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best electric bikes: Best electric bikes 2022 for every kind of rider

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If you’re looking for the best electric bikes, there’s a lot to choose from, with electric motors and batteries added to a wide range of bikes to add extra power.

That gives you some extra power for starts and when you have a hill to climb, making riding an e-bike a lot easier for many more people, while not removing the exercise component that’s an important part of cycling for many riders.

Electric bikes can be divided into four categories: electric road bikes, electric hybrid bikes with flat bars, electric folding bikes, and electric mountain bikes. We’ve covered the first three in this guide, but if you’re looking for the best electric mountain bike, follow this link to head over to our sister publication MBR which specializes in mountain biking.

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Electric road bikes will come with dropped handlebars and favor low weight, whilst electric hybrid bikes will come with flat bars, wider tires, and accessories to aid commuters – such as mudguards and lights – electric folding bikes are useful if part of your journey involves train travel or you’re short on space.

We do have a great deal of additional electric bike buying advice available for you; if you’re looking to keep costs low, check out the best cheap electric bikes, women may benefit from female-specific components on the best women’s electric bikes, and if you’re venturing off-road, check out the best electric gravel bikes.

If you’re into tinkering with your bike, you might also want to look at the best electric bike conversion kits as an alternative to buying a completely new electric bike.

Our pick of the best electric bikes Best Electric Road BikesThe best electric road bikes will favor low weight. The expectation is that at times you might exceed the 25kph legal e-bike limit stipulated by many countries, and at that point, you’ll want a lightweight bike. The motor will often be low torque, which makes the assistance feel more natural.

Hub-based motors are becoming increasingly common in this category. They keep the weight low and also allow the chassis to look almost identical to a non-assisted bike.

With geometry matching that of the Ribble Endurance SL Disc, the Ribble Endurance SL e gains a motor and battery, making it a great option for riders looking for subtle performance enhancement.

As with its non-electric equivalent, the Ribble Endurance SL e was also awarded a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice award, mostly due to its low overall weight, spec, and incredibly subtle integration of the motor and battery.

On hills, the bike was fantastic at giving the rider a much-needed boost in a natural and smooth linear delivery, but on the flat, the legal e-bike speed limit of 15mph for the UK (where the bike was tested) did hold this otherwise great electronic bike back.

We felt that the location of the charge point on top of the bottom bracket was a little vulnerable, so it’s important to double check it’s covered up, particularly in wet conditions

The other slight gripe was the position of the power button on the top tube. Once it’s on, but trying to locate it does mean taking your eyes off the road for a couple of seconds, which isn’t ideal.

With a similar profile to the Wilier Cento1HY Ultegra Di2 e-bike, but kitted out with the lower price point, yet highly respected, Shimano 105 groupset, the Ribble Endurance SL e could save you half the money.

Best Bikes

When you have more than 200 different motorcycle models, it gets difficult to choose the best bike. With an enormous amount of data being generated every day by bike buyers in India on BikeWale, this list of the best bikes truly reflects the popularity of bikes in India.

We bring you information about ex-showroom prices, colors, variants, monthly units sold, popularity, and the launch date of the best bikes to help you pick the best one. Explore the list of best bikes in India to find a suitable bike for your needs.

Top 10 Bikes

Model Ex-showroom price
Royal Enfield Hunter 350 ₹ 1,49,900
Honda Activa 6G ₹ 73,532
Honda SP 125 ₹ 82,772
KTM 200 Duke ₹ 1,90,277
Royal Enfield Classic 350 ₹ 1,90,229
TVS Raider 125 ₹ 90,524
Honda Shine ₹ 77,862
Yamaha MT 15 V2 ₹ 1,64,897
Yamaha R15 V4 ₹ 1,80,194
Above mentioned prices are Average Ex-showroom

Read more: Ribble Endurance SL e full review

The Specialized S-works Turbo Creo is the brand’s first venture into the world of road e-bikes and it is not a disappointing one. If you’re able to look past the eye-watering price tag, you will be getting all the pros of a road bike but with a bit of, as Specialized puts it, ‘oomph’.

This beautiful bike gets the same FACT 11r frame as the S-Works Roubaix, which means it already has a naturally racy feel, and thanks to its super lightweight construction, means that it’s happy to be ridden without any assistance at all.

When taking advantage of the power, Specialized’s own SL1.1 motor delivers smooth assistance to your ride and doesn’t have the surges of acceleration you may find in some other e-bikes. That and its impressive battery life, which we found to be one of the longest on the test, means that you do get a truly excellent e-bike.

It’s a bit like the F1 of e-bikes as it comes with a lot of technical integration, such as the ability to connect to its own app and dial in the motor for your style of riding. This is really helpful when using the bike to help with training and ensuring that the motor only kicked in once the tester was at a certain speed/ wattage.

The good news is that there is a spectrum of the Specialized Turbo Creo with the SL Comp E5 available for nearly a third of the price. You do lose some of the specs of course, but both are still great options.

Read more: Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL full review

The  Cannondale Topstone Neo Lefty 3 is an electric gravel bike – that means it blends drop handlebars with burly tires and suspension, so it’s designed for on and off-road riding.

When Cannondale’s highly regarded Topstone gravel model gained a motor to become the Topstone Neo, it turned one of the most capable gravel bikes into a pedal-assisted monster truck.

Running on 650b wheels keeps the rear end tight and nimble for almost any terrain, although this is an area where you might consider a future upgrade as the WTB ST i23 rims don’t quite match the capability of the rest of the bike. It’ll still shock you with its power delivery (hold on to your hats), but the looks are best described as an acquired taste.

It’ll leave you in a similar giggly mess as the Canyon Grail: On CF 8 eTap does, just pure grin-inducing fun on any ride. In fact, on the test, it proved to be a bit of a handful and possibly provides too wild a ride for a lot of riders. If you can learn to love the looks and tame the beast of the torque you honestly will struggle for more fun on two wheels.

This bike is unrivaled in its class in terms of motor performance and the grin-inducing ride. The suspension adds another layer of capability to the package and blurs the gravel/MTB divide even further.

There are a few bikes in the range to choose from, both up and down price brackets, so worth checking out to find the exact model to meet your needs.

For more options like this one, check out our best electric gravel bike page.

Read more: Cannondale Topstone Neo Lefty 3 full review

Gaining a much-deserved Editor’s Choice award, the Wilier Cento1 Hybrid is the e-bike for road riders who still want the feel of a race bike. The Cento1 Hybrid is a good-looking lightweight machine, which will assist you up those tough climbs, with plenty of power on tap.

