Why Electric Bikes? Full Suspension vs. Hardtail

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The Rising Popularity of Electric Bikes

Are you considering buying an electric bike? You're not alone. In the past two years, electric bike sales have skyrocketed by a staggering 240 percent, as reported by market research firm NPD Group. This trend is supported by the Department of Transportation's nationwide survey data, revealing that electric bikes are appealing to a diverse range of individuals. Young people who prefer bikes over cars, older individuals seeking assistance in riding, and even commuters who want a sweat-free journey to work have all embraced electric bikes. Interestingly, more than half of all trips taken by people are within a 3-mile radius, making electric bikes a practical transportation solution.

Key Benefits of Owning an Electric Bike Health Benefits of Electric Bikes

Riding an electric bike offers numerous health advantages. Although it may require less effort compared to a regular bicycle, it still contributes to aerobic fitness. By pedaling and exerting energy, you increase your fitness level while putting less strain on your heart.


Environmental Advantages of Electric Bikes

In terms of environmental impact, electric bikes are a clear winner. According to an article in Men's Journal, a study conducted by the European Cyclists' Federation found that electric bikes emit only 8.1% of the CO2 per passenger per kilometer that cars emit.

Cost-Effectiveness of Electric Bikes

For short to medium distance journeys, electric bikes are a more efficient and economical mode of transportation compared to cars. They offer a wallet-friendly alternative, reducing expenses associated with fuel and maintenance.

Choosing Between Full Suspension and Hardtail E-Bikes

Before diving into the details, let's address the foundational question: is it worth investing in a full suspension e-bike or should you opt for a hardtail?

To simplify this discussion, we will focus on comparing full suspension e-bikes designed for off-road trails and roads, with the capability to climb steep mountain bike trails and descend safely. Even if your preference leans more towards mellow rides on Forest Service roads or fields, our recommendation remains the same: full suspension is the superior choice.

Understanding the Difference: Full Suspension vs. Hardtail

The most apparent distinction between a full suspension e-bike and a hardtail is the presence of rear suspension. Taking the example of the M09 Plus E-Bike and the Pavilion-X E-Bike, the M09 Plus features a rear shock, while the Pavilion-X does not.

When examining the overall specifications, you'll notice minimal differences. Both bikes offer a range of up to 60 miles, 9-speed shifters, Tektro 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, comparable frame sizes, and more.


Advantages of Full Suspension E-Bikes

Our answer to whether a full suspension e-bike is worth it is a resounding "yes!" The primary reason being its versatility. Consider the comparison between a luxury SUV and M09 Plus. M09 Plus is designed to handle rocky, uneven terrain, yet it is equally capable of navigating city streets. In contrast, a luxury SUV excels in urban environments but struggles when faced with challenging off-road conditions.

Similarly, a full suspension e-bike offers unparalleled versatility compared to a hardtail. While a hardtail can take you almost anywhere, it cannot match the performance and comfort of a full suspension e-bike on electric mountain bike trails.

Although hardtails are renowned for their efficiency during climbs, most modern shocks come with a lever that can quickly lock out the rear suspension for smoother descents. It's a matter of remembering to switch the lever back and forth when necessary.

Ultimately, your decision should be based on the type of riding you plan to do and the level of access you desire. However, if you prioritize speed and demand top-notch performance, a full suspension e-bike is an excellent choice.

Debunking the Speed Myth

The impact of full suspension on speed is a topic of debate. If you're climbing smooth, steep trails or riding on buffed, flowy tracks, a hardtail may have a slight advantage. However, when encountering obstacles like rock gardens, technical sections, or uneven surfaces, the limitations of a hardtail become evident.

Picture this scenario: you're riding down a trail, and your front wheel hits a softball-sized rock. The impact is absorbed by the fork and your body position compensates accordingly. However, when the rear wheel hits the same rock, a hardtail and a full suspension bike react differently.

On a full suspension bike, the rear shock, like the front fork, absorbs the majority of the impact, maintaining your body position and providing a smoother ride. In contrast, a hardtail lacks a rear shock, causing the impact to reverberate throughout the entire frame, potentially throwing off less experienced riders.

In conclusion, having two wheels with suspension is always superior to none. Seasoned riders advocate for both hardtails and full suspension electric mountain bikes, each with compelling arguments. The good news is that we offer both options, catering to a wide range of preferences and riding styles.

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