The 12 Best Electric Mountain Bikes To Buy in 2021

Sep 21, 2021

Category: Rides

Despite the fact that electric mountain bikes have existed since the early 1990s, it wasn’t until the last few years that EV powertrains have gotten small, lightweight, and potent enough to genuinely make for practical machines. And though they do come with some added heft compared to their entirely pedal-powered counterparts, E-MTBs allow riders to achieve higher levels of speed and performance, as well as unlocking the ability to effortlessly power a bike uphills.

Hugely benefitting from technological advancements made in recent years in the electric car and motorcycle sectors, today’s electrified mountain bike segment is comprised of thoroughly state-of-the-art models that combine the latest frame constructions and geometries with cutting-edge suspension setups and ultra-advanced electric motor and battery configurations. However, with more models to chose from than ever before, shopping for an E-MTB can be a daunting task — especially to the uninitiated. So, with this in mind, we’ve reviewed the last several years of two-wheeled releases and the latest and greatest offerings from the leading brands in the space to deliver this guide on the best e-mountain bikes.

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The Main Qualities To Consider When Purchasing An E-MTB

Shopping for a high-end mountain bike can be an intimidating experience, even more so when dealing with electric models. Knowing this, we’ve put together this condensed guide on the six most pivotal areas to factor in before making your purchase.

Frame Construction & Geometry: As the backbone and skeleton of a bicycle, an MTB’s frame is of extreme importance. When reviewing this area, you’ll want to keep an eye out for both frame’s material, as well as the construction technique(s) used to create it, as these two areas play pivotal roles in the strength and rigidity of a chassis. Aluminum and carbon fiber are two of the most common frame constructions used today. What’s more, you’ll also want to check out the geometry of a bike’s frame, exploring areas such as seat angle, wheelbase, reach, bottom bracket height, chainstay length, and head angle, amongst others.

Components: Alongside the frame, another element that plays a pivotal role in determining a given mountain bike’s overall quality is undoubtedly the individual components that comprise it. This includes componentry such as a bike’s front and rear suspension pieces, handlebar and stem, headset, seat and post, brakes and levers, rims, hubs, tires, crankset, and pedals, just to name a few of the more important ones. These pieces can also be individually swapped out, replaced, or upgraded, as well.

EV Powertrain: Though unique to mountain bikes of the electric variety, another monumentally important set of components to consider when shopping is the elements that make up a bike’s EV powertrain. This includes the type, size, and rating of the battery pack and motor, as well as some smaller additional parts such as displays and charging ports.

Performance Specs: As performance-focused machines, an E-MTB’s real-world capabilities are also wildly important. It can at times be difficult to get a sense of how these capabilities translate to use on the mountain, though figures on specs such as top (assisted) speed and maximum (assisted) range do give a more objective understanding.

Dimensions & Weight: Just like when shopping for a regular, non-electric mountain bike, it’s important to look into a model’s weight and physical dimensions in order to ensure a given bike will properly fit its rider. Many of these figures are listed within a bike’s geometry. It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that electric MTBs are usually a good deal heavier than their pedal-powered counterparts, as the batteries needed to power these electric two-wheelers are quite heavy — though are also strategically located within the frame to optimize performance.

Intended Use: Though every model on this list falls under the same basic category of “mountain bikes,” these machines can hugely vary in some areas depending on their intended use. To help understand which type is best for you, you’ll want to explore the five main types of mountain bikes — cross country, all-mountain, downhill, freeride, and fat bikes — and then determine which will be most conducive to your intended use.

HAIBIKE ALLMTN 5

Despite being the most affordable model on our list, HAIBIKE’s ALLMTN 5 (or “All Mountain 5”) is an incredibly capable, high-performance machine that’s brimming with high-end componentry. At the heart of the bike is a 625Wh Bosch PowerTube battery feeding a 250W motor that allows for a maximum assisted cruising speed of 20mph. Other highlights on the HAIBIKE include a 12-speed Shimano XT shifter, and a RockShox suspension setup with Lyrik Ultimate RC2 fork, and a Deluxe Select+ RT rear shock that afford 6.3” and 5.9” of travel respectively.

Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum
Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH
Range: N/A
Weight: N/A
Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″
Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX

Purchase: $6,800

Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2 Elite

Designed and engineered in France, Lapierre’s Overvolt GLP Elite is an endurance electric MTB that features an EV powertrain that’s bene centrally located within a carbon fiber chassis in order to deliver a riding experience that’s remarkably similar to that of a traditional mountain bike. In addition to a RockShox Zeb Charger RC fork and four-piston calipers, this model sports the latest generation of the Bosch Performance CX motor that draws from a 500Wh Bosch Powerpack Purion.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 15.5MPH
Range: N/A
Weight: 46.8LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″
Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX

Purchase: $7,430

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 2

Rather than trying to shoehorn a battery into an existing frame design, for Cannondale’s Moterra Neo Carbon 2 bike the company has custom-designed a proportional response-tuned carbon frame from the ground up that’s been engineered specifically for E-MTB use. On top of its 20mph top speed, this bike’s Bosch Performance Line CX drive unit and 625Wh battery together afford an assisted range of more than 60-miles on a single charge.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH
Range: 63-Miles
Weight: N/A
Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″
Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX

Purchase: $7,750

YT DECOY CF Pro

A legitimately Pro-Grade E-MTB, YT Industries’ Decoy CF Pro is an advanced carbon-framed model that comes outfitted with a host of seriously high-end components. Fox Float Factory suspension front and aft, a Shimano E8000 drive unit, Renthal stem and handlebars, a custom SMP YT battery, and SRAM Code RSC brakes all come as standard fare on this race-spec offering. YT also offers the even more premium Core 4-spec Decoy for an additional $1,025.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH
Range: 19.1-Miles
Weight: 49.82LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″
Motor: Shimano Steps E8000

Purchase: $7,780

Simplon Rapcon PMAX

Simplon’s Rapcon Pmax is a top-shelf touring and all mountain-focused bike that’s largely characterized by its immense performance prowess and its extreme versatility. This Aussie-built offering boasts a dual battery configuration with an impressive 1,125Wh of battery capacity while still managing to tip the scales at just under 50lbs — a feat made possible through the use of an ultra-lightweight carbon frame.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: N/A
Range: N/A
Weight: 49.6LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29″ | 27.5″ / 29”
Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX

Purchase: $7,900

Ducati TK01 – RR

The TK01 RR is just as impressive a machine as one would expect from the renowned superbike manufacturer. Constructed around forged and CNC-machined 6061 aluminum chassis, this bike has been outfitted with a host of spare-no-expense componentry including a Shimano EP8 drive system with 63ft-lbs of torque, Crank brothers wheels shod in Pirrelli all-terrain tires, Deore Xt four-pot calipers, a Shimano SC-E7000 LCD display, carbon fiber Renthal bars, an Öhlins RXF38 Air TTX18 fork, and one of the Swedish firm’s TTX Air rear shocks — the latter two of which were custom engineered specifically for Ducati.

Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum
Top Assisted Speed: N/A
Range: N/A
Weight: N/A
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5””
Motor: Shimano EP8

Purchase: $7,995

Santa Cruz Bullit

In early 2020, Santa Cruz debuted the first e-MTB in the company’s more than quarter-century-long history. Since that time Santa Cruz has developed an even more advanced electrified mountain bike with the Bullit. Weighing less than 50lbs, this bike hugely benefits from a host of parts and elements that have been derived from the cycle firm’s downhill race bikes. The bicycle’s Shimano EP8 drive system has been custom-tuned to afford more power while in trail mode without compromising its 630wh battery’s range.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: N/A
Range: 37.3-Miles
Weight: 49.75LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5”
Motor: Shimano EP8