On test, we found the supporting bike motion system, which is smartphone and PC app friendly, a doddle to use, with automatic syncing to Strava.

Some riders will love the automatic assistance, as it will immediately kick in when the going gets tough. However, this can be a Pro or a Con, depending on your ride assistance preference. If you would rather be the master of your own electrical deployment, then you might find the auto-assist a tad frustrating and just a little over-torqued.

It’s not the cheapest of bikes by any stretch, and the Ribble SL e could almost go toe to toe, but the Wilier is the no-compromise option, which is reflected in the price tag.

Read more: Wilier Cento1 Hybrid Ultegra Di2 e-bike full review

Another of the new breed of performance-focused electric road bikes, the Focus Paralane2 (that’s ‘squared’ not ‘two’) dropped in on our scales at 29.1lbs/ 13.2kg in a size medium. That’s not too bad when you factor in that the lightest electric bike, the Ribble Endurance SL e comes in at 27.34lbs/ 12.4kg.

The 7.2lbs/ 3.3kg, 250Wh battery clips into the downtube, offering 250 watts of support, for a maximum of ten hours in the lowest mode.

The carbon frame sees an endurance-focused geometry, with a carbon Seatpost for added comfort. You get a Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and road-going 28mm Continental GP 4000 S II tires, making it an ideal electronic road bike to compare against the Wilier Cento1 Hybrid option.

What really stands the Paralane2 apart though is that the motor doesn’t take over your ride, allowing you still to feel the burn, and there’s even the ability to remove and ride without the battery should you choose to. Just be mindful that with no lock, you might want to get in the habit of always removing it when not with the bike in case someone else wants it.

The only other point to note is that the brand has opted for its own custom wheels to deal with the forces of e-biking. Great for drivetrain geometry, less so for aftermarket wheel options.

With several models to choose from, the range varies in price and spec, meaning there should be a Paralane2 to suit most e-bike budgets.

Read more: Focus Paralane2 9.8 e-bike full review

Best Electric Hybrid bikes are the fastest-selling style. Their flat bars, usually wide tires, and commute-friendly fittings – such as mudguard mounts and rack mounts – make them extremely practical machines.

The motor can be housed in the rear hub, or at the cranks, and the torque will vary – low torque models offer natural pedaling assistance, but high torque versions will move off the lights more quickly.

A fun ride that’s great in urban environments but also provides a confidence-inspiring ride on rougher terrain is what the Specialized Turbo Vado is all about.

It was a real hoot to ride with a four-year-old on a mounted bike seat, and tick off a 50km hilly bike ride, turning heads of car drivers upon speedy getaways at lights and even challenging the non-power assisted rider in the group to keep up on the steeper inclines.

It is a heavy machine at 48.5lbs/ 23kg, so not easy to lift, so anyone needing to navigate steps in or out of the bike’s storage place will need to take this into consideration, but aside from that, we found the Specialized Vado Turbo to be a joy to ride.

The 460Wh Specialized 1.2 battery has a range from 25 miles in ‘turbo’ mode to 93 miles in ‘economy’ mode, based on a rider that weighs 15.5 stone, 217lbs, or 98.5kg.

It’s not quite as nimble as the Giant Fast road E+ Pro 2 electric bike above, but if you’re on the lookout for something that can do a bit of most things, then the Vado is a great e-bike option.

Read more: Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0 electric bike full review

We absolutely loved zooming around on the speedy Ride1Up Roadster V2 with its five levels of power assist. If you’re anything like us and are more used to training and racing on standard road bikes it can easily become your guilty pleasure – it’s fantastic fun to ride.

The bike was so quiet, even on level 5, convincing onlookers that our tester had to be some kind of superhero to ride so fast up 15 percent climbs. The only downside – in common with other e-bikes that only assist when you’re pedaling – was where there was a requirement for a hill start, the cranks had to be turned over in order to get the motor to engage, creating a pregnant pause at the lights, before vavavooming off.

The claimed 24mph maximum assisted speed (in the US) needs input from the pedals to reach the flats, but without a doubt, it’s noticeable downhill, where other bikes, such as the Wilier Cento1Hy Ultegra Di2 e-bike auto assist would cut out and slow you down.

This extra speed also puts the bike into a class 3 e-bike, meaning that it doesn’t meet EAPC rules in the UK, but that’s by the by as US brand Ride1Up doesn’t currently ship there.

If you are in a country lucky enough to be shipped to the US, Canada, and Mexico, then it’s a great option and one that has a very high fun-to-dollar ratio.

Ride1Up is a direct-to-consumer brand – check out the Roadster V2 on its website here.

Read more: Ride1Up Roadster V2 full review

The Giant Fast road E+ Pro is another road-going hybrid bike with flat handlebars to promote a comfortable ride position for even the rustiest of riders, in fact, we enjoyed riding this great electric hybrid road bike so much that we gave it a Cycling Weekly Editor’s Choice Award.

The tires provide plenty of squishes and the ability to go lightly off-road. However on the test, we found the aluminum frame and fork quite stiff, which will suit those used to a traditional road bike’s feel and riders looking for a speedy commute, but worth bearing in mind if you’re used to a softer hybrid feel.

We really liked the bike’s integration of the battery, which can often be a design factor forgotten about on hybrid bikes. We were also really impressed to see the spec on the FastRoad, with hydraulic disc brakes and quality Shimano shifting, with a compact chainset and wide range cassette at the rear to provide plenty of gears for the hills all making an appearance.

A great electric hybrid bike for a fair price that will have a lot of appeal to lots of different riders.

Read more: Giant FastRoad E+ Pro 2 electric bike full review

The Ribble Hybrid AL e is a road-going hybrid bike that’s equally at home on gravel paths and trails, with a comfortable and confidence-inspiring upright riding position, so great for returning or newbie riders.

For us, we think the bike is one of the best-looking hybrids we’ve ever come across, with the design hiding away the motor incredibly well, although we were a little sad that adjusting the seat post left behind scratch marks. The fully loaded package includes fenders (mudguards), lights, and a rear rack making it perfect as a daily commuter or for ditching the car when going to the store, although we did find these a little rattily on the test.

The Ebikemotion motor delivers its power smoothly and efficiently and offers long-range in-between charges, making the Ribble far more than just an A to B bike.

