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.
M1 Sedan ONE
In most urban areas, one gear is all you need to get where you're going, but when you run into a bridge or small city hill, a bit of an electric boost is helpful. That's the thinking behind the M1 Sedan, a German carbon fiber single speed with a rear wheel motor that's great for small hills, but not, say, a San Francisco-grade slope. At under 33 pounds, it's one of the lighter e-bikes out there, and you easily remove the motorized rear wheel and swap in a regular one when you want to ride without a boost.
Credit: M1-Sporttechnik, Tom Gonsior