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Top 5 Electric Bikes For 2018 – Best Rated Electric Bicycles

Let me take you back to a spring evening, not too long ago. On this night, I was making the familiar trip across town to my folks’ house. After a long, hard day at the office, here I was, pedaling my bike for what felt like ages.

It turns out, ages was “only” an eight-mile journey.

The real struggle was that final steep hill. Body aching, and in a moment of desperation, I give in and start pushing to get myself over the last hurdle.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spot movement. A young couple are cycling towards me on stylish black mountain bikes.

Within seconds, they whizz past me. I watch them climb the hill. Silently and effortlessly. Their legs make the smoothest of movements. There are huge smiles etched across their faces.

‘That’s impossible on this steep hill,’ I think to myself. ‘There’s got to be more to it.’

With the last of my energy, I chase them down.

Only they’re not pedaling.

No, sir. They’re riding new big-brand electric bicycles. They tell me they’ve already done a 30-mile round trip that day, taking in all the sights of the city.

It blew me away.

From that moment, I set out to learn what these ‘super cruiser bikes’ are all about. I needed to know whether they’re worth the investment.

After months of road testing one high-caliber ebike after another, I’ve become a big fan.

So if you’re like me, and are looking for a power boost to go the distance, take a look at my top-5 electric bikes for 2018:


ProdecoTech Phantom X2 v5 Folding Electric Bike

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ProdecoTech Phantom X2 v5 Folding Electric Bicycle, w/Safecastle Waterbottle, 500-watt, direct-drive motor,...

Last update was in: April 17, 2018 2:35 am

$1,699.00 $1,699.99

Overview:

I’ve had a ton of fun zooming the city streets on the Phantom X2. First off, this is a top-of-the-range electric mountain bike. It’s built to withstand long and varied city commutes as well as rougher terrain. The aluminum frame is tough as nails. It carries heavy-duty wheels, shock absorption, and hydraulic brakes. Oh, and a Twist 8 Speed Shifter. Combined, these give you quick acceleration, accurate steering and a safe stop.
 
As the title gives away, this bike is 100% collapsible. There is a built-in trigger for folding this bike in half, and a simple lever to pop off the wheels. We’ve all seen folding bikes before, but a folding electric assist bike is a neat concept. It makes it 10x easier to transport your bike wherever you want to ride. The bike’s battery mounts on a rack, making it convenient to take off and replace while you’re on the move.
 
The actual ride is super comfortable. The saddle is a Velo Plush seat designed to give proper support to almost any body type. I know from my experience that this will allow you to cruise for dozens of miles. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve worked out without any of the aches and pains. The 500w motor will help you reach speeds of 20 mph and can take you as far as 30 miles on a single charge. This should be plenty fast even for the adrenaline junkies out there.
 
What I especially love is how quiet this ebicycle is. If you’re riding down the street or through the park, the gentle hum of the motor is unnoticeable. This is because it’s hidden by the sound of your smooth pedaling. If you’re not into flashy gadgets, any ordinary person would assume you’re riding a basic mountain bike.
 
Something to bear in mind: this bike is for adult riders. If you’re considering it for kids, make sure that their legs touch the ground to keep them safe. This leads me to my only drawback with the Phantom 2x: for a foldable bike, it’s heavy, tipping the scales at 54 pounds. If you’re strong-ish, you won’t have trouble. I’m kind of wimpy, so I found lugging it around on the train a bit challenging.

My Verdict:

This is the quintessential electronic bicycle that’s worth every cent. It packs sophisticated features in a solid frame. It has the old school feel of riding a high-spec bicycle. If you’re only going to invest in an electric bike once in your life, go for it.

Specifications:

  • 30-mile range with top speed of 20 MPH
  • Front & Rear Avid DB Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Rear Direct Drive 36V 500W Motor
  • SRAM X7 Twist 8-Speed Shifter
  • Safecastle Water Bottle manufactured from 18/8 food grade stainless steel, top made from BPA-free plastic
  • 2-year Warranty

 


Addmotor HITHOT Electric Bike

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Addmotor HITHOT Electric Bicycles Mountain Full Suspension Electric Bikes 48V 500W Motor...

Last update was in: April 17, 2018 2:36 am

$1,699.00

Overview:

This is another impressive electro bike from the Addmotor Company. The solid alloy frame and state-of-the-art suspension make it perfect for mountain bikers. You can even use it for trail riding, which is somewhat unique. It goes to show that electric bikes aren’t only for city slickers.
 
The Addmotor HITHOT has all the traditional features of an excellent mountain bike. Shock absorption, a solid handlebar, a well-crafted frame . . . it’s all there. Using the right setting, it lets you travel a staggering 60 miles on a single charge. There are 7 gears in total alongside a throttle that’s operated by a simple twist. The bike has a powerful 500w Rear Hub motor that will let you whizz around at up to 25 mph.
 
The brakes use the latest technology in the form of 160mm discs at the front and the back of the bike. The wheels are a thick 27.5 inches and look exactly how you would expect for a traditional off-road bike. Depending on your body type, you may find that the saddle makes you feel a tad stiff, but try it out and you’ll know.
 
