Overview for Season 2023

Best-of: Minimalist singlespeed e-bikes with belt drive


The simplest and most puristic form of cycling is probably experienced with a singlespeed drive (we’ll deliberately leave out the fixie here): With just one gear, it’s entirely up to your own physical condition how you manage the ride from A to B. This is a topic for quite a small target group, actually, since riding without gears can be quite tedious — especially if the area of use isn’t just the flat country.

Since the e-bike, however, the cards have been reshuffled: The electric assistance takes a lot of work off the rider’s hands, not only on the mountain, but also when starting off, which suddenly makes this drive interesting for many more people. In addition, these bikes have a correspondingly clean appearance precisely because of the reduction in drive components, and thus usually appear more appealing than “normal” bikes.

An ideal complement to a singlespeed e-bikes drive is the clean, quiet and low-maintenance toothed belt drive (in all bikes shown here the Carbon Drive from Gates), which replaces the classic bicycle chain. In this article, there is therefore a compilation of interesting e-bikes with singlespeed drive and belt drive. Exclusively with particularly slim models that are relatively light and cleverly conceal the e-drive.

Tenways CGO 600 Single Speed Urban E Bike Midnight Black
Good bike at a great price: the Tenways CGO 600

Tenways CGO 600 (now from € 1,399)

This bike caused quite a sensation at its launch: on the one hand, Tenways shows with the CGO 600 that you can already offer a quite chic bike with good components — for example, with hydraulic disc brakes and a belt drive from the brand manufacturer Gates — for just 1,599 euros. On the other hand, the drive system from MIVICE, which was quite unknown until then, was surprising, as it offers a very natural support thanks to a built-in torque sensor. The motor is installed as a hub motor in the rear wheel, the battery is integrated in the down tube and offers a capacity of 250 Wh. Another advantage of the bike is the large selection with currently three frame sizes and four color options as well as the low weight — in our extensive test, we weighed the bike at just over 16 kg! Available online, directly on Tenways website.

Tenways CGO 600 PRO Urban E Bike Avocado Green
With removable battery: the Tenways CGO 600 Pro

Tenways CGO 600 Pro (€ 1,799)

The surcharge for the newer CGO 600 Pro model is 200 euros compared to the regular variant – but that can be well worth it! Because as a really additional feature, this bike offers the possibility to be able to remove the battery from the frame. For many certainly a great advantage, in addition, the battery here also offers a significantly higher capacity of 360 Wh. Also new is the integrated headlight and an adjustable stem. Identical to the regular CGO 600, however, is the drive with hub motor from MIVICE, the weight of about 18 kg, however, slightly higher. You can read our full review of the CGO 600 Pro here, the bike can be ordered directly on the Tenways website.

Lemmo One Urban E Bike Singlespeed
Removable SmartPac and very smart in other ways too: the Lemmo One

Lemmo One Belt drive (€ 2,190)

With its One, Lemmo has created a thoroughly ambitious urban e-bike that offers numerous smart features — starting with the extensive smartphone integration and features such as GPS tracking or the Kicklock, with which the bike can also be locked mechanically. The SmartPac deserves special mention: the removable battery with 540 Wh can also be used as a power bank! Meanwhile, the bike can also be driven well without e-drive, because the clutch in the rear hub can be mechanically separated from the motor. We have tested the Lemmo One in detail here, info on the newer singlespeed version can also be found here. So there is a lot on offer for the quite reasonable price of 2,190 euros. The bike is available in two colors (gray and sand) and in two frame sizes.

Momentum Voya E Plus 2023 Singlespeed Urban E Bike
Customizable: the Momentum Voya E+

Momentum Voya E+ (from €2,499)

Bike manufacturer Giant now also offers its Momentum sub-brand here in Germany — and offers with the Voya E+ an attractive singlespeed e-bike. The drive system here comes from Bafang and includes a hub motor in the rear wheel and a permanently installed 250 Wh battery in the down tube. The Voya E+ is available in three sizes and the colors Tequila Sunrise (red) and Ink (dark blue). Momentum’s extensive range of accessories is worth mentioning: suitable additional equipment such as mudguards, lighting or even various types of racks can be ordered with the bike. More information about the Voya+ and the new Momentum brand can be found in this article.

