The best electric bikes of 2022

What are the best electric bikes?

After riding a number of models — from folding to mountain to cargo bikes — we think the Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus is the best electric bike for most people. Starting at $1,799, it’s not overly expensive for an ebike, and comes in both a low-step and a high-step models. We also like that it has front and rear fenders as well as a built-in bike rack. Its battery is removable, making it easier to charge. 

If you live in more urban environments, you may want to check out the Charge Bikes City, which shares many of the same characteristics as the RadCity 5 Plus, but its handlebars and pedals can fold flat, making the bike easier to store if you have limited space. 

Note that we’re in the process of testing the VanMoof X3 (opens in new tab), which delivers a ton of smart features, anti-theft measures and a cool turbo boost mode. 

If you’re shopping for an electric bike now, here are the best we’ve tested so far. Keep in mind that due to high demand, many of the best electric bikes are either on backorder or are sold out. And before you do any riding, be sure to pick up one of the best bike helmets and some of the best bike lights if you’ll be riding in the dark.

Read on for all our best electric bike picks.

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Our methodology to select and rank the best electric bikes of the year

Although the best electric bike is the one that suits you and your lifestyle, there are a few different factors to take into consideration when choosing a list of strong contenders. 

Firstly, we looked at the offerings of some of the most popular cycling companies in the world. Then, we branched out our search to take into account other companies that might not specialize in electric bikes but had released one or more highly ranked vehicles.

We also looked at the range and charging time of each e-bike, the quality, and positioning of its motor, the variety of sizes and heights available, and also the price of each bike. 

Raleigh Retroglide Royale scored as the best e-bike

Raleigh Retroglide Royale | Raleigh
Raleigh Retroglide Royale | Raleigh

To cut to the chase, in the Class 1 category the Raleigh Retroglide Royale 2.0 iE Step Over won the top spot. It scored an 84 out of 100 points. Consumer Reports determined its 16-mile range, acceleration, handling, and brakes make it the number one choice. In the number two spot is the Tern Vektron D8 Folding. It scored just one point less at 83. But it costs much more at $4,000, whereas Raleigh’s price is $2,600. 

Blix Aveny Skyline | Blix
Blix Aveny Skyline | Blix

For the Class 2 category, the Blix Aveny Skyline won by quite a big margin with an 81 score. With 71 points, the Lectric XP 2.0 Folding came in second. The price of the Blix is $1,800; while the Lectric is priced at $1,000. 

Of course, your needs may be different than what Consumer Reports find important. But this gives you a general guide to get you started. The bottom line is that you have before you a fun new way to travel without having to shell out a large sum. For around $2,000 you can enjoy the e-bike experience for yourself.

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