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We look at some of the best electric bikes on the market under £2000
It is or mission to scour the internet in search of the latest and greatest electric bikes on sale. In the past we have given you lists for the budget e-bikes under £500 and also mid-range options under £1000, now it’s time to kick it up a notch and look at bikes under £2000. While still not at the bleeding edge of the market, there is now a huge range of bikes available with some of the top-end features included to improve your experience.
In this list we will look at ten of the best electric bikes you can find on the market in a range of categories. We will then give you some useful information, providing you with everything you need to decide which e-bike is the best choice for you.
Cyrusher XF800: Quality bike for outdoors enthusiasts
What can we say about the Cyrusher XF800 other than that it’s the most fun you’ll have on an e-bike (or any bike) south of £2000. The XF800 is a monstrously powerful bike with oversized tyres designed to make tackling any surface a breeze. The only problem we can see is the 30kg weight, which is to be expected for the power and something you won’t even notice when you’re rocketing across snowy trails at 28mph.
- Hugely powerful 1000W motor
- Strong suspension and hydraulic disc brakes
- Stylish with a choice of colours available
- A built-in USB port makes charging easy
- It’s quite heavy so may be difficult to place on a bike rack
- Single frame size may be too large for many
- LG 13amh 48V lithium ion battery lasts up to 27 miles in throttle or 50 miles in pedal assist modes. It can be charged either on or off the frame and only takes 5-7 hours to fully charge.
- 5” LCD display lets you see important information on your journey. This information includes motor power, speed, distance, mode and remaining charge.
- Dual hydraulic disc brakes cut off the motor when engaged and let you safely stop quickly even on slippery surfaces. These can be easily replaced when worn.
GUNAI MX01: A folding fatbike without compromise
Like the XF800 this is a 1000W fatbike with an LCD screen and dual hydraulic brakes, only the MX01 has a party trick, it folds. Folding used to be a feature relegated to commuter ebikes but if you want the power and versatility of an offroad fatbike and are short on space, this bike is the option for you. The relatively lightweight construction and added features makes this bike a good no-compromise choice for just about everyone.
- Folds into a compact form
- Hidden battery (for those that prefer a traditional look)
- Versatile 21-speed gear system
- Inbuilt Triple LED headlight and lock
- Somewhat fiddly to remove battery
- Small LCD display
- 6061 aluminium alloy frame is durable and lightweight, allowing the bike to weigh 25kg yet still be able to withstand whatever you can throw at it.
- Shimano 21 variable speed system can let you comfortably adapt to different road conditions, especially when combined with the five electric power modes.
- Four link shock absorber filters out bumpy surfaces to offer a smooth cycling experience and superior shock absorption.
ANCHEER AN EB-001: A bargain bike for roads and basic trails
ANCHEER have produced one of the cheapest options on our list, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a buy. By going online-only, this Chinese brand has managed to cut their costs dramatically, so they have managed to produce a 250W mountain e-bike packed full of creature comforts despite the price. Highlights of the AN EB-001 include a 21-speed gear system, front suspension fork, rear-mounted kickstand, integrated headlight and gel saddle.
- A lot of useful features included
- The bike has a front suspension fork
- Derailleur guard protects gears from falls
- Integrated headlight for safety
- Not powerful enough for technical mountain trails
- Water can build around the battery compartment
- Shimano 21 speed gears allows for greater terrain adaptation and increases your hill climbing ability. A derailleur guard prevents damage from falling or during transport.
- 250W stable brushless motor takes you up to 15.5mph, letting you ride faster and for longer if it’s your commute or weekend riding fun.
- High strength carbon steel front fork absorbs bumps and provides a comfortable, smooth riding experience on the road and trails.
ANCHEER AN EB-002: A great value stylish e-bike
The second ANCHEER on our list is a folding model that is similarly good value. The bike is well constructed, with aluminium alloy making up the frame and lightweight magnesium alloy wheels which help give the bike a stylish and distinctive look. The AN EB-002 contains a headlight, dual mechanical disc brakes and front and rear suspension (the front being forks) for a comfortable ride.
- Attractive, eye-catching design
- Easy to carry when folded (it has an integrated handle)
- 21 speed gear system with derailleur guard
- Front fork and rear suspension
- Initial installation can be tricky
- Battery cannot be charged separately
- Three working modes are available to suit your needs. These modes can be changed at any time through the integrated meter and are powered, pedal assist and bicycle.
- Super light wheels come with slip-resistant all terrain tyres. The 26” wheels are made of a strong magnesium alloy with six spokes coated in anti-rust paint.
