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‘Future of Mountainbikes is Electric’

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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – Even Gary Fisher is saying it; that e-MTB’s are going to be the “Next Big Thing.” Winora Group CEO Susanne Puello said the same mid-July to German dealers; Gary Fisher, one of the MTB creators, recently said this to American market players.

‘Future of Mountainbikes is Electric’
Even Gary Fisher is saying it; e-MTB’s are going to be the ‘Next Big Thing.’ – Photo Blue Monkey Bicycles

It’s expected that this year’s Eurobike (August 26 to 29) will see a huge offering in e-MTB’s. So, what started with electric city and Trekking bikes is now crossing-over to MTB’s. This indicates a turned around development trend. In particular as in last year’s most MTB innovations trickled down into the city and Trekking categories.

Gaining momentum

Pedal assist from electric motors is gaining momentum at bikes used in sporty off-road conditions. The MY 2016 bikes that are presented at this year’s Eurobike are the forerunners of what is expected to turn in something much bigger.

“In ten years, there will no more MTB’s without electric motors.” Marc Faude, manager of the Focus brand for German manufacturer Derby Cycle, recently said this at the Eurobike Media Days held in July in Kirchberg, Tyrol. Focus presented its new model year 2016 Jarifa i29 to press representatives. The bike is based on the Impulse Evo drive system, developed by Derby Cycle, which, because of its compact dimensions, will also be used for Derby’s urban Kalkhoff brand.

MTB targeted motors

Eurobike 2015 will see many other bike makers with e-MTB’s. Like Haibike from Winora that has a fundamentally redesign Xduro line-up with Bosch new Performance CX drive system which is developed especially for use with sports bikes. It offers a higher torque, a 500-Wh battery and other special technical features.

Of course there are many other e-drive system suppliers offering MTB targeted motors. Like from automotive supplier Brose, which, thanks to its compact dimensions, is almost completely concealed by the chain wheel.

Again bigger than ever before

Eurobike 2015 is with about 1,350 exhibitors again bigger than ever before. 46,000 industry visitors from 100 countries, 20,000 bike fans and around 2,000 journalists are expected the industry trade exhibition at Lake Constance, taking place from August 26 to 29. Demo Day will take place on Tuesday, August 25 on the show grounds at Foyer East. For more see: and

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