Statistics from early 2017 show that 66.21 million people in the United States have cycled in the past 12 months. That’s a lot of people on the road! It's not just the US, they are catching popularity especially in places like Australia, Madrid and London. And with electric bikes becoming even more popular, there are more options available and more confusion than ever before.
This is why it is vital when choosing a new electric bike to consider where you will be using it, as your safety has to come first. If you will only be riding through urban areas where the streets are mostly well maintained, you will need a different bike specification than if you’re thinking about taking up off-roading as a new sport.
Whether you are an experienced biker or new to cycling, and looking for a bike that is functional or fun, check out our top Costco electric bike choices below.
Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike
The Ancheer Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike is a good all-round choice if you find yourself regularly riding through the town or city to commute to work or for a cost-effective way of visiting family and friends.
If you also enjoy trail biking for fun, it will also meet your needs.
The bike comes with a removable lithium battery and battery charger, meaning you should be able to ride for at least 25km before needing to charge, maybe even up to 50km.
Perfect for all those times you’re navigating traffic or enjoying an off-road experience.
Addmotor MOTAN M-150 E-bike
The Addmotor MOTAN M-150 E-bike is another good choice when you need versatility, as it can cope with most weather conditions, whether you are riding in the summer heat or winter snow, so there’s no need to take a break from your cycling activities.
Unless the activity is a picnic in the park of course, heavy rain may not be the best weather conditions for that!
This bike is also suitable for the larger rider, being able to carry up to 300lbs.
Cyrusher Extrbici XF660 26inch fat tire electric bike
The Cyrusher Extrbici XF660 bike with its 26 inch fat tires and 500W electric motor is great for exploring places that other bikes may struggle to cope with.
This is because it is extremely versatile and provides a comfortable experience no matter what the terrain – even if you are riding on pebbly paths or other uneven surfaces.
Your friends will also be envious about how well you can take on hills!
It is a good looking bike too, but don’t let that put you off riding through those muddy paths, that’s what it was made for after all!
The Cyclamatic CX2 bike has an easy folding mechanism so is ideal for taking away on family vacations or days out at the park.
It also means you don’t have to find large spaces to store it at home or at work, if you use this bike for your commute.
The pedal assist makes the Cyclamatic CX2 easier to ride than a standard bike as the motor takes away the hard work.
You can choose your level of assist too, so if you do want to work a bit harder as part of your exercise regime, you can turn the pedal assist off completely.
SWAGTRON SwagCycle E-Bike
If you’re looking for a stylish way to get to work or travel around the city, then look no further than the SWAGTRON SwagCycle E-bike.
With a 36V 250W motor, it is designed to be eco-friendly and save you money.
You will never be stuck in traffic again with this bike that looks and acts like a moped.
The SWAGTRON SwagCycle even has a USB outlet so you can charge your phone on the go, so you won’t be caught without battery.
You won’t be disappointed either when you see how affordable this bike is.
The Cyrusher XF700 is a folding e-bike with a 36V 250W motor suitable for cross-country and on-road biking, you really will be able to experience the best of both worlds.
It’s stylish in army yellow, but has also been designed with practicality in mind.
A useful LCD dashboard shows when power is low, so you know exactly when it should be charged.
What are the key components of an electric bike?
The key components that make up an electric bike are the battery, electric motor and frame. Batteries contain the power, the most popular for e-bikes is a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor is usually built into the back or front wheel hub and, along with the battery, assists to provide an effortless ride. The frame is usually made of aluminium alloy to ensure the bike is as light as possible.
Can you ride an electric bike as a standard bike?
Yes, you can adjust the power on an electric bike to change how much assistance you get when riding. If you want to have complete control of working the pedals, you can turn off the assist completely.
How fast do electric bikes go?
Most electric bikes can travel up to 20mph, but this will depend on the weather and terrain conditions, as well as the weight of the rider.
Do I need a licence to ride an electric bike?
The simple answer is maybe, maybe not. It is advisable to check your local state motor vehicle statutes as these may differ between states, so make sure you look at the wording carefully.