In 2024, there are more electric gravel bikes on the market than ever before. They’re not quite as popular as electric mountain bikes or urban e-bikes, but increasing numbers of people are being drawn by their versatility. An e-gravel bike is great for getting a taste of trails, but, crucially, can just as easily serve as a sturdy all-year-round commuter bike.
You’ll see a fair distribution of hub motors and mid-drive options, both of which have their own benefits. Hub driven e-gravel bikes tend to cost a little less, but if you want something that’s punchier and can handle steeper, more technical off-road trails then look at the mid-drive options.
If you're not totally sure an e-gravel bike is for you and want to see what other options are out there, have a read of our guide to the best electric bikes which covers all categories of e-bikes.
Best electric gravel bikes 2024
- Cairn E-Adventure Rambler - best overall | Buy for £3,289 from Cairn Cycles
- Ribble CGR AL e - best hub-motor e-gravel bike | Buy from £2,699 from Ribble Cycles
- Cairn BRAVe - best flat bar e-gravel bike | Buy for £2,359 from Carn Cycles
- Boardman ADV8.9E - best under £3k | Buy for £2,239 from Halfords
- Kinesis Range Adventure - best for bikepacking | Buy for £3,900 from Kinesis
- Ebco Adventure 3R - best sub £2k e-adventure bike | Buy for £1,999 from Ebco
- Canyon Grail:ON - best for big budgets | Buy for £5,249 from Canyon
- Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty - best suspension e-gravel bike | Buy for £9,000 from Primera Sports
- Specialized Turbo Creo 2 - best looking e-gravel bike | Buy from £5,000 from Specialized
- Giant Revolt E+ - best e-adventure bike | Buy for £3,499 from Giant
This British-made e-gravel bike is designed in southern England, where the South Downs are located – ideal for testing out the bikes before putting them into production. The Cairn E-Adventure Rambler is one of the few e-gravel bikes specifically designed for British ‘gravel’ terrain, and it’s obvious the team at Cairn did their work when they re-imagined the E-Adventure bike.
It’s an update to their popular E-Adventure 1.0 bike, and comes with an updated (read: slacker and longer) geometry, a sleeker aesthetic and the option of Campagnolo Ekar or SRAM Rival groupsets. It uses the Fazua Ride 50 Street Drive Pack, offering 58Nm of torque and a range of up to 74 miles.
For more detail, read our review of the Cairn E-Adventure Rambler.
Subtle and sleek, the Ribble CGR AL e is an electric gravel bike that you might not even notice is electric at first glance. Like all of Ribble’s electric range, it uses the MAHLE Smartbike Systems X35+ hub-driven motor and a 250Wh internal battery to power it. Combined with the discreet top tube iWoc button which controls the assistance, it’s a very nice looking e-bike, but it’s capable as well.
It’s perhaps more oriented to commuting, bikepacking and all-road riding rather than just gravel, but the frame design makes it stable and comfortable enough to tackle almost anything. There are various configurations of the CGR AL e available. Our review bike came with the SRAM Apex 1x groupset and more road-oriented drop bars but you can now only get hold of either a Shimano Tiagra or 105 setup.
For more detail, read off-road.cc’s review of the Ribble CGR AL e (SRAM Apex 1x 650b).
It’s worth noting here that the BRAVe is now only available in its flat bar version (although there’s nothing stopping you switching the bars, shifters and brake levers out…) and has a new name: the Cairn BRAVe 2.0 Flat Bar. But, there are good reasons we wanted to include this on our ‘best of’ list – not least because of its sheer capability.
The BRAVe looks like the love-child of a rigid mountain bike and a gravel bike, with 2.35” tyres and flat bars, as well as mountain bike inspired geometry. It’s built for British gravel, which is unlike that found in the US for the most part. We're talking not so much dusty compressed gravel roads and more rough, rocky bridleways that haven’t seen sunlight in 10 years.
For more detail, read off-road.cc’s review of the Cairn BRAVe 1.0 Drop Bar.
Offering mid-drive performance at reasonable value, the Boardman ADV8.9E is a great choice for all-road riding. It’s marketed as an ‘adventure bike’, which we’re taking to mean it’s suited to tarmac as well as light off-roading. That said, the geometry has been tweaked from its e-road bike siblings to provide more stability on off-road terrain.
It’s powered by the Fazua Evation system, which is a mid-drive 250W motor with stated torque of 60Nm and peak power of 400W. Our reviewer found it had plenty of oomph to tackle steep climbs on loose surfaces in ‘rocket mode’ (the highest assist setting), and the G-One tyres can handle technical terrain in the dry.
