9 Best Women’s Electric Bikes

There are lots of reasons to buy an electric bike, also known as an e-bike.  Perhaps you are trying to drive less and get around more by bike.  Or, you might be out of shape or have a disability that makes an e-assist help you meet your goals of riding a century or climbing up that mountain.  

Whatever type of riding you’re planning on doing with your e-bike, we’ve rounded up a list of the best options for women.  Some of these are true women’s-specific bikes while others are simply bikes that have a wide variety of sizes and appropriate geometry for ladies.

If you’re brand new to e-bikes, you might also want to scroll all the way to the bottom of the article. There we’ve shared some tips on what to look for–types of motors, batteries, etc.


Electric Commuter Bikes

Do you plan on using your electric bike primarily for running errands and getting to work?  If so, they a commuter bike will be your best bet.  We’ve got a couple of awesome options for either hauling you around or for hauling you and all your groceries and gear.

Yuba Electric Boda Boda

Yuba Electric Boda Boda

Replace your car with the Yuba Boda Boda.  This e-bike has it all: a 220 pound cargo capacity (in addition to your bodyweight), integrated front and rear LED lights, super-strong Tektro Vela hydraulic disc brakes, and an integrated cycling computer.

What else should we mention?  Oh, the fenders, bike skirt, kickstand, and reliable Shimano motors.  The battery lasts between 20-93 miles per charge depending on speed, weight, etc.

Price (MSRP): $3,200


Electra Townie Commute Go

Electra Townie Commute Go women's ebike

The Electra Townie is the perfect bike for riding to work or to the library.  The rack on the back can carry your laptop bag or add some panniers to carry groceries. 

The Bosch motor can propel you up to 20 mph and has a range of 20-100 miles.  The battery fully charges in 3.5 hours so plug it in while you’re at work and then ride home. 

We love the color of this bike, the powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and matching bell.

Price (MSRP): $2,699


Tern Vectron S10 Folding E-Bike

Tern Electric Folding Bike

The Tern Vectron is the perfect bike for folks who want to take their bike on the bus, subway, or who live in a tiny apartment.  The bike folds down for easy transport and storage. 

It also has a Bosch motor to propel you quickly around town.  The rear rack can carry a child or your gear.  We also love the integrated lighting system so you’ll never get caught in the dark.

Price (MSRP): $3,499


Other Electric Commuter Bikes To Consider


Electric Road Bikes

Get a little assist on your next wine country tour or cross-country adventure.  These road bikes will get you wherever you want to go (as long as the road there is paved).

Cannondale Synapse

Cannondale Synapse Electric Road Bike

The Cannondale Synapse is designed for long days in the saddle.  The endurance-style geometry and “SAVE Micro-Suspension” will help keep you going hour after hour–not to mention the Bosch motor. 

You’ll also appreciate the tubeless-ready WTB wheelset, SRAM Apex 1 HRD hydraulic disc brakes, and carbon fork. Just make sure to charge it overnight so you can go hard again tomorrow.

Price (MSRP):$4,725


Pinarello Dyodo

Pinarello Dyamo electric road bike

Everything about the Pinarello Dydodo screams fast, from the sleek red and black paint scheme to the all-carbon build.  The bike boasts a full SRAM Force build and 
Mavic Aksuim wheelset. 

This bike will take you wherever you want to go however fast you want to go, and thanks to the stealthy design, folks will have to look real hard to even notice that it’s an e-bike.

Price (MSRP): $7,999 at CompetitiveCyclist.com


Orbea Gain

Orbea Gain E-Bike

At only 30 pounds, the Orbea Gain is significantly lighter than most e-bikes, which means you’ll be able to go further faster.  Also, thanks to the hub drive motor, nobody will ever know you have pedal assist. 

The bike also boasts a Shimano 105 groupset, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and Ready GR wheelset.

