Best Electric Mountain Bikes in 2021 Reviewed
The history of electric bicycles goes back further than most would expect. Way back in the late 1800s, American inventor Ogden Bolton Jr patented a battery-powered bicycle with a hub motor on the rear wheel. This early invention and other similar ones were often slow, clunky, and didn’t include any gears.
Only toward the end of the 1900s did modern components like torque sensors and power controls begin appearing on electric bikes. Around the same time, ‘e-bikes’ began gaining popularity in the Far East when the first pedal-assist electric bike was manufactured in Japan.
By 2007, e-bikes had become a common sight on the streets of major Chinese cities and slowly began finding more favor in the West. Since 2013, sales of e-bikes in Europe have more than doubled to the point that many manufacturers struggle to meet demand.
Speed and range
Modern e-bikes use high-torque motors to reach speeds of up to 28 mph (45kph) and long-range batteries that will go up to 100 miles (160km) on a single charge. However, more common pedal-assist bikes usually only go about 20 mph (32kph) and cover about 62 miles (100km) on a single charge.
Electric-assist mountain bikes fall into two categories – pedal-assist and power-on-demand. As the name suggests, pedal-assist e-bikes require you to pedal for operation, whereas power-on-demand bikes can be controlled from a handlebar-mounted accelerator. In some cases, an e-bike will have both pedal assistance and a handlebar-mounted throttle.
- Class 1 eBike: Pedal assistance limited to 20mph. (Most common among high-end eMTBs)
- Class 2 eBike: Throttle (plus optional pedal-assist). Speed is still limited to 20mph.
- Class 3 eBike: Pedal-assist (optional throttle) limited to 28mph.
- Class 4 eBike: Any electric bike with a max speed of 28mph and over, or motor power over 750W.
Electric Mountain Bike = E-MTB = E-Mountain Bike
Electric bicycles tend to cost a bit more than standard bicycles but you can still find a few decent ones for under $1,000 on Amazon. An average price for a decent electric bike tends to stay in the $3,000 – $6,000 range. The most expensive e-bikes are usually pro-level carbon fiber mountain bikes that would cost a lot even without the extra motor and battery.
Ladies & gentleman, let us introduce –
These are the Best Electric Mountain Bikes of 2021 🏆
new! Yeti – 160E C1 – $10,100
1. Orbea – Rise M20 – $6,999
2. Santa Cruz – Heckler – $13,099
3. Niner – RIP E9 – $6,000
4. Haibike – Allmtn 5 – $6,800
5. Cannondale – Moterra NEO 2 – $7,750
6. Ride1Up – Prodigy XC – $2,295
7. QuietKat – Jeep E-Bike – $7,099
8. Rad Power Bikes – RadRover – $1,700
9. Specialized – Turbo Levo
10. Diamondback – Response – $4,100
11. Trek – Powerfly – $3,700
12. Norco – Sight VLT C1 – $6,999
Yeti – 160E C1
Introducing the all-new – Yeti’s first electric mountain bike
Yeti TURQ C1 carbon frame
170mm fork – Fox Performance 38, Travel E-Tune
160mm rear shock – Fox Performance Float X
Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain
SRAM Code R brakes – 220/200m rotors
29″ DT Swiss EX1900 wheels
#1. Orbea – Rise M20
Carbon OMR / 12-speed / 29″ x 2.4″ / 60Nm – 250W – 20mp/h / Weight: 41 lbs
E-mountain bikes don’t get much better than the Orbea Rise M20. This premium E-MTB has all the power, performance to ride farther and harder and weighs a mere 40lbs.
The Rise M10 has excellent foundations with a light and responsive OMR carbon fiber frame. This frame has 150mm travel on the Fox 34 Float fork and 140mm on the Fox Float DPS Performance rear shock.
For power, you can rely on a high-performance customizable Shimano EP8-RS mid-drive motor with a torque sensor, paired with a fully internal Orbea 360Wh battery.
To assist the motor, riders have a Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed drivetrain. This is combined with premium Shimano M6100 hydraulic disc brakes, Race Face AR 30c rims, and tubeless-ready Maxxis Dissector/Rekon 2.4″ tires.
Range extender available – 360Wh + additional 252Wh
- Fork – Fox 34 Float Performance
- Rear shock – Fox Float DPS Performance
- Shimano EP8-RS 250W motor
Class 1 eBike
- 360Wh battery
- Shimano SLX Shadow Plus derailleur
#2. Santa Cruz Bicycles – Heckler
The best full suspension electric mountain bike of 2021 – Carbon CC XX1 Eagle AXS Reserve E-Bike
Carbon CC / 12-speed / 27.5″ x 2.6″ / 70Nm – 250W – 20mp/h / Weight: 48 lbs
The Santa Cruz Heckler could quite possibly be the best electric mountain bike in the world! The eye-watering price tag will have some questioning if they’ve read it correctly but rest assured – this bike cuts no corners when it comes to quality. It’s packed from head to toe with the absolute best of the best, from the full carbon frame to the top-of-the-range SRAM drivetrain.
