Welcome to our ultimate guide to choosing the best electric bike for hunting. One feature that all good e-bikes for hunting have in common is that they’re fat-tire models. However, it’s highly important to know exactly what you’re buying before you pull the trigger on your purchase, and that’s what we’re here to help you do.
The top bikes are selling for thousands of bucks, and for a lot of us, the price tag is simply too high to fit our budgets. The good news is we know e-bikes, and in this guide, we share a couple of budget options that are excellent affordable alternatives to Rambo, QuietKat, and E-Mojo bikes.
Let’s start with an overview of our top picks in the chart below with the most important specs to consider for each bike. This will give you a good idea of what each bike/brand offers before jumping to the reviews of each bike. Along with the reviews, we’ll share some tips to help you land on the most suitable bike for your needs.
Our 5 Top-Rated Electric Hunting Bikes
|#1) QuietKat Ridgerunner Electric Bicycle
|#2) AddMotor MOTAN Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike
|#3) Cyrusher XF800 Bafang Motor Electric Bicycle
|#4) SOHOO 48V500W12AH Fat Tire Folding Electric Bicycle
|#5) QuietKat Ripper Electric Bicycle
Best Electric Hunting Bike Reviews
As you probably already noticed, there are some good budget alternatives to QuietKat that offer the same range per charge and mostly the same feature set. We also added a folding electric hunting bike option for folks who are low on space or desire something more compact to fit inside a trunk or small storage space when not in use.
Below, we share individual reviews of each bike to give you a better idea of why we chose these five models and what each offers. By the end of the reviews, we’re confident that you’ll know for sure which bike(s) is the best fit for you.
#1) QuietKat Ridgerunner Electric Bicycle
For hunters who are ready to go all-in on an e-bike, the QuietKat Ridgerunner is the pick of the litter. The latest model is a beast that’s ready to tackle any terrain or obstacle you throw at it. There are currently 1000W and 750W (Class 2) models available for folks who are concerned about licensing and want to stay at 750 or lower.
One of our favorite features in this bike that sets it apart from its competitors is QuietKat’s four-bar linkage Fire-Link suspension system. With this bike, you get the best suspension of the five bikes in this guide. Ride confidently over all types of backcountry terrain including soft sand, rock, and even snow.
The second premium feature you’ll enjoy is the 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes for ultimate control and stopping power. The third and final feature we want to highlight is the 26″ x 4.8″ CST Roly Poly tires. These tires are seriously fat and the widest you’ll find. Typically, even the widest electric hunting bike tires are 4.5″.
All in all, this bike is a beast that has some features you just won’t find offered by other bikes. The biggest hurdle is the price, and for this reason, it’s critical to determine if you need/want the premium features we mentioned above before choosing the Ridgerunner over the following models.
- The best suspension system of the bikes in our guide for rugged and bumpy terrain
- Massive 26″ x 4.8″ tires
- 750W and 1000W motor options to comply with local laws
- Camo color scheme available
- Premium 48v/11.6ah Panasonic battery w/ Digital Color Display
- 4-Piston Hydraulic Disk Brakes
- All-weather stainless steel chain
- Max unassisted speed of 28 mph
- The priciest model in our guide
- Not the best choice for short people
- You may want to replace the QuietKat stock seat
#2) AddMotor MOTAN Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike
Now for a great budget alternative to expensive electric hunting bike brands. AddMotor is our first choice when making a jump down in price. The current top e-bike for hunting in the AddMotor collection is certainly the M-560 P7. Of the five bikes in this guide, the M-560 P7 is the best option for tall people up to 6’6″ and even a bit taller depending on your inseam length. On the flip side of the coin, it’s also the worst choice for short and average-height people below 5’9″.
Several of the features we think you’ll like are the twist throttle with three power modes including full-electric & pedal-assist, 5″ multi-function LCD display w/ battery life indicator, Kenda 26″ x 4″ 30 TPI fat tires, front fork suspension, and a USB outlet to charge your devices.
Comparatively, this bike offers the same max range as the Ridgerunner for a significantly lower cost at the time of this writing. Although, compared to the Ridgerunner, the MOTAN suspension system and alloy disc brakes aren’t on par with the Ridgerunner. Overall, this bike gets the job done for most, but for folks who plan to ride over hardcore terrain with an e-bike, you’ll want to stick with QuietKat.
- The best bike in our guide for tall people over 6’4″
- Twist throttle rather than push-button
- The bike arrives 85% preassembled
- Best electric bike for the money of the five in our guide
- It tackles uphill slopes like a beast
- Rock-solid construction
- Plows through mud, sand, snow and hard-park trails
- No hydraulic brakes
- Tires aren’t quite as wide as the Ridgerunner
- Too big for short folks
- Lower top speed than Ridgerunner
#3) Cyrusher XF800 Bafang Motor Electric Bicycle
The second budget alternative to QuietKat and other brands that usually charge over 4K is Cyrusher. We’re big fans of Cyrusher bikes, and the XF800 is a blast to ride. As far as top speed and power, the XF800 is closer to the Ridgerunner than the M-560 P7. Depending on the slope and with pedal-assist, this bike tops out at 35 mph. In full-electric mode, it matches Ridgerunner’s 28 mph.
