Six of the Best Vintage Electric Bikes for 2022

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While electric bicycles are undoubtedly becoming more and more popular, there’s no denying that their style is not for everyone. One of the reasons why people are not making the transition from regular bikes to e-bikes is because of their futuristic looks.

Addmotor 20" 750W Cruiser Electric Bike for Adults, Electric Bicycle with 48V 17.5Ah Removable Battery, 45-55 Miles 7 Speed Pedal Assist Ebike, Motan M-60 R7 Snow Beach E-Bike Urban Commuter
ANCHEER 26" Aluminum Electric Bike, Adults Electric Commuting Bicycle with Removable 12.5Ah Battery, Professional Derailleur with 6 Speed, Full Throttle/Pedal Assist City Ebike
NAKTO Electric Bike for Adults 26" 250W/350W Electric Bicycle for Man Women High Speed Brushless Gear Motor 6-Speed Gear Speed E-Bike with Removable Waterproof 36V10.4AH Lithium Battery and Charger
Swagtron Swagcycle EB-11 Cruiser Electric Bicycle with Removable Battery, Black
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Addmotor 20" 750W Cruiser Electric Bike for Adults, Electric Bicycle with 48V 17.5Ah Removable Battery, 45-55 Miles 7 Speed Pedal Assist Ebike, Motan M-60 R7 Snow Beach E-Bike Urban Commuter
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ANCHEER 26" Aluminum Electric Bike, Adults Electric Commuting Bicycle with Removable 12.5Ah Battery, Professional Derailleur with 6 Speed, Full Throttle/Pedal Assist City Ebike
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50 lbs
Speed
16 mph
Range
35 miles
Power
250 Watt
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NAKTO Electric Bike for Adults 26" 250W/350W Electric Bicycle for Man Women High Speed Brushless Gear Motor 6-Speed Gear Speed E-Bike with Removable Waterproof 36V10.4AH Lithium Battery and Charger
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Speed
25 mph
Range
35 miles
Power
350 Watt
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Swagtron Swagcycle EB-11 Cruiser Electric Bicycle with Removable Battery, Black
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50 lbs
Speed
15 mph
Range
28 miles
Power
250 Watt
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While some people love a cutting-edge-looking vehicle, other riders may be put off by their relatively unusual looks. That’s why I’ve made this article on vintage electric bicycles to help show people that there is an e-bike available for everyone.

The Six Best Vintage Electric Bicycles

Below I’m going to discuss six of the best vintage electric bikes I’ve ever used. They’ve been selected not just for their classy stylish looks but for other attributes as well. This includes durability, battery life, speed and mileage, and more.

If you’re ready to see the wonderful combination of retro aesthetics and modern day technology then let’s dive into this list!

1. Addmotor Motan M-70 R7 Retro Electric Bike 750W

 Range
65 miles

 Speed
20 mph

Weight
77 lbs

 Power
750 Watt

Verdict:
Whether you’re an experienced user of e-bikes or looking to buy your very first one, is a cool and unique retro e-bike that is a great choice especially if you are interested in long but fast off-road rides.

Pros:

  • Great top speed and max range
  • Uniquely authentic retro aesthetics
  • Easy to assemble
  • Long and comfortable banana seat
  • Comes with a lot of addons
  • Large carrying capacity of 300 lbs
  • Large tires make it suitable for multiple terrain types

Cons:

  • Long charge time

Product Features

  • Modern day capabilities with old-fashioned aesthetics, this is a great e-bike for people who want the best of both worlds
  • 20 mph and 65 mile max range
  • Total weight of 77 pounds
  • Assembly is quick and easy
  • Fat tires make it a great choice for different kinds of terrain

 

The first vintage electric bike I want to show you today is one of the latest releases of Addmotor, a renowned e-bike brand. The Motan M-70 R7 fat tire bike instantly gives off the sense of modern retro bicycles with its sleek black frame and its vintage-style headlight and handlebars.

While this e-bike certainly looks like an accurate representation of mid-20th century cafe riders, it has some impressive stats that allow it to compete with the most modern-day e-bikes. It has an impressive top speed of 20mph and an even more impressive max range of 65 miles per full charge. It may look like a dated bike but it has the power to truly take you on a wild ride.

Additionally, the Motan M-70 R7 has a max load capacity of 300 pounds making it quite sturdy. The classic headlight is quite bright making this bike a good choice for anyone who likes to ride after dark. It also features a number of addons you can rarely find elsewhere like a backlit LCD control panel, multiple gear shift functions, mechanical brakes, high beams, a bell, and a loud horn. Plus, it comes with 20-inch fat tires that would let you explore rough terrains like beaches, snow, mountains, and trails.

