Best Electric Road Bikes in 2020

What are the best electric road bikes in 2020?

In the last couple of years, sales of electric road bikes have soared. It was Giant that originally got the ball rolling a few years previous. For the benefit of this article, I will be looking at some of the best electric road bikes available in 2020.

What’s the point of an electric road bike?

This is something I see quite often on various forums and comments, but I thought the answer would have been obvious – not all of us are in tip top condition, some of us have health problems that are just a natural part of the ageing process, and some of us may be recuperating from an accident, illness or injury. Why should we sit at home feeling sorry for ourselves when the open road beckons?

electric bike being ridden up a steep hill

In my 4 years in the e-bike industry, I’ve seen people of all shapes, sizes and ages get back on two wheels when the odds were stacked against them.

Not everyone wants a heavy electric mountain bike or hybrid bike. An electric road bike can be a great way of easing yourself back into the saddle and giving yourself a good workout without the extra stresses and strains put on your joints and heart during long climbs.

The bottom line, is e-road bikes are good for cycling, they’re good for the industry, and most importantly they are a great boost for riders who need a little assistance every now and then.

Even if you’re a keen cyclist, but find long distance rides fatiguing or you simply want to get to work quicker on a hilly commute, the e-road bike is the perfect solution.

Why buy an electric road bike?

Electric road bikes are the lightest e-bikes available by a long stretch. The typical e-hybrid bike weighs in at around 20-25kg, when you compare that to the weight of a regular aluminium-framed road bike of around 9.5kg, that’s more than double the weight.

electric bike weight comparison between an electric road bike and hybrid

Even at the cheaper end of the scale, e-road bikes like the Orbea Gain D50 still weigh less than 14kg including the motor and battery.

E-Road bikes are also designed specifically to be easier to pedal when the power cuts-out at 15.5mph (25km/h). Small hub motors like the X35 ebikemotion system produce zero drag when not in assist mode, and faster rolling road-orientated tyres also help reduce drag.

I have ridden a high-spec electric hybrid bike and an e-road bike on the same day, and I can tell you the difference on the road is like night and day.  The transition from electric assist to pedal power (on the flat) is barely noticeable.

What if you could have the best of both worlds?

Ebike technology has come a long way in the last few years, and one of the pioneers of electric road bike drive systems is the German company Fazua. Their Evation e-assist system is a revelation!

The Fazua Evation system starts with a gearbox located in an enlarged bottom bracket area – this gearbox weighs in at around 1kg. Then you have the unit that drives the gearbox, along with a small 252Wh lithium battery pack – this part of the system weighs around 3.6kg.

Fazua evation ebike drive system

Thanks to its clever modular design, the drive unit and battery can be removed in seconds, and a blanking plate fitted, effectively turning your e-road bike into a regular road bike, with the only weight penalty being the extra 1kg in the bottom bracket.

Lets take the Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 Race as an example: The total weight of this carbon-framed e-road bike is 14.9kg (including the drive system).  That is about the same weight as a regular steel-framed touring bike. When the motor is removed, the weight comes down to 11.3kg – still quite heavy for a road bike, by only but a couple of kilo’s.

fazua evation motor gearbox

I have ridden various Fazua powered e-bikes (including the aforementioned Cube) and personally, I think the weight penalty is marginal. Unless you are entering competitive events, there’s no need to have a second bike – you can have the benefits of an e-bike and regular bike all-in-one!

The only other ebikes I have seen the Fazua system fitted to are sporty hybrids, and these tend to be more like flat bar road bikes.

So what are the best electric road bikes in 2020?

The selection below includes something for everyone. There are now so many sub-divisions of road bike, like gravel / adventure bikes, endurance bikes, touring bikes it can all get a bit confusing. I’ve ridden all styles of road bike, and when it comes down to it, they all share common characteristics – particularly the drop handlebars and STi shifters.

For me the best electric road bikes offer versatility, and are not astronomically priced – for that reason, I haven’t included anything over £4000 (which is still a hell of a lot of money for an ebike!)