Surprisingly light for an e-MTB, it offers super-smooth gear changes and ultra-responsive suspension. From the Di2 carbon handlebar to the Hollowtech cranks, each component is specially selected for its high strength and lightweight attributes. It’s truly a work of art. The only negative we could find about this bike is how long you’ll have to save to buy one. Sure, you may need to take out a second mortgage but hey – it’ll be worth it!
- SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS derailleur & shifters
- Fork: FOX 36-E Float Factory, 160mm
- Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate, 150mm
Backcountry.com – Heckler – Starting from $7,399
#3. Niner – RIP E9 3-star
A high-end electric trail bike
Aluminum / 12-speed / 29×2.5″ / 625Wh battery – 20mp/h / Range: Up to 47mi / Weight: 55.5 lbs
The RIP WFO e9 is a full-suspension electric bike from the high-end outdoor cycling specialist – Niner. It’s an imposing piece of machinery that will certainly turn heads both in cities and on the mountain. The striking frame design has a futuristic appearance that is only amplified by the complex rear suspension geometry and sharply inclined down tube with an integrated battery pack.
Flip-chip technology – LOW/HIGH
This is an e-MTB built for downhill charging of the most aggressive kind, with a powerful motor dedicated to launching you back up the mountain for round two. The incredibly soft and responsive suspension is complimented by instantaneous braking power and tactical precision on the handlebars. With adjustable frame technology, raw power at the flip of a switch, and silky-smooth gear changes, the Niner RIP e9 is an absolute pleasure to ride.
- SRAM SX Eagle derailleur
- 29″ front, 27.5″ rear wheel
Mullet mountain bike geometry
- Fork: RockShox Yari RC
- Rear shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select, Plus RT
- SRAM Guide RE hydraulic disc brakes
w/ 200mm rotors
- RaceFace cockpit
#4. Haibike – Allmtn 5
Aluminum / 12-speed Shimano XT / 29×2.5″ (F) & 27.5×2.8″ (R) / 625Wh battery – 20mp/h
Haibike’s Allmtn 5 electric bike is a high-end full-suspension trail bicycle that performs equally well going up or downhill.
For power, riders can rely on Bosch’s punchy Gen4 Performance CX 250W/75Nm motor and large PowerTube 625Wh battery. This combo delivers ranges of up to 100 miles easily tackling steep gradients and soft terrain. Additionally, this bike has a Shimano XT 12 speed groupset so you can always find the perfect gear.
For suspension, the Allmtn 5 uses a RockShox 160mm travel fork with the Lyrik Ultimate RC2, and a Deluxe Select+ RT rear shock with 150mm of travel.
Finally, you can be sure of a next-level riding experience due to Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes, a JD YSP18JL dropper post, premium Maxxis Minion DH tires, and durable DT Swiss rims. One slight disadvantage of this bike is that there isn’t any carbon in the frame construction despite its price.
- 6061 aluminum frame
- 29×2.5″ (f), 27.5×2.8″ (r)
Maxxis Minion DH
- 250w mid-drive motor – 75Nm torque
Bosch Gen 4 performance CX
- Bosch PowerTube battery
- Fork: 160mm
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2
- Rear Shock: 150mm
RockShox Deluxe Select+ RT
- 12-speed Shimano XT
- Shimano M8020 XT brakes – 203/180mm rotors
#5. Cannondale – Moterra Neo Carbon 2
Tuned Carbon – Proportional Response
Carbon / 12-speed / 29″ x 2.6″ / 85Nm / Range – Up to 63 miles / 20mp/h
Built to take on all kinds of mountainous terrain, this carbon fiber Cannondale electric mountain bike is a trail-blazing beast that’s ready for adventure. Considering the wealth of high-quality components on the Moterra Neo Carbon 2, it definitely resides at the top shelf of eBikes. A Ballistec Carbon frame with full suspension and a quality SRAM GX Eagle groupset makes this an excellent MTB in its own right. Add a powerful motor and long-range battery pack and you have a killer electric MTB that can easily compete with the best.
The head tube angle on the Moterra Neo is quite slack, which gives you better stability going downhill but a bit less power on long flats or uphill sections. However, large 29” tires (27.5″ on size Small) help to keep it rolling smoothly over those long uphill climbs. It’s the perfect electric mountain bike for hilly, undulating terrain with a lot of technical downhill sections.
