32 Best Electric Bikes Review 2022- You Can Buy Right Now!

In our e-bike review, we reviewed 32 electric bicycles intensively. We recommend the Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 as the best e-bike for the 2022 season. The test winner belongs to the category of commuter e-bikes and is priced in the premium segment.

You can get a good e-bike – also known as a “Pedelec electric bicycle” – much cheaper, even below the 2,000 euro mark. In this post, we present all recommended e-bikes from the important categories, including trekking, city, folding bike, mountain bike, and transport. The test was carried out by ELEKTROBIKE in early 2020. We last checked the results in March 2022.

The e-bike is a real alternative to the classic bicycle with one clear advantage: the integrated motor assists you when pedaling. You can set the level of relief on the control panel on the handlebars.
An example: anyone who drives to the office dressed in a suit arrives in a dry shirt thanks to the motor assistance. On the way home, dressed in sportswear, the support may be less.
When talking about motorized bicycles, different terms are often used: e-bike, electric bike, and pedelec. You can read below what is behind the names.

The Best Electric Bikes of All Classes

We are now introducing the best models from 45 e-bikes. The model type does not play a role in the overall assessment, only the convincing performance in the test counts. In the following, we present the most recommendable models in each category: e-bikes for trekking, the city, for commuters, beautiful lifestyle models, all-round SUVs, e-bikes for athletes, as well as folding e-bikes and transport electric bikes . Then read about the best eMTBs, the rating of which cannot be compared with the rest of the eMTBs due to a different focus of the test.

1- Commuter Electric Bike: The most important facts

A commuter e-bike is a perfect companion for the daily commute. They should be fast and still comfortable enough to arrive at the office relaxed. Fast S-Pedelecs can be an advantage. Commuters definitely want mudguards, good lamps and mounting options for bags and the like.
  • Weight: 23–26 kg
  • Range: 30–65 km
  • Price: from 2,000 euros

The best e-bike for commuters: Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0

On the hunt for the triple: After 2018 and 2019, the Turbo Vado from Specialized is competing for the third time to take the title in the fast commuter bike category. And that’s exactly what it does, with an all-round convincing appearance. Starting with the Brose mid-engine, adapted to Specialized specifications, which accelerates the US bike impressively quickly and harmoniously and easily masters every climb. In addition, there is the now even larger battery, which is hidden in the down tube and ensures a very long range.

Thanks to the well-graded derailleur gear, the Turbo Vado is still pleasant to drive even without engine power. In terms of handling, the bike is nicely balanced and impressively creates the combination of extremely smooth running and agile appearance. The suspension fork and handles that lie comfortably in the hand ensure comfort, while the powerful brake grips safely and accurately. The Specialized bike is the only one in the test to crack the magic mark of 800 points.

  • Weight: 23.8 kg
  • Range: 22-73 km
  • Price: around 4,000 euros


  • Strong engine
  • Long range
  • Confident driving behavior


  • High Price

This is what matters when it comes to e-bikes for commuters

Cycle quickly and yet completely relaxed through the fresh air to the office. No, the chic speedsters from this category are of course not only suitable for driving to and from work. But with their mixture of powerful drive, confident driving behavior, equipment suitable for everyday use and space for a luggage bag or more, they present impressive letters of application for commuters looking for a good e-bike.
  • Engine: These bikes should make the journey to and from work fast, but not too sweaty if possible. Accordingly, a powerful engine is particularly useful in this class. The lightning-fast S-Pedelecs with very powerful motors with 350 watts or more of power also belong in this class.
  • Battery: Not every employer allows the battery to be charged in the office or company. This is why the battery capacity should ideally not only be sufficient for the journey to work, but also for the brisk yet relaxed way back home.
  • Equipment: Anyone who needs the pedelec for daily commuting should attach particular importance to equipment that is suitable for everyday use. Mudguards and lighting are compulsory, but a luggage rack for the briefcase or other luggage should also be useful. The fast S-Pedelec also needs a rear-view mirror and special reflectors on the fork.
  • Frame: Fast commuters, especially S-Pedelecs, require a very stable chassis with high directional stability in order to be safe and confident in traffic at all times.
  • Comfort: At high speeds, potholes or poor road surfaces are particularly noticeable. Correspondingly important in such situations is a good, high level of driving comfort, ideally even in the form of high-quality full suspension.
  • Registration: The fast S-Pedelecs among the commuter e-bikes require an insurance registration.
  • They have no business on cycle paths unless explicitly stated as permitted.

