E-trekking / E-touring bikes – buying advice

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Posted by ebikespass on 12 Mar 2022 in Buying Advice |

In our tool for independent online e-bike buying advice, there is a category recommendation “trekking / touring mid-motor e-bikes” as a quick evaluation with a score of 351 to 400 points.

What do we mean by e-trekking / e-touring bikes with a mid-motor?

Mostly, these are e-mountain bikes with diamond or trapezoidal frames, usually with a suspension fork at the front with 100 to 120mm of travel, and no suspension at the rear. Sometimes full-suspension e-trekking / e-touring bikes are also offered (then sometimes called SUV e-bikes). E-trekking / e-touring bikes usually come with 28 inch wheels front and rear.

The mid-mounted motors in higher-quality e-trekking / e-touring bikes usually come from the manufacturers Bosch, Brose, Giant/Yamaha, Panasonic (at Flyer) or Shimano with torques of 70 to 90 Nm.

The tires are mostly asphalt and off-road suitable, not too rough structured tires with medium grip and widths of 2.25 to 2.4 inches. Most e-bikes in the e-trekking / e-touring category come with a luggage rack (not necessarily with eyelets for lowriders at the front) and a lighting system that complies with the German Road Traffic Act (StVO).

What are the requirements for such e-bikes?

This result “E-trekking / E-touring mid-motor e-bikes” usually results from the following requirements selected in the buyer’s guide:

  • I want to get from A to B quickly, I want to do a lot of everyday commuting with the e-bike, for example, discover more of my surroundings and go on day tours.
    When touring with luggage, the “Permissible Total Weight” of an e-bike model should be especially taken into account
  • Diamond (“men’s bike”) or “don’t know yet”.
  • Medium weight is okay – here we assume weights up to 25 kg, for Fullys also up to 26 kg
  • How steep can it be for you: 3-8 on the scale 1 to 10 (1=flat; 10=very steep)
  • Strength/endurance/coordination: values between 1 and 4 on the scale 1 to 10 (1=very little; 10=very much)
  • Budgets were given as values from €1,000 to €5,000, each with a €500 margin

Which e-bikes are offered?

Price range up to 1500 €

In this price range, there are occasionally offers from discounters and in hardware stores, also from online retailers such as Fischer or Prophete. These e-trekking or e-touring bikes with mid-range motors are sufficient in quality for short to medium everyday trips, shopping and small tours. You have to reckon with only average quality in brakes, motors, gears, display. Hydraulic disc brakes are not necessarily on board. The control/sensor technology of the motors is generally not as advanced (sensitive, responsive), driving does not always feel organic, sometimes takes some getting used to. Sacrifices of battery capacity are necessary. Durability and reliability are not too high here.

  • Idealo price comparison link to e-trekking bikes up to 1,500 €, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.

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Price range 1.500 to 2500 €

In this price range, there are already higher-quality e-trekking or e-touring bikes, in addition to Fischer also from brands such as Cube, Giant, Haibike, Kalkfhoff or KTM. They are sufficient in quality for medium to longer everyday trips and for touring. You have to reckon with average quality in brakes, gears, display. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board here. The motors usually come from the major brand manufacturers. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually well developed (sensitive, responsive). In this price range, there is usually no pronounced emphasis on lightweight components and frames. Longevity can certainly be expected with good care and maintenance.

  • Idealo price comparison link to E-Trekking bikes 1,500 – 2,700 €, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.

Price range 2,500 to 3500 €

There are many higher-end e-trekking or e-touring bikes in this price range, many models from major e-bike brands. They are sufficient in quality for medium to longer everyday trips, commuting and touring. Good quality brakes, gears, display can be counted on. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board here, mostly two-piston brakes. The motors usually come from the major brand manufacturers. The control / sensor technology of the engines is usually well developed (sensitive, responsive). In this price range with high-quality and not too heavy equipment components are expected. Durability and long-lasting driving pleasure should be expected here.

Very good price-performance ratios are offered here, among others, the manufacturers Giant, KTM, possibly also with prices from € 2,700.

  • Idealo price comparison link to E-Trekking bikes 2,500 – 3,500 €, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.

Price range 3,500 to 4500 €

In this price range, there are already high-quality e-trekking or e-touring bikes, including flagships of the major e-bike brands. Their quality is geared towards longer everyday trips, commuting and touring. Good quality brakes, gears, display can be counted on. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board here, sometimes top models like four-piston brakes. The motors usually come from the major brand manufacturers. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually very well developed (sensitive, responsive). In this price range, very high-quality and weight-saving equipment components can be expected. With these models, longevity and long-lasting driving pleasure can be expected.

  • Idealo price comparison link to E-Trekking bikes 3,500 – 4,500 €, up to 25 kg weight, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.
  • Idealo price comparison Link to E-Trekking Bikes 3.500 – 4.500 €, over 25 kg weight, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.

