Since ebikes emerged onto the scene some 20 years ago, they’ve only grown in popularity as people look to abandon their cars for greener and healthier alternatives to commuting. Improvements to battery technology have made these power-assisted bikes lighter while improving their range. Batteries and motors have also become smaller, allowing them to fit into sleeker-looking bike frames, making ebike technology suitable not just for commuter bikes but road bikes and mountain bikes as well.
Ebikes, once designed mainly for commuters, now permeate all cycling disciplines. High-performance e-mountain bikes such as the Giant Trance, Trek Powerfly, and Canyon Spectral allow mountain bikers to go further into the woods than ever, while eracing bikes such as the Trek Domane+ LT allow average road cyclists to keep up with advanced riders. Ebikes are produced by major manufacturers such as Giant, Specialized, and Trek as well as boutique operations such as Gazelle, Batch, and iZip.
With so many different types and brands of electric bikes to choose from, shopping for one can be more than a little overwhelming. This guide will seek to make that process easier by discussing the features you should consider when shopping for an ebike while reviewing some of the top models on the market.
— Best Overall: Trek Allant Plus 9.9S
— Best for Commuters: CERO One
— Best Value: Aventon Level
— Best Mountain Bike: Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
— Best for Seniors: Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ
— Best for Kids: HiBoy BK1 Kids' Electric Bike
— Best Folding: GoCycle G4
— Best for Roads: Trek Domane+ LT
— Best Budget: Aventon Pace 350
— Best Fat Tire: Speedrid 500W Fat Tire Electric Bike
— Best Beach Cruiser: Heybike Cityscape Cruiser Bicycle
How We Picked the Best eBikes
I used a variety of criteria in considering dozens of different ebikes for my list. Since the whole point of an ebike is to provide battery power that enables the rider to go much further than they could on a traditional bike, the battery and motor were key in our decision-making process. With that in mind, we chose batteries that provided ample range for the type of ebike. For commuter, road, and mountain bikes that demand longer ranges, we chose bikes with 400- to 670-Wh (watt hour) batteries that offered ranges of 60 miles or more.
While we did not place a premium on price when making our selections, we did consider bikes that offered the best bang for the buck. When possible, we favored ebikes that added value with such useful features as front and rear suspensions that provided shock absorption, integrated lighting for night riding, fenders for protecting clothes, and racks for storage. We also took into account ebikes with lighter carbon frames versus those with heavier aluminum alloy frames when considering the cost.
Aesthetics also played a role in our selections. With the exception of our two budget-priced selections, we favored sleek models with hidden batteries and motors versus those with noticeable bulges on the downtube or exposed battery packs.
Best eBikes: Reviews and Recommendations
Best Overall: Trek Allant Plus 9.9S
Why It Made The Cut: A powerful Bosch motor that effortlessly propels this bike up to its 28 m.p.h. power assist max coupled with a massive range, made possible by its dual-battery design, makes this sleek model the best ebike overall and a worthy option for those who can afford it.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 28 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 625 Wh (w/ 500 Wh extra battery)
— Weight: 51 pounds
— Option to add second 500 Wh battery
— Lightweight carbon fiber frame
— Max speed of 28 m.p.h.
— Sleek design
Trek is typically at the forefront of technological innovation when it comes to pretty much any man-powered vehicle that goes on two wheels, so it makes sense that one of the best ebikes on the market is put out by this bike manufacturing giant.
Trek hits all the right notes with the Allant. Range is critical for any ebike and the Allant gives you lots of versatility in that department. Its 625-Wh battery, nearly invisible in the Allant’s downtube, provides ample range on its own. But if that isn’t enough, you can piggyback a second 500-Wh battery on top of that one, giving the Allant unprecedented range of well over 100 miles. This makes the Allant the ideal choice for those looking to replace their car with an ebike.
Trek’s bikes are known for their beautiful silhouettes and the Allant is no exception, with curving lines that completely hide the bike’s battery and a matte paint job that gives it an edgy look lacking in most ebike commuters.
While the Allant’s display includes the requisite battery use and speed data all ebikes have, It also allows you to add GPS navigation and trip data via Bosch’s app when you add a smartphone to the handlebars.