SUV e-bike: the most important facts

The SUV among the e-bikes scores with comfort: thick tires, suspension fork, and suspension seat post are part of it. These e-bikes do not save on equipment, they come with powerful motors, large batteries, mudguards, integrated lighting systems, and everything an e-bike’s heart desires. The diesel SUV can pack up there.
  • Weight: around 25 kg
  • Range: 20–70 km
  • Price: 1,700–5,400 euros

Das Beste SUV-E-Bike: Conway Xyron C 427

You take a powerful electric fully, buy it mudguards, stands, luggage racks, and lighting – et voilà: the electric SUV is ready. This is exactly what Conway did with the Xyron C 427. The goal: to create the most comfortable and versatile e-bike possible for everyday use. One can say: Mission accomplished! With the strong full suspension, lowerable seat post for easier ascent, and wide tires, first-class driving comfort is offered. Only the sporty MTB grips and perhaps the saddle could have been swapped for more comfortable models.

The Xyron lies very well on the road or on the unpaved ground but still proves to be pleasantly maneuverable. Bosch’s new Performance Line CX provides very powerful, but always harmonious and direct motor support. It is supplied with energy by the large 625 Wh battery. The rather heavy bike is recommended for long use and all in all it deserves the ELEKTROBIKE test victory among the E-SUVs.

  • Weight: 26.8 kg
  • Range: 22-69 km
  • Price: around 4,600 euros


  • Comfortable bike
  • Long range


  • High price
  • Comparatively high weight

This is what matters with the SUV electric bike

In contrast to the “Sport Utility Vehicle” with four wheels, there are actually some good arguments for using the little brother. The thick tires or even full suspension ensure a high level of driving comfort and good road holding. In addition: if such a wheel, in contrast to most pseudo-SUVs, actually comes into contact with unpaved ground, it still cuts a good figure.
  • Tires: Now it’s getting really thick! These e-bikes roll on particularly wide and often profiled tires. So they are not only suitable for use on roads and bike paths, but also do not shy away from gravel and forest paths. In addition, the voluminous tires offer a high level of cushioning and corresponding comfort.
  • Chassis: The chassis of the e-bike also contributes to the comfort. This is particularly high with full-suspension models. Another advantage: A good suspension also ensures better traction and a correspondingly smoother ride even on rough surfaces.
  • Character: SUV bikes usually glide smoothly and confidently over the ground. This is also due to the usually slightly higher weight, but above all to the wide tires and the corresponding geometry of the bike.
  • Engine: Quite powerful, please. After all, the “S” in SUVs doesn’t stand for “sport” for nothing. That is why a bike in this category requires an extremely powerful motor. This does not necessarily have to be overly harmonious, but of course it is allowed to.
  • Battery: The SUV bike not only feels at home in the city, but also likes to go on long trips off-road. Therefore, a large battery can ensure a long range here, also in the dual-battery option.
  • Features: Despite the sporty approach, the SUV also wants to be prepared for everyday life in the city and on a bike tour. Therefore, basic parts such as fenders or lights should be on board. And luggage rack solutions also look good on bikes in this class.

