7 Things You May Not Know About E Mountain Bikes

If you’re a mountain biker thinking about an E bike, there are a few differences that you should think about! It’s important to consider these differences when considering riding style, transportation, technologies and fitness!

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E MTBs contain quite a lot of pretty advanced Tech! From batteries and motors to apps and power tracking…let alone those specific components bolted onto that space age flying machine of a frame! Here’s how an E Mountain Bike differs to your traditional Mountain Bike.

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Kurtis says:

E-bikes are revolutionary, my dad can now keep up with me no matter how hard I go up the climbs. He weighs 90kg and im 65kg. If he never had the e-Bike we wouldnt be going out to the tracks every weekend.

Dreamer 111 says:

Top of the line Bosch, Yamaha and Brose ebikes actually have a peek output of +/- 600 Watts.
Adding a simple chip, you can get rid of the bureaucrat-boot-licking 25 km/h speed limit.

Some chip-tuning models require a little trick to activate the enhancement after every boot up, rendering it impossible to prove that the ebike was derestricted, should an accident occur on a street where it “needs” to be legal.

JogBird says:

is there really enough content for a separate emtbn channel, the topics are already repeating

Nathaniel Brown says:

I work for emtb stockist, I take them out sometimes and the one thing putting me off getting one is that power drop off. It’s so noticeable you can really feel the weight of the bike. I found myself riding without assistance most of the time. For myself I didn’t see point on spending an extra £1500 for tech I’ll barely use. Don’t get me wrong though, the majority of customers come back saying they’re life changing, just not for everyone.

Harrison Craw says:

Is that sams e bike

M. Molli says:

This Haibike ALLMTN 100 looks so sweet, if it just was a lot cheaper.

Gigafreak94 says:

please do a “How to correctly wash an e-bike”

Chris says:

really good review – best I’ve seen talking about the actual functionality on them,

Thumpermad says:

Thanks mate you’ve been most helpful there’s a few things that you wouldn’t expect but certainly worth taking into consideration cheers Happy Trails

Sha ne says:

Does this mean eDH bikes are now more pedal friendly?

John Rushworth says:

As regards a U.K. legal pedelec or EAPC (Electric Assisted Pedal Cycle) of 250W nominal and 15.5 mph cut out, they can be fitted with a throttle per the DfT reply here:

Andrew Thomas Helliwell says:

But how much do they range from ? Iv just got a scott geneus 2016 model off eBay and it’s orite for what I need it for for where I live

Peter Cook says:

Could you take off the magnet on the rear wheel, and in doing so will the power never cut out ? Or will it just not work?

2016KTM450 says:

Can anyone recommend a good E bike available to the US market? I am an intermediate to advanced rider, motocross background, 160mm travel max, primarily ride rough single track .

racepnd says:

Very useful video and leaves little doubt e-bikes are here to stay.

ILikeWeatherGuy says:

if you have a throttle but dont use it then your using it as a pedalec if you have a throttle and and throttle use at all will make it a scooter

nomisaax says:

That one foot table was bitchin Don!!!

LightSport Man says:

what bike is that

xcnick4 says:

Rare the British upper classes mangle the English language. PMBN Pedelec Mountain Bike Network. It is OK to be dogmatic and only focus on your sponsors’ bikes, but when Mericans criticize your use of language… PS Pedelecs are banned by the US Forest Service just like any other ebike. Low power pedelec mountain bikes with speed restrictions only buy you access to certain paved bike paths.

Joe Stephens says:

Is there one particular manufacturer / make that has a noticeable better torque and speed motor ? Cheers Joe

mark smith says:

Things you may not know they are #^#% heavy to pedal when the battery gos flat . After a little miss calculation of range left ha

Alex Paulsen says:

“E-bikes will have a cut-off speed”

In New Zealand that’s not true, commuting around an earthquake-damaged city at 40kph on a full suspension mountain bike never felt better.

That said, bikes made with European regulations are still legal here, and they’re still being sold, just as they’re still being sold in America with these limits too. Some of the dealers and even distributors are preaching the wrong rules because of what they’ve been told from the likes of Bosch, etc. Good news however, Shimano will be unlocking their motors for the New Zealand market.

25kph isn’t quite fast enough, 32kph is adequate. I’m in favour of riding responsibly more than anything, a bike with a torque sensor will let you do that regardless of how fast it can go.

