I bought this bike with intended use on my hunting farms. I’ve ridden it now off road several times, and to say I’m blown away, is an understatement. This bike simply blew me away on all fronts. The motor is super strong and pulls me around great. I’m 6’2 210 so I’m not a small guy either. Like others have said, if this thing doesn’t make you smile the first time you ride it, you’re just not a happy person!!!! 

The fit is a little rough for me. I'm tall, about 73 inches, and I feel like the bike is small. I've ridden a few dozen miles to include a trip with a kids trailer towed behind, and it hasn't been really uncomfortable, but a little cramped compared to my Schwinn Trailway 28"/700c hybrid bike. Seat adjusts up but feels tilted back a little more than I would like. I have ridden in shorts and tshirt to the beach as well as khakis and a button up with backpack to work, ok comfort both ways. Perhaps it will just take some time to get used to.
Merax e-bike features a 7 speed Shimano gear system, aluminum alloy frame, front fork suspension and CST Jet brand tires.  This bike is absolute great value for the price, although it does not come fully assembled and it does take some time to get the disc brakes sorted and the shifting tuned. But directions provided were accurate, tools are provided, and you will be able to take it out on trails or around town in no time.

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The Stalker 750 eBike by BackCountry is truly a remarkable machine.  This hunting bike is perfect for those looking for a combination of strength and functionality.  The Stalker comes standard with a powerful but very quiet Bafang 750-watt electric motor that will help get you down just about any trail. A 48 volt battery allows you to go even further into the wilderness in pursuit of game. 
The ECOTRIC Fat Tire electric bike ticks all the boxes for potential and pro mountain bikers alike. It is designed for and therefore equipped to deal with any number of different terrains including the beach and dirt roads also. Consequently, you can take the bike with you anywhere with ease and the comfort of knowing it won’t let you down as it goes, not just on your mountain biking adventures!

Nearly anyone can ride them any time, anywhere: Most states allow an electric bike of 750w’s or below to be ridden without a license, whereas most areas won’t allow riders below 18 and/or without a motorcycle license to ride dirt bikes on trails. The fewer riders in your group the more work it is for you, so the ability for any hunter of nearly any age and license to use an electric-bike comes in handy. 

The Blix Vika+ is a folding e-bike with a utilitarian execution: At nearly 50 pounds, it’s heavy for its size, and the folding mechanism isn’t as slick as other folding bikes we’ve tested. That said, it does fold into a small package and feels sturdy enough for riding between errands. The geared hub motor is adequately powerful and an included throttle makes it easier to get off the line. A rear rack, front and rear lights, and a kickstand come with the bike—it’s everything you need for zippy urban commuting.
All the models we tested are full suspension all mountain/trail bike models with relatively similar amounts of suspension travel, geometry, and wheel/tire size. The addition of a large battery and a small motor adds significant weight to an e-bike, and they generally weigh in the neighborhood of 50 lbs, approximately 20 pounds heavier than non-e-bikes, and the heavy weight of these bikes makes them more difficult to ride without the support of the pedal-assist motor.

The Riese & Müller bills its Load Touring HS as “the ultimate minivan of e-bikes” and the claim holds up. With a low center of gravity (aided by the 20-inch front and 26-inch rear wheels), the Load is easy to handle. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes add control, and front and rear suspension provide comfort. The Bosch motor offers an assist up to 275 percent of your effort until you hit 28 mph, when it cuts out. Two 500Wh batteries give you 12 hours or more of range at full power. It’s capable of toting up to 220 pounds of pets, people, and less-animate cargo. R&M also sells a double child seat for kids up to age 6 and a child-seat fastener for your youngest passengers.
Equipped with a high performance motor, this Ancheer Power Plus electric mountain bike has won accolades for its superior performance and unmatched reliability. It is built with a solid Aluminum alloy frame to keep it strong yet lightweight enough to maneuver with easily. It is everything one would want to get through any terrain and is excellent in every way imaginable.
As with anything, there is still room for improvement. There is no handlebar mounted digital display, and the only way to tell your speed is to mount a phone or bike computer to the bars. Specialized has changed the location of their battery charge and output mode display, however, which is now conveniently located on the top tube where you can see it while riding. The new motor is an improvement over the previous, but it still lags a little in engagement compared to the competition and the climbing performance is hampered by the drive unit's slightly more abrupt cutoff. Overall though, the Specialized still proved to be the test team's favorite for its versatility and well-rounded performance. We loved it, and we think you will too.