City e-bike: the most important facts

If you want to cycle comfortably but comfortably, you can get on a city e-bike. They are suitable for anyone who wants to get on the bike comfortably because the foot does not have to be swung over the saddle. Suspension fork, suspension seat post, or balloon tires bring comfort. Long ranges are not so important, but porters are compulsory.
  • Weight: around 25 kg
  • Range: from 35–60 km
  • Price : from 1,700 euros

The best e-bike for the city: Kettler Quadriga Comp CX 12

Not because of bankruptcy: When the traditional Kettler brand was announced last year, it was not about the bicycle division. The legendary Kettler Alu-Rad has not only been operating under the umbrella of the Zweirad -Kauf-Genossenschaft (ZEG) in Cologne since 2015, it also proves impressively with the Quadriga Comp CX 12: In 2020, pretty strong bicycles will also roll with the Kettler Lettering through the country. There is a very powerful motor in the eye-catching frame. Bosch’s new Performance Line CX drive brings the Quadriga up to speed quickly and harmoniously.

Thanks to the inconspicuous battery in the frame, these can sometimes last a little longer. Especially since the Kettler can be driven very well even without motor power thanks to the wide range of derailleurs. The comprehensive equipment package with a suspension fork, lowerable seat post, and ergonomic parts, combined with a relaxed seating position, ensures a high level of comfort. For this, there is the test victory among the city bikes.

  • Weight: 28.1 kg
  • Range: 22-66 km
  • Price: around 3,500 euros


  • Very good engine
  • Long range


  • High price

The Kettler Quadriga Comp CX 12 e-bike offers very good ride comfort and a long range in the city.

Björn Hänssler / elektrobike-online.com

This is what matters when it comes to e-bikes for the city

If the e-bike as such makes life a bit easier, then this is especially true for the representatives of the city e-bike category. Your job is to get your driver through everyday life in the city safely, relaxed, and comfortably.
  • Frame: Now climb very deeply! The e-bikes for the city make it possible to get into the bike as deeply and easily as possible. This means that the leg does not have to be swung acrobatically over the saddle.
  • Character: As a rule, the representatives of this category are not sports enthusiasts, but rather calm contemporaries. The most missing top tube, however, affects the stability and sometimes makes for a slightly nervous riding behavior. However, frames that flutter dangerously are generally a thing of the past.
  • Engine: The main thing is that it is harmonious and even. This is how the perfect motor for the city e-bike should work. Of course, it has to be strong enough for many a climb, but you don’t need a muscle man here.
  • Sitting position: If you want to whiz through town on your bike, you prefer an upright, comfortable sitting position. A variable stem, with which the cockpit can be adapted to the preferences of the driver, is practical.
  • Comfort: The high level of ride comfort is a must for the urban e-bike. In addition to comfortable grips and a comfortable saddle, well-damping spring elements on the fork and seat post are advantageous. Even bulky tires can effectively cushion bumps.
  • Battery: A long range is practical for everyday life in the city, but not necessarily crucial. However, it is important that the battery is placed sensibly so that it does not make entry unnecessarily difficult.

Trekking electric bike: the most important facts

All-rounders can confidently be called trekking e-bikes. That is why they are among the most popular e-bikes ever. Pedelecs can take part in tours, longer journeys, but also daily journeys. The seating position varies from sporty to relaxed. Attachments for luggage and battery power for long ranges earn points.
  • Weight: 22-25 kg
  • Range: 45–75 km
  • Price: from 2,500 euros

The best trekking e-bike: Kalkhoff Endeavor 5.S XXL


Big thing? Not at all! At Kalkhoff, the addition XXL does not traditionally stand for particularly bulky, but for particularly resilient bicycles. The Endeavor 5.S XXL allows a payload of over 140 kilograms. The e-bike itself, on the other hand, makes a very elegant and slim impression with the beautifully integrated system of the motor on the bottom bracket and battery in the down tube. The drive itself also works impressively, pushing the bike forward evenly and with great force.
The engine also harmonizes well with the derailleur, which also makes driving without engine power comparatively pleasant. The suspension fork and ergonomic cockpit ensure the right ride comfort, while the e-bike looks a bit hard at the rear. The Kalkhoff Endeavor 5.S XXL presents itself as a solid “load carrier” for lively use in the city or on an electric bike tour.
  • Weight: 24.5 kg
  • Range: 20 – 64 km
  • Price: around 3,500 euros


