Best Electric Mountain Bikes for under £2000

In this article I’ll be taking a closer look at 6 of the best electric mountain bikes currently available for under in £2000 in 2022.  Previously there was a good choice of mid-drive e-MTB’s available in this price range, but due to recent price hikes, some of the prices have crept slightly over budget.

This article has recently been updated, and I will be adding more 2022 models in future.

What kind of specifications can you expect?

It’s not until you get past £2000 that things start to get really interesting, although there are a couple of surprises below that price, particularly Decathlon’s Rockrider E-ST900 and E-ST520.

man riding an electric mountain bike off road

Most of the e-bikes in this article have mid-drive motors, although due to recent price increases, there’s not the same choice of mid-drive e-MTB’s as there was a couple of years ago.

All of the bikes in the selection below, use fairly budget components. Think about the same sort of specification you would expect on a regular mountain bike at around £400-£600 price range. The great thing is, these components are durable, and cheap to replace if they do go wrong a couple of years down the line.

Motor

Although hub motors still have their place on e-bikes in 2022 (especially systems like the ebikemotion X35), mid-drive motors are where it’s really at.

Electric bike motor production is now a massive industry, and leaders like Bosch, Shimano, Yamaha and Brose have been at the forefront of design and development for some years now.

bosch active line ebike motor

What makes a mid-drive so great? It’s hard to say unless you’ve actually ridden one. From my own personal experience testing out all the major brands, I would have to say the best thing about a mid-drive e-bike is you still need to pedal, but your pedalling input is amplified by up to 340% (on some models).

The best analogy I can use, is it feels like you have somehow been given super strong legs, that never get tired, don’t burn with lactic acid and take you up very steep climbs with a fraction of the effort you would usually need.

The Yamaha - Giant Sync drive sport motor

Riding a mid-drive is a really liberating experience, and a lot of fun. The latest generation of motors produce assist so smoothly, so quietly, that you wouldn’t even realise you had a motor. That is, until you realised you were cycling up a 10% gradient without breaking a sweat or getting out of breath.

Battery

Most of the electric bikes in this selection have batteries with energy capacities of between 400-500Wh.  It’s true that a lot of sub-£1000 e-bikes also have batteries of this size, but the main difference is you will get about 30-40% more range from a mid-drive motor vs a hub motor.

bosch active plus motor with battery

The reason for this, is a mid-drive motor is much more energy efficient in the way it produces and transfers that power into useful work.

Frame

Just like their budget competitors, all of these e-MTB’s use aluminium as the primary material in frame manufacture. Alloy is cheap, light and readily available.


What are the best electric mountain bikes for less than £2000?

I have had the pleasure of riding a few of the electric mountain bikes featured below and can honestly say, that they are all very good in their own way. Ultimately it comes down to your budget and personal preferences, I have my favourite, but there’s a good few hundred pounds separating the cheapest from the most expensive. Read on and come to your own conclusions.

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Decathlon Rockrider E-ST900

rockrider e-st900 electric mountain bike

Decathlon Rockrider E-ST900

8.8Expert Score
One of the best value e-MTB's available

The Rockrider E-ST900 is my pick of the bunch, simply because if offers so much e-bike for the money. Featuring a Brose-T mid-drive motor, that has been specifically tuned for Decathlon and a whopping 504Wh battery, it also has quality components to match including:

  • Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain with an 11-42 cassette and 34t front chainring
  • Rockshox Judy forks with 120mm of travel
  • Tektro TKD32 hydraulic discs with 180mm rotors
  • Hutchinson Taipan Koloss 27.5″ x 2.8″ tyres (on tubeless-ready rims)

I personally think this is one of the best value e-MTB’s currently available. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a go on one of these, and I was suitably impressed!

PROS:
  • Exceptional value for money
  • 2.8″ Tubeless-ready tyres
  • Brose-T motor with custom tuning
  • 504Wh battery
  • Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10 gearing
  • Very capable off-road for a budget e-MTB

CONS:
  • None at this price!

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BATTERY CAPACITY

500+Wh

FRAME STYLE

Regular

MOTOR TYPE

Mid-Drive


Decathlon Rockrider E-ST520

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Decathlon Rockrider E-ST520

8.7Expert Score
Unbeatable at the price!

