Electric Mountain Bikes
Electric mountain bikes (or eMTBs are they are known) provide the base on which to enjoy the thrills and spills of riding off road. These majestic creatures are designed for the most rugged of terrain, and equipped accordingly to ensure an exhilarating experience every time. Packed with features, electric mountain bikes come with deep tread tyres, specially designed suspension forks, and the best motor drives on the market. Many have dropper seatposts allowing the rider to sit low and stay safe on the descents.
With such striking looks they can be hard to resist even if they’re not going to be used down the side of a mountain! With this in mind, many riders customise their eMTBs by adding slicker tyres and gel saddles.
Different Types of Electric Mountain Bikes
Electric mountain bikes can be categorised into two main types, hardtail and full suspension. Each has a different purpose.
Hardtail mountain bikes have shocks only in the front fork. Front suspension reduces upper limb fatigue and is more forgiving In addition, it also helps keep your hands on the handlebars and makes steering easier on rougher trails. They tend to be cheaper than full suspension bikes,and are a good choice for forest trails and less demanding terrain.
A good full suspension ebike tends to cost a little more than a hardtail, but provides greater features and is more versatile. It also offers a higher level of control on rough ground at speed and lends itself to being used on more demanding descents and dirt trails. The dynamic of both front and rear suspension provide a very comfortable riding experience.
Most riders are now opting for 27.5″ wheels but 29″ still remains very popular also. 27.5″ wheels combine the best elements of 26″ and 29″ and provide an agile ride. 29”wheels have become much more common in recent years. They offer more momentum overall, and are easier to roll over small objects on the trail. they’re a great option for taller riders.
Choosing an Electric Mountain Bike
Certain manufacturers focus on electric mountain bikes, whilst others offer a more traditional, trekking bike. Take a look at the following prestigious brands who have developed a great range of eMTBs:
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