  • Harmonic engine
  • Comfortable driving experience
  • High payload possible


  • High price

This is what matters with a trekking e-bike

Let’s get out of here: With these fast trekking e-bikes, you can discover the big wide world – or simply the most beautiful tours in your home country. These properties characterize a good trekking e-bike.
  • Frame: nice and stable, please! If you want to go on long and sometimes sporty tours with your e-bike, you need a torsion-resistant, stable frame. Typical are models based on the classic diamond frame with a high-top tube. A flat steering angle ensures smooth running. Those who like it a little livelier choose models with a steeper steering angle.
  • Motor: Strength comes before harmony – e-bikes for brisk bike tours primarily need a powerful motor. Even so, of course, even support cannot do any harm and is particularly beneficial for pleasure tourers.
  • Rechargeable battery: Batteries with 500 Wh are standard in this class. They allow decent ranges. Those who also choose the support levels sensibly or even pedal without support can look forward to long tours.
  • Comfort: Even if many models now have ergonomic handles and a suspension fork: Trekking bikes are not considered to be a miracle in comfort. This can be remedied by gloves with gel pads and padded cycling shorts.
  • Shifting system: Nice and crisp, please: Well graduated and perfectly adjusted derailleur gears change gears quickly and precisely but require regular maintenance.
  • Bike computer: where to go? E-bike displays with a navigation function or a connection to the associated smartphone app are particularly useful for touring riders.
  • Payload: For longer tours, the trekking e-bike needs a luggage rack and a sufficiently high permissible total weight.

Lifestyle e-bike: the most important facts

Is that really an e-bike? You couldn’t be more stylish than on the pedelecs from the lifestyle category. A wide variety of models come together: What they have in common is their sensational appearance. In the café they attract attention, but they still playfully take part in a weekend tour.
  • Weight: 15–26 kg
  • Range: 20–50 km
  • Price: from 1,800 euros

The best lifestyle e-bike: my Boo my Volta E8000


Caution! This e-bike is not for those who don’t like communication. “Is it really made of wood?”, “Is it easy?” Or “How does it work?” Are just a few questions that are asked again and again at traffic lights or in front of the supermarket. The answers are: “Yes!” “No!” And “Very good!”. The bamboo bike from my Boo from Kiel competes again in the ELEKTROBIKE test, this time with a derailleur, battery placed in the triangle frame, and above all: Shimano’s powerful E8000 drive. It pulls through properly and pushes my Volta powerfully and harmoniously in all areas.Thanks to the efficient overall package, the range is also more than okay. The bike offers a balanced, relaxed seating position and, thanks to a good fork and high-quality equipment, pleasant comfort. There are only deductions in the B rating for the drive that is not completely neatly fitted into the frame. Nevertheless, the versatile my Volta won the lifestyle category with an all-around successful appearance.

  • Weight: 23.7 kg
  • Range: 19-61 km
  • Price: around 4,700 euros


  • Strong engine
  • Long range


  • Drive fitted into the frame a little uncleanly

This is what matters with the lifestyle bike

E-bikes are more of the bulky, motor-supported versions of a bicycle. Heavy, ugly, and above all: not cool at all! Anyone who actually still believes in such fairy tales in 2020 should take a close look at the representatives of the lifestyle genre.

