ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BICYCLES
Electric mountain bikes, also known as E-MTB, have been around since the 1990s. As bike designs have evolved over the years, their popularity has soared in the UK. Essentially, electric mountain bikes look like normal bikes but come with a battery-powered motor which gives riders extra assistance if required. There are many great reasons to own an electric mountain bike, and here are just some of them.
The motor that comes with the electric bike has various settings, allowing you to decide how much assistance you require. For example, for steep climbs, you might choose full assistance to help you get to the top, or you might only need a small amount of power when you're racing down hills.
There's a common misconception that using an electric mountain bike is cheating somehow, as the bike is doing all the hard work. This isn't the case at all, as you still need to pedal to allow the motor to kick in. Plus, by choosing a low assistance setting, you gain a little help but still do the bulk of the cycling yourself.
If you're new to mountain biking, are recovering from an injury or are an older rider, you'll probably appreciate the assisted function on an electric bike. With a helping hand from the motor, you can gain confidence in cycling and slowly reach new goals or targets at your own pace. If you want to join fellow cyclists who are a little bit faster, switching to assist mode ensures you can keep up with them. Electric bikes are also safe - they have a limiter, which means you can't go any faster than 15.5 mph using the motor.
Ideal for commuting
If you like the idea of cycling to work but aren't so keen on arriving at the office dripping in sweat, this is where an electric mountain bike comes in handy. By sticking to the assist mode on the bike, you can enjoy a healthy, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly commute that will keep you feeling and smelling fresh.
Electric mountain bikes have come a long way since they first came onto the market, and these days, you can find a wide range of options to suit your particular style of biking. The good news about these bikes is that the battery power is pretty impressive, too. It takes just a few hours to fully charge the battery, and, depending on the setting you choose, you can enjoy around 20-40 miles of cycling, on average, before the battery needs more juice.
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