GenZe 200 Series Review

Genze 200 Series Electric Bike Review
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Genze 200 Series 350 Watt Hub Motor
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Genze 200 Series Aluminum Handelbars
Genze 200 Series Shimano Tourney Cassette
Genze 200 Series 160 Mm Front Shimano Disc Brake
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Genze 200 Series Electric Bike Review
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Genze 200 Series 350 Watt Hub Motor
Genze 200 Series Chainring Kickstand
Genze 200 Series Aluminum Handelbars
Genze 200 Series Shimano Tourney Cassette
Genze 200 Series 160 Mm Front Shimano Disc Brake
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  • A relatively comfortable electric bike that feels well suited for shorter treks through the city thanks to its Selle Royale Free Way gel saddle, Ergon ergonomic grips, and overall frame geometry
  • The 350-watt geared hub motor is surprisingly zippy and able to drive the e201 to its 20 mph top speed relatively quickly, it's compact and lightweight - balancing out the mid-frame battery
  • Torque sensing pedal assist and throttle only options expand the roles the e201 can play, giving riders the option to use it as a traditional electric bike or more like a moped or scooter
  • Integrated GenZe app provides tons of great information and functionality like built-in navigation, but the bike also has some components found on entry-level electric bikes

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200 Series



Body Position:

Forward, Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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2 Year Comprehensive


United States, Canada, Mexico

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

49.9 lbs (22.63 kg)

Battery Weight:

2.1 lbs (0.95 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16 in (40.64 cm)18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Large Frame Measurments: 18" Seat Tube, 23" Reach, 28.5" Stand Over Height, 26" Width, 69.5" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step, Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte Black, Matte Grey

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 11 mm Threaded Axle with Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano Hyperglide HG 12-32T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano Microshift Trigger Shifter on Right


Aluminum Alloy, 165 mm Length, 48T Chainring, Plastic Chain Guard


FP Aluminum Alloy Platform with Reflectors, Black


Threadless, Internal Cups, 1-1/8" Straight


100 mm Length, Two 10 mm Spacers, One 20 mm Spacer


Mid-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 660 mm Width

Brake Details:

Shimano Mechanical Disc with 180 mm Rear Rotor and 160 mm Front Rotor, Four-Finger Levers with Rubberized Edge and Bell on Left and Motor Inhibitors


Ergon Ergonomic, Rubber, Black with Grey Accents


Selle Royale Free Way Gel, Black

Seat Post:

Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

30.8 mm


Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 36 Hole


Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Big Apple, 26" x 2" (50-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

35 to 70 PSI, 2.5 to 5 BAR

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Optional OnGuard BullDog LS U-Lock with Mounting Bracket: 4.5" x 11" ($39.95), Planet Bike Beamer 3 Headlight ($24.99)


Locking Removable Downtube-Integrated Battery Pack, 0.5 lb 2 Amp Charger, Double-Sided Kickstand

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650 SDI

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9.6 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

345.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

Downtube Integrated, Fixed, Backlit, Color LCD


Battery Indicator (6 Bars), Trip Meter, Odometer, Current Speed, Pedal Assist Level (0-5), Bluetooth Icon

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Pad on Left (Buttons: On/Off, Set, +, -), USB Type A Port on Base of Button Pad, Throttle on Right

Drive Mode:

Torque Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

GenZe has been making electric bikes for a while, having established themselves with their 100 series several years ago – in fact, Court actually covered both the e101 and e102 all the way back in 2014. Now, GenZe has a new lineup – the 200 series – with some improvements over their earlier iterations. The e201 and e202 have more powerful motors, larger capacity batteries, a sleeker design and improved warranties. The e201 and e202 come in either 16-inch or 18-inch frame sizes with two color schemes: white with red accents or black with blue accents. The e201, which is the model I tested, is a high-step frame, while the e202 is a step-thru. I like that GenZe has a variety of frame sizes and types as opposed to a standard “one-size-fits-all” frame. I believe this allows for a wider variety of riders to find the perfect setup for them. In my opinion, the GenZe e201 is a striking bike with a unique frame design and the Ergon ergonomic grips coupled with the Selle Royale Free Way saddle and overall geometry make for a comfortable ride that feels something like a hybrid of a cruiser and a road bike. Priced at $1,899, the e201 and e202 aren’t exactly entry-level price point electric bikes, and while it seems like there are some compromises when it comes to the components, overall there are still a lot of positive aspects to these models and the smartphone app really sets it apart. I particularly like the fully integrated and removable battery that all but disappears into the frame, making these electric bikes pretty stealthy – you really have to pay attention to notice it’s electric because the motor is compact as well. The battery is surprisingly light at just 2.1 pounds, which means lugging it around the city while the e201 is parked at a bike rack wouldn’t be nearly as much of a chore as some of the heavier batteries that way upwards of six pounds. A quick turn of a key unlocks the battery and with a slight tug on the built in handle it slides out of the frame, ready to be charged on the go. I love that the battery has a handle built in too, so you won’t drop it as easily. GenZe estimates the max range of the 200 series is about 40 miles, but given the battery has 345.6 watt hours, I’d venture a guess and say the range will probably be a bit less than that, especially if you’re a larger rider like me (200 lbs) and are using the throttle and power mode a lot.

Weighing in at 49 pounds, the GenZe e201 isn’t the lightest electric bike in the world but the 350-watt geared hub motor in the rear and the integrated battery in the middle of the frame, it felt like it was well balanced. There are two different operating modes for the e201 – “Normal” and “Power” – and the power mode provides a decent amount of, well, power. Even at 350 watts the e201 felt pretty zippy, even when only using the throttle. The motor can bring this bike up to 20 mph with the throttle or with pedal assist, and even though I weigh 200 pounds I found I was able to easily reach top speed. The e201 also has a torque sensor as opposed to a cadence sensor – one of the areas where I feel GenZe opted for an upgraded component. The torque sensor felt relatively responsive and the power came on quite quickly once I applied pressure to the pedals, and perhaps more importantly power cut off just as fast when I let off the gas. I always appreciate electric bikes with quick power cut offs as having the motor continue to provide power once pedaling has stopped can make traveling at low speeds a bit tricky, and sometimes even dangerous. Imagine trying to weave in-between cars or pedestrians on a busy street at slow speeds and having the motor cranking out full power when you don’t want it to… not that I’d advise anyone do that of course. :) Thankfully, that’s not an issue with the GenZe bikes. Additionally, the 200 series have motor inhibitors, so anytime the brakes are depressed the motor instantly shuts off, even if the rider is still pedaling or twisting the throttle. The Shimano Tourney derailleur offers 8 gears to cycle through, another slightly upgraded feature.

Braking power for the e201 was ample, though the mechanical disc brakes did require some extra pressure compared to hydraulic disc brakes. I think one of the upsides of having mechanical disc brakes is the ease of maintenance and adjustment. Generally speaking, they’re easier to fine tune than hydraulic disc brakes for the end user. Interestingly, the e201 has two different sized rotors for the front and rear disc brakes. The front has a 160 mm rotor while the rear has a 180 mm disc rotor. Given that the majority of stopping power comes from the front wheel (as your body weight shifts forward), I feel like it would make more sense for this to be reversed, with the larger rotor in the front and the smaller one in the rear. Still, I was able to bring the bike to a full stop pretty easily. During my brake testing I also put the motor inhibitors to work by trying to pedal while braking and also using the throttle while braking. In both instances the motor inhibitors worked as intended and power to the motor shut off as soon as I put pressure on the brake levers. I should probably note the brake levers aren’t adjustable in terms of reach, which could make grasping them difficult for those with extra large or small hands, or those wearing gloves. Maybe not, but just something to keep in mind.

One of the areas the e201 really shines is the integrated LCD control center and its corresponding app. The control center on the bike itself probably has enough information to satisfy most riders – a 6-bar battery level indicator, current speed, tripometer, odometer and pedal assist level – but the app has an incredible amount of additional information. And because the main display is integrated into the top-tube, you have plenty of room on the handlebar to mount your phone! On the smartphone app homescreen, you can see battery level in precise percentages, as well as a range estimation based on the current pedal assist setting and the ambient temperature. On the “Trips” tab there’s a built-in navigational tool where riders can input a destination and then get turn-by-turn directions. Very sweet. The app can diagnose the bike if there’s a problem, tracks all activity and displays it in graph form and also provides an overall synopsis of the bike. I really dig the app if you can’t tell. That being said, the display’s location on the top of the downtube makes viewing stats while riding somewhat difficult. I had to tilt my head down quite a bit in order to read it, obscuring obscuring my view ahead, and while I was in a safe area this could be dangerous in busier locations. The display is also non-removable, which means it’s going to be constantly exposed to the elements and possibly scratched at racks.

The GenZe e201 feels like it would be a great electric bike for shorter trips around the city. There’s rear rack bosses so riders can throw on a rack and stow their gear, and also fender bosses to attach fenders to help keep riders dry and clean. The Selle Royalle Free Way saddle, Ergon ergonomic grips, wide pressurized 2-inch wide tires and overall frame geometry make for a relatively comfortable ride. But since there’s no suspension, longer treks could prove to somewhat uncomfortable (I definitely felt this when riding through some grass off-road). The e201 feels like a responsive electric bike that’s enjoyable to ride and I want to thank GenZe for partnering with me on this review.


  • Motor inhibitors instantly shut off power when the brakes are activated, ensuring riders can safely come to a stop without fighting against the motor
  • Selle Royale Free Way saddle and Ergon ergonomic grips make for a relatively comfortable ride experience, even without suspension, the overall geometry of the e201 adds to this comfort in my opinion, the mid-rise handlebars and stem spacers keep you upright
  • Small hub motor and fully-integrated battery make for a stealthy electric bike that can fly under the radar, you really have to look closely to realize it’s actually electric, though the motor does produce some whirring at the higher levels of power
  • Schwalbe Big Apple tires are highly pressurized and responsive, making the bike feel nimble, they also have a double layer of nylon fabric for increased protection against punctures and a reflective sidewall for increased visibility in low-light conditions
  • Torque sensing pedal assist is responsive and more fluid (matching the power you apply when pedaling, not just measuring an on/off that you are pedaling or not)
  • Having a twist throttle means the e201 can be used like a traditional electric bike by using the pedals or more like a scooter or moped by using just the throttle, expanding the roles the e201 can play
  • Double-sided kickstand keeps the e201 securely in place when deployed, which is especially important if riders are using a rear rack (which you have to buy separately, make sure it’s disc brake compatible like this)
  • Front and rear mechanical disc brakes offer adequate stopping power and will stay cleaner than most rim brakes… even though this is more of an urban style bicycle, they make it easier to take the wheels off the bike too
  • Built-in display offers a good amount of information, but the GenZe app provides tons of extra functionality like navigation, a more accurate battery indicator, and a lot of overall stats
  • The battery is lightweight and easy to carry around, and even has a built in handle so you’re less likely to drop and damage it by mistake, batteries tend to be one of the most expensive parts of ebikes (store it in a cool, dry location for best results)
  • 2-year comprehensive warranty means GenZe will take care of any issues should they arise, this is a small unit of a much larger company that has been around and feels reliable
  • Available in two frame sizes and two styles (high-step and low-step) so you can optimize for stiffness and performance or approachability, great if you have a sensitive knee or hip
  • Great pedals, they are large and stiff with plenty of traction, I also like that they squeezed bottle cage bosses onto the downtube!
  • Most of the wires and cables are routed through the frame, this thing is purpose built to look good and reduce snags if you’re lifting it or hanging it on the back of a car rack or on some busses
  • You can switch from Normal to Power mode to increase the feeling of zip and achieve higher speeds more quickly… or go with Normal to help the battery last longer and take you further, it’s a neat little extra
  • The battery pack is super light which makes it easier to toss into your backpack and charge off the bike, I also like how integrated it is into the frame, it looks really nice and streamlined
  • The crank arms, chainring guard, motor, rims, and spokes are all black and blend together nicely, most of the time you get silver spokes or different colored pedals… but even they are black here


  • The front disc brake rotor is smaller than the rear, and since most stopping power comes the front wheel it seems like that should be the other way around
  • No integrated lights means riders who want illumination for night riding must buy and attach their own aftermarket lights
  • No suspension, and the 30.8 mm seat post diameter is not super common, which could make finding an aftermarket seat post suspension difficult
  • Brake levers aren’t adjustable so riders with extra large or extra small hands, or those wearing gloves, may find it difficult to grasp the levers… but at least the mechanical brakes are going to be easier to adjust for most owners than hydraulic
  • The double-sided kickstand does provide stability, but when folded up still hangs down pretty low and could get caught on debris while riding
  • At 9.6 amp hours, the battery capacity is a little lower than some other electric bikes, which means the range will also likely be a little less than electric bikes with larger batteries
  • With a price of $1,899, the 200 series aren’t overly affordable, and the bikes also have a few components that are found on most entry-level bikes, like mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic, Shimano Tourney derailleur, no-name hub motor
  • The tube-integrated display looks neat and keeps the handlebars clutter-free but it requires you to look further down to get to the readouts vs. something up higher and more forward where you’re already looking as you ride, the good news is, you now have plenty of room on the bars to mount your phone with something like this


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6 months ago

That’s a very nice way of putting it – “aren’t overly affordable.” Very true, and in fact their price point at $1899 is a very crowded price point, and the competition at that price point is delivering far more value. Usually you can find much more stylish ebikes at that price point, that also have integrated front and rear lights, larger battery capacity, front shocks, and 500 watt motors. Also, their choice of torque sensing is likely to be a very costly one for them, as ebikes that have had torque sensing in this price range, generally have many warranty issues, and failures with that device. It’s not worth the trade-off of some modest difference in ‘feel’ during assist, for something that ends up causing the user headaches, return of defective stuff, or replacement of a usually hard to deal with mechanically item. In my opinion, at this price point, buyers should expect no less than:

  • 48 volt, 10 ah to 13 AH Samsung or Panasonic batteries, integrated on the frame or center mount just behind the seat post, such as on a Blix
  • 10 speeds, and preferably a SRAM derailleur, or something better than Altus
  • 500 watt, 48 V motor
  • Integrated front and rear tail lights
  • Adjustable stem
  • Rear rack
  • 50 mile range
  • LCD type display
  • halfway decent front suspension
  • Metal pedals, that are wider than average
  • Mechanical disc brakes
  • 2″ or wider name brand tires (Kenda or Schwalbe)
  • 13G spokes
  • USB port on the battery
  • Kickstand mounted away from the crank
  • Comfortable seat
  • 20 amp controller with waterproof connections
  • comfortable grips
  • Local support via a dealer network (not on-line where you have to do your own trouble-shooting and repairs -which is where a 2 year or 4 warranty even is senseless)

Many of These e-bike OEM’s are really not getting their price points right, which is in part why sales are so much lower here than other countries. (a few like Juiced or Rad are getting the price points closer to what they need to be)…. Americans are going to demand more value and lower price points, because they don’t use these ebikes for primary commuting as much as is done in other countries. Bike use in general is still largely recreational here, so justifying prices above $2,500 or $3,000, results in a very low percentage of the population wishing to ebike, no matter how exciting they may be to ride. Thus, we end up having too many brands of ‘me too’ ebikes, all competing for a very very very tiny niche market with prices mostly between $3,000 and $5,000, and with too many brands, each brand has a very weak dealer network, and not enough volume each to justify investment into a better trained and more knowledgeable network. The few like Genze who do price ebikes below $2,000, aren’t establishing decent dealer networks, and/or are providing margins too small for dealers to survive. Selling ebikes through places like Costco, or Dick’s, won’t cut it either. The sales declines in regular bike business continue to be steep, year over year, with notables like Accell getting their teeth kicked in and completely re-structuring, (many like them so not just picking on them). Now is the time for the major brands to step up and offer really high quality ebikes at affordable price points below $2,000. That is, if we want to see ebikes become more mainstream.

6 months ago

Well said Mike, I enjoyed your thorough suggestions and pricing discussion. I have been doing my best to cover the space and present data here so people can compare products back to back and then discuss them (as well as in the forums) and comments like yours go a long way toward that. I do agree that Juiced and Rad Power Bikes have made a splash and are tapping into a good balance of quality and affordability. Do you own an ebike? Have you been thinking about getting one or replacing yours? I’d love to hear which models you are really excited for :)


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2 weeks ago

In most US states, a moped is:

*a bicycle
*with a motor less than 2 brake horsepower (less than 4 hp in California) i.e. 1,500 Watts
*that may require a motorcycle license, insurance, or registration
*is limited to 30 mph

California, Juiced's home state, allows 3k watts, and you only have to pay $21 for a license plate, as well as have a motorcycle/moped license. No insurance required, and a bicycle helmet will do.

This would allow Juiced to make high powered, street legal bikes. It also dovetails with what I've heard from many, that they wouldn't want to go above 30 mph on a bike anyway. Technically, they don't need to do anything different really, but they can just be clear that it's street legal, provided you meet your state's regulations.

Design-wise, the bike itself wouldn't be any different. Though I'll continue to stump for an athletic balloon bike version of the CCS - rigid fork, 30-35mm internal diameter rims, balloon tires stock with room for up to 2.8" tires with fenders, and a bit more reach than the CCS for a more aero positioning.

I've seen a couple scooter/moped type electric bikes online, and they have awful range. The Genze scooter costs $3k+, weighs 230 lbs and gets 30 miles range, lol. And has a top speed of 30 mph.

In California and I believe many other places, mopeds are required to use bike lanes. Like Class 3 bikes, it is banned from recreational type off street bike paths.

Designation as a moped would also allow a throttle up to 30 mph.

Possible downsides:
*States may remove moped access at some point in the future to the bike lane if they haven't already
*Since they require a license, if you got ticketed for something that might mean points on your license or a higher fine.

3 weeks ago

After looking at the Genze scooter online out of curiosity, I think there's a lot of promise for this kind of bike, to people who want a comfortable seat and ride, and don't want to pedal very hard.

That said, the Juiced bike doesn't have any storage or fenders, two key elements of a heavy scooter. If it had those, it could compete with scooters, especially at half the price of a Genze ($3700).

3 weeks ago

I came across the Genze scooter, which retails for $3,700, and checked out its specs:

1.6 kwh battery
1400 watts
LCD panel
...and all that hardware (232 lbs of it). Plus the shipping for it.

No doubt, I think it's decidedly inferior to an ebike for a litany of reasons (weight, range, access to bike infrastructure), but that's beside the point. You see far less hardware in ebikes, especially the batteries, and they cost as much or more.

Is it simply economies of scale? Relatedly, is it also because many ebikes are made to Euro standards, so the market for speed pedelecs is much smaller?

Sure, the scooter parts are mostly made en masse, but the same is true for most of the ebike parts (drivetrain, wheels, accessories).

I think eventually we'll get out of this chicken or the egg/ low prices and high volume production, with brands like Rad, Juiced and Volt offering much better value. But it's kind of disappointing how most of the industry is like this still. The companies best placed to do well-priced ebikes in volume - Giant, Trek, Specialized, et al, have basically said, nah, we want that 100-150% markup, often with parts that are nice but are more costly than they're worth.

4 weeks ago
2 months ago

Following are some of the original comments that were made on that post:

Could you please provide some insight on an Ebike for a larger man. I am looking to get a bike for my husband and think this is a great way to start getting into the outdoor life after his retirement. I am thinking of the following features: A step through or low bar for ease of access. Upright riding capability (Schwinn style). My husband is 6’2″ with a 31″ inseam (long torso). Powerful motor and good electronics (my husband weighs approx. 280 lb) and he will likely travel a max of 30 km ~20 mi (if that is possible). Although it is a starter bike I think I will have to go higher end to make the experience positive. I appreciate your insight.

Hi Marcia, that sounds like a wonderful activity for your husband and I appreciate you outlining his needs so well here. Several ebikes come to mind at different price points and frame sizes. The tricky part might be finding a frame that is step-thru but also large enough for his height. The top of the line options would be from which are new to the US for 2015 but have been a leader in Europe for a long time. They are powerful, can go long distance and have multiple frame sizes available. Only a select few dealers carry these so you can if you need help finding one. For a bit less money (and a more limited, smaller frame size) you could go with an Given his weight, I might actually lean towards the high-step version of this bike for increased strength. It’s not super tough to mount because there’s no rear battery rack in the way. For a bit less still you could get the or which have the mid-battery design and are pretty relaxed/upright. They also have powerful motors and several gearing options but lack pedal assist (which the Zuma and the Kalkhoff ebikes have). One final suggestion is the which is actually what I’d suggest for overall value, power and size (to fit his height) but they only make it in a high-step version and it does have the rear rack. I hope this helps you out, feel free to also explore the for advice. The people are pretty friendly and some of them might actually be his size and have some feedback about what has worked for them.

