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Boogaloo eMTB race series rolls on


The Boogaloo Class 1 pedal-assist electric mountain bike (eMTB) Race Series presented by Troy Lee Designs and Bosch eBike Systems is off and running in 2018.

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Top gear picks from Impact Sun Valley


Trails were bursting with fragrant lupine at mid-elevations above Ketchum, Idaho’s basecamp for Impact Sun Valley, the inaugural Crank Tank bicycle media event.

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E-bike debate heats up at Impact Sun Valley event


New press camp-style event tackles question on how to define machines that are changing quickly and how to enforce new rules for all travelers.

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  • Matthew says:

    So, lots of questions raised but no answers given.

  • mike says:

    trails that don’t allow motorcycles probably shouldn’t allow cycles with motors.

  • Mr.TP says:

    I loathe e-mountain bikes. If you can’t ride far on a bike, stay on flat trails or bike paths. And if a guy on an electric mountain bike rings his bell at me to move aside on a climb again, I’m gonna lose it. Go get a Segway and be done with it already!

  • delquattro says:

    I’m wondering how many of the Luddites opposed to e-bikes have used a chairlift to haul their bikes uphill.

  • Scotch Hennessy says:

    Mr. TP…listen for me….I’ll be passing on your right! LOL!

  • eb1888@yahoo.com says:

    Why no motorcycles on all trails like Sun Valley? Noise probably scares horses and the experience of hikers. Electric motorcycles are coming with no noise. Much more aggressive than ebikes. Should they be everywhere?

  • John Smith says:

    My e-bike has a bigger motor than your e-bike and I will blow your doors off going uphill even with at my weight of 300 lbs.

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US threatening 25% tariff on China-made e-bikes


The U.S. bike industry has been drafted into the trade war between China and the U.S., says a recent report on Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

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BMC Speedfox AMP e-bike first ride


The Speedfox AMP is labeled as a “Trail Bike” and the 29” wheels and power assist are great for covering a lot of ground quickly allowing for more riding in a shorter period of time.

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  • Shaun says:

    So basically if your buds don’t have an e-bike you’re solo.
    Seems awful heavy for an e-bike.
    45+ lbs is min weight then ? What about actual ?

    • Travis says:

      45lbs is relatively light for an ebike, the Specialized Turbo Levo is closer to 50lbs.

      As for riding with your buddies, since the level of assist can be programmed, you can tone down the amount of assist so that you are equal to who ever you ride with. If you are riding with your racer buddies who are faster than you, you can turn it up a bit so they don’t have to wait for you. If you are riding with your slower buddies, you can adjust it down so it’s providing minimal assist.

      For now, I don’t see e-bikes replacing your regular bike, but they are great for:

      -Older or injured riders that can’t ride as hard as they used to or to ride while rehabbing
      -Allowing parents to ride with and keep up with their (now) faster kids
      -Getting way more riding in when you don’t have unlimited time
      -Exploring trails you ordinarily wouldn’t explore (they go straight down in the wrong direction) because you know the climb out won’t be a problem
      -People with families, jobs, and obligations that don’t allow as much time as we used to have

      Most people that complain about e-bikes haven’t ridden them. I understand the argument that it could hurt trail access, because people think they are like motorcycles. But in reality what will likely happen is they will enable more people to get into mountain biking and will provide a larger voice to make a case for even more trails.

      Either way, it’s a bike, and it’s fun to ride. Take care and have a great day! 🙂

      • Shaun says:

        Some good points thanks !
        Correct I have not ridden one although an old(er) now and yes injuries adding up.
        Maybe one day maybe not.

        MTBR – please get a separate URL for the e-bike content.

      • Jared says:

        Love this. My regular MTB buddies are damn near world class athletes. Its so nice to not have them waiting on me. Also really loving my long 40+ mile days in the saddle without it completely wrecking me.

    • Jared says:

      Thanks MTBR! This new BMC looks great. Don’t listen to the handful of loud voices that say you shouldn’t write about these mountain bikes. I love my Focus, and really love the 40+ mile days I put in without being so wrecked I can’t ride the next day.

  • Juan Ghuy says:

    Why do you keep reporting on electric mountain bikes when 99% of the readers here are against them? And it’s $7500! Start a new site for electric bikes and keep them out of here, please!

  • Justin says:

    That’s class 1 ebike, bro. Pretty expensive.

  • Scotch Hennessy says:

    Don’t hate on E-bikes until you experience the pure fun! You are all missing out.

    • Juan Ghuy says:

      Scotch Hennessy: I have no doubt they are fun on the motorized trails. That’s where they need to be not on MTB trailsa.

  • Will says:

    We don’t need no stinking E bikes. We ride real pedal powered Mt bikes.

  • mth says:

    When MTBR started years ago….no such thing as e-bikes for the most part. I’m glad some people like them. But I would rather read articles about pedal power mountain bikes. Articles about small companies or up and coming racers would be more refreshing 🙂

  • dirt rider says:

    Keep writing about ebikes guys!
    Go on riding your cro-mo full-rigid 26″ 5-speed converted beach cruiser on the same old trails, Juan. We the “1%” will have fun without you.

