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14 Most Popular Cruiser Bikes to Ride in California

Cruiser bikes are in high demand across California, from the coast to the mountains and everywhere in between. After all, the Golden State is the place to be if you like cruising, with ample sunshine and amazing scenery to enjoy.

As the name suggests, cruiser bikes are perfect for long rides around town or your favorite park. That's because these bicycles have upright seating, comfortable handlebars, an ergonomic design, and fun, bright styles that set them apart from the rest.

Unlike normal road bikes that require you to lean forward, cruisers promote proper posture with a lower seat and wide handles, ideal for longer rides. The pedals are just far away enough to get your muscles moving without compromising comfort or functionality.

While standard cruisers remain popular, electric beach cruisers are taking the world by storm, with more and more cycling enthusiasts choosing the added power and support of an e-bike.

There's no shortage of designs and styles to pick from for your new cruiser, and making the right choice will ensure you have many years of cruising fun in your future.

Let's check out the 14 most popular cruiser bikes to ride in California.

3. Magnum Lowrider Cruiser

Magnum offers a low-step cruiser model for efficient beach and urban riding, well-suited to California's unique landscape. Thanks to a 500 watt rear hub motor and a 48v partially integrated battery, this electric cruiser is as stylish as it is comfortable. The Lowrider position features a slight recline closer to the ground, requiring a nice leg extension to reach the pedals at the front.

Not only can you extend your legs comfortably to ride in style, but you also get an oversized plush saddle and stable wide tires for ample support on long rides. Depending on the terrain, you can cruise for up to 50 miles, with 25mph maximum speed on pedal assist and a throttle topping out at 20mph.

The Tektro hydraulic disc brakes give you impressive stopping power for peace of mind, while the RST front suspension fork and a Shimano Acera 8-speed drivetrain make it easy to adjust your ride to the road conditions. Plus, the rear rack is great for beach or camping trips with extra supplies.

The Magnum Lowrider Cruiser comes in black with cooper or gunmetal accents, so it's a good option if you want something a little less bright and beachy.


  • Shimano Grip Revoshift 8 Speed
  • 48v 500w rear geared hub motor
  • 30-60 mile battery range
  • Low-step 6061 aluminum alloy frame
  • 26″ X 2.15″ wheels
  • 59 lbs. total weight including 9 lbs. battery


  • 48v long-range battery - the heavy-duty battery meets the same demands as a cargo bike, powering up to 50 miles depending on wind, weight, and terrain. It takes 7.5 hours to fully charge.
  • VeloFox display - the backlit monochrome LCD screen displays battery/assist level,current speed, power output, trip time, and distance.
  • Ergonomic pedals - pedal forward with the Lowrider style that puts the rider slightly reclined nearer to the ground and pedals out to the front. The gently swept bars are easy to hold, too.
  • Safety features - integrated front and rear lights keep you safe while riding at dusk or dawn, while the hydraulic disk brakes safely slow down.
  • Cushioned comfort seat - the saddle is made of ergonomic faux leather and the height may be adjusted from 24.5” to 29.25”.
  • Rear rack - front and rear rack options increase storage, with accessory mounts such as heat tube, top tube, and fender also included.

4. Blix Sol Eclipse


  • Shimano 7 Speed RevoShift
  • 750 watt rear hub geared motor
  • 6061 aluminum alloy frame
  • 48v battery for 45 mile maximum range
  • 27.5” x 2.4” heavy-duty tires
  • Padded cruiser saddle


5. Biktrix Stunner LT


  • Shimano 8 Speed Trigger
  • 750w geared hub motor
  • 6061 aluminum step-thru frame
  • 25-50 mile maximum range
  • Cruiser foam sprung saddle
  • 800S backlit LCD display


6. Evelo Galaxy 500


  • Enviolo Automatiq Controller
  • Dapu 500w continuous motor
  • 600w peak and 90Nm torque
  • Lithium ion battery with 36v smart charger
  • 6061 aluminum alloy frame
  • 54 lbs. with battery


7. Schwinn Mendocino

As a hybrid electric cruiser, Schwinn Mendocino delivers robust riding performance and a vintage-inspired style with a 16.5" aluminum frame made for riders 5'3" to 6.'2" tall. This lightweight cruiser has a six speed drivetrain with no throttle and throttle options, plus a comfort grip twist shifter for smooth gear changes.

