11 Best Electric Bikes for Women (and Buying Guide)

Shopping for a women’s electric bike? Electric bikes are incredibly fun and versatile, perfect for cruising, commuting, and more. With many options available, finding the right one can be daunting. We researched and tested various models to find reliable, fun, and valuable ebikes for women. In this article, we share our insights and top picks from our women’s bike testers.

Collage showing four women riding four different ebikes for women

Our Favorite eBikes for Women – Personally Tested by Our Crew!

We can personally vouch for the quality, performance, easy access to replacement parts, and exceptional customer service of the ebikes on this list. Designed for various uses, we’ve categorized them for your convenience.

Best Womens Electric Bikes

Bike Why We Love It Price
Comfort/Cruiser
Aventon Pace 500.3 Comfortable and quick budget cruiser $1,799
Priority e-Classic Plus Classic style with a very natural ride feel $1,699
Townie Go! 7D True cruiser style and feel $1,899
City/Commuter
Aventon Level.2 Best Motor/Battery for the Price $1,899
REI Co-op Cycles CTY e1.1 REI Bang for Your Buck $1,299
Priority Current Ultimate Speed Machine! $3,299
Brompton C Line Best Compact, Folding $3,800
All-terrain Fat Bike
Aventon Adventure.2 Fun and fast, do it all bike! $1,999
Family and Cargo Bikes (Haul 1 to 3 kids or cargo)
RadPower RadRunner Plus Single passenger kit included $1,799
Aventon Abound Great value! Fast and fun, with throttle $1,999
Xtracycle Swoop Powerhouse motor, high-end build $3,999

If shopping for a teenager, please keep in mind local laws and regulations. Many states, including California, don’t allow kids under the age of 16 to ride certain types of ebikes.

Comfort/cruiser bike versus a city/commuter bike

A comfort/cruiser bike is designed to be just that – comfortable as you cruise around! These bikes offer a more relaxed, upright seating position, swept back handlebars, plusher saddle, and cushioning tires to help smooth out the bumps along the way. They are best used for casual rides on paved surfaces. (Image on left below.)

Side by side comparison of woman on a cruiser style ebike and a commuter style ebike
Aventon Pace and Aventon Level

City/commuter bikes are designed for to go faster for longer distances. They have larger, more powerful motors to help bikes stay safe on city streets (so you can quickly accelerate), larger batteries for longer riding time, and place the rider in a more forward leaning position on the bike. (Image on the right above.)

What is an all-terrain electric bike?

All-terrain electric bikes, the “SUVs” of the bike world, are designed for versatility and comfort across various terrains, from pavement to snowy dirt roads. These adaptable bikes can be customized with racks, panniers, and lights for city or off-road adventures. Featuring wide, knobby tires (4″ vs. the usual 2″), they provide excellent cushioning and traction. Like commuter ebikes, they have larger motors for speed and bigger batteries for longer distances.

Are all-terrain bikes the same as a mountain bike?

No, all-terrain electric bikes are not mountain bikes. While all-terrain bikes can handle varied terrains, they are heavier, have an upright riding position, and lack the technical capability for steep, narrow single-track trails that true electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) are designed for. All-terrain bikes are ideal for city use, dirt roads, and wider trails, and are more affordable than eMTBs but not a replacement for them.

Women’s electric bikes – TABLE OF CONTENTS

JUMP DOWN TO DESIRED BIKE STYLE SECTION:
1. Comfort and Cruiser Bikes – Comfortable bikes for casual riding
Aventon Pace
Electra Townie Go! 7D
Priority e-Classic Plus
2. City and Commuter Bikes – Efficient bikes for longer distances
Aventon Level2
REI Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1
Priority Current
Brompton Electric C Line
3. All-terrain Bikes – Designed for riding off the beaten path
Aventon Adventure.2
4. Cargo and Family Bikes
RadPower RadRunner Plus
Aventon Abound
Xtracycle Swoop

5. eBikes for Women – Buying Guide and Common Q&A’s
Five Things You Should Know About eBikes
Common ebike Q&A’s
Do all ebikes come with throttles?
What is the difference between a mid-drive and hub motor?
Why are there such big differences in the price of ebikes?
What makes an ebike “feel” more natural?
How fast do electric bikes go?

Comfort/Cruiser eBikes for Women

If leisurely rides around the neighborhood or on paved bike trails are your goal, comfort/cruiser bikes are ideal. Prioritizing comfort over power, these bikes have smaller motors and batteries but offer enough assistance for extended rides without effort.

Common Features on Comfort/Cruiser Bikes

  • Upright Body Position: Provides a comfortable, upright posture, placing most of rider’s weight on the saddle.
  • Lower Watt Motors: Typically 250W-500W, sufficient for cruising and mild hills. For steep areas, a 500W+ motor is recommended.
  • Lower Battery Capacity: Usually supports at least 20 miles. For longer rides, a battery over 600Wh is advisable.
  • Throttles: Some models include throttles for pedal-free propulsion; these can be removed if not allowed by local laws.
  • Gears: Fewer gears are needed; more PAS modes are more beneficial for regulating speed casually.

Aventon Pace 500.3

Best Value

Young woman riding Aventon Pace 350 womens electric bike over a bridge

MSRP: Pace 500.3$1,799
SIZES: Regular (fits 5’1″ – 5’11”), Large (fits 5’11” – 6’4″)
FULL REVIEW: Aventon Pace 500
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Pace is fun and peppy, and very comfortable to ride. Our testers loved the upright positioning, cushy seat and the natural feeling of the slightly swept back handlebars. The new Pace 500.3 model has a torque sensor that provides for a much more natural riding feel that allows you to better control the speed of the bike with the pedals.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR (Rear hub motor): Pace 500 – 48V, 500W
BATTERY: Pace 500 – 48V, (614Wh)
MAX SPEED ASSIST: Pace 500 – 28 mph (Class III)
PAS MODES: 5
TORQUE SENSOR: No
GEARING: Pace 500 – 8-speed
THROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)

From its thickly padded saddle to its ergonomic grips, the Aventon Pace is super comfortable to ride! Paired with its zippy motor, the Pace certainly isn’t slow as it provides plenty of zip for speed demons, but the lower PAS modes allow for more casual riding.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Cushioned saddle, ergonomic grips, and swept back handlebars provide a smooth and comfortable ride
  • Sleek frame design allows for a clean, seamless battery integration, while still allowing the battery to be removed. The Pace is also available at a regular or step-through frame.
  • Brightly lit, colored LED panel provides plenty of stats, including mph, battery life and total distance traveled
  • Integrated LED brake lights – rear lights light up whenever you use the brakes (day or night!). Headlight also included.
  • Free Aventon app connects the bike via Bluetooth to provide additional stats. The app also has a thriving community of Aventon ebike users.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The frame is available in a step-through model (typically a women’s bike frame) or a traditional straight top-tube frame. There are no differences in these models except for frame design.
  • Aventon has over 600 retailers across the US where service is available. Replacement parts are also readily available on their website.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Pace 500.2: $1,299 – The older model of the Pace 500.2 which lacks a torque sensor

Electra Townie Go! 7D

Comfortable, relaxed ride with easy balancing

Woman posing on Townie Go! 7D electric bike for women

MSRP: $1,900
SIZE: One size fits 4’11 – 5’11
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Townie Go! mimics the feel of riding an analog bike, but obviously requires much less effort. Pedaling the bike makes it go faster, slowing the pedals slows down the bike. The max speed is determined by the selected PAS level combined with the amount of force you are putting on the pedals, so riding in a higher gear will allow you to ride faster.

