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Best Electric Bikes of 2022

We tested electric bikes from Rad Power, Aventon, Ride1Up, Juiced, Lectric, and others to find the best
Best Electric Bikes of 2022
We tested the bikes in this review head to head to find the best.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Jeremy Benson ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday July 20, 2022
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Are you searching for the best new e-bike? After researching the top models on the market, we purchased 17 for side-by-side testing and comparison. Whether for your daily commute, getting around town, or spending more time outside, e-bikes are a fun and environmentally friendly alternative to vehicular transportation. With so many models on the market, it can be a challenge to find the right one. For several weeks we rigorously tested each electric bike in this review while examining their range, power output, ride quality, user interface, and ease of assembly. No matter your needs or budget, there's an e-bike to suit you.

As electric bikes rise in popularity, there are new models and styles becoming available all the time. We've tested a wide variety of e-bikes and have many recommendations, from budget models to electric mountain bikes.

Editor's Note: This review was updated on July 20th, 2022 with the addition of the Ride1Up 700-Series, Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus, VanMoof S3, and the Charge City.

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Pros Sky-high price-to-performance ratio, lots of included features, comfortable-smooth ride, comes in step-thru and step-over frames and 2 sizes, massive distance rangeExcellent finish quality, sleek battery integration, excellent range, 28 mph top pedal-assisted speed, comfortable rideComfortable ride, lots of adjustability, comes in step-thru and step-over frame styles, powerful motor, loaded with featuresFast, quiet, smooth, fully-featured, good distance rangeStreamlined design, powerful motor, Class 3 capable, feature-rich, large tires expand versatility to a range of surfaces, Aventon companion app
Cons Heavier weight, more involved assemblyDoesn't come with lights, limited handlebar height adjustabilityOnly 20 mph top pedal assist speed, heavy weight, more expensiveMore expensive, not the fastest in the testHeavy, more difficult to transport, big tires create noise and drag
Bottom Line This bike checks all of our boxes and handily bested the competition in this testImpressive performance across the board makes this one of the best e-bikes we've testedA powerful motor, impressive range, smooth ride, and loads of features make this our favorite Class 2 modelA well-rounded and versatile e-bike that was among the best we testedA sleek and well-integrated Class 3 capable electric bike with a huge battery, powerful motor, and fat tires that enhance its versatility
Rating Categories Ride1Up 700-Series Aventon Level Step-... Rad Power RadCity 5... Magnum Metro Aventon Aventure St...
Ride (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
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8.0
Range (25%)
10.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Power (25%)
10.0
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Interface (15%)
8.0
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Assembly (10%)
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Specs Ride1Up 700-Series Aventon Level Step-... Rad Power RadCity 5... Magnum Metro Aventon Aventure St...
Wheel size 27.5-inch 27.5-inch 27.5-inch 26-inch 26-inch
Battery Size (Wh) 720 672 672 624 720
E-Bike Class Class 3 Class 3 (Can be configured in Class 1 and 2) Class 2 Class 3 (Can be configured Class 1 and 2) Class 3 (Can be configured Class 2)
Motor Power (torque) 750W 500W (750W peak) 750W 500W 750W (1130W Peak
Number of pedal assist settings 5 5 5 6 5
Top speed throttle 20 mph 20 mph 20 mph 20 mph 20 mph
Top speed pedal-assist 28 mph 28 mph 20 mph 25 mph 28 mph
Measured Distance Range 32.4 miles 28.4 miles 30.0 miles 28.7 miles 24.7 miles
Frame material Aluminum 6061 Aluminum Alloy Aluminum Aluminum 6061 Aluminum Alloy
Weight Limit 275 lbs 250 lbs total (up to 55 lbs on rear rack) 275 lbs total (up to 59.5 lbs on rear rack 265 lbs 250 lbs
Measured Weight 63 lbs 11 oz 60 lbs 10 oz 64 lbs 11 oz 59 lbs 6 oz 73 lbs
Folding? No No No No No
Drivetrain Shimano Acera 8-speed Shimano Acera 8-speed 7-speed Shimano Altus 7-speed Shimano Acera 8-speed
Brakes Tektro Hydraulic Disc Bengal Ares 3 Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc Tektro Mechanical Disc Bengal Ares 3 Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Additional features Fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights, ..? 75mm suspension fork, front and rear fenders, rear cargo rack Fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights, 50mm travel suspension fork, ..? Suspension fork, front/rear lights, rear rack, front/rear fenders, suspension seatpost Fenders, front and rear lights, app compatibility, IPX4 rated????
Warranty 1 year Lifetime on frame, 1 year on components 1 year 1-year Lifetime on frame, 1 year on components


Best Overall Electric Bike


Ride1Up 700-Series


90
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 9.0
  • Range 10.0
  • Power 10.0
  • Interface 8.0
  • Assembly 5.0
Wheel Size: 27.5-inch | Battery Size: 720 Wh (48V, 15Ah)
REASONS TO BUY
Very high price-to-performance ratio
Included features
Smooth, comfortable ride
Powerful motor
28 mph top pedal-assisted speed
Huge distance range
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavier weight
More involved assembly process

The Ride1Up 700-Series scored high marks across the board and is the top-rated model in our electric commuter review. This competitively priced e-bike comes with a 750W geared hub motor that is plenty powerful with quick acceleration and supported speeds up to 28 mph using pedal assist and 20 mph under throttle power. This sleek-looking bike houses the battery inside the downtube of the frame with a whopping 720Wh of capacity giving it a class-leading distance range in our testing. It rolls fast and stable on 27.5-inch wheels, and the girthy 2.4-inch wide tires and a 100mm suspension fork provide a smooth, comfortable ride. It doesn't have the zippiest handling, but it is responsive and predictable, plus it comes equipped with quality name-brand components including an 8-speed drivetrain and powerful hydraulic disc brakes that work very well. Comfort levels are also high with a relaxed seated position, loads of handlebar and seat height adjustability, and it comes in two frame styles to suit varying needs and preferences. Additionally, features like a rear cargo rack, fenders, and integrated lights make this bike ready for anything.

