The 13 Best Electric Bikes for Every Kind of Ride

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imageThe double-decker crises of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change have prompted many of us to rethink how we live our daily lives.For millions of Americans , that has included hopping on an ebike, whether we rented one from a bike-share or bought our own.

For years, electric bicycles were bulky, inconvenient, expensive machines with limited battery life.Slowly, that has changed.Ebikes are now lighter, more attractive, and more powerful than ever.You don’t need to be physically fit to ride one.They get you outside, reduce traffic congestion, and shrink your carbon footprint.

And they’re fun!

Over the past few years, my fellow Gear writers and I have tried almost every kind of electric bike, from the best heavy-duty cargo bikes to high-end mountain bikes.We’re always testing new ones, so if you don’t see what you want, check back later (or drop me a note!).And once you buy an ebike, check out our favorite biking accessories , bike locks , and gear for a bikepacking adventure .

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Updated November 2021: We updated our pricing information, added new picks, and removed older ones.

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[Adrienne So] is a senior associate reviews editor for WIRED and reviews consumer technology.She graduated from the University of Virginia with bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish, and she worked as a freelance writer for Cool Hunting, Paste, Slate, and other publications.She is currently based in Portland, Oregon..

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