Ok, Court. Please tell us the e bike that you ended up purchasing, and for how much, and if you were able to get a good deal on it. Let’s end all this mystery once and for all. If I was a betting man, I would guess that you got an izip e3 Dash, but, I could be wrong. Thank you in advance. Eric

Ha! Hey Eric, I’ve actually posted about the ebikes that I’ve purchased over the years on the EBR YouTube Channel and in the here and there when people brought it up but try to focus mostly on reviews and remain even handed. For a while at the beginning, people would ask how I was affording to buy so many electric bikes! Mostly I just visit shops and company headquarters across North America to do these reviews but I do love to ride on my own and have purchased a few ebikes over the years just to commute to work (before I left my job to do EBR full time) and now just to get around town for fun and stuff.
So… my first electric bike was purchased at full price from, it was a and it worked out pretty well (but was stiffer than I wanted when going over bumps). I eventually put a on it but that would slip down into the frame so I got a [URL='']Salsa Lip Lock[/URL] and that helped. The second one was purchased at cost from Easy Motion because I wanted to spend more time with their drive system, battery and display and it was the [URL='']26″ Neo Jumper[/URL] model. Last year when I was preparing to leave my job and travel full time to build the site more I realized I didn’t have room for the Jumper so I sold it on Craigslist and then spent a bunch of time with family in Colorado… I knew I needed another bike for exercise and was excited about the Bosch system and the new Haibikes coming out so I got an [URL='']Xduro FS RX 27.5″[/URL] at cost through Currie Technologies.
So that’s it, never owned a Dash but I was [URL='']given a kit[/URL] once as a sample and I built that into a bike for my Mom. The kit never made it through Kickstarter so they just let me keep it vs. mailing it back, normally I do not accept gifts and I always try to be transparent and fair about the bikes that I do purchase. All were chosen based on my personal ride style and interests and I got cost because I work in the space very closely with each brand and I live on a very low budget (trying not to sell out!)

Marcia, if you haven’t bought that bike yet you might want to consider the [URL='']Pedego City Commuter[/URL]. It comes in a 28″ stepthrough, and when coupled with the larger battery and motor should do the trick. I have the smaller battery and motor and weigh 245. I commute to work as many days as weather permits and have never had a problem. The bike performs fine and handles the hills well in peddle-assist mode. I have had mine since August and have put a little over 500 miles on it, and absolutely love my bike.

Court, is that you on the viedo reviews? my wife wants a recumbant electric bike. is there such a thing? or clsoe to it? c

Hi Craig, yeah that’s me on video and I also answer comments and do the reviews (it’s basically a one person operation here but I do have some moderation and programming help at times). There are recumbent electric bikes but they are few and far between. One possibility is the [URL='']Ridekick power trailer[/URL] which can be connected to most bikes (including recumbents) or you could add a [URL='']BionX kit[/URL] to a recumbent frame or explore [URL='']these alternative[/URL]pre-built [URL='']recumbent ebikes[/URL].

Court, Love the website, reviews and all the information. My wife and I (w/ our 4 kids) are looking to purchase 2 cargo’s with motors. Have narrowed it down to the elMundo, Edgerunner, and I’ve actually been in touch with Urban Arrow in Holland. The frontrunner is elMundo, but you seem to have edgerunner slightly ahead in your reviews. We do a lot of urban biking (Cincinnati), mostly rolling hills, with usually a few big hills where we need assistance. We currently use tug-a-bugs and iberts to carry the kids, but I have to truck the bikes downtown (3 miles) because the hills to get out of the downtown basin are too big for human pedal power (w/ 70-90lbs extra) each. A few questions — given that this is family oriented weekend riding with a few hills, is a 350w motor enough and are there enough differences between the edgerunner & Yuba that a weekend rider would notice or care about (both currently use the same 350 Bionx– correct?) . My biggest fear, drop some good money down for a couple of bikes that I’m going to be unhappy with in a few months…. and still having to truck the bikes to our destination.

Hi David, great question… my favorite design for a cargo style ebike right now (especially for porting people around) is the [URL='']Xtracycle Edgerunnger using the Bosch Centerdrive[/URL]. The BionX System is definitely solid (quieter, offers throttle mode and has regen) but isn’t as strong when climbing or hauling because it’s a direct drive hub vs. a mid-drive that can leverage the rear cassette. Being able to switch down to a lower “easier” gear and share that advantage with the motor is huge… I used to pull my sister around in a [URL='']Burley trailer[/URL] when I was a kid and can relate to your struggle with the hills. If you really want to go for power there’s a [URL='']Super Mundo by HPC[/URL] that offers a custom built mid-drive and in the video we haul three fully grown men up a very large hill with it. Coming back to one brand vs. another, Xtracycle was first and one of their employees left to make his own thing with Yuba. I prefer Xtracycle myself and have had the opportunity to meet with the team and see all of the innovative accessories that they make. Yuba is solid but when I think about the brand that Bosch (this German company with really high standards) chose to partner with first it inspires confidence in me that Xtracycle is doing a great job and earned their trust.

Court — over a year in and we are loving our El Mundo’s… BUT, (big BUT).. the 350Bionx just doesn’t do it. Two kids on the back of each bike and lots of hills just doesn’t cut it. Lo and behold, 2 months after I buy my 2 – 350 Yuba’s, they come out with the 500. So… I’ve reached out to Bionx as well as Yuba to investigate into an upgrade program. Have you ever seen these companies do these types of programs? Any input on what I should try to do…. The bionx is so quiet and smooth, but if they just expect me to shell out another $2K for new 500’s… probably going to punt on Bionx and get engaged with the folks from HPC.

I am going to college in the fall and I am a small light weight girl. 4’11 and 90 pounds to be exact. I need some advice on what type of electric bike to get.
I need a light weight bike that I could carry on a bus if I’d need to or lift up stairs. The campus I would be on is very hilly so I would need a bike that goes up and down hills well. I have heard of bikes that fold up? I do not care as much for the speed, just the sturdiness and weight of it. I have trouble with my left knee and cannot bend it well, the electric bike would help me bike and get to places far away on campus. It is a 2,000 acre campus in the redwoods.
What type would you suggest? Thanks so much. Any info would be appreciated.

Awesome! Sounds like you’re going to the University of Santa Cruz!! I used to practice with the gymnastics team there (the gym was at the bottom of the long hill so I can relate to wanting a decent ebike… especially since my knee also hurts sometimes). Okay, so you’re relatively short and light weight. You’re a college student that might be on a budget and you also want it to be easy to move around. Hmm… My first thought was the [URL='']e-Joe EPIK SE[/URL]because it is relatively small and easy to mount and also fair light at ~42 lbs. I like that this ebike has built in suspension because that improves comfort. The battery is also removable so you could take it out to reduce the bike weight by ~4 lbs if you need to lift the frame and since it folds, you can fit it into your dorm closet or the corner more easily.
If you have a higher budget and don’t want a folding ebike… and are excited about more torque and power for those hills then check out the [URL='']Felt SPORTe Step-Thru[/URL] which comes in low-step and weighs ~40 lbs with a 5.5 lb battery that’s removable. It also comes in two frame sizes so you could get the smaller one. Another great alternative (that isn’t quite as powerful as the Felt SPORTe but is very comfortable and cool) is the full suspension [URL='']BESV Panther PS1[/URL]. I hope this helps! Whatever you get, do store it in your room if possible or at least charge the battery inside to help it last :)

Thank you so much for responding to me! Yes UCSC is where I am headed. I will look into the bikes you suggested. :) thank you again.

Hi Court. I think you have developed a very good website for providing people with truly independent reviews on Electric Bikes. I am in London UK and electric bikes are really taking off here. Funnily enough I did some Market Research for a new Electric Bike company in London called Emu Bikes. You might want to check them out. I was lucky enough to trial their prototype Emu Electric bike for 5 weeks for commuting from my home to work and to keep a detailed daily log of my trips for them and did over 450 miles. I absolutely loved it. I spend all day last Sunday looking at all of your reviews on YouTube which were all excellent and I found them compulsive viewing. What’s your take on the Electric Bike conversion kits and the Dillinger Range made in Australia which you reviewed (although you don’t have bike kits on your website)? Is there any difference getting a front or real wheel drive system? Keep up the excellent work you are doing for all of us prospective electric bike riders out there. Regards. ROBERT

Hi Robert! Someday I’d like to visit the UK and see some new brand, I haven’t seen an EMU before but I’d love to check out your journal, could you share the link? As for Dillenger, I really liked the first kit I tried with a standard [URL='']350 watt geared hub motor[/URL]. The second kit was more powerful but used a rear rack battery that just wasn’t as refined (or well balanced). I do have a [URL='']kits section[/URL] on the site but I guess it’s a little hidden. My plan is to do a redesign soon… working on it right now in fact which is why reviews have slowed a bit in recent weeks :) Kits are alright but I prefer purpose-built electric bikes. They just look nicer most of the time with integrated wires and I feel safer knowing that they took extra weight and strain into consideration. As for front vs. rear, I almost always prefer rear or mid-drive for better traction and improved steering agility. Some of my favorite ebike designs are those from [URL='']Haibike[/URL] and [URL='']Easy Motion[/URL]. I want to try CUBE at some point, I think they sell those in the UK and they use the Bosch system (though a bit stepped down at 250 watt vs. 350 here in the US). Cheers!

Hi Court. This is Nayyar from Pakistan. I want to buy an ebike. My current crush is R & M Delite GX Rohloff HS. But still I am not sure that I should go for this or not. Being no such bikes available here, I have to travel to euorope for this purpose only. I shall be grateful for your guidance. Thanks and best regards

I’m a really big guy, 6’2″ and over 420 lbs. Could you tell me if a 48v 500w rear motor can handle pushing 500 lbs (bike+rider)? No large grades on my chosen route, and it’s all paved. I have a Schwinn OCC Stingray Chopper, and I have found a company that makes motors for my 20 by 4.25 inch rear wheel, and I would love to make the conversion. I have to deal with some provincial limitations on power and speed. But there’s a bit of ambiguity in the law in New Brunswick, Canada, and more attention should be paid to top speed rather than wattage. Any POSITIVE input would greatly appreciated.

Sounds like a nice setup and I agree with you about speed vs. power. In parts of Europe the top speed is limited to 15 mph with motor output of just 250 watts… I feel like they should regulate ebikes by how the rider handles it vs. focusing on technology. It’s like saying that Ferrari’s are illegal because they can drive faster than the speed limit. Maybe part of this distinction with bicycles is that under aged users can get them and no license is required. In any case, I think a 48 volt 500 watt system will suit your needs well, especially for flat paved surfaces. I bet you’ll have a blast! Please share back here or [URL='']in the forums[/URL] once it’s all setup (you could even post pictures). I know you’re not the only one considering this type of option who needs to carry a bit more weight.

Explain the low speed electric bicycle laws in the US. I have a 220 lb. Tao tao electric bicycle and have had police in both Cleveland and Lakewood pull me over. Also explain how federal law superceeds state.

Hi George! The laws are a bit different from state to state and seem to be evolving. The best resource I can offer is [URL='']Wikipedia here[/URL] but generally speaking, I think the rule is 750 watt motor or less with top speed of 20 mph or less unassisted. If you do get a ticket for riding a low speed electric bike you can probably fight it in court and explain that you were riding responsibly and following federal law, you might have luck with an argument about how your leg and knee muscles need assistance and possibly even a doctors note if you’re concerned about the outcome. In my experience, tickets are given to people who ride too fast or recklessly and not those who exercise restraint in how they use the drive system.

Hi Court! I really enjoy your website! My beloved Sanyo Eneloop ebike was stolen last week. Sanyo no longer manufactures ebikes so I’m on the search for a new one. I’m wondering if you have any recommendations for me. I loved the Eneloop’s integrated design – the battery wasn’t just attached onto the bike as an after thought. It also had a regenerative battery, LED front and back lights, full fenders, and a luggage rack. Ahhhh I miss it so much! Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

Hi Rufina! That’s such a bummer, sorry… I wonder if the thief even realized it was electric, maybe you could keep an eye out on Craigslist if the bike turns up? Sounds like you’re keeping your head up and looking for another great ride. Based on what you’ve told me I think the Easy Motion bikes could be a great fit (integrated battery, some have fenders and lights as well as racks). Depending on your height and budget three ebikes come to mind. The most affordable but basic is the [URL='']Evo Eco Lite[/URL] which is smaller and has 26″ wheels. It resembles [URL='']the Evo Street[/URL] which upgrades to suspension, more gears and a larger battery pack. If you want a slightly larger electric bike then the [URL='']Evo City Wave[/URL] offers larger wheels at 700c ~28″ and that elevates the frame. There are lots of other [URL='']urban electric bikes[/URL] to explore out there and some are very advanced with mid-drive motors that offer excellent range while others are designed for comfort cruising. Hope this helps :)

Hi! I am a first time e-bike purchaser and rented a peddle assist recently which was fun, except for the lack of control over speed and take off. It looked sort of like a BMX bike which doesn’t suit me. I saw a Eizzy online for 1000.00 its medium frame looks quite new, they say its been barely used. I am 5’2, 115 lbs. The bike is for someone 5’2-5’8. I also have tennis elbow and a bit of a knee issue, so the lighter the better. This bike would be for pleasure and not a lot of hills.
Any input you could provide would be great! Thanks a lot. Rita.

Hi Rita! I’d like to help you but am not familiar with the Eizzy brand or model? Did you spell it correctly? If you have a link to the product please paste it into your reply comment. Also, feel free to share your question [URL='']in the forums here[/URL] where many other ebike owners are often willing to chime in :)

I am interested in buying an e-bike for my girlfriend and I to ride to and from work. What is the best recommended model for having a passenger in the back

Hmm… if you’re looking for a tandem (like where you can both pedal) then [URL='']the Pedego Tandem[/URL] would be a solid choice. Alternatively, if you wanted to just let one person sit on the back or maybe pull a trailer then a [URL='']cargo style ebike[/URL] like [URL='']the RadWagon[/URL] or [URL='']Electric Edgerunner from Xtracycle[/URL] could work :)

Hey Court, Great website. I bought my wife the [URL='']Diamondback Lindau ebike[/URL] thru REI, partially based on your good review. She loves it so far. My question: if I’m not mistaken, isn’t the [URL='']IZIP E3 Path[/URL] the same bike as the Diamondback Lindau? Everything sure looks the same from the pictures and video but at a cheaper price for the Lindau. Mike

Hey Mike! Good eye… the bikes are very similar (and use the same drive system and battery from Currie Technologies) but the frames and other components are unique. Diamondback is owned by the Accell Group (a big conglomerate out of Europe) along with IZIP so they are just sharing parts. Diamondback is available through some dealers and in some regions where IZIP is not… IZIP has been doing ebikes longer but is less well known, so they shared the best parts to introduce the Lindau and it might be cheaper based on a few frame and component differences or just for marketing purposes, I can’t really say for sure. I hope you guys like it!

Hi Court! First, I appreciate what you are doing and I love all your videos. I’m considering buying an ebike from the HPC guys and wanted to hear your more in depth thoughts on their bikes, but more importantly their position in the ebike world. I don’t know much about bikes so I’m somewhat hesitant on dishing out thousands of dollars for an ebike and worried who can help me with maintenance/repairs later down the line? I’ve seen all the HPC vids they posted, and I’ve also seen your HPC vids including your visit to their shop in Chatsworth, and I’m wondering if a bike from HPC is a smart choice for a first bike. Also, are their custom Crystalite motors and prismatic pouch battery systems really all the hype? I highly value speed and torque, and plan to ride this thing more like a motorcycle than a bike (heavy throttle-only usage with minimal pedal). I’m looking at their 2000w thunderbolt with 52v 12.5ah battery system (HT-1), and wondering if there are other bikes around the same price point of $3400 that equally deliver on power, speed, torque, and range. I mean what is the real tangible difference from a 500w motor to a 2000w? Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Hi Ray! My experience with HPC has been limited and I was only able to test the bikes for a limited time and in a fairly tame environment (compared to their videos and possibly what you want to do). My feeling is that these guys are passionate about power and delivering something unique and cool. They have been responsive with me via email and they had lots of tools for testing, optimizing and repairing in their shop. I even saw one owner who was upgrading his old HPC bike to be all wheel drive and they were just helping him for fun. They behave like a smaller local shop but have reached the level of being able to negotiate with manufacturers and do some custom stuff in terms of motors and batteries (they do a whole lot of custom stuff in their shop just for fun). If you feel drawn to their offerings I’d say go for it! They have been around for several years and I feel like they have the momentum in the “power” oriented niche to endure. Again, this is just my qualitative take but I didn’t feel like they were feeding me BS during the visit, they care about truth in power and that’s why they have a dyno on site. Just give them a call and chat, say hi for me and good luck! I think you’ll be happy with something custom from them and I feel like they will support you… but it might take some extra time and money to ship stuff back and forth. Honestly, I’m not sure what high power alternatives even exist for electric motocross type of setups :)

Thanks for the quick response, Court! Everything you said makes sense, and I appreciate your insight. Haha, I’m no motocross type guy. I’m just a regular guy wanting a powerful ebike for no real intended purpose :) I’m really just looking at HPC’s entry-level stuff (these guys consider 2000w “low power” lol). I’m in SoCal, so HPC is somewhat local to me (40 miles away, which is a huge plus!) Thanks again, Court, and keep the vids coming!

Cool, happy to help Ray! Maybe give them a call and make a day trip out of visiting the HQ. They seemed cool with people stopping by and I bet you could get a lot of questions answered and maybe even get a custom setup! Definitely post about it [URL='']in the HPC forums[/URL] if you go that route :D

Hi Court,
I love your site. Been looking into ebikes for many years, and think I’m ready to jump on! Price isn’t really a concern, though I would prefer to spend less than 4k. Mostly street rider (daily commute) and my current bike is a Specialized crosstrail with a 61 cm frame.
I’m 6 foot 8, and weigh 280 pounds. And because my torso is the longest part (my inseam is 34 in) I need something more upright, or a more aggressive angle to the handlebars. What can you tell me about the largest frame bikes with the most torque or higher wattage for my get up n go? What do you recommend for really tall riders?
Thanks in advance!

Hi Steve! Great question… I’ve been impressed with the Specialized Turbo and [URL='']Turbo X[/URL] (because it has a suspension fork). If you already have one of their traditional bikes and like the brand/style then this could be a good option and it comes in several sizes. The same could be said for Stromer, they offer a bunch of models that look similar to the Turbo and come in a few frame sizes (including a 22″ frame). You could check out their [URL='']ST2[/URL] but note that it’s a bit more expensive than the Turbo or Turbo X. If you already have a frame that you like or want to buy another one that fits well you could always convert it to electric by adding a motor kit, I like the [URL='']E-Rad systems[/URL] because they are very powerful, well balanced and feature shift-sensing so they aren’t as hard on the drivetrain. If you want to look forward to 2016 I’ve been posting some [URL='']videos from Interbike here[/URL] including a new one from Stromer that should be up by end of day today.

Hi guys what are your stance on having an stereo system and mp3 player onboard on a ebike is it worth it?Because I dont drive but getting my licence in a few years and i want an alternative to one and because my Ecoped ebike where I can listen to music while riding to keep me company at night not up loud or anything low volume.Is a Stereo MP3 System built on an ebike worth it for music lovers like me?

