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AirPods 2: five ways to make Apple's wireless buds better

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A Bloomberg report suggests a new version of Apple’s wireless AirPods could be released this year, incorporating better wireless tech, improved water resistance, and improved Siri access. I’ve worn AirPods almost nonstop since they’ve been released, and they’ve become my instant, go-to earbuds for everyday use. But they could still use improvement.

Here’s what’s at the top of my list. More remote controls: I don’t know if I need to be instantly accessing Siri more often, unless it’s easy and not annoying to do. But I definitely want more remote features.

AirPods can be double-tapped to play, pause, skip tracks or summon Siri, but you can only assign one function to each AirPod for a maximum of two functions at a time. I want expanded controls, and also a way to adjust volume. Physical buttons would be nice for Bluetooth use with non-Apple products, but odds of that are slim.

I’d settle for the basic controls that HomePod has.

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Wireless charging: Apple has already confirmed that its proprietary wireless charging tech coming in 2018, AirPower, will work with AirPods via a new charge case. Charging AirPods via Lightning is easy enough, but it would be great to drop the case down and top it off on a charge mat, too. Will next-gen AirPods be the first to debut wireless charging, or will a case be sold separately for first-gen users, too?

The charge case for AirPods is already one of its best features: wireless charging would push it over the top.

Better device-swapping and wireless reliability: Apple’s second-gen W2 wireless chip could help AirPods gain longer range and maybe higher fidelity, but it’s also the little things that bug me on a daily basis. Sometimes AirPods don’t connect to my Apple Watch. Sometimes the swap between watch and iPhone doesn’t happen.

Sometimes I’ll get music drop-outs and stuttering while walking through NYC’s electromagnetic jungle. Generally, they’re great: in certain moments they’re not.

More fit options, improved design: AirPods fit me really well. For others, they don’t.

There should be a fit kit of different earpieces, or better in-ear options for all use cases so they don’t fall out. I’ve never had AirPods fall out randomly, but maybe a new design could allow for extra add-on tips. Third-party options exist but don’t always work well with the charge case. Also: AirPods jut out of my ears.

I’ve never looked great in them. Could those long handles be reduced a bit? I mean, I’ve gotten used to how I look in them a year and a half later, but a little bit of redesign couldn’t hurt.

New colors. This is easy: make more color options than white. Black. Green.

Blue. Pink. Go crazy.

Maybe let people have one color in each ear.

Have a bin full of color shades, and you could pick two to make your own?

But seriously: while there are ways to third-party customize beyond plain white, a few more official shades would be great.

Asus ZenBook 13 vs. Dell XPS 13

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Although you can find many great budget laptops out there today, the sweet spot in laptop pricing and hardware, as far as we’re concerned, is just north of £1,000. There are some truly stellar entries in that ballpark, including our favorite for the past few years, the Dell XPS 13. But there are always pretenders gunning for that throne and Asus has a new potential competitor that has us intrigued.

In this head to head, we’ll pit the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN vs. Dell XPS 13, to see which comes out on top in all of the most important categories. To see how the new Dell XPS 13 measures up against the larger Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, check out our comparison between the two.

Specifications

Asus Zenbook 13 UX331UN

Dell XPS 13

Dimensions 12.2 x 8.5 x 0.55 inches 11.9 x 7.8 x 0.46 inches (0.3 at thinnest) Weight 2.47 pounds 2.67 pounds Processor 8th Generation Intel Core i5, i7 8th Generation Intel Core i5, i7 RAM 8GB or 16GB 4GB, 8GB or 16GB Graphics Intel HD 620 or Nvidia MX150 with 2GB GDDR5 Intel HD 620 Display 13.3-inch wide-wide angle (touch optional) 13.3-inch InfinityEdge Resolution 1080P or 4K 1080P or 4K Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (PCIe optional) 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD (PCIe optional) Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 Ports SB© USB-C, 2 x SB© USB-A, HDMI, headset, microSD SB© USB-C, 2 x Thunderbolt 3, Headset, microSD Webcam VGA webcam 720P webcam Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 Battery 50 watt-hours 52 watt-hours Price £1,000+ £1,000+ Availability Now Now Review Full review: 7/10 Hands-on

Design

Asus’ laptops have never been the most striking.

