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Ride Review Newsletter for November 17, 2022

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What You Need To Know This Week

Amazon retailers are selling hot-rod kits that allow ebikes to exceed legal speed limits, sparking controversy.

How does a Millennial’s experience of riding an electric bicycle compare to that of a Boomer? A mother-daughter duo investigate.

Clean energy meets dirt trails. Swedish brand Cake is charging into the world off-roading with its torquey new electric motorbike, the Bukk.

Cake Bukk electric off-road motorcycle
Cake Bukk 📸 Cake

What it’s like to ride an electric unicycle as a beginner.

With Neo, Cannondale has crafted a lightweight, folding ebike that is fine-tuned for city living.

After nearly two years, the Sondors Metacycle has at last arrived. But does the long-awaited low-cost electric motorcycle live up to the hype?

Man riding Sondors Metacycle electric motorcycle in the city
SONDORS Metacycle 📸 SONDORS

NIU has launched the BQi-C3, a Class 3 ebike that can hit 28 mph (45 kph) and, thanks to a pair of 460Wh batteries, travel up to 62 miles (100 km) per charge.

Spanish moped brand Seat has released an updated Performance Mo 125 with a higher top speed of 65mph (105kph)

New York’s Citibike program should field a professional BMX team.

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“Acoustic” bike brand Temple has moved into the electric era — and is earning rave reviews.

After making millions of rental scooters for companies like Lime and Tier, Okai is now beefing up its consumer lineup with the upgraded Neon Pro.

Red Bull is launching an F1-inspired all-terrain electric scooter. Pretty sweet, but is it worth the $6,000 price tag?

Red Bull all-terrain scooter next to FI racing car
📸 Red Bull

Kona rounds out its ebike lineup with three new hub-drive models that are good for anyone who is shopping on a budget.

Taking the “most torquiest” Mokwheel Scoria ebike for a spin.

Honda is testing self-driving microcars in Japan to appeal to young and older people who can’t, or prefer not to, drive.

Honda CiKoMa self driving car
📸 Honda

If you are looking for a bicycle built for two, why not try an ebike with a sidecar?

Electric cars are too bloated, a problem that New York startup Wink seeks to fix with golf cart- like LSVs that start at less than $9,000.

Cargo bikes are the perfect tool for hauling a week’s worth of groceries, picking up the kids from school, or … starting a rave in the middle of the street.

Guides

🌃 The Best Electric Folding Bikes for Small Spaces: These origami-like designs fold up and become small in a flash, making them a godsend for people with pint-sized homes or offices, or who commute by bus or train.

🏔 The Best Fat-Tire Electric Bikes for Bumpy Rides: Whether you are rolling over cracked pavement or tearing down dirt trails, these big-tired bikes will give you unparalleled confidence in even the diciest situations.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The Best Electric Cargo Bikes for Families: With the capacity to carry multiple people at once, as well as sizable loads of groceries, packages, plants, pets, toys, and more, these cargo ebikes can do almost anything that a car, truck, or SUV can, but at a fraction of the cost.

Reviews

Magnum Peak T5

Magnum is known to spec their electric bikes with a ton of great features. This Magnum Peak ebike confirms that yet again — the Peak T5 is affordable, feature-packed, and excellent for riding on off-road trails, around the city, or anywhere else you would like.

Magnum Peak T5 electric mountain bike

GEM e6

The GEM e6 is a roomy, street-legal, six-seat electric vehicle that is much more than a golf cart. It’s very comfortable to drive and has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. With its long range and low operating costs, the e6 is a great choice for anyone looking for an environmentally friendly and economical way to travel. While many people feel that it is expensive, the bottom line is that the GEM e6 can save drivers a significant amount of money in the long run.

GEM e6 6-person NEV

UBCO 2x2 Work

Unlike standard electric bikes, the UBCO 2x2 Work sets itself apart with all-wheel drive and integrating safety and stability features. These features deliver a robust workhorse that performs well for off-road terrain and farm work. If you have the budget for a tough two-wheeler, the UBCO ebike is definitely worth a look.

UBCO 2x2 Work Electric bike

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