Overall, it’s an incredibly stable, relaxing ride. But because it has a hub motor, the power in the motor does lightly jolt from time to time.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 250W Rear Hub
BATTERY: 250Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)
PAS MODES: 3
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 7-speed
THROTTLE: No

With bright and beachy color options and a laid back, lazy summer ride vibe, the Electra Townie Go! is a super relaxed and comfy ride. The Townie’s 3 PAS modes were sufficient for all of our casual cruising, allowing us to reach higher “fun” speeds without getting so fast as to make us nervous.

Flat Foot Technology is what makes the Townie one of the most popular comfort cruiser bikes on the market. On most bikes, to achieve proper leg extension on your pedal stroke, you need to raise your saddle so that only your toes touch the ground when stopped.

On the Townie Go!, the pedals are placed farther forward on the bike, allowing you to lower the saddle so that your full foot can be flat on the ground when you’re stopped, while still achieving the necessary leg extension for your pedal stroke.

This Flat Foot Technology is particularly ideal for more timid riders who need the extra security of flat feet on the ground for stopping and starting. (But it’s also super convenient for experienced riders as well!)

Without a throttle, this Class 1 women’s cruiser is a great option for areas that don’t allow Class 2 and Class 3 ebikes.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • A wide, cushioned saddle offers premium padding for your bum, while the handlebars keep you in a carefree “I’m on vacation” relaxed, upright position. It’s a very comfortable bike.
  • Wide, balloon tires contribute to an extra smooth and cushioned ride
  • Switching between PAS 1, 2, and 3 is done by pushing a +/- button on the right hand. Super easy to adjust mid-ride.
  • Available in 4 bright, beachy colors.
  • Electra is owned by Trek, and can be serviced at your local Trek bike shop

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • With a smaller motor compared to other womens ebikes on this list, the highest PAS mode doesn’t offer as much assistance, especially on hills. If you’ll be riding a lot of hills, you should consider the Priority e-Coast.
  • Unlike most ebikes, the battery is internal and cannot be removed. While this makes the Townie Go! look like a regular bike instead of an ebike, if it ever needs to be serviced, you’ll need to take it to an official Trek shop.
  • Because the battery is internal, you’ll need to store the bike indoors during the hottest months of summer and cold months of winter. (Other e-bikes you can just store the battery inside.)
  • The Townie Go! comes in only one size, made to fit riders from 4’11 to 5’11. To make the ride comfortable for this entire range of heights, the handlebars can be lowered or raised, as well as rotated towards or away from the rider. We tested with riders 4’10.5 – 5’10.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Electra Townie Go! 7D: $1,900 – 250W rear hub motor, 7 gears, and 250 Wh battery, 3 PAS, mechanical disc brakes
  • Electra Townie Go! 5i: $2,949 – 250W mid motor, 5 gears (internal hub), 400 Wh battery, 4 PAS, hydraulic disc brakes
  • Electra Townie Go! 10D: $3,849 – 250W mid motor, 10 gears, 500 Wh battery, 4 PAS, hydraulic disc brakes

Priority e-Classic Plus

Low maintenance bike with a very natural ride experience

women riding a black Priority e-Classic bike through the street

MSRP: $1,699
FULL REVIEW: Priority e-Classic Plus
SIZE: Three sizes – Step-thru (5’2 – 5’10), S/M Diamond frame (5’6 – 5’10”), M/L Diamond frame (5’11 – 6’3″)
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The e-Classic’s front hub motor provides for a very natural ride feeling that makes you forget you’re even on an e-bike. Compared to other e-bikes, there are very minimal jolts or surges, even at top speed, and the bike never feels like it’s getting away from you.

Even when in the highest of its 3 PAS modes, the e-Classic still provides a natural and smooth ride. It honestly just feels like you are riding an analog bike!

While the e-Classic had no issues taking on the steep hills around our neighborhood, its 250W motor is less powerful than other bikes. If you’re looking for a powerful bike to zip up hills or a speedy bike to help keep up with car traffic on the road, the e-Classic is not the bike for you. The Aventon Pace 500 is faster and zippier than the e-Classic and is a better option if speed is a top priority.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 250W, front hub
BATTERY: 374 Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20mph
PAS MODES: 3
TORQUE SENSOR: No
GEARING: 3 Speed (Internal hub – no derailleur)
THROTTLE: No

Designed for cruising around the neighborhood or for light, casual commuting, the e-Classic Plus is perfect for those who want an ebike with the feeling of a traditional analog bike. Whether you’re not confident in your biking abilities or don’t want to ruin the nostalgic feel of riding a bike, the e-Classic will have you riding faster and farther with less effort, but without jeopardizing your biking experience.

In addition to keeping the biking experience simple, the Priority e-Classic Plus also keeps maintenance simple. Instead of a traditional bike chain that often needs to be cleaned and greased, the e-Classic is equipped with a worry-free, grease-less carbon belt drive. Clunky and often finicky derailleurs are also replaced with an internally-geared rear hub, so you never have to worry about poor shifting quality.

Lastly, the e-Classic aesthetics match its traditional feel, as it features a swept back handlebar, a thickly padded tan saddle, tan tires (with an extra puncture protection layer to prevent flats), as well as matching, comfortable lock-on rubber grips.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Carbon belt drive (instead of a traditional bike chain) creates a quite ride and also requires very little maintenance (you never need to grease the chain)
  • The 250 W front hub motor, is small, but mighty! The motor provides the perfect amount of power to help you ride faster and farther, but without the power surges often felt from hub motors when turning on or off.
  • Bike comes complete with high-quality fenders, front and rear lights, as well as a bottle cage
  • Rear tail light (found on the rear fender) also acts as a brake light as it gets brighter when the brakes are activated
  • Powerful hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • Although the e-Classic does not come with a throttle, we actually don’t miss it! Due to the very natural ride feel of the e-Classic Plus , you don’t feel like you’re on an ebike, so you never think to reach for the throttle. Its lightweight build (49 lb.) also makes it easy to start, even on an incline.
  • Unlike every other ebike on this page (except the Brompton), the e-Classic has a front hub motor compared to a rear hub motor. The front hub motor helps to create the natural ride experience as it gently pulls you along versus pushes you.
  • The 250W motor on the e-Classic is much lower than other bikes. As a result, the bike isn’t a fast and peppy as other bikes, but in turn, isn’t jerky and never feels like it’s riding away from you.
  • The e-Classic has three gears, but no derailleur. The gears are located within the bike’s rear hub and are easily changed via a traditional bike grip shifter on the right grip. As an added bonus, with an internally geared hub, you don’t need to be pedaling to change gears, you can shift into the gear you want before you start pedaling (which is very helpful when starting on hills😊)

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The e-Classic Plus is available in two frame designs – diamond frame, or a smaller, traditional step-thru frame.