Even its recent entries haven’t done much to change that, though it does appear to have taken some measures to improve the aesthetics of its new ZenBook 13 to bring it more in line with its pricing. With some subtle tweaks to the angling, a reduction in bezel size and a new, matt finish to the dark blue paint job, it certainly looks better than previous entries in this range. The Dell XPS, on the other hand, is arguably one of the best looking laptops available today.

Its latest refresh is slightly flatter and looks far more modern than its predecessors. It’s soft-touch, carbon fiber interior is still lovely to look at and feels great. Its bezels are thinner than ever too, practically making it an edge-to-edge display, which is more than can be said for the new Zenbook, despite its new slimmer design.

Both laptops are trim elsewhere too, although the XPS 13 just pips the ZenBook 13 there too, coming in a few fractions of an inch shorter and thinner. The ZenBook does manage to undercut the competition on weight though, shedding 0.2 of a pound compared to the Dell design. That weight loss may come at the expense of frame stability, as we noticed some flex in the display during our hands-on.

Elsewhere in the designs, the ZenBook 13 has a little more port flexibility with the inclusion of two SB© USB-A ports, as well as an HDMI output that supports up to HDMI 1.4. There’s no Thunderbolt 3 support though and the webcam is only VGA, compared to the 720P version that the XPS 13 sports. Although both designs have their perks, the overall look and feel of the XPS 13 is hard to beat, even if the ZenBook’s legacy ports give it a little more connectivity flexibility.

Winner: XPS 13

Hardware

Although the configuration options for both the Asus ZenBook 13 and Dell XPS 13 are similar, there are some notable differences that are worth considering. Both systems offer eighth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs (8250U and 8550U respectively) and up to 16GB of RAM, though the base version of the XPS 13 comes with 4GB. The ZenBook starts with 8GB.

Storage options are a little more varied with the UX331UN, starting at 128GB of M.2 solid state storage (SSD), but both systems offer up to 1TB, with an optional PCIe drive. The biggest difference between the two is in the graphics department. Where the Dell XPS 13 offers no additional graphics support beyond the on board Intel HD 620 chip included with the processor, Asus offers an Nvidia MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5.

That’s not a particularly powerful graphics chip, typically comparable to a desktop GTX 1030, but it’s significantly more powerful than Intel HD graphics — even if it’s throttled a bit. All things considered, both systems should perform comparably in typical Windows tasks, but with the additional oomph of a dedicated graphics processor, even a slightly limited one, the ZenBook 13 should be the more powerful system with 3D applications and gaming. Winner: ZenBook 13

Display

The XPS 13 offers two resolution options for laptop displays: A standard 1080P, full-HD panel and a much more detailed, 4K choice, which gives both laptops native support for the latest consumer media source.

Whichever resolution you opt for though, both come in the 13.3-inch form factor and have fantastic color accuracy — it’s some of the best we’ve ever seen on a display outside of a MacBook Pro. The ZenBook 13, on the other hand, only offers a 1080p display — and it didn’t fare quite as well in our testing. It loses to the XPS 13 in pretty much every category, ranging from contrast ratio to color accuracy.

Winner: XPS 13

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Portability

Portable laptops need to be compact, lightweight and have plenty of battery life and both the XPS 13 and ZenBook 13 have all those in spades. The physical dimensions are a bit of a toss up, as though the ZenBook is the slightly lighter notebook, it’s not by enough of a margin that general usage will make it too noticeable. Likewise, the XPS 13, although smaller, is not so much so that it’s going to make an enormous difference to your day.

The kicker is likely to come in terms of battery life. Although there are only a few watt-hour difference between the batteries that both laptops employ, claimed battery life is a little different. Asus claims that the Zenbook 13 can offer up to 14-hours battery life.

While that’s stellar, it’s not as much as Dell’s claimed 19-hours. Whether neither top the Surface Book 2, the XPS 13 wins out over over the ZenBook 13, giving it the overall edge in portability. Winner: XPS 13

Price and availability

Arguably the most important category, nothing else matters if a product is too expensive or hard to find.

This is where the Asus laptop could really give Dell a run for its money, as both systems start out at £1,000. The ZenBook has a substantially more attractive configuration at that price point. For your money you get a Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and the distinctive MX150 graphics chip.

