The cake test
I did a three-hour hilly ride. If I’d done that ride on my usual trail bike I would have needed a bit longer to get round, and would definitely have been ‘need a large slab of cake, please’ tired at the end.
Instead, I got back on the e-bike an hour later to nip round to my friend, who lives four miles away. Riding a bike instead of getting in the car: that’s a big tick for the e-bike, then.
This bike costs £3000 – a lot of money for a bike but good value for an mtb when you factor in the spec, the top of the range drive unit, and the practicality it delivers as a means of transport.
And, of course, for anyone with, or recovering from, health issues then it can make exercise an option and the great outdoors accessible.
It is also a great option if you regularly ride with people who are faster than you and want to be able to keep up, and it will enable you to ride further and faster when you don’t have the time (or maybe the inclination!) to train harder, and still keep you fit if you put the effort in when you pedal.
When it comes to beginners, while I would hate anyone who is coming into the sport to think that tackling hills is beyond them and so an e-bike is their only option, it does make climbing a lot easier (descents are still descents though!!!).
In short, an e-mtb is also a lot of fun – and all mountain bikes should be fun: that’s what they’re designed for.
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