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E-mountain bike: Between leisure fun and extreme sports

Nothing is impossible: e-mountain bikes turn any terrain into your bike path. Find out everything about the differences, technical highlights and purchase recommendations for your E-MTB here.

What is an E-MTB?

Over hills and mountains, hill and dale or even through the dirt park with fat drops and long jumps – this is best done on a mountain bike. Of course, this fun is also available with an electric drive. The “E” in the name: e-mountain bikes, or “e-MTBs” for short, combine off-road equipment with a powerful motor.

Hardly any other bike has to withstand such heavy loads as the e-mountain bike. The main thing is to stay in control at all times. On the forest path paved with roots or completely off-road through the prairie. Wide tires with a lot of profile, a stable frame with suitable geometry and a suitable suspension with a long spring deflection are a must for the E-MTB. Because there are often steep descents, you should also be able to rely on your brakes. For this reason, many e-mountain bikes are equipped with high-quality components and are correspondingly more expensive.

What different E-MTBs are there?

It doesn’t always have to be a tumble down into the adventure: Many people also use their e-mountain bikes as commuting bikes. E-mountain bikes are also suitable for longer tours. It all depends on the route and the respective bike. In any case, the range of E-MTBs is gigantic. It ranges from touring mountain conquerors to highly professional downhill racers.

Fully or Hardtail?

Anyone who deals with e-mountain bikes will not be able to avoid one fundamental question: fully or hardtail ? Behind these two terms lies a fundamental decision. With hardtails, only the front fork is spring-loaded. Fullys, on the other hand ā€“ the name stands for full suspension bikes ā€“ have full suspension.

The suspension fork on the front wheel is essential for mountain bikes anyway, but fullys offer additional suspension for the rear wheel. This is done using a damper that balances out the impact on your specially mounted rear wheel suspension . Rocks, roots, curbs, branches and other obstacles are so easy to roll over with a well-tuned bike, such as G-Force T42. This is not the case with a hardtail: the rear wheel jumps and, in addition to comfort, valuable traction is also lost.

So what are the reasons for a hardtail at all? The hardtail also offers advantages. Above all: price and weight. Hardtails require less specialized engineering around the rear suspension. This saves you both costs and weight. However , hardtails are less intended for downhill and hard trails than for more sporty rides through woods and terrain.

Material

E-MTBs are also available in different materials. Carbon, for example, is widespread in the high-end sector and is a particularly light material for the frame. Compared to conventional aluminum frames, however, carbon is a good deal more expensive. However, you don’t need to worry about stability: carbon can withstand all eventualities and also has good damping properties. That’s all we want to introduce.

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