Hey Andrew! That’s an awesome question… I’ve seen a couple of custom converted electric bikes with built in stereo systems but I think most people just use portable MP3 players with headphones. [URL='']Here’s one custom trike[/URL] with a stereo I saw that was done by the guys at [URL='']Hi-Power Cycles[/URL], they called it the Grub Hauler because it was built on a trike platform and they would use it to go get lunch :D

Hi Court, I’m a novice looking to abandon my car and e-bike to my bus station (6 miles from home). I’m 5’9″, 160 lbs. The road from my home to bus stops is slightly hilly and at times uneven pavements. Plus I would travel more in the wee hours like 6 am so I would require head and tail lights. I don’t have any price restraints. I need an e-bike that is lightweight enough for me to load on the bus bike rack with decent power (in case I’m getting late to catch the bus). Although not a priority, I would like to use it as a normal pedal bike at times to fit in some exercise in my daily commute. What is the best e-bike for me? What would be a good website to buy that best bike? Do e-bikes also have Thanksgiving Day deals? Best regards, Paul.

Hi Paul! If you want something light, well balanced and efficient I feel like the [URL='']Haibike Urban[/URL] or [URL='']Race[/URL] could be a good fit. The Race can hit 28 mph so you can commute more quickly and I believe one shop having a sale right now (to change from 2015 to 2016 models) is [URL='']Propel Bikes[/URL] and they do ship nationally if you are in the USA. I just saw that they have a demo model of the Urban for $3,800 right now and I like this bike for how light it is (just 41 lbs) so riding without power and lifting it onto the bus rack would work for you. If you want a model with a rack and fenders for commuting then check out the [URL='']Haibike Trekking models[/URL] but note the extra weight… I personally like the suspension fork on this model and the larger tires help to add some comfort. There are lots of other ebikes to consider but Haibike strikes a balance for me of cool looking, affordable-ish (given the Bosch drive system) and lots of different options.

Hi Court! I want to say a big ‘thank you’ for your ebike recommendation! My new Easy Motion City finally arrived and I absolutely love it!! Rufina

Nice!! Thanks Rufina, I really like the City models… got the lights, fenders, everything you need. I hope it works out well for you over time, drop by here anytime and ride safe out there :D

Court, thanks again for the consistently thorough effort you put into this site and all it holds. I am bike shopping for a location and my intended rides more than a class of bike, and with one eye on my fixed pension income. I live in a valley in Montana surrounded by mountains, and in a city laced with bike and walking trails (Bozeman, MT). I don’t think I’ll be doing the truly hard-core mountain biking but definitely trail riding with elevation changes plus city commutes. I was taken by the Superpedestrian concept since I could use a (lighter) regular bike for the city commutes and trails, and swap in the hub system for longer distances and more rugged mountain trails. Sadly, I’ve concluded Superpedestrian is too iffy a product for me to plan on. Are there other products similar in approach to that concept that you can recommend? And if I opt for an e-bike alone, might you have a suggestion or two for the under-$2K buyer to best meet these needs? (I’m 6′ & 170).

Hi Jack, [URL='']is this your website[/URL] with all of the boating? Looks fun! The Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel gets me excited too but given how long some people have waited on the preorder I’m just not sure it’s worth while right now. I like [URL='']the FlyKly[/URL] but I think they have been slow on orders as well and that product won’t let you use a cassette so you’ll only have one gear. this past week I [URL='']posted a video[/URL] with my Uncle who has had a Haibike for over a year now and gone 4,000+ miles. I was amazed by how well the bike held up (motor, battery etc.) and feel that this type of setup can be worth the extra money if you plan to do some trails and use the bike on a more regular basis. One of the more affordable options in this line is the [URL='']XDURO RX 29″[/URL] and it’s possible to get last-season bikes for a bit less from dealers so that might be worth exploring. I tend to go for purpose-built complete ebikes vs. kits because I know the frame is strong, the wires are integrated and you usually get some fancier features like pedal assist. Given your budget of ~$2,000 I’d think something like [URL='']the Biketrix Stunner[/URL] could work well. They have a low-step and high-step version depending on your style. Here’s [URL='']a whole list[/URL] of ebikes I’ve reviewed that are more affordable, hope this helps!

Thanks, Court, for the links and recs. And for those who are looking for an excellent overview of using an ebike as a regular commuter AND trail rider (in the Rockies yet!), be sure to [URL='']watch Court’s discussion with his Uncle[/URL]. Just excellent. (But 6 chains in one year…Yikes!) Yes, that’s us, Court. Catching our breath mid-Atlantic on the island of Faial in the Azores.

Thank you for the fantastic web site! I’ve wanted an electric cargo bike for years and have learned so much from your reviews. I’m looking for something that will take me (5’4″, 105 lb.) and my two kids (5 years old and 45 lb.; 1.5 years old and 23 lb.),around the city we live in, which has a few moderate hills (hence the need for electric). Which bike would you recommend for someone like me? I don’t care much about speed, but since I’ll usually have at least one kid with me, I’ll need something stable and easy to handle. I’ve tried out and liked the Yuba elBodaBoda and Spicy Curry, do you have any other (hopefully less expensive) suggestions? Thanks!

Hey Gi! Thanks for the compliment, so glad the website has helped guide you to find a solid ebike. The two you mentioned are great options but yeah… both are expensive. Do you want the 5 year old to ride on the bike with you? That’s definitely possible with the longer cargo bikes from Yuba, Xtracycle and Currie but you could also just put both kids in a trailer. Alternatively, the 5 year old could go one one of those [URL='']“follow me” bike trailers[/URL] and the 1.5 year old could be in a front mounted seat like [URL='']this one from Yepp[/URL]. There are so many variables for a multi-passenger ebikes and even some funky designs like [URL='']the Urban Arrow[/URL]. Maybe I can help more if you zoom in on how you’d like everyone to be seated… or like the layout you prefer. Depending on your own weight and strength, it may not be necessary to get a super powerful bike for moderate terrain and that could lower the costs a lot. If by contrast you plan to scale large hills and the combined weight is going to exceed 200 lbs (and maybe include groceries or other supplies) then something like [URL='']the Xtracycle EdgeRunner 10E[/URL] with Bosch mid-drive would be ideal and achieve great range.

Court, thanks for responding so quickly! I’m definitely open to having my son on a tag-along and my daughter in a bike seat, but I’m not sure about a front-mounted seat, since I’m fairly small and not confident about my ability to reach around her and maintain control, especially as she gets older. I doubt the combined weight will ever exceed 200, or that I’ll ever scale big hills. I’m flexible on the layout – open to having the kids behind me (both on the bike with me, or with one on a tag-along) or in front of me in a bakfiets – but just want something stable, relatively easy to handle (especially when the combined weight of two kids is more than half my weight), and not outrageously expensive. What do you think of the Virtue Gondoliere+?

Cool, I like the designs coming out of Virtue but haven’t had an opportunity to test ride them yet. The Gondoliere+ looks a lot like the Urban Arrow and having ridden that bike I have mixed feelings on stability… Maybe it’s more the change in balance with a far-out front wheel where you have to prepare for turns in advance and lean a bit differently than traditional bikes. It’s not bad, just different. This front loaded design does create extra space for kids, groceries etc and I noticed that the Virtue bike has a battery rack where you might be able to mount a rear child seat [URL='']like this[/URL]. One of the challenges with the rear rack and rear seat is that it blocks the seat post attachment that a follow-me bike would use. Adding one slot for a child is doable but when you get up to two it can become more complicated. My sister and I rode around in a [URL='']Burley Trailer like this[/URL] when I was a kid and it worked out alright. The nice thing about these is that they mount to the rear axle vs. the seat post so you could use this for cargo and one child with a rear seat for the other. Coming back to power, I’d recommend a 500 watt motor with a 48 volt battery given the added weight of kids and potentially a trailer. You could do a 350 watt motor if it’s a mid-drive from Bosch or even a 250 watt from Impulse like those on [URL='']Focus[/URL] and bikes. Kalkhoff has a bunch of well made step-thru models that would be easy to mount and have sturdy built-in racks. The motor and battery are kept low which further improves stability and they are more efficient for climbing and even have shift sensing to reduce wear over time. the downside is that you won’t have a throttle so in order to activate the motor you’ll need to pedal. Feel free to [URL='']call me[/URL] to discuss more if you’d like.

Hello: Wonderful site, thank you for maintaining it so well! I’m trying to use my car a bit less here. Could you please suggest a relatively light weight folding e-bike for an urban longish commute. I’m 5 ft tall, 115 lb, 53 y.o.; live in the small city; will use it to commute to/from work & grocery shopping (need to be able to attach a basket or two). I often ride late evenings (so built-in light would be most appreciated). Are any European brands available in U.S.? I’ve been using a small e-scooter (e-zip 1000), but decided to replace it with an e-bike.Thank you for your suggestions. K.

Great question, thanks for all of the details! It helps me to make a good recommendation for you… The first ebike that came to mind was the [URL='']e-Joe Epik Lite[/URL] which is really popular because it comes with a rack, lights, even a suspension fork for comfort and it’s very light weight and affordable. There are actually several ebikes that resemble this one including the [URL='']Daymak New Yorker[/URL] (which doesn’t have the lights) and the [URL='']Enzo Ebike[/URL] (which is a bit higher quality, rust resistant for people who take it on boats and cots more). I’ve reviewed many folding electric bikes to be honest and you can explore them at your leisure on [URL='']this page[/URL]. Most of the products I look at are in the United States but some are imported and even modified such as [URL='']the Brompton Ebike[/URL] which is only sold through NYCeWheels in New York but I believe they ship nationally. Most bikes can be shipped to you or your local shop to be assembled and tuned up in my experience :)

Thank you kindly for helpful recommendations. How do this bikes behave in the rain in terms of water licking into battery compartment? Two other questions, please: Genze/Mahindra makes a decent enough e-bike, they assemble and service it, but unfortunately it’s not folding and fairly heavy. Have you heard any rumors of Genze making folding bikes in the near future? Also out of all the bikes (folding and not, in all price range) , if you had to choose one women bike – what would you recommend? Thank you again for your help with this.
Best regards, K.

Hi Katya! I have not heard of GenZe making a folding electric bike at this time but I could see something like that happening eventually, it’s a very popular design. [URL='']Here’s a new folding ebike[/URL] I tested just a few days ago that worked very well and protects the battery from the elements by storing it inside the frame. One of my favorite bikes for women is [URL='']the BESV Panther PS1[/URL] because it’s compact, light weight, has dual suspension for comfort and looks very beautiful :)

Hi Court, Thanks so much for your comment yesterday. I stopped by my local bike dealer yesterday and got some good news. The head repair guy is in California learning all about e-bikes! However, they are a dedicated Specialized shop in terms of purchases. We live in a small town and I really want to buy local if possible. I’m looking at the Specialized Turbo X, which retails for $4,500. Do you have a view on this bike? Thanks!!!! Adam

Nice! Sounds like you can buy local and get an awesome bike… The Turbo X is my favorite in the series because it comes with suspension and given the higher top speeds and distances that ebikes offer comfort is a big consideration. The Turbo X is also one of the more affordable models in their line and they offer a solid warranty, sounds like you’re set :D

Very helpful website. After riding an e-bike for the 1st time in Europe last summer, I came home & thought I’d find one right away. But I became intimidated by the process of trying to find the right one for me (69 yo, 140# retired gal who likes the idea of exercise more than hard work.). I have several friends who bought e-bikes over the internet & had regrets (more like disasters!) So I really appreciate what you have put together on this site. After much reading on your site, checking my bank account, etc. I think I’m honing in on one of the Easy Motion bikes. Can you give me some pros & cons comparing the EVO Jet, the EVO Cross & EVO ECO Lite? Anything else I should consider? Mostly I will be doing riding on bike trails, 20 mile stretches, country roads, light-med hills, vacation riding in the south. I just want to be able to keep up with my husband who is not ready for an e-bike.
ps-the bike shops around in Alabama that I have checked are pretty low in knowledge about electric bikes so we’re going to see the guys at Certified Electric Bikes in Chatanooga-a dedicated electric bike shop. A long trek for us but I’m excited!

Hi Sharon! My first ebike purchase was done through the Internet like your friends and I felt disappointed with the end result. Even when I was able to visit a shop and test ride some different models, my second purchase was close but not perfect. Eventually I started working on this website to help people who might be in a similar position and now it’s my full time focus… You’ve narrowed down pretty well in my opinion, my third ebike was the [URL='']Easy Motion Neo Jumper[/URL] and I loved the look, balance, comfort and zip that it offered. The torque sensor used on all of these Neo and Evo models is called a TMM4 sensor and can lag a bit when you stop pedaling (meaning the motor still zips for a little while) but otherwise they’re great. The Jet is going to be more active and aggressive with a forward body lean, it’s the smaller equivalent of the Cross which is a high-step for taller riders. Depending on your height and ride style the Jet or Cross could work (how tall are you?). The ECO Lite is a smaller, cheaper version of the Street and City models with the former having smaller diameter and fatter 26″ wheels vs. 700c (28″) on the City. I think the [URL='']Evo Street[/URL] or [URL='']Evo Eco Lite[/URL] would be the best options for a petite rider who wanted to emphasize comfort because the geometry is more upright… I love that they come with fenders, lights and with the Street you get a suspension fork (which adds cost and weight but also more comfort). If you’re not super tall and are okay with a slightly less active geometry either of these bikes could be a fit. I just reviewed another model called the [URL='']IZIP E3 Vibe+[/URL] which is similar to the Evo Eco Lite but doesn’t have a throttle and uses a mid-drive vs. geared hub motor. I hope this helps, you could also just click through all of the [URL='']city style ebikes[/URL] and see if anything else jumps out.

Court, Thanks for your most helpful response. I settled on the Evo Eco Lite after riding for a few hours on several models. With the seat dropped to the lowest level it fits my 5’3″ height nicely & allows my toes to touch the ground when seated which feels safe. The option for throttle and pedal-assist seems like it has the most options. I bought it from Certified Electric Bikes in Cbatanooga-Chandlee & Garnet were most patient and helpful. They recommended also installing Cane Creek Thudbuster to make the ride more comfortable. I’ll try this out today. Ok-warning-for most stupid question: is there something I can read on most efficient way to use the throttle vs pedal assist? What kind of road conditions, when, etc?

I am considering getting the 2013 izip E3 ultra model; its brand new and my local shop is giving me a good deal on the bike ($1000). I saw your review for the bike, and was wondering if the technology and performance of the bike is still comparable to the newer models? and will it be good for a heavier rider at about 200 pounds? Some background: This will be my first e bike ever and I will be using it for commuting to work which is about 8 miles each way. The trails will be relatively simple (not much of hills). Would love to get you insights. Thanks.

Hi Dhruv, sounds like a great price… which IZIP E3 model are we talking about? Is it the Dash, Zuma, Peak or something else? Since it’s older the battery will likely have some wear on it but the systems should perform well enough. Given your moderate terrain and required range I think you’d be alright as long as you take your charger to work and maybe top the bike off. Does the model you’re considering have a removable battery pack to make charging easier?

Hi Court, Thanks for the quick reply. The model I am looking at is [URL='']the Ultra[/URL]. I understanding is that the battery is not easily removable. I am planning to rent the bike for a day before making my decision – besides the comfort and battery performance are there any aspects I should pay attention to in the trial period? Thanks, Dhruv

Hi Dhruv! Thanks for specifying the bike… definitely not my favorite model from IZIP, the battery is not removable and although it has suspension the narrow tires weren’t comfortable (though you could replace them) and I thought it was ugly. Keep in mind older batteries degrade and since this one is custom it’s not going to be easy to replace so you’ll be left with ever-decreasing range and probably have difficulty selling second hand. I think $1,000 is still too much for this ebike given all of the brand new super affordable models that look better and ride better. Here’s the [URL='']full list[/URL] of affordable ebikes I’ve reviewed, one brand I really like is [URL='']Magnum[/URL] but the price is definitely higher… It’s just very difficult to get a good ebike at $1,000 but once you’ve spent that much and possibly been disappointed the additional $500 or so to get a much better ebike seems like a small price to pay. My first ebike really disappointed me and that’s part of why I created EBR.

Terrific site. Thanks. Recommendation please: I’m 63, 5’9″, 140 pounds. I’m looking to replace my car with an electric bike, so I need to be able to transport groceries & stuff around town. Ashland OR is very bike friendly. I am not a confident bike rider — it’s easy to lose my balance, so I like to be able to put my feet on the ground, and wear a skirt — so a step through is probably good. I need reliable, stable, easy, and not too heavy. Much Thanks JBM

Hi Juna! There are so many great step-thru ebikes to choose from these days… if I were in your shoes I’d visit the local bike shop and take a test ride. Just did a Google search and found [URL='']Ashland Electric Bikes[/URL] which carries two good options including the GenZe Recreational which I reviewed [URL='']here[/URL] and the Pedego Boomerang that I covered [URL='']here[/URL]. The Pedego is larger, heavier and more expensive but also more powerful and super-low step. Note that Pedego has [URL='']a bunch of other models[/URL] including some with 24″ tires. If you’re looking to buy online and want a model these guys don’t carry feel free to contact me directly using the phone number on the contact page and I can discuss some different ideas with you :)

Hi Court, first I would like to comment on your great site. It is simply awesome. Lots of great content, with good write ups and excellent video reviews. I have been binge watching your reviews and I am amazed at how may choices there are for electric bikes. Didn’t know there were so many choices. Now, I would like your input on my particular situation. I have been looking on getting a bike to replace my very heavy Diamondback Edgewood. I have been looking at various hybrid bikes, i.e. Trek 7.2 FX, Giant City Escape, Specialized Sirrus etc., and then I came upon your site. After watching a few videos I like the idea of getting an electric bike so I can go further and a bit faster. Currently I ride on the weekends for the most part on my current ride, but can only average about 12-14 miles. I was thinking of a lighter hybrid so I can commute to work (about 10-12 miles each way depending on route), but an electric bike would make it a cinch. Now, some specs on me that might help in your suggestion. I am 5’10” tall with an inseam of 31 inches, I have lower back issues, so a City Style bike with a more upright sitting position would be best, I weigh 195 lbs, and I am turning 50 next month. This last fact is relevant because it seems that I don’t have the recovery capability that I had at an earlier age, so an electric bike seems to overcome the age factor. Also, most of the riding I do is on surface, paved streets or trails at local parks. I live in San Antonio, TX, so we are making progress in having more bike lanes around town, but I don’t think we have any shops that cater to electric bike aficionados. Maybe I’ll have to travel to Austin to try any of your suggestions? That would not be a problem as it is only one hour away by car but would be a bit inconvenient to service the bike if any of the electric components were to fail. Lastly, I am thinking about spending $2000 or less if possible? Again, great site and thx in advance.

Hi Juan! Yeah, it sounds like a city bike or cruiser would make the most sense and [URL='']Rocket Electrics in Austin[/URL] has a wide selection to look and they will deliver anywhere in Texas from the looks of it, Also consider Small Planet EV’s in Dallas (which is further but might also offer delivery). I recommend buying in person from a shop if possible so you can test ride and usually they throw in a free tune up and will be more eager to help maintain your bike ongoing. Ebikes tend to be ridden more frequently and just have more complex systems than traditional bikes so ultimately they need more maintenance and having a shop to help you is a big deal in my opinion. Your budget is pretty solid, I feel like they’d be able to help you at either shop and maybe a Pedego Cruiser, Juiced Bikes or one of the Easy Motion City or Street models could be a fit. Pedego comes at a premium, Juiced Bikes has models with excellent range and more of a cargo feel and the Easy Motion stuff looks the most polished. I’m not completely up to speed with what models Rocket Electrics has in stock right now but they do a good job in my experience and their website has more info or you could call them, say hi for me to John and Nicole :D

Hi Court, Thx for the prompt reply. I will certainly take a look at the options you mention. I do think that testing the different bikes in person would be the best idea, so quick trip to Austin, or maybe even Dallas for the weekend would not be bad at all. I’ll look at the different brands you mention in your response. Appreciate your help. Thx again. JN

Hi Court – As many people have said, thanks for such a great site – so informative as I look to purchase a first electric bike. I’d like your input on a bike to primarily be used for commuting. My parameters:

[*]5’11”, 160lbs
[*]1-way commute – 8.5 miles. I live in the Bay Area, but the only hills to speak of on my commute are overpasses.
[*]I currently (try to) commute on a regular bike, although it has drawbacks: need to shower twice a day as I break a sweat during the ride. And now that I have kid dropoff in the morning, I have a shorter window of time to get to work in mornings (about 30 min.)
[*]Part of commute is on a dedicated bike path so 20mph max speed
[*]I hope to be able to use the motor in the mornings on the way in and then ride mostly non-pedal assisted on the way home, so looking for something more lightweight. This way I don’t break a sweat and can wear work clothes on the way in, but can get exercise on the way home.
[*]My current commuter is a cyclo-cross bike fit. I added lights, fenders and rear rack, but I can switch them onto the e-bike.

