BEST eBIKE for a OFF-ROAD RIDE

Electric off roading and mountain biking is a step up in technical performance and thus cost.  E-Mountainbike magazine[1] recent reviewed 25 eMTBs and the cheapest was over £5000.  True, they were mostly reviewing just the top of the range, and lower priced off roading bikes are available; however, if you are looking for a high performance e-mountain bike then likely you will need to do your own research to find the bike best suited to your activities and your wallet.

Below we list one eMTB reviewed by E-Mountainbike magazine and a couple of less expensive bikes for less demanding off-roading.

 

[1] https://ebike-mtb.com/en/best-emtb-group-test-review/

1st Option - Scott Ransom eRIDE 910 Electric Mountain Bike (£6,899)

Although E-Mountainbike magazine did not pick this bike as its Best of the Best (which was a £8,500 bike from Merida), this Scott bike was picked as the Best Buy, merging together excellent performance on flow trails, technical single trails, in bike parks, and on long tours.

Its intuitive handling is suitable for beginners but has the performance sought out by experts.

2nd Option - Haibike AllMtn 4 Electric Mountain Bike (£4,649)

A key decision when buying a traditional mountain bike was whether to go for full suspension or a hardtail.  Full suspension was generally felt to be superior but the trade-off was weight.  With eMTBs weight is a much less important factor.  So, if you can afford full suspension, it is worth going for that.
 

The Haibike AllMtn 4 is one of the cheaper full suspension eMTBs that retain high quality components like the Bosch drive unit and battery, Shimano components, and Magura front and rear disc brakes.  The Bosch drive unit is of particular note.  E-Mountainbike magazine[1] says, "With their software update, Bosch have made what was already the best progressive support mode on the market even better. All other manufacturers should use the Bosch eMTB mode as a reference."

[1] https://ebike-mtb.com/en/bosch-performance-line-cx-2020-software-update-review/

3rd Option - Giant Fathom E+ 29 2 Electric Mountain Bike (£2,849)

Giant are at the forefront of the electric mountain bike (eMTB) market.  They have developed their own SyncDrive motor system in coordination with Yamaha.  The Fathom is their entry level eMTB and thus benefits from Giant's considerable knowledge, expertise, and technology.

 

This bike is a hardtail (so none of the complexity and cost of rear suspension), has its battery hidden inside the down tube, and uses the SyncDrive Pro motor technology.  Cyclestore magazine summarises this as "a fantastic e-bike without an enormous price tag ... it does everything you'd need it to to keep you out riding stronger for longer."[1]

[1] https://blog.cyclestore.co.uk/giant-fathom-e-1-pro-2020-electric-mountain-bike-review/

Frequently asked questions

What is full suspension on an electric mountain bike?


In essense "suspension" means there is a spring between the wheels of a vehicle and the frame. Suspension leads to a smoother ride and more control over rough ground. Full suspension on a mountain bike (MTB) or an electric MTB (eMTB) means that there is a spring in the fork holding the front wheel and a spring where the rear wheel assembly connects to the frame. Typically you will see a shock absorber above the pedal and crank. The other option for e/MTBs is a "hardtail"




What is a hardtail on an electric mountain bike?


In essense "suspension" means there is a spring between the wheels of a vehicle and the frame. Suspension leads to a smoother ride and more control over rough ground. A hardtail mountain bike (MTB) or electric MTB (eMTB) means that there is a spring in the fork holding the front wheel but there is no shock absorber between the rear wheel and the frame. Hardtail e/MTBs can be a bumpier ride than an equivalent full suspension bikes and can get knocked off course slightly, but the addition of rear wheel suspension adds significantly to complexity and cost, and it can give you a more sluggish, slower ride - especially on uphills.




Aren't electric mountain bikes (eMTB) cheating?


It depends on why you are mountain biking. Ski slopes have chair lifts. If you are most keen on downhill technical sections then electric mountain bikes are an essential.