While we loved nearly everything about the 700-Series, its assembly process is a bit more involved than other bikes we tested. All of the steps can be completed at home by following the instructions carefully, it just takes a bit of time and patience, or you can bring it to a shop if you're unsure of your ability to do it yourself. Fortunately, you only need to assemble it once. At 63 lbs and 11 oz, it's also a fairly heavy bike, and carrying it up or down stairs and loading it onto a bike rack is definitely a bit of a chore. Those concerns aside, we feel this bike is a standout performer and an excellent value.

Read review: Ride1Up 700-Series

best overall electric bike
A powerful motor, excellent range, comfortable ride, and lots of included features make the 700-Series a top performer while the competitive price makes it a great value.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Folding Electric Bike


Lectric XP Step-Thru 2.0


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 6.0
  • Range 6.0
  • Power 9.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 10.0
Wheel Size: 20-inch | Battery Size: 500Wh (48V, 10.4Ah)
REASONS TO BUY
Reasonable price
No assembly required
Convenient, folding design
Up to 28 mph top pedal-assisted speed
High volume knobby tires increase surface versatility
REASONS TO AVOID
Still fairly heavy
Small wheels
Less stable/twitchier handling than non-folding models

Over the past couple of years, Lectric has quickly grown into one of the biggest names in e-bikes with their popular XP models. This reasonably priced folding bike qualifies for the budget category, yet it performs as well or better than many more expensive competitors. The Lectric XP Step-Thru 2.0 is an updated version of the original XP with several minor changes intended to improve the bike's performance. Our test bike arrived fully assembled in its compact, folded position, so all we needed to do was unfold it and lock the frame and handlebar in place to get it ride-ready. This powerful little model has a 500W (800W peak) motor and it is quick to accelerate using the throttle and it can support speeds up to 28 mph using pedal assist. Ours came in its Class 2 settings with a 20mph top speed, but it can also be configured in Class 1 or Class 3. The removable 460Wh (48v 9.6ah) battery is hidden within the frame and gives the XP a very respectable distance range and a clean design. The Step-Thru version we tested has a very low frame that makes it easy to get on and off the bike, with a recommended user height range of 5'0" to 6'4". Girthy 3-inch wide knobby tires provide a bit of dampening and help expand the bike's versatility to a wider range of surfaces. It also comes with a quality user interface and features like fenders, lights, and a cargo rack that can support up to 75 lbs.

There's a lot to like about the Lectric XP 2.0, but we do have a couple of gripes. The bike's folding design and small, 20-inch wheel diameter directly influence its handling. While it performs well for a folding model, it can't quite match the stability or steady handling of non-folding models with larger wheels. Despite its small size and folding convenience, this bike still weighs 62+ lbs, so carrying it up a flight of stairs or putting it in the trunk of a car can be somewhat awkward and challenging. That said, we feel this affordable, versatile, and powerful folding model is an excellent value.

Read review: Lectric XP Step-Thru 2.0

best folding electric bike
The Lectric XP 2.0 is not only reasonably priced, but this Class 3 folding model is powerful, has a solid range, and comes loaded with user-friendly features.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best Bang For Your Buck


Ride1Up Core-5


78
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 7.0
  • Power 9.0
  • Interface 7.0
  • Assembly 7.0
Wheel Size: 27.5-inch | Battery Size: 500Wh
REASONS TO BUY
Reasonable price
Class 3 - 28 mph top pedal assist speed
Integrated battery for clean looks
Smooth ride for a rigid frame
Comes in two frame styles and multiple color options
REASONS TO AVOID
Limited features - no lights
Motor is a little noisy

Considering its very reasonable price, our testers were extremely impressed with the Ride1Up Core-5. The top-rated model in our budget selection, this bike easily outperforms many more expensive competitors in this review. This Class 3 model boasts a powerful 750W motor that has very quick acceleration up to its top throttle speed of 20 mph and up to 28 mph using pedal assist, and the cleanly integrated 500Wh battery gives it stealthy looks and a very respectable distance range. The 27.5-inch wheels roll fast while the high-volume tires help to provide some vibration damping and a smooth ride given the rigid frame. We found it to be impressively stable, yet its handling remains quick and responsive. This comfortable bike has a somewhat relaxed seated position, a quality seat and grips, and lots of seat height adjustability, plus it comes in two frame styles (ST/step-thru and XR/step-over) to suit varying preferences and user heights.

To offer a high-performing Class 3 electric bike at this price point, Ride1Up had to make some sacrifices, and the Core-5 is notably light on included features. While it beats out other budget models in terms of power, range, and ride quality, it does not come with lights, fenders, or a cargo rack. It also comes a little less assembled than some other bikes, and you need to install the fork and drive side crank arm yourself, adding a couple of steps and time to the process. The 750W motor is quite powerful, but it also emits a little more noise than the motors on some of the more expensive competition. Regardless, we feel this bike's impressive performance and low price make it one of the best values on the market.

