Commuter electric bikes are getting more and more popular in 2020. Not only countries set laws on electric bikes, but countries also create routes, especially for bikers. We got to see every 1 or 2 e-bikes commuters moving along the street very often. Electric bikes had indeed become the new major mode of transportation.
Compare to driving a car, riding an e-bike save much more money. E-bikes are environmentally friendly and fewer chances of infected with COVID 19. It helps to reduce the carbon footprint in the city. In any busy city, the school are just streets away from home. Professionals, who want to work out in the morning and push for adrenaline rush yet do no have much time. Domestic helpers going to eateries, hyper marts or shop outlets for shopping near the subway station. Train commuters who residents a short distance away from the subway station, yet do not want to spend money on short bus rides. E-bikes come in so handy for these commuters, fulfilling daily activities easily.
As a city commuter, e-bike becomes my daily tool. I travel to the subway station in 5 minutes using an e-bike, which before it took me a 15 minutes walk to the subway station. Parking my e-bike at the subway station and I took the train to work. Ending a day at work, I return with some groceries and took a ride home.
So, what are the top 10 e-bikes in 2020 do city commuters like? Why top 10, but not top 5 or 8, because there are so many good e-bikes out there to compare. Let’s do a count down then.
1: Coboc ONE Soho
This is another German-made e-bike. Designed in the old school style, Soho looks exactly like an e-bike from the 1960s, built-in with the battery pack. The frame was constructed using 7020 aluminium, which is very light weighted and finished off with a silver satin coat. The bike is weight at 13.7 kg only. It is built-in with Caliper brakes, which helps biker to stop immediately if need to stop in an emergency. The battery is powered at 352 Wah. In just one charge, the bike can go from 30 to 55 miles. The battery took 2.5 hours, the fastest charging pack. Abiding to a legal requirement, the e-bike can only be a ride at the top speed of 15.5 mph.
On a personal note, this is the e-bike can run far and long. Furthermore, the weight is very light to bring around and the battery took the shortest time to complete. Though the price is averagely high, it had proven to be worthy.
2: Cooper E Disc
Cooper Bikes is the bicycle division of the Cooper Car Company, which made the original Mini Cooper. The latest bike is built with Reynolds 520 steel, tough A-frame for the body. Amazingly, the bike only weighs 12.8 kg. The interesting part is the 250-watt motor is built-in KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery) system, same as those can be found in Formula One cars. The Zehus All-in-One electric hub is a fully integrated battery that doesn’t come with an on-off switch. Shimano Altus Hydraulic Disc Brake is what they use to put the bike to a stop.
Cleverly use of technology, Cooper can start up the motor by back-pedalling three times. The bike provides a stable and neutral ride, given a top speed of up to 15.5 mph maximum. Charging of the battery is done by plugging into the charging bolt on the drive-side of the rear wheel. In a single charge, the bike runs for 15.5 miles. Cooper’s design is very known to be classic and traditional, be it the steel and the colour. On a personal note, if you are a vintage lover, you will love this bike at the first look. It is always the old and powerful one.
3: Vanmoof Electrified S2
What is special about this bike is, it comes with an integrated e-lock system. The anti-theft nuts and bolts is neither locking the chain or the cable, but it’s a pin that holds the rear wheel to immobile when it’s locked manually or using a password. High technology and out of the box, isn’t it? Not only this, the bike includes a location tracker.
On a personal note, Vanmoof bike is worth great value for money, high tech and equally powerful. The downside is the design is rather simple. This bike is especially good for practical people.
4: Brompton Electric
Specialist in folding e-bike is none other than Brompton. This London made e-bikes are light weighted, come with a battery bag so handy, and small enough to bring into the subway. Not
only these, but the e-bike also performs equivalently good to most of the e-bikes out there. Using a Samsung battery, it can be powered at 300Wah, enable biker to ride on 20 to 50 miles. The lithium made battery comes with 1.5 litres bag compartment in the basic package. To upgrade to the 2.0-litre slab, can simply pay a little more for the battery. Like any portable battery, it can also be used for charging any other electronic devices. The battery took 5 hours to be fully charged.
Unlike the traditional A-framed e-bike, this bike is shaped much to an L-framed. Other than the modernized outlook, the bike can practically be folded down to a portable luggage size of 585 mm high x 565 mm long x 270 mm. Interestingly, the total bike weight is only 16.8 kg, convenient for any city commuters who took the subway or high-speed rail. The bike is built with 4 assistance modes, limited to a top of speed of 15.5 mph. Its dual-pivot brakes could function instantly whenever an e-stop is required. On a personal note, this bike is handy for city travellers, who sometimes commute from a city to another city. The price is average, suitable for train commuters who don’t have a site to park their bikes.
5: Haibike Sduro Cross 4.0
The Haibike, known makers for mountain e-bikes, also had its series of road e-bikes for city commuters. Built-in a German-style, the frame, made of aluminium 6061 with low step, constructed a robust and firm body, able the bike to withstand heavyweight object. Attached with Teatro HD M285 aluminium brake, it could steadily stop the bike whenever the need to. We understand why aluminium is used again, due to its durable, corrosion-resistant and light-weighted character. This bike weighs only 22.4 kg, considered the averagely light among most of the e-bikes.
