Retro style electric bikes
Retro style electric bikes are convenient, easy to park, and cheap to operate and are arguably cleaner to use than a gas engine, especially at the ‘tailpipe’.
If more people were riding e-bikes we would have an effective pollution and climate solution, but most existing transportation infrastructure and regulations aren’t really encouraging their adoption yet.
Just because it’s modern and high tech doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice design, and I love everything retro and nostalgic as you might know, so I have found some of the coolest looking retro vintage e-bikes out there for you.
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Retro style electric bikes my top 7
1. CIVIBIKES Cheetah retro style bike
CIVIBIKES Cheetah Beach Cruiser
55 miles range
48V 750W 17.5Ah Li-ion battery
Color LCD display
Retro e-bike Video
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CIVIBIKES Cheetah (the coolest retro e-bike in the world) is my first e-bike, I took things easy on my first ride and kept it at PAS level 1. It definitely takes some getting used to, has a completely different feel vs. the Cannondale Quick 3 that I had been riding. It’s big, it’s heavy, and like a motorbike, it needs to be leaned into the turns. But man, is it fun!
I wanted this bike mainly to commute. It’s only about 13 miles round trip, but the hilly streets of Seattle are tough. E-bikes are a great way to get some exercise while making biking a practical option every day of the week. And no, it’s not ‘cheating’, I’m not trying to win the Tour De France, I’m just trying to get to work and back quickly and efficiently.
Battery life is decent given the weight and speed of this bike (I usually get home with about 30-40% remaining, and charge overnight for the next day).
Commuting on this bike is fun, fast, and comfortable. I set the speed limit to 20 mph so I can use it on bike paths (with that setting, it meets all of the requirements of a Class 2 e-bike), but that’s still plenty fast and usually gets me to work in about the same time as driving.
But overall this bike is totally badass, and it turns heads everywhere I go. I love the retro styling that’s curiously slick and modern at the same time. I love the details like the stitching on the handlebar grips, and how the wiring and electronics are cleanly hidden in the frame and ‘gas tank’.
If I’m stopped at a red light, someone inevitably makes a comment like “that’s the coolest bike I’ve ever seen”. Indeed it is. And it’s the coolest bike I’ve ever ridden, too.
I can’t recommend the CIVIBIKES Cheetah enough if you want something retro looking, that really pops out.
2. Micargi Cyclone retro cruiser
Micargi Cyclone retro style e-bike
45 miles range
48V 500W 11.6Ah Li-ion battery
- 83 LBS
Retro e-bike Video
The Micargi Cyclone is a strikingly good looking e-bike. Retro bike styling pulled off beautifully.
The battery placement is particularly excellent, being so ultra-low on the frame. Some retro bikes opt to put the battery in the ‘tank’. An example that comes to mind is the Ruff Cycles Ruffian. That results is not nearly as good a center of gravity as where the Cyclone has it.
Also pleasing is that the battery is largely hidden from view, especially so to not too discerning eyes that view the bike. Many potential buyers would view the absence of gear changes as a great thing. And I suppose it is if the rider does not deal with much in the way of hills.
The bike does provide several levels of assist and 500 watts of power. Even though the bike is heavy, that is powerful enough to do the job in environments that offer little in the way of elevation changes.
3. Michael Blast T4B vintage greaser
Michael Blast T4B vintage style e-bike
60 miles range
36V 250W 13Ah Li-ion battery
Vintage greaser e-bike Video
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The Michael Blast T4B is the only e-bike of its kind where price, performance and unique vintage design all comes together in perfect harmony.
Definitely not a speedster, more like a Cadillac. It’s a stunning bike that has all the right details, if you’re into the old school greaser look then this is one of the best looking e-bikes out there.
It has a pedal Assist System that allows for a more intuitive riding experience and if you want more exercise – turn it to zero assist level and pedal as on a regular bike.
Don’t be fooled by cheaper e-bikes, you get what you pay for. This bike is excellent in quality and a machine that will outlast most others. The e-bike itself is an incredible vehicle, durable and very well manufactured.
4. Munro 2.0 retro dream
Munro 2.0 retro style electric bikes
62 miles range
48V 350W 18.6Ah Lithium battery
- 77 LBS
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The Munro 2.0, is named after Burt Munro, a world land speed record holder who rode a highly modified Indian Scout motorcycle to much success at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the 1960s.
The electric bike’s design resembles the curves and lines as an early Indian motorbike, but on a smaller scale.
It has a Bosch electric motor in the rear wheel and space for two battery packs within the frame’s “motor” which gives the e-bike a range of 62 miles on a single charge.
The Munro 2.0 got announced at CES 2017 and will be available in several color schemes, will have three different handlebar choices and will weigh in at about 77 lb.
5. AZBO Vintage beach cruiser
AZBO retro style electric bikes
49 miles range
48V 500W 10.4Ah Lithium battery
- 82 LBS
The AZBO E-Bike is an all-purpose powerful electric bike built with high-quality mainstream components.
The bike is powerful, affordable, durable and quiet.
It comes with big fat Kenda tires, 7 speed Shimano gears, and a powerful LED headlight.
6. AZBO mini retro styled electric bike
AZBO mini retro style electric bike
50 miles range
48V 500W 15.6Ah Lithium battery
- 77 LBS
The AZBO Mini E-Bike is an all-purpose powerful electric bike built with high-quality mainstream components. Just like it’s big brother this is also powerful, affordable, durable and quiet.
It comes with a Hub motor and a powerful LED headlight.
7. MZZK retro style electric bikes for women
MZZK electric bike
75 miles range
48V 624W 13Ah Lithium battery
- 59 LBS
If you want something a little more down to earth but with a little hint of retro then the MZZK e-bike is probably what you are looking for. It’s a great all-rounder e-bike with all the features and comfort you would want in a bike.
with 7 Shimano Altus gears and a range of up to 75 miles, this makes for a great every day-long trip rider.