While still not on par with their European counterparts, Americans are discovering the fun and freedom of ebikes in greater numbers than ever. And the bicycle industry is eager to meet the growing consumer demand by introducing gobs of new electric bikes in every style under the sun, at just about any price point.
For a barometer of that, one need not look any further than this year’s Sea Otter Classic, the spring consumer festival and trade expo that has traditionally served as the bicycle industry’s annual launch pad for the new bicycle sales season. And while supply chains remain mired in unpredictability, the strong turnout of bike brands at Sea Otter represented something of a return to normalcy.
So what did those brands bring to show festivalgoers? For one thing, more ebikes than I’ve personally ever seen at the Monterey, California, event. Following is sampling from the many brands I visited while trolling the aisles at the Laguna Seca Raceway, home of the 32-year-old event.