We have put together a list of the best electric bikes with hub drive motors. We’ve scoured the UK E-Bike market so that you don’t have to!
What is a hub drive electric bike?
Hub drive electric bikes are so called because their motor is located in the hub which is in the centre of a bicycle wheel. Hub motors are certainly the most common form of electric bicycle motors.
What are the benefits of a hub drive electric bike?
The main advantage of a hub drive motor is that they require little to no maintenance. They are an enclosed system meaning there is a lot less to fail and mess around with on your E-Bike.
What are the drawbacks of a hub drive electric bike?
A hub drive motor is slightly less efficient than it’s counterpart, a mid-drive motor. A mid-drive motor works harmoniously with the bike’s gears, meaning a longer range per charge.
Also, a mid-drive motor makes changing wheels a lot easier when the motor is not connected to the rear wheel, instead a mid-drive motor is found as part of the pedal system in the centre of your electric bike.
Why choose a hub drive electric bike?
To summarise, if you don’t intend on using your e-bike for very challenging journeys, a hub motor is bulletproof and requires less maintenance. The characteristics of mid-drive motors make them more suitable to use with electric mountain bikes, electric trekking and electric cross type bikes. Whereas electric bikes with a hub drive motor are ideal for slightly hilly terrain for commuters, urban and more casual riders.
What are the best hub drive electric bikes?
Now that we have explained hub drive motors and the reasons why you would choose one, let’s go through our handpicked choices.
All the benefits of Brompton boosted with state-of-the-art smart technology brought to you by ARCC Innovations.
The Brompton Electric powers your journey and transforms into a compact, portable package that you can tow, store, and carry anywhere. Get ready to explore your city, fly up hills and feel the freedom.
Only adding 3.9kg to the weight of the standard bike, the ARCC Intelligent Drive Pod combines Bluetooth-controlled variable power levels with automatic hill/gradient compensation, allowing commuting cyclists to choose the amount of effort both they and the motor provides; automatically compensates for hills and gradients; and provides ‘launch control’, for safety when moving away from lights and crossings in heavy traffic.
Designed and built by our experts at ARCC, the Intelligent Drive Pod uses a readily available Bosch battery, has a range of up to 75 kilometres and boasts a unique function in its ‘launch control’ which provides the rider with a three-second boost, to help in moving away from traffic lights and crossings in heavy traffic.
IMPRESSIVE BATTERY LIFE
The pod uses an industry standard 4.0 Ah, 6.0 Ah or 9.0 Ah Bosch battery, which are readily available from stores and online and have a range of up to 75km depending on the battery used. When the battery is removed, the eBike reverts to its standard configuration and can be used as a regular bike.
Avaris 2.3 E-Road is a sleek, versatile, lightweight, high-quality electric bike that’ll make you fall in love with cycling. It offers a smooth riding experience thanks to its electric assistance, and combined with innovative technology you can track your rides, navigate easily and monitor progress.
LOVE EVERY JOURNEY
Whether you’re looking for an electric bike to help you improve your fitness, a high-tech bike for long adventures or a quick and eco-friendly commuting option, Avaris’ high-tech ebike is the versatile choice that you need.
Your display will keep you motivated, accountable and on track for every ride. The display performs like a high-end cycling computer, which is also attached to the handlebar and so is always visible.
HIGH SPEC COMPONENTS
This Avaris E Road bike has high spec Shimano Tourney components built in, whilst offering a wide range of gears for effortless shifting and high-performance.
SYNC WITH THE APP
Vinka is an innovative app that when downloaded to your smartphone, will pair with your Avaris e-bike, which has the below features included:
- Speed Meter
- Distance Meter
- Bike Health & Status – Including Battery Life Indicator
- Speed & Distance Recorder
- GPS Tracking and Route Planning, to never get lost
- + much more to discover
WHY CHOOSE THE STEALTH 1000W?
The UK/EU regulations dictate that an e-bike must not exceed the rated power of 250W to be road-legal. This is not great news for the thrill-seekers, power-hungry among us who want to have the occasional fun off-road yet still be able to ride sensibly and legally on-road.
The purchase of the common high powered electric bike will come with its legal implications. On the other hand, the practicality of a road-legal e-bike means giving up the fun one could have off-road. So which do you choose?
CycloTricity had set out to resolve this dilemma and introduced the first electric bike range that combines both configurations! We have developed a unique system that allows the user to swap between two modes depending on whether you are on-road or off-road, allowing you to unlock the full power where it is safe and legal to do so.Buy Here
The Malvern boasts a certain sleek elegance thanks to it’s simplistic frame geometry, internal cable routing and frame integrated battery. Finished in Satin Silver with Gumwall tyres and Camel componentry – an aesthetic that screams adventure!
