Best E Bike Under £1000 - Reviewing Value For Money 2020 – 2021

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ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)
Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26" 36V 350W 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens,Blue,8Ah50Km
Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)
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Disc
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Sliver & Black
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Aluminum
Aluminum
Aluminum
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21
21
21
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Front
Front
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26''
26"
26"
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Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion
36V 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion
36V 8AH Removable Lithium-Ion
Motor
250W
350W
250W
Special Features
E-bike, Assisted bicycle & Normal bike, LED 3-speed smart meter button
Ergonomic handbar, adjustable seat and rst, anti-slip and wear resistant tire, LED adaptive headlights and horn
Meter has 3-speed smart button, Aluminum alloy bead spoke wheels and anti-slip resistant thick tire.
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ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)
Name
Brake type
Disc
Color
Black
Frame material
Aluminum
Number of speeds
21
Suspension
Front
Wheel size
26''
Battery
Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion
Motor
250W
Special Features
E-bike, Assisted bicycle & Normal bike, LED 3-speed smart meter button
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Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26" 36V 350W 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens,Blue,8Ah50Km
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Brake type
Disc
Color
Blue
Frame material
Aluminum
Number of speeds
21
Suspension
Front
Wheel size
26"
Battery
36V 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion
Motor
350W
Special Features
Ergonomic handbar, adjustable seat and rst, anti-slip and wear resistant tire, LED adaptive headlights and horn
Rating
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Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)
Name
Brake type
Disc
Color
Sliver & Black
Frame material
Aluminum
Number of speeds
21
Suspension
Front
Wheel size
26"
Battery
36V 8AH Removable Lithium-Ion
Motor
250W
Special Features
Meter has 3-speed smart button, Aluminum alloy bead spoke wheels and anti-slip resistant thick tire.
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Our Best Electric Bikes For Under £1000 - Review 2021

Electric bikes are fantastic. I'm speaking as a relatively recent convert. Though they are pretty expensive though, aren't they?

Can you truly get incredible e-bikes for less than £1000?

I'm here to show you that you can! In fact, there's actually plenty to choose from so whatever type of riding you like to do, there's something here for you!

The Best Electric Bikes Under £1000: Reviews and Buyer's Guide

Ancheer E-MTB 250W (Editors' Choice)

Key Facts:

- Frame: Aluminum

- Weight: 24kg

- Use: MTB/Commuter

- No. Of Speeds: 21

- Range: 15 miles

- Charge Time: 5 hours

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

Let's kick things off with a bicycle from Ancheer. This is a brand that is pretty well known in the electric bike market and they offer a good selection so it feels like a good place to start!

For less than £1000 you get an aluminium frame, which strikes a positive balance between durability and weight. 

At 24kg, it isn't the lightest bike but it's certainly respectable and for an e-mtb, it's good. Sure, lighter electric bikes exist but within this budget and with this many features? Not so much. 

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

So this model is marketed as an MTB and it fits that bill but things are kept versatile with the tyres as they're more hybrid, meaning that you can switch between dirt roads to smooth ones and you'll have amble traction! 

But is it a comfortable ride?

You bet it is! This Ancheer electric mountain bike has a front suspension so it soaks up the bumps and roots along the trails with relative ease. 

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

It doesn't stop there with this e-mountain bike, it comes with mechanical disc brakes. You're going to need them too as you get a 21-speed drivetrain so ascents and descents shouldn't be an issue and you ought to feel in control. 

So the basics are there to make this a fantastic bike but how does the motor and power assistance stack up?

You get 3 riding settings; pedal-assist, full e-bike and no assistance. 

For me, I think that's the perfect range of choices, it gives you all the options you could want. I don't always use the motor so it's nice to be able to switch it off to conserve the battery power. 

The ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike has a top speed of 15.5mph before the motor will cut out and you're left to pedal if you want to go more quickly. This falls in line with the law - if you'd like to read more about the legality of riding an electric bike, you can here.

Moving onto battery life, this e-mountain bike comes with a 36V/8Ah removable lithium battery. This compliments the 250w beautifully, giving you a range of around 15 miles on a single charge. 

