E-Mountain Bike Braking Tips
with CAROLINE WASHAM, Liv Ambassador and Professional MTB Skills Coach
If you were to pick up an electric bike, you would immediately notice they are a good bit heavier than your “normal” bike. I have to admit, before I got on an E-MTB, I was nervous about the weight factor. Would it be as poppy and playful as my other mountain bikes? Would it feel slow and sluggish on descents? Would I be able to jump or drop as easily?
With just one ride, my worries vanished. My E-bike is playful, speedy, and jumps like a dream! As soon as I pointed my E-bike downhill, I hardly noticed the added weight… except when performing one key mountain bike skill: braking.
Due to their weight, E-bikes tend to carry more momentum as you descend, impacting how and when you want to engage your brakes to slow down. Making sure your E-bike is set up with appropriate brakes and knowing how and when to brake is super important when learning how to ride an electric bike.