For years, e-bikes have been slightly gimmicky – bulky, inconvenient, expensive machines whose utility (and battery life) is limited. But in the past few years, that has changed. As commute times have changed or shortened, and as cities have facilitated outdoor social activities, the way people get around has changed.
Now, e-bikes are lighter, more attractive and more powerful than ever before. You don’t need to be physically fit to ride it. It gets you outdoors, reduces fossil fuels, reduces congestion, and is fun. Over the past few years, we’ve tried just about every kind of e-bike, from the best heavy-duty cargo bikes to high-end mountain bikes. Whether you’re tooling around your neighborhood for wood chips or want to shave a few miles off your ride for a social visit to a distant location, we’ve got the best e-bike for you.
Many bike manufacturers have had supply issues over the past year, so inventory can fluctuate. You may also have noticed bike prices on the rise. A number of factors, including pandemics, have complicated the global supply chain, and the exemption from the 25% tariff on all e-bike imports has recently expired. We’ve done our best to include lower-priced options. My colleagues and I will continue to test and ride the bikes, so if you don’t see a bike you like now, check back later. Once you get a bike, check out our favorite bike accessories, bike locks and gear for cycling adventures.