Shopping for an ebike is not much different than shopping for a non-electric bike. That’s because you can find an ebike to fit any or all of your preferred ways to ride!
Let’s explore the different types of ebikes available.
Electric Mountain Bikes
Electric mountain bikes can take your mountain biking to the next level.
Long, slow climbs become quicker. Short rides become more interesting because you can ride farther in a short time. And whole new trail systems are accessible, opening up terrain that would be too steep, loose, rocky, or brutal on a standard pedal bike.
Some electric mountain bikes will do double-duty on the street as a road bike, too.
Dreaming of an electric mountain bike?
Try the Specialized Turbo Levo. The Turbo Levo has a light, stiff, and capable chassis and comes equipped with Specialized’s smoothest and most powerful motor. The Turbo Levo is packed with enough rider-assisted range to tackle your biggest days.
Or, try the Santa Cruz Heckler
. Featuring a full carbon frame, VPP suspension, Shimano electronics, and pedal-assist technology, the Heckler is built for the rigors of true mountain biking.
Electric Street Bikes
Electric road or electric commuter bikes belong to a broad category that covers any ebike meant for road riding, such as lightweight commuter bikes, racing bikes, and hybrids. Most ebikes in this category are more forward-leaning, have narrower tires and saddles, lack of suspension, and an emphasis on lightweight design.
Looking for an Electric Street Bike? Try the Specialized Turbo Como
for city riding. The Turbo Como motor is fully integrated with the frame and has been custom-tuned for city riding.
The Turbo Vado
is a good choice if you like to go from road to trail and back again; it utilizes advanced pedal-assist technologies, a high-quality component spec, and a suspension fork to take the edge out of those pesky potholes.
Electric Cargo Bikes
Want to take fewer car trips throughout the week? Electric cargo bikes are designed to help you haul it all with innovative solutions such as large front baskets, rear cargo boxes, and even backseats for hauling kids to school or around town.
Cargo ebikes are heavier than electric mountain bikes and other city bikes, trading lightweight design for the extra cargo capacity. Their compact, powerful motors strip away the burden of carrying heavy loads and give you a smooth, swift push that flattens hills and propels you through the cities and suburbs.
Miscellaneous Electric Bikes
Portable folding ebikes, large-tired fat ebikes, tandem ebikes, and even electric recumbent bikes are more examples of a wide range of electric bicycles.
How do you choose what type of electric bike is best for you? Start with a look at your own standard bike. Chances are, if you enjoy riding on trails, roads, or up and down mountainsides on your standard bike, you’re going to enjoy it even more on an ebike.