Price range over 4500 €

In this price range, there are some very high-quality e-trekking or e-touring bikes, also e-fully (suspension front and rear), partly flagships of the major e-bike brands such as Riese & Müller. Their quality is geared to longer everyday routes, for commuting and touring, partly also designed as e-fullys very comfortable and suitable for rough terrain. Very good quality brakes, gears, display can be counted on. Hydraulic disc brakes are on board, sometimes top models like four-piston brakes. The engines come from the groper brand manufacturers. The control/sensor technology of the motors is usually very well developed (sensitive, responsive). In this price range with very high-quality and weight-saving equipment components can be expected. With these models, longevity and long-lasting driving pleasure can be expected.

  • Idealo price comparison link to E-Trekking bikes over 4,500 €, filtered according to our recommendations: To the Idealo overview*.

Gear and incline

At least 10-speed gears (chain) are advisable if the gradient specification in the buyer’s guide tool is from 5 upwards, from 8 even rather a 12-speed gears. For gradients of 3 to 5, a 7-speed or 9-speed hub gears may also be sufficient. Most e-bikes are equipped with Shimano gears. For higher rider weight and 5 incline rating, I would recommend the 10-speed chain.

Lighter weight?

If the requirement in this category comes with a “light weight”, then hardtails (without rear suspension) move into the shortlist, often with the Shimano EP8 motor (the lightest mid-engine). Alternatively, so-called light e-MTBs, although these usually start beyond €6,000 in price, such as the touring e-fullys from Rotwild.

Range / battery capacity

A range from 630 Wh battery should be sufficient for tours up to about 60-120 kilometers, depending on how many, how long and how steep climbs are included and how heavy the driver:in is. The e-bikes of the category “E-trekking / E-touring mid-motor e-bikes” come since the model year 2021 often with batteries me 630 Wh or more. If you are quite light, have little luggage with you or the tour remains rather flat, a 500 Wh battery is also sufficient. For trips lasting several days, you would have to take a charger with you. Alternatively, choose a second battery or an e-bike model with an option for a range extender (additional battery). Alternatively, rely on the two-battery concept (such as the Riese & Müller Supercharger). Attention: Additional weight – see below.

Permissible total weight / weight for touring

The total weight of e-bike plus rider:in plus clothing, helmet backpack or panniers, lock and possibly second battery, and charger duck can quickly go towards 120 kilograms and much more.

Not all manufacturers offer “Permissible total weights” of over 120 kilograms. This factor goes into our evaluation. For “e-trekking / e-touring mid-motor e-bikes”, the tare weight of the pedelec is usually around 25 to 27 kilograms, leaving only 95 to 97 kilograms for the “rest” at 120 kilograms permissible total weight.

For touring, therefore, e-bikes with a permissible total weight of 140 kg or more are recommended. Do you actually have to see the weight specification so narrowly? My advice is: yes. See also our article XXL bikes – A search.

Recommendation examples e-trekking / e-touring mid-motor e-bikes

Giant Explore E+ 2 – Price €2,799 (new).

If “multi-day tours with luggage” were desired in the requirements, our recommendations are, for example, the Giant
Explore E+ 2. Giant e-bikes have a top price-performance ratio, powerful SyncDrive mid-mounted motors (Powered by Yamaha) and permissible total weights up to 156 kg. Price at the recommendation: 2,799 € (new).

Used e-bikes: Riese & Müller Charger, KTM Macina – Used ~

2,000 €

If you are also considering used e-bikes, you could look for Riese & Müller Charger models with Bosch Performance motor, or a KTM – e-bike from 2020, the KTM MACINA SPORT 510. This has a permissible total weight vin 143 kg. Used price at the recommendation: 2,000 €.

Light: myvélo Himalya EP8 Equipped – 3,599 € (with 630 Wh battery: 3,799 €)

With the requirement “Light weight” comes, for example, the hardtail myvélo Himalya EP8 Equipped in question (here to the sister model without rack / lighting an article with video about it)

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If you want lightweight fullys with cross country characteristics, it becomes more expensive: The lightweight touring fullys, for example, from Rotwild cost over 7,000 euros.

For use as a trekking and touring e-bike with a mid-engine, some “easy entry” / low-entry models are also suitable. For example, the aforementioned Specialized Turbo Vado Step-Through, the striking Riese & Müller Nevo or the Stevens E-Triton.

What we do not recommend

In

general, we do not recommend mid-motor e-bikes for e-trekking / e-touring

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  • E-bikes with luggage carrier battery, especially because of the load on the rear when touring.
  • E-bikes with battery between seat tube and rear wheel, too long (mostly over 2 meters), not maneuverable
  • E-bikes with front wheel hub motor

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