Nothing quite beats riding the best electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) through our amazing countryside. eMTBs are relative newcomers to personal transport and, as such, there is a lot to learn about what makes a good one for the prospective buyer.
In this section we will explain the differences and variety in electric mountain bikes and review our top picks of five of the best you can buy today. We we also write buying guides and provide all the latest news in the industry.
The Class System
Electric mountain bikes come in three classes. Class 2 and 3 have throttles and higher top speed assists but tread a fine line between motorized transport like trail motorbikes and human-powered vehicles. While the legal system and landowners grapple with what should and shouldn’t be allowed on existing mountain bike trails and routes, we focus our attentions on advocating the Class 1.
We are all for the Class 1 electric mountain bike which is also known as the pedal-assist class category. Legally these are viewed as regular bicycles and are welcomed on the majority of official bike trails. The rider experiences a speed and torque boost while pedaling enabling longer and faster excursions. Class 1 E-bikes have assisted speeds limited to 20 mph.
As with all new technology it’s the early adopters that foot the high price tags and the hit-and-miss owning experience. Electric mountain bikes launched Stateside back in 2013 but now in 2019 the prices are falling, and the technology has improved dramatically. We have no hesitation in recommending them providing you do the necessary research like you would any new bicycle purchase.
Range of an electric mountain bike
Expect a typical three to four hours battery life or longer with modern batteries. We give a wide scope because the range depends on many factors including the rider’s weight, the steepness of terrain, roughness of the route, assist level setting and similar considerations.
These aren’t like motorbikes, after all they generate under one horsepower and the extra grunt is more akin to riding with a favorable tailwind. Another comparison is a boost of between 25% to 100% of the rider’s own pedaling strength.
Design of electric mountain bikes
The appearance of most electric mountain bikes are for all intents and purposes the same as a normal push bike, and non-cyclists may struggle to tell the difference. The Class 1 style of pedal-assisted motor comprises a streamlined unit attached over the drivetrain. The motor lowers the bike’s center of gravity and adds around 20 lb to a typical 30 lb vehicle.
There’s an app for that
As you may suspect, these high-tech machines have smart features including hand grip displays and Bluetooth connectivity that allow for customization through proprietary apps.
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