The XPS 13 in comparison, has the same CPU, but just 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and just onboard Intel HD 620 graphics. You only need to bump up your budget by £150 to get the same sort of hardware — sans the MX150 graphics chip — with the XPS 13, but it’s still the more expensive option. The 2017 Dell XPS 13 is an alternative, as it can be purchased for as little as £800, but that does come with older hardware.

With all that in mind, at the time of writing, the above configuration of the ZenBook 13 UX331UN is the only one available. Even still, you get a better deal with the ZenBook 13, especially if you want to be able to play games on the side. Winner: ZenBook 13

Close, but no cigar

It’s rare that a laptop can come close to toppling our long-running mid-range laptop champion and the ZenBook 13 UX331UN made a valiant effort.

With a discrete graphics chip nestled inside its newly trim design, decent battery life, and display options, it came closer than most to becoming our new favorite. The GPU is certainly a distinguishing factor, but without the However, the overall package just isn’t quite enough to sway us.

Although the XPS 13 appears to be the more expensive offering right now, its wider array of (buyable) hardware options, its better-designed chassis and weight distribution, its new look and feel, and stellar battery life, mean it’s not leaving its cozy spot in our hearts just yet.

Overall winner: Dell XPS 13

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe goes edgy, gets a diesel

Like most new-car dealers, Hyundai franchisees have been clamoring for more crossover SUVs. Seemingly no matter the size, price or class, American customers can’t get enough soft-roading in their lives. The problem has been more acute with Hyundai than with most brands, however, which is why its dealers are surely salivating over this all-new 2019 Santa Fe.

Now entering its fourth generation, the Santa Fe has been the company’s best-selling SUV in the US, and you needn’t look past this new model’s bold front end and its glowering LED headlamps to realize that it carries significantly more attitude and ambition than before.

Nobody will confuse the new Santa Fe with the old one. It’s a whole new look.

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The new Santa Fe also carries a lot more tech, particularly on the cabin and safety side. Base models are equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but upper trim levels include a larger eight-inch screen with Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system, and a 630-watt, 12-speaker surround-sound Infinity audio system is available.

Upper-trim models also receive a seven-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster screen, too. Other tech niceties in the more premium-looking cabin include Qi wireless charging and an available 8.5-inch full-color head-up display. We’ve seen the latter in other Hyundai models before, and it’s a good one — it even integrates blind-spot notifications.

Naturally, Blue Link telematics, which incorporates expected attributes like remote start, stolen vehicle recovery and Car Finder, is also included, as are uncommon features including smartwatch and Amazon Alexa integration.

Before getting into the Santa Fe’s new drivetrain and safety details — of which there are many — there are a few ground rules: Those familiar with the outgoing generation may recall that the Santa Fe lineup had two distinct models: the two-row Santa Fe Sport and the Santa Fe, a longer-wheelbase three-row model. That nomenclature may have been a bit confusing, so henceforth, this new two-row SUV will simply be known as Santa Fe, and the current three-row, seven-passenger model you already know will soldier on into 2019 model year wearing a new name, Santa Fe XL. The new 2019 Santa Fe seen here is bigger than before, stretching 187.8 inches long — 2.8 inches longer than the outgoing Sport, but still a full 5.3 inches shorter than the carryover XL.

That means you’ll find fractionally more space inside in most dimensions, both for humans and for cargo. (And if you still need more space and don’t care for the XL, help is on the way. As part of its Santa Fe announcement, Hyundai has confirmed a new, larger eight-passenger SUV with an entirely different name is in development). Got all that?

Let’s move on. The 2019 Santa Fe has a pretty typical powertrain story, with one big twist: There’s a diesel option. Regardless of which engine you choose and whether you go front- or all-wheel drive, a new eight-speed automatic transmission is mandatory.

Most shoppers will doubtlessly either select the base 185-horsepower, 2.4-liter gas four-cylinder (torque has not been revealed, but the engine delivered 178 pound-feet in 2018 guise) or the punchier 2.0-liter gas turbo with an estimated 232 hp. Interestingly, that’s 8 hp fewer than the outgoing model, suggesting a retuning (perhaps for more torque). Either way, if torque is your bag, you may want to consider the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel, which arrives in early calendar 2019 and is pegged to deliver “around 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm” and an estimated 320 pound-feet at 1,750 rpm.

There’s a catch, though: The diesel brings with it a mandatory three-row configuration. In fact, it’s the only engine you can get with a three-row Santa Fe going forward. Yes, that’s right, you can now get a third row in this new Santa Fe, as well as in the carryover Santa Fe XL.

