From shortening your commute to digging up gravel paths, e-bikes have come a long way in a very short time. Demand is high and the options dizzying, as are the number of new manufacturers looking to impress first-time buyers. We’ve cut through the complexity with a guide to the best-looking e-bikes for every scenario imaginable.
12 best-looking electric bikes for 2022
The Curt was created as a straightforward commuter e-bike, with a simple, strictly functional frame design and hard-wearing components. Available in three frame sizes, with integrated lights and hydraulic disc brakes, the Curt weighs 13.4kg and has an assisted average range of 70km. Matte black paint completes the tough urban look.
Kalk AP Cake
Not a bike, but an off-road enduro machine, Swedish manufacturer Cake’s Kalk AP was originally developed for rangers as an anti-poaching machine for use in the South African bush. Your needs may not be so worthy, but the powerful and lightweight machine is extremely capable, boasting a top speed of around 56mph and a battery that lasts three hours. A percentage of every purchase goes to the Southern African Wildlife College Conservation School.
Canyon Grail: Enabled
Canyon’s Grail:On is an all-mountain-focused e-bike, using carbon fiber construction to reduce weight and drag, with a powerful e-motor capable of delivering strong bursts of power. Range should be good for 120km, if you go slow, but it won’t last that long if you keep hammering the battery. Clever design touches like the two-stage carbon handlebar and heavy-duty tires make this a machine for all circumstances.
Italian brand Ducati is best known for its superbikes, so it’s surprising that the company has a sideline in mobility options like scooters and e-bikes. The MG-20, presented last summer, is a folding electric bike with a magnesium frame, combining robust shapes with a removable battery. A range of 50km should be more than enough for daily commuting.
1S fuel fluid
Fuell’s Flluid 1S is an e-bike for purists. The company describes it as more akin to a small motorcycle than a conventional bicycle, although of course you have the ability to pedal. Not one but two removable batteries combine to provide an impressive range of 200km from a single charge, and the top speed is 48km/h. The Franco-American company is also working on a purely electric motorcycle, the Flow.
coast&sky Hermansen One Bike
Hermansen’s ultra-compact Bike One is an e-bike for minimalists. Designed for city riding, the bike features small 20-inch wheels and a lightweight frame, as well as a clip-on water bottle type battery. The Danish manufacturer recently announced a collaboration with Parisian bag designers côte & ciel and the resulting product is a fully dressed e-bike, complete with a pair of stylish bags – a backpack and a shoulder bag – as well as a a striking orange paint job. The company, founded by former Bang & Olufsen designer Anders Hermansen, is known for its asymmetrical bike frames and strong design-driven approach.
Brompton Electric C Line
A recognized master of cycling origami, Brompton is generally innovative when it comes to their approach to folding electric bikes. The battery sits in a removable front bag, allowing you to charge while you’re at work or at home. Developed in conjunction with Formula E suppliers Williams Advanced Engineering, the battery even includes a USB port to charge the phone while you ride. Brompton has also recently launched a subscription service, along with ambitious plans for a new low-energy factory complex in Kent.
Cowboy 4 ST
We already loved the Cowboy 4, the Belgian manufacturer’s fourth-generation model. It’s also worth noting that the design also comes in a step-by-step version, sharing the same minimalist approach, with hidden cables and a built-in quad-lock for your smartphone allowing you to use the Cowboy navigation app while you charge.
Classic Electric Temple
Temple Electric is a new brand of electric bikes, from the workshops of Temple Cycles, based in Bristol. The small British start-up has been making vintage-inspired bikes since 2014, and the first two models – the Classic and the Step Through – have familiar design and details, from the leather saddle and handlebar grips to the two-tone wheels. and shiny chrome. work. The removable Samsung battery integrates seamlessly into the frame, providing up to 120km of range, depending on your riding style.
VanMoof x Jacquemus collab
Dutch bike brand VanMoof has announced a landmark collaboration with French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus. As part of Jacquemus’ Pink 2 capsule collection, the limited-edition version of the Vélo is only available at the designer’s Paris HQ. VanMoof’s award-winning bikes have built-in anti-theft detection, electronic gearing, built-in lights and even a removable battery booster to increase range by an additional 65 miles.
Prologue by LeMond
The Prolog is a full carbon bike from American manufacturer LeMond, launched by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond in 1990 to bring race-grade carbon fiber frames to mass production. Using an 11-speed Shimano drivetrain, the Prolog provides assistance up to speeds of 20 mph, with the option of electronic shifting and a custom carbon basket and rear rack.
COCO-MATBIKE.UK builds its e-bikes out of wood. The Greek company set out to build a zero-emission bike and found its ideal material in the form of American ash. Each plantation-grown tree can make 50 frames, with the company offering a variety of frame models and scales as well as two electric models, the Odysseus and the Penelope. New owners not only receive a mechanical maintenance kit, but also sandpaper and beeswax to keep the frame in top condition.