What are the top 5 Best Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bikes for under £3000?
There is more choice than ever for e-bikes in 2020, but if you’re looking for a full suspension electric mountain bike for under £3000, that choice is quite limited. I have selected 5 of the best currently available in this price range.
What should I expect for the money?
In the case of full suspension electric mountain bikes, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean a poor specification. Quite the opposite in fact – the current crop of full-sus e-MTB’s have everything from the latest 1 x 10 (or 12) groupsets, and decent quality suspension from Rockshox or Suntour along with essential extras like dropper seatposts.
All of the e-MTB’s in my list use the latest high-tech mid-drive motors from manufacturers such as Shimano, Bosch and Yamaha. Along with decent capacity Lithium batteries.
All of the electric mountain bikes below use either Shimano or SRAM 1 x drivetrains. With the Decathlon Stilus using the excellent SRAM SX Eagle groupset with an 11-50 rear cassette.
Hydraulic brakes are a must on any full suspension ebike – you can expect decent stopping power on all the bikes below. Remember, these bikes are intended for beginners or intermediate riders so you won’t be getting any high-end stuff like Hope.
Aluminium frame is the material of choice on all the bikes below. You need to be spending £4k and above if you want carbon fibre.
You will be getting reasonable suspension on all the bikes on this list, certainly good enough for some fast-paced trail riding and a bit of moderate downhill riding.
The requirements of an electric mountain bike are somewhat different than other e-bikes, and for this reason a mid-drive motor with a high torque output is generally favourable. All of these bikes use premium mid-drive systems from prestigious manufacturers like Bosch, Shimano and Yamaha. Motor specifications below:
Bosch Performance Line CX – 4th Generation
Bosch’s latest 4th generation performance line motor has been substantially improved over last years model. The new motor is not only lighter and more efficient, but it is designed to be easier to pedal beyond the 15.5mph speed limit.
Bosch have reduced the weight of this drive system by a massive 48% making this latest CX motor weigh in at only 2.9kg. There is also a new e-MTB mode, that adapts to your riding style – the upshot of this is, you can leave your e-bike in this mode and the inboard sensors will constantly give you the optimum level of assistance based on feedback from your pedalling and the kind of terrain you are riding on.
This means no more switching between Eco, Tour or Turbo mode – the motor will automatically adjust the amount of power you need, for example: If you’re riding on flat easy ground, the motor will give you minimal assist. But if you suddenly start a very steep ascent, the motor will give you the power you need to get you up the climb without you having to worry about changing power levels.
- Weight 2.9kg
- 75Nm Maximum Torque
- 340% Assist
- Smart e-MTB mode – adapts to riding style
- Smartphone connectivity
Yamaha PW-SE mid-drive motor
The latest Yamaha PW-SE mid-drive motor is designed specifically for e-MTB’s. The Yamaha electric bike motors are widely regarded as the most reliable in the e-bike world They also put out a stonking 70Nm of torque making them ideal for climbing steep, technical trails.
- 70Nm Maximum Torque
- Cadence support up to 110rpm
Shimano Steps E-7000 mid-drive motor
When Shimano entered started making electric bike motors, they caused quite a stir in the e-bike world. When the worlds biggest name in bicycle components makes an ebike drive system, you know it’s going to be good.
There are currently three models in their line-up – the E-6000, E-7000 and E-8000. The Shimano Steps E-7000 is usually fitted to mid-range e-MTB’s, hydrids and some e-road bikes. It is a cracking motor that weighs only 2.8kg, although the peak torque figure of 60Nm is slightly less than the competition.
- Weight 2.8kg
- 60Nm Maximum Torque
- Smartphone connectivity
- Dynamic mode – adapts to riding style
Giant Sync Drive Sport mid-drive motor
The Giant Sync Drive Sport mid-drive motor is basically a joint effort between Yamaha and Giant, the Sync drive is unique to their range of e-bikes, and it is an absolutely fantastic motor. With a torque output of 70Nm and very high efficiency, along with up to 360% of electric assist, high cadence support and bluetooth connectivity via a smartphone app, the Sync Drive is a winner!
- Weight 3.4kg
- 70Nm Maximum Torque
- Smartphone connectivity
- Smart assist mode – adapts to riding style
- High cadence support – up to 140rpm
- Up to 360% of assist
Electric bike battery technology has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years, with lithium cell energy density increasing year on year. The upshot of this is you get a much more compact and lightweight battery than you would have a few years ago, but with the equivalent energy capacity.
This means the latest crop of electric bikes have batteries that are neatly integrated into the frame, making them less vulnerable to damage, and also making for a much neater looking e-bike.
All of the bikes below have a total energy capacity of 400 – 500Wh (watt hours) which is enough juice for a good few hours of fun on the trails.Calculate your potential battery range using Bosch range assist
The Top 5 Best Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bikes under £3000
So, on to our selection of the best full suspension electric mountain bikes for under £3000. All of the bikes listed below have been selected based on their specification and value for money.
Decathlon Stilus Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike
The Decathlon Stilus full suspension electric mountain bike is the most recent addition to their 2020 line-up. At its current price, it offers a lot for the money. Including the latest Bosch CX motor and a 500Wh battery. The components used are of excellent quality, from SRAM’s excellent 1 x 12 Eagle SX Groupset with a massive 11-50 rear cassette. Plus SRAM hydraulic brakes and Rockshox suspension front and back with a very respectable 150mm of travel.