2. Addmotor Motan M60 Cruiser Electric Bike 750W

Addmotor 20' 750W Cruiser Electric Bike for Adults, Electric Bicycle with 48V 17.5Ah Removable Battery, 45-55 Miles 7 Speed Pedal Assist Ebike, Motan M-60 R7 Snow Beach E-Bike Urban Commuter

 Range
55 miles

 Speed
25 mph

Weight
74 lbs

 Power
750 Watt

Verdict:
Apart from the , Addmotor boasts another state-of-the-art retro e-bike, the Motan M60. You will surely love exploring the whole city with this powerful and fast vintage-style e-bike with its high-quality built and luxurious design!

Pros:

  • High-quality and comfortable seat
  • Easily-adjustable handlebar
  • Wheels can handle off-road terrains
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Long-rage and high-speed

Cons:

  • Quite long charging time
  • Fairly heavy

Product Features

  • A great all-rounder e-bike when it comes to durability, safety, speed, range and reliability
  • Extra long seat so that up to two people can share the ride at the same time
  • A truly luxurious look that will get you in the spirits of enjoying a classy ride around town
  • 25 mph max speed and 55 mile max range

 

Second on our list is another captivating retro e-bike freshly released by Addmotor, one of the legends when it comes to crafting high-quality and aesthetically pleasing e-bikes. This retro-bike is a good mix of classical and modern looks, quality, durability, and competence.

Addmotor 20' 750W Cruiser Electric Bike for Adults, Electric Bicycle with 48V 17.5Ah Removable Battery, 45-55 Miles 7 Speed Pedal Assist Ebike, Motan M-60 R7 Snow Beach E-Bike Urban Commuter

For one thing, the 20-inch fat tire wheels are perfect for riding in hard, uneven, and rough terrains. It also has great braking and turning feel as well.

Addmotor 20' 750W Cruiser Electric Bike for Adults, Electric Bicycle with 48V 17.5Ah Removable Battery, 45-55 Miles 7 Speed Pedal Assist Ebike, Motan M-60 R7 Snow Beach E-Bike Urban Commuter

It comes with a longer seat that could accommodate another passenger if you like. Yet aside from the extra space for an extra person, the seat provides an extension that gives you additional control while changing pedal angles. It helps with your posture and is so soft enough that you’ll always want to be in contact with it, even at high speeds. Overall, this is easily one of the most comfortable vintage electric bikes I have ever used.

3. ANCHEER e-cruiser 250W

ANCHEER 26' Aluminum Electric Bike, Adults Electric Commuting Bicycle with Removable 12.5Ah Battery, Professional Derailleur with 6 Speed, Full Throttle/Pedal Assist City Ebike

 Range
35 miles

 Speed
16 mph

Weight
50 lbs

 Power
250 Watt

Verdict:
The ANCHEER e-cruiser is best for any adult rider who wants to get hold of a powerful yet unique-looking retro style e-bike. This e-bike is a great example of a properly mixed vintage looks with modern-day conveniences.

Pros:

  • Can go full speed on flat to semi-hilly roads
  • Retro design with a modern look
  • Provides good seat for a comfortable ride
  • Throttle has a good range of sensitivity
  • Has front and rear lights
  • Has a horn for added safety precaution
  • Its battery has a USB port where you can charge devices

Cons:

  • The handlebars and front wheel are a bit unsteady
  • Assist modes have delayed and abrupt reaction at times

Product Features

  • This is a great affordable option for people who don’t need to spend extra cash for extra speed and power
  • Fantastic battery life that offers you a whopping 35 miles of max range on a single battery charge
  • Both the front and the rear have bright lights making this a perfect cruise bike for nighttime rides
  • Highly mechanical dual disc brake system makes coming to a stop extremely reliable in any weather condition
  • The frame and handlebars are designed to have you naturally sit in the most comfortable sitting position, facilitating healthy posture even throughout longer 2 hour rides
  • Several riding and speed modes allow you to decide whether you want a ride that will give you a workout or one that will allow you to enjoy the scenery at a relaxing slow pace

 

ANCHEER is of the well-known brands when it comes to crafting the highest quality electric bikes. And just like any other ANCHEER e-bikes, the e-cruiser lived up to my expectations.

