Best Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bikes for under £3000

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.

Drivetrain

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.

shimano m6000 1 x 10 fitted to the giant stance e +2 electric mountain bike

Brakes

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.

giant stance e +2 front brakes

Frame

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.

Suspension

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.

Motor

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 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.

Specification:

  • Weight 2.9kg
  • 75Nm Maximum Torque
  • 340% Assist
  • Smart e-MTB mode – adapts to riding style
  • Smartphone connectivity

It should be noted that the 4th generation Bosch motors cannot be unrestricted – Bosch have modified the firmware to prevent these latest motors from being tampered with.
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Yamaha PW-SE mid-drive motor

Yamaha PW-SE 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.

Specification:

  • 70Nm Maximum Torque
  • Cadence support up to 110rpm

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Shimano Steps E-7000 mid-drive motor

shimano steps e-7000 mid-drive ebike 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.

Specification:

  • Weight 2.8kg
  • 60Nm Maximum Torque
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Dynamic mode – adapts to riding style

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Giant Sync Drive Sport mid-drive motor

The Yamaha - Giant Sync drive sport 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!

Specification:

  • 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

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E-Bike Batteries

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.

bosch powertube 625 battery

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.

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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

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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.

Decathlon’s Stilus electric mountain bike is simply unbeatable when it comes to sheer value for money!
  • 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

Verdict
There is not doubt that the Decathlon Stilus is one of the best value full suspension electric mountain bikes available for under £3000. It’s a lot of e-bike for the money, and uses quality SRAM and Rockshox components. My only gripe is it didn’t come with the option of the 625Wh battery. But apart from that, it’s an excellent bike.
PROS:
  • Latest Bosch CX Motor
  • Excellent Value for Money
  • SRAM Eagle SX 1 x 12 hydraulic brake groupset
  • Tubeless tyres
  • Rockshox suspension

CONS:
  • No 625Wh battery option

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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BRAND Decathlon
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male, Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Bosch
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 12
SUSPENSION Full Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 24kg
WHEEL SIZE 27.5"

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Giant Stance E +2 29er Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike

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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.

I’ve ridden the Giant Stance E +2 and it makes you grin from ear to ear! The motor is a gem, and puts the fun back into mountain biking!
  • Yamaha / Giant Sync Drive Sport motor
  • 500Wh Battery
  • Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10 groupset
  • 11-46 cassette with 36t chainring

Verdict
The Giant Stance E +2 electric mountain bike is a decent full suspension e-MTB, Giant have improved the specification for the 2021 model with a more powerful 500Wh battery and a wider range 11-46 10-speed cassette.
PROS:
  • Giant Sync Drive Sport motor is a gem!
  • Excellent build quality
  • Shimano Deore 1 x 10 drivetrain
  • Wide range 11-46 cassette
  • Looks great

CONS:
  • None

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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BRAND Giant
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Yamaha
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 10
SUSPENSION Full Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 25kg
WHEEL SIZE 29er

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Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike

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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.

I borrowed a new Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano for my review, and it’s a fun bike to ride. It handles rough terrain with ease and the dynamic assist mode is a great bonus – not more shifting between power modes when out on the trails.
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  • 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

Verdict
It’s hard to find fault in the Voodoo Zobop E-shimano electric mountain bike at this price. Voodoo bikes are well-made and the Zobop is no exception. Definitely one of the best full suspension electric mountain bikes for under £3000.
PROS:
  • Shimano Steps E-7000 motor
  • Good quality components
  • Very capable off-road
  • Looks great

CONS:
  • None at this price

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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BRAND Voodoo
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Shimano
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 11
SUSPENSION Full Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 24kg
WHEEL SIZE 27.5"

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Haibike Sduro FullSeven 1.0 27.5″ Electric Mountain Bike 2020

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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.

If you’re new to electric mountain biking, but don’t want to spend too much on your first bike, the Haibike is excellent value for money.
  • Yamaha PW-SE Motor – 70Nm torque
  • 500Wh Battery pack
  • Shimano Deore M6000 1 x 10
  • Suntour Raidon front fork
  • Suntour Raidon rear shock

Verdict
Haibike have been producing excellent electric mountain bikes now for years, and their experience in this field shines through on the Sduro FullSeven 1.0. For the price it is simply unbeatable – it’s true it may not have quite the high-end specification of the other ebikes featured here, but for the money it is the best you can get.
PROS:
  • Unbeatable value for money
  • Haibike pedigree
  • Yamaha PW-SE motor is bullet-proof
  • Excellent for beginners
  • Reasonable specification

CONS:
  • Not quite as capable off-road

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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BRAND Haibike
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Male
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Yamaha
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 10
SUSPENSION Full Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 23kg
WHEEL SIZE 27.5"

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Vitus E-Escarpe E-Bike (Deore 1×10) 2020

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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.

The Vitus E-Escarpe is built around an excellent frame and finished off with the kind of top quality components usually reserved for more expensive e-bikes
  • 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

Verdict
Vitus bikes are sold exclusively through Wiggle and Chain Reaction cycles, this is one of the reasons they can offer such an well-specced full suspension e-MTB for such an excellent price. The E-Escarpe Deore 1 x 10 is a contender for one of the best electric mountain bikes in it’s price range. It’s definitely a worthwhile opponent to the Decathlon Stylus and Voodoo Zobop.
PROS:
  • 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

CONS:
  • Having ridden one of these, I can’t find any negatives at this price

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BATTERY CAPACITY 500+Wh
BRAND Vitus
FRAME MATERIAL Aluminium
FRAME STYLE Regular
GEAR TYPE Derailleur
GENDER Unisex
MODEL YEAR 2020
MOTOR BRAND Shimano
MOTOR TYPE Mid-Drive
NUMBER OF GEARS 10
SUSPENSION Full Suspension
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT 23kg
WHEEL SIZE 29" Front / 27.5" Rear

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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?

For the price I believe the Decathlon Stilus offers the best specification for the money, with the Vitus E-Escarpe  and Voodoo Zobop E-Shimano following close behind.

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.

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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.

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