Given its premium price, you’d expect the Allant to deliver in the power department and it does. The bike provides pedal assist for up to 28 miles per hour. And, with its vibration-damping carbon fiber frame and beefy gravel tires, the Allant keeps the ride smooth and stable even on unpaved surfaces. Other features include wrap-around fenders that keep your clothes clean and a simple rear rack.
While the Allant is a premium ebike that comes with a hefty price tag, its long range makes that price justifiable, especially for those looking for a replacement for their car.
Best for Commuters: CERO One
Why It Made the Cut: The CERO One ebike is a comfortable ride that comes with a long-lasting battery and has plenty of space for cargo.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 504 Wh
— Weight: 58.2 pounds
— Long-lasting battery
— Options for added storage at front and back
— Comes with detachable battery and lock
— Heavier than other ebikes
The CERO One ebike can both get you to work on time and let you pick up some groceries on the way home. Made by a Japanese company, this class 1 ebike provides power assist up to 20 miles per hour. It comes with a Shimano E8010 504 watt-hour lithium ion battery that works in three power-assist modes: max, normal, and eco, which let you go from low assist up to 20 m.p.h.
The bike does require some assembly on arrival, including mounting the storage rack and installing the pedals and the front wheel. And at 58 pounds, the CERO One is heavier than other bikes but gets up to speed quickly. (The company says you can ride up to 105 miles on one charge). And a computer mounted to the handlebars will tell you your speed, distance, battery life, and other metrics.
In terms of storage, the CERO One comes with three options for the front rack in a variety of sizes (The smallest is 8.8 inches wide, 7.6 inches tall and 15.5 inches long.) You can also install a rear rack for added room. Read a full review here.
Best Value: Aventon Level
Why It Made The Cut: The Aventon Level is practical in price and style but still packs plenty of punch with a max pedal-assist speed of 28 m.p.h.
— Max Speed: 28 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 672 Wh
— Weight: 60 pounds
— One of the most affordable ebikes on the market
— Max pedal-assist speed of 28 m.p.h.
— Includes fenders and storage rack for commuting
— Front fork absorbs shock, making for a more comfortable ride
— No lights included
— Heavy compared to other ebikes
Most ebikes can cost thousands of dollars with top models climbing well over the $5,000 price point. The Level from Aventon is an exception. With a price well under $2,000, it’s the best ebike for the money. And, while it may not include all the bells and whistles of those higher-priced models, the Level is no slouch.
Similar to other commuter bikes, it features a practical design that consists of upright frame geometry, fenders that protect the rider’s clothes from dirt and water kicked up by the tires, a rear cargo rack for a small bag, and a large comfortable saddle. The Level has a reserved appearance with a dark grey metallic paint job and understated graphics that are sure to fit with one’s work attire.
Despite its conservative look, this ebike packs a punch with a 672-Wh lithium-ion rechargeable battery hidden in the bike’s downtube. The Level is class 3, which means it has a maximum pedal-assisted speed of 28 m.p.h. and a throttle control that allows you to reach a max speed of 20 m.p.h. without the need for pedaling, ideal for commutes that involve frequent stops at traffic lights or steep climbs.
A Suntour front fork and wide 2.2-inch Kenda tires help smooth out the ride by absorbing shock from bumps and cracks on the road, while simple controls allow the user to switch between five different power assist options for max assistance or battery life. The Level’s eco setting provides pedal assistance for up to 13 m.p.h. with a range of about 60 miles. Its Turbo setting, which produces the most pedal assistance, has a range of about 25 miles. With its ample battery size, high top speed, and numerous additional features, one would be hard-pressed to find a better deal than Aventon’s Level.
Best Mountain Bike: Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
Why It Made The Cut: A 700-Wh battery gives this mountain bike 40 percent more range than other e-mountain bikes, allowing you to go deeper into the woods without getting stranded.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h. (Class 1)
— Battery Capacity: 700 Wh
— Weight: 50 pounds
— A huge 700-watt battery provides ample range for backwoods riding.
— Seamlessly integrated battery makes the Turbo Levo look like a standard mountain bike
— Advanced power output controls allow the user to dial in the desired range
— Expensive price makes this bike an investment
With their power-assist motors, e-mountain bikes allow one to go further and climb higher than you ever could on a standard mountain bike—but only if its battery has enough range to get you home again. No one wants to end up stranded deep in the woods with a 50-pound bike and a dead battery because they pushed it too far.