  • Frame: Anything that is beautiful and eye-catching is allowed in this category. If you want to attract attention and win hearts, you need a stylish frame that is as individual as possible in shape and color. Experiments are also allowed in the choice of material, from steel to carbon to exotic bamboo.
  • Engine: A successful lifestyle bike doesn’t necessarily need a particularly powerful engine. Depending on the concept, a more gentle and harmonious drive can also make sense. The main thing is that it fits into the overall picture.
  • Battery: A long range is not primarily important in this category. But a battery that is integrated into the e-bike as invisibly as possible can be quite helpful in increasing the style factor.
  • Consequence: a bike only makes a real impression if it is sensible and lovingly styled. This includes the careful selection of the right parts as well as the paintwork of the fork or a decoration on the battery.
  • Everyday life: For everyday use in wind and weather, the e-bikes do not necessarily have to be designed for style-conscious cyclists. Nonetheless, add-on parts such as mudguards, lighting, or luggage racks are of course sensible and permitted. Provided that they are nicely integrated into the overall concept (see consequence).
  • Price: true beauty has no price! Accordingly, such a lifestyle e-bike can cost a few euros more. However, it doesn’t have to be, as Kalkhoff Berleen proves in this test.

This is what matters with a sports e-bike

Riding an e-bike is not sporty? The models from this class prove the opposite. The rider sits stretched out on the demanding bikes. Strong drives, lightweight, and narrow tires are what make the sport e-bikes. Comfort? Fast athletes need less, accessories are also of secondary importance.
  • Weight: from 16 kg
  • Range: 20–65 km
  • Price: from 3,500 euros

The best sports e-bike: KTM Macina Skaud 271


KTM is pursuing a less common concept with the Macina Skaud 271: an eMTB with a sporty design, but with a deep step-through and a more upright, relaxed seating position. First surprise: Despite the missing top tube as a guarantee of stability, the Skaud holds its course calmly and confidently. And that with good speed, because the powerful mid-engine makes a lot of steam in the boiler. And thanks to Bosch’s new, large 625 watt-hour battery, the KTM charges for long tours on asphalt or in easy terrain.

The ride comfort is not neglected despite the very reduced equipment thanks to the suspension fork and MTB tires. All in all, the Macina Skaud 271 makes a strong impression and is recommended, for example, for less agile mountain bike fans who are looking forward to easy entry, a comfortable position on the saddle, and, above all, plenty of extra power. For a surcharge of 200 euros, the Skaud 271 comes with mudguards, a luggage rack, and a lighting system.

  • Weight: 24.5 kg
  • Range: 23-70 km
  • Price: 3,500 euros


  • Long range
  • Strong engine


  • high price

Folding e-bike: the most important facts

The bikes from the compact category are suitable for commuters who take their bike with them on the train; for everyone who has little space; for short-distance drivers or for motorhome vacationers. Typical of the power packs: 20-inch tires, height-adjustable handlebars, and folding mechanisms. So they save space and fit different drivers.
  • Weight: around 25 kg
  • Range: 15–40 km
  • Price: from 1,500 euros

The best folding e-bike: Terngenössron S10


The folding bike from the specialist: Tern has dedicated itself to the compact, foldable bike. And the Taiwanese company is sending its flagship electric vehicle to the test with the Vektorron S10. The small, quite a heavy bike impresses with its well thought-out folding mechanism and a Bosch motor, which is seldom found on folding bikes, which drives the Vektorron gently and harmoniously. The test model is also well equipped in other ways, for example with snappy disc brakes, 10-speed derailleur gears, and practical panniers on the large and sturdy luggage rack.
However, despite the ergonomic grips and wide tires, the driver has to make slight compromises when it comes to comfort. Typically for this class, the Tern seems a bit nervous in handling, but never unsafe. The rider sits slightly stretched in the saddle. The testers criticized the poorly accessible charging socket. Despite everything, it was a very successful appearance, with which the Vektorron S10 clearly rolled to a test victory.
  • Weight:  25.1 kg
  • Range:  15-47 km
  • Price: around 3,400 euros

Transport e-bike: the most important facts

Anyone who buys a cargo bike can do without the car. Because the loading area of ​​the bikes is sufficient for children, shopping and more. In order to be able to move the transporter safely, powerful drives with large batteries and strong brakes are necessary. Riding a cargo bike takes some getting used to, but it is really fun.
  • Weight: from 35 kg
  • Range: 15 – 40 km
  • Price: from 5,000 euros

The best transport e-bike: Bergamont E-Cargoville LJ 70


Moin Bergamont! With the E-Cargoville, the people of Hamburg are entering the increasingly exciting cargo bike market. The long-pack donkey makes a very good impression. The test riders particularly liked the very confident and safe handling, especially for a cargo bike. So the driver has everything under control at all times. Bosch’s new Cargo Line motor, specially designed for this category of e-bikes, drives the heavy bike very powerfully yet harmoniously, even with a good load on board.

