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All-Mountain EMTB´s: A buyers guide

Are you a trail shredder, alpine adventurer, or route explorer? Then an All Mountain E-Bike is the perfect ride for you. These E-MTBs will take you anywhere. Up any climb. And down any descent.

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We'll show you what All-Mountains can do, who they're right for, and when you might be better off looking at a different category.

All Mountain E-Bikes are the perfect companions for adventurous E-mountain bikers. These EMTBs are specialists in demanding tours off the beaten path. This applies to the uphill as well as the downhill. An All-Mountain bike gets you everywhere—it’s a true climbing artist. Even the steepest ascents can be conquered without awkward body contortions over the handlebars.

But the best thing about All Mountains: the fun really starts on the descent. Thanks to generous suspension travel and ample reserves, even challenging singletracks become a playground. All Mountain E-Bikes provide confidence and expand your comfort zone, allowing you to boldly dive into every descent, trusting that your bike will glide over the trail like a magic carpet. Just one question remains:

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Do I Need an All-Mountain E-Bike?

Admittedly, this question isn’t so straightforward at first glance. Especially for beginners. Enduro bikes, trail bikes, all-mountain bikes – the categories are diverse and the boundaries are blurred. Who can keep track? We have delineated the differences and provide a clear overview of what an all-mountain E-bike is, what it’s capable of, and who it’s the right choice for.

If you love riding off the beaten path, enjoy challenging terrain, and relish the thrill of carving through trails, then you’re very close to grasping the concept of all-mountain biking. The major difference from enduro E-bikes: all-mountain bikes are also built for long rides.

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All-Mountain, all the time: This E-MTB category is also suitable for long rides, where the uphill climb is just as much in focus as the downhill descent.

The term All Mountain is indeed quite literal, as bikes of this category are suitable for alpine terrain as well as other types of terrain with singletracks. So if you love to rack up elevation and trail miles in the low mountain ranges, you’ll be thrilled with the versatility of these all-rounders.

To put it succinctly: If you want to cover the full spectrum of EMTB sports, prefer long rides with a high proportion of singletrack, and love to maintain flow on challenging terrain, then an All Mountain is the right e-mountain bike for you.

What Makes an All Mountain E-Bike Stand Out?

An All Mountain E-Bike should offer a high degree of comfort and ride safety, enabling you to fully enjoy extended tours in challenging terrain without any compromises. That’s why all models in this category are fully suspended with between 150 and 160 mm of travel.

The generous travel cushions the rider from the rough terrain and ensures that the wheels maintain optimal traction. The better the suspension can isolate the rider from bumps and vibrations, the more relaxed the off-road riding experience. Anyone who has ever tackled the Rennsteig trail in Thuringia or an Alpine crossing from Oberstdorf to Lake Garda will know exactly what we’re talking about.

All-Mountain Buyer's Guide: Suspension Travel
150 to 160 mm of travel – typical features in this segment.

Lightweight, yes, but with the right measure

All-Mountain E-Bikes are the true jack-of-all-trades. They masterfully balance uphill and downhill capabilities. Uphill rides are comfortable thanks to a relaxed seating position, allowing for an enjoyable pedal experience.

And because All-Mountain riding is also about covering distance, these bikes offer a successful compromise between lightweight construction and durability. A robust build ensures reliable performance in all conditions – even when the alpine trails get rough. Puncture-proof tires and solid wheels with wide rims are a must-have. Powerful brakes equipped with large rotors are also essential.

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The Cannondale Moterra is a quintessential all-mountain specimen.
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Uphill progress is effortless thanks to a relaxed seating position, even on rough terrain.

Since an All Mountain is ridden on a variety of trails and terrains, the geometry should not be too extreme. A bike tuned for high-speed stability offers great potential for fast descents, but loses agility and is less pleasant to climb with. Therefore, slack head angles between 66° and 64° have become established, which, combined with steep seat tube angles between 75° and 77°, strike a good balance.

This shifts the body’s center of gravity forward when pedaling, which puts a lot of weight on the front wheel. As a result, the front wheel can maintain secure ground contact even on steep uphills.

The sitting position on most All Mountain e-bikes is quite upright, making long rides less tiring to enjoy. Ergonomics are thus of crucial importance on an All Mountain bike.

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Buying Guide All-Mountain: Tires
Tires make all the difference on the trail: Combined with the proper seated position, climbing can actually become a fun factor. Ample grip on the rear tire ensures smooth rolling when descending.

Full Power motors dominate this category

Haibike AllMtn CF SE All-mountain tours often involve riding with a fully packed backpack, water bottle, and additional gear. This can add up to a significant amount of weight. For this reason, powerful full-power motors have become the standard for all-mountain e-bikes. With torque figures exceeding 85 Nm, these motors provide a strong push even when climbing steep trails fully loaded. To ensure that long distances and substantial elevation gains can be managed, all-mountain bikes usually boast a generous battery capacity of 750 Wh or more.

The most well-known model in this category is the “Turbo Levo” from the California-based bicycle manufacturer Specialized. In Germany, the “AllMTN” models from the Schweinfurt e-bike pioneer Haibike, as well as the “Stereo Hybrid 140” from the cycling giant Cube, are also highly popular.

