Rear View Mirror Options for Electric Bikes

Rear View Mirror Options for Electric Bikes While visiting my friend, Chris Nolte, at Propel Bikes in Brooklyn, NY, we spent some time going over the different types of bike mirrors and talking about safety. In some parts of the world, bicycle mirrors are actually a requirement. Germany requires them for Class 3 speed pedelecs, for example. I had never really explored the options or learned how to use a bike mirror before this, but I see the value in keeping track of your surroundings. Many people use ebikes as a means of transportation in the city and I have used them for commuting to work. Sometimes you really need to be focused ahead vs. looking back over your shoulder, and that’s when a mirror can help. Most of them are small, adjustable, and mounted to the bike handlebar… but some options can mount to your helmet.

The mirrors that we looked at in this video guide include:
– Busch & Müller 701 Mirror: this mirror is fairly large, offers fine tune adjustment after being mounted, fits into the end of the handlebar tube, and has a spring loaded fold-in feature to reduce damage if you bump a sign post, automobile, or other obstacle when riding in tight spaces. The fold-in feature might also keep your bike handlebar from turning and causing an accident if you do make contact… it’s a very cool feature. I didn’t see the mirror listed on the official B&M website but here’s a link to Propel:
– Busch & Müller 901 You See Cycle Star: this mirror is medium sized and round, offers a bit of fine tune adjustment after being mounted, and fits into the end of the handle bar tube, and also folds in but does not spring back out on its own. You can see this mirror at and since it’s compact, it might be good for smaller ebikes that fold.
– Ergotec M-99: this mirror is fairly large, offers fine tune adjustment after being mounted, clamps onto the handle bar, and does not appear to have a fold-in feature. You can see more details about this bike mirror at their official website here: this one is made for e-bikes and rated for 45km/h speeds.
– Ortlieb UltraLight Bike Mirror: this mirror is fairly large, offers fine tune adjustment after being mounted, clamps onto the end of a handle bar, does not have a fold-in feature but also does not stick out. You can see more details on the official Ortleib website here: it’s a good option for lightweight road bikes.

We also talked about handlebar diameter and opening sizes during this video and Chris explained that most handlebars are 25.4″ wide at the ends, and that most grips and mirrors should fit. In North America, in most place it would make sense to mount a mirror on the left handlebar (since bikes ride on the right side of the street), but there are places in Europe where you’d want to mount this to the right handlebar. Some mirrors are side-specific, so it’s something to be mindful of when you’re mirror shopping.

Some mirrors mount into the end of a bike bar, others clamp onto the outer portion of the bar and can be positioned above or below, inside or outside of the grip. It’s a good idea to simulate turning with a mirror before actually riding a bike, so you know that it won’t hit your knee or thigh. It’s possible to mount two mirrors, as we see with motorcycles and some Vespa type scooters, but since ebikes do not generally ride in traffic, most only utilize one side mirror. In terms of pricing, it seems like bike rear-view mirrors range from $20 to $50 depending on the features and quality. You can see a full list of Busch & Müller bicycle mirrors at their official website here:

In addition to the bike-mounted rear view mirrors that we explored, there are also helmet-mounted mirrors. Apparently they can work pretty well, but it can create a bit of wind noise and get bumped easier when you take the helmet off. I haven’t used this type of mirror myself but you can explore a bunch of options here: and finally, there are even sunglass mountable rear view mirrors that are removable. These are the smallest option of the bunch and might stay in position the best, but could add some ear and nose weight, especially if it’s windy out or you’re riding fast: EBR was paid to perform this review #Sponsored We try to be honest, thorough, and fun! Comparison tools, shop directory, and forums at:

Readers Comments (34)

  1. Thanks one thing I was hoping would be covered was how the mirrors would hold up on fast ebikes as they go over bumps or off road. Are the joints robust enough etc.

  2. I prefer helmet mirrors, as you don’t have to look down to use them. You can keep what is in front of you in your peripheral vision while seeing what is behind you. However, helmet mirrors don’t work for everyone. It depends on how quickly your eyes change focal distance.

    My favorite helmet mirror is the EVT Sajezone mirror

  3. Captain Pickleshanks November 25, 2020 @ 7:42 pm

    I can verify with great confidence that the Take-a-Look brand of helmet visor/glasses frames mirrors are excellent. Once you get used to the adjustment style, you have an amazing field of view behind you on the left and right sides with just a small turn of your head and quick sideways dart of your eye. I specifically chose it over handlebar mirrors because I love the idea of never turning my gaze away from the road in front of me. It’s almost like a heads-up-display!