Read review: Ride1Up Core-5

electric bike - best bang for your buck
A low price and high performance make the Core-5 one of the best values on the market.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Bang For Your Buck Electric City Bike


Aventon Soltera


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SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 6.0
  • Power 7.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 8.0
Wheel Size: 700c | Battery Size: 346Wh
REASONS TO BUY
Reasonable price
Sleek frame with great battery integration
Nimble with responsive handling
Comparatively lighter weight
Available in 2 frame styles and 2 drivetrain configurations
REASONS TO AVOID
Rigid frame and skinny tires - slightly harsher ride
Not the most powerful
Mid-sized battery - mid-sized distance range

Aventon has slowly been expanding their range of electric bikes, and the Soltera is a reasonably priced Class 2 city-style model. This bike has clean lines with a fully integrated battery, and it is offered in both step-over (tested) and step-thru frame styles, 3 color options, and 7-speed (tested) or single-speed drivetrain configurations. The Soltera rolls fast on 700c wheels and narrower tires with excellent stability at speed and precise handling. It has a city-bike look and feel, but the riser handlebar helps keep the seated position from being too aggressive. The 350W motor happily pushes you along at 20 mph using the throttle, with 5 levels of pedal assist to support your efforts. It comes with a relatively nice build for the price, plus it has one of the best display/controls we tested that also integrates with the Aventon app. At this price point, it is somewhat limited on features, but it comes with a headlight and tail lights that are cleverly integrated into the seat stays of the frame. At 48 lbs and 6 oz, it's also lighter than most other full-size bikes, making it much easier to carry or load onto a bike rack, and it rides more naturally without power as well.

With a rigid frame and lower volume tires, the Soltera is quick and agile, but it isn't the most forgiving over rough surfaces. The 350W motor provides a nice boost of power to amplify your pedaling, but it's obviously far less powerful than the larger motors found on many of the other bikes we tested. Likewise, the smaller 346Wh battery corresponds to a shorter range in our testing, but realistically, it's probably adequate for most people's needs. That said, we feel the Soltera is a great, reasonably priced option for those seeking a sporty city-style e-bike.

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electric bike - best bang for your buck electric city bike
The Soltera is a good-looking Class 2 city bike that we feel is a great value.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Class 2 Commuter Electric Bike


Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus


85
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 9.0
  • Power 9.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 6.0
Wheel Size: 27.5-inch | Battery Size: 672Wh
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful 750W motor
Great distance range
Comfortable, smooth ride
Available in step-thru and step-over frames
Feature-packed
REASONS TO AVOID
Class 2 - top speed of 20 mph
Heavier weight
Tall front end

The RadCity 5 Plus is a Class 2 model with the quality, performance, and features that have made Rad Power bikes so popular. Many people don't need or want a bike that can go faster than 20 mph, and that's who this model is made for. Still, with a 750W geared hub motor, this bike is plenty powerful with quick acceleration using the throttle or pedal assist or making those hills all but disappear. Rad Power's most recent frame designs have a cleaner and more streamlined look with the semi-integrated 672Wh battery that gives it one of the best distance ranges of all the models we tested. The ride is super stable and smooth with a suspension fork, 27.5-inch wheels, and 2-inch wide tires that roll fast and take the edge off rough surfaces. It has a relaxed, upright seated position with comfortable touchpoints and lots of handlebar and seat height adjustability, plus it comes in step-through and step-over frame styles to suit varying needs. Of course, it also comes equipped with useful features like integrated lights, fenders, and a rear cargo rack, and Rad Power sells lots of accessories so you can customize your ride.

At 64 lbs and 11 oz, the RadCity 5 Plus is pretty heavy. This weight makes it less than ideal if you need to carry it up or down a flight of stairs, and it can be challenging to load onto a bike rack. It also has a relatively tall front end and handlebar, and while the stem is adjustable, the seated position is quite upright. This upright position lends itself to an easy-going ride feel, and that translates into the bike's more relaxed handling as well. As a Class 2 model, it's also limited to a top speed of 20 mph using pedal-assist, but again that may be ideal for many users. Despite these concerns, we feel this is a great option for anyone seeking a quality Class 2 electric commuter.

Read review: Rad Power Radcity 5 Plus

best class 2 commuter electric bike
With a powerful motor, great range, comfortable and smooth ride, and lots of features, the RadCity 5 Plus is an excellent Class 2 commuter.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Electric City Bike


Juiced CrossCurrent S2


80
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 7.0
  • Range 8.0
  • Power 10.0
  • Interface 7.0
  • Assembly 7.0
Wheel Size: 700c | Battery Size: 673Wh (52V, 13Ah)
REASONS TO BUY
28 mph top speed
Responsive handling
Good distance range
Sporty ride feel
Uses torque and cadence sensors
REASONS TO AVOID
Limited features
Requires more athletic body position
Slightly less forgiving ride

The Juiced CrossCurrent S2 is a fast and powerful model. This Class 3 e-bike's strong 750W motor easily gets up to 28 mph using pedal-assist and 20 mph with the throttle. It accelerates quickly, and its power delivery feels refined and consistent thanks to its dual cadence and torque sensors. With a large 673Wh battery, the CrossCurrent was among the top performers in our distance range testing, with a high average speed to boot. This city/commuter style bike comes with fast-rolling 700c wheels and tires, and it has sharp, responsive handling and unflinching stability at higher speeds. Its sporty geometry requires a more athletic body position that further enhances its fast and racy feel. An all-in-one control/display unit is mounted by the left grip with good ergonomics and a variety of data available at a glance.