    • Juan Ghuy says:

      dirt rider: Sounds good to me. Pedal your electric bikes until the batteries are dead just don’t ruin the pages of this site with them.

  • JDUB says:

    Please just stop… stop forcing a sport not related to the sport I enjoy on a website I enjoy that is supposed to be about Mountain Biking. I don’t want to hear about road bikes, e-bikes, motocross, RC Cars, etc.. on a mountain Bike Specific site… just stop. I have ridden one and they are fun to ride but they are not the same as mountain bikes. Can you please start an eMTBR.com and do away with the blurred lines?

  • Michael says:

    Another vote for enough of the e-bike BS!!! We don’t want them!!!

  • Scotch Hennessy says:

    I ride my All Mountain 5.0 Haibike when with my 14 year old son. I’ve been able to show him so much more terrain without waiting at the top of each climb. We can go out for 20 mile rides with over 2500 ft of climbing. It’s been an amazing tool to share the sport mountain biking with him. We ride our non e-bikes too…just not the distances we can go on the e-bikes.

  • Lascelles says:

    Also, this is a full suspension bike! Please MTBR just stop posting articles on full suspension bikes. I don’t want to hear about them and they’re ruining my sport. Actually, I don’t even them consider them a bike – motorcycles have full suspension not bicycles. So please just stop.

  • Tom67 says:

    A question to haters: why not just skip the ebike related articles and not read them? Much easier than taking the time and effort to read and comment on them…

  • Pete Cherski says:

    I ride mostly single speed and geared on occasion. I could put my nose up and claim geared bikes fall into the spectrum of pedal assist (i.e. motorbike, ebike, etc) and that geared is not pure mountain biking. But I won’t. I am all for progression, and new technology, so that more can participate in our great sport. So yep, I am all for e bikes. In a few years, they will get those batteries so small and tucked away in the frame, you won’t notice. And guess what? The naysayers will be the ones to jump in. Why? Hoping to gain that edge they don’t have now. Kind of like how crazy we get to buy the high-end bike to save a pound or two just be a little faster. Go ebikes!

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Boogaloo eMTB race series back in 2018


The Boogaloo Class 1 pedal-assist electric mountain bike Race Series presented by Troy Lee Designs and Bosch eBike Systems is back for 2018.

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  • JDUB says:

    So its like a steering contest? Or a race for people afraid of real motorcycles? LOL I’m sure its silly fun but should be called PunyMoto not eMtb.

  • Peper says:

    These bikes are here to stay. They have been so well received overseas that it’s a given. We need to find a way to work them into the community or it’ll get ugly for both sides.

    • Juan Ghuy says:

      Not really the EU is considering a bunch of new regulations for e-bicycles. Including insurance requirements if operated on public roads.

  • Scotch Henessey says:

    I recently bought a Haibike All Mountain 5.0. I’ve raced cross country bikes since the early 90s…and as true as I am to a purist MTBer…I simply love going out with my 14 year old son on our ebikes. I’ve exposed him to so many trails he normally probably wouldn’t want to suffer. These bikes are here to stay! We entered this race BTW!

  • Hunter Armstrong says:

    Not cool.

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Haro Bikes Shift i/O 9 e-bike – video


Better brakes, updated cockpit, and dropper make Haro’s 2019 Shift i/O 9 eMTB is ready to rock.

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Mammoth Bike Park first to allow e-bikes


United States Forest Service approves e-bike usage in the Mammoth Bike Park, making it the first bike park on USFS land to allow e-bikes.

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Sea Otter Classic gears up for 3rd annual eMTB race


Bosch eBike Systems and Haibike are inviting racers to participate in the 2018 Haibike eMTB Race epowered by Bosch, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the Sea Otter Classic.

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  • Scotch Henessey says:

    I’ve recently bought my Son and I a pair Haibike All Mountain 5.0s. I’ve been riding MTB since 1989 non-stop. I have to say, Ebikes are an absolute blast. Me and my 14 year old son can go together without fitness being the usual barrier. I’m a fan no matter what the purists say. Everyone that has tried my bike has the same reaction…A huge smile and a audible “Whoa…I need to get one of these”!

    • Ted says:

      @”Scotch Henessey”
      Enjoy the ride. Just keep them off public trails (unless your goal is “no bikes on trails” for everyone).

      • Fred says:

        @ Scotch Henessey
        Don’t let Ted tell you what to do.
        Keep riding your ebike where you want.

        • Mark says:

          Yeah, damn the rules and the potential negative consequences. Who cares if others suffer as long as you get what you want. Let’s all be like Mrs. Fred. (Dont tell me what to do. ‘Merica) over here. Not!

          On a serious note…an E-bike race? Sounds like the type of event where they hand out participation trophies because everyone is special and we’re all winners. Lame

      • jason says:

        Ok…thanks for the advice. I ride my e bike all over Pisgah. No rangers give a crap. It’s not the e bike rider messing up trails. It’s the cool guy bro that doesn’t care about erosion, sedimentation or habitat.

  • Scotch Henessey says:

    I live in So Cal. More than enough trails to choose from. They go uphill approximately 4 MPH faster than my Pivot 429. And they descend identically. I’m still trying to figure out why people assume these bikes will destroy trails. Oh well..way better things to worry about in life.

