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Compared to a traditional bike, E-bikes can be a serious investment.
But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a traditional bike and pedal like you’re taking part in the ‘Tour de France’ to get to work on time!
Budget doesn’t mean low quality, it’s all about spending your money wisely. That is why we have made this list of ‘Best Electric Bikes under $500’ for you!
Overview of Best E-bikes under $500
*Depending on the working model.
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Good things come in small packages
Another great product from ANCHEER, a leading icon in the world of E-bikes.
This bike may look small but punches way above its weight class.
With a weight of just 26.5 lbs (12kg) this bike can easily be folded and carried with one hand. It’s ideal for storage or to be carried on the subway. Despite its light weight, it can hold a total load of 265 lbs (120 Kg), that’s 10 times its own weight. This is made possible due to the aluminum alloy frame and dual-layer aluminum on the wheels.
This product from ANCHEER is 100% electric and is a Pedal-less design. The pedals are replaced by steel pegs at the sides to rest your feet making the ride comfortable.
The 350-watt motor and 36V lithium battery can achieve a top speed of 12 mph (19.31 kph) and has a range of 12 miles (19 km) on a single charge, which approximately takes 3 hours or less.
The feature that got this bike on our list is the Bluetooth app supported system. The Android or iOS app can be used to track distance traveled, speed, and time.
It is the ideal choice for level terrain and short distances within the city.
• Easy storage
• Bluetooth app
• Cruise control
• Headlight switch missing (Controlled by app)
• Bike seat cannot be adjusted
• No pedals in case battery runs out
Swift as a swallow
This 16” (40.64 cm) is another reliable, folding ebike that is conveniently portable and easy to store as well.
The Macwheel ranks as the second heaviest on our list, with a weight of 39.7 lbs (18 Kg) and with a maximum loading weight of 264 lb (120kg).
The 36V battery can get you cruising to a top speed of 15.5 mph (24.9 kph) and a range of 25 miles in electric mode and up to 37 miles (59.5 km) with pedaling. Its Lithium-ion battery takes between 4-6 hours to fully charge.
The special thing about the Macwheel 16 inch is that unlike the more commonly found V brakes on most electric bikes, the Macwheel is equipped with dual-disc brakes, which makes your ride all the more secure.
Disc brakes make the bike far more versatile, enabling you to downhill riding as it will keep you steady, even in poor weather conditions!
The Macwheel boasts a few other features that are worth mentioning as well, such as its simple LED display with all the relevant stats that you need, coupled with its bell which gives you plenty of coverage to safely ride at night or under dim lighting conditions.
Ideal for daily commuting to work.
• Quick folding mechanism
• 5-speed gear system
• Small and convenient to carry
• Slightly heavier
Glide like the Qi
So far all the bikes on our list are foldable and this is another example of one. The lightweight, unique ‘dolphin frame’ can be easily carried or stored. The special frame seals the battery giving this bike an IP54 rating, making it water-resistant. Weighing 26.5 lbs (12 kg), it can carry a total load of 260 lbs (117.93 Kg).
The removable battery usually takes 4-6 hours to charge and drives a 350W brushless motor which can get you to a maximum speed of 15.5 mph (25 kph) and a distance of 15 miles (24 km) on a single charge.
Similar to the ANCHEER dolphin electric bike, this is also fully electric and has no pedals. There are 2 working modes, throttle assisted, and cruise control.
Ideal for short trips around the town.
• Lightweight and foldable
• Bluetooth enabled App
• Lacks suspension
The Swagcycle is made of aluminum, but is still a little bit on the heavy side, coming in at 37 lbs (16.7 kg).
This e-bike is aerodynamically designed, enabling you to challenge even steep inclines and slopes for you to traverse without a problem. The seat is also fully adjustable, for you to adjust the height to your preference.
The 250-watt motor helps the bike to reach a top speed of 15.5 mph (24.9 kph) and with assisted pedaling, there isn’t a limit on your highest speed with regards to the motor or battery life.
The battery on the Swagcycle takes 4-5 hours to fully charge, and if you’re worried about not having enough power or maxing your existing battery out, you can always grab an extra one; swapping in your old battery for one that’s brand new.
The Swagcycle is a 14 inch (35.56 cm) bike, capable of carrying a maximum weight of 264 lbs (119.7kg).
• Adjustable seat
• Extra Battery
• Comparatively heavy
Ride in Style
A unique feature of this bike is the lightweight steel frame. Steel is known to be heavier than aluminum, but the innovative design of the frame makes it lighter than the aluminum frames on our list.
The 250W brushless motor is powered by a 36V Lithium battery that delivers enough torque to tackle challenging climbs. A single charge can haul you between 15-30 miles (24-48km) depending on the working mode, throttle mode, or pedal-assisted.
Like the other choice from ANCHEER, this too has a Shimano Acera 7 Speed gear system.
Ideal choice for a road or mountain bike, for a weekend outing or daily commute.
• Strong steel frame
• Adjustable seat handle
• The battery might have some flaws, and might not fully charge.
Things To Consider Before Purchasing A (Budget) E-Bike!
There is an E-bike for everyone out there, but you have to decide what you will be using it for the most. If you like cruising up and about the mountains, then an Electric mountain bike might be your best bet.
But a Road Electric Bike might suit you better if your main priority is commuting to work.
Electric bikes range from cargo hauling bikes, relaxed cruising, mountain biking, child commuting, urban commuting, and many more!
But let’s be frank, for under $500 you can’t expect an electric mountain bike. E-bikes under $500 are mainly for a short distance around the city, but we’ve got a surprise for you off-road enthusiasts. Keep on reading to find out.
PEDLEC (PEDAL ASSISTED ) VS THROTTLE VS SPEED PEDLEC
The first type as the name suggests requires the rider to pedal normally while the motor provides assistance which can accelerate you up to 20 mph (32 kph). This particular type is also called class 1 E-bikes and is considered as a regular bike under the law.
Class 2 E-bikes aka Throttle bikes is similar to a scooter but limits the speed to 20 mph (32 kph) without pedal assistance from the rider. These bikes are legal in some states in the US but are not considered legal on a bike path in many cities, like New York City.
The 3rd kind is similar to Class 1 E-bikes but provides faster speeds, up to 28 mph (45 kph) with assistance from the rider. This class of E-bikes requires the rider to hold a certain type of license or be above a certain age and is not allowed on most bike paths.
Class 1 and Class 2 E-bikes are associated with lower prices compared to Class 3 bikes which are higher up the price scale.
This is usually the most expensive component of an “E-bike” and the most important factor when determining the overall performance of the bike.
The battery on an “E-bike” is rechargeable and there are 3 main types:
• Lead-Acid batteries are cheaper, but you pay your dues in weight.
• Nickel-Cadmium batteries are lighter but might affect performance if the battery is drained before re-charging.
• Lithium Batteries are everywhere, and you wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up on your E-bike. This type of battery is the most optimal and the most expensive. Even though lithium batteries are expensive, most bikes nowadays are fitted with lithium batteries, no matter where they are on the price range.