Buying the right e-bike is important. Because e-bikes are large and expensive, research is crucial. Most people have very specific needs in an e-bike, so our reviewers test and evaluate each bike based on it’s projected usage, range, power system, drivetrain, frame style and size, and overall comfort. While a spec sheet can provide info on torque and motor power, it’s what happens out on the road that really matters. Readers want to know, “Will this bike actually get me up the big hill by my house?” Or, “Will it hurt my back to ride this bike a long distance?”
To help you find the answer, our reviewers ride each e-bike up a steep hill to see how it handles. We take bikes out for full-day range tests to assess comfort and battery life. We evaluate stopping power with several brake tests, and even do speed challenges (everyone’s favorite) to see how quickly a bike can cover 100 yards at maximum speed. Both our written and video reviews include the details you’ll want to know about each e-bike.
Below you’ll find categories for different types of e-bikes. Each bike we review is categorized based on frame style, price, tire size, cargo capacity, and intended usage. A professional looking to commute to work needs something lightweight and efficient with a bit of cargo capacity and extended range. The weekend warrior who plans to hit the local trails with buddies will need plenty of power, puncture-resistant tires, a sturdy frame and front fork suspension.
E-bikes are as diverse and unique as cars, so finding the right one for you will depend on how you plan to use it. Take a look at each category to assess where you want to start and then dive in! Bike classifications are also provided so you can find a bike that adheres to your local laws for motorized vehicles.
Down below you’ll find our most recent e-bike reviews. And if you’re looking for the year’s best electric bikes we’ve got you covered there too.