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Hello all,

I have been riding an eMTB for the last 2 years, love them and like the lack of hassle. Can ride anywhere and no longer need to use uplift and shuttles. Have been out yesterday and today in the local hills.

I see Paul Bolton trains on eMTBs and wondered how many on this forum ride them?

I can see a lot of people jumping ship to eMTBs due to the lack of hassle with ownership, places to ride and running costs.
 

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Not really sure what the appeal of eMTB’s are. If you're riding for excercise and fitness then why would you need it?
 

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I was the same as you thinking what's the point. My mate has just bought a Cube stereo 160 emtb, I had a go and loved it. I get the fact that if you want to get fit you should buy a normal bike, but he reckons he's getting the best of both worlds and regularly does 50-60 kms in a morning. You do have to put a lot of input in to get a lot out of them. If I had a spare £4k I'd buy one tomorrow.
 

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Ive got a 1 and love it!

Where I live every direction is a hill but mainly ride around local woods.

Not sure how true it is but i read that you burn 80% of the calories compared to a normal bike.
 

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I have not bought one, but at least 3 of my mates have them, on hills I get smoked, but on the flat they cant get near me they are 15mph unless you uncork then, but you will get about 15 miles if you do that, they are fun but not for me yet..

I had the mindset that I wouldn't get my heart rate going, but took my mates out on a 15 mile loop and I was fucked when I got back because I tried to keep it over 30mph it was uncorked, also had a reading of 59mph on my garmin on a down a hill
 

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I had a go on the latest Specialised Levo full suspension the other week, what a bit of kit! Had to buy it!
The more you push it, the better it is.
If you are in the South go to Berkshire Cycles in Crowthorne, ask to speak to Chris the owner. He personally handles the sales of these, won’t mail order, but has sold more than all the other dealers in the UK combined.
Done me a mega deal.
 

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I always hated them, thought its like cheating. And thats what most people think. Then had several rides on a mates bike and now I think its brilliant. On uphills where I am overtaken by hikers on my hardtail I have 20 k's on the speedo. They are great fun. And you will burn as much calories as on a standard mountainbike just because you ride it three times longer on every ride.

22 kilometres with my hardtail through our local woods and two hours later I am dead. With the e-bike I ride 5 hours or more until I am exhausted and its just more fun as I can ride trails I couldnt ride with the standard bike.

Tested the Trek LT9 and it is astonishing how it performs, a missile with hi-tech components and endless torque. Unfortunately I cannot afford the 6000.- (Euros) they want for it.
 

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I always hated them, thought its like cheating. And thats what most people think. Then had several rides on a mates bike and now I think its brilliant. On uphills where I am overtaken by hikers on my hardtail I have 20 k's on the speedo. They are great fun. And you will burn as much calories as on a standard mountainbike just because you ride it three times longer on every ride.
3 times further, maybe, 3 times longer, nah.

My MTB rides are 3 hours. If you're are 3 hours too I will burn more calories?

Unless yours are 9 hours, in which case you need several batteries.

Sure, for a casual cyclist or someone who wouldn't generally ride anyway, they make sense. However for a serious cyclist, that's not necessarily the same.

But, if I bought one, I'll give you that, in the same number of minutes I would cover a greater distance.
 

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Y hear a lot o shite when out on the trails "cheater" etc. But when y goto a trail park and do everything multiple times it makes it worth it.
Derestricting doesnt seem to use anymore battery than normal but does take the harshness of motor disengagement at 15mph and they're heavy fukin lumps to pedal without assistance although I'm using it more and more without aid to eek more from the battery.
The only downside to these is I havnt touched my husky since I got the e-bike
 

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My question was really more about Moto riders who are using eMTBs. I have heard all the negative stuff from people on analogue MTBs, my response is I ride more and do more descents than you ever will in a day, and have more fun. You can also say people that use uplifts, cable cars or chairlifts are also cheating.

I just spent a few weeks cheating in the Alps this summer, using a Cable Car and Chairlifts to access some epic gravity downhills on a standard MTB. Was awesome but would I want to pedal up, it would take around 3-4 hours to cycle up to where I was descending from. No thanks.

Anyway back on point, my question was more about people who ride Enduro Motos and are now using their eMTBS more. I am one of them and like the lack of hassle, lack of maintenance and ability to ride wherever I like compared to riding my XCF250.

In Scotland we have no green lanes, there are a few MX tracks and very limited places to ride Enduro legally, some are only open every second weekend due to noise abatement, and the police cracking on down on other known riding spots is making me question whether it is worth the effort.

My eBike allows easy access everywhere, it's derestricted so is fast. I can get to some awesome riding in the Pentland Hills from my door in Edinburgh along with all the awesome trails centres we have in central Scotland. I came to riding Enduro Motos due to frustration with MTB and lack of uplift/chairlifts - eMTBs have solved this for me.

With eMTBS they feel more like a moto, and I can see a lot of Moto riders switching to eMTBs (with all the issues around Green Lanes/off road) and this is backed up by KTM/Husky/Fantic all entering the eMTB scene. I spoke to a guy at Glentress a few weeks back. He lives between the UK and Spain and rides Motos in Spain as it is easy to do, but sold his bikes in the UK and bought a Specialized Kenevo for riding in the UK. The Kenovo looks a lot like a trials bike with a saddle so I can see a lot of cross over riders.

Not looking for an MTB V eMTB argument, just wondered how many on this forum ride, have tried or are interested in this new genre of 2 wheeled offroad riding :)
 

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How long can you ride for with power assistance before
the battery is flat and what happens then? Can you carry a spare battery or do you just revert to normal pedalling?
 

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How long can you ride for with power assistance before
the battery is flat and what happens then? Can you carry a spare battery or do you just revert to normal pedalling?
1. Depends on bike and what level of assistance. Using low assistance, 60-70-80 miles.
2. Then. You just pedal a heavy bike
3. Yes, but they're £400 and heavy.
 
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