In return, the powerful 4-piston disc brakes guarantee quick and well-dosed braking maneuvers. With this setup, the E-Cargoville brings the weekly shopping or the kids quickly and comfortably from A to B. However, this only works best with optional accessories such as the transport box made of bamboo wood, which can be expanded with child seats and a rain cover. The price for the basic model is 5399 euros, but it is sometimes cheaper thanks to regional cargo bike subsidies.

  • Weight: 45.4 kg
  • Range: 17-55 km
  • Price: around 5,400 euros


  • High payload possible
  • Powerful engine


  • High price

E-mountain bike: the most important facts

After extensive test drives on the latest e-all-rounders, you wonder whether you still need your non-motorized enduro bike in the garage: 140 to 160 mm suspension travel and geometries that (for the most part) deliver a successful mix of downhill and uphill performance, allow you to master long climbs in a relaxed manner as well as to leave crisp downhills behind you almost playfully. By the way: Those who tend to avoid jumps will be amazed at how safely the 22-kilogram E-MTBs fly through the air. But also trailer conquerors who are looking for a challenge even uphill on technical single trails will surely find the right sports equipment among our E-MTBs in the test.
  • Weight: 21 – 26 kg
  • Range: 15 – 59 km
  • Price: from 5,000 euros
ELEKTROBIKE also uses a 1000-point scheme for e-mountain bikes, but this sets other priorities such as downhill and uphill performance, which means that a direct comparison with the other e-bikes is not possible. We therefore, present the best sports models for stick and stone separately here.

The best eMTB: Specialized Turbo Levo Expert Carbon


Light (Brose) motor, integrated 700 Wh battery, simple controls, unique app control, 29 “wheels, and carbon frame: Specialized has defined the benchmark for modern E-MTBs with the latest version of the Turbo Levo. And This also applies to the first few meters: sit on it, feel good, everything is where it belongs. The e-bike controls are also well placed. The minimalist TCU (Turbo Connect Unit) on the top tube is sufficient to hold the battery or Keep an eye on driving modes – a display is also available as an option.
The sensitive Brose unit pushes significantly more strongly than the Shimano motors in the test, roughly on par with the new Bosch motor. Together with the rather long 455 mm chainstays, the Turbo Levo demonstrates a lot of determination uphill. In general, however, the handling is extremely balanced and, together with its low weight, makes the Levo the perfect blend of downhill-heavy e-enduro and fast touring e-bike. The deep, balanced center of gravity also allows the Levo to shoot around the corner with a jagged edge. The Levo also likes speed in downhill: This is ensured by the successful chassis, which offers plenty of reserves.
  • Weight: 21.5 kg
  • Range: 21-51 km
  • Price: around 8,300 euros


  • Good handling
  • Powerful engine


  • Very expensive



Wow! Organically shaped, sometimes very bulky carbon tubes make the new noble fully from Rotwild an eye-catcher. But apart from the outstanding optics, Rotwild has put a lot of effort into its work with its lightweight Brose motor, integrated 750 Wh battery, and mixed balance bike philosophy – 29 “at the front, 27.5” at the rear. In addition, there are special design features such as the main pivot point of the rear end with the spur-toothed shaft, which enables a short rear-end, battery removal via quick-release, or the Vario seat post integrated into the frame.
The Pro version costs a proud 8,000 euros and is only average equipped with Fox Performance and Shimano XT parts. On the trail, the RX offers a lot of freedom of movement for playful maneuvers – even if other bikes in the test are lighter and more light-footed. The powerful, harmonious, and quiet Brose motor, which gives the Rotwild a lot of momentum uphill, is beyond criticism. However, the front rises a little early and requires driving skills on very steep climbs. Downhill, however, the highly sensitive chassis and balanced handling are a real pleasure.
  • Weight: 23.1 kg
  • Range: 22-54 km
  • Price: around 8,000 euros