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Lots of Battery = Lots of Fun? The Specialized Turbo Levo in its element.

When is an All-Mountain E-Bike the wrong choice?

An All Mountain is certainly the wrong choice if you’re all about pure downhill thrill. So if you’re into gobbling up vertical meters, ripping through bike park lines, and collecting airtime on jump lines, then an Enduro E-MTB is definitely the way to go.

Compared to All Mountain bikes, Enduros have significantly more robust components, grippier tires, and usually more suspension travel as well. The forks on Enduro E-bikes feature larger stanchion diameters to provide optimal steering stiffness despite long travel and brutal riding maneuvers.

For the All-Mountain segment, Fox, for instance, offers the 36 series forks. The name gives away the stanchion diameter: 36 mm. For the demanding Enduro riders, Fox has the much tougher 38 series in their lineup. Those forks offer up to 180 mm of travel.

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For bike park addicts with a brutal riding style, E-Enduros are generally the better choice.

Trail e-MTBs are the sporty choice

If you’re the athletic type geared for speed and aren’t looking to venture to the most remote corners of the mountain world, a nimble trail E-bike might be the right choice for you. Trail bikes are more agile and responsive than All-Mountain bikes, also more efficient to pedal, and stronger on the climbs. However, one has to accept some compromises in downhill performance. The big advantage of these bikes: the focus is on performance, which is why there’s a lot of emphasis on low weight.

Accordingly, the components used are lighter. The tires feature a thinner casing, and when it comes to the brake system, there’s no need for a four-piston brake. Forks on trail bikes often come with stanchion diameters of 34 or 35 mm. A typical trail bike fork is the lightweight Rock Shox Pike with up to 140 mm of travel.

Fork stanchions of All-Mountain E-Bikes
The stanchion diameter of All-Mountain bikes averages around 36 millimeters. For comparison, Enduro eMTBs typically roll out with the beefier 38 mm version. Upside: more resilience on the trails. Downside: it adds to the weight.

What should I look for when buying an All-Mountain E-Bike?

Weight: anything above 25 kg becomes a slog

  • High weight can sap your energy and dull the fun, especially on challenging terrain.
  • Pushing, lifting, carrying: Not unusual in the mountains. Every kilogram counts.
  • An All-Mountain E-Bike shouldn't weigh more than 25 kg.

Range, the Alpha and Omega

  • All Mountain E-Bikes are designed for ascents and descents alike. If you're racking up serious elevation gain, you need an E-Bike with substantial range.
  • The range depends on the battery's energy content. On the rider's weight. And, of course, on riding style and the assistance modes.
  • The more weight you need to haul up the mountain, the bigger the battery has to be to "squeeze out" ample range.
  • 625Wh batteries may be completely sufficient for riders under 65 kg.
  • Riders over 65 kg should opt for a battery with at least 750 Wh capacity to ensure ample range.
  • For extended rides in the mountains, a range extender can be a sensible addition.

Ensuring You Never Run Out of Juice: Drivetrain with Wide Gear Range

  • A high-capacity battery is one thing. Shifting gears effectively is another.
  • With the right cadence, you can significantly increase the range and depth of an E-Bike's capabilities.
  • A 12-speed drivetrain with a gear range exceeding 500% is therefore highly recommended.
  • The lightest gear can comfortably run over a sprocket with 50 teeth or more.
E-MTB Battery and Range
The interplay between weight and battery size is a crucial aspect when purchasing an All-Mountain bike.

Supply Shortage: Not on the All Mountain

  • The water bottle always at hand: best classic in the frame triangle.
  • A 500ml bottle needs to fit, ideally even more.

Riding pleasure and safety go hand in hand

  • A powerful and easily modulated brake is irreplaceable, not even by riding skill.
  • For powerful braking in steep terrain, there's no getting around the four-piston brake caliper. Front and rear are best.
  • For prolonged descents, brakes must deliver steadfast performance. Thus, large brake rotors are mandatory.

During acceleration as well as braking: Grip rules!

  • A powerful motor won't do you much good if the rear wheel is spinning out when you're hammering on the pedals.
  • Braking requires the same attention: The tires must be able to translate the stopping power to the trail.
  • Tires with ample grip are therefore essential for the riding pleasure on challenging terrain.
  • Tires should be at least 2.4" wide and feature a tacky rubber compound.
  • A sturdy tire casing ensures puncture protection and allows for low air pressures.
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For those epic rides, it's absolutely crucial: A water bottle with ample clearance in the frame triangle.

Is ergonomics a relevant factor for All-Mountain E-Bikes?

Yes, ergonomics is a highly relevant factor, particularly with All Mountain e-bikes. When you’re spending long hours in the saddle, it’s critical that the bike’s ergonomics meet the needs of your body. Ergonomic grips and a high-quality saddle can make a world of difference and determine whether you can enjoy your ride pain-free after several hours on the trails.

