We Pick Our Favorite Hardtail Electric Mountain Bike

Hardtail electric mountain bikes are a great entry way to get yourself out there on the trails. There are many choices out there, but we narrowed down the field to four capable bikes. In this roundup, we go over each of these hardtail electric mountain bikes and choose which we like best for our riding preference. Make sure to watch the video for an in depth conversation on our choices.

The Bikes

The Aventon Ramblas is a Class 1 electric bike, with pedal assist up to 20mph. The Aventon A100 mid-drive motor is a 36v motor with 250 watts of power that produces 100nm of torque. This motor also has IP67 water proofing. Powering this motor is an integrated  708 watt hour batter that is removable. Additionally, the battery and the bike are UL certified. The Ramblas uses a backlit LCD display that you can also connect to via the Aventon App. With the Aventon App, you can custom tune the motors characteristics to your riding preferences.

The Ramblas is fitted with 29 inch wheels that have Maxis 2.40 in tires mounted to them for sizes Medium and up. For the size small, it comes with 37.5 in wheels. The drivetrain is a SRAM Eagle NX 12 speed drivetrain and SRAM DB8 four piston hydraulic brakes front and rear. For the front fork, the Ramblas comes with a Rockshox 35 Silver TK suspension fork that has 130mm of travel. As well as that, the seat post is a KS Dropper Post with 150mm of travel. The included bars are 760mm wide bars with 9 degrees of rise and have lock on grips. In addition, it comes with a headlight, integrated rear lights and a kickstand.

The Ramblas has an estimated range of up to 80 mi and comes with a price tag of $2899.

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Quick Specs

  • 250w Motor

  • 708Wh Battery

  • Class 1

  • SRAM Eagle NX 12spd

  • 29″ Wheels

  • $2899

The Turbo Tero 3.0 is a Class 3 electric bike with the Specialied 2.0E 250w mid-drive with 50Nm of torque. With up to 5 hours of range using the removable 530Wh battery.

Rolling on 29 inch wheels with 2.35″ wide Ground Control tires, the Turbo Tero is ready to tackle rough terrain and offers premium grip on the dirt. The front fork has 110mm of travel with a lockout and preload adjustment.

A Shimano Alivio 9-speed drivetrain is paired with Shimano MT200 2-piston hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors.

Overall weight is around 48lbs and the Turbo Tero comes in either a step-thru or high step frame design in sizes Small, Medium, or Large.

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Quick Specs

  • 250w Motor

  • 530Wh Battery

  • Class 3

  • Shimano Alivio 9-Speed

  • 29″ Wheels

  • $3250

The Trek Marlin+  is equipped with a Bosch Active Line Plus motor delivering 50Nm of torque and features a Bosch Purion 200 computer. It includes a 400Wh Bosch CompactTube battery for ample power on your rides. The Marlin + RockShox Recon Silver RL forks with 120mm of travel, providing a smooth ride over rough terrain. Additionally, it comes with Bontrager Gunnison Pro XR tubeless-ready tires, sized 27.5 x 2.6 inches for XS and S frames, and 29 x 2.6 inches for M to XL frames.

For precise gearing, the Marlin+ features a Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain. For brakes, it has Shimano MT4100 4-piston brakes with 203mm rotors. The Trek Marlin+ is available in sizes XS to XL and is priced between $2699 and $3499 and comes in weighing around 50lbs

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Quick Specs

  • 250w Motor

  • 400Wh Battery

  • Class 1

  • Shimano Diore 12 Speed

  • 29″ Wheels

  • $3499

Velotric Summit 1 E-MTB

The Velotric Summit 1 electric mountain bike is designed for powerful performance, featuring Velotric’s VELOPOWER drive unit. This unit includes a 750w motor with a peak power of 1300w and 90Nm of torque. This is powered by a UL 2271 certified 48v 14.7Ah battery, providing approximately 705Wh. The bike also boasts an IPX-6 weather rating for overall protection and an IPX-7 rating for the battery, ensuring durability in various weather conditions.

The Summit 1 features a hardtail eMTB design with an aluminum frame available in Regular and Large sizes, both utilizing a standard high step frame design. The 27.5-inch wheels contribute to a lower center of gravity and are paired with 2.4-inch wide Kenda tires. The Summit 1 is equipped with a Shimano 8-speed drivetrain, Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors, a 130 LUX front light, and an integrated rear light with multiple modes. Additionally, the 120mm hydraulic suspension fork with a lockout and a 15×110 BOOST thru-axle enhances strength and support for rugged riding conditions. The Summit 1 weights approximately 65lbs and has a range of up to 70 miles with a price tag of $1799.

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Quick Specs

  • 750w Motor

  • 48v 14.7ah. ~705Wh Battery

  • Class 1, 2, 3

  • Shimano 8 Speed

  • 27.5″ Wheels

  • $1799

Dusten’s Pick

For this roundup, the Trek Marlin + is Dusten’s choice. The playfulness and geometry were big factors in this result, as well as the expertise Trek has in the electric mountain bike space. From making full size ranges of bikes to picking great components that will help you enjoy the trails to the fullest.

Samson’s Pick

Samson’s pick from this group of bikes is the Aventon Ramblas. One of the most notable features was the torque the motor provides. With up to 100nm of torque, the Ramblas can get you up the steepest of hills with ease. The looks and ride feel of the Ramblas were also big factors in this decision.

Final Thoughts

We know there are many options out there for hardtail electric mountain bikes. Hopefully this roundup helps better inform you on which bike may be best for you. In the end, getting out there and enjoying the trials is what we want to promote. Make sure to check out the full articles form each bike to get more info on each one of them.