How Much Does an Electric Bike Weigh? All The Numbers

How Much Does an Electric Bike Weigh? All The Numbers

If you’re thinking about getting an electric bike, you may be wondering: how much does an e-bike actually weigh?

I totally get it. Weight is an important consideration when choosing a new ride.

As someone who’s been riding e-bikes for years, I can tell you that in general, electric bikes are heavier than regular bicycles.

But weight can vary quite a bit depending on the e-bike style, motor, battery size, and components.

The good news is that e-bike technology keeps improving, and lighter models are becoming available all the time.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into e-bike weights.

I’ll go over all the numbers so you know what to expect, from lightweight e-bike models to heavy-duty cargo e-bikes.

Let’s drop some knowledge!

How Much Does an Electric Bike Weigh?

The short answer is that most electric bikes weigh between 35-55 pounds on average.

However, weights range quite a bit from under 30 pounds for the lightest e-bikes, to over 100 pounds for heavy-duty cargo e-bikes.

To give you a better idea, here are some typical e-bike weights by category:

Standard Electric Bikes

  • Entry-level commuter e-bike: 40-45 lbs
  • Mid-range city e-bike: 45-50 lbs
  • High-end commuter e-bike: 50-55 lbs

Folding Electric Bikes

  • Basic folding e-bike: 30-35 lbs
  • Premium folding e-bike: 35-40 lbs

Mountain Electric Bikes

  • Hardtail eMTB: 45-50 lbs
  • Full suspension eMTB: 50-60 lbs

Fat Tire Electric Bikes

  • Basic fat tire e-bike: 55-60 lbs
  • High-end fat tire e-bike: 60-70 lbs

Cargo Electric Bikes

  • Small cargo e-bike: 70-90 lbs
  • Longtail cargo e-bike: 90-110 lbs
  • Heavy duty cargo e-bike: 110-140 lbs

As you can see, folding e-bikes and standard e-bikes tend to be on the lighter end of the range, while fat tire and cargo e-bikes weigh significantly more.

Now let’s look at the components that add to an e-bike’s weight.

How Much Does an eBike Battery Weigh?

One of the main contributors to electric bike weight is the battery.

E-bike batteries can range from around 5-15 pounds typically.

Higher-capacity batteries that provide longer ranges tend to weigh more.

Here are rough estimates for e-bike battery weights by voltage and amp hours (Ah):

36V Batteries

  • 36V 6Ah battery: 4-5 lbs
  • 36V 8Ah battery: 5-7 lbs
  • 36V 10Ah battery: 6-8 lbs
  • 36V 15Ah battery: 8-12 lbs

48V Batteries

  • 48V 7Ah battery: 5-7 lbs
  • 48V 10Ah battery: 7-10 lbs
  • 48V 15Ah battery: 10-14 lbs
  • 48V 20Ah battery: 12-16 lbs

Higher voltage packs like 48V have more cells, so they weigh more at the same capacity as 36V batteries.

And higher amp hour batteries have more material and cells, increasing the weight.

As lithium battery technology keeps improving, we’re seeing more high-capacity batteries get lighter in weight.

But in general, expect the battery to account for 10-25% of your e-bike’s total weight.

Mid-Drive vs. Hub Motors: Which is Heavier?

In addition to the battery, the motor adds significant weight to an e-bike.

The two main types are mid-drive motors and hub-drive motors.

Which one contributes more weight?

Mid-drive motors weigh between 3-8 pounds typically.

They are centrally mounted and use the bike’s drivetrain to power the wheels.

Popular mid-drive systems include Bosch, Shimano EP8, Yamaha, and Brose.

Hub drive motors are built directly into the front or rear wheel.

They tend to weigh slightly more than mid-drives, ranging from 6-12 pounds.

The most common hub motors are made by Bafang and Ananda.

In general, expect mid-drives to shave off 1-3 pounds of weight compared to hub drive systems.

However, the weight difference is small and both can make excellent e-bike motors.

Choosing between them depends more on riding style, power needs, and terrain.

So don’t assume you need a mid-drive motor to get a lightweight electric bike.

With a compact hub motor and a small battery, you can keep the weight low if that’s your priority.

How Much Does a Fat Tire Electric Bike Weigh?

Fat tire e-bikes are popular for their ability to tackle rough terrain and soft surfaces like sand or snow.

But all that rubber does add extra weight.

On average, a fat tire e-bike will weigh between 55-70 pounds.

However, you can find lighter models in the 45-55 pound range.

The massive 4-5 inch wide tires account for much of that extra weight on a fat e-bike.

Wider rims, beefier frames, and suspension components also add heft to handle the big tires.

Compared to a standard e-bike, you can expect a fat tire model to be 10-15 pounds heavier.

Here’s a direct weight comparison:

  • Standard e-bike: 45 lbs
  • Fat tire e-bike: 60 lbs

So if riding off-road and on soft terrain is a priority, be prepared for a heavier e-bike compared to a standard city or commuter model.

