6 Things To Know Before Buying An Electric Mountain Bike | E Bike Advice

6 Things To Know Before Buying An Electric Mountain Bike | E Bike Advice

In this video, we highlight the 6 things that we think you should know before purchasing an electric mountain bike. We question things such as; where you may ride, budget, what motor and battery, who to ride with, do you live on a ground floor or in a flat and where you can buy a bike?

What top tip would you say to someone before they get their first E-MTB? Let us know 👇

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Definitely need more videos of your dog out on the trail with you!

  2. Is a dog included with purchase of an E-Bike?

  3. What’s your dogs name? Love how he / she looks sideways or back at you all the time! Interesting about prices above £4K ish not having such a big difference. I’ve got a Trek Rail 9 which is a bit more than £4K, it’s £5,400. I’m glad I spent that bit more as, among other things, it has a dropper post with a range of 170mm, which I think is important for the riding I do.

  4. Got myself two S. LEVO hardtail 29s bikes (his/her) during lockdown…loving every minute with them.

  5. From my experience service stations are so important as few el bikes which I bought got errors and cut offs issues . Luckily they were under warranty and close service stations. 😅.
    Nice video! Thanks !

  6. Getting my motor replaced in Australia for a Specialized Levo took six (6) weeks.

  7. my emtb’s is allways a size smaller than my normal bike I have the extra power to the pedals and a bike that is easier to move around on

  8. After couple of years off the bike due to injury, I’m looking at ebikes and have a budget of £2k…im 58 now 🤦‍♂️and have been looking at the rockrider est 900. Do you recommend this as a decent starter emtb…. I prefer mid mounted motor over the rear hun type but don’t want to spend over £2k.

  9. I’m sorry. I keep turning up like a bad penny. Okay, so I decided just spend the money, buy a Specialized Levo (available locally raved about in videos). But then I started to find threads of tales of broken motors, but terrific warranty service…but only for two years. It’s not just the Brose motors, it seems to be all of them. I don’t need an $8-10,000 lawn ornament in two years. Fix it yourself? I’m mechanical. Motors are units that cost $1200. Some reports are of motors that break in a matter of months. What are the factors that break the motors? I’m in my 60s, I won’t be slamming down any ski runs. Steep climbs seem like they might be a factor. I’m no superman, but I do have very strong legs – I have to conclude that I probably fit the category of ‘motor breaker.’ The companies aren’t saying much. Some recommend the less smoothly integrated Shimano motors… but not enough information. I hate being a naysayer. I think at the very least I’ll buy a new mountain bike- that is long long over due; but it won’t satisfy my dream of climbing 5000 feet of fire roads. I wouldn’t even mind having to do a large motor/gears/belt repair even twice a year, but $1200? Even if I could afford it I’d feel like a sucker. The 2021 models are about to be announced…. maybe the new selling point will be tougher motors and five year warranties. I’d be first in line for that. I think I have figured out that there’s a really interesting engineering challenge. An E-bike is in effect a tandem bicycle. The best path might be the current hardware, but training riders to integrate with the machine. Right now they work the other way round and while they work they’re terrific. And yeah, beat me up. I accept that I’m a crank, but hopefully not a troll. Of course the other option is a less expensive EMTB, then a two year life expectancy might be okay.

  10. Monte Maguire May 17, 2021 @ 1:26 am

    How do u keep ur dog from chasing deer ??

  11. Stay away from hub motors and crome forks cheap bikes are crap if you are serious buy a Santacruz Heckler.

  12. Stuart McIntosh May 17, 2021 @ 1:28 am

    That’s it, I’m buying a dog.

  13. John Woodland May 17, 2021 @ 1:29 am

    I am in the market to buy a EMTB. I am a larger rider 131kg and getting up
    on age 52. i currently ride an older Norco hard tail. I would like your
    opinion on the Trek rail 7 Trek rail.9.7 or the specialized turbo levo
    comp.I mostly do trail riding (fire roads) but want to get into the down
    hill single tack stuff. I live in Vancouver Canada area. I am willing to
    spend around $9000 CAD ($5500 GBP) can you recommend a bike for me. I plan
    on buying the bike from a local bike shop. Thanks in advance for the help.

  14. Main problem is finding stock of the good models.

  15. Daniel Cholewinski May 17, 2021 @ 1:32 am

    Have you guys tested/ reviewed the specialized levo hardtail version?

  16. Specialize motors crap out. Good luck getting a replacement in a timely fashion!

  17. I really don’t have any real hobbys but I ride my bike (normal trekking bike) around my town and out of town (30 miles one way maximum) every now and then. Should I switch to an E-Mountainbike or will I have problems on normal roads? I ride about 25-35 km/h max if I go down a hill.
    Either way what I wanted to say: i basically have no hobbys and other people have expensive horses, other shit etc. so I was thinking about getting an E-Mtb fully but I’m afraid I won’t ride it long enough or get bored. May sound stupid, but I start a lot of things and quit after a few months (hi gym membership)

  18. Videos like this I find very helpful, but I can’t seem to find a mid drive bike for less than 2k

  19. what full suspension ebikes start are around £2,000"?

  20. What do you think 🤔 of the E Cell 1000 watt bike it’s 92 lbs two batteries 🔋 and two motors.

  21. michael thompson May 17, 2021 @ 1:39 am

    Yeah if only findone that is available😂

  22. Electric Mountain Bike Network May 17, 2021 @ 1:40 am

    What top tip would you say to someone before they get their first E-MTB? Let us know 👇

  23. I ended up buying two ebikes. a lower powered road ebike and a emtb then i get the best of both worlds.

  24. Norman Kennedy May 17, 2021 @ 1:42 am

    I notice you have a hard tail..

