E-bikes are complex topic due to the multiple technical specifications and types of e-bikes. The short version is to read the research before shopping. I have listed a couple of sites that have reviews with or without ratings by users. Once you see the best bikes, you can narrow it down by price, size, features and location, although some vendors sell online only. Check for dates of reviews as this area is rapidly evolving and there have been some casualties. Make sure the vendor is still in business. Prices range from about $1800 to $10,000. With so many models there will probably be a few that will not survive. Just because the bike has a review doesn’t mean it’s the best. My updated investingations during COVID19 suggest some brands are not available, suggesting that the supply has not kept up to the demand.
Here is a link to a sizing diagram to help with picking the right size.
Here is a link to a custom fitting service in Vancouver
Types of Ebikes from Montague
Class 1: Pedal Assist / Pedelec
The most common type of electric bike is the pedal assist or pedelec. The rider pedals the bike normally while a motor provides assistance, increasing the power transmitted to the rear wheel. The pedaling takes far less effort than it normally would, even in high gears, which allows for higher speeds and effortless climbing over steep hills. Settings can control the amount of assistance the rider desires but to be considered a Class 1 e-bike in most of Europe, the system cannot provide assistance over 25 kilometers per hour (kph) or approximately 15 miles per hour. In the US this class is limited to approximately 32 kph or 20 mph. A class 1 designation allows these bike to be used on most roads and paths where normal bikes are allowed and do not require any additional licensing.
Class 2: Throttle
Much like a motorcycle or scooter, a throttle operated e-bike propels the bike forward without any additional pedaling from the rider. Most can provide a variable amount of power depending how far the throttle is pushed. These are much less common than their pedal assist counterparts as many countries have laws that prohibit them entirely. The European Union requires an e-bike only provide power while the pedals are moving forward, so throttle e-bike are most common in the United States and China where little legislation exists to limit their use. Common
Class 3: Speed Pedelec
The design of a speed pedelec is similar to a standard pedelec but as the name implies, they allow for a higher top speed of 45 kph or approximately 28 mph . In many areas this class of e-bike is considered a motor vehicle requires its riders to be licensed. Bikes also vary by placement of battery and type of battery and the length of time you can ride on the battery.
I found 5 sites that review or ranks models of ebikes. The first two EBR and Momentum Mag appear to be paid for reviews. A bike vendor Cityebikes has made recommendations on the models it stocks. Finally there is the Amazon customer rating. I found some of the Cityebikes site rates of the highly rated models in the EBR site so there is some congruence in the ratings.
- EBR https://electricbikereview.com/ The reviewer charges a universal service fee for reviews. The reviews are quite detailed and you can compare models. Another useful feature of the website are videos of people taking the bikes out of a test drive and then going over the bike features in a video.
The top reviewed bikes on this site available locally or online:
Step through or low bar.
- Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru $1,999 CDN 29.5 kg one frame size https://radpowerbikes.ca/products/radcity-step-thru Order online or at the Vancouver location. 3296 E 29th Ave Vancouver, BC V5R 1W6
- BULLS TWENTY8 E45 $ 4599 US 27.17 kg 5 frame sizes. This model was not found at any Canadian dealers. Other BULLS models available at https://www.citecycles.com
City Bikes for pavement
- Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru see above
- Rad Power Bikes Rad City Review $ 1499 US
Mountain or Trail bikes
- Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 Review $ 5699 CDN 4 frame sizes available at Citycycles.
- Volt Bike Enduro Review $ 2499 CDN one frame size online
- Cube reaction Hybrid Pro 500 Review $ 3383CDN 2 frame sizes available at Citycyles
2. Citecycles recommended
|Step through||Turbo-Como-3.0-650||$3799 CDN|
|Step through||Turbo-Como-4-0-650b-Low-Entry||$4399 CDN|
|Step through||Turbo-Como-5.6-650b-Low-Entry-||$5149 CDN|
|Step through/trail||MOUSTACHE–Samedi-27-Open-Xroad 1||$3788 CDN|
|Step through/trail||MOUSTACHE–Samedi-27-Open-Xroad 5||$5039 CDN|
Momentum Mag does not rank bikes, but the reviews do list the pros and cons of each model and it seems like reviewers have test driven the models. The reviews are helpful and informative. There are a few bikes reviewed that are available locally. These bikes did not get into the EBR site reviews. The products appear to be made locally.
- EVO bikes EVO Bike Review
- Opus Bikes Opus Connect Review $ 3079 Vendors Opus Bikes, Reckless
- OHM ebikes Vendors 103-930 Harbourside Drive North Vancouver BC V7P 3S7 OHM Ebike Review You can book a test drive online.
- E-Prodigy Bikes Review
4. Amazon highest customer ranking
DJ Fat Bike $ 1899 CDN
DJ Mountain Bike $ 1899 CDN
5. Finally reviews for 2019 from Bicycling Magazine.
The reviews are good but many of the bikes were not on Canadian websites.
Selected Vendors in BC or online who have some bikes in the reviews or reviewed.
Canadian Tire and Walmart have the cheapest ebikes.
|E prodigy||Brentwood cycle||Burnaby||http://www.brentwoodcycle.com|
|Opus, Cube||Black’s Cycle||Comox||http://www.blackscycle.ca/cubeelectric/|
|Benno, Giant, Devinci, Liv, Yuba||Mountain City Cycle||Courtenay||https://www.mountaincitycycles.com/bikebrands|
|Hyper Electric, T zone, Daymak||Walmart||everywhere||https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/hyper-electric-700c-unisex-aluminum-electric-bikes/6000198837445|
|Raleigh, Bulls, Moustache. Reise & Muller+ others||Citrus Cycles||Ladysmith||http://citruscycles.ca/bikes/urban-touring-ebikes/|
|Benno, EVO,||Coal City Cycles||Nanaimo||https://www.coalcitycycles.com/bikes/e-bikes/|
|Benno, opus||Lynn Valley Cycle||North Vancouver||www.lynnvalleybikes.com|
|Benno. OHM||OHM Cycles||North Vancouver||OHM ebikes.com|
|EVO||no list of vendors on site||online||https://www.evobicycle.com|
|Benno, E prodigy||Reckless||Vancouver||http://www.reckless.ca/electric|
|TREK Elektra||Bicycle Store Pacific||Vancouver||https://www.bspbikes.com|
|Opus||Ride on Again Bikes||Vancouver||www.rideonagain.com|
|Opus, Electra||Denman Bike Shop||Vancouver||http://denmanbikeshop.com|
|Turbo-como, CUBE, MOUSTACHE, BENNO, RALEIGH. Surface 640, Bull + others||Cit-E-Cycles||
Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Victoria
|Opus, Electra, Yuba, Raleigh, Evo||Fairfield Bike Shop||Victoria||http://fairfieldbicycle.com/|
|Benno, Electra, Marin, Evo||Coastal Cycle & H20 Sports||Victoria||http://www.coastalcycle.com/bikes/|