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Best Electric Bikes of 2021

The best hub motor electric bike

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The Gogoro Eeyo 1s is a gorgeous, full-carbon fiber e-bike that offers a smooth, pedal-assisted ride thanks to its rear-wheel hub motor.

Pros: Full carbon fiber frame, fork, and seat post, smooth pedal-assisted ride thanks to a rear hub motor, companion app is intuitive to use, extremely lightweight for an e-bike

Cons: Expensive, hub motor turns off when you reach 25 mph and won’t kick back on until you get all the way down to 7 mph

Gogoro’s hub motor Eeyo 1s differs from the other bikes on this list as it’s propelled via a single smartwheel hub located on its rear wheel. This means that all of the bike’s electrical components are stored in the inconspicuous hub and it’s solely responsible (aside from your own pedaling) for pushing the bike forward.

The bike features a full carbon fiber frame and fork, as well as a carbon fiber seat post and handlebars, making it not only durable as hell but extremely light — it checks in at just 26.4 lbs with the hub. Most e-bikes weigh closer to 30, 40, or even 50 lbs, so the light weight of the Eeyo 1s is a huge benefit and one that made it incredibly easy to haul up and down the stairs of my apartment building. 

A companion smartphone application helps render the bike between a battery-conserving, mellow pedal-assist mode called Eco and the faster, sportier Sport mode. With Eco, a quick pedal gives the bike a faint boost that helps teeter between getting a workout but still helping you quickly scoot uphill while Sport is the “I don’t want to break a sweat” option that gets you cruising along at a suitable speed before you’re able to pedal about one or two full revolutions.

There are a few drawbacks, however. First is its $4,600 price tag. While e-bikes certainly aren’t cheap (and $4,600 isn’t the most expensive e-bike on the market), it’s certainly a substantial investment. The other nitpick I had was that whenever the bike cruises at a speed over 25 mph, the hub’s assistance turns off and won’t kick on again until the bike slows down to less than 7 mph. It’s a minor annoyance but slowing down to that speed does tend to throw off any rhythm you’re establishing while riding. 

Aside from these faults, the Gogoro Eeyo 1s is an absolute blast to ride and remains one of my favorite e-bikes I’ve yet tested. It’s finished in a gorgeous matte white finish, it’s incredibly smooth to ride, and its light weight makes it easy to haul while also allowing it to not feel like you’re pedaling a tank when the hub turns off. 

It’s a hefty investment but if you live in an area where a bike serves as your main source of transportation, it’s worth the splurge.


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