There are numerous claims from e-bike manufacturers to have produced the lightest e-bike in the world and reports of new e-bike tech are constantly promising a golden future of ever lighter e-bikes. But what’s the reality of lightweight e-bikes today?
As well as looking at some of the class leading examples of lightweight e-bikes it’s also worth asking just why there is a demand for lightweight e-bikes (and there most certainly is) and why you might or might not need one. After all, many of today’s e-bike motors are so powerful they can power just about any weight of bike up to the legally assisted limit (usually 20mph or 15.5mph depending which country and/or state you live in).
Why Might You Want a Lightweight E-bike
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Fashion appeal is no doubt part of the answer; lightweight e-bikes simply look sleeker and, with the current state of small motors and in-frame batteries, may barely resemble electric bikes at all. Those who want to appear fast and sporty on a bike (but want some extra assistance) could well be attracted to lightweight e-bikes.
But there are numerous practical reasons why lightweight e-bikes might make sense for you too.