  • m c says:

    ted , you are indeed a pill . in case you haven’t noticed the blm and fs thrive on your type of exclusivity. we ALL need to stick together on access. the e bikes are no threat to the resource . I’ve been riding non motorized since the 70s and i see no problems with battery / pedal assist vs motor only . theres a huge difference.

  • Rob says:

    For me the issue is not whether e-bikes cause more erosion or any of the other complaints. If it is stated that no motor vehicles are allowed then that means no motors. Arguing that it is an assist and doesn’t have a throttle doesn’t change the fact that it is a motor. Right or wrong that is the current law and a motor is a motor.

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BMC enters e-bike market with AMP Trailfox and Speedfox


Trailfox AMP and Speedfox AMP designed to conquer everything from challenging climbs to swooping singletrack descents.

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  • Bob says:

    “Like them or not e-bikes are here and they are improving every year. ”

    Great! They can stay in Europe where they won’t cause unnecessary trail access issues for cyclists. (people who choose to not ride mopeds).

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Bosch PowerTube 500 integrates eBike battery into frame


Bosch eBike Systems has introduced the PowerTube 500, a battery which can be integrated into the frame of the bicycle.

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Washington State clarifies e-bike rules on trails


Newly passed Washington State legislation closes dirt trails to e-bikes unless otherwise specified by local land managers.

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  • Erik Brooks says:

    E bikes are way more capable now than they were a few years ago, and will keep advancing. There are already some E motorcycles which are close in performance to fastest gas motorcycles. Fastest one so far does 216MPH! Electric MTBs in a couple more years can be FAST. It’s wise to draw a line now, before things get bad – regarding trail conflicts, I mean.

  • Simbot says:

    I guess we’ll have to start weighing people and ban fat people from MT biking then. Doesn’t matter if the weight is coming from the bike or the rider, it’s the combo of both that gets transmitted to the ground. Better tell Big Brother to buy some scales.

  • Karkus says:

    Seems like reasonable regulations…. a good compromise

    All eBikes have electric MOTORS. They should therefore not be allowed on non-motorized trails. Otherwise, why not allow dirt bikes, 4 wheelers , and Hummers?

    And before you call me a Strava lovin’ luddite (as per Larry’s assertion above). I have tried eBikes (they are great fun !) and I am not a fan of Strava whatsoever.

    I support eBikes for riding on roads and I plan to get one soon. E-bikes should be safer than regular bikes because they can keep up with traffic. Win-win.

    On a dirt trail, however, more speed generally means more danger (and not just for the other trail users). Also, electric motors have way more torque than gas powered motors, so the potential for trail shredding is even bigger.

    And don’t even start with those sob stories about someone’s spouse or dad not being able to mountain bike cause they’re too weak. That’s life. Stick to easier trails. Whatever. I’m too weak to ride in the Olympics, and nobody is advocating that I should be allowed to dope and have motors on my bike just so I can participate.

  • Meatbike says:

    So since my mom can’t hike more than one mile anymore, she should be able to hire a Helicopter and get dropped off into wilderness lands where motors are banned. Aging sucks. Getting sick sucks. No one has a “right” to access wilderness by any means.
    Sure grandpa, ride your ebike on a non-motorized trail. Big deal. Its the young d-bags who have the stealth and is climbing at 28 mph that is going to get us all in trouble…The tech is getting amazing and is changing rapidly. Ban ’em and come up with a plan based on trail networks.

  • Craig Erion says:

    I’m pleased that this thread isn’t full of ebike hate. MTB eBikes have made great PR strides over the last couple of years with the pedal powered trail users. I’m 64 and have no other reason for riding eBikes other than…I’m 64 and love mountain biking.

    My wife and ride at low power settings and we still get a great workout. I continue to do some XC racing on my Felt Edict and hold my own in the 60+ class. Class 1 eBikes do not adversely affect trail conditions. Strava has had an eBike category for some time now which means KOMs and QOMs held by pedal powered bikes are not affected.

    I look forward to the day when Class 1 eBikes are officially allowed on most trail systems.

  • R. Wilson says:

    If there are going to be regulations against e-bikes on trails there should be exceptions to those regulations for people with health issues to allow those people who need the extra assistance.to still be able to enjoy the woods while on a bike. If someone wanted to use an e-motorized wheel chair on a trail I doubt anyone would object to that. I see no real good reason to bad e-bikes on a trail unless they are using something that is capable of providing more speed than necessary. If I were using an e-bike on a mountain trail I’d really only need the motor for the steep hills and I’d be perfectly happy if it only moved at 5 mph while doing so.

    • myke says:

      i certainly would object. this is issue is if these people are unable to ride these trails under normal conditions then they would be a great burden upon others that use the trail. additionally since these bikes are faster they pose greater danger to people that use the trail. my experience with ebikes has not been good here in California. most riders don’t know simple trail educate and pass in areas that are not safe or at unsafe speeds.

      i do get the draw. i may have a heart condition that would take me away from the sport. i will certainly feel the attraction if that happens but i would never want to be a burden to others so i would probably never buy a ebike.

