A study released by IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) at last year’s Interbike conference in Las Vegas concluded that electric pedal assist mountain bikes should be grouped in the same category as motorcycles or dirt bikes. This means that they should only be ridden on OHV trails, and should not be allowed on mountain bike trails.
The study suggests that some of the physical impacts of low-powered, pedal-assist (Type 1) eMTBs may be similar to traditional mountain bikes. However, more study and further consideration by IMBA’s staff and board is needed before IMBA would consider changing its current recommendations.
This means that when you take your new e-bike out for a ride on your favorite trails, you could be breaking the law.
The technology on e-bikes is getting more and more sophisticated, which means the bikes are getting lighter and the motor is becoming more concealed. The next few years should bring even more exciting advancements in this technology.
What do you think about this? Should e-bikes be allowed on all mountain bike trails?