The best urban e-bikes you can buy for under $1,000

I’ve had the pleasure of testing literally hundreds of e-bikes over the past few years. I’ve seen everything from basement models to several ultra high-end e-bikes with state-of-the-art materials and advanced production processes.

Sometimes the cheapest e-bikes make you want more while the super expensive e-bikes offer more than the average rider can afford. As usual, the sweet spot is usually somewhere in the middle. Here’s a list of what I consider to be the best quality e-bikes I’ve tested on the market today that still slip under the coveted $1,000 mark.

Rad RadMission Electric Bikes

The Rad Power Bikes RadMission is the epitome of a no-frills urban e-bike. It offers (almost) everything you need and nothing superfluous.

From the 500W motor to the 500Wh battery, there are plenty of performance specs for average riders looking for a 20mph (32kph) e-bike.

The city-focused e-bike may lack a few fancier options like suspension or an LCD display, but it’s well made and gets you going with the support and peace of mind of the biggest e-bike company in the USA.

It even comes in two frame styles, mid-step and high-step. I’m a fan of the mid-step partly because it’s more comfortable to ride and partly because I think the orange color (which only comes on the mid-step) is the best of the bunch.

While the RadMission is often priced around $1,200, it’s currently on sale for an impressive $899.

At this price, it’s a bargain. Hurry though, as this sale should end soon.

Check out my full review if you want to get all the background details on this awesome model.

Or check out my short review video below for a quick dive into this popular model.

Electric XP Lite

If the RadMission above is more of a bike than you’re looking for, then the Lectric XP Lite might be a better fit. This folding bike can be origami in a much smaller package, fitting in the trunk of your car or in the back of your closet.

However, it still offers great features for commuters, such as a peak power of 720W and a top speed of 20mph (32kph).

It even comes with built-in LED lights, although it lacks features such as fenders or a rear rack, which must be added as optional accessories.

electric xp lite

Even so, the $799 price tag makes up for the limited number of included accessories and makes for a bargain for a solid folding e-bike that combines good power output with modest range.

Take a look at my first experience riding this e-bike to see what makes it such a powerful yet affordable commuter e-bike.

Electric XP 2.0

For those who still want a folding e-bike but need more power and speed, upgrading from the Lectric XP Lite to the Lectric XP 2.0 is the way to go.

This fat tire folding e-bike offers a 750W motor that peaks even higher, has a larger battery, and perhaps most critically: reaches a Class 3 speed of up to 28 mph (45 km/h). ).

You’ll pay for this superior performance in extra weight (and extra dollars, since the price is $999), but you also get a whole lot more. You even get a rear rack and all-metal fenders, which are often paid add-ons on most e-bikes.

Lectric eBikes recently released a new, larger battery that bumps the capacity from 460 Wh to 672 Wh, but also bumps the price up a few hundred dollars. Worth it, in my humble opinion. But if you stick with the stock battery, you can keep the price below $1,000.

See my review of the Lectric XP 2.0 to get an idea of ​​what this electric bike can do.

Hare

This one is a bit out there, but bear with me. The JackRabbit is something of a hybrid between an e-bike and an e-scooter.

It has 20-inch bike wheels and chunky bike handlebars that help it ride like a bike. But the shorter wheelbase makes it feel a little more scootery.

And of course the lack of pedals is another notch in the scooter column.

It might not have a very big battery, with only 10-12 miles of range (16-20 km). But it can still reach 32 km/h (20 mph), making it ideal for commuting around town. It also weighs only 25 lbs (11 kg) and is easy to pick up and throw in the back of a car or transport on a subway train.

It’s an ideal solution if you’re looking for something small and practical for a short trip around town, and you need an e-bike that takes up a very small part of your apartment or garage.

At $999, its priced per watt or per mile, but it’s also the lightest and most practical model on this list.

Check out my review for more on the JackRabbit, or watch my video below to get an idea of ​​the proportions of this odd but impressive model.

Propels Mini

Propella’s smallest e-bike, featuring 20″ wheels and a minimalist frame, weighs just 15 kg (33 lbs).

It has a single-speed drivetrain, so don’t expect to make it a San Francisco climber, but the smaller wheels actually provide better torque and help it handle the climbs better than you might think. .

The state-of-the-art 400W Bafang motor gives it a real boost up to its top speed of 18mph (30kph), and the 250Wh battery provides a range of 15-25 miles (25-56 kilometres).

That’s a great performance for an e-bike currently on sale for $849!

There is no throttle, making it an easy to pedal e-bike. If you’re not looking for a class 1 e-bike that requires pedaling, you should look elsewhere. But if you want to do some work yourself, the Propella Mini is a great option for a light and efficient urban e-bike.

For more information, check out my full review of the Propella Mini.

Ride1Up Roadster V2

I know this list is only supposed to contain e-bikes under $1000, but I hope you’ll forgive me for including the Ride1Up Roadster V2. It starts at just $1,045 (but goes up to $1,095 for most color options and frame sizes). At this price though, this is a very efficient commuter e-bike with serious value for money.

Not only is it the only belt-drive e-bike on the list, it’s also the only one that can hit 25 mph (40 km/h) without exceeding 33 lbs (15 kg).

The rim brakes may seem old school, but after testing the bike myself, I can confirm that they are high quality and bring the bike to a quick stop. And you can always upgrade to the Gravel version of the bike if you want real disc brakes.

With 500W of peak rated power in a lightweight urban e-bike setup, the Ride1Up Roadster is definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a throttle-free Class 3 e-bike.

You can read my Ride1Up Roadster review here, or watch the video below.

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