That’s a worry you won’t have with Specialized’s Men’s Turbo Levo Comp, thanks to its industry-leading 700-Wh battery, which offers 40 percent more run time than the 500-Wh battery most e-mountain bikes have. And while you might think this larger battery adds weight and bulk, it doesn’t. The battery blends so seamlessly with the down tube that the Turbo Levo looks like any non-electric mountain bike.
In addition to a longer range, the Turbo Levo also has controls designed to keep you from getting stranded. Its Smart Control technology serves as a governor, limiting the power assist of the motor to make sure that it lasts the desired ride length dialed in by the rider. The Turbo Levo also makes climbs easier with a Shuttle Mode that provides max output for long ascents.
Handling is key with a mountain bike. Despite being about 20 pounds heavier than a standard mountain bike, the 150 mm of travel (how far the fork compresses) on the rear and front forks provide plenty of shock absorption to keep the rider in control. In addition to its ebike-specific features, the Turbo Levo also comes equipped with high-end standard components, which includes a Shimano 11-speed drivetrain that provides a wide range of gears for climbing and descending. This ebike also features a dropper seat post that allows the rider to raise the seat for climbing for more productive pedaling or drop it for descents to get it out of the way. These additional features coupled with the Turbo Levo’s ample range make it our choice for the best electric mountain bike on the market.
Best for Kids: HiBoy BK1 Kids' Electric Bike
Why It Made The Cut: Designed for children ages 2 to 5, this ebike will help them learn how to ride with a little assistance.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: Up to 9 m.p.h
— Battery Capacity: 21.6 volts, 2Ah
— Weight: 17.6 pounds
— Low center of gravity
— Front and ear brakes
— Rides on road and dirt
— May be risky for young kids
If you’re looking for an innovative way to teach a child to ride a bike, the HiBoy Kids' BK1 Electric Bike, could be your answer. Equipped with a 24V motor, this bike can reach speeds of up to 9 m.p.h. A long-lasting battery allows for trips of up to 6.2 miles, or about 30 to 50 minutes — perfect for teaching your child how to ride. The sturdy tires allow for rides on both trails and dirt and the seat can be adjusted as your child grows. The BK1 also comes with brakes in the front and back brakes, a flexible handlebar and anti-slip grips for added safety.
Best for Seniors: Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ
Why It Made The Cut: A step-through design and upright frame geometry coupled with ample shock absorption from the front fork, seat post, and thicker Kenda tires make this bike ideal for seniors.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h. (Class 1)
— Battery Capacity: 400 Wh
— Weight: 57 pounds
— Step-through design makes this bike accessible
— Upright frame geometry is more comfortable to ride
— Front fork suspension smooths out bumps in the
— Suspension seat post provides added comfort
— Smaller battery
With its upright frame design and features that help absorb shock from the road, Cannondale’s Adventure Neo 3 is a great choice for senior riders. The most noticeable feature of this ebike is its wide down tube, which allows the bike to function with no top tube. This creates a low step-through design that makes the Neo 3 accessible for those riders who might struggle to throw their leg over a high top bar.
The Neo 3’s frame geometry puts the rider in a more comfortable upright position that doesn’t require the user to hunch over the handlebars. And though heavier than a standard bike, the Neo 3 is notably lighter than other ebikes at 57 pounds, making it easier to handle and maneuver while requiring less from the battery and rider to get up to speed.
Wide 2.2-inch thick Kenda tires coupled with a Suntour front fork that has 63 mm of travel and suspension seat post provide ample shock absorption for smoothing out cracks and bumps in the road.
The Neo 3 also features simple controls with a button layout that makes adjusting the level of motor assistance an uncomplicated task. The Neo 3 represents the second tier of Cannondale’s Neo line of ebikes. The Neo 1 and 2 are notably more expensive, but do offer larger capacity 625-Wh batteries that allow you to go farther and more robust front fork suspension. While the Neo 4 is more affordable than the 3, the few hundred dollars of price difference is worth it to get the fenders, rear rack, lights, and a suspension fork and seat post the Neo 3 offers.