- Smart Lithium charger fills your battery in 4-6 hours. The battery is a 36V, 8Ah model which provides an effective range of up to 30 miles in pedal assist mode or 15 miles in electric only.
Extribici XF500: The range champion
The XF500 is a stylish bike whose greatest asset is a 50-mile range, which makes this bike perfect for anyone worried about running out of charge on their commute. The bike also folds up much more compactly than most of its competition and is available in a range of colours, from a trendy white and black to a neon black and green.
- Very long range of up 50 miles
- Very simple folding mechanism
- Large, easy to read cyclocomputer
- Disc brakes are included
- Battery difficult to access in sealed frame
- There are only has 7 gears available
- Integrated LCD display lets you know your remaining charge, distance travelled, speed and level of motor assistance.
- 7 speed shimano TX500 gears provide precise control of your ride, letting you smoothly and comfortably cycle over hills and straights.
- Easy folding is possible, with no tools required. In only three steps the bike can be folded into an incredibly compact form, allowing for easy transport and storage.
LANKELEISI G660: Great value e-bike that comes with everything but the kitchen sink
Lankeleisi are known for making great value electric bikes and the G660 is no exception. The G660 is another well equipped commuter bike with a front fork, front and rear disc brakes and a powerful 500W motor. To sweeten the deal they have included a range of handy tools and equipment, including a pump and lock so if you are buying a bike for the first time this one purchase will have just about everything you need (helmets aside)
- A lot of colour options to choose from
- Upgraded battery available (for a cost)
- Tools, pump, mudguard and lock included
- Lightweight for an e-bike at only 21kg
- The battery indicator can be difficult to read
- Quite heavy for its size
- Oil spring suspension front fork absorbs all the bumps in the road, making your ride smooth and comfortable.
- 48V 10A battery provides plenty of range and with high speed charging, can be filled in as little as 4 and up to 8 hours.
- Easy storage is possible with the frame, pedal and handlebar all being foldable to reduce volume and avoid snagging
XXCY Folding Electric Bike: Folding fatbike with smaller tyres
XXCY have produced a somewhat rare e-bike here. It is a mountain fatbike with the normal thick 4” tyres… but they are only 20” in diameter, which is more common in commuter bikes. This makes the bike more suitable than most for riding on sand and snow, with the added traction the extra width provides but it also means mountain biking may not be as easy as you would expect.
- Large 15A battery for plenty of range
- One of the smallest fat bikes on the market
- Powerful 48V 500W motor
- Front fork and dual disc brakes
- Shorter warranty than many competitors
- Battery placement is rather ungainly
- Pedal-assist is optional so this can be used as a normal mountain bike if you run out of battery or just feel like stretching your legs.
- High-quality Chao Yang 4.0 fat tyres improve the surface area and smooths out gravel and potholes. Allowing you to ride smoothly on any surface.
- LG 48V 15A Lithium-ion battery is removable and easy to charge. You don’t have to worry as the battery is waterproof and provides a 30+mile range.
ZPAO KB26: A solid electric mountain bike
The KB26 is a solid electric mountain bike (e-MTB) with an impressive bike commuter which conveniently not only shows the mode, speed and power level, but the max/average speed, distance, time and even headlight status and cruise control. Additionally, the bike has a 21-speed gear system and a short 5h charge time. The biggest problem is the 350W motor which while far from anemic, is less than we’d expect for the price.
- Has an advanced bike computer
- 21 speed transmission with derailleurs
- The front wheel is quick release
- Front fork and rear suspension included
- Saddle support diameter hard to replace
- Motor not as powerful as we’d like
- Bike computer with multifunctional display gives you information about factors such as speed, pedal assist level, headlight status and distance travelled.
- Three available driving modes are fully electric (throttle), pedal assist and dully manual. So you can adjust and ride depending on the road conditions.
- 90% assembled before it is shipped so only the wheels and battery need to be attached by the customer upon receipt.
Cyrusher XF660: A fun fat bike with plenty of style
We have already looked at the flagship XF800 and given it our top pick, it is now time to see what the little brother has to offer. The XF660 is a great e-MTB that lives up to Cyrusher’s motto of “making sports easy and fun”. It is available with the monstrous 1000W motor of its older sibling but we would suggest the 500W motor for this version as it better suits this models frame and characteristics.
- Cool, eye-catching design
- Dual front and rear disc brakes
- Choice of 500W or 1000W motors
- Eight different colours available
- No front or rear mudguards
- Heavy, even for an electric MTB
- An adjustable handlebar allows you to adjust the height and angle to suit your riding style and ensure comfortable use by everyone.
