Best electric gravel bikes: dirt loving drop bar e-bikes with added oomph

Could electric gravel bikes be the best and most versatile e-bikes on the market? We look at some of the best electric gravel bike options

Gravel bikes are constantly being touted as the best ‘do-it-all’ bikes, so it’s no surprise that electric versions are beginning to take off.

For those aiming to compete, a growing number of events such as the Dirty Reiver and the Belgian Waffle Ride now have an e-gravel bike category, adding to the appeal of this burgeoning market.

The mix of all-terrain capability, confidence-inspiring stability, and additional assistance make electric gravel bikes an interesting proposition, not only for off-road riding, but also as urban commuter bikes.

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Our pick of the best electric gravel bikes

Here’s our pick of the best electric gravel bikes on the market right now. Carry on reading for more tips on what to look for when you’re choosing the best electric gravel bike for you.

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Pinarello Dyodo Grevil

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  • RRP: £5,000 / $8,000 Review score: 9/10
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Ebikemotion, Frame/ Fork: Carbon Torayca T700 UD,  Groupset: FSA Shimano Ultegra 8050, 160mm rotors, Tires: Vittoria Terreno Zero 650b x 47mm
  • Weight: 12.52kg / 27.6lbslb

With a discrete Ebikemotion drive system, the Pinarello Dyodo Grevil, is almost indistinguishable from its non-pedal assisted sibling. Hidden in the downtube is a 250Wh battery, the motor is housed in the rear hub and can provide 40nm of torque.

The frame itself is made from Toray T700 unidirectional carbon, and the frame is based around Pinarello’s trademark asymmetric design, shaping the frame around the unique forces the drive side and non-drive side are subjected to. The frame also sees FlatBack tubing and Pinarello’s Fork Flaps to slice through the air, as well as an FSC integrated seat clamp and aero seatpost.

Rolling on Vittoria Terreno 650x47mm tires, there is room between the stays for up to 700x42mm / 27.5×2.1in rubber the bike comes shod with a 2×11 Ultegra drivetrain.

Buy now: Pinarello Dyodo Grevil from Competitive Cyclist for $5,600 or at Sigma Sports for £4500

Cairn Cycles E-Adventure 1.0

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The Cairn E-Adventure impressed on test

  • RRP: £2,989 / $3916.40
  • Review score: 9/10
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Fazua Evation 1.0, 250Wh battery, Frame/ Fork: Aluminium frame, carbon fork,  Groupset: SRAM Rival hydraulic disc 42t, 10-42t , Tyres: WTB Resolute 700x42c
  • Weight: 14.61kg / 32.2lb
  • Pros: geometry and handling inspire confidence; Fazua motor system provides just enough assistance; ability to ride without motor; price
  • Cons: Will you ever ride without the motor/battery?

The E-Adventure 1.0 electric gravel bike from Cairn Cycles really impressed us in our review, landing a 9/10 score. The alloy frame has helped to keep the price down too, which for a bike of this caliber is really respectable at under £$5k.

As the name might suggest, the E-Adventure certainly isn’t lagging behind when it comes to the latest gravel-friendly features including full mounting points for racks and three-pack mounts on each fork leg, as well as internal dynamo routing for long-distance riding or commuting.

You can fit up to 700c x 45c or 650b x 2.25″ (57c) tires with the generous clearance. Meanwhile, the Fazua Evation 1.0 delivers a range of up to 80km /50mi and assistance up to 25kph / 15mph.

On test, we found the geometry to be really confidence-inspiring over technical terrain. To us, it’s obvious that this could be a popular choice with riders seeking a little extra assistance to keep up with their riding buddies or for those heading out on bikepacking weekend adventures. Just remember you may need to recharge.