With ample range, step-through design, upright frame geometry, and suspension system that absorbs shock, Cannondale’s line of Adventure Neo bikes is the best electric bike for seniors looking for an ebike with more accessibility.
Best Folding: GoCycle G4
Why It Made The Cut: It’s tough to compete with the beautiful yet functional design of this futuristic-looking foldable ebike.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 300 Wh
— Weight: 39 pounds
— Innovative design makes this ebike lightweight and compact
— Completely enclosed drivetrain protects your clothes and the chain
— Dual suspension system adds comfort
— Sleek design gives this ebike a futuristic look
— One of the more expensive foldable bikes on the market
— Smaller battery limits the range of this ebike
It's hard not to be taken by the futuristic look of the GoCycle G4. With its gorgeous curved frame and a drivetrain that’s completely enclosed, it has a sleek look that, when coupled with the extended seat post and handlebar stem and five-spoke wheels, resembles a sort of futuristic-looking BMX bike.
In addition to making it one of the most beautiful folding bikes on the market, its svelte shape and small profile are all designed to make this folding bike as compact and functional as possible. The enclosed drivetrain protects the chain on wet commutes while also keeping the greasy chain from coming into contact with your pant leg. The wheel design is attached with single side mounts that make them easy to remove, allowing you to break the bike down quickly for storage.
With a focus on making the bike as compact as possible, controls for the G4 are completely through its app, which connects to an iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Two elastic bands securely hold your phone to the handlebars. Even the kickstand folds tightly against the frame.
Despite its small size, G4 still managed to integrate front and rear suspension shocks that help smooth out rougher roads. When it's time to stow the bike, it folds into a compact shape via a break between the top tube and seat post.
The GoCycle G4 provides pedal assist for up to 20 m.p.h. and will support riders weighing up to 220 pounds. Though the G4 has a comparatively small 300-Wh battery, it still gets about 40 miles on a single charge, thanks in part to its light weight of just 36 pounds. The GoCycle G4 represents a combination of form and function that makes for the best folding electric bike for those who can afford its high price tag.
Best for Roads: Trek Domane+ LT
Why It Made The Cut: With a lightweight motor that is hidden in the frame and cutting-edge shock absorption technology that smooths out the ride, Trek’s road bike represents the pinnacle of a high-performance ebike.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 400 Wh
— Weight: 50 pounds
— Power assist system is hidden in the frame.
— 65-mile battery range for longer rides
— Removable power assist system adds versatility
— Integrated shock dampening smooths out the road
— The Domane is one of Trek’s premium road bike lines and comes with a high price tag
A good nickname for this road ebike from Domane might be “the great equalizer.” That’s because the motor in this bike ensures you won’t be falling behind everyone else when you hit the big climb on that Sunday group ride. You’ll more likely be leaving them behind. And, since the motor in the Domane is completely hidden in the down tube, you don’t even need to spill the beans that your bike happens to have a motor in it.
The Domane+ LT’s 400-Wh battery provides pedal assistance for up to 20 m.p.h. Though notably heavier than Domane’s non-electric carbon bikes, it is light for an ebike at a hair under 30 pounds, thanks to its use of the lightweight Fazua power assist system, which is neatly integrated into the frame. The tiny control panel is located on the top of the top tube, freeing up the handlebars for a GPS or bike computer. The user can set power assistance to eco, moderate, and performance.
And, if you’re feeling particularly strong, you can remove the entire power assist system and ride the Domane as a standard road bike. That drops its total weight to just 24 pounds, putting it in the same ballpark as the 20.5-pound non-electric Domane SL.
Trek technology found on the standard Domane road bikes is also on the Domane+ LT, including its IsoSpeed shock absorption system that's built into the frame. Another cool feature is a GPS/light point that’s integrated with the Domane’s carbon fiber drop bar. Like the non-electric Domane, which has been one of the top road bikes on the market for many years, the Domane+ LT follows suit as one the best electric road bike one can buy.