Going with a hardtail rather than a full-suspension fat bike can save you some weight.

And if you want to shed even more pounds, look for a lightweight fat tire frame made of carbon fiber or aluminum alloy.

Paired with a smaller battery, you can get surprisingly agile fat tire performance.

Are Electric Bikes Heavier Than Regular Bikes?

In nearly all cases, yes – electric bikes are substantially heavier than regular bicycles.

A non-electric bike weighs around 18-30 pounds typically.

An e-bike has to pack in a motor, battery, and extra electronics – so the extra weight is simply the price you pay for that electric assist.

To give you a direct comparison, here’s the weight difference between similar electric and acoustic bike models:

Bike TypeRegular Bike WeightElectric Bike Weight
Standard Bike25 lbs45 lbs
Folding Bike20 lbs35 lbs
Mountain Bike30 lbs55 lbs
Fat Tire Bike35 lbs60 lbs

As you can see, the e-bike version is 15-30 pounds heavier across all categories.

But many riders feel the added weight is worth it for the power assist – especially for challenging terrain.

Luckily, e-bike motors and batteries keep getting smaller and lighter.

So the weight gap between electric and regular bikes may shrink over time.

But don’t expect an e-bike to match a standard bike’s featherweight performance anytime soon.

The electric components add inevitable mass.

What is The Lightest Weight Electric Bike?

While most e-bikes weigh north of 40 pounds, some ultra-lightweight models are pushing the limits below 30 pounds.

One of the lightest production e-bikes currently is the Trek Domane+ SLR 6 – weighing just 27.34 pounds.

Other lightweight contenders include:

  • Vvolt Faraday: 29 lbs
  • Italjet Ascot: 29.8 lbs
  • Giant Road E+: 30 lbs
  • Specialized Turbo Vado SL: 31.5 lbs
  • Cowboy 4: 31.7 lbs

To shed weight, these e-bikes use streamlined carbon fiber frames, smaller batteries (around 300Wh), and mid-drive motors no more than 4 pounds.

The delicate parts and frames may sacrifice some durability, but you gain speed and agility from lower weight.

While still heavier than regular bikes, these featherweight e-bikes come close to matching lightweight acoustic road and commuter bikes.

Here are some things to look for if you want the lightest e-bike possible:

  • Carbon fiber or lightweight alloy frame
  • Integrated/removable battery around 300Wh
  • Mid-drive motor under 4 lbs
  • Narrow road tires
  • Single speed or 2-3 gear hub transmission
  • Minimal accessories and mounts

Going with smaller wheels like 20″ or 24″ can also pare down weight compared to standard 26″ or 700c wheels.

But this may impact ride comfort and wheel durability.

While certainly not required, the lightest electric bikes make pedaling and transporting the bike much easier.

For commuters who need to carry their bike regularly, lightweight is a worthy investment.

Heavy Duty Cargo E-Bikes: Big Lifters!

At the other end of the e-bike weight spectrum are heavy-duty cargo bikes.

These beasts are designed to haul massive loads using electric power.

A typical cargo e-bike weighs between 70-140 pounds.

They come in two main styles:

Longtail Cargo E-Bikes

These extended-frame bikes put a rack over the rear wheel that can hold over 200 pounds of stuff.

The long wheelbase adds stability when loaded down.

Expect a weight of 80-110 lbs for a longtail.

Front-loading Cargo Bikes

Bakfiets-style front loaders put a large basket in front to carry kids or up to 300 lbs of cargo.

The ultra-sturdy frame and fork result in a higher weight of 100-160 lbs.

Both longtails and front loaders rely on 750W-1500W motors and large 48V/20Ah-48V/30Ah batteries to move all that weight.

Many also have mid-drive dual motors for more power.

So if you need to haul some serious weight on your e-bike, be prepared for a seriously heavy ride.

But the monster motors and overbuilt frames let you pedal with ease – even when loaded to the max.

The Bottom Line on eBike Weight

At the end of the day, what matters most is picking an e-bike that fits your riding needs and offers a comfortable, confident ride.

Don’t stress too much about the number on the scale.

But in general:

  • Expect an electric bike to be 15-30 lbs heavier than a comparable non-electric bike.
    The battery and motor account for most of the extra weight.
  • Folding and city e-bikes tend to be lighter, while cargo, fat tire, and full-suspension eMTBs weigh more.
  • Advancements in motors, batteries, and materials are making lighter e-bikes possible.
    Look for carbon fiber frames and 300Wh batteries on lightweight models.
  • For carrying and transporting, lighter is usually better.
    But don’t sacrifice frame strength and power just to shave off a few pounds.
  • Test ride different e-bikes to see if their weight impedes the ride quality and handling you want.
    An assistive motor can overcome more weight when needed.

Hope this deep dive into e-bike weights gives you a better idea of what to expect.

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