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

Obviously, this does depend on how you ride the bike, use it on full power and you won't get that type of range but 15 miles is realistic. The great thing is that the battery is a removable bottle-style battery so you aren't so limited as to where you can recharge as you are with integrated batteries.

The charge time is 5 hours. All things considered, I think that works well in many situations. 

Overall if you're looking for an e-bike with a sturdy aluminium frame that will be a good commuter bike but also great when you want to hit the trails on a weekend, then this one is a worthy contender. 

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

Pros:

- Mechanical Disc Brakes

- Front suspension 

- Works well in all weather conditions

- Pedal assistance technology is good

Cons:

- Reviews have shown that the built-in light can be temperamental

ANCHEER Electric Mountain Bike, 250W 26'' Electric Bicycle with Removable 36V 8Ah /12.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery for Adults, 21 Speed Shifter (Classic)

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Hyuhome 350W 

Key Facts:

- Frame: Aluminum

- Weight: 22kg

- Use: Hybrid

- No. Of Speeds: 21

- Range: 31 miles

- Charge Time: 5 hours

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Sticking with the e-mountain bike look, we have the Hyuhome. One big difference between this and the Ancheer is that the motor runs along the down tube, this helps to balance the weight of the battery so we're off to a good start!

Despite the appearance of the Hyuhome, it's more of a hybrid than a straight-up MTB. You do get a front suspension, which does make the ride smoother when you're on rougher terrain. 

Cycling on the road? No problem. Lockout the suspension and you're good to go. 

Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26' 36V 350W 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens,Blue,8Ah50Km

For the price point, that's a good feature to have! 

Not to mention the 350W motor! Which is a tremendous amount of motor assistance...potentially too much?

The laws in the UK are different for e-bikes that have a motor greater than 250w and this comes with a top speed of 25mph, again, the laws are different. However, you can limit the bike to a maximum speed of 15mph to keep things legal and simple. 

Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26' 36V 350W 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens,Blue,8Ah50Km

As with a lot of e-bikes, it comes equipped with mechanical disc brakes and that provides the stopping power you should need...no matter the terrain.

The model we are looking at comes with a 21-speed drivetrain, though depending on your budget, you can spring for a 35-speed model.

Is it worth it?

For most people, unlikely. 21-speed provides enough flexibility to take on that steep hill when you want to and gives you enough control when you're going downhill. I suspect those extra 14 gears wouldn't get much use. 

The weight of the Hyuhome is impressive at 22kg, couple that with a decent range of 31 miles then you can really start to understand why this e-bike made the list! 

As with the Ancheer, there are three different power assistance settings; no motor, assisted or pure electric. 

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When you want to change between settings, this can be done easily through the computer on the handlebars. It also displays metrics such as battery life, speed, distance and your current riding mode. 

On the other side of your handlebars, you'll find a horn and an adaptive LED headlight. Whilst I'd still recommend fixing an additional light on to ensure greater visibility, it works well! 

The battery is removable, making it more convenient and increases security. 

[Want to know how to keep your e-bike safe? Read this.]

Overall this bike is an all-terrain bike. it's great for when you want to hit the bike paths but it's equally comfortable on the roads, finish it off with a few extra and it makes it one attractive affordable bike. 

If you are after a hybrid bike specifically, then check this out.

Hyuhome Electric Bikes for Adult, Magnesium Alloy Ebikes Bicycles All Terrain,26' 36V 350W 13Ah Removable Lithium-Ion Battery Mountain Ebike for Mens,Blue,8Ah50Km

Pros:

- Clear display

- 3 Power modes

- Lightweight alloy frame

- Maximum range of 31 miles

- Shock Absorption features

- Rear pannier rack included

- Quick recharge time

Cons:

Motor size

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Bunao 26" E-Bike

Key Facts:

- Frame: Aluminum 

- Weight: N/A

- Use: Off-Road

- No. Of Speeds: 21

- Range: 25 miles

- Charge Time: 4 - 6 hours

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

The Bunao e-bike is designed and built in the UK and I genuinely believe it's one of the best e-MTBs on the market for this price point. 

