- Aventon Pace 500
Best Charge Time
- Ride1UP 500 Series
Features Bottle Holder Mount
- Ride1UP Core-5
Bicycles are a reliable form of transport for millions of people around the world. They also provide well-needed exercise, fresh air, and opportunities to socialise in covid safe environments. Not everyone appreciates the exercise part of that though, and there are legitimate reasons to do so. For commuters especially, bikes are popular but also lead to you arriving at your workplace or meeting hot, tired, and sweaty.
E-bikes help to reduce the effort you need to cycle by including an electric motor that can assist while you pedal or even work with a throttle for pedal-free riding. This allows you to get the benefits of cycling without all of the drawbacks. E-bikes can also be particularly useful for providing some extra oomph when riding uphill.
While you can obviously spend as much money as possible to get the best model available or find a nice cheap one that will do, you can generally find the best bang for your buck in the mid-market price range. To help you find the best well-priced E-bikes, we’ve drawn up a list of the best mid-market E-bikes in 2022.
- 7 gears
- Fat bike
- Front suspension
- Range (pedal assist): 33 miles
- Range (electric only): 18 miles
- Charging time: 8 hours
The Ecotric Rocket is a fat-bike style mountain bike. That means it has front suspension to keep the ride smooth even off-road. It also means it comes with extra-wide tires. These provide excellent grip off-road but may look out of place on a city commute. It comes with a 7-speed Shimano drive system and can achieve up to 33 miles with the pedal-assist mode or 18 miles when using the throttle only. This range is somewhat weak, especially given the weight of the bike, which will make it harder to cycle if the battery does run out.
The 18-month warranty provides excellent peace of mind. The battery can charge in up to 8 hours, while the bike itself can support riders up to 260lbs. It’s only designed for riders between 170 and 190cm tall limiting its availability to shorter riders, and the handlebars can’t be adjusted at all.
- Available with a standard or step through frame
- Step through has swept back handlebars
- Subtly integrated battery
- Range (pedal assist): 40 miles
- Range (electric only): 20 miles
- Charging time: Unlisted
The Ride1UP Core-5 comes with two frame styles, standard and step through, which is ideal for users with limited mobility. The step-through design also uses swept-back handlebars for a relaxed upright riding position, compared to the more aggressive position needed on the standard frame. The battery has been designed in such a way that it is subtly integrated into the frame, though the throttle and the small display will likely give away that it’s an E-bike.
The battery offers 20 miles on the throttle and up to 40 miles with the pedal-assist mode. It can also be upgraded to a slightly larger capacity. The battery can be removed to recharge it, however, doing so requires the use of a key that locks it in place. Additionally, if you equip a bottle holder on the provided mounts, it can interfere with your ability to remove the battery. The grips on the handlebars aren’t the most comfortable.
- Comes in a standard and step through frame
- Front suspension
- Integrated front light
- Range (pedal assist): 45 miles
- Range (electric only): 25 miles
- Charging time: 4.5 hours
The Ride1UP 500 Series comes with two choices of frames, a standard one and a step-through one, which is ideal for users with limited mobility. The step-through design also uses swept-back handlebars for a relaxed upright riding position, compared to the more aggressive position needed on the standard frame. The bike features a large battery that on the standard frame blocks the placement of the bottle holder mounting points that are present on the step-through model.
The integrated front light is a nice extra, though the lack of a rear light is disappointing. The nine levels of pedal assist give you great flexibility over how much assistance you get and therefore how far it can assist you too. The gel seat is particularly comfortable and great for long rides. The brakes can be quite noisy, and the left-mounted throttle can be awkward to use.
- Large LCD screen
- Cruiser frame
- Swept back handlebars
- Range (pedal assist): 57 miles
- Range (electric only): 30 miles
- Charging time: 3 – 4 hours
The Aventon Pace 500 comes with two choices of frames, a standard one and a step-through one, which is ideal for users with limited mobility. The step-through design also uses swept-back handlebars for a relaxed upright riding position, compared to the more aggressive position needed on the standard frame. It features a large LCD stat display, placed in the centre of the handlebars. It features a fairly detailed battery readout, though a battery percentage readout is reserved for an upgraded screen optional extra.
The brakes are top quality, providing great stopping power. The lack of suspension does mean that the ride can be a bit rough. The performance monitor tracks mileage on a trip, however, if you pause it for a break, it auto shuts down after a few minutes, resetting the trip milage. With the placement and size of the battery pack, there isn’t space for a water bottle holder to be mounted on the frame.
That was our roundup of the best mid-market E-bikes in 2022. Have you recently bought a mid-market E-bike? What sold you on it and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.