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  1. You missed some of the fastest growing segments of E Assist bikes in the market – Recumbent Trikes, Fat Recumbent Trikes & Moped style Mario Bikes. (Super 73, Juiced, Ariel & others)

  2. Thank you for such a great article. I am a newbie and I am looking for my first electric bike. I am looking for something that I can carry up 1 flight of stairs (I am a woman) and that can withstand the hills of San Francisco. I initially thought that a foldable bike would be good because I can fold it and take it up the stairs, plus the fat tires look really cool! Now I am looking at regular, lightweight eBikes.

    If you have advice that you are willing to share, I’d be most appreciative. There are so many bikes out there! For now, I’ll keep exploring your awesome website.

    • If I were going to choose a light e-bike that’ll handle the hills of San Francisco, I’d probably pick the Specialized Turbo Vado SL. It’s extremely lightweight (about 33lbs), has a really well done mid-drive motor and looks very nice. Not only would it have the oomph to get you up the hills in SF, it’s one of the lighter full-size e-bikes on the market. Good luck in your search and let us know if you have any more questions!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Flo.

      Happy to help if you have any specific questions. Lightweight bikes are ideal if stairs are involved. Some brands like Gocycle make lightweight folders, though they do have a steeper cost.

      A lot of it comes down to what you’re ready to pay for, but generally speaking, there’s more than a few right bikes for every rider and their needs/budget. Let us know if we can help with any other questions.

  3. Should have seen this a few months ago. I bought a bike called kbo breeze that is so big I can’t ride it. If the seat is set for pedaling I cannot touch ground at stops (no toe joe). If seat is lowered cannot pedal, throttle only.

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