- Sturdy materials are used throughout the bike with a carbon steel suspension fork, durable aluminium frame and alloy double-walled rims.
- Safety is assured with dual hydraulic disc brakes, an integrated front light and 21-speed gear system allowing you to cycle in dark and slippery situations.
LANKELEISI RS600: No-nonsense road e-bike with a decent range
Last but not least is the RS600. This e-bike has everything you’d expect for the price with no major frills. The range is above average at 31-44 miles although the motor is one of the least powerful on our list at 300W, but this is in line with the cost. If you are after a solid e-bike for the road (and perhaps light trails) then you won’t be disappointed with the RS600, although you won’t be thrilled either.
- 21-speed gear system
- Better than average range
- Choice of LCD or LED computer
- Easily removable battery
- No spare keys available for locks
- LED computer difficult to read
- Pedal assist is optional so the bike can be used as a normal one if you run out of battery. Fully electric and pedal assist modes are also available.
- 26”x1.95” tyres are made by Chao Yang, the largest tyre manufacturer in China so you are assured of great quality.
- Comes with gifts: a mud guard, set of tools, lock and pump are included with the purchase. Extra batteries can be bought and rear racks can be mounted.
All the bikes on our list are good choices depending on your budget and needs, that being said, the Cyrusher XF800 stands above the rest mainly due to its durable build, supremely powerful 1000W motor and fat tyres which makes riding fun no matter where you are.
What are the benefits of electric bikes?
If you’re looking for a bike in the price range of this article then chances are that we don’t need to tell you why you should buy one but just in case you need that extra push (or some reasons you can use to convince your spouse), here are some great ways in which an electric bike can help you:
- E-bikes are convenient: car emissions are a key contributor towards global warming but getting around without one is inconvenient at best… at least it was. The simple addition of a motor to a bicycle has created a means of transport that can get you to your destination as quickly (depending on traffic) and reliably as a car while you do your bit for the planet.
- Riding an electric bike can improve your mental health. We don’t just say this because it’s fun to whiz down the road at 15miles an hour, a study has shown that riding an electric bike not only increases your physical activity, but it also improves your engagement with your surroundings and can improve cognition and mental wellbeing.
- They are efficient: Normal cycling requires five times less energy than walking, while going four times faster; People who use electric bikes can travel 50% further than when on normal bikes. If you combine these statistics together then it’s easy to understand the appeal of e-bikes, no mode of transport gets you further for the energy spent.
What kind of electric bikes can I get?
There are lot of electric bikes on the market and it’s important to get one that will best suit the way you intend to use it. If you don’t have a clue what your best option is, then here’s a list of some of the most common types to help you decide:
- Commuter bike: If you want an e-bike for a long commute with a train journey partway for example, having one which folds would be really handy to not annoy fellow passengers. You can even store it under your desk for safekeeping once you get to work, removing the worry we all have about leaving bikes in the open.
- Mountain bike: If you like cycling on rough terrain but don’t face a lot of snow or sand then the stalwart mountain bike (or MTB) is always a good option. Electric MTB’s options give you all the benefits of a mountain bike (increased durability, great suspension, etc.) and then adds performance, so you can ride faster and for longer.
- Road bike: If you’re planning to cycling on roads then, weirdly enough, an electric road bike is your best bet. These bikes are made for speed on flat surfaces – with minimal suspension, skinny tyres and a lightweight frame. Many gears are often included on road bikes to make pedalling comfortable at any speed or incline.
- Fat bike: Have you ever seen an e-bike with oversized tyres that wouldn’t be out of place in a cartoon? If you have then you’ve come across the fat bike. Whether you’re riding on technical rocky trails, snowy mountains or a breezy desert, fat bikes will give you the traction you need to complete your route with a personal best.
For more types of electric bikes, you can look here.
Some important things to know before you buy
While you don’t technically need to get insurance for most e-bikes, it is recommended that you do. You need to check with your provider to see if your current household or bike insurance covers electric bikes.
E-bikes which are above 250W and can travel above 15.5mph (usually to 28mph) require insurance, registration with the DVLA (as they become classed as a light moped) and must also be taxed. Thankfully, this tax is free as there are no emissions on an electric bike. Most of the bikes on this list meet that requirement so it is important to register your bike after you purchase. A motorcycle helmet must always be worn when using one of these e-bikes.
If it’s an electric mountain bike (e-MTB) you are after, a less looked at factor that starts to come in this price range is rear suspension. Many bikes will now have a front fork, but not many will have a rear shock unit for full suspension, they just forgo suspension altogether in the rear. While the merits of rear suspension are less obvious than a front fork, it is worth getting a bike with one if you can.