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Revision Date: May 10, 2013 Having a lot of money is a good thing, especially if you’re an e-bike fanatic. Nothing cheap can match the good looks and performance of these 10 electric bikes. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much demand for these ultra-expensive beasts, as most of the e-bikes on this list aren’t yet on the market, and only a few prototypes are in a state of steam wear. However, all of the bike makers on this list claim to be taking pre-orders and have working prototypes.Part of the reason these bikes are so expensive is that most are handcrafted one piece at a time. Ferraris are hand-built, not mass-produced Fiats.

The most affordable bike on this list is also the lightest (32 pounds), smallest battery pack (205 watt-hours), and smallest motor (250 watts). Building a lightweight e-bike requires compromises in performance, and building a light isn’t cheap. The Prodego Titanio is a titanium watch made in China and assembled at Prodeco’s Florida factory.

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The Specialized Turbo is an affordable, quality production bike that can pedal up to 28 mph. Specialized hired a team of engineers in Switzerland and spent 3 years designing the bike. It has proprietary hub motors, batteries, frame, dashboard, etc., so it’s expensive. One of the stronger, more usable bikes on this list. Specialized was designed with the commuter in mind, but good luck locking this expensive babe to a post.

Read our review of the Specialized Turbo

This is one of the most unique bikes on this list, and it’s the SUV of the e-bike world. Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, this 3-wheel truck features 2 hub motors in the rear and unique front wheel pedal drive. It is designed for carrying heavy loads and riders up steep hills.

The Optibike 1100r uses some of the latest e-bike technology, including mid-drive. Rohloff for the motor gearbox, and Fox for the full suspension. It can reach speeds of up to 35 mph, has a drop range of 40 miles, and weighs just 65 pounds. It has proven to be a reliable and durable machine through multiple climbs of Pikes Peak. Optibikes range in price from $6,000 to $16,000.

Read our full Optibike review and ride report

The Hanebrink Hustler is built for speed and leaves no stone unturned. Depending on configuration, it can reach speeds of up to 80 mph. It is a mid-drive that uses a bicycle derailleur as the transmission. It has enough lithium batteries to go 50-100 miles on a single charge, depending on how fast you ride. Its operating pedals are hidden behind the fairing so you can tell it’s an e-bike after you’ve been pulled over. The price of a Hanebrink Hustler ranges from $17,000 to $30,000, depending on configuration (speed and distance).

Read our story about Hanebrink Hustler

The M55 appears to be designed for Arab sheikhs or internet billionaires. No expense was spared on this bike with detailed CNC machining and carbon fiber panels. The bicycle adopts a remote control motor, a gear reduction system and a remote control motor. Power is transmitted to the ground via a German Rohloff speed hub in the rear wheel. This bike is hand designed and built in Budapest, Hungary.

Read our story about the M55


The no-suspension blacktrail is designed for street riding. Its full carbon fiber construction makes it extremely light for an e-bike. 50 pounds, half of which is the battery. Blacktrail uses the expensive Clean Mobile gear reduction system. This bike is one of 3 German bikes on this list. The bike is available in different configurations. It is claimed to be capable of 60 mph in its fastest configuration. If you’re thinking about dropping the big bucks on this, be careful… this bike could be steamware.

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Eric has been involved in the e-bike industry since 2002 when he opened a 6000 sq. ft. brick-and-mortar e-bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a firm believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.

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