Electric Mountain Bikes


The mountain bike community embraced eBike technology very early on and now most enthusiast off-roaders will tell you that an eMTB is their next +1 (assuming they haven’t got one in the shed already). Once it became accepted on the MTB scene that having a battery on your bike wasn’t cheating and instead meant riders could enjoy the trails for longer and do the fun downhills more times per session, the market boomed. The big brands like Specialized, Trek, Cannondale, Cube and Canyon, along with eBike specialists brands like Moustache and Haibike, are rapidly pushing the technology forward in partnership with Shimano and Bosch. Manufacturers have finessed the mounting of the drive system so there’s no compromise to handling and and the newer battery technology means they’re concealed in the downtube so the bikes are easy on the eye and there’s plenty of room for water bottles. You can choose full suspension or hardtail depending on your style of riding, more or less power depending on how far you want to go, but the focus is all about having a blast. 

Kinesis Rise

The team at Upgrade will have been making mountain bike products for 25 years in 2020 so they know a thing or two about what British riders need. It’s not surprising then that their first foray into the ebike market is a capable E-Trail hardtail created for real mountain biking. The Kinesis RISE is born from a British love of the hardtail, and coupled with a lightweight Fazua drive system to maintain the fundamental characteristics that make sliding around the woods so fun.  Thanks to the lightweight and replaceable battery, RISE allows riders to swap out the battery and motor system with a blanking plate. So when the time comes, you can ride the RISE as the capable hardtail that it is, completely unassisted.

Cannondale Habit NEO 3

The Cannondale Habit NEO is designed for the fast and flowy end of the trail spectrum. It has 130mm of suspension in the rear and 140mm up front, as well as 29” wheels with big grippy tires across all sizes, giving it the same well-rounded playfulness as its non-electric cousin, the Habit, with which it shares Cannondale’s BallisTec carbon fiber construction for frames that are light, stiff, and durable enough for life-time warranties. The Habit NEO features Bosch’s brand new, more lightweight and more compact Performance CX drive unit which delivers incredible torque and power to get up any climb and is unmatched in its smooth and natural feel.  It’s agile, poppy and fun on all kinds of trails, for all kinds of riders.


Kinesis Rise

Trek Trail 9.9

The 2020 Trek Rail 9.9 is a long-travel electric mountain bike built for ultimate trail performance. The light OCLV Mountain carbon frame is trimmed with lots of carbon parts, including the wheels and crank, along with RockShox’s best enduro fork, Bosch’s most powerful battery and full-colour controller and the latest wireless electronic drivetrain tech, making it an impressive total package. It’ll shred right alongside the enduro crowd, but the best part is that you’ll always beat them up the climbs and get in the most runs at the weekends.

Grand Canyon:ON

With the recent launch of the Grand Canyon:ON, the German brand has started a new chapter for its eMTBs. Their first eMTB hardtail features a light, powerful, invisible 504 watt hour battery in the form of the Shimano STEPS E8000 which still leaves plenty of space for two bottles in the main triangle. Up to 120mm travel and 29″ or 27.5″ wheels for a consistent ride whatever your size. Both the display and remote are compact options from the E7000 range. The USB-C port on the top tube is familiar from previous Canyon eBikes and the Grand Canyon:ON power switch is next to it.

Trek Rail 9.9
Canyon Grand CanyonOn

Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0

Haibike were one of the very first entrants to the eMTB market and have carved out a strong reputation and a cult following in the process. The XDURO AllMtn 8.0’s front 29″ wheel offers precision and comfortable rolling, while the 27.5” plus-size rear wheel gives the 120Nm motor perfect traction to master even the steepest climbs. The newly adapted geometry combined with 150mm FOX suspension, fully integrated 630Wh FLYON battery and 11-speed Shimano Deore XT M8000 gear combination, have been designed specifically to conquer all trails – uphill and down – with ease. 

Specialized Turbo Levo

The original Turbo Levo changed the way that we think about electric mountain bikes, and Specialized’s 2020 range once again continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible on an eMTB. There are four full suspension bikes and one hardtail in the range, and they’re aimed squarely at trail riders. The handling strikes a great balance between nimble handling and stability, the pedal assist feels natural despite all the power on tap and the low-slung nature of the extra weight doesn’t take away from the ride feel when gravity takes over. These eMTBs are fun to ride both uphill and down.

Specialized Turbo Levo