With the entire world on the cusp of an electric revolution, there has never been a better time to buy an electric bike. Not only are they better for the environment, but they’re also incredibly fun to ride. And, thanks to advances in technology, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your hands on a great bike. In fact, there are now a number of excellent options for eBikes under $1000.
In this article, we’ll take a look at 7 (+a bonus) of the best electric bikes on the market for under a thousand US dollars. Some of these bikes are under $700, let alone $1k. So, choose the one depending on your budget and the features you want.
At a glance,
Things To Consider When Buying an Affordable Electric Bike
Sometimes cheaper bikes tend to lack some primary metrics. So, consider these factors when choosing a cheap electric bike. All the products featured in this article are picked having these factors in mind.
Motor power is of utmost importance. Some ebikes may come with substandard motors, thus reducing the acceleration or power. High wattage equates more power and maximum speed your bicycle will deliver. Also, this will demonstrate its versatility to handle different environments like terrains.
Anything over 250W is decent but if you can get a bike with 500W motor power for under 1000 bucks, prioritize it over others.
Range / Battery
Inexpensive electric bicycles tend to feature batteries with smaller capacities because batteries take up a bulk of the overall cost. The more powerful and stronger the battery is, the higher the range it will cover on a single charge. Simply, this is known as the range of the ebike. Thus, the size and ALSO the quality of the battery matter.
A range of 20+ miles (in throttle mode) is a good choice for most people
Build quality is another thing to look for before splashing out your bunch of dollars. The main question that should pop up in your mind is; what material is the electric bike made from? And does the material match the quality you need?
Also, if you are on the heavier side, you might need a bike with good payload capacity. Check out our electric bikes for heavy riders buying guide.
Best Budget eBikes Under $1000 – Our Top Picks
Okay, let us dive deep into our review. All of these bikes are handpicked by us based on the price-to-feature ratio and brand reputation. If you have any other bikes to suggest, please let us know in the comments at the end of this post.
If you’ve been on the hunt for an electric bike, but haven’t been sure where to start, you won’t go wrong with these ebikes.
When looking to buy a budget electric bike, you probably would not expect to come across one that is foldable and available at an affordable price. But that’s what you get with the Lectric XP Lite.
Available at just about $800, that’s definitely a compelling price given the features and convenience that comes with this package. One thing that we found interesting about this bike is that it has a natural feel, thanks to the seamless motor integration.
What this means is that you won’t feel the ‘jerk’ when the motor kicks in, which can often be an issue with other electric bikes. The 300W brushless motor is powered by a 48V battery system that provides enough power when you need it, without being overbearing.
While it may not be a deal breaker, you may frown a little bit upon learning that as one of the best affordable electric bikes available, the XP Lite lacks suspension and gears.
Important features of the XP Lite
- Size (folded): 36 x 16 x 27 in.
- Size (unfolded): 63 x 25 x 41.5 in.
- Weight: 46 lbs
- Battery weight: 7 lbs
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Range (throttle only): 15 mi
- Range (pedal assist): up to 40 mi.
- Motor power: 300W (720W peak)
- Payload: 275 lbs
- Rear rack: 55 lbs
- Rider height: ideal height is 5.0′ to 6.0′
The Gyroor C3 is one of the best budget electric bikes for persons looking to enhance their city commuting, coming in at. Equipped with a 450W high-speed brushless motor, you can reach a top speed of 18.6 Mph which is more than fast enough for zipping around town.
The motor is powered by a 36V 10Ah Lithium-ion battery that can take you up to 28 miles on a single charge (throttle only). If you’re looking to extend that range, there are 3 levels of pedal assist that can take you up to 38 miles.
Folding bikes are all the rage these days and the Gyroor C3 does not disappoint in that department. It can be quickly and easily folded in just seconds, making it a great option for those who need to save space.
And when it’s folded, it’s still small enough to fit in the trunk of a car or take on public transportation.
Notable features of the Gyroor C3
- Size: 30.7 x 26.1 in. (when folded)
- Weight: 47.8 lbs
- Motor: 450W
- Battery: 36V 10 Ah
- Top speed: 18.6 mph
- Range (throttle only): Up to 28 mi.
