Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today?
Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?
When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way.
Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.
I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea.
She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.
It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter's family.
Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.
Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!
Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.
Contrary to popular belief it's not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There's a lot more to it than that.
The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.
The bike is then designed and built around that motor.
The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.
Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in.
Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.
One on the list (The Mule) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.
As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.
It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited.
If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done
If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.
The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don't need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive
Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.
The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider...
Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural.
Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.
One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears.
Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.
Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.
A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.
A torque sensor is the best control you can have over
Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it's the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It's basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it's a very fun ride.
A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Super Monarch Crown AWD 1500 by E-Cells which makes the list below.
Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.
The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah).
When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.
On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out.
Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.
And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double.
There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day.
But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read
Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.
Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.
In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has
Over the course of a single charge, you
The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.
Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.
Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.
Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.
Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: "It's the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game."
Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”
And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: "not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won't be up when you get there. It's a game changer"
While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say: "...
Anyway, Let’s get into it…
Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2021…..
The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.
Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this
The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.
Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.
The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.
The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.
What I like most about the Mule:
It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1x11 derailleur set up.
Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.
What I liked:
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo’s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.
Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber
Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40+ miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.
The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.
What I liked the most:
Why is the E-Cells All Wheel Drive eBike on the list?
What’s better than one motor? Two motors!
What’s better than one battery? Two batteries!
What’s better than front suspension? Full suspension!
The Super Monarch Crown AWD 1500 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.
Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.
A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.
Why it made the list:
Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows f handling on very rough terrain.
Reasons we love the Jeep eBike:
The Rungu® Dualie™ can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far More Stable. Far More Able.”
The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it
It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.
What I liked about it the most:
The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU® Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.
The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It's built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more..
It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.
It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist
What I liked about it the most:
The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.
The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.
The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save $1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000
Plus the option of a 7 speed derailleur.
Why I like the Ranger:
The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!
The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and
It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26"x4" fat tires.
With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!
What I liked:
The Warrior is Quietkat’smost popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.
The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx.. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.
With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.
The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat
Why the Warrior is great:
The was one of Quietkat's best selling bikes to date and late 2019 they decided to put massive 4.8" fat tires on the to make it completely all terrain.
This fat tire ebike doesn't stay in stock for long, Despite it being one of the more expensive bikes on the list people love the raw aggressive look of it.
But it's not all looks. It has the coveted Bafang Ultra Mid Drive motor that very few bikes carry because of the high costs to build but the performance it awesome on hills.
The is full suspension so one of the smoothest rides you can have and combined with those massive tires it's a scream to ride.
Why we love the Fat Tire
Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:
For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I'm going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it's the alpha male in it's category. 160Nm of torque, that's awesome pulling power when it's needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.
I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.
If you are still on the fence and not ready to pull the trigger, you could take a look at this independent review of the best electric hunting bikes.
If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.
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