The CrossCurrent S2 is indeed a fast electric bike, and we feel it is best suited for those who are looking to get places in a hurry. Its more aggressive city-bike geometry and stiffer seat may not be ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed ride. It also comes with limited features compared to some other competitors. The headlight is a nice touch, but you'll have to spring for things like fenders and a cargo rack if you want them. Otherwise, we feel this quick and agile model is an excellent option for commuting, ripping around town, and getting places quickly.

Read review: Juiced CrossCurrent S2

electric bike - best electric city bike
There's no doubt this fast and powerful e-bike will get you where you need to go quickly and put a smile on your face in the process.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best Electric Cargo Bike


Rad Power RadWagon 4


80
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 8.0
  • Power 8.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 6.0
Wheel Size: 22-inch | Battery Size: 672Wh (48V, 14Ah)
REASONS TO BUY
Stable and damp ride
Large battery, good distance range
Quality display and controls
350 lbs weight capacity
Can haul lots of cargo with add-on accessories
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavy and long
Difficult to transport
Longer turning radius
Need to purchase accessories to really take advantage of cargo-carrying capabilities

The Rad Power RadWagon 4 is one of the most popular electric cargo bikes on the market. This utilitarian model has a 350 lb weight limit, a large rear platform, and is designed to work with a huge array of aftermarket baskets, seats, and racks, so you can configure it to meet your cargo carrying needs. A strong 750W geared hub motor has no problem moving this heavyweight bike along at 20 mph while using the throttle or pedal assistance, and its large 672Wh battery helps to give it an impressive distance range. Due to its length, the RadWagon has a super stable and smooth ride quality with relaxed but predictable handling. It has a relatively low standover height making it easy to step on and off the bike, and it has large seat and handlebar height adjustments that can accommodate riders between 5'1" and 6'4". It also comes loaded with user-friendly features like lights, fenders, a burly two-footed kickstand, USB charging, and a bell.

There was little we didn't like about the RadWagon 4, but it's hard to look past the length and weight of this bike. Transporting it can be difficult because it is too large and heavy to fit on most bike racks, and it can be a real challenge to move it up or down stairs. Due to its Class 2 settings, it's also not the fastest bike around with a top pedal-assisted speed of 20 mph. While it can potentially replace your car, you've got to spend additional money to customize it with aftermarket accessories to really unlock its cargo carry potential. All that said, we still think this is the best reasonably priced electric cargo bike on the market.

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The RadWagon 4 is a great electric cargo bike for transporting the kids, running errands, commuting, or just having fun.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best Fat Tire Electric Bike


Aventon Aventure Step-Through


82
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 7.0
  • Power 10.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Assembly 6.0
Wheel Size: 26-inch | Battery Size: 720Wh (48V, 15Ah)
REASONS TO BUY
Powerful motor
Excellent integration
Class 3 capable
Lots of features
Aventon companion App
Fat tires work on a wide range of surfaces
REASONS TO AVOID
Heavy
Difficult to transport

The Aventon Aventure Step-Through is an adventure-ready e-bike that's equipped to take you just about anywhere. With massive 4-inch wide knobby tires and 80mm of front suspension, the Aventure smoothes over rough terrain and is capable of riding on pavement, dirt roads, smooth trails, and loose conditions. A huge 720Wh battery is cleanly integrated into the bike's frame giving it sleek looks and a solid distance range. The 750W motor (1,130W peak) is one of the most powerful we've ever tested, easily whisking you along at 20 mph with the throttle and up to 28 mph using pedal assist. The quality user interface consists of intuitive controls, a thumb throttle, a vibrant color display, and it integrates with the Aventon app. When paired through your smartphone, the app allows you to record rides, share your adventures, and easily make changes to the bike and display settings (adjusting the speed limit between Class 2 and 3 settings, for example). The Step-Through version we tested has a low-slung frame, a comfortable seated position, plus it comes in two sizes to fit riders between 4'11" and 6'2". It also comes loaded with features like lights, fenders, USB charging, and it is ready to mount optional front and rear racks so you can carry all of your gear.

While the Aventure is indeed an excellent bike, it is not without fault. This heavy model weighs 73 lbs, meaning that it's too heavy to transport on most bike racks, and moving it around can be somewhat of a challenge. Also, the 4-inch wide tires expand its terrain and surface versatility, but they create a fair bit of noise, drag, and a grabby feel when riding on pavement. That said, if you're looking for a powerful electric fat tire bike for all of your adventures, we think the Aventon Aventure is one of the best there is.