The E-ST520 is another top-value offering from Decathlon. Featuring the 70Nm Brose T mid-drive motor and 417Wh battery wrapped up in a decent frame with good, entry-level components. This is a great e-MTB for those wanting a solid and capable introduction to the world of off-road e-biking.

  • Microshift Advent 1 x 9 drivetrain with an 11-42 cassette and 34t front chainring
  • Rockshox 30 coil-sprung front forks with preload and lock-out
  • Tektro TKD88 hydraulic discs with 180mm rotors
  • Hutchinson Cougar 27.5″ x 2.4″ tyres

One of Decathlon’s best-selling electric bikes, the E-ST520 is a fantastic option if your budget doesn’t stretch to over £2000. The only downside is because it’s so popular it tends to be out of stock a lot.

PROS:
  • Exceptional value for money
  • Brose-T motor
  • 417Wh battery
  • Microshift Advent drivetrain works a treat!
  • Decent brakes

CONS:
  • Sells out very quickly

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BATTERY CAPACITY

400+Wh

FRAME STYLE

Regular

MOTOR TYPE

Mid-Drive


Eskute Voyager Pro Electric Mountain Bike

eskute voyager pro electric bike

Eskute Voyager Pro e-MTB

8.7Expert Score
Powerful Bafang mid-drive at a decent price

Eskute are a relatively new company, but have quickly become one of the best-selling independent budget e-bike brands in the UK and Europe. The Eskute Voyager Pro is a lot of bike for the money and features a Bafang M200 mid-drive motor and 540Wh Samsung-celled battery.

The components on the Eskute are fairly entry-level, but will be fine for mild to moderate off-road use:

  • 9-speed drivetrain with an 11-32 cassette and 38t chainring
  • Coil-sprung forks with 100mm of travel
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Kenda K935 tyres

I currently own the hub-drive variant of the Voyager Pro which shares the same frame, and it’s more than capable for light off-road riding. It does have it’s limits though, and shouldn’t be used for any heroics! That said, it’s ideal for riders who want to explore woodland trails, gravel riding and general leisure riding. The Bafang motor is punchy and comparable in performance to the Bosch Active Plus.  The battery is very good for the price and should give a realistic range of around 50 miles (80km).

PROS:
  • Very good e-bike for the price
  • Comfortable riding position
  • Low standover height (unisex frame design)
  • Excellent Bafang M200 motor
  • 540Wh battery that uses quality Samsung cells

CONS:
  • Not suitable for hard off-road use
  • Budget components

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BATTERY CAPACITY

500+Wh

FRAME STYLE

Regular

MOTOR TYPE

Mid-Drive


Voodoo Bizango E-Shimano Electric Mountain Bike

Voodoo Bizango E-Shimano electric mountain bike

Voodoo Bizango E-Shimano

8.3Expert Score
Best selling e-MTB from Halfords is still great value!

The Voodoo Bizango E-Shimano has been around for a couple of years now, and despite price increases, continues to be popular. The Bizango uses the excellent Shimano Steps E-7000 mid-drive motor combined with a 418Wh battery, and some pretty decent components as well. Although slightly above the £2000 price range, the Bizango still offers excellent value for money.

The Bizango is a very stylish, well-built hardtail e-MTB and also benefits from some excellent components:

  • Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10 drivetrain with an 11-42 cassette
  • Rockshox Judy forks with 130mm of travel
  • Shimano BL-M315 Hydraulic disc brakes
  • 29″ x 2.4″ Maxxis Ardent tyres

I’ve owned a few Voodoo Hardtail MTB’s in the past (non-electric) and I’ve always been impressed with the build quality and value for money. Although it now costs just over £2000, it’s still worthy of a mention on this list.

The big selling point of course would be Halfords nationwide coverage – they have a store in practically every town and city in the country, and they are a trusted household name. The Bizango also comes with an excellent 2-year warranty on the electric components. It is well worth popping down to your local Halfords for a closer look.