The 4″ fat tires are ready to ride over snow, ice, sand, mud, and just about any type of terrain you throw at them. Additionally, keep in mind that the 750W BAFANG motor peaks out at 1500W, making the XF800 the most powerful bike of the five in our guide, and despite its power, it’s super quiet with a noise grade below 55 dB.
Additional highlights of this bike to consider are the front-fork & rear suspension system, hydraulic grip brake levers with 203 mm front & rear rotors, half-twist throttle, and smooth Shimano 7-speed thumb shifter. All things considered, the XF800 is the best electric bike under 3000 bucks in our guide and undoubtedly a top mid-range option for hunters on the market.
- Awesome value for the money when compared to expensive brands
- The fastest e-bike in our guide
- Tons of power to blast uphill
- Front & rear suspension unlike the MOTAN w/ front fork suspension only
- The highest weight capacity of 330 lbs
- Quick charging time of 4-6 hours
- A more comfortable stock seat than the two bikes above
- The tires aren’t quite as beastly as the Ridgerunner
- The company isn’t US-based
#4) SOHOO 48V500W12AH Fat Tire Folding Electric Bicycle
Number four on our list is our top budget pick and the best folding electric bike for hunting. The clear advantage here is convenience and the space-saving nature of a folding e-bike. For hunters who want a bike that folds up nicely to put in the trunk or backseat, this is the bike for you. Yet, don’t let the lower price and smaller size fool you, this bike packs a serious punch.
The 48V 500W battery with a peak rating of 915W gets this bike moving up to 25 mph and up steeper slopes than most 500W e-bikes can handle. Another big advantage of choosing this bike is comfort. While QuietKat and the other bikes above are great, they do require the rider to hunch over since they’re mountain-bike style e-bikes. The SOHOO allows the rider to sit in a more upright position and lean back for a more comfortable ride.
A couple of drawbacks to consider should you choose this bike are the standard double disc brakes, 20″ fat tires (though they are 4″), and no rear shocks. The keys here are the price and comfort level. This bike may not be as hardcore as the three above it, but it absolutely gets you from point A to point B in comfort with an impressive weight capacity of 290 lbs.
- The ultimate bargain in our guide
- Our fastest folding e-bike for hunters low on space or who prefer a folding option
- Impressive top speed of 25 mph
- Cruise up to 65 miles on a single charge with pedal-assist
- Smooth Shimano 7S drivetrain
- Choose between 5 modes to extend battery life
- Extra-wide 4″ tires
- Sit upright instead of hunching over (a good choice for people with back problems)
- No rear suspension
- No hydraulic brakes
- Smaller handlebars than the other four bikes
#5) QuietKat Ripper Electric Bicycle
Last but not least is the QuietKat Ripper e-bike. This is as budget as it gets from the QuietKat lineup, and this bike is perfect for shorter folks under 5’6″. Also, it’s a great choice for fathers or mothers who want an extra bike for a teenager to comply with state laws since most states require the rider to have a license for 750W bikes or higher. To check your state’s laws, it’s a good idea to view this chart that lists each state’s requirements.
The bike itself features front fork Mozo Coil suspension, premium 20″ x 4″ Kenda Juggernaut tires, the same 48v/11.6ah Panasonic battery as the Ridgerunner, Tektro mechanical disk brakes, and a 500W hub-drive motor that directly powers the rear wheel independent of the chain.
A couple of key considerations to make before choosing this bike is that it is 15″ and single-speed. Most adults will want to choose one of the four bikes above, but for younger riders and shorter folks, the Ripper is a great beginner-friendly first e-bike to own for hunting.
- The best hunting e-bike in our guide for teenagers
- The same premium battery as the Ridgerunner
- Up to 35 miles on a single charge
- The most affordable QuietKat model
- High load capacity of 300 lbs
- Super-quiet stealth operation
- Camo colors available
- No rear suspension
- Mechanical disc brakes rather than hydraulic
- Too small for most adults
When choosing the best electric bike for hunting, there are several must-have features to look for no matter who you are. Below, we put together a quick checklist of features to consider when choosing your bike:
- Wattage – Always consider state laws to check whether you need a license. Considering 750W and 1000W e-bikes are ideal for hunting, folks without driver’s licenses and the younger crowd should know the laws before making a final decision.
- Suspension – Ideally, you want to aim for a bike with full front & rear suspension. Of the bikes brands in this guide, QuietKat and Cyrusher offer the best suspension systems for the most comfortable ride over bumpy terrain.
- Fat Tires – Extra-wide fat tires are a 100% must-have feature for hunting. Aim for bikes that have a minimum 4″ tire width.
- Range – Always check the max range a bike can travel because the last thing you want is a bike battery to die on you while you’re in the middle of the woods. All good hunting e-bikes sport a battery life indicator.
- Hydraulic Brakes – Hydraulic brakes are the top choice, though, mechanical disc brakes should be chosen at a minimum. V-brakes are not suitable for a hunting e-bike.
- Load Capacity – Always consider the total weight of yourself, your equipment, and your kill to compare against the bike’s load capacity to ensure you stay below the max recommended load.
That’s about it as far as key features go. E-bikes are excellent for hunting because they’re stealthy, don’t reek of gasoline, and give you enough power to haul your gear and yourself back and forth between your camp and car or truck. Lastly, be sure to consider purchasing a folding e-bike if you’re low on space or prefer packing your e-bike in your trunk.