I’ve been thinking about the Emazing Bike Artemis, as its lightweight and seems suited for commuting. I like that it looks like a normal bike. The Artemis is at the upper range of what I want to spend. Wondering what you thought and if there are other bikes that fit the bill. Thanks in advance!

Hi James! Thanks for laying all of your details out to discuss… The Artemis is a neat bike, I like how light weight it is, but one other option I enjoyed is the [URL='']Magnum Mi5[/URL] which is very affordable at ~$1,700 and comes with assist as well as throttle on demand. There are no lights integrated but there are mounting points for a [URL='']rear carry rack[/URL] since you’re commuting. I personally like the larger tires and suspension fork here and the “trail bike” style but it would make an excellent platform for commuting and the battery is quite large. I believe you can see and test ride this bike at [URL='']ELV Motors in Santa Clara[/URL]. If you prefer something more sleek, consider [URL='']the new Riide[/URL] which is exactly $2k or can be financed but is sold online vs. shops.

Thanks for the reply! I will definitely check out some of these options at ELV!

I need advice. I’m ready to buy an electric bike and I’m overwhelmed by choices. I’ve ridden a few on the west coast, but living in Cleveland, Ohio, I’m going to have to order on line as our local bike dealers don’t sell them. I want a bike to ride for work; I’m a local minister so I have to move around town throughout my day – often in a skirt, so I’d like a step-through model that can accommodate a tall woman, and I would like one with fenders and good tires as it rains a lot in Cleveland. I’d also like to ride this bike on country roads as I am a summer minister on Cape Cod. I would prefer both peddle assist and throttle with decent gear options. I also need to be able to put it on a sturdy, hitch-mounted Yakima Bike rack. I would prefer to keep my investment under or around $2,000. Any advice or suggestions?

Hi Tracey! A few models come to mind including [URL='']the EG Athens[/URL] (which is a bit weaker but very affordable). You mentioned that you’re a bit taller… what’s your height and also the round trip and terrain (flat or hilly?). You can see a long list of step-thru ebikes using [URL='']this advanced search query[/URL] and I’ll try to dig in more if you reply with more details but there are several great shops that sell online in the US including [URL='']Propel Bikes in New York[/URL] (they sell higher end stuff), [URL='']Electric Cyclery in California[/URL] (still higher end but more of a mix) and the [URL='']Electric Bicycle Center in California[/URL] (more entry-level affordable). I hope this helps… if you decide to up your budget and go for quality and a wider range of sizes then definitely check out [URL='']the Kalkhoff models[/URL]… they are very popular in Europe and some of the best ebikes around… they will last, power through all kinds of terrain and come with fenders, lights, a bell and other nice upgrades.

Hi Court, I was wondering if I could also get your help in choosing a bike. I live half way up a mountain (literally – I live in the Rocky Mountains) so getting to work is not a problem, but I have not been able to conquer the way home so I am interested in pedal assist. I’d like a bike that’s strong enough to get me up the paved mountain and gentle enough for the 15 month old baby I’d like to attach in a handle bar baby seat. Thank you for your help – Ciara

Hi Ciara! Cool name… I grew up in Colorado at the base of the Rockies so the steep climbs (and high altitude) are not lost on me ;) sounds like a wonderful goal you have, riding with your child. One of the firs ebikes that came to mind was [URL='']the Electra Townie Go![/URL] which uses a powerful, durable and efficient mid-drive motor from Bosch. The older models used hub motors that were louder and way less powerful. Once I thought of this however, an idea struck me which is that as your child grows you may want to put them on the back of the bike or even let them sit on a cargo deck and hold a handlebar. This is all possible with a cargo style ebike and two companies offer models that also use the Bosch Centerdrive. Check out [URL='']the Felt Bruhaul[/URL] and [URL='']the Xtracycle Edgerunner[/URL]. They aren’t cheap but they can literally replace your car with excellent range, plenty of climbing power, tons of cargo space for groceries in addition to a second passenger and solid warranties. This is an ebike you buy once to keep (just lock it up well!)

Thank you Court! I really appreciate your responding and have found your website an amazing resource for find a new ebike! I look forward to trying these bikes out! Thanks again for your time :)

Hi Court, first of all thanks for your website! I’m completely new to ebikes and it’s been very, very helpful. I need help finding the right ebike for my situation. I’m 65 years old, 5’8″ and weigh 215. I also have back issues so am looking at either full suspension or at the very least front suspension with a thud buster or similar product. I will be riding both at home, which means fairly steep hillls, and at RV campgrounds. I visit beach campgrounds with sand roads and would also like to ride on the beach. The ebike needs to be almost indistinguishable from a non-motorized bike. I also need to be able to transport the bike on a hitch mounted bike carrier of some sort so it needs to be light enough for me to handle. I would like to ride upright as much as possible. Good suspension is very important considering the condition of my back. I would also like to spend $2500 or less if possible. The whole idea is to be able to get some exercise but have electric assist for the hills and sand and to keep up with my wife when we ride together. Any suggestions?

That’s a very tall order Mark but I think the biggest killer is that it needs to be indistinguishable from a traditional unpowered bicycle. My first thought given your budget was the [URL='']RadRover[/URL] but it has a battery pack on the downtube that would stand out. The good news is that the battery is removable which is great for lifting. For a bit more you can get the beautiful [URL='']Surface 604 Boar[/URL] which also has a removable battery but looks a lot more “normal”. I really like the [URL='']E-Lux Tahoe[/URL] but the fenders and rack would get in the way of any rack you choose… there are heavy duty hitch racks with larger trays for fat bikes [URL='']like this[/URL] but they usually push down on tires and fenders tend to get in the way.

Court – Though repetitive, I would be remiss if I didn’t offer kudos for the great site.
My ebike saga started with a Sharper Image Electric Cruiser about 14 years ago, a beast of a bike, which I absolutely loved although it wasn’t long before I could no longer get up a hill on it. I learned to tinker with the electronics quite a bit, even “Frankensteined” a replacement battery pack onto it (Nickel Metal Hydride Cells!) so I consider myself a bit of a pioneer, And a bit of an outlaw too since ebikes were not legal in Ontario at the time. Once I actually rode up to two bicycle cops to ask them whether they had seen any ebikes on the road, what they thought of the upcoming pilot project to allow them… they had no idea what I was riding. It was cycling bliss until someone stole the rear wheel with the motor, and I had to let her go…
I ended up moving on to motor scooters but last year sold them, they have great range and speed but they aren’t fun like an ebike…. So last spring I ended up buying a “barely used” [URL='']2013 iZip E3 Zuma[/URL], the step through model. I have really been enjoying it although it’s in the shop now and I’m told that the motor had a bunch of water in it, I guess because it was not covered well enough while spending a cold snowy rainy winter outside. Very bad, I have learned my lesson. Between the cost of a new motor, replacing the burned-out controller, and the labor required to put Humpty together again, it may not be worth it. I don’t have an easy way to store it over winter though, and kept hoping the temp would rise enough to ride it…. but alas it didn’t.
OK yes, I have a question – was looking at your review of the Voltbike Urban. It seems to combine of the attributes I might want in my next bike – I can bring it inside in the winter, or bring it on the subway or throw it easily in a car… It’s within my price range (about $1200-1400 USD)… It’s shipped from Canada so I don’t pay the exchange rate or duties or customs clearance fees etc… But I can’t ride it before I buy. I’ve never ridden an electric folder and I know it’s a low-end bike. I’m about 190 lbs. Do you think I’m going to like this bike, moving from a Zuma? My ride to work is mostly up a low incline (up and down hills but mostly up) and about 9 miles, and I like riding pretty fast. It’s mostly smooth roads but there are some very bumpy patches (which aren’t great on the Zuma). Thoughts?

Hi Dave! Yeah, the reviews can get repetitive… I’m always trying to balance an introduction to ebikes with details about what differentiates each model and a bit of entertainment and variety. Glad you’ve enjoyed the site and thanks for sharing your great story about the Zuma! I actually just posted [URL='']a guide about riding in wet conditions and washing ebikes[/URL], maybe you could chime in about your failed motor to help guide readers on what to avoid so their’s don’t break ;)
And so, on to your question! [URL='']The Voltbike Urban[/URL] performs pretty well for a more affordable electric bike but it isn’t going to feel as solid or powerful as your Zuma. I really like the Zuma models because the heavier frame, larger tires and oversize saddle add some comfort. You won’t get that with the lighter frame and small wheels of the Urban (with limited suspension and an underwhelming fold lock on the stem). The saving grace is actually that the hub motor benefits from the smaller wheel size which should help with those hills and you get throttle and assist so pedaling along feels natural and you can extend the range and avoid overworking the system by pedaling. As you’ve read, the Urban offers six speeds and comes with a medium front chainring so pedaling feels natural and errs on the too-easy side vs. too hard. Those bumpy patches you mention on your ride do worry me but with a larger saddle (perhaps your old Zuma saddle?) and a bit of care, this ebike would offer the convenience and storability which ended your last ride. I hope this helps, you could opt for a suspension folding ebike but that will cost more and likely originate in the USA. One other folding ebike that is more full sized and does originate in canada is [URL='']the Daymak Arsenal[/URL], have you checked that one out? It uses larger, more traditional 26″ wheels.

Court, congratulations on a really great website and information. When you are new to this its so confusing. I live in a mountainous part of New Zealand and ebikes are just starting to come in here. I was wanting your thoughts on one for myself. Lady – Age 67, Height 5ft 5 in, Weight 155 lbs. Wanted a step through preferably that could take panniers and would be using for mountain trail rides and trekking. Prefer an upright position. I am not a mountain bike enthusiast and going off road but just want some extra oomph to get up the hills but also bike around the village. Budget is relaxed – just want to get quality that will hopefully outlast me. I would most certainly be wanting to travel to where ever to try them out [possibly overseas] but just need to have an idea as to models to consider. How do you get the lithium batteries back home if you purchase overseas? Do you have any recommendations for European brands? Any ideas?

Hi June! I’m excited for you, glad that ebikes have caught your attention and wish I could help more than just posting these reviews… I realize it can be overwhelming with all of the seeming-choices. The truth is that you’re best off finding a shop in NZ that sells ebikes and buying locally. My understanding is that shipping or flying with Lithium-ion batteries is difficult if not impossible for consumers without help from a shop or manufacturer. There are some brands that sell online then ship overseas and in that case your options really open up. One shop that might be willing to work with you (that also carries good stuff) is [URL='']Motostrano in California[/URL], try reaching out to them, I hear they have successfully sold and shipped internationally but cannot say for sure. They would also be able to help you narrow down options based on their availability vs. coming in stuck on one idea or another. Most ebikes these days are getting pretty reliable and strong in the $2,000+ range.

Court. Many thanks for your response and I will most certainly contact Motostrano. All the best

Wow! Thanks for the amazing & informative website. I admit that with all its vast array of information that I am finding trying to figure out the best Ebike for my needs to be a bit overwhelming so I am hoping maybe you could help me narrow things down. I plan to commute 13 miles each way to work and am very interested in an Ebike because I don’t think I am up for a daily 26 mile round trip ride on my hybrid bike. I will have a number of small hills to go up and down with one long relatively steep hill that is almost 1/2 mile long. Do you think an Ebike could make it up the big hill? I weigh 140 and am 5’8″. I can spend up to $3000ish. I am excited about the possibility of ditching my car and continuing to enjoy the thrill of being on a bike without having to do all the work, thanks so much for any input you could give me!

Hi Jennie! In my experience, electrified bicycles massively reduce the time and effort involved with riding. I’m not sure how steep your hill is but imagine more than doubling your own pedal power output and making it constant. I’m almost positive that if you pedal along with the bike you will have no problem making it up… The biggest challenge for ebikes is when you stop half way up a hill and try to use a throttle only to get it going without helping. The motor does best when you help and when you have some momentum going in. Given your height and weight, I’d say you’re pretty average and most bikes would be able to handle the distance and those hills. Maybe the next question is, do you want a mid-drive, a hub motor, a step-thru style vs. high-step, do you want a suspension fork and more active design that could go on trails or mostly just city… going the other direction, would you like a cruiser that’s really relaxed but also heavy? My first suggestion would be to seek out a local dealer where you can go and take a test ride. Buying local comes in very handy down the road for helping with tuneups and warranty service :)

First of all my husband and I would like to thank you for your really excellent web site! It is incredibly informative and quite extensive. This leads us to some questions and a desire for your recommendations for e-bikes that meet the following criteria;
[*]First the frame geometry. I want an “upright” or “relaxed” riding position as opposed to a “lean forward” position (but not cruiser). I also want a frame with an upper tube. It can be a drop tube (mild step through) but not a full step through frame. These would be deal breakers.
[*]After a full read of your motor position comparison it seems as though a mid motor would be best. I will use the bike to commute to and from work, a bit less than 30 miles round trip, with a long steep hill at the end of the return commute. After a day of work the thought of the motor not pulling the hill with ease, even with me helping, is not pleasant to say the least. It also sounds like having shift sensing is important for less stress on the drive train and a more enjoyable riding experience. I am not clear on wether the throttle feature is important on a mid motor or if having all three sensors (torque, pedal cadence, and rear wheel speed) is a must. The Bosh mid motor sounds good but suggestions would be appreciated. Having a mid motor is not a deal breaker if a rear motor handled the end of commute hill with ease, although the spoke, flat tire, and weight distribution cons you point out also seem to favor the mid motor.
[*]I am hoping to stay in the three thousand dollar range.

Thank you very much for your advice! It would be extremely helpful to narrow down the possibilities.

Hi Jennie! The first bike that came to mind for me was [URL='']the Electra Townie Go![/URL] which now uses the Bosch mid-drive. Trek acquired Electra in recent years and has a great dealer network and support. I like the bike a lot with its fenders and cruiser aesthetic but love that they put a fancier drive system on the bike. This bike fits right in your budget and is available in high-step or low-step so you can decide what looks/feels right. Bulls has a mid-drive powered cruiser that I have not yet reviewed but theirs uses the Brose motor that is also really solid (I Have tested that motor on other bikes). It’s called [URL='']the Sturmvogel[/URL] and I’m not sure exactly how much it costs?

P.S. to last question, any input on Bosch vs Impulse 2.0 motor would be appreciated. Again, thank you so much for being such a valuable resource to those of us looking into purchasing an EBike.

Hi Jennie! I really like the Focus and Kalkhoff ebikes but they use the Impulse motor which in my experience is slightly less powerful than Bosch. It’s quiet, small and relatively light weight… but just not as zippy feeling. I prefer Bosch in general because my ride style is more off-road. I feel like with Impulse I have to work harder even in the higher levels of assist (unless it’s the speed drive from Impulse). Hope this helps, both are very solid!

Hello,I just started attending college and my license is revoked. My commute is 8 miles there and 8 miles back so 16 miles. I am 6’4 roughly 190lbs. I have been looking into American Electrics Superfly 2016 model . I’m going to be spending my financial aid from school on this so I’m trying to be as careful as possible. I just wanted to ask for some advice on this particular one or if you had another one to recommend ,I’m trying to keep the “electric bike” as close to a scooter as possible and am interested in higher speeds even though technically the speed limit is 20 mph for these.

Hi Michael, Interesting situation… I’d like to hear more about your budget, my first thought is that a speed pedelec like [URL='']the IZIP E3 Protour[/URL] would offer the best of all worlds ie. speed, lower cost, great features like a scooter but lighter weight and easier to service. Why don’t you give me a ring to chat sometime and we can discuss more options, my Aunt just took out some student loans and I know it’s a big decision what to do with the money, maybe there’s a good deal we could find 650-930-0342

Hi Court, Your website is wonderful and so extensive. I’m overwhelmed and am hoping you can help me make a decision on which bike(s) to consider. I’m a 67 yr old woman; 5’4″; 135 lbs and thankfully, in better than average physical condition but with a bit of back and knee issues. I’m hoping to find a pedal assist and throttle bike to ride on paved trails and streets in and around the Denver area to visit friends and do shopping and to keep moving and exercising every day, weather permitting. There are lots of hills around which I absolutely could never conquer with my vintage Raleigh bike.
Features I “think” I need/want are: Upright/comfortable seating; must be low step-through frame; features for comfortable riding on uneven pavement; fenders; lights; maximum cargo capability for groceries, etc.; removable battery, mid-mount battery to aid stability, and a bike I could lift into my Honda Fit (with rear magic seats) or onto a bike rack. As I was reading along I started writing a list of bikes you recommended to others in different scenarios and the list is LONG which accounts for my being overwhelmed.
I’m able to spend up to $2k unless you recommend a bike which is more because of the features I’m requesting. Are there features I forgot to request? Thanks for helping me though this cloud of information! I’ll happily test ride as many bikes as you recommend.

Sorry for the late reply Kay, I have been traveling recently and just got back to a space with Internet :p I have a great suggestion for you… Right now the industry is changing from 2016 to 2017 electric bikes and there are sometimes sales. You could probably get a nicer bike from last year if you visit the local shops. One such shop that has a storefront in Denver and Longmont (meaning they have more bikes and might even transfer the perfect model between stores) is called [URL='']Small Planet E-Vehicles[/URL]. Rather than give you a general advice about the entire world of ebikes I’d say go there and see/test what they actually have. Buying locally from a shop ensures you have a place to return to with questions, maintenance or even warranty support :D the owner is a wonderful man named Tom Wilson and he’s a little older and might be able to relate to your needs.

Thank you for all of this great information! My family and I love riding bikes together but this past year I have been battling Rheumatoid Arthritis and it has been impossible for me to go with them. I am looking into getting an eclectric bike so that I can keep up with our 11 year old son and not miss out on the family fun. The things I am looking for are: a bike that is easy to get on and off, a bike that gives me enough power to get up the huge hills around our neighborhood (all paved roads) and also is comfortable enough to sit on for someone with joint pain. I’d love to not have to spend a ton of money, but I also don’t want something that will break down on me. Any suggesstions? (and in case you need more info, I’m 5’9″, 145 pounds) Thanks so much!

Hi Lynn! One bike that I’ve tried which has a very easy frame to mount and still offers good power is [URL='']the Pedego Boomerang[/URL]. Unfortunately it’s not super affordable or light weight but there are other step-thru models listed on the site which might suite your ride style and budget. Try using the advanced search options at the top right section of the page to narrow down based on step-thru frames and your budget :)

Court, Thank you for all the work you do to review e-bikes. I want your thoughts about the Prodecotech fat tire bikes. (Rebel x9) I am six feet tall, weigh 160, and am very fit. I live in Minnesota and would like to ride year round. Security, weight, and price are not issues. Any reviews? Thank you.

