Many of us are looking to more eco-friendly forms of transport for both environmental and economical purposes, and one great alternative to driving everywhere is swapping out your car for a bike. To make things a little easier, what if that bike gave you a helping hand in the form of electric assistance, and didn't cost the earth? Our pick of the best electric bikes under £1000 will hopefully entice you to make the switch if you haven't already.
Biggest bargain electric bike under £1,000: Halfords Assist Hybrid
Best folding electric bike under £1000: Fiido D11
Best electric bike under £1000* overall: Pure Flux One Electric Hybrid Bike
Best value road.cc-recommended folding electric bike: B'Twin 500E 20 inch electric folding bike
Best for added extras: Dawes Arc II Folding
Best step-through electric bike under £1000: Elops 900 Low Frame Electric City Bike
Best electric mountain bike under £1000: Carrera Vengeance E
A great alternative to buying a whole new e-bike: Swytch e-bike conversion kit
Even if you're already an experienced cyclist, sometimes an 'acoustic' bike is a little lacking, especially if you aren’t someone who puts in regular miles on a weekly basis. Many of you may have also considered one of the best electric bikes, but decided that the price point of most e-bikes was just a little too steep to justify. Therefore, if you're on a budget and want an electric bike for added assistance, our selection of the best electric bikes under £1,000 should have you covered.
Of course there will be compromises at this super budget price point, which we'll dive deeper into in the Q+A under our recommendations. In short, those compromises will be found in the frame materials, motor and specification of things like the gearing and brakes.
While a higher end electric bike might get a powerful mid-motor, hydraulic disc brakes and perhaps even a carbon frame, at the budget end you're invariably going to see less punchy motors embedded into one of your wheel hubs; these will still do the job for helping you up a hill, but probably aren't suitable for hardcore e-bike rides on trails or trickier terrain.
Your gearing will be mechanical, not electric, and you'll likely have less gearing choices than on higher end e-bikes. At under a grand, you're also likely to see mechanical disc, rim or even v-brakes, which will be less powerful than hydraulic disc brakes, but will stop you nonetheless.
As you'll notice, there sadly isn't that many electric bikes under £1,000 any more that get our full seal of approval (we'd strongly advise against cutting corners and buying cheap batteries to do a bodge job); but there are still some, and with our friends at eBikeTips helping us to come up with the recommendations from their sizeable reviews archive, whether you want a city bike, hybrid or folding bike, our list should have an option to suit your needs as well as style, and all for under a grand!
If you manage to find an e-bike you like that will prove reliable over time, it should prove to be fantastic value for money, regardless of which one takes your fancy...
First Published Nov 30, 2022