  • Chuck says:

    I have been mountain biking for about 10 years now started out as rehabilitating my knee after shearing off my Tibia Plato, at 55 I have taken the last 6 months to get myself in the best shape I have been in for years and hope to keep peddling for years to come, I have only had the opportunity to ride an Ebike pedal assist once and yes it was a blast, much easier on my knee peddling up hills yes it was heavy at 50 pounds but I didn’t really notice the weight and these were very technical single track with lots of rocks, I did not see any more impact on the terrain not like it has a throttle to twist and the rear tire isn’t throwing roost. From my standpoint I can see someone with limitations benefitting from an Ebike with still being able to get out and enjoy the trails, if there comes a time when my knee just wont allow me to peddle with force I will be getting one, until then I plan to keep pushing my physical limitations as far as I can

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Bulls Bike E-Stream review


The biggest battery available and a capable full-suspension platform make this e-bike truly adventure ready.

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  • gg says:

    “AA: Optimal riding conditions is smooth pavement terrain, max tire pressure, no headwinds, and a fairly light rider.”

    What the heck ?

    Pavement “terrain” ? Max tire pressure ? Everything an MTB is NOT !

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Correct gg. Since they started with commuter e-bikes, they’re using those formulas. We’re hoping they’ll switch to more realistic mountain bike conditions formula soon, albeit more difficult to standardize.

  • jack says:

    Although I have no desire to own an e-bike, I do think it’s a great option for older folks who need the assist and allows them to ride.

  • gg says:

    Francis thanks for clarifying that.
    May also explain why the brand manager is defending the thin tires !

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>May also explain why the brand manager is defending the thin tires!

    Yes, I think they’re learning about the spec nuances as they build more of these types of bikes. One of my pet peeves is many manufacturers specify Plus tires for grip and control but then they spec Rocket Ron tires with no knobs (to combat weight and speed concerns).

    Anyway, I mostly rode this bike with 2.8 Maxxis Minions in the front.

  • peter says:

    I too had disdain with ebikes until I had the pleasure of testing one out this year. Wow, Very impressed. I still had to put in the effort and in no way should it be compared to a motorcycle. I predict in a few years they will get the battery size down to make ebikes indistinguishable from regular mountain bikes. and you can count on most folks will go for some type of pedal assist, to have that little umph when they might need it. The bulls bike e stream is a nice looking bike and on the trail most people would have to take a good look to recognize its an ebike. Bottom line is I am all for innovation and opening the doors to allow more folks into our sport.

  • TacoBeer says:

    This has no value to be on MTBR, this is a Mountain mo-ped and belongs on a vehicle/motor type site. Ban e-bike on single track! they should only have reviews on dirt roads or streets where they belong.

  • Brad says:

    The excuse about I am old, I am heavy, I am new, is crap. You either want to ride or you don’t. We have all been new, or out of shape, and we are all growing older. I used to run 7 minute miles on half marathons, I can’t anymore, so do I need battery powered shoes, nope. Our land access is fragile and these bikes are a complete threat to it. This article is complete b.s. on why it will help you ride longer rides and do-once trails can be ridden everyday – I can’t do that on my current bike? Thanks for rolling over… A bicycle is already one of the most efficient machines. On another note, these bikes are officially worse for the environment compared to what we already have. You have to recharge a human powered vehicle???? Then what – in 10 years you have to trash the bike as the batteries are bad and the new batteries don’t work with this bike or the motor die’s? Currently older bikes are easily reused as commuters, or pass me downs. I am disappointed on so many levels…

  • JB] says:

    I am 71 years old and just want to keep riding. I cannot fathom the negativity when all these bikes have is assist used mainly in climbing and achieving greater distances. I am surely not racing anyone down hill. The aggressive riders can tear up trail on any bike, E or otherwise. Seems to me the biggest problem is ego related. Not right that at 71 I might pass your ass going up hill! Get real and let people live!

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Vintage Electric Bicycles Supports Wine Country Fire Relief


Vintage Electric Bicycles is proud to link arms with some of the South Bay area’s best epicurean talent in support of the victims of the recent wine country fires.

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Magura Boltron eMTB suspension fork review


If riding eMTBs is your thing, it’s worth looking into bikes with e-specific components such as the top-line performing Magura Boltron suspension fork.

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  • bigcol says:

    This reads so much like the author is bitting his tongue. Just say it, you don’t like E-bikes and you wish you didn’t have to review motorbike stuff. We need people in the media to stand up for the sport of mountain biking! E-bikes are not mountain bikes. They don’t belong on this site or any MTB site.

  • John says:

    From reviews in the internet you’ll learn that the Boltron has a lot of flex, which really shouldn’t be surprising considering there isn’t an arch to connect the two legs. This fork also makes the use of a mudguard next to impossible… sure you can use the Topeak one but it will just look weird.

  • Scotch Henessey says:

    I ride a Pivot Mach 429 and a Haibike All Mountain 5.0 when with my 14 year old son. After 30 years of racing and riding non-electric assist bikes….the Haibike on a fun scale blows my Pivot out of the water. Hate all you want people…the E-bikes are here to stay.

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Bulls Bikes Interbike 2017


Germany-based bike maker has expanded its offerings with new plus e-bikes, including a women’s specific model.