Orbea Gain D50 Electric Road Bike

 

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The Orbea Gain D50 was one of the first electric road bikes I had a ride on, and also one of the first to use the excellent Mahle X35 ebikemotion drive system. The great thing about the Gain is even the entry-level model weighs just under 14kg – the carbon-framed models are as light as 11kg.

PROS:
  • Lightweight
  • Looks like a regular bike
  • Excellent X35 ebikemotion drive system

CONS:
  • Entry-level groupset
  • Price increased, but not the specification
  • May not be powerful enough for some riders

Verdict
This Orbea Gain D50 model comes in at just under £2000, and although it’s a great e-road bike for beginners, or those getting back into road cycling, all the components are entry level (in road bike terms) but the bike as a whole is great fun to ride, and it looks gorgeous! It’s a shame they have increased the price for 2020, as I can’t see any obvious changes in the specification from the 2019 model.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Internal
BATTERY RANGE 25-50 Miles
BRAKE TYPE Mechanical Disc Brake
BRAND Orbea
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FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Ebikemotion
MOTOR TYPE Rear Hub Motor
NUMBER OF GEARS 16
PEDAL SENSOR Other
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 14kg
WHEEL SIZE 700c

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Boardman ADV 8.9e Electric Adventure Bike

 

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Boardman entered the e-bike world last year with an adventure bike and hybrid, both models have been very popular. The ADV 8.9e is, in fact the cheapest Fazua Evation-powered electric adventure bike currently on the market. Not only that, but it also has a very respectable specification for the money:

  • SRAM Apex 1 x 11 with an 11-42 rear cassette
  • SRAM Apex hydraulic disc brakes
  • Lightweight alloy frame with carbon fork
  • Schwalbe G-One Speed 700 x 38c tyres

PROS:
  • Cheapest Electric Adventure Bike
  • Excellent Fazua Evation drive system
  • Fairly light
  • SRAM Apex 1 x 11 groupset
  • 2-year warranty with Halfords nationwide coverage

CONS:
  • The motor is not as powerful as regular mid-drives

Verdict
I’ve ridden this bike and it compares favourably with similar bikes that are considerably more expensive. Weighing in at just 16kg with the motor fitted, this weight can be reduced to 12.4kg with the drive system and battery removed. The Boardman ADV 8.9e is one of the best value electric road bikes in this selection, and definitely worth a look.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Down Tube
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
BRAND Boardman
COLOUR
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MOTOR BRAND Fazua
MODEL YEAR 2019
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 11
PEDAL SENSOR Torque Sensor
WHEEL SIZE 700c
BATTERY RANGE 25-50 Miles
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 16kg
SUSPENSION No Suspension

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Bergamont E-Grandurance RD Expert Electric Adventure Bike

 

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The Bergamont E-Grandurance RD Expert bridges the gap between road, gravel and touring bike. The great thing about the Bergamont is, it has all the things you would expect on a modern touring bike, all wrapped up in a nice package, and at the very competitive price of just over £3200.

I liked this bike some much, that i’m seriously thinking about keeping an eye out for one (when the inevitable sales start). I’m a bit biased as I love bicycle touring, and the E-Grandurance isn’t overly heavy with the Fazua Evation motor installed at 17kg. My vintage Dawes Galaxy isn’t far off that, and it doesn’t have a motor!

