Electric bicycles come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention the ever-expanding multitude of clever features that allow an individual to find their perfect ride. Top manufacturers of e-bikes have understood that for some riders, the placement of the battery is a major consideration.
This is why you’ll find e-bikes on the market with integrated batteries which not only make an e-bike have a more traditional aesthetic but also hide the battery from potential thieves.
In this article, we take you through some of the best e-bikes that have integrated batteries, inform you of the costs, and hopefully help you discover your perfect bike.
1. Lectric XP 2.0 ($900)
If you’re looking for a fantastic folding electric bike then you should definitely give the Lectric XP 2.0 some thought.
This is an e-bike with features that have garnered awards and thanks to its enticing price of only $900, it has pushed the industry forward in terms of what can be achieved in the e-bike market at an affordable cost.
One look at the Lectric XP 2.0 and you’ll know this is not your average folding e-bike; a no-nonsense aluminum frame sits on tough 3-inch wide tires that will take you on journeys of up to 45 miles.
That 45-mile range is not, however, limited to city streets. The Letric XP 2.0 can tackle all kinds of terrain thanks to its front fork suspension that can be adjusted to suit your needs, not to mention, the seven-gear drive train.
The Letric XP 2.0 will take on the challenges you throw at it and give you total freedom to go wherever you want to go.
When things get tough, you have a twist throttle and pedal assist, which, if you purchase the Class 3 version, will give you a blistering top speed of 28mph.
All this power comes from a 500W hub motor and the integrated 7lb battery that is hidden within the Letric XP 2.0’s frame.
This hidden 48V battery lithium-ion battery can be upgraded for the long-range model which will increase the total range to 65 miles.
It’s worth noting that the only real drawback to the Letric XP 2.0 is the weight. Although it folds up to a minute 37″L x 18″W x 28″H, which allows for a wealth of storage options, you’ll have to lift 64 lbs to put it in the boot of your car.
Crucially, if you have to climb more than a few flights of stairs, then the Letric XP 2.0 may slow you down if you need to store it in a high-rise apartment.
2. Gazelle Avignon C380 HMB ($4600)
No list of e-bikes would be complete without mentioning a model by industry experts, Gazelle. Their Avignon C380 HMB is an exceptional electric bicycle with an integrated battery that ensures that it looks as elegant as it rides.
The Avignon’s frame hides one of Bosch’s renowned lithium-ion batteries within it.
This powerful 625 Wh battery will really go the distance, both in terms of journey and longevity, due to the smart tech that allows all that energy to be optimized efficiently.
Although this battery is integrated, it can be removed. You’ll be pleased to know that only you can remove it with the supplied key. Being able to remove the battery allows riders to choose whether to charge the Avignon with the battery attached to the bike or not.
Once the battery is fully charged, the Bosch Performance Line motor will allow you to take on a minimum distance of 65 miles and, meanwhile, your Bosch Intuvia display will keep track of the distance you travel, as well as your speed and range.
It’s worth noting that Gazelle has ensured that Avignon C380 HMB riders will not only have an e-bike that has convenient and intuitive features but also champions comfort on each and every ride.
Adjustable handlebars, a step-through frame, and front suspension allow the Avignon to feel smooth and secure no matter your type of journey.
Additionally, the added benefits of Magura hydraulic disc brakes, daytime running lights, mudguards, and a 32kg capable rack, show off that this is a premium electric bike that deserves respect.
Lastly, due to the inclusion of the Enviolo step-less gear hub, maintenance should rarely be an issue as the reliable carbon Gates belt is unlikely to fail on you.
If you’re looking for an e-bike that combines comfort with high-end components and features with an integrated battery, then purchase the Gazelle Avignon for around $4,600.00.
3. Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo ($15,000)
If money is no obstacle, then the Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo may well be your next electric bike with an integrated battery.
The battery, which is hidden in the downtube of the carbon frame, is a beast that contains 700Wh of power, and this is delivered to the Brose 90Nm motor. This all equates to an electric mountain bike that can rival all others.
The Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo is, in a way, in a league of its own, with one reviewer explaining:
“(…) I’ve not ridden a better bike (…) the motor delivers usable power to tackle even the trickiest climbs, and its battery will endure on the most ambitious of rides.” [Source:Bikeradar.com]
However, this impressive e-bike will not be for everyone as it will set you back an eye-watering $15,000.00. Nevertheless, you really do get what you pay for.
