Best Electric Bikes for Under $1000
Electric bicycles are new on the scene and people are enjoying the benefits of not having to pedal their bikes around town as traditional pedal powered bikes have been known for. Electric bikes come with an electric motor that can get you where you need to be faster, climb hills effortlessly and significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Also e-bikes don’t require registration, license plates, or insurance. If you haven’t experienced riding a e-bike yet, you might be asking how come the electric bikes are have not taken over the world by now? Truth is, even though e-bikes have been available for years, the cost.
Even though the initial cost of an e-bike can seem high, they certainly pay off in the long term. Purchasing an electric bike is a little more than a conventional pedal bike, but the wear and tear is about the same so the price to maintain is low, and electricity is cheap enough to be largely unnoticable. If you use e-bike to commute instead of a car, the bike will practically pay itself with the savings on fuel. Aside from that, there will also be someone who will buy a e-bikes from you at a high resale value. There’s people that want a electric bike but can’t always afford a brand new one, so people are always on the lookout for a second hand electric bike. So if you’re looking buy a new one, here are our top picks of electric bikes under $1000:
Affordable E-Bikes – Top Picks
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike
The Ancheer Power Plus electric bike is certaintly one of the most affordable e-bikes on the market. While their might be better quality bikes out there, what you’re getting for the price is pretty good. It comes with a powered 250W high-speed brushless motor, strong enough for any terrain. Very minimal pedal if you’re going uphill, and even easier with the electric assistance. If you need to use motor only, just twist the throttle and go.
The bike looks no different than a regular mountain bike. The smartly designed 36 V, 8Ah Li-Ion battery is disguised as a thermos, making it unknown whether this is an e-bicycle or a regular one unless you get really close. The Ancheer Power Plus comes with a 100% alloy frame and the front fork is made with high-grade carbon steel. The bike itself weighs about 45 lbs.
This three speed bike comes in low, medium and high mode. The top speed is around 18 miles with it’s motor and 25 mph with pedaling. The range with the motor gets you about 30 miles, but since you can pedal it just like the traditional bike after the battery dies, there is really no limit to how far you can go. 21-speed gear shift system allows you to be in full control of your ride, and front and rear disc brakes protect your safety. The Ancheer electric mountain bike is also equipped with LED headlight and horn.
Cyclamatic Power Plus CX1 Electric Mountain Bike
Newly, improved, and the very popular Cyclamatic Power Plus series, the CX1, stands out with its stylish design. Glossy silver finish and sleek lines of the frame make this e-bike look much more expensive than it actually costs. Besides its look, the designers of the Cyclamatic Power Plus electric bike have also focused on the convenience. Everything, from user-friendly design to easily removable battery, it’s created to give the rider an amazing experience. Not only are improvements made in the motor and battery, but the bike is now equipped with the 21-speed gear system.
Riding a CX1 is just as easy as riding a bike! As soon as that pedal turns, the powerful 250W motor kicks in, making travel faster, easier and much more fun than a standard bike. With the 26” tires, this e-bike is suitable on any terrains. And you can also ride it in all weather, rain or shine, because the battery is fully sealed.
This electric bike has an range of 28 miles before having to recharge the battery, and a topping speed of 15 mph. Just enough for your daily commute. But just have in mind that this bike does not have a throttle mode only, which means you have to pedal.
Goplus 20″ Folding Electric Bike
If you need a cheap entry level e-bike for casual weekend joy rides, this is the one for you. This bike folds, which is great if you need to fit it in the trunk of your car. The frame folds via a 2 part locking mechanism which ensures the catch safely remains locked when the bike is in use.
The top speed is 21 mph, and gets you a range between from 15 – 20 miles depending on your weight, terrain etc. There is no option to turn off the pedal assist, so the motor will help you go faster even when you need to slow. With a 250W motor, this little bike comes with a good amount of power.
Keep in mind that the weight of this bike is towards the rear, which might cause you to skid and swerve on wet grounds. This is certainly not the greatest electric bike in the world, but all things considered, you get what you paid for.