HONORABLE MENTION CRUISER EBIKE

Priority e-Coast

Fat Tire Beach Cruiser with Rust-free Belt Drive

woman riding Priority eCoast electric bike down the sidewalk

MSRP: $1,999
FULL REVIEW: Priority e-Coast
SIZE: Two sizes – Diamond frame (5’5 – 6’5), Step-thru (5′ – 5’11)
“FEEL” OF BIKE: In the truest “cruiser” fashion, the Priority e-Coast is designed to make casual cruising as easy, carefree, and effortless as possible.

With 5 PAS modes and a throttle, the “hardest” PAS mode (1) still offers plenty of pep from the motor, while the “easiest” PAS 4 and PAS 5 require barely any pedaling or effort on your part. And of course if you choose to use the throttle, you don’t have to pedal at all.

This women’s ebike only features a cadence sensor so the speed of your pedaling doesn’t affect the speed of the bike. That said, in the lower PAS 1 and PAS 2 modes, the motor assistance is low enough that you still feel like you’re contributing to moving the bike forward (although still pretty effortlessly).

Once you’re in PAS 3 or above, your pedaling effort is so minimal compared to the boost from the motor, that you are really just slowly moving the pedals forward to keep that high powered motor accelerating – until you reach your pre-set max MPH assistance.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 500W, rear hub
BATTERY: 576 Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (but can set max speed assist to any MPH 28 or below)
PAS MODES: 5
TORQUE SENSOR: No
GEARING: Single speed
THROTTLE: Yes

Whether you actually live near the beach or just love that beach cruiser style, the Priority e-Coast is easy on the eyes and a delight to ride! It’s all the comfort and relaxation of a luxurious beach cruiser, but with that extra kick of the motor that makes pedaling pretty effortless.

For riders who truly just want the feel of riding a bike while also feeling relaxed and never breaking a sweat, the Priority e-Coast surely delivers with those cushioning fat tires and peppy motor.

And while the e-Coast is a great ride on any paved trail in the country, it offers extra benefits for those living on the coast. Coastal living certainly has its benefits, but it’s also where rusty bike frames and bike chains are all too common.

The e-Coast was designed to be as rust-proof as possible, so you can spend more time just enjoying the ride and less time worrying about maintenance. The frame and fork are aluminum, rather than steel. And the Carbon Gates belt drive isn’t metal and can’t ever rust!

The belt drive is also beneficial because there’s no grease, it’s more durable than a chain, doesn’t require lubing or regular maintenance, and also won’t fall off as chains often do.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Carbon belt drive (instead of a traditional bike chain), along with an aluminum bike frame and other strategically chosen rust-resistant components, make this bike an exceptional choice for coastal riders.
  • Via an easy-to-use LED screen, you can set the max pedal assist to any speed 28 mph or below. This is really handy to convert the bike from Class 3 to Class 2, or just to keep the bike to slower speeds if high speeds make you nervous.
  • The 500 W motor is very powerful – getting up hills in PAS 3 and above was no-sweat, easy breezy
  • 3″ fat tires provide a lot of cushioning. They are also designed with increased puncture-proof features, so you’re less likely to get a flat than with a standard tire.
  • Built in front and rear lights can be turned on with the press of a button on the LED screen. Rear light turns brighter when brakes are engaged.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The e-Coast is a single speed bike. As a result, trying to pedal faster than casually in PAS 3 and above will cause your pedals to catch or jerk as you complete the revolution. This does take a bit of getting used to if you frequently ride an analog bike, but is certainly not a reason to not buy this bike.
  • As a single speed bike that is also quite heavy, the e-Coast can be ridden if the battery goes dead, but does require quite a bit of effort on your part. Unfortunately, you can’t switch to an easy gear to make pedaling easier. (The LED screen always shows an accurate battery power reading so you can avoid getting stuck!)
  • PAS 3 and above are less like riding a bike and more like riding a moped. If you want an ebike with less boost so you are consistently exerting effort, a bike with a smaller motor and a torque sensor (like the Electra Townie Go!) might be a better option for you.
  • Local laws dictate if or where you can ride an ebike, and often which class of ebikes are legal. The e-Coast can be converted from Class II to Class III by changing the max pedal assist on the LED screen. Be sure to know your local laws and have it set accordingly. (These laws can also be age-based.)
  • A Class 3 ebike maxes out pedal assist at 28 mph. While that’s pretty slow in a car, it’s quite fast on a bike. If you are new to ebikes, a more timid rider, or have teenagers riding, we recommend lowering the max pedal assist to at least 20 mph (the max for Class 1 and Class 2).

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The e-Coast is available in two models – diamond frame, or a smaller, traditional step-thru women’s ebike.

City/Commuter Electric Bikes for Women

City/commuter bikes are ideal for efficient, fast, and reliable commuting through busy cities or on longer country road journeys.

Common Features on City/Commuter Bikes

  • LEANED IN BODY POSITION: While comfort cruiser bikes position the rider in a more upright position, city bikes place the rider in a more leaned-in position which forces more of the rider’s weight to be applied to the handlebars. This allows the rider’s weight to be more centered on the bike (versus almost all over the rear tire). More weight on the handlebars allows for more efficient and responsive steering.
  • HIGHER WATT MOTORS: Higher watt motors allow a bike to accelerate and travel faster, while also being able to provide much more assistance to the rider while taking on steep hills. Due to differences in how motors provide power, motors in mid-drive bikes do not need nearly as many watts to provide the same level of assistance as hub motors in the wheels with higher-wattage.
  • HIGHER BATTERY CAPACITY: City and commuter bikes need larger batteries to allow for traveling longer distances. Considering most ebikes get close to half their stated battery mileage capacity (stated miles is when the bike is used at its lowest PAS, while the rider is pedaling on a flat smooth surface – which never happens).
  • THROTTLES: Many city ordinances do not allow ebikes with throttles. As a result, many large manufacturers do not include throttles on their city/commuter bikes. Most online ebike companies do provide throttles, but they can easily be removed if needed.
  • GEARS: Less critical due to motor assistance; PAS modes are typically used to control speed. Gears are more relevant if riding without a throttle or on uneven terrain.

Aventon Level.2

Comfortable, relaxed ride with easy balancing

Woman riding the pink Aventon Level.2 ebike on a bike path

MSRP: $1,899
SIZES: 3 sizes that fit heights 5’1″ – 6’4″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: With a unique combination of a torque sensor and a rear hub motor, the Pace Level2 allows the rider to control the speed of the bike with the pedals. As a result, the Level2 provides a more natural feel compared to the Aventon Pace and other hub-powered ebikes without a torque sensor.

That being said, the torque sensor isn’t as refined as those on high-end bikes like the Priority Current, so you can certainly feel some lag between when you speed up or slow down your pedal speed and when the motor responds. It’s not significant or problematic, but is noticeable.

