Lightest Electric Bikes [Top 8 Lightweight E-Bikes]
When considering a new bike purchase, it’s usual to carefully consider a few important factors. One of these factors is likely the weight of the bike, which can often sway our final decision when choosing between a couple of options.
This therefore is still going to be an important aspect when deciding upon an electric bike. So with that in mind, here’s a list of the lightest electric bikes currently available.
Electric Bike Weight
Electric bike weight may be a contributing factor as to why some people have been put off of purchasing or using one in the past. However, as they’ve become a solid option within the market, new technological advances have meant the weight at present is far more manageable, and less overwhelming than before.
The typical weights of an electric bike, across all styles, roughly ranges from around 11kg to 25kg. The latter is still a reasonable weight for a bike with a motor, but the more expensive the e-bike, usually the lighter it will be.
Therefore it’s understandable when comparing electric bikes to normal bikes, that the weight can sometimes seem a little heavy. But doing so has no real value: they’re chalk and cheese, and in all honesty you can’t compare them.
Why Are E-Bikes So Heavy?
Electric bikes are heavy (at least heavier than their non electric counterparts) due to the batteries and motor that they have fitted. Without these elements the bike would not be an electric bike, therefore removing them to make the bicycle lighter is a non starter.
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However, as previously noted, electric bikes of late have been shedding the pounds. Many newer models are lighter, and therefore more manageable to ride.
There’s also the positives of having a pedal assist motor, which for sure outweighs any issues you may face with weight! Especially when you consider the list of lightweight electric bikes we’ve picked out. Many may even be lighter than non electric bikes you’ve previously ridden.
Are Heavier Bikes Harder to Ride?
As a rule of thumb, heavier bikes can sometimes be harder to ride, but it’s not always massively noticeable as long as the bike is a good fit, and you’re comfortable with the controls for the motor.
On the other hand, what you may want to consider when owning a heavier bike is how easy it may be for you to carry, or even mount onto the back of your car if you enjoy going away with your bike.
Therefore, although weight can effect the ride quality, it’s definitely not as big an issue in comparison to whether or not the bike may be too heavy for you to carry when walking down stairs etc. But on the plus side being heavier, it’s harder for thieves to just pick up and walk away with…
Benefits of Lightweight E-Bikes
The benefits of owning and riding a lightweight electric bike are first and foremost, that it will feel a little more manoeuvrable in comparison to a really heavy one. This is of course due to there being less mass to move around underneath you while riding.
Next, a lightweight e-bike will feel faster and more manageable when riding up inclines, which I feel is safe to say the circumstance in which most of us want a little extra help.
And of course following on from the previous point regarding the weight of a bike, a lighter electric bike will be easier to carry, mount onto your car and generally just store – say if you hang your bikes up in your garage, or in a bike store at work if you commute in by bike.
Lightest E-Bikes [Top 7]
Therefore we hope that you find the perfect lightweight electric bike for you amongst our pick!
Lightest E-Bikes in the World.
Weight: 10.3 kg
Range: 40 km to 50+ km
Wheel Size: 16”
- 🇬🇧 £4,495
- 🇺🇸 $5,852
- 🇪🇺 €5,380
This highly practical folding electric bike is the perfect option for anyone on the go, as well as those limited with storage. Not to mention it astonishingly only comes in at 10.3kg, which is a crazily light weight. Of course, there’s not as much to the bike in comparison to road bikes etc, but this is seriously impressive stuff.
As well as being impressively lightweight, this folding electric bike from Hummingbird also offers an impressive range of up to 50km, which is definitely more than enough for most commuters needs.
In addition, this bike comes in four different colours to suit a wide range of tastes. However, if non of these standard colours take your fancy, there is also the option to have a custom paint job.
When purchasing this electric bike, there’s also the useful additional option to add any accessories you may need such as a lock, bag, or even a different saddle to the standard one.
Weight: 11.3 kg
Range: up to 100 km
Wheel Size: 700c
- 🇬🇧 £9,000
- 🇺🇸 $10,000
- 🇪🇺 N/A
This highly impressive road machine comes in at 11.3kg: a weight that puts a lot of non electric road bikes to shame. It’s been designed with performance in mind. In Cannondale’s own words, this bike’s design centres around ‘speed, efficiency and handling’.
Not only is is built to handle like no other, it’s also kitted out with the super light top end 11 speed electronic Shimano Di2 Dura Ace groupset. Therefore it’s fair to say Cannondale are not messing around with this lightweight offering.
This bike comes in three sizes which includes: SM, MD and LG. Therefore if you are particularly short or tall, it may not be a good fit for you. It’s also available in only one colour, which is graphite.
This bike also benefits from being fitted with the very streamlined and light ebikemotion rear-hub drive system, which is known for it’s neat aesthetics and powerful nature. Therefore, it’s a solid option.
Weight: 12.2 kg
Range: 128 km to 190 km (with range extender)
Wheel Size: 700c
- 🇬🇧 £11,500
Although another expensive option, this lightweight electric road bike from Specialized is a very respectable 12.2kg. Therefore, it is a solid option for those of you who love road riding, and care about the weight of your bike while flying up hills.
