Electric bikes have made monumental gains in popularity in recent years, as we noted here. An electric bike can be defined as a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion. All electric bikes must come with pedals, otherwise they can be classified as motorcycles or mopeds. Electric bikes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power the electric motor. Batteries range in size and power with smaller ones allowing the rider to reach speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, and larger ones up to 30 miles per hour or more.

If you’re in the market, here are the five best electric bikes for the money.

5. EmioCycles Dual Power

As the old saying goes: tiny electric bike, tiny price tag. Okay, so I just made that up. This cool, industrial looking bike from EmioCycles can travel up to 21 miles on a single charge and reach top speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. That’s what I call a pint-sized powerhouse!

4. X-Treme Malibu Beach Cruiser

I had a similar-looking beach cruiser growing up as a kid in California. Mine was not nearly as cool as the Malibu Beach Cruiser from X-Treme Scooters. This bad boy can reach speeds of up to 20 miles an hour utilizing its seven lithium-ion batteries. Sounds like a whole lot of fun to me.

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3. Bafang Cheetah by Civibikes

How cool is this machine? Designed to resemble a Harley Davidson motorcycle, the Bafang Cheetah is one good looking electric bike. Its 48V, 750W high speed gear motor allows for ridiculous speeds, and safety features include hydraulic disc brakes and front and rear lights. With a price tag well north of $2,000, it isn’t cheap. That being said, if you’ve got the cash and want to get serious about riding, you can’t go wrong with this beauty.

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2. Ancheer Folding Electric Bicycle

The Ancheer is affordable, stylish, and gets awesome reviews. This bike weighs only 25 lbs. and can be folded and carried easily. It’s 36 volt battery can be charged in as little as 3 hours, and it also comes with an app for your smartphone to track battery usage and mileage. Not to shabby for under $400!

1. Christini AWD Fat-E 4 1000W Mid Drive

Welp. Here it is folks. The Rolls Royce, Bently, Tesla, and Cadillac all rolled into one of electric bikes. The frame of the Christini Fat-E 4 is made of strong aluminum and the extra-fat tires allow for safe operation under any conditions. The Christini Fat-E 4 is an all-wheel drive electric bike, making it perfect for off-roading or use on the beach. If you’ve got a fat wallet and are willing to spend a bit of coin, the Fat-E is the electric bike for you.

 

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What do our readers think about this list of electric bikes? Anyone out there own any of these and care to share your thoughts? Are there any other bikes that you feel should have made our list of best electric bikes for the money? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

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