This electric bike tops out at 20mph with a 250 watt pedal assist hub motor that's suitable for city, beach, and hilly terrains. The rear-mounted battery runs 35 to 55 miles per charge, with only four hours needed for a full recharge. Mechancial disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power with 2.125" thick wire-bead tires minimizing bumps for more comfort.

Alloy double wall rims, a sealed-bearing rear hub, and Schwinn saddle with steel rails offer dynamic durability and protection against the elements. There are fenders for splash protection and a threaded, retainer bearing headset, plus 14G/13G steel spokes contributing to the long-lasting performance.

Matte blue, mint green, and charcoal gray are some of the stylish color options to consider with the Schwinn Mendocino, which comes with a 55 lbs. rear rack for increased storage. Picnic baskets and pannier bags may be secured onto the back with bungee cords.


  • 6 Speed Shimano REVOSHIFT twist
  • 250 watt pedal assist hub motor
  • 16.5" 6061 aluminum frame
  • 26" wire-bead tires
  • 14G/13G steel spokes
  • 300 lbs. max payload


  • Pedal assist motor - go up to 20mph with a 250 watt hub motor, six speed drivetrain, and easy-to-use grip shifter.
  • Rigid suspension - this cruiser has similar stability to a mountain bike, but with the upright cruiser posture that's so popular across California.
  • Fast-charging battery - get back on the road quickly with a rear-mounted battery that recharges in four hours and covers up to 55 miles per cycle.
  • High-strength wheels - heavy-duty 26" wheels and 2.125" tires include alloy double wall rims for impressive protection and durability.
  • Comfort features - the cushioned seat is easily adjustable while the handlebar display clearly shows battery level and power mode.
  • Lightweight aluminum - the versatile frame fits riders 5'3" to 6.'2" tall.

8. Specialized Turbo Como SL


  • Microshift SL-SCN05 shift levers
  • SL 1.1 custom lightweight motor
  • SL1-320 fully integrated 320Wh battery
  • 48v custom charger
  • E5 aluminum frame
  • Nimbus 2 Sport Reflect tires


9. Aventon Pace 350

Riders looking for a new cruiser in California may also be intrigued by the Aventon Pace 350.

The double-spring saddle has a wide profile for comfortable seating on longer rides, while the aluminum platforms are also oversized, with a large platform for your feet to rest on, plus a grippy surface and front/black reflectors.


  • Shimano Tourney 7 speed rear derailleur
  • 350w geared rear hub motor
  • Semi-integrated 36v battery with Samsung cells
  • 6061 double-butted aluminum alloy frame
  • 27.5″ x 2.2″ Kenda Kwick Seven Sport tires
  • 46.7 lbs. medium frame size


  • Attachment system - use the water bottle cage and attachments to increase accessory storage on your cruiser.

10. X-Treme Malibu Elite Step Through

The X-Treme Malibu electric beach cruiser uses a step through design with geometric components to ensure it's as easy to get on as it is to get off. With a 24v or 36v lithium battery, this cruiser is made for the beach and pavement. The aluminum frame is 100% hand-welded and withstands California's sun and sea.

Malibu's 350 watt rear hub motor has zero resistance for some of the smoothest cruising around, whether you go for pedal only, pedal assist, or throttle only. You can go 15-20 miles per charge, and even if battery power is lost, you will be able to pedal your way back. The 7 speed Shimano Tourney and cruiser street tires increase comfort along with extra-wide handlebars and a dual-spring seat as well.

Front and rear JAK disc brakes provide peace of mind that you can slow down as needed, while the compact bike design is easy to put in a vehicle if you're headed on a road trip. Simply use the front quick release axle to fold the cruiser up. Wherever you go, rest assured full coverage fenders prevent mud spray and protect components against damage.

The X-Treme Malibu color selection includes black, baby blue, bubble gum pink, hot pink, and mint green.


  • 7 Speed Shimano Tourney shifter
  • 350 watt brushless rear hub motor
  • 18" step through frame
  • 24v or 36v lithium-ion battery
  • 26" x 2.125" tires and aluminum rims
  • 57 lbs. with battery pack


  • Zero resistance motor - the 350 watt rear hub motor makes riding without power super comfortable and easy.
  • Power assist - adjust your low, medium, or high speed settings or switch on pedal power only using the simple LED panel.
  • Handcrafted aluminum - the lightweight alloy frame is backed by waterproof components for long-lasting performance near the beach or in the rain.
  • Lithium battery - choose from a durable 24v or 36v lightweight lithium battery, which runs 20 miles per charge and has a four-hour recharging time.
  • Ballon tires - the Kenda balloon cruiser street tires measure 26" x 2.25", with the oversized design running smoothly across sand and pavement.
  • Foldable basket - attach extra storage to the handlebar or rear rack, which both featuring all-weather fenders to catch tire spray and keep things clean.