Aesthetically, the lightweight carbon fiber Turbo Creo SL looks just as streamlined and attractive as your average road bike. This is thanks to the neatly integrated 320Wh battery, which is positioned within the down tube. The colour is also utterly stunning: go fast and look cool, what more matters?
The range of this particular bike is a rather impressive 80 miles, or up to 120 miles with the added help of the range extender. This option is therefore a great lightweight as well as practical one for those who love getting in the miles.
Overall, this lightweight pick is a great choice for anyone with a big budget wanting a road bike for leisure riding, serious training or even for particularly swanky commutes. The possibilities are endless.
Weight: 12.2kg (approx)
Wheel Size: 700c
- 🇬🇧 £4,599
- 🇺🇸 N/A
- 🇪🇺 €4,999
Some may see a road bike with a set of flat bars thrown in, and thus cast this bike off as a hybrid. They may be right, however, coming in at very commendable 12.2kg, it was hard to resist.
As mentioned, this Orbea is basically an electric road bike with flat bars, but given many hybrids side towards relaxed geometry road bikes, one could argue this is just a really stylish and lightweight hybrid. Maybe even the perfect jazzy commuter.
Additionally, this bike also benefits from being 11 speed, so even up tough inclines, paired with the motor it shouldn’t be any bother. It also comes with the option to customise to suit your personal vibe.
Don’t be put off, the addition of flat bars will make a huge difference with regards to riding position and comfort. Therefore it would be a great bike for commuters and leisure riders wanting a lightweight yet comfy ride.
Weight: 13.3 kg
Range: 30 to 55 KM
Wheel Size: 20”
Gears: Single-Speed (9-Speed also available weighing 15.3kg)
- 🇬🇧 £2,499
- 🇺🇸 $3,253
- 🇪🇺 €2,991
This is a classy, single-speed electric bike with a carbon belt drive for a quiet, smooth ride. Offering exceptional quality for the price, the Carbo Model X is as powerful as e-bikes twice its weight. And at 13.3 kg, the weight of this bike is a huge advantage.
The removable battery is integrated unobtrusively in the seat post. The bike as a whole is lovely to look at, with a classic design that is perhaps one of the most universally appealing. The seat post and stem are adjustable, so you can ride in optimum comfort for your height. The larger wheel size of 20” also makes for a more stable and comfortable ride.
The Carbo Folds in as little as ten seconds and it’s compact enough to store easily away in the home, office or on public transport.
There are plenty of practical features, such as the front and rear lights, and a USB port at the rear. The carbon belt also offers a very low-maintenance alternative to a traditional bike chain. No need to spend hours cleaning.
If you prefer gears, you can opt for the 9-speed Model S which gives you a lot of flexibility. This one is heavier at 15.3 kg, but still one of the lightest folding e-bikes available.
Weight: 14 kg
Range: up to 60 km
Wheel Size: 700c
- 🇬🇧 £1,995
- 🇺🇸 N/A
- 🇪🇺 N/A
Next up, a great option for those wanting a lightweight bike to cruise around any city or town with the added benefit of a motor – all without breaking the bank.
Coming in at an impressive 14 kg, this simplistic yet stylish electric fixie would be an ideal companion for students or commuters, wanting a light bike that’s not too complex nor expensive to maintain.
Aesthetically, it’s very vintage and cute, with it’s brown leather detailing and beautiful light blue paint job. It’s also available in four different sizes to ensure everyone finds the perfect fit.
Overall, this is a good budget friendly and straight forward lightweight electric bike that would be more than suited to anyone who enjoys pedaling around town.
7. Ampler Curt
Weight: 14.4 kg
Range: 50 to 100 km
Wheel Size: 700c
Gears: Single-Speed (but with the option of 11-Speed)
- 🇬🇧 £2,647
- 🇺🇸 $3,473
- 🇪🇺 €3,190
The Curt by Ampler is a ‘super light city e-bike’ that is without a doubt, a minimalists dream. There’s nothing in your face or over the top about this bike whatsoever.
Interestingly, coming in at a very respectable 14.4kg it’s also impressively light given the added extras that come with the bike, such as mudguards and accessories.
Therefore it’s safe to say that no corners have been cut nor compromises made regarding practicality, in the quest to make this lightweight electric city bike.
This e-bike would be a really great choice for anyone who spends most of their time riding around the city for leisure or commuting.
Weight: 16.35 kg
Range: 3 to 5 hours
Wheel Size: 29”
- 🇬🇧 £12,100
- 🇺🇸 $13,699
- 🇪🇺 €13,099
Now, I know what you may be thinking, why has an electric cross country mountain bike has been thrown into the mix? Well, it’s an astonishingly light one, that has already won numerous awards.
At only 16.35 kg (lighter than some electric road bikes on the market) for an electric full suspension mountain bike I think it’s without a doubt, a pretty incredible feat of engineering brilliance.
Coming in a choice of four fun and vibrant colours, this bike is definitely not one for the minimalists. It’s quirky, and pretty in your face. But still it’s very streamlined, with no ugly bulky electronics.
Overall this bike is best suited to those who love an off road adventure, but want something super lightweight with the added help from a motor. Additionally, this may also suit those who find gravel bikes a little uncomfortable for riding, as the full suspension helps to absorb any shocks.
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