Understandably it doesn’t perform in the same way as the Canyon Grail: ON in terms of fast and tight torque, but tap along and it will tick over nicely, taking the top off any strenuous rides.

With all the added extras as standard and classy looks, the Ribble Hybrid AL e is a great electric bike for the money.

Read more: Ribble Hybrid AL e electric bike full review

The  Canyon Precede: ON is an efficient automatic transmission city bike that performs well in multi-terrain settings whether for a utility or for leisure purposes thanks to a powerful motor and control panel.

With built-in accessories such as lights, mudguards, rack, and kickstand all the trappings are there to make for a comfortable ride with style straight out of the box.  All these add ons however do make it one of the heaviest e-bikes on the market, even heavier than the Specialized Turbo Vado.

We really loved the Canyon Grail: On and it’s great to see the Precede: ON also be kitted with the Bosch Performance Line CX motor, although ideally, we would love to see a little more juice in the battery to support the other impressive spec.

With everything you need straight out of the box, including a navigation system and lights, it’s the easiest way to swap driving/ public transport for a bike, but it is at the higher end price tag-wise.  There are a couple of models to choose from, which also takes the cost down a touch, but with a six-year guarantee, it could be a savvy investment.

The only other point to note is that Canyon has a direct sales model, so you’ll have to buy directly from the brand here.

Read more: Canyon Precede: ON CF 9 ST electric bike full review

An aluminum frame with flat bars for a comfortable, upright position, and a seat tube-mounted battery which is slim and unobtrusive. The bike weighs in at 15kg / 33lbs with 10-speed Deore gears, or 14kg / 30.8lbs if you opt for a single speed.

The battery itself packs 336Wh and provides 250w of assistance, lasting between 45km / 28mi and 100km / 60mi depending upon the mode.

The disc brake wheels are shod with 32c Continental tires, offering plenty of comfort. It’s fair to say that we loved the agile and nimble ride, although do realize that unless you’re blessed with power in the place where the bike is kept, it’s going to be a challenge to charge with its fixed battery.

It’s a beautiful bike and would appeal to a lot of city riders, but hard to challenge the Ribble Hybrid AL E on the bang for the buck, meaning that you have to truly value its form over function.

Like some of the other brands here, Ampler bikes is a direct sales brand which you can see here unless you happen to be passing its stores in Berlin, Cologne, or Tallinn.

Read more: Ampler Curt e-bike full review

With its 36V battery, which should give around 70 miles of juice, hooked up to a mid-drive motor, we found that the Volt Infinity electric bike gave a nice balanced feel to the bike.

Shimano provides the power in the form of an 8-speed Alfine Di2 hub Shimano Steps, the highly regarded motor, and an e-bike-specific groupset.

Three different assistance modes will let you get the most out of that battery and the display mounted on the front will make it easy to keep track we loved that the torque sensor picked up when we were flagging and gave us a little boost to help us along our way.

Previously similar to the Carrera Subway E, it’s had a bit of a makeover and it’s now much more visually integrated than the previous model that we tested, although it’s still without a quick-release rear wheel, making investing in the best puncture-proof tires or inner tubes a shrewd investment.

The only real downside is the one size fits. Great if it does fit you, not so much if it doesn’t.

Read more: VOLT Infinity Electric Bike full review

Best Electric Folding BikesFolding electric bikes are practical if you have a train journey forming part of your trip or are low on space. Being small, the battery and motor can represent a large percentage of the weight, so the focus is often on reducing this as much as possible.

Mileage on folding bikes is often low since they’re typically used to ride to and from train stations, so battery range isn’t always a major consideration.

If you are considering going for a folder, you might find our buying guide page dedicated to helping you find the best folding bikes a useful read.

Capable of packing into a small wheelable package, the GoCycle G4 folding e-bike is all about portability. We really enjoyed the carbon and aluminum mixed frame and fork package, which works to help keep the bike relatively lightweight.

You get hydraulic disc brakes and 20-inch wheels with 2-inch tires that roll well and provide ample comfort. The single-sided carbon fork, which incidentally houses the GoCycle propriety motor, also assists in the comfortable ride.

The power comes from a motor in the front hub, which offers 250 watts of assistance, and lasts for a claimed 65km / 40mi on eco mode. The 300Wh lithium battery takes around seven hours to charge, with even enough to charge your smartphone along the way.

What we really loved was the amount of practicality built-in, making it one of the best folding bikes full stop. The folding and unfolding are a little tricky, but once you nail that the folded-down package is really compact. We really appreciated the ability to wheel the bike around once folded too, a big feature for anyone who has to tackle a long section of walking, such as maneuvering train stations.

The one size only is common for folding bikes, but still can be frustrating, especially as not all the GoCycle models come with adjustable handlebars. Assuming that you can make the size work for you it’s a brilliant folding e-bike option.

Tern has numerous folding bike options, with the electric model options also growing in the fleet. The Tern Vektron S10 features 20-inch wheels and a 400-watt battery that can power you for 40 to 90 miles, depending on how much you use the assist.

We haven’t tested this version, but highly rated the non-electric Tern Verge X11 and believe that you won’t be disappointed in this electric cargo model.

To help the rider find the perfect fit, the stem and saddle are adjustable, making it a good interchangeable option for the whole family, from 4’10” to 6’5″. Coming with an integrated rack, compatibility with child seats is a breeze as no additional adaptors are required.

Its integrated rack will be fantastically useful but will add to the already quite large folded-down package size, so if it’s stowaway capabilities you’re after, you might be better off with the Brompton Electric Folding bike option.

The bike boasts dynamo-powered lights, alongside hydraulic disc brakes and a highly regarded Shimano Deore groupset. The high spec does push the price up though, and weighing 22.5kg /48.7Ibs makes it a fairly hefty folder, and a limited one at that.

We absolutely loved the Brompton Electric bike when we took it out for a spin, finding it to be the perfect bike for commuting in traffic and then stowing well out of the way post-ride.

The brand is considered by many as the gold standard of folding bikes, and the Brompton Electric is clearly cast from the same mold.

As typical with any Brompton bike, the brand has taken full control of the engineering, so everything from the frame to the motor has been designed in-house. Brompton however has called upon the experiences of Williams Advanced Engineering when it comes to the motor, developing a bespoke lightweight removable battery and motor.

As you would expect when a team of Formula One engineers gets under the bonnet of the Brompton Electric, the small, but the perfectly formed motor has excelled, delivering power smoothly, safely, and exactly when you need it.

