Our pick of the best electric bikes aroundWe've road-tested six of our favourite e-bikes to help you decide which one is right for your commute.
[MUSIC] Even the humble bicycle hasn't escaped the clutches of modern technology. And a whole host of new e-bikes with electric motors are descending on our city streets, IBM putting some of the best examples of a test to help you work out what you need to consider because you splash your cash on a fancy new ride. First of all, think about what you need your bike for. If it's just for a short city commute amongst traffic than consider a smaller frame that's easy to maneuver through cars. This Gocyle G3 is very nimble, and it's electric assistance will help propel you up to 15 miles per hour. Better yet, it's got built in lights, automatic gears. And you can customize the amount of power the motor provides using a smartphone app. The Mando Footloose IM is a similar style with a compact frame that's easy to steer. The battery is removable, too, allowing you to easily charge it up without having to move the whole bike near a wall socket. The Footloose is different, though, in that it has no chain. It is entirely electrically driven. It therefore takes very little effort to get you to a destination, meaning you arrive at the office without having broken a sweat. The downside is that when you run out of power, you're not going anywhere. And pedaling from a standstill waiting for the motor to kick in. is an odd sensation that does take some getting used to. If you're taking your bike inside consider one that folds up. The Cyclotricity Wallet has a motor in the front wheel which takes you up to speed either by assisting your pedaling or just sit back and use the throttle by itself. It folds up making it slightly easier to get in and out of your office, but its hefty weight still means you won't find it easy to carry onto public transport. For a more stylish ride, cast your eyes over the Coboc Rome. It's a full-sized bike with gorgeous stylings and large wheels that let you pick up plenty of speed on the road. And a thrust three approach G with automatic gears and automatic motor assistance All you need to do is get on and ride. It's very much like any six gear bike you'll see on the street, with the additional motor it's less effort to get about. If you want more control over your full sized bike then the Volt infinity should be the one for you. The large wheels and the suspension on the front forks make it very easy to ride through London's busy streets Particularly when you're going over pot holes and speed bumps. You can change the amounts of assistance the motor gives you right on the handle bars. It's got electric gears and you can take the battery off to make charging much easier. If you're more concerned with how to conquer the country side than the commute, cyclotricity stealth is the one for you. It's a full size mountain bike with aggressive tires and suspension on the front forks. To absorb the rocks and bumps on the trails. It's comfortable to ride and its motor can either give you assistance while you pedal or you just hit the throttle and rocket over the hills with no efforts on your part. Regardless of what you choose, always keeps safety in mind and never ride without the helmet. So more information on all of those featured bikes, check out the reviews on cnet.com now. [MUSIC]