Propel’s Top Commuter Electric Bikes Picks for 2021

Propel’s Top Commuter Electric Bikes Picks for 2021

In this video we’ll be talking about the top commuter bikes that I am most excited about for 2021. We’ll be discussing the different specs and accessories that make a bike a good commuter bike. We will be doing this list in alphabetical order and not ranked by bikes. Thanks for watching and we hope you enjoy. Let us know what you think or If there are any other bikes you would like to add!

0:00 What makes a good commuter bike?
0:40 Benno Boost
1:30 Benno eJoy
2:15 Benno eScout
2:35 Benno Remidemi
3:00 Gazelle Medeo t9
3:25 Gazelle Medeo t10
3:37 Gazelle Medeo t10+
4:00 About Gazelle bikes history
4:30 Gazelle Ultimate t10
5:10 Gazelle Ultimate c380
5:40 Gazelle Ultimate t10+
6:20 Riese and Muller
7:00 Riese and Muller Roadster
7:45 Riese and Muller Nevo 3
8:45 Riese and Muller Charger 3
9:10 Riese and Muller Super Charger 2
9:30 Riese and Muller control technology
9:40 Riese and Muller Delite
9:46 Riese and Muller Super Delite
10:05 Riese and Muller Homage
10:50 Riese and Muller Load
11:10 Riese and Muller Tinker
11:30 Tern Vektron
12:25 Tern GSD
13:50 Tern HSD

#ebikes #electricbikes #electriccommuterbikes #commuterbikes


Readers Comments (50)

  1. Anthony O farrell April 30, 2021 @ 12:42 am

    Great review, love the TINKER

  2. Krzysztof Chudziak April 30, 2021 @ 12:44 am

    I would add 3 bikes there: 1. Brompton electric – nothing comes close in terms of folded size. 2. I:SY – german made compact bike with a handlebar that rotates for storage. 3. Qube compact – similar features to I:SY and RM Tinker.

  3. Markus Dieterle April 30, 2021 @ 12:45 am

    Great video with solid and useful information – well done. Since bikes can be quite expensive, maybe you should do a video about bike leasing some time. My current employer recently teamed up with a „micro mobility“ service provider and now offers bike leasing to employees who have been working for the company for two years or more. Monthly leasing rates are deducted from the payment before taxes, which makes it quite affordable. After three years, you can either buy the bike at a much lower price or switch to a new one, similar to car leasing programs.
    I‘m not sure what’s available in the US in that regard since I‘m in Germany, but there should be similar services around I guess.

  4. Chris, great video. Love what you guys are doing. Out of the bikes that you guys have, I would also put Bulls Iconic TR1 Speed on the list. Great bike.

  5. Priority Current? Would love to know your thoughts!

  6. Gary Fujioka Sr. April 30, 2021 @ 12:51 am

    Grrr! Where is the RadRover!? JK

  7. Christopher Sanders April 30, 2021 @ 12:51 am

    I love the Tony Tone Toni nod.

  8. I bought an ecotric Hammer bike last July. It was $1,400 period for the price it’s a darn good bike and you can add things as you go and can afford it

  9. Another good choice would be the priority current. Mid drive ebike with gates carbon belt. Integrated lights and fenders. No rack but they do sell one as I recall and it has mounting points to add your own after market rack.

    I was going to get a gazelle medeo T10+ but covid supply chain issues delayed things long enough for me to look elsewhere. Having test ridden the gazelle and my own current I’d say they are comparable rides. Main difference is the current has the belt drive which is a wonder for a daily commuter and costs about a grand less.

    I really cant stress enough how nice it is to not have to deal with chain maintenance during wet winter months. Chain was needing cleaning and lube weekly to keep the squeek away and it still was starting to squeek a bit before the week was up. Belt drive, dead silent and only needs a garden hose down if the appearance of dirt annoys me. 800 miles and the only time I had to mess with it was re-tensioning it after fixing a flat.

  10. Chris: I’m sure that Trek Allant 9.9s would be on the list if you sold the bike. Maybe you were just doing bikes you sell. Always enjoy your videos….. thank you.

