When I was looking to buy an electric bike one of the things that I needed to know was how much they weigh. The weight of a bike can have a big difference on its performance and usefulness. So, I did some research and testing to find out how much the different types of e-bikes weigh.
So, how much do e-bikes weigh? The weight of the electric bike will depend on its type, battery, and motor sizes and on the materials that it is made from. Generally, you can expect an e-bike to weigh between 38-70 pounds.
With ordinary bikes, less weight normally means that the bike will be better but this isn’t entirely the case with e-bikes since, with electric bikes, less weight means less distance. Since the main thing that makes an electric bike heavier than an ordinary bike is the battery and the electric motor if an electric bike wants to reduce weight then it will have to make the battery smaller which will cause it to have to sacrifice on the batteries capacity causing the e-bike to not be able to go as far.
Now that some of the bigger name battery manufacturers are entering the market the weights of electric bikes are starting to go down and there are bikes below 40 pounds that can still go very far. There are even some below 30 pounds but they are quite rare and also come at a premium price.
Being lighter does come with its advantages such as having better handling, being easier to carry and cycle. Despite that, the extra weight on e-bikes does mean that you will be able to pedal more easily and maintain a higher speed since the motor will assist you as you pedal.
What Effects an Electric Bikes Weight?
The main things that cause electric bikes to be heavier than ordinary bikes are that they contain all of the same things that ordinary bikes have but they also must make use of a battery and electric motor which adds about 20 pounds to the weight of the bike.
Electric bikes also usually come with an LCD that allows you to control the level of power assistance that you want but this won’t usually add much weight at all to the bike.
Something else that electric bikes commonly have is wider wheels than ordinary bikes. Having wider wheels allows you to gain more traction and can allow for you to cycle on tougher terrain. The problem with having wider wheels is that it also increases the amount of drag that they create making it harder to move the bike. This is why ordinary bikes don’t usually have wider wheels than on mountain bikes.
But, with the addition of an electric motor electric bikes make it possible to cycle bikes with wider wheels this has caused the addition of “fat tires” to many electric bikes that allow you to cycle through things such as snow and sand. The wider wheels that electric bikes often have come at a cost of adding weight to the bike and making them harder to move without the electric motor.
Typical Weights of the Different Types of E-Bikes
Something that will have an impact on how much an electric bike will weigh is the type of bike that it is. Road bikes are designed to be as light as possible to allow the rider to be able to cycle as fast as they can but mountain bikes need to be able to handle off-road courses so will be heavier.
Below I will list rough weights that you can expect for the different types of electric bikes.
Folding electric bikes are designed to be able to be stored more easily. They are meant to be able to be taken on trips or on commutes without getting in the way.
There are a number of different types of folding electric bikes including mini-folding bikes that are meant to be as small as possible, folding mountain bikes and folding fat tire bikes.
Mini-Folding electric bikes typically weigh between 30 to 40 pounds
Folding electric mountain bikes weigh between 40 and 70 pounds.
Folding fat tire electric bikes weigh around 50 pounds
These types of electric bikes are also known as hybrid electric bikes since they have the handlebars of a mountain bike but they have the wheels of a road bike. They are designed to be used commuting to work in a comfortable way. To allow for the bike to be able to travel further distances they come with larger batteries which causes them to weigh more.
Electric commuter bikes weigh between 50 and 70 pounds
These types of electric bikes are designed to be cycled as quickly as possible. They have very thin wheels a thin frame and have handlebars that are curved forwards. These types of electric bikes also range the most in terms of their price.
Electric racing bikes typically weigh around 40 pounds
Electric mountain bikes are probably the most common type of electric bike and are designed to be used off-road but are also more than capable on the road as well. They come with suspension designed to reduce the impact of bumps and can come with up to 750W of power output.
Electric mountain bikes will normally weigh between 40-70 pounds but are usually closer to 70
These types of electric bikes are designed to be cycled in an upright position, have big soft seats and have wide handlebars. They are meant to be used in a more relaxed style than some of the other bikes and are meant more for leisurely use.
Cruiser electric bikes weigh around 70 pounds
- Fat Tire
Fat tire bikes are meant to be used off-road on terrain that normally wouldn’t be able to be cycled on like sand or snow. The type of electric bike that you will most commonly find these types of tires on are mountain bikes.
Fat tire mountain bikes will normally weigh between 50-70 pounds
These types of electric bikes are similar to cruiser electric bikes but they have handlebars that extend backward instead of to the side they also normally have a step-through frame.
Comfort electric bikes weigh between 50 and 70 pounds
Will the Extra Weight be a Problem For You?
If you’re considering getting an electric bike but are hesitant due to the extra weight that they come with then you should consider how you will be using the bike. If you will be using the bike to commute long distances with then be aware that the power offered by the motor will make the bike easier to pedal despite the extra weight that it comes with. But, if you know that you will be needing to carry the bike up flights of stairs then it could be an issue.
It’s also important to remember that if you want to get the lightest electric bike as possible then it is likely that you will have to get one that doesn’t have a very large range. With that being said, there have been some new bikes recently that are light but can still last for over 50 miles on a single charge. You could also consider bringing a second battery with you but then that would increase your weight anyway.
How far do electric bikes go? With normal riding conditions, you can reasonably expect the battery to last for between 20-50 miles. The range that you will actually be able to get will depend on how large the battery and the electric motor are, how hilly the terrain is and whether you’re cycling on road or not. If you want to know how to maximize the range of an electric bike then read here.
How can I reduce the weight of my e-bike? If you want to reduce the weight of your electric bike then you should clean it since mud can increase the weight of a bike considerably. You can also try changing the tires to thinner ones which will also make the bike easier to cycle faster (but will sacrifice grip). You could also remove any bags that you have attached to the bike.