Top Ebike Brands of 2022: Our Favorites List

Top Ebike Brands

We started as a family of two, looking to ditch the second car, as we entered the world of ebikes. A few years later, now a family of three, we have a number of trusty ebikes and have never missed our second car. Through our extensive time riding, my wife and I have our favorites when it comes to ebike brands. Each of our top ebike brands offers a quality ebike, good customer service, and a variety of models to select from to suit your needs. Browse our favorite brands below. This page will continue to be updated as we experience more brands of electric bikes.

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Rad Power Bikes

Rad Power Bikes is the largest ebike brand in North America. Based out of Seattle, Washington, this company is growing extremely quickly and announced in February 2021 that they had raised a $150 million minority of investment to further their brand. If you want to learn more about the origins of Rad Power Bikes, I recommend NPR’s How I Built This podcast on the Mike Radenbaugh, the company’s founder.

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Our Loaded RadWagon

The upside and downside to this brand are that it is a direct consumer company. This means they cut out the middle man by selling direct to consumers instead of through bike dealers. The consumer benefits from the lower prices and Rad Power Bikes is also leading the way with Rad Mobile Service (service, test rides, and setup).

The RadWagon was my family’s first ebike. It is still our most consistently used ebike. Before our child, my wife and I rode on it together. We also use it for hauling groceries, rummage sale finds, and now a child. Recently, Rad Power Bikes gave me the opportunity to try out the RadMission. I will update with a link to the video once it’s completed. We talk about this brand so often that we made a most frequently asked questions post on Rad Power Bikes. We also have created a Rad Owners Forum so we can hear from other Rad lovers.

Rad Power Bikes will forever be our first (ebike) love.

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Lectric eBikes

Lectric Ebikes

There is something to be said about a company doing one thing and doing that one thing well. Lectric ebikes makes just one electric bike model offered in both high step and step-thru variations. The Lectric XP 2.0 comes in at just $999 offers a large-enough-for-most 9.6 Ah battery with a 800-watt peak motor. We like that the frame design makes this ebike accessible to a variety of riders regardless of height or biking ability. New for 2021 is the optional accessories including front and rear racks, a more comfortable seat (plus seatpost), folding bike lock, and premium headlight. Did we mention it folds? Suffice to say we believe the Lectric XP 2.0 packs a lot of value at $999 and is perfect for those who just want to cruise around without breaking the bank.

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Aventon

Aventon solidly fits in the value-priced ebike space. Their prices go head to head with some of the biggest names in electric bikes. On top of their great prices, there are Aventon dealers across the United States which means you can test a bike out for yourself before purchasing. Plus many of their models come in various frame sizes meaning you don’t have to compromise on the one-size-fits-all approach that many ebikebrands take.

Prices range from $1,199 to $1,899. Our favorite models from Aventon are the foldable Aventon Sinch, the Aventon Level and new for 2021, the Aventon Aventure.

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Ride1Up

If you are looking for a down-to-earth company with a heart for getting more people on bikes and less in cars, then look no further than Ride1Up. I was blown away by the generosity that the founder, Kevin Duggar showed by welcoming an interview with me (see it here). He spent a crazy amount of time talking with me about his ebikes even though I know he is an extremely busy brand owner. His passion for creating a quality and affordable ebike lineup was extremely evident during our conversation. This is a company whose leadership shines through in everything they make.

Ride1Up offers six models to choose from with a clear focus on commuter style electric bikes. You won’t find any fat tire models on their website. One of their most unique models, the Roadster V2, doesn’t even look like an ebike. With its slim, lightweight design and built in battery, this ebike masquerades as a low-tech commuter bike in disguise. Ride1Up is sending us this model to test ride. We will add the video review link once we have one.

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My brother’s Ride1Up 500 Series

I love this brand for its passion for not just selling a product, but getting people excited about moving more and driving less. This company is incredible to work with and I have loved every bike I have test-ridden and owned. Ride1Up is a quality, direct consumer company like Rad Power Bikes which means less cost to the consumer.

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Ariel Rider

Founded by two brothers, Ariel Rider is a quiet achiever in electric bikes. Their sweet spot as of late has been moped style electric bikes which provide incredible performance for the price. If you’re in the market for a moped-style electric bike you’ll be able to find something that suits your specific needs. Here is the current lineup:

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Riding our Ariel Rider D-Class
  • Rideal: More traditional frame design at an incredible price ($999)
  • C-Class: Fully-outfitted mid-drive ebike for the daily commute ($1,799)
  • M-Class: Urban electric bike with a mid-drive motor ($1,649)
  • X-Class: Moped-style electric bike that packs a punch ($1,699) Also available in 52V variation ($2,099.00)
  • D-Class: Dual motor moped-style electric bike that packs a bigger punch ($2,399.00)
  • Grizzly: The ultimate moped-style electric bike: dual suspension, dual motor, dual battery ($2,999.00)

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Juiced Bikes

Juiced Bikes biggest differentiator is their batteries. It is rare to find a direct-to-consumer ebike company in 2022 offering 52-volt batteries. On top of the 52-volt batteries are the 19.2 Ah batteries offered as an option (or included) on some models. The nearly 1000 watt-hour capacity will surely cure your range anxiety.

