Best women's e-bikes 2022

We take a look at the best women's e-bikes on the market to give you an extra oomph whatever the terrain

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Choosing the best women's e-bike can be tricky - but we've got all the advice you need to select the right model for you.

A women's electric bike is a female specific version of a motor-assisted ride that takes some of the effort out of pedalling. Electric bikes are like conventional bikes, but with a battery and motor. This means there are road, hybrid and gravel specific versions of e-bikes—meaning there's a range to match the purpose of your riding.

Women's electric bike models will come with a women's saddle and narrower handlebars, to help make sure the bike fits right out the box.

The initial perception of e-bikes as ‘cheating’ has been rightly quashed. E-bikes give you an electric assisted ride but you still have to put something in to get something out of it.

The many benefits of riding an e-bike are now widely accepted. No more turning up to work a sweaty mess thanks to a hilly or long commute. Towing a heavy load out and about can now be done with ease. If you don’t want to risk niggling a recovering injury, you can go out knowing you can reduce the exertion when needed. And, attempting that really hilly route with friends, who you think are stronger than you, is something you now won’t shy away from. All solved.

A motor may be built into the bike but this does not mean that turning on the boost is a necessity for all your rides. It is there when you want it but you don’t need to be held hostage to using it always.

It is worth being aware that electric bikes are restricted under UK law. The electric motor won’t assist you when you’re travelling more than 25 km/h (15.5mph) and the power doesn’t exceed 250 watts. But this is more than enough to take the edge off taxing rides.

The rules are similar in most of the world, except the US where the motor can provide assistance up to 20mph.

Read more: Electric bikes and UK law: what you need to know

Best women's e-bikes

Not every female rider will want a women’s specific bike, but they offer a spread of sizes more suited to shorter riders, narrower handlebars and women’s saddles. These female-specific contact points and women's-specific geometry can also save you time and money as you may avoid needing to buy new components to get a comfortable ride.

There are an increasing number of women’s specific e-bikes on the market that can help you achieve your goals—whether practical or performance orientated, the selection we have listed below will have you covered. You might also consider one of the best electric bike conversion kits if you have a current bike you like but want to add some extra push.

Read on to the bottom to find out what you should look out for in e-bike motors and batteries, as these are the essential components.

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Reasons to buy

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Stylish slimline look
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SyncDrive Pro motor with Smart Assist technology
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Walk assist

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly more expensive than equivalent spec hybrid e-bikes

Speed on slicks is for everyone with Liv’s Thrive E+ Pro electric road style bike that will fit and ride a dream, thanks to its women’s specific design philosophy. Liv is the women's bike arm of Giant bikes, and we've got a full guide to the Liv bike range.

Providing the electric boast is Giant’s SyncDrive Pro motor which engages instantly as it works with the company's PedalPlus 6-Sensor technology. For a guaranteed fluid ride, this takes six measurements about your riding so it can add the perfect amount of power at the exact right time.

Blending effortlessly into the Thrive’s sleek chameleon blue aluminium frame is Giant’s EnergyPak Smart 375 battery. Liv claim this can take you up to 110km on a single charge.

Keeping your handlebar clear for accessories, the RideControl One switch fits snugly in the centre. It also uses LED lighting so you can always keep track of the battery level and which assistance mode you are on.

The Thrive also features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for precise braking and the reliable Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x32c gravel tyres for optimal traction in all weather.

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Lapierre Esensium 300 Disc Women's Electric Road Bike

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight, stealth motor system
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Fast tyres

Reasons to avoid

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A bit less support than more powerful motors

Easily missed by the casual observer is the motor that powers this Lapierre road e-bike for women. The Ebikemotion System is subtle—in appearances, but also in support.

The eSensium has a lightweight alloy frame and a carbon fork, with tidy internal cable routing. It also doesn’t come with the added weight a lot of e-bike systems do. This makes it a good choice for a rider who doesn’t always want the electric boost.

Fitted with 28c Continental Ultra Sport II tyres, this makes a comfy ride. Its Shimano hydraulic disc brakes also make it a reliable choice for riders looking for speed in all weathers.

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Cube Kathmandu Hybrid 45 625 Trapeze

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity battery
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Front suspension
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Lots of accessories as standard

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest option

Versatile, comfortable and practical are three words which encapsulate Cube’s e-hybrid offering.

At the heart of Kathmandu’s aluminium frame is Bosch’s fourth generation CX drive unit with a powerful 625Wh battery, which can be charged without removing it. This is coupled with a Shimano 12-speed SLX and XT drivetrain. With the two put together, power and pedalling are integrated seamlessly and make for a responsive ride. Also, the Intuvia controller makes this system easy to use.

The Kathmandu has a tapered head tube to ensure accurate steering while having a comfortable ride on all terrain thanks to its 100mm Suntour suspension fork.

With practicality in mind, Cube has included full-length mudguards, bottle cage and kickstand mounts, and built in lights. Cube has also finished off this e-hybrid with its integrated, sturdy Carrier 2.0 rack for carrying your belongings on your travels out and about.

Added to this, powerful Magura hydraulic disc brakes with large rotors have been fitted for guaranteed stopping power all year round.