That may sound a little confusing, but Hyundai explains it thusly: “The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easy entry into the third-row by children.” Think of the Santa Fe’s available “way-back seats” as just-in-case perches for the wee ones, not unlike the tight third row offered in the Nissan Rogue and Mitsubishi Outlander. Regardless of powertrain, Hyundai has yet to reveal any mileage estimates for its 2019 Santa Fe, saying only that the aforementioned new gearbox is good for an increase in fuel efficiency by “more than three percent.”

Hyundai is not an automaker to shy away from relying on both touchscreens and physical buttons, and we appreciate that.

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This being a family-minded vehicle, it should come as no surprise that a full battery of advanced driver assist systems will be on offer. Many active safety features will come standard beginning on the SE trim, and buyers can specify things like adaptive cruise with stop and go, high-beam assist, forward collision avoidance and a 360-degree camera system.

Other, more unexpected safety features include a driver attention warning system, ultrasonic-based Rear Seat Occupant Alert (to curb hot car deaths among children and pets) and Safe Exit Assist, which temporarily prevents doors from being opened into traffic when the system detects that a vehicle (including cars, bicycle and motorcycle) is approaching from behind. On sale this summer, the 2019 Santa Fe will be joined by at least two other new Hyundai SUV models this year, including the funky entry-level Kona subcompact and the Nexo fuel cell. Pricing has not yet been announced, but given its new tweener size, the new Santa Fe will likely be asked to cover a lot of ground.

Either way, having been handcuffed for a few years by a lack of new crossover models, Hyundai dealers — and Hyundai shoppers — now appear poised for a much happier year.

Hyundai Kona: Looking for something a bit smaller?

Check out Hyundai’s other new SUV.

Hyundai Nexo: We took a road trip to CES behind the wheel of Hyundai’s fuel-cell SUV, where the only emissions byproduct is water.

The best electric bikes

As our thoroughfares become increasingly crowded with automotive traffic, more cities are making biking around town safer and more accessible to citizens. Needless to say, these massive city planning efforts are showing plenty of return on investment. From 2000 to 2010, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 40 percent across the United States, and these numbers were as high as 77 percent in some cities, according to Forbes.

The biking industry has boomed in recent years as manufacturers look to capitalize with increasingly nuanced styles. That said, the electric bike movement has taken the biking industry by storm, as individuals look to add little pedal-assistance to their daily commutes and casual weekend outings. An ebike is certainly quite the initial economic investment, however, when considered alongside the annual costs of fueling, insuring, and maintaining an automobile, an ebike literally pays for itself over time.

Here are five of the best electric bikes currently on the market.

Our pick

Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0

Why should you buy this? The Turbo Vado 6.0 is one of the most capable ebikes we’ve tested.

The best electric mountain bikeSpecialized Turbo Vado 6.0The Turbo Vado is a versatile ebike without the bulk of most other electric builds.

Who it’s for? Anyone looking for more than a casual commuter. How much will it cost? £4,800 Why we chose the Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0:

We had the opportunity to take the Specialized Turbo Vado for a spin in Palo Alto last year and the model is still our pick for top ebike on the market. Utilizing a 350-watt motor and 604-watt-hour lithium-ion battery, the Turbo Vado is capable of traveling up to 80 miles on a single charge, which should be more than enough for your daily commute and then some. Built by a company that has been making cycling equipment for more than 40 years, the Vado feels a lot more like a traditional bike than most other ebikes.

Its frame and components have been tuned to provide a familiar experience, making it easier for both new riders and long-time cyclists to just jump on and start pedaling. Specialized’s heritage shines through nicely here, helping to separate itself from the competition in the increasingly crowded ebike market. Out on the road, it takes just a couple of turns of the pedals activates the Vado’s motor and gets it up to speed.

In Turbo mode – the bike’s highest level of pedal-assist – the Vado can reach speeds of to 28 miles per hour, after which the electric drive system will automatically shut off to conserve power. A built-in LED readout on the handlebars allows riders to monitor battery life, check their current speed, and track calories burned and distance traveled as well. The Turbo Vado Mission Control app (iOS/Android) also connects to the bike via Bluetooth and allows riders to further tune their ride and adjust the bike’s settings.

