Like any politician’s poll numbers, the number of e-bike companies producing new bikes con- tinues to ebb and flow. But overall, the market
continues on an upswing with daily injections of new
designs and fresh technology. While some companies build one bike and concentrate just on that,
others choose to offer enough models to cover the
market with at least one bike that can match up with
each segment of the market.
As the name implies, when we created the
In case you can’t wait for 2016, here’s a mid-year
“Market at a Glance” section last year, the idea was
to showcase a slice of the latest in new e-bike tech-
nologies and trends in each issue. Well, with over
14 bikes on hand this month, it’s safe to say we’re
now serving up a veritable pie plate full of new bikes.
No, we’re not including all of the models from each
company; rather, we’re cherry-picking the bikes we
think are the most interesting in terms of price, spec
and overall design quality. Hopefully, you might find
something on the following pages that sparks your
interest in the e-bike market. If not, well, there’s
always next month!
e-bike buying guide to keep you charged up
The 20-mph Octave looks almost
scooter-like with its 3-inch-wide tires
on 20-inch rims. It has full suspension.