These Are The Best Ebikes We Reviewed In 2019

Stellar models for commuting, hauling cargo, and road and off-road riding.

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What was our favorite commuter bike this year? You’ll have to read on.Jeff Allen

A lot of terrific ebikes—and some not-so-great ones—rolled through Cycle Volta HQ in our first several months of reviewing bikes and products. And we’re excited to accelerate the pace of our testing heading into the new year. For now, we look back at some of our favorite ebikes from 2019 in several categories.

Road/gravel: Specialized Creo SL Expert EVO

Creo SL Expert EVO
The Creo SL Expert EVO is the serious drop-bar rider’s ebike.Jeff Allen

This lightweight, moderately torqued, and fully off-road-capable beauty wowed us from jump street. The 35Nm of torque on hand is half or less than that of many ebikes, but for hardcore road and gravel riders the Creo “provides an amazing, revolutionary experience,” our tester wrote. You’ll work hard on the Creo, but you’ll also ride longer and faster, which is the entire point of the bike. That ride experience comes at a price of 9 grand for this particular model (Specialized also offers the lower-spec Creo SL Comp EVO with the same carbon frame for $6,500), but that outlay gets you Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting with an XT Di2 mountain derailleur, the novel Future Shock steerer tube suspension system from Specialized, Class 3 pedal assist up to 28 mph from the lightweight Specialized SL 1.1 motor, stealthy downtube battery integration, and one of the most gorgeous finishes (Specialized calls it Black Granite/Green Blue Chameleon) we’ve seen on any bike in a long while—all tipping the scales at less than 30 pounds. What’s not to love?

Cargo: Yuba Electric Supermarché

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Happy passengers aboard the Yuba Electric Supermarché.Yuba

Currently priced at $5,500 on Yuba’s website (marked down from $6,250), the Electric Supermarché was the priciest of the handful of cargo ebikes we tested this year. But those extra dollars buy great off-the-line power to get the giant front-loader moving, plus amazing hauling capacity and versatility for carrying all sorts of cargo, including three young children. That versatility is easily enhanced through add-on accessories including front and rear child seats and a weather-resistant cargo canopy.

Commuter: Bulls Bikes E28 Diamond Frame

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The Bulls Bikes E28 is speedy and comfortable.Jeff Allen

We threw a leg over a bunch of worthy commuter ebikes this year, from the value-packed Aventon Pace 350 to the elegantly styled Bluejay Bicycles Premiere Edition. But Bulls’ E28 Diamond Frame model took top honors with its Class 3 top assisted speed of 28 mph via a 350W Bosch Performance Line Speed mid-drive motor, comfortable upright riding position, powerful hydraulic disc brakes mated to quick-stopping 203-millimeter rotors, and a suspension seatpost and coil-sprung suspension fork to smooth out road chatter.

Mountain: Kona Remote 160

Kona Remote 160
The Kona Remote 160 rides much like a traditional mountain bike.Julia LaPalme

We got off to a bit of a rocky start with the Remote 160 (snapped chain, balky dropper post), but once we got past those issues it was all smiles with this Shimano STEPS E8000-powered all-mountain/enduro shredder. It rides waaaayyy lighter than its 50-pound-plus weight suggests, and its long, low, and slack layout and snug chainstays are right in line with the mountain bike geometry trends Kona has long pioneered with its Process line of non-electrics. With Shimano’s keyless 504Wh battery pack cleanly integrated into the aluminum frame’s downtube, the Remote 160 cuts a beautiful visual profile out on the trail. Fellow riders may have to take a second look to even realize it’s an ebike.