The Level2 is also very fast! With a max speed of 28mph, the Level2 quickly accelerates and is a blast to ride.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 750W
BATTERY: 672 Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (Class III)
PAS MODES: 5
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 8-speed
THROTTLE: Yes

The Level2 offers a great combination of speed, style, comfort, and ease of use. Coming standard with a 750W hub motor, a 30-60 mile capacity battery, and a 28 mph max speed, the Level2 will quickly get you where you need to go and provide plenty of fun along the way.

As one of the most affordable ebikes on the market with a torque sensor, the Level2 is one of the few womens electric bikes under $2,000 that provides a more natural feel to the pedals. When you press harder on the pedals, the motor kicks in with more juice. When you ease up, so does the motor.

Since this pedal to power connection is naturally ingrained in all riders from traditional bikes, this connection makes riding the Level2 much more intuitive.

The Level2 also comes equipped with a lot of proper commuting accessories – a rack for holding panniers, baskets or backpacks, as well as full front and rear fenders.

For increased visibility and safety, the Level2 comes standard with a bright headlight as well as integrated taillights on the rear frame of the bike as well as on the rear fender. These taillights also act as brake lights as they automatically turn on whenever you pull the bike’s brake levers.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Torque sensor provides a more natural feel and better control of the bike’s speed
  • Battery is fully removeable and can be charged both on and off the bike
  • Bright red brake lights are fully integrated into the frame, greatly increasing visiblity from the back and the side of the bike. As an added bonus, they automatically turn on when you pull on the brake.
  • Bright and colored LED screen makes is easy to know your speed, battery life, and mileage, as well as a slew of other stats
  • Aventon has great customer service as well as wide array of replacement parts on their site. There are also over 800 local shops across the US that can help service your bike.
  • Aventon’s free app includes a robust rider community that freely shares tips, tricks, and ideas for riding adventures

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Level2 is available in both a women’s step-through frame and a traditional “triangle” frame. The frame design is the only difference between the two models
  • The bike is heavy (54 lb.) and should only be transported on high-weight capacity bike racks

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Aventon Level.2 $1,949 – Available in both a step-through and a traditional frame
  • Aventon Level$1,799 – Older model that does not have a torque sensor

Co-op Cycles CTY 2.1

Most Affordable Mid-drive, Easy REI Service

Woman riding REI Co-Op Cycles ebike

(Note: the 2.1 has been discontinued. The 1.1, which has a more basic motor and no throttle, has a very different ride-feel, but is still a good option for the price of $1,299.)
MSRP: $1,799
SIZES: 3 sizes that fit heights 5’0″ – 6’3″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The CTY e2.1 is a buttery smooth ride that truly feels like you’re riding a normal bike. With a torque sensor and a mid-drive motor, the motor’s response is impressively in sync with your pedal stroke, and won’t jolt or “power surge” periodically like hub motors will.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 250 W mid-drive w/40Nm of torque
BATTERY: 418 Wh, 36V
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)
PAS MODES: 3
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 9-speed
THROTTLE: No

REI’s Co-op Cycles CTY e2.1 is the most affordable mid-drive ebike we were able to find. At just $1,800, it’s an impressively smooth ride, with great-quality components. If you’re looking for the natural feel and efficiency of a mid-motor ebike, want to get some cash towards your REI dividend, and benefit from super easy servicing at your local REI, this ebike checks all of those boxes.

With just 3 PAS modes, the CTY e2.1 certainly isn’t the brawniest bike on this list. Its 40 Nm of torque is on the low end for mid-drive ebikes, but will certainly get the job done for less strenuous commutes.

If hills are a regular part of your route, a motor providing more torque will get you up those inclines with less work on your part, but you’ll need to be willing to spend more money. (The upgraded CTY e2.2 has 60 Nm of torque, but is an additional $900.)

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Highly adjustable stem allows for you to sit more upright than many commuter bikes
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes offer impressive stopping power, with hand levers that are smooth and easy to pull
  • Integrated rear rack has a 59 lb. weight capacity for cargo or a child bike seat
  • Front and rear lights for increased visibility in traffic
  • Small LED screen indicates PAS mode and speed
  • Order online and pick up in store, already assembled
  • REI’s service guarantee offers free basic maintenance (but not parts) for a year. REI members get TWO years!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • REI is a great place to try before you buy. You can simply call ahead to your local store to make sure the bike is ready for a test ride when you get there. They even provide a helmet for the test ride!
  • Limited color selection
  • While this is a great option for a women’s electric bike, the frame is not offered in a traditional women’s step-thru frame

AVAILABLE MODELS:

Priority Current

Unmatched Power & Speed

woman standing next to a white Priority Current electric bicycle

MSRP: $3,299
SIZES: 3 sizes that fit inseams 26″ – 35″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: To be forthright, we haven’t tested out the Current, but extensively tested and LOVED its predecessor, the Embark. Although the new Current has several additional updates, we can speak from experience that Priority Bicycle’s electric bikes ride like the smoothest and quickest sports car you have ever driven.

The motor integrates so seamlessly into your pedal stroke that it’s really easy to forget you’re riding an ebike at all. Instead, you simply feel like you have instantly gained super-hero strength and power!

Although we haven’t tried it, the Current’s motor features a ridiculously powerful 500W mid-mount motor that pumps out 140Nm of torque (most high-end ebikes only have around 80).

As a result, the Current is able to provide amazing amounts of power directly into the drivetrain, even while trying to tackle the steepest climbs at high speeds.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 500W mid-drive w/140Nm torque
BATTERY: 500 Wh, 48V
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (ships as Class I, but can be converted to Class III w/ 28mph max)
PAS MODES: 5
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 5-speed
THROTTLE: No

Offering the speed of a sports car, the comfort of a cruiser bike, and the efficiency of a commuter bike, the Priority Current is truly the complete package. Whether your definition of commuting consists of speedily weaving through traffic in big cities, or pounding out long distances on a daily basis, the Current will not disappoint.

With 5 PAS modes, massive amounts of torque and max speed, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-proof shock absorbing tires, a thickly cushioned saddle, as well as multiple locations for mounting accessories (including a front and rear rack), the Current can truly do it all. Priority even offers an extended battery pack that allows the bike to travel up to 100 miles!

Not into bike maintenance? Like all bikes from Priority, the Current features a grease-free belt drive that never needs adjusting and won’t get grease on your pants or skirt. Don’t want to deal with tuning a derailleur? Well, you’re in luck as the Current’s internally geared hub eliminates the need for a derailleur and is also essentially maintenance-free.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Top-notch power and speed that are smoothly delivered to the drivetrain. This women’s ebike can easily keep up with traffic as well as take on steep hills at higher-speeds.
  • Offers a very natural and intuitive riding experience.
  • Headlights and taillights both maintain charge. Taillights also remain on while the bike is stopped tn ensure visibility from behind.
  • Three different frames sizes are available to ensure a proper fit. The stem is also height adjustable to help dial in your preferred fit.
  • Like all Priority Bicycles, the Current features a grease-free carbon belt drive (no chain!), as well as an internally geared hub, so you never have to worry about a derailleur.
  • Brightly lit LED screen displays your speed, PAS mode, odometer, battery life (and more!)
  • Backed by Priority’s impeccable customer service

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Current ships as a Class I ebike (20 mph max), but can easily be switched to a Class III (max 28mph) through the bike’s display panel. The bike’s max speed can also be decreased, which can be beneficial for more timid riders.
  • The Current does not come with a throttle
  • Currently only available in white

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The Current is available in two different models – the “Shimano” and the “Enviolo”. The two models are exactly the same, except for their geared rear hub. The “Shimano” model has a 5-gear internal-hub (the gears are located in the rear hub – the bike has no derailleur).