Best Budget: Aventon Pace 350
Why It Made The Cut: The low price point of the Pace 350 and a step-through design makes it one of the most accessible bikes both physically and financially.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 20 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 350 Wh
— Weight: 46 pounds
— Rock-bottom price makes it one of the cheapest ebikes you can buy
— 20 m.p.h. max power assist speed provides ample support
— Easy to use controls make it simple to use
— Light weight gives it above average handling
— Smaller battery gives this ebike a shorter range than other ebikes
— Not as sleek as higher-end commuter ebikes
At a price point that falls well under $1,500, Aventon’s Pace 350 may indeed be the best cheap ebike. And while it won’t rival the range, features, or aesthetics of higher-end models, it’s well equipped with a 35-mile range and a max pedal-assist speed of 20 miles per hour.
It features a simple LCD display integrated into the handlebars that includes battery level, distance, and pedal assist level, with a throttle function that engages the motor on the rear hub without the need for pedaling. Five levels of pedal assist are adjustable via a conveniently located up and down thumb button on the handlebar.
Though its 350-Wh battery limits its range, the Pace 350 still gets a respectable 47 miles at power-assist level one and up to 26 miles when maxed out at power-assist level 5. Plus, the smaller battery charges more quickly than larger capacity models, requiring just 4 hours to fully recharge.
In addition to being accessible with its low price point, it’s also physically accessible, thanks to a step-through style frame and hefty tires that provide a stable ride whether on smooth pavement or loose gravel.
For those who don’t mind some limitations with range and features, the Aventon Pace 350 is an exceptional deal.
Best Fat Tire: Speedrid 500W Fat Tire Electric Bike
Why It Made The Cut: Of all the off-road ebikes we reviewed, this was by far the most affordable option on the market.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 23 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 480 Wh
— Weight: 59 pounds
— One of the least expensive ebikes on the market
— Front fork shock absorber
— Five pedal-assist options
— Some assembly required
— Shorter range
With its 26-inch wheels and huge shock absorbing tires, this budget-priced ebike from Speedrid is a great option for those who go shorter distances off-road. Its 480-Wh battery gets up to 22 miles per charge. While that’s notably less than other off-road ebikes, the smaller battery keeps the total price of this bike under the $1,000 price point, making it a great option for those who don’t plan on using the bike to go long distances.
Despite its low price, this ebike’s controls are robust, with five pedal assist levels. The display also allows the rider to monitor battery charge and mileage. Oversized tires and a front fork provide ample shock absorption. Front and rear fenders and a headlight are nice additional features.
There are a few other compromises with this ebike. Its battery pack is not integrated into the frame and its 7-speed drivetrain has fewer gears than other off-road ebikes. And, as with other bikes that are shipped to your door, the Speedrid arrives 85 percent assembled, requiring you to finish the job (Speedrid does have a detailed online video that guides you through this process).
That said, it’s hard not to like the price tag, which is hundreds of dollars cheaper than other off-road ebikes. For those who aren’t intimidated by “some assembly required” and don’t mind the shorter range and fewer gear options, this is the fat tire ebike for the money.
Best Beach Cruiser: Heybike Cityscape Cruiser Bicycle
Why It Made The Cut: By offering enough range without going overboard, this cruiser is able to keep its price low while still offering plenty of useful additional features.
— Pedal Assist Max Speed: 19 m.p.h.
— Battery Capacity: 350 Wh
— Weight: 52 pounds
— Affordably priced
— Front shocks absorber adds comfort to the ride
— Faux leather grips and seat give it a classic
— Includes a throttle mode
— Shorter range
Many people get hung up on range when it comes to buying an ebike. But unless you plan on riding a metric century in between each charge, it doesn’t always make sense to pay for a bigger battery and more range. Heybike gets the balance between cost and battery capacity right with its Cityscape cruiser. With its 350-Wh battery, the Cityscape will carry you up to 40 miles on peda-assist mode or 25 miles when powered entirely by the battery—plenty of range for most jaunts to the beach and commutes to work. By going with a smaller battery, Heybike is able to price the Cityscape hundreds of dollars cheaper than longer range models.
Despite its low price, it boasts a top pedal assist speed of 19 miles per hour with a 7-speed drivetrain. Thick tires for road or light off-road use and a front front fork suspension smooth out rough terrain, while handlebar mounted controls allow you to toggle between its three pedal-assist modes or activate the throttle.