11. Electric Bike Company Model Y

Made in Newport Beach, California, Model Y by Electric Bike Company is powered by a 500 watt rear hub motor and several battery options, including large and extra large. The long battery life and torque sensor make this bike easy to control, plus the dual battery system supports an extended range of 40 to 80 miles.

Choose from a direct single speed or optional 7 speed drivetrain with aluminum alloy grips and motor cutoff switch for safe cruising in crowded areas. While the bike comes fully built with factory settings at 20mph maximum throttle, it can be reprogrammed to 28mph if approved by city regulations.

Model Y is a reliable utility cruiser with a modified headset and attached front cargo basket that doesn't get in the way of steering. If you need more storage, try out the MIK Click System, integrated into the rear rack for seamless cargo additions.

This classic beach cruiser style comes in more colors than a lot of other e-bikes out there. Stock color options include white, red, and black, otherwise you can pay more for custom colors like orange crush, pale dogwood, emerald, or sandalwood. Metallic finishes are available, too.


  • Direct (single speed) or optional 7 speed drive train
  • Up to 25mph speeds and 80 miles range
  • 3-4 hour charge time
  • 27" wide cruiser handlebars
  • 13-gauge stainless steel spokes
  • Double-walled, aluminum 2″ ebike rims


  • High torque motor - the geared hub motor gives riders an extra zip as needed, reaching max speeds of 28mph in line with local ordinances.
  • Engineered battery pack - the manufacturer carefully designed a lithium ion battery pack for optimal performance with this electric cruiser.
  • Super charger - the 3.5 amp smart charger comes with an aluminum cover, cooling fan, and three-prong port to ensure safety.
  • Low-step frame - get on and off the bike with ease with the ergonomic design and pedals positioned in front.
  • Anti-theft alarm - lock up your bike and take a break knowing this classic cruiser includes a theft prevention component.
  • Custom colors - make the cruiser your own with a wide range of customization options, including frame/fork colors

12. Electra Cruiser Go! Step-Thru

The Cruiser Go! Step-Thru by Electra is another fun, stylish, and ergonomic choice for cruising through California cities. Ride for hours with a soft saddle that cushions your bottom and absorbs shock to minimize soreness. The frame geometry, fully integrated battery, and rear hub motor combine for a stylish cycling solution.

Patented Flat Foot Technology® makes pedaling a breeze on this single-speed cruiser. The resin platform pedals have a non-slip rubber tread so you can get on and off at the beach without slipping. Three levels of pedal assist come in handy when you're feeling tired and need a break.

There's an LED controller for simple monitoring of the battery charge and support level, plus mechanical disc brakes for easy stopping on sand, asphalt, or gravel surfaces. This cruiser reaches a top-assisted speed of 20mph with a Hyena 250Wh delivering reliable power for longer rides.

Bora Bora blue, coral sunset, black, and white are all popular color options for this efficient cruiser, which comes with rust-resistant hardware to increase longevity and versatility.


  • Single speed
  • 250 watt Hyena rear hub motor
  • 6061-T6 aluminum frame
  • Patented Flat Foot Technology
  • Suits riders 5'2" - 6'1"
  • 26x2.35" balloon tires


  • Range extender - Electra's E-bike System range extender delivers 250Wh extra power to extend your trip by up to 40 miles.
  • Flat Foot Technology® - this patented feature supports an upright frame and keeps feet flat while riding for ideal posture and easy cruise control.
  • Increased stability - the step-thru frame was designed to maximize user comfort while getting on and off the cruiser, with the pedals in front of the seat and low center of gravity.
  • Pedal assistance - enjoy three levels of pedal support with the 250 watt rear hub motor, and easily switch support level and check battery charge on the LED controller.
  • Rust resistance - cruise along the beach with peace of mind thanks to anti-rust hardware, including a painted chainguard and internal cable routing.
  • Heavy-duty tires - the 26" balloon tires and anodized alloy rims are highly durable and withstand regular rides on tough terrain.