Read review: Aventon Aventure Step-Through

best fat tire electric bike
The Aventure is a great fat tire electric bike that won't put any limitations on where you can go.
Credit: Laura Casner

Best for Modern Design and Tech Features


VanMoof S3


76
OVERALL
SCORE
  • Ride 8.0
  • Range 7.0
  • Power 8.0
  • Interface 7.0
  • Assembly 8.0
Wheel Size: 28-inch | Battery Size: 504Wh
REASONS TO BUY
Super streamlined modern design
VanMoof app integration
Integrated security features
Sturdy feel
Responsive handling
REASONS TO AVOID
Less rider control over gear and pedal assist changes
More expensive
No "throttle"

The VanMoof S3 is a very unique electric bike with a modern design aesthetic that is loaded with interesting tech features. The Dutch brand has given the S3 a somewhat retro European but futuristic style that we find very pleasing to the eye, with clean lines, in-frame battery integration, mostly internally routed cables, an enclosed drivetrain, and a very uncluttered one-piece handlebar/stem. In fact, it looks a lot like a non-electric single-speed city bike. The modern design permeates every aspect of its performance, from the simple assembly process and included tools, the automatic 4-speed shifting and pedal assistance changes, to the well-designed and user-friendly VanMoof app. The bike itself is very stable with quick handling and a sturdy feel, plus it is notably quiet with little noise coming from any of the parts or the motor. Technically a Class 1 model without a true throttle, the 250-350W front hub motor provides moderate levels of pedal assistance, until you press the turbo button which gives a serious speed and power boost. Since the bike makes both gear and pedal assist changes for you, the controls consist of a button for the bell and another to activate the turbo, and the display is a matrix of small LED lights built into the top tube of the frame. You'd hardly know it's even there, but the 504Wh battery gives it a surprisingly good distance range. The S3 seamlessly integrates with the user-friendly VanMoof app where you can make changes to settings (bell sound, lights, gear shifting, pedal assist levels, etc) and track your rides. The app is also where you configure the various integrated security features (alarm, lock/unlock, personal passcode, Find My), so you can deter theft or track your bike if it gets stolen.

The S3 isn't your typical electric bike, and we found that it takes a little getting used to. While the automatic shifting and pedal assistance changes are slick and work fairly well, it may not be ideal for those who like a bit more control of their bike. Likewise, with just 4 gears, the drivetrain doesn't have the widest range and may not be the best for those who live in very hilly areas. While the battery integration is very streamlined, it can't be removed for charging, so you'll need to get the entire bike within the charging cord's reach of an outlet. The security hardware on the axles will likely deter bike thieves, but we are also concerned about the difficulty of replacing a tube if you get a flat out on a ride. We don't think this bike will be for everyone, but those who dig the style and appreciate the integrated security and tech features will find a lot to like here.

Read review: Van Moof S3

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Kinda retro but mostly modern, the VanMoof S3 is a very unique electric city bike that's loaded with tech and integrated security features.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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90
$1,695
Editors' Choice Award
A fair price combined with class-leading performance across the board make this our favorite electric bike
86
$1,799
This bike checks all our boxes and is one of the best we've ever tested
85
$1,999
Top Pick Award
This feature-packed Class 2 model boasts a powerful motor, impressive range, and a smooth ride
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Versatile and well-rounded, this is among the best we've tested
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Top Pick Award
With a clean design, powerful motor, large battery, loads of features, and fat tires, this bike is ready for adventure
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Top Pick Award
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The best electric cargo bike we've tested
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Best Buy Award
Affordable and high performing, we think you'd be hard pressed to find a better bike at this price
76
$999
Editors' Choice Award
The best folding model in the test also happens to be the quite affordable
76
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This folding electric bike has a great distance range and is offered at a reasonable price
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Modern design and high tech permeate every aspect of this unique bike's looks and performance
75
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This Class 2 utility/cargo bike is a great option for transporting kids or other cargo
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This affordable Class 2 model is a sleek, simple, and effective electric city bike
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A lighter-powered Class 2 commuter that stands out for its slim, storable profile
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With stealthy looks and a light weight, this Class 1 model is best suited for commuting and exercise

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We tested each bike in this review for several weeks, often riding them back to back for direct comparison.
Credit: Laura Casner

Why You Should Trust Us


Over the last three years, we've tested 45 different e-bikes across multiple e-bike categories. For this review, we exhaustively researched the best moderately priced e-bikes on the market and then purchased seventeen for side-by-side testing and comparison. Our rigorous testing process started with assembling each bike before weighing them ourselves for consistency. Over the course of several weeks, we rode each bike for an extended period while performing a standardized range test, handling tests, and commuting and running errands around town. When our testing concluded, we rated each model on several predetermined metrics, including ride quality, range, power output, user interface, and ease of assembly. The cumulative scores helped us determine our best overall and top pick award winners.

Our testing of e-bikes is divided across five rating metrics:
  • Ride tests (25% of overall score weighting)
  • Range tests (25% weighting)
  • Power tests (25% weighting)
  • Interface tests (15% weighting)
  • Assembly tests (10% weighting)

Our e-bike test was led by Jeremy Benson. Benson is GearLab's Senior Mountain Bike Review Editor and a lover of all things two-wheeled. A Lake Tahoe resident for the past 21 years, Benson is an obsessive mountain biker and gravel rider, competing in the Pro class in endurance cycling events throughout northern California. He spends an excessive amount of time riding bikes each year while training, riding for fun, and testing every type of bike you can think of. As a full-time bike tester and reviewer for the past five years, Benson has tested nearly 100 mountain bikes, gravel bikes, fat bikes, e-MTBs, and electric bikes combined. His years of experience have helped him develop an especially critical eye and the ability to identify and analyze important performance differences in the products he tests.

Testing for each model begins with assembly.
Testing for each model begins with assembly.
Analyzing range test data using the Strava application.
Analyzing range test data using the Strava application.
We use a GPS-enabled cycling computer during our range testing and...
We use a GPS-enabled cycling computer during our range testing and for comparison against the readings on the bike's display.

