- Cowboy 4
- Wau X Plus
Best Off Road
- Aventon Aventure
The bicycle is one of the most simple methods of travelling and is popular around the world. They’re great in the city for a commute, and in the great outdoors following a trail. Bikes are also good exercise, getting you out and about in the fresh air. Realistically though, cycling can be hard work, and if you’ve got a meeting or are going somewhere important you may not want to turn up hot, sweaty, and out of breath. Thankfully e-bikes can help here.
E-bikes are basically the same as normal bikes but there’s a small electric motor that can help you pedal, and a battery pack hidden away. This gives you more power to go faster and feel better doing so.
To help you find the best bike around, we’ve drawn up a list of the best high-end e-bikes in 2022.
- Integrated lights
- Crash detection
- 350W motor
- Range (pedal assist): 43.5 miles
- Range (electric only): N/a
- Charging time: 3.5 hours
The Cowboy 4 is very utilitarian in terms of styling, lacking any sort of branding and coming in just three basic colours. It is available in a single-size conventional or a step-through frame. Rather than having a lot of feedback provided by equipment built into the handlebars, the Cowboy 4 offers a phone mount that also wirelessly charges your phone. When paired with your bike your phone acts as the key to lock and unlock it, it also offers navigational functionality and can detect if you’re involved in an accident and automatically alert your emergency contact.
The built-in GPS is intended to be used in case your bike is stolen, allowing you to find it easily. The front and rear mudguards are included as standard to keep you clean and dry. The battery pack assists automatically depending on how hard you pedal with the single-speed drive train. It can assist for 43.5 miles, though there is no way to adjust the power up or down to increase the speed or the range. The battery clips and locks into the back of the frame and can be removed to charge so you don’t need to leave your whole bike near a power socket. The lack of a suspension may provide a bit of a rough ride, but does help to keep the bike simple.
- 900Wh battery
- Integrated front and rear lights
- Rear lights can flash amber as indicators
- Range (pedal assist): 100 miles
- Range (electric only): N/a
- Charging time: 4-8 hours
The Wau X Plus features a huge 900Wh battery that offers a 100-mile range. It also uses this battery to power the integrated front, side, and rear lights. Additionally, the rear lights, mounted on the rear forks, also double up as brake lights and can even flash amber as indicators. The normal downside of a huge battery is a long charge time, and on the normal charger, it will take 8 hours to charge. This can, however, be halved to four hours with the 4A supercharger, allowing you to easily fully recharge the huge battery in a workday.
Another downside of the huge battery is that it can’t be hidden within the normal frame, so there’s an insert in the centre of the frame that acts as a battery cover and side-light system, though this may draw some attention as it is a little unusual looking. In case your bike gets stolen, it is fitted with a GPS tracker and an alarm system so you can always find it and try to scare would-be thieves off. A number of the features such as the supercharger and manual throttle are extra, however, the advertised display is also an optional extra.
- 720Wh removable battery
- Five levels of pedal assistance
- Colour LCD display
- Range (pedal assist): 53 miles
- Range (electric only): 27 miles
- Charging time: 4-5 hours
The Aventon Aventure is a slightly different style of bike as it is a fat bike. Specifically, this means it has unusually wide tires and a wider frame to fit them. This styling may not appeal to everyone and does offer some pros and cons. Being larger it is quite heavy, which may especially be an issue if you ever run out of battery, it’s also a little difficult to handle on slow and technical mountain biking trails. To counter that it also has a large battery for a better range, while the large tires provide excellent grip even on rough and loose surfaces.
The colour LCD screen actually provides a proper battery percentage indicator, o you know exactly how much charge you have left. It also tries to manage your battery to give you the best range possible by slightly reducing its output power at 20, 10, and 5%. Metal mudguards are often rattly but these ones are thick and sturdy, though stones still make a pinging noise off it. One thing to be aware of is that a number of users have reported customer service issues if they needed some support.
- Mid-drive motor
- Colour display
- 10 speed drive train
- Range (pedal assist): 65 miles
- Range (electric only): Unlisted
- Charging time: 4-8 hours
The Diamondback Union 2 is designed as a high-end commuting bike. To keep the design simple, it doesn’t feature any suspension, though the wide tires provide some cushioning. The mid-drive motor helps to keep the centre of gravity as low as possible while providing excellent power. The ten-speed drive train allows you extra precision in how much effort you want to put into the pedal-assisted modes.
The colour screen is a great feature to provide quick and easy stats, including a proper percentage-based battery readout so you can tell exactly how much charge you have left. Four size options mean that the bike is suitable for many more riders than single size bikes. The tread on the standard tires looks minimal and would likely be unsuitable for loose, or possibly even wet surfaces.
That was our roundup of the best high-end E-bikes in 2022. Have you recently bought a high-end E-bike? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.