And while it doesn’t have the sleek hidden battery design of other higher-end ebikes, it achieves a classic cruiser look with wrap-around fenders, a step-thru frame, and a leather seat and handlebar grips. Also included is a front headlight for those post sunset rides back from the beach and a convenient rear rack for a beach bag.
For those who need the best ebike beach cruiser to cover more moderate distances, it’s tough to beat the value Heybike’s Cityscape cruiser offers.
Best eBike Accessories
It’s essential to have accessories like a helmet, bike lights, and a repair kit, to ride safely and get the most out of your eBike experience. We surveyed the options and evaluated them for convenience of use, safety, and affordability.
Best eBike Helmets
As with regular bikes, it’s crucial to wear a helmet when riding an eBike. Some can reach speeds of 32 miles per hour, meaning that like regular bikes, they pose a potential for injury. Helmets can reduce the risk of sustaining a major head injury, so finding the right one for you is essential to ensuring your safety while riding an eBike.
Best Overall: Giro Syntax MIPS Adult Road Bike Helmet
Why It Made The Cut: This helmet offers a lightweight feel, durable protection, and multiple color options to match your style.
— Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
— Colors: Highlight Yellow/Black, Matte Black, Matte Black/Bright Red, Matte Citron/White, Matte Midnight Bars, and Matte White/Silver
— Adjustable: Yes
— Good ventilation
— Multiple colors available
— Some users report the chin strap can be difficult to adjust
Giro is known for making quality bike helmets, and the Syntax MIPS Adult Road Bike Helmet lives up to the reputation. It uses 25 vents to keep you cool while providing a Roc Loc 5 fit system so you can customize the fit to your comfort. The Syntax uses a two-piece shell made of a polycarbonate hard shell integrated with a foam liner made of expanded polystyrene (a.k.a., EPS foam, which is lightweight but tough). At less than 10 ounces, it’s lightweight for all-day comfort, and four size options allow you to find the best fit.
Best Budget: JBM International Adult Bike Helmet
Why It Made The Cut: For less than $30, this easily adjustable helmet offers sturdy protection, a ventilated design, and a removable, washable liner.
— Sizes: Adult (adjustable)
— Colors: Black, Black & Sky Blue, Blue, Dark Blue & Orange, Pink & Black, Red & Black, and Silver
— Adjustable: Yes
— Customizable fit
— Visor can be taken off
— Only one size available
This helmet from JBM International is a budget pick, but it still comes with a few bells and whistles. The ventilated design keeps you cool, and JBM claims it helps reduce airflow pressure. Luminous strips on the top of the helmet make you more visible when riding at night.
It’s also easy to customize the helmet to your liking. While it only comes in one size, an adjustable strap and dial system helps control the circumference for a secure fit. The visor is detachable, and the liner can be removed for easy washing. Plus, it comes in seven different colors to suit your personal style.
Best eBike Locks
An estimated 2 million bikes are stolen every year in the U.S., but a bike lock can help keep your eBike safe—and in your hands. We included options that appealed to city or suburban living, and we provided a budget pick to help you secure your gear without breaking the bank.
Best Overall: Via Velo Bike U Lock with Cable
Why It Made The Cut: This bike lock is easy to use, offers durable security, and is convenient to carry with a mounting bracket.
— Materials: Alloy Steel
— Cable length: 5 feet, 10 inches
— Keys: 2
— Comes with two keys
— Mounting bracket provided
— Lock cylinder is pull- and drill-resistant
This Via Velo bike lock keeps your ride safe by allowing you to lock your eBike, wheels, and even helmet to a bike rack and secure it with the durable U-lock and shackle. The cable is 5 feet and 10 inches long, allowing the cable to wrap around your eBike, and the double bolt crossbar locking mechanism is tough to pry open. At a little over 3 pounds, this lock is a little heavy, but it does come with a mounting bracket that you can attach to your bike so you can carry it anywhere. Plus, it comes with two keys for those of us who tend to lose belongings easily.
Best Budget: Schwinn Anti Theft Bike Lock
Why It Made The Cut: At under $20, you get a tough steel cable with a vinyl cover, two keys, and a mounting bracket.