Hi Jay! I’m hoping to visit ProdecoTech again sometime to review their latest ebikes, I feel that they’ve gotten a lot better over the years and while I haven’t tried the Rebel x9 I believe Pete Prebus has, he runs Electric Bike Report and you can [URL='']check it out here[/URL]. I like the battery setup and am guessing that the front mount motor works well given the larger heavier wheel with the fat tire. Sometimes front wheel drive ebikes spin out. The cranks and chainring are also nice! Reminds me of BMX hardware I used as a kid :)

HI Court. Multiple “dittos” and “kuddos” on all the comments thanking you for this wonderful site. Me? Single, 5 feet tall, healthy, fit, female, age 68, weight 120. I recently bought a used 22′ van /RV and want to be able to travel around campgrounds (sometimes gravel / dirt roads) and into local towns with a bike rather than breaking camp. Thought about motor scooters (which I can’t lift) and tried out some bikes at our 2 local shops (loved the 14 ” Trek) and have ultimately decided that an electric bike will fit my dual needs (RV campgrounds / surrounding areas as well as local paved road travel). I have also upped my budget (gulp) appropriately :) I really liked your review of the 2016 IZIP E3 Vibe Plus Low Step which comes in a XS frame. I’m now getting down to the nitty gritty and would like your thoughts on other bikes that work for petite ladies. If needed, can go above the list $1,600 – 1,800 for IZIP E3 Vibe Plus but would like your honest recommendations for other ebikes in this lower price range that would work for smaller women. I do have a garage for local storage and am currently studying bike hitch mounts that I can lift into the RV tow receiver ;-) Totally LOVE your reviews, Court!!! Thanks so much, Connie

Hey Connie! Glad the site has helped and I’m happy to share a couple thoughts here… First off, there are lots of great bike racks out there and the hitch style works very well (don’t have to lift the bike very high, can support heavier bikes). I got [URL='']the Küat NV2[/URL] but there are cheaper ones from Thule, Yakima and others. Make sure you get the correct size for your receiver, I’m guessing it’s a 2″ hitch which is the larger stronger size.
As for bikes… you could sort the City Style category by price ascending [URL='']like this[/URL] and the [URL='']EG Copenhagen[/URL] came up as a possibility because it’s small and affordable. The challenge is that smaller wheels aren’t as comfortable to ride or as grippy for loose terrain like the gravel and dirt mentioned. Thankfully, the tires on that ebike aren’t super narrow… but still. I hope this helps and welcome you to text or call me using the contact form later if you narrow it down further. I might even be able to recommend some shops that are selling last-year inventory cheaper now since it’s getting to be winter time :)

These are good things and great guides to choose electric bike. I have found some great E-bikes [URL='']here[/URL] and confused which one to buy lol. anyway, great post here!

Hey Lindsay, thanks for sharing the link! I have not heard of those bikes before as I do not think they are sold in the USA but I do like how they look. I hope you find a good bike for your lifestyle and budget, thanks for posting your comment and good luck! Perhaps you can ask around for tips and feedback in the EBR Forums for [URL='']help with choosing an ebike here[/URL]?

Hi Court, so I’m swimming in all these options and a little lost lol. I am looking into purchasing my first ebike and could use a little guidance I think. I’m 6ft tall about 180 lbs. I am looking for something to go back and forth to work with every day and out on the weekends riding. I live in S Florida so it’s very flat and I will be on the street almost exclusively. My daily commute is about 14 miles round trip and I am looking for a bike that I don’t have to pedal if I don’t want to at all. I believe I need a throttle bike instead of just assist. I am looking to spend less than 2,000 all in. Do you have any suggestions as far as a good reliable solid bike like that? Thank you for the amazing site, just a lot of info to sort through.

Hi Travis! Great description… I think the only other consideration would be style of bike. If you’re alright with a cruiser (which tends to be relaxed and comfortable) then the [URL='']Electric Bike Company Model S[/URL] could be a fit. They just dropped the price and offer some great accessories, a powerful battery pack, and high capacity battery. Try using the search filters at the top right side of the page so you can narrow down more by price and type of bike. I hope this helps! I definitely recommend visiting a shop and taking a test ride or two. I almost always buy from shops because of the setup, warranty support, and cheap accessories and tuneups for customers. I realize it may be slightly higher up front but with ebikes being more complex and being uses a lot (for commuting in you case) it can pay off long term for sure.

Thanks Court! I was actually looking at a cruiser, I’m really liking the OceanCurrent, I read your review and it sounds like it checks all my boxes and it’s not too hard on the wallet. Have you had any other experience with that bike? Have you heard any horror stories lol?

Hello! I’m looking at commuting year round in Chicago. Figure a belt drive bike with extra wide or fat tires would be ideal given the conditions. Did some poking around, but couldn’t seem to easily find any insight on belt driven bikes on the site. Scrolled through all of the fat bike reviews and looks like they all have chain drives. I did find a company named Tout Terrain that sells a bike named the Chiyoda eXpress and it looks like it’d do a decent job for what I need. Only real hesitation is regarding the rear hub motor (as opposed to mid drive). Wasn’t sure if you had any experience with this company or bike model. Thanks!

Hi Brad! I think you’re correct that there are not any belt drive fat bikes yet… that’s kind of two niches combined, and in order to have a belt drive you really need a special (more expensive) frame to be built with a cutaway or lowered dropout so the belt can run below the right chainstay. Hub motors can work really well and tend to be easier on the drivetrain… but mostly they are just less expensive. I don’t have any information on a bike that has not been reviewed but is not here and I haven’t seen or tested the Chiyoda that you mention but I’ll keep an eye out and try to review it in the future. Thanks for sharing your question and feel free to repost or poke around in the [URL='']electric bike forums here[/URL] for more opinions or input.

Court – Thanks for the follow up. After some research I’m thinking I can get away without a fat bike, but would still like the lower maintenance of a belt drive. Is there a way to easily filter or search for belt driven bikes on EBR? Thanks again!

I am looking to gain my adult son with some intellectual disabilities some independence. He can ride a typical bike, but we live outside of town about 8 miles with hills. I am looking for something simple to use, something that can be used on packed and paved roads. Something that would help him get to a job when I am not around to drive him. He is 5′ 6″ about 130lbs.

Hi Donna, I really like the fat bikes for how stable they are (and fun looking) they can handle paved and packed roads and Rad Power Bikes makes a decent quality but still affordable one that ships nation wide called [URL='']the RadRover[/URL], check it out here. You can also explore the site by using the different categories or the Top Rated Ebikes page [URL='']here[/URL].

Hi Court, I am looking to buy an electric mountain bike. I have had my eye on the [URL='']Bulls E-Stream evo 45 fs[/URL] because of the 28mph speed and the overall look of the bike. However it is a bit out of my price range. Are there ways that i could get it at a discount? Maybe at a certain time of year it will go on sale? Or are there any other (cheaper) 28mph mountain bikes? Thanks.

Hi Zach! This is a unique one, there aren’t many speed pedelecs that are setup for trail or mountain riding. Getting a deal seems to depend on time of year and availability. Towards the end of summer and early Fall (like around September/October) things may lower in price and then around Black Friday before the winter holidays they also can go on sale. Another option is to purchase a less expensive full suspension Bosch powered ebike and then use a speed dongle to get the higher speeds… but it will void the warranty and changes the speed readout on your display. Once you pay for a bike, pay for a dongle and possible get help installing it, you still end up spending a lot. I’m not sure if there are ways to change the speed on Brose powered bikes so you wouldn’t have the same integrated battery look as you have here. Maybe call a dealer that sells online and ask them about a discount. Sometimes if you just express that you’re willing to wait a bit, flexible on size, or ready to pay cash if they can work with you on a deal they will have some flexibility.

Greetings Court – here’s a new scenario for you…I’m looking for an e-bike to use as my bug-out vehicle in a SHTF (*sh*t hit the fan) event. In the mean time, it needs to also serve as a means of exercise, more than anything else. My trip would be approx. 100 miles from home to my retreat, pulling a trailer (i.e. Burley Flatbed or Nomad), starting at the coast (flat) and ending in gently rolling hills. I’ve watched and read a LOT of your reviews, and you’ve only made it more confusing. Every time I think I’ve made up my mind, I see another option.
My first thought was the Catrike / Greenspeed style trikes, but they’re pretty pricey new with the power option. I haven’t seen any on Craigslist with motors… plenty without, though. Then I started looking at diamond framed bikes, and found some possibilities, but I’m just afraid sitting upright for extended periods would give me the shoulder and neck aches. Next on the radar was the true recumbent bike, but few (none?) have motors that I’ve seen. But I really like the laid-back riding position. (Saw your suggestion for the RideKick above).
Tonight was spent reviewing delta style recumbent trikes. I didn’t find a lot to offer there, either. Oh, how my head is spinning now. Here’s my wish list… what do you suggest for someone who’s 5’8″ and 240 lbs?
[*]Preferably a recumbent, bike or trike
[*]Folding would be nice
[*]$1500 – 2200 if possible
[*]48v/750 watt motor preferred, 30v/500 watt minimum

This is what I’ve been pondering for the last 3 weeks…

[*]Electric Trike Company Eco-Delta SX (new for $2300 with the 30v/20ah battery upgrade)
[*]AdventureCycle Model T (1.5 years old for $1700 – has a lot of options AND folds – could add the motor later)
[*]Bacchetta Corse recumbent bike – (2 years old for $1400 – could add the motor later)
[*]Prodeco Phantom X2 (4 years old for $1500 – has a lot of options AND folds)
[*]RadRover (530 miles on it for $1000 – with a few accessories)
[*]And finally…a brand spankin’ new Rad Power Bike Rad City, Rover or Mini. I like them all. (the ONLY thing stopping me from buying any one of these now is the upright position).

Am I missing something… is there another option? Thanks for you advice in advance… and keep making those reviews. I’m going to keep reviewing them, and will find the right bike soon (hopefully before the Zombies hit the streets!!)

Hi Biff! You’ve listed some great options there and clearly defined your needs. I think the Electric Trike Company makes comfortable ebikes but I don’t think the range would be what you’re asking, you might need a second battery pack. The RadRover is nice because it’s affordable, but again, the battery isn’t going to get you as far with those big inefficient tires… but they will be slightly more comfortable :)
The RadCity would be a good fit, probably the clostest here in terms of efficiency and the suspension fork offers comfort. The alternative idea I have for you is a Day 6 electric bike. They are built to work well for heavier, taller riders, and they situate your body partially like recumbent but still upright. The seat is big and soft and there’s a back rest. The handlebar is adjustable, and the mid-drive motor offers throttle or pedal assist and you can get a bunch of different battery size options. How about this. I will try to review the Day 6 Samson for you tomorrow, I filmed it on a trip recently but have yet to write it up. Stay tuned, I hope this brief feedback helps and that you find this extra option worth considering even though it’s not folding and might be above your price range.

Thanks for the quick response. To clarify a little, I’m not looking for something that could make the entire trip on battery. I figure I can peddle most of the way, and use the battery for peddle assist from time to time. But a second battery would certainly be an option. Right now, I’m really leaning toward a RadCity bike, but I’m looking forward to your review of the Day 6 Samson. Thanks again!!!

Hey Court – just wanted to give you an update. I ended up buying TWO bikes!! The first is an older Cycle Genius LWB recumbent that has less than 300 miles on it. I got it pretty cheap, so I’ll be looking for an e-kit to add to it…maybe a kit from [URL='']BionX[/URL] or [URL='']EBO[/URL]? The BEST news is… I’m going to be the proud owner of a BRAND NEW [URL='']RadCity Mini[/URL]. I ordered it today, so I can’t wait for it to show up. Thank YOU for all the videos you’ve done. I may have seen them all… several times. This decision took about 3 weeks, and I’m thrilled with the outcome. Safe travels… Biff

That’s fantastic BIFF! I like your logic on the kits and think that Electric Bike Outfitters might be a win in terms of price and DIY. My understanding is that BionX requires you to get help from a certified dealer? I’d love to hear what you find, EBR does have some new and improved kits as I understand it. As for the RadMini, that’s great! I hope it arrives in great shape and performs well for you. I like that bike, it’s fun but also kind of practical with the folding and lower frame design. Stable but still easy enough to mount :D

Hey Court, thanks for your awesome website (best e-bike website online HANDS DOWN). I’m looking to buy an e-bike which is:
[*]a good quality and reliable brand
[*]not TOO heavy
[*]is comfortable to ride
[*]has super long range
[*]has shocks or something that I don’t feel every bump
[*]built-in light system, battery level indication, need password to drive, (a security alarm or gps would be nice too)
[*]awesome motor and awesome battery
[*]goes super quick
[*]the appearance looks more like a reg bycicle than an e-bike
[*]if I get stuck in the rain it won’t damage the bike
[*]the bike can handle driving while it’ raining or snowing.

I want a company that’s reliable and uses top quality parts, and that they’re easy to deal with if a problem arises. There are thousands of options and I don’t even know where to start. What e-bikes to you suggest I look at? Thank you

Hi Abe, thanks for the compliment! I work hard to make this a nice place with good information and support. Your list is quite extensive, but it’s good to know what you’d like in an ideal world. Very few electric bikes have built in alarm or GPS systems but you can now get the COBI smart display system that will work with Bosch and use your cell phone as the display (which could work as a GPS), the COBI system does offer lights and I think it might even have an alarm feature. Most electric bikes will be fine in the rain and even riding through shallow puddles so don’t worry about that (just don’t spray your bike with hard pressure or submerge it).
So, with these things in mind. I’d recommend one of the Bulls, Haibike, Giant or Trek Class 3 speed pedelec models. You can use the search engine to filter through the site and enter the brand keyword and Class 3 to see what comes up. I’m constantly reviewing new bikes and each of these companies has a new lineup for 2018 but you could go the other way and try to get a deal on a 2017 model now. Bulls has some great options that get very close to what you want including the [URL='']E-Stream EVO 45 FS[/URL] and the [URL='']DAIL-E Grinder[/URL] which come in multiple sizes. I hope this helps! You can also ask around in the EBR forums [URL='']help choosing section here[/URL].

Hi Court, I’ve watched so many of your reviews it feels like I know you now! You are awesome with giving information and detailed answers and I want to thank you for that and being the way you are with it.
I am helping a friend purchase his first ebike. I do a lot of cycling and enjoying putting together the research for him. He is sixty-five and not new to cycling but it has been a few years since he’s ridden much. He recently rented a Sondors at the beach on vacation and loved the experience. He did really well too but doesn’t want to get a Sondors. He feels the stability of a fat tire bike and upright position is best for him though, so a Fat Tire was decided as the type to get. That decision has been made. His price range $1,600 to $2,500.
He likes the [URL='']Rad Rover[/URL] and it’s at the very top of the list. It allows him to purchase the bike and with getting all the gear that goes along.
A car trailer rack is in his future too.
He is really liking the Rad Rover and will most likely get that because of your reviews, and how great a company they seem to be with support and information. They seem to be a positive company with a large following and gaining momentum. However before making the purchase we’ve identified a couple others that could knock the Rad off the top spot. The other two are very interesting but neither doesn’t seem to have that ease of contact and support that Rad Power does.
I know how you feel about the Rad but what are your thoughts on the other two below? You haven’t reviewed the M2S bike that I can find. They have a couple models that seem solid and one has a Mid Drive motor priced at $1,950. What do think about the Mid-Drive versus a Hub drive motor given the choice? The Teo is a feature rich bike too. I know there are other factors you would need and hard to put it all here, but do the best you can with your thoughts. He does want to do on-road rides and some off-road but nothing technical. More like rail trails. He envisions even pulling a small light trailer with it once he gets settled with it. So, fairly easy rides but can still handle some bumps, fields etc.
Help us make this decision. Thank you Court!!
[*]Rad Power’s – Rad Rover
[*]M2S – All Terrain MD with (Mid Drive) or possibly their All Terrain R750 (Hub)
[*]Teo S Limited

Thank you!
Louisville, KY

Hi Scott! It sounds like you’ve done some excellent research, I do my best to help narrow it down with you. Yes, Rad Power Bikes offers a good price point and friendly customer service… and their products tend to be in stock. This is a question mark with some of the Teo bikes and maybe even a bit for M2S (though I believe that they post what they have online, or you can contact them to check). Rad definitely has a more recognized brand, so reselling it could be easier and getting parts in a year or three could also be easier. M2S and Teo are newer, but they do seem to be using mostly standard parts. I think the way you ranked the bikes in your little list is how I feel too. The M2S could be fun to explore, but with a more basic Bafang mid-drive, you won’t have shift detection and the drivetrain could take more wear. Rad is simple, feature rich, and lots of fun… I rank it way above Sondors in terms of value, even though it’s more expensive. I hope this helps you out, I do plan on reviewing M2S products later this year at some point and maybe it will be in time for your decision :)

Incredible timing Court! I was just re-watching the Teo review you did and the ride you took through the woods. Then your email pops in. I think you are spot on with your evaluation too. I’m glad that you pointed that out about the reselling and accessible parts. I agree with you about the M2S and I didn’t think about it being more of a basic motor. Something to consider. I know my friend Mike will appreciate this and I’m going to share with him what you have said. I will keep you posted on how this journey turns out too. I hope this helps others. Thank you again for what you do. Love the details!!! Scott

Court, Don’t want to wear out my welcome here but you brought up a good point. You helped me go in the right direction with understanding mid drive motors better and how that Bafang entry level is probably not the best at this time for him to go with.
This caused me to investigate the different mid-drives. It helped a lot. I see and know now those motors like the Brose, Yamaha, Bosch and then there is even Shimano Steps that are better and easier on the drivetrain because of the shift sensing and overall smoothness and quality of their build. Having a quality mid drive motor is what to look for and would be the way to go for mid drive systems.
The Rad Rover is going to have a lot of the boxes checked for him though and a hub drive will still be adequate and best choice to get him started on an eBike.
I’ve watched a lot of reviews and I had no idea that the eBike wave was this strong. It’s really advanced over the last several years but I’m not seeing many here in Kentucky, although I’m sure they are out there. Something tells me in 2018 I will probably be seeing more of them. It’s coming for sure!
I personally am interested in an eBike now. It’s hard not to be. I’ll take my time as there are so many to choose from but when I do I think I want a mid-drive. Something like the Haibike that you sold your Uncle Greg but not as high end as that model. The Haibike brand and style bike is what catches my eye and their lower-end model may suit my budget more but satisfy my taste for a quality bike with the SDURO HardNine 4.0. EBR reviewed it and it comes with a decent mid drive it looks like. I’ll keep following your reviews as I know I’ll end up with something that is that type of bike.
You’re work ethic is amazing!!

Good choice Scott! I think the SDURO HardNine 4.0 offers great value because the Yamaha motor is nicer and more reliable than some of the others. It’s always nice to hear compliments and I’m glad EBR has helped you and your friend get to know the space. Send an update again if/when you go for a test ride or buy a bike, it’s always fun to hear how things turn out ;)

Hey Court! I’m forwarding this message from the the gentleman I’m helping to get a bike. Name is Mike and he hasn’t purchased yet but very close. Down to two. See below.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thanks Scott & Court! WOW, what a communication string! Court is as personal & diligent with one-on-one as he is on his reviews! I ditto the compliments you gave him and send my thanks and appreciation for all the advice, knowledge and motivation he has provided. Like you Scott, I too feel like I know Court! Since you have an open channel developed, maybe you can forward my thoughts about the Boar to Court?
Thanks in advance Court for your help with evaluating! I can’t thank you enough for your consideration of offering advice! I believe I’ve narrowed my decision down to the Rad Rover or the Surface 604 Boar. I watched your video with Sam from 604 at the outside show; the one where you took it for a ride in some rugged terrain. At the end you seemed exhilarated, more than usual, about the Boar’s performance. Did I read your enthusiasm correctly?
I know it’s tough to give advice and direction to someone you don’t even know. Having said that, your counsel will be invaluable to me and it will mean a lot in helping me decide! I also understand you have an excellent relationship with Rad as well as other manufactures and apologize if I’m putting you in an uncomfortable position.
I’m 65 and have some knee issues and a seasoned back! I intend on riding on some paved paths around the city, some gravel paths as well as some mild mountain trails. In addition, I collect driftwood and intend on using the bike as a hauling vehicle, which means off-road, more rugged terrain. I also like the idea of riding in the snow when we have the opportunity. And finally around my 10 acre, hilly, wooded property. Maybe some hunting trails with hunter friends, although unlike Sam & his Dad, I am not a hunter. At this point i’m not sure how much of each I would do. Maybe 60-70% on road & 30 to 40% off road.
I was all but ready to pull the trigger on the Rad Rover. Which I still feel like cannot be a bad decision. However when comparing and contrasting with the Boar (and the fact 604 is coming out with a 14 amp battery) I am starting to lean that direction. The heavier duty racks, adjustable stem, hydraulic brakes, 10 gear cassette and the torque sensor all seem like they would serve me better than what the Rad offers. The walk beside feature is a must for me & they both have that.
Do you feel like the Boar can be a good road bike as well as an off/road bike for my situation? How much would the Boar not having an adjustable fork be a negative? Is the torque system a big upgrade in your mind for my intended riding? Do you know if the total upright position on the Boar is more or less upright than the fixed Rad position?
Thank you again Court, I look forward to hopefully hearing your seasoned thoughts! If you ever consider attending the Kentucky Derby, first Saturday in May, please make sure you contact Scott and I. We’ll go for a ride! Keep enjoying what you do, continued respect for helping so many people!
Peace, Mike

Good morning, I was wondering if you might be able to give me any advice as I’m a bit lost. First of all, I live in Spain, in case that’s relevant. I live up a large and fairly long hill. I have two young daughters (aged 2 and 4) and I ride with them in a child’s seat on the back of my bike to activities etc. (one at a time, not together.) I can’t make it up to my house anymore! So I need an ebike. The factors I am taking into account so far are:

[*]Easy to mount (bike topples over easily with a child on the back)
[*]Able to install child’s seat (Yepp brand)
[*]Enough power to get us all the way up the hill (current combined weight (me+1 child) is around 175 pounds / 80 kilos)
[*]Able to install front basket
[*]I can store the bike safely in our garage

There is a BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro bike (350W) on sale near me for 950 euros, new it is worth 3000, so I am going to try that. In the meantime, please could you let me know if there is anything vital I am overlooking? I’d be so grateful. Thank you for your time! S.