The “Enviolo” model also has an internally geared hub, but instead of 5 fixed gears, it offers a continuous range of gears within a set range. Both hubs are great, but excel in different ways (as outlined below).

  • Priority CurrentShimano $3,299 – Lighter than the Enviolo and provides the traditional sportier and snappier shifting.
  • Priority CurrentEnviolo$3,499 – Requires you to let up on the pedals for a bit when you change gears, but provides more intuitive shifting.

Brompton Electric C Line

Lightweight, foldable bike

woman riding electric brompton bike across a crosswalk

MSRP: $3,800
SIZE: One size fits inseams up to 35″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: With a torque sensor and a front hub motor, the Brompton C Line has that “real bike” feel. You’ll speed up when you pedal with more force, and slow down when you pedal with less force. It doesn’t have as much “oomph” as other womens electric bikes on this list, and also is a bit bumpier due to the small and narrow tires.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 250W
BATTERY: 300Wh, 36V
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 15.5 mph (Class I)
PAS MODES: 3
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 6 speed (2×3 combo derailleur and internal hub)
THROTTLE: No

The Brompton folding ebike offers a brilliant and exceptional solution for a small niche of bike riders. Who needs a folding bike?

Primarily two groups of people – (1) Multi-modal commuters who want to bike part of the commute and take public transportation the rest, (2) Apartment dwellers who have limited space to store a bike or who need to haul their ebike up several flights of stairs.

Folding or unfolding into a compact square in just about 20 seconds, the Brompton C line can easily fit under a work desk or bed when not in use. The battery seamlessly snaps into place, or is detached by simply pushing a button. Contained in a canvas bag with a shoulder strap, the battery can be worn like a cross-body purse for the non-biking portion of your commute. (The battery must be removed from the bike before folding.)

While the Brompton C Line ebike truly is an exceptional feat of engineering, its ability to fold so compactly does limit its overall performance compared to a more traditional electric bike. There are other ebikes that can go faster and are a smoother ride. Whether the Brompton is best for your needs depends on whether its ability to fold, or a faster and smother ride are more important to you.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Brompton bikes are extremely high quality, with absolutely no “play” in the folding points when riding
  • Once folded, it’s quite manageable to carry (the P Line is even more lightweight than the C Line, up to 4 pounds lighter, depending on the model)
  • For train commuters, the Brompton P Line can be folded down partially and rolled through a train station by holding onto and pushing the saddle
  • Front and rear lights come standard
  • 3 year warranty on the electric system (Electra is 2 years)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Brompton is available in just one size to accommodate a wide range of heights. Taller riders (5’10 +) should consider the “high rise” handlebar, in place of the traditional “mid rise”.
  • The saddle is adjustable along horizontal rails to be closer or farther away from the handlebars. This positioning can make a huge difference in your body position and comfort level, so play around with a few positions before you settle on your “just right” setting.
  • Out of the box, the hand brake levers come set with a long-reach for a larger hand. If you have difficulty reaching the brake levers to pull them, they can easily be adjusted with an Allen key to sit closer to the grips. Be sure to consult the instruction manual, as doing this will require additional brake adjustments.
  • Of all the bikes on this list, the Brompton C provides the least assistance – only up to 15.5 mph. Other Class 1 ebikes usually provide assistance up to 20 mph. The difference in assistance between this bike and the Townie that assists up to 20 mph was very noticeable.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Brompton Electric C Line: $4,050 – 6 speed
  • Brompton Electric P Line: $4,700 – 4 speed, up to 4 pounds lighter depending on model

All-terrain Fat Electric Bikes for Women

Whether you need a bike for city use that’s also capable of taking on dirt roads and snow, or a bike ready to haul gear for an overnight trip via dirt backroads, all-terrain fat tire ebikes can do it all.

Common Features on All-terrain Electric Bikes

  • Fat Tires: Wide, knobby tires provide better traction and cushioning on varied terrains.
  • Slight Leaned-In Body Position: Offers a comfortable, upright ride, similar to city/commuter bikes, but not for aggressive downhill riding.
  • High Watt Motors: Typically 750W hub motors for powering through mixed terrain, hills, and heavy frames.
  • Higher Battery Capacity: Large batteries support 30-60 miles, ideal for varied terrain and extended adventures. Consider a second battery for long trips.
  • Throttles: Useful for starting on hills, though not allowed on technical single-track trails.
  • Gears: 7-8 gears are sufficient, with PAS modes often preferred for adjusting speed.

Aventon Adventure.2

Very comfortable, fast and capable.

aventon adventure fat tire all terrain ebike for women

MSRP: $1,999
SIZES: 5 sizes that fit heights 4’11” – 6’4″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: Fun, fast and responsive, the Aventon Adventure.2 is the most “natural” feeling ebike we have ridden with a rear hub motor. With every pedal stroke on the Adventure.2, you truly feel connected to the bike as the motor quickly responds to every pedal stroke.

The natural feel is the result of its new torque sensor (the original Adventure model did not have one), which allows the motor to apply power to the bike in accordance to the force at which the rider pedals. With minimal delay between your input and the motor’s output, the Adventure.2 can really make you feel like you are in impeccable shape as you power up hills on this 75 lb. bike!

While the Adventure.2 isn’t as responsive as an electric bike with a quality mid-drive motor with a torque sensor, we wouldn’t be surprised if the average rider (who hasn’t spent hours comparing different ebikes), would notice the difference.

Weighing 75 lbs., the Adventure.2 isn’t very quick and nimble to maneuver, especially at slow speeds. Like most all-terrain bikes, the Adventure is a large bike to maneuver, but once you reach speed, the weight of the bike helps the bike feel very stable and planted, even over uneven terrain.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 750W
BATTERY: 720 Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: Up to 28 mph (Class II or III)
PAS MODES: 4
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes
GEARING: 8-speed
THROTTLE: Yes

The Adventure.2 offers unmatched quality, all-terrain performance, and style for under $2,000. In every detail, the love and attention Aventon put into the Adventure.2 truly shows.

In addition to a torque sensor, the Aventure.2 offers plenty of power with its 750W rear hub motor paired with a 720W battery for up to 60 miles of travel. For added safety, this fat tire ebike features powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, puncture-resistant 26×4″ tires, frame-integrated brakes lights and turning signals, as well as a powerful headlight.