ANCHEER 26' Aluminum Electric Bike, Adults Electric Commuting Bicycle with Removable 12.5Ah Battery, Professional Derailleur with 6 Speed, Full Throttle/Pedal Assist City Ebike

For one thing, this vintage bike is one of the most unique-looking e-bikes on the market. But more than that, its high-speed gear shift system that has 6-speed shift variations is the one that hooked me the most. This allows you to change gears to set your preferred top speed depending on the terrain you’re traveling to. It’s a wonderful feature that gives you the freedom to set your max speed to something slower and relaxing, or something faster for more of an adrenaline rush.

4. Heybike Cityscape Electric Bike 350w

 Range
40 miles

 Speed
19 mph

Weight
59 lbs

 Power
350 Watt

Verdict:
Heybike Cityscape E-bike looks like your standard e-bike, and has all the necessary components of a quality vehicle without breaking the bank.

Pros:

  • Fancy leather padding
  • 7-speed shimano gearing system
  • High quality digital display
  • Solid range and battery life
  • Fits right in with any part of an urban city or town
  • A perfect bike for going to the mall or heading over to a friend’s

Cons:

  • Does not work well off-road
  • Headlight could be a bit brighter

Product Features

  • Dual shock absorber technology that uses suspension in both the fork and the seat to make the bike feel comfortable during bumpy trails in multiple locations
  • Use the dedicated ECO setting to extend the max range of this e-bike up to 40 miles thanks to the pedal assist mode
  • Thin design makes this a lighter electric bike great for portability
  • Shimano 7-speed gear system gives you more control over the torque and max speed of the bike
  • Water and rust resistant gears, tires and chains
  • Pre-installed gear rack makes it easier to take belongings with you on the go

 

Like many of the best electric bikes out there, the Heybike Cityscape comes with a 7-speed Shimano gear system to give you powerful efficiency over how you want to ride. The wheels are 26 inches long which ultimately lends itself to adult-sized cyclists.

One of my favorite features is the USB charging port which is something I wish all e-bikes had. Being able to charge your bike on the go when at a mall for example is very useful.

Heybike Cityscape Electric Bike 350W Electric City Cruiser Bicycle-Up to 40 Miles- Removable Battery, Shimano 7-Speed and Dual Shock Absorber, 26' Electric Commuter Bike for Adults (Black)

The removeable battery, purchased separately, can also be super handy should you need to double your juice. Though keep in mind that 40 miles on a single charge with the pedal-assist mode still makes this Heybike meet the basic standards of a long-range bike.

And of course, its vintage looking seat and handlebars have an old-fashioned charm that makes this bike awesome.

5. NAKTO Electric City Bike for Adults 250/350w

NAKTO Electric Bike for Adults 26' 250W/350W Electric Bicycle for Man Women High Speed Brushless Gear Motor 6-Speed Gear Speed E-Bike with Removable Waterproof 36V10.4AH Lithium Battery and Charger

 Range
35 miles

 Speed
25 mph

Weight
69 lbs

 Power
350 Watt

Verdict:
This simple e-cruiser is what you’re looking for if a simple, no-hassle bike that is low-maintenance is all you need when cruising around the city.

Pros:

  • Max load capacity of 250 pounds
  • Authentic European vintage looks
  • Great fit for small and tall users
  • 6-speed gear system
  • Extended max range up to 40 miles with pedal-assist mode

Cons:

  • Weighs 70 pounds, fairly heavier than the average e-bike

Product Features

  • 30 mile max range normally, but extended to 40 miles while using the energy efficient pedal assist mode
  • Can attain a max speed of 25 mph thanks to the 250/350w motor
  • Despite the light frame, the max loading capacity is an impressive 250 pounds, making this a very versatile e-bike
  • Designed for both short and tall riders
  • Included storage basket installed in the front makes it simple to bring along any items or for returning from a shopping trip

 

The included wicker basket makes this a great choice for shopping, but even more important is the comfort, especially of the seat. The rounded design makes it safe to sink into the seat without feeling like your posture is slouching poorly.

NAKTO Electric Bike for Adults 26' 250W/350W Electric Bicycle for Man Women High Speed Brushless Gear Motor 6-Speed Gear Speed E-Bike with Removable Waterproof 36V10.4AH Lithium Battery and Charger

The curvature of this bike’s design has a European look to it that is hard to find in American made bikes. This makes sense when you take into account that this bike was manufactured in Germany. That adds nicely to the vintage feel.

6. Swagtron Swagcycle EB-11 Cruiser Electric Bike

Swagtron Swagcycle EB-11 Cruiser Electric Bicycle with Removable Battery, Black

 Range
28 miles

 Speed
15 mph

Weight
50 lbs

 Power
250 Watt

Verdict:
Swagtron is known for their high-quality devices, and the EB-11 is absolutely no exception. It looks cool, it feels cool to ride and ultimately is cool itself thanks to its abundance of features.

