Have to say I haven’t really given all that much thought to the idea of Electric Mountain Bikes. To me, and the rest of our staff here, an electric bike seemed to be best suited to a commuter bike, a vehicle that could give you the range and the leisure to get about the city or town with relative ease and not too strenuous pedaling, still show up for whatever appointment without looking like a marathoner and of course also have less of an impact on the environment during your commute. In our opinion, mountain bikes are made for work, you want to explore, you want to get out off of the road and work up a sweat. That said, we aren’t necessarily opposed to them, just never crossed our minds.
Outside magazine, did a very nice review of a couple of the bikes and while we’re not 100% sold on the idea, we are now firmly curious. Basically an electric mountain bike is going to give you that extra power that you need on those big climbs, offer a little extra rest to your legs and at the same time hopefully keep you going. It’s not so much taking the challenge out of the sport, more giving you that added boost when maybe you really need it.
The writer of the piece, Aaron Gulley reviewed three bikes, The Trek Powerfly 8 FS, the Haibike XDuro AllMtn and the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert.
If you’re a mountain biking enthusiast and haven’t give the electric option too much thought, this might be an interesting idea to check out.