I'm not often wowed by new technology. But I was by the bicycle version of a hybrid, which melds electric power with muscle power. And I wasn't alone. Gleeful noises came from anyone who had a chance to ride a hybrid model from Giant, which we had borrowed for our holiday tech-buying guide.
Smooth, sophisticated and mindless to use, the motor uses electronic smarts to blend beautifully with pedaling. Riders still get some exercise, but feel a definite kick from the motor, especially at its highest setting. And it simply makes the bike a kick to ride. It isn't for everyone at $2,000, but the Giant Twist Freedom DX should prove tempting to biking commuters.