We started gathering e-bikes for our roundup last fall and began our testing nearly five months ago. Unlike some shootouts where we cram as many bikes and test riders in a foreign place for non-stop days of short, repeatable loops, we wanted to know each of these e-bikes intimately over a long period of time, and that’s what we did.
Our testers spent time riding bikes, taking them home, using them in their normal riding routines, on trails they know well, and before culminating our review with two weeks of video shooting and voting in the Santa Monica Mountains surrounding Thousand Oaks, California.
The familiar mountains contain some of the few e-bike friendly trails we’re familiar with. We were able to test each e-bike’s performance on aggressive, rocky terrain, jump trails, and also put in big loops that tested our butts as much as the batteries. It’s a great place to escape for winter riding.
While the logistics, coordination, and long film days were a bit of a nightmare, it was actually a ton of fun creating this series and learning about e-bikes and where they shine. So, without further delay, let’s get into the reviews.
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