13. Electra Trek Townie Go! 8D EQ step-thru

A similar California cruiser option from Electra is the Trek Townie Go! The 8D EQ step-thru model also features Flat Foot Technology® to help you stay upright and relaxed while riding. With proper leg extension, you can get your feet back on the ground whenever you need to.

The Bosch Active Line Plus motor provides 250 watts of power to keep you moving with four power levels, including Eco and Turbo. This cruiser goes up to 20mph with pedal assist, which you can keep track of using the Bosch Purion handlebar display. The Bosch PowerPack 400 uses a long-lasting lithium-ion battery that fully charges in under four hours for routine cruising.

Mid-motor placement is another example of Electra's focus on efficiency and balance. By putting the motor on the bike's bottom bracket between pedals, it provides a lower center of gravity and excellent stability. 26" balloon tires also support stability, ensuring smooth movement on sand and gravel.

The cruiser's turquoise color matches the beachy vibe of this bicycle style, with an ergonomic saddle and comfort grips to complete the look. Many riders enjoy the color-matched fenders and bright front/rear LED lights, too.


  • Shimano Tourney TX 8-speed
  • 250 watt Bosch Active Line motor
  • Bosch PowerPack 400 battery
  • 6061-T6 aluminum frame
  • 26" × 2.35" balloon tires
  • 49.5 lbs.


  • Shimano Shifter - the Shimano Rapid Fire Plus Shifter makes it easy to change gears with one push of the lever.
  • Smooth motor - the Bosch Active Line Plus 250 watt motor powers uphill climbs with a maximum assisted speed of 20mph.
  • Long battery life - the 400Wh lithium ion battery easily removes from the bike for fast charging: 50% in 1.5 hours and 100% in 3.5 hours.

Handlebar control - the Bosch Purion clearly displays speed, battery charge, and power support level.

  • Internal cables - enjoy a sleek cruiser style with internal cable routing, so the wires and cables are all tucked away within the aluminum frame.
  • Storage racks - Electra cruisers have MIK compatible racks that click onto the back of the bike for easy storage and transport.

14. Retrospec Chatham Rev

The Retrospec Chatham Rev is also a popular option for casual cruising along the coast, thanks to the robust step-through frame and powerful 36v motor, 350w battery combo. With a wide seat and Start Aid 4 mph boost, it's easier to stay balanced and comfortable throughout your entire ride.

A handlebar mount for the LED control panel provides convenient cruiser controls where you can pick the level of pedal assist and keep an eye on the battery charge. There are six pedaling levels to choose from, giving you a top speed of 20mph and a maximum range of 28 miles. The thumb throttle easily controls speed and power to give you an effective workout without straining too much.

The cruiser's 2.4" tires offer a wide grip for smooth motion across bumps and uneven terrain, whether you're hitting the beach or the mountains. There's a sturdy rear rack for storage if you want an all-day adventure - just keep in mind that the battery needs six hours to fully charge. Otherwise, the battery stores seamlessly on the rear of the bike for a discreet style.

Blush, eggshell, matcha, blue fog, and matte black colors are available in this classic cruiser style, complete with a padded saddle and swingback handlebars.


  • Shimano Tourney push/pull thumb shifter 7S
  • 350 watt brushless rear hub motor
  • 6061 TIG alloy welded frame
  • 58.5 lbs. assembled with 36v lithium-ion battery
  • 6 pedal assist levels
  • Cushioning 26" x 2.4" tires


  • Flat and incline riding - the high-range Li-ion battery and 350 watt motor provide pedal support when going up or downhill.
  • Six modes - there are seven speeds available, topping out at 20mph with a range of 28 miles. Use six pedal assist levels to get you there and back.
  • Smart geometry design - the cruiser's step-through frame, swingback bars, and padded saddle keeps users upright and comfortable while cruising on pavement.
  • Wobble prevention - beginners love the Start Aid 4 mph boost, which improves balance and keeps the bike from wobbling while gaining speed.
  • LED control panel - choose your pedal assist level and check the battery charge with the control panel mounted on the handlebar.
  • Smart storage - the durable rear bike rack fits a beach towel, tote, and other outdoor supplies.

Final Thoughts on California Cruiser Bikes

As you can see, there's no shortage of cruiser bike models out there for men and women. The key is finding the best bike with ample support and a comfortable fit to cruise along the California coast in style. Make sure to consider maximum speed, battery life, and ergonomic features when buying an electric cruiser, too.

We hope you find the perfect beach or mountain cruiser you've been dreaming of - let us know what you think in the comments!


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