Could this be the year the electric bike finally takes center stage? E-bikes have been increasing in popularity, and even with admittedly negative headlines like Simon Cowell’s recent crash while riding one, e-bikes are seen by many as a rather safe option for riders who can handle them and follow the necessary precautions.
Experts like McLachlan Law will note, however, that these faster, heavier bikes aren’t all created equal, and in the interest of safety, it’s best that you do plenty of research to make sure you get a model that you can handle ahead of time. If you are a fan of fast moving bikes, it won’t be strange for you to transport your motorcycle deft models from place to place during one exhibition or the other, either by yourself, or with the help of expert shipping companies.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of 2020’s most prominent models that you might have on your radar.
The Propella 7-Speed
If affordability is the chief concern on your mind, then the Propella 7-Speed should be one of the models near the top of your list of options (It’s only $1,300). Though it weighs-in at 37 pounds (which is actually lighte for an e-bike), it’s got the power to climb some pretty steep hills and can hit speeds up to 18 miles-per-hour. With a range of 20 to 40 miles on a single charge, you’ll be able zip to and back from pretty much anywhere you need to go nearby in a jiffy.
The Riese & Muller Load 60
If you’ve got some extra cash to spare, you might instead take a look at the Riese & Muller Load 60, hailed as the pinnacle of the e-cargo bike niche. You’ll need a cool $8,099 in order to purchase one, but with that steep investment you’ll have the ability to transport about 440 pounds in total. You can use it for straight cargo, or convert that front storage area into extra seating to ferry the kids around in style and safety.
The Yamaha Wabash
Perhaps all-terrain versatility is what you want most out of an e-bike? After all, even city riding can present a few terrain challenges, but e-bikes like the Yamaha are more than up for the task. This rugged model is fit for dirt and gravel just as much as it is for paved roads, so it can handle just about anything the city streets might throw at it.
If you’re looking for a good “all-arounder,” then you needn’t look further than the RadRunner. It’s got that blend of affordability and utility that makes it a perfect fit for most e-bike neophytes, and with a decent sized rear cargo rack you’ll be able to ride and carry about 120 pounds worth of whatever you need while you’re doing it.