“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.”
This anonymous quote is a great way to start off a discussion of one of the most popular ebike styles, the electric beach cruiser. Not only does cycling improve our health, it adds joy to our lives. In this article we discuss the top 5 Electric Bike Cruisers that will enhance the joys of riding a bike.
What are cruising electric bikes, and why are they so popular?
A beach cruiser electric bike or simply e-cruiser is designed for comfort and fun. They are based on the design of a cruiser bicycle, also known as a beach cruiser, and usually feature balloon tires, a comfortable upright riding posture, longer wheelbase, curved handlebars, and straightforward steel or aluminum construction with expressive styling.
Cruisers are popular among casual bicyclists, because they are very stable and easy to ride. And with the addition of electric power, these ebike cruisers will let you travel far from the traditional beach bike path.
So which are the top 5 electric cruisers on the market today? Let’s dive in!
Nakto is well known for their e-cruisers. They offer many different models, each of which are well built and surprisingly affordable given their quality and design.
One of our favorite Nakto models is the Santa Monica, which features a slick cruiser style Aluminum Alloy frame, cushioned spring saddle, and curved handlebars all mounted on CST Rock Hawk 26” x 3” all-terrain tires mounted on steel spoked rims.
The Santa Monica is much more than a simple comfort cruiser. It’s a premium ebike, sporting a high-torque rear hub motor that can output up to 500 watts. This will give you plenty of hill-climbing and headwind-fighting ability. The rear hub motor is paired with a 48V/10Ah battery featuring Tianneng cells.
Next up is the Revi Cheetah, a fat tire electric cruiser inspired by the Cafe Racer motorcycles of the 1960s. The vintage stylings of the Cheetah are quite stunning, including the large steel headlight, elongated fork, oversized sprung saddle, and faux leather trim. You are sure to turn heads wherever you ride the Cheetah. To really make your Cheetah stand out from the crowd, make sure to get the matching fenders, rear rack and dual pannier bag bundle.
The Revi Cheetah is powered by a 750W nominal (1250W peak) rear hub motor, which can propel you up to 28 mph. It’s paired with a 48V/13Ah battery hidden in the teardrop “gas tank” (upgradable to 48V/17.5Ah for longer rides). With its powerful motor, long-range motor and fat tires, the Cheetah works great in the urban jungle as well as unpaved off road trails.
The Cheetah can be ridden like a regular bike, using the 7-speed drivetrain and Shimano Altus derailleur. It also features a 5-level Pedal Assist System (PAS) and a right-side twist throttle for or pedal-free cruising. The Cheetah is a big ebike, capable of carrying riders over 6 feet in height and up to 330 lbs.
The Revi Cheetah has been favorably reviewed by the independent website Electric Bike Review, which said that “it’s great that they upgraded to hydraulic disc brakes vs. mechanical because, they are more consistent and won’t stretch out over time, you need the extra stopping power with such a heavy and powerful e-bike.” They also noted that even though this frame only comes in high-step, the minimum saddle height is fairly low and approachable because the seat tube is angled way back.
If you’re looking for a classic beach cruiser electric bike at an affordable price, you gotta check out the Laguna by X Treme E Bikes. The Laguna electric bike has all the features that one looks for in a cruiser, from the nicely curved handlebars, comfortable upright riding posture, and a soft, cushioned saddle.
The Laguna sports a 500W rear hub motor, which will give you confidence when pedaling up steep hills or fighting headwinds. It’s amazing the feeling you get when riding an electric bike like the Laguna - a sense of freedom and excitement that only enhances the joy of cycling. This robust motor is paired with a 48V/10.4Ah battery that is nicely integrated into the bike’s downtube. This gives the bike a sleek appearance and good aerodynamics.
There are other great features of the Laguna that are not typically found on a bike at this price point, including an adjustable stem (which allows you to move the handlebars towards or away from you for a perfect fit), fenders with mud flaps, a nice suspension fork, a front basket, rear rack and even a drink holder.
When it comes to affordable comfort cruisers, few ebikes can match the awesomeness of the X Treme Ebikes Catalina. One of our bestsellers, the Catalina has specifications similar to its brand-mate the Laguna, but in a step-through format. Step-through frames are not just for women anymore - many guys see the advantage of having a bike that is easy to get on and off of, especially if you have any issues lifting your leg over a conventional top tube. The Catalina is all about comfort.
When you ride the Catalina cruiser, you will get an immediate sense of freedom. Leaving the stresses of daily life and pedaling away without a care in the world, whether it’s in your local roads or high in the mountains miles from civilization. There’s little that can beat the beautiful simplicity of a bike ride. As John F. Kennedy famously said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”
And with a cruising electric bike like the X-Treme Laguna, that pleasure is enhanced with robust electronics. These include a 48V electrical system powering a 500W geared motor, and a 10.4Ah lithium battery which is neatly integrated into the downtube. For the average rider, this means the battery will provide power for up to 25 miles or more, depending on how you ride.
Like the Laguna, the Catalina features a 9-speed drivetrain, so it can be ridden like a conventional bike using gears to adjust your pedaling power to the terrain. And when you want to boost your ride, you can engage the pedal assist system or give the throttle a twist, and off you go. These controls are intuitive and easy to learn, and will enhance every one of your riding adventures.
The Catalina comes in some stunning colors, and comes fully accessorized with fenders, a front basket, rear rack, lights, and even a drink holder.
The EM26 is not a classic cruiser, but with its 4” fat tires and step-thru frame, we just had to include it in this list of the Top 5 Electric Bike Cruisers.
The EM26 is more powerful than the other ebikes we discussed, sporting an 8Fun (Bafang brand) 750W rear hub motor with a high torque output. This will give you more power for climbing hills or towing heavy loads (like a trailer full of beach chairs and an ice chest full of food and drink). This motor is powered by a 48V/13Ah battery with Samsung cells, nicely integrated into the downtube. You can easily remove the battery for remote charging.
One of the unique aspects of the EM26 is that it’s both a fat tire electric bike and that it has a step-through frame. Having a step-through frame design makes it easier to mount and dismount your bike, since you don’t have to lift your leg as high as with a standard frame style.
The benefits of a fat tire electric bike are many. Because the tires are wider than your typical bike tire, they have more surface contact with the ground, providing more stability and traction. This is great for off-road riding, where the ground may be uneven or covered with gravel. Fat tire ebikes are also great for riding over sand, and if you deflate the tires a little, you can get even more of a floating effect.
The EM26 features a 6-speed Shimano drivetrain, allowing you to shift gears based on riding conditions. It also has 5 levels of pedal assist and a right-side thumb throttle. This gives you a lot of flexibility in how you ride, shifting gears, changing the level of pedal assist, and engaging the trigger throttle as needed to accommodate various riding conditions.
The EM26 also features hydraulic disc brakes, giving the bike excellent stopping ability. And when you pull the brake lever, there is an automatic motor cutoff, so there is no risk that you power the motor while trying to stop - a great safety feature.
Rounding out the feature set on the EM26 are fenders, an integrated rear rack, an integrated front light and suspension seat post.
In this article we have featured some of the best electric beach cruisers on the market today. These bikes offer a comfortable upright riding posture, which reduces the potential for neck, arm and shoulder strain. They all have great electronics, cool accessories, a wide range of color combos, and the promise of long and enjoyable rides.