The second-best e-MTB by Cannondale!
Unlike the alloy Moterra series, Neo Carbon is updated in every single department – from suspension, brakes, and obviously the motor.
- SRAM GX Eagle 12-sp derailleur
- SRAM NX Eagle Shifters
- Fork – RockShox Zeb Select, 160mm travel
- Rear Shock – X-Fusion O2 Pro RL, 160mm travel
- Magura MT5 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, 220/203mm rotors
- Bosch Performance Line CX 250W
- 625Wh Battery
#6. Ride1UP – Prodigy XC
Best electric mountain bike under $3,000 for lighter trails and gravel roads
Aluminum / 27.5×2.0″ / 48 lbs / 9-speed / Class 3 eBike / 90Nm
We have chosen this bike as it features quite a good set-up for its price range compared to most other bikes that cost nearly twice as much! At just under 50lbs, the bike has a pedal-assisted max speed of 28mp/h and a throttle-powered speed of 20mp/h. The Prodigy XC runs on a 500W motor and that boosts up to 90 newton meters of torque! That’s quite a lot from a mid-drive motor.
It’s got a 9-speed ‘transmission’ by Shimano Alivio, a sporty yet comfortable Selle Royal Viento saddle, and integrated front light. Although the tires are not the widest at just 2″, the bike feels comfortable on lighter trails that are ridden by a recreational urban riders. The Prodigy XC is best suited for commuters who are eager to explore the horizons further they could’ve thought of before! Ride1UP has electric step through mountain bikes on their range as well for anyone who is looking for a .
Can this bike take the beating on rough trails? No. Can this bike be used as an all-around commuter with off-road capabilities? Yes!
Max weight capacity: 275lb
Ideal for riders 5’6″ – 6’4″
#7. QuietKat – Jeep E-Bike 🏆
Electric mountain bike for hunting
Aluminum / 26×4.8″ / SRAM 9-Speed / Weight: 70 lbs / Range: Up to 58mi (Extra batteries available)
MSRP: from $7,099
QuietKat partnered with Jeep to develop one of the most advanced electric off road bicycles available, designed with full suspension to keep you stable on tough ground.
It does splendidly as an electric winter bike, full suspension hunting bike, or as a no-compromise electric trail rig. It’s possible to get the Jeep in both 750W and 1000W motor builds, depending on how much power you need. With a custom QuietKat air fork and RockShox RL suspension, the Jeep is a rugged bike that rolls over all kinds of terrain with silent power.
For hunters and anglers, QuietKat offers add-ons like racks and bags to help carry gear out into the backcountry.
QuietKat is a brand who has specialized in torquey rear-hub motors, and the Jeep shines on off-road riding as more weight on the rear wheel means there’s more traction and torque when going up steep hills. If you have been looking for a rugged mountain e-bike, yo should definitely look into what this bike is capable of.
- 10 levels of pedal-assistance
- Configurable as Class 1, 2 and 3
- Thumb throttle (removable)
- Torque / Speed sensors
- 160Nm torque (1,500W max output)
- Weight capacity: 300lbs
Related: 2021 Hunting Electric Bikes Roundup
Quietkat Jeep Size recommendations
S – under 5’6″
M – 5’6″ – 6′
L – 6′ over
#8. Rad Power Bikes – RadRover 5
Fat-tire E-Bike with front suspension
Aluminum / 7-speed / 26×4″ / 80Nm – 25-45+ miles range / Weight: 69 lbs
Rad Power Bikes
RadRover is more of an urban fat-tire bike compared to most other mountain bikes on this list. Although this model is not built on a full-suspension electric bike frame, it still offers plenty of freedom in terms of choosing your trails. Matter of fact, the RadRover is pretty much the only eBike in this list that could conquer sandy or snowy trails with ease. 4″ wide tires are more than enough to use it on beaches, snowy, or muddy trails.
One size frame – fits riders 5’4″ to 6’2″
The riding position is rather upright and comfortable. This is also the only bike in this list that features lights, kickstand, and fenders! An awesome choice for anyone who likes to commute daily through various terrains. Rad Power Bikes offers a great bunch of bikes at a reasonable price tag, so it’s worth checking out the rest of the range as well!