- Range (pedal assist): Up to 38 mi.
- Battery tracking: LCD panel
- Payload: 265 lbs
- Folding: Semi folding
- Rider height: Ideal height is 5.0′-6.0′
The RadMission electric hybrid bike is a perfect choice for a city dweller who would love the road-bike feel without having to put in too much energy. As one of the best eBikes under a grand (comes in at about $899) the RadMission is equipped with a 48V, 10.5 Ah lithium battery that powers a 500W hub motor.
The power from this bike’s juice pack allows you to reach a maximum speed of 20mph, which is more than enough to get around the city streets. You can also take it on light trails with no problem at all.
The battery will give you a range of up to 45 miles, which should be more than plenty for your average commute. And if you need a little extra power, there are 4 levels of pedal assist to choose from.
And while it’s not a foldable bike, it’s still relatively lightweight and easy to carry around, thanks to having a total weight of about 50 lbs.
Some notable features of the RadMission
- Weight: 48.0 lbs
- Battery weight: 7 lbs
- Battery size: 504Wh, 48V, 10.5Ah
- Motor: 500W geared hub motor
- Max range: 45 miles
- Max Speed: 20Mph
- Payload: 275 lbs
- Mid-step ideal rider height: 5’2″-6’2″
- High-step ideal rider height: 5’10”-6’4″
Going for a bumpy ride? The Ecotric 500W eBike can take it. This bike is equipped with a powerful 500W motor and large 20″ tires that can handle any terrain you throw at it.
We can’t even emphasize enough how well this bike handles rugged terrain. And given that it costs just below $900 and comes with a 500W motor, it’s definitely one of the best-valued ebikes under $1,000.
The lithium battery on this bike is also impressive, with a 36V/12Ah rating that will give you a range of up to 23 miles on a single charge. And with 3 levels of pedal assist to choose from, you can customize your ride to match your needs.
When you’re done riding, the Ecotric 500W eBike is easy to fold up and take with you, thanks to its lightweight aluminum frame. It also comes with fenders for braving the elements, so if off-roading is your thing, this bike is definitely worth considering.
Important features of the Ecotric 500W Bike
- Weight: 52 lbs
- Battery rating: 36V 12 Ah
- Motor rating: 500W
- Range: Up to 23 mi
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Pedal assist: 3 levels
- Rider max weight: 260 lbs
- Rider height: 5’1″-5’9″
5. Jasion EB7
The Jasion EB7 is another super interesting entry on this list. This is, undeniably, one of the best budget electric bikes that you can use your hard-earned money on, given all the unique features that it offers.
To start with, we were so surprised that an eBike listed at just about a grand would come with a dual suspension frame. While it’s not a wonder to see an e-bike that comes with such suspension settings, a majority of them are expensive.
And that’s not all the uniqueness that this affordable electric bike had to offer. We also quickly learned that it has a completely hidden battery which gives it a sleek and stylish look. To say the least, this bike looks more expensive than it actually is.
The Jasion EB7 also has a powerful motor of 500 watts that allows it to attain speeds of up to 25 mph. Thanks to the 48V 10Ah battery, this eBike can cover a distance of up to 40 miles, even though that will depend on a variety of factors. For those who only need a little help when pedaling, this bike also comes with 5 levels of pedal assist.
And you know what? This is a fat tire bike, which means that you can use it on any terrain, whether it be snow, sand, or dirt. No matter the terrain, this bike will get you through with no issues whatsoever.
For the more gentle rider, the Jasion EB5 should be a good alternative, given that it’s cheaper (a lot cheaper) and still comfortable. Even though it’s not foldable, it’s light enough to carry around, so if you don’t have an elevator to your apartment, that won’t be an issue.
Nonetheless, we can assure you that the EB7 is one of the best ebikes for the money.
Important features of the Jasion EB7
- Weight: 59.5 lbs
- Size (unfolded): 68 x 25 x 47 in
- Size (folded): 36 x 29 x 21 in
- Motor: 500W brushless gear motor
- Battery rating: 48V 10Ah
- Top speed: 28 mph
- Pedal assist: 5 levels
- Maximum range: 40 miles
- Max payload: 300 lbs
- Ideal rider height: 5’2″-6’2″
The first and most important thing that we noted about Gen 3’s The Stride is that it definitely does not follow the cost/quality rule (the higher the cost the better the quality). Costing about $899 after a $300 offer, this is one of the best electric bikes that you will find in this price range.
