E-Mountainbikes: Lets find the best bike for you
E-mountain bikes: faster, higher, further with the e-MTB
None other than the top manufacturers of electric mountain bikes such as Corratec, Ghost, KTM, Haibike and Bergamont have made it into the Greenstorm marketplace. . They supply us with the best off-road electric bikes and the bikes provide more effective headway than with a conventional mountain bike. The very latest and up-to-date e-bike technology enables higher tours, steeper ascents and longer descents with every innovation.
Innumerable models of mountain bikes with electric drives will soon find a place in your homes via our shop, because no matter what preferences and demands a mountain biker may have, the right model can be found here. No terrain is excluded and certainly not your favourite one.
What makes an E-MTB your new favourite mountain bike?
The shape of the bike is determined by the terrain that you wish to ride on. When it comes to alpine terrain, the technology must also be suitable for it. This requires mountaineering ability, a robust and extremely fast gear change and an implementation of the pedal force that engages smoothly even at low revolutions per minute on inclines. This is of course the be-all and end-all, especially uphill.
When it comes to e-mountain bikes, it is important that the additional power from the battery can be easily switched on and off. Pressing a button to get more or less additional power will by no means make the MTB tour boring, despite the electronic help.
The technology in our e-mountain bikes
The most fascinating thing about our E-MTBs is of course the electronics behind it. Mechanical mountain bikes are already well known but that would be too boring for us. Instead, we have 250 watts of power in the engine, helping you to reach up to 25 km/h when pedalling. The hardware for our models mostly comes from tried and tested companies such as Bosch or Yamaha.
When mountain biking first came onto the scene in the 1980s, it was already thought that this would be as far as it was possible to go as far as exploring the mountains on 2 wheels was concerned. Totally wrong thinking because now the upgrade to the e-mountain bike has arrived and it is becoming easier and easier to discover even more remote areas.
This also shows that the assumption that e-bikes are primarily beneficial for people of advanced age or with limited fitness levels is simply not correct. Experienced 2-wheeled mountain enthusiasts also benefit from the battery and motor. The e-bike is thus not only developing into an acceptable means of transport on the flat, but also as a climbing aid for steeper ascents.
Generally speaking, the e-bike is creating a completely new trend of locomotion all over the world; on the streets of the metropolises as well as on the single-track trails in the mountain valleys.
The technology of electronic mountain bikes has meanwhile developed to such an extent that, taken together, the load-force ratio and the battery life result in an overall picture that is extremely favourable and positive. For the occasional cyclist, or for performance-oriented bikers, the e-mountain bike has a fascinating appeal. The weight of the battery and motor or the entire drive unit has now also attained an acceptable level.
The e-mountain bike simply extends the possibilities of every cyclist many times over. More power, more fun, more range, more speed and simply more energy reserves!
Electric drive: motor and battery
The battery performance is especially important for the electric drive. The 400-500 watt-hour figures are already quite impressive and provide quite a good range. According to the manufacturer, the range is about 100 km (although you have to reckon with some losses, especially on steep stretches with high engine speed).
Furthermore, the position of the engine is a determining factor for enjoyment and safety whilst riding, especially on rough terrain where balance and centre of gravity are often important. For an MTB, therefore, only a mid-mounted engine makes sense. Rear or front drive would displace the centre of gravity of the bike too much, especially on stretches with frequent changes of directionand gradient, making the bike unstable.
Shock absorption is especially important in mountainous terrain as it determines how easily you can get up the sealed roads and down the single trails.
As a rule, you have the choice between hardtail and fully. Hardtail means that only the front part of the bike is dampened. Damping is therefore built into the front fork and the rear section of the frame remains rigid. This means less loss of power when pedalling, but also less manoeuvrability on rough terrain.
With the full suspension bike it is almost exactly the opposite, that is to say that it is additionally sprung on the rear wheel, which has the effect that it yields substantially when pedalling and the muscle power is therefore not ideally transmitted to the wheels. This is most certainly a disadvantage when riding uphill. When riding downhill, however, a mountain bike with maximum suspension hugs the ground perfectly.
Of course, both would be ideal - hardtail for the ascent and fully for the descent. It's very good then that this is the case amongst the very high-quality fully models, where the suspension can be locked. The damper elements can be simply stiffened when climbing uphill or on asphalt sections. At the push of a button on a downhill or single trail, the suspension is freed up, so that the chassis does what it was designed to do: absorb bumpy ground, rough and smooth, whilst still maintaining control of the bike.
Tyres and wheels
The first thing that catches the eye on an e-mountain bike are the massive bicycle tyres with their non-slip lug designs. If you ride over gravel, grit or any other loose surface, you don't want to start slipping straight away. The effect of the pronounced tread is also assisted by the wide tyres.
As far as wheel sizes are concerned, the market is now more or less united on using the standard sizes 27.5 inches and 29 inches, but 26 inches and 28 inches are also possible and once again present various advantages and disadvantages
For a long time, the 26-inch off-road wheel was the standard measure, but it was replaced by the somewhat more stable but still manoeuvrable 27.5-inch wheel, which is used especially on e-MTBs that specialise in downhill cycling. 29-inch tyres, on the other hand, are suitable for rather less dynamic ascent routes due to their stiffness and smooth running.