Equally important, of course, is your seating position. The bike should be neither too small nor too large. Just like with a good pair of running shoes, the fit of your seating position has to be just right. That’s why we strongly recommend that you delve deeply into the geometry of your dream bike. Almost all manufacturers provide very detailed size recommendations. Therefore, it’s worthwhile to measure your height and inseam again before making a purchase decision and compare your measurements with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

However, the surest way to find the right size remains a test ride. Especially if you’re in between two frame sizes or choosing among various models, a test ride can quickly bring clarity to your purchase decision.

EMTB All-Mountain Buyer's Guide: Test Ride on the Trail
The correct frame size and a comfortable riding position are essential when making a purchase decision. In addition to taking body measurements, test rides, if possible, are a no-brainer.

Do I Need a Lighting System on My E-MTB?

Because some rides last longer than expected, having a compact yet powerful lighting system can’t hurt. A lighting system is also important when, as in Switzerland, it is required by law. Riding an e-mountain bike regularly into dusk or even darkness, a permanently installed lighting system is worth its weight in gold.

Many modern all-mountain e-bikes are already factory-prepped for lighting systems installation, allowing the lights to be powered via the main battery integrated into the frame. A few manufacturers now also offer configurations where the lighting system is already installed from the factory. For instance, Cannondale with its all-mountain e-bike full-suspension “Moterra Neo Carbon 1”, which is equipped with a bright front light from Lezyne.

Other manufacturers prep their models from the factory so that the lighting can simply be mounted and connected directly. The power supply then comes from the main battery in the frame. The light can be conveniently controlled from the handlebar via the light switch on the remote controller of the e-system.

A particularly popular and simple solution is the so-called “Monkey Link.” This is a magnetic mount for the headlight and tail light. These mounts are pre-installed on some models from the factory and are already connected to the battery. So, all you need to do is purchase the headlight and click it into the magnetic mount under the stem without any installation hassle. The power supply comes from the main battery – it’s that easy. The “Monkey Link” is, for example, used by bike manufacturers Bulls and Flyer.

Buying Guide All-Mountain: Light
Fixed lighting systems really pay off, especially at twilight.

Should I buy a Light E-MTB or a Full-Power E-MTB?

When purchasing an E-MTB, you’re faced with a tough choice: Many brands offer both lightweight “Light Assist” and “Full Power” e-bikes. This also holds true for all-mountain e-bikes. Thanks to less powerful motors that are paired with smaller batteries, Light E-MTBs have a significant weight advantage.

Light E-MTBs support up to a maximum of 60 Nm of torque. For many riders, this is sufficient, though the acceleration is noticeably less than what you get with a Full-Power e-bike. However, climbing uphill will be slower on a Light E-MTB.

For those who like to be powerfully assisted, there are the classic Full-Power e-bikes. Depending on the motor model, they provide support with 85 Nm or more. This immense support quickly gets you up the mountain, but it also leads to a significantly higher energy requirement and necessitates larger, and thus heavier, batteries.

For an all-mountain e-bike, “Full Power” motors are currently still the better choice. Even though “Light E-MTBs” consume less energy due to their lower power, “Full Power E-MTBs”, thanks to their very large batteries, still offer more range and elevation gain. Additionally, “Full Power” motors score points when it comes to uphill flow: The strong motors make for great uphill fun in technically challenging terrain. Just what you want for an all-mountain e-bike.

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Whether you’re shredding with full-power support or embracing light-EMTB minimalism, both variants can rock the trails and power through extended tours.

Premium Entry at a Fair Price: The Best All-Mountain E-Bikes Under 6,000 Euros

For those who want to maintain long-lasting satisfaction with their new All Mountain E-Bike, it’s not a wise move to skimp on the initial investment. Especially when E-Bikes are ridden in challenging terrain, the demand on the materials is significant. To ensure that this pays off in the long run, a certain level of quality in frame and components is necessary.

Starting at 5,000 Euros, the market offers a wide array of bikes that meet these requirements. Especially noteworthy in this price segment are the All Mountain E-Bikes from direct-to-consumer brands Canyon, Radon, and Rose. Cube also has several intriguing models in this price range.

EMTB All Mountain Buyer’s Guide: The Price
Starting at 5,000 euros, the fun begins with All-Mountain bikes.

Our Verdict on the Latest Generation of All-Mountain E-Bikes

With an All Mountain EMTB, you can fully indulge in extensive tours across challenging terrain. With plush suspension travel up to 160 mm, bikes in this category offer ample comfort, traction, and the necessary reserves to tackle even the gnarliest trails with confidence. Both uphill and downhill, the limits of rideability can be pushed and redefined.

With hefty suspension travel, balanced geometry concepts, and grippy tires, even demanding trails can be smoothly shredded. All Mountain E-Bikes give your comfort zone a significant boost. That’s why this category is also a solid recommendation for beginners eager to tackle challenging terrain with zeal.

About the author

Maxi Dickerhoff

...liebt es, mit der Hangabtriebskraft zu spielen und bewegt Mountainbikes bergab meist in Schräglage. Sein Fahrstil verlangt den Bikes alles ab, seine Liebe zum Detail macht seine Tests zu einer wahren Hilfe für alle Biker.

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