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

The 26" tyres are what gives this bike a real edge. They're thick. They're versatile. They soak up all types of surfaces with ease. Traction and stability are offered in bucketloads. 

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

As you'd expect, mechanical disc brakes. Sure, it would be nice to see hydraulic disc brakes but remember, we're looking at budget bikes and honestly, mechanical discs are going to suffice for most cyclists. 

The electric motor gives you 250w of power, which is the maximum allowed in the UK before an electric bike has to be treated like a moped so you're really getting the most out of it. 

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

You can expect a range of 25 miles on a single charge, which I find impressive, especially when you consider that charge time is only around 4 hours, some reviews have suggested that charging time is around 2 - 3 hours. Either way, it is never too long before you can be back out on the road again. 

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

Overall, this bike gives you a wide range of uses but it truly excels in rougher terrain and when you want a challenge, it will happily accept it! 

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

Pros:

- Quick charge time

- 3 power settings

- Plenty of range

- Good ride quality

Cons:

- Installation and setup can be a bit complex

Bunao 26 inch Wheel Electric Bike Aluminum Alloy 36V 8AH Lithium Battery Mountain Cycling Bicycle, 21-speed (26 inch_10)

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Hyuhome Folding Dirtbike

Key Facts:

- Frame: Carbon steel

- Weight: 22kg

- Use: Off-Road

- No. Of Speeds: 21

- Range: 31 miles

- Charge Time: 4 - 6 hours

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

That's right, another bike from Hyuhome.

Why?

Because they offer a great package for the price. 

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

Whether you're running some errands or hitting the road for some exercise, this electric folding bike can take almost everything you throw at it. 

I feel it's only right to start with the appearance of this e-bike, it's pretty striking after all! It's not all about looks, this frame still offers plenty of durability. 

As this bike is capable of folding, it genuinely offers true portability. I know what you're thinking, a folding bike isn't as strong, yet this bicycle is lightweight and durable, thanks to its alloy frame.

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

The tyres are anti-slip so are perfect if you want to use a bike in all weather. 

Not only that, it comes equipped with built-in lights so night riding is possible. 

The motor is going to do just fine in the bad weather conditions too as it is rated IP54. Speaking of the motor, you get 5 settings so plenty of customising to get the correct level of assist!

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

This dirtbike comes with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain so you can truly take advantage of the dirtbike design! It also means you are able to use it without the need for the motor more often...should you want to, of course! 

One thing which does strike me about this electric bike is that it feels like you are getting a mountain bike, but it's incredibly functional due to the fact it's foldable. 

It should come as no surprise that the brake system is mechanical disc brakes. For the price, you get a solid, confidence building, responsive feeling, though they aren't actually too sensitive, which can be the risk! The balance is how it ought to be. 

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

The battery is a powerful 36V/8Ah li-ion one and it powers a 350w motor. From that, you will get a top speed of 15mph before you're left to do the powering yourself.

How about the range?

Well, that's good too, obviously depending on how you ride it, it's capable of a range of up to 31 miles. 

Hyuhome Ebikes for Adults,Folding Electric Bike MTB Dirtbike,26' 48V 10Ah 350W IP54 Waterproof Design,Easy Storage Foldable Electric Bycicles for Men,Black

Pros:

Good brake system

- 5 Levels of assistance

- Integrated lights

- Great portability as it's a folding bike

Cons:

- Some compromises on components 

[Want to see more folding e-bikes? Check this out.]

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Swifty Electric Mountain Bike

- Frame: Aluminum 

- Weight: 24kg

- Use: Off-Road

- No. Of Speeds: 7

- Range: 35 miles

- Charge Time: 3 hours

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

The Swifty Electric Mountain Bike is another all-terrain electric bike on our list. This one comes with a range of up to 35 miles when you're using the pedal assist so ideal if you're a commuter.

To comply with UK law, the Swifty Electric Mountain Bike's motor only works when the rider is pedalling but you do get three levels of power assistance so you can vary how much help you get depending on how you're feeling or where you're riding. 