  • Strong engine
  • Fine chassis


  • Before something easy
  • High price


Doubly mocked: Focus combines a small, non-removable 378 Wh battery in the down tube on its E-MTBs Sam² and Jam² with the “TEC-Pack”, which provides an additional 378 Wh. That adds up to a proud 756 Wh. If you only want to drive the small house around, you only need the internal battery. The additional battery is installed on long tours. It is inconvenient that the system cannot couple the two batteries. You have to switch off the motor and connect or disconnect the respective battery. On the other hand, the Jam² with the integrated battery weighs an almost ascetic 20.5 kg, with an additional battery it is a fair 22.8 kg.
It’s also great that the bike is very balanced with and without the TEC pack. This is also guaranteed by the wheel mix of 29 “at the front and 27.5+ at the rear, which feels more harmonious on the Jam² than on other mix bikes. Thanks to the long chainstays of 457 mm, the Focus makes steadfast progress even on steep hills. Really good The 150 mm chassis also works, which is responsive and offers a pleasantly “soft” characteristic. Combined with the rather playful handling of the carbon e-bike, nothing stands in the way of fun on the trail.
  • Weight: 22.8 kg
  • Range: 22-54 km
  • Price: around 7,000 euros


  • Long range
  • Very easy


  • Second battery cannot be connected

E-bikes, electric bikes, pedelecs: that’s the difference

  • E-bike: Common name for all electric bicycles. As a generic term, e-bike covers both pedelecs that support pedaling up to 25 km / h, as well as fast S-pedelecs with pedal support up to 45 km / h. Electric bikes with a throttle twist grip also fall under the term e-bike. In everyday parlance, the term e-bike is mostly used when talking about a pedelec.
  • S-PEDELEC: Supports the driver when pedaling up to 45 km / h. S-Pedelecs are no longer legally regarded as bicycles, but as small motorcycles. The S-Pedelec requires, among other things, an operating permit, a license plate, a mirror, and sturdy attachments. Important for the driver: He must wear a helmet and a driver’s license (class AM or B).
  • PEDELEC: Stands as an abbreviation for Ped al Electric Cycle and is the name for e-bikes that provide assistance when pedaling up to 25 km / h. In Germany, the pedelec is legally equivalent to a bicycle.
  • E-MOUNTAINBIKE: E-MTB for short. Describes an e-bike with wide knobby tires for off-road use. E-mountain bikes have increased their market share significantly in recent years. The latest trend is so-called SUV e-bikes, which are suitable both for use on the road and for driving off-road.
  • SUV-E-BIKES: This is the name of wheels that are suitable for use on the road as well as off-road thanks to studded tires, integrated lighting, and mudguards. As in the passenger car sector, SUVs are currently a very popular category among e-bikes.

Compulsory insurance: do I have to insure my e-bike?

There is no compulsory insurance for normal pedelecs. Fast S-Pedelecs, on the other hand, must be insured and require a license plate.

Shop online or at a dealer: Here you can buy the electric bike

Some providers offer e-bikes for less than 1,000 euros. However, these can only be recommended to a limited extent because the quality, especially of the attachments, is usually not of high quality. If you want to buy a new, solid pedelec, you should expect at least 1,700 euros. There are no upper price limits.
If you want to buy your first e-bike, you are best off at specialist retailers. Only here is a safe test drive with expert advice possible. The specialist can also help you adjust the e-bike for you. An additional bonus: later you can simply go back to your specialist dealer in the event of problems or for service. The purchase price from direct sellers is unbeatable; e-bikes often even come with better equipment. In the meantime, more and more direct mail-order companies are offering services. Either in cooperation or as a mobile workshop. Even test drives or help with commissioning is possible.