Read more: Cairn Cycles E-Adventure 1.0 review

Buy now: Cairn Cycles E-Adventure 1.0 at Cairn Cycles for £2,989 / $3916.40

Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty

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The Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 3 is certainly a unique looking bike

  • RRP: £5,000 / $5,800
  • Review score: 9/10
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Bosch Performance Line CX motor, Bosch Powertube battery, 500Wh, Frame/ Fork: BallisTec Carbon frame, Lefty Oliver fork, 30mm travel,  Groupset: FSA Bosch chainset 42, Shimano GRX 600/810, 160mm rotors, Tyres: WTB Resolute TCS, 650x42c
  • Weight: 17.36kg / 38.27lb
  • Pros: handling and traction; power application; range
  • Cons: almost too much torque; wheel spec; it’s not pretty

If you crossed the Cannondale Topstone gravel bike, the controversial Lefty Slate XC bike and an e-MTB, you’d end up with the new Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty. Bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?

Cannondale calls this a full suspension gravel bike, with their 30mm travel Lefty Oliver fork upfront and their ‘Kingpin Softail suspension’ giving another 30mm travel at the rear.

With the same drive system as the Canyon Grail:ON, the Bosch’s Performance Line CX motor delivers up to 75Nm of torque, making this bike really capable of powering up rocky inclines or techy trails. The large 500Wh Bosch internal battery delivers up to a claimed 125km / 78mi range. On test, 40+ mile rides mixing the power modes and barely used half the battery, so we could see how this range is certainly achievable.

The carbon fiber frame and suspension features put the Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty well above the price point of other gravel e-bikes, but we felt it was “unrivaled in its class in terms of motor performance and the grin-inducing ride.” It also blurs the lines between gravel and mountain bikes even more, and will probably be more bike than most will need. But hey, what fun!

Read more: Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 3 review

Buy now: Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty at Tredz for £4,999.99 or from REI for $5,800

Buy now: Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon 3 Lefty at Rutland Cycling for £4,999.99

Specialized Turbo Creo SL Carbon Comp EVO

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Specialized Turbo Creo SL EVO

  • RRP: £5,500 / $6,750
  • Review score: 9/10
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Specialized Sl 1.1, 320Wh, Frame/ Fork: Future Shock 2.0,  Groupset: Shimano GRX810, 160mm rotors, Tyres: Specialized Pathfinder Pro 700×38
  • Weight: 13.5kg / 29.7lb

With the same motor and battery as it’s pavement oriented brand mate, the Specialized Turbo Creo SL Carbon Comp EVO is ready to tackle wild and woolly conditions.

The frame is made from the big red ‘S’s’ top-o-the line Fact 11r carbon fiber, and sees a Future Shock 2.0 at the front, complete with adjustable damping. At the back is a 1x Shimano GRX, though the left shifter isn’t a dummy, it actuates an X-Fusion Manic Dropper Post. When your legs run out of steam, Specialized’s own SL 2.1 motor has got you covered with 240W of assistance. Integrated into the downtube is a 320Wh battery pack, claimed to be good for up to 128km / 80mi, Specialized offers a bottle cage sized ranger extender that adds an extra 64km / 40mi.

Rolling stock comes in the form DT Swiss R407 hoops with Boost hub spacing which are finished in 39mm Spesh Pathfinder Pro tires.

Buy now: Specialized Turbo Creo SL Carbon Comp from Specialized for $6,750 or at Rutland for £5,498.99

Look E-765 Gravel

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The Look E-765 comes in three different colorways

  • RRP: £6,300 / $7,500
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Fazua mid-drive motor and 250W battery, Frame/ Fork: Look E-765 carbon fibre,  Groupset: SRAM Force 1X, Tyres: WTB Riddler 45c,
  • Weight: 13.6kg / 30lb

Look released their all-new gravel bikes and gravel e-bikes at the same time in 2019, a range of high-end carbon fiber bikes that lean toward the racier end of gravel. These lightweight builds are stripped back for speed, so you won’t find any bosses for mounting racks, mudguards or other luggage.