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So I think that we can agree that e-bikes are definitely not cheap. Why not just go for an electric scooter then? Well electric bikes do have a lot of advantages. First, most of the people have been familiar with the concept of riding a bicycle since they were kids. So there is basically no learning curve with electric bikes. And you don’t have to worry about looking stupid, or getting pulled over just so the policeman could see what the heck you are riding. Second, you can ride electric bike just like a regular bike, just turn off the electric motor/assistance. Third, unlike many electric scooters that are designed for flat surfaces, quality electric bicycles are often created with tires that can withstand a higher amount of roughness, for example electric dirt bikes.
Both options are great, while the derailleur will give you more options to choose from when climbing hills the rear cog is an internal component with less moving parts so it's a fraction quieter and requires no oiling or regular maintenance, some prefer the rear cog as it's one less component to get snagged in the thick brush but that is almost never an issue.  whichever system you choose you will have fun!
The Bulls motor is claimed to have 90Nm of torque, but it was so smooth and quiet that it didn't feel outrageously powerful. The assistance came on smooth and strong thanks to the belt-driven system. The Rocky Mountain Instinct Powerplay Alloy 50 uses a drive system that claims to have up to 108Nm of torque. While their system felt quite powerful, it didn't feel stronger than the Bulls, and we noticed that it seemed to modulate its output in a way that the others didn't. The Rocky Mountain makes you work for it a little more than the rest. The Trek, Giant, and the Specialized motor systems felt slightly less powerful, still offering plenty of pedal-assist support mind you, but that also resulted in efficient motors and longer distance ranges than the models with more brute power. Despite having the same Shimano Steps E8000 pedal-assist motor, the Ghost felt less powerful than the YT Decoy. The YT felt as if it delivered more power more consistently and smoothly than the Ghost could.
Thanks for your excellent article. I’ve been riding ebike for about 16 years. My first electric bike was a Meridian pedal assist bike. I just up graded to a new bike. I’m 73, so I wanted a pedal assist bike that had a throttle. I researched for several months and bought what I think is the best bike for the money. It’s a Rad Rover 2017 fat bike. It has a 750 watt mother with a 48 volt 11.6 amp battery. It’s a fantastic bike, that is a lot of fun to ride. You might want to check it out and add it to your list of bikes. Rad Rover also make a city commuter bike, a cargo bike and a folding bike. You can’t beat their price for a quality bike. Thanks again for both of your articles. They were very informative.
To help the rider find the perfect fit, the stem is adjustable. The bike also boasts dynamo powered lights alongside hydraulic disc brakes. The bike will suit riders from 4 ft 10 to 6 ft 5, and also integrates with a child seat. The total weight is 22.5kg, making it admittedly a fairly hefty folder – but that’s fairly uniform across electric versions.
The MULE is the absolute BEST hunting ebike on the market! The "torque sensing" Bafang Ultra mid-drive motor certainly sets it apart from it's competition but the air suspension, hill climbing, small front chain ring and large rear cassette gearing, wide handlebars, locking grips, aggressive wide pedals, large 203 rotors and hydraulic brakes, Maxxis Minion tires with puncture proof lining placed between the tube and tire is what makes it so comfortable, safe, functional, and fun to ride.   Stand over height of 26 inches.
Merax is a brand that has been dominating the biking industry for a while now, and this electric mountain bike compliments the brands quality and desire to be one of the best brands. It is powered by a 350 Watt motor which gives the bike enough power to go anywhere. The bike functions in two modes; as an E-bike and on a PAS mode. It also has a 5 pedal assistant level which is a good way to enjoy different riding experiences.
You can set the maximum speed at more than 20mph (but the legal limit is 20). Also, you should not cross that limit because the Shimano 7-gear transmission system won’t be able to cope up with anything higher than 22 to 23 mph. However, to the absolute joy of the thrill seekers, the huge weight of the bike can push the speed to go over 40 mph on downhill coasts. Be careful though and make sure that the road and traffic conditions allow that speed limit.
Yes, there are less expensive ebikes on the market but most come with a few serious caveats. The Espin Sport delivers on the full promise of an electric bike, but in a more affordable fashion. This bike isn’t going to tow you around for a 60-mile round-trip endeavor but those seeking their first ebike will get plenty of return on their investment with this model.

As I said before, going up hills might require some pedaling, but it is SO MUCH EASIER with the motor running. I feel like a higher voltage is used on level 3 pedal assist than can be gotten just using the hand turn, though. It takes a few pedals for the pedal assist to kick in which can be annoying, but it does save some battery on initial acceleration. You also have to be careful pedaling around to park the bike or at a street corner waiting for traffic because you DO NOT want the motor to kick in and send you into a workbench or worse ... oncoming traffic.