The frame is the usual Brompton high standard, and while one size, keeps the ability to choose handlebars, Seatpost heights, and even saddle widths. There are six speeds, giving you plenty to play with when you hit a hill.

Whatever your final setup, you can rest assured as to the bike’s foldability, which is one of the reasons why Brompton stands out from the folding bike crowd. Its folded footprint is one of the smallest out there: 565mm high x 585mm wide x 270mm long (22.2″ x 23″ x 10.6″). This means it’s highly portable and capable of stowing in the smallest of spaces, although be warned, due to the independent motor and battery pack, you’ll find yourself with two hands full, so best to invest in a rucksack for your other belongings.

On test we felt this was an absolute dream of a bike, in fact, we went as far as calling it a transport gamechanger.

Electric bike buying advice Why would you buy an electric bike?There are a whole host of reasons why you might want some pedaling assistance in your life from the best electric bike.

Perhaps you have to travel with lots of cargo, and the added power can mean the difference between using a car or still spinning your two legs.

Or maybe you want to start commuting to work, and an electric hybrid could be a great option for helping you cover the miles, without turning up at work in a sweaty mess and in need of a shower.

The benefit is obvious: less effort = less sweat. Hauling heavy luggage is an option, and you can often even keep pace and feel more comfortable in traffic. A hybrid e-bike with a rack and fenders and you’ve got a seriously practical bike that can replace many a car trip or having to use public transport.

You might be recovering from injury or illness and the added boost of a motor might help you get back out there again. Or it might simply be the case that you’re not as young as you once were.

It is absolute hearsay that electric bikes don’t provide an exercise benefit, but you do still get a workout when riding an electric bike.

Are electric bikes legal?The biggest difference between an electric bike and a motorbike is that the e-bike can only assist its rider, its motor cannot be the sole source of power for the bike. To clarify, in order for an electric bike to be legal, in many countries it can only assist a rider up to 25km/h (that’s roughly 15.5mph). This applies to most of Europe and Australia — if you live in the US, keep reading.

Outside the US the motor inside the bike can only be a maximum of 250w and cannot be operated by a throttle as you’d find on a motorbike. Which, sadly, does mean you’ll have to use your legs!

The rules in the US are a bit more difficult to follow as the laws can vary from state to state, and federal law surrounding e-bikes may say something different again.

The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has sought to clear up some of the confusion, slotting e-bikes into a three-class system, all of which are limited to 750-watt motors.

The laws surrounding where and who can ride which class of e-bikes also varies from state to state, but the TL: DR version is classes 1 and 2 are permitted anywhere bikes are allowed, and class 3 are okay on roads and in bike lanes, but not multi-use paths, and have rules surrounding helmet use and minimum rider age. Thankfully the lovely folks over at People for Bikes have a handy guide that breaks the rules up by the state.

  • Class 1: the motor only kicks in when the rider is pedaling and is limited to 20mph
  • Class 2: The motor is limited to 20mph and can provide assistance whether or not the rider is pedaling
  • Class 3: the motor provides pedal assist, is limited to 28mph, and must be equipped with a speedometer.

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What types of electric bikes are available? Most e-bikes come in the form of a Pedelec or pedal-assist, which monitors the input of a rider and assists as much as possible up to the region-specific top speed.

Less common are Twist-n-Go models, which allow riders to operate the input of the motor from a switch (or even a throttle). Most places classify these as mopeds and you may need a license, insurance, and a full helmet to ride them.

Where should the motor be placed on the best electric bike? There are really only three options for e-bike motor placement: either on the front wheel, the back wheel, or the cranks.

Placing the motor at the cranks offers much better weight distribution, which makes the bike more stable — a key consideration for both road and mountain bikes.

Hub-based motors, found in the rear wheel, are usually lighter, so you’re more likely to find them on electric road bikes. Motors in the front wheel are a lot less common, but you may find them on some hybrid e-bikes and folders.

How far do the best electric bikes go? Another consideration worth thinking about is electric bike batteries.

Generally speaking, like motors, you get what you pay for. No battery will have infinite power, or be totally invisible, even on the best electric bike – but the more you spend the longer the range/ the more subtle its placement.

Battery capacity is measured in both watts (watt-hours, Wh) or amps (amp-hours, Ah). In most cases, an e-bike’s battery capacity lies between 250Wh-600Wh or 7-10Ah.

Typically, you should get around 800 charge cycles from the best electric bike lithium-ion battery before you’ll need to replace it.

Expect a riding range of anywhere between 25 and 75 miles of run time on a full charge. Although be warned, the more assistance the bike gives, the more power it will draw from the battery.

What components do the best electric bikes have? E-bikes do have slightly different components to standard bikes, the obvious ones are the battery and motor.

In terms of motors, the big names are Bosch and Shimano. Shimano Steps was the first e-bike-specific groupset from the Japanese giant and it features a mid-drive electric motor, as well as integrated electric shifters and a torque sensor to smooth out the ride a little.

Bosch has really embraced the electric bike market and its range of eleven different motors offers a variety of power assistance depending on how much you’re willing to spend and the type of riding you’re doing. Its models have motors geared to more leisurely riding, more performance-oriented cycling, or cargo moving applications.

Other brands such as Fazua and Mahle bike motion are common on lightweight e-road bikes, and these systems have done well when reviewed, so come recommended.

The best electric bikes are likely to come specced with some form of hydraulic disc brakes. The added speed and weight of an e-bike will definitely warrant the extra stopping power.

Other areas that can differ are tires, which tend to be fatter, and even on-the-road bike options, anywhere between 32mm and 40mm of rubber is most common on the hybrid options. The extra wide tires will help absorb the impacts of the heavier frame as well as provide more grip and stopping power to balance the extra weight and speed.

The more expensive, lightweight carbon road electric bikes do now come with leaner 28m tires, perfect for keeping up on the club run.

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The Best Electric Bikes Under $500 in 2022

Best Bikes Under 500 in 2022The best electric bikes under $500 were a price point that simply didn’t exist just a few years ago. It used to be that even an affordable e-bike would set you back a few thousand dollars. But with improving battery and e-bike motor technology, those prices have come down, creeping below (or at least close to) the $500 mark. Though e-bikes at this price point may not offer the range and features of those higher-end models, they still offer a surprising amount of power and range.

Many of these e-bikes are smaller in size, with 14-inch wheels and foldable compact frame sizes that allow you to stow them in a closet or the trunk of a car. E-bikes in this price range come equipped with 250- to 350-watt motors that can reach speeds of around 15 miles per hour with a range of about 15 miles. There are even some models that can go longer, or go off-road if you’re willing to compromise weight.