To the untrained eye, the Malvern is a stylish Trekking bicycle… Scratch a little beneath the surface to find a punchy 250w motor spoked within the rear wheel & a generous 14Ah battery cleverly integrated within the frame, exaggerating the bike’s, and indeed your capabilities, allowing up to 50 miles of electric assisted touring or commuting!
Thriving off the unknown. Dallingridge have combined the best of 3 worlds…Adventure, pace, and comfort – supported by the handy rear rack, sharp disc brakes, mudguards, Suntour suspension forks and CST hybrid tyres.
The Dallingridge Malvern has been designed for those who need a bicycle that caters to life, not just a single purpose. For those ‘off the beaten track’ commuters and even you stylish urban city go-ers.
- 50 mile range - It’s 14Ah 36v battery is cleverly integrated within the frame to offer a sleek aesthetic and an even weight distribution.
- Disc Brakes - 160mm mechanical disc brakes to provide responsive stopping power, great for unpredictable conditions.
- Lightweight in the E-Bike world -thanks to it's alloy Crossbar Frame offering a direct riding feel. Integrated battery offers a seamless aesthetic. Weight - 25kg including 3kg battery. 22kg when the battery is removed.
- Shimano 6 speed system - Find that sweet spot between the power assistance and gearing to reach that peak as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The E-GO MAX is a great folding electric bike with the same high standards as its smaller e-go family members but with a huge 150kg payload and a large 14ah branded Samsung lithium-ion battery that gives it extensive range, up to 90km (depending on conditions).
As with all e-go e bikes the unique design incorporates the batteries inside the seat post, at first glance it doesn’t even look like a folding electric bike! This can be easily removed so you can charge the battery inside your home/work or in situ.
UNFOLD THE POWER
Foldable in the same 4 steps as the rest of the range enabling you to have this big bike in a small space.
RIDE WITH STYLE
With the 7 speed Shimano gears at your fingertips and the choice of 4 riding modes, this bike will adapt to create the ride you need. Available in 3 colour schemes - satin black, gloss red and metallic white.
BE IN CONTROL
Disc brakes front and rear mean you can stop this bike quickly and safely when the need arises. The 20” wheels use 2.35" wide tyres.
MADE FOR YOU
The seat post and handlebar stem are adjustable making this and all e-go folding electric bikes suitable for a broad range of riders.
The updated Thunder V4 offers a smooth ride with front adjustable and lockable hydraulic suspension absorbing any bumps along your journey.
COMFORT & DESIGN
The hardtail was redesigned from pervious models to create a thing of beauty with defining shoulder lines and beautiful curves. But that is not all, this bike has been designed to provide you with the best riding position and comfort levels.
BE SEEN WITH LED LIGHTS
The Thunder V4 will be supplied with a large LED front light on your handlebars to ensure you are safe and seen.
STYLISH & PRACTICAL
The beauty of this bike will turn heads wherever you go. It's also practical, featuring an external removable Samsung battery secured with its own key lock system. The bike has a second key system that is required to start the electric systems. The bike is able to be ridden as a normal bike if you choose to do so.
INTELLIGENT HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES
Other defining specs are the electric brake system; this bike has hydraulic disc brakes as standard but also the electric motor is synced with the brake system to provide not only more braking assistance but regenerate any wasted power back to the battery cells.
Why choose the Westhill Classic ST?
The Classic is appealingly traditional whilst offering maximum comfort. Guaranteed to get you from A to B without breaking a sweat. Packed with a high performance hub motor you can take on any challenge. The pinnacle of comfort and practicality. Great for leisurely rides, commuting and day trips.
- Comfortable step-through design
- Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
- Mozo Summit Air suspension fork with lockout
- Gears: Shimano SL-M315-7R, ALTUS, 7-SPD, Right, Rapidfire Plus / Freewheel: MF-TZ500-7, 14-28T
- Integrated removable 14Ah Samsung cells 36V battery
- Large full colour display
- Ultra-High torque Bafang Hub Motor (65Nm)
- Selle Royal Gel comfort saddle
- Integrated front light
- Kenda 26″ All Terrain Tyre
- Throttle compatible
- Alloy front hub with quick release
- Lightweight electric bike
- Mudguards and rack
ConclusionThat concludes our list of the best hub drive electric bikes on the UK market right now. If you have any questions about any of the bikes listed above, please feel free to contact us.