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Last updated: 08 September 2021
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We've partnered with the testers at our sister organisation ConsumerNZ to review and compare the latest electric bicycles. We'll help you find the right buy for your budget and the right fit, from folding bikes to mountain bikes.

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ConsumerNZ testers rate the electric bikes based on motor function (50% of the overall score) and bike function (50% of the overall score). Motor function and bike function are made up of:

  • starting, stopping and responsiveness (40% of the motor score)
  • hill climbing assistance (30% of the motor score)
  • controller and display (20% of the motor score)
  • high-speed assistance (10% of the motor score)
  • uphill and slow riding performance, ease of mounting and dismounting, off-bike handling (50% of the bike score)
  • downhill and fast flat riding stability, safety and comfort (30% of the bike score)
  • comfort and safety on bumpy and rough surfaces (20% of the bike score).

Our Recommended list will help you see at a glance which bikes come out on top.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Recommended retail price as of the publication date.

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    Frame type

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

      Bike score

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      This score is made up of uphill and slow riding performance, ease of mounting and dismounting and off-bike handling (50%), downhill and fast flat riding stability, safety and comfort (30%), and comfort and safety on bumpy and rough surfaces (20%).

      enter value/s in increments of i between 48 and 89

      Motor score

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      This score is made up of starting, stopping and responsiveness (40%), hill climbing assistance (30%), controller and display (20%), and high-speed assistance (10%).

      enter value/s in increments of i between 36 and 90

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      • Overall score
      • Motor system
      • Bike style
      • Responsiveness
      • Hill climbing
      • Speed assistance
      • Interface
      • Slow
      • Fast
      • Rough terrain
      • Practicality
      • Alternative frame type
      • Sizes available
      • Motor brand
      • Motor model
      • Motor location
      • Max assist torque
      • Assist settings
      • Walk mode
      • Thumb throttle
      • Battery size
      • Battery location
      • Wheel size
      • Tyre width
      • Tyre tread
      • Mudguards
      • Kickstand
      • Rear rack
      • Lights
      • Gears
      • Suspension fork travel
      • Suspension seatpost
      • Brakes
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Frame type

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