Want to know what the best eMTBs are on the market in 2023? Fear not, we have just the list for you to cover all of the best electric mountain bikes available in 2023.
The electric mountain bike is rapidly becoming the hottest ticket in town. They combine off-road functionality with pedal-assist power to make short work of tough climbs, allowing riders to get the most out of their adventures. Our collection includes models from the best brands in the business, like Haibike and Giant, utilising premium materials like carbon fibre and premium components from the like of SRAM, RockShock and Bosch.
So let us run you through our top Electric Mountain Bikes of 2023.
Best Electric Mountain Bikes of 2023
Haibike LYKE CF 10
The Freedom Of Light. This is the tagline that is being used for the all-new LYKE range of eMTBs from the stalwarts of the game that is Haibike. Their lightest-ever production eMTB, the Lyke focuses on ambitious trail riders and their needs.
Want to get up and down the trails as fast as possible? This is your ticket to ride. With playful geometry at its heart, you'll also have a boatload of fun whilst ripping up those trails.
This rig is equipped with the brand new Fazua Super Light Ride motor system, pushing 60Nm of torque with a 430wh battery. Incorporating a fully closed downtube with a decoupled battery and motor, this is as sleek and svelt as eMTBS have ever looked - A truly lightweight setup.
There is no mullet system to be found here with 29" wheels front and rear. The Lyke 10 comes stock with a RockShox Lyric Fork. With 140mm of travel both front and rear and an SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, there's more than enough tech to cover trail-conquering ability.
Priced at £5899 with a full carbon frame, this is an incredibly attractive offering for the rider seeking maximum fun with pedal assist.
Giant Trance X Advanced E+ Elite 2
Giant has quietly updated their range of Trance e-Mountain Bikes recently, to now claim it to be the lightest fully powered eMTB, in the world. Tipping the scales at just over 18kg for the Elite 0 model, it's a bike aimed to blur the lines between full fat and lightweight. This is the first time this ever-growing market has seen this design spec from a major player. Historically, e-Bike power has always been compromised to reach the fabled 'lightweight' status.
Not just that, you can effectively have a bike with two personalities, without having to buy two bikes. Sounds too good to be true? The standard setting out of the box is 85Nm of putorque and a 400Wh battery. But at the flick of a switch you can alter these settings with the Ride Control app from Giant, ranging from 20Nm to the top end 85Nm of torque. Personalise your ride with truly custom settings, including toggling the Launch Control button which gives maximum power with 0.1seconds of drivetrain input.
Powered by the SyncDrive 2 unit in conjunction with Yamaha, this small but mighty motor weighs just 2.75Kg. The pick of the range for 2023 we feel is the '2' model at £6499, which comes with Fox Float 36 forks, DPS shock, and Shimano SLX 12 speed running gear to ensure your ride is as reliable as possible. So, two bikes in one and you get everything the Trance platform is renowned for - predictable and yet trail handling, maestro suspension technology, adjustable geometry and no skimping on the specification.
Santa Cruz Heckler 9
Santa Cruz mountain bikes is a name that conjures up nostalgia and feelings of old-school cool, for those wanting to stand out from the crowd. Famed for creating some of the finest mountain bikes in the world since 1994, Santa Cruz have been in the electric mountain bike market for a few years now. The Heckler, with it's 150mm of travel and options for a mullet set up, is crafted to go further, faster and higher than any other electric mountainbike.
With a monstrous 720wh battery powered by Darfon, the Heckler utilises a Shimano Steps EP8 motor to allow you to tackle the terrain you desire with 85Nm of torque. Danny MacAskill is one of their sponsored riders, so you can be sure this model has been tested to it's absolute extreme to confirm its durability and fit for purpose trail conquering dreams.
What's somewhat unique with Santa Cruz is you can specify your own, unique build kit. Tailored for the demands of your riding, you can choose a mullet system or more traditional 29" front and rear. You can choose a range of pre-selected component options that match your needs. This also extends to wheels, where some models have the option to choose Reserve Carbon wheels or their Alloy offerings instead.
No top bikes of 2023 list would be complete without a Santa Cruz, so the Heckler is worthy of it's place for a multitude of reasons.
Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 2
The Moterra Neo Carbon LT range of bikes from Cannondale is ready to give as much as you are. Offering more travel and therefore capability than the standard Moterra Neo, this shred-ready rig comes with 170/165mm of travel out of the box.
You may think that a big long travel eMTB that rides like a snappy trail bike is a fallacy, but this is what Cannondale set out to achieve with this model. It is quick and agile on the climbs, yet stable and composed on even the nastiest of descents. With Bosch' 750wh battery, you can be out all day breaking boundaries knowing that you've got plenty of juice in the tank for your adventures.
The performance line CX eMTB drive unit, also from Bosch, provides power with 85Nm of available torque. One of the most respected units on the market, you know you're in good hands with up to 340% output increase and range anxiety becoming a thing of the past.
One key feature of this model is the proportional response suspension. Each frame size gets its own custom suspension kinematics for truly size-specific suspension performance. Priced at £7250, you know that if you choose a Moterra Neo LT, it'll feel like a frame almost custom-built, just for you.
GasGas G Trail 3.0
GasGas is certainly a brand that does not need an introduction if you're of the persuasion of off road motorcycles, within trail and enduro riding. However, you may not know that they now offer a comprehensive portfolio of shred ready electric mountain bikes. And if off-road motorcycles aren't your bag, then let us introduce you to this Spanish brand with plenty of heritage.
You'll find a constant theme of red and white throughout their range, not just on their main frames but also accessories such as saddles and grips. With years of experiencing crafting race winning enduro motorcycles, it may seem no surprise their transition to electric mountain bikes. The G Enduro 3.0 sits at the top of their range of long travel offerings, fully equipped so you can take on any rock garden and loamy berms.
With fully Fox Float Factory Kashima coated fork and shock at £5999, you may be forgiven for thinking corners have been cut to achieve this price point. You do have a 6062 alloy main frame and triangle, but you will also find 29" wheels, the renowned Yamaha PW-X3 motor with 85Nm of torque, and a SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain to keep things dependable.
Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf TL tyres are legit Enduro munching tyres, so if you're in the market for something different with the ability to get sendy, this G Enduro 3.0 should definitely be worth a consideration. Conversely, if you have prior familiarity with GasGas from their off-road motorcycles pedigree, then a GasGas electric mountain bike could be the perfect match.