In E-MOUNTAINBIKE issue #024, you won’t just find a mega group test of 25 of the hottest and most exciting bikes of the year but a comprehensive introduction with plenty of knowledge, know-how and background information. The brand new Specialized Turbo Levo 2022 is already part of our big group test. Was it able to defend its title as the best eMTB around? You can find the answer in our latest release, while you can check out all of the in-depth details of the new Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo on our website. But we didn’t just want to find the best eMTB of 2021. We want to equip you with the knowledge and skills to let you find exactly the bike that will make you happy. That’s why the decisive questions that stand at the forefront for every single eMTB we test are, for which type of rider is this bike the right one? And for which isn’t it?

Everyone’s looking for it but few claim to have found it yet: happiness. But what is happiness? Even philosophers like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche weren’t in agreement when it comes to answering the question of how to find the path to happiness. The problem: the more generally we want to define happiness, the more abstract and meaningless the term becomes. It’s a question that is formulated too broadly and doesn’t have an all-encompassing answer. That’s why we don’t want to argue over theories on happiness here. We much prefer to concentrate on the things we know: how do eMTBers find their way to happiness? After all, the expression, “You can’t buy happiness but can buy a bike and that’s pretty close!” isn’t all that far off. Or have you ever seen someone without a big grin on an eMTB?

The highlights of this issue

  • What’s the best eMTB of 2021 – 25 exciting models in our mega group-test
  • Design & Innovation Award – Technology and eMTB trends for 2021
  • E-MOUNTAINBIKE City Escape Berlin
  • Let’s shape the bike scene together and make E-MOUNTAINBIKE(ing) even better! Are you ready?
  • The lab – Exciting new products we’ve tried for you

Are you ready to shape the bike scene together and make E-MOUNTAINBIKE(ing) even better! Together with you, our readers, we want to work on a future in which we all want to bike even more! Find out how you can help us in this issue.

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All the bikes in this issue

Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon 1 | Canyon Spectral:ON CF 9 | CENTURION No Pogo F3600i | CUBE Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC SLT Nyon | CUBE Stereo Hybrid 160 C:62 SLT 625 27.5 Kiox | Ducati TK-01 RR | FLYER Uproc6 9.50 | FOCUS JAM² 6.9 NINE | GIANT Trance X E+ 1| Haibike AllMtn 7 | KTM Macina Kapoho Prestige | Lapierre Overvolt GLP 2 Team | MERIDA eONE-SIXTY 10K | Mondraker Crafty Carbon XR | Moustache Samedi 29 Trail 8 | ROTWILD R.X375 ULTRA | Santa Cruz Bullitt X01 RSV Air | SCOTT Ransom eRIDE 910 | SIMPLON Rapcon Pmax | Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo 2022 | Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL | STEVENS E-Inception AM 9.7 GTF | Thömus Lightrider E2 Pro | Trek Rail 9.9 X01 | Whyte E-150 RS 29ER V1

Below, we’ve put together a small selection of the articles you’ll find in the current issue:

EMTBing is the new trend for 2021 and is booming like never before! Countless newcomers, lots of new bikes and innovative technologies are making the 2021 bike season more interesting than ever. We let 25 of the most interesting eMTB models step up against each other. Which eMTB is best? And what are the trends of the new season?


New eMTB concepts and a more differentiated approach in battery and motor concepts don’t just determine the fundamental character of current bikes but also numerous trends for 2021. We’ve summarised the most exciting developments for you. This is eMTBing in 2021!


Finally, the new season is just around the corner! High time to try out new styles, checking your equipment and filling out potential gaps in your gear. We’ve rounded up 6 exciting products which will get you ready for the coming season.