PROS:
  • Excellent Shimano Steps E-7000 motor
  • Good battery range
  • Looks great
  • Rides great
  • Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10 gearing

CONS:
  • A bit pricier than it used to be

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BATTERY CAPACITY

400+Wh

FRAME STYLE

Regular

MOTOR TYPE

Mid-Drive


Haibike HardSeven 4

haibike hardseven 4

Haibike HardSeven 4

8.7Expert Score

Haibike have been a major player in the e-MTB world for a good few years now and the HardSeven 4 is their entry level model. This uses a 400Wh battery with the excellent Bosch Performance Line motor along with some decent entry-level components.

  • Shimano Alivio 1 x 9 drivetrain with an 11-36 cassette and a 36t front chainring
  • Tektro M275 hydraulic discs with 180mm rotors
  • SR Suntour, XCM32 Boost DS, Steel spring/oil suspension fork
  • Impac, Smart Pac, 27,5×2.25″ Tyres

At its current price of £1999, the Haibike Hardseven 4 is fantastic value for money. A quality electric mountain bike with Bosch motor is practically impossible to find for under £2000 these days.

PROS:
  • Excellent Bosch mid-drive motor
  • Good sturdy construction
  • Excellent value
  • Looks great

CONS:
  • Limited availability


Orbea Keram 30 29″ Electric Mountain Bike 2021

orbea keram 30 2021

Orbea Keram 30 2021

8.5Expert Score
Capable and stylish e-MTB from Orbea

The Orbea Keram 30 is still a good option, despite now costing just over £2000. The Keram uses the excellent Bosch Active Line mid-drive motor (as found on the Cube) with a 400Wh battery pack. These motors are known for their efficiency and you will have enough power from a fully charged battery for a good 2-3 hours of trail riding.

  • Shimano Altus 1 x 9 drivetrain with an 11-36 cassette
  • Shimano MT200 hydraulic discs with 180mm rotors
  • Suntour XCM LO 100mm front suspension fork
  • Kenda 1153 29″ x 2.35″ tyres

The Orbea Keram 30 is another decent e-MTB for around £2000. I love the design and the frame geometry. The spec list is nothing to write home about and the Bosch motor is the lower-torque Active Line Plus model, which feels a little lacking, when compared with the Yamaha and Bosch Performance Line CX motor. It’s still a great bike though and would be an ideal beginners electric mountain bike

PROS:
  • Orbea style
  • Feels solid
  • Decent value
  • Excellent Bosch mid-drive motor

CONS:
  • Lower-spec components than some of the competition


Conclusion

All of the electric mountain bikes in this article represent excellent value for money, and they all have their redeeming features.

For me, the one that stands out from the crowd is Decathlon’s Rockrider E-ST900.  How they can build such a capable machine, with good components and a Brose motor only they know! If it was my money, I would buy the Rockrider. I’ve owned a few Decathlon bikes, including hybrid and mountain bikes, and despite some of the critics, I personally think they’re great value for money.

Orbea’s Keram 30 has been totally overhauled from last years model, and really has that Spanish style to it (like all their bikes). The Haibike Hardseven 4 is also great value for money.

The new kid on the block is the Eskute Voyager Pro – for just over £1500 it’s definitely the cheapest plus it has the most powerful battery in this group and uses the excellent Bafang M200 motor. The only real compromises have been with budget components, but these would be easy to upgraded to Shimano in future.

All said and done, every e-bike featured in this article has its merits, I’ve said my piece – all you have to do is decide!

For more information of buying your first ebike, please check out our electric bike buyers guide.

Tony
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  1. This is an interesting article. The rock rider is out of stock until August 2021 (it is currently January) so not an option any longer.
    The Voodoo is now on sale at £2,200 so below the 2000 that the article is about.
    I’d be interested to hear your opinion on the Cube Reaction Hybrid Performance (400 or 500), both of which come in below the £2,000 mark.

    • The Cube Reaction is a very good bike for the price, I will be updating this article shortly to include in-stock 2021 models. I have done a full review of the Cube on my other website – here is the link to the review.

      Cheers,
      Tony

  2. Thanks Tony, appreciate that. I’ve managed to find a rockrider in stock online but my issue is that I just don’t like the look of it compared to the cube. I know it has the better components in it but I can’t get past the aesthetics.

    Having a very vain day today 🙁

    Will keep an eye out for the update.

    Cheers
    David.

    • I agree, the Cube is definitely a better looking bike. I should have the update live within the next couple of weeks.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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