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The Different Types of Electric Bikes

Find your perfect way to travel greener with electric bikes - from commuting to carrying cargo - see the ideal type of electric bike for you today with our handy guide.
The Different Types of Electric Bikes

by Ellen Hill

The different types of electric bikes are perfect for everyone trying to travel while caring for the planet. E Bikes have a lighter impact on the environment than driving, and can offer great solutions for both commuting and leisure. Discover the different types of electric bikes on offer, and find what’s right for you. 

7 Types of Electric Bikes to Try 

If you’re looking to try electric bikes, you’ll want to ensure you choose the one that’s right for you. With a multitude of designs and models to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

1. Commuting & Universal Use

The all-rounder. This type of electric bike is designed to be able to handle any terrain adequately. Designed for comfort and convenience over speed and durability. These electric bike types won't get you to the finish line first, but they’ll get you to any finish line you choose.

2. Road E Bikes

These types of electric bikes are built for one thing: speed. Designed with thinner tyres (usually around 23-28mm), comparable to a road bike, and a lighter bike frame, these electric bike types have a more aerodynamic design to reduce wind resistance and get you moving faster. 

3. Electric Mountain Bikes

This type of electric bike is designed for challenging terrains. Like a conventional mountain bike, it’s built to withstand more pressure and tougher routes. Loose dirt, rocks, sand, gravel, and an ever changing gradient is where these bikes are at their best.

an electric bike propped up in a mountainous landscape beside a stream

These electric bike types have wider tyres (48-65mm), sturdy frames, and a lot of suspension to handle rocky terrain. Perfect for an afternoon of leisure, or just to help you tackle trickier paths.

4. Folding Electric Bikes

This type of electric bike prioritises collapsibility and convenience over speed. They usually feature smaller 40-51cm wheels and can be taken on the tube, trains, and buses with ease. 

This type of electric bike is perfect for city living; whilst an electric scooter is useful for the city, you have to find somewhere convenient to part ways with your mode of transport.  Folding E Bikes may make a great option for commuting when you don’t want to lock and leave your bike, you can instead take it with you. 

5. Electric Cargo Bikes

These electric bike types are made to help you carry as much as possible. They can be fairly heavy, and they’re designed to hold even more weight.

A black and white image of a cargo e bike with an empty street behind it

There are different designs, some have storage space in front of the cyclist, and others have the storage space behind you. 

6. Electric Bikes for Women

Although most of these electric bike types are considered unisex, you may find yourself wanting your E Bike to have a smaller frame and more comfort. 

Ladies electric bikes are typically:

  • Smaller and shorter in frame size
  • Have a smaller reach length to increase comfort when reaching for the handlebars
  • Feature a low-step frame, without a crossbar
  • A shorter and wider saddle.

7. Fixed Speed E Bikes

Colloquially known as “fixies”, this type of electric bike comes with only one gear option. This can reduce risk of malfunction, and decrease the overall weight of the bike. The lack of gears means this type of E Bike is best suited for flat routes, because you’ll find yourself struggling with hilly routes. 

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