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Haibike Interbike 2017


With a growing trend to longer travel e-mountain bikes, Haibike has delivered with its new 200mm DWNHLL model.

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  • Ralph says:

    When its down to 30 lbs (2-3 yrs?), then the minds will be opened….

  • gogogordo@earthlink.net says:

    WOOT!!
    E-BIKES ROK!!!!!
    Barb and Jim, you don’t!!

  • Larsv says:

    2:30 minutes of products, an not one single non-mototized bike. ;-/

  • Saris Mercanti says:

    @Larsv

    For better or worse, interbike was mostly an ebike show this year. Pivot was the only brand holding it down for mountain bikers, although Santa Cruz was well represented in dozens of booths.

    But don’t worry, most of our interbike coverage was non-motorized. Lots of cool tools, wheels, tires, and accessories to talk about. We have a few more posts coming on those topics.

  • Larsv says:

    @Saris: thank’s for the heads up! Iwas at Eurobike and found the amount of e-bikes quite unsettling, but from your response I understand Interbike was even worse?

  • Justin says:

    Are these electric assist, so the motor only engages when you’re actually pedaling, or will these bikes simply motor to the top with you along for the ride?

  • Craig says:

    As an avid mountain biker at age 42, I love the idea of this in 15-20 years when I don’t have the endurance anymore. It’s great that the technology is being developed for people that aren’t fortunate enough to have the lungs or strength to go uphill, but love being outdoors and going downhill. Keep them coming!

    • David Keightley says:

      Hey Craig, I am 61 and wish I were 42, but… I still do hard reps and keep fit without any battery power. I may be old school, but I think the work to get up the hills is worth the reduced number of reps and the increase in strength and cardio health… I would fear that as soon as I used something to get me up the hills the downhill trend would accelerate. If you can do it and your doc says your heart’s OK, it’s worth the sweat in my humble opinion.

  • MStewart says:

    Well said Craig, tired of listening to all the butt hurt anti ebikers. If you don’t like-em don’t buy em!

  • WalMart Rider says:

    e-Bikes blow chunks. Stay off our trails e-Bikers!

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Pivot Shuttle e-bike introduced


We’ve often wondered who would be the first among the boutique brands to offer an e-bike. Our questions have been answered as Chris Cocalis of Pivot designed a very intriguing machine.

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  • chase says:

    When is the Ebike whining gonna just stop and realize . They are coming. This one is the best one yet. Doubt I will buy one soon , but it is cool.
    With being an old fat guy with bad knees….the day is coming when this will look great and doable.

    • oze says:

      honestly theyre just another categorie. theyre fun and in between mtb and motorcross. ppl just dont like theyre told its a replacement to mtbs because its not.

    • zipp23 says:

      I keep whining…I dont like the idea of crowded trails with all kind of non-cycling related activities.

  • markvw3 says:

    Went the Pivot site under specs and this thing is 9.999,00€ which is 11876.01 US dollars! Are you kidding me!? I guys I am keeping my Levo for a while …

  • bigcol says:

    It’s sad that Pivot and the MTB media have no interest in preserving the integrity of the sport. Motors have no place in MTB period.

  • Frayed Knot says:

    Can’t have a mountain bike video without dirt flying. Some times we are our own worst enemy. Screw those things

  • Ranman says:

    About time we get some decent builders in the market.

  • Eric says:

    More than 90% of natural bike trails doesn’t allow ebikes. I just can’t justify purchasing one. The problem is there’s no trail to ride it on.

  • kyle p says:

    Its good to see more mainstream competition in this market. As for those who disapprove, don’t be dismissive based on what you project will happen. Share the trail and see how it effects your day.

  • Brent says:

    Ebikes are motorcycle not pedal bikes and as such do not belong on mountain bike trails. Please keep this crap off of our mountains and let them stick to moto tracks.

  • hi_athlete says:

    stop fucking crying e bikes are here and guess what people are riding them like it or not it won’t affect anyones day or ride its all the same, pedal up shred back down but now we can do the pedal back up a lot quicker.people stop crying if you don’t wanna ride one don’t, just don’t fucking tell people what you think they should ride go ride your shit and shut the fuck up.piece out

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Liv debuts women’s specific e-bikes


Liv’s new women’s specific e-bikes offer something for both commuters and mountain bikers.

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2018 Motobecane HAL eBoost PRO launched


Motobecane has introduced their first ever full suspension eBike, saying they believe more people riding bikes makes the world a better place.

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  • p brig says:

    A moped by any other name is still a moped.

  • peter says:

    Good to see a well built ebike at a competitive price. Please don’t call this a moped because it not. The rider has to actively be involved in pedaling it.

  • Alex says:

    http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/Mopeds.htm
    A motorized bike (moped) is a pedal bicycle with a helper motor, electric or gas-powered, and is exempt from inspection requirements. For a vehicle to qualify as a moped, it must meet all four of the following conditions:
    – Be classified as a pedal bicycle
    – Have a motor with less than 50 CCs
    – Cannot have more than 1.5 brake horsepower
    – Maximum speed cannot be greater than 25 MPH on a flat surface

    • swill says:

      This is how Mountain Biking ends. By calling electric motorcycles “bicycles” and riding them on MTB trails, you will get real bicycles banned from trails. Please keep the damage done by your laziness confined to your own fat butts.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Alex, Do you know if the max speed is with or without pedaling? I can already go over 25mph on a flat surface and I would think that if I had a motor “assist” I could cruise at over 25. Does that make it a motor vehicle since it would fail the max speed condition?