Just take a look at some of these specs:
- Eagle AXS XX1 drivetrain
- FOX Factory suspension
- Roval Traverse SL wheelset
- Turbo Full Power 2.2 motor
- MasterMind Turbo Control Unit
- FACT 11M carbon fiber frame
- Magura’s MT7 brakes
Returning to the 700Wh battery once more, it’s worth pointing out that although integrated into the downtube of the slim frame, it is still very well protected. This will ensure that riders can achieve 70km in distance and climb 2,500m after just one charge.
4. Aventon Abound ($2,200)
If you’ve been searching for the perfect e-cargo bike with an integrated battery, then the Aventon Abound may be here to end that search.
With an affordable price of only $2,200.00, the Aventon Abound offers a customizable e-bike that has the power to take on heavy loads.
The Aventon Abound allows riders to put an e-bike to work and ensure that they can ferry a range of heavy-weight cargo from A to B. Whether it’s the week’s food shop, delivering boxes, or dropping your child off, the Abound has got you covered with its sturdy frame, rear rack, passenger footboard, and Suntour suspension fork.
The rear rack can handle up to 143lb, while the rear seat can comfortably take two children as passengers. Once you detach the handrail, it’s possible to fit a small adult aboard the Abound. The end result is a capable e-bike that can take a maximum load of 440lb.
All these features make the Aventon Abound take on all manner of different loads, but thankfully it looks great doing it.
This may have something to do with the fact that Aventon has integrated the 720Wh battery into the downtube allowing it to be hidden whilst it powers the 750W rear hub motor.
Power aside, the Aventon Abound has plenty more features to catch your attention. For example, this cargo e-bike has the stopping technology needed to come to a halt safely and quickly (even when carrying heavy loads) by way of the Tetkto hydraulic disc brakes.
While we’re on the subject of safety, it’s worth pointing out that the Abound is fitted with signal lights in the rear to alert drivers when you’re about to make a turn on the road.
Once you’re back home, you can quickly fold the Abound down to 1,910mm (L) x 440mm (W) x 882mm (H) and store it away for the next big trip and heavy load.
Unlike the battery, some of Aventon Abound’s components are not fully integrated and actually may need to be bought separately, such as the front basket, front utility rack, handrail, seat pad, and front bag.
5. Cannondale Compact Neo
Staying with foldable and affordable e-bikes, let us introduce the Cannondale Compact Neo, a masterclass in how to design an e-bike that can take on city life.
If you’re worried about where to store your e-bike and are also concerned about having to heave something heavy up flights of stairs, then with the Cannondale Compact Neo you can breathe a sigh of relief.
This lightweight, portable e-bike is an absolute pleasure to ride and it handles effortlessly due to the light alloy frame and the 20-inch wheels. Its total weight is only 18kg!
Moreover, the Cannondale Compact Neo hides a 250Wh battery inside the frame and, as one reviewer explains:
“At first glance, the Compact Neo doesn’t even look to have a battery.” [Source:Biycling.com]
This is an e-bike that is sleek and stylish, but it still can compete in terms of power and range; the Heyena rear-hub drive can get you up to 25kph and will allow you to take journeys of 75km on one charge.
However, you will need to manage the level of pedal assist to ensure you do not run the battery dry too quickly, and that’s all controlled by the Hyena LED controller, which is mounted to the handlebar.
Due to the Compact Neo’s lack of a screen, these adjustments may not feel as intuitive as more expensive e-bikes on the market, but at a price of only $1,900.00, it’s difficult to complain.
Can you Replace an Integrated e-bike Battery?
Integrated batteries on e-bikes offer a whole range of benefits:
- The batteries are inconspicuous
- Batteries are protected from the elements
- More for more stability whilst on the road
However, charging can become an issue when these types of integrated batteries cannot be removed. Some e-bikes, but not all, have integrated batteries that are designed to be taken out from within the frame to allow you to charge them indoors.
The Gazelle Avignon, for example, has a detachable battery that gives riders the choice of how to charge their e-bike.
Moreover, if there is an issue with a removable integrated battery, then you’ll have no problem replacing it if it becomes damaged and faulty.
Naturally, you’ll need to order a replacement battery from the manufacturer and pay for the new component. However, despite the financial cost, it will be fairly simple.
This type of removable integrated battery design also makes it possible to carry a spare battery in a carry bag and switch it out if you run out of charge.
Obviously, none of the above will be possible with a non-removable integrated battery, and it will be much more costly should you need to repair and replace it.
Please also check out my article about 8 electric bikes with dual-battery capability.