Say it with us now: Owning an e-bike doesn’t make you lazy. In fact, some may say they’re there to motivate you to hop on your bicycle even more often. It’s better than driving, no? Though if you’ve made it here, you probably don’t require much convincing. You’re here because you Googled ‘electric bike brands’ and are still unsure about which one is right for you.
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What e-bikes can you get in Australia?
There’s a wide variety of electric bikes on offer in Australia, some that offer only e-bikes and others that have also used their experience in standard bicycle manufacturing to design an electric bike range. The list below shows some of the bigger brands available as well as some local companies popular amongst Australians in 2019. The types of e-bikes available will vary based on your location.
- Riese & Müller
A subsidiary of popular bicycle retailer Trek, Electra has been around since 1993, specialising in ‘cruiser’ style bikes. Since then, the company has hopped aboard the e-bike train, adding a motor and battery (amongst other parts) to some of its more popular models. In 2019, Electra introduced its first mid-to-high range e-bike, integrating the battery into the frame for a more streamlined riding experience.
With this bike retailer you get what you pay for, with the higher-priced models offering more power and battery life. Here’s what’s currently on offer from Electra: Cafe Moto Go!, Ace of Spades Go!, Townie Go!, Townie Path Go! and Loft Go!. Broadly speaking, one of these e-bikes will set you back between $3,000 and $6,000.
eTourer is a relatively new brand, specialising in e-bikes, that is backed by famous Aussie cyclist, Stuart O’Grady. It has entered the Australian market with five e-bikes, which target entry-level electric bike enthusiasts with their lower range prices. What you can expect from eTourer are Bafang and Aikema hub-drive motors, with batteries generally capable of assisting up to 40km.
These bikes don’t break the $2,000 threshold, with the cheapest coming in at just under $1,500. Here’s a list of the bikes available from eTourer: eTourer F1, eTourer F2, eTourer C1, eTourer S1 and the eTourer M1.
FOCUS is a German bicycle manufacturer that specialises in e-bikes, racing bikes and mountain bikes. It was founded in 1993 by cyclocross world champion, Mike Kluge. This manufacturer has everything from urban e-bikes to mountain e-bikes, with its current range including: Thron², Jam², Focus Sam², Raven², Jarifa², Whistler², Paralane², Eventura² and Planet².
From FOCUS you can expect to find a range of commonly seen quality parts such as Bosch and Shimano drives, as well as higher battery capacities when compared with standard commuter e-bikes. These extra features push the price bracket of this brand from about $5,000 to $13,000.
Gazelle is a brand that dates back to 1892, awarded a “Royal” title in 1992 by Dutch Princess Margriet and very well known in the bicycle capital. What you’ll discover with Gazelle bikes is that they’re pretty much all fitted with a Bosch system, with varying engine capacities depending on the model.
Whilst e-bikes are a relatively new venture for this brand, Gazelle has a fairly comprehensive range of road appropriate e-bikes. These are the HeavyDutyNL C7, Ultimate T10, Ultimate C8+, Grenoble C7+, CityZen T10, Vento T9, Ultimate T19, Vento C7, Miss Grace C7 and Orange C8. With this brand you can expect to pay between $3,500 and $5,500.
Giant has been around since 1972, established in Taiwan and considered amongst the ‘big three’ bicycle brands in North America. Well known for being one of the first bike brands to introduce aluminium frames to its range, Giant is now considered by many to be a world leader in design. This brand offers riders Yamaha drive systems, also being one of the first to introduce in-frame battery packs.
Its current models are the Fastroad E+ Pro, Fastroad E+ Pro EX, Lafree E+. Revolt E+ PRo, Explore E+, Fatjp, E+ 29, Fathom E+ Junior, Trance E+ Pro, Stance E+ and Reign E+ PRo. The cheapest of these sits at just below $3,000, with prices reaching up to $10,000 for a higher quality make.
Kalkhoff is originally from Cloppenburg, Germany, where its bikes are still made to this day. This is a point of pride for this retailer, where its self-proclaimed high standard of workmanship places this brand in the high-end bracket. Whilst Kalkhoff spent decades as a traditional bicycle manufacturer, it wasn’t until the launch of e-bike production in 2007 that truly distinguished this brand. Nowadays, Kalkhoff refers to itself as “one of the leading e-bike makers in Europe.”
Whilst you won’t find Australia-specific information on the Kalkhoff website, we’ve compiled a list of the more-commonly seen bikes coming from distributors in 2019: Endeavour 3.B Move, Endeavour Move 5.B, Agattu 3.B Dynamic Comfort, Sahel 3.1 Move Compact, Endeavour 1.B Move, Endeavour 3.B Move Wave, Endeavour 5.B XXL, Agattu 1.1 Advance Comfort, Berleen Advance G10, Durban Compact g8. For these e-bikes you’ll roughly pay somewhere in the range of $3,500 and $5,000.
Whilst Lekker is a primarily Australian bike retailer, it has origins tracing all the way back to Amsterdam. In 2009, its founder brought the Dutch-style bikes to Australia, where since then it has expanded to offer e-bikes.
This brand focusses on urban e-bikes, with only one ‘all-terrain’ bike in its lineup. On the Lekker website, you’ll see a few options for e-bikes, namely the E-Amsterdam (1st and 2nd gen), Outback, X and E-Jordaan (womens and mens). If you’re interested in buying a Lekker e-bike, it’ll set you back about $2,000 to $3,000.