- Bosch Performance Line CX motor
- 500Wh Powertube battery
- SRAM Eagle SX 1 x 12 full groupset
- Rockshox 150mm front fork
- Rockshox 150mm rear shock absorber
- Latest Bosch CX Motor
- Excellent Value for Money
- SRAM Eagle SX 1 x 12 hydraulic brake groupset
- Tubeless tyres
- Rockshox suspension
- No 625Wh battery option
Giant Stance E +2 29er Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike
The crowning glory of the Giant Stance E +2 29er full suspension electric mountain bike is the excellent Giant Sync Drive sport motor – this is, in my opinion one of the best e-bike systems currently in use. The rest of the bike is pretty good too, although the Giant is the most expensive bike in this selection, it has the lowest power battery, which may put potential buyers off.
- Yamaha / Giant Sync Drive Sport motor
- 500Wh Battery
- Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10 groupset
- 11-46 cassette with 36t chainring
- Giant Sync Drive Sport motor is a gem!
- Excellent build quality
- Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain
- Wide range 11-46 cassette
- Looks great
Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike
The Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano full suspension electric mountain bike is an improvement on the outgoing model. The Shimano Steps E-7000 motor is excellent and the bike handles off-road riding in its stride. For the price, the component list is impressive – SRAM NX 1 x 11 drivetrain, Rockshox suspension and a Tranzx dropper seatpost all make the Zobop a tempting proposition.
- Shimano Steps E-7000 motor
- 504Wh Battery
- SRAM NX 1 x 11 Gearing with 11-42 Cassette
- Rockshox RL forks with Recon rear Shock
- TranzX dropper seatpoat
- Shimano Steps E-7000 motor
- Good quality components
- Very capable off-road
- Looks great
- None at this price
Haibike Sduro FullSeven 1.0 27.5″ Electric Mountain Bike 2020
The Haibike Sduro FullSeven 1.0 is the cheapest full suspension electric mountain bike in this selection, yet it has an excellent specification. The crowning glory is the excellent Yamaha PW-SE motor, which has proven itself as an excellent e-bike system time and time again. Coupled with Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain and decent Suntour Raidon suspension. The Haibike is an ideal full-sus e-MTB for the beginner.
- Yamaha PW-SE Motor – 70Nm torque
- 500Wh Battery pack
- Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10
- Suntour Raidon front fork
- Suntour Raidon rear shock
- Unbeatable value for money
- Haibike pedigree
- Yamaha PW-SE motor is bullet-proof
- Excellent for beginners
- Reasonable specification
- Not quite as capable off-road
Vitus E-Escarpe E-Bike (Deore 1×10) 2020
The Vitus E-Escarpe Deore 1 x 10 full suspension e-MTB represents truly excellent value for money at its current price. With modern frame geometry and top quality suspension courtesy of Marzocchi Bomber Z2 140mm electric bike-specific forks and RockShox Deluxe Select R rear shock. The drivetrain is provided by Shimano’s excellent Deore M6000 1 x 10 set-up using an extra wide-ratio Sunrace 11-46 rear cassette. Braking is taken care of with Shimano MT-501 brakes and the wheel are WTB ST rims fitted with Maxxis 3C tubeless-ready tyres. E-assist is provided by the excellent Shimano E7000 STEPS motor and 504Wh battery. The whole package is finished off with Nukeproof components and a Brand-X Ascend Dropper seat post.
- Shimano Steps E7000 motor
- 504Wh battery
- Shimano M6000 1 x 10 with 11-46 cassette
- Marzocchi Bomber forks
- Rockshox Deluxe Select R rear shock
- Nukeproof finishing kit
- Brand X dropper seatpost
- Fantastic value for money
- Marzocchi and Rockshox suspension
- Excellent Shimano Steps E7000 motor
- Shimano Deore M6000 drivetrain with 11-46 cassette
- Quality finishing kit with dropper seat post
- Having ridden one of these, I can’t find any negatives at this price
Conclusion – What is the best full suspension electric mountain bike under £3000
All of the e-MTB’s featured in this article offer good value for money, decent specifications and excellent motors, but which one is best?
The cheapest full suspension electric mountain bike here is the Haibike FullSeven 1.0 – it doesn’t have quite the specification as the Zobop or Stilus, but then again, it is over £400 cheaper. Haibike make excellent e-bikes and have been doing so for years. The Yamaha motor is robust and powerful and the FullSeven 1.0 would be ideal for a beginner who isn’t going to be tackling anything to extreme off-road.
Finally we have the Giant Stance E +2 – another excellent e-MTB, I love the Giant, but it’s a tad overpriced when compared with the other bikes. Of course Giant are a prestigious brand with a long heritage in producing excellent bikes, electric or otherwise. The main draw with this e-bike is the Sync Drive Sport motor – it’s an absolute beast, and is also silky smooth.
It all boils down to your own personal preferences and intended use. I know a few people who use full suspension ebikes as daily commuters, simply because of the comfortable ride. If you are a serious mountain biker who is looking to upgrade to an e-MTB, you may need spend a bit more money. Once you get past the £3000 mark the choice becomes amazing.