Pros:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sleek design both in visuals and the build quality
  • Removeable battery with advanced key-secure function
  • Only weighs 50 pounds

Cons:

  • Brakes can be tricky to adjust

Product Features

  • A sleek, modern look both in terms of build design and colors makes this a bold looking hybrid e-bike that is truly state of the art
  • Removeable storage rack and replaceable rechargeable battery gives you freedom to take as much or as little as you want with you, be it personal belongings or battery power
  • 15 mph max speed makes this a great choice for people who prefer cruising over burning rubber
  • Only weighs 50 pounds, making this lighter than most electric bike cruisers
  • The curvy looks give this bike an ergonomic feel to it while allowing you to feel like you are riding in style across the park or the bike trails

 

One of the neatest security features here is the key-secured battery lock, making it near-impossible for this thing to fall off or be stolen. This is a feature I want more e-bikes to take note of.

Swagtron Swagcycle EB-11 Cruiser Electric Bicycle with Removable Battery, Black

Maybe I can only speak for myself but I really enjoy the looks of this bike. The mix of black, white and yellow gives it a vibe that somehow makes this bike fit in with virtually any situation. It’s like this bike is so advanced that it doesn’t even look out of place in a parking lot next to dozens of cars.

This is also one of the most comfortable e-bikes I’ve ever ridden, thanks to the highly curved handlebars that allow your hands to rest in a natural angle.

Vintage Electric Bike Buyer’s Guide

Now that I’ve given you a taste of some examples of great vintage e-bikes, I’m going to spend some time explaining what it is that makes a vintage electric bike so good in the first place. That way you can take this information with you should you ever decide to go shopping for a new vintage e-bike someday.

Style

What to look for in a vintage electric bike?

First thing’s first – let’s talk about the style. If you specifically are looking for a vintage electric bicycle then that probably means that the aesthetics matter quite a bit to you. That means you should be adamant about exactly how you want your e-bike to look. Don’t be afraid to spend a little extra if you really want the model that looks exactly like the bike or the motorcycle you owned or wanted back in the day.

Features

Next let’s talk about characteristics that apply to any kind of electric bike, vintage or otherwise. You always need to take into account where and how you are going to ride your bike. If you plan on using it as an urban commute vehicle or for off-road trails, then the wheels, battery, speed, and mileage will have to reflect your needs.

If you only need an e-bike that goes 15mph then you don’t need to spend extra money on a bike that goes over 20mph. If you only need a max range of 20 miles, then likewise, you won’t need to spend more cash for anything that goes farther than that.

Accessories

Additionally, you should also be thinking about extra functions or accessories as these are often some of the best benefits that e-bikes offer over regular bikes. Many electric bicycles come with gear shifting modes, pedal-assist riding modes, LCD screens that display battery life and a speedometer, and other technological conveniences.

Safety and Comfortability

Lastly, any kind of bike should be both safe and comfortable. A good vintage electric bike should have comfortable seat padding and handlebars with a good grip. Additionally, the bike itself should ideally have some sort of water-resistant capabilities and good brakes. A dual disc brake system that stops both wheels is the most ideal choice, especially if you are using a faster bike than usual.

How does a Vintage Ebike look like?

Vintage-looking electric bicycles are specifically designed to have a very retro look, particularly of the types of bikes that were popular during the mid 20th century.

What to look for in a vintage electric bike?

“Vintage” is a broad word, therefore vintage e-bikes can take many different shapes and styles. Some of them look like popular motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s. Some of them look like standard classic bikes from even earlier decades of the last century.

The short of it is that vintage e-bikes are actually quite diverse in their looks. The frame, headlight, handlebars, and other components will all look different depending on what specific model they are based on. This gives you a lot of freedom when selecting what kind of vintage e-bike you want.

How Does a Vintage Electric Bike Differ from other bikes?

At their core, vintage electric bikes are no different than regular electric bikes. They both have a battery and a motor and can come with various functions. Pedal-assist mode, gear shifting, LCD screens, and more are precisely the kind of convenient features one can expect to find on an electric bike, whether or not it is made in a vintage style.

Can you transform a Vintage Bike into an electric bike?

Just as modern-day regular bikes can be turned into electric bikes, any older vintage bicycles you have from decades ago can undergo the exact same kind of transformation.

Can you transform a Vintage Bike into an electric bike?

All one needs to do to turn their vintage bike into a vintage electric bike is to purchase a conversion kit and preferably have an online tutorial that teaches you the process. These conversion kits can be found easily online and come with all of the items you need to transform your bike, including a motor, battery, and more.

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