Words and photos: Steve Jones
The e-bike movement is gigantic and within it a range of bikes from town commuter through to eight inch downhill bikes. In terms of mountain biking the argument will probably go on forever regarding full suspension vs hardtail bikes. Many consider the latter as simple, pure, low maintenance and inexpensive whilst some think of them as antique bone shakers that simply rattle your body to bits.
Remember these bikes are restricted (the amount of restriction and rules dependant on what country you live in) but here in the UK the motors are limited to 25kph although unrestricting them is relatively simple.
Hardtail vs full suspension
Clearly having a motor will only exacerbate the beating your body will take but then again it depends on the trails you ride. If its smooth singletrack with fireroad climbs then a hardtail will be fine but given the huge potential, and added level of fun that can be had with climbing super technical terrain on e-mtb then if the budget is on the boundary we suggest you tip it in favour of the full suspension option.
We believe full suspension of 130mm and more to be the best option as it offers more comfort, more traction, more balance, more fun, more potential.