X-Treme Trail Climber Elite
X-Treme is a very well-known distributor of electric scooters and electric bikes with really great customer service. Offering a selection of great budget electric bikes, one of them being the Trail Climber Elite. With a 300W rear hub motor, this e-bike can take over almost any terrain. The frame of this bike is 100% aluminum, Malibu has a step-though frame, but there is also a men’s version of this bike.
The top speed on this bike is about 20 mph, with the range of 15 – 20 miles. The battery pack is 24V LiPo4. This e-bike can take you on an absolute joy to ride around town. Even more now, with an all new zero resistance rear hub motor with an automatic clutch. This makes riding without power a breeze and you will feel no resistance from the motor. The seating is large and very comfortable, with dual springs for a smooth ride. It also comes with a folding basket for groceries or running errands.
If you have never serviced a bike yourself, putting this bike together can be a difficult task. Buying this bike on Amazon you can ask for free assembly service, either at a local bike shop or at your home. All in all, this bike is great value for the money, and if you take proper care of it, it will last a long time.
Nakto Foldaway Electric Bike
The Nakto folding electric bike is small, lightweight and fun ride on our list. With a 250W motor and a 36 V 10Ah battery that gives it enough energy to manage a comfortable 20 miles on a single charge, hitting 22 or 23 miles. The battery will recharge in about 3 – 4 hours depending on how much it has been used. The motor and lightweight bike frame gives it a top speed of around 20 miles per hour. The Nakto Folding e-bike has multiple control modes, giving you the control over of how much work you do and you can even ride it with no electrical assistance at all.
Well built and sturdy, this Nakto is fitted with a quick release clamp to assist in folding the bike quickly and makes it a perfect bike for traveling with you on travelling holidays or using as a commuting bike.
Overall, the Nakto foldaway electric bike has everything you need to get you started with electric bicycles. A great commuter bike with great reviews all over the internet. Best of all it comes in at just over half of our budget, which feels like an absolute bargain for what you’re getting.
Merax Aluminum Electric Mountain Bike
When it comes to cheapest mountain e-bikes, the Merax is on the forefront, but don’t let the price fool you. This electric powered mountain bike runs on a 350W rear hub motor that has enough power to get this bike to the top speed of 19 mph. The Merax comes with 2 different modes where you can choose from cruise on electric mode or on the assisted mode.
A sturdy, basic bike for those who want nothing more than a couple of wheels capable to roll over rough ground for a budget price. The 36V 8.8Ah Li-ion battery is placed for easy access and charging, but it is also removable and securely locked by key. It takes 6-8 hours to charge the battery from 0%-100%, and you can expect to travel between 22–28 miles on a full charge.
The Merax mountain e-bike features a 7 speed Shimano gear system, aluminum alloy frame, front fork suspension and CST Jet brand tires. An absolute great value for the price, even though it does not come fully assembled and it does take some time to get the disc brakes sorted and the shifting tuned. But the directions provided are accurate, the tools are provided, and you will be able to take it out on trails or around town in no time.
Ecotric Fat Tire Foldable Electric Bike
This Ecotric is a compact, foldable, fat tire, electric bike. Fairly small and lightweight with it’s aluminum frame material. Using a 500W motor and a 36V 12AH lithium ion battery. This can easily reach speeds of 20 mph and at least 25 miles range. It uses fat tires and small wheels that can be used by basically anyone. It’s incredibly easy to ride and can take a rider’s weight of up to 300lbs. Handling very well on all surfaces and terrains, including snow and sand as you would expect from a fat tire bike. The overall performance is very impressive for the price.
Nakto Cargo Electric Bicycle
While we had another Nakto bike on the list, this Nakto Cargo Electric Bike is slightly different. This is your typical step through electric bike except with a few additional extras. Like the Nakto Foldaway, the Cargo is very well built, being made from a high strength carbon steel frame. It also performs very well using a 250W blushless motor and a 36 V 10Ah lithium battery that is removable. Meaning you’re likely to get around 25 miles before needing to be recharge. You can also hit 15 – 20 mph with the motor.
Like many e-bikes at this price range, you get 2 operational mode, one for complete motor power and the other being assisted mode.
What the Cargo version has that many others do not is the additional basket and rear carrying rack for transporting goods. The front basket is good but like many baskets can feel a bit lose at times, while the rear rack is more sturdy and larger than expected. Both together make a very useful carrying space.