With comfort and convenience in mind, the Adventure.2 is available in both step-through (typically for women) and traditional frame designs. All models also come with a front suspension fork, front and rear fenders, a rear rack with 55 lb. weight capacity, mounts for a front basket, a kickstand, as well as a colorful LED display.
Aventon’s free app shows a wide variety of stats (odometer, average speed, max speed, etc.) and also includes an active ebike community where users regularly share tips, tricks, and even trip ideas.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Responsive torque sensor provides a natural pedal feel with minimal delay
  • Fat tires provide plenty of traction and cushion (just make sure to set the right PSI – typically MUCH lower than standard tires)
  • Battery is easily removable and can be charged on or off the bike. For added security, the battery can also be locked onto the frame.
  • Turn signals and brake lights! – Frame has integrated lights that serve as brake lights (that automatically turn on when activating brakes) as well as turning signals (turned on via control on handlebar)
  • Bright color LED screen has complete stats including speed, battery life, and mileage, as well as a slew of other information
  • Aventon has great customer service as well as wide array of replacement parts on their site. There are over 800 local shops across the US that can help service your bike.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Adventure.2 is available in two frames – a women’s step-through frame and a traditional “triangle” frame. The frame design is the only difference between the two models.
  • The bike is heavy and should only be transported on high-weight capacity bike racks

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • Aventon Adventure.2 $1,999

Family and Cargo Electric Bikes for Women

Electric bikes offer an eco-friendly way to run errands, from grocery shopping to school pickups, while enjoying the outdoors. The bikes on our list come with high-capacity rear racks and can be customized with accessories for hauling kids or cargo.

Common Features on Family and Cargo Electric Bikes

  • High Capacity Racks: Standard rear racks for heavy loads; can also have front racks.
  • Step-Through Frames: Easy mounting and dismounting with a low frame.
  • Heavy Weight: Typically over 80 lb, requiring transport in a truck bed rather than a bike rack.
  • Small Wheel Size: Smaller 20″ wheels for better balance with heavy loads, often with cushioned “plus” size tires.
  • High Watt or Torque Motors: Powerful 750W rear hub motors or 250W mid-drive motors with high torque (70Nm+) for hill assistance.
  • Higher Battery Capacity: 600Wh+ batteries to handle heavy loads.
  • Throttles: Help start from a standstill, though frequent use drains the battery faster.

RadPower RadRunner Plus

Most Versatile – Easily carry an adult passenger or tons of cargo!

mom and daughter riding on the RadPower RadRunner 3 Plus utility ebike with the passenger kit and passenger bars

MSRP: $1,799+
SIZE: One size fits 4’11” – 6’2″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The RadRunner Plus is a fun, unique ride that feel like a mix between riding a pickup truck and an electric go cart. It’s a bit slow to get off the line (we always get started with the throttle), but once you get going, it’s a blast to ride.

Without a torque sensor, controlling speed is best achieved by feathering the throttle. Its heavyweight (especially with a passenger onboard) limits its maneuverability, but as long as you aren’t trying to weave the bike through small spaces or tight hairpin turns, the bike performs great.

Image above shows a RadRunner 3 Plus upgraded with a Passenger Kit as well as the Passenger Bars.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 750W, 48V
BATTERY: 672 Wh
ESTIMATED RANGE: ~20 to 45 miles
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class II)
PAS MODES: 5
TORQUE SENSOR: No

GEARING: 7-speed
THROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)
TOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 lb.
BIKE WEIGHT: 77 lb.

The RadPower RadRunner Plus is a multi-functional utility electric bike meant for work, sprinkled with a lot of fun. The Plus can be configured as a kid hauler (with a child bike seat on back), and adult taxi (with a passenger kit) or a cargo hauler (mount baskets to the front or rear)! Fully customizable and fully capable, the RadPower Plus is the mini-van of the ebike world😜.

With one frame size featuring a seat with a wide range of adjustability, the RadRunner is also a great “sharing” bike. We tested the bike with riders ranging from 5’6″ to 6’4″ and they all comfortably rode the RadRunner.

With a beefy frame designed to haul up to 350 lb. of payload, the RadRunner is certainly not lightweight (models start at 75.5 lb.!), but its powerful 750W rear hub motor with 5 PAS modes provide more than enough assistance to provide a fun and energetic ride (even with a passenger on board!). With 4″ wide all-terrain tires, the RadRunner also happily traverses dirt roads and basic dirt trails.

There are currently three different models of the RadRunner. The RadRunner Plus and the RadRunner 2 are the older versions while the RadRunner 3 Plus is the newest version with an updated frame featuring a semi-integrated battery. The older RadRunner Plus, does comes fully equipped with a rear passenger setup, while the newer RadRunner 3 Plus does not. The passenger kit upgrade, which includes a rear seat pad, foot pegs and plastic wheel guards, is required to haul a second person on the RadRunner 3 Plus.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Extremely versatile! Can be used to haul everything from people to groceries while working its way through city streets or dirt trails
  • Offers a comfortable, upright seating position for the rider as well as an a comfortable seat for a second adult (within max 350 lb. weight limit)
  • Plus models comes with additional comfort features including a front suspension fork, front and rear fenders, and headlight.
  • While still a big bike, the RadRunner Plus is significantly shorter than the other bikes on this list. Its wheelbase is 46.5″ while the Xtracycle is 56.3″.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The RadRunner Plus offers a smooth, fun ride, but it does feel more “truck-like” compared to the rest of the bikes on this list.
  • If you plan on hauling an older child on the rear seat (or an adult), we highly recommend purchasing the passenger bars (compatible with both RadRunner Plus models)
  • The RadRunner 3 Plus’ 350 max weight capacity is significantly lower that the Aventon Abound’s 440 lb. The RadRunner Plus has a slightly lower 300 lb. weight capacity.
  • RadPower does not offer a “child basket” that goes over the rear rack for younger children.

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The RadRunner models share the same frame and are compatible with all the same accessories. The “Plus” line upgrades include a passenger package, a 7-speed geared hub, a front suspension fork, and a premium headlight.

  • RadRunner Plus: $1,999 – Worth the upgrade if you plan on hauling any passengers. The 7-speeds and suspension fork are also beneficial if you plan on taking on rougher terrains.
  • RadRunner 2: $1,349 – A great bike out of the box that can also be easily modified with RadPower’s wide range of accessories.
  • RadRunner 3 Plus: $2,299 – Most recent model featuring an updated modern frame, semi-integrated battery and some slight improvements to the motor.

Aventon Abound

Exceptional value! Fast, fun and affordable family bike with a throttle.

Mom riding the Aventon Abound with two young kids on the back

MSRP: $1,999
SIZE: One size fits 4’11” – 6’3″
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Abound’s powerful motor, integrated torque sensor, and included throttle provide for a smooth and jerk-free ride. Like all family bikes, you can certainly feel the added weight of kids (or cargo) when starting and stopping the bike, but once you are up and running (which is made super easy by the bike’s throttle), the Abound offers a smooth and comfortable ride for driver and passengers.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 750W, 48V
BATTERY: 720 Wh
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 28 mph (Class III – but ships as a Class II)
ESTIMATED RANGE: up to 50 miles
PAS MODES: 4
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes

GEARING: 7-speed
THROTTLE: Yes (easily removed)
TOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 440 lb.
BIKE WEIGHT: 81 lb.

