A motor, a battery, and some wheels: It might look like cheating or a sign of laziness to a purist, but these electric bikes make a strong case for a motor assist. With a few hours of charging, you can accelerate quicker, ride hills with less effort, or just ride farther. Also, they're a lot of fun. From pedal-assisting designs to throttle models, we put tons to the test and picked ten of our favorites to take for a spin.
IZIP E3 Twn:exp
IZIP is another line of bikes from Currie Tech. Twn:exp stands for “Town Express,” and this compact machine is ideal for short trips and relatively quick commutes. The small aluminum frame makes it easy to store at home or in the office (though at 61 lbs you won’t want to be lugging it up any stairs). Normally, a compact bike with 20-inch wheels isn't the best machine for hilly terrain, but thanks to a 400-watt torque hub motor, this one zoomed uphill. Sporting both pedal assist and throttle mode, you have a myriad of riding options (you can also engage the throttle in pedal-assist mode when you need some extra juice — like to pass a slower rider). Fenders, front and rear lights, and a bell are all included.
Credit: Currie Technologies