Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

City and commuter bikes are a great way to get around town for many reasons, but as many have found that in addition to letting you enjoy some fresh air and exercise, you can also get to work quicker and cheaper in a crowded city than you can in a car. This is a collection of some of the best on-road bikes you can buy. There are a wide variety of prices, but something to keep in mind is that unless you’re really on a budget, you’ll likely get more enjoyment out of the bike than you initially thought you would and use it more than you’ll use your car. 



Famous for their motorcycles, Yamaha has been in the e-bike game for years and is now offering up a wide selection of models. Last year Yamaha cleared a high hurdle with the release of their high-end Pro Moro mountain bike. For 2022 they are bringing new designs for their other models, like the CrossCore. In fact, the bike is so new that other than finding out that it’s evolved from a Class 1 to a Class 3 motor and will be available in three new colorways, we don’t know much about it. Stay tuned!

Price: $3099

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Yamaha PW Series ST

Battery: Yamaha, 500 Wh

Display: Yamaha

Range: Unknown

Drivetrain: Shimano Alivio, 9-speed


Izip is part of Alta Cycles, a group that also offers brands including Diamondback, Raleigh, Redline, Haibike and Ghost for the North American market. Izip is their brand devoted to reliability and value. Although the Izip E3 Path+ has been around for several years, it has evolved with the times by being updated in appearance and geometry and has gone from using a Bafang rear hub drive to a Shimano Steps mid-drive motor to its current configuration using a Bosch Active Line mid-drive.

Price: $2700

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: Bosch Active Line

Battery: Bosch PowerPack, 400 Wh

Display: Bosch Purion 

Range: 30-50 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano Altus, 7-speed

Suspension: SR Suntour NEX, 63mm travel


At 41 pounds, the Aventon Soltera not only has great looks to accompany its light weight, but also the best price yet from them in the single-speed model. There is an optional 7-speed drivetrain for $100 more that we’d recommend unless you only ride in flat areas. The integrated lights are an impressive feature at this price point. The Aventon app can pair with your bike to record and share your rides, as well as being able to change display and performance parameters. 

Price: $1199

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: 350W rear hub motor

Battery: 350 Wh

Display: Backlit LCD with app

Range: 22-63 miles 

Drivetrain: single speed or Shimano 7-speed


Developed by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, this is not just a well thought-out bike, but at just over 26 pounds also one of the lightest bikes we’ve ever tested. It’s powered by a Mahle X35+ rear hub motor, one of the lightest systems out there. Everywhere we went on it, people commented on its looks with integrated lights and modern lines. Available with either mechanical or electronic Shimano shifting and a carbon wheel upgrade. 

Price: $4500

Frame: Carbon fiber

Motor: Mahle X35+ rear hub motor, 250W

Battery: Integrated Mahle 36V, 245 Wh

Display: Mahle iWoc

Range: 15-40 miles 

Drivetrain: Shimano GRX or optional GRX Di2 Shadow RD+, 11-speed 


We reviewed the Navigator in the February 2021 issue. It’s a Class 3 e-bike at a good price, and it also has a throttle to get it to 20 mph as a Class 2. We flattened steep hills at 20-plus mph. 

Price: $2349

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Das-Kit geared rear hub motor, 500W

Battery: 576Wh

Display: Das-Kit

Range: 25-55 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano Acera, 8-speed

Suspension: Suntour XCB-ATB 100mm travel


The Montague M-E1 could be in the folding bike category, as it is a unicorn being a full-sized folding bike, but we think it actually belongs in the city bike category. The 700c wheels make it large enough that it belongs here.

Price: $3699

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: Shimano STEPS E6100

Battery: Shimano 418Wh

Display: Shimano

Range: 20-40 miles (claimed)

Drivetrain: Shimano Deore


Swiss company Stromer has been making great e-bikes for years, and they were one of the first brands to offer a battery integrated into the frame. All their bikes are hub-driven There’s even an app that can show you battery level, speed, do over-the-air software updates, and it can even show the location of the bike (anti-theft). The display is integrated into the top tube, and it offers a tremendous amount of information. 

Price: $6999

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: SYNO Drive, 500W

Battery: 814 Wh (983Wh option)

Display: Integrated

Range: Up to 75 miles

Drivetrain: Gates carbon belt, 5-speed internal gearing


Celebrated as the world’s bike brand (founded in 1887), the venerable Italian brand has embraced modernity by jumping into the e-bike market in a big way. The Omnia is a capable commuter with a 120mm-travel fork and voluminous and grippy Schwalbe Supermoto 29×2.4-inch tires that also smooth the bumps. With its integrated lighting and beefy rear rack, the Bianchi is a solid, good-looking commuter.

