Electric bikes are more efficient and more popular than ever, and are an ideal way to keep active outdoors. This is our pick of the best e-bikes available…

A few years ago e-bikes tended fall into one of two categories. They were either hugely expensive all-mountain machines bought by middle-aged men who wanted the latest tech and weren’t big fans of pedalling. Or they were adapted cargo bikes made by niche manufacturers for climate-conscious parents to ferry their offspring to school or for sandwich bar staff to make office lunch deliveries.

Fast-forward to 2023 and e-bikes have seriously entered the mainstream. Helped by a gradual reduction in price and a 60% increase in sales over lockdown, they now account for nearly a quarter of all bike purchases.

It’s reported that one in 20 people now owns an e-bike and estimates are that by 2030 half of the 30 million predicted bike sales in Europe that year will be electric powered.


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Batteries and motors are smaller and more powerful now than when e-bikes were in their infancy. As a consequence, frame design can be kept closer to regular bikes than the hulking great machines of ten years ago.

People who are keen on improving their fitness are more likely to consider e-bikes now too. Whereas the early misconception was that you didn’t have to work on an e-bike, now people appreciate they allow you to travel further and more efficiently. (Of course they are extremely useful for older riders who might struggle on normal bikes but with e-bikes they can remain active and healthy.)

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It’s worth noting that an hour of cycling on an e-bike still burns around 390 calories compared to 500 calories on a normal bike. So you can still get a good workout despite the electric assistance. And you’re likely to ride further and for longer than you would on a normal bike.

A study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity also shows that the average journey on an e-bike is 21% faster than on a traditional bike. So it’s easy to see why more and more people are converting to e-bikes.

There is an ever growing selection of dedicated road, mountain and hybrid e-bikes these days, all taking advantage of advances in motor and battery performance, as well as general technical improvements such as more powerful disc brakes, hydraulic dropper posts, more rigid through-axles and wider gear ratios.

What to look out for when buying an e-bike

The key features to consider when buying an e-bike will depend on what you intend to use it for. Are you looking to ride long distances on the road, take your bike on the train and commute into work, or rip up your local off-road trails?

For road riding, you should look for lightweight components, smooth-rolling tyres and vibration-dampening carbon forks. If you’re commuting, low-maintenance, robust components are a must, together with rack mounting options and a comfortable, upright riding position. For mountain biking, a wide gear range, big-volume tyres and suspension are key.

However, the best e-bikes will all have certain things in common. Whichever bike you chose, it should have a powerful motor, power control options, an easy-to-use control unit, a long-lasting battery (ideally that can be disconnected from the frame to charge elsewhere) and relatively low weight.

These are some of the best e-bikes for 2023

(Keep scrolling for full reviews…)

  1. Volt London – Best for long days out
  2. Haibike Trekking 4 High – Best for off-road excursions
  3. Pure Flux One – Best for regular commutes
  4. Specialized Tero X 4 – Best for carrying cargo

The Volt London e-bike

Volt London


£2,199 / voltbikes.co.uk

Weight: 4/5
Power: 5/5
Range: 5/5

Frame: 6061 aluminium | Motor: 250W | Suspension: 1.6in (40mm) seatpost | Range: up to 60 miles (90km) | Sizes: 19in (49.5cm) | Weight: 43lb (19.5kg) | Colour: Raw aluminium

The Volt London might look like simple (albeit beautifully designed) commuter bike but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. The first is an inbuilt torque sensor which detects when you start to put more power through the pedals and triggers the motor to assist. It also has a key fob disabler and built-in ABUS bike lock for extra security.

Its three power settings give you a variety of assistance and allow you to eke up to 60 miles out of a single charge. It has a front porteur-style rack and mounts for a rear pannier too, as well as a top spec sheet that includes Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, an Exa suspension seatpost and Schwalbe puncture-resistant tyres.

Read our full Volt London review

The tain version of the Haibike Trekking 4 High

Haibike Trekking 4 High


£2,599 / haibike.com

Weight: 3/5
Power: 4/5
Range: 4/5

Frame: 6061 aluminium | Motor: 250W | Suspension: SR Suntour fork 2.5in (63mm) | Range: up to 50 miles (80km) | Sizes: Small to XL | Weight: 55lb (25kg) | Colours: Blue / desert

Haibike’s Trekking 4 is a good choice for those who like to mix up their riding. Wide tyres and a SR Suntour suspension fork help it cope with rolling off-road terrain and its 250W motor and 9-speed drivetrain give it respectable climbing capabilities.

Its five power modes include an automatic option and give you plenty of control over the amount of motor assistance you can dial in. This helps you get up to 50 miles out of a single battery charge, making it suitable for long weekend treks. And with a rear pannier it’s a useful commuter too.

With three frame designs, five sizes and two colour options, you’re bound to find a Haibike Trekking 4 to suit you.

Read our full Haibike Trekking 4 High review

Product shot of the Pure Flux One e-bike

Pure Flux One


£999 / electriclife.co.uk

Weight: 5/5
Power: 2.5/5
Range: 3.5/5

Frame: 6061 aluminium | Motor: 250W | Suspension: none | Range: up to 25 miles (40km) | Size: One size (M-L equivalent) | Weight: 38.5lb (17.5kg) | Colour: Black

The Pure Flux One is good value option for regular city commuting. Its lightweight, no-nonsense single-speed design will get you from A to B with no fuss, and you can easily detach the battery to top it up before you head home again.

Its carbon fiber-reinforced belt drive system will last 35 times longer than a regular chain and needs next to no maintenance. Likewise cable disc brakes are easy to adjust and offer plenty of power and control for city riding. Its 250W motor offers three power settings and reflective decals offer extra night-time visibility.

Read our full Pure Flux One review

The SpecializedTurbo Tero X 4.0 e-bike

Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0


$4,500 / £4,000, specialized.com

Weight: 4/5
Power: 4.5/5
Range: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

Frame: E5 aluminium | Motor: 250W | Suspension: Rockshox 130mm front, 120mm rear air suspension | Range: from 44 miles (70km) | Sizes: Small to XL | Weight: 58.9lb (26.7kg) | Colour: Silver Dust / Gun Metal

Specialized’s new Turbo Tero range is supposed to be more SUV than MTB. Bit with its ‘mullet’ setup of a 29in front wheel and 27.5in rear and Rockshox air suspension front and back, it’s a highly capable beast on or off road. The Turbo Operating System gives you plenty of power from its three modes you can expect at least 44 miles from each battery charge.

Its rear fender has rack mounts which can carry up to 20kg of cargo, the front fork can accept a rack for another 10kg and the rear thru-axle will take a trailer too, up to a further 70kg. That’s up to 100kg cargo weight – more than enough for weekend camping adventures in the back of beyond.

Read our full Specialized Turbo Tero X 4.0 review