Another great thing about the Bergamont is the latest Shimano GRX groupset. I have listed the highlights of this bike below:

  • Shimano GRX 1 x 11 with an 11-42 rear cassette and 42t front chainring
  • Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes
  • Schwalbe G-One All-round 700 x 35c tyres
  • Mudguards
  • Pannier Rack
  • Lights

PROS:
  • Excellent spec for the money
  • Ready for touring
  • Shimano’s latest 1 x 11 GRX hydraulic brake groupset with an 11-42 cassette
  • Looks gorgeous

CONS:
  • Aluminium fork
  • Slightly heavier than similar e-road bikes
  • Relatively low battery range may put off some buyers

Verdict
The Bergamont E-Grandurance RD Expert has a decent specification for the money. It’s an e-road bike that can be used for touring and exploring and weighs only 13.4kg with the drive system and battery removed, making it a similar weight to modern unassisted touring bikes.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Down Tube
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Fazua
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 11
PEDAL SENSOR Torque Sensor
WHEEL SIZE 700c
BRAND Bergamont
BATTERY RANGE 30-50 Miles
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 17kg

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Ribble SL e Endurance Electric Road Bike

 

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I was fortunate enough to have a go on one of these when a friend purchased one when they were first released. The Ribble SL e Endurance has a full carbon fibre frame and uses the X35 ebikemotion hub drive system with 252Wh integrated battery. I decided to ride the bike without the motor switched on for a good few miles in the hilly Cornish countryside, and if I hadn’t have known it was an e-bike, I wouldn’t have even realised I was riding one!

The Ribble is so lightweight, tipping the scales at under 12kg that the e-assist is only really needed to take the sting out of steep climbs (or keep up with your lights, fitter friends!).

It is available in a number of configurations from the entry-level Tiagra through to SRAM Etap and Shimano Dura Ace Di2.

PROS:
  • Ultra lightweight carbon frame
  • X35 ebikemotion drive system
  • Lots of options and configurations available
  • Very competitively priced

CONS:
  • Battery range may not be enough for some riders

Verdict
The Ribble SL e Endurance is a great e-road bike, from a legendary British company – if you’re after a lightweight electric road bike, the Ribble SL e is hard to beat.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Internal
BATTERY RANGE 25-50 Miles
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
BRAND Ribble
FRAME MATERIAL Carbon Fibre
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Ebikemotion
MOTOR TYPE Rear Hub Motor
NUMBER OF GEARS 22
PEDAL SENSOR Other
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 12kg
WHEEL SIZE 700c

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Cube Agree Hybrid C:62 Race Electric Road Bike

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Cube’s Agree Hybrid C:62 is an excellent e-road bike that has a full carbon frame and Shimano’s R7000 105 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes. The C:62 uses the Fazua system, and weighs in at only 14.9kg with the motor fitted and 11.3kg without. It is a great bike to ride and has a 34/50 compact crankset with an 11-32 cassette at the rear, giving a good range of gearing.

The 252Wh Fazua battery will give a potential assisted range of up to 50 miles, but this depends heavily on how much the assist is relied upon. When I had a ride on this bike, I only used the assist on inclines greater than 8% and found the middle assist mode to be more than adequate (but this will depend on the rider).

PROS:
  • Full Carbon frame
  • Removable Fazua drive system
  • Shimano 105 R7000 hydraulic brake groupset

CONS:
  • Comparatively low battery capacity

Verdict
The Cube is a well-made and nice looking e-road bike, everything is neatly integrated and I didn’t notice the extra weight when riding unassisted.  Even though the price seems high, it is one of the cheaper fully carbon Fazua powered electric road bikes, and it’s certainly worthy of a place on this list.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 200+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Down Tube
BATTERY RANGE 25-50 Miles
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
BRAND Cube
FRAME MATERIAL Carbon Fibre
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Fazua
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 22
PEDAL SENSOR Torque Sensor
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 15kg
WHEEL SIZE 700c

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Giant Road E +1 Pro Electric Road Bike

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Giant were the first major bicycle manufacturer to produce an electric road bike, and it was the first one I got to try out. The Road E +1 Pro is not particularly light when compared with the other bikes in this selection at 18kg, but it more than makes up for the extra weight with the fantastic Giant / Yamaha Sync Drive Pro mid-drive motor.

The torque this thing produces is remarkable, and it really does help the rider power up steep climbs without breaking into a sweat or getting out of breath. Out of all the e-road bikes I’ve ridden, the Giant is by far the most fun, it really does make you feel like a pro!

