Mountain biking is all about having fun, right? About getting out there, enjoying the great outdoors, exercising your body and freeing your mind. So what if we told you there was a type of bike that lets you ride further, faster, and have even more fun? One that even made you LOL on the climbs? You’d still have to work for your rewards, but by assisting your efforts, it allowed you to wring every little drop of enjoyment out of your rides.
It is not a off-road motorbike with an electric engine and a throttle. Electric mountain bikes have motors that only work when you’re pedalling. The motor tops-up your pedalling input. It’s called ‘pedal assist’. There are differing levels of assistance (called things like ‘eco’ and ‘turbo’) that you select via a handlebar-mounted control unit. The motor also cuts out once you reach 25km/ph (or faster). There are strict limits on the power of electric mountain bikes; 250w is the maximum nominal power. More powerful than that and the bike requires tax and insurance (like a car/motorbike) and is also not allowed on bridleways at all.
When it comes to the distance it can cover at a single charge, it really depends. For instance, if you live 13 miles from work and ride on a smooth, flat pavement, the bike has enough power to get you home. The battery level does decrease when the motor is under increased stress—like when you’re riding up a hilly terrain—but it quickly levels itself when you go back riding on a flat road surface.
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They've got sealed bearings and this looks like it might be built for the British wet weather and all the mud and all the crap that we get over here so looking forward to seeing this one out there also kind of put a teaser out of 150 version as well so it looks like they've got a more trail orientated and then a bit more of an enduro downhill style bike so it looks like we're getting two new bikes per manufacturer so comments out to new to new bikes more trail more downhill focus have got their jam squared they're thrown and white I've got two new and there's a couple more really interesting ones

I’m sat here absolutely knackered after being out this morning for a 3hr session round my local trails, including some much needed trail work which is quite amusing as i tend to stumble and fall on my arse quite a lot but over the past month i have managed to clear pretty much all of my old trails with the aid of a flask of tea, quality tunes on my jambox speaker along with my rake, mini shovel and Silky Zubat saw – I’ve managed to regain that totally exhausted feeling you get at the end of a days riding n” trail grooming so i’m a very happy bunny indeed! – albeit sitting here with aches n’ pains that make me wince if i reach for anything but i wouldn’t have it any other way.


Big Bird, you make some great points. One. Where is the line drawn between electric bike and motorcycle. Two. It would allow those who might not be able to enjoy the outdoors mobility. In my opinion I feel electric bikes lean more to the motorcycle side of things. Don't get me wrong, I ride and share certain trails with motos, however not all trails are open to them. Here is where I see the potential for conflict among other user groups with electric bikes. That being said your idea for stickers for the disabled seems to make sense. So now the question is, electric bike or electric motorcycle? How is it defined?
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The bike comes partly disassembled for shipping, so you'll have to attach the handlebars, pedals, front light, quick-release saddle and front wheel. In all, it'll take you around 30 minutes including removing all the cable ties and packaging. The tools to do this are included, but you might prefer you use your own screwdriver and spanners as the supplied tools are poor quality.
I haven't quite figured the brakes out yet. The back brake has a lot of rubbing on one brake pad (outboard). I've gone through YouTube and have done everything short of taking the brake pads out and adjusting the springs. Not sure what I'm going to do about it yet. Disk brakes work great though. I do have some annoying squealing but it is probably on me for not having it adjusted right.
Last year, the Trek Powerfly 9 LT was one of the only ebikes with geometry and handling that came close to a modern enduro bike. For 2018, Trek has built on that winning formula with new frame. It’s lowered the battery in the downtube, while adding a stiffer Fox 36 fork, more powerful SRAM RE brakes and a stronger Bontrager wheelset. All welcome improvements to a really capable bike. The price has also crept up to reflect the changes. The biggest transformation however, is that Rocky Mountain has raised the ebike bar to a new high with the Altitude Powerplay.
My wife has a Scott, essentially a Contessa with a Bosch crank motor. Very heavy thing, bloody hard work with no assistance, but even with assist on progress surely depends on your effort. We don’t do a lot of trail centres, but it’s been fine round Rothie, up to Einich, in Inshriach and up the Corbett behind Kingussie, as well as onroad. Lets us ride together, which would be harder without assist, and is heling her recover from skiing injuries.
