The 8 Best Electric Bikes to Buy in 2018

You can stop complaining about pedaling uphill now

Bicycles have long been one of the most popular modes of transportation and, in a time where environmental friendless and health are top of mind, the popularity of bicycles shows no signs of slowing down. For many bicycle enthusiasts, an electric bike is the best of both worlds (get where you're going faster and not winded) and with a range of choices and designs available, we've helped narrow down the best models on the market today.

Bicyclists looking to dip their toes into the world of electric biking should find plenty to love with the budget-friendly Ancheer 16-inch collapsible commuter bicycle. Powered by a 250-watt brushless gear motor, the Ancheer can achieve a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour and travel around 11 to 15 miles on a single charge depending on road conditions.

Charging the Ancheer 36V 6Ah lithium battery cell takes up to six hours to fill up completely from empty. The collapsible frame offers easy storage and put it in the back of a car or closet. The carbon steel frame is highly durable and feels sturdy enough to last for years and can support a maximum weight of 200 pounds.

If you're looking for an electric bicycle that offers enough power to get around town, but is still light enough to carry in a pinch, this Ancheer folding option answers the call. Featuring a 350-watt motor and 36V 6Ah lithium cell battery, the Ancheer can achieve 12 miles of range and 15 miles per hour.

Beyond range and speed, the highlight of the Ancheer is its 26.5-pound lightweight frame that folds up for convenient storage or transportation. An added bonus is the inclusion of Bluetooth technology for connecting to a smartphone, so mileage and time can be recorded. An added cruise control option enables a "set it and forget" mode to select and stick to any speed of your choosing. It also has an IPX5 waterproofing for tackling puddles and rainy days. The bike can be juiced from empty to full in three hours.

The Cyclamatic CX2 electric foldaway bicycle is a great value across the board. With an onboard 250-watt motor, the CX2 can power you down the road at a top speed of 15 miles per hour and has a maximum distance of 25 to 31 miles depending on road and speed conditions.

Charging from empty to full requires six hours of time, but you can extend battery life during a ride by manually pedaling along. Sized for users 5 feet 2 inches and taller, the CX2 is available with a suggested minimum age of 14 years and older. With three levels of pedal assistance (low, medium and high), support is controlled directly from the handlebars. Folding the bike for storage takes less than five minutes, which is about the same time required for initial assembly.

Riders looking for maximum distance without spending a small fortune will quickly fall in love with the DJ Bikes Mountain 7-speed electric bicycle. Powered by a 500-watt 48V motor and a 625Wh battery, this bicycle has no problem climbing up hills or hitting a maximum distance of 25 to 40 miles on a single charge. Power-assisted speed helps the DJ Bikes reach 20 miles per hour, while three separate position adjustments can help you find the most comfortable spot for lengthy riding sessions.

The included LCD display provides riders with information on battery life, distance, time and speed, and the seven-speed function allows for manual operation in different conditions. Additionally, the lithium battery can be removed for charging on the bike or in a home or office for added convenience. Riders will equally love the DJ Bikes extra cushion saddle that helps maintain comfort during long rides.

When it comes to finding an electric bicycle that's designed for short trips, you'll want to spring for the Swagtron SwagCycle. Powered by a 36V battery and a 250-watt motor, the SwagCycle can push speeds up to 10 miles per hour and has 10 miles of range on a single charge. Once the battery runs out, the SwagCycle takes around 2.5 hours to fully recharge, making multiple rides in a single day a definite possibility.

The aluminum frame collapses for easy storage and fits comfortably in a trunk, garage or in a closet where it's out of the way. The handlebar comes with an accelerator, brake, horn and USB charging port for your phone, plus a display that offers information about the battery (it can also turn the headlight on and off). With no pedals for manual biking, the front tires offer footrests for keeping your feet well off the ground.

If you're itching for more time on the open road under electric power, the Addmotor Motan 20-inch bicycle is your best bet. Capable of carrying adults weighing up to 300 pounds, the Motan's 500-watt motor and 48V 10.4Ah lithium battery can power the bicycle all the way up to 55 miles on a single charge under optimal conditions.

Beyond range, the Motan is capable of pushing up to 23 miles per hour under electric power (manual pedaling can extend the range far beyond). A seven-speed gear system and mechanical front and rear disc brakes round out the highlights of the Motan's frame, while the collapsible top tube, frame and pedals making cleaning and storage easy in the car or in the home. As an added bonus, Addmotor claims the Motan is one of the few electric bikes available in its price range that can safely tackle sand without skipping a beat.

If you're a rider that hits the trails, take a look at the Ego 26-inch Fat Bike, which is a superb option for the great outdoors. The 26 x 4-inch fat tires are perfect for tackling various terrain and allow bikers to easily navigate over bumps and trails without skipping a beat. With a maximum load of 260 pounds, riders of all sizes can hit a top speed of around 20 miles per hour. Seven speed options help make a quick transition into manual mode for going over or around the most difficult conditions.

The 500-watt motor and 11Ah battery lead to around 25 miles of range on a single charge, while recharging takes up to six hours from empty to full before you're off to the next outdoor trail.

With a large 500-watt motor onboard, the Addmotor HitHot electric bike is a standout choice for cyclists that want something with a little more flash. With a range of around 45 miles on a single charge (thanks to a 48v 10.4Ah lithium cell battery) and a top speed of around 20 miles per hour with pedal assistance, the HitHot offers more than enough power to handle uphill climbs or uneven terrain with ease.

The built-in LCD five-inch display adds a slew of important information, including battery charge level, riding mode, trip distance and overall speed. The HitHot frame is built to last for its asking price and is capable of supporting up to 300 pounds of weight from a rider. The DC hub motor requires almost zero maintenance for the life of the bike. The inclusion of a double suspension and alloy frame add additional stability to help make long rides extra comfortable.

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