MTB electric bikes – which one to choose, what to look for when buying?

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Do you want to cover more mountain trails in less time? Do you love exploring mountain ranges, but your vacation is far too short to enjoy the magnificent views from different locations during your stay? We have a solution, it is an electric MTB bike. But which model to choose and what to keep in mind when buying?

Electric MTB bike – what is it? What makes it different?

The first electric bicycle was created in the 1890s. It had three wheels and the engine alone weighed over 30 kilograms. Can you imagine off-road riding on such a model? Neither can we, but fortunately the times of such experiments are behind us. Today, you can find electric MTBs, city, trekking, road, cross or even gravel bikes with motors, which help to cover longer distances with less fatigue. This time we will focus on MTB models, because electric bikes for riding in the mountains seem to be a very interesting way to spend vacations, a few days off or a weekend in an active, but also very sightseeing way

MTB full and hardtail electric bikes do not differ much from the purely muscle-powered versions. The main change can be seen in the frame, it is thicker than standard, electric motor is usually located near the support or in the wheel hub and it does not weigh 30 kg, so you do not have to worry about that. Despite small dimensions, such motors are able to work at full charge even for several hundred kilometers. Of course, much depends on the weight of the user, terrain or tire size, and even the direction of the blowing wind. However, they will allow to cover long distances in a short time and with low fatigue and to see, for example, Tatra Mountains or Bieszczady mountains from different perspective during one weekend!

MTB – full suspension or hardtail

Mountain electric bikes come in two types just like the muscle-powered versions. Here you will also have to choose between full suspension and hardtail. There is no clear answer as to what to bet on. The full-suspension version is comfortable and safe, because on difficult trails full-suspension is a life-saver. You will feel the bumps, but much less than on a hardtail. The only drawback of the full suspension version is that it takes some energy away from pedaling on flat terrain. However, this is not as noticeable on electric models.

Hardtail is simply a hard rear shock, electric mountain bikes made in this style are lighter and cheaper. Hardtail models are recommended if your main goal is to ride less complex, easier terrain. Downhill or freeride on a hardtail will not only not be a pleasant experience, but could prove to be a dangerous choice. So you already know which model of electric mountain bike to bet on!

What to keep in mind when buying an electric MTB bike?

When buying an electric MTB bike, pay attention to the parameters that you would keep in mind when buying a traditional mountain bike with one exception. Apart from suspension, weight, frame size or tires, you need to focus on the electric motor. Choose a model with a power output close to 250 watts if you want it to actually pull you across the road at least for short distances. Pay attention to what speed the power steering works up to on a particular model, and don’t forget to check the battery range reviews. Then buy an electric mountain bike and enjoy a faster, less strenuous journey!

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