Hello again, I have watched your excellent review of the BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro and it looks promising. I’m not sure if the one on sale here is from 2015 or 2016 (and I understand there are slight differences.) I don’t think the throttle override issue would be a problem for me as I’ve never experienced that anyway, maybe I’m wrong but I think I’m OK just having the pedal assist mode (any improvement on me pushing the bike up for 10 minutes will be amazing.) Any other thoughts very welcome, Thanks for your amazing website. S.

Hi Susannah, I left a longer reply on your first comment, it sounds like you’re on a great path. I’m not even sure if the throttle is an option in your market, so it’s great that you only need pedal assist. Easy Motion (BH) is a Spanish brand, so hopefully you’ll have great support there. Feel free to share more once you decide on a bike or take some test rides :)

Hi Susannah! It sounds like your on the right track here. Yepp! child seats are great, and I believe that they sell a couple of options that should work with the Easy Motion rack. You may have to upgrade that rack (or buy one if it does not come stock) but with the great price you found, that should be possible. I like the Jet because it has a step-thru frame. You can easily mount and stand over the frame to stabilize yourself and your child. I am not sure about your location, but in the USA this model has pedal assist and a twist throttle. I have done an in-depth review of it [URL='']here[/URL]. There are some sturdier bikes with Yepp! compatible racks that are welded onto the frame, but they usually cost more. One example is the new Tern GSD mini-cargo bike [URL='']here[/URL]. And this is a [URL='']search result[/URL] for all of the bikes where I mention Yepp! child seats, it might help you get some other ideas. I hope this helps… thanks for sharing your comment and feedback, unfortunately my knowledge of the Spain market is limited so it is tricky to provide more insights. I would say that a step-thru or wave frame is good for balance, a sturdy rack for your child, a mid-drive motor would be the most efficient but could cause drivetrain wear when shifting gears, front baskets work with most bikes but some baskets can mount directly to the head tube like the [URL='']RadCity[/URL]. The Tern GSD would store in your garage easily because it can be tipped up, and the battery can be removed easily to charge inside :)

Dear Court,
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it. I tried the BH Easy Emotion Evo Jet Pro this morning at the shop where it’s being sold second-hand. You were right, it doesn’t have the throttle and is worth 2000 euros new (not 3000 as I originally said), on sale for 950. It has one year original warranty left.
I found the handlebar to be too wide and the owner said they can cut it for me, up to 3cm on each side. Would that be a good solution?
I currently ride a Specialized Globe (10 years old) with a 3-speed internal gear hub so on the BH I found all the gears quite tricky and clunky to change. I’m not sure if I would just get used to them (I live in a fairly flat city – Malaga – apart from the hill my house is on) – I hope so as I presume an ebike with internal gears is pretty expensive? (I’m limited to what I can find in my area as well, and I don’t want to spend much over 1000 euros which is why I’m looking at second-hand bikes.)
Anyway, I just wanted to ask your opinion about cutting the handlebar on this model.
All the best from Spain!

Sorry, pointless comment but I had to say I’ve just noticed the brand is Easy Motion NOT Easy Emotion as I’ve been calling it so far in this forum! I can’t stop laughing about that small but vital difference! Maybe once you discover the right ebike your emotions flow more easily?! S.

Hi, and thank you. I am a 5’6 180 lb female willing to pay more if it is worth it since i am buying for the long haul but i want to feel like i got a good value for my money so the better bike should definitely be worth it! I am a little nervous because i would prefer not to have to spend a mint on maintenance. having said that there is a bike coop in town that will teach me. I test road the trek supercommuter and liked the fact that it could be ridden without necessarily turning on the motor thanks to the high quality derailleur system or at least that is what i think it should be attributed to. I also test rode two rad power bikes and felt like they were zippy and like the fact that they had a throttle. I am just concerned that i will regret some of the modest equipment over the long run? I would like to ride a bike that is çomfortable in terms of not too hard of a road feel. I intend to commute 9 miles each way back and forth to work as often as possible and run errands on it so that means panniers filled with groceries once a week or so. There are lots of trails around including a gravel one. If tricking something out with a suspension seat pole or other things like that is something i should consider i am open to that too. Thank you so much again.

Hi Donna, it sounds like you’re on a good track. Rad Power Bikes makes some pretty good products for the money, but Trek has dealers all over the country and uses higher quality components and drive systems in my opinion. I think fit makes a big difference, most models should pedal freely (the Trek might actually have some drag because of the Bosch Performance motor with reduction gearing). You have many models to choose from, so I’d probably look at frame style first, do you want a step-thru? There are many ebikes with racks and lights integrated (like the Super Commuter). I filmed the new Super Commuter+ 7 recently, and it’s more affordable than the 8S. I liked it a lot but would DEFINITELY get a seat post suspension for myself because my back and neck can be sensitive. Feel free to share the specific models you’ve been looking at and I’ll try to help you narrow down, you can see all of the models I’ve reviewed by scrolling through the pages [URL='']here[/URL].

Hello, Court! I’m from Brazil and I’m moving to San Francisco in a couple of months. Since I got to know your website and YouTube channel I’ve decided to get an ebike as my main way of transportation in the city. I love your reviews and the way you make things seem so fun! I’m really excited but since there’s a lot of money involved in choosing an ebike I’ve wanted to ask your opinion on which ebike do you think it’s appropriate to me.
San Francisco has many hills, I’m currently heavy (200 pounds) and since I have a bad knee I’ll probably need a lot of help from the motor to go up those hills. I’ll need the ebike to commute to school (I’m doing a masters) and run errands but I’ll probably explore the city and the surrounding areas with it on the weekends as well. I’d like to be able to put a basket on the ebike (so I can take my dog with me), I prefer the upright or upright relaxed position, like the idea that sometimes I can only use the throttle and don’t have to pedal and I do like speed but it’s not a priority. Thank you so much for your help, Court! Luciana

Wow! That’s so exciting, Luciana. I moved to San Francisco to work after I graduated from CU Boulder (undergrad degree) and had a wonderful time. One powerful cruiser with basket options that comes to mind is the [URL='']RadCity Step-Thru[/URL]. This is a relatively affordable ebike with throttle, pedal assist, and pretty good customer support. They ship direct, so you could order and then have a company like Velofix actually build and deliver it. Another option would be to visit [URL='']the New Wheel[/URL] and look at the [URL='']Gazelle[/URL] and [URL='']Kalkhoff[/URL] models. They are very nice, efficient, and powerful with mid-drive motors but tend to cost more. I hope these ideas help and I’m very excited for you!! You can also ask around in the [URL='']EBR forums[/URL] for advice. Ride safe :)

2 months ago

Following are some of the original comments that were made on that post:

I understand that you’re only showing bikes that you reviewed, but so I would like to add a few suggestions of my own.
The reason is that I have been looking for a e-assist bike for my wife. The options are quite limited for extra short people. My wife is 5′ and her inseam is around 28 inches. She likes to have a bit of clearance when straddling the bike.
A lot of the e-bikes that come in only one size are non starters. In the regular bicycle world, many bikes come in at least 3, often more. That’s why it’s frustrating to shop for e-bikes, they usually start at a men’s medium or large. For my wife, she needs a bike made for petite women, and even then she needs XS or XXS to enable her to comfortably straddle the top bar (top tube). Although the folding models would probably work, we want to go with a full sized wheel for more stability
And it’s not just matter of standover clearance, a low step over frame doesn’t mean a great fit either….for example, we tried out the Easy Motion Evo Easy Street, and she was way stretched out on that frame, even though she can easily straddle the frame. She looked a bit lost sitting on that bike….coming from her 44cm road bike frame, the one size fits all Easy Motion looked like a tank.
The companies that are real bike companies often the best range of sizing. Examples that would probably work for her:
Raleigh Detour iE Step-Through – comes in a small size in a low step frame.
Trek Conduit+ – Small size would fit somebody who’s around 155cm (or just over 5′)
Trek Lift+ – has a men’s and also a low stepover model and comes in small size
Devinci Newton S Bionx – comes in three sizes. The WF is a women’s model and comes in a Small (which is smaller than the men’s Small)
In the end, I’m probably going to build my own bike for my wife around a Bionx kit, we can choose an XS frame and use the rack mount Bionx kit. Ideally we would have liked to buy a complete e-bike, but this way gives us the best option for getting a fit she’s comfortable with.

Hi warp, I can understand your frustration… It’s uplifting to hear how much energy and time you’ve spent trying to find a perfect fit for your wife and I think the BionX option is a good one. Kits definitely have their place but I can understand the desire to have a more turnkey solution as well. The good news is that more and more electric bikes are being produced each year and a wider variety of sizes and shapes have come to market. Companies have started selling more models with 24″ wheels and the step-thru frame. I realize reach may still be an issue but with a bit of effort adjusting the bars (or even a replacement bar) the bikes can become more accessible to petite riders.

Yes, we’re looking for a “regular looking” fitness style hybrid, and even though some of those cruiser designs would fit, we’d prefer a design that is geared toward sporty riding. e.g. she’d riding with me when I’m on my full carbon road bike, for both speed and giving her a boost on the hilly parts.

Warp, I just read this thread. My wife is petite at 5′ just like your wife. We stopped into Small Planet Bikes in Dallas last season, the day after Court was there doing some tests. I was excited that they had the Evo Street as I had heard it was just what a small framed women would like, but my wife hated the bike. It didn’t fit. We tried everything he had and nothing worked. The salesman than suggested the Easy Pedelar T350, and inexpensive bike that is the heart of their rental fleet. My wife rode the bike and loved it. It was under $2,000 and we bought one on the spot to be shipped to us in Florida. I had never heard of the brand, yet I bought it without any research. Turns out just the day before as I came to find out when he posted his review.
This is a small step thru bike. It has lights, a rack, a bell, and it is built like a tank. My wife thinks it is beautiful. Obviously the reason why they have a rental fleet of them at Small Planet, which is a great shop and all electric bikes. They had everything you could imagine on the floor. Fantastic. My wife loves it because it fits her small frame. It’s not as elegant as some of the other big name bikes, but it fits and it works great. I had it shipped to my local LBS who charged me $25 to put the handle bars on it and away we went. Hope this helps.

Awesome advice Ralph, thanks for taking the time to help and share your experience :)

thanks for the comment….the bike you bought seems like a decent value for under $2K. Looks pretty comfy and it seems like a great choice for a small rider with its downsized wheels and low step frame.
I went ahead with my original plan to build my own. So I took a 13″ Trek 7.4 FX Womens, and added a Bionx rear mount kit. This is pretty much the smallest adult bike that Trek makes (and smaller than many other brands offer). I would have much preferred the battery to be on the frame but the bike frame is so small it wouldn’t fit. The rear battery rack makes the bike very rear heavy but that’s the tradeoff to get a bike that fits. here is
It ended up costing about $3K, which is higher than I wanted to spend, but at least we got a bike that fits right with a good e-assist system from a proven manufacturer. Now we’re itching to put some miles on it

Hi – really enjoy your reviews! Wondering if I can ask for your opinion. Are 20″ folding bikes too cramped for the average rider? I saw your E joe video and I think I can probably “fit” but at 5′ 10″ / 220 lbs. I’m not really sure. I’m a recreational user and ride mostly for exercise so pedaling is important. The key issue for me is whether the typical 20″ folding bike be pedaled normally with full leg extention? Thanks.

Great question John, folding bicycles tend to have longer seat posts to reduce that cramped leg feeling… My knees get sore and feel sensitive if they aren’t extending fully so I can relate to your concern (I’m 5’9″ by the way). On of the folding ebikes that felt lager to me was the (notice the first photograph shows the seat fully extended). The downside here is that the Latch is heavier and has a rear-mounted battery, but at least it’s removable for easier transport. The founderf of Pedego are larger guys who weigh a bit more and I feel like the motor power and overall strength of the frame are designed to accommodate them. also felt large and had suspension to soften the bumps and the is also a bit larger with 24″ wheels vs. the standard 20″ that lifts the frame up higher and improves ride quality a bit given the narrower tires. I hope these ideas help you find a good product that will work well for your intended use, folding bikes usually present a compromise but there is a nice variety to choose from these days :)

These are good reviews but none of them focus in on my requirements. Are there any ebikes with the following attributes: Pedal assist only, top speed on hills of 10 kms (6mph), 100 km. range (60 Miles), panier. puncture proof tires, small frame, minimum bike weight up to 45 pounds, can fit on a standard bike rack. This bike will be needed on bike trips with ordinary pedal bikes so no need to go fast up hills. Price up to $3,000 US. Want financial stability of manufacturer and a ‘vast’ dealer network in North America. Reasonable quality of components not made in China.

Hi Alastair! Thanks for sharing your detailed list of “must haves”. No ebikes I know of even come close to what you’re asking here because they are mostly all produced from parts made in China… especially in the sub $5,000 range. Most weigh at least 45 lbs and the vast majority are 50+ lbs and the speed up hills is so dependent on rider weight, cargo and environment (like wind) that I cannot say for sure. My first thought for you was the but it’s heavier than you want. A light weight ebike that isn’t as powerful but fits your other requirements (besides price) is the Hope this helps! You can use the advanced search tool on the right rail of each page here to narrow down by price, weight etc.


Hey mark, glad you enjoyed this article! Thanks for the props :D

Old thread but I thought I’d share. I have the same challenge for my wife. She’s 4’11”. We went with an XS Specialized Vita paired with a Bionx system with the battery mounted on the down tube. They had to drill a hole in the batter bracket mount given the odd position of the bottle cage mounts, but it fits great and balances the weight out nicely. Call the and ask for big Scott. They are a dealer for both specialized and bionx.
If your wife has a 28″ inseam without shoes, she might fit on a Specialized Turbo for women. Standover is about 29″ in the Small. I’m going to beg them to make an XS and also ask if they have plans to motorize the fat boys. The Helga has a 26″ standover height and should be able to fit the bionx as well if the down tube triangle is at least as big as the Vita.

Hey Fred! Sounds like you and your wife got set up at the Hostel Shoppe, thanks for sharing your tips and ESPECIALLY the measurements around the small Turbo for women. I’ve been really impressed with the Specialized lineup of ebikes in different styles and sizes so far… maybe we will see an XS and a motorized fat boy someday :)

That would be sweet! You’re welcome for the info. The guys at the hostel shoppe are top notch. People come from all over the Midwest to go there.

I want my wife to be able to ride with me – at least 20 miles with light hills. She’s 5’2 about 250 lbs and has a bad knee. We’ve been looking at ebikes and understand we’ll probably need a small frame (15 inch?). She wants to look at options and try them out in the Chicago area – or southwest Michigan. Want pedal assist for physical therapy but also full throttle to coast. What models do you recommend we check out? Can you recommend a store(s) to try them out? Also, I want to be able to transport the ebike on my car. I only have a trunk mount bike rack – no hitch. Other option to consider is a folding bike that could fit inside the trunk or back seat. What recommendations do you have for such bike carrying capability?

Hi Gil, thanks for explaining your goals so well… I think I understand and can relate given that my own girlfriend is about 5’2″ and has had some struggles with mid-step models (even women’s frames) that we’ve tried. Since you’re in the Chicago area, one brand that comes to mind is, they’re based there and the founder Joe is really cool. I just reviewed their latest model which is a mid-drive step-thru but they sell a very similar one with a hub motor that’s less expensive and has throttle on demand. I’d recommend going to their website and calling him. To carry this model or many of the step-thru ebikes out there with your trunk mount bike rack you’ll probably need a crossbar adapter and I’d recommend taking the battery off the bike before loading to reduce weight… and always mount it close to the car so it’s not hanging way out since even the frames tend to be heavier than normal bicycles. A couple other low-step models with assist and throttle that might be worth exploring are the [URL='']e-Joe Gadis[/URL], and the [URL='']Easy Motion Evo City Wave[/URL] which looks beautiful but costs a bit more… given that they are a larger company (with a great warranty) and were sold in 2015 and 2016 you might be able to get a deal on “last year” inventory at your local ebike shop :)
As far as folding bikes go, they do tend to be smaller but not always lighter. Here’s [URL='']the full list[/URL] of models I’ve reviewed recently and you can also use the advanced search to look for compact models that don’t fold but are smaller and lighter. One consideration with folding is that they tend to be less comfortable due to the smaller wheels. If you can get a regular bike with 24″ or 26″ with the deep step-thru design that would probably be more enjoyable for your wife. I hope this helps! I realize there are a lot of options out there… Consider asking in the forums, there’s a section called “[URL='']help choosing an electric bike[/URL]” I made for this exact sort of situation :D

Thanks for your thorough reply. Most helpful was the recommendation for a crossbar adapter.
I think I may have the choice down to the final 2: X-treme Malibu Beach Cruiser or Prodecotech Stride 300. The Malibu front wheel can easily be removed so I can put the bike in the back seat. The Stride comes in a fold-able model so I could put it in the trunk. The challenge remains that there’s no place close to home for my wife to try out either one prior to a purchase.
One other thing suggested by the guy at is that I wait til early Spring to make a purchase as riding in Chicago’s winter is unlikely. Purchasing closer to the time of use means a fresher battery.

Hey Gil, glad my tips helped you a bit. The Spring will bring all new models to bear and give you some time to think. In the mean time, feel free to poke around [URL='']the EBR Forums[/URL] and share your experience or ask more questions. I’ve made a few real life friends there and it’s fun to geek out about bikes and consider different options :)

I am 4’9″ and 67 yrs old and trying get out of my house a little more. LOST MY HUSBAND 2 1/2 yrs ago and have suffered from depression and need sunshine. I thought an electric bike would be a good way to do it and guarantee my ability to get home should I go a little too far..I HAVE HAD 11 back surgeries and still have some back pain.
I bought a PRODECO MARINER 500. online and received it the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness my sons were here to help me put it together and watch me ride it. THE SALESMAN ON THE PHONE TOLD ME THAT I should have no problems riding it even hough I TOLD HIM MY HEIGHT AND THE concerns I had being able to lift my leg over the tall center bar. WELL! THERE WAS NO WAY I could lift my leg that high to get onto the bike. MY SONS HELD THE BIKE WHILE I lifted my leg using my hands and rode it down the block. Then to get off of the bike. I stopped, then my sons each grabbed the bike while I used my hands to lift my leg…when I STARTED FALLING BECAUSE I couldn’t get my leg over. One of my sons grabbed me and his fingers broke my ribs. I CONTACTED THE STORE AND THEY RECOMMENDED A STEP TROUGH BIKE? What can you recommend

Hi Annette, sounds like you’ve had a rough experience with electric bikes so far… they do tend to be heavier and many of the cheaper models only come in one frame size and style. ProdecoTech has a range of options but it sounds like you would do better with a true step-thru like the [URL='']Pedego Boomerang[/URL]. This particular brand has a bunch of dealers across the US so you can actually try the bike before deciding to buy. Also, the rest of my tips and suggestions on this page still stand. You can get further suggestions by connecting with others [URL='']in the forums[/URL] or using the advanced search tools here on the site. I Hope this helps!