If you’re looking for an e-bike for recreation or the daily commute that won’t break the bank, then read on to learn more about the best electric bikes under $500.

  • — Best Overall: Swagtron Swagcycle EB-5
  • — Best Folding: Jetson Bolt Up Adult Electric Ride On
  • — Best Cheap: Ancheer Folding Electric Bike
  • — Best Range: Sailnovo 14-inch Electric Bike
  • — Best E-Mountain Bike: Hyper Bicycles Electric Mountain Bike
  • How We Picked the Best Electric Bikes Under $500

 

E-bikes that fall under the $500 mark are the most affordable e-bikes one can buy. While you won’t find the range and features of a full-sized bike, they do offer tremendous value. Keeping that in mind, we chose models that still offer enough range — at least 13 miles — to make them serviceable commuter or recreational bikes. We also included models that have motors with between 250 and 350 watts of power, which is enough to reach power assist or power-only speeds of around 15 miles per hour. Since bikes at this price range do not have the range of higher-end models, we chose mainly those that can be easily stowed in the trunk of a car with weights under or around 40 pounds and foldable designs.

Best Electric Bikes Under $500: Reviews and Recommendations Best Overall:  Swagtron Swagcycle EB-5

Cycle in Style. Swagtron

  • Why It Made The Cut: The EB-5 manages to be lightweight while still being able to offer a fast pedal assist speed and good range.
  • Specs:
  • — Top Speed:
  • 15 mph
  • — Max Range:
  • 15.5 miles
  • — Weight: 37 pounds
  • Pros:
  • — Folds up into a compact size
  • — Lightweight enough to carry
  • — Adjustable handlebar and seat post height
  • Cons:
  • — Low top speed
  • Swagtron’s Swagcycle combines a compact design with a longer-than-average range and a manageable weight to make it the best all-around e-bike for around $500. It weighs a very carryable 37 pounds thanks to an aluminum alloy frame and smaller 14-inch wheels and folds down to just a third of its total size. Swagtron smartly designed a handle into the top bar that makes it easy to pick up and carry after folding it in half via the hinge on the top bar.
  • The EB-5 has a surprising amount of power for its small compact size. Though it lacks multiple gears and only has a single power assist speed, its 250-watt rear-mounted motor is capable of reaching brisk top speeds of 15 miles per hour while ascending inclines of up to 30 degrees, far greater than any other bike you’re likely to encounter.
  • Its 36-volt 7.5 amp hours (Ah) lithium-ion battery will allow you to travel up to 15.5 miles on a single charge and is also removable, making it easy to charge while at the office. The Swagtron will also fit most riders, thanks to a wide range of adjustments for both the seat and handlebars.
  • Best Folding: Jetson Bolt-Up Adult Electric Ride OnJet Along. Jetson
  • Why It Made The Cut: The Jetson is a slick-looking e-bike that manages to stay lightweight and portable despite housing a large 350-watt motor.
  • Specs:
  • — Top Speed:
  • 15.5 mph
  • — Max Range:
  • 13 miles
  • — Weight: 41 pounds
  • Pros:
  • — Light overall weight
  • — Sleek look
  • — Powerful 350-watt motor
  • Cons:
  • — Doesn’t fold to as compact a size as some e-bikes
  • — Shorter range than other e-bikes at this price range
  • Jetson sets its Bolt Up Electric Ride-On apart from the competition with an attractive design, powerful motor, and surprisingly lightweight overall. The Jetson manages to remain light thanks to an aluminum alloy frame and smaller 14-inch wheels and still sports an energetic 350-watt motor. With its all-black finish and curved frame, the Jetson is one of the sleeker e-bikes you can buy for under $500.
  • The bike weighs just over 40 pounds, has a set of handlebars that fold down, and includes a convenient built-in carrying handle, making it one of the more portable e-bikes on the market. However, it is important to note that only the handlebars will fold down, which makes them less compact than e-bikes that fold at the top bar.

 

  • The Jetson can reach a max speed of 15.5 miles per hour and offers multiple speed options, which are easy to control via a twist throttle on the handlebars. It’s powered by a 6 Ah battery that gives it a maximum range of 13 miles, which is a bit on the low end for bikes at this price point. Other notable features include large disk brakes on both wheels for plenty of stopping power, a large bike seat, and a bell for alerting pedestrians.
Best Cheap: Ancheer Folding Electric BikeAffordable Commuting. Ancheer

 Ancheer

 

 

 

Why It Made The Cut: This pedal-less bike is capable of reaching top speeds of 20 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest e-bikes under $500.

Specs:

  • Top Speed:
  • 20 mph
  •  Max Range:
  • 15 miles
  • Weight: 38 pounds
  • Pros:
  • Reaches high top speed
  • Lightweight enough to carry
  • Powerful 350-watt motor
  • Cons:
  • Short range

 

  • This folding-powered e-bike from Ancheer is characterized by the arc shape of its top bar and lower bar, which Ancheer says was inspired by the shape of dolphins. In addition to its marine mammal looks, it also happens to be one of the faster e-bikes at this price point. With its 350-watt motor, it can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour which puts the Ancheer a significant step up from the 15 mph speeds most e-bikes under $500 are capable of reaching. Its small 12-inch wheels also make it one of the more compact e-bikes on the market, though you should expect to feel more of the road than you would on an e-bike with larger wheels.

 

  • Its 36-volt 6 amp hour battery gets a maximum range of 15 miles, which is about average for an e-bike at this price. Just keep in mind that it’s designed for mainly flat terrain. Ancheer says it can climb moderate slopes over short distances.
  • In addition to its high top speed, the Ancheer comes with cool smart features not found on all bikes. When you connect it to an app, you can set speeds, lock the motor for security, track mileage and travel time, and run a diagnostic test.

 

 

Best Long-Range: Sailnovo 14-inch Electric Bike Go the Distance. Sailnovo

  • Why It Made The Cut: This e-bike can cover up to 45 miles of distance and comes equipped with a cushioned seat and shock absorber
  • Specs:
  •  Top Speed:
  • 18.6 mph
  • Max Range:
  • 45 miles
  • Weight: 50 pounds
  • Pros:
  • Longer range than other under $500 e-bikes
  • Comfortable seat with shock absorber
  •  Three-speed options
  • Cons:
  • Heavy total weight
  • With its large 10.4 Ah battery, this e-bike from Sailnovo has a longer range than most under $500 e-bikes. It’s capable of covering 28 miles in full e-bike mode or up to 45 miles with pedal assist, which is far greater than the 15-mile average of other budget e-bikes. It’s also one of the more comfortable under $500 e-bikes. The Sailnovo comes equipped with a large cushioned seat that’s designed with a high-density foam sponge in the middle for better shock absorption.

