by Rob Potts November 23, 2022

What's the bike that will do it all?  

We've been asked the question countless times.  

When it comes to conventional bikes, there isn't a good answer.   Road or paved trail bikes are best for pavement, mountain for off road riding and then there's the hybrid bikes in between.   The only bikes that will do mountain biking are mountain bikes and they are not much fun to ride any distance on the pavement. Kindof like driving a lifted Jeep with off road tires.  It will do it, but it's sure not ideal.  

But if we're talking E-bikes, there actually is an answer (or extremely close to it)!  Paved trail E-bikes will do paved trails.  For those that will only do paved trails - those work great.  There are some hybrids designed to do pavement and some gravel, and then other adventure bikes designed to do pavement and gravel/dirt equally well.  Those "adventure" type bikes will also handle some of the easier mountain bike trails.  

Want an E-bike that will do it all - try an E-Mountain Bike.  They're the only bike that will handle all the mountain trails, and with pedal assist they'll handle pavement just as well as a paved trail E-bike (albeit with a slightly less smooth ride, due to the knobby tires).  If we're talking riding gravel/dirt, they're arguably better than a true gravel E-bike, as they've got wider tires.   They won't have as many attachment points as an adventure bike for adding racks and such, but you can still haul plenty of gear on them.  

They do have one draw back to some of the adventure type bikes.  Some of these Adventure bikes (i.e. Giant Explore E and Liv Amiti E) will go 28 MPH, while no mountain bikes will, as the Class 3 E-bikes (28 MPH) are not allowed on mountain bike trails. 

But if you're looking to do all types of surface riding, and you don't need pedal assist over 20 MPH, we'd encourage you to look at an E-Mountain bike.   We've found a lot of Mountain E-bike riders will ride multiple surfaces, all in the same day or ride.   Living in an area like NWA, this really provides more opportunities to explore as so many of our mountain trails are located along the paved trails.  So you'll see E-Mountain riders playing on a mountain trail, hop on the pavement (turn on the pedal assist) get to the next mountain bike park and just keep going. 

Just like conventional mountain bikes, they come in both hard tails and full suspension models.  

Also, this is one area where the difference between rear and mid drive bikes comes into play.    We would not encourage anyone to ride a rear hub drive E-bike on the mountain trails.  One, it just puts too much weight in the back.  Plus, if we take a typical mid drive E-bike, it usually has around 6 sensors, while rear hub drive bikes usually have only 1 or 2.   That means a mid drive bike will be far more responsive to constant changes and not slip in the back, due to too much power at times.  

If you've been looking at E-bikes and haven't considered a mountain E-bike, we'd encourage you to at least give one a try! 

 

 

 



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