We have put together a list of the best electric bikes with Mid-Drive motors. We’ve scoured the UK E-Bike market so that you don’t have to!
What is a Mid-Drive electric bike?
Mid-Drive electric bikes are so called because their motor is located in the centre of the bike and the power from the motor is transferred to the rear wheel via the chain drive. In recent years, mid-drive motors have become more common and are starting to threaten hub motors as the most common form of electric bicycle motors. They are sometimes also referred to as crank drive motors.
What are the benefits of a mid drive electric bike?
As a mid-drive motor is mounted in the middle of the e-bike, the weight is more equally distributed between the front and rear wheel. This allows for a much more balanced riding feel which is closer to the ‘natural’ feeling of a standard push bike. Also, a mid-drive motor works harmoniously with the bike’s gears, meaning a longer range per charge.
What are the drawbacks of a mid drive electric bike?
There may be more maintenance involved with a mid-drive motor as there are more features that can fail compared to a more bulletproof hub drive motor. Also, if there comes a time where a replacement mid-drive motor is required, this is a much larger job than a hub drive motor replacement because the mid motor is part of the pedal system in the centre of your electric bike.
Why choose a mid drive electric bike?
To summarise, choosing between a mid drive and hub drive motor comes down to how you intend to use your electric bike. 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.
Mid-Drive motors are generally viewed as the more premium motor option.
What are the best mid drive electric bikes?
Now that we have explained mid drive motors and the reasons why you would choose one, let’s go through our handpicked choices.
MBM is a household name throughout Italy with an excellent reputation for manufacturing a comprehensive range of quality bikes. Each electric bike is assembled by trained technicians ensuring the high quality is maintained every step of the way.
Offering a safer and controller ride with Shimano Rt10 centre lock 180 F/160R.
Experience smooth gear changes with the Shimano Deore 10 Speed Gears.
POWERFUL MID DRIVE MOTOR
Powerful 85nm torque mid drive motor by Oli Sport.
Arguably one of the best value for money bikes in the entire Cyclotricity range and possibly the best-looking E-Bike in its category, the Cyclotricity Revolver crank drive offers class defining value.
Not only because you get over £100 worth of kit like pannier rack & full-length mudguards but because you get a quality torque driven mid-drive motor. With an efficient dual-powered 250/500w crank drive system offering up to 90Nm of torque the Cyclotricity Revolver has battery options to suit both your need and pocket!
CycloTricity electric bikes are unique, not only in their attractive designs and value for money, but also in where they are built. Their bikes are the only electric bike range that is entirely built on our beloved island, the country of its origin! They continue to design and build their bikes in-house because they understand the immense difference this makes to the quality and durability their customers get to enjoy.
They have a unique 'dual power' mode allowing riders to active more powerful motor torque for greater speeds, alongside an optional thumb throttle for pedal-free riding.Buy Here
A classy and elegant bike with a comfortable upright riding position. But don’t be fooled by the look! This bike boasts 80nm of torque, and is powered by a 36v 14amp lithium battery giving 504wh of power.
The Titania comes equipped with a lightweight 504Wh battery making the bike capable of covering nearly 90 miles on a single charge.
WHY CHOOSE AN MBM ELECTRIC BIKE FROM POWABYKE?
Powabyke is proud to be the longest established electric bike brand in Europe. With over 20 years’ experience in electric bikes and trikes, Powabyke has invested in its range to ensure it remains the leading electric bike company.
With over 40,000 Powabykes sold the Powabyke brand has proved itself as a no nonsense reliable electric bike.
The Beast is a top seller for a reason; it offers power & distance with one of our most effective motors. With road-legal 250W for getting there and 500W to hit the trail with power to push you up any hill. The weight distribution has been centralised allowing for an improved feel.
The “Beast Crank Drive” offers 500W of power and 90Nm torque to push you up that hill! Now that you are there, let’s make the ride down just as fun. Front and rear suspension keeps you planted to the trail, and its e-hydraulic brakes keep you on track.Buy Here
With its sleek frame and urban-chic design, the Oberon weighs in at just 25kg and can reach speeds of up to 25 Km/h. Perfect for commuting or light recreational use, the Oberon retails at £2,499.99 and comes fully equipped with suspension, pannier rack, lights and side stand.
The Oberon is an excellent step over electric bike that comes in either a 19.5" (small) or 21.5" (medium) frame. This high quality, Italian style city bike is perfect for those looking to wander the streets yet look stylish doing so. The 250W engine offers 80Nm of torque and can easily hit speeds up to 25km/h in no time.
POWERFUL 80NM TORQUE MOTOR
The Oberon packs a punch with its 80nm motor.
SHIMANO 7 SPEED GEARS
Experience smooth gear changes with the Shimano Acera 7 Speed Gears.
PUNCTURE RESISTANT TYRES
Enjoy a smooth ride with the durable Schwalbe Marathon 700X47 puncture resistant tyres.
That 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.