Read about the new RadRover 6 Review
- Derailleur: Shimano Acera
- Fork: Rad Power Bikes RST, 80mm travel
- Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc brakes, 180mm rotors
#9. Specialized – Turbo Levo 2021′
Out of stock
Aluminum / 12-speed / 29×2.6″(f) & 2.3″(r)
MSRP: from $5,000
Specialized is a brand known for its precision and attention to detail, so it’s no surprise that this Specialized electric mountain bike is a well-designed and fined-tuned piece of machinery. The high-quality full suspension frame glides effortlessly over rough terrain, leaving the fully integrated motor and battery barely noticeable to both you and envious onlookers.
Mikes’ Bikes – Starting from $7,000
One of the most searched e-mountain bikes online
Even the Bluetooth-enabled speed controller is cleverly hidden in the top tube, hiding any sign that this is an electric bike. It’s the perfect bike for those who need some extra uphill power without losing the raw feeling of a standard mountain bike. Lightweight, responsive, and tough – the Turbo Levo is very enjoyable to ride.
- Rear derailleur: SRAM NX Eagle
- Fork: RockShox 35 Silver TK, 160mm travel
- Rear Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select, 150mm travel
- SRAM Guide RE, 4piston hydraulic disc brakes with 200mm rotors
#10. Diamondback – Response
An electric hardtail mountain bike by Diamondback
Diamondback mountain bikes don’t need much introduction as they have been one of the best-selling brands among US-buyers.
The brand has now released their first electric hardtail mountain bike – the Response e-Bike. Based on the classical 27.5″ Response – The bike does not differ much from a regular mountain bike as it’s got a 120mm front fork, an aluminum frame, and the total weight is nothing over the top.
The Response E-Bike Rocks a 350Wh motor with a 500Wh battery, 27.5x45mm wheels. Their mid-drive Bosch motor puts out 85Nm which is quite a lot!
Is it worth the 4k price tag? It sure is. There aren’t too many hardtail MTBs around, and this is a great entry bike for a large range of recreational mountain bikers who want a known brand.
- Max speed: 28mp/h
- 120mm RockShox Judy Gold
- 6061 T6 Aluminum
- Shimano Deore
#11. Trek – Powerfly 4 2021′
Another hardtail electric mountain
Aluminum / 10-speed / XS,S 27.5×2.35″ – M-XL 29×2.3″ / 75Nm – 20mp/h / Range: 60-90mi / Weight: 52 lbs
Trek bikes (Available in-store only)
As the most affordable Trek electric mountain bike in this range, the Powerfly 4 looks and feels like it should cost a lot more than it does. The fully-integrated battery fits seamlessly into the frame giving a clean and professional-looking finish, while the powerful motor makes short work of steep uphill scrambles over loose, rocky surfaces.
Trek has managed to keep costs down by using a cheaper fork and brakes with standard Bontrager tires but injects some extra quality flowing with a high-quality drivetrain. Sure, it might not be a professional-level MTB but only the most discerning cyclists will notice the difference. For some exciting weekend fun in the mountains, you’ll struggle to find anything better at this price. There are models for both men and women.
- Derailleur: Shimano Deore
- Tektro HD-M265 hydraulic disc brakes, 203mm rotors
- Fork: Sr Suntour XCM, 80 to 120mm travel (depending on frame size)
#12. Norco – Sight VLT C1 27.5″
Carbon / 12-speed / 27.5×2.5″ & 2.4″ / 630Wh – 20mp/h / Weight: 50 lbs
When it comes to high-quality, full carbon mountain bikes, Norco is one company that is known to deliver the goods. Their new Sight VLT e-MTB range continues this legacy – with an added boost of power. The Sight VLT range won The Loam Wolf’s 2019 e-MTB of the year for its excellent balance, versatility, and liveliness.
They are potent, lightweight all-mountain bikes that live up to their purpose – there are very few places in nature you won’t be able to visit with these bikes. The Sight VLT C1 is a full-carbon, full-suspension e-MTB with top-quality components in its range – and the price tag to match. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but if you can afford it, you won’t regret it when you trust your investments to Norcos hands.
- SRAM GX Eagle derailleur
- Fork: Fox Performance 36 GRIP E-Rated, 160mm travel
- Rear shock: Fox Performance Float DPX2, LV+EVOL, 150mm travel
- SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes w/ 200mm rotors
What is the best electric mountain bike?
The best mountain eBike is the one that fits your budget and has the right geometry and level of components for your riding needs. Mountain biking has many different disciplines, and all of the bikes here are fully ready to hit the trails, to say the least. We are not big fans of the supermarket nor the Walmart electric mountain bikes. As in general, MTB is something where you really wouldn’t want to cut corners in terms of your own safety anyway, so it is better to trust MTB/E-Bike specific brands.
Is an electric mountain bike worth it?
