If you're after a drop-bar electric gravel or adventure bike, then we might have the answer in our roundup of all the best ones we have tested. We've tried and tested these bikes listed with more on the way, plus there are more suggestions for options for you to investigate at the bottom.
9 of the best 2020/2021 electric gravel bikes
- Boardman ADV9.8E – £2,699
- Look e-765 Gravel – £4,746 - £5,650
- Carrera Crossroad E – £999
- Orbea Gain 2021 – £2,299 - £7,999
- Specialized Turbo Creo 2021 – £4,000 - £11,000
- Kinesis Range – £3,500
- Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 1 2021 – £8,000
- Giant Revolt E+ Pro — £3,598.99
- Ribble CGR AL e – £2,299 - £2,999
Boardman’s new range of Fazua-powered e-bikes offer really good value for money, and my experience aboard the ADV8.9E has been very positive. You’re getting a lot of the performance of more expensive e-road bikes at a much lower price point. The Fazua system is good for mixed riding, and offers useful assistance and good range. It’s built into a bike that’s solid and enjoyable to ride.
Look has entered the market somewhere very close to the top end with their e-765 Gravel, the sister bike to the road-going e-765. And it’s a very good bike for mixed terrain riding, even if it is expensive enough to put it out of reach of the many (us included).
Carrera is making some really good e-bikes for less than £1,000 at the moment, including the Subway E we recently reviewed. Here it has set itself the task of bringing e-road bikes down to that level, and you know what? It’s succeeded. Okay the Crossroad E isn’t perfect but it is a versatile bike that’s quite a lot of fun to ride. For a grand it’s an impressive package, and definitely one to consider if you have a longer commute you want to do more often by bike.
If you want an e-bike that doesn't look like an e-bike, the Gain range from Basque brand Orbea might well hit the spot. Orbea describes it quite accurately as being designed to "enhance your ride, not dominate it". What they're getting at is the fact that the Ebikemotion X35 Plus motor is significantly less powerful than the Shimano or Bosch mid-mounted motors that many e-bikes have in this price range, but at 14kg for the Gain D15 it's also much lighter than most e-bikes.
Specialized builds its Turbo Creo e-bikes into gravel or road machines by tweaking the spec, but they all use the same SL 1.1 motor, developed by German car component giant Mahle, which also owns the Ebikemotion system found on the Orbea Gain.
The range tops out at the S-Works Turbo Creo SL EVO, above, with a carbon fibre frame and wheels, and starts with the rather less exotic Turbo Creo SL Comp E5 with an aluminium frame and Shimano GRX components.
The Range Adventure from Kinesis UK is an e-bike featuring the Fazua Evation motor. Designed to be versatile and capable of adventures with a light motor and big range, it also has an easily-removable battery that allows unassisted riding. Loads of mounts and and impressive range make it an excellent bikepacker or commuter, though the front needs bigger rubber to tame the harshness.
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We haven't had a chance to test these bikes yet, but they're among the most interesting gravel e-bikes out there right now and could be well worth a look if you are in the market for a gravel e-bike.
Cairn Cycles has just launched their 2021 E-Adventure V2 electric gravel bike with frame and specification updates. Sticking with the Fazua Evation motor, the lightweight e-gravel bike will be available in two different build options, both at a pocket-friendly prices. We've got a first look here, with a test bike due in soon.
With its Lefty front suspension and Kingpin rear shock absorbtion, the Topstone Lefty is already one of the most intriguing gravel bikes for 2021, even before you consider adding electric assistance. This version's Bosch Performance Line CX motor and battery promise ample oomph for help on hills and Cannondale claims a maximum range of 110 miles for big days out. The wireless electronic SRAM AXS shifting, with that huge 10-50 X01 Eagle cassette is like the icing on the cake.
If the price tag has you going "You could get a car for that!" there are Topstone Neo versions from £4,000.
Not the prettiest gravel e-bike you can buy, but its Yamaha motor should provide plenty of oomph and reliable Shimano GRX components handle the standard bike stuff. The stock tyres are 45mm wide, unusually fat for off-the-peg spec, and that's got to be a good thing.
We are fans of many of the various Ribble CGR bikes and are intrigued by this electric gravel version. This version is £2,499 with SRAM Apex, 650B wheels and the Ebikemotion X35 hub motor that's common to the whole range.
What other e-gravel bikes have you seen that you'd like us to cover and review? All suggestions welcome, leave them in the comments below!
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