 

  • The Sailnovo e-bike comes equipped with a 450-watt motor that allows you to reach speeds up to 18.6 miles per hour. This e-bike also has three riding speeds, giving it more versatility than other sub-$500 e-bikes. Speed controls are located conveniently on the right handlebar along with an LCD display that shows your current speed, battery life, and trip information. A headlight and horn can be operated from the left side of the handlebars.

 

  • While the Sailnovo is faster and has a longer range than most e-bikes that cost under $500, its larger battery and more powerful motor make it a heavier bike with a total weight of about 50 pounds.

 

  1. Best for Mountain Biking: Hyper Bicycles Electric Mountain BikeHit the Trails. Hyper
  2. Hit the Trails. Hyper
  3. Why It Made The Cut: We couldn’t find a well-equipped e-mountain bike at a lower price than this model from Hyper Bicycles.
  4. Specs:
  5. — Top Speed:
  6. 20 mph
  7. — Max Range:
  8. 20 miles
  9. — Weight: N/A
  10. Pros:
  11. — Affordable e-mountain bike
  12. — Front fork shocks
  13. — Max pedal assist speed of 20 miles per hour
  14. Cons:
  15. — Shorter range than other e-mountain bikes
  16. Technically the Electric Mountain Bike from Hyper Bikes is slightly more than $500, but you won’t find a cheaper e-mountain bike on the market. Given what you get, it’s a heck of a deal. The bike provides pedal assist for up to 20 miles per hour, helping to carry you up those steep off-road trails. There’s a front fork suspension that absorbs shock for off-road terrain, while knobby 26-inch tires provide traction for riding on unpaved surfaces.
  17. While it may lack the long range of more expensive e-mountain bikes, its 20 miles is suitable for most trail rides. The drivetrain consists of Shimano components with a single front chain ring and a six-speed rear cog set that is controlled through a twist shift on the handlebars. The Hyper Bikes e-mountain bike is also designed with a flush mount battery that stays out of the way, allowing for more aggressive off-road riding.
  18. While Hyper Bike doesn’t publish the weight of its mountain bike, expect it to weigh considerably more than other e-bikes at the $500 price point. Other handy features include an aluminum frame and alloy wheels.
  19. Things to Consider Before Buying The Best Electric Bike Under $500

 

  • Powered vs. Pedal Assist: E-bikes break down into three categories: powered, pedal assist, and those that do both. A powered e-bike differs the most from a traditional bike. It doesn’t have pedals or a drivetrain, relying entirely on a battery-powered electric motor to provide power to the bike’s rear wheel. A powered bike in the under $500 price range usually has a shorter range than a pedal-assist bike and does not produce enough torque to handle steeper claims, making it suitable for mostly level terrain.

 

  • Pedal-assist bikes combine the pedals and drivetrain of a traditional bike with a motor that provides supplemental power. A pedal-assist bike typically has different levels of power assist and will provide power for speeds up to 20 miles per hour. Since the rider is contributing some of the power to move the bike forward, this type of bike has a longer range than a powered e-bike, like the Cero One. Some e-bikes can supply power assistance or provide all power for the bike.

 

  • Motor and Speed: E-bikes that cost less than $500 have a motor located on the hub of the rear wheel that ranges in power from 250 to 350 watts. The greater the power of the motor, the higher its top speed, and the better able it is to produce the necessary torque to climb hills. E-bikes in this price range provide assistance for speeds between 15 and 20 miles per hour.

 

  • While a larger motor may make the bike faster and more powerful, it will also add more weight to the bike than a smaller motor and require more power to operate, draining the battery more quickly.

 

  • Portability: While many full-size e-bikes weigh upwards of 60 pounds, making them very difficult to transport in a vehicle or tote into an apartment or office, most of the best electric bikes under $500 are comparatively compact and lightweight. Many under $500 e-bikes are foldable, weigh around 40 pounds, and have small 14-inch wheels. Some of these bikes even have handles designed into the top bar that makes it easier to carry them. This design makes them small enough and light enough to fit in a car trunk or even tote into the office for safekeeping once you arrive at your destination.

 

  • Battery and Range: The size of the battery determines how far the e-bike can travel before requiring a recharge. How much electricity a battery can store is determined by the number of amp hours it has. The higher the amp hours (Ah), the greater the storage capacity of the battery. Most e-bikes under $500 have 7.5 Ah batteries, which is enough to provide a range of up to 15 miles for powered e-bikes and 30 miles for power-assist bikes. There are some e-bikes in this price range with larger 10.4 Ah batteries that offer a pedal-assist range of up to 45 miles. Keep in mind that a higher-capacity battery also weighs more, adding to the overall weight of the bike.

 

  • FAQs Q: What is the most dependable electric bike?

 

  • Ancheer makes some of the most dependable electric bikes at the sub-$500 price point. The company is one of the more

established e-bike manufacturers, having launched back in 2008 in Los Angeles.

  • Q: Is an electric bike worth buying?

 

  • Electric bikes have come down in price with improvements in motor and battery technology in recent years, making them an excellent option for commuting as well as recreation. These lower prices make them a great option for commuters who want to use a bike as an alternative to a car, thereby saving money on gasoline, aiding your health, and benefiting the environment.

 

  • Q: What should you know before buying an e-bike?

 

  • Before buying an e-bike, it’s important to understand the costs of maintenance and the potential restrictions for use of some e-bikes. Although e-bikes can allow you to save a considerable amount of money on fuel costs should you choose to use it for commuting, the battery will need to be replaced every few years, adding to the cost of the bike. Also, it’s important to understand that different states and municipalities have different regulations regarding e-bikes. For example, some will not allow e-bikes on bike paths or mountain biking trails, so it’s important to check local e-bike regulations before purchasing one.

 

  • Q: Are e-bikes good for seniors?

 

  • Since e-bikes provide power assistance, making it easier to pedal the bike on flat surfaces and up hills, while maintaining a decent speed with less exertion, they make a great option for seniors. Many e-bikes also have step-through frame designs, eliminating the need to throw one’s leg over a high-top bar, which can be difficult for those with limited mobility.