    • Bikesdirect says:

      The HAL eBoost is definitely a pedal bicycle. You pedal and the motor assists.
      This has a 250 Watt Motor like the Trek and Specialized ebikes but this is the only one in this price range that has the top level Shimano E8000 Mid Drive motor system.
      The 250 Watts is .335 horsepower so well below the 1.5 HP limit.

  • Randall says:

    I have rode and raced bikes for over 40 years. Haters are just little people that feel they have to prove something. The best thing that could happen to this world is billions of people buy and ride an Ebikes.

  • R. Wilson says:

    Mr. Swill, I understand your worry but keep in mind you don’t always stay in great shape your entire life. I’ve been mountain biking half of my life using my own power but once you get over 50 things begin to change with your body that you can do nothing about. Try as you may, you can’t stop the clock. I’m over 60 now. I’d love to ride in the mountains again but my cardio can’t take the stress of climbing the long hills. I’d love to have a nice e-mtb. Wish I had the money.

    • Jim says:

      I read a lot of hate posts by ebike advocates that are furious that regular non motorized riders don’t agree with them. Excuuuuuuuuuussssssse me for having an opinion you don’t agree with.

    • Jim says:

      I’ll be 70 next month, I’m still riding a regular self propelled mtb and have no intention of owning an ebike ever. Most of the ebike riders I have seen are dudes young enough to be my grandkid.

  • R. Wilson says:

    @ Jim, I still ride regular bikes as well but at your age you should know that other people your age have health issues that might make it hard to ride a regular bike. If you have great health at 70 and no joint, blood pressure, weight gain or muscle loss issues then consider yourself lucky. I’ve known people younger than me that are now dead and it scares the hell out of me.

  • GIO says:

    Except the other, do not judge, live and let live. some of the most used cliche that will stay as a cliche. we have improved our health, our life, communication, science, cars, housing, weapons but the human nature stay the same as when we were in the Garden of Eden or in the cave on the prehistoric man.
    I wonder what would become of us if women would rule?

  • El Geezer says:

    I’m 78 1/2, and I ride a Bullseye Monster fatbike on mountain bike trails and the beach, and I love it. I modified my drive train to get a 20/38 super-granny so I can get that heavy old thing up all those big, nasty hills. It works. I’m in great shape, I consider myself to be among the most fortunate old men out there, and I know it won’t last forever. Physical decline with age is absolutely inevitable – look at the research and the Masters Track and Field world records by age category.

    I’m considering getting a full-carbon Lamere fatty so I can lose about 15 pounds or so, but I know that sometime in the next ten years the struggle to get up those badass hills will start to outweigh the joy. Then what? I love being out in the boondocks in the sun and wind or whatever going up and down hills, hopping ruts. If a little bitty electric motor can help me stay out there until I’m 90, I’m going to get one, dear friends. End of story for me.

  • Karl says:

    I am 62,I have been riding a mountain bike for 32 years. I am struggling up climbs that I used to hardly notice. I ride with a gentleman who is 76 years old. He rides a Giant e-bike to keep up with his friends, young and old! Is he to be kicked to the curb because he can’t cut it under hid own power. He has paid his dues. There is an elitism at work here that will not stand. Access should be for everyone, poor trail etiquette will always be a problem!!

  • thomas cirillo says:

    im 69 been riding non stop for 65 of them years never got a car in college & recently some paper work from the motor dept. informed me that of the 53 years i could have had a car on the road i only had one regestered to me for 23 years! thats 30 years in the north east (long island new york) freezing my butt off ,so of course 4 years ago when these e bikes started showing up i grabed a couple. at first you will love them but after 4 years on easy street ive returned to my self powered self i just couldent take how out of shape & fat i was getting (im old so this is about life extension for me) you will go faster on them but die sooner,bottom line stay away from them their killers because we are all lazy if given that option .hey guess what wisdom comes with age noy just back & knee pain.love is all you need thommy

  • Steve A says:

    I enjoyed mountain biking for 20 years plus, but do to some health issues, I had to give it up… I can’t even say how excited I am to possibly be able to get back riding again. I can’t understand the negativity of so many mountain bikers – I guess I’m not seeing what the big downside is to having these on the trails. Interesting how technology creeps into everything.

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Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Carbon first ride review


With sleek integration and incredible handling, the original Turbo Levo FSR eMTB was the undisputed category leader. To solidify its market position, Specialized has launched a new and improved carbon version.

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  • Zane says:

    So do all models of the 2018 levo come with the new remote control on the bar or just the s-works?

  • Brian McInnis says:

    I am surprised/saddened MTBR is testing E-bikes.

  • Matthew says:

    I can’t wait to get one of these and tear up my trail system! Looks like a blast! Should make some of those big hill climbs a piece of cake.

  • tyrebyter says:

    It’s a cycle with a motor… a motorcycle.

