The 5 best affordable electric bikes

The 5 best affordable electric bikes

06 June 2023Tim Fullbrook

In 2023 it's all about getting value for money. We get it, you want every penny to count when making a purchase, and when it comes to spending your hard-earned sterling on an electric bike you want to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

That's where we come in. We ride hundreds of electric bikes, collect tens of thousands of miles every year riding electric bikes, and we think we can sniff out a good deal when it comes down to saving money.

We've compiled what we think are the five best affordable ebikes (from all the cheap electric bikes we recommend) on the market right now – taking into account their stats, tech, ride quality, and ultimately price.

Estarli E28

The Estarli E28 is the perfect all-rounder electric bike – and we really mean that.

For only £1,550 is easily one of the best value-for-money electric bikes. If you're a first-timer, looking for an upgrade, or just want a casual bike, the E28 ticks every box – and whenever someone asks "Where do I start?" this is the bike we point them towards.

In Eilis' review of this bike she looks through all the details of why this bike is perfect for first time buyers.

250W brushless hub motor, five pedal assist modes, 8-speed Shimano gears and a range of up to 80km, the E28 has it all.

ADO Air 20

The ADO Air 20 has quickly become one of our favourite folding bikes in the world – and for only £1,299.

We've fallen in love with it's stylish looks, foldability, and practicality. This bike is designed with everyday use in mind, and trust us when we say you'll want to ride it every chance you get.

Perfect for your daily rides to work or college, ideal for taking out at the weekends for a leisure ride, or for folding up in the boot of your car and taking it on your next adventure.

Up to 100km of range, front and rear disk brakes, 16kg weight, and smart torque sensor help ensure a ride experience of the highest quality.

Ampere Tourer-S

Want a regular bike with the added benefits of electric assistance? Well, in the best possible way, that's exactly what the £1,549 Ampere Tourer-S offers.

There's no complicated frame or components, this at its core is a good quality hybrid bike with the added bonus of electric power – there's good reason why we think it's one of the best electric bikes in 2023.

The standout feature of the bike is it's comfort, front suspension helps minimise every bump, meaning you could easily ride this in town or on varied cycle paths out of town.

Offering up to 60km range with the standard battery, pannier rack, removable battery, front and rear integrated lights, and 7-speed Shimano gears, what more could you ask for?


Estarli E20

The Estarli E20 is one of the most popular electric bikes on – why? It's really really good.

For a mere £1,295 you get a folding electric bike capable of offering the same ride quality and technology as a bike twice the price.

A 250W rear motor, 7-speed Shimano gears, up to 50km range, front light, and rear pannier rack, this bike is built to be an companion for adventures as much as it works for daily riding.

The E20 also comes in four colour options, just for that added bit of personality.


Boost Conversion

We completely understand that even the four electric bikes listed so far in this article might not be affordable for everyone – so how does a £645 electric bike sound?

Converting your regular bike using a Boost Kits is one of the cheapest (legal) ways to get your hands on an electric bike.

The kit, which can be installed at your local bike shop, includes a 250W motor like you find on bespoke electric bikes, as well as a smart controller to deliver the perfect amount of power, and with a discreet 'Bottle battery' that fits onto your bike's frame.

It's simple really, turn your old beloved bike into an upgraded electric ride. You won't ever look back.


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