The 10 Most Expensive Electric Bikes

May 10, 2013
Revised May 10, 2013 Having big money is a nice thing, especially if your an electric bike fanatic. There is nothing cheap that matches the fine finish and performance of these 10 electric bikes. Unfortunately the demand for these ultra expensive beasts is not that great, because most of the electric bikes on this list have not made it to market yet and exist in a state of vapor wear with a few prototypes. However all the bikes on this list, the manufacturer claims to be taking pre-orders and have working prototypes.Part of the reason these bikes are so expensive is most are hand made one at a time items. As a Ferrari is hand built as opposed to a mass produced Fiat.

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#10  Prodego Titanio $5000

The most affordable bike on this list is also the lightest weight (32 pounds)  and has the smallest battery pack (205 watt hours) and the smallest motor (250 watts). Building a lightweight ebike is full of performance compromises and to build one light is not cheap. The Prodego Titanio is a titanium beauty, made in China and assembled in the Prodeco factory in Florida.

Read about the $20,000 home build lightest mountain ebike ever


#9 Specialized Turbo $6000

Semi-affordable  the Specialized Turbo is a quality mass produced bike which can reach a respectable 28mph with pedaling. Specialized hired a team of engineers in Switzerland who spent 3 years designing this bike. It has proprietary hub motor, battery, frame, dashboard, etc. so it costs big bucks.  One of the more solid and practical bikes on this list.  Specialized designed it with the commuter in mind, but good luck locking this expensive baby to a post.

Read our review on the Specialized Turbo



#8  Hanebrink All-Terrain  $9000

Hanebrink is the original fat bike builder, and in the last 5 years brought to market a fat bike mid drive. (read our article about mid drives) A fat bike mid drive is a brutal combination because it can climb steep terrain even when off road.  Because this ebike is hand made in the USA with many expensive and custom made components it is expensive….

Read our review on the Hanebrink

Read our story on electric fatbikes


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#7  Heavy Duty Trike Truck $10,000

This is one of the more unique bikes on this list, which is the SUV of the Ebike world. Hand built in Portland Oregon the Trike Truck has 2 hub motor in the rear and a unique front wheel pedal drive.  It is designed for carrying heavy cargo and rider up steep hills.

#6  Outrider 422 Alpha  $12,000

The Outrider USA  trike is one of the faster ebikes on this list…or would you call it an E-trike?  This is a non suspension trike with a powerful Astro rc motor running to the back wheel, giving you 6 horse power in a light package. Where most of the bikes on this list are lucky to burn 1500 watts, this baby will burn up to 9,000 watts, and jet this trike to 50mph in less than 6 seconds.

Read how  Outrider Trikes the Pikes Peak Hill Climb challenge.

Read our story on Outrider Trikes

Read our story on Astro Motors


Outrider 422 Alpha


#5  Stealth Bomber   $12,000

The Stealth Bomber has proven to be a reliable and robust speedster capable of speeds up to 50mph and is equipped with a heavy duty full suspension. It weighs in at a hefty 125 pounds but has over a 50 mile range.

read  our Stealth Bomber review

read how one guy modified his Bomber to be even faster


#4  Optibike  1100r  $14,000

The Optibike 1100r uses some of the latest ebike technologies  including a mid drive. a Rohloff as the motors transmission,  and a Fox full suspension. It is capable of speeds of 35mph and has a very descent range of 40 miles and only weighs 65 pounds. It has proven to be a reliable and durable machine by scaling Pikes Peak a number of times. Optibikes range in price from $6000 to $16,000.

Read our complete review and ride report of the Optibike


#3 Hanebrink Hustler $20,000

The Hanebrink Hustler was built for speed with no expense spared.  Depending on the configuration, it is capable of speeds up to 80 mph. It is a mid drive using bicycle derailleurs as its transmission.   It has enough lithium battery to get 50-100 miles on a charge depending on how fast you are riding. It has operational pedals hidden behind the fairing so that you can argue it is an electric bike after you get pulled over.  The Hanebrink Hustler can cost from $17,000 to $30,000 depending on configuration (how fast and how far).

Read our story on the Hanebrink Hustler



#2 M55 $40,000

The M55 seems like it was designed for Arab sheikhs  or internet billionaires.  This bike features no expense spared detailed cnc work and carbon fiber panels. The bike utilizes a rc motor, with a gear reduction system and an RC motor. Power is transferred to the ground via a German Rohloff speed hub in the back wheel. This bike is designed and made by hand in Budapest Hungary.

