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I rode GM's Ariv e-bike and can't stop smiling

This electrically boosted bicycle is perfect for deftly navigating densely packed urban areas.

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Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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The Ariv e-bike is offered in two flavors. This is Meld model. 

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The Merge variant folds up for easy transport, though it's unfurled in this photo.

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The Ariv Merge also features an eight-speed transmission, the Meld version only has one speed.

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If you were curious, here's how the name is stylized on the type.

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General motors developed this e-bike completely in house. It even put its name on the motor housing.

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No regenerative braking is offered on the Ariv because it's simply not worth the cost and complexity.

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This is what the Merge looks like when fully folded for easy transport. 

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The handlebars are a little on the stumpy side. 

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The top section of LEDs indicates which level of assist you're using, the lower section helps you keep tabs on battery capacity.

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For more photos of the Ariv e-bike, keep clicking through this gallery.

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