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Last updated: 24 April 2024


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We test the latest electric bikes in our lab and out on the road so you can find the best performers that suit your budget.

Our experts look at:

  • pedal assistance
  • braking
  • turning and low speed performance
  • ride comfort
  • handling (including ease of mounting, dismounting, walking the bike, safety and comfort)
  • ease of using and accessing the controls
  • battery use (on-bike and off-bike).

Why we chose to test these e-bike models

When we carried out our first e-bike test in early 2023, there was a lack of variety in the market (unlike now where there is a glut). We looked at what was available in retailers that we didn't have to wait for, and also what was popular. We'll continue to expand on the brands and types of e-bikes tested to reflect what you want to know about, with the latest update including a variety of other types, such as cargo and folding e-bikes.

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We list important features and specifications for each model, as well as in-depth comments from our experts. Just want to know which e-bikes are best? Our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.


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    Frame type

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    Full frame means the bike has a cross bar you have to lift your leg over, while step through means the bike has no cross bar and it's easier to get on.

      Max assist speed (km/h)

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      This is a restricted setting to meet current Australian laws such as a continuous motor power of 200 watts (and 500 watts in NSW) with power assistance cutting out when a speed of 25km/h is reached. Any e-bike on test not meeting these restrictions can not earn a recommendation, regardless of it's performance in the test.

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      Bike weight (kg)

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      Configurations vary considerably, so while we give the weight on some of the bikes, they'll vary based on how you order the bike with regards to size, frame option and battery size. 

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      Rear rack

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      Does the bike have a rear rack?

        Walk mode

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        Some bikes have a walk mode where if you have to push the bike for whatever reason, it will still give some assist.

          Thumb throttle

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          This is very handy to have if you're starting the bike from a hill or slope, as it allows you to trigger the assist, though it should be at a low acceleration as it's purpose is different to a throttle on a motorbike.

            Suspension seatpost

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            Is there suspension built into the seat post? This is also good for bumpy roads.

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              • Recommended
              • Pedal assistance score
              • Braking score
              • Turning and low speed score
              • Comfort score
              • Handling score
              • Controls score
              • On-bike battery score
              • Off-bike battery score
              • Display score
              • Good points
              • Bad points
              • Comments
              • Price
              • Frame type
              • Sizes available
              • Bike weight (kg)
              • Motor brand
              • Motor model
              • Motor location
              • Power (W)
              • Max assist torque (Nm)
              • Max assist speed (km/h)
              • Assist settings
              • Walk mode
              • Thumb throttle
              • Battery size
              • Battery location
              • Wheel size (inches)
              • Tyre width (mm)
              • Mudguards
              • Kickstand location
              • Rear rack
              • Lights
              • Gears
              • Suspension fork travel
              • Suspension seatpost
              • Brakes
              • Frame warranty (years)
              • Battery and motor warranty (years)
              • Battery origin
              • Frame origin
              • Motor origin
              • Quick release seatpost
              • Quick release wheels

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