If you\u2019re looking to hit the road as soon as possible, with as little spent on your part, the Hicient Electric Road Bike is among the best electric road bikes. Under its affordable price you\u2019ll find a 21-gear shifter, good acceleration, and a frame that\u2019s lightweight and durable.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Hicient Electric Road Bike\r\nThe Hicient Electric Road Bike is the ideal option for beginners: low cost, yet still offers a road eBike with a 21-speed gear shifter, 18mph with good acceleration, attached to a lightweight frame.\r\n\r\nDurability & Build Quality\r\nTypical of electric mountain bikes, an aluminum alloy frame sacrifices a bit of durability that you\u2019d see from a steel frame. In return, it\u2019s lighter and flexible, similar to carbon framing of the Specialized Turbo Creo SL. The seat is okay, but nothing to write home to mom about, but could be wider. Replace ASAP. The handlebars are straight across, offering very little ergonomic design.\r\nPerformance (Speed & Acceleration)\r\nThe Hicient Electric Road Bikes didn\u2019t impress us with its max speed. At 18mph, you\u2019re going 10 miles slower than the Trek Domane+ electric bicycle\u2014so it isn\u2019t a ridiculously high speed electric motor, but it gets the job done. To be fair, the 21-speed gear shifter is the MVP, with so many options for varying terrain.\r\nRange & Battery\r\nDon\u2019t expect to be on the road a long time, because the lithium battery doesn\u2019t support long trips. At most, you\u2019ll get 17 miles on a single charge, and that\u2019s with pedal assist or bike mode. You\u2019d get even less when leaving it up to its battery power.\r\nSafety Features\r\nThe Hicient E Bike has very little in the way of substantial safety features, but still has the necessities. It has front and rear disc brakes as opposed to linear pull. They\u2019re much more reliable and confident stopping in wet conditions. Also, you get a bright LED headlight and rear reflector. It does not have fat tires, but they\u2019re relatively thicker than regular bikes.\r\nValue\r\nThe Hicient Electric Road Bike might have good acceleration and torque, but that doesn\u2019t excuse its lackluster speed and battery mileage. One could argue it\u2019s what you deserve for $600, but we\u2019d argue it feels more like $450. With that said, it\u2019s the cheapest way to get a bike electric enough to be used on the road, because the next jump is the Orbea Gain eBike and that\u2019s $2999.\r\nHicient Electric Road Bike Wrap Up\r\nThe Hicient Electric Road Bike isn\u2019t winning any awards as the best electric bikes, but it does well enough as a beginner\u2019s option. A small, yet satisfying stepping stone towards the larger-than-life models, if you will. Good acceleration and 21-speed shifter forgives its less-than-stellar 18mph max speed. And at least it\u2019s durable and lightweight.