In addition, the 27.5+ variants, which also have wider tyres, are currently very popular. You have to pedal harder because of the increased weight and the extra traction but the e-bike drive supports you anyway. This variant is particularly advantageous on very rough terrain – I think we have already mentioned traction?
E-bikes are basically heavier. Although the extra weight of the battery and motor is partly compensated by a lighter frame, this does not change the fact that an excellent braking system is necessary in mountainous terrain. In addition, an electric bicycle with motor support gets up a good speed, which of course increases the need for a perfect braking system even more.
Ideally, an e-mountain bike should have a disc brake which is far more efficient than the usual cantilever brake.
If the transmission from the brake levers to the brake also uses hydraulics or mineral oil, almost nothing can go wrong, because the combination provides finely graduated, but powerful braking. A cable brake is definitely not advisable. You won't find them on our models anyway, which are mainly equipped with Shimano gearshifts and braking systems.
The e-mountain bike handlebars are usually much longer and less or almost not bent at all. This helps when steering on technically difficult terrain, as the longer bars transmit the steering movements of the arms better. The wide handlebars act, so to speak, as a go-between to the front wheel.
The most important or the most prominent part of an e-mountain bike is the frame. Although it has strong diameters and wide welded seams, it retains a compact design. This means that you retain your manoeuvrability on the e-mountain bike whilst still benefitting from high stability and strength thanks to the robust bike base formed by the frame.
As regards the material, aluminium is often used, as it achieves the best average value for the three components weight, stability and price. However, there is still some room for manoeuvre when it comes to weight, namely by using carbon frames.
The features of a high-quality E-MTB at a glance
- compact but stable bicycle frame
- shock absorber in the front only or additionally in rear
- disc brakes with hydraulic transmission
- solid lugged tyres on stable wheels
- powerful high capacity motor & battery
- gearshift (with E-MTB mostly from Shimano with 9-, 10- or 11-gears)
E-MTB care: keep e-bike and battery as long as possible
For many, e-bikes are not an investment they pay for out of petty cash. So you will want to make sure that it remains in good condition for as long as possible. This is especially important for the e-mountain bike, because as you can imagine or how many mountain enthusiasts and mountain bike fans among you know, the mountain bike is particularly exposed to stresses and strains.
Annual service: general overhaul of the e-mountain bike in the workshop
Half-yearly service, preferably before and after the winter break, is therefore essential for long-lasting cycling enjoyment. In the workshop, all the usual components such as brakes, gears, etc. as well as all drive components are carefully checked and, if necessary, overhauled so that nothing can happen when you are out cycling. In addition, any minor faults are taken care of before they can become bigger problems.
Handling the battery
With an e-bike, the first place you notice wear and tear is on the battery - no matter how careful you are. You can manage to get another season or two from it, however, if you take the following steps:
- keep your battery charged between 30% and 70%.
- that means, if possible do not fully charge or fully discharge the battery.
- after each trip, take the battery indoors and charge it if necessary at the charging station.
- protect the battery from dust and moisture as much as possible.
- carefully remove dust and impurities from time to time, especially the contacts.
- do not expose the battery to extreme temperatures.
- calibrate (have calibrated) correctly from time to time
Ongoing maintenance of the e-mountain bike
As with any other bicycle, regular cleaning and checking of the bicycle and its components is recommended. Clean and lubricate the chain, remove dirt from the frame (which is often necessary, especially for MTBs), tighten loose screws, and so on. All this saves your electromotive, two-wheeled mountain vehicle from passing on too quickly.
E-bike as mountain bike for fresh summit assaults
The topic has also become a hot one during conversations between non-mountain bike enthusiasts (if such a thing can exist at all!): the controversial topic of electro- vs. normal mountain bike. While the opinions differ, one thing remains undisputed: electric mountain biking has some advantages.
In society, e-biking is just getting better and better
The main advantage is certainly that friends and family can now go on tours together even when the physical condition of the people involved differs significantly. If you otherwise have to struggle your way up the hill behind your sporty cousin, then the electric motor under your arm - or rather under the back of your knees - will help you and nobody will be left behind. There's seldom anything standing in the way of enjoying a cycle ride together.
Do not overestimate your own biking skills
But what you have to watch out for are the descents. With the e-bike drive you can climb higher and faster, but the descent should definitely not be underestimated, especially if you choose downhill tracks and trails as your descent route. Untrained thighs, knees and arms can give up the ghost. Therefore, despite the electric motor, it is important to manage your energy well and, above all, to evaluate it properly.
Last but not least: more cycling fun guaranteed
Leaning back after hard, strenuous, sweaty endeavour and/or indulging in the pleasure and thrills is for many a great feeling and exactly what they love about mountain biking. Rewarding yourself on the downhill trail for the ascent you've accomplished can definitely be appealing, because who said that the ascent on an electric mountain bike can't also be exhausting and rewarding?
It is not everyone's cup of tea to torture yourself going up the mountain and to have to say at a certain point: that’s it. With the e-mountain bike you are always discovering new routes, which you could only previously have managed by pure muscle power after a lot more training or with the help of gondolas and the like. New mountain panoramas and sections of track will stretch before your eyes (and under your tyres), and we have the right equipment for you in the Greenstorm Marketplace.