7 of the Best Electric Road Bikes (in 2022)

Over the last 2-3 years, sales of electric road bikes have increased substantially. More and more older riders are returning to cycling, and an electric road bike is the perfect way to ease yourself back into the saddle after a long break from cycling. In this article, I’m going to be looking at 7 of the best electric road bikes currently available in 2022.

Benefits of riding an electric road bike

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 5 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.

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 lower weight is really noticeable and you tend to only use the assist occasionally.

What if you could have the best of both worlds?

E-bike 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 Trek Domane + LT 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 by a couple of kilo’s.

fazua evation motor gearbox

I have ridden various Fazua powered e-bikes, 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!

So what are the best electric road bikes in 2022?

Electric road bikes are expensive, but I’ve included a few that are available for under £3000. Most of the e-road bike featured below use the excellent Mahle ebikemotion system. Battery range quoted is a ball-park average and will be highly variable dependent on factors like rider weight, wind direction, tyre pressures and assist level used. I have personally squeezed nearly 100 miles out of a single charge on a Ribble, but that was literally only using the assist occasionally on steep hills.


Orbea Gain D50

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Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 252Wh Intergrated
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Frame – Alloy
  • Groupset – Shimano Claris
  • Brakes – BR-RS305 Mechanical Disc
  • Wheelset – Ready GR
  • Weight – 13.8kg
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Still one of the best-value e-road bikes

The Orbea Gain D50 electric road bike is a perfect choice for those looking to get back into road cycling after a long break. I’ve personally ridden the Gain and it's a great bit of kit! It's also very reliable because of its Mahle ebikemotion system with integrated battery (252Wh). If you're in the market for a decent e-road bike, but don't want to spend too much, the Orbea Gain D50m is a great starting point!


Ribble Endurance AL e Enthusiast

Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 252Wh Integrated
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Frame – Alloy
  • Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
  • Brakes – Shimano 105 Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – Mavic Kysrium 25 S
  • Weight – 13kg

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One of the best sub-£3000 options

If you're looking for an electric road bike that's built for endurance and efficiency, the Ribble Endurance AL e Enthusiast is fantastic value for money! With its sleek, aero design, Mahle motor system, Shimano 105 components and excellent Mavic Ksyrium wheelset, the Ribble is a lot of bike for the sub-£3000 price tag. I love Ribble bikes and have ridden many miles on the SL e, I can guarantee you, the Endurance AL e, will help take your riding to the next level.


Cannondale Supersix Evo NEO 2

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Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
    Battery – 252Wh Integrated
    Range – 100km (variable)
    Groupset – Shimano Ultegra Di2
    Brakes – Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic
    Wheelset – Cannondale RDe 1.0
    Weight – 11kg

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Cannondale's iconic road bike with e-assist

If you’re looking for a lightweight, high-end road bike, that can also give you an electric boost when needed, the Cannondale SuperSix Evo NEO 2 is great choice! With Cannondale's patented BallisTec carbon frameset and full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, this bike will have you flying up hills in no time! The NEO 2 represents cutting edge road bike technology combined with one of the lightest and most reliable e-assist systems currently used. Perfect for training and light enough to be ridden with or without the assist - you choose!


Lapierre E-Sensium 3.2

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Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 252Wh Integrated
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Frame – Alloy
  • Groupset – Shimano Tiagra R4700
  • Brakes – Shimano Tiagra Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – Ryde Rival 19
  • Weight – 13.5kg

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Great spec for the price

The Lapierre e-Sensium 3.2 is the perfect bike for anyone looking to enjoy road cycling without having to worry about hills or headwinds. With its comfortable frame geometry and discreet motor, the e-Sensium makes it easy to leave your worries behind and focus on enjoying the fresh air and scenery. A under £2500, it's an absolute bargain and well worth considering for your first e-road bike experience!

