In a much anticipated study release, the International Mountain Bike Association reported the result of its trail study that investigated the impact of pedal assist electric mountain bikes on mountain bike trails compared to the impact of traditional mountain bikes.
There was no significant difference in trail impact between pedal assist mountain bikes and traditional mountain bikes, they report.
Former trails riding world champion, Hans Rey, an ebike owner for 8 years, calls his e-MTB ride “thrilling”. “I’ve found that a lot of the benefits you get out of regular mountain biking you get from e-mountain biking, too. I’ve never finished an e-mountain bike ride without sweating, so it’s not a free lunch or anything like that,” Rey said.
Although some critized that IMBA’s research is an effort to appease e-MTB manufactors, IMBA’s Mark Eller explained that “the e-MBT movement is now so large that IMBA has to address it.”
The report confirms what eSpokes electric bikers already now, that e-mountain biking is a low-impact ride. Additionally, that riding a pedal assist mountain bike gives you a work out. No cheating here.
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