Ampler Axel Urban E Bike Singlespeed
Amplers more comfortable singlespeed model: Axel

Ampler Axel ( €2,790)

As a completely new model Ampler launched the Axel last year. Compared to the Curt — the somewhat cheaper one of both singlespeed e-bikes focuses more on comfort, which is reflected in the more upright seating position, ergonomic handlebars and the slightly wider 50 mm tires. Technically, Axel offers a drive developed by Ampler itself with hub motor in the rear wheel and 336 Wh strong battery in the down tube, which is permanently installed. The control of this drive is via a torque sensor, a display in the top tube shows all important basic information. In addition to the pictured Rock Green, the bike is also available in light Nordic Blue, and you can also choose between two frame sizes. More info on the Axel can be found in this article.

Rose Sneak Plus EQ 2023 Singlespeed Urban E Bike
Rose Sneak Plus EQ

Rose Sneak Plus EQ (€ 2,799)

With its Sneak Plus, direct seller Rose has a stylish and just under 15 kg light singlespeed bike on offer. Besides the regular version for 2,399 euros, we are interested in the EQ model. This comes not only with additional equipment such as mudguards and lighting system, but also with the belt drive from Gates instead of the bicycle chain! The drive in this bike consists of Mahles X35+ system with a hub motor in the rear wheel and permanently installed 250 Wh battery in the down tube – but as is known without torque sensor. In the colors white and black, the bike is available directly from Rose’s online store in three frame sizes, and the bike is also available with a comfort frame. More information can be found in this article.

Mokumono Delta S 2023 Singlespeed E Bike
Unique aluminum frame on Mokumono Delta S, optionally available in your choice of color

Mokumono Delta S (from € 2,990)

A bike frame like no other: the frame of the Delta S from Mokumono is pressed from two aluminum plates, which are then joined together by laser. The whole thing is made in the Netherlands, and most of the other components come from Europe — the company tries to act sustainably during production. The singlespeed e-bikes drive system is controlled via a torque sensor and comes in combination with the motor from Hydrive, the permanently installed battery offers 250 Wh capacity and is integrated above the bottom bracket. With mudguards including bag holder and lighting system, the equipment is commuter-friendly complete, the weight remains nevertheless still pleasantly light with about 17 kg. In addition to the standard color silver gray, the wheel is also available for 250 euros surcharge in an individual color of your choice, the frame is available in two sizes! You can find our review of the Mokumono Delta S here.

Cowboy C4 vs Veloretti vs Vanmoof S3 2021
Smart and fully integrated: the Cowboy C4

Cowboy C4 (€ 3,290)

The Cowboy C4 Bike caused a sensation with its smart functions and its absolutely clean design: automatic brake lights, integrated GPS positioning and complete app integration were previously rather untypical bicycle features. The bike recently received an update that automatically provides additional power to the motor when it detects headwinds or inclines, for example! But the Cowboy can also convince beyond the smartphone cosmos: a torque sensor is used for the electric drive to control the hub motor, the battery is removable and offers a tidy 360 Wh capacity. Position lights front and rear are integrated, mudguards are currently also included in the scope of delivery of the 18.9 kg bike. You can choose between five colors for the frame, and you have to make do with the unisize model for the size. However, the bike is also available with a more compact comfort frame as the Cowboy C4 ST and in the new cruiser version for a more comfortable riding position. The bike can be ordered directly online from Cowboy.

Ampler Curt 2023 Singlespeed Urban E Bike Merlot Purple
Fully equipped lightweight: Ampler Curt

Ampler Curt (€ 3,190)

With 14.4 kg, the second generation of the Ampler Curt is also one of the lightest models in this overview — at least if you include the complete equipment with lighting system and mudguards as well as the quite large and permanently installed 336 Wh battery. The drive is a proprietary development and is controlled via a torque sensor, the hub motor in the rear wheel performs typical 250 watts. New to the second generation is a display that is nicely integrated into the top tube, slightly wider 40 mm tires and smart functions such as tracking by a GPS chip. The bike is available in matte black and purple in three frame sizes. For more info on the Curt and the other current Ampler models, check out this article.

