In recent few years the electrification boom has picked up more momentum in the dirt bike industry. Electric dirt bikes are more and more popular as major brands are jumping to the growing market.
In short, you can find several different styles of electric dirt bikes for adults. Full size models are closer to gas versions and hybrid models, that are more lightweight and resemble a mix between mountain bikes and dirt bikes.
I have tested several of the new electric models out there and handpicked the best models for adult offroad riders. I mostly ride single track, woods and trail riding and also hard enduro style racing.
Here are the top contenders for the best electric dirt bikes for adults:
You may ask yourself, which electric dirt bike model is best for me? It depends.
At this time, if you want to stick with the familiar full size frame, go with the KTM Freeride E-XC. Undoubtedly, this is as close to a gas dirt bike out there right now. And it absolutely can take you where you want to go without any issues.
For nearby trail riding, I would choose either the Cake Kalk or the Surron X (read my review here). They both have excellent form factor and chassis design and they feel mostly like riding a full size dirt bike.
Generally speaking, these manufacturers are ahead of the others right now. They seem to have the popularity and parts availability and likely to survive the next wave of competitors.
Best Electric Dirt Bikes for Adults
In summary, the selection for adults is very good. You have plenty of models and brands to choose from. Here are the best 5 models out there:
1. Surron X
Surron has developed a lightweight electric dirt bike in the lower price category. We predict this being a very popular model. This is largely because of the quality and because it is a relatively cheap option for adults. It is also sold as Segway X260.
The Surron X is widely popular and for a reason. It has lots of aftermarket parts and customizations available and is easy to find second-hand. Read our hands-on review of the Surron X here.
|Power||3kW, Peak Power: 6kW|
|Torque||35.40Nm (motor axle)|
|Range||20 to 60 miles per charge|
|Charge||2.5 to 3.5 Hours|
2. KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM is heavily betting on the electric revolution. The full size KTM electric dirt bike fits under their long lasting Freeride category. Previously, this model was available as a gas powered low tuned model for beginner riders.
|Power||9kW (12 hp), peak Power: 18kW (24.5 hp)|
|Torque||42Nm (motor axle)|
|Charge||110 minutes to full, 75 minutes to 80%|
3. Beta Explorer
Beta has rushed into the electric model market with a brand new model, Explorer. This new model matches well with the same category lightweight models.
Beta is known for using great components and so far it looks like this model does not disappoint. Read more on my first impressions of Beta Explorer here.
|Power||Peak Power: 12.5kW|
|Range||Speed One: 50-100 Miles, Speed Two: 30-60 Miles|
|Charge||2-3 Hours (Standard 115v outlet)|
4. Cake Kalk
The Swedish manufacturer has been in the electric dirt bike market for quite some time. And it seems they have perfected the models to dirt riding. Furthermore, they offer several models to choose from and have great parts and aftermarket tuning availability.
Cake has chosen to use a lighter, more hybrid frame size rather than full size dirt bike frame. Note that they offer several different sub-models and variations.
Kalk OR is premium level choice for adult riders. They clearly went for higher quality components and are betting on the high end markets. I would choose the KTM Freeride under this category simply for aftermarket parts availability and customization options alone. But it sure is prettiest of the list by far!
|Price||$11,000 to $14,000|
|Power||5.8kW, peak Power: 11kW|
|Torque||42Nm (motor axle)|
|Range||1 to 3 hours depending ride mode|
|Charge||3 hours to full, 2 hours to 80%|
5. Oset 24.0 Racing
Oset is an alternative style option for adult trials riders. The Oset line up is geared for trials style riders and this 24.0 model is their adult version. Many dirt bike riders begin via trials and still practice using them to hone out skills. The electric model makes this easier, as you can practice in your backyard or a driveway practically noise free.
The adult electric dirt bikes are here to stay! Adult riders are swarming the electric models and I have to say, for a good reason. These dirt bikes are getting better each year and soon will overtake their gas counterparts.
The lower maintenance requirements, silent ride and clutch-less operation is very appealing to many riders out there and as the range increases, so does the popularity.
The future is electric!