As of late Juiced Bikes has been focusing on moped style electric bikes with the introduction of the Scorpion, HyperScorpion, and the new dual-battery HyperScrambler 2. They continue to offer a commuter model called the CrossCurrent and a fat tire electric bike called the RipCurrent.

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Biktrix

Originally launched as a Kickstarter campaign, this Canadian company has expanded its direct-to-consumer ebike company into a wide range of ebike models that ships worldwide.

The ultimate selling point for Biktrix: you can CUSTOMIZE your heart out. Customizable options include color, frame size, battery, wheels, forks, brakes and more. You can truly purchase the ebike of your dreams.

Biktrix has many models to select from in four series/categories:

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Blix Bikes

Blix Bikes was founded all the way back in 2014 in Santa Cruz California. That alone comes with some street cred, but the company backs that up with great ebikes. Previously Blix has offered city-oriented ebikes including folding and cargo ebike models. For 2022, they have expanded further into fat tire ebikes with the Ultra and a model designed for urban environments, the Dubbel.

We came away impressed with the quality during our Blix Packa Genie review and can’t wait to get our hands on their other models as well. Not only do we feel like they offer a great value proposition but their customer support is US based making them an easy brand for us to recommend.

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Electric Bike Company

There aren’t many ebike brands that can claim their ebikes are built in the United States. Electric Bike Company or EBC for short is one exception. Because of this, their ebikes have a certain quality about them, and it’s something you can’t fully appreciate until you see them in person.

Most of their models are cruisers or beach-style ebikes, meaning an upright riding position with swept-back handlebars. Paired with the seats, their ebikes are among the most comfortable to ride. Another unique thing, EBC ebikes are shipped via freight. While shipping isn’t free, their ebikes arrive at your home more fully assembled than most brands, and best of all – they arrive in pristine condition!

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Super73

Super73 is a motorcycle-inspired ebike brand founded in 2016 in Southern California. They have a dedicated community, and they have carved out their niche in the moped-style electric bike space. They have, for the lack of a better comparison, evolved into the Apple of ebike brands. Part of this is their excellent marketing which has been buoyed by celebrity endorsements. I typically don’t get excited about buying a product because it’s “cool” but I have to give Super73 credit – their ebikes look incredible.

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Serial 1

Are you looking for an ebike that you can simply hop on and start ride? Look no further than Serial 1 electric bikes by Harley Davidson. Yes, the same Harley Davidson that makes beloved-by-many motorcycles. Trust me, Serial 1 is no gimmick. The company is a spin-off of the parent company and every detail was considered when designing and manufacturing these electric bikes. They really are something to marvel at with their belt drives and automatic shifting. The Serial 1 ebikes have premium Brose mid-drive motors and all of the cables disappear into the frame for a clean look. They certainly fall into the premium category of ebikes, but after testing them out for myself – I was sold. You can check out my full Serial 1 electric bike video review or my in-depth write-up about all of the Serial 1 electric bikes.

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Eunorau

Known mostly for their fat tire ebikes Eunorau has been in the ebike space for some time. More recently Eunorau has focused on higher-end ebikes including those with full suspension, bigger batteries, and powerful motors. Both hub motors and mid-drives are available with prices ranging from $699 to $3,799. For 2021 they have introduced the 1000 watt Specter S dual battery and the Specter step through. In addition, they have released a new dual-motor electric bike called the Defender S. However, the FAT-HD (mid-drive) and FAT-AWD offer tremendous value.

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Propella

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Propella Electric Bikes is one of the newer companies to pop-up onto Ebike Escape’s radar. Established in 2015 and based in Redmond, Washington. Propella is a direct to consumer brand that focuses on simplicity and getting rid of anything that isn’t deemed “essential.” The simple styling and color choices are subtle, but help set your expectations for the rest of the ebike. Simple and straight to the point.

We recently reviewed the 7S and were hard pressed to find something we didn’t like about it. While the small motor and battery (250w motor and 7ah battery)are not going to fit everyone’s use case. The lightweight (37lbs total weight), and simple styling make this a great city or short distance commuter bike. Propella does offer the option to purchase a second battery, to help fight that range anxiety.