Ghost’s Hybride SL AMR X S 7.7+ LC boasts almost as many unique characteristics as its name suggests, offering riders a middle- to high-end platform that’s also the recipient of a Design & Innovation Award for 2019. For those who spend their lives on the rugged trails, the SLAMR is outfitted with a gratuitous 140mm rear suspension, a 160mm RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Dual-Piston Air fork, a modest mixture of dependable SRAM and Shimano peripherals. Like most of the bikes on this list, you’ll find an industry-standard Shimano Steps 8000 motor as the centerpiece, providing lightweight, but capable assistance that helps to shed new light on your favorite trails. When it comes to wheels, you’ll find a set of DT Swiss’ attractive H-series adorning the front and rear, offering strength and resilience to riders who want the best of both worlds, without adding unwarranted weight.
Our team of experienced testers rode them for weeks on our local trails—everything from flow trails, to technical singletrack, to our enduro courses. We self-shuttled DH runs and hit the bike path. To understand the differences between them, we rode them back to back on similar trails. We tested them against standard bikes on the same trails in the same conditions. And to evaluate their range, we charged them all and ran them on full power until their batteries flickered and died.
This is fantastic and, oddly, mindblowing to me.A decade ago I was working at a local college in IT, and one of the my duties was building/maintaining and monitoring the distance learning rooms, which were equipped with queued cameras tied directly to microphones on each desk, and blah blah blah, those classes connected via hardware codec to other classroom across the state (or in some cases, country) to broadcast a live class to multiple classrooms. Our head end had 30 hardware codecs, a 128in/128out AV router, and required a central bridge to connect multiple endpoints and designate the main source and corresponding layout. Dozens of miles of copper were spread around the campus tied to hundreds of miles of fiber connecting our satellite campuses, all costing literally millions of dollars to create.Now they can do it on Twitch with a basic internet connection and free software. In HD. Holy crap, I am an old man with an onion on my belt, but the progress we have made in a short amount of time is awesome.

now whether it be motors or geometry or indeed componentry so many lessons have been learned in the world of a mountain by again since his birth back in what 2012 something like that what about the human element of it all I've learnt so much along the way so today we're gonna be showing you guys our top five lessons learned [Music] now I've heard of a lot of lessons that Chris Smith has learnt in his long bank to buy career no more so than he'd broken back broken neck broken arm broken leg broken ankle broken wrists Matt's been done it's been done for Chris but come on take us away take us to the list of your top lessons learned on an email Mike well I think when I first started out my biggest mistake was in turbo or boost mode everywhere I didn't learn about eco in the art of eco get the most out of battery after you go would you believe it yes again the most of that and doing you know riding more trails still at a good pace I'm taking that that is your number five that's number five number four add maintenance getting back after a ride maybe a night ride sticking the bike in the shed expecting it work don't just know you don't expect it to work like clockwork the next time you get on it I think if you have to do one little bit of maintenance chain maintenance degrease and a lube is the one for Evite's digital wrong kit so rat wearing the wrong kit on this big rides I didn't used to really do massive rides I wasn't a big fan of wearing shammies and short liners and things like that and even chamois butter you heard that right well I did see you had a type of chamois butter on that trip to Mont Blanc which unfortunately you got along but yeah definitely chamois on an e-bike chamois NC common and even like big waterproof jackets in those horrible weather eyes then you got you know a lot of adverse weather on the ebike and then I think the higher pressure its suspension so I can from slopestyle and freeride and we were just like 80 psi in the tires max a shock set ends you know 350 psi on the shocks and nearly they looked like a suspension fork but actually didn't do a job so getting the right tire pressures and suspensions and ask you question but you still do a huge range ride and you do still do free ride riding I still drag you around trial sections do you still have huge sigh pressures yeah I still run you like big jumps 40 psi stuff so we still don't quite like that right I think so but it's just for those big jumps you do need those bigger tire pressures but I was sometimes plus 40 psi and it's just like riding a rock down the hill come on let's have you what is your number one lesson learned I think investing in a second batch is one of my best things that I've learned it just opens up the doors to actually what an e-bike is for you can write it hundreds of kilometres you can turn up the turbo boost you name it whichever power mode you want sometimes you know you know be restricted by keeping an eco all day you can just open up the doors and let it go don't have to stick in your backpack you can put it in your car just ride your bike all day long without range anxiety range anxiety open up the doors and letting it go one thing what is this was the lesson learned there have you been stranded on any bike I have written any bike flat and it's not a lot of fun as I'm sure you have to mm-hmm now Steve you've been riding for a few years - yeah well I'm gonna give you a next to it I'm gonna give you six not sighs I think number six on the list has got to be heart rate monitor because it just keeps you honest I think you see honest on your eyes you can keep it keep track of your of your rides you've been doing and then just go out harder next time just make sure you keep you fitness up like this my number six yeah number five I think has got to be and not knowing your your range which comes back to the you range anxiety yeah but I know exactly that on a semi water of actually I can do about five thousand feet of climbing but we're all different because when I did tour Mont Blanc and if I told you at the tormal block not hurt the Fabri sorrow to me he was fifty kilograms and he he was able to do ten thousand feet of climbing on one battery so get it to know those figures is really is a key part of from the most important part of you display I think number four has got to be China well you need just discovered that this year really is the nectar of email and biking yeah and then three and two Nestle to all but numbers now sizing is very important on a mounted bike because I'm sure you've heard it a zillion times getting that balance between the weight and the front of your bike and the weighting on the rear of your bike is very critical in terms of climbing and also descending yeah and number two has got to be chain stays and geometry mm-hmm making that short back end or along back end can make big differences it's all about I think the ebike world is still like manufacturers are still kind of zoning in on a sweet spot but it's not just what the chain stays but the bond bracket and the wheel base and getting that balance between the two and you're number one Steve come on hit me with it well I have to say that I've had the pleasure of running some of the world's best man buckets Sam Hill Lika varsity peaked fobian Burrell and to ride with people who can really really righty man bikes now I know you can you're the man when it comes to jumps and stuff like that but the likes of Nico vouilloz and Fabian brow on ebikes they they really opened my eyes to think in what sport holy now that is something really special there's something really really special and and to get a chance to go and ride with a rider who is better than you will definitely progress you're riding no end so they are there are mine Chris's top five top five lessons learned what were your lessons learned which what's your most important ones since you've been a mountain biking or indeed whether you're gonna be a biking what you think other things you need to learn first and foremost let's know in the comments down below Colbert have launched a new wild fs1 60ml travel carbon-fiber trail bike 160 milk from the Basque Country and then the place in the Basque Country where they goes guys come from yeah 625 what our battery yes a full carbon boss generator for motor on there yeah so it is looking really class yeah nice cool shop on the back as well it looks like it's got full xtr on it as you as you mentioned the the Gen 4 Bosch plus a 602 a five-hour battery range called shock looks like the three sizes small large and extra-large I'll be checking out this the sizing on this bike now at 6 foot looks like I'm just on the boundary between large and extra-large so it comes with a 455 millimeter reach on the large and obvious bigger and extra so I think I probably lean more towards the XL on that bike yeah 455 isn't a Vette reach and also for the chain stays well on that bike nice nice rounded balanced off number 14 a Frenchman or a center and a little while about really looks at and Meredith marina a 160 and now they've got a little brother the e140 says 140 mill travel trail bike and this one looks amazing I think that I think the Pont decorous is why would you choose the 140 Emery dev over the 160 Marita I think maybe if you're slightly more trail based cross country style kind of ride in as opposed to maybe like you are a style like maybe if you're based in the UK if he can get away those short travel bikes like I'm below us Tyler UK sir UK stout yeah trail centres don't really require that massive big trail trail biking miles I think you get away that 130 mode trouble ok maybe I'll ride the newer on quite a lot in some of the bigger stuff that's hundred talking about travel 29-inch wheels it seems pretty capable there you go now as you might have noticed our climb of the week as certainly morphed into more of a ride and jump of the week I know you've got some gloss to action bluster in the center of the UK yeah I've got this one in from Lee they're absolutely shredding they're Canino experts over the four one seven bike park got a new big jump lineup man just look at this after you said that they look like 4050 photos yeah isn't it meanwhile up in North Wales have been real we have actually got a climb of the week thank goodness yeah this one's in from Michael on his trek path flight lt9 as well as this looks pretty tech Michael thanks very much for saving the day saving the climb of the week on EMBA never forget if you guys won't get featured use the upload service could be you on next week's show now this one in from wreck as well towing using a specialized leave up in the forested beam draggin their kids up using an elasticated cart a rope so lovely lovely long blonde hair their wreck yeah oxide or Dalia that's lovely boot seen a lot more those two kind of tow ropes as well seeing the elasticated ones obviously coming from Toey and we've got the new one is what I've tracked I think this called like an elasticated thing he praises these zip-tie on the back ec potion it retracts every time you unhook it but keep an eye out for more of Chris Smith's kids taxi rides and coming up in the