5 of the best electric bikes you can buy (tried & tested)

Published by Finn Hayden

Cycling is one of the most enjoyable activities you can do, and it's no surprise that many of the best cities in the world are designed around allowing people to travel on 2 wheels. But as much as we love cycling, we also acknowledge that there are times when you really can't be bothered pedalling.

That's why electric bikes are so great - you can get all the benefits of a normal bicycle, but when you hit a hill or you just fancy a break, you can use the electric engine. There are lots of electric bikes out there to choose from, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best electric bikes that you can buy. Let's get into it:

Riese & Müller Charger3 GT Vario

We don’t think it would be over the top to say that the electric bikes from Riese & Müller feel like art pieces. They’re really beautiful to look at. The Charger3 GT Vario is one of the most popular bikes from the brand and we’re not surprised at all by this - powered by a Bosch motor, it’s surprisingly light for an electric bike at just over 27kg. All of the GT bikes from Riese & Müller are suited for suited for all types of surfaces, because the tyres are a bit smaller and fatter than on other Riese & Müller electric bikes, and that’s also the case with the Charger3 GT Vario. This bike also has higher performance suspension forks compared to other bikes in the Riese & Müller range, as well as Thudbuster suspension. We’ve found this bike online for less than £4000, learn more and buy it here -
riese & müller charger3 gt vario

Whyte E505

The Whyte E505 electric bike launched in 2022, and has quickly become one of the most popular bikes in the Whyte range. It’s a hardtail mountain bike so it’s designed to glide over bumps with ease, and the 29 inch wheels are made for getting over anything in your way.
It’s made with a Bosch Performance CX 85Nm motor, which actually sits a bit lower down the tube which gives this e-bike a low centre of gravity. This gives you great stability and really helps the bike to grip the road. The battery has a range of different modes so you can enjoy hours of riding, and it’s within the frame which means the bike has a really sleek design, but it’s also really easy to remove.
The team at Whyte describes the E505 as the ‘Land Rover Defender of e-bikes’, and we think that’s a pretty accurate description. Learn more and buy it here -
whyte e505

Samebike Lo26

This e-bike from Samebike is for people who want to go for miles - the big powerful 750W brushless motor gives you 45 miles when fully charged, so it’s very powerful but is still nice and quiet. This bike can also reach a top speed of 22mph, so you can get to where you need to be quickly. Unlike some of the other electric bikes we’ve included in this guide, the Samebike LO26 II has an LCD colour display which gives you a range of information as you ride, from standard information such as speed and battery charge level to more interesting information such as pedal assist level. You can also charge your phone by plugging a USB cable into the display. You get all terrain tires on this e-bike which are 26 inches in style, the perfect size for a good blend of speed on flat surfaces and stability on bumpy surfaces. Learn more and buy it here -
samebike lo26

Engwe EP-2 Pro

If you’re looking for an excellent folding electric bike then we don’t think you can do better than the Engwe EP-2 PRO - this e-bike has a brushless 750W motor which takes 6 and half hours to charge fully and can take you up to 60km in electric mode. This e-bike also has a top speed of 25 km/h and the small fat tires - which are 20 inches by 4 inches - are perfect for all terrains. Impressively, this e-bike has a perfect 5 star rating on the Engwe website from more than 400 reviews. The bike weighs 30kg so once you’ve folded it away you can store it inside your home and it won’t be taking up a huge amount of space or be especially difficult to carry. It can also be folded up in just 3 steps and is really easy to pack away. Learn more and buy it here -
engwe ep2 pro

Giant Entour E+ 2 LDS

Giant is a huge name in the word of bicycles, so we weren’t surprised to see that the brand has entered the electric bike space. However we are very impressed how how good the electric bikes from the brand are, particularly the Entour E+ 2 LDS. You’ll notice that this electric bike has a low step through frame design, which makes it really easy to get on and off. It’s also great for just cruising around the city, but when fully charged this e-bike can take you up to 65 miles, so it’s perfect for people needing to travel longer distances too. The frame is mostly aluminum which is very light, coming in at just over 20kg. Overall this is a great all rounder electric bike, learn more and buy it here -
Giant Entour E+ 2 LDS
We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent electric bike for whatever you need! Let us know if you've tried any of these e-bikes or if you have any other suggestions for us to try! If you prefer to be on the water then we have a guide to the best paddle boards you can buy for under £500, and if you prefer to travel by foot then why not try a pair of excellent barefoot shoes?

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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