Analysis and Test Results


In an effort to differentiate between the e-bikes in this test, we performed several quantifiable tests to make direct performance comparisons between the different models. We chose to focus on several key performance attributes: ease of assembly, power output, range, user interface, and ride quality. In our scoring, we emphasized these metrics differently, with important characteristics like ride quality weighted more heavily than ease of assembly, for example. Our side-by-side testing revealed not only the performance of each model but how they compare to each other.

Value


At GearLab, we don't rate the products we test based on their price, but we do appreciate a good value. Often, price and performance go hand in hand, but that isn't always the case. Sure, some of the more expensive options like the Aventon Aventure and the Rad Power RadWagon 4 rate very highly in our performance metrics, but some of the more affordable models, like the Ride1Up Core-5, Lectric XP 2.0, and the Aventon Soltera get the job done for less. For riders operating on a tighter budget, we've tested a group of bikes lower priced options in our Best Budget Electric Bike review.

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We spend lots of time riding each bike to tease out the subtleties of their ride quality. The Aventon Level Step Thru is one of our favorites.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ride


We feel that the ride quality of a bike is one of its most critical performance characteristics. All of the bikes in this review are somewhat different, and their comfort, features, components, and handling naturally all vary as a result. A variety of factors, like wheel size and geometry, play a role in how a bike handles at speed or while turning. Seated body position, seat shape, grips, and seat and handlebar height adjustments help to dictate rider comfort. Meanwhile, included features like integrated lights, fenders, cargo racks, and suspension can enhance the user-friendliness and rider experience of each model.


When it comes to a great ride, the Ride1Up 700-Series delivers. This bike has a very balanced, smooth, stable, and comfortable demeanor. The 27.5-inch wheels roll fast and the high volume tires and 100mm suspension fork do wonders to take the edge off of cracks, bumps, and rough surfaces. A quality seat and grips and lots of handlebar and seat height adjustability provide a high level of comfort, plus it comes in two frame styles to suit your needs. It also comes loaded with features, like fenders, lights, and a cargo rack so you're ready for anything.

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If your adventures take you off the pavement, the Aventon Aventure and its 4-inch wide knobby tires provide a smooth and comfortable ride on a wide range of surfaces.
Credit: Laura Casner

Also leading the pack with its excellent ride quality was the Aventon Level Step-Thru. With 27.5-inch wheels, girthy tires, and a suspension fork, the Level feels stable, smooth, responsive, and composed in any situation. Our only complaint about the Level is that it doesn't come with lights. Despite a similar look and features, the Aventon Aventure Step-Through has a notably different ride. With massive 4-inch wide knobby tires making it suitable for riding on dirt roads, smooth trails, and loose surfaces, the Aventure is ready to tackle any adventure.

electric bike - bikes like the magnum metro and radcity have smooth comfortable rides.
Bikes like the Magnum Metro and RadCity have smooth comfortable rides.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Magnum Metro and the Rad Power RadCity 4 were among the top-rated models for their comfort, smoothness, predictable handling, and wealth of features. Both bikes felt impressively smooth and quiet while riding with suspension forks and high-volume tires. Neither has the sharpest handling, but they felt steady and predictable in all situations with excellent stability at speed. They also come equipped with user-friendly features like front and rear lights, fenders, and sturdy cargo racks.

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Bikes like the Aventon Soltera have more of a city bike style with quick, responsive handling.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Juiced CrossCurrent S2, Aventon Soltera, VanMoof S3, and the Rad Power RadMission have great ride qualities, though with a notably different feel than the bikes mentioned above. Each of these bikes has more of a city/metro bike look and feel. They roll fast, stable, and smooth, plus they have sharp, responsive handling. They aren't quite as easygoing or forgiving as the abovementioned models, a trade-off for their sportiness and agility.

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It's far from nimble, but the Rad Power RadWagon 4 is super comfy, very damp, stable, and smooth riding. Plus, you can customize and carry lots of cargo.
Credit: Jason Peters

Both the Lectric XP and the Rattan Folding have ride qualities dictated by their folding designs, compact geometries, and 20-inch diameter wheels. They feel noticeably less stable and steady than the larger wheeled competition, a tradeoff for their folding convenience. That said, both bikes come with wide, knobby tires that work well on a range of surfaces, and both come loaded with useful features. At the other end of the spectrum, the Blix Packa and Rad Power RadWagon 4 are heavy and long bikes with a huge cargo capacity. They are far from agile, but both score well here for their high level of comfort, unflinching stability, smooth ride, and wealth of features.

electric bike - the ride1up topped the charts in our range testing thanks in no...
The Ride1Up topped the charts in our range testing thanks in no small part to its large 720Wh battery.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


The range of an e-bike refers to how far it can be ridden on a single battery charge. The range of any bike varies significantly based on many factors, which include, but are not limited to, rider weight, battery storage capacity, terrain, temperature, rider input, and power output. E-bike manufacturers typically claim a range with low and high-end estimates of their bike's range, and in our experience, these claims are generally close to accurate. Regardless, we performed our own range testing for consistency, to determine the low-end range of each bike in the test. To level the playing field, we performed our test on the same course, with the same rider, in the same weather conditions, using the same cycling computer to record the data. For the bikes equipped with a throttle, Class 2, and 3, we did the test using the throttle only with no pedaling input from the rider. Since our test selection also included some Class 1 models, it required us to tweak our throttle-only test just slightly. We rode the Class 1 bikes on the highest output setting with the pedals turning enough to trigger the cadence sensor and pedal assist, but without any effort on the part of the rider so the motor does all the work.


