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Crush Your Commute on One of the Year’s Best E-Bikes

Changing the landscape of Point A to Point B.

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The quiet, sometimes clunky but always fast e-bike is taking over the urban landscape. If you live in a city, there’s no doubt that your life has been impacted by the slow rise of these vehicles. Perhaps you’ve never seen one or even heard the term “e-bike” before, but it’s more than likely that you’ve received takeout ever-so-promptly thanks to an e-bike.

Simply put, e-bikes are bicycles that come equipped with a battery powered motor. These bikes are purpose-built for faster, more efficient riding – not thrown together with cheap online kits. Some are throttle-controlled, but increasingly more common is a pedal-assist setup, meaning that you still have to work your legs, but the motor will help you get going and maintain speed with little to no effort — which means you can ride to the office in a button-up and arrive sans pit stains.

Thanks to a handful of brands dedicated to producing e-bikes and the expansion into the category by some big cycling companies, zippy, battery-powered commuter bikes are growing in both quality and availability. Cities are grappling with the laws surrounding these bicycles — some categorize them as scooters, some as bikes — which is, if anything, a sure sign that e-bikes are catching on. The future is here, and to the chagrin of Marty McFly, it didn’t arrive on a hoverboard; it came on two wheels.

Specialized Turbo Vado

Specialized designed the Turbo Vado to be a bike first. That means the mechanical system is fully integrated, with internally routed cables and a concealed motor. It’s sleek and uncluttered, and for the most part looks like a normal bicycle. The 40-cell battery and belt-driven motor, which together power the Turbo Vado to speeds up to 28 mph, is fully incorporated into the downtube of the E5 aluminum frame. Components include an 11-speed Shimano cassette and front and rear Tektro Zurich custom hydraulic disc brakes. There are also built-in extras, made possible by the electronic system, like a removable handlebar-mounted display and a brake-responsive tail light integrated into the rear rack.

Buy Now: $3,200+

Trek Super Commuter+ 8S

Trek’s latest e-bike is a commuter’s dream. Its geometry is clean, even with a 500Wh Bosch PowerPack battery mounted to the downtube. A set of fenders (the rear is pannier-ready) and a backlit Purion display that includes a speedometer, battery life indicator and service indicator are hallmarks of the bike’s function-centric design. The Super Commuter comes with an 11-speed Shimano cassette and tops out at 28 mph.

Buy Now: $5,000

Raleigh Redux iE

After realizing its success with the standard Redux line in 2016, Raleigh revamped the design with the added benefit of E-power. The Redux iE features a diamond-shaped AL-6061 aluminum frame that houses an integrated battery and a 250W Brose Centerdrive motor, making this another low-key e-bike with capabilities beyond its appearance. The bike comes set up with a multi-functional LCD display and can hit 28 mph without breaking a sweat. A 10-speed Shimano drivetrain allows for riders to power easily through hilly rides that can range, according to the iE’s range stats, anywhere from 35 to 80 miles.

Buy Now: $3,199

Coboc SEVEN Vesterboro

The SEVEN Vesterboro won gold at Eurobike back in 2015, and rightly so — it’s simple, elegant and kitted with impressive componentry. The SEVEN Vesterboro, named for a district in Copenhagen, includes a carbon track fork, Shimano disc brakes and a single-speed drivetrain, all mounted on a 7020 aluminum frame. Charging the battery takes around two hours, but the Vesterboro’s range is nearly 50 miles, which is perfect for longer jaunts beyond the daily commute.

Learn More: Here

Riese & Müller Load

The bicycle is just one of the many things that Europe does with technical panache, so it’s no surprise that a German-based firm has mastered the e-bike. The Load is one of the few electric cargo bikes with a full-suspension setup — shock absorbers of both the front and rear wheels. That means an easier, more comfortable ride, and more importantly, a safer one for whatever you’re hauling. The incredibly rigid trellis frame won’t buckle even with serious loads, so groceries, heavy equipment (read: kegs) and small children are all fair game. Additionally, Riese & Müller’s latest battery delivers twice as much juice as the last, and powers the bike up to 28 mph.

Learn More: Here

Tern Vektron

Foldable bikes have long been favored by urban cyclists. The Vektron gives those folks an extra boost in a mash-up that’s produced the ultimate street-, sidewalk- and train-ready e-bike. By integrating a 400Wh Bosch PowerPack battery and Active Drive Unit, the Vektron can charge in less than four hours and hit speeds up to 20 mph — impressive when coupled with an easy-to-use yet sturdy joint system that allows the bike to fold on itself for public transport and storage.

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Riide Electric Bike

At 40 pounds, Riide is definitely on the lighter side of the scale when it comes to e-bikes. Despite its featherweight figure, it’s not lacking in hardware: a 350W direct drive brushless motor and integrated battery power this bike up to 25 miles after only a two to three-hour charge. It also comes standard with Avid BB7 disc brakes and pothole-proof Schwalbe Energizer Plus tires. Best of all, it’s another e-bike that doesn’t necessarily look like an e-bike, which is good for keeping a low profile on the bike rack.

Buy Now: $1,999

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