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Orbea Gain M30

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Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 252Wh Integrated
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Frame – Carbon
  • Groupset – Shimano 105 R7000
  • Brakes – Shimano 105 Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – Fulcrum E-Racing 500
  • Weight – 12kg

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Excellent sub-£4000 option

The Orbea Gain M30 is the perfect e-road bike for anyone looking to improve their road riding experience. With its lightweight, carbon frame and Mahle ebikemotion e-assist, the Gain M30 will help make your rides faster, and more enjoyable. It could also prove to be a valuable tool for building and maintaining cycling fitness. It's a georgeos-looking machine, and certainly has that 'Orbea' style. If your budget can stretch, it's a worthwhile consideration - you won't regret it!


Trek Domane + LT

Key Features
  • Motor – Fazua Evation
  • Battery – 252Wh Removeable
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Frame – Carbon
  • Groupset – Shimano Ultegra R8000
  • Brakes – Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – DT Swiss G1800
  • Weight – 14.2kg

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E-Bike and regular bike rolled into one!

Trek has done it again with the Domane + LT. This bike is perfect for anyone looking for a lightweight, fast and above all, fun e-road bike! Featuring the excellent Fazua Evation motor and 252 Wh battery, the Trek will easily take you up to its 25 km/h assist limit. The frame and fork are made of 500 Series OCLV Carbon which makes the Domane + light and nimble. There's the added benefit of being able to remove the Fazua drive pack from the frame and ride without it, making it perfect for building fitness and progressing further. Plus, the excellent Shimano Ultegra drive train provides smooth shifting and hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power.


Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp E5 🏆

Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 320Wh Integrated
  • Range – 130km (variable)
  • Groupset  – Shimano GRX
  • Brakes – Shimano GRX Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – DT Swiss R470
  • Weight – 13.5kg

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The perfect e-road bike?

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp E5 is a sleek, lightweight bike that redefines e-road bike performance. It has the power to flatten hills with its smooth and powerful SL 1.1 motor. I've had the privilege of riding the Specialized, and the way it produces assist is sublime and subtle - it makes you feel like you've developed super-powerful legs and lungs and makes you grin from ear to ear! The assist is so intuitive it's a great way to help motivate you to improve your fitness level - perfect for those who new to road cycling or looking to return after a long break.


Wilier Cento 1 Hybrid

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Key Features
  • Motor – Mahle ebikemotion
  • Battery – 252Wh Integrated
  • Range – 100km (variable)
  • Groupset – Shimano Ultegra R8020
  • Brakes – Shimano Ultegra Hydraulic
  • Wheelset – WILIER TRIESTINA HY-NDR28AC-EU
  • Weight – 12.2kg

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Classy Italian e-road bike

Wilier Triestina is a company with over 100 years of experience, and it shows! Their newest electric road bike, the Cento 1 Hybrid, was designed to re-imagine the traditional limits of usability for a high-end road bike by combining their special distinctive traits with cutting edge e-bike technology into one package. The result is an 11kg e-road bike that can help you push your riding further than you thought possible! Wilier are an iconic Italian brand and their latest electric road bike blends style with substance.


Conclusion

Electric road bikes are can be a great motivational tool and are especially useful if you’re returning to cycling after an illness or injury. They’re also great for recovery rides, allowing you to stay in the saddle for longer.

If you’re thinking of buying your first electric road bike, or you’ve ridden an e-bike before but want to know which one is right for you? Think about what type of terrain you will be riding on and how often. What price range suits your budget best? And do battery life and weight matter to you?

ribble endurance sl e electric road bike

The Ribble Endurance SL e on a ride last year

If I had to pick a winner,  my personal favourite would be the Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp E5, but the Ribble Endurance AL e, Trek Domane +, Orbea M30 and D50, Wilier, Lapierre and Cannondale all have something unique to offer in terms of ride, handling and comfort.

When deciding on a new electric road bike, it can be hard to know where to start. There are lots of different bikes with different features and at all sorts of prices. In this article I hope that I’ve been able to highlight some key considerations when buying an e-road bike. If you prefer the more upright riding position offered by a hybrid bike, check out the lightest electric hybrid bikes currently available.

Think of buying your first electric road bike? After some advice on choosing the best electric road bike for you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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