Best Flat Bar Electric Road Bikes

For some riders having the benefits of road bike speed combined with flat handlebars is a match made in heaven! I know quite a few people who just don’t get along with drop bars. Thankfully flat bar e-road bikes are now widely available from most of the top brands. In this article I have selected 5 of the best flat bar electric road bikes currently available.

What are the advantages of flat bar road bikes?

Most flat bar road bikes share the same frame, forks and wheels as their drop handlebar counterparts. The only real noticeable difference is the handlebars, brake levers and gear shifters. Drop bars have an obvious advantage when it comes to speed, but if you’re riding in an urban environment it’s unlikely to be much of an issue.

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Aerodynamics don’t really come into play until you reach speeds above 12.5mph (20km/h) and some riders just don’t feel comfortable riding on the hoods.

Another advantage of flat handlebars is the relative ease of changing or swapping out components like shifters or brakes. On a regular road bike you need to buy and fit new bar tape when changing things, but on a flat bar bike, it’s just a case of removing the grips.

Here is my list of the top 5 best flat bar electric road bikes


Orbea Gain F30 Flat Bar Electric Road Bike

The Orbea Gain F30 flat bar electric road bike is a great way to experience the benefits of having e-assist but without the excess weight usually associated with e-bikes. The specification on the F30 is similar to its drop-handlebar sibling the D50. Shimano Claris 16-speed, with a 50/34 compact double crankset and an 11-32 8-speed rear cassette. One advantage the F30 has over the D50 is the addition of hydraulic brakes. 700 x 38c tyres make this bike ideal for commutes that take in canal paths and bridleways. It’s a great all-rounder and a good buy at under £2000.

It’s light, nimble and fun to ride. Whether you choose to use the assist or not the Orbea flies!

  • Shimano Claris 16-speed
  • X35 ebikemotion drive system
  • 250Wh internal battery
  • Shimano MT200 hydraulic brakes
  • Alloy frame with carbon forks
  • 700 x 38c Kenda tyres
  • Up to 50 miles assisted battery range

Verdict
At under £2000 the Orbea Gain F30 represents an excellent introduction to lightweight electric bikes. The X35 ebikemotion e-assist system is just sublime. If you want an e-bike that has the aesthetics and feel of a regular bike, the Orbea Gain F30 ticks all the boxes.
PROS:
  • Looks gorgeous
  • Very lightweight at under 14kg
  • Excellent X35 ebikemotion hub motor
  • Great value for money

CONS:
  • The motor may not provide enough assist for some riders
  • Comparatively low battery range

 


Lapierre E-Sensium Flat Bar E-Road Bike

Lapierre have been producing excellent e-MTB’s for a few years now, and have recently released a range of electric road bikes. The E-Sensium 200 is the flat bar version of their 300 drop-bar model. This uses Shimano Sora 18-speed with hydraulic brakes and it’s an absolutely gorgeous bike. It’s marginally more expensive than the Orbea Gain F30, but it does have a slightly higher spec groupset. The E-Sensium uses the same X35 ebikemotion system as used on the Gain and many other electric road bikes. My only criticism is it’s nearly 1kg heavier than the Gain.

The E-Sensium rides as well as it looks. That metallic gloss finish is just superb, and it feels fast and responsive on the road.

  • X35 ebikemotion e-assist system
  • 250Wh internal battery
  • Shimano Sora 18-speed groupset with 11-34 cassette
  • Tektro HD-R280 hydraulic brakes
  • Continental Ultra Sport II 700 x 28c tyres
  • Alloy frame with carbon fork

Verdict
The Lapierre E-Sensium 200 is a good alternative to the Orbea Gain at this price point. The quality of the finish is superb, with a lovely smooth-welded alloy frame and lovely deep blue gloss paint finish. It rides very well and despite its heavier weight it still feels very nimble and responsive. The hydraulic brakes inspire confidence and the Shimano Sora gears work a treat.  The X35 ebikemotion does what is does best and provides subtle, but useful assist when needed.
PROS:
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great brakes
  • Smooth and subtle assist from the X35 system
  • Responsive handling

CONS:
  • Nearly 1kg heavier than the Orbea Gain
  • Narrower tyres not as suited to rough terrain

Read the full Lapierre E-Sensium 200 review on ebikechoices.com

BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One Electric Bike

There aren’t many flat bar electric road bikes that can match the BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One in terms of sheer performance. The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One is the first flat bar electric road bike in this selection to boast a full-carbon fibre frame. This is one hell of an e-bike, and unique in that it blends a powerful Shimano Steps E-6100 mid-drive motor with a carbon road bike frame and Shimano 105 1 x 11 groupset.  The result is a powerful (but light) e-bike that has an impressive potential battery range of 80+ miles.

Ride the BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One and fail not to be impressed. This is an e-bike that is not only light, but also powerful and highly efficient.

  • Shimano Steps E-6100 mid-drive motor
  • 504Wh battery
  • Full carbon fibre frame with MTT micro suspension
  • DT Swiss wheelset
  • Shimano 105 1 x 11 groupset

Verdict
Admittedly, the BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One is the most expensive bike in this line-up, but the tech that’s gone into this bike is amazing! This e-bike has been so well thought out that, in my opinion it offers the best balance between ride, weight, performance and battery range. The addition of the MTT micro suspension really makes a difference when riding on ‘not so perfect’ road surfaces. A really great flat bar electric road bike.
PROS:
  • Full carbon frame
  • Shimano Steps E-6100 motor is a gem
  • Great battery range from the 504Wh battery
  • The MTT micro suspension takes the sting out of road imperfections
  • Lightest ‘proper’ mid-drive

CONS:
  • Expensive (but worth it if you have the money!)


