E-mountainbike tips for beginners.

If you have been thinking about taking up e-mountain biking for a while now, there is no time like the present to get started with our tips for beginners.

The e-mountainbike motor assistance will help you advance more quickly and further into unknown terrain. As an e-mountainbike is considerably heavier than a mountain bike, it is important to be aware of at least the basic aspects of a good riding technique.


Which e-mountainbike is right for you?

Before you buy an e-mountainbike, you need to think about which e-mountainbike is right for you. Do you want to go crazy on flowing trails or do you prefer to enjoy relaxing rides away from the asphalt after work? Have a look at our tips and then get some advice from your FLYER dealer. Before you buy your FLYER e-bike, don't forget to try it out at your dealer's or here in Huttwil. If you would like to test ride a model more extensively, you can rent a FLYER e-bike, either from us or through your dealer.


Select the right gear and level of assistance.

Look ahead when you ride and always switch down gears before an incline so that you can continue to pedal smoothly. You should also select an assistance level that corresponds to your ability. When you are setting of or if you are still new to riding an e-bike, it is recommended that you select a low assistance level.


Keep your balance.

Always ride with slightly bent arms so that you create a good cushioning effect when riding over uneven surfaces and obstacles. If you are riding uphill, it is important that you shift your body weight forwards. Bend your arms and lean forwards so you aren't at risk of the front wheel lifting off the ground and of losing control of the bike. A further tip is to make sure the back brake is ready to use so that you can react extremely quickly and take counteraction if the front wheel lifts off the ground.


When you are riding downhill, shift your body's centre of gravity backwards a little, but only as far as necessary. If you shift your weight too far back, you will hardly be putting any pressure on the front wheel, which makes manoeuvres considerably more difficult and, in the worst case scenario, may cause you to fall.


Brake correctly.

You also need to learn how to brake. Often people only use the back brake because they are afraid of going over the handlebars; however, with a little practice, it is much more effective to slow down using the front brake. To prevent yourself from going over the handlebars, simply shift your centre of gravity downwards and backwards a little. Always have your fingers ready to brake so that you can react quickly when riding over uneven terrain.


Ride round bends correctly.

Adjust your speed appropriately before the bend. In tight uphill bends, you will hardly notice the greater weight of the e-mountainbike. However, when riding downhill, there are a few things to be aware of. In addition to adjusting your speed, it is important to look at the end of bend or even at the next obstacle, as soon as you enter the bend. In the bend itself, bend the arm on the inside of the bend just slightly and bend the outside arm fully. Bend the leg on the inside of the bend more than the outside leg, which should only be slightly bent. When you reach the end of the bend, actively sit up as you exit the bend to make sure you complete it safely.


Attend an e-mountainbike riding skills training course.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – and it is no different for riding an e-mountainbike. Irrespective of how many tips you read, you will still learn best on the e-bike itself. Attend a FLYER e-mountainbike riding skills training course and let a professional show you the most important dos & don’ts. You will benefit from numerous tips and tricks that you can apply straight away. Have fun!


by Yvonne Wyss
28 November 2019