e-Mountain Bike

5 Reasons to Give an E-Mountain Bike a Try

Mountain biker on a Specialized Turbo Levo. Find 5 reasons you should give an eMTB a try.

5 Reasons to Give an E-Mountain Bike a Try

More and more e-mountain bikes are appearing on trails. You’ve probably seen them whiz past you with seemingly no effort as you climb. So what do these e-MTB riders know that you don’t? Here are five reasons why you’re seeing more and more riders take to the trails on electric mountain bikes.

To Get a Good Workout

Ok, we know. It looks like cheating. Especially if the eMTB riders are leaving you in the dust. But the reality is, eMTB riders are working just as hard as conventional riders.

A study by researchers at BYU compared the heart rates of experienced riders after 6-miles on an eMTB compared to a conventional bike and found that eMTB riders got just as much of a workout.

There was a very small difference in riders’ bpm: conventional mountain bikes resulted in an increase of 10 bpm. Even with that small difference, researchers found that both bikes got their heart rates into the upper part of the vigorous-intensity heart rate zone (70-85% MHR).

To Have More Fun While You Ride

The same study revealed that, even though the eMTB got riders’ heart rates up the same as a conventional MTB, it didn’t feel like they were working hard on the e-mountain bikes. eMTB riders had a lower perceived exertion. In other words, the eMTB just didn’t feel like as much work!

A vigorous-intensity workout that doesn’t feel like hard work — that alone should send you scouting for the perfect eMTB immediately.

For More Speed!

Riding an eMTB can help you cover more distance in less time. Sure, you can use that speed to smoke the other riders on the trail, if that’s your sort of thing. But we think this benefit can be used in other ways. Like knocking out a ride after work that you typically wouldn’t tackle until the weekend.

Get to Places You Previously Couldn’t

The same speed that allows you to shave time off your ride can also help you increase your distance. eMTB riders can go further and farther into the backcountry with the assistance of an eMTB motor. That mountain ridge or peak you always wanted to reach? It’s finally yours.

Self Shuttle

Taking a shuttle has its benefits. And its drawbacks. You’re either paying for a shuttle, juggling vehicles at the top and bottom or bringing a dedicated driver or making someone sit one out.

eMTBs can eliminate a lot of the shuttle hassles and ensure everyone gets a chance to ride. An eMTB can get you to the top nearly as quickly as a shuttle. Both a vehicle and an eMTB use a motor to help you climb to the top. Why not save the gas (and the planet) and choose a mountain bike that allows you to self-shuttle?

Mountain bike enthusiasts may not have been as quick to embrace electric bikes as other cycling communities. But there’s definitely room on the trails for both types of mountain bikes. And once you’ve experienced the trails on an eMTB, you’ll see for yourself the incredible reasons why you’re seeing more and more eMTBs on your favorite trails and bike parks.

Want to see what types of e-mountain bikes are available? Head on over to our Downtown Roseville Showroom and let our knowledgeable ebike staff at Roseville Cyclery help you find the perfect eMTB for you.

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eMTB Riders Work as Hard as Regular MTB Riders, Study Says

Riders on e-mountain bikes on a trail. Researchers have found that eMTBs are just as good for exercise as conventional mountain bikes.

eMTB Riders Work as Hard as Regular MTB Riders, Study Says

E-mountain bike riders are working just as hard as standard mountain bike riders, says a study from BYU, busting open one of the most prevalent myths about ebikes.

If you’re still hanging on to the misguided belief that riding an ebike is “cheating” then keep reading — these findings just might change your mind for good.

Researchers Asked: Do eMTB Riders Get as Much Exercise?

Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) set out to explore the potential exercise response for eMTB riders, so they sent experienced mountain bike riders out on e-mountain bikes and conventional mountain bikes to compare the two.

The subjects were experienced mountain bike riders between the ages of 18 to 65 who had the capacity to participate in moderate-to-vigorous riding for 12-miles or longer.

The participants were fitted with a heart rate monitor and assigned to ride a six-mile loop over rolling terrain, including 700 feet of elevation gain — with one particularly demanding stretch that featured a five percent grade over a mile-long climb — on either an e-mountain bike or a conventional mountain bike.

Then, participants rode the loop a second time on whichever bike they did not ride the first time. In the end, all participants rode the 6-mile loop twice: once on a conventional bike and once on an electric bike.

eMTB Riders Got Just as Much Exercise as Conventional MTB Riders

The results of the study were clear: eMTB riders got just as much vigorous-intensity exercise as conventional mountain bike riders.

Riding both the conventional mountain bike and the eMTB placed participants’ in the upper half of the vigorous-intensity zone: 70-85% maximum heart rate (MHR). Mean heart-rate data indicated the eMTB study loop resulted in an approximate 10 bpm (beat per minute) difference when compared with the conventional mountain bike, however, all participants reached at least moderate levels of intensity and most reached vigorous levels while riding the eMTB.

Faster Ride Times for eMTB Riders

Researchers noted that the eMTB Riders completed the course an average of 12 min and 40 seconds faster when riding the eMTB as opposed to the conventional mountain bike. The average speed of travel on the eMTB was 4.1 mph (6.6 km/h) faster than on the conventional mountain bike.

eMTB Riders Didn’t Feel Like They Were Working Hard

Interestingly, eMTB riders may have been working just as hard on their e-mountain bikes as the conventional mountain bikes, but it didn’t feel that way.

Study participants did not perceive riding an eMTB to be a workout or taxing on their cardiovascular system. Most riders reached vigorous levels of intensity while riding the eMTB, however, participants perceived exertion while riding the eMTB was low.

The results suggest e-bikes may be a way to get more people on bikes who are otherwise less inclined to engage in exercise because riding one offers excellent exercise while not feeling like as much work in the process.

“Many of us have these perceived barriers about exercise, that it is hard and painful and all we can remember are bad memories from our 8th-grade gym class,” said Cougar Hall, lead author of the study. “This study could be a critical catalyst for populations who struggle to exercise. The participants got cardiovascular results, but didn’t really feel like they were working out.”

The mountain biking community has seen some resistance when it comes to adopting e-bikes. Concerns have ranged from increased trail damage to decreased trail access to e-MTB not representing the true sport of mountain biking. However, after riding an e-MTB, many riders are changing their perceptions of electric bikes. The majority of study participants were more accepting of e-bikes after riding one, and agreed that e-MTBs allowed them greater and deeper access to backcountry dirt trails.

If you want to learn more about e-mountain bikes, visit Roseville Cyclery’s showroom in Downtown Roseville, or shop our selection of ebikes online.

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