E-MOUNTAIN BIKE MAGAZINE GUIDE
The e-bike market is about to grow and grow. Nearly every big manufacturer offers mountain bikes with electronic assistance in it’s range. However when making choices it is hard not to feel under pressure when confronted with the many choices. In our three part series we will show you all you need to know when buying an e-bike.
We delivered you some basic information about e-bikes in our first part. It is now time to introduce you to some helpful tips on how to find the right e-bike, that perfectly fits all your needs. The third part will focus on good advice when buying your bike in the shop.
Hardtail or Full Suspension bike?
E-Bikes can be divided into two groups of suspension, hardtails and fully suspended models.
The Hardtail is especially popular in the endurance sector of non electronic bikes and comes at relatively low cost. The sturdy frame guarantees maximum transfer of power, without weighing too much and needs less maintenance. This makes hardtails cheaper.
While hardtails require less maintenance work as they have less bearing points, a hardtail requires the same basic service as a fully suspended model. The lack of suspension at the rear end makes it easier to manufacture the bike. This starts with the construction of the frame and ends with the production and assembly. Hardtails are about 1.000 EUR cheaper than fully suspended models.
Full suspension bikes
If one ignores the higher price and the higher weight, one starts to see advantages with fully suspended e-bikes. These include:
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