Our testing revealed a pretty large spread from the longest, 32.4 miles, to the shortest, 18.3 miles, ranges. In most cases, the size of the battery correlates pretty directly with the distance a bike was able to travel. Even the poorest performing bike in this test still went 18.3 miles, which is honestly quite an impressive distance to ride a bike without pedaling. It is important to understand that our range test results represent the low-end of each bike's range potential, and they could all probably be ridden further on perfectly flat terrain and in most cases, their ranges could easily be doubled, or more, with some pedaling effort on the part of the rider.

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The RadCity 5 Plus has you covered for long rides, going 30 miles in our range test without even pedaling.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Boasting a massive 720Wh battery, the Ride1Up 700-Series rode away from the competition in our range test. It managed to travel an impressive 32.4 miles with just over 1,700 feet of elevation gain/loss, holding an impressive average speed of 17.2 mph in the process, and that's without even pedaling. If you have a long commute or you just don't want to have range anxiety, the 700-Series has you covered. Not far behind, the Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus also posted an impressive 30 miles with 1,627 feet of elevation gain on our test course. This isn't too surprising as it has a 672Wh battery, one of the biggest in the test. Anyone who wants or needs a bike that can go the distance would be wise to consider either of these bikes.

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Despite its diminutive stature and folding design, the Rattan was a top performer in our range test.
Credit: Jason Peters

A huge surprise in our test was the Rattan Folding, but with a 624Wh battery and a 500W rear hub motor, it was a top performer. We rode it for 29.7 miles with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain/loss at an average speed of 15.4 mph. With the same size battery and motor power, the Magnum Metro impressed us with 28.7 miles with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain/loss in a time of one hour and 36 minutes. Even more impressive, the Metro held a very fast average speed of 17.9 mph in the process.

electric bike - the aventon level is another bike that can go the distance and has...
The Aventon Level is another bike that can go the distance and has you covered on longer rides.
Credit: Jason Peters

Just a shade behind, the Aventon Level Step-Thru with its 672Wh battery went the distance with 28.4 miles and an average speed of 15.3 mph. Boasting a sizeable 673Wh battery, the Juiced CrossCurrent S2 also proved that it is a contender with 27 miles and 1,400 vertical feet of elevation gain in our test. With a zippy 17.5 mph average speed, the CrossCurrent finished the test in a quick hour and 30 minutes.

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A bike's power is dictated primarily by the size of its motor. Even smaller motors give a significant boost to your pedaling efforts. What works best for you depends on your needs.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


In the US, electric bikes fall into three classes. In all three classes, the motor size is limited to 750W. Class 1 e-bikes have pedal assist only and are limited to a top speed of 20 mph. Class 2 electric bikes have a throttle as well as pedal assist, and both are limited to 20 mph. Class 3 models also have a throttle and pedal-assist, but the throttle stays limited to 20 mph while the pedal-assist tops out at 28 mph. The speed limits of many electric bikes can be adjusted, so they can be used in Class 2 or Class 3 configurations, and often the throttle can be disconnected to configure it as a Class 1.

Be sure to check local and regional regulations regarding the use of the different classes of electric bikes where you live and ride.

Our selection of test bikes falls into all three of the e-bike classes and come with varying motor sizes. Power output is dependent mainly on the size or wattage, of a bike's motor, with larger motors producing more torque and power. Our assessment of power output is based on more than just the size of the motor, and we performed several tests to analyze both the throttle and pedal assistance. In addition to the top speed of each bike, we compared their acceleration, range of pedal assistance, quality of the output, and their ability to hold speed uphill and over time.


Not surprisingly, one of the fastest and most powerful bikes was the Juiced CrossCurrent S2 with its large 750W rear hub motor. The CrossCurrent came to us in its Class 3 configuration, and it accelerated quickly to its top throttle speed of 20 mph and felt eager to get up to 28 mph using pedal assist. It wasn't just its speed that was impressive, however, as this bike had a very refined feel to its power delivery thanks to its combination of cadence and advanced torque sensors. If you want to go places quickly, the CrossCurrent has you covered.

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With a 750W motor and a top pedal-assist speed of 28 mph, the Juiced CrossCurrent S2 would make you smile too.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Aventon Aventure has a similarly powerful 750W (1,130W peak) motor that was impressive to say the least. This bike was quick off the line using the throttle or pedal assist, and it held power impressively well while going up gradual hills during our throttle-only range testing. This fast-moving bike comes in Class 3 settings, and it had absolutely no problem ripping along at 28 mph while using pedal assist. The Ride1Up 700-Series also boasts a strong 750W geared hub motor. This bike is quick to accelerate using the throttle and it holds its speed impressively well up hills. Like the Aventure, it is very easy to get up to its top pedal-assisted speed of 28 mph. This bike is fast, but you also don't have to ride it or any of the Class 3 models at top speed all the time. The multiple levels of pedal assistance allow you to choose how fast you want to go, and you can also decrease the top speed through the display.

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The Aventure is one of the most powerful bikes we've ever tested. This bike can really move.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Class 3 Aventon Level Step-Thru also impressed us with its power and 28 mph top speed. While not quite as quick to accelerate using the throttle as the aforementioned models, its 500W (750W peak) motor felt robust, and it had no problem hitting and holding 28 mph on flat ground in its highest pedal assist level. Likewise, the small but mighty Lectric XP 2.0 surprised us with its power. This bike is quick to accelerate using the throttle, and the 500W (800W peak) motor assists speeds up to 28 mph.

