Looking for something for the city? Something comfortable, and lasting that makes riding less of a chore? Our select series of city bikes are definitely the way to go for commutes around town, to the office, or for making a quick tour between city blocks. Electric urban bikes bring you the best commute-intended features with a silvertone of sweat-free pedaling. So, you can always look fresh for those first impressions.
Electric bikes have been dominating the city streets. From pulling cargo to offering compact riding options they simply cover more ground for much less effort. For many people, a great urban bike should substitute a car, and there are a few things necessary for electric commuter bikes.
Traveling on paved roads takes most of the complexity out of the bike, but having good suspensions is necessary for a smooth ride. You’ll be traveling over potholes, curbs, and speed bumps for which some decent fork travel is needed.
The battery is like the heart of an e-bike and the more the merrier. A large battery capacity will help you cover farther distances and you won’t feel the need to find charging stations every time you ride.
There’s a wide misconception about e-bikes doing all the work. Although there are e-bikes that purely run on the throttle, you’ll mostly be using your bike for assistive pedaling. A powerful motor can help you conquer slopes, run through marsh or grass and take it off-road without any performance hampering.
Urban bikes is a category specifically catering to comfort. Bikes here are nothing short of offering an easy ride and the geometry, bike fit, and relaxing riding position are what sets them apart from other e-bikes.
Here are a few reputable companies that have been reviewed highly by customers and combine great features at an affordable price, delivering the best e-bike commuter package across North America.
NCM is one of the best new entrants in the e-bike industry. Cycling and e-biking in general have been extremely popular in their country of origin, Germany, and today they share their craftsmanship, engineering, and commitment to sustainability with their e-bikes.
NCM has always kept their bikes at an affordable price and the NCM Milano is a great place to start for a city commuter. At such a small price, it’s remarkable the features that come with the Milano and Milano Plus. Offering a 70 km range on a single charge, a powerful German Das-Kit motor, and two-way lighting, this bike is made for the streets.
The design has been carefully chosen to offer fenders, a rear rack, and a step-through for easier handling, mounting, and pedaling for people of all heights and ages. If you’re still looking for a little more punch, take a look at its bigger cousin the NCM Milano Plus.
NCM Milano Plus with comfortable frame geometry
Lankeleisi is a big-name Chinese electric bike manufacturer that mostly designs fat-tire bikes for off-road purposes. They bring their decade-long research and expertise to commuter bikes and have earned their share in the Canadian market. With warehouses across Europe and America, their bikes have started to become popular with office workers and people looking to get something more out of their two-wheelers.
The Pard 3.0 is a product of many revisions that mainly focuses on comfort and convenience. An aluminum build comes in light when traveling which makes it easier to pedal, achieving up to 90 km on a single charge. There are two coiled springs under the seat to remove any road vibrations and a travel suspension to even out bumps and potholes. The ergonomic handle helps with long rides and the ability to remove the battery to charge at the office also doubles as a theft deterrent. For further convenience, you can fold the bike, a specialty of almost all Lankeleisi bikes.
If you’re not a fan of a full-size urban bike, the ES300 LankCruiser might be the right choice for you. It has a smaller step-through frame with many of the features from the bigger Pard 3.0 but offers more adjustability and easier control over the LCD display and buttons, keeping things minimal, even the price.
Minimal elements of ES 300