I’m sure the can of worms has already been opened on this subject… Oh it’s motor bike blah blah they should be banned, is this whining mostly from strava whippets who’s times might be beaten? I raced motocross for 12 years & they are motorcycles with a internal combustion engine and yes they do make a mess of the country side but on land that has been allowed & nowadays has planning permission to be used for such events.
Big Bird, you make some great points. One. Where is the line drawn between electric bike and motorcycle. Two. It would allow those who might not be able to enjoy the outdoors mobility. In my opinion I feel electric bikes lean more to the motorcycle side of things. Don't get me wrong, I ride and share certain trails with motos, however not all trails are open to them. Here is where I see the potential for conflict among other user groups with electric bikes. That being said your idea for stickers for the disabled seems to make sense. So now the question is, electric bike or electric motorcycle? How is it defined?
Had my ebike for nearly 2 months now and covered 500 miles. A lovely bike to ride, and not had a single problem until now. Overall I love this bike and find pleasure in riding it. Get your cadence right and its a great ride. The more effort you put in, the more the battery will help you, everything seems easier on this ebike compared to my old normal bike.
Bosch’s flagship mountain bike system uses a mini drive ring with internal gearing to send its power to the drivetrain. There’s some resistance in the system over 25km/h, but when you first press down on the pedals there’s an impressive surge of power, and it offers good support over a wide cadence range. Its size has an impact on the width of the cranks (the Q-factor) as well as the chainstay length of the frame, and it’s not the lightest system on the market at 4kg for the motor. On the other hand, Bosch is the most established player on the market, and its system has proven itself over many years.

It is not a off-road motorbike with an electric engine and a throttle. Electric mountain bikes have motors that only work when you’re pedalling. The motor tops-up your pedalling input. It’s called ‘pedal assist’. There are differing levels of assistance (called things like ‘eco’ and ‘turbo’) that you select via a handlebar-mounted control unit. The motor also cuts out once you reach 25km/ph (or faster). There are strict limits on the power of electric mountain bikes; 250w is the maximum nominal power. More powerful than that and the bike requires tax and insurance (like a car/motorbike) and is also not allowed on bridleways at all.
I haven't quite figured the brakes out yet. The back brake has a lot of rubbing on one brake pad (outboard). I've gone through YouTube and have done everything short of taking the brake pads out and adjusting the springs. Not sure what I'm going to do about it yet. Disk brakes work great though. I do have some annoying squealing but it is probably on me for not having it adjusted right.
With three levels of assistance, the the ANCHEER Power Plus lets you enjoy a fun and easy ride every time . If you want to reach your destination without breaking a sweat, the Pure Electric Mode or full throttle mode will give you the full power you want. But, if you want a light cardio workout but with a little assistance, use the Pedal Assist Mode. Want the feel of a traditional bike? Use the Regular Bike mode.

In our view, e-bikes are approaching a crossroads in concept and design. Heading off in one direction are longer travel, enduro-style e-bikes, which are largely designed for cruising up and then blasting back down. Plotting a slightly different course is the idea of a lightweight model that rides much more like a normal mountain bike, but requires more work from the rider. Of the two approaches, both have their benefits, but it’s the latter that gets us the most excited. Once the overall weight falls into the 16-17kg range (the lightest bikes are currently19-20kg) it’s going to be really hard to tell the difference between an e-bike and a regular trail bike on the descents and the flat, but you get the benefit of a gentle push up the climbs.
My first instinct is that it's a horrible idea. We're cyclists because we are fit enough. We've earned our way to the top. Why should some couch surfer be able to meet me there to enjoy the downhill? (I'd beat him down of course because my bike is lighter and more nimble.) And also, where do you draw the line between an electric bike and an electric motorcycle? I'd hate to meet a Zero FX or MX coming up the downhill trail I'm riding.
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I was up at Aviemore last September and borrowed the Scott E-Spark from Bothy Bikes and within an hr i returned to the shop with a stupid goofy grin on my face and ordered the Scott E-Genuis 710+, i had to wait 4 months till they were released but David got me one of the first to arrive and i drove up to collect it the following week, i’ve not regretted buying it for one second 😀 .