Price: $6200

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bosch Performance Line CX

Battery: Bosch PowerTube, 625 Wh

Display: Bosch

Range: 25-65 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano XT RD-M8100-SGS, 12-speed

Suspension: Suntour XCM34-Boost, 29”, 120mm travel


Surface 604’s entry into the commuter category is appropriately called Werk. It comes stock with a 672Wh battery, but there’s an option to get a larger 960Wh battery. 

Price: $2599

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bafang 500W rear hub motor

Battery: 672 Wh

Display: Surface 604 color display with USB charge port

Range: Up to 65 miles (claimed, with larger battery)

Drivetrain: Shimano Alivio, 9-speed


Bulls has a truly unique commuter in that the Iconic offers full suspension. It’s a fairly short-travel (120mm) bike compared to most of today’s full-suspension mountain bike offerings, but the ride is very plush if you need to cut across some trails to shorten your commute or just to enjoy the scenery.  

Price: $5599

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: Bosch Gen 4 Performance Line Speed

Battery: Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh 

Display: Bosch Purion

Range: 30-65 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano Deore, 10-speed

Suspension: SR Suntour


Tony Ellsworth decided to make an e-bike, and he did it with style. The carbon fiber frame is very unique in that the rear triangle has a chainstay on one side and a seatstay on the other, but not both. The drivetrain is a completely automatic Enviolo CVP (continuously variable planetary transmission) that you set to your preferred cadence via an app. We reviewed this bike in the February 2022 issue.

Price: $5295

Frame: Asymmetrical carbon fiber

Motor: Shimano STEPS E6100

Battery: Shimano 630Wh

Display: Shimano

Range: Up to 100 miles (claimed)

Drivetrain: Enviolo CVP with automatic


While the name Erik Buell might not be familiar to cyclists, he’s been a decades-long designer of unique, performance motorcycles, and now he’s jumped into the e-bike world with his own brand of bikes. The Flluid features an Enviolo CVT and a carbon belt drive, making it virtually silent. Bofeili made a bespoke motor for Fuell, a 500-watt mid-drive with a massive 100 N/m of torque. It has dual 500Wh batteries for a claimed range of 125 miles. 

Price: $5495

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bofieli 500W mid-drive

Battery: Dual 504Wh 

Display: 3.2” IPS color screen with USB charging

Range: 125 miles

Drivetrain: Gates carbon belt, Enviolo CVT

Suspension: Suntour XCR34, 120mm, air adjustable


The famed German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has jumped into the e-bike market with some truly beautiful e-bikes. The bikes were developed in partnership with a company that worked with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team and Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team. There are three models, all featuring a 6061 aluminum frame and fork. 

Price: $3200

Frame: 6061 aluminum

Motor: 250W mid-drive

Battery: 252 Wh

Display: LCD

Range: 37 miles

Drivetrain: Enviolo CVT 


Pedego’s popular City Commuter is a fairly straightforward, simple commuter e-bike. The battery is in the sturdy rear rack and can be removed, there’s a rear hub motor, and 26- or 28-inch wheels. The Lite Edition comes in either a diamond shape or a low step-through version. All versions are Class 2.

Price: $2295

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: 350W Dapu rear hub drive

Battery: 360Wh (630Wh optional)

Display: 2.5” backlit LCD

Range: Up to 45 miles 

Drivetrain: Shimano Acera, 7-speed


The latest Lundi 27 is a low step-through commuter with 27.5×2.4-inch tires, a classic look and the famous Moustache handlebar. The cables, as well as the battery, are integrated, and the rear rack has compatible panniers and baby carriers. There’s also integrated lighting and a cafe lock for convenience. Three versions offer different options on drivetrain, battery capacity and other components. They are all equipped with suspension seatposts.

Price: $3929

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bosch Active Line Plus

Battery:  Bosch Power Tube, 400Wh 

Display: Bosch Intuvia

Range: 25-65 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano Deore, 10-speed


Vaast’s first e-bike is a step-through commuter that features a Bosch Performance Line motor and three different component levels. It features their Naild R3act suspension, which is to say a suspension fork and a seatpost tube that dips into the bottom bracket area to lessen the bumps in the road. The battery is integrated into the seat tube and is part of the suspension components. It comes stock with front and rear racks and integrated lighting. Choose between a Shimano XT derailleur, Enviolo CVT or a Rohloff rear hub, each at a different price. 

Price: $7499

Frame: Aluminum

Motor: Bosch Performance line mid-drive

Battery: Bosch PowerTube, 500Wh

Display: Bosch Kiox

Range: 30-60 miles

Drivetrain: Shimano XT, 12-speed

Suspension: 110mm (front), 100mm (rear)

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