THE 8 BEST EMTB UPGRADES
If you’re an eBike owner, chances are you’ve been riding more trails than ever before. Whilst it’s amazing covering double, if not triple the distance in the same ride, your component choices become far more important due to this additional wear and tear. There are some upgrades for your eBike that’ll make a big difference both on the trail and to your wallet. While I can certainly relate to the average Joes out there, I reached out to Josh Carlson for an insight into how a professional eMTB athlete goes about extracting maximum eBike performance.To get more news about Fat Tire Electric Bikes, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.
Most eBikes are a fair bit heavier than a standard trail bike. As a basic guide, for a similarly specced enduro eBike versus a regular enduro bike, you’re probably looking at 25kg versus 15kg. In the case of my size large 29” enduro bike versus my size large 29” eBike, it’s more like 16.5kg versus 26.5kg. Whilst the additional weight of an eBike is handy in some sections of trail, all this extra weight still needs to be slowed down at some stage!To get more news about electric bikes for adults, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.
Most manufacturers are aware of this and offer 200mm rotors front and rear on their long travel eBikes. Most eBikes also come with 4-pot brakes, although some lower end models may opt for a 4-pot caliper on the front paired with a 2-pot caliper on the rear. If you’re struggling with rear braking power, upgrading the caliper to a 4-pot option is a sure bet.To get more news about fat tire electric bike for sale, you can visit magicyclebike.com official website.
On the brake pad material side things are a bit more variable, and I’ve had the best luck over 3 years of eBike riding using metallic pads due to their consistent power in all weather conditions. Josh says that whilst the modulation and silence offered by organic pads is his choice for maximum performance, metallic pads make lots of sense for everyday riders.
‘For the average consumer metallic pads are great as they offer increased longevity. eBikes destroy parts rapidly as you’re doing three times the riding on any given ride. Whilst metallic can make more noise, they work and last a long time no matter if it’s hot, cold, wet, or dry.’It was 2016 when SRAM brought their EX1 drivetrain onto the market. EX1 was a unique drivetrain at the time, offering 8 gears via a single click shifter that aimed to improve reliability and durability. While EX1 never really gained traction, the idea was a solid one and I’d expect in the future we’ll see more eBike specific drivetrain offerings from SRAM.
Earlier in 2021 Shimano brought their Linkglide range to the market. The idea is similar to EX1, a more reliable and durable drivetrain designed specifically for the increased torque provided by an eBike motor. I’ve spent a bit of time aboard the XT level Linkglide componentry, and the overall performance has a very robust feel about it. Unfortunately, Linkglide components aren’t cross compatible with ‘regular’ Shimano componentry, so if you wanted to upgrade your drivetrain to a Linkglide one you’d require a shifter, derailleur, and cassette. If you’re the kind of rider who runs their drivetrain into the ground before replacing it, going from a regular Shimano drivetrain (you’ll need a rear wheel with an older style HG freehub) to a Linkglide one would be a smart move from both a financial and reliability perspective.If you’re not able to swap your whole drivetrain over, a good way of lowering your eBike maintenance costs is to use cheaper cassettes and chains where possible. Josh says both Linkglide and using lower end componentry where possible are good ideas.
‘I haven’t tried Linkglide yet as I’ve been using XTR componentry to prepare for the upcoming race season. I’ve heard great reviews though, and another benefit of Shimano componentry is that you can replace a worn XT cassette with an SLX level one. You’ll save some money and despite being slightly lower end these parts still work really well.’ And hey, even Deore 12-speed is compatible!
The concept of plugging your bike into a computer for a ‘service’ is something I still find strange. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, ask your bike shop next time you’re in there if there’s any software updates available for your eBike. Motor brands are updating their products’ software regularly. Last year Bosch released an update that increased their top-of-the-line Performance Line CX Motor’s torque from 75Nm to 85Nm, all via a software update. They also released their eMTB mode via a software update, which is the best mode for mountain biking if you’re running a Bosch Motor.
Specialized are much the same in terms of constant improvement and regular software updates. Their Mission Control App will tell riders when it’s time for a software update. Shimano are in the same boat, with app and computer compatibility when it comes to updates.
If you’ve never updated your eBikes’ software, it’s well worth a visit to your local bike shop or checking your motor’s app to see if an update is available. Josh’s Giant eBikes use motors designed in conjunction with Yamaha, and Josh says staying on top of software updates is an easy way to maximise the performance of your eMTB.
‘We’re always developing new products as part of the Global Giant Factory Off-Road Team, and our feedback helps improve the eMTBs of the future to provide a better ride experience. There’s new motor updates coming out all the time, I’ll check my phone a couple of times a week to make sure my software is up to date.’