Electric bikes — or “e-bikes” — are all the rage these days. And because we love cycling and e-scooters as much as grandma’s banana bread, we are hopping on the e-bike train. Their battery-powered electric motors let you ride longer distances, climb steeper hills, and explore previously unreachable corners of the earth, all while working half as hard and sweating half as much.
With the recent rise in electric bike popularity and advances in technology, e-bike manufacturers have shifted their focus away from premium options and toward affordability, to reach budget-minded cyclists and commuters. Many e-bikes are now made entirely in-house (rather than building bikes with components from various manufacturers), using value-priced components, and sales are increasingly more direct-to-consumer, thus eliminating the retail middle man. All of this means that e-bikes are no longer just a rich man’s toy, with a host of solid options now available for under $1,500.