Welcome, speed demons, street racers and purveyors of the highest of tech, to electricbikereport.com’s selection of electric road bike reviews.
A newer category of the e-bike world and dominated by traditional bike brands like Trek and Specialized, electric road bikes on the market today run the gamut of component options, weights and price points. A buyer’s options range from entry-level (think a few thousand dollars) with good components made from good materials to $15,000 space-age superbikes on par with the best non-motorized racing bikes money can buy (with the added oomph of a pedal-assist motor).
Electric road bikes are typically Class 1, meaning you have to pedal to make the motor work and there’s no throttle. Recently, this category of bike has become more stealthy as power units get smaller and manufacturers get better at blending motors and batteries into the frame. Electric road bikes are also typically among the lightest e-bikes, trading the larger, heavier motors found in some of the more powerful e-bikes for smaller units with more tailored power delivery.
While the category has grown more focused on skinny-tire bikes aimed at speed and performance, what constitutes an electric road bike is subjective. Commuter e-bikes, folding e-bikes and a myriad of other bikes can technically fall into this category. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Scroll down and you’ll find our latest reviews on electric road bikes, ranging from initial glances at the specs of newly-released bikes we haven’t ridden yet to in-depth tests of bikes on our home roads in southwest Utah. The electricbikereport.com staff aims to put e-bikes through their paces — testing brakes, battery longevity, speed and ride feel — among other things, in order to give you the most informed opinion on a bike before you buy.