Elby is the odd one out in our list: it has no suspension, it is heavy, expensive… However, from the first time you see this ride, you won’t be able to take your eyes off it. There is nothing like the Elby Bike, and we doubt that it ever will be. What is so special about this e-bike?
First, there is the design: this bike looks more like a lowrider step-through beach cruiser than a standard bike. Everything is beautifully integrated, from the famous BionX direct drive motor to the 48V, 555Wh battery located in the middle of the frame, and almost all cables and wiring are enclosed protected from the weather and getting snagged. Elby is a one-size-fits-most, easy to get on, easy to ride electric bike. The Seat post and handlebar stem are super adjustable, accommodating riders from 5’ to 6’5”. Wide saddle, ergonomic grips, swept-back handlebars, and step-through frame design, it’s all about comfort.
Regarding the performance, Elby is not behind other best electric bikes. It’s top speed is right on the limit of 20mph, and the maximum range is up to 80 miles on a single charge depending on terrain and assist level/throttle usage. You don’t have to worry about stopping, as Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, with regenerative braking included, stop you on a dime.
Elby is a bit heavier than most of electric bikes, weighting 57 pounds, but the weight is centered in the middle, and pretty low as well, so it feels stable and comfortable. The Elby also has an app, which conveniently shows you all the information you need to know, like directions, weather, or bike stats, on your smartphone. It does not have a rear cargo rack, but it does come with a pannier rack.