These days, electric mountain bikes are gaining mainstream appeal, making them more affordable and more widely accepted. In particular, older riders or cyclists with injuries are able to enjoy cycling again with electric bikes. Furthermore, they can save a lot of time and energy going up a mountain. If you wish to dedicate more time to enjoy the fast-paced, downhill sections of a mountain you’ll find an e-MTB to be an invaluable resource.
Is it safe to ride an electric mountain bike?
With speeds seldom breaching the 28mp/h mark, electric mountain bikes don’t pose any more risk than a standard bike. In most cases, the small motors only provide minor assistance and aren’t powerful enough to cause any real danger on the roads. So long as you familiarize yourself with the controls, use a helmet, and follow proper traffic laws, you should be as safe as you would be on a normal bike.
Where is the best selection of best off road ebikes to buy online?
- JensonUSA – Norco, Marin Bikes, Niner, Intense Cycles, Devinci
- BackCountry – Santa Cruz Bicycles, Pivot, Niner e-mountain bikes
- Aventuron – A small selection of Cannondale Electric Mountain Bikes
- Trek, Specialized, other main brand official sites!
How fast does an electric bike can go?
The stock-setting fastest electric mountain bikes can reach up to 28 mph (45km/h) but most don’t go above 20 mph (32km/h) on flat terrain. In many cases, a fit cyclist will be able to outpace the motor just by pedaling alone, so you can go as fast as you would on a normal bike. Electric bike motors are more focused on providing pedal assistance to save on energy rather than achieving high speeds.
Related: EBike 4 Classes – What’s legal & what’s not?
Are motorized bikes worth it?
Electric bikes offer a great alternative to traditional bicycles, and the trend nor the demand hasn’t seen a decrease so far. The affordability of electric bikes has improved well over the past 5 years, but there’s still a lot of time before we could say that about electric-assist mountain bikes. It’s just that mountain bikes in general tend to cost more due to their stronger component being used! motor-assisted bikes are the future!
Full-suspension electric mountain bike vs hardtail eMTB?
There’s no question that full-suspension mountain bikes offer better comfort, while there are a variety of hardtail models available as well. As the bikes are already assisted by electric motors, it is way more convenient to climb with a full-suspension mountain bike, while on the other hand in some cases should the battery run out, it is way easier to pedal with a hardtail mountain bike.
Can electric bikes go up steep hills?
Almost all electric bikes will be able to climb steep hills but usually, you will still need to provide some pedal assistance. Only Specialized e-bikes in a class similar to that of light motorbikes will be able to climb steep hills on their engine power alone. The higher the torque of the motor, the less amount of effort you will need to exert when pedaling uphill. Also note that the more uphills you do, the quicker the battery will run out.
How durable are electric bikes?
Electric bikes have come a long way in the past decade and nowadays you can get excellent products that will last years without trouble. However, the growing popularity of electric bikes has also spurned many cheap manufacturers. Some cyclists who have purchased lower quality electric bikes complain of motor failures and short battery life so it’s best to go with mid to high-quality products.
As there are higher torque and weight to be thrown around the trails, components on electric bikes are made of stronger and more durable materials.
How heavy are electric mountain bikes?
An average, electric mountain bike weighs around 50-70 lbs, with a max capacity of 300 lbs for the rider. Matter of fact, that extra weight (motor & battery) on a e-MTB might be a good thing as extra weight gives the bike more stability and traction.
Mid-drive or hub drive?
Related: Mid-drive vs Hub motor
Most of the bikes reviewed in this article use a mid-drive motor, which is generally used on higher-end e-bikes. Although, many expensive off-road electric mountain bikes such as the Quietkat Jeep uses a hub-drive motor which is suitable for steep climbs and towing extra luggage.
Derailleur / Internal gearing?
Although there are electronic shifters and derailleurs available on the market, we haven’t noticed any internal-geared electric mountain to review so far.
Chain vs Belt
Electric mountain bikes all come with a specific e-bike chain and a derailleur system, where there’s a single cog in the front. Although there are considerable benefits to belt-drive bikes, unfortunately, we haven’t seen belts being used in the electric mountain bike industry so far.
How much to pay for an electric mountain bike?
The lowest electric bikes by known brands start out as $999 (RadMission), and a complete entry-level mountain bike start out as low as $500.
There are electric mountain bikes starting out from $900 on Amazon, but we wouldn’t really recommend anything below $2,000 for a hardtail electric mountain bike. If you are planning to use the bike on demanding trials, you’d want to look into the $3,000+ price range since that’s where the mid-range non-electric full-suspension mountain bikes start to get around.
Again, there are also folding electric fat tire mountain bikes on the market with a three-digit price tag, but if you’d ask from as – we believe that folding- and mountain bikes don’t get together as well.