  4. Great review just ordered the first mirror from them

  5. EfficiencyVeloTech EVT helmet mirrors made in Vancouver, Washington are the best rear view bicycle helmet mirrors on the market.. HandsDown… I bought 3 of them for each of my helmets. They are super adjustable to give an unobstructed front field of vision. And they do not vibrate the way most helmet mirrors. (vibration makes them completely useless because you can’t focus on a vibrating object). I think the EVT helmet mirror is equally, if not more important than handlebar mirrors. When you turn your head to the left, you can see what is coming up behind you on the right and vise versa …Highly recommend them.

  6. Hi, I think the helmet with integrated rear view was kind of a good idea, unfortunately, it’s no more available, I would have liked to test that…

  7. mahnamahnadodoobedodo November 25, 2020 @ 7:47 pm

    Mirrors on the end of the handle bars are useless in traffic and if you use certain types of throttles. Best off using brackets with extenders for mirrors.

  8. Could you start tickling the guy with the glasses during the video please, as he never smiles and always looks as if he is going to cry at any moment. Tell him some jokes maybe 🤣

  9. Really helpful, thanks Court. I would not be around to be writing this if I didn’t have a mirror on my e-bikes.

  10. Mirrors and Electric Horns are a must!

  11. ‘MICTUNING Universal Motorcycle Mirrors’ On amazon work great, I have an e-mtb that does 50+ mph, so it’s a really high vibration environment and plastic mirrors just don’t cut it, the bike itself is so heavy that if I accidentally lean it on a wall for a split second the mirrors explode, these are full metal construction and don’t loosen up over time, you might have to do a bit of DIY if your handlebars are too small.

  12. Hey court what was your first electric bike ?

  13. Yeshua I follow ! November 25, 2020 @ 7:56 pm

    So many options lol its good to have choices , thanks guys .

  14. Eu tô procurando Retroviso bake sem grau

  15. Very useful info. Thanks

  16. i like mirrycle mountain bike mirror on ebike and bicycle for inexpensive functionality, however i have to move my arms or head a little to get a clear rear view, please do more accessory vids ie lights and locks, thx for posting

  17. I love how Americans say mirror like meaoer, instead of mirror like in the UK. Can someone train them to say it less awkwardly??

  18. I personally like the mirror on the helmet, because I don’t need to move my head and look down. I can look behind me by moving just my eyes.

  19. I’ve used helmet mirrors as long as I’ve worn helmets and wouldn’t even consider not having one.

  20. which mirror for the swagcycle?

  21. Inzernoexport GmbH November 25, 2020 @ 8:09 pm

    ergotec m99 is the best for me, i’ve installed it at supercharger and tinker

  22. You can see how this guy really irritates people.

  23. I wish the Busch & Muller ebike mirror had both right and left mirror. When you are traveling in multi lanes of traffic, you need to see on both sides. This design isn’t keeping up with the demand and need for mirrors on both sides.

  24. What is the brand and model of the foldable bike mirror that you mentioned in the video

  25. I had a mirror on my ebike and I could not see very well if the road was bumpy which was often…so I see by this review you need the right mirror for the bike perhaps

  26. been using a mirrycle for years now. You can get them for $10. you can leave it medium tightness so it’ll fold in easily incase you hit something.

  27. You don’t know how to use a mirror ?

  28. being so up close to his face gives me anxiety in 2020

  29. After bicycle commuting for over a year, I feel that a mirror is essential for safety. I like to be able to see what’s coming up behind me. I have a number of left turns and I use the mirror to make sure it’s clear before I cut across lanes. You also don’t have to take your eyes off of where you are going completely like when you turn your head to look behind you.

  30. Miserable looking bastard…….Mr personality he isn’t !

  31. Yes, 25.4mm, otherwise known as "1 inch" precisely.

  32. Determined DIYer November 25, 2020 @ 8:24 pm

    my 1989 dodge Omni only had one mirror. 🙂

  33. Kim Lost Cat Finder November 25, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

    YES COURT Please DO review the Helmet mirrors! I hear they are way more useful and a quick glance

  34. LookInBack tm is easier to use. Like a hand signal. 30 years in testing I bought a arm mounted mirror from amazon see in video     LookInBack tm childrens safety mirror.

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