The upcoming 9S Pro is likely to fit the bill for more riders. The 9S pro comes equipped with a larger battery and a more powerful motor (350w motor and a 9.7ah battery). But sticks to the “elegant, lightweight and affordable” mission of Propella. (41lbs and $1699 MSRP) We are excited for the 9S Pro to release in August 2022. But cannot speak highly enough of the 7S and the other great offerings that Propella has. We cannot wait to see what this US based company has in store for the future.

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Top Ebike Brands Wrap Up

If you are shopping for an electric bike you can’t go wrong with any brands in our top ebike brands list. They all are reputable ebike brands with an established history in the electric bike space. It’s going to be exciting to see the new models coming out of these brands.

  1. Hi. I live in Santa Fe, NM. What’s your recommendation for a good mountain/trail bike, some flat terrain, and some up the mountain trails. Thanks!

  2. I moved to mexico but cannot find a Mex E bike. Can you suggest a company or some company that ships to mexico

  3. Thank you for all the great information you provide for the e-bikes.

    However I am running into a problem finding e-bikes for 300-380lb person. As I like to bike as much as anyone else. Are there any e-bike companies out there that accommodate this.
    It would be for all around use, Pavements concrete, mild dirt road etc…
    Thank you.

  4. Hi Ryan,

    I love your YouTube channel, great job!

    My husband and I will be purchasing e bikes (through your affiliate link, of course). We are looking to spend around $2000 per bike. He is 6’1 and I am 5’3 so I’m thinking Aventon might be our best option because of different frame size. I would like something with good range and comfort. I have found that my current hybrid trek bike gives me
    Wrist pain, also without any suspension it is a bumpy ride. We will be moving to Florida so
    I hope to find something that can go on paved trail as well as the sandy , crushed shell paths that can find in Florida

    Do you think aventon is our best choice? I also really like the Rad bike company. We do not require a folding bike, by the way.

    Thanks for your help!

  5. Hi Ryan! Thank you for all of this information. I am 5’2”, 105#, 48 yo female in good physical shape and am stumped between the Aventon Level and the Ride1Up 700. I haven’t ridden the R1U but comments from owners are making me lean that way. The one thing about the Level is that I don’t think I will get the exercise that I would like bc the PAS is so strong on #1. I like how the Pace 500 felt but the NexGen does not allow one to have a back fender+basket. I really want both.
    I’m scared to get a bike that depends on ME to put it together!!! Plus, what if I don’t even like it? Can you help me decide??

  6. Hello,

    I noticed you actually reply to every, thank you!

    My gf is 4″8 is there an e bike that would fit her?

    1. Hello,

      What we really need to know is what her inseam measurement is? Really any step-thru design bike will fit her for stand over height. However figuring out the most comfortable pedaling bike, inseam measurement is going to be really important here.

      Will keep an eye out for your reply.

      Best,

      JT

  7. Hi! I live in San Diego and although most of the terrain is flat, I’d like to use to commute to work (3mi with some up hill). Mostly going to be used as a cruiser…any recommendations? Is there a brand that you’d recommend over another?

    1. Hard to narrow it down to just one. The market has so many great options right now. Some of out favorite brands have to be Rad Power Bikes, Aventon, or Ride1up. They all offer great cruiser style bikes, just comes down to some personal preferences at that point. Take a look into those brands, and let us know if you have any specific questions about any models.

  8. I’m a long-time experienced rider who has been off the bike for a while. I don’t know much about ebikes but am learning fast. This article is great! Thank you! I’m 6’1″, 235 lbs., and looking at a ride home from work that includes a 5-mile, 1400-foot ascent. Any specific recommendations? Thanks!

  9. Just watched your video on the Propella 7S v4. I’ve never watch a bike being built; very entertaining!
    I have the Propella. Wanted a light weight low priced good bike.
    And that is what I got.
    Tell me, if I want more power and a longer ride …..and insist on Light Weight, have you found anything comparable to the Propella?
    I did notice that Propella was not included on your list of favorites.
    Tell me more

    1. Hello John. For the price, there is not anything else we have found. If you are willing to spend a bit more GT makes a bike called the eGrade and there are a couple of other “big box” brands that have similar offerings. But for the budget-minded, Propella takes the cake.

      Thank you for pointing out the “Top Ebike Brands” Page. They are actually listed on there, I just forgot to add them to the “Jump to” section at the top. Will fix that now.

      We are very excited to try out the 9Pro in the near future.

    2. Hello, can i ask why lectric ebikes are so low on the list? Does it have to do with quality?
      Thank you

      1. Their placement on this list has nothing to do with quality. The list is just written in the order of us “discovering” and adding the brands. It is not in descending order or anything of that nature.