— Materials: Vinyl, braided steel
— Cable Length: 6 feet
— Keys: 2
— Strong cable material
— Carrying bracket included
— Comes with two keys
— Only a Level 3 (out of 5) on Schwinn’s security ranking
This lock from Schwinn uses a braided steel cable covered by vinyl (which provides weather protection) to connect your eBike, accessories, and helmet to a bike rack. The key-lock system comes with two keys, and it’s rated a 3 on Schwinn’s 5-level security ranking (with 1 being “basic,” 3 being “moderate,” and 5 being “maximum”). A mounting bracket allows you to easily keep it on your eBike so it’s always with you. The Security Level 3 lock is also available as a combination lock and a lighted lock.
Best Bottle Cage: PRO BIKE TOOL Bike Water Bottle Holder
Why It Made The Cut: The wings can be adjusted to fit multiple water bottle sizes, and users report it’s easy to install.
— Weight: 48 grams (1.7 ounces)
— Size Capacity: 22-33 ounces / 500-950 milliliters
— Colors: Black (glossy), Matte Black, White (glossy)
— Three different finishes to suit your bike
— Wings can be adjusted to fit your water bottle
— Requires threaded holes to mount on bike frame
No need to be dehydrated during your ride—with a durable bottle cage, you’ll be able to carry water, a sports drink, or another beverage of choice wherever you go. This bottle cage from PRO BIKE TOOL has a flexible design, meaning you can adjust the wings to fit your water bottle (the manufacturer lists the size capacity as 500- to 950-milliliter bottles, or 22- to 33-ounce bottles). It’s made of durable aluminum alloy, and it comes with two stainless steel bolts for easy installation on the bike frame.
Best eBike Lights: Ascher USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set
Why It Made The Cut: These lights are easy to install, offer flashing modes, and have hours-long battery lives.
— Mount Type: Handlebar
— Power Source: Battery (rechargeable)
— Waterproof Rating: IPX4
— Easy to mount
— USB rechargeable
— Four light modes
— Comes with a headlight and a tail light
— Water-resistance, but not waterproof
Bike lights are an important safety feature, especially if you like to cycle at night. These bike lights from Ascher protect you from the front to the back, providing both a white headlight and a red tail light. You can choose from among four modes—full brightness, half brightness, fast flashing, and slow flashing—and the silicone mount straps are easy to fit onto your bike. The lights are rated IPX4, meaning you shouldn’t dunk them in water, but they can withstand splashes. These lights are also conveniently rechargeable via USB.
Best Repair Kit: BIKE HAND 17 Piece Bike Repair Tool Kit
Why It Made The Cut: This 17-piece toolbox is a great starter repair kit, providing screwdrivers, a torque wrench, a lockring remover, and more.
— Weight: 5.29 pounds
— Tools: 17
— Comprehensive kit
— Comes with a torque wrench
— Two-year warranty
— No extra cables
This tool kit from BIKE HAND will help you fix your eBike in no time, keeping you from being stranded if something goes wrong on your ride. The kit comes with 17 tools, including a torque wrench, flat screwdriver, hex wrench, and a freewheel turner. They’re made with heat-treated steel, and the protective hard case prevents damage. The only thing this kit doesn’t include is cables for electric repairs—a way around this is by getting a kit specific to your eBike’s manufacturer, or by getting an eBike conversion kit for a few extra bells and whistles, though they can be pricey. You can buy eBike cables separately as well.
Things to Consider Before Buying an Ebike
Three Classes of Ebikes
Ebikes come in three different classes: class 1, class 2, and class 3. Most ebikes in the U.S. are either class 1 or class 3. Class 1 has a motor that provides power assistance up to 20 miles per hour, after which it’s up to your legs or gravity to create more speed. Class 3 ebikes provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour, while class 2 ebikes include a throttle that will propel the bike up to a speed of 20 miles per hour without any pedaling at all.
Motor and Battery Power
Ebikes use a motor located in the rear hub that provides power either when pedaling or when the throttle is engaged (for class 2 ebikes). Motors differ in the amount of torque they produce, which is listed in newton-meters. While most ebikes have around 50 or 60 newton-meters of torque, some can produce as much as 80 to 85 newton-meters. The greater the newton-meters the motor has, the faster the ebike can accelerate from a stop to its top speed.