We ran the Vado through the gauntlet — including some of the steepest hills in Palo Alto — and the bike easily handled everything we threw at it, maintaining a steady 20 mph speed even on the most daunting of ascents. The bike handles incredibly well on the downhills too and is both nimble and quick on city streets and paved trails. It is even comfortable to ride for extended distances, which is vitally important for any bike built for urban settings.

It’s important to note that the Vado is custom-tuned for city riding, making it a great choice for daily commutes to and from the office or running errands on the weekend. That said, if you’re looking for an ebike for more difficult terrain, there are other options on this list better suited to that task. Read more about the Specialized Turbo Vado here.

The best electric mountain bike

Haibike SDURO HardNine 4.0

Why should you buy this? Relatively lightweight, affordable, and capable, this is a great all-around mountain bike.

The best electric mountain bikeHaibike SDURO HardNine 4.0The Haibike SDURO HardNine 4.0 is built to dominate the trail.

Who it’s for? Year-round mountain bike enthusiasts.

How much will it cost? £2,600 Why we chose the Haibike SDURO HardNine 4.0: Electric mountain bikes have garnered a lot of attention for their ability to help riders go higher, further, and faster on the trail.

As a result, there have been some impressive new eMTB models to hit the market in recent years, making it easier than ever to head off-road. Our favorite is the Haibike SDURO HardNine, which comes equipped with a 350-watt Bosch Performance CX drive and a 500 watt-hour battery. This gives it a range of up to 70 miles, along with a top speed of 20 mph, which is plenty fast on singletrack.

Haibike ships the HardNine with 29-inch tires, 180-millimeter hydraulic disc brakes, a 100-millimeter front suspension fork, and a nine-speed Shimano shifting system. The bike’s LCD readout is affixed to the handlebars and displays the current speed, level of charge, remaining range, and current pedal assist mode. The company says the battery can be completely recharged in just four hours, minimizing downtime between rides.

Fast and fun on the trail, the SDURO HardNine handles rough terrain with ease, while its large tires roll over most obstacles without missing a beat. The pedal assist makes for quick, energy-saving climbing and the bike descends surprisingly well, too. Its front suspension provides a nice level of cushion on bumpy trails and while we missed having a full-suspension on this model, that would have added additional weight and costs.

Priced at just £2,600, the Haibike SDURO HardNine 4.0 is easier on the pocketbook than most other e-mountain bikes, while still delivering great performance. That makes it easy to recommend as an all-mountain ride for a wide variety of mountain bikers.

The best commuter electric bike

Raleigh Redux IE Diamond Frame

Why should you buy this? Built for the urban commuter, this bike is fast, comfortable, and features great range.

The best commuter electric bikeRaleigh Redux IE Diamond FrameYou’ll be able to travel from home to the office or run errands in style with the Raleigh Redux IE Diamond Frame.

Who it’s for? Inner city commuters. How much will it cost? £2,699

Why we chose the Raleigh Redux IE Diamond Frame: Another bike that comes our way courtesy of a traditional bike maker, the Raleigh Redux IE Diamond Frame was built from the ground up for urban commuting. With its clean, simple design, this is an electric bike that doesn’t look like an ebike, yet still delivers impressive performance on the road.

Powered by a 250-watt Brose Centerdrive system, the Redux is capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 mph, which comes in handy when dodging traffic. Its 36-volt lithium-ion battery provides enough juice to give the bike a range of up to 80 miles between recharges, making it a great option for daily commuters. Raleigh even outfitted the bike with wide tires which provide stability and traction, even when the road gets wet.

Other key features include a 10-speed Shimano crankset and shifters and a built-in LCD screen that displays all the usual information. The Redux’s stealthy design manages to hide the bike’s battery in the downtube, which helps conceal the fact that it’s an ebike on first glance. This gives it a more traditional look that should appeal to riders who aren’t overly enamored with the chunky style of other ebikes.

It also helps make the bike a bit more nimble, too.

The best electric road bike

Giant Road E+1

Why should you buy this? The Giant Road E+1 is an elegant touring option.

The best commuter electric bikeGiant Road E+1You’ll be able to travel from home to the office or run errands in style with the Raleigh Redux IE Diamond Frame.

