Why lightweight e-bikes are a great option for road cyclists

If you’re looking for an electric bike, there are good reasons to consider weight

Wilier Filante Hybrid Hero
(Image credit: Wilier)

There’s a spread of weight for electric bikes, with some city hybrids and mountain bikes, in particular, being pretty weighty, with bike weights over 20kg being common.

Electric road bikes are on the other end of the weight spectrum, with the weight of many close to 10kg. We weighed the Ribble Endurance SL e at 12kg in a size XL when we reviewed it, for example, and there are plenty of competitors with similar claimed weights, including the Orbea Gain, Trek Domane+ SLR and Wilier Filante Hybrid.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.