2022 Sea Otter Classic Ebike Photo Gallery

Atmosphere is electric at the spring cycling fest.

Cargo ebike specialist Benno Bikes had its Boost 10D cargo ebike outfitted for a full day of beach fun—tiki torches included.Toby Hill

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.

Cannondale showcased its newly updated Moterra Neo eMTBs with larger batteries and Bosch’s Smart System.Toby Hill
The Moterra LT (long-travel) models are Cannondale’s first eMTBs equipped with coilover rear shocks.Toby Hill
Haro’s upcoming Johnny 5 big-wheel BMX-style hub-drive bike is aimed at enabling the “Ride Out” crowd to extend their urban wheelying adventures. It’s also sure to tug at the heartstrings of aging 1980s BMXers.Toby Hill
We took a quick spin on the VAAST E/1 “Personal Mobility Vehicle” and walked away impressed by its novel use of the Naild R3ACT 2PLAY suspension system. The speed pedelec seemed to hover above the ground.Toby Hill
VAAST offers the E/1 with a Rohloff Speedhub internal gear hub (pictured) or Enviolo stepless geared hub—each paired with a Gates Carbon Drive belt drive—and traditional chain-and-derailleur drivetrain with Shimano SLX and XT components. Prices range from $7,499 to $9,999.Toby Hill
The belt-drive versions of the VAAST require the use of this tensioner due to the effects of the suspension system on the drivetrain.Toby Hill
Fantic’s Issimo 20-inch-wheel urban bike is powered by a 250W Bafang M500 mid-drive motor with 80Nm of torque and has an MSRP of $4,169. Fantic ebikes are currently distributed in the US by Texas-based Tucker Powersports.Toby Hill
The Fantic Issimo’s industrial-looking frame design is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition.Toby Hill
The Fantic XXF 2.0 Factory eMTB is ready to slay downhill tracks with Öhlins-sprung front and rear suspension, including a 200-millimeter-travel dual-crown fork. A Brose Drive S Mag mid-drive delivers the bike back to the top for multiple laps.Toby Hill
Bulls Bikes highlighted its latest drop-bar road and gravel ebikes.Toby Hill
The Bulls Sentinel 3.0 patrol ebike, now features Bosch’s fourth-generation Performance Speed mid-motor and a 120-millimeter-travel SR Suntour Lytro air fork.Toby Hill
Integration is the name of the game with Scott’s Patron full-suspension eMTB. The rear air shock, for instance, is housed in the carbon fiber frame’s toptube, delivering 160 millimeters of travel.Toby Hill
The Bulls eMTB Race Presented by Bosch was held on a 2-mile circuit at the end of day two during Sea Otter.Robert DeBerry/Sea Otter Classic