Class 3 Electric Bike: GRB’s Top Picks for 2024

By Thorn Compton

We’re bringing some high class to the Go Ride Bikes blog today, but don’t worry you don’t need black tie attire to read. Though, hey, if you want to toss on a bowtie we’re not here to judge.

The latest in our series of electric bike class reviews focuses on the Class 3 electric bike, typically the top class available to purchase (though we do get into Class 4 options here). If you’re wondering just what the heck a Class 3 electric bike is and why we’re talking about formal wear, you’re in the right place.

What are electric bike classes?

The main component of electric bike classification is the motor, namely how it’s controlled and how fast it can move. That doesn’t necessarily mean a class 1 electric bicycle has less power than a class 3, but it does affect the speed the electric motor can reach without pedal assist.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the different classes.

Class 1

These motors are most commonly known as pedal assist bikes, and they’re the most popular ebike motor in the US. Class 1 electric bikes have a motor that provides assistance to the rider when pedaling, and the motor cuts off when you reach 20 MPH. Class 1 ebikes also have their power output maximized at 750 watts.

Class 2

Similar to the class 1 motor, a class 2 motor also provides assistance to a rider while pedaling. The difference, however, is a class 2 motor can also be engaged while the rider isn’t pedaling. These electric bikes can reach up to 20 MPH without pedal assist, so they’re more suited for a leisurely road ride than a challenging mountain path.

Class 3

Also known as a speed pedelec, class 3 electric bikes have a speed limit of 28 MPH and their electric motor provides assistance while the rider is pedaling or without pedal assistance. The maximum power output is still 750 Wh, but class 3 electric bikes are designed for more speed and more power. Riders must wear a helmet when driving a class 3 electric bike, and there are other specific safety regulations similar to a motorcycle.

Want more? Check out our Class 4 electric bike reviews.

Advantages of Class 3 Electric Bikes

Increased maximum speed is only one of the major perks of a class 3 ebike (though it’s definitely a huge advantage.) Take a look at some of the reasons to consider the higher ebike class.

Higher speed

Let’s just get this one out of the way up front, yes you have a significantly higher maximum speed with a class 3 electric bike. It can reach up to 28 mph without pedal assist, and most come equipped with a twist throttle similar to a motorcycle or dirt bike.


Just because you can go faster, doesn’t mean you have to. Class 3 electric bikes provide the most flexibility because they don’t have as many limitations on motor power output or battery voltage. Plus, just like a traditional bicycle, you can find the right frame type and comfort amenities to suit your specific riding needs.

Towing ability

With less limitations on the motor, class 3 electric bikes can pack more punch not just in speed, but in towing capacity. Feel free to load up the rear rack or even tow a wagon behind you with the right bike choice.

GRB’s Top Class 3 Electric Bikes

1. Ride1Up Revv 1

Weight: 93 lbs
Weight capacity: 350 lbs
Motor: 52V Bafang RM G0F4.1000
Battery: 52V 20ah, Samsung 50E 21700 Cells
Range: 60 miles
Frame: Double-crown 120mm, Preload and Rebound adjust w/ hydraulic lockout
Max Speed: 28+ MPH
Price: $2,295

So technically the Revv 1 from Ride1Up has a maximum speed of 28 mph on regulated roads, but if you take this bad boy on private roads it can actually exceed 30 mph. The moped-style body is unique in the electric bike world, and the intuitive design actually lets you switch between Class 2 and Class 3 capabilities. If you’re looking for a rugged bike capable of handling your daily commute and a trek down an off-road bike path, this is the ebike for you.

2. Ride1Up 700 Series

Weight: 62 lbs
Weight capacity: 300 lbs
Motor: 48V Geared Hub Bafang Motor
Battery: 48V15ah Reention Rhino, 39 x 21700 Samsung Cells
Range: 50 miles
Frame: Lightweight Alloy Frame with internal protected & locked electronics
Max Speed: 28 MPH
Price: $1,595

While from the same bike maker, the Ride1Up 700 Series is a much different beast than the Revv 1. This was built to be the perfect commuter bike, featuring a lightweight alloy frame that more resembles a traditional bike, all housing the internal electrical opponents in a tidy bundle. Made for commuters sick of their cars and looking for a good alternative, the 700 Series can reach 28 mph with its pedal assist but also features a throttle that can reach an unassisted 20 mph for easy riding through the city.

3. Specialized Globe Haul ST

Weight: 77 lbs
Weight capacity: 419 lbs
Motor: Globe custom tuned motor, alloy, 6-bolt disc, 9 speed freehub, bolt on, 36h
Battery: Globe external battery, 772Wh, UL 2271 certified, IPX7
Range: 60 miles
Frame: Haul ST Premium Aluminum frame
Max Speed: 28 MPH
Price: $2,800

You don’t put the word “haul” in your bike’s name without it having some serious towing capacity, and the Specialized Globe Haul ST delivers the goods (literally). This uniquely-styled bike can tote up to 419 lbs, and it can even come equipped with up to four saddle bags! Not only can this bring you and all your belongings wherever you need to go, it also fits a huge range of riders (4’-5” all the way to 6’-4”) thanks to the adjustable seat and versatile step-thru frame.

4. Lectric XP Step-Thru 3.0

Weight: 64 lbs
Weight capacity: 330 lbs
Motor: 500W hub-motor (1000W Peak) with 55nm of torque, coupled with a 20 amp controller
Battery: Internal 48V lithium-ion battery
Range: 65 miles with long-range battery
Frame: Lightweight and sturdy 6000 series aluminum
Max Speed: 28 MPH
Price: $1,000

The Lectric XP Step-Thru 3.0 is an upgrade in nearly every way from their popular 2.0 design. Lectric ramped up the safety features with front and rear hydraulic disc brakes paired with 180mm rotors, and they added a powerful new motor that can hit 1000W peak output and 55nm of torque. Also new is the Lectric PWR pedal-assist wattage regulation, making your ride last longer by providing intuitive and smooth power delivery when using the pedal assist.

5. Aventon Aventure.2 Step-Through

Weight: 77 lbs
Weight capacity: 400 lbs
Motor: 750w (sustained), 48v Rear Hub motor
Battery: 48V, 15Ah (720Wh), LG Cell, UL 2849 Compliant
Range: 60 miles
Frame: Single-Butted Aluminum Alloy, Suspension Fork with 80mm travel, with lockout
Max Speed: 28 MPH
Price: $1,800

Ready for an adventure? The Aventon Aventure.2 Step-Through is your ticket to ride. What makes this Class 3 bike so unique is Aventon’s torque sensor technology. Just through the physical output you use on the pedals, it will recognize and match that output from the engine, providing you a naturally smooth riding experience. The 4” standard fat tires also help with that riding comfort, and they’re great for taking this bike off the beaten path while making your own adventure.

Go Ride Bikes

Class 3 electric bikes are arguably the most flexible option on the market, so much so that you’re bound to find one that meets your needs. Whether you’re looking for a great commuter bike to replace your car, a trail runner that doesn’t mind a little mud, or essentially a school bus capable of getting you, your kid, and all their stuff to your destination; there’s a class 3 ebike suited for your needs.

Go Ride Bikes is our name, but it’s also our philosophy. We want to encourage everyone to get out and, well, go ride bikes. Explore the Go Ride Bikes electric bike reviews, read more of our informative blogs, and keep up with curated lists of the best ebike advancements from our experts. And check out our eBike Range Calculator!