A well-rounded guide to some of the best e-bikes for a range of riders
Aventon makes several sensible options for those looking for a general, no-frills commuter. The bonus with the Pace 350 is that it has a bit of oomph with a 20mph top speed and a respectable 40-mile range. It also comes in a step-through option, which is generally ideal for shorter and female-identifying riders.
There’s a lot to like about State’s first entry into the e-bike market. First, it has plenty of the brand’s classic, minimal styling (read: an e-bike that doesn’t look like one). Secondly, it comes in under 40 lbs. (for a medium frame), which is an added bonus to compensate for the single gear. Lastly, you get several customization options off the shelf (hard to find at this price point).
Like with most of Specialized’s e-bikes, this one takes advantage of the brand’s Mission Control app, which is a center of sorts for all of your essential electric functions. The full internal wire routing gives it a touch of sleekness as well.
The AL 5 has clearance for bigger tires when the terrain gets rocky, or for the wetter months, making this a potential one-stop bike for both gravel and road. It also has a more “endurance” fit compared to more aggressive electric road bikes, meaning you’ll enjoy more hours in the saddle with less pain and less discomfort.
When you’re ready to make the leap into serious gravel riding, there probably isn’t a better option on the market. It’s an example of top-notch engineering, long-range electric riding and superior flexibility that makes it a very suitable road rider as well.
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