  • Brian says:

    Cannondale has had the headset tool stash available for years.

  • Brent says:

    Wow, a motorcycle review on a mountain bike website……..

  • G. says:

    In the 80s every hiker and horse rider said the same thing about MTB and trail conditions. Peddle assist E bikes don’t tear the trail up any more than regular MTBs.
    Its about the ride, to each his own. Survive on the uphill and drop them on the down hill.

  • K says:

    The main issue with the specialized lineup is the huge price difference for only a couple lbs in weight savings on a very heavy bike. Shocks have a bit more technology in the more expensive bikes but basically ride the same. I rode the s-works and the comp models without knowing which bike I was on. Uphill, downhill, over roots and off small drops… I couldn’t tell the difference.

    Overall, these bikes are a ton of fun. You get the same workout but get to go much further and more vertical in the same amount of time. This is a huge plus for people with a busy schedule but like to ride several times per week.

  • Rob says:

    Electric assist bikes are here to stay… One ride and most people are hooked… The problems are going to be from the throttle controlled e bikes like the B52… They are more like a motorcycle and will do the most harm to trail access and trails themselves… Hopefully parks and resorts will realize the difference and regulate accordingly… Personally I ride a regular mtn bike and an e bike… I also ride gas MX and enduro… Try an e bike before passing judgement… Happy Trails:)

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2018 Trek Powerfly FS 130mm e-bike


The Trek line of e-bikes continuous to evolve with better integration and better components for the mountain bike experience.

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BMC Trailfox Amp eMTB first ride review


Swiss based BMC has been studying the the MTB e-bike market carefully to explore where they can compete in the segment. Their entry is a no-holds-barred 150mm travel plus bike called the Trailfox Amp.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay eMTB debuts


Before jumping in the e-game, Rocky Mountain wanted to do things the right way. That meant creating an all new electric drivetrain and mounting it in their hottest new trail bike.

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  • yakkoTDI says:

    A figure in a couple of years these motorcycles will have developed enough I can ride one to work.

  • tyrebyter says:

    Thank you for the motorcycle review.

  • 1900scalledwantsideaback says:

    This electric motorcycle is fascinating, but out of place on this bicycle site. Stick to your wheel house or create a second site please.

  • Chuck Collet says:

    A bicycle is human powered, pedal driven. This is not.

  • Brent says:

    These motorcycles need to be banned on mountain bike trails.

  • TryinToRideMore says:

    Good review, don’t go to Europe so won’t be able to see one in person. I say whatever keeps you riding more power to you. Haters gotta hate and baby boomers are getting older, so if it keeps you riding then enjoy! Also tried a Turbo Levo on the slickrock and have to say it was hoot!

  • kyle p says:

    Looks like fun.

  • Scotch Henessey says:

    I assume the people that make “motorcycle” comments have never ridden an E-bike? I’ve recently bought my son and I a couple All Mountain 5.0 Haibikes. Coming from a cross country racing background since the early 90s…All I can say is go out and ride one of these “pedal assist” bikes. I’ve ridden more miles and lost more weight riding my ebike than my Pivot 429. They are her to stay! I’ll say hello as I pass you on the climbs!

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Haibike makes the argument for e-mountain bikes


Want to solicit a strong opinion, perhaps even start an argument? Ask a mountain biker about religion, politics, or e-bikes. Here’s one side of the debate from a company with a lot to gain.

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  • Nikolai says:

    Sorry but a bike with any type of engine is a MOTORcycle. I am all for e-Bikes to move forward but have them join trails with dirt motorbikes instead of bicycle trails.

  • Michael Ebiker Dills says:

    Bill, you are so wrong. The singletracks belong to all taxpayers and riders. I guess 5,000 dollar bikes sold by non motorized companies are not “Unmitigated Greed:. Hmmm. Try it, you’ll like it.

  • Ken Miner says:

    Bill

    I would welcome the opportunity to sit down with you and talk. Just a conversation. I know we haven’t met, but I’m just a family man trying to do the best I can. Let me know. My treat.

    KM

    • Heidi Dohse says:

      Ken – Thank you again for providing a Haibike for me to race at Sea Otter this year. It was my first opportunity to try an e-Bike. I have been riding MTBs for 20 years… all that time being 100% pacemaker dependent due to heart issues. I have been a battery powered “eRider” for 30 years. Riding the eMTB was awesome! For the first time I could climb without going into oxygen deprivation. For all of you that are perfectly healthyMTB purist you don’t know what it is like to overcome the obstacles I have. I own 3 regular MTBs that cost between $5000 and $13,000. I have a road bike, gravel bike and fat bike for snow. I am a founder of the Backcountry Lifeline organization that focuses on providing tools and First Aid training for mountain bikers. I have paid my dues try to bring positive awareness about the MTB community.I have pedaled through every major MTB stage race. Don’t hate me because I find joy on an eMTB and provide hope and inspiration to people dealing with heart issues.

  • Reddi Kilowatt says:

    I love e-bikes. I just don’t want them on trails that regular non-e bikers have fought for and sweated for so long to build. Say no to e-bike industry sales pitches. They’ll ruin access and won’t really care.

