Want to get your hands on a new commute-road bike that can handle your travel and leisure needs? Browse this selection of sleek and stylish, electric, foldable bikes, and just awesome bikes.
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Tern Eclipse X22 “Blackbird”
Sleek and sturdy, the Tern Eclipse X22 “Blackbird” is a road-racing–inspired commuter/light tourer that rides like a full-sized bike yet folds down in 10 seconds so it can be carried neatly onto an elevator and cozied up right next to your desk. With its sleek design and stealth black paint job, the bike not only looks cool—when we rode it around NYC for testing, we were asked about it twice in the first five minutes—but has the tech to match: hand-built 26" wheels with race-tuned frame geometry as well as Shimano’s 22-speed drive-train and hydraulic disc brakes to make it tight and responsive.
This is what one of our testers had to say about the "Blackbird":
Here comes a review about a modern bike from the sort of retro steel bike grouch who has not two good words to say about anything hitting the bike world since about 1987.
I commute in the city every day on a variety of bikes and was asked to take the Tern out for a while. I’ve ridden a bunch of folders so I wasn’t really looking forward to it, but within the first block I realized this was a whole different animal. This is a scary-fast bike, and nimble enough to jump into the fray of fast city commuting mixing it up in traffic. The shifting is quick and sure, and the hydraulic braking does its job. But the most surprising thing is when you finally get where you’re going and you realize you’re on a folder! Doesn’t seem possible. And then you get to quickly and easily fold it up and take it in the elevator without anyone giving you any sh*t. This is one amazing machine.
Specialized rolled out a new commuter bike that's quintessential for any city rider and fitness fiend. Every model has flat-proof tires, so you never have to worry about deflating pressure or getting your hands grimy to fix a flat. Plus, the anti-rust chain (and components) ensures it'll stand the test of time no matter the wear and tear. And if that didn't sell you, just look at the price point.
A speed and agility whiz, this e-bike is fit for city commuters who log some serious mileage to and from work every day (though, that's not to say it isn't right at home on leisure rides). Most e-bikes can get you up to 20mph. But the XDURO Urban S RX can hit 28mph. Its sleek finish is head-turning without being too flashy.
The position on this road bike is distinct: It's more forward and "racy" for speed efficiency (and let's face it, sharp handling for when you want to zip past everyone else), yet upright enough to give you a great range of visibility and comfort. Cannondale's top-of-the-line micro-suspension technology keeps vibration and shock to a minimum so you can move smoother and quicker over uneven terrain as if you were handling a freshly paved road. Plus, to absorb even more shock, the frame and fork of the bike are engineered with some flex, keeping your tires on the ground at all times to eat up any jarring movements. The Bad Boy 1 earns its name.
It's fashionable, fun to ride, and damn functional, too. The tire's fenders have mud flaps to keep city grime and mud off your shoes and pants, and full-coverage chain guards keep you clean and grease-free, too. The saddle has a suspension-supported seat post for extra cushioning. Balloon tires and five-level pedal assist provide a smooth, cushy ride. Plus, the optional geared motor (that you engage with a twist-and-go throttle) gives you the boost you need for accelerating up hills and hastening long commutes. Self-sealing Kevlar velted tire tubes safeguard against flats, there's an LCD display with USB charging port for your phone, and front and rear lights to keep you visible in dark, foggy conditions.
Before we get in to all the notable specs, let's look at the price, yeah? This Schwinn road bike is under $200, making it the most affordable ride on our list. Choose from 7 speeds as you cruise to your cubicle or class on campus during the week, and careen through backroads come the weekend. Its rear carrier can store all your valuables so you can focus on the task at hand (er, rather, hands and feet). Alloy rims, swept-back handle bars, handsome grey paint, and sleek fenders top off the Gateway's classic style. Plus, it has a lifetime warranty (like all Schwinn bikes) so you can ride with absolute confidence.
Looking for a bike that balances the power you crave from a commute bike and the style you strive to carry through your whole look? Faraday is for you. The Cortland S is fixed with mechanical disc brakes, an efficient chain drive, boasts 8 speeds for quick maneuvering, and is adorned with steel fenders to keep you clean and dry. Available in multiple sizes and colors, be the most stylish bike commuter your city's ever seen.
Spot Brand likens its Acme bike to a Mercedes on two wheels. It's lighter and quicker than most rides on the street; and its exaggerated curves give an air of sophistication. That's not to say it isn't funcional. A reliable—and clean—drivetrain (that houses all the bits, like your pedals, chain, cranks that move the bike along) keeps you oil-free, while a sealed 11-speed shifter keeps you moving seamlessly fast. Plus, there are mounts for racks, fenders, and a kickstand for all your everyday riding needs.
The simple steel frame on this 3-speed road bike from Trek merges style and speed. What's more, the belt drive is clean and dependable (i.e. no fumbling with greasy chains); there's room for racks; and there are fenders to keep puddle splatter from ruining your power suit.
Fun and fast-rolling, this urban bike from Momentum features an aluminum frame for easy-to maneuver handling and an upright positioning so you're always visible and in control. The classic style has punched up smart integrated features like a built-in cupholder, a chain guard to protect your shoes and pants from city grime, a rear rack with straps to tow light loads, a frame-mounted U-Lock carrier, and removable bag mounts so getting groceries is a breeze.
The Fairfax SC6 DLX rides like a competition bike (there are 11 speeds), but has the ammenities of a commuter. There are lightweight aluminum fenders, quality Shimano hydraulic brakes for quick stops (taxis...), and puncture-resistant tires. Combined with the lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork with full rack mounts, the Fairfax will get you where you're going—fast. Oh, and powerful battery-free lights mean you can take your rides into the night with the utmost safety and peace of mind.