For more detail, read our review of the Boardman ADV8.9E
When you go bikepacking, you want your bike to have lots of mounting points, wide tyre clearance (if you’re heading off-road) and a decent battery range. The Range Adventure from Kinesis ticks these boxes and more, as one of the most versatile electric gravel bikes on the market. Its price has risen by £400 since off-road.cc reviewed it in 2020, but it still uses the Fazua Evation mid-drive motor system that’s loved by many off-road riders.
This particular model comes with a top tube button rather than handlebar mounted controls for you to choose your power assistance level, which adds to the overall subtlety of the electric system. It’s ideal for gravel, bikepacking or commuting and the removable battery means you can ride it unassisted without much drag.
For more detail, read off-road.cc’s review of the Kinesis Range Adventure.
While it’s not strictly a gravel bike and more of an ‘adventure’ bike, the Ebco Adventure 3R is excellent value for money and a flat bar option that will provide a good starting point for those looking to dip their toes into gravel riding. It’s mid-drive, too, with a Bafang M200 motor and a 417Wh battery.
Our reviewer took their first ride 35 hilly miles across Dartmoor, and still had 30% battery left at the end. The 2.2” Kenda tyres add confidence and our reviewer found the bike handled the bridleways with ease.
For more detail, read our review of the Ebco Adventure 3R.
The Canyon Grain:ON was made famous with the dual height handlebars, and thankfully still retains them even if some analogue models no longer do. These unique dual-level handlebars offer claimed increased comfort on the top bar while remaining stiff on the lower. Whether it suits you and your riding style is another matter, but the look is certainly out there.
It’s designed to be more of an adventure bike than pure gravel, thus it’s suitable for on-road riding as well as off. The particular model off-road.cc tested in 2021 features a Shimano GRX RX812 GS groupset and a Bosch Performance Line CX mid-drive motor, which gives you up to 85Nm of torque for those techy trails.
For more details, read off-road.cc’s review of the 2021 Canyon Grail:ON CF 8.0
Although we haven’t reviewed the Cannondale Topstone Neo Carbon Lefty 1, it is certainly an eye-catcher. With the almost instantly recognisable Cannondale Lefty fork, it’s one of the only e-gravel bikes on the market that comes with suspension forks. But that’s not all. It also utilises Cannondale’s Kingpin suspension within the frame to absorb even more shocks from the terrain.
It comes equipped with the Bosch Performance Line Speed mid-drive motor and a 500Wh battery, which Cannondale claims can provide a range of up to 78 miles or 125km. If the Lefty fork puts you off, there are rigid frame options from the American brand to satisfy your electric gravel needs.
Released only a few months ago, the Specialized Turbo Creo 2 represents a move from road to gravel for the Creo, which was once one of the most expensive e-road bikes you could buy. The Creo 2, however, is a fully fledged gravel machine, with 2.2in tyre clearance and a dropper post as standard.
It comes with an updated, more gravel focused geometry than the previous Creo, and uses Specialized’s SL 1.2 mid-motor which is already featured on some of Specialized’s e-mountain bikes.
For more detail, read off-road.cc’s first ride review of the Specialized Creo 2.
At the top of the Giant e-gravel range sits the Revolt E+. It’s not the most expensive electric gravel bike on our list, but it’s also not cheap. It comes with lots of mounting attachments and the ability to fit wide tyres (it comes with 40mm Maxxis Receptors), making it a great partner for off-road bikepacking trips.
It’s powered by a Shimano EP8 motor system, and uses SmartAssist to automatically adjust support levels while you ride, giving you a tidy cockpit with less clutter from displays and control pads.
How to choose from the best electric gravel bikes
Is an e-gravel bike worth it?
The question of whether a gravel bike is ‘worth it’ isn’t restricted to the electric variant of these bikes, it tends to be about the genre of gravel altogether. The answer of whether it’s worth it to you will differ from someone else. The key aspect, perhaps, is that electric gravel bikes can be quite versatile and not limited to one type of terrain. Many electric gravel bikes make great bikes to ride on the road; they can be used as commuters; or equally as bikepacking rigs with just a change of wheels or tyres - all of which can help somewhat with justifying the purchase of one.
What types of motors are common on electric gravel bikes?
Most electric gravel bikes use mid-drive motors. That being said, there are some popular models from Ribble, for example, that use the MAHLE Smartbike Systems hub-driven motors. Mid-drive motors are fantastic for more technical terrain as they drive the power more directly through the pedals than hub-driven equivalents. They also produce more torque which can help on the steep stuff. Hub motors are however generally lighter and most likely more efficient if you're riding in a flatter part of the world.
How expensive are electric gravel bikes?
Like with most types of electric bikes, it varies significantly. You can spend thousands upon thousands on top-end premium models, but you’ll likely have just as much fun on mid-range models that cost half as much (and they'll also cost less to maintain). Generally though, you’re looking at £2,000 and above for something decent.