There is no distinct weight classification on e-bikes (or conventional bicycles). You're either riding a mid-performance e-bike (like a cruise e-bike) or a high-performance e-bike (like a mountain ebike or fat tire ebike).
So, what's a good weight for an e-bike?
As a general rule, 45lbs sounds like a good weight to look out for. However, this depends on the "type" of electric bike and the purpose for which it was designed.
For instance, road e-bikes are generally classified as speed bikes and could weigh as low as 30lbs (14kg)
If you're going for a mid-performance electric bike, 35-45lbs sounds like a good place to start.
Higher performance electric bikes typically weigh between 50 and 70lbs mainly because they are usually equipped with heavier and more powerful motors, bigger batteries and also not to forget the other added components to justify their higher price tag.
A lighter ebike might not go as fast or as far but it'll be easier to carry upstairs or in public transportation. If you're looking to know more about the typical weight of various types of ebikes and you need guidance for which ebike to go for from a weight perspective, then this blog post is for you.
So, are electric bikes too heavy
As a general rule, Electric bikes are heavier than regular bikes but don't weigh as much as motorcycles and mopeds.
In fact, when you compare the weight of a regular bike with that of an e-bike of the same type, you'll find that the difference isn't that huge.
For instance, the average weight of a traditional road bike is 17lbs (8kg). While the average weight of electric bikes sits between 30 and 70lbs, there are lightweight variants that weigh just 6 to 10 pounds more than regular road bicycles.
A good example would be the Ribble Endurance that weighs 18lbs (8kg). If you can carry an 18-pound bicycle up a flight of stairs then you shouldn't struggle to do the same for an e-bike that weighs just 7lbs more.
In fact, you can completely eliminate any lifting or carrying by purchasing a good e-bike lock and fastening your bike to sturdy bike racks, street lights, etc. Electric bikes allow riders to participate in recreational and/ sporting activities irrespective of fitness or experience level.
Their motorized frames make cycling almost effortless. Even people who have never ridden on bikes before now fancy electric bikes, not just because they're a lighter, more portable means of transportation, but because they are relatively easier to ride than human-powered bikes.
However, just like all machines, they have one major drawback; their weight. Being motorized versions of normal bicycles, electric bikes tend to weigh more than their standard counterparts.
This is because, unlike conventional bikes, they are equipped with rechargeable batteries and motors. While a bicycle's weight might play an important role in how convenient it is to move around, e-bikes' weight doesn't really affect their performance.
What is the average weight of an electric bike
In general, Most e-bikes weigh between 45lbs and 55lbs (20kg and 25kg). However, it's worth noting that this weight range is an average for the major types of e-bikes (there are electric bicycles that weigh 100+ pounds)
Road e-bikes for example are designed to move the rider as fast as the motors can propel them. It is for this reason that their frames (mostly made from carbon; a lightweight but durable material) and wheels (more streamlined than usual) are optimized to reduce drag.
Now, on the other hand, expecting cargo bikes that are designed for transporting loads to be as lightweight as road e-bikes is just unrealistic.
Below are some of the major types of electric bikes and their weight ranges.
1) Road e-bikes
As mentioned above, road e-bikes comprise lighter components and therefore weigh less than any other type of battery-powered bicycle. They are adapted to traveling on paved surfaces and can weigh anywhere between 25 to 35lbs (11.3kg to 16kg)
2) Mountain e-bikes
These are heavy-duty bicycles designed to hold out against rough riding conditions. Because they are built for off-road riding, they come with suspension forks and wider tires.
Mountain electric bikes typically weigh anywhere from 50 to 60 lbs (23 - 27kg)
3) Cargo electric bikes
Cargo e-bikes, as their name suggests, are motorized bicycles created to haul heavy items. They usually have boxes or baskets attached to their frames and can support up to 350 lbs (159kg).
For a bicycle that's considered by many as an alternative to four-wheelers because of its weight-bearing capacity, it's only natural for these heavy-duty ebikes to weigh 70 -100 lbs (32kg -45kg).
However, a good weight for cargo e-bikes should rest somewhere around 70-80lbs.
4) Tandem e-bikes
A tandem e-bike's frame is built to support two or more riders at any given time. Good tandem electric bikes should weigh between 60 and 70 pounds (27 - 32kg)
5) Foldable electric bike
People often confuse portability with weightlessness. Just because an electric bike is foldable doesn't mean it will be lightweight.
However, if you're someone who considers a 15lbs human-powered bike heavy, then electric bikes might actually be too heavy for you.
Comparing the average weight of an e-bike with that of a normal bicycle.
|Types of bicycles||Average weight of a motorized version (e-bike)||Average weight of the standard version (human-powered)|
|Road bikes||25 lbs - 35 lbs||15 lbs - 20 lbs|
|Hybrid bikes||30 lbs - 50 lbs||22 lbs - 31 lbs|
|Mountain bikes||50 lbs - 60 lbs||25 lbs - 40 lbs|
|Cargo bikes||65 lbs - 80 lbs||Most cargo bikes are motorized.|
|Tandem bikes||60 lbs - 70 lbs||45 lbs - 60 lbs|
|Cruiser bikes||40 lbs - 50 lbs||30 lbs - 40 lbs|
|Fat-tire bikes||50 lbs - 70 lbs||25 lbs - 40 lbs|
|Foldable bikes||40 lbs - 50 lbs||20 lbs - 40 lbs|
|Cyclo-cross bikes||35 lbs - 45 lbs||20 lbs - 35 lbs|
How much does an e-bike battery weigh
On average, e-bike battery packs weigh about 5 pounds. However, the weight of the ebike battery very well depends on the amount of charge it can store.
Some electric bike manufacturers want to sell potential customers on their product's mileage. In such cases, the manufacturer will have to include a battery powerful enough to meet customers' requirements.
With rechargeable batteries, the heavier they are, the more energy they can store, which also translates into extended mileage. So, for instance, an e-bike with a light battery won't be able to cover as much distance as one with a heavier battery provided every other factor — like rider weight, head/tailwinds, surface angle, etc. — remains constant.
Finding a light electric bike is not hard at all. You may just be trading performance for the convenience of a lighter ebike.