About e-bikes

What is an e-bike?

Electric bicycles, also known as “e-bikes,” use rechargeable batteries that can travel around 15-28 miles per hour.

Why buy an e-bike?

An electric bike can be used for more than just adventures. You can use it to carry groceries or your kids – without breaking a sweat. They’re healthier and less expensive than driving (and can be a lot more fun)!

E-Bike basics

Electric bikes are divided into three classes which denote their level of motor assistance. It’s important to determine which class of e-bike you’ll need before you purchase or lease an e-bike of your own:

Class 1

The motor kicks in only when you pedal, and stops helping at 20 mph

Class 2

Has a pedal-assist mode (like Class 1) up to 20 mph, plus a purely throttle-powered mode

Class 3

Is solely pedal assist (like Class 1), but assistance continues until you hit 28 mph

Ready to start exploring which e-bike is right for you?

There are several factors to consider such as what type(s) of terrain will you be riding in, what you plan to carry, and how far you plan to travel.

CNET created this buying guide for beginners to help you get started