E-Bikes Hit the Alps | OutsideOnline

Love 'em or hate 'em, full-suspension e-mountain bikes are becoming increasingly common on trails around Europe. Last summer, the French-Swiss Portes du Soleil region opened the largest linked network of electrique VTT trails in Europe—350 km of tracks graded from green to black, with nine charging stations and a dedicated e-mountain bike trail map. And since 2013, bike shops in the region have purchased more than 100 electric mountain bikes to stock their rental fleets. 
The goal? To attract new visitors. “[E-mountain biking] is good for families and groups of friends, so they can all stay together when they ride. It’s also good for people who want to try mountain biking for the first time,” says Bruno Robinet, project director at the Office of Tourism in Morzine, France. 


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