A v A says:

You don’t notice the weight of an Ebike untill the battery dies on a steep muddy climb……..still could be worse

Mark Humphreys says:

Please do a segment on ways to transport your ebike (from home to trail). You’ve mentioned the issues with weight. It’s not just most roof rack carriers that struggle but most carriers in general. Add to that fatter tyres and the options are even more limited.

Jaan Hurditch says:

Cool show but misinformation on battery storage. Lithium Ion degrades at elevated temperatures and the best prolonged storage condition is at 40% charge in the fridge! “Nice and warm” is definitely not what you want.

Super -sim says:

Just three needed. How far, how much and how heavy. Too far, too much and too heavy.

John Stowe says:

An ebike is any bicycle with an electric motor. Wattage, throttle, and top speed don’t negate this. You’re describing a pedelec, and if that is all EMBN wants to concentrate on maybe rename your channel.

David Baird says:

I cant believe he just said the term E bike has to be pedal assist and has to be under 32km. That’s the stupidest thing i have ever heard on any of the gcn channels. go ask a 6 year old whats a E bike and he would probably tell you electric motor + bicycle = E bike.

Psyrecx says:

This guy shows what happens when you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about and your knowledge of a subject is limited you what you read in the first thirty seconds on Wikipedia.

Simon Bradford says:

Love my Mondraker Vantage Ebike Awesome all round and you do work harder then on a non assist bike they defo help the legs on long steep climbs and endurance riding. If you haven’t tried one get out there, try and you will buy as they are AMAZING!!!

Wolf MTB says:

Do you know if some e bikes use a magnet to get energy back? Cause I rode a kreidler „emtb“ and the reach while riding in some modes just increased over time and didn’t decrease.

Daniel Paul Watts says:

Awesome video GMBN! Had a go on a e bike before and I thought it was fabulous! Great for up hill and downhill!

Euan mullarkey says:

Are they waterproof

Ray Verhelst says:

Great content and videos are well done. What you need to understand is that your coverage is global. That means that the speeds, rules, and regulations you promote vary in each country and in the case of the U.S. there are even adjustments between states, counties and some cities. The standards in the US for pedal-assist electric bikes were set at a motor size of up to 750 watts and in our eBike class identification system, Class 1 bikes have a maximum assist speed of 20 mph (32km) and require that the bike be pedal-assist only. The second classification allows for the same size motor and speed but the bike includes a thumb or twist throttle. The thrid category are the speed pedelec, which allows for a pedal-assist only support up to 28mph (45km). In some states, they have actuallt adjusted the maximum watt output to 1000 watts, but nothing beyond that is legal.

In the various state legislative approvals, the class 1 bikes, for the most part, is being considered the same as a regular bike and are generally allowed on bike lanes, paths, and public roads. The class 2 bikes while similar, the throttle limits their access to the non-street lanes and in some cities have been completly banned. The class 3 bikes have been identified exclusively for the street and designated bike lanes. Recently, we are seeing a number of e-mountain bikes including the class 3 assist.

The challenge for many international manufacturers is that the demand has yet to meet the necessary minimums to increase the motor output to meet the unique US power levels, but as the volume increases, so will the motor’s output. It is less about the overall speed and more about the initial torque and increased weight handling capabilities.

Bob Fredericks says:

Great info. Thanks.

gerry sanders says:

any chance you could do a show on carriers as mine fell off my roof rack carrier and I just assumed it would be ok 🙁

Ben jackson says:

Hi, I am going to be buying an ebike very soon.
Watching the videos on here has helped me thin out the overwhelming number of choices that there currently are with EMTB’s quite well, before I arrange a test ride or two.

I haven’t been out riding trails for a few years due to a back injury, but I am now eager to get back out there and am torn between buying the 2017 giant full-E+1 & the 2018 full-E +1.5 pro.

My question is how significant are the differences between the tuned pro version of the motor in the full e+1.5 pro 2018 bike, over the motor in the full e +1 2017 sport model? Would the difference between the two motors only be evident at the top end with high cadence?

While I am probably not quite ready to use either bike to the level they are capable of being ridden at, I hope to be sooner rather than later. But in any case I doubt any dealer would like a potential customer to put a bike through the kind of ride required to really know what either bike is capable of.

Any info anyone with experience of both motors could share on the practical differences would be gratefully received. Cheers.

L says:

An if you are flying in America the FAA will only allow a maximum 100 watt hour battery size.

Neil Blundz says:

You forgot to say they are FUCKING EXPENSIVE!!!!!

Dmitri Nesteruk says:

“Anything with a throttle is not an ebike” – sorry, that’s just plain wrong.

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