Best Electric Gravel Bikes
Electric gravel bikes maximize your riding time by taking you further and faster over varied terrain for a longer distance.
Cycling on gravel ebikes is a fun activity all year round thanks to the added pedal-assist options picking up the pace through any muddy slopes whilst the extra power and added gadgets allow you to pack extra weight. This makes electric gravel bikes the perfect choice as a trustworthy steed for both long and short-distance touring and bikepacking.
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Niner RLT E9 RDO 4-STAR
Futuristic look – futuristic performance
The 4-star version of the RLT E9 RDO is a truly impressive Niner electric gravel bike, packed full of so many cool features that the price almost seems too low.
So what’s the catch? The bike has a full carbon RDO frame complete with internal cable routing, rack and fender mounts, and clearance for 50mm tires.
50 (5’2″ – 5’6″)
53 (5’5″ – 5’9″)
56 (5’8″ – 6’0″)
59 (5’11 – 6’3″)
You also get a killer 11-speed Shimano GRX drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes, Stan’s NoTubes rims, and Schwalbe G-One Speed tires. So are the electronics cheap? Nope – you get a top-quality 250W Bosch Performance motor combined with a long-range 500Wh battery, powering you along at 28mph (45km/h) for a full day of cycling. It’s a full package gravel ebike with no corners cut, offering very decent value for money.
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- RDO Carbon
- 11-speed Shimano GRX (11-42T)
- Shimano GRX 400 hydro brakes
- Class 3 eBike – Assists up to 28mph
- 250W Bosch Performance & 500Wh battery
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Cannondale Topstone Neo 5
Cannondale, well known for their quality aluminum frames, now brings you the new Topstone Neo 5 gravel eBike with a carbon fork for speed and comfort.
There’s not much you can’t do with this bike although admittedly, it’s at its best as a road bike. Light and speedy with a stealthy-looking Bosch Performance Line Speed motor and a 500 Wh Power Tube battery, it provides you with 28mph (45km/h) pedal power and a range of up to 70 miles (112 km).
Not only does it come with a convenient upright riding position for extra comfort over long commutes, but it also features 700c x 36mm tires for a softer ride. The additional tire clearance also leaves enough space for bigger tires of up to 42mm if desired. The lithium-ion battery, however, is not removable and there is no suspension but the Shimano GRX 1×11 drivetrain and hydraulic disk brakes deliver excellent performance on even the most challenging terrains.
- Aluminum frame & carbon fork
- Class 3 – Assists up to 28mph
- 250W Bosch Performance Line Speed
- 11-speed Shimano GRX 400 (GRX 600 shifters)
- Shimano GRX hydro disc brakes w/ RT54 rotors
- 500Wh battery
- Range: Up to 70mi!
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Look E-765 Gravel
With over 30 years of experience, LOOK has achieved its goal of developing the ultimate light and aerodynamic carbon bike, handling any resistance five times better than that of titanium.
With carbon material being more flexible and more comfortable, the Look E765 Gravel also lets you glide effortlessly over any terrain with the well-balanced on-road and off-road 700x40mm tires that come with it. The uniquely designed seat filters out bumps and vibrations and increases traction while allowing full control of the bike.
The E-765 is versatile and sturdy, providing you with the confidence you need to venture into unknown territories. The bottom bracket FAZUA Evation motor and battery are a single unit that drops easily out of the frame to charge or remove to enjoy a non-assisted ride. Coming in just above $7000, it’s costly but you get a lifetime warranty and free updated software alerting you of temperature and battery life in real-time.
- Full carbon
- FAZUA Evation motor
- SRAM Rival 1x11sp
- Weight: 31lbs
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Canyon Grail:ON CF 8 eTap
This Red Dot award winner for best bicycle design in 2020 definitely lives up to its achievement, despite its multi-position double-decker CP07 carbon handlebar and “flex-zone” causing quite the stir.
The SRAM’s Force eTap AXS twelve-speed groupset offers top-class performance, allowing you to shift almost instantly with its impressive lever ergonomics and wireless connectivity. In addition, the turbo boost you get from the powerful Bosch motor when applying slightly more pressure will leave you feeling confident and satisfied pushing up steep hills.
However, considering the aggressive attitude and power this bike displays, some riders might find the tire choice quite odd and opt for an upgrade. Schwalbe’s G-One Bite Evo tires were made to be ridden mainly in dry weather conditions on hard-packed terrain due to their limited tread, whilst the Canyon Grail ON CF 8 was designed to perform all day, every day, come rain or shine.
- Class 3 eBike – 28mph max assisted speed
- Sizes from XXS to XXL
- Weight: 35 lbs
- Charge time: 60minutes!
- Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX (4th Generation)
- DT Swiss HGC1400 Spline
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Orbea Gain M30 1X
The Orbea Gain M30 1x eBike cuts no corners with a carbon frame, tire clearance up to 40mm, Shimano GRX 11-speed drivetrain, and RX400 hydraulic brakes.
This beast was put together to enhance every part of your ride without taking full control, allowing you to ride longer and have more fun. The wide range of gears is ideal for any terrain, whether climbing, descending, or just enjoying a flat ride. The beautiful OMR carbon frame includes neatly concealed internal cable routing and integrated front and rear lights for a sleek appearance.
This Class 1 pedal-assist bike with its Mahle Ebikemotion Motor and 248Wh battery was designed to give you an overall feeling of having enough power on every ride. On the handlebars, you get an advanced iWoc ONE control interface that connects to a pedal-assist sensor, providing all your riding data and the option to adjust power based on heart rate.
