Best Electric Mountain Bikes of 2020

Mountain biking has always been a popular outdoor sport among fitness and nature lovers. However, in the recent pandemic-ravaged times, it has gained unprecedented popularity across almost all demographics as it’s fortunately one of the few activities that allows us to get out, explore the outdoor beauty, and get some much needed exercise and fresh air – all while minimizing our risk of exposure to the virus!


As a recent or an experienced mountain biker, you’ve read about the power-backed benefits that e-bikes offer over regular bikes and are exploring your options before you zero in on your selection. The good news is that you have some tremendous options that outdo each other in terms of sleek design, long-lasting battery, high-powered motor technology, improved suspension, and premium components that offer a completely different and equally enjoyable biking experience, across all mountainous terrains. The bad news is that it’s a difficult choice to make. But we’re here to help!


Rize Bikes presents a guide below to some of the best electric mountain bikes of 2020 to aid you in your decision making. Let’s get started!


1. Pivot Shuttle Team XTR


For those of you who take your racing seriously, the Pivot Shuttle Team XTR is one of the best ‘enduro’ electric mountain bikes. It’s simultaneously stiff and light and boasts of a light carbon fiber chassis. Its performance is backed by a powerful Shimano Steps E8000 motor and a Shimano 12-speed mechanical drivetrain.


Moreover, it offers a great electric mountain bike suspension and smooth non-electronic gear shifting. Some of its other fine assets are a 140mm of rear travel and a 160mm Fox Factory fork. It has nimble wheels and provides riders excellent traction and ultimate control even in challenging terrains.


2. Specialized Turbo Levo Comp FSR


If you’re looking for a real smooth ride backed by an efficient motor, look no further than the Specialized Turbo Levo Comp FSR. What’s more, it’s fast, reliable, and precise!


The beauty of this electric mountain bike is that you can take it anywhere – on multiple types of tracks. One of the premium bikes, it offers riders an incredible experience everywhere, even on rough terrain, with its superior handling and top-notch build and alloy frame. It’s assisted by a 250W motor and has an excellent suspension for downhill rides. Plus it has great specifications like 11-speed gearing, RockShox Deluxe RT rear shock, SRAM Guide hydraulic disc brakes, Specialized Integrated 500Wh battery, a Praxis crank, and Butcher tires.


3. Rize RX


The Rize RX is one of the best electric mountain bikes for serious mountain bikers. One of Rize Bikes’ most powerful and extremely responsive premium models, it’s backed by a powerful 1000 W M620 Bafang Mid Drive system that delivers a high torque and a peak power output of 1500 watts. The high power motor combines with dual speed sensors resulting in an electric mountain bike that reacts with lightning speed and great reliability. 


One of the best highlights of this mountain e-bike is its hydraulic suspension seat post, which allows it to perform like a dual suspension bike. At any point, if you feel like you want to ride the bike like a regular bike without the use of its electric motor, you can easily do so as it has a wide range of gears - 9 speed gears 11- 34 Tooth (Alivio Premium). Plus you can climb higher and go much faster as and when you want to!  


The Rize RX is a pedal assist mountain bike boasts of an enhanced digital display with advanced software that allows customized controller settings like the riding mode, the range of pedal assist, and enabling/disabling the secure lock.


Since it has a powerful motor, the Rize RX has a gearshift sensor for smooth shifting of gears – it momentarily shuts off motor during gear shifting, increasing its reliability and control and offering a first-class riding experience. If you’re looking for change and an extra element of fun, use the thumb throttle and feel the rush of instant boost – the further you push, the stronger the boost!


4. Cannondale Trail Neo S3


It’s one of the best trail e-bikes. As the term suggests, trail bikes are typically used to navigate tricky trails with obstacles. 


The Cannondale Trail Neo S3 is a versatile electric mountain bike designed to offer trail riding fun. However it’s a buddy with which you can ride through town, handle all your daily activities, and explore new adventures on the trail with equal ease. It boasts of a durable alloy frame, Shimano Altus 8-speed drivetrain, and a SR Suntour XCM 32 Boost 100mm fork.


One of its finest features is the Shimano STEPS E5000 Drive Unit, with a 40Nm of torque and a range of up to 120km. One of Shimano’s lightest motors, it offers bikers a smooth albeit powerful riding experience. All in all, it inspires confidence with its combination of hardtail construction and tuned geometry.


5. Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert


If you’re looking for a bike with a great gravity or downhill performance, this electric mountain bike may be the answer to your search. The Specialized Turbo Kenovo Expert possesses a light chassis that offers great control and makes riding downhill a breeze – a fast and truly enjoyable experience. What’s more, it provides a great uphill performance too but as you breeze down the hill, it can be a truly one-of-a-kind adrenaline pumping ride!


Plus you can make it a long ride, if you want to, since the 700 WH battery sustains you for hours. What further helps the maximum-control design of this bike is its M5 Premium Aluminum frame, a triple-crown 180mm-travel fork, the RockShox Boxxer Select RC, and the DebonAir Boost. 


Mountain biking can be a truly exciting sport, provided you’re equipped with the right electric mountain bike that meets your exact requirements. Rize Bikes, a Vancouver-based electric bike manufacturer, has introduced some of its highest performing models in 2020. To keep pricing affordable, we sell directly to customers. 


If you’re looking for a high-quality and affordable mountain e-bike that ticks all the right boxes, check out our electric mountain bike today!

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