This type of motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Batteries are rated by watt hours (Wh), which determines much charge they hold and hence their overall battery life. Batteries range in capacity from about 300 Wh to 625 Wh. Some higher-end ebikes allow you to further extend the range by adding a second battery.
How long that battery lasts depends on the amount of power assistance you're using. Power assistance includes setting that range from an eco mode, which might contribute 25 percent of your pedaling power, to turbo modes that can double your pedaling power. The more power assistance you use, the more quickly the battery will run out.
A 300-Wh battery may have a range between 15 and 30 miles depending on the terrain, the weight of the rider, and how high the electric assistance is set. A 625-watt hour battery will have a range around 60 miles.
Ebikes come with design and accessory options that improve their aesthetics, comfort, and functionality. Some ebikes feature front and rear suspensions that help to absorb shocks from inconsistencies in the road, making for a more comfortable ride. Since ebikes are commonly used by commuters as a replacement for their cars, many feature racks on the rear for carrying items—like the best laptop backpacks to hold your tech—and fenders that protect the rider’s clothes from road grime.
Since ebikes can reach higher speeds more easily and accelerate more quickly than a standard bike, they typically have beefier tires that add stability, whether you’re operating on smooth pavement or loose gravel. In addition, since ebikes are about 20 pounds heavier than a standard bike, they come equipped with hydraulic disc brakes that have more stopping power than rim brakes or mechanical disc brakes.
Finally, higher-end ebikes have sleeker designs that integrate the battery and motor into the frame, making them virtually invisible.
Q: What is the most dependable electric bike?
With its reliable build, the Cannondale Adventure Neo 3 EQ is one of the most dependable electric bikes on the market. That’s because the Neo 3 features the Bosch 250-watt motor, which, though not as powerful as other motors, is considered to be one of the most reliable motors on the market. Coupled with its 400-Wh battery, the Neo 3 has an exceptional range of up to 65 miles, making it less likely to leave you stranded.
Q: Which ebikes have the longest range?
While there are longer-range ebikes, Trek’s Allant Plus 9.9S is one of the top models available to consumers. The bike boasts a range of up to 80 miles with its 625-Wh battery. This battery also allows you to attach a second 500 Wh battery to it, increasing the total range to a staggering 120 miles.
Q: What to know before buying an ebike?
There are a few things you should know before making an ebike purchase. First, be familiar with the battery size and how that equates to the ebike's range. An ebike with a 400-Wh battery will get around 40 miles of range on a single charge, while a larger 625-Wh battery can go for up to 80 miles on a single charge. Make sure to purchase an ebike that suits the distance you plan on riding. Also, be familiar with the different ebike types as some ebikes have top pedal-assisted speeds of 20 m.p.h. while others can reach 28 m.p.h.
Q: How much does a good electric bike cost?
The cost of ebikes ranges dramatically. The most affordable ebikes cost around $1,500 and offer a range of about 40 miles on a single battery charge. As bikes get more expensive they offer longer ranges, higher pedal-assisted speeds, front and rear suspensions, sleek designs, and other features. Higher-end bikes that can reach 28 m.p.h., with batteries integrated into the down tube and a range as high as 80 miles can cost up to $7,500.
Q: How many miles will an ebike last?
An ebike’s durability is tied to the gear-hub motor that provides power assistance. These motors vary in how long they will last depending on the brand and how hard you push the bike. That said, most ebike motors will last between 3,000 and 10,000 miles before they will need to be replaced.
Q: Are electric bikes worth the money?
Although they have an expensive initial price, the cost of recharging the battery is virtually nothing compared to the cost of gas for a vehicle, making them well worth the money. Commuting by bike can save you about $2 for every 10 miles compared to a car. And, since ebikes do require some physical exertion from the rider, they also contribute to your physical fitness.
Final Thoughts on the Best Ebikes
For its sleek design, powerful Bosch motor, and battery design that gives it exceptional range, the Trek Allant Plus 9.9S is one of the best ebikes on the market. Those looking for a more affordable option should consider the Aventon Level, which offers excellent performance at a much cheaper price.
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