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.
Petaluma, California-based Yuba Bicycles is known for its well-designed, do-it-all cargo bikes. But Yuba also knows that hauling
two kids, groceries, and other sundries around town can get tiring, especially if you live in a hilly area. That's why they built the elMundo, with a 350-watt BionX hub-drive motor and four levels of pedal assistance. Surprisingly, for a bike with a massive wheelbase (and that’s anything but light at 66 pounds), the elMundo handles amazingly well and offers a smooth, comfortable ride.