The Swifty doesn't come with the most powerful motor out there but it certainly provides some much-welcomed help when you need it most. 

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

One thing that I particularly like is that the battery is a Panasonic one. Heard of them? Sure! 

So you know you're getting a well-known and well-respected battery manufacturer. The battery is durable, long-lasting and, perhaps, most importantly, safe...something which you can't always be sure of you if you purchase a cheap non-branded product. 

Another huge plus of the battery is that it's a standard model. This means it's easily replaceable. Something which may not be on your mind right now, but having just spoken to a friend who paid £500 to replace their e-bike battery, it's something to keep in mind! 

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

What this also means is that should you want to upgrade your battery to a greater capacity, that too is possible, without much issue. 

Now:

The Swifty Electric Mountain bike comes with a Shimano drivetrain, so huge plus points there. A drivetrain from the leading manufacturer of bike components is another assurance of good quality parts on this bike. 

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

You do 'only' get 7 gears. This may seem low compared to the other bikes we've reviewed but do you know what?

I find that on an electric bike, it's enough. Unless you're truly planning on scaling some seriously climbs, it's going to be just fine. 

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

Pros:

Mechanical disc brakes are welcome, as is the front suspension which helps to smoothen out the ride. I know some people will say that a suspension adds weight, and yes, it's true but I'm someone that is happy to have a little extra weight on the bike if it means I'm going to be more comfortable and be able to cycle for longer. 

Additional power is possible

- Lightweight aluminium frame

- Plenty of features make it a good choice for commuters

- 35 miles of range

- Smooth ride 

- 3 hour recharge time

Cons:

Suspension adds additional weight

Swifty Electric Mountain Bike with Semi-Integrated Battery, Black

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Buyers' Guide: What To Look For When Buying An E-Bike Under £1000

Frame Design

The best models under £1000 will often come with an aluminium frame, sometimes a steel frame. This reduces the cost of the bike and ensures it remains affordable. 

Some manufacturers will produce e-bikes with a front suspension, some won't. Depending on what type of riding you want to do, will depend on whether it's worth considering. 

I'm not going to lie, you aren't going to get the best suspension on the market with a bike of this price, nor will it be terrible...providing you do your research! It's also worth noting that you can always upgrade your suspension later down the line. 

Motor

Hub-mounted motors are popular in the sub £1000 e-bike market, though as you've seen from our review, this isn't always the case as new manufacturers bring out new models!

When electric bikes were still relatively new, it was quite common to purchase one under 1000 pounds with a 24V motor. These days, you're more likely to get a 36V brushless motor - so a nice upgrade! 

Front hub or rear hub?

This is debated but in my experience, a rear hub gives you more stability, especially when you're going uphill, you notice an increase in traction. 

The motor also isn't having to work as hard as it when it's at the front, it is basically pulling you and the bike along. 

Brakes

V-brakes were common but they don't provide consistent stopping power. To be honest, I would avoid an electric bicycle if it comes with rim brakes. 

As you can achieve greater speeds when compared to a conventional bike, you need to know you're going to be able to stop, v-brakes don't always give you that. 

Disc brakes, whether mechanical or hydraulic do. Don't expect to get hydraulic disc brakes for this budget but mechanical discs are out there and they're what I'd be looking for.

Range

Most riders are going to want to get the maximum range they possibly can and I get that. However, I'd urge you to think about how much you truly need.

It could be that you prioritise range over every other specification on the bike and you don't even end up needing to cover those miles. 

With a bike under £1000, you can expect a range of around 15 - 30 miles. 

Final Verdict

So there we have it, an electric bike for less than £1000 doesn't have to be a dodgy one from e-bay - reassuring thought, isn't it? 🙂

Personally, I favour the Ancheer 250w. It offers great flexibility, can be ridden off-road and on-road easily and the riding position is comfortable...that counts for a lot! 

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The bike itself doesn't require a lot of maintenance and you get a decent battery life, plus the charge time is short so it's never too long before you're back on the road. 

The best bit?

When you switch the motor on, it feels like no hill is too much and that what steals it for me. 

Which model is your favourite?

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