Purchase: $8,249

Mondraker Level RR

If one set out to piece together the ultimate high-performance E-MTB with zero concern for cost, the end result would almost certainly look a whole lot like Mondraker’s Level RR. On top of a lightweight yet immensely durable Stealth Alloy Evo frame, this model sports a Bosch Kiox display, a 625Wh Powertube battery, an RXF 38 fork and a TTX22M shock from Öhlins, a Krypton stem, E-Thirteen e-spec rims, spokes, and hubs wrapped in Maxxis Assegai all-terrain tires, and a chain, ring, rear derailleur, cassette, and RSC brakes from SRAM.

Frame Construction: 6061 Aluminum
Top Assisted Speed:
Range: N/A
Weight: 56.2LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29”
Motor: Bosch Gen4 Performance CX

Purchase: $10,399

Pivot Shuttle V2

Pivot is another renowned brand that’s well worth exploring when shopping for an E-MTB, as the company legitimately produces some of the finest bikes on the planet. Using a carbon fiber construction frame, the second generation Shuttle sports a high-end array of components including a Fox Factory E-MTB 38 fork, a Fox Factory Float DPX2 shock, a pivot precision sealed cartridge headset, a 12-speed Shimano XTR SGS unit, and a battery with a massive 726Wh capacity.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH
Range: 50-Miles
Weight: 43.25LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29”
Motor: Shimano DU-EP800

Purchase: $11,699

Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XX1 AXS

Trek’s E-Caliber 9.9 XX1 AXS electric mountain bike comes loaded with some of the finest components that money can buy, affording it some incredible performance capabilities. However, what makes this model so special is undoubtedly the fact that it currently stands as the lightest full-suspension E-MTB in the world. Designed to offer a similar riding experience to a traditional cross country model, this E-Caliber bike also boasts the same cutting-edge suspension setup found on Trek’s top-of-the-line Supercaliber bikes.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 20MPH
Range: 43.5-Miles
Weight: 34.76LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29”
Motor: Fazua Evation

Purchase: $13,000

Specialized Turbo Levo SL

Specialized’s top-of-the-line S-Works Turbo Levo SL is a wildly impressive E-MTB that feels remarkably similar to a traditional pedal-powered two-wheeler. This Bluetooth-connected E-MTB pairs its custom lightweight motor — which was designed in-house by Specialized — with a 320Wh battery that, while smaller than other cells on the market, enables the S-Works model to weigh in at an incredibly svelte 37.25lbs — a figure that was no doubt helped along by the use of the bike’s lightweight carbon fiber frame.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: N/A
Range: 3.5-Hours
Weight: 37.25LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 29”
Motor: Custom Lightweight Specialized SL 1.1

Purchase: $13,525

Greyp G6.X Limited

Having previously been tapped by Rimac to develop the elite hypercar marque’s ebikes, it’s frankly unsurprising that Greyp’s (pronounced Grape) Limited Edition G6.X is one of the most advanced and cutting-edge ebikes on earth. In addition to a top-shelf array of hardware — including a 12-speed SRAM Eagle AXS Controller shifter, Magura brakes, Öhlins suspension, a BikeAhead Biturbo wheel-set, and custom Greyp cranks and pedals — this smart bike packs a host of state-of-the-art tech such as a 3” TFT display, integrated 1080p forward and rear-facing cameras, connectivity to a mobile app, a heart rate monitor, a bevy of sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, and barometer), and an embedded GPS unit.

Frame Construction: Carbon Fiber
Top Assisted Speed: 15.5MPH
Range: 80-Miles
Weight: 55.1LBS
Wheel Size F/R: 29” | 27.5”
Motor: MPF 6.0

Purchase: $16,500

The 12 Best Mountain Bikes

Happen to prefer a more traditional non-motorized mountain-biking experience but still want a cutting-edge bike? Then be sure to head on over to our guide to the best mountain bikes for a dozen of the finest high-performance models currently on the market.

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