I have done a video check that out if you want more details on the new bosch system but these use the 625 watt hour Bosch into battery so you get around 25% extra on top of the 500 watt hour batteries in terms of range or battery life and personally to me that makes quite a big difference because if you're out for all-day adventures.
Having a motor bolted to the bottom of a mountain bike that provides pedal assistance is an amazing leveller. The constant torque it applies to the chain rounds out the squarest of pedalling actions, which in turn helps stabilizes the rear suspension and counter pedal induced bob, seamlessly shifting your focus from pedalling efficiency to battery life.
Electric bikes have been around for years, but are just now gaining wide acceptance with the public. Brand names include Schwinn, Ancheer, Nakto, Swagtron, X-treme Ebike, Merax and many more. This market is forecasted to hit $23,831 million by the year 2025.(R) In some areas, these vehicles are even taking money away from the Taxi industry.(R) Proof that the number of E-bikes on the road will only increase.
Meter with 3-speed smart buttons: The speed button helps you to choose how first you want to go. The bike is by default at ‘’low’’ level. To increase the peddle assist level, press the ‘’+’’ and you will switch from low, to mid or high. “High” is the maximum level that will provide fast speed while pedaling, and to decrease speed level you need to press the ‘’-” button. The ’-” can also be used to eliminate the three pedal assist levels and switch into pure E-bike where you are only required twist the throttle as you cruise all the way.
Firstly this is not a motorcycle. I bought this to use as a daily commuter.I now have 1000 + miles on it. The pedal assist works fine and may be ok for leisurely riding but I just use the throttle and pedal. This is a great bike. Strong frame and wheels. Been in two crashes and no damage. The tires are nice off road tires and now live on my daughters mountain bike. I switched them out for high pressure road tires. Forget about the horn and light. They don't work. I am 6'1" 32" inseam and had to buy a longer seatpost($30) to fit this frame. 13miles each way commute. Battery life is fine. After the 26 mile round trip it has a little juice left but not enough for another ride to work. I would buy again.

My wife has a Scott, essentially a Contessa with a Bosch crank motor. Very heavy thing, bloody hard work with no assistance, but even with assist on progress surely depends on your effort. We don’t do a lot of trail centres, but it’s been fine round Rothie, up to Einich, in Inshriach and up the Corbett behind Kingussie, as well as onroad. Lets us ride together, which would be harder without assist, and is heling her recover from skiing injuries.


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Amazing bike, quick. On the flat average 21mph full power, after 3-4 miles average 18mph. A lot of hills in SoCal so this 1/3 hp motor does it’s job well with pedal assist on very steep grades. With electric only mode and heavy, steep, long hills this bike does its job pushing through a 16 mile commute with some energy to spare with a 190lb load of me and my gear. This bike could do much more with flat and pedal assist modes maybe twice as far. Recommend you use smaller tires 1.75 vs the standard 1.95 to achieve my results. Continental contact travels work great!

what is the king of the mountains is it a heavyweight hard hitting a mountain bike or is it something skinny light and tight Chris Oh P ah and the gravel bike this is a MTB versus gravel [Music] Chris there has been some king-sized talk of these gravel bikes in recent months they've been heralded as the new great all-rounder enabling you to do everything from tarmac rows to gravel rows to fire roads to single track but ultimately I just see people riding these done badly maintained roads the kind of finding I have little Los Angeles or somewhere yeah all right here in Mid Wales and the Black Mountains I think you've underestimated just how capable these machines are today I borrowed an old bayit era from Sai over on GCN and it's got 40 mil gravel tires on it terror speed tires we've also got hydraulic disks something which all bites should have really funny we've got SRAM for skiers 22 speed wireless shifting no cables to snag and it looks just sleek I reckon super slack head angle 70 degrees you do like your head angles in here well this I mean it's worth mentioning and you did say that it was a flying machine that would tear my time apart yeah I might be eating those words later it's a gravel bite but it's basically a row bike adapted to write off-road isn't it yeah well my bike also has fancy carbon fibre and disc brakes however it has rims and wheels and tires that actually in the 21st century not the 20th century but not only that it has 150 ml travel but crucially it has that long range 700 watt hour battery and that motor which is going to get me up those punchy climbs but the bottom line is if you go in the mountains right you should have a mountain bike not a city bike I need this before you go you do this with yours Oh crikey weights how much is that seven point eight kilo Steve crikey 20 you even lift yours 20 so I checked out the route that you sent me Steve mm 275 meters of climbing and