Merida has been around since 1972, founded and designed in Germany and primarily manufactured in Taiwan and China. Unlike other e-bike brands, Merida’s bikes are exclusively powered by Shimano drive units and batteries. With over 30 e-bikes currently on its online store, catering to both the average commuter as well as long-range, tough-terrain enthusiasts, Merida seems to have all of its bases covered.
In its 2019 range, Merida is offering the 19 eSPRESSO, 20 eSPRESSO, 20 eBIG and 20 eONE. These models come with different variations in both specifications and aesthetic preference. An entry-level e-bike from Merida sits in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, with the more powerful models costing up to $12,000.
Founded in 1964 in British Columbia, Norco made its humble start out of a converted chicken coop. Fast forward to the present day, the company has made a name for itself, well known amongst mountain cyclists and casual riders alike. Whilst the brand has taken a turn to push its trail bikes in recent years, it is relatively new on the electric bike bandwagon, producing its first mountain e-bike in 2018.
That aside, Norco’s current e-bike range covers all the bases, with three options currently available to those planning on keeping their ride on the pavement. These are the Scene VLT, VLT R2 and VLT R1. Its mountain electric bike range includes: Range VLT C1, 2 & 3, Sight VLT C1 & 2, Bigfoot VLT 1 & 2 and the Fluid VLT 2. Norco isn’t exactly a low-priced retailer, with prices generally between $3,000 and $10,000.
Reid claims to be the ‘largest Australian-owned bicycle brand’, distributing bikes to more than 20 countries around the world. From the founders’ beginnings selling bikes from a garage in 2009, this brand has expanded to both an online and physical presence across four Australian states. With this bike brand you can expect to see a variation in parts at different price points, from the Shimano Steps mid drive to the Bafang rear hub motor, as well as different battery brands.
A more recent entrant in the electric bike market, Reid is currently offering five e-bikes catered to the average commuter: Reid City Pulse, Reid Pulse Ladies, Ladies Classic, Reid E-Trail and Reid Urban+. Reid is a popular choice for those looking for a basic, affordable e-bike, with its prices starting at $1,500 and not exceeding $2,400.
Riese & Müller e-bikes
Started in 1993 by two friends, Markus Riese and Heiko Müller, Riese & Müller had its beginnings in Germany. This brand works closely with Bosch, with a range of electric bikes powered by Bosch Performance CX motors. With some of the highest quality parts on the market, a Riese & Müller bike is well regarded- some models even offer two batteries built in for extra range.
This company offers commuter bikes, mountain bikes and even the not-often-seen cargo bike to Australians. The models available to you will depend on your local Riese & Müller stockist, though you’re more likely to come across these ranges: Charger, Tinker, Cruiser, Culture, Nevo, Packster, Homage, Delite and Load. As mentioned, a high-quality bike won’t come cheap, with prices starting at the $6,000 mark, reaching well above $12,000.
‘Californian designed, Swiss engineered’ Specialized has been around since 1974, where its founder started out by selling Italian bike parts to the US market. By the early 80s Specialized had released its first range of bikes, followed a while later in 2012 with the launch of an e-bike range.
Although this company was one of the first to introduce a streamlined integrated battery design, it has still come a long way since then, with its current line up featuring over 20 variations of e-bike. Here are the current collections available: Vado, Como, Levo, Kenevo and Creo. An everyday commuter-style e-bike from Specialised costs between $4,000 and $5,000, with some of their ‘Expert’ costing upwards of $15,000.
Trek is one of the world’s largest bicycle manufacturers. Founded in the USA in 1976, this bike brand extends to a range of subsidiaries, including Electra as mentioned above. This company was one of the first to manufacture electric bikes, eventually partnering with Bosch in a bid to offer bikes with quality motors.
On the Trek website you’ll see 14 varieties of e-bikes, the Verve+ Lowstep, Powerfly 5 Women’s, Powerfly FS 5, Powerfly LT 9 Plus, Powerfly 4, Powerfly 5, Dual Sport+ Women’s, Dual Sport+, Powerfly FS 5 G2, Allant+ 8, Powerfly LT 9.7 G2, Rail 7, Rail 9 and Rail 9.8. Prices start at about $2,500 and end up closer to $10,500.
XDS entered the Australian market in 2010, claiming to bring the first ‘modern retro/vintage’ commuter bike to our shores. This company has teamed up with Bafang electric motors to create more affordable electric bikes more easily available to everyday people. Offering both hub-drive and mid-drive motors, XDS is a brand that caters to most preferences.
Here are the current electric bikes you’ll find from XDS: E-VOLVE, E-SPRESSO i8, E-RUPT, E-FUSE, E-EXPRESS, E-CRUZ, E-VOKE, E-LECTRO, E-CONIC, E-CITY and E-SCAPE. Availability will depend on your local stockist, unless purchasing online. On the more affordable side, XDS has bikes within the $1,500 to $3,000 price range.
AGL Electric Vehicle Plan
Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.
Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.
Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.
Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.
A final note on e-bikes
As you can see, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to e-bikes. Your decision will ultimately come down to how far your budget will take you as far as bike specs go.
If you’re not looking to break the bank with your purchase, you won’t have to look far to find some decent bikes at an affordable price point. But if you’re willing to spend a pretty penny, we’ve also highlighted the brands offering high-quality electric bikes with better performance and durability.
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