  • JimBo says:

    Great article, but bike weight doesn’t damage trails. I weigh 185 pounds. My eMTB weighs 50. Together we weigh less than my 25 lb Stumpjumper and I did when I weighed 220.

    I’ll add that I lost those pounds in less than a year riding with pedal assist, so it’s clear to me that it’s far more bicycle than it is “Moto.” I rode “unassisted” for 30+ years, but am in better shape at 50+ than I was at 30…

    Quality eMTBs have extremely torque-sensitive pedal assist, and IMBA studies found that such bikes cause no more trail damage than unassisted MTBs. In fact, I would argue that electric assist smooths out my pedal stroke, resulting in LESS spin outs on steep ascents. And the added bike weight affects its handling a bit, but also allows for more stability and control on steep descents.

    As with any outdoor recreation, responsible enjoyment should be available to anyone who can benefit/appreciate/promote/CONTRIBUTE. Share the love, stop hating what you don’t even know, and try a real electric mountain bike sometime. We’ll all get old and/or sick someday, and will need assistance with more than just exploring trails.

    Lyme Disease conditions took me off singletrack for several years; pedal assist has brought me back… to LIFE.

  • JLB says:

    Hi guys,
    I am always surprised to know that trails aren’t open and public spaces in US.
    Come to old europe and just go ride ! with or without E-help, trails are for every one to share : MTB, hikers, families.

    The only limit is to respect the nature, we don’t build berms and this kind of things, except in bike parks. We need to stop categorizing MTB : it is a sport made for pedaling in the wild, full stop !

  • Matthew says:

    I am a bit disappointed you only spent 1 question discussing trail access. That IS the most heated and debated topic about eBikes. Just take a few min to read through the eBike Forum here on MTBR. HaiBike says they are “in talks” with some governing bodies… more detail would be great. What is HaiBike actively doing out on the trails to test closing speeds between a rider of an eBike going full turbo mode uphill against someone coming down? Is HaiBike showing up for local trail work days to show they are committed to preserving the trails? Are they showing up to town halls to represent the eBike Community. Why do they think adding a motor does not change the definition of it being a bike? Unlike Europe the US has very different views of trail access and some very contentious battles over land use between bikes, hikers and horseback riders. Just look at Marin and how the Hikers got MTB’s closed out of those spaces. Adding a motor makes it easier for anyone to go much faster on flats and uphills than a pedal bike. To just claim that eBikes are here, get used to it, is not going to address the very real concerns many riders have about trail access.
    “if” eBikes start to become an issue for trail access due to speed, how does HaiBike think the Land Managers are going to react? Will they go out and check all bikes and only ticket the ebikes…. probably not, blanket bans on ALL wheeled travel area very real possibility.
    I love that you interviewed a eBike Manufacturer, but you missed out on asking the really tough questions.

  • Milan Caban says:

    I see these ebikes even in here in Slovakia which I would not expect at first as they are quite expensive. And it is nice that people go out and use them (it helps in hilly terrain for sure). And I would not compare it with motorcycles definetly and believe me i dont like those on trails. My only concern was that someone dont missuse it for example to get Strava KOMs as some of us (addicts) work hard to improve and also use it for motivation so this would be demotivating if found out.

  • justin says:

    On downhilll trails who cares, you don’t use the motor anyways. But I think they should be banned from uphill human power only single track. There are lot’s of trails with fire/logging roads to the top and single track down, I don’t really have a problem with ebikes in that setting.

  • Dtimms says:

    Fan of E-bikes or not, those haibike’s are FUGLY!!!!

  • Jack says:

    Have you every try hydrogen powered ?

  • Andy's Dad says:

    JimBo glad you’re back to life but keep your motorbike off non-motorized trails. Plenty of other places to ride. Best wishes!

  • Mark says:

    The word e-bike is an oxymoron. If you put motor on a bicycle it is now by definition a motorcycle. In this case an e-motorcycle or if you like an e-moped because it is pedal assisted. Anything motorized is not allowed in non-motorized areas. If you want to ride your e-moped where motorcyles are allowed – go for it – but stay out of non-motorized areas. There are tons of areas that allow motorcyles.

  • zingeruk says:

    Complete Boll0cks about ebikes not causing trail damage
    A Lev Turbo wizzed past me up a hill yesterday He was leaving a really distinct tyre track as he went , where as looking back I could hardly see where I had been riding…
    They should stick to motorized trails end of story….

  • Iron Man says:

    Sure that electric bike makes you feel like Superman riding uphill but is that mechanical assist what you really need? Maybe what you really need is one less jelly donut?

  • Alexis Hadjisoteriou says:

    Milan Caban mentioned KOMs in Strava.
    Is he aware that Strava has a e-MTB category/type? I recently borrowed an e-bike (Focus Jam2) and used it on a trail that I normally ride my MTB – sure, when I went home and looked at my data I was KOM on most sections – changing the type from MTB to e-MTB on Strava put the record straight.
    Sure I miss being KOM even for a few short minutes but you need to trust that people will do the “honest thing” and declare the type of bike they used..
    As for using e-bikes on regular trails I am all for it- My MTB and body together weigh 105kg which is more than a regular 80kg rider with an e-bike (23kg) would weigh.

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