  11. If Tern could put an internal hub, like a Nexus 8 or Enviolo, on the Vektron I would be first in line for that. The added flexibility for storage and transportation that a folding bike provides would make it easier for me to commit to a purchase. But internal hubs are so much better for stop/start city commuting than derailleurs … I wish I could get both features on one bike!

  12. Great list of commuter bikes. Have to wonder is there going to be a bike that comes along to cross the chasm – a Model T of eBikes that becomes ubiquitous (economical, user friendly, reliable). Spot on about the utilitarian nature of a commuter bike – its only once you live with one of these for a while do you realise the functionality you require (e.g. comfort, reliable brakes, fenders, carry capacity if reqd). I’d personally go for the R&M Roadster – for its relative lightness to the others, and the R&M reliability – I’ve a long commute with hills so a lighter bike, that won’t break down is a must.

  13. Thanks Chris for clarifying. This is my favorite video of yours to date. The Riese and Muller Chargers Nixed with belt drive are my favorite bikes managing to be conventional and innovative both at the same time and extremely well designed. The only way I could see justifying spending that kind of money would be to replace one of my cars with it. When we go RVing instead of our tow vehicle maybe. I still don’t fully understand the advantage of Rolloff hub, is it worth the price and what does it add. I thought my CCX was expensive and it has its quirks and understanding that it wouldn’t make your list, has been a good bike.

  14. Katherine Malapha April 30, 2021 @ 12:58 am


  15. I’ve seen comments that call cheaper bikes like those from Rad "toys" but I haven’t really heard an explanation of what that means. Are they inferior because of the components or because of the brand?

  16. Great list! These are all the bikes I am envious of! I will definitely be putting one of these on my dream list, although I have thought about selling my car and just getting a personal ebike and using that and transit to get around. We bought a Ferla family cargo bike last year which is a tricycle built there in So Cal. It doesn’t have one of those super nice Bosch motors, but it fits the kids pretty well including my son with special needs!

  17. Martin Mellembakken April 30, 2021 @ 1:07 am

    I have a Turbo levo but wants another bike for work a really ugly bike that is easy to recognize with a heavy steel frame and parts that doesn’t fit other bike’s and has a integrated lock easy to take off battery Good light and a big fold down stand like old mopeds have.. I’m going to use it for delivery because one day at work for me before im done i been locking my bike for an hour together considering all the places I stopped

  18. Chris, well done. You guys really are setting the standard for ebike sales and service.

  19. CambridgeCargo Cyclist April 30, 2021 @ 1:10 am

    Cube have quite a lot of commuting bikes and now cargo as well. They are the main costumer of Bosch. Hopefully you will be able to ask them to come to the USA as well. I believe they are as well in Canada.

  20. Arnaud Falchier April 30, 2021 @ 1:11 am

    Great video as usual! I helped me understand the RM line. I am currently commuting with T10+ and pretty happy about it. I have a question: I have been looking for ways to adapt blinkers on my bike as I find that it is sometimes awkward to use my arms when the road is bumpy. Any advice on what’s available on the accessories market?

  21. Great introduction to a lot of brands and options that I’ve never heard of. Your videography is great as well. I just built an ebike using my old Sun Key West cruiser with front and rear 1200w hub motors and 30aH of batteries but am thinking of getting a mid mount mountain bike with better suspension to go off road. I’m also from Long Beach CA but have lived in Florida since ‘84 so it’s nice to see my old stomping grounds.

  22. Looking over these bikes and their prices makes me feel a lot better about my diy setup.

  23. Sophie Oshaughnessy April 30, 2021 @ 1:16 am

    Tern is much more skittish at high speeds and uneven terrain than the Tinker, I find.

  24. Any carbon bikes that run like the E FLY 11?

  25. You hurt my feelings….left my bike out (R&M Multicharger Mixte Vario). Just kidding. Great video as usual with you!

  26. Fantastic. Very informative and I am glad you added the qualifier about why you looked more specifically at the models using Bosch technology that you did. Nevertheless, very helpful as my kids are looking at this, and I am leaning in this direction myself.

  27. GREAT VIDEO! You’re helping me narrow it down.. im excited.
    Question: Can you add a rear rack battery to the Tinker?

  28. i have gen 3 performance speed. Wish I had gen 4 with that 85nm of torque.

