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If your daily commute doesn’t necessitate having a car, then buying an electric bike (e-bike) could be your best bet. E-bikes are typically the same size as normal bikes, but they have an electric motor attached to them for a powered assist when pedaling in addition to electric-only propulsion. They’re great for commuting around town, but they’re typically very expensive. However, the Ariel Rider Rideal offers everything that you want in an e-bike, but for only $999.

The Ariel Rider Rideal is a simple, no-frills e-bike

Ariel Rider Rideal
Ariel Rider Rideal | Ariel Rider

If you think that the Ariel Rider Rideal’s $999 price tag sounds high, consider that most other e-bikes that it compares with cost the same amount, if not more. In fact, many of the other e-bikes in the Ariel Rider arsenal eclipse the $2,000 mark, so we can consider the Rideal a great value.

Ariel Rider is known for making fast, fun e-bikes and mopeds, but the Rideal was meant for entry-level riders that want a no-frills experience that won’t break the bank. Think of it as a Honda Fit for e-bikes, and that’s not a bad thing. For the price of entry, you’ll get a potent 750-watt, high-torque motor that’s paired to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery. Altogether that combination has a 30 to 60-mile range depending on how much you use the motor or operate with pedal-assist.

Either way, that’s a pretty good amount of range and power for an e-bike. So it’s safe to say that you’ll get what you pay for with the Rideal but in a good way.

“It ain’t fancy, but it works quite nicely”

In addition to the Rideal’s potent electric motor and long-range, this affordable e-bike has a top speed of 20 mph. “That helps it get better range than you might expect, Micah Toll from Electrek, reports. “The rest of the bike’s electrical components are pretty good. Decent, ‘get the job done’ kind of stuff.”

That being said, the Rideal is equipped with a small LED display on the handlebars that shows you the battery life and power. There’s also a small headlight on the front of the bike and a tail light outback. Additionally, the Rideal is equipped with a six-speed Shimano drivetrain to make shifting gears an easy experience and when it’s time to stop, the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes are up to the task.

All in all, the Rideal has a simple setup and a basic layout that should appeal to all riders. Electrek said it best when proclaiming that the Ariel Rider Rideal “ain’t fancy, but it works quite nicely.”

The Rideal is offered in two different sizes


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The Ariel Rider Rideal is meant for riders of most shapes and sizes. It comes in two different styles: a high-step model for riders between 5’10” and 6’5” and a mid-step model for riders between 5’2” and 6’2”.

Going back to the Rideal’s surprising amount of power, the editors at E-Bike Escape noted that this e-bike puts out more power than rivals like the Rad Power Bikes RadMission, which has a 500-watt motor and is priced the same.

Ultimately, you’re getting the best value with the Rideal considering its battery life and motor alone, the rest is icing on the cake. We bet that $999 price doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?