Test-riding GM’s first Ariv e-bikes

<em>GM’s Ariv Merge e-bike in Amsterdam.</em>

GM likely isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to bicycles. But America’s largest automaker, which is home to Chevy and Cadillac, is hoping to change that with the launch of its Ariv e-bikes (pronounced like “arrive” and stylized as “ARĪV”) in Europe this week. I was able to meet with the Ariv team in Amsterdam to test-ride both the Ariv Meld and the nearly identical-looking foldable Ariv Merge.

As someone who’s currently testing the first e-bike from Brompton, a name that’s synonymous with folding bikes, I have to say I’m highly impressed with GM’s first foray into electric bikes. But before we get to the accolades, let’s dive into the specs.

GM’s new e-bikes come in two compact flavors: the single-speed, 19kg (almost…

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