Who it’s for? Road bike enthusiasts. How much will it cost? £4,130 Why we chose the Giant Road E+1:

While the idea of a pedal-assisted road bike may seem counterintuitive, during lengthier training sessions, a touch of added power helps prevent overall muscle fatigue and injury. Similarly, individuals looking to enjoy longer scenic routes will appreciate the general boost an electric drive provides. With a top speed of 28 mph, the Road E+1 uses three power modes to give you ultimate control over your ride and assistance level.

A four-point sensory system monitors the pedaling force allowing the motor to amplify your movements seamlessly. One of our favorite features with the Road E+1 is the ergonomic Ride Control EVO command station. Unlike other control centers, this display is mounted onto the handlebars front-and-center, keeping the controls literally at your fingertips.

At higher speeds, balance is key and this module enables control over the system and the fork at all times. Giant didn’t skimp on traditional cycling components for the E+1, either. The bike comes equipped with an 11-speed Shimano crankset, hydraulic disc brakes, and a lightweight aluminum frame.

It also features an aggressive geometry designed for road riding and ships with a fast-charger to keep the electric motor powered up. The frame itself incorporates a series of mounts allowing you to easily trick-out the Road E+1 with a rack, fenders, or panniers to more aptly meet your touring requirements. Again, most touring purists will certainly scoff at the mere notion of pedal-assistance, however, individuals looking for more of a guided tour and less of a tour de force will swoon over the Road E+1.

The best budget option electric bike

Espin Sport Black

Why should you buy this? The Espin Sport is a solid economic ebike option.

The best budget option electric bikeeSpin Sport BlackThe Espin Sport is an exceptionally practical ebike priced under £2,000.

Who it’s for? Those looking to test the ebike waters without breaking the bank.

How much will it cost? £1,888 Why we chose the Espin Sport Black: Purchasing an ebike can be a rather hefty initial investment, and there are dozens of worthy makes and models to choose from.

That said, some individuals may desire a solid pedal-assistance model without a bevy of extra frills and the Espin Sport is our top budget-specific pick. Overall, the Epsin has a no-nonsense, blue-collar build we absolutely love. It utilizes a 20-inch diamond frame that looks and feels like a traditional road bike.

A sturdy, rear-mounted luggage rack stows up to 55 pounds of cargo, which should be more than enough for a trip to the store, commute to the office, or a short day trip. The Espin is powered by a 350-watt motor that’s rated for trips up to 50 miles (depending on the terrain and assist level). Once depleted, the battery fully charges in roughly five hours.

Thankfully, Espin makes it easy to remove the battery, allowing you to quickly recharge it at home or in the office between trips. A backlit LCD control hub displays your basic metrics and battery life while in transit and LED headlights add a touch of light when needed. Yes, there are less expensive ebike models on the market, but most come with some serious caveats.

The Espin Sport delivers on the full promise of an electric bike, but in a more affordable fashion. This bike isn’t going to tow you around for a 60-mile round-trip endeavor but those seeking their first ebike will get plenty of bang for their buck from this model. Read more about the Espin Sport here.

The best eco-conscious off-road electric bike

Cake Kalk

Why should you buy this? If you enjoy getting out in nature on two wheels and you’re concerned about the environment.

The best electric mountain bikeCake’s Kalk is an off-road ebike that’s silent, clean, and just a blast to ride.

Who’s it for? Serious off-road riders who are looking for a silent ride.

How much will it cost? £14,000 Why we chose the Cake Kalk: The electric bike revolution has officially crossed over into the realm of off-road motorbikes.

If you like riding out in nature, Cake introduces a product that allows you to be respectful of the environment and other riders around you. Cake’s Kalk is a silent off-road motorbike that releases no emissions into the atmosphere. The electric motor means no gear changing or clutching — a silent motorbike that won’t detract from the experience of others. The best part?

Cake avoided any sacrifice in performance. Kalk reaches speeds of fifty miles per hour and features three distinct driving modes. The first mode is called Discover and is ideal for those just getting their feet wet.

The second is its Explore mode, designed for longer, more exciting rides. The third is Excite mode, which allows for optimum power and acceleration, perfect for executing wheelies and performing tricks. In addition, Kalk weighs under 155 pounds — less than half of traditional motorbikes.

Cake customized parts of the drivetrain and implemented an interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor. On a single charge, the bike travels up to 50 miles. As a bonus feature, maintenance is minimal due to the fact there are few moving parts thanks to its lack of a combustion engine.

The Cake Kalk is currently available for pre-order.

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