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Just because it's small doesn't mean it isn't powerful. The XP 2.0 is quick to accelerate and can reach speeds up to 28 mph using pedal assist.
Credit: Laura Casner

Boasting robust 750W motors, the Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus, Rad Power RadCity 4, and RadWagon 4 were among the most powerful bikes we tested. These Class 2 models easily do 20 mph with the throttle or while using pedal assist, with quick acceleration and five smooth pedal-assist support levels. We found the powerful motors to have no problem accelerating and holding speed while using the throttle going up hills. They lost a bit of ground to the Class 3 competition for their limited pedal-assisted top speed of 20 mph.

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Despite having a 750W motor, the RadCity 4 is a Class 2 model that is limited to 20mph with the throttle and pedal assist.
Credit: Laura Casner

While not a top performer in this metric, the VanMoof S3 stands out for its unique design and power delivery. Not only does it have a front hub motor (all of the other bikes we tested have rear hub motors), but it's a Class 1 model with a twist. This bike has 4 levels of pedal assist and it makes automatic changes while you ride, and it also has a turbo button that provides a major power boost when you press it. Pressing the turbo button is a lot like pushing a throttle, although you need to be pedaling for it to work.

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Every model we tested has a different interface that consists primarily of the controls and display.
Credit: Laura Casner

Interface


Riders interact with their e-bikes primarily through their display and controls. Each bike's interface is different, and their ergonomics, user-friendliness, and intuitiveness vary among the models in this review. While every system we tested was functional, some are advanced and show loads of information while others are much more basic. Our favorite interfaces have controls that are easy to reach while riding with large, easy-to-read digital displays that show numerous data fields at a glance.


Frankly, most bikes come with good control and display systems these days, and multiple models are tied for top honors in this metric. The Rad Power and Aventon models, Lectric XP 2.0, Magnum Metro, and the Blix Packa impressed us the most with large digital display screens centered in the middle of the handlebar in an easy-to-see location. These screens provide a wealth of information, making it easy to know your current speed, pedal assist level, distance, time, etc. All of these bikes also have ergonomic control buttons located next to the left grip, where they are easy to reach with the thumb while riding, along with thumb paddle or twist throttles. Aventon went a step further with the Aventure and Soltera, both of which are compatible with the Aventon companion app. This app allows you to sync with the bike and display to change settings, record rides, and share adventures with the Aventon community.

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The display and controls on the Magnum Metro were some of the best in the test.
Credit: Laura Casner

Both the Ride1Up 700-Series and the Core-5 models as well as the Juiced CrossCurrent S2 feature all-in-one units that contain the button controls and the display in a single unit mounted to the handlebar by the left grip. The displays show several data fields and are relatively easy to read, although their smaller screen size and location make them a little less user-friendly to view than our top-rated models.

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The VanMoof S3 takes a unique approach with limited controls, a tope tube integrated LED matric display, ad the well-designed VanMoof app.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

An outlier in this metric is the VanMoof S3. This unique tech-forward bike makes automatic changes to the pedal assistance and has limited controls, really just a bell and a turbo button, as a result. The display is also quite different, and it has an LED matrix integrated into the top tube of the frame. The VanMoof app is a well-designed and important part of the package as it allows you to change settings, track rides, and configure the integrated security features of the bike.

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Most bikes arrive looking something like this. Most of the assembly is complete, with just a few simple steps remaining.
Credit: Jeremy Benson

Assembly


Every bike in this test was shipped directly to us and required some amount of assembly before taking them out for test rides. Most of the models arrived mostly assembled with only a few relatively easy steps remaining to get them ready to roll. People unfamiliar with bikes may want to have the assembly completed by a professional bike mechanic. However, the remaining assembly of every bike we tested can easily be finished at home with a little time, a few tools, and detailed instructions. Some bikes are easier and quicker to assemble than others with fewer and/or easier steps required to finish the job.


The two folding models we tested were the clear winners in this metric because they arrived fully assembled. The Lectric XP 2.0 edged slightly in front, as the process was as simple as taking the bike out of the box, removing the packing materials, and unfolding/locking the bike into its riding position. The Rattan Folding was also completely assembled, though removing the protective packing material proved to be a bit of a chore, and some spray foam ended up leaving residue on our brand new bike.

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No assembly required for the Lectric XP, just remove the packing materials and unfold it.
Credit: Jeremy Benson

The slick packaging and straightforward process to complete the remaining assembly of the Charge City earned it high marks in this metric. This bike comes with the handlebar and pedals already attached, with only the front wheel needing to be installed. The Cannondale Quick Neo SL 2, RadMission, Aventon Soltera, and VanMoofS3 were among the most straightforward models to assemble. Finishing the job only required attaching the front wheel, handlebar, pedals, and adjusting the seat height. In under 30 minutes, we had each bike ready to rip. The Magnum Metro also scored well in this metric. The Metro came in an extra-large box with the front wheel already attached. Once we put the handlebar and pedals on, we were finished. Due to the heavier weight of the Metro, however, removing it from the box is a task best suited for two people.

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There are loads of great e-bikes on the market for commuting, errands, or just getting outside.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


Whether for commuting, running errands, or simply riding for fun or fitness, a quality e-bike is a great way to get you there. With so many options on the market to choose from, we know there can be a lot to consider when choosing a new electric bike. Our rigorous testing process goes past the specifications and jargon and into the nitty-gritty details of how these bikes actually perform in the real world. We hope our detailed comparative analysis helps you find the right e-bike to suit your needs and meet your budget.

Jeremy Benson


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