Whether you plan on loading up the Abound with groceries, or kids, or both, the Abound offers tremendous value and performance.

On the technical side, the Abound’s powerful 750W battery keeps things peppy, while the 4 pedal assist modes combined with the torque sensor allow you to easily finesse the speed of the bike and always feel in control.

The Abound is also one speedy bike! While it ships with a max 20 mph limit, using Aventon’s app, the bike’s top speed can be changed to 28 mph (converting it from Class II to a Class III).

To keep its rider and passengers safe, the Abound features hydraulic disc brakes with front and rear 180mm rotors. The frame has integrated brake lights on the sides and rear to enhance visibility.

Up front, the bike has a headlight that’s easily turned on via the bike control panel, and also boasts turning signals! Yep, with the flick of a button, the right or left rear brake lights will blink to alert drivers behind you prior to turning.

Straight out of the box, the Abound comes complete with footboards, a storage bag, front and rear fenders, 50mm suspension fork, double-foot kickstand, and a rear rack with a 143 lb. weight limit.

But wait, there’s more! The Abound also comes with a very clever dropper post, which allows the rider to lower the seat to easily get on and off the bike. While it may seem gimmicky, being able to lower the seat absolutely helps you balance the weight of the bike when getting off the bike and before you have a chance to put the kickstand up.

To customize the bike for your personal needs, Aventon offers a seat pad, handrail (the black “basket” cage shown on our tester bike), front rack, as well as a front basket.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Torque sensor provides a comfortable, natural pedaling feel.
  • Extremely versatile! Can be used to haul everything from people to groceries, while working its way through city streets or dirt trails (various accessory kits available)
  • Comes with a “dropper post” that allows you to comfortably get on and off the bike without having to get on your tip toes! When you’re ready to go, just stand over the seat, pull the lever to pop the seat up, and then ride away!
  • Double leg kickstand automatically pops up when you start moving the bike forward. Kickstand also sturdily holds bike upright when loading up kids and cargo.
  • Handlebars fold down to aid in storing or transporting.
  • Comes complete with fenders, brake lights that activate when you pull the brake levers, a removable battery, and a large onboard storage pocket to easy store your phone, keys, and jacket with room to spare!
  • Can be modified to a Class III using the Aventon app. The Abound ships as a Class II with a max pedal assist of 20mph, but switching it to Class III allows the motor to assist you up to 28 mph.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Abound does not come with the rear seat pad and padded child handrail as shown above, but does come with the metal footrests and fenders. As shown and tested, the Abound comes out to $2,384. The Abound is also compatible with a child bike seat, such as the Thule Yepp Nexxt Maxi, for use with kids 1 year and up.
  • Like all cargo bikes, the Abound is heavy and long. As a result it will not fit on most bike racks and is best transported with a truck.
  • The Abound is 20 lb. heavier than the Xtracycle, but has a higher total weight capacity (440 lb. vs. 400 lb.)

AVAILABLE MODELS:

The Abound is only available in one model.

Xtracycle Swoop

Powerhouse motor and high-end build with plenty of range and creature comforts.

MSRP: $4,999
FULL REVIEW: Xtracycle Swoop
SIZES: 1 size fits most
“FEEL” OF BIKE: The Xtracycle makes easy work of the added load of cargo or kids with its powerful Shimano mid-drive motor with 85Nm of torque. Compared to the Aventon, the Xtracycle provides a much more “natural” ride feel as power from the motor is applied directly into the drivetrain versus being “pushed” from behind on the rear hub motor of the Aventon.

IMPORTANT TECHNICAL SPECS
MOTOR: 250 W mid-drive w/85Nm of torque
BATTERY: 630 Wh, 36V
MAX SPEED ASSIST: 20 mph (Class I)
ESTIMATED RANGE: ~30 to 60 miles
PAS MODES: 3
TORQUE SENSOR: Yes

GEARING: 11-speed (11-42t cassette)
THROTTLE: No
TOTAL WEIGHT CAPACITY: 400 lb.
BIKE WEIGHT: 62.9 lb.

Whether you commute in the city or cruise through the suburbs, the Xtracycle Swoop has enough power, storage, speed, and versatility to get all the jobs done.

Compared to the Aventon, the Swoop’s higher price tag is reflected in its lighter weight, more powerful motor, and larger battery. Coming in at 62.9 lb. the Xtracycle is 18 lb. lighter than the 82 lb. Abound, making it easier to maneuver both on and off the bike. Considering cargo bikes often need to be moved around the garage or hauled up steps, the ability to easily move the bike around when its not being ridden shouldn’t be overlooked.

If hills are commonplace around your town, the Xtracycle’s mid-drive motor provides plenty of pedal assist with high-torque to help you power up the hills. Unlike the Abound’s rear-hub motor which can quickly lose steam on a steep hill (like a small 4 cylinder engine on a steep mountain pass), you can rest assured that the Swoop will kick into action to help you tackle hills without breaking a sweat (like a full size truck flying up a mountain pass while hauling a trailer).

The Swoop’s “secret weapon” (and the main reason for the large jump in price), comes from its Shimano EP8 mid-drive motor. Offering a powerful 85Nm of torque (over double the assistance than other mid-drive bikes), the Swoop’s Shimano motor won’t back down from a fight. In fact, the Shimano EP8 motor was actually designed for mountain bikes!

Carrying heavier loads also leads to great battery drain, but the Swoop’s large 630Wh battery has you covered. While the Aventon’s battery is larger at 720Wh, it is also equipped with a less efficient rear hub motor. With a more efficient mid-drive motor, the Swoop’s range is up to 60 miles while the Aventon’s is only up to 50 miles, even though it has a larger battery.

WHAT WE LOVE:

  • Mid-drive motor paired with a torque sensor and 11 different gears provides for a very traditional bike feel. With 85Nm of torque, the Swoop also makes you feel like a super hero as you easily power up steep hills!
  • Exceptional quality bike and accessories. From stitching on their bags to the welding of the bike tubes, Xtracycles are truly built to last
  • Xtracycle offers unique fit kits for carrying all ages – 9 months to adults. Babies can safely ride in the compatible rear Yepp Nexxt child bike seat (the Swoop can accommodate 2 Yepps), while adults can ride with the Magic Carpet pad and SnackBars grips. A complete passenger kit comes included on the Swoop 20mph model.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY:

  • The Swoop 20mph is only available in one frame size and in one color, a soft blue. Our testers ranged from 5’7″ to 6’0″ and they all fit comfortably on the Swoop. The 28mph Swoop is also available in black.
  • The dual-foot kickstand, fenders, front and rear lights, rear rack, as well as the rear pannier all come standard on the Swoop.
  • The Swoop feels and performs much more like an analog bike than the Aventon Abound. Its mid-drive motor with a torque sensor provides a more natural pedaling feel. It also lacks a throttle, so it must be ridden using pedal assist.
  • Without a throttle, the Swoop can be more challenging to get rolling, especially on a steep hill, but the powerful motor quickly kicks in once you start pedaling

AVAILABLE MODELS:

  • The Xtracycle Swoop is available in two models, the 20mph max and 28 mph max models. The bikes are the same except the additional speed in the motor of the 28mph model. The 20mph model also comes with a rear passenger kit while the 28mph model does not.

ebikes for Women Buying Guide + Q&A’s

5 Things You Should Know Before Purchasing an eBike

Aventon Pace 350 and Aventon Level electric bicycles sitting side by side

(1) Ebikes are FUN to ride!

