The funny thing about the difference between offroad electric bikes and regular ebikes is that there isn’t much of a difference. The main difference is that offroad electric bikes are specifically designed to ride on a wide variety of rough terrains such as dirt roads, gravel paths, uphill, or even mountain terrain. If you are interested in offroad electric bikes, you should probably consider what you will be using them for.
Ebikes vs. Offroad Electric Bikes
As mentioned before, the only difference between regular ebikes and offroad electric bikes is that offroad electric bikes are specially designed for more advanced riders that plan to take on a lot of rough terrain. Regular ebikes are more for beginners who are just starting out with electric bicycles or just want a way to go a little further without getting tired out.
Regular ebikes can handle obstacles like going uphill and the occasional rough terrain, but they shouldn’t be used on rough terrains as much as offroad electric bikes.
The Make of an Ebike
If you have read all of this and are still interested in offroad electric bikes, you must first understand how a regular ebike works. Ebikes are said to work just like a regular bike. The electric component of the ebike is only supposed to augment human power, not completely replace it.
Another advantage of the ebike is that it was designed to be easy to operate.
There are 3 different types of ebikes.
- Pedal Only: Having the pedal allows the rider to be able to operate the bike manually at any time. This makes it perfect for beginners or people that just want a little flair with a regular bike. A pedal ebike will come in either 3 or 8 gears.
- Pedal Assist: Pedal assist ebikes gives you the combined advantages of human and electric power. The motor will run gently as you petal and you can switch gears as the terrain changes. There are 3 different levels of assistance available: low (30%), medium (60%), and high (100%).
- Electric Only: The motor on the completely electric versions of ebikes let you sit back and relax while it does all of the work. To activate the electric only mode, just twist the throttle located on the left handlebar. You’ll have to keep it turned to continue moving or you can let go if you want to pedal on your own.
Offroad electric bikes are an expensive investment. There are some that are under $1,000, but more range anywhere from $2,000 and up. Before you think of purchasing offroad electric bikes, think about if they fit in your price range and what you’ll be using them for.
About the author:
Matthew Bell from Crooked Path eBikes is an engineering major with over 25 years experience in heavy industry including nuclear power, rail, oil & gas and infrastructure. Worked closely with high profile clients both domestic and abroad to ensure customer satisfaction.