The best cheap electric bikes 2022
A cheap e-bike can be a game-changer, and there are some great options out there if you know where to look. Just a few years ago it was next to impossible to get one from a reputable bike manufacturer for less than $2000, but luckily the tide has now changed and there is a huge range of budget e-bikes out there. which are a joy to ride and won’t break the bank.
Sure, you can buy a much cheaper e-bike if you’re willing to settle for an unknown brand, but that’s something we’d avoid. The bikes listed here are all from manufacturers with a good track record and strong after-sales service. Their bikes also comply with the local rules and standards where they are sold, so you can be sure you won’t be arrested for riding anything illegal.
Almost all of these bikes have been tested in the UK and therefore have a top speed of 15.5mph with the engine running. Versions sold in other countries (especially the United States) may have a higher top speed, which means higher battery usage and reduced range. Take a moment to check the specs on the retailer’s site before making your final choice – and happy driving.
Practicality is the name of the game for Rad Power, whether it’s building rugged cargo bikes to haul groceries around town or no-frills hybrids like the RadMission One. There’s no setup needed other than charging the battery, so you can just plug it in for a few hours and then start riding right away.
It offers simple controls that work easily with your thumb halfway through, a spin booster to help you get away quickly at intersections, built-in lights, a 250W motor and Tektro disc brakes to deliver 100% power. sufficient braking. That’s impressive for a bike that costs just €1,099 in Europe and $1,099 in the US (about £1,000 / AU$1,800).
Rad Power Bikes quotes a maximum range of over 45 miles in ideal conditions, which is very respectable for a budget e-bike and matches our experience in testing.
There are a few limitations, but nothing that is a deal breaker. The power bank isn’t particularly sleek, but it had the advantage of easily detaching for charging. Likewise, although there is only one frame size, it is available as a step-over or step-over model, making it accessible to a wider range of riders.
Read our full Rad Power RadMission 1 review
The extra engineering involved in building a folding electric bike usually results in a much higher price tag (see the current range of electric Bromptons for example), but British company MiRider have managed to produce a compact, user-friendly model that feels sturdy to roll, folds down in seconds, and costs less than most non-backrests. It’s a real feat, and the MiRider One is a real pleasure to ride.
Batteries and folding bikes are a winning partnership, especially if you’re a commuter. Not only can you reach the desk without breaking a sweat, but once you’re there, your bike can fit under your desk. Although it has the small wheels you expect from a compact bike, the motor means hills are still a breeze and you won’t have to sacrifice speed for convenience.
It’s not the cheapest in this roundup of budget e-bikes, but if you’re looking for a folding model, you won’t find a better one for the price.
Read our full MiRider One Reviews
UK retailer Halfords’ latest e-bike has an understated look and could easily be mistaken for a regular push bike at first glance. It’s also one of the cheapest bikes in this guide, starting at just £1,000 (about $1,400 / AU$1,800) for the base spec.
There are three versions of the Carrera Impel. The im-1 (which lacks gears and relies entirely on its motor to help tackle hills, and the im-2 (which has both gears and a choice of assist settings) both have a range maximum of 50 miles, which is better than many of the bikes that cost twice as much, including our current top-rated e-bike, the Cowboy 4, which maxes out at 43.5 miles.
The Carrera Impel im-3 has a more robust battery and is capable of up to 75 miles, although it is also the most expensive of the three.
When we tested the im-2, we were impressed with its low weight, which makes it easy to lift and transport without breaking a sweat, and the upright riding position provided by its hybrid geometry, ideal for visibility in traffic. . It’s comfortable, even for long journeys, and although it doesn’t come with panniers, there’s plenty of room to fit one in and make it a handy, practical everyday workhorse for errands and trips. regular races. Its Tektro brakes are also excellent, performing well in wet conditions.
The main downside is that it’s only available in the UK at the time of writing, and it’s unlikely to hit US shores anytime soon.
Read our full Halfords Carrera Impel im-2 review
E-bikes designed for off-roading are generally more expensive than their road counterparts, but not the E-Trends Trekker. It’s just £1,199 (about $1,600 / AU$2,200 when bought from E-Trends directly, and can be found even cheaper at Amazon UK.
E-Trends may not be a household name, but they are an established, well-rated bike builder with a solid reputation—and the Trekker reflects that. It feels reassuringly rugged when tackling rough terrain. Its front suspension fork soaks up bumps well and adds surprisingly little to the overall weight of the bike. At 22kg, it’s about average for an e-bike and much lighter than many e-MTBs.
The main thing to keep in mind is that its maximum range of 30 miles is based on ideal driving conditions. Going off the beaten track on rough roads and climbing inclines will drain the battery much faster, so it’s important to plan your journey ahead and be aware of when you’re using the motor so you don’t end up facing to a steep hill under your own steam at the end of a ride.
Read our full Reviews on E-Trends Trekker
Pure Electric is one of the UK’s biggest retailers of electric bikes and scooters, but the Flux One is its first foray into building bikes. It’s an impressive start, and the result is a sleek bike that looks a lot more expensive than its modest price of £999 (about $1,400 / AU$1,900) would suggest.
In fact, its design is reminiscent of the Cowboy 4, our current top-rated e-bike, with smooth lines and a carbon belt drive system that helps keep maintenance to a minimum (no need to spend time oiling or to stretch a chain). It’s also fun to drive, with a comfortable and relatively upright riding position, reliable brakes and easy-to-use power controls. It’s light and well-balanced enough to carry over your shoulder as well, which is a rare perk.
The downside is its range, which at just 25 miles in ideal conditions means this is more of a bike for short city trips than weekend riding. We also found switching between power modes to be a bit jarring at times, but that was just a small grunt. It’s still a great e-bike for the price, but given the choice, we’d opt for the Rad Power RadMission 1 instead.
Read our full Reviews on Pure Flux One