Read our story on the M55


#1  Blacktrail Bt-01 $80,000

The Suspensionless blacktrail  was designed for street riding. It’s all carbon fiber construction makes it extremely light weight for an electric bike. 50lbs, half of which is battery. The Blacktrail uses an expensive  Clean Mobile gear reduction system.  This bike is one of 3 German bikes on this list. The bike comes in different configurations.  It is claimed it can hit speeds of 60mph in its fastest configuration. Beware if you are thinking about throwing down the big cash for this one…. this bike might be vaporware.

Read our article about the Blactrail Bt-01

See a Blacktrail taken apart and its drive sytem exposed



Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.rothman.5 Nick Rothman

    I can’t believe the most expensive bike has no suspension not even front shocks!

    • ElectricBIke

      Yeah the blacktrail bike is a little over the top ridiculous…the guys at PG bikes are known for overcharging for whatever they sale.

  • Moe

    Stealth bomber is the best fast soooooo smood at h speed

    • MauiOrigin

      Ya but bikes like that are more motorcycle than bike, may as well buy a real gas-engine dirt bike.

  • Gary Luders

    I have three Hanebrink all terrain for sale. email me at frisbeelud@cox.net

  • Bike sporter

    It’s not the best thing that people prefer cars and not the electric bikes. Not just the TWIKE is interesting, the Hanebrink All-Terrain is also interesting. The Hanebrink is more environmental friendly than a Hummer and they also got good tires for driving in terrains. If everyone would choose a car to buy and everyone would buy TWIKE for themselves, then the cars would get cheaper to buy. People also ride motorbikes, if they chose those electric bikes that are so expensive, those bikes would also get cheaper. The electric bikes are environmental friendly. People should never think like they do sometimes: “I’d better buy a gasoline powered car for the comfort in form of long range and fast refueling.”, the environment is more important than this kind of comforts! Of course, even people like me would like to have this comfort but it’s not just making pollutions, it’s also excessively expensive.

    Sometimes people complain about the buses and that it’s very expensive to go by a bus. I have to go by bus very often when I go to and from the school. In Sweden the schools give their students bus cards so they can go by bus regularly. The cards can be used only in a time of a day in school days or sometimes when it’s vacations (not in summer or winter), they can also be used in whole municipalities where you live, pass through and where the school is. My parents complained about that the buses are more expensive than their cars and the bus company is writing comments that show that their buses are very cheap compared to the “cheap” cars that actually are not cheap. Electric cars are the only cheap cars and they’re cheaper than buses and trains. They’re also more environmental friendly than the buses that often are powered by diesel.

    Sometimes people prefer cars because they free them from being dependent of the bus stops, times and sometimes even changing vehicle. The bikes give the same freedom that comes from the cars. The only differences are that the car can carry more cargo, people and is faster than a bike but the bike is the most environmetal friendly vehicle. The electric bikes are the best vehicles. My dad was riding his usual bike (not electric) from Överlida to Svenljunga, Swedish villages. It took him 4 hours to finish all 31 kilometres. The same range took me 2 hours with the electric bike to finish. Sometimes I even got lucky to get an average speed of 22 km/h when I was going from Överlida to Svenljunga through the forest with many hills, sand-terrain way and dangerous curves, 31 kilometres to ride and you get tired after holding an average speed that is that high.

  • Paulo

    and the battery can be recharged with solar energy?

  • JB

    The name should be Prodeco Titanio, not ‘Prodego’!

  • Bodinky100

    Imagine in ten years, what will be out there and the radical technology available. I see 100 mph plus on the Stealth Bomber and a battery that can last weeks between charging, boggles my melon!

  • MauiOrigin

    If the lines between e-bikes and motorcycles get too blurred in terms of manufacturing, what is the point of going electric? I spend about $20 dollars in Gas to dirt bike for hours on end.

  • Pauli Ahvonen

    Vet ni hur många E-bikes det finns i svedala, hur många säljs årligen? Jag följer läget i Österrike, Tyskland och Holland där man nu närmar 2,5- 3 miljoner ex totalt.
    Min första käpte jag 1999 en Pwer Cycle Merida , blygelebatteri.
    Vi i finland har bara gra futtiga tusen, kanske 4-5000 och Danmark tycks ha 40.000
    enligt gårdagens uppgifter. Så er Blogg just nu, har borjat min finska version i mars 2013. Den heter eelläkävijä.blogspot.com

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