E-bikes are no longer conventional bicycles to which an electric motor has been added to make it easier to climb steep slopes and trails. It is a new discipline with a particular use concept.E-bikes are no longer conventional bicycles to which an electric motor has been added to make it easier to climb steep slopes and trails. It is a new discipline with a particular use concept.
So much so that even the UCI has decided to create a cycling World Cup for electric mountain bikes.
E-bikes are growing in popularity and sales. The world’s leading bicycle manufacturers already have a wide range of electric mountain bikes in their catalogs. Initially it was conventional models with a coupled engine. But gradually they evolved into what they are today: a category of bicycles.
Electric mountain bikes offer more robust frames, able to withstand higher stresses and tensions. And, fortunately, both the dimensions of its engines and those of its batteries start to shrink, offering cleaner and more integrated designs.
They are nicer, more efficient, they offer better benefits and, why not say it, they allow you to enjoy more long distance routes and sections of trails at full speed.
If you are going to buy an electric electric mountain bike here we have made a selection with some of the models we like the most and that you should consider before deciding. Who are you with?
Specialized Turbo Levo S-Works
Specialized was one of the first manufacturers to bet on the electric mountain bike segment. Now he has also been one of the first to design e-bikes as a category of his bicycle.
The new Specialized Turbo Levo 2019 is not an electric version of a conventional model. It is a bicycle completely developed for a purely e-biker use.
It is not an update of the Turbo Levo that the S manufacturer presented in its 2018 range, but it is a completely new bicycle. It has an all-mountain trail and geometry that recalls the Stumpjumper Specialized.
The Specialized Turbo Levo S-Works is probably the lightest electric suspension mountain bike on the market.
The Specialized Turbo Levo S-Works is equipped with 29 « wheels, SRAM XX1 1 × 11 gearbox and 150 mm suspension both in the front fork and in the central shock. It is designed to make a difference on those trails where a mountain bike traditional would have difficulty maintaining traction.
Haibike Xduro Alltrail 5.0 Flyon
The Haibike Xduro Alltrail 5.0 Flyon is one of the most advanced mountain electric bicycles on the market. The German brand has spared no efforts to develop cutting-edge e-bike technology.
The result of his work in R & D is the Flyon platform, a system with which Haibike wants to establish a new standard in terms of design, features and technology.
Haibike XDURO Alltrail 5.0
The Haibike Xduro Alltrail 5.0 Flyon incorporates one of the engines with the best ratio of weight, consumption and torque. It is a 250 W engine developed by the brand itself that offers torque up to 120 Nm.
A Newton meter (Nm) is a unit of measurement of the pair. It represents the engine’s ability to produce a job. In other words, it is the measure of engine performance as it provides strength. Most mountain electric bicycles have a torque between 70 Nm and 90 Nm. The Haibike Flyon delivers 120 Nm.
The Haibike Xduro Alltrail 5.0 Flyon bicycle not only has a more powerful electric motor. It also has one of the largest capacity batteries, with 630 Wh. It is a removable battery that can be charged up to 80% in just 60 minutes.
Canyon Spectral:ON 8.0
Canyon Spectral: ON 8.0 is an electric bicycle designed for motorcyclists who love technical downhill and challenging stretches, but who don’t like to push the bike to climb it uphill.
It is a bicycle designed for the motorcyclist who does not adapt to the same type of route, but looks for tracks and sections of different types and technical difficulties, comfort and maneuverability.
Although Canyon indicates that this bike was designed for trail running, the truth is that it has all the elements for enduro enthusiasts, including the 160 mm Fox suspension.
Furthermore, depending on the type of guide you prefer or the terrain you are about to crush, you can vary the geometry of your frame to adapt Canyon Spectral: ON 8.0 to the needs of each route.
The support that supports the central shock absorber in the frame has a mechanism that allows it to be moved forward and backward. In this way the angles of the vertical tube and the steering tube are modified up to 0.8 degrees. With the same system it is also possible to vary the height of the bottom bracket up to 11 mm.
BMC Trailfox AMP One
The Swiss manufacturer BMC also took the development of an electric mountain bike with a fully integrated engine and battery design in the chassis seriously.
The result is the AMP Trailfox range. Although it bears similarities – and not just names – with the conventional Trailfox, BMC claims that it is actually a totally new mountain bike, designed to roll on winding roads at high speed.
The BMC Trailfox AMP One is based on the practice of a style of trail and mountain driving but with the peculiarities of the mountain bike with the electric bicycle.
For this reason, BMC has adapted the geometry of the conventional Trailfox to adapt it to the needs of an electric bicycle, improving the suspension with larger pins to compensate for extra loads and twists. The result is a very agile bicycle that allows you to roll comfortably along long distance routes that combine uphill stretches with descents.
The BMC Trailfox AMP One is equipped with a carbon frame that helps lighten the car and Fox suspensions with 150mm of travel.
The electric transmission consists of a 250 W Shimano Steps motor and an integrated battery in the 500 Wh box. The assistance system offers 3 electric propulsion modes:
Eco: recommended for a smooth ride over a long distance.
Trail: offers up to 60% of the engine power, adapting it to the cadence of pedaling.
Boost: delivery of the maximum available power at any time.
Giant Trance E+ SX Pro
Giant is one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. It has models that cover all ranges and modes of use both for road cycling and mountain biking.
This is why it is not strange that it also has a wide range of electric bikes for mountain bikes. The latest generation of these offers fully integrated aesthetics, with the engine and battery hidden in the chassis. This is how it is difficult to distinguish them from a conventional bicycle.
Giant’s bet in the e-bike segment is based on creating electric versions of its most characteristic models for each driving style. The Giant Trance E + SX Pro is the motorized variant of the Giant Trance and, as such, inherits its purely trail spirit, with a few tweaks.
The Giant Trance E + SX Pro has a geometry and suspension designed to improve its performance from descending paths. Comes with a 160 mm FOX fork.