The Best Electric Bikes of 2024 We’ve Tested and Reviewed

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You may have seen the bikes around you. They look so much fun! You want one! But ebikes have a lot of different specifications and prices. This is what I would consider in your situation.

Can I build my own bike?

Many affordable bikes now come direct to consumer – meaning they come pre-tuned or partially assembled in a box. As Peter Flax recently noted bicycling According to the magazine, these bikes do not receive the same testing or scrutiny as bikes from the big manufacturers. Unless you ride a lot or a lot of miles, or have experience modifying your bike, I recommend working with an established manufacturer that has a dealer network. I also do not recommend Smart eBike. As we can see from the recent implosion of VanMoof, if the company goes bust, you may have a hard time getting your Smart eBike repaired.

Why do some bikes cost more?

These tend to have higher-end components. Batteries and motors from high-end brands like Bosch and Shimano are often more powerful and cover longer distances, with 90- or 120-mile ranges, while you’ll likely see a range of 15-20 miles on more affordable bikes. However, this may not matter if your commute is short.

What terrain do you live on?

If you live in a flat area, you’ll probably be fine with a 250-watt motor, which is the European speed standard. However, if you live near hills or haul a lot of stuff, you may want to consider a 500-watt or 750-watt motor and some extra features, such as hydraulic disc brakes, which will help keep you from sliding in traffic.

I would look for a mid-drive motor rather than a hub-drive motor. Mid-drive motors are located in the center of your bike and feel more natural. Hub drives are on your rear axle and move your center of gravity backward, which takes a little getting used to. This can throw you off balance when you’re climbing steep hills.

Follow some basic safety tips.

Not sure where to start? Biking advocacy group PeopleForBikes recently released their safety education program, E-Bike Smart, which they created in collaboration with the League of American Bicyclists and Bicycle Colorado. Don’t leave your bike’s battery charging overnight, and don’t let your kids ride their bikes unsupervised. An 80-pound child shouldn’t be riding a 65-pound bike, even if the motor makes it possible for them to do so.

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