Price (MSRP):$3,299

Other Electric Road Bikes To Consider


Electric Mountain Bikes

If you want to hit up singletrack, dirt roads, or rail trails, a mountain bike is a good choice.  The pedal-assist mountain bikes will help you up even the steepest pitches.

Liv Emobolden E+ 2

Liv Embolden Women's E-Bike

The Liv Embolden E+ is a women’s-specific electric mountain bike which makes it a good choice for smaller women or anybody who might benefit from women-specific geometry. 

You’ll also be able to tackle just about anything with the full-suspension trail bike design, hydraulic disc brakes, and the tubeless-ready plus-sized 27.5-inch wheelset.  

Price (MSRP): $3,675 at LivCycling.com


Cannondale Cujo NEO

cannondale cujo neo electric mountain bike

This is the e-assist version of the popular Cannondale Cujo mountain bike.  
You’ll love the TranzX dropper seatpost that allows you to lower your seat for descents without having to get off your bike, as well as the super-beefy 27.5×2.8″ tires. 

Finally, the 504Wh Shimano E8020 battery battery will last up to 5 hours so you can go as long or as far as you want.  

Price (MSRP) : $4,200


Devinci DC

Devinci DC electric mountain bike

Fly down the trail with the Devinci DC–seriously, you can do up to 20 mph with the Devinci’s pedal-assist.  The bikes SRAM Hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power, and the plus-sized tires will help keep you from stopping when you don’t want to.  The slack geometry makes this bike comfortable and stable for both beginners and experienced riders.

Price (MSRP): $5,669

Other Electric Mountain Bikes To Consider


Comparison Chart: Women’s Electric Bikes

Not sure how all these bikes stack up?  Here’s a comparison chart to help you out.

BikePrice (MSRP)Bike TypeMotorBatteryWeight
Yuba Electric Boda Boda$3,200Commuter
Shimano STEPS E6000 250W418Wh60 lbs
Electra Townie Commute Go$2,699CommuterBosch Performance 250w59 lbs
Tern Vektron S10 Folding $3,499CommuterBosch Active Line, 250W‎Bosch PowerPack 400 Wh48 lbs
Cannondale Synapse NEO$4,725RoadBosch Active Line Plus 250wBosch PowerTube 500Wh40 lbs
Pinarello Dyodo$7,999Roadebikemotion X35250 Wh26 lbs
Orbea Gain$3,299Roadebikemotion X35450 Wh30.5 lbs
Liv Emobolden E+ 2$3,675MountainGiant SyncDrive Sport, 80Nm powered by YAMAHAGiant EnergyPak 500 13.8Ah
Cannondale Cujo NEO$4,200MountainShimano STEPS DU-E8000 250WShimano E8020, 504Wh52 lbs
Devinci DC$5,669MountainShimano Steps E8000Shimano E8020, 504Wh
Specialized Women’s Turbo Vado 3.0$3,450CommuterTurbo 1.2, Custom Rx Street Tuned Motor 250WSpecialized UI-460 Wh51.2 lbs
Trek Super Commuter+ 8S$5,199.99CommuterBosch Performance CX, 250W‎Bosch PowerPack 500 Wh46.96 lbs
Benno e-Joy 9D$3,399.99CommuterBosch Active Line Plus 250WBosch PowerPack 400 Wh
Civia Parkway Step-Thru$2399CommuterBosch Active Line 250WBosch PowerPack 400 Wh43 lbs
Trek Domane+$6,699.99RoadBosch Performance Speed, 350WBosch PowerTube 500wh37.89 lbs
Wilier CentoRoad
Specialized Turbo Creo SL$9,000RoadSpecialized SL 1.1 240WSpecialized SL1-320 Wh
Pivot Shuttle$9,999MountainShimano STEPS E8000504 Wh46 lbs
Norco Sight VLT C3$6,799MountainShimano STEPS E7000In-Tube 500Wh49.2 lbs
Marin Nail Trail E1$3,359.99MountainShimano Steps E8000Shimano E8010, 500 Wh

Things To Think About When Shopping For An E-Bike

Classes of E-Bikes

There are three different “classes” of electric bikes. The bikes listed here are Class 1 or Class 3, and can also be referred to as “pedal assist.” This is because they still require you to pedal to propel forward.