descending 16 miles which doesn't sound like a lot considering it says it's gonna take us three hours to complete and as much as I do fancy doing a three hour time jar I've always wanted to do and enduro style stage race so I think we should break the root down into little stages and race those instead little bit hard stages Chris and I think it's got all that so why not let's let's do that but you will not have read the small print of my script it says that this bike will be unsure of its own bility honest identity in a land that is really made for this there are literally sheep as far as the eye can see and as far as your ears can hear I've never seen so many of them right do then Chris let's start where both of us are equally comfortable on the tarmac and next to a pub the red lie and free house and home cooking well Chris I reckon this is going to be the part where you've got free speed first part of the journey is largely tarmac for I reckon about 20 minutes on my bike with my super tacky tires and big valen tires whereas you've got super skinny yeah full like aerodynamic see I reckon it's gonna be near a 15 for me sleeve because this it doesn't really weigh any more than my normal row bike anyway yeah normally one what's he got in those are these legs 1600 watts admittedly only for a few seconds at a time I reckon Steen hundred watts yeah well I had a misspent youth on a bike the night coley I mean I've got so I've got 250 watts average but it does peak at about 5 to 600 but I think that's gonna yeah it's not bad it's not 1,600 the only thing that worries me is you've got 90 new means a talk yeah I happen to know that 90 new me is a talk is pretty much the best I've ever done for 6 minutes let's crack on the tarmac stage [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] that's ridiculous [Music] looking fast e o worryingly o gotta say were you chasing the Sheep there or the fastest stage time whatever way I chose thank you and the Sheep unless I would say that it's an unexpected obstacle I know you promised we would see some sheep yeah I've got to say one thing I do agree the 25 kilometers an hour restriction can be the hindrance if you are racing a mountain bikes but we're not racing most of the time except for today and trying to keep it just on the twenty five K's was really really physical yeah because if you go beyond the 25k you're actually into no-man's land where you put in a huge amount of effort into a 20 kilobyte because a 90 kilo rider and I ain't chasing an 80 kilo rider on a lightweight skinny bike yeah and so my strategy knowing that you could only do twenty five K's now with assistance strategy yeah yeah fat loss thoughts the Steve it's important to me that I win I tried to get 26 K so now the entire time right bye I promise that was equally tough because it wasn't as flat as you made it out to me so the scores and does what you reckon on the first run I reckon you've got that by a considerable margin yeah I mean I'm not our breath anymore which kind of implies I might have the edge there however this is where we transition from tarmac to gravel and that being a gravel bike it should now be in your element run to a farm track bit of a punchy climb that's what's got me worried because actually in the start of there on the road segment you weren't that far behind me I did push a little bit too hard but I'm now worried that if you can maintain anything like that going up there I'm gonna be I'm gonna be suffering there's only one way to find out [Music] [Music] yeah Oh Steve hmm looking good you've been here that long you've got a mistake was that gravel enough for you I'm a little bit disappointed you just disappeared well there is there is a tipping point isn't there where an e-minor bike becomes faster than the gravel bike and vice versa and I think we're such a short way into this journey we've yet to find out that tipping point it's made me nervous for the rest of the race that's for sure well I suggest we get now on to that open mountain where it's a mixture of smooth single track and bog [Music] [Music] Wow - gets bigger every time I see Steve as the years roll by oh I started in poetry I'm really ya know yeah yeah but I'll give you everything I mean five minutes between friends what's that that's nothing our relationship stepped up a level I didn't realize we were friends now that's nice that's a start but you know I kept with the end of the day I put maximum effort into that yeah you've certainly did for Maxim over at the what's yeah are you serious three five seven that's I mean I to golf at one point right Bogg yeah but look we're honest - with three stages in right yeah I'm sure you might going to be pulling back some time on this next section speed bank Iraq and I can stay on the bike longer than you can because if what your angles they're all wrong Steve okay I've got a little secret something up my sleeve for later like I said little secret something on my lip yeah it's better than that he's gonna have to because you're way behind Stage four we are starting by you to buy their that walk around the mountain kind of and it starts with a super punchy climb let's go [Music] [Music] [Music] start to stage stuff mistakes why right what a horny mother hell so we've come 2,000 feet up a mountain on natural terrain and then there is this