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Opus WKND $3,400

De­signed with fit­ness-fo­cused com­muters in mind, the wknd of­fers a hy­brid de­sign in a light­weight 6061 alu­minum frame. With an in­cred­i­ble range of up to 125 km and the abil­ity to recharge the bat­tery to 80 per cent in less than two hours, the wknd al­lows you to choose be­tween as­sisted pedalling on your ride to and from the of­fice or us­ing your own power alone. Avail­able in three sizes, the Opus ebike uses Shi­mano Acera shifters and rear de­railleur, m365 hy­draulic disc brakes and aero-shaped Alex wheels with 35c Vit­to­ria E-rando tires. The power sys­tem is Shi­mano’s Steps E6050 mo­tor with a down­tube-mounted 418-Wh bat­tery, as well as an in­te­grated com­puter and head­light. ( opus­bike.com)

Gi­ant Quick-e+ $3,299

As the name im­plies, the Quick-e+ will get you where you need to go with far less ef­fort than a tra­di­tional bike. It still packs all the fea­tures of its non-pow­ered com­muter cousins, such as a durable alu­minum frame with built-in fen­ders, front and rear lights, kick­stand and durable Sch­walbe Big Ben 27.5 x 2.0 tires. But mak­ing the Quick-e+ the more ad­vanced cousin is its Yamaha-based Gi­ant Sync­drive mo­tor with a 500-Wh lithium-ion bat­tery in­te­grated into the down tube and a han­dle­bar-mounted dis­play and con­trol sys­tem. Al­loy cock­pit parts, a Shi­mano De­ore driv­e­train and hy­draulic disc brakes along with Gi­ant cr70 wheels fin­ish off the build. The Quick-e+ is avail­able in four sizes from small to ex­tra large. ( gi­ant-bi­cy­cles.com)

Spe­cial­ized Turbo Levo FSR Ex­pert 6Fat­tie $10,249

Other than the new Turbo Levo fsr Ex­pert 6Fat­tie’s slightly larger-than-nor­mal bot­tom bracket area, there’s lit­tle on the ma­chine to make you re­al­ize this is a not a “nor­mal” trail bike. Built with Spe­cial­ized M5 alu­minum con­struc­tion and us­ing the brand’s leg­endary trail ge­om­e­try, the Turbo Levo is matched up with a Rock­shox Pike RC Solo Air fork and a Fox Float Fac­tory rear shock, each of­fer­ing 140 mm of travel. A sram X1 11-speed trig­ger shifter and an X01 rear de­railleur man­age gear changes; sram Guide RS hy­draulic disc brakes with 200-mm ro­tors bring the bike’s Ro­val Tra­verse 27.5" wheels and 3"-wide Pur­ga­tory tires to a stop. There’s also 125 mm of seat­post travel from the Com­mand Post Ircc. Other Spe­cial­ized cock­pit parts dress the ma­chine. But what makes this Levo fsr wor­thy of the Turbo name is its in­te­grated 504-Wh bat­tery that pow­ers a cus­tom-tuned mo­tor that helps make pedalling the bike up hills al­most ef­fort­less. There’s also an in­te­grated Turbo dis­play and an An­droid/ios app that con­trols the sys­tem via Blue­tooth. Avail­able in four sizes from small to ex­tra large. ( spe­cial­ized.com)—dan­dakin

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