 

  • Q: How long do electric bike batteries last?

 

  • You can expect an electric bike battery to last between three and five years. Over time the lithium inside the battery will slowly lose its ability to hold a charge, even when it isn’t used. You can prolong the life of your e-bike’s battery by storing the battery in a cool dry place. Also, avoid keeping the battery on the charger for long periods after it’s fully charged, and don’t fully discharge the battery on a regular basis. When it comes time to replace the battery, ensure you recycle the old one where possible.

 

  • Q: Are electric bikes good for your health?

 

  • Although e-bikes may not require the same exertion, and hence won’t provide the same aerobic exercise as a regular bike, most do require pedaling. As with regular bikes, pedaling increases the heart rate, contributing to cardiovascular health and improving brain function while allowing one to maintain a healthy weight.

 

  • Q: How far can an electric bike go?

 

  • How far an electric bike can go depends on the battery capacity. Bikes that are under $500 have a range of about 15 miles, though there are some that can go as far as 45 miles on a single charge. An e-bike’s range depends on the battery size and whether the bike is providing all the power or pedal assistance. Keep in mind that most e-bikes have removable batteries, which means you can purchase an extra battery to increase its range.

 

  • Final Thoughts on the Best Electric Bikes Under $500

 

  • When choosing one of the best electric bikes under $500 it’s important to consider the range, portability, and motor assistance that the bike offers. With its 30-mile range, foldable design, and light total weight, the Swagtron Swagcycle EB-5 is the best electric bike $500 e-bike on the market. Those looking for a full-size mountain bike should consider the Hyper Bicycles Electric Mountain Bike.

 

  • This post was created by a non-news editorial team at Recurrent Media, Futurism’s owner. Futurism may receive a portion of sales on products linked within this post.

 

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7 Best Exercise Bikes for 2022

If you love cycling to get good exercise, but you don’t want to compromise your routine when unpredictable weather and seasonal restrictions hit, you might want to consider some different options. Bad conditions can make going outdoors difficult, if not impossible.

If you want to ensure a smooth ride every time, regardless of the weather, you’ll want the best stationary bike 2022 has to offer. A great indoor exercise bike not only works for the same muscle groups as outdoor cycling, but it allows you to transition seamlessly back to outdoor riding without missing a beat.

Many fitness fanatics recognize the advantages of indoor cycling, so when it’s too hot, too cold, too hazardous, or just plain unpleasant outside, having a solid, reliable alternative can be the difference between meeting your health goals and falling short or falling behind. So if you want to get your hands on the best exercise bike for keeping you on track, you’re in the right place.

As much as I love my road bike, I wouldn’t be the cyclist I am today without a stationary bike. Whether I’m training during the week for a century ride or it’s just too dark for me to get out there in the morning, indoor cycling on my stationary bike helps keep me active.

And because I’m able to take a ride on that schedule, I can easily get a smooth and quiet ride for an hour or two every day and feel great about it. This also means I’ve spent a lot of time testing different indoor exercise bikes to figure out the right one for me.

Every cyclist is different and has specific needs. Your goals may range from wanting to lose weight to boost your riding stamina. The space you have to work out in, the kind of cycling you want to do, and especially the amount of money you have to spend all factor into the decision.

You might also want to consider which bike seat and bike frame are the best for you and how comfortable you’ll be for your cardio workout. This article will help you choose the best overall exercise bike that can fit into your life and which is optimal for you. I’ve tried each of these bikes, either anecdotally or as part of a full review, or (in one case) used a similar model.

Looking for a list dedicated exclusively to Peloton-style bikes? Check out our list of best Peloton alternatives, which has some overlap with the choices here.

Bowflex all the things you control when choosing the right exercise bike for you, the content on the screen in front of you might be the one people think about the least. Many exercise bikes lock you into a platform, so you can train only with the videos provided by them.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as there are a lot of fantastic spin classes, cycling classes, and endurance-building sessions across the various exercise bikes, but it’s also not hard for some of these videos to feel a little stale after a while.

You get a lot with the Bowflex Velocore bike. It’s surprisingly modular, you can bring whatever shoes and seats and even weights and tablets along for the ride and the design supports it. In fact, on more than one occasion I’ve even taken Zoom meetings from the saddle of this Bowflex indoor cycling exercise bike, and the handlebars supported the design just fine.

The magnetic resistance system gives you plenty of challenges regardless of your skill level, and the special tilt system means you can get a core workout alongside your leg workouts. It’s a great all-around experience, but where it excels is everything you can do on the screen.

Bowflex has its own platform with instructors to help you train yourself in a number of ways like most exercise bikes, but there’s a lot more here than just indoor exercise. Netflix, Disney Plus, and HBO Max are a couple of the apps onboard, so you can enjoy a show while getting on a long-distance ride.

You can even use Zwift to ride alongside friends virtually, though it’s worth pointing out that your performance on this bike isn’t as accurate as you’d get on a dedicated Zwift-approved indoor trainer. No matter what you use, your performance is still tracked and available as a guide to improve yourself.

The only real downside to this indoor cycling exercise bike is its size. At 60 inches long and 24 inches wide, it has one of the larger footprints you’ll find among indoor exercise bikes. The 158-pound body means it’s nice and sturdy, but it also means those with smaller frames may find it challenging to move around using the two small wheels in the front.

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PelotonIf you’ve been looking to buy an exercise bike, you’ve heard of Peloton. It’s the bike in all the commercials, the bike you see celebrities own, and even the bike most likely to show up as a joke somewhere. What you normally see associated with this bike is its rather steep price tag, but if you stop there you’re likely to miss an important detail — you’re getting a lot more than you normally get elsewhere.

Where other exercise bikes tend to feel a little wobbly in places or get a little loud if you don’t sit just right on them just right, the fit and finish of a Peloton eliminates all of that. This feels like it was built for you, it’s incredibly comfortable and every inch is smooth and secure.

It has an adjustable seat, handlebar, and screen. The display doesn’t feel like it was added on — it feels like it was purpose-built for this bike. It’s a premium design and honestly sets the bar much higher for other exercise bikes after you’ve used this one.

Peloton bikes are frequently compared to Apple products in the way they look and feel, but they also have the biggest downside of an Apple product in there’s only one way to use them and that’s the way Peloton says you should use them.