Giant Fastroad E +2 Pro E-Bike

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Giant’s Fastroad E +2 Pro is an excellent alternative to the Road E + if you do not like drop handlebars. The centrepiece of this e-bike is the remarkable Giant Sync Drive Pro mid-drive motor, which is the culmination of a collaboration between Giant and Yamaha, to produce an electric motor unique to Giant’s range of ebike’s. Combined with a powerful 375Wh battery. The rest of the bike is typical of the quality we have come to expect from one of the worlds biggest bicycle manufacturers. Shimano Tiagra 10-speed, decent hydraulic brakes and a frame that is relaxed enough for cruising, but also delivers the goods when a bit of speed is required.

Riding the Giant Fastroad E+ is an absolute joy! There’s nothing like that bionic feel you get in your legs when riding one of these in boost mode.

  • Giant Syn Drive Pro with 80Nm of torque and 360% tunable assist
  • 375Wh EnergyPak battery
  • Shimano Tiagra 1 x 10 with an 11-32 cassette
  • Shimano MT201 / BR-U300 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x32c Folding MaxxShield tyres

Verdict
Despite its considerable weight (when compared with the competition) the Giant is guaranteed to make you smile from ear to ear! If it is sheer grunt you are looking for then the FastRoad E+2 Pro is head and shoulders above the competition. The 80Nm of torque provided by the excellent Sync Drive Pro motor will get you up the steepest of climbs with minimal effort. And, if used sensibly the efficiency of the motor / battery combo will enable a potential range of nearly 100 miles. I love this bike, it’s definitely one of my favourites.
PROS:
  • Ride it and be impressed – the motor is a gem!
  • Feels planted – the ride inspires confidence
  • Typical Giant quality
  • Class-leading battery range

CONS:
  • Much heavier than the competition at nearly 19kg (as tested)

Read the full Giant FastRoad E+ 2 Pro review on ebikechoices.com
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BATTERY CAPACITY

300+Wh

BRAND

Giant

FRAME STYLE

Regular

MOTOR TYPE

Mid-Drive

NUMBER OF GEARS

20

SUSPENSION

No Suspension


Ribble SL e Flat Bar Carbon Electric Road Bike

I fell in love with the Ribble SL e when I first had a ride on one back in 2018. It’s nice to see they have released a flat bar version based around their popular carbon fibre electric road bike. The SL e flat bar with Shimano Ultegra offers a superb package that tips the scales at a measly 11.8kg. Everything on this bike screams quality and the great thing is you can ride it all day and not even realise you’re riding an e-bike until such a time as you need a little help if your legs start to tire.

Very fast flat bar e-road bike that has top-level Shimano Ultegra combined with a super light carbon frame.

  • Toray T800/T1000 Full Carbon Monocoque frame
  • Shimano Ultegra 50/34 with 11-28 cassette
  • X35 ebikemotion e-drive system
  • 250Wh internal battery
  • Mavic Aksium Elite Evo wheelset with Mavic Yksion Pro UST 700x28c tyres

Verdict
Flat bar electric road bikes are becoming increasingly popular, and the Ribble SL e version is nothing short of stunning. This is by far the lightest e-bike in its class and boasts Shimano’s excellent Ultegra groupset all wrapped up in a stunning carbon frameset. Ribble have been quick off the mark to quickly establish themselves in the electric bike market as purveyors of excellent, high quality bikes that are hard to beat. And the fact they are a British brand is the icing on the cake!
PROS:
  • Lightest is its class
  • X35 ebikemotion system is light and unobtrusive
  • Shimano Ultegra Groupset
  • Looks beautiful
  • Responsive and very quick

CONS:
  • Expensive (but justified)
  • Low capacity battery – range extender available


Conclusion

So what is the best flat bar electric road bike in this selection? To single out a single victor wouldn’t be particularly fair as all the bikes tested in this article are great.

It really boils down to your budget, personal ability and needs. If money was no object for me I would personally go for the Ribble SL e flat bar – I am biased in this respect as I ride road bikes regularly and for me having a full carbon frame with Shimano Ultegra on an ebike that weighs only 11.8kg is a deal winner.

If you’re looking for sheer power and maybe need a little more assist, then the Giant Fastroad E +2 Pro is unbeatable in this class – their Sync Drive Pro motor is one of the best mid-drives fitted to any ebike.

bmc alpenchallenge amp sport one flat bar electric road bike being ridden up a hill

For the budget-conscious both the Orbea Gain F30 and Lapierre E-Sensium 200 are very similar in terms of price, specification and ride quality, although I would have to give preference to the Gain due to the lower weight. Although the Lapierre looks absolutely gorgeous.

Finally we have the BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Sport One – this would be vying with the Ribble for the number one spot. Having a full carbon frame with micro travel suspension and a Shimano Steps mid-drive motor is a great combination. Having a massive 504Wh battery means you can ride this thing for miles and just leave the assist on, so  if your route is hilly and you need to reduce fatigue, it’s excellent.

Thanks for reading, and if you own any of the bikes reviewed here, please feel free to share your views in the comments section below.

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  1. I think you should have included the Cannondale Neo Quick SL 2 Ebike flat bar. I just recently bought one A$4,000, about £2,200 and am very happy. Weighs in at 15.5kg, so not the lightest, but still pretty damn good for the price, and similar specs to the Orbea you reviewed. Cheers Judee

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