We put all of these awesome e-bike options through our in-depth, side-by-side tests to thoroughly review them. And so you can make the right choice, we asked the most pertinent questions and got answers from the companies making each e-bike bicycle.
We also rode the e-bikes for a number of days to get a highly direct and real-life feel for the performance of each under a variety of different commutes and riding conditions.
Reader note: I’m a big proponent of e-bikes. I use them for a variety of short and long commutes, as well as on weekends for relaxing rides! They enable you to reach places faster and enjoy the ride more.
Tests: We tested the motor, gear shift, suspension, brakes, wheels, tyres, and brakes, all with the same 24v, 500 W, motor system and battery on each bike, so we could speed up the process of narrowing down our top picks.
Our Pick: The Mission Motors Mission 1 and the Specialized Turbo Levo are both true e-bike riding experiences, delivering speed for the weight and cost of them. But the Turbo Levo is the better rider here. It has greater torque, speed, range, comfort and brakes than the Mission 1. And it has more eye-catching looks, is lighter and comes with better parts than the Mission 1.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best electric bike for commuting?
There are SO many answers to that question, because everyone has a different commute.
The best commuter e-bike could be as simple as a single-speed with a rear rack if you don’t live very far from work and like to ride some hills in the morning to get a little exercise.
However, other commuters might need a bit more help with thei