- OMR Monocoque Carbon
- Shimano RX400 hydro disc brakes
- 1×11 Shimano GRX
- Fulcrum E-Racing 900 wheelset
- Class 1 eBike – Max assisted speed 20mph
- Motor: 250W Ebikemotion X35 plus
- Battery: 36V 6.9A (248Wh)
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Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon
When shopping for an electric gravel bike, you will be happy to know that the value you get for your money is worth every penny on the Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon.
Not only is it one of the fastest electric bikes on gravel but with a FACT 11r full carbon frame and Future Shock 2.0 fork, it’s one of the lightest eBikes in its class.
You’ll certainly notice an increase in the distance you can cover, with Specialized’s lightweight e-bike SL 1.1 motor delivering 240W of pedal power. The motor features a reactive torque curve that automatically tunes in with your cadence and eliminates any pedal resistance when you are not pedaling. The fully integrated 320Wh internal battery provides a whopping 80m (128km) range with an optional range extender giving an added 40 miles, making this the ultimate long-distance warrior. All of this is perfectly finished off with a Shimano GRX 11-speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes.
- Fact 11r Carbon
- 11-Speed Shimano RX812 GX Shadow Plus
- Motor: Specialized Sl 1.1
- Battery: Specialized SL1 320Wh
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Giant Road E+ 1 Pro
The Giant Road E+ 1 Pro is a performance-driven road bike with an aluminum frame featuring high-end components and a SyncDrive Pro motor for added power.
Its carbon fork and small Q-factor make your ride more comfortable and natural-feeling, whilst its geometry really shines with excellent weight distribution and power transfer. With the Smart Assist and RideControl EVO command center integrated perfectly into the ALUXX SL frame, you can stay focused purely on enjoying the ride.
The bike comes with Giant tubeless-ready rims and tires allowing for less stress over punctures and an overall, smoother ride. The EnergyPak Smart Compact 500 battery gives you up to 500Wh of power, making you go further, whilst the powerful disk brakes add to the comfort. For what you get, it’s well priced but quite a bit heavier than other gravel ebikes, meaning it takes some time to kick into its full speed capacity.
- Motor: Giant SyncDrive Pro
- Battery: 500Wh Giant EnergyPak Smart Compact
- Shimano Ultegra groupset
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Merida eSILEX+ 600
Rather than a fast, aggressive ebike, the eSILEX has a smooth character, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.
This “newbie” to the eBike world is easy to ride with its upright, compact riding position, aluminum frame, carbon fork, and relatively long chainstay. Nonetheless, any hard knock causes the front wheel to lose traction which is hard to control and makes this bike a no-go for very rough trails.
Compared to Bosch or Shimano-driven eBikes, the lower 40Nm torque on the eSILEX is fairly noticeable as momentum builds slowly. On flat, slightly hilly terrains, the MAHLE Ebikemotion X35+ hub motor offers sufficient power but reaches its limits on steeper gradients. You also need to remove one hand off your handlebar in order to switch between assist mode on the iWoc control integrated into the top tube. However, it makes a good long-distance touring bike capable of pulling extra weight.
- Mahle X35+ hub motor – 40Nm torque
- Mahle B1-C battery – 250Wh
- 650b x 47mm
- Aluminum frame, carbon fork
- Shimano GRX600 hydro brakes
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The Kona Libre EL comes with a trusty 250W Shimano E7000 motor and a powerful 504Wh Shimano battery, giving you a maximum assist speed of 20 mph (32km/h).
With a TranzX dropper post and Shimano 105 chain combined with an excellent 11-speed Shimano GRX drivetrain, this is one of the best electric off-road bicycles available for the price.
The Kona 6061 aluminum butted frame and Kona Verso full carbon fork hold it all together superbly, while the 4-speed pedal-assist motor pushes you effortlessly up even the most intimidating hills. Clearly destined for tough off-road trails, the Libre EL features mid-sized 650b x 47c WTB Venture tires, perfect for cornering sharp bends on loose gravel at a low angle. When it comes to strength and reliability, it definitely delivers on even the most ambitious of trails.
- 250W mid-drive Shimano E7000
- Max speed: 20mph
- Battery- 504Wh
- Sizes: 50-58
- 1×11 speed Shimano Deore
- Shimano 105 chain
- Shimano GRX shifters
- TranzX Dropper post
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BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport
Switzerland-based bike manufacturer BMC didn’t hold back when designing their 2021 AlpenChallenge AMP Sport eBike.
At only 34.3 lbs (15.5kg), this hybrid electric gravel bike can tackle the most hardcore terrain with the feel of a lightweight traditional bike. It features a 250W Shimano STEPS E-6100 motor which is not only powerful but increases stability due to the extra centralized weight. The 504Wh Shimano STEPS BT-E8010 battery located vertically on the seat tube isn’t exactly subtle but gives a striking appearance nonetheless.
The full carbon frame and fork include BMC’s ‘Micro Travel’ technology that soaks up those extra rear-end knocks going over bumps or loose gravel, combining the speed of a road bike with the versatility of an MTB. The Shimano GRX ShadowPlus drivetrain is supported by WTB Byway gravel tires with clearance up to 42cm, allowing for a fun and confident ride on rough, technical terrain.
- Motor: 250W Shimano STEPS E-6100 – 60Nm torque
- Battery: 504Wh Shimano STEPS BT-E8010
- 1×11 speed
- Shimano GRX Shadow Plus RD-RX812
- SR500 wheels
- Weight limit: 264 lbs
- Weight: 34.3 lbs / 15.6 kg
- 700x34c tires
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