Class 1 e-bikes have a motor (up to 750w) and can propel you up to 20 mph. Class 3 e-bikes also have a maximum motor of 750w but can propel up to 28 mph. Both classes are allowed in most cities and states without any kind of special license.

Class 2 e-bikes (which we have not included here) have a more powerful motor and do not require you to pedal.

The Motor

Most e-bike motors are supplied by a few major brands. The most common are Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano, and Brose.

The power of the motor is measured in watts, and the torque of the motor is measured in newton meters. Both numbers will give you an idea of how much boost you’ll get. The greater the watts and nm the more power.

The Battery

A lot of folks pay a lot of attention to the motor on the e-bike they are buying and not enough attention to the battery. An even more important measurement than watts is watt-hours (or Wh). This tells you how much power you’ll get for how long. The more Wh the longer you’ll be able to ride before recharging. You should also consider how long the battery will take to recharge.

Another thing you may want to pay attention to is how obvious the battery is. Some bikes have a big bulky battery attached to the down-tube of the frame, while others have become more streamlined and nearly unnoticeable. Whether or not this matters to you is entirely personal preference.

Weight

Compared to a regular bike, a motor and battery can add a bunch of weight to an e-bike. Thanks to the electric assist you might not notice the weight that much while pedaling, but it can still make the bike more challenging to maneuver, load on your bike rack, or carry upstairs. More petite women, in particular, should pay attention to weight when shopping.

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7 thoughts on “9 Best Women’s Electric Bikes”

  1. How about reviewing ladies ebikes for touring? I’d like to know what are the tops of ladies ebikes for touring?

  2. Jenny –
    Check out the Blix Aveny e-bike! I bought one last year and LOVE IT! It’s a great, stylish, comfortable ride!

    Best of Luck!
    Pam

  3. Hi Kristen,
    Thanks for the informative review of women’s electric bikes. My wife just purchased a Liv Embolden E+ 2 Power full suspension mountain bike in XS, the smallest frame size. The standover height is just barely enough for her 5′ 2″ frame and 29″ inseam. Liv’s owner manual Fit Section states that standover height is the basic element of bike fit and that 2 inch clearance is minimum for paved surface riding, 3 inches for unpaved surfaces and 4 inches off road use. Good luck finding any women’s full suspension mountain bike frame size with those clearances for shorter women! Why are manufactures not making frames to fit smaller women?

  4. To follow up on the standover height issue, I researched the 2019 Women’s mountain bikes you reviewed and a few other popular models. None is a good fit for a 5’2″ woman with 29″ inseam.
    Standover Height:
    Devinci DC NX/GX Ebike in S is 28.3″.
    Cannondale Cujo Neo 130 4 Ebike in S is 30.0
    Liv Embolden E+ 2 Power in XS is 28.0
    Trek Powerfly 5 Women’s in 14.5 is 29.1
    Specialized Turbo Kenevo Comp in S is 30.6

  5. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed with the choices presented here. Where is a classic (thin) dutch bike when you don’t need to a carry-3-kids-cargo bike, a spandex-and-corporate-sponsor-required road bike, or a knuckle-busting mountain bike? Or bikes that don’t look like an insect or an overinflated puffer.

    I really like the spec comparison chart (that includes weight, motor brand and power), but please add battery brand, capacity, and location information, and motor position information.

    Please review Bluejay, Gazelle, Blix, Story, and others offering step-through frames in a classic style.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Teri,
      Appreciate your feedback. An update of this post and more reviews is on my to-do list; will work on incorporating your requests….One of the biggest issues is simply how many types of bikes there are now with electric assist (cargo vs road vs city, etc); might have to break into multiple articles to better address some of your concerns (and those of others presented above).
      Cheers,
      KB

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