  25. everywhere.local May 17, 2021 @ 1:43 am

    yeah! 👍

  26. I highly recommend the Brose S-Mag-Motor, unlike Bosch and Yamaha (haven’t tried a Shimano) that Motor Fully decouples, makes it really easy to peddle without support ! It also engages pretty softly, thus feels really natural. Same with the Yamaha Motor, both feel more like an extension of your muscles. The Bosch Motor in contrast goes full power from the first pedal stroke. You really feel the Motor kicking you forward. You are definitely more aware of the extra power in your pedals, thus the Bosch feels rather unnatural until you get used to it.

  27. Ha ha EVANS CYCLES yesterday some c#$@ behind the till told me not to touch the bikes, despite wearing disposable gloves. Im not going to buy anything from ppl who dont have a clue how to treat customers

  28. EMBN sponsored by Haibike these days 😆 still waiting for a review of the new spectral:on!

  29. I’d argue that the main reason hub-drive bikes are cheaper, is that they can use existing frames manufactured in huge numbers. Mid-drive bikes requires a frame that’s built to the motor in question, as most mid-drives motors have different sizes and profiles, which means the frame is going to be produced in much lower quantities and drives up the price significantly.

  30. BeauBeau Kitty May 17, 2021 @ 1:47 am

    I Believe it’d be far more interesting to build my own bike i would never buy one

  31. John Christopher May 17, 2021 @ 1:47 am

    A full suss E-mtb for £2K! I don’t think so….And then consider the performance gains between a £1800 ht and and entry level e-full suss would be marginal to say the least. In terms of maintenance the HT wins again with far less linkages to worry about. If you’re going to go e-full suss, spend a little more time building up the piggy bank and buy a bike that can actually do the job. Buying a cheap e-full suss, to my mind, simply doesn’t make sense, (unless you’re looking to go down the upgrade as you go route, which would make sense). Last point, considering all the things that can go wrong with any e-bike, as a first purchase, I would NEVER buy a bike online. BTW: Love the dog! Name please…….

  32. One thing to know….Levo.

  33. James Goodsell has a 2021 Specialized Levo comp and has a YouTube channel.
    Only had it a few weeks and had water inside the charging port. After a wet ride . Also the the bike was cycling on and off without touching the button.

  34. I would say look how much time battery need to fully recharge. Even if you have low range battery, you can take your charger with you and recharge your bike on a quick break.

  35. Can you do a review on why you can’t fit a wireless dropper to a Whyte ebike. The torque settings needed on the axs dropper are too soft for the Whyte seat post design

  36. why not metion bafang man there awesome mnotors

  37. never gona review the ghost bikes ?

  38. What breed is you dog?

  39. Love the channel, well done.
    I sold my acoustic/analog bikes. I’ve bought a cube Nutrail hybrid for winter riding, a custom 29er wheelset built for it for summer trails/commuting to work and just got a killer deal on a devinci ac XT 2019 for shredding the bike parks and local gnarly trails here in East Kootenays BC.

  40. What’s the best e mountain bike to buy between £1400 – £2000. Been looking at the Rockford EST900. Not in stock though. Any other recommendations on par or better

  41. Ian Horse Kelly May 17, 2021 @ 1:59 am

    I love the channel and because of the channel I bought my first E-bike. Over 1400km in 9 weeks. Can you advise about Yamaha motors, for servicing? You never seem to mention Yamaha motors or giant bikes, is there a reason for this? Giant Trance E+ pro 2 owner

  42. hgfhghg hgfhfghgfhghg May 17, 2021 @ 1:59 am

    Anyone had a shimano steps e7000 odo randomly just reset on Them? I have only just got mine and it reset randomly it has been sent back to shimano under warranty but for my first ebike not a good start shimano!

  43. Not sure about the UK…. but ive seen decent full suspension ebikes available in the US for $1200-1400 US if your on a budget. I know alot of people bad mouth the Chinese off name brands…. but I bought an Ecotric for $800 (no suspension) -2 yrs ago and I used it all the time and never had any major problems. I actually just replaced the battery after 20 months of daily use (normal ). I found a replacement battery on Amazon for $165…a great deal. .And I put new brake pads in. It’s gotta have several thousand miles on it. I love it and it didn’t break the bank.

  44. Awesome trail dog 🙂

  45. Don’t hesitate: buy an e-bike rather than a self pedal you will never regret it

  46. Norman Kennedy May 17, 2021 @ 2:04 am

    Why where you hiding behind the bushes..had you just been to the bog..

  47. Very helpful video. Really appreciate the research EMBN does on their topics. My tip for new eMTB buyers is to get enough suspension. The motor gives you so much more mileage you need the suspension to smooth out the trails or your arms will fail before your legs.

  48. William Davies May 17, 2021 @ 2:06 am

    New to ebike thinking about buying a gt amp for my first one would you recommend this buy or not thx

  49. Hi nice stuff👍🇦🇺

  50. I found the channel while in lockdown and love it!
    My wife talked me into hiring ebikes for the day while camping at Rutland Water. I was against it as I had my regular mtb but I went with the idea and we had a great time despite the weather. 26miles in pouring rain and smiling all the way around.
    The way I describe e-biking to non-e-bikers is:- for fourty odd years I have been riding a bike in 2D, I now ride a bike in 3D and have so much fun. E-biking has introduced me to proper mountain biking. I’ve ridden Dalby Forest red route in an hour and half I’ve set KOM in Keilder Forest and I’ve learnt to do jumps at Gleneagles, I’m 57!
    Don’t wait until your knees are playing up before getting your first e-bike!

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