Riding an ebike is way more fun than we anticipated. Although our team of women testers ride bikes on a regular basis, the extra help you get from an ebike motor kicks the excitement of riding a bike into a new gear! We also recommend always wearing a helmet, and have tested many womens bike helmets to help you choose one that matches your style.

(2) Many electric bikes ride and feel very differently than traditional bikes

Riding an ebike can feel like you are riding an electric scooter (i.e. no effort on your part, just sit back and enjoy the ride), or can feel like a regular bike except that you are now a superhero and can pedal like a beast for hours without getting tired! The difference in how a bike feels comes down to the type of motor as well as the type of sensors the bike has.

(3) Be aware of local laws and regulations

Many cities and states have local regulations against certain types of ebikes. In many places, ebikes with throttles (more about this in the Q&A section below) are not allowed, so be sure to check your local regulations before purchasing a women’s ebike.

It is also very important to ensure the bike is UL 2849 certified, which greatly prevents the risk of fire as the result of poorly built batteries or battery chargers. All bikes on this list are UL certified, but not all ebikes are. The CPSC is working on requiring all ebikes in the US to be UL certified, but it is still a ways off. Due to fires and even deaths, some cities, like New York City, have implemented a ban on non-UL certified ebikes.

(4) Expect Lower Mileage than Stated
If you plan on commuting with your bike and need to go a certain mileage, be aware that the stated mileage may be misleading. Mileage is often given as a range (i.e. 20 – 40 miles) or simply a maximum potential mileage.
This max mileage is based on the bike being used in the lowest power setting on a flat, smooth surface without the throttle (using pedal assist only).

Considering electric bikes are rarely, if ever, used in their lowest setting, do not anticipate getting anywhere near the stated max mileage out of each battery charge. The longer and steeper your commute, or the more likely you are to use a throttle (if your bike has one), the more important it is to get a bike with a large capacity battery and higher stated mileage.

(5) Plan on Needing Customer Service

Ebikes often need even more maintenance than traditional bikes, but servicing them can be tricky. While most bike shops are likely to service the “traditional” components of the bike (shifter, brakes, derailleur, etc.), they likely won’t be able to service the electrical components. Some ebike-specific shops will service brands that they don’t sell, while others won’t touch them at all.

As a result, it is very important that you purchase a bike from a company that has a robust customer service team as well as readily accessible replacements parts. All major name brand ebikes (Trek, Electra, REI, etc.) will all come backed with support from your local bike shop. Many larger online brands, such as Aventon and RadPower, have numerous certified mechanics around the US for support as well as replacement parts online.

Commonly asked Questions about Ebikes

1. Do all ebikes come with a throttle?

No. Throttles on ebikes allow the motor to propel the bike forward without pedaling. By simply pushing down on or twisting a throttle, the motor can accelerate the bike up to 20mph. Not all ebikes have throttles and due to safety concerns, throttles are banned in many areas. As a result, many large bike manufacturers do not offer ebikes with throttles.

Most ebikes with throttles are manufactured by ebike-specific companies and are widely available online. In addition, most ebikes with throttles have hub motors vs. mid-drive motors (see below).

2. What is the difference between a mid-drive and hub motor?

Hub motors are located in the hub of the bike’s front or rear tire. Mid-drive (also called mid-motor) motors are located at the “bottom” of the bike, where the crank arms attach. Hub motors provide power by pushing or pulling the bike forward. Mid-drive motors provide power directly into the drivetrain of the bike, which replicates the “natural feel” of riding a bike.

Collage showing a mid-drive vs hub motor on electric bicycle
Mid-drive vs. Hub Motor

There are pros and cons to mid-drive and hub motors:

Comparison chart of pros and cons of different types of e-bike motors

The “power” of hub and mid-drive motors can vary widely and shouldn’t be overlooked. Hub motors are typically rated by their Watts. The higher the Watts, the faster and more powerful the motor will be. Hub motors range from 250W on cruiser bikes to 750W on commuter and cargo bikes.

Mid-drive motors are often rated by the amount of torque they can produce. The higher the torque (measured in Nm), the more assistance the motor can provide. Mid-drive motors on cruiser bikes offer as low as 40 Nm, while mountain bikes and cargo bikes (which need more assistance climbing hills or hauling heavy loads), offer up to 90 Nm.

3. Why are there such big differences in the price of ebikes?

ebikes can vary from under $1,000 to over $10,000. The large variance in prices depends mainly on the motor and battery of the bike. Like traditional bikes, the components of the bike, especially the frame, brakes, derailleurs, and shifters, also play a role.

ebikes with mid-drive motors typically come with a large price jump over ebikes with hub motors. In addition to the mid-drive motors being more expensive, they are also almost always found on more “technical” bikes that also come with higher-end components, such as mountain bikes, road bikes, as well as high-end commuters.

4. What makes an electric bike “feel” more natural?

The “natural” feel of an electric bike is a combination of the type of motor and the type of sensors an ebike has. Because mid-drive motors apply power directly into the drivetrain of a bike, ebikes with mid-drive motors always provide a more “natural” feel than bikes with hub motors.

Just like a regular bike, on a bike with a mid-drive motor, you feel instant “power” originating from below you in the drivetrain with every pedal stroke. On a bike with a hub motor, you “feel” the power more as a push or a pull in front or behind you.

Ebikes with cadence sensors (which sense the motion of the pedals) as well as torque sensors (sense how much pressure the rider is applying to the pedals) offer the most realistic feel. This combination can be found on ebikes with mid-drive or hub motors. (Although a mid-drive ebike with both sensors will feel more natural than a hub motor with both sensors.)

By working in tandem, these sensors help the motor to modulate its power and apply it at the right time and in the right amount to replicate the feel of a traditional bike. Both types of motors can have cadence and torque sensors in any combination.

5. How fast do electric bikes go?

Like traditional bikes, ebikes can go as fast as its rider can propel it! There are legal limitations, however, on the top speed at which an ebike motor can assist the rider. The max speed at which the bike can assist the rider (typically 20 or 28 mph), as well as the presence of a throttle, determines what class the ebike is.

There are three different classes of ebikes, Class I, II and III.

Class I ebikes: Cannot have a throttle and can only assist the rider up to 20 mph at the most. Some bikes max out assistance at less than 20mph (closer to 15 mph), but are still considered to be Class I.

Class II ebikes: Have a throttle, and can assist the rider up to 20mph in both pedal assist and throttle modes.

Class III ebikes: May have a throttle and can assist the rider up to 28mph. However, they can only assist up to 20mph with the throttle. Many throttles can be removed if needed on both Class II and Class III ebikes.

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