Mountain biking is a lot of fun, but only if you can keep going for practicing this power intensive hobby for a long time. Luckily, there are latest inventions that let you enjoy riding up and down the mountainous hills with ease. These inventions enabled bike makers to install compact electric motors that provide pedal assist power and push you further. Here are some of the newest models that we have hand-picked for you.
It is not at all surprising to see motorcycle manufacturers enter the game of electric bicycles, with Ducati being one of the latest big names to jump onto the bandwagon. In order to build their first enduro e-MTB, they cooperated with the Italian Thok E-bikes, that specializes in pedal-assisted bicycles. The newcomer is based on the MIG series with a reworked aluminum frame that features a new geometry to accommodate the Shimano Steps 8000 250 watt electric drivetrain and 504 watt-hour battery. The duty of tackling off-road was given to the Fox 36 Float fork, Fox DPX2 shock absorber and Maxxis DHF tires that never lose grip. The bike is already on sale in Europe, and in early 2020, Ducati launched a new 50-unit MIG-RR Limited Edition with Ohlins suspension, carbon rims, and a second battery pack.
Estimated pricing: $7,130 (€6,250)
Further reading: ducati.com/ww/en/e-bike/mig-rr
Specialized Turbo Levo SL
Established in 1974, Specialized is a California-based manufacturer of bicycles and parts, that was built by riders and for riders. The company is most famous for their mountain bikes, and currently, it carries an extensive lineup of electrically-powered models. The newest and the most sophisticated bike in the range is the Turbo Levo SL, that weighs just around 38 pounds. The two-wheeler comes powered by a Specialized 240Watt Motor, a 12-speed SRAM drivetrain and 320Watt-hour battery, good for 5 hours of pedal-assist biking. Depending on the chosen modification, the Levo SL is built around an aluminum or carbon frame with a full suspension or a Fox Float DPS performance rear shock only.
Estimated pricing: $6,525-13,525
Further reading: specialized.com/us/en/turbo-levo-sl
Cannondale Moterra Neo
Even though the Moterra moniker has been a part of Cannondale’s lineup for quite some time now, the Neo version that went on sale in 2020 has very few things in common with its predecessor. The bike is now built on the carbon frame and is powered by the latest Bosch Gen 4 Performance CX drive with 500 or 625 watt hour pack. The range is represented by one, two, three and SE trims which ride on 29 inchers, except for the S model that takes 27.5 ones. The new Moterra features a Proportional Response horst link suspension with 6.3 inches front and rear travel, but the SE modification boosts this parameter by offering the 7-inch Rock Shock Boxer Select Charger RC fork.
Estimated pricing: € 4,999–€ 7,999
Further reading: cannondale.com/en/bikes/electric/e-mountain/moterra-neo40msrpraw
Canyon continues to improve its off-road focused, mountain-climbing Spectral:On model, introducing the 2nd generation of the e-bike for the 2020 model year. The updated lineup boasts slightly revised geometry and includes 3 models, CF 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0, all becoming 2.2 pounds lighter and weighing between 47 and 48 pounds. Regardless of the chosen version, the Spectral:On keeps the reliable Shimano Steps E8000 motor with 52 pound-feet of torque. It is juiced by the familiar 504Watt-hour battery, though it is now integrated into the downtube. The bike gets a triangle carbon front end, a full stock suspension, either from Fox or RockShox, offering 5.9 inches of travel, and mismatched wheels, 29-inch front and 27.5 rear.
Estimated pricing: €4,599-6,999 ($5000-7,700)
Further reading: canyon.com/en-gb/e-bikes/e-mountain-bikes/spectral-on
Orbea Wild FS
For 2020, the Spanish manufacturer has completely reworked the design and geometry of their Wild FS model. Offering more riding stability and comfort, the bike is now assisted by the brand-new 4th generation Bosch Performance CX motor and is fitted with a 625 Watt-hour battery with an additional 500 Watt-hour upgrade. The range extender brings the total capacity to 1125 Watt-hour, allowing for up to 130 miles of power-assisted riding. Also new is the top full-carbon version of the bike, which sits above the carbon/alloy and full aluminum models. Orbea gears the Wild FS with 29-inch wheels, 6.3-inch cranks, Shimano XTR brakes and an XTR drivetrain.
Estimated pricing: $4,999+
Further reading: orbea.com/int-en/blog/orbea-wild-fs-2020
Focus Jam² eMTB
The second generation of Focus Jam Squared arrives as the most capable electric mountain bike in this German manufacturer’s lineup. There are 9 models to choose from, but besides the richness of suspension and components, they are basically distinguished by the installed drivetrain. Some models follow the Tailored Energy Concept and are powered by the Shimano Steps E8000 with a 378 Watt-hour frame integrated battery and a possibility to expand the range by mounting one more 378-Watt-hour pack on the lower tube. The range topping Jam gets a new, more aggressive Bosch Performance CX drivetrain and a 625-Watt hour battery. This bike has new Focus Optimized Linkage Design and could be had in aluminum or carbon frame with 5.9inch travel front and rear.
Estimated pricing: € 4,799 ($5,280)
Further reading: www.focus-bikes.com/int/bikes/e-mountainbike-full-suspension/jam2
Mondraker Crafty Carbon
Mondraker is a relatively young Spanish bike-builder, and it claims that their new Crafty Carbon is intended to reinvent the e-MTB category. Featuring the brand’s famous Forward Geometry, the 2020 model gets a lightweight carbon structure made with Stealth Air manufacturing process and as a result, weighs just a little over 42 pounds. The Crafty Carbon also features an optimized Zero Suspension System with 6.3-inch travel fork and 5.9-inch travel rear shock. The 4-gen Bosch Performance CX motor is paired with a non-removable 625 Watt-hour battery, producing 15.5 mph power-assist speeds. To unleash the full potency of electric assistance, the Mondraker also designed a new cooling airflow system integrated into the frame.
Estimated pricing: From $8,155 (€7,499)
Further reading: mondraker.com/es/es/crafty-carbon-media-launch
Cube Stereo Hybrid 120/140/160
All of Cube’s full suspension eMTBs are gathered under the Stereo moniker and include bikes with 4.7, 5.5, and 6.3-inch suspensions as well as 500- and 625-watt hour models. Germans are solely sticking with the Bosch Performance CX GEN4 powertrain that outputs 75 newton meters and is controlled via the Purion or Kiox portable computers. The Stereo Hybrid 120 can be had in SL, Race, Pro and somewhat utilitarian All-road modification. The 140 and 160 units are built over the high-performance composite frame and add top-notch components associated with the steep prices they ask. All in all, there is a full suspension bike for any rider within Cube’s lineup, just don’t get lost in all of this variety.
Estimated pricing: €3,500+ ($3,850)
Further reading: youtube.com/user/cube4c/videos
Quietkat Jeep e-Bike
Jeep is working on introducing more electrified models into its automobile range, but as it turns out, the iconic American brand will be also debuting as an electric bike manufacturer in 2020. The brand’s first model in the segment will go on sale in summer, borrowing its drivetrain components from the Colorado-based off-road bikes manufacturer Quietkat. Advertised as the most powerful electric bicycle on the market, it will be equipped with a 750 Watt motor, capable of peaking at 1.6 kiloWatt and 118 pound-feet of torque. It will also feature a full suspension, high-tech 4-piston brakes, and 4.8-inch fat tires.
Estimated pricing: $6,299
Further reading: quietkat.com/jeep-ebike