Just like Kinesis (see below), Look has used the Fazua 250W motor and battery system, helping to reduce overall weight. There’s a claimed range of up to 86km / 53mi over mixed surfaces, or 53km / 33mi in urban conditions.

There’s space for most gravel tires with clearance for 40mm for 700c wheels or 55mm for a 650b, and the electric E-765 Gravel version comes with fairly narrow WTB Riddler 38mm tires.

In the US, Look only offer a SRAM Apex build which costs $7,500 / £5,650 RRP.

Read more: New Look gravel bike and E-gravel bike launched

Buy now: Look E-765 Gravel bike at Road Cycle Exchange for £4,746 or Revolution Bikes for $7,500

Canyon Grail:ON

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The Grail: ON is Canyon’s electric gravel bike offering

  • RRP: £4,699 / $5,799
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Bosch Performance Line CX (Gen4), Bosch PowerTube 500Wh battery, Frame/ Fork: Canyon Grail:ON CF (carbon fiber),  Groupset: Shimano GRX RX600/812, FSA Cranks, Tyres: Schwalbe G-One Bite 50mm,
  • Weight: 17.1 kg / 37.7 lb

Canyon’s offering is specifically targeted for those wanting an electric gravel bike that can tackle more adventurous riding with ease.

Opting for Bosch’s Performance Line CX system — more routinely seen on electric mountain bikes — the motor provides up to 340% support in turbo mode and a generous 85Nm of Torque, designed for scrambling up steep climbs and smashing singletrack.

The disadvantage of this powerful 2.9kg / 6.4lbs motor is that this kind of riding heavy on the battery. Canyon has used a larger 500Wh battery to tackle this, which also gives an average 120km / 75mi range, dependant on power settings, terrain, rider weight etc. You can predict your range on any given ride using the Bosch eBike range calculator here.

The Grail:ON features great clearance for up to 50mm tires and its relaxed, upright riding position compared to the non-motorized Grail is welcome.

Read more: The electrifying Canyon Grail: ON is launched

Buy now: Canyon Grail:ON at Canyon for £4,699 / $5,799

Kinesis Range Adventure

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  • RRP: £3,150 / $NA
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: Fazua Evation Drive motor system with a removable 252 Wh battery, Frame/ Fork: Kinesis Range aluminum frame, Range carbon fork, Groupset: SRAM Apex/Rival, Praxis cranks Tyres: WTB Riddler 700c x 45c,
  • Weight: 14.9kg (32.8lb)

An aluminum frame with a carbon fork, the Range Adventure from British brand Kinesis is its second electric bike offering after the Rise E-Hardtail

Kinesis has opted for a Fazua system with a removable battery, resulting in a total bike weight just a shade under 15kg / 33lbs. As the battery weighs in at just 1.38 kg / 3.04lbs, you could easily carry a spare if you were going for a longer rider or were worried about the 55km / 34.18mi claimed range.

The control and information display is on the top tube, where you can select assistance between breeze, river or rocket modes and view the remaining battery life.

The bike is supplied with 45mm WTB Riddler tires which are great in the British summer conditions, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more bite you can fit up to 50mm tires front and rear.

Read more: Kinesis introduces adventure and fitness E-bikes to its range 

Buy now: Kinesis Range Adventure at Tredz for £3,500

Ribble CGR AL e SRAM Apex 1x 650B

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You wouldn’t know Ribble’s gravel e-bike wasn’t a normal bike on first sight

  • RRP: from £2,499 / $NA
  • Spec: Motor/Battery: MAHLE Ebikemotion X35 M1 250W motor, Panasonic 36V/250Wh battery, Frame/ Fork: 6061-T6 Aluminium frame, CGR AL e Disc carbon fork, Groupset: SRAM Apex 1 HRD 1×11 speed, Tyres: WTB Horizon Road Plus TCS 650b x 47c,
  • Weight: 13.6kg (30lb) – medium

On first look at the Ribble CGR AL e, you’d have no idea this machine is actually an electric gravel bike. Seriously, look at it! Where’s the motor?

