Love them or hate them, e-bikes seem to be here to stay. While traditional cyclists may scoff at these electronic-powered bikes, many love them. While there are many on the market, not all are up to par with that is considered the industry best. Below are the top e-bikes on the market right now.
Yuba Spicy Curry
Go big or go home with the Yuba Spicy Curry. This is the largest of the e-bikes we’ve amassed in this collection, and it’s for the serious commuter or the person who does all of his or her shopping by bike. Even Costco runs are possible for the Spicy Curry’s powerful electric motor and the massive cargo-ready space on the bike’s sides and back. It can seat your younger kids, with low rails on the side, and features LED lights so you and your passengers stay safe. Of course, this is a bike that needs an electric boost unless you can push seriously massive watts, but thankfully, it comes with the Currie Centerdrive 500-watt motor that can make the bike go up to 28 miles per hour.
This is truly the most fashionable of the e-bikes we’ve assembled. For a hipster-stylized, commuter workhorse, the Faraday Porteur is hard to beat. It’s fairly inexpensive—for an e-bike—at $3,499, looks sleek and streamlined, and rides smoothly. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t look like a traditional e-bike: Instead, it appears to be a single speed, although it features an internal eight-speed hub and a Gates belt drive for stealthy shifting. It’s an excellent commuter bike because it’s easy enough to pedal without the e-assist, but with it, you’ll zoom along without breaking a sweat. As a bonus, you can order this bike from the comfort of your own home on Faraday’s site, where you can customize the color and select accessories. If price is an issue, check out some of the more budget-friendly options like the Porteur S, which starts at $2,800.
If you’re sharing an e-bike in one household—for running errands or just for fun—the Elby Bike is a great fit, since it’s the only one-size-fits-all e-bike on the market, and its step-through design is claimed to be great for people from five feet to six-and-a-half feet tall. It’s not the snazziest-looking bike (though it’s available in a few different colors), but the robot-style accouterments make up for the less-than-exciting exterior. A high intensity Super Nova lighting system provides outstanding visibility from the front and back of the bike, while a built-in rear carrier with an integrated fender handles most panniers or saddle bags and loads up to 40 pounds. And the Elby App is a great bonus; it can be used with iOS devices for additional functionality and control, including navigation and even phone charging.