Both the Bosch Performance line CX and Yamaha PW-X drive units have just 250 Watts of power. That’s just one third of one brake horsepower. Yet this is enough to transform a mountain bike into the ultimate riding machine! In turbo mode (maximum assistance), the Bosch’s highest support level is 300%. Imagine riding with an Olympic mountain biker helping you out by pedalling at the same time.
What all this means is, anyone can ride further and faster than is possible for a regular person on a conventional bike. And therefore, have a lot more fun. And as a nice side effect, although not my primary reason for doing it, you get very fit!
Just nailed a hot run on your favourite trail in your local woods and fancy another go? On your old conventional bike - maybe, but you’ll be tired after the slog getting to the top for a second time, and you’d better move on anyway - only a couple of hours free and still a lot of ground to cover. On your ebike - no problem, why not have three runs, without stopping. With each successive run, honing your skills, better learning each tree root, corner, berm and drop.
You’ll also have the energy to focus and give it your all on the way down. I’m personally a lot more breathless when getting to the bottom (rather than top) of a trail.
For me, the most enjoyable part of riding a bike is going along a trail, fast. That includes the downhill sections of course, but on an ebike – it now also includes the flat and uphill – all of a sudden, the whole thing is fun. If I ride a trail on a conventional bike nowadays, (something I had 5 years experience of prior to my first ebike purchase) the feeling is almost like riding with someone pulling me back with a rope around my waist. Getting back on to my ebike is a relief.
If I think back to the first time I was given the chance to ride a Haibike Nduro Pro back in 2014, hopping off my old Specialised Hard tail bike – I actually couldn’t believe it – it was as if I’d just discovered a chest of gold in my back garden – such a wondrous thing existed, and I had been oblivious. After that short test in my local woods, all I could think about was when I could get my own.
On my old Specialised hard tail MTB, I used to go for a 12 mile ride on average about once every 3 weeks, now it’s 20 miles, every week. And on those day’s I’m not riding, I’m thinking about when I next can, and where it’ll be. Having had a ebike for 21 months now – I’m happy to say, it doesn’t wear off - I still get just as excited about riding, as if was ‘new bike day’ all over again!
The concept can be troubling for some people to appreciate. What I would advise is to take a test ride, with an open mind – and see if you have more, or less fun than on your regular bike. Not only will you not be disappointed, you will not be able to stop smiling!