This one may seem obvious, if you have a motor on your bike you don’t have to pedal as hard going up hills. With bikes like the Haibike Xduro DS you can go faster than pedaling full power on a non-motorized bike.
Air Marky’s latest video shows him climbing a decent offroad singletrack uphill on his Xduro DS. To the untrained eye this is just a guy rip’n up a hill on a mountain bike. The thing is a pro mountain biker would have a hard time turning the gear he’s in over irregular terrain at that incline. He even coasts for a second at the beginning. Pretty cool.
The consistent and linear power of the electric motor allows for better traction than the pulses of power a set of human legs can produce. A mountain bike rider instinctively does a lot of timing of pedal strokes and cadence to get over rocks and roots to avoid stalling or spinning out. With consistent power, even lower than that of a human, getting up the hill will be faster and easier. At least that’s the way I understand it.
Watching the rest of the video Marky seems to be having a blast on the down hills too. Have a look through the rest of his videos. He as a good number of vids with the Haibike eMTB and also his Quantya Strata.
Be sure to check out Why eBikes Are Cool Part 1.
As an added bonus, here is a clip of the Stealth Electric Bike making short work of a hill that few could pedal up…