EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

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We need to talk about e-bikes… The more moun­tain bik­ers we chat to – both pro and am­a­teur rid­ers, I might add – the more we find who’ve ei­ther tried them or are des­per­ate to give them a go. Which is why we’ve picked four to be put through the wringer by our Wrecked & Rated test team for this month’s bike test.

Let’s be clear though, be­fore we go any fur­ther – this isn’t an e-bike takeover we’re about to em­bark on, more a recog­ni­tion of their in­creas­ing promi­nence in the mar­ket and in some rid­ers’ con­sid­er­a­tions. And why not? The fact of the mat­ter is that they’ve be­come way bet­ter propo­si­tions than they were a few years ago.

E-MTBs are now gen­er­ally sleeker, more in­te­grated and bet­ter bal­anced over­all – much closer to what most of us recog­nise as ‘nor­mal’ moun­tain bikes. But they do still come with pretty hefty price tags and as­so­ci­ated weight is­sues. So, just where does all this bal­ance out and give you a gen­uinely elec­tri­fy­ing ride for your money? Head to page 94 to find out what our ex­perts think and maybe you’ll change your mind about them...

EM TBs are now gen­er­ally sleek er, more in­te­grated and bet­ter bal­anced over­all–much closer to‘ nor­mal’ moun­tain bikes

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COVER DE­TAIL Rider Luke Mar­shall Bike Spe­cial­ized Turbo Kenevo Ex­pert Lo­ca­tion Black Moun­tains Cy­cle Cen­tre Pho­tog­ra­pher Steve Behr

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