The bike is mounted with Yamaha Lithium-Ion battery, powered at 500 Wah. In a single charge, the battery could last for 30-80 miles, depends on the mode of use for the ride. Using Shimano SLX M7000, the gear is controlled to run at the top speed of 15.5 mph, fulfilled the legal requirements well for most of the countries. This bike looks very sporty, suitable for low terrain and road trekking.
On a personal note, if you are a city commuter who loves riding a long distance, this bike is for you. You could also go for a trail ride along the outskirts of the city.
6: Bulls Lacuba Evo E45 Wave Frame
Charging like a bull, Bulls never fails from its recent creation of Lacuba Evo E45 Wave Frame. This bike is so comfortable to ride with. Not only that, but it is also powerful like the charging bulls at the top speed of 28 mph. Accommodates with a battery at 650Wah, power is supplied from the semi-integrated battery enables to run for 118 miles depends on riding quality. Charging time, unlike any other battery, the battery took 5 hours for complete charging.
Using control of 10-speed gear, optimal speed can be selected to the requirement of the rider. This bike is built using a 7005-aluminium frameset, included with battery for its maximum range. Strong and yet not heavy weighted, this bike is only 23.5 kg. For city commuter, if you need a long ride to work, this is the bike for you. The bike is designed to be sporty and look much like a trekking bike.
On a personal note, it is strong for the long ride to work, worthy for a good price with this construction.
7. Delite GT Nuvinci Riese & Muller
Machine makers, motor specialists or experts in mechanics, no one could beat the Germans. Creation from the hands of Germans, the bike is constructed in details of engineering control and design. The aluminium frame is set in high step, building a sturdy structure, made the body robust and durable. Heavy as it is, the bike weighs at 30kg. The bike is built-in with a dual battery system, powered at 482 Wah. With the dual battery system, the bike could ride
from 25 miles to as long as 100 miles. Both batteries can be charged at the same time, charging time took around 3.5 hours.
Using its own technology and creation, 1 Speed 1x∞ NuVinci N380 geared the bike in high speed, top at 28mph, ensure a smooth ride on the road. Attached with Shimano Deore Hydraulic Disc, the bike put to a stop at any instant. This bike is designed with a fusion of the classic framework and modern squarely structure. Filled with glittered colours, the bike shines with a tint for sporty outlook.
On a personal note, this bike worth investing if you like BMW or Mercedes Benz. The strong and durable framework could take a war ground. On the downside, the bike is heavy duties.
8: Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0
Specialized Turbo Vado made e-bikes with high power and high speed. In its recent version 6.0, Turbo Vado 6.0 battery is designed as integrates into the frame. It comes with a lockable function and easily removable for simplified charging. Using Specialized U1-604 battery, the bike is powered at 604 Wah, Vado 6.0 can deliver a pedal-assisted boost to 50 miles. The
battery took 4 hours to charge before the bike could start rolling on the road. The bike is light weighted at 22.6kg. TRP Zurich, hydraulic 4-piston disc could easily put a halt to the tyre whenever the biker presses the handle.
Running at 11-speed gear with Shimano SLX 11 Speed, this bike can generate a top speed of 28mph. The bike is designed to work on 3 modes; economical, sports and turbo. Being energy economical, the speed is almost equivalent to a normal bicycle. For one who enjoys speed, can switch to the turbo mode, where one can feel the wind-resistant against the ride. Covered in full black, the bike resembles the galloping black horse on the green field. Stand tall with its sporty designed, this bike an instrument of great speed.
On a personal note, I like its full black designed, standing tall like a black knight. The price is much on the high end, but this cut down the weight a little more.
9: Izip E3 Dash
Dash, living up to its name, enables bikers to dash with a mid-drive speed at 28 mph. Made of 6061 aluminium alloy, the body is built-in high step frame. The Panasonic lithium battery-powered at 417-watt hour weighs 2.7kg. This added to the total weight of 24kg for the bike. Charging of the battery took 5 hours. The battery pack can be detached from the bike for charging. The battery can last for 16 – 40 miles in a single charge.
The 10-speed gears drive the bike smoothly, gliding along the road and turns. Using Shimano M355 hydraulic disc brakes, the bike could stop easily within an instant. Overall, the bike is designed with a little sporty and modernized outlook. Coated with a silver body, the bike portrays a sense of elegant.
On a personal note, this bike is average in value. However, if you love to ride in high speed and love the control, this bike is what you are looking for.
10: Pendleton Somerby Electric
Getting onto this hybrid bike is much easier due to it low step with frame. Using a 317Wh battery, the range can last till 40 – 50 miles. The battery can be recharged in 5 hours. To prevent overheating of the battery, short-circuiting or overcharging, Somerby also included with an integrated smart control system. Charging of battery pack can either be performed on the bike or detached from the bike.
The body is added with mudguards and chain guard to prevent bikers from getting stains. The 8-speed Shimano gears ensure a smooth ride in fast mode. However, speed is automated to a maximum of 15.5 mph by speed sensor abiding to transport legal requirement. With Tektro alloy V-brakes, the bike could come to a halt steadily when biker decided to stop.
On a personal note, if you like classic design, this is the bike for you. This bike is great value for money.
Here we are, the top 10 choices of e-bikes we got for city commuters. We had some with pros while others with cons. Ultimately, there is no perfect e-bike, but which one suit you better.