Bikes can be uncomfortable and intimidating for newcomers, and though much less expensive to maintain than a car, most require frequent gear adjustment, chain replacement, and lubrication. Most lack an included rack, leaving owners to sling on a sweaty, uncomfortable backpack.
The Specialized Como SL 5.0 ($4,800) solves these issues with a friendly design that, in terms of refinement, feels like the iPhone of e-bikes. Yet the bike also makes tough decisions that undercut its appeal.
When I say the Specialized Como SL 5.0 is approachable, I mean it literally. The bike’s sleek design and step-through frame opens the bike up to more riders. You don’t need to go a few rounds with Yoga by Adriene to straddle this machine.