As with all mid-drive motors, the Giant uses a sophisticated torque-sensing pedal assist system, that is very responsive to rider input. The battery energy capacity is also substantially larger at 375Wh, giving a potential assisted range on between 80-100 miles.

PROS:
  • The Sync drive pro motor is a beast!
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great battery range
  • The most powerful e-road bike in its class

CONS:
  • Considerably heavier than other e-road bikes

Verdict
The Giant Road E +1 Pro is a great bit of kit and if you can afford it, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face! A few people have said the Fazua and ebikemotion systems do not produce enough assist, and are more suited to riders who already have a reasonable level of fitness. With the Giant, this ceases to be a problem, and if you have a health problem that limits your ability to pedal hard, then the Road E +1 is an ideal solution.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 300+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Internal
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
BRAND Giant
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FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Yamaha
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 22
PEDAL SENSOR Torque Sensor
WHEEL SIZE 700c
BATTERY RANGE 60-100 Miles
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 19kg

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Cannondale Synapse NEO SE 650b Electric Gravel Bike

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The Cannondale Synapse NEO SE 650b is the only electric bike on this list to use the Bosch mid-drive e-bike motor. Its adventure / gravel riding credentials are immediately evident with the WTB Byway 650B x 47mm tyres and SRAM Apex 1 x 11 groupset.

Cannondale have a long history of producing excellent mountain bikes, and they have carried this forward with their latest generation of gravel bikes (including the NEO SE). This is an electric bike that is equally at home on the tarmac, forest trails or canal towpaths.

The Bosch Active Line Plus motor isn’t as powerful as the CX motor, but it is smooth enough and produces a nice turn of power when needed, but it lacks the pulling power of the Giant / Yamaha Sync Drive motor found on the Road E +1.

On a plus note, the Active Line Plus motor is incredibly efficient. The 500Wh Powertube battery should give a potential range in excess of 100 miles (when used sensibly).

PROS:
  • Cannondale build quality
  • Rugged design
  • Excellent long-range integrated battery
  • Smooth Bosch mid-drive motor
  • SRAM Apex 1 x 11 groupset

CONS:
  • Heavier than other e-road bikes
  • Bosch CX motor would have been better

Verdict
Overall it’s a great bike (if a little heavy at 18kg), and competitively priced at £3299. My only disappointment with this e-bike is Cannondale opted for the milder Active Line Plus motor, when they would have been better using the Performance Line CX motor – the CX motor produces 70Nm of torque compared with 50Nm for the Active Line Plus. That extra grunt would have come in handy when taking this bike off-road.
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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BATTERY POSITION Down Tube
BATTERY RANGE 40-80 Miles
BRAKE TYPE Hydraulic Disc Brake
BRAND Cannondale
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Bosch
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 11
PEDAL SENSOR Torque Sensor
SUSPENSION No Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 18kg
WHEEL SIZE 650b

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Focus Paralane 2 6.8 Disc Electric Road Bike

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If your looking for an excellent endurance e-road bike, look no further than Focus Paralane 2 6.8 disc. The Paralane uses the excellent Fazua Evation motor which is neatly integrated into the Aluminium frame. The groupset is Shimano 105 R7000 disc with a 34/50 compact crankset with an 11-34 11-speed cassette.

The bike is finished off with a lovely DT Swiss RR521 wheelset shod in Continental UltraSport II 700 x 28c tyres for optimum comfort.

PROS:
  • Good all-round Endurance e-road bike
  • Fazua Evation ebike drive system
  • Shimano R7000 105 hydraulic brake groupset
  • A great looking e-bike

CONS:
  • Lower range from the 252Wh battery

Verdict
The Focus Paralane 2 6.8 Disc is a great e-road bike and is currently available from Sigma Sports at a reduced price of £2745, which is an absolute bargain, and well worth considering if you’re after a capable, well-equipped electric road bike.
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Lapierre E-Sensium 300 Disc E-Road Bike

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