Six of the Best Vintage Electric Bikes for 2021

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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.

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
MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black
AZBO Electric Bike for Adults 48V 500W Brushless Rear Hub Motor Fat Tire Vintage E-Bike, 26 inch Tire 20 MPH Motorized Bicycle with Shimano Gear
MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Red/White
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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
Weight
50 lbs
Speed
16 mph
Range
35 miles
Power
250 Watt
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MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black
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63 lbs
Speed
35 mph
Range
40 miles
Power
500 Watt
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AZBO Electric Bike for Adults 48V 500W Brushless Rear Hub Motor Fat Tire Vintage E-Bike, 26 inch Tire 20 MPH Motorized Bicycle with Shimano Gear
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78 lbs
Speed
20 mph
Range
16 miles
Power
500 Watt
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MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Red/White
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63 lbs
Speed
22 mph
Range
37 miles
Power
500 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

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

 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 . 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

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.

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.

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

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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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
  • EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE : The 26” wheels and 1.95” high-volume e-cruiser tires deliver a luxuriously smooth ride. At the heart of the ebike is our large capacity 12.5 AH lithium-ion battery,The 250W motor lets you go As fast as 16 mph for up to 35 miles .You can charge on/off the ebike by your convenience.
  • HIGH SPEED GEAR SHIFT SYSTEM : Front and rear mechanical disc brakes Disc brakes for reliable all-weather stopping power.6-Speed gear increases hill-climbing power, further range variation, and greater terrain adaptability.
  • EXTREME COMFORT: This pedal-assist bike’s inclusive design includes a low step-through frame for easy mounting and dismounting. The wide swept-back handlebar helps you ride with an upright, relaxed riding posture. Adjusting Setting -- Making the Stem Length small changes can bring about noticeable improvements in comfort.
  • HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL: With light and designed to last, luminum alloy frame, makes it easy to maneuver . Aluminum Alloy double-walled rims are for greater durability as well as faster ride with less drag. A high- strength front suspension fork can take your riding comfort.
  • 3 WORKING MODES : E-bike & Assisted bicycle & Normal bike, you can choose the E-bike to enjoy a long time travel, and also exercise. Combining two modes would be a better choice.

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. T4B Motorsports Michael Blast Greaser Retro Style Electric Bike 500W

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26' Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black

 Range
40 miles

 Speed
35 mph

Weight
63 lbs

 Power
500 Watt

Verdict:
T4B Motorsports is a fairly powerful vehicle. With a top speed of 35mph and a mileage of 40 miles, you can really feel the wind when you’re riding this e-bike. It also has a fairly quick charge time despite the great max range.

Pros:

  • Fast top speed
  • Comfortable leather
  • Fast charge time
  • Dual disc brakes

Cons:

  • It is quite heavy

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26' Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black
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MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black
  • Awesome retro look - brings back the popular cafe motorcycle look of the 70s. This unique bike has all the qualities of a vintage, antique motorcycle
  • Hidden battery and controller - special mid-section case in the bike's frame combines both electric motor and its controller in one classy unit
  • Super-fast - rides up to 35 mph on a full charge. Power up at Lightning speed. Quick charge of only 4 hours will have you riding in no time
  • Extended range: 40-60 km per charge lets you Tour all day around town without worry. Large lamp lets you to see better, further, ensuring your safety
  • Comfortable seat: extra-large, extra cushioned, dual springs have you riding in complete comfort all day long, even on bumpy terrain. Weight: 63 lbs

While the previous e-bikes are somewhat similar looking, this next vintage electric bike is going in an entirely different direction. This retro-style e-bike by T4B has handlebars almost level with the seat. This will really make you feel like you are riding an authentic 1970s cafe rider.

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26' Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Black

With dual disc braking on both wheels, an LCD screen, and extremely comfortable leather padding on the handlebars, this is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a good vintage electric bike, especially people with a need for speed.

5. AZBO Vintage Electric Bike 500W

AZBO Electric Bike for Adults 48V 500W Brushless Rear Hub Motor Fat Tire Vintage E-Bike, 26 inch Tire 20 MPH Motorized Bicycle with Shimano Gear

 Range
16 miles

 Speed
20 mph

Weight
78 lbs

 Power
500 Watt

Verdict:
This all-black vintage electric bike is powerful, affordable, durable, quiet, and easy to use. Yet more than that, it has a signature look that I cannot find elsewhere, which you might love just as much as I do.

Pros:

  • 7-speed gear shifting
  • Dual disc brakes
  • Unique color scheme and looks
  • Has a one year warranty

Cons:

  • Seat padding is a little hard
  • Rear and headlights are a little too small

This cruiser comes with all the features that make up a reliable electric bicycle. Good brakes, decent charge time and a seven-speed gear shifter make this bike a fun and exciting vehicle to own.

AZBO Electric Bike for Adults 48V 500W Brushless Rear Hub Motor Fat Tire Vintage E-Bike, 26 inch Tire 20 MPH Motorized Bicycle with Shimano Gear

What’s special about the AZBO Vintage e-bike however is its looks. It looks more like a vintage, antique motorcycle than a bike. It also has a very sleek and unique style that really sets it apart from most other vintage electric bikes.

6. T4B Greaser 350W Retro High-frame Electric Bike

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26' Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Red/White

 Range
37 miles

 Speed
22 mph

Weight
63 lbs

 Power
350 Watt

Verdict:
This high-frame T4B e-Bike has some of the most comfortable handlebar gripping and seat padding I’ve ever felt on an electric bike and also has some very responsive brakes. Even the headlight is brighter than most others, making this a perfect choice for people who enjoy prowling the roads after dark.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable seat padding
  • Bright lights
  • Great brakes

Cons:

  • Fairly pricey

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26" Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Red/White
  • Awesome retro look - brings back the popular cafe motorcycle look of the 70s. This unique bike has all the qualities of a vintage, antique motorcycle
  • Hidden battery and controller - special mid-section case in the bike's frame combines both electric motor and its controller in one classy unit
  • Super-fast - rides up to 35 mph on a full charge. Power up at Lightning speed. Quick charge of only 4 hours will have you riding in no time
  • Extended range: 40-60 km per charge lets you Tour all day around town without worry. Large lamp lets you to see better, further, ensuring your safety
  • Comfortable seat: extra-large, extra cushioned, dual springs have you riding in complete comfort all day long, even on bumpy terrain. Weight: 63 lbs

T4B makes this list once again with this very high-quality and high-frame e-bike. This is probably the least retro-looking electric bike on my list today but it made the cut because its high frame is not only reminiscent of vintage bikes but is actually quite comfortable at multiple speeds.

MICHAEL BLAST T4B GREASER RETRO STYLE Electric BIKE - 26' Wheels, Bafang 350W Brushless Electric Motor, 7-speed, 36V13Ah, Li-Ion Battery, Extended Range, Red/White

With a max speed of 35kph or 22 mph, you can use this bike to go blazing down your neighborhood or any bike trails. The battery, controller, and motor are all covered by a holster that not only protects them but keeps your bike looking neater.

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.

How does a vintage bike look like?

“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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