an alloy frame and are thus lightweight. They generally weigh around 50lbs (22.68 Kg) which is manageable. But if you opt for an e-bike with a carbon steel frame, things might get trickier. However, the choice is yours.

Conclusion

As you know by now, there is a wide variety of electric bikes under $1000 in the market for you to choose from.

We hope that this list will make your life easier when it comes to picking the best e-bike under $1000.

 

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