vent detail to allow airflow through the
middle channel that we found very
comfortable even on longer rides.
Wheels on the E45 are also 700c,
but this bike runs narrower, 1.75-inch
tires—less rolling resistance and a
little more energy transfer from bumps.
The Schwalbe Plus tires also have
reflective side strips, and we found
that they kept the bike confidently
planted even when cornering hard-
on-hard, semi-slick pavement. Large
203mm rotors and Tektro Dorado
hydraulic disc brakes allowed us to
stop on a dime, which is really helpful
when you’re on a speed pedelec. The
big four-finger levers help bring the
We like that both bikes come with
kickstands located by the rear axle.
The one on the E45 was a Euro-style
that automatically flips up when you
stand the bike upright. Sometimes
this is convenient to save you a step
when taking off, but we find it can be
a nuisance when you’re simply moving
the bike around.
Both bikes are very capable, solidly
built commuters. Ergonomics are
similar, as are many components.
Both offer a diamond or step-through
frame. Where they differ mainly is in
top-assisted speed and price. If you’re
more cost-conscious and love silence,
the E8 is worth a look. It has a lot of
quality bike parts for the buck. If you
want more performance, some beefier
components and a speed pedelec,
take a test spin on the E45. Our
preference is the E45, because we like
speed pedelecs for this type of bike.
Even if you only go a little over 20
mph, it’s nice to have assistance up
to 28 mph. Either way, both are bikes
that perform well and should last years
of long, fun rides. ■
The Ergotec stem is adjustable like the E8’s stem is, but it’s beefier and
requires adjusting eight different Allen bolts to set it up.
The two bikes offer the same 63mm of bump-smoothing
travel on two differently spec’d SR Suntour forks.
Both bikes get a bottom internally mounted
17.5-amp-hour battery for
tremendously long range
and a really clean look.
The Bloks display self-ad-justs to lighting conditions. We never strained
to see it, whether it was
bright or dark.
The Lacuba Evo E8
hides a tire pump in
the cargo rack.