Are you looking for an e-Bike under £1000? Find out below what you can get for your money.
£1000 is a relatively small amount of money to spend on an eBike. Many consumer articles out there would tell you that you need to spend significantly more, but the truth is that some ranges offer a quality product at a great value price point.
To build an eBike under £1000, manufacturers can trim extras that increase the costs. This means bikes can bet limited in some respects, but with careful consideration you can find something to fit your budget without compromising on safety and quality.
What to watch out for
EBikes in this price bracket will almost always use a 250W road legal hub motor. You should expect a 36V, brushless motor if you’re looking at the upper end of the range. Some may have 24V motors – these are under-powered and won’t perform as well, so stick with 36V systems.
Front and rear drive motors are available but bear in mind front motors are easier to use because you do not need to play with the drive train of the bike.
Expect between 7-9 amp hours. This means a 36V motor this should give you roughly 25 miles. If you need to go further without recharging, you will need a upgraded battery.
Most dealers will offer upgrades, but it will increase the price dramatically. Remember the battery is the most expensive part of an eBike! So the higher the battery spec, the more value you are getting for your money.
Available eBikes under £1000:
This lovely eBike may well provide the best value on our list. The Elysium has a steel frame which can make it a little heavy, but you do get great value for money on this style- 6sp shimano gearing, 36V front drive motor and front suspension are all as standard on the basic model.
Available to purchase from eBikeFactory- a factory direct company, meaning no middle men or hidden charges. These bikes come with a range of colours and battery options to choose from. The Elysium has been undiscovered in the market as of late. To find out what we thought have a read of our review here- Aura ebike review
The main benefit of the Powacycle has to be its 13ah battery. Although, it is a 24V motor which we tend to be averse to here at Electric Transport. While not as visually impressive as some other bikes on the list, it does offer a lot of distance in regards of value for money. This, in combination with its lower powered 200W motor means if it’s longer distance between charging you are after the Salisbury is a contender.
The drawback of this model is its lack of power therefore if hills are an issue you may want to carry on down the list.
This bike sits at the very top of our price point. The frame is tidy with internal cabling and an incorporated light. Its rear wheel and conventional straight back style of riding makes for a comfortable ride similar to a dutch styled bike but it does not offer the ease of use of a step-through frame.
Claiming 45-mile maximum range from its 36V 11.6 Amp-hour battery is a bold one. A simple maths calculation will reveal that this is impossible. Not unless you ride with absolute minimum electric assist.
This step-through city bike from Cyclotricity is fitted with a front hub motor and a 17Ah battery – by far the biggest battery available in this price range. You also get a dashboard controller with a speedometer, which is unusual at this price: normally you’d expect a simple mode change and battery level display. This e-bike is also built in Britian (which makes us somewhat biased).
The transmission is Shimano 6-speed derailleur gears, and there’s a chain case to stop your smart clothes getting mucky. There’s a TopGun suspension fork at the front and the V-brakes are from Tektro. You get mudguards and a rack too, and even LED lights. If you are looking for a high spec eBike at a competitive price, this may well be the right choice.
Elysium hasn’t been in the industry for long, but is easily climbing up the ranks in terms of value for money. The company offer a range of budget ebikes and this original Relay model was one of the most popular ones in the range.
The frame is solid and durable enough, being entirely built from steel there is some weight concerns weighing just under 47 lb (21 kg). But it easily makes up for it with its battery spec and 36V motor system.
Other than that it really stands out with its MTB style.
Our round up
For value for money it has to be the Elysuim Aura. A beautiful eBike with a range of added features, it offers so much more compared to other models in this price bracket. A range of colours are available, and there are equivalent Mountain Bike styles from the stockist too. We love to feel and the ease of use of the Aura, a fantastic way to get on your eBike!