Peloton bikes require cycling shoes with cleats to lock into the special pedals, which adds to your overall cost if you don’t already own them. While it’s undeniably true that cycling cleats increase your performance, it can be frustrating for beginners to start with special shoes.

The classes for Peloton span a wide range of options, but what makes the classes unique is the semi-live feel. Even if you’re not in one of the live classes, which run frequently through the Peloton app, your performance is shown in real time alongside others who’ve taken the class.

This is a great way to encourage you to push yourself just that little bit further. Unfortunately, once you’ve owned the bike for a while you’ll find the course structures can become repetitive and many long-term users report difficulties remaining motivated once they reach a performance plateau as a result of this lack of variety.

Peloton offers two different bikes, and while the Bike Plus is the newest and most feature-packed, it’s also one of the most expensive exercise bikes you can buy. The standard Peloton Bike has recently seen a price drop, making it much more reasonable to consider putting in your house.

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The Beachbody CompanyThere was a lot of speculation regarding the future of Myx bikes after the company was acquired by The Beachbody Company, and with the release of the Myx II and Myx II Plus we now have an answer. Instead of replacing the experiences Myx fans already know and love, the new parent company added its BODi workout platform as a separate thing you can also do if you choose.

At 54 inches long and 21 inches wide, Myx II takes up less space in your home than most other bikes with a screen attached to them. That 21.5-inch screen looks great and offers a lot of different workouts, but its real functionality is the way it can pivot all the way around. If you do so, you can use the included workout mat to do a lot more than just sitting and cycling.

The included weights, resistance bands, and kettlebells allow you to work out your entire body, and there are a ton of classes included to do exactly that. This is similar to what you’ll find in the Peloton Bike Plus, but for considerably less.

Max II Plus includes Apple Watch support to help you integrate your workout with your Apple Health platform easily, but the included Polar heart rate monitor works well too. And with the reversible pedals, you can use shoes with cleats or shoes without. Combine that with the many ways you can adjust your seating position and handlebar height and distance, it’s not hard to say this is one of the most adjustable bikes you can buy.

Like many other exercise bikes, there’s a monthly subscription service associated with the classes you can access on your Myx II Plus. Unlike many other indoor bikes, there are multiple subscriptions depending on the platform you want to use.

If you’re a fan of the OpenFeint system seen in the original Myx bike, you can pay for just that. If you want access to the live classes and workouts offered by the BODi platform you see at The Beachbody Company, you need to pay for that separately. If you choose to pay for both, this bike gets expensive over time.

See the full Myx II Plus review for more.

Bowflex cool as the Bowflex Velocore is, there’s no denying it takes up a lot of room and isn’t exactly cheap. If there was a way to keep a lot of the core benefits of the Bowflex experience for way less, the C7 is it. There’s no side-to-side leaning for core workouts and the display is considerably smaller, with speakers that aren’t all that great. But it’s way less expensive than most other exercise bikes. (I’ve tested a similar C6.)

That little screen also offers all the same great features you get with the Velocore, which means Netflix and all of the other streaming services are right there with the standard suite of workouts. It’s a great compromise, especially if you just want a solid magnetic resistance bike for those rare days when you can’t ride your bike outside. But if what you’re looking for is a wallet-friendly bike that’s actually enjoyable to use, this is the best option.

Wahoo FitnessExercise bikes do a great job of giving you a solid workout on something that usually feels sort of like a bike, but that experience is frequently not enough for those who spend an hour or more a day outside on their road bikes. When it’s important for your indoor riding experience to feel just as real and challenging as your outdoor riding experience, and you don’t want to use your actual bike indoors, there’s really only one option.

The Wahoo Kickr is the closest thing you’ll get to a real bike, right down to the customizable gearing and simulated shifting. The aggressive seating position is designed to mimic a racing road bike, and the resistance you feel when riding matches the software you’re using.

That means when your virtual ride in Zwift or other apps starts to go uphill, the bike adjusts your resistance automatically to give you the most realistic feeling possible as you ride. This is the only exercise bike capable of making you feel like you’re actually riding where the virtual ride shows you on the screen, and it’s incredible.

If you’re a serious cyclist looking to improve your performance when it gets cold and dark outside, and you’re unwilling to sacrifice that real bike feeling to get it, the Wahoo Kickr bike is your best option. But like all things designed for hyper-accuracy in the cycling world, you’ll absolutely pay for the privilege. But if you go this route and add in the real-feel wind fans and a big enough screen, you might forget for a moment that you’re actually riding inside.

SarisDo you know what’s better than an indoor bike? The outdoor bike I already own. If you’re like me and have a bike you love, it’s a shame to leave it hanging on your wall when it’s too cold to ride outside.

Instead of buying a separate exercise bike to ride when you can’t ride outside, you can instead use a Direct Drive Trainer. And if you’re going to go this far, you really want to make sure it’s smart enough to intelligently adjust along with your favorite workout apps.

Swap out your rear wheel for the Saris H3 and you now have a balanced surface with built-in cadence, speed, and power sensors to give you the data you need to measure performance. These sensors communicate with everything from Zwift, BKOOL, and TrainerRoad to the included one-month access to Rouvy to offer an interactive experience like mountain bike rides. Magnetic resistance changes based on what you see in your app of choice, and since you’re using your real bike, your power and shifting will reflect that same real-world feel.

There are a lot of indoor trainers you can use, but if you’re looking for a combination of smart feedback, performance monitoring, and price this is the way to go.

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Schwinn Schwinn has been a respected name in cycling for a very long time, and its stationary bikes are no exception. The IC4 is a great compact indoor exercise bike with a magnetic resistance system and a small LCD display to show you basic performance stats.

This upright bike is decently customizable and surprisingly easy to move around because it’s got friendly wheels and only weighs 106 pounds. The big thing this bike is useful for is plugging into other apps, which you can do with either the tablet dock or a TV mounted in your workout room.

The basic display on the Schwinn IC4 connects via Bluetooth to your phone or tablet with cycling apps on board, and the performance recorded on the bike can be translated to those apps with ease. This means you can use the Peloton app or Zwift and easily get a full body workout the way you want to, using whatever screen you choose.

It’s worth mentioning that there are a few accuracy discrepancies with the default configuration of this bike and some apps. Zwift, for example, will show you going much faster than you’re actually going and that can skew results if you’re racing friends or participating in daily challenges. There’s a calibration you can perform to correct this, but it’s something you’d need to do yourself if you’re concerned about accuracy in some third-party cycling apps.

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