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Discover the Best Electric Mountain Bikes of 2022 for Hitting the Trails

A Review of 2022's Top e-MTBs

Down with exhausted calves — all hail the rise of the e-bike! Electric bikes are taking over anywhere bicycles roam, including off-road trails. Few things have changed the MTB space like electrification, taking trail capabilities to a new level, and allowing riders to actually enjoy the uphill pedal. To that end, we’re looking at the best electric mountain bikes of 2022.

Each of these e-MTBs has been tested extensively in a wide range of trail conditions, from easy flow trails to more technical challenges. While electric mountain bikes tend to be fairly pricey —i t’s not uncommon for them to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 — the recommendations below represent a wide range of budgets. Check back often as we'll be updating our e-bike coverage regularly, looking at standout models like the Juiced RipCurrent S and the VanMoof S3.

Canyon Spectral ON

Canyon Spectral ON

Best All-Around e-MTB
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Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay

Runner-Up: Wonderfully Aggressive e-MTB
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Juiced RipRacer

Juiced RipRacer

Great Portable Off-Roader
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Ride1Up Prodigy

Ride1Up Prodigy

Solid Crossover Option
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Canyon Spectral ON

Best All-Around e-MTB

With its enormous 900-watt hour battery, 60 miles range, and powerful Shimano EP 8 motor, the all-new Canyon Spectral ON delivers all the performance you need to conquer any trail.

Designed with an ultralight but ultra-tough frame (seven pounds or less depending on the specific model), butter-smooth gears, a low center of gravity, and ergonomic layout, it's the sort of bike you'll love riding all day long. While its pedal crank is a bit low and the price tag is certainly high, if you can afford it, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more thrilling e-MTB experience.

Canyon Spectral ON

Canyon Spectral ON

Best All-Around e-MTB
The Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay on a white background

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay

Runner-Up: Wonderfully Aggressive e-MTB

Running neck-and-neck at the head of the pack is this absolutely outstanding bike from the Vancouver-based company Rocky Mountain. The Instinct Powerplay is lightweight yet powerful, easy to use yet packed with slick tech features. Its 720-watt hour battery provides plenty of range, and its low-slung layout hugs train corners perfectly.

Like the Spectral ON, it's no slouch in terms of price and will go pretty much anywhere you point it. The only reason the Canyon edged out ahead was because of the slight battery capacity advantage, but for all practical purposes, the Instinct Powerplay is a great e-MTB.

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay

Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay

Runner-Up: Wonderfully Aggressive e-MTB
The Juiced RipRacers in a row

Juiced RipRacer

Great Portable Off-Roader

If you're looking for a more compact, straightforward e-bike that offers solid off-road capability, the RipRacer from Juiced delivers. With its outstanding 55+ mile range and surprisingly (almost unnecessarily) powerful 750W motor, it offers substantial performance.

Unlike the other bikes on this list, it has a throttle that can propel you forward at the twist of a wrist. Its fat tires provide ample grip whether you're riding over gravel, mud, sand, or even snow, and its slightly smaller stature makes it great for throwing in the trunk to drive out to the woods for a ride, or for smaller riders. And the price is smaller too. At just $1,700, it's the most affordable option on our list.

Juiced RipRacer

Juiced RipRacer

Great Portable Off-Roader
The Ride1Up Prodigy on a white background

Ride1Up Prodigy

Solid Crossover Option

While the Ride1Up Prodigy isn't technically an e-MTB, I've found that it bridges the gap nicely between urban commuting and off-road capability, particularly with the XC edition that includes shocks in the front fork. This isn't a bike that you're going to want to ride on more technical trails, but if you're looking for an e-bike that is just as comfortable on flow trails or unpaved paths as it is on the asphalt, the

Prodigy is a great option. Its performance is solid, its ride is smooth, and the price is right. Simply put, if you want an e-bike for riding to work during the week and then hitting some light trails during the weekend, the Prodigy has you covered.

Ride1Up Prodigy

Ride1Up Prodigy

Solid Crossover Option

We'll be updating this list occasionally to include the latest and greatest releases, so check back often. In the meantime, these are outstanding e-MTBs for your summer trail-riding fun.

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