What Is the Best E-Bike for Your Money? The under $3,000 question

America has become eBike obsessed! If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that electric bikes are here to stay. And if you’re reading this, then you’ll know that doing your best to reduce your carbon footprint, and choosing the best eBike for your money is a seemingly daunting task. Until recently, you’d have to fork out (sorry - we had to) a pretty penny to join the eBike crowd. But luckily for you - we’re here to introduce to you - affordable eBikes without compromising on quality. 

With ego and cost aside, it's hard to find a reason why investing in a rad power bike is not a great idea, (if you can get your hands on one, that is). E-Bikes can make any adventure a lot more fun. And if that’s not the case, well you only have yourself to blame. Not only do QuietKat eBikes get you outside, but they make the journey as thrilling as the destination, especially if you’re commuting to work.

QuietKat is a Colorado based bike brand, which means we know all about bike shop culture and that sometimes, it can be a little intimidating. We’ve put together some maintenance “how to” videos here, so you know what to expect from your new eBike before making the jump (on or off the bike). We know what you’re thinking - don’t people from Colorado just do stuff in the snow? The answer is yes, but now we do it by bike too! Impressive, huh?

Consider us your friendly QuietKat bearded bike shop employee - we’re here to tell you which electric bikes for adults are the best for your buck. 


A blue QuietKat Sherpa eBike is parked on a downtown sidewalk


Commute in style (and with speed)—the best commuter eBike for your money

What do you think when you see the word “commute”? It goes hand-in-hand with everything mundane about adulting, right? Well, being all grown up means equipping yourself with the tools to make your day as efficient as possible (translation: buying yourself an eBike). 

Between April and May 2020 traffic increased by almost 45 billion vehicle-miles. And let’s face it, the biggest issue with working life, especially in cities, is the commute. Traffic jams, road-rage, and pollution. Hopefully we can all agree that this fact alone deserves the bird. Maybe it’s time to leave the car in your garage, and get on the bike?

The 2021 Sherpa Cargo eBike is the best in its class, and a slick city step-through bike option like this is ideal for commuting. A QuietKat eBike can make your journey to work almost effortless, and can, in some cases, be even faster than driving—with an impressive maximum speed of 20 mph. Competitive in price, the 2021 Sherpa Cargo eBike starts at $2,999, and comes fully kitted with a built-in rear rack. The step-through nature of this eBike offers the rider an upright riding position and makes for an easy mount and dismount. Other features of the new QuietKat commuter include:

  • A 750-watt hub-drive motor which powers you to tackle challenging elevation, when you need it most.
  • 203mm Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes providing extra support when stopping on steep or technical descents. 
  • RST Coil Suspension Fork and Kenda 26x3” All-Terrain tires allowing the rider extra confidence on loose gravel, ice and snow.

The versatility of this commuter bike can be enhanced further by additional QuietKat accessories. There are no limitations (for 50 miles) to the boundaries of your adventure (or commute!). See what others say about our accessories here!

Pre-order your 2021 Sherpa Cargo eBike now. Ships May 2021. 

a Man rides his QuietKat Ranger eBike through the woods

Buy yourself a stellar off-road adventure—the best all-terrain eBike for your money

If you’re not a city slicker, all-terrain eBikes thrive in a more diverse range of conditions than the traditional mountain bike. Excelling in adversity, the all-terrain’s lithium-ion batteries contribute to a greener mode of transport allowing you to explore any landscape without disturbing nature.

The 2020 Ranger fat-tire eBike, like it’s namesake, leads the way with its aggressive functionality and superior geometry and design. Designed with hunters, trail builders, campers and fishermen in mind, QuietKat eBikes are engineered to be as silent as possible. The specs are more advanced than ever, allowing the rider to push the bikes performance to its fullest potential. Involuntary dismount optional. Starting at $2,699 and in stock now, highlights of the QuietKat all-terrain eBike are:

  • A 1000W or 750W reliable hub drive motor with speeds of up to 28mph. 
  • SRAM 7-speed gears, excelling your progress on steep climbs.
  • A Mozo Coil Suspension Fork with 100mm of travel for added comfort, allowing you to push your cadence and capability, and shred on technical terrains. 
  • 325 lbs of load capacity, providing you and your eBike opportunity to load up with the gear you need to elevate or extend your adventure. 
  • A removable thumb throttle - you don’t even have to pedal to go fast!
  • A 23/46 mile range depending on engine mode.

However, if you want to save a little without giving up a lot, take a look at the Ranger 5.0. Our newest model is based on our popular Ranger electric bike but scaled down so you can have all the tremendous QuietKat quality at a lower price point. Starting at $1,999, the Ranger 5.0 features:

  • A 500w hub-drive motor with speeds up to 20mph.
  • Integrated 10.4ah/48V battery and premium components.
  • Single-speed gearing for simplicity and ease of use.
  • A removable thumb throttle—giving you the power you need at a moment's notice.
  • 325 lbs of load capacity, so you can load up your eBike with the gear for your next off-road adventure.
  • A range up to 40 miles allowing you to go further and farther.
  • 26''x4" Kenda juggernaut tires to take on tough terrain.

Customize your eBike rig here. And if you happen to be a full bike nerd, dial your Ranger set-up by outfitting your eBike with some pretty sweet QuietKat accessories

With a great bike comes even greater responsibility

You don’t need to have read this full article to know that owning an eBike means the possibilities are endless. There are few trails that our eBikes won’t be able to handle, so you can explore more than you can with a traditional bike. But what does all of this mean without the flourishing habitats we’re discovering and fresh water to enable the fish and wildlife to thrive? 

At QuietKat, we strive to empower our fellow bicycle aficionados by shopping responsibly. We’ve partnered up with some active conservation groups to show our support for their work which is fundamental to our beloved bike industry. If you’re in the market for a new electric bike, you can donate some of your QuietKat purchase to one of our partner organizations.

So before we go, there’s one last thing you should know. As a proud (future) eBike owner your job is not yet done. Although our fleet of eBikes comply with National Park regulations, it’s important that you know your duty as an eBike owner, and the etiquette that comes with it. Check out this blog post for more information.

So, get out there, get a grip and remember - it’s the journey, not the destination. 

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