  10. My wife is 5’0 and watched your video on the Velotric Discover 1 Commuter Bike. Her inseam is around 26″. She prefers a ST frame. Is there a different Bike that you would recommend in a similar price range?

    1. The Aventon Pace 350 or Ride1up Core-5 are both options. Really for any ebike I think she will not be able to be stopped and sit on the seat. But she should still be able to pedal them all with little issue.

  11. Hello! What a wealth of information you provide! Thanks!
    Here are my specifics; 70 years old, live on a dirt/gravel road with hills around me.
    Don’t have the storage space for a 4×4 plus years ago, when living in the city I had a Trek road bike that I loved! So..with all this being said and with all the brand’s available could you filter out what brands you would recommend? I know this might be a tall job given my needs so any help you can give would be appreciated!

    1. There are quite a few brands that fit your needs. But I think I need a bit more information based upon some things you said.

      Are you looking for an ebike that can replace a 4×4? Do you need a step-through frame? Is the weight of the ebike an issue? What are you looking to do with it? Ride it to town to do errands?

  12. 70 year old 5’10”, 175#. Want to ride but have neck injury so need to reduce up and down jerky movements, need step thru, upright position. Ideally would like folding, but comfort most important. Any ideas for me? Whatever I buy I will do thru your links, your site is fantastic!

    1. I would hate to recommend something for you and have it irritate your neck injury. What I would really recommend for you would be to go to a riding center or find a dealer near you for ebikes. That way you could try out some ebikes before making any purchases.

  13. Ryan, I’m interested in a folding eBike with a mid motor and carbon belt drive, and would love to see you do a review of the Evelo DASH.
    I want to compare it with the Electric Bike Company model F and get your opinion about the comparison between the two.
    Thanks

  14. I’ve been watching a lot of your videos and I say you are doing a superb job of helping every type of rider!! I’m a 71 year old female who is on the look for my 1st ebike. I think I need 2! A small, lightweight for camping and a better one for around town. I’m leaning towards Lectric for camping and Rad for home. However, there’s a Pedego dealer very close to me. I’m very mechanical, but the idea of having support nearby is tugging at my heartstrings. I better visit Pedego. Don’t you agree? And of course, I’ll purchase through you, to repay you for all your help!

    1. Completely agree. Having local service and availability of parts is hard to pass up. We wouldn’t fault you for following your heart on that one.

  15. Hoping to get an opinion on my quest to find an e-bike that meets my needs. Here are my wants. Need bike with enough power to handle moderate/steep hills. Need to be able to carry a passenger, my 6yo son. I am around 250lbs and son is 44 lbs. Prefer fat tire type bike with step thru or lower top post. Needs to be configurable for class 3. Can’t spend more than 2500 or so.

    Here is where I’m at in the process. I first tried Radrunner plus. Good support for hauling kid on back but very unpowered. Had a tough time getting up fairly steep hilll had to pedal really hard. So retuned that. Then bought juiced bikes rip current s due to powerful motor. Bike was damaged on arrival and they took too long to replace so I moved on. Now I’m looking at Blix Utra. It seems to have the right mix. Nice hefty rear rack that can support 150lbs. 750 watt motor with peak output around 1300 watts. Any issues with Blix in general? I also like the aventon aventure but rear rack not as solid and they have throttle lag issue that I don’t like. I would rather have a 1000 watt motor but prob don’t really need it. Any others I should look at? Thanks in advance for any info..

    1. We recently reviewed the Blix Packa and have nothing but good things to say about it. It might even replace Ryan’s current kid hauler, the Radwagon 4. I think the Blix Dubbel might actually fit what you are looking for a bit more. Currently in Pre-Order, but should be shipping in November: https://www.tkqlhce.com/click-100322518-15054354 (affiliate link)

  16. Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I like the form factor and versatility (off road, etc)of the Ultra. The Dubbel has a similar form factor to the Radrunner Plus, which I felt was too small for me, being 6’1″. One other question for you. My only remaining concern about the Ultra is use of the Shengyi motor over the more common Bafang, which appears to be the gold standard for e-bike motors. Any concerns there?

    1. Not really. Hub motors have been around for a long time, and are really a proven component. Shengyi looks to have been making motors for close to 20 years (established in 2003). Blix also has a 1 year warranty on motors and frames (which is standard, but always nice to see).

  17. Love your YouTube videos! I am interested in the Priority Current. Have you ridden one and do you have an opinion on this model. Do you have an alternative recommendation to the Current?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    1. We have not ridden any Priority ebikes. They look like some nice spec’d models. We are big fans of mid-drive ebikes. Ride1Up has the Prodigy ST or XR and we are fans of the Vvolt ebikes. Both of those ebikes we have video reviews on.

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