Addmotor has included a useful 5-inch LCD display. This gives you important details about your ride: distance, speed, battery life, etc.
This is a welcome feature for electric bike riders, especially long-distance riders. You’ll rest easy knowing you’ll never get caught off guard with a low battery.

My Verdict

I have no significant complaints about this bike. If it suits your requirements, it’s the best off-road motor bike you’ll find. It works as well for traditional pedaling as it does full throttle.

Specifications:

  • 500-Watt Direct-drive Brushless Motor
  • 5-inch LCD Screen with USB charging port displaying battery charge, speed and distance
  • 48V 10.4AH Lithium Battery
  • Charger time: 3-4 hours
  • Ideal height 5’5’’-6’6’’
  • Max load up to 300lb
  • Weight: 59 pounds

 


SWAGTRON SwagCycle E-bike

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SWAGTRON SwagCycle E-Bike – Folding Electric Bicycle with 10 Mile Range, Collapsible...

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Last update was in: May 20, 2018 1:04 am

$379.99 $399.99

Overview:

Get ready to get your swag on with this fun and unique electric bike from Swagtron. This bike is a fusion between a traditional bicycle and a sexy scooter. Whatever reservations you might harbor over electric bikes in general, you won’t want to knock it ‘til you try it!

The body is made from light and durable aluminum. The handlebar comes with simple controls to let you accelerate, brake, monitor battery life, operate headlights and of course…sound the horn. There’s even an USB point that will let you charge your iPhone or Android on the go. The bike can reach a top speed of 10mph. Feel the wind in your hair as you zoom up and down hills and past all that city traffic…

To be honest, this bike is really designed for city commuters or kids riding around the suburbs. The fact that it’s foldable will let you carry it on the bus, on the train or even on the plane. It’s just not designed for heavy riding, long distances or tough terrains. If you want something sleek and fabulous at a fraction of the cost of most other e-bikes, this baby’s for you. But (and this is an important “but”), if you’re attempting longer rides – keep an eye on the battery life. I found the promise of 10 miles on a single battery charge to be way too liberal. Also, the wheels aren’t geared for rocky roads so as long as you stick to concrete, you’ll avoid those nasty punctures.

My Verdict:

This bike has the cool-factor for city dwellers. It’s compact, portable and stylish. However, it’s not hardwearing…so if you’re an off-road enthusiast, check out our other top picks.

Specifications:

  • Top speed of 10MPH with a 10 mile range on a single charge
  • 36v battery and a 250w motor
  • Charges in 2.5 hours
  • Collapsible aerospace grade aluminum frame
  • Handlebar display for battery life
  • USB charging port

 


ANCHEER Folding Electric Mountain Bike

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ANCHEER Folding Electric Mountain Bike with 26 Inch Wheel, Large Capacity Lithium-Ion...

Last update was in: May 30, 2018 7:47 am

$1,300.00

Overview

Do you mix your rides between urban environments and off-road tracks? This one’s for you. The experts at ANCHEER have designed the perfect basic electric bike that will take you from city scapes to the countryside. This is made possible by the solid aluminum alloy frame and added carbon steel fork. There is plenty of shock absorption and sizeable 26 inch wheels if you do veer on to rocky roads. Here’s the cool part. This model has a built in 21-speed transmission system that you can adjust to get the exact speed you want. The front and back disc brakes will ensure that you come to a secure stop at all times. Parents take note – this is a great feature that will keep your son or daughter safe out there in the big world. So how fast does it go? Well, the top speed is 25mph. That’s pretty accurate. The battery is a beast – 36v 8AH Ion lithium that can be re-charged either on the frame or externally. The max range is around 30 miles, pretty impressive huh? I took it on a 27-mile ride on the first day and it still had juice in the tank. It’s great if you like to go on super long rides and want to use pedal-assist along the way.

There’s really not many cons with this bike. Again it’s good to remember that when it comes to e-bikes generally, you get what you pay for. This is a semi-affordable model so it has some concessions when it comes to materials. For example, the chain guard is made out of plastic. It wasn’t too much of an issue for me, and the bike was still able to live up to its promise of on and off road riding. The only other thing, you may have to do a bit of DIY to keep it at its best. It requires assembly on arrival (easy) but depending on how much you use it, you may want to have a wrench close by to do occasional maintenance like tightening the disc brakes.

My Verdict

This is a great, affordable, starter electric bike for anyone who loves to ride in the city and in the great outdoors. If you don’t want to spend too much and need a comfortable and good-looking e-bike, you’ll like this one. Be prepared to do some simple DIY to keep it at optimal performance.

Specifications:

  • High-strength aluminum and carbon steel frame
  • Shock absorption
  • 36V/8AH li battery supports a 250Watt high-speed motor
  • 21-speed transmission settings
  • Bright LED headlamp and horn
  • Charging time: 4-6 hours
  •  1: 1 booster riding, Pure electric riding, Pure human riding

 


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