The way you intend to use an eBike is your most important consideration when deciding which electric bike to buy. Are you a mountain maniac, cycling off-road as a form of exercise or adventure? Do you use your eBike to commute to school or work, saving pennies and the environment? Or, maybe you’re just a great parent and are planning on surprising your child with an electric bicycle for their birthday.
In this article, we examine all these use cases to help
you figure out which eBike you should buy based on your needs. But first, here’s
a quick summary if you’re in a hurry.
Find out which eBike to buy, at a glance
EB7 Plus, EB5 Pro Plus
EB8 Fat-Tire All-Terrain & EB6 Fat-Tire Off-Road
swagCYCLE PRO; EB5 Pro Plus; EB6 Off-Road
Teens: swagCYCLE Classic, swagCYCLE Envy
Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.
If you plan to cycle to work or school but don’t live
around the block, it’s a good idea to get an eBike that’s comfortable with
enough power to cover the distance. Two electric bicycles that fit this need
are the EB7
Plus and the EB5
Plus has three riding modes to pick from
for a comfortable and sweat-free ride home: pedal-to-go electric-assist, full
throttle, and pedal-only. And it has the benefit of Shimano®‘s gear
speed system, which helps it deliver even more control to your ride.
And if you’re short on space or just need a little
more portability, both the EB5
Pro Plus and EB7
Plus are foldable and feature removable batteries. Grab an extra battery
and keep it with you and you’ll never be caught off-guard, wishing you had
Off-road eBikes give you a chance to explore your
adventurous side in a fun, inexpensive way. In case you get left behind by
over-eager friends, you want an eBike with a throttle mode that enables you to
catch up quickly. With these considerations in mind, we recommend the SWAGTRON
EB8. Powerful 350-watt motor. Extra-wide, deep tread tires. 20-inch wheels.
Removable battery. Shimano® gear system. It’s easy to believe how the EB8 can
help you cycle confidently over bumpy terrain.
For younger riders—or smaller riders—the EB6
All-Terrain eBike has similar specs as the EB8, but with a slightly smaller
frame. We’ll talk more about them in a bit.
Seniors or Anyone with Mobility Concerns
EB9 Step-Thru is just right for seniors. Among the biggest concerns
for seniors are ease of use and safety, although looks count too. For this
reason, the best eBikes for seniors have a step-through frame that makes it
easy to get on and off the bike, even with limited mobility and agility.
The frame construction of the SWAGTRON
EB9 Step-Thru is a huge plus for seniors, making the eBike simple to
manage, even if they have little experience operating one. Its layout is not
too different from that of a traditional bike, so the EB9 has a familiar feel
to it. Handling is easy because of the ergonomic way the pedals and central bar
are positioned. This bike is popular among seniors, whether they’re
effortlessly cruising the streets or keeping up with the grandkids.
Use the adjustable handle to choose a height that suits
you and carry your handbag or backpack along on the multifunction rear rack.
You never know when you’re going to need to splurge on ice cream.
Electric bikes are a godsend to teens. A car might be
out of their price range, but an eBike is an affordable solution that gives
teens the ability to commute to and from school, visit famil and friends, and
just get out and enjoy the world around them. Plus, eBikes are a fun,
affordable option. Any of the swagCYCLE Pro, EB5
Pro Plus, or EB7
Plus models are great choices for teens for various reasons. And there are
even recertified models available that make it even more affordable.
The scooter-like swagCYCLE Pro has
a sturdy aluminum frame for durability. It’s pedal-free, which makes it feel
more like a seated electric scooter with a bicycle form. The EB5
Pro Plus, in contrast, is a bike through-and-through. It features a
250-watt battery that helps it power up to 15.5 mph on throttle alone—even
faster when you engage the pedal assist. Or you can turn off the battery
completely and ride it like a traditional bicycle.
Teens who like the off-road experience are likely to
prefer our EB6
Fat-Tire All-Terrain eBike. Powerful,
high-torque 350-watt motor. Three riding modes (throttle, pedal-only and
pedal-to-go). Removable battery. Shimano® gears and disc brakes. And 4-inch
thick, deep tread tires that help you conquer almost any trail. It’s a favorite
among teens, who even use the EB6 as a commuter bike.
If you have younger school-age children, check out the
pedal-less eBikes. These
types of rideables require little effort or prior experience with eBikes, so
the young ones can still have fun while learning to ride. Because they are
throttle-only, they feel more like seated eScooters than eBikes, but they have
that eBike feel. From the O.G. swagCYCLE
Classic to the swagCYCLE
Envy. These eBikes tend to have lower top speeds, so many parents feel more
comfortable giving these to their younger teens.
Regardless of which eBike type you’re interested in,
determining which are the best eBikes to buy comes down to a few basic
principles. Look for a well-known brand with a good warranty at a reasonable
price. After that, it’s all smooth cruisin’ from there.