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Reasons to buy

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Easy and comfortable to ride
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Looks like a standard bike
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Low torque power output feels natural

Reasons to avoid

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Charging point in vulnerable position
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Power button in awkward position

Discreet hub-driven power assistance gives Ribble’s full carbon e-bike a stealthy look that is matched with on road performance.

The Endurance SL e boasts a slim and lightweight internal Panasonic battery which preserves the high-end carbon bike look. The 250w battery takes just 3.5 hours to charge and Ribble claim it’s capable of providing up to 60 miles of assistance over mixed terrain.

An easy to use, top tube mounted control button allows you to select settings while on the move. It also means your handlebars remain clutter-free.

The Endurance SL e frame is designed for disc brakes and other specs are fully customisable.

Although not built with women's specific geometry, you can choose women’s specific contact points before you click buy. It can be fitted with a women’s saddle such as the Selle Royal Vivo or Fizik’s Luce S-Alloy Rail.

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Canyon Grail: ON CF 7 WMN

Reasons to buy

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Dual deck bars add compliance
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Plenty of power on tap when you hit tricky terrain

Reasons to avoid

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Looks are divisive

The Grail:ON is Canyon’s answer for an electric carbon bike that will float over gravel and be optimized for female riders.

Turning ON the speed is Bosch’s Gen4 CX Performance Motor, which has a removable 500 watt-hour battery.

Noticeably, the Grail:ON’s cockpit features Canyon’s unique all-carbon bar which is suspended for added comfort when riding vicious terrain, although the bottom struts are not designed to be used. At the back, Canyon's split head seatpost does the same job for your rear.

With 50mm tyres, Schwalbe’s G-One Bites will certainly take the edge of uneven off-road tracks. But this does come at the cost of increased rolling resistance when you hit tarmac sections.

Finished off with Shimano’s mechanical gravel groupset, GRX 812, and disc brakes, this bike is ready for speedy adventures.

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Pendleton Somerby Electric bike

Reasons to buy

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Good value
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Traditional looks
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Reasonable range for city riding

Reasons to avoid

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V-brakes not as effective as discs

Pendleton’s Somerby provides a value option for a female rider looking for a little boost when city riding.

The Somerby is fitted with a Bafang 36V 250W electric motor system in the rear hub with a range of up to 50 miles per charge. This is certainly enough for a local leisure ride.

It features Shimano’s 8-speed Acera groupset and Tektro aluminium V-brakes. The V-brakes will deliver reliable stopping, although they don’t have the same power as hydraulic discs—especially in the wet.

With a step-through frame, mudguards and a luggage rack, the Somerby is a practical vessel for going about town.

Islabikes eJanis side profile

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Reasons to buy

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Well priced
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Lightweight 
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Easy to use component choices

Reasons to avoid

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Can't remove the battery for charging

With an alloy step-through frame and gearing and components selected for a comfortable ride, the Islabikes eJanis is designed to be easy to ride. Other user-friendly features include small, short-reach levers, a single chainring and hydraulic disc brakes.

The battery and motor are hidden away, while the 13.5kg weight makes it easy to move around even without the motor's assistance. Its weight is also very competitive for a bike at this price.

You can read our full review of the Islabikes eJanis here to learn more.

Kinese

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Reasons to buy

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Empty List

Reasons to avoid

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Empty List

The Kinesis Lyfe is a well priced alloy e-bike which, like many, uses the Mahle ebikemotion rear hub motor and internal battery system to give you an extra boost. It comes in two flavours, with an extra £100 buying you mudguards, a rack and lights, which we reckon is a good value upgrade.

At 16.5kg it's not too heavy for its price either and comes with a single chainring Shimano groupset which, paired with the motor, gives plenty of range to handle the terrain. 

You can read our full review of the Kinesis Lyfe here.

Electric bike motors and batteries – what you should be aware of

Placement of motors

Motors in electric bikes can be found in the front or rear hub of the wheel, or on the frame.

Hub mounted motors tend to be found on cheaper e-bikes. Although they have the benefit of being a little quieter, they often don’t perform so well on hills.

Frame-mounted, or mid-drive motors, are mounted in the centre of the bike at the bottom bracket area. This positioning means the weight distribution of the motor is much better, giving the bike increased stability and balance. Also, as a mid-drive motor is connected directly to the drivetrain it offers better performance in terms of efficiency. Hills are conquered with ease with this style of motor.

Batteries

An e-bike’s battery's available range is an important consideration, both when purchasing the bike and forever after. Knowing how far the battery will take you is something you will learn the more and more you ride the bike. It’s not as straightforward as saying the battery will last X amount of miles. The battery life depends on the assistance setting you select, terrain and conditions and how long you stay in this setting.

Electric bike batteries are measured in watt-hours (WH) or amp-hours (AH). Typically, an e-bike’s battery capacity usually lies between 7-10Ah. This equates to anywhere between 25 to 70 miles of travel on a single charge of an e-bike. If you’re riding hard on full power expect less; if you manage your battery life well you could get more, while if you're managing over 25kph (that's 15.5mph) in most countries, the motor will cut out, so you won't be draining the battery. In the US the cut-off is at 20mph.

Bear in mind that all batteries deteriorate in time and so you will need to replace and dispose of them, although 500 recharge cycles can usually be achieved without significant degradation in capacity. Battery performance may also be impacted in cold weather.