The market for electric rideables continues to grow, which is undoubtedly being fueled by people looking to avoid potentially overcrowded public transportation. It's grown so much that we've now broken our recommendations down into two categories: the best e-bikes you'll find below and the best electric scooters and skateboards. Some of these devices were tested before Coronavirus Pandemic, others more recently. Most of them were tested on a route through sections of Midtown Manhattan, around Central Park or the West Side Highway bike path. We will update this list regularly.

Remember if you are about to get into rideables, Be sure. On plain old bikes and scooters, leave enough space between you and the cars and drivers. You can go much faster too, so drive and adjust with caution. Charge the battery and check your tires. And above all, always wear a helmet when you ride


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Ideal for commuters with limited storage space. The Swagtron EB5 Pro is a foldable bike with pedal assistance and an electric motor that also has its own throttle valve (so you don't actually have to pedal). On a full battery, it can travel up to 15 miles at a speed of 15 miles per hour. This folding electric bike is a single speed and you can even turn off all powered functions and use them like a normal bike. It weighs a solid 37 pounds and the seat supports riders up to 264 pounds, but when the seat is folded down this ride is surprisingly small.

Check out our Swagtron EB5 Pro gallery.

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If it can be put on a bike, Rad Power Bikes will likely offer it. With loads of accessories, you can choose from nine different bike models for cargo, kids, cargo with kids, or just ride through the mud.

We got our hands on the RadRunner 1 with a back seat and footrests. This particular configuration is ideal for parents to run errands with their little ones on board. The 48-volt battery with 14 ampere hours drives a 750-watt motor, which can support the RadRunner with pedal assistance or throttling of up to 32 km / h. With four support levels, drivers can increase or decrease the battery in order to save it if necessary or to negotiate a steep incline.

The step-through frame makes it easy to get on and off, even if there is a passenger or parcels on the back of the bike. The RadRunner can hold up to 300 pounds. I can assure you that this will be the case if my passengers and I have exceeded the weight limit without any problems.

Read our RadRunner 1 to touch.

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The $ 2,299 Camp Scrambler from Juiced Bikes is as fun as it is unique and as comfortable as it is fast. The long banana seat is reminiscent of bicycles in the 70s, but with a modern twist. The Camp Scrambler is equipped with a 750 watt Bafang motor, can provide pedal assistance up to 28 miles per hour and gas up to 20 miles per hour. It is powered by a 52 volt battery that allows the driver to travel up to 50 miles on a single charge. The charging time is approx. Four hours. There are seven pedal assist modes and a Shimano seven-speed freewheel cassette for shifting.

The long seat is comfortable for riders of all sizes and offers space for a second rider (my Speed-Demon daughter likes to ride on the front part of the seat), and the high handlebars are comfortable for long journeys. I've put more than 500 miles on one and I still enjoy driving as much as I did when I started. The wide gnarled Kendra tires make it easy to hop on and off the road, but for those who only ride the sidewalk there is the City Scambler, which has a similar look and specifications to road tires.

The bike weighs 71 pounds and can support riders up to 275 pounds. The lights on the front and back of the bike provide nighttime visibility and come with a bell that lets people know you are coming down the lane. Two hydraulic brakes bring the scrambler to a standstill quickly and safely. The whole package makes for a great driving experience.

Read our Juiced Bikes Camp Scrambler first.

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The gorgeous, futuristic-looking $ 2,799 GoCycle GS is not your average collapsible e-bike. Its engine is in the front and it has a fully closed chain that runs to the rear wheel. This way you can commute without worrying about yourself or your clothes getting greasy or smearing the chain after out and about on a wet day. Roads with uneven spots are also less of a problem with the rear suspension.

The wheels are attached with single-sided brackets, which is a key design feature, so they can be quickly removed by hand. It also means you can break it down into smaller pieces to take up less space. The whole weighs 16.5 kg and you can purchase a portable docking station, which is essentially a rolling suitcase for the bike to store and transport.

The GS settings are controlled from an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth using the GoCycleConnect app. Two straps on the handlebars keep your phone safe while driving. While riding the GoCycle, you can change the assistance modes and speeds, and turn the throttle on and off.

The gas assistance can only be used when driving at least 6 km / h in order not to overload the 500 watt motor. The GoCycle's 300 Wh battery is around 65 km long when fully charged, depending on driving style and weight. It assists riders up to 220 pounds and pedal / gas assistance up to 20 mph. A full charge takes about seven or three and a half hours with a quick charger (sold separately).

The GS concentrates on the small details, such as the center stand, which can be discreetly folded under the bike and makes it almost invisible. I can't stress enough how beautifully this bike is designed. The way they pushed so much into that little bike is just amazing.

For $ 2,799, you can get a premium ride (and it's not even the company's top of the line). However, if you're not sure it's worth not seeing, you may find a local dealer who runs the GoCycle line and provides test drives.

See our gallery of the GoCycle GS.

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Although it has been replaced with newer models, I decided to keep the Super Commuter on this list as it comes at a reasonable discount (from $ 5,200 to $ 3,600).

I originally tested this bike on the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour 2019. First, I wanted to see how it behaves as a normal bike. It's heavy at 54 pounds, and I had to see how it would fare against some of the slimmer bikes. The 11 speeds made it easy to maintain a comfortable pace. When I came across some inclines, the pedal assistant (Bosch Performance Speed, 350 watt motor, integrated into the frame) worked perfectly.

Eco was my preferred assistance mode. It offers the least support of the four settings (Eco, Tour, Sport and Turbo), so it offers the best battery life over long distances. Note that this bike does not have a throttle. It is only pedal assistance.

Check out our gallery of the Trek Super Commuter Plus 8S.

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The $ 6,000 Trek Allant Plus 9.9S beats many premium notes. The design is sleek, with a removable built-in battery (or RIB as Trek calls it) built right into the frame. A secondary 500 watt hour battery is optionally available, which is mounted directly above the integrated battery for additional range.

The built-in display shows driving mode, speed, and more, while the Bosch app for iOS and Android tracks where you've gone and how long it took to get there. The frame is made from lightweight carbon fiber but still reaches 51 pounds.

In my practical tests, the Allant acts as if it were gliding across the sidewalk and has the option of using the 75 Newton meter torque of the Bosch Performance Speed ​​Pedal Assist motor – at speeds of up to 45 km / h. – only adds to the experience.

Check out our gallery of the Trek Allant Plus 9.9S.

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