E-mtbs are officially here to stay
The E-Bike debate has been going on for a long time all over the world. After an initial kick back from riders it is now being embraced. With proper education and trail etiquette they are now becoming accepted in North America. You know when the biggest Bicycle Companies in the World are releasing them they are here to stay. At Steed Cycles we have had the Specialized Turbo Levo bikes in our Demo fleet for a few seasons now and the remarks from riders after trying it out on the trails are all very positive. Is it for everybody? Probably not, but it is helping riders cover more terrain or keep up with faster friends on the climbs. Anything that gets more riders on the trails is a good thing. Especially if they use them for their right intent and in a safe and sustainable manner.
E-bikes have come a long way in the last few years, both in terms of design and public perception. The first E-bikes were pretty clunky, with externally-mounted batteries, big obvious looking motors and a high weight penalty to boot. As with any new technology, there were teething issues.
Fast-forward to today, and modern e-mtbs such as the Specialized Levo and the new Giant Trance E+ mostly come with fully internal batteries, much sleeker integrated design and the weights and ride characteristics put them much closer to regular bikes. We’re now seeing bikes that ride well and are way more reliable!
E-bikes are fun, and we love Specialized’s fun approach to marketing them!
Since the early adopters, the public perception of e-bikes has shifted somewhat. Some of the first e-mtbs didn’t exactly do the sport any favours, with videos of guys blasting up sand dunes and ripping up trails on what was essentially an electric motocross bike. The reality is that what we’re dealing with (what most people own, what we sell and is legal for sale in most countries) are a class 1 electric bike with a pedal assist, no throttle and limited to 20mph (as opposed to a class 2 or 3 with throttle and higher speed limits). This is true of both E-mtbs and road going e-bikes.
People are now realising the benefits to e-mtbs and the way they can be used, and the perception and customer base has shifted from “lazy people” and “lunatics” to riders who simply want to ride further, faster and longer. E-bikes don’t rip up the trails any more than a regular bike because, while there is more power, it’s typically put down pretty smoothly. They run the same tyres as a regular bike, and the added weight penalty is no more than extra rider weight associated with moving up a frame size.
E-mtbs are a great tool for getting more riding done and put simply – having more fun. They don’t have to necessarily make it easier, you can use just as much effort, but ride way more in the same time. Who doesn’t want that? Again, it’s not for everyone, but I implore everyone to at least give it a go.
You can see our range of demo bikes here. Don’t hesitate to contact us or come in store to book a ride on one of our Specialized Turbo Levo FSR demo bikes, or to check out our extensive stock of Specialized and Giant e-bikes.