you have oh well if you're wondering why looking so tired I was up here last night with the wheelbarrow and a shovel that is just ridiculous we're not even at my secret weapon yet Steve right what's that [Applause] [Music] you know I said earlier that we're gonna go from over here to over there well there's over there there look you barely see it you can barely see it mine so gravel gravel is your friend momentum is your friend yeah and I think you definitely had an advantage in that state you're here fact that's actually the first time I've ever used a grab a bike on gravel attack and to be really honest I'm still a little bit dubious where these things really felt really good Wow oh you're fast I cannot believe how you go up that last climb momentum Steven that's ridiculous momentum but Chris I think you will find that now we start mountain biking we've still not be man biking it no oh cool and I've still got my secret weapon what the penultimate stage I think you'll find this is proper mountain bike single track race finally I've been looking forward to this one Steve after you no no actually after you I'd like you to show me through the lines through this top section really yeah please yeah okay right see you at the bar you will are you doing nah I'm known to Steve James this is where my little secret weapon comes into play I've spotted on the maps earlier the smoothest fastest that can gravel track down this man no chance [Music] and wonderin if Opie is underestimated the potential of an e mounted bike across rough terrain I'll be looking at the track which runs parallel to us which is a really fast fire road and I can't see them I am not seeing behind us or ahead of us so either there are miles ahead or miles behind [Music] what what no here is no where have you been oh well tell you what as moorland crossing goes that was epic yeah accompanied you went down the fire out I I have never ever gone that fast off road before that was insanely fast air win downhill smoothest surface you can imagine how you kidding me well worthless shortcut Oh what it's time it's time please tell me you washed in stuff I never minute no it wasn't no he was not 17:55 yes that's those magic five minutes I've been looking for and the fairies that is epic that's a guy that's exactly what I expect out of a pro sprint cyclist so many cases now don't know get out of here no no honestly I'd really surprised that well fair dues so you've been talking up this last ascent all day well here we go here is the lastest ham three - what go buy domain [Music] [Music] [Music] that was mega which everywhere you look at it best one of the day that final one gravel or mountain bike seriously I think maybe on that one a man boy would have been better well I tell you what I'm surprised that your 1980s mountain biker drop handlebars actually perform pretty well I think it did help that I go out riding them I'm I think you and more fun Steve do you think so I can't believe how fast you going down those last two cents because I can go any slower I think I think you know what happened today does not surprise me in the least and I think these bikes are really so good when it comes to gravel rows and I keep telling people who who win do better 25k restriction on these bikes if you're gonna go faster on roads or fire roads get yourself a gravel bike okay how fast you see you even 7:00 tomorrow I don't know that's only Kaizen our my gravel road which fell pretty fast to be fair yeah yeah there was a lot of time where you are over that $25 an hour limit yeah but only on the gravel roads yeah then you'd probably never think to take that on a gravel road and I tell you what though that gravel rule you did I was bog trying and that bike is a pretty accomplished bog Trotter I guess hell yeah even though I was slower I think you'd have find it very very difficult to ridden that bike I honestly think I would've been running what was your final time my fault I'm I'm quite proud of it because I feel confident 1 hour 7 and 11 seconds wait to the old Persia to go past my time 1 hour 6 minutes 28 seconds but it was it was it it was a story of profit and loss right yes absolutely all through the day and like I said we've repeated again that bike was absolutely lightning Dan fire road yeah obviously the Reuter was - yes he did I think if we did go into more challenging technical terrain that's like with probably fell away yeah and it did that like you have more fun but you disappeared on a couple of those descents and even some of the technical climbs actually where you had traction and I didn't yeah but disappearing and is disappearing like at high speed but a great day out on two great bikes and the story take out let's say your thoughts on a mountain bike versus ground by Chris and a great day on eighth day thank you very much got the red line really close to us we can go there in a minute Leslie thoughts of the video and you can see more epic rides have a look at what me and Hannah Barnes did on the Noida Peninsula in Scotland over here and also the Lake District epic with Adam Brayton and meantime just click on the globe to subscribe and get even more email and bike videos a thumbs up yes with you I'm looking forward to that next challenge I amaz off next week game on

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