Can I lease my e-bike?

An e-bike quickly costs as much as a small car. If you want to save money, you can lease a pedelec (the same applies to bicycles) from many employers. Suppliers such as Jobrad or Lease a Bike have transferred the company car principle to bicycles – the company e-bike.
This is how bicycle leasing works: The employee selects a model from the cooperating bicycle dealer. The employer leases it and deducts part of the gross salary from the employee for the leasing installment, for which the employee is free to use it professionally and privately. But he has to pay tax on it according to the one percent rule. At the end of the leasing period (usually three years), the employee can often buy the electric or normal bicycle at a low price. Compared to direct purchase, this variant saves 30 percent and more.

The battery question: which energy storage device for the e-bike

Two types determine the offer: batteries attached to the frame and integrated almost invisibly. Which battery suits you best is a question of taste and often also a question of money. Integrated batteries give the e-bike a tidy, clean look. Usually, they can be removed for charging like attached batteries. With integrated rechargeable batteries, you should test whether you can easily access the charging socket.
Not every pedelec necessarily needs the maximum possible battery capacity. The capacity of the battery is given in watt hours (Wh). At the moment, 500 Wh is the standard. How many kilometers this results in a range not only depends on the engine; The selected support level, the total weight of the e-bike and driver, as well as the terrain and the outside temperature also have an influence on the range. Most systems indicate a remaining range on the display or in the app. High capacities are not always necessary; a small storage facility can be sufficient for short journeys. Especially when you are not always on the move with the highest level of support.

Which motor in the e-bike: front, middle, or rear

  • Central motors are in. They are available as powerful E-MTB or as gentle city bike variants, which guarantee a bike-like driving experience thanks to the central center of gravity.
  • Drives in the rear hub take off with a lot of power. They can often be found on S-Pedelecs. They are quiet and do not put too much stress on the chain and sprocket.
  • Front engines have become rare. They are almost only found on cheap e-bikes, as they also have a negative impact on steering behavior and work in an inharmonious manner.

The most important questions about e-bikes at a glance

How much does a good e-bike cost?

Depending on the type of e-bike, you should expect low to mid four-digit costs. A good foldable e-bike costs from 1,500 euros, trekking e-bikes cost around 3,000 euros, and a good mountain e-bike costs from 5,000 euros upwards.

What is the difference between an e-bike and a pedelec?

As a generic term, e-bike covers both pedelecs that support pedaling up to 25 km / h, as well as fast S-pedelecs with pedal support up to 45 km / h. Electric bikes with a throttle twist grip also fall under the term e-bike. In everyday parlance, the term e-bike is mostly used when talking about a pedelec. Pedelec stands as an abbreviation for Ped al Electric Cycle and is the name for e-bikes, which unterstützen h while pedaling to 25 km /. In Germany, the pedelec is legally equivalent to a bicycle.

What does e-bike insurance cost?

There is no compulsory insurance for normal pedelecs. Fast S-Pedelecs, on the other hand, must be insured and require a license plate. Liability costs around 25 euros, depending on the provider, partial comprehensive insurance around 50 euros and fully comprehensive insurance around 100 to 150 euros per year.

Can I lease my e-bike?

An e-bike quickly costs as much as a small car. If you want to save money, you can lease a pedelec (the same applies to bicycles) from many employers. Suppliers such as Jobrad or Lease a Bike have transferred the company car principle to bicycles – the company e-bike. At the end of the leasing period (usually three years), the employee can often buy the electric or normal bicycle at a low price. Compared to direct purchase, this variant saves 30 percent and more.

Jonathan Tim
Jonathan Tim
A bicycle geek since early childhood spent his twenties as a mechanic in bike shops. His passions include flatland BMX, unicycles, cycle touring, mountain biking, and road riding.