Coboc Brooklyn Fat 2024 Urban Singlespeed E Bike Cloud White
Without classic seat tube: Platzhirsch from Urwanbikes

Coboc Brooklyn Fat (€3,699)

Coboc can be rightly called the pioneer of this whole category of light, clean and electric bikes: The Heidelberg-based company developed this type of singlespeed e-bikes more than 10 years ago! The Brooklyn Fat is a purist singlespeed bike that owes its name to the fat 50 mm tires. Nevertheless, the weight of 13.1 kg is extremely low, especially since a light system is integrated in the new models! The permanently installed battery offers a capacity of 380 Wh, the motor comes from Coboc and is also installed here him rear wheel. The bike is available in three frame sizes and for 2024 in three appealing colors. By the way, we had already tested the bike here.

Singlespeed Urban E Bikes 2021 Best of Schindelhauer Arthur Granatrot
Schindelhauers Arthur with integrated lighting system

Schindelhauer Arthur (€3,795)

Very classic looks Schindelhauers Arthur: not only the brown leather parts on the saddle and handlebars contribute to this, but also the shiny wheels and components such as seatpost and handlebars. These two, by the way, contain a complete (and approved) lighting system, which is housed almost invisibly in the Lightskin components! For the electric drive, Mahles X35 system is also used here, consisting of a hub motor in the rear wheel and a permanently installed 250 Wh battery in the down tube. There is no torque sensor here, instead there are three fixed speed levels to choose from. At 13.4 kg, the bike is pleasantly light, and mudguards are optional. There are four frame sizes for the perfect fit, and you can choose between graphite black and garnet red for the paint job. More information about Schindelhauer’s Arthur can be found in this article.

Desiknio X35 SP Singlespeed Urban E Bike 2023
Desiknio X35 Singlespeed

Desiknio X35 Single Speed (€ 4,095)

The minimalist look of Desiknio’s e-bikes was convincing right from the start. In the meantime, the Spanish brand’s range also includes numerous variants with different gears — but their singlespeed e-bikes, which weight around 13.5 kg, are still available. The electric drive is based on Mahles X35 system, consisting of a hub motor in the rear wheel and a permanently installed 250 Wh battery in the down tube. There is no torque sensor here, instead there are three fixed speed levels to choose from. The equipment with black attachments includes mudguards and a light system. The frame is available in two sizes, the color is always Silver Grey. All further information on the current Desiknio line-up can be found in this article.

Singlespeed Urban E Bikes 2021 Best of GEOS
GEOS: steel frame bike with two battery units

Geos Singlespeed (€ 4,900)

The GEOS bike rolls along with an elegant steel frame, which also offers clever details such as integrated lighting or a magnetic charging socket behind the rear light. Inside is a specially developed battery consisting of two permanently installed units with a combined capacity of 372 Wh, motor control of the hub motor is via a torque sensor. Without the pictured mudguards and the pannier holder, the bike weighs 14.8 kg. As a surface finish, the frame is always coated with nickel. A detailed test of the GEOS — but with Pinion’s impressive gearbox — can be found here.

Singlespeed Urban E Bikes 2021 Best of Urwahn Platzhirsch Gold
Without the typical seat tube: Stadtfuchs from Urwanbikes

Urwahn Stadtfuchs (from € 4,949)

Another bike that is out of the ordinary: Urwahns Stadtfuchs (formerly known as Platzhirsch) is equipped with a steel frame, which does without your classic seat tube. In addition to the unusual look, this also brings a minimal gain in comfort, since the slightly yielding property of steel is utilized. The electric drive from Mahle, on the other hand, is more off the shelf: hub motor, permanently installed 250 Wh battery in the down tube and a control without torque sensor. However, Urwahn — unlike the other bikes on this list with the same drive — installs a practical control element on the handlebars to control the motor. The 14.5 kg bike also has an integrated Lightskin lighting system and can be optionally retrofitted with mudguards and luggage racks. The colors can be selected from five standard colors (asphalt, concrete, oxis, cobalt, gold); other colors and surface treatments such as nickel-plating or copper-plating are also possible for an additional charge. Excellent: the bike is available in five frame sizes, and great special editions like this one are also available. A detailed review of Urwahn’s Stadtfuchs can be found here.




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