The STRIDE has a powerful 500W motor that can take you up to 20mph and a 48V battery that will give you a range of up to 40 miles. And if you only need a little extra help, there are 5 levels of pedal assist to choose from.
This bike also has a number of great features that make it perfect for city commuting, such as full fenders, a rear rack, and integrated front and rear lights. It’s also light at 56.4 lbs, which makes it easy to carry around.
Important features of The STRIDE
- Weight: 56.4 lbs
- Motor: 500W geared hub motor (900W peak)
- Battery: 48V battery (10.4 Ah)
- Range: Up to 40 miles
- Speed: Up to 20mph
- Pedal Assist: 5 levels
- Display: Backlit LCD display
- Cargo rack payload: 55 lbs
- Maximum rider weight: 275 lbs
- Rider height: ideally 5’0″-6’5″
Looking for a simple yet effective and affordable electric bike? The Ancheer electric bike might just be the one for you. This is a no-frills e-bike that’s perfect for those who just want to get from point A to point B without any fuss.
Despite its simplicity, the Ancheer electric bike is still packed with features that are sure to be useful. For one, it has a 350W motor that’s powerful enough to achieve cruising speeds of up to 20 mph.
The 36V/10.4Ah lithium-ion battery that powers this bike gives it a range of up to 22 miles when using the throttle mode exclusively. With the pedal assist mode, you can extend that range to just about 35 miles. Since this bike utilizes a gear system, you can expect a smoother and more efficient ride.
The Ancheer electric bike also comes with front and rear disc brakes for stopping power that you can rely on.
Top features of the Ancheer electric bike
- Weight: 44 lbs
- Motor rating: 350W
- Battery rating: 36V 10.4Ah/374Wh
- Top speed: 20 mph
- Maximum mileage: 35 miles
- Payload: 300 lbs
- Pedal assist: 4 levels
- Ideal rider height: 5’1″-6’2″
Bonus: Roadster V2
If you’re an urban commuter who’s on the hunt for the best budget commuter ebike that you can find, then the Roadster V2 should be a great choice.
This bike, however, does not qualify to be among the bikes under $1,000 category, since it costs about $1,095. But that should not be a deal breaker for you, given that the features that this bike has to offer are definitely worth the extra money.
The first thing that you’ll notice about the Roadster V2 is that its battery is very well integrated. In truth, we doubted to the very last minute that this is indeed an e-bike. Add the lack of throttle to that, and you might just think that this is your regular ol’ road bike.
But don’t be fooled, the Roadster V2 is very much an electric bike. It’s just that its electric boost is pedal-assist-based, which is why it lacks a throttle. Let’s put this in simple terms – you have to be pedaling to get the motor to work.
The motor is a 350W motor that is rear-hub-mounted and also tidily concealed. And despite the lack of a throttle, you can choose your pedal assistance levels using the down and up arrow buttons. The bike comes with a 36V 7Ah battery that is not user-removable, but can be replaced by a professional should it ever need to be.
You will, however, want to keep in mind that this is a single-speed bike. So, if you’re planning on taking this thing out on hilly terrain, that might not be a very good idea. It also uses rim brakes as opposed to disc brakes. But if you’re going to be riding in the city, then this should not present any problems.
Top features of Ride1Up Roadster V2
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Motor: 350W geared hub motor
- Battery rating: 36V 7Ah
- Top speed (pedal assist): 24 mph
- Maximum range: 30 miles
- Payload capacity: 275 lbs
- Ideal rider height: 5’3″-6’3″ (depends on bike size)
There you have it
Eight of the best affordable electric bikes that you can find today. We hope that this list has helped you narrow down your choices so that you can find the perfect e-bike for you.
Do you have any suggestions that didn’t make it to our list? Let us know in the comments below! Also, if you can afford a bit more, there are better ebike options. You may check out our ebikes under $1500 or under $2000 for some high-performance electric bikes.
Special thanks to Leon for contributing to this article