future on the MV M so in the comments if we'd be able to load a call feedback on how much faster is Annie mountain bike compared to a standard mountain bike bob bobbi's said not bothered about the times it's all about being able to climb to the places I couldn't manage before and not get in there a physical wreck I stopped all the time to admire the view and listen to the forest yeah and listen from swh to on my 2017 special enduro I would do a 12 mile loop and enjoy 10% of it I'm like 2019 power flight 7 LT I'm doing a 20 mile loop at twice the pace and a hundred percent enjoyable yeah I get that then William Laura man he's saying the good thing about ebikes you can decide whether you want a workout or a nice easy ride yeah seems everybody is getting the bike in a thing we are all around in Canada Steve so this is written from Tim he's got a trek power flight effort he says he's got the bike back in May and has already put 7,000 kilometers on it use it as a commuter around Ottawa and then converted it to a touring machine and rode at 4300 k2 in venire BC respect well I might say respect when I got there I put some Max's minions on it and covered hundreds of K in the amazing Purcell mountains now back in Ontario ride every day to school and travels on the weekend no there is a man that seems to be enjoying himself this yeah just showing our versatility I'll just check the places out as well so ride slicks on their full camping gear yeah there's got snow blue tires on slams he's up in the tram sites of course Bob get on him get on here that is a classic where in the world it's a big week this week on EMB n on Friday we've got a cool video corner mistakes all this common mistakes you guys are making in the corners where you lose that flow on the trail this one should sort all these problems out what birth these guys up making mistakes on the trail Wow to watch a video and on Sunday but maybe they should watch the video to see you making the mistakes oh yeah come on out on Sunday is pedelec versus as padlocks or speed padlock now he bites come in various categories and there's the padlock which is publicist nostril assist which provides assistance up to 25 kilometers now or if you're in America 32 kilometers now now there's also a class called the speed pal acts which are assisted at 245 km dinner and what myself and Chris did last week we went to Italy to see what was the fastest in a different range of environments padlock or s padlock coming out on Sunday right well it's time to see who's got the hottest chassis and the biggest bouncers this week it's only the bike valve time okay so kicking things off this is in from micro of sorry why peak elite this is in Tiger Mountain in Issaquah Washington USA let's see too many of those on the show more and more popular what do you think they stay erect and that is super nice because it's not white smell looks good nice it's in from Rick on a specialized turbo leaver yeah and this is in Nevada it Missoula north of Lake Como in Italy not far from where we were last Sunday morning gnarly climbed it doesn't look like an amazing client yeah like the color correlation going on there a lot I'm a nice place too is it gonna be super nice whoa this is it from clay 2020 comenzó meta sx with huntsville alabama just out cruising around on my brand spanking new comment oh my dog ty oh you did see the dog stick Lippman o bless the dog has gotta be super nice that gives us a three that's a screen or a hat-trick of super nice is nice bit of vignette as well multipole plane between lens ID and a Rossa in Switzerland I mean that's only your one-way right do you ever give it four in a row this is okay things are gonna be changing on the bug fault in the weeks to come so I won't say too much frantisek giant full E + 1 sx in lake Verdun we North Wales fresh right out in the proper mountains fracture check it's cool certain actually I quite like that this could be a record Steve I'm a few no feel another one coming on she's in it you feel another one coming on yeah you ready super nice Oh Abraham here booze a bit more there's a bit more old Chris I'm sorry - nice yeah that's more the next time Petrus Scotty genius 710 plus in the guru mountains oh the gooey mountains I wonder he's 59 years old being right in three years love it won't upgrade it it says cuprous guru mountains what's the biggest battery size nice nice nice nice but oh that likes Bruce highlight fat six equals zero what speech don't see many fat backs on the bike Wow goodness for because we don't get very many on nice for super nice please a super nice sorry that's been mean I'm not a big fan of fat bikes I'll remind you I guess we're in a sandy situation yeah super nice give it the big one big banks a big one the last one isn't gonna be in west winds no snore Chiron BH Adam X is city city a place that looks like it that looks like a shark's tooth put into the sea that's nice is that BH bikes you say yeah BH yeah we think you don't see many of those in the bike fall that's pre unique I think it has to be a super nice [Music] that's it yeah let seeing all your bikes here on the bike box aim to get if you guys want to get involved hit the upload a service get the bikes into the bike vault might see your bike changes come in on the bike vault though so there you go that's it for this week's show don't forget if you guys want to get involved in any way use the upload service down below can get you featured on the show if you want to stick around and check out another video we've got ebike vs. chairlift down below so check that one out cuz thumbs up you've enjoyed it drops in the comments in the box below especially about lessons you guys have learned from your ebike starting off 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