Hi, I am an older(50+) rider. I don’t feel as comfortable on my 26″ wheel bike anymore as sometimes my sense of balance just feels a bit off. I also have some problems with arthritis etc. But I still want to go on adventures for as long as I can! So I am looking for an ebike that can go on trails, (there are some very cool rail trails here in BC, but sometimes there are portions that are a bit rough.) so probably a fat bike style for comfort. I am thinking a 350W motor should be plenty? I need a rack for my camping gear. My issue is that I am only 5′ and want a bike I can comfortably put my feet down if I feel wobbly. Even the 20″ tire bikes seem to have quite a high seat. I am not rolling in cash LOL, so don’t want to spend more than 1500.00 CAN. I was thinking of cobbling together some bikes we have around and putting a hub motor on it. But it looks like hub kits plus battery is going to cost me over 1000.00 CAN anyways? Seems its the batteries that cost the most by far. Any ideas? Thanks!

Hey Trish! I was thinking the Pedego 20″ Trail Tracker would be a good fit in terms of lower stand-over height and having those fat tires… but it is priced a bit higher. I can’t think of too many kits that work with small fat tires but I’ll keep my mind on it and perhaps you can ask [URL='']in the forums[/URL] to see if anyone else has an idea for you :)

I’m interested in going to an ebike, but I don’t want to jump into a large investment until I know that I like them. So I’m thinking about starting off by purchasing an ebike conversion kit to put on my current bike. I am only interested in pedal assist. Does anyone know of a conversion kit that offers pedal assist? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Mae

Hi Mae! There are many kits out there to choose from but I’ve reviewed a few [URL='']here[/URL]. I realize it can seem like a big investment but purpose built ebikes tend to just work better… I know a few people who tried to get a deal the first time around and had buyer’s remorse pretty quickly then upgraded to a more well-built ebike. This is part of the reason I don’t review kits as much these days. If you have a local ebike shop, I’d highly recommend visiting and doing some test rides before pulling the trigger on anything. In any case, good luck and please share your experiences :D

Hi Court. Thanks for the advice on purpose built ebikes. Wondering if you have ever reviewed the x-treme Sedona step through ebike. It is quite affordable at $1100, but I don’t see where it has been reviewed or has any buyer comments. I’m also considering these ebikes: Izip Vibe plus, Raleigh Sprite iE, Prodecotech stride series, Genze recreational e102, Tidal Wave, and Magnum ui5. Any helpful information you can offer about any of these bikes – good or bad – would be appreciated. I love your reviews and your love of this sport.

Hi Mae! I had a pretty good experience with the GenZe and Magnum products. Raleigh Sprite iE is also a good product from a larger company (with more dealers and a good warranty). I haven’t seen as much ProdecoTech stuff lately and have never seen X-Treme products… They caught my interest of course, people ask occasionally but I just don’t see them in shops and don’t know anyone who has bought one. Here’s [URL='']an interesting video[/URL] interview I did with the President of Raleigh Electric talking about the value of more expensive ebike products as I realize the trade off in cost can raise some questions.

Regarding converting a pedal bicycle, an interesting source of ideas for donor frames for shorter riders is [URL='']this spreadsheet[/URL] on the City Bike subReddit – a list of step through pedal bikes available in North America with links to the manufacturer websites then you can check what frame sizes are available and where your nearest dealer is located.

Cool, thanks for the tip Dewey! Did you create a conversion ebike for yourself or find one that fit straight away that was already electric?

My thinking before converting my pedal bicycle was to make it easier for my local bike shop to help with the conversion and maintenance. I experimented with a [URL='']24V hill topper kit[/URL] but I found it didn’t help me up the hills I climb so I bought a [URL='']36V BBS01 crank motor kit[/URL]. I would like the more torquey [URL='']48V BBS02 kit[/URL] but I need to stay under the [URL='']750W 20mph[/URL] limit for e-bike liability insurance purposes.

I am overweight, tend to feel unstabile on bikes, often am too short for various models (164cm and 100kg). Sometimes, because of the size of my belly, I can’t fully lift my leg. Can you suggest something for me? Regards from Croatia! :)

Hi Andreja, I think the first step would be to search for any electric bike dealers in Croatia. If you aren’t able to find one where you can go in for a test ride then it makes sense to look online. Unfortunately, I don’t think many brands will ship around the world and I’m based in the USA… so? who knows. But! One shop that has told me they will ship internationally is Motostrano in California. [URL='']Here is their website[/URL], they have lots of ebikes and surely sell one that might work for you but they tend to be expensive. Another option is to see if [URL='']Sondors[/URL] will ship to your location, they have a cheaper folding model that might fit you and feel stable because it has fat tires.

Thank you for your promt answer. Let’s say I have an option of buying suitable product whereever, hence I would be very interested in a model you can suggest, regarding the detals I described earlier. My problem is I can’t find right model that is suitable for overweight people. If you can suggest few, I would be grateful. :)

Hmm, I think the [URL='']step-thru Pedego with the smaller 24″ wheels[/URL] is a great option. You can get it with pedal assist and throttle and it will be easier to mount and stronger for added weight. Beyond that, I like the [URL='']eProdigy Banff[/URL] and depending on how tall you are, the [URL='']Corratec Lifebike[/URL].

How are the RadMini and Voltbike Mariner looked upon for rider height suitability? At 5’9″, like you, I figure either would be great for me, however, at 5’3″, I wonder about my wife fitting on one of these bikes. We are very interested in the Mariner. The frame geometry specs I have read don’t seem out of line with her height, what’s your opinion? Thanks for your well written and produced bike reviews!

Yeah, [URL='']the Mariner[/URL] is a pretty good ebike for petite riders, my girlfriend is similar in height to your wife and she had a blast riding it on the beach. She also tried [URL='']the RadMini[/URL] but I think the clamp design bumped her knee and thigh more easily. That one seems to have a higher stand over design as well. The cool thing about both products is that they use fat tires which are very stable and add some comfort when riding over bumps :)

Wow, what a fantastic article, and there’s even more information in the comments. You guys are all incredible!
I recently found [URL='']this article[/URL], but I’m looking for some validity to their claims from people much more experienced than I.
Any info would be incredibly beneficial, so I’d really appreciate it! I’m looking to really change my life around in terms of my fitness. I’m 29, have a bit of expendable cash, live in a very cycle friendly city, so I think this could be a life changing purchase for me :)
Pretty excited, to say the least. Thanks heaps!

Hi Brock, thanks for sharing that article! More and more technology is coming to the ebike space and the models in their “five best smart bikes 2017” leaned more towards road and city. Drop bars are still pretty rare but I’ve seen a few from Bosch in recent years. Try exploring here by using the category drop down up top, it might guide you towards the high tech speed models if that’s what you’re into or you can ask around in the forums. My goal is to keep the space open and honest, people are pretty friendly and it’s exciting to share the latest tech but I have also seen that sometimes it never becomes publicly available… more like concept prototypes. All of the ebikes you see here have videos and are actually for sale (or were for sale at one point). If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.

**I am 5’1″ tall, about 140 pounds, and am in my mid 70’s and in good health. I am looking for a small ebike to ride on city streets and easy trails. I would prefer both throttle and pedal assist with a price of no more than $1,500. I live in a small town where there are no ebike dealers within several hundred miles where I can try out a bike to see if it fits. Anything out there that might meet these requirements?**

Hi Kerin, I speak with a lot of petite riders who choose folding ebikes because they tend to have smaller 20″ wheels that lower the frame and also have step-thru frame designs. I just reviewed [URL='']the VeloMini Plus[/URL] which could work and fits your budget. I like how lightweight it is too.

Thank you. The Velomini Plus sounds good. Will the small wheels work successfully on trails that that have a gravel surface rather than being paved? How much assembly is required?

Hi Kerin! The 1.5″ wide tires aren’t going to be great for gravel, you might want to consider one of the fat folding ebikes for that such as the [URL='']RadMini[/URL] and [URL='']Mariner[/URL]. Most mail-order electric bikes require minimal assembly, the VeloMini Plus is especially easy and straightforward, you basically just unfold it :)

Anyone have thoughts/advice How is the tern vektron for 5′ 2″ person with a short-ish reach? Ride Brompton now with M handlebars and the reach is a teeny tiny bit too far.
Deciding between Vektron and an Ohm 2017. Love folders ’cause I can take it anywhere….and Ohm is just amazing, too.
And now I just rode the trek super commuter. So nice. So many great bikes.

Yeah, Trek is really doing great this year, lots of ebikes to choose from and the Super Commuter is awesome :D

Hi Lucy! The Vektron is a great bike one of the highest quality around right now (in large part because it uses Bosch). I’ll be reviewing some new OHM models soon and will record all of the measurements like reach and stand over height to help you decide. If you want light and compact, I think the [URL='']VeloMini Plus[/URL] is pretty cool.

Looking forward to that review! I did, however, already purchase the Trek Super Commuter. I know! The most money I could spend in one place, like, ever. It was a good fit in the 45cm frame and I have great local bike shop support. I went to the Electric Bike Expo and road a Tern, Ohm didn’t bring their smallest frame, so didn’t get to try that bike. The range on the Trek/Bosch combo (long commute to work) and the excellent local support sold me on Trek. Shout out to Freewheel Bike!

Hi, I’m looking for an e-bike with good e-power assistance as I am getting older and slower at normal biking especially up inclines… I am 170 cm tall and longish legs so am looking for a medium sized frame but still the space for my legs so that I can reach the ground easily when stopping yet have a good leg extension when pedalling and am not all squished up. Any suggestions of models to look for? TIA

Do you think you’d want a medium step-thru [URL='']like this[/URL] for easy mounting or prefer a higher stiffer frame? I just reviewed the [URL='']OHM Urban[/URL] which has a powerful motor and throttle operation (most mid-drive ebikes do not). They sell it in four sizes so you could dial in fit and the stand over height is reasonable because of the top tube design.

I’m afraid it really needs to be a much lower instep. She has such the above items asked for on her current e-bike, however the e part is designed for long country rides and has not so much support/power for the city riding that she wishes to have such as being able to take off at the lights with the rest of the riders and keep up speed around the city on short journeys.

2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on January 23rd 2017:

Bicycles can be a wonderful tool for saving money, staying in shape and connecting with your community but you need one that fits properly to be safe and that can be a challenge for smaller riders. Electric bikes can make pedaling easier which reduces the need for a “perfect” ergonomic fit but they also add weight which makes transporting difficult. I’m an average sized guy but not especially strong or heavy… After testing dozens of ebikes over the years I’ve realized that finding the right bike means more than just frame size, but of course that plays a role too!

Petite cyclists confront a unique set of challenges that not every manufacturer is aware of… I’ve talked with people who want slower, less powerful electric bikes while the mainstream seems fixated on more power and speed. Other individuals simply cannot deal with the added weight of large motors and batteries. My goal with this guide is to point out some of the best products I’ve seen and tested for small people. Whether you’re physically weak or stronger with short legs I hope there’s something here to get you pointed in the right direction.

Good Electric Bikes for Short Riders
These models are specifically designed to work well for short people, the smaller wheel size keeps the center of balance low and the step-thru or mid-step frame makes mounting and standing over much easier.
May 12, 2015

[*]MSRP: $2,999
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


A feature complete city style electric bike that's well balanced, beautifully designed and easy to mount and ride. Comes with dynamo powered lights, fenders, a rear carry rack, suspension fork and tool-free adjustable…...
July 7, 2015

[*]MSRP: $2,995
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


A smaller version of the Interceptor that's easier to mount, it offers great power thanks to its smaller wheels paired with a 500 watt geared hub motor and 48 volt battery. Offers twist throttle and five levels of assist for increased range, throttle override puts you…...
October 19, 2014
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[*]MSRP: $3,250
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


Compact form factor is easy to mount and stand over, extremely light weight frame (carbon fiber and aluminum build). Responsive torque sensing pedal assist offers three levels of smooth power, 250 watt motor is…...

February 10, 2014
[URL='']Kalkhoff Sahel Compact i8 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $3,699
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014


While not officially a folding bike, the stem does pivot and pedals do fold to create a slim profile. Rigid frame paired with oversized Schwalbe Big Ben ballon tires creates a solid but comfortable…...

Smaller Folding Electric Bikes
I hear from many shorter riders that folding electric bikes offer the small form factor and light weight that works well for them, this can be especially true for transporting the bike on busses or trains and each model listed here has a removable to make it even lighter

December 6, 2014
[URL='']2015 e-Joe Epik SE Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,599
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016


Folding electric bike offering a great combination of utility (fenders, rack, lights, suspension fork) at a low price. Relatively powerful geared motor combined with an impressive battery capacity for good climbing and range...

April 27, 2014
[URL='']EG Vienna 250 EX Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,399
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014


Full suspension folding electric bike with four levels of pedal assist and throttle mode. Rear heavy design with geared hub motor and battery pack in the back...

September 29, 2015
[URL='']Gocycle G2 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $4,999
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016


A premium folding electric bike with an internally geared three speed hub in the rear and a 500 watt geared hub motor in the front for "all wheel drive" pedaling + motor support. Extremely light weight at ~36 lbs, unique quick-release wheels, lots of upgrade options for added…...

August 4, 2015
[URL='']Green World Bike E-Trolley Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,299
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


A compact folding electric bike available in two trim styles (Standard and Pro) for increased power and range, and easier folding. Fairly comfortable to ride thanks to 2.125" diameter tires, padded comfort saddle, padded grips and…...


Light Weight Electric Bikes
These models might not come in the smaller sizes or have step-thru frames but they are super light weight making them much easier to handle and lift. This is the type of electric bike I prefer even though my body type is more average in terms of height

January 25, 2016
[URL='']Freway VR-01 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,199
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2016


A light weight, super affordable electric mountain bike launched on Kickstarter in 2015, available on Amazon and Newegg now. Available in two frame sizes, a 19" diamond in black or a 17" mid-step in…...

June 14, 2015
[URL='']Faraday Porteur S Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $2,499
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


A light weight "minimalist" city style ebike with two levels of pedal assist, full length steel fenders and integrated LED lights. Optional front and rear cargo racks add utility, extremely well balanced motor, battery and five…...

April 10, 2015
[URL='']2015 Raleigh Misceo iE Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $3,200
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2015


A light weight, super efficient, city style electric bike with electronic shifting in addition to motorized pedal assist. Available in four frame sizes (small through extra large), fairly comfortable to ride given the…...

November 5, 2014
[URL='']GenZe Recreational e102 Review[/URL]

[*]MSRP: $1,499
[*]MODEL YEAR: 2014, 2015


A good balance of affordable options (weaker motor, entry level parts and one color) with a thoughtful custom design (mid-mounted battery, multiple frame sizes, integrated wires). Large display panel is easy to read but not removable, independent button pad is convenient…...


This guide isn’t comprehensive and new models come out every year but I hope it serves as a starting point and guides you towards brands that make e-bikes that work well for small people. One of the best ways to relax, connect with your community and stay healthy (either by reducing stress or getting a cardiovascular workout) is cycling. You can do it almost anywhere and work it in to a busy schedule by making it part of your transportation routine… even if that’s just running to the local store or riding to a friend’s house. I spoke with my Uncle about his experience riding to work and back every day [URL='']in this video interview[/URL] and it was really inspiring to hear how his health had improved and how he has saved some money since he started (and how much he enjoys it).

2 months ago

Hi guys! I'm moving some content off of the main site and into the most relevant categories of the forum. This post was originally made on November 1st 2012:

This is the third year I’ve been able to attend Interbike in Las Vegas, NV USA and ebikes were more plentiful and sophisticated than ever! There’s more at the show than just new or upgraded electric bikes though, this is a showcase for the latest gadgets and services that cater to the cycling world (electric or otherwise). I saw lots of cool brands, old friends and participated in some interesting events at the show and tried to capture video of stuff I found interesting. Posted below are updates from the show in video and written form with links to the people and products referenced. Feel free to add your own memories or questions and suggestions in the comment section below or the

Video from day 1 :: Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2014

Started out a bit slow after arriving in Vegas late Sunday night, my Sister was married the day before and I caught a red-eye in from St. Paul Minnesota and shared a cab with a girl from who I also chatted with on the flight. Registration at the Luxor hotel was smooth and the line wasn’t too large. While waiting I met a guy from who was coming from the UK and had just attended Eurobike… we were all pretty tired, I finally got to bed around 3am.

The next day I caught a shuttle from the Mandalay Bay to Bootleg City (about a half hour drive) where the Outdoor Demo Day events take place. On this bus ride I met a guy who works with and also has his own startup called We talked about pedals… which was cooler than it sounds.
The first thing I noticed at Outdoor Demo Day 1 was a custom “urban camouflage” painted fat bike from with the Bosch Gen 2 Centerdrive system. There were lots of fat ebikes arriving this year including models from, I’ll be posting reviews soon.

I picked up a then ran into Justin from and got to hear about how his company was started in Boulder Colorado. He also gave me a sample of the newest flavor “Vanilla Almond Butter” which was pretty amazing. Next I ran into [URL='']Wojtek[/URL] who’s a fellow video blogger and we chatted for a bit. Sounds like he’s become a brand ambassador for [URL='']Stromer[/URL] which is neat. A bit later I came across a Sony booth that had [URL='']Action Cameras[/URL] which they were loaning out. I decided to take one and film for a bit to do a comparison of audio and video quality. At this booth I got the chance to meetup with [URL='']Chandlee[/URL] from [URL='']Certified Electric Bike Specialists[/URL] in Chattanooga, TN. He and I chatted a bit and experimented with different camera adapters for helmets and bikes.
Later on, Chandlee and I saw some new paint on a Surly Karate Monkey bike which was semi-clear (called spray tan) and showed off the weld points. Chandlee has been talking about converting his own Karate Monkey to electric and debating between the [URL='']8Fun BBS02[/URL] or the [URL='']BionX D-Series[/URL]. Sounds like you need a special drop out adapter to convert from thru-axle to standard skewer to make it work with the BionX system. Later we ran into a random dude who was demoing the new Nine-E electric bike from Felt and Chandlee geeked out about it for a while.

We then metup with a rep from Rhinomed who were showing off the [URL='']Turbine[/URL] which is a nose expansion plug thing that makes it easier to breathe when doing sports. Chandlee tried one out for the camera and was impressed. Basically, these things have a built in ratchet so you can flare your nostrils more or less depending on your comfort and air intake needs. The package comes with a medium and a large and the guy suggested that you start with the medium, we were also told that Rhinomed is working on a slow-release fragrance that will help clear your sinuses.

A little while later we ran into a rep from [URL='']Xtracycle[/URL] that was showing off the Edgerunner with an [URL='']8Fun mid-drive BBS01[/URL]motor attached as well as a NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission CVT. The motor and CVT are items that you can add yourself to an Xtracycle (and many other ebikes) but there is also a new purpose-built edgerunner with the Bosch system built right in. The nice thing about the Bafang/8Fun motors is that they offer pedal assist and throttle mode vs. Bosch which is only pedal assist.

Later I met some reps from [URL='']Santana[/URL] which is a well established tandem bicycle company. They had a [URL='']BionX electric drive system[/URL] installed on one of their tandems which offers good balance and regeneration models. One of their tandems had some extra large tires and 10 inch (254 mm) disc brakes for off road riding. Looked awesome, we thought about riding it but passed.

I scooted over to the [URL='']Polaris[/URL] tent and asked their lead product manager, Carey, about the new “Shift Speed” technology that listens to which gear you’re in as well as how fast you’re pedaling. It’s a neat setup and I reviewed several of their bikes which will be up on the site [URL='']here[/URL] soon. Just next door was the [URL='']ElliptiGO[/URL] tent and I asked about their updated models. I was told that with one of their bikes you actually get more cardio (33% more cardiovascular workout). It’s a blend of running, cycling and elliptical training. with these you don’t have to sit and you also don’t get the same knee impact as with running. You can get an ElliptiGO with 8 or 11 speed internally geared Shimano hub that can be shifted at standstill.

Next I visited the booth and learned a bit about their name. The 604 stands for the Vancouver phone area code which has beach and snow features that their fat bikes can handle. Places like Tofino for beach riding and Whistler for skiing. Their old bike was called the “Element” and the new model (while similar) comes in several different flavors and motor sizes and is called the Boar.

A bit later I ran into Chris Nolte from [URL='']Long Island Electric Bikes[/URL] and we talked about [URL='']KTM[/URL] (which had some European model ebikes with the 250 watt Bosch centerdrive) as well as his trip to Eurobike where he had already seen a lot of the new stuff… I teased him for this. Chris arrived to Vegas a little early and toured the [URL='']Zappos[/URL] factory for fun. Later Chandlee told us about the [URL='']Beaverdam Blitz[/URL] which is an annual ebike ride for East Coast enthusiasts (it happens in Georgia). Last year was the first ride and I was unable to make it but I’ll be there next time :D last year it happened in August and this year it will probably happen in July and is put on by [URL='']Certified Electric Bike Specialists[/URL].

