Trends and findings from our 2024 eMTB comparison test under € 7,000 – Expensive = good, cheap = better?

Are e-mountainbikes beneath € 7,000 worse than their top-tier counterparts, which might generally price even twice as a lot? What saves you cash, what doesn’t, and what must you take into account earlier than shopping for an eMTB? We now have collected 5 thrilling insights from our eMTB check as much as € 7,000 for you.

Cash doesn’t develop on timber and never everybody can splash out 10-15k on a top-tier e-mountainbike, which is how a lot a few of the bikes in our high-end comparability check can price. That’s why we determined to check 5 eMTBs beneath € 7,000 for you. The bikes needed to show what they’re able to, each on the paths and in on a regular basis using situations. Not solely did we discover the perfect all-rounder, however we additionally gathered some very thrilling findings alongside the way in which, a few of which have been fairly stunning!

The burden alone doesn’t outline an eMTB’s using behaviour

Simply because a automobile is hiding 500 hp within the engine bay doesn’t imply that it’s quick and straightforward to drive. The identical precept applies to the burden and using efficiency of eMTBs: a heavy eMTB doesn’t essentially should experience like a tank, a principle that’s clearly confirmed by the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 875, which is the heaviest bike on this check and but feels considerably nimbler than a few of its lighter rivals, just like the Specialised Turbo Levo Comp Alloy. With regards to using efficiency, the system weight have to be seen within the context of the bike’s total idea.

Regardless of what your common clever-clogs within the feedback part would possibly recommend, the fabric of a motorbike’s body solely has a restricted impact on its total weight and dealing with. For instance, the Specialised Turbo Levo Comp Alloy is the lightest eMTB on this check, regardless of having an alloy body and massive 700 Wh battery. In a nutshell, the using efficiency of a motorbike is influenced by numerous totally different facets, one in all which is the suspension. An eMTB could be as gentle as you want, but when the suspension sucks up all your enter like a sandbag, it makes you are feeling such as you’re making an attempt to steer a flexible bus via the forest. We might checklist many extra examples, however the truth is: weight solely performs a secondary function, and the using efficiency of an eMTB can solely be decided on the path.

How a lot cash do you need to spend to get an honest e-mountainbike?

Whether or not it’s the MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 875, Specialised Turbo Levo Comp Alloy or Canyon Try:ON CFR, a few of the bikes in our eMTB check beneath € 7,000 price solely half as a lot as their respective top-tier fashions. Regardless of counting on a a lot humbler spec, with out bling and high-end parts, cheaper eMTBs can usually sustain with their top-tier counterparts when it comes to using efficiency. Some producers have discovered wonderful methods to chop costs by changing the high-end parts of top-tier fashions with cheaper components, with out compromising the bike’s using efficiency. They’re getting so good at it that generally we ask ourselves whether or not it’s even value spending cash on a prime spec any extra. The very best instance of that is the Canyon Try:ON CFR. In our check variant, it comes geared up with FOX Efficiency Elite suspension, which is on no account inferior to the flamboyant FOX Manufacturing unit or RockShox Final suspension of the flagship fashions, each when it comes to adjustability and path efficiency. Shifting and braking is taken care of by a high-quality Shimano XT groupset, which delivers a first-class efficiency on the path. So, hold your eyes open, as a result of it’s value taking a better look – you would possibly save your self some huge cash!

Inexpensive e-mountainbikes focus extra on all-round qualities

With high-end eMTBs, the goal of builders is often to mix the bottom attainable system weight with a modern, elegant look and most efficiency (generally on the expense of sturdiness). Whereas a light-weight carbon wheelset would possibly prevent just a few hundred grams, it’s much more vulnerable to impacts than its far cheaper alloy counterpart. Consequently, you would simply shave just a few milliseconds off your finest time with a set of carbon wheels but additionally run the chance of not ending your race or experience in any respect within the worst case state of affairs, whereas an alloy wheelset is extra more likely to roll via the end line in a single piece except you realllly screw one thing up.

In comparison with their top-tier counterparts, budget-oriented eMTBs nonetheless carry out nicely, however they’re not trimmed to squeeze the final ounce of efficiency out of the bike. That stated, they nonetheless meet the wants of most riders and supply quite a lot of helpful options. For instance, all fashions on this comparability check help you take away the battery for exterior charging, whereas a few third of the rivals in our high-end group check had a completely built-in battery. For on a regular basis using, helpful options like a lighting system, trailer approval or kickstand mount are essential. The Merida eONE-SIXTY not solely delivers an amazing efficiency on the path but additionally comes with a detachable battery, headlight and kickstand mount.

What’s my bling issue?

Excessive-end bikes often include an eye catching end and fancy parts, attracting a lot of consideration not solely on the path but additionally within the beer backyard. In distinction, lots of the cheaper mannequin variants come in additional refined colors, and with much less prestigious parts. However that doesn’t imply that you need to sacrifice your individuality. With the Propain Sresh CF, you’ll be able to customise the look and spec of the bike right down to the smallest element utilizing Propain’s in depth on-line configurator, no matter whether or not you fly enterprise or economic system.

Motor system = Motor system?

Whether or not flagship or entry degree, many producers use the identical motor system all through your complete mannequin vary, which permits the identical connectivity choices. The Bosch eBike Movement app, for instance, provides the identical means to customize the assist ranges, whatever the mannequin. Canyon present the Bosch Join module with all their Try:ON fashions, which features a GPS-supported anti-theft operate and an alarm. Specialised now additionally use their TCU Mastermind show on the Levo Comp Alloy, which was unique to the higher-spec variants till now, and provides the identical in depth connectivity options as the highest fashions.

Regardless of utilizing the identical motor system, the e-mountainbikes nonetheless have some variations. Whereas the LTD variant of the Canyon Try:ON CFR comes with a Bosch Efficiency Line CX Race motor, the Try:ON CFR we examined depends on the traditional Bosch Efficiency Line CX drive, which delivers the identical 85 Nm of torque and 600 watts peak energy, however has a most pedal help of 340% relatively than 400%.

It’s the same state of affairs with the Propain Sresh CF. The bottom model we examined depends on a Shimano EP6 motor, however the configurator helps you to improve to a Shimano EP801 for an extra cost. Each drives ship 85 Nm of torque, however the Shimano EP6 has a barely decrease peak energy and depends on aluminium relatively than magnesium for the housing, which additionally makes it round 300 g heavier. As a downhill-oriented eMTB, the Propain Sresh CF has gravity on its aspect, so it’s not too bothered about that little further tick of motor energy or just a few further grams. For those who’re simply in search of a motor that will get you to the trailhead on a fireplace street, with out having to sort out technical uphill trails, the Shimano EP6 is the proper alternative because it has greater than sufficient energy for what you’re doing, with out spending on options you gained’t use.

Our conclusions

Simply because an eMTB doesn’t price as a lot as a home or doesn’t have a flowery, top-tier spec, it doesn’t imply that it’s unhealthy. Quite the opposite, our eMTBs beneath € 7,000 not solely supply good efficiency, but additionally intelligent options and a excessive degree of connectivity. The e-mountainbikes in our high-end comparability set new requirements with progressive applied sciences which, not directly, profit the extra inexpensive fashions too.

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