Best lightweight electric bikes: E-bike power without the bulk

Best lightweight electric bikes: Trek Domane+ SLR
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The best lightweight electric bikes will give you a ride that's not too dissimilar to a non-assisted bike but with an added electronic power boost. 

At their best, lightweight e-bikes can approach the weight of many of the best road bikes, so they will often look and ride similarly. That's usually achieved by using carbon fibre of the bike frame and fitting compact, lightweight motor and battery systems. As you'll read in our buyer's guide at the bottom of the page, this has advantages and disadvantages.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes.
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 140 lb.
Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx

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