Next I visited the [URL='']Brompton[/URL] booth and while they didn’t have an electric bike on display they did mention that NYCeWheels offers a [URL='']pretty good conversion[/URL]. Richard and Kathryn mentioned that Brompton may have an ebike in the future but is primarily known for their light weight designs that fold extremely small, have great accessories, a rear bumper suspension element and several handle bar styles. They also showed off the braze work with their “raw lacquer” premium finish that’s a powder coat you can see through. Brompton ebikes are designed, built and assembled – they ship it completely ready to go in a box. Brompton was founded in the late 1970’s.

Towards the end of the day I ran into Pete prebus from [URL=''][/URL] walking back to the busses and we swapped stories about the show. We both got rained on but it felt good because the day was so hot and dry. That was it for day 1!

Video from day 2 :: Outdoor Demo Day, Interbike 2014

Day 2 was much hotter than Day 1 but I got a bunch more electric bike reviews in. I was losing my voice from being up so late both nights and traveling but I soldiered on! Got some cool footage of the bus ride there as well as [URL='']Ride 2 Recovery[/URL]which was on its way to the show.

My first stop was the [URL='']GoPro[/URL] booth where I spoke with a rep about future improvements and how their hardware differs from the Sony Action camera I had tried the previous day. He talked about a new “fetch mount” that Kaya was demoing around the show. They’ve also got some new dive filters and a three way mount (grip, tripod and sportsman). Sounds like they are working on processing power, lens improvement and battery life. He told me that GoPro usually offers higher resolution and frame rate than Sony’s product right now.

Just after I left the GoPro booth I saw a Scratch cooler (which makes a Gatorade style drink mix… but way better). Then I noticed that the GoPro booth was powered on Solar using a [URL='']Goal Zero[/URL] setup. It was impressive to see a TV going as well as multiple GoPro chargers all being powered by the sun and a large battery pack. The setup was using four 30 watt panels (120 watt total). The company does sell smaller setups for $500 with just one 30w panel as well as a backpack designed to charge your accessories.

Next I visited the booth and was told that they’re introducing some new bars. I really love these bars because they are vegan, organic and non-GMO. They taste great and don’t have extra sugar or unhealthy stuff. In fact, I brought some of these with me to the show to carry around.

Later on I ran into Peter from [URL='']NYCeWheels[/URL] and we talked about the [URL='']Tern[/URL] electric bikes that were being showcased at Interbike. This year they have two models that are purpose built and can fold without having to remove the battery. This was Peter’s first show and I saw him several times exploring different models. Their store is in Manhattan NY.

Next I chatted with a Magura representative who explained what their relationship with Bosch as a service partner would mean. They train dealers and help deal with returns etc. at the show they had some training clinics. A bit later I found the GoPro puppy and enjoyed petting her. Then I saw a beautiful LOOK bicycle (non electric) and helped a guy who was stranded on a [URL='']High Roller[/URL] adult-sized big wheel tricycle by pushing him up the rest of a hill.

Just after that I swung by the BionX booth and hung out with Michael DeVisser who founded [URL='']OHM bicycles[/URL]. They primarily build frames and work with drive system manufactures like [URL='']BionX[/URL]. He’s been working in the space since 2005 when he first tried an ebike in Asia. OHM is a Canadian company and there are lots of hills in and around Vancouver where Michael is from.

A bit later I met [URL='']Steve Peace[/URL] who was riding a tricycle style road bike with aero wheels. He had just completed the ride to recovery and was relaxing in the shade. steve started riding trikes around 2009 after he suffered a stroke. He has been working with Dave Levy and [URL='']BMC[/URL] to craft these custom rides and is the owner of two test bikes. It sounds like more trikes are used in England but the US is beginning to see growth in this segment. They are trying to get Dave to build some more :)

Next I visited the FreeCross booth which also makes outdoor elliptical bicyles (similar to Elliptigo but with three wheels instead of two). Their products are very high quality and work with a program in Europe to reduce insurance costs through physical activity. This is where I metup with [URL='']Ravi Kempaiah[/URL] who is a member of the EBR Community forums. He was excited about the new Felt electric bikes as well as those from Haibike and others.

Video from days 3-5 :: Exhibition Hall, Interbike 2014

With so many ebikes to cover this year I decided not to do separate videos for day 1, 2 and 3 of the Exhibition Hall portion of Interbike. Instead, I’ve compiled footage from all three days here with a few references to which day specific footage was captured. It is all shown in order. The footage at the very beginning was actually shot the day I flew in but I forgot to include it there so I stuck it on this video :p

I kept bumping into Joe from [URL='']Ashland Electric Bikes of Oregon[/URL] and he actually helped me shoot some footage which was very nice. We chatted for a bit on our way to the convention center area of Mandalay Bay. Joe was staying in the Motel 6 and loving it! Or… at least saving some cash money by doing so.

To start off I just filmed everything I saw while walking through. I passed the J&B Importers booth then saw an exhibit on the history of fat bikes. Randomly after that I saw Jason Kraft from [URL='']E-BikeKit[/URL] and we spoke a bit. I had tried one of his [URL='']trike kits[/URL] on this fat tire trike called the Atlas from Sun Bicycles the day before at Outdoor Demo Day 2.

Next I visited the [URL='']Topeak[/URL] booth which had a bunch of new fenders with lights and a bottle cage with a built in light that makes the entire bottle glow like a lamp. Later in the show I actually met the founder of Topeak and he showed me some cool bicycle pumps that act as a stand for your bike so it won’t tip as you inflate the tube. Cool stuff all around. As I left the booth I saw a bicycle trainer machine that was designed to provide biometric feedback about riding. I also saw another Skratch drink booth.

A few booths away I saw the entire lineup of [URL='']Hiplok[/URL] bicycle locks designed to be wearable and easier to carry. They have a small u-lock that latches on to backpack straps across your chest as well as a long chain lock that can be worn as a belt. Then I found the [URL='']Virtue Bikes[/URL] booth that had several electric bicycles (a normal bike, a cargo bike and a velomobile). One of the booth attendants explained that Virtue had been around since 2010 and was planning to introduce the velomobile ebike I saw in late 2015, it is called the Pedalist and will retail for $3,500+. It reminded me of the [URL='']Organic Transit ELF[/URL] velomobile ebike.

A bit later I saw some [URL='']Ortlieb[/URL] panniers that looked similar to older models. Just clean, durable and highly reflective waterproof designs. Unfortunately I didn’t get to speak with a rep, just explored them on my own. Then I visited the [URL='']HP Velotechnik[/URL] booth which had a bunch of customizable recumbent trikes that could be electric powered. I like that one had a vertically adjustable seat for comfort or users with mobility challenges. It reminded me of the [URL='']Outrider Horizon[/URL] trike.

Cruising over towards the ebike section of the showfloor I ran into Chris and Kyle from Long Island Electric Bikes again and they let me interview the lady from Yepp, egg and Gazelle! She showed me how you can add a “skin” to change the style of a “naked” helmet to make it more fun for kids. Just after this I cruised past the [URL='']Leisger[/URL] booth (it’s a German ebike company) which had a bunch of new ebikes that I didn’t get to try but looked pretty cool.

Next I saw the [URL='']eMazing Ebikes[/URL] booth and chatted with the staff. I’ve reviewed these bikes before and they are very light, fairly affordable and available in several sizes for a good fit. Not the most powerful systems but not too bad given their mix of cadence sensing and torque sensing. Next door was the EG Bike booth which is also a more affordable ebike manufacturer and one of the only ones I know of with a full suspension folding ebike called the [URL='']Vienna[/URL]. I also visited the [URL='']Juiced Riders[/URL] booth and saw a bunch of new models (a short cargo bike, a mountain bike and an extra large capacity cargo).

Then a gentleman named Bob said hi to me and took me over to see an electric bike wheelchair add-on for people who are handicapped. His son is a quadriplegic and he was excited to show how this thing adapts to a standard wheelchair. The company is called [URL='']Davinci Mobility[/URL] and their systems go from $3 to $5K.

[URL='']A2B[/URL] has several new models for 2015 that are designed to be more affordable while still maintaining the hiqh quality that they have built their reputation on. I tested these out and should have reviews up in the [URL='']A2B section[/URL] of the website soon.

I had some lunch and then visited the Innovation Lab area of Interbike which features products from “up and coming” producers. On my way I saw the [URL='']Revolights[/URL] booth and got some footage of their rim-mounted LED lights that automatically sense forward and backwards (using an accelerometer) and cast a headlight and tail light for visibility and rider safety. They are really cool in their current form but I was told that future versions will have stronger mounting points and better batteries with a mobile app as well. This company began on Kickstarter.

I slowly passed the [URL='']BESV[/URL] booth (later got to try their ebikes out, fancy designs but very expensive). Then I saw some [URL='']Kayman[/URL] electric bikes which resembled the new ebike from [URL='']Jetson[/URL] that I tested out later in the show (review coming soon). I saw some kids helmets and then visited the [URL='']ProdecoTech[/URL] booth where they were displaying a bunch of new, more powerful ebikes. The Outlaw 1200 has a 1,200 watt motor that is for off-road use only. Aside from the motor size, it closely resembled the Outlaw SS that I’ve [URL='']reviewed here[/URL]. THey also have a new Mariner folding ebike with a rear hub motor vs. front that I really enjoyed.

A bit later I saw the new smaller Sony Action camera and got to say hi to their reps. This was the last thing I saw for day 1. The next day I shot some footage of the Mandalay Bay halls and crowds pouring into the exhibit hall. One of the first things I saw was the [URL='']GenZe[/URL] ebike which is a new affordable bike being built by the Mahindra group (an Indian company) debuting in Northern California. Their bikes cost ~$1,500 and are very basic, reviews coming soon. I had actually wanted to say hi to [URL='']Chip Foose[/URL] but he left just as I was engaging with GenZe, bummer!

Right across the hall I saw [URL='']Motiv[/URL] and was able to speak with Cameron about the “Stout” fat bike. After finishing with Cam I walked back to the Innovation Lab area and toured some startups. One was called [URL='']FULGAZ[/URL] and they’ve got an app that lets you use a bicycle trainer in tandem with video footage to practice routes or just make training more fun. They showed me some awesome footage from a Bay Area Marin Headlands ride in Northern California and we had fun chatting. For the demo I saw they were using a standard road bike in combination with a [URL='']Wahoo KICKR[/URL] which costs ~$1,200 and the app uses a monthly subscription rate that gets as low as ~$13/mo if you subscribe for a year.

Some of the other booths I visited in this area include [URL='']MYBELL[/URL] which offers two recorded audio messages (digital horn) as well as LED lights (up to 110 lumens) and it mounts to most bike handle bars. Next I saw [URL='']Velo Sock[/URL] which has a cool “sock” for your bicycle to keep your carpet clean from dust and dirt and also make the profile of your bike more aesthetically pleasing (you can print anything you want on these so you an match your wallpaper if you want). A bit later I found ZEW and met the founder, Corbin from [URL='']Corbin Fiber Electric Cycles[/URL]. Next I visited the [URL='']Spinlister[/URL] booth and they showed me their bicycle borrowing service… it’s basically Air B&B for bicycles so you can rent your bike or find one in the community to use vs. having to buy. In addition to bikes they also do surf and snowboard stuff :)

I kept moving through the Innovation Zone and found some adult sized training wheels from a company called [URL='']EZ Trainer[/URL]. They looked pretty solid but I didn’t get a chance to go for a test ride. For people who might be struggling with mounting their bicycle or balancing this could be a useful product. Next I saw the [URL='']Flybar[/URL] which is like a giant pogo stick that you can actually do flips on! Pretty amazing product that goes form $150 to $300 depending on the size. You can also adjust the spring for your weight. Just down the aisle was [URL='']Bouclier[/URL], a company that makes visors that can be attached to most helmets (using a sticker that has a magnet inside). These are designed to be easily removable but when left on, provide excellent protection from harmful sun rays that can lead to skin cancer. The Bouclier visor costs ~$45. Just next door to them was another face protection company that had a product more like giant sunglasses than a visor. This company was called [URL='']Raygear[/URL] and the product is Xshield which comes in full size, helmet size (it cuts off so you don’t bump your hat or helmet) and glasses size that’s just a bit larger than traditional sunglasses.

On the other side of the row I spotted the [URL='']Lock8[/URL] which is a fancy bicycle lock designed to mount directly (and semi-permanently) to the frame and then work with a cable. If the cable is tampered with, an alarm goes off and if the bike is completely stolen you can recover it through the use of integrated GPS tracking. This is another company that started on Kickstarter, future models may actually have cables that retract into the bike frame but the one I saw had a removable cable and retails for ~$250.

Back at the main showfloor I stumbled across the [URL='']Daymak[/URL] booth (a more traditional company that has been using Kickstarter in recent years to explore solar powered ebikes). These guys have a large scooter called the Beast and an all in one wheel which both use solar energy for charging. The all in one wheel actually uses solar panels on the controller and and uses a wireless communicator so it’s very easy to install. I was told this will launch on Kickstarter for ~$699.
Towards the end of the day I met with Don DiCostanzo from [URL='']Pedego[/URL] and was allowed to go up onto their booth to shoot the entire showfloor. Interbike 2014 had more electric bikes that I have seen at the two prior shows I attended. Aside from the lack of sleep and last minute travel from my Sister’s wedding it was a lot of fun and I’ll be posting bike reviews here in the following weeks and months.

Award Ceremony Video :: 2014 Interbike E-Bike of the Year Award

On Thursday Interbike held an award ceremony banquet where Gary Fisher announced the Electric Bike of the Year. Above is a short video I shot with the award winner coming up on stage and then a few clips of the winning model. This was the first annual E-Bike of the Year Award to be given out at Interbike in the USA and it was exciting to see a recognized figure such as Gary Fisher voicing support for the industry.

2 months ago

Yeah, you have to be careful buying these "bargain bikes". You can find a bunch of the Ancheer bikes from various discounters. "Free shipping" or not, all in they are 5 to 6 hundred. The Genze bikes are probably better bikes. Inexpensive is good, cheap is something else.

2 months ago

Costco has via internet order Genze bikes for $1,299 . Ends 4/22/18. These look like the e100 series ($1499 list), however specs say 350 hub motor like the 200 series ($1,899 list). If this checks out, Costco is a great place to buy because of its strong return/warranty program.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Wow, you picked some real interesting choices! Are you even aware that GenZ is Manhindra (sp) one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment and automobiles in the world. Don't think they are going anywhere.
Bulls is one of the real success stories of Ebikes, Specialized(!), Scott (HUGE in Europe), Stromer!!, Haibike!!!!!!!!!!! LOL, you're killing me here. You do realize you've listed all of the biggest, most successful Ebike companies out there as going to be gone............... Trek?? If it doens't go well? ALL the "New" big boys have been selling Ebikes in other countries for YEARS, including Trek. Scott and others have said they may be Ebike ONLY in the future. Sales are PROPPING UP REGULAR BIKE COMPANIES....
Flip your idea 180 degrees and You've made a pretty good list of the companies that will be kicking ass with Ebikes in the next 10 years.

Drones On Water
3 months ago

Would you consider this vs the new Yamaha

roko 2147
6 months ago

Do a review on the folding Rainbow Rusty electric bike please.

Gary Bryan
6 months ago

Nice review, thank you.
6 months ago

Thanks Gary! Glad you enjoyed it :)

roko 2147
6 months ago

This guy's awesome!
6 months ago

Thanks for the positive feedback Roko, I'm working with Brent so we can cover more bikes and provide the best resource possible with EBR, I'm sure he appreciates your encouragement :)

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

Why exactly? Because He is on amphetamines? Please speak faster. Its Not annoying. :D

marcel trovarello
6 months ago

I would rather have Court doing these reviews. He’s more specific and doesn’t repeat the same things over and over. Court has a neutral look at bikes also. Court keep your channel for yourself. 😜

marcel trovarello
6 months ago great to hear Court. Keep up the fantastic work.
6 months ago

Thanks for the feedback Marcel, it has been challenging to let go and get Brent's help, I tried to weigh the option of missing some reviews vs. having Brent help but maybe present differently or have some misses in the process... he's growing and I will still be doing the vast majority of reviews here ;)

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago

marcel trovarello Yeah. Court is better. This Dude is like on speed . Super annoying.

Steve Petttyjohn
6 months ago

Compared to the lower priced Rad Power RadCity, this bike is not a very good value at all.
I've noticed that the somewhat lower spec GenZe 100 series are a "road show" item at Costco for $1299
6 months ago

Interesting... Thanks for sharing this Steve! I have seen ebikes and other random electric mobility things at Best Buy in the past, cool that Costco is getting in on it too

Ian Mangham
6 months ago

Another fugly bike,great review

Steve Donovan
6 months ago

It's foolish to expect you would have done it like Court. I enjoyed your review, hope to see you again.
6 months ago

Thanks for your positive support Steve! Brent is working hard and getting better all the time. I'll still be posting the majority of reviews but together we can explore more products and I think he brings a unique perspective and feel thankful to have his help here :D

Honky Tonk
6 months ago

I don't want Court's channel to turn into a corporate channel.
6 months ago

Thanks Honky! I am committed to not selling out the channel... I actually removed all brand ads from recently to be even more neutral. Brent is learning, there's room for improvement, but by having him help out from time to time we are able to cover ebikes that I would otherwise miss and I feel like it's a way to serve the community, even if he still has room for improvement :)

Ian Mangham
6 months ago

Honky Tonk Well if you say so then that's it 😄

D Danilo
6 months ago

The bottle-cage bosses went unnoticed by BOTH of our beloved reviewers! (I just saw an opportunity and jumped on it!)
6 months ago

You win!!! Thanks for sharing :D

james eagle
6 months ago

Weird frame like the flash.
6 months ago

Kind of funky yeah?!

6 months ago

this bike is underwhelming for the price considering the competition.
6 months ago

It's great to have competition to keep these prices low and offer some choice... I like that GenZe has a couple of sizes in addition to the step-thru

Ian Mangham
6 months ago

willjammski It sure is fugly

6 months ago

this guy is a good reviewer.

Seb K
6 months ago - Oh of course I don't want to put Brent down or anything . I just prefer the way you do it .
6 months ago

Thanks for your positive encouragement! I think Brent does a good job too and am happy to have him working to cover more ebikes here with me :)

Seb K
6 months ago

Not as good as Court though .

Mark Elford
6 months ago

Liking the frame, looks to have a bit longer wheelbase.
6 months ago

Right! I wasn't sure why they made the frame as they did, like... it looks different, but does it perform better or offer something unique or was it just a style choice?

6 months ago

Great review but court does it better though
6 months ago

Thanks for the support! I feel very fortunate to have Brent's help with reviews from time to time, I think he's doing a good job (especially since this is new to him and I have been doing it for five years) but we are always working to get better ;)

Ddr Hazy
6 months ago

$1.9k for this bike is too much. Battery and motor are underpowered for that price. Perhaps this company is manufacturing that frame themselves but upon looking at their website it just says that it's assembled in Michigan.
6 months ago

I'm with you... the big stand-out for me is their app and unique frame design which could be a plus or minus depending on your tastes

Martin Schmidt
6 months ago


6 months ago

I agree the battery needs to be 400W @ least

Isaiah Yhomas
6 months ago

Do they have a 48v 500w hydraulic breaks genZe?
6 months ago

Hi Phil! As you make a stop, body weight and frame weight sort of shifts forward because of momentum and the front brake ends up doing more work. This is why many electric mountain bikes use larger 180 mm or even 203 mm front rotors. You don't want to overdo it and flip the bike by jamming the front brake... but having a larger disc up front gives you more leverage and allows the rotor to cool more easily

Phil Hogan
6 months ago

Good review! Doesn't most of the braking power go to the rear wheel?

Ian Mangham
6 months ago

Awesome review Bro, Awesome
6 months ago

Thanks for the support Ian! It's neat to see how GenZe is expanding and growing their offering since a few years ago