Building on Ribble’s non-motorized CGR (Cross, Gravel and Road) which we rated highly, the electric version features a MAHLE Ebikemotion 250W hub-based motor and Panasonic 250Wh battery hidden away in the downtube. This is controlled from a single button on the top tube, designed to look as sleek as possible.

Ribble claims a range of up to 96 km / 60mi over mixed surfaces, and although this motor may not be as powerful as some MTB orientated setups, it does give a significantly more lightweight total build that can be totally recharged in three and a half hours.

The range starts from £2,299 with a Shimano Tiagra build. Shimano 105, Rival and Ultegra builds are also available. Unfortunately, Ribble isn’t shipping the motorized version outside of the UK.

Buy now: Ribble CGR AL e SRAM Apex at Ribble Cycles from £2,499

What should you look for when buying an electric gravel bike?

Although there’ll be a few specific things that you’ll need to consider when buying an e-bike specifically for dirt, gravel roads, and trails, most of what you’ll need to check out are the same as any electric bike. Check out our handy guide on how to buy an e-bike here. You’ll need to consider the motor type, placement and torque, battery size and range, bike weight, and, of course, your budget.

Don’t think that electric gravel bikes are simply for riding off-road though. Just like conventional gravel bikes, these can also make great town bikes or commuters, thanks to their sturdy wide tires and wide rage gearing which comes in especially handy when you’re carrying a lot of luggage.

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In this case, you’ll need to consider safe storage and charging, as these bikes tend to be pretty pricey. Check out our pick of the best E-bikes for more urban options and our best gravel and adventure bikes for non-electric options to consider too.

Motor and torque

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Bosch’s Performance Line CX is usually seen in eMTBs

There’s a wide range of motors used in electric bikes, with some of the biggest names including Bosch, Fazua and Shimano. As they become more powerful, they also tend to become heavier; greater energy demands results in larger, heavier batteries.

Some electric gravel bikes that lean more towards the MTB end of the spectrum will feature more powerful motors for high torque which helps on really technical terrain.

If you really want to do your homework, read up on how e-bikes work here.

Battery capacity and range

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The 500Wh internal battery can simply be removed and replaced here

You’ll need to think about how you intend to use your electric gravel bike when it comes to working out what range requirements, and the battery capacity you’ll need.

Does that model have a removable battery so you can bring a spare? Will you have a place to charge your bike on an overnight trip or commute?

Generally speaking, the larger the motor and battery, the heavier the total bike will be. Bear this in mind if you’ll need to lift your bike into a car or carry it up a flight of stairs for example, as heavier bikes make this more tricky.

Information displays

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The information display for many Bosch systems can be mounted on the handlebars

Information displays will help you see how much battery life you have left, as well as what mode you’re in.

Some will give you additional information, while others can be linked to your smartphone for more customization and information. Typically these will come in the form of a digital unit mounted on the handlebars or a button with LED lights on the top tube.

E-bike specific components and finishing kit

Keep an eye out for e-bike specific components and finishing kit when you’re choosing an electric gravel bike.

Think tires and groupsets, and these tend to be more robust and designed to cope with the extra weight and torque of the ebike system. This helps them last longer before they need to be serviced or replaced.

Tire choice

It wouldn’t be an article about gravel bikes without mentioning tires, right?

Generally speaking, as the electric gravel bike you’ll be riding is heavier than non-motorized bikes, it’s a good idea to opt for wider tires.

Even if you set your bike up tubeless, it’s still possible to pinch flat if you bottom out the rim on a rock, root or curb — though sealant may plug the snakebite hole.

These wider tires will also help to take out some of the harshest bumps along the way, and make the ride a little more comfortable for you. Look for tires that are a minimum width of 40mm, or even consider 650b wheels with wider MTB tires.