Electric bikes exploded in popularity last year and are expected to trend throughout 2020 as well. It wasn’t too long ago when there were only a small handful of styles to choose from – but in just under a year, ebike designs have drastically changed, giving us fun in variety.
You can find electronic bikes in the form of mountain bikes, fat tires, foldable, and road bikes. For urbanites, there’s everything from electric commuter bikes to assisted cargo bikes. In addition to making ebikes more user friendly, the cost of owning one of these handy vehicles has become increasingly affordable for the casual rider. More significantly, customizable apps, something that used to be reserved for only the most expensive and exclusive brands, have become more readily available.
While the possibilities of different types of ebikes is seemingly endless, new and seasoned riders should be properly informed that no single “best electric bike” exists. We have the examples to prove that.
To see how ebikes stack up against last year’s models, check out the Best Ebikes of 2019.
Best Overall Electric Bike
The ENVO 2020 has been significantly improved since last year’s model, including a stronger frame, a more powerful battery, and upgraded hydraulic brakes. The motor is extremely reliable and durable, combining a max torque of 60Nm. With 500 watts of power, the top speed is 32km/h. Despite the powerful motor, this ebike still manages to be reasonably lightweight at 22 kilograms. In addition, there are more size and colour varieties to choose from to further customize your ebike.
It is priced very competitively at $2,479 and is one of the most economical ebikes on the list without sacrificing comfort or performance. When you look at the best value for your money, there is no doubt that the best electrical bike you can get is the ENVO 2020. It stands out in every category which is why we believe it’s the best all-around ebike available on the market today.
Best Small Electric Bike
Price: $ 1,399
Folding bikes are perfect for anywhere space is at a premium. Ideal for small apartments, a folding bike can be stored in a small space when not in use. They can also easily be tucked into a luggage rack, even on trains where full-size bikes are banned. This foldable ebike from EbikeBC seamlessly integrates your ride-to-work with buses and trains to allow for the quickest, most efficient route to your final destination.
A gear hub motor, it has a range of 30km with a maximum speed of 25km/h and a 36 V battery with mechanical disk brakes. Weighing only 14.5kg, the frame is made of aluminum with an adjustable seat. It comes with a 1 year comprehensive warranty with an optional second year for $99.
Best Road Electric Bike
When it comes to great e-bike brands, Specialized is at the top of its class. Specialized has consistently produced great models since 1974 so it’s no surprise that this electric bike makes the list.
With a carbon frame and lightweight motor, the Turbo Creo SL is one of the most manoeuvrable and responsive bikes in its tier. With such a small battery, you would expect a compromise in range and power. However, this e-bike can go up to 80 miles with as much as 240 watts of assist to amplify your ride. With the Future Shock 2.0 suspension and a geometric saddle, you’ll also find this ride extremely comfortable.
Best Budget Option Ebike
The quality of an ebike becomes questionable when the price is marked below $1000. More often than not, this is a sign that manufacturers have cut corners on the parts that make ebikes so great. For example, lithium-ion batteries, the item that determines an ebike’s lifespan, are still very much expensive today. Unfortunately, if costs were to be cut, this is where your product will suffer.
As with all things, you get what you pay for. However, at $1,099, the Aventon Pace 350 is an exception. The Pace 350 e-bike comes with a powerful 36V Samsung battery, topping out at 20 mph. The bike has a 7-speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain and five levels of e-assist, giving you various pedalling options. You don’t get any extras but for someone who is price conscious or just want something to get around in, the Pace 350 is a great option.
Best FAT Electric Bike
This year we chose another Bulls Monster bike for the best Fat bike. The Bulls Monster ES Bosch includes all the essential features you’ll need to ride in a range of conditions. This lightweight ebike enables maximum pedalling efficiency and power transfer, so you’ll always have the maximum power available when needed through slush, snow, sand – or whatever conditions you want to tackle. The comfortable riding position offered by the frame geometry means you can be out on the trails all day.
In addition, this ebike is built with one of the best premium drive systems, the Bosch Performance Line CX Drive Unit. This system produces up to 75Nm of torque while the 500Wh Bosch battery offers a maximum range of over 105km’s with a recharge time of 3.5 hours. Traction and grip are provided by the RockShox Bluto suspension fork and the 4-inch-wide tires perform on all-terrain.
Best Cargo Electric Bike
This ebike has been described as the minivan of electric vehicles for obvious reasons. The Riese & Muller Load is a joy to ride. It has a full suspension, letting it glide smoothly on the roughest roads, perfect for smaller passengers. This ebike is slightly more compact than other electric cargo bikes on the market. Bosch double-battery system is extremely powerful, giving riders an amazing range- perfect for the extra payload that you’ll be carrying around.
Riese & Muller have a history of innovation so it’s no surprise that this bike has many small, thoughtful details; a quick-adjust saddle and an integrated wheel makes it so much easier and more convenient to park. However, all these convenient details come at a price – the R& M Load starts at $9,100.
Best Electric Bike for Long Distance
This ebike can travel an astounding 140 miles without a recharge. Centros is stylish and comfortable, so those 140 miles will go by in a breeze. It has a 500W battery, a top speed of 25 k/h, and an array of features suited for city travel. For example, it has integrated front and rear lights and integrated front and rear suspension which work in unison to provide a smooth riding experience. In addition, Centros has a locking rear wheel for pitstops and a Selle Royal saddle. This bike is amazingly well rounded. You might think a bike like this is out of your price range but the bike is fairly priced at $4,400.