Ditch the reindeer and pull you sleigh this holiday season with Electric Bike Report’s pick for the best electric fat bike of 2021, the Aventon Aventure. This bike earned the top spot on our list of the Best Electric Bikes this year by way of its mold-breaking frame design, powerful rear hub motor, balanced handling and full-color LCD display, among other things. It’s one of the most capable affordable e-bikes we’ve reviewed, so buy it for the adventurous one in your life.
A veritable sleigh in its own right, the Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus is a do-it-all electric utility bike that’s exploded in popularity this year. With the wheelbase of a normal e-bike and the integrated rear rack of a cargo bike, there’s enough space and enough power to haul just about anything (or anyone). When we reviewed the RadRunner Plus this year we dug its quirky styling and the included passenger seat and footpegs.
Give the gift of refinement this giving season — not in the form of jewelry or wine, but with a Blix Aveny Skyline electric commuter bike. Redesigned for 2021, the Aveny Skyline sports one of the best ride qualities and best paint jobs of any bike we’ve reviewed this year. It’s clear there’s a level of uncompromising craftsmanship in the ethos of Blix, and it really shows with this bike. Get it for the person who’d choose elegant style over rugged utility.
Maybe this year, you don’t want something to pull a sleigh; maybe you don’t even want something out of a sleigh. Maybe, this holiday season, you just want the sleigh itself. Behold, the Burley D’Lite child trailer. It may not be a traditional sleigh, but it is an ultra-lux e-bike trailer from one of the most recognizable names in the game. You’ll love how well it rides behind your bike and your kids will love tagging along on your rides (ours sure did).
The Thule Yepp Maxi is the gold standard in rack-mounted child seats. So much so, that a number of e-bike companies are spec’ing their bikes with racks ready-built for the Yepp Maxi. We’re still in the process of reviewing this child seat, but we’ve thus far been impressed with its secure child safety buckle system, sturdy design and easy installation. Buy it for the person who wants to take their kids along on e-bike rides.
Missing a rear rack and don’t like the idea of pulling your kid in a trailer? The Burley Dash X FM might be for you. This child seat clamps onto the seat tube of your e-bike, making for a super secure connection that’s easy to install. There’s a five-point harness to secure your child, a padded seat and even a small storage compartment. It’s the perfect gift for the e-biker who wants to take their kid along, but not on every single ride.
One of the handful of electric bike hitch racks we rely on at Electric Bike Report HQ, the 1UP USA Super Duty bike rack boasts one of the highest per-bike weight ratings on the market, making it the perfect gift for the e-biker in your life. The Super Duty rack can hold up to two 75 lb e-bikes, and even features an accessory that’ll accept ultra-wide fat tires. It’s one of the sturdiest bike racks we’ve used.
Another rack we use almost every day, the Thule EasyFold XT e-bike hitch rack is a fantastic option for the e-biker who wants a rack that’s easy to take on and off their vehicle. It’s also a particularly good rack for those with fender-equipped e-bikes, as it clamps the frame and rims instead of over the tires. We love its portability (it even has suitcase-style wheels) and the fact that it comes stock with a ramp.
A relatively affordable hitch rack built specifically to carry e-bikes, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider carries two e-bikes with an astonishing max capacity of 80 lbs per bike. It’s also capable of accepting bikes with tire widths up to 5 inches and bikes with fenders, as the clamping mechanism attaches to the frame. This is a great option for the fat-tire e-biker who needs a rack that’ll handle their hefty rig.
Another rack built specifically with the needs of e-bikers in mind, the Yakima OnRamp boasts a 66 lb per-bike weight rating and an integrated loading ramp — no more needing to heft a weighty e-bike onto the rack. This rack clamps onto the frame, so it’ll also work great for bikes with fenders, and the trays are adjustable to accommodate e-bikes of many shapes and sizes.
Simple, functional and affordable: It sure has an odd name, but the GUB Pro-3 phone mount works really, really well. It’s an all-metal design that bolts onto your handlebars by way of a 4mm hex key. It’s adjustable enough to accommodate the mondo-sized iPhone Max and holds phones very secure. Buy it for the person who’s obsessed with using their phones on e-bike rides but hasn’t found a mount that works quite right.
Ever fill your bottle with some sketchy water? I certainly have. For the past month or so I’ve been using the Lifestraw-equipped Camelbak Eddy+ 32oz bottle, and it’s grown to be a staple item of my everyday life. The integrated water filter from Lifestraw removes 99.999999% of bacteria, protozoa and microplastics (and more) as you suck water from the mouthpiece. It’s an awesome piece of kit should you find yourself drinking from a questionable source.
The work stand for the discerning e-bike home mechanic, the Park Tool PCS 10.3 has a fast clamping mechanism and can hold bikes weighing up to 80 lbs. It’s the stand we trust in our shop when building and maintaining the e-bikes we test, and it’s a great investment that’ll keep your loved one’s e-bike secure when under maintenance. It’s height-adjustable, collapsable, stowable and oh-so useful.
Flats are an issue we deal with often on our fleet of e-bikes, but there’s a solution that can all but eliminate flat tires: Tannus Armour tire inserts. Made of foam, Tannus inserts encase the inner tube in a 13mm-15mm layer of foam that helps prevent punctures and pinch flats. We’ve found them particularly useful on our electric fat bikes, which tend to pick up stickers and fall victims to sharp rocks more often.
It’s hard to understate how much of a difference proper riding shoes can make, even if you’re not clipping into your pedals. The Chrome Southside 3.0 riding sneakers are a more casual cycling shoe that still has most of the benefits of a traditional riding shoe. The sole is reinforced and the rubber is designed to stick to platform pedals better than a normal shoe. It’s the perfect gift for bike commuters.
Another one for the die-hard commuter in your life, the Chrome Storm Salute Commute jacket is a waterproof yet breathable shell built specifically to keep bike commuters protected from the elements. There are storage pockets for your phone and other goodies, plus a 2-way zipper and a slightly longer drop tail made to not ride up while riding.
A pullover pant for the nastiest of days, the Endura Humvee Trouser II is a weather-resistant piece of gear designed to keep you protected from the elements. It uses ripstop fabric, a DWR finish a water resistant coating to keep the weather out. While an elastic waistband, adjustable belt and a whole mess of pockets are designed to keep you comfortable, Get it for the person who won’t let foul weather foul their riding plans.
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