The San Diego company founded in 2008, e-Joe, has been producing some of the best values in the e-bike market since then. The 2017 Koda is an improved version of their 2015 model that was one of five finalists for e-bike of the year at Interbike. The Koda is listed as a “sports commuter” and satisfies the designation very well.

It is equipped with a robust 500 watt geared rear hub motor that is capable of 750 peak watts and has 20 mph twist throttle or 28 mph pedal assist (PAS) capability.This places it in the CA Class 3 category permitting it in bike lanes that are contiguous with a road, although the controller can be “detuned” for a lower classification.

The removable battery, 48 Volts, 11 amp-hours, can be charged on or off the bike and should provide 30 to 50 miles of use depending on which of four levels of assist is selected. The bike has a smooth stealthy appearance with an attractive gray aluminum frame housing the battery integrated into the down tube and comes in medium only; it should fit most riders from five feet four inches to six feet tall. The Koda has a one-year all-inclusive warranty.

The Koda model we tested had a plethora of standard features including RST Neon suspension fork, hydraulic disc brakes with engine cut off when the brakes are applied, Kenda 700c X 45 mm K 1088 e-bike specific tires, 8-speed Shimano drivetrain and a long list of accessories including front and rear LED lights, front and rear fenders, bell and rear rack.

The usual cast of characters got to test this Koda, ranging from competent plodder to an expert pilot. The bike handled well on both pavement and smooth dirt roads with the Kenda tires providing good adhesion and confidence that their puncture resistant, aggressive tread would defeat the dreaded goat head thorns. The RST fork, which had 60mm of travel absorbed most bumps well and the brakes were responsive. ($1,719.00).