  29. What was that about getting rid of you car… 👏🏻👍🏻😀

  30. Thanks for the video, Chris! I’ve been eyeing the Tern Vektron (please get more in stock) for a bit but now I’ll have to consider the R&M Tinker as well. Thanks again!

  31. Great video!
    Wish I could afford the R&M Homage

  32. Great job Chris, thanks for doing these videos. Will you do a video covering the R&M GPS anti theft option. Will the GPS tracking and recovery option be available in the USA? Thanks, love the channel.

  33. MrKeyboardCommando April 30, 2021 @ 1:26 am

    Congratulations, Chris, on yet another mesmeric video; you truly are becoming a veritable maestro of the " directly to camera " genre. In fact, I was so impressed, I was inspired to pen an ode in your honour. And, without further ado, here it is‼️

    You Know It Makes Sense!

    If you’d like a commuting bike,
    Then you’d best like the bikes young Chris likes.
    Because the like of the bikes that young Chris likes
    Will, more than like, to be the best of bikes.

    It may not be T.S.Eliot, but, then again, neither am I.

  34. Magnus Skallagrimsson April 30, 2021 @ 1:27 am

    Hey Chris, how would Xtracycle’s RFA Sport, or Bulls Lacuba place next to these bikes? Looking at Benno and Gazelle in my area, but the RFA Sport appeals, and Bulls keeps coming up.

  35. Has anyone done any reviews on Bintelli Bicycles???

  36. R&M needs to get their upright game together. This hunched over stuff speaks to an isolated demographic.

  37. "It even rains in southern California" – LOL; I lived in Orange County for 20 years and as I remember, it usually rained for a solid week most years…if not much aside from that! (e-Brompton owner now, by the way)

  38. I am a 2020 Super Delite owner and first time e-bike owner and love it. Thanks to your channel I was informed well before I went into the shop here to buy. Another great video.

  39. Great video~! I always learn from them and DANG you have some nice bikes.. Impressive lineup..

  40. I want to see ebike rims change from the thin wires to rims more like theones you find on motorcycles, and the ability to choose what type of rim you want.

  41. I’m a super commuter (31 miles each way, 62 mile round trip) and am leaning toward the Trek Allant+ 8S with the range extender. It was between that and the Gazelle Ultimate T10+ but the Trek is lighter and carries the support of Trek with a local store. Is there a reason you included the Gazelle but not Trek? Great video as always.

  42. Test drove a Gazelle T10+. They are impossible to find so ended up buying a Specialized Turbo Como 4.0. I prefer the quieter Brose motor of the Como

  43. Thank you Chris! I’ve watched most of your videos and value what you have to say. I appreciate your reviews. I just finished my first week of commuting to work on my new Gazelle Ultimate T10. I was lucky enough to find one at my local bike shop in Brattleboro, Vt. Trust me when I say that I almost made the four hour trip to NY to purchase one from your store as that was my second option if I couldn’t find one locally.

  44. 💚💛💜💙💜💗💖🖤💞❤🚲🚲🚲🚲

  45. Patrick Donohoe April 30, 2021 @ 1:37 am

    15:48 While he is explaining here he blinks rapidly when making some specific points and assertions. My mom has a very similar mannerism. She will blink like that when she feels very strongly about a point she is making and feels that she speaks from a place of experience and insight on a subject, but also feels somewhat uncomfortable about the assertion of her expertise. I think because to elevate her personal opinion over others’ is something she rarely does, only when necessary, and so she isn’t used to it and is maybe a little defensive while doing so. Do you guys know what I’m talking about?

  46. Laurentiu Dobjanski April 30, 2021 @ 1:39 am


  47. it’s funny how people always talk about these things are good for the environment help save the planet and all that but you can’t even afford it,how sad how humans had become 🥺

  48. PHYSICS PIT STOP April 30, 2021 @ 1:40 am

    Of these, only the R&M Homage is any good for commuting here in Salt Lake City. It actually has full suspension WITH low-step frame. (I haven’t seen a single non-electric bike that is full suspension WITH low-step frame. Are regular bike makers all idiots ?? [Yes]).

  49. First name Last name April 30, 2021 @ 1:40 am

    Do they sell these in the USA ?

  50. Ride Share Biz April 30, 2021 @ 1:42 am

    Price on all of them. Please.

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