To be a great rider
Are e-bikes part of a beautiful future or a niche offshoot? It’s certainly no secret that if you bring up the topic of e-bikes in a room full of serious mountain bikers, you’ll have two battling factions within a matter of seconds.
Electric mountain bikes open up more of the mountain to you, allowing you to get around the mountain faster and more efficiently than ever before. With hand-tails for easy rides on forest paths and light trails, to full suspension bikes that can take on rough and challenging trails, these electric mountain bikes are built for a variety of riders. They make riders feel exciting and interesting.
Road or racing bikes are streamlined and designed for speed and distance with light frames, drop handlebars, and narrow, high-pressure tires. The speed, distance, and efficiency of road bikes come with a price, though–road bikes aren’t meant to withstand rocky trails or dirt and are not as rugged or durable as mountain bikes. If you’re a serious rider, want to fast across travel long distances, and want to use cycling as a form of exercise, you’ll want a road bike.If you like to get dirty and ride the trails, you’re going to want the beefed-up suspension and sturdy tires of a mountain bike. Designed for riding off-road and over rugged terrain, mountain bikes have strong, durable frames and wheels, strong brakes, low gears for hill climbing, and upright handlebars. Mountain bikes have either a front or a full–sometimes called dual–suspension built for absorbing trail shock.If you’re a beginner or a casual mountain biker, a front suspension mountain bike is a good choice. You can ride it on dirt roads and easy trails, but also on bike paths and paved trails. You’ll benefit from the comfort and smooth ride of the front suspension but your bike won’t be too bulky or aggressive for casual riding.If you’re a serious rider who likes to climb steep hills and rocky trails and take multi day mountain bike expeditions through the back country, a full-suspension mountain bike is for you. You’ll benefit from the sturdiness and reliability of a full-suspension system as you come flying down rocky single track.
We’re going to look at whether the electric mountain bike should be taken seriously by any hardcore mountain biker.Before we get into the detail it’s worth dealing with a few of the more obvious similarities. Electric mountain bikes are designed to be amazing bikes first and foremost. The electrical element is an augmentation and not a redesign or replacement, you can read more about this in our article to be a great rider.