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E-Fully: Full suspension MTB for total riding enjoyment
It can get pretty thrilling going downhill. Especially if you are taking on one of the breakneck downhill trails or bike parks that many alpine regions have to offer for their 2-wheeled mountain enthusiasts. So that you don't actually break your neck, but just get lots of excitement and thrills, you need the right equipment for such routes: an e-fully.
E-fully: full suspension at top speeds on any trails
What is more fun than cycling a full suspension mountain bike over the ground? That’s right, an electronic full suspension mountain bike. Have you ever dared to do a proper jump with a bike? The most difficult thing is to control the impact energy on landing, which is no problem on a fully with its optimal suspension. It is even more fun on 2 wheels with an e-fully in the mountains, because you simply have more power reserves.
Since a significant amount of the suspension on most e-fully models can be locked, the advantages of the soft chassis can also be used in a specific fashion when cycling downhill or over very rough ground. When cycling uphill, the dampers are locked at both front and rear, ensuring maximum traction and minimum loss of power.
E-bike technology put to a new use: the e-fully
Many people think of e-bikes as bicycles that help older people or those who are not very fit to make better headway. They do that as well of course, but what shouldn't be overlooked is that the latest models from, for example, Bergamont and Haibike clearly prove that the technology can do much more. Their e-bikes are truly technological wonders.
The e-fully is the top seller among e-mountain bikes, because nothing else provides more comfort when cycling over the extreme areas of mountain trails. The e-fully bikes are in the top echelon of e-mountain bikes. But what does that actually mean?
E-Fully vs. E-Hardtail: the essential differences
Essentially, the e-hardtail is distinguished from the e-fully by one detail: the suspension. For the English bike junkies, the secret can already be seen in the names of the two bikes because hardtail can be directly translated with 'hard rear end' - so the rear wheel has no suspension. The fully is also self-explanatory: full is equal to 'complete', so this means that there is full suspension, suspension at the fork as well as at the rear.
So far, so good. But this results in further differences between hardtail and fully as well as of course various advantages and disadvantages.
First of all, the full suspension makes the fully naturally more suitable for journeys that do not take place over level ground. Fast, twisty and bumpy downhill routes or at the bike park, where you dare to jump into the air and then want to make a stable landing – these are the terrains for which the fully was designed.
The hardtail would not be suitable here, because the rear end would lose its grip on the ground too often or would not rebound enough during landing, which would also have a negative effect on the grip.
The advantage of the hardtail is that it is lighter and usually cheaper. If you want to have a rear suspension that is also lockable, this is going to hit your wallet as well as increase the weight. Here again an e-fully is better in that it at least, with the help of the engine, compensates for the additional weight, which you would have to drag up the mountain.
That now sounds a bit like a clumsy, heavy two-wheeler when we talk about engine, battery and double suspension. In fact, the technology is now so developed that the e-fully doesn't suffer any loss of manoeuvrability.
The e-bike machine for both uphill and downhill cycling
The electronic full suspension bikes with their full suspension frames are perfect for downhill cycling. But for downhill cycling you obviously first have to go up. With the e-fully bikes this is no problem at all. The suspensions on the high-quality models can be adjusted precisely to the cyclist’s needs of the moment.
If, for example, you want to cycle uphill, the suspension can be locked. This avoids the loss of power caused by the constant rocking and bobbing and the power is transmitted directly to the rear wheel and thus to the drive. The powerful engines assist the cyclist in this process and are adjusted precisely to suit his physical condition and the gradient. This is made possible by the various modes working together with the robust gears.
Once at the top, the way back into the valley is a walk in the park for fullys. The shock absorbers can be optimally adjusted to the weight of the cyclist and the terrain. On professional downhill stretches, the saddle is set at its lowest possible position so as to make the best possible use of the suspension force. This is also very simply accomplished on fullys in a few easy steps. Whether single trails, gravel roads or asphalt - with a full suspension e-MTB you are always ideally equipped and the fun factor is first and foremost.
It makes no difference - city or country, mountain or valley: full suspension bikes with electric motors turn you into a believer by their adaptability on every type of terrain and all along the line.
The features of an e-fully mountain bike in a nutshell:
- compact but stable bicycle frame
- shock absorbers front and rear, preferably adjustable
- hydraulic disc brakes (for controlled but, if necessary, powerful braking)
- massive lugged tyres on high-quality, stable wheels
- high-torque motor & around 400Wh battery
- gearshift (with 9-, 10- or 11-gears, 20-gears also available)
- wide handlebars with good grips (for excellent control and finely controlled steering over the ground)
An easy purchasing decision: factors for a top-class full suspension MTB
E-fullys are a very specific sub-category of mountain bikes but even here there are different combinations and gimmicks that augment the enjoyment of cycling even more, depending on the terrain you want to cycle on. How to find the ideal combination suited to your own requirements is explained below.
The suspension: how much suspension is required for the route?
E-fullys differ from other bikes first and foremost in their suspension. They have rear and front suspension, which provides better traction and control on uneven surfaces. But then there is also the possibility of further adjusting these suspensions. That is to say that you have the choice between different suspension intensities.
The all-rounders among the shock absorbers, those that provide comfort on cross-country tours and also on different but mostly flat terrain, have a spring pitch of about 100 mm. The rule of thumb is: the higher the degree of difficulty of the track, the bumpier the ground and the more manoeuvrable the bike should be, the higher the suspension travel. Up to 200 mm is recommended for proper downhill tracks. On fast tracks with somewhat more flat forest ground, 120 mm is sufficient.
But it's also important that the suspension is in any case lockable, which is what the majority of newer, high-quality models provide anyway. Otherwise you have the advantages of the suspension downhill, but if you want to cycle uphill, you expend unnecessary energy through the spongy suspension and can't make any headway.
Drive system: motor and battery
As far as the motor fsystem of the e-fully is concerned: the better it is, so much the better. Maximum performance (the Bosch motors are the front-runners) and high torque are a must if you are going for a full suspension e-bike. Important here are also the casings, which protect the electronics from water, soil and small stones.
The main advantage of the "e" in e-fully is that the electric drive compensates for the additional weight of the suspensions and other additional components. While conventional full suspension mountain bikes have to be laboriously pedalled up the mountain - even more so than their hardtail counterparts - the downhill and trick junkies among mountain bikers are assisted by the electric drive when riding uphill.
In terms of performance, standard batteries with 400 Wh quickly run out of steam. You are better off with 500 Wh and with an e-MTB in general it's also worth using the retrieval technology, where energy is charged back into the battery when riding downhill and braking. However, not many e-fullys have this function, and if they do, it is more likely to be amongst the more expensive models.
The main advantage of the e-fully’s motor system is that you don't need a shuttle or a lift to get you back up to the start of the trail between the breakneck descents. Especially when these are not available in the more undeveloped areas, the e-fully really is worthwhile. However, the trails must not be too undeveloped either, because if you want to carry the bike on your shoulder to get to a better spot, the higher weight can easily create a problem.
Wheel size: 26-inch, 27,5-inch or a 29-inch bike?
Admittedly: the 26-inch was not really seriously meant, because wheels with this diameter have almost disappeared from the market (at least as far as the new releases are concerned). The 27.5-inch and 29-inch wheels are the most interesting ones. They face up to each other on the e-bike market and provide the best grip on the road in their respective fields of expertise.
27.5-inch wheels are especially suited to complex terrain. Their smaller diameter makes it easier for them to travel over rough ground and they are manoeuvrable and agile, especially because they are often combined with a high spring pitch.
The 29-inch wheels, on the other hand, have better rolling properties at higher speeds on flat terrain. Especially on mountain tours, they provide stability and control if the trails are not too narrow, uneven and tortuous.
Weight: how heavy is still light enough?
The higher weight can be a 'problem' with the electronic version of the e-fullys. The drive system with motor and battery is already problematic and a weightier suspension, which should really be responsible for the manoeuvrability of the bike, increases the weight even more.
Of course, the drive has the advantage of making the weight irrelevant at least when climbing, but of course the battery capacity suffers. An advantage of the weight again is that the bike is more stable and sits more firmly on the trail - the manoeuvrability, as we have already said, suffers somewhat under this effect. But with a higher weight it is also true that gravity does the rest. So, if you want to pick up a lot of speed on quite straight, flat tracks, you certainly won't have a problem with the heavy e-bike.
Price – performance
You won’t find high-quality e-fullys for less than EUR 3,000. The built-in technology, especially the high-tech suspensions, has its price, which you should also be willing to pay if you don't want to do things by halves on your favourite trails and in the bike park. Making savings in the wrong place can be fatal to the joy of cycling.
However, there are some ways to get away with buying an e-fully at a lower price. In our marketplace, for example, we at Greenstorm and our partner dealers are there to offer you the best deal on the market.
With e-bike technology into the future of mobility
The fat years are over and that is meant in a positive sense. A few years ago, e-bikes were bulky and heavy and had a terrible battery performance. Now their credibility is very persuasive with their sleek designs and advanced technology and they make a lasting contribution to environmental protection. With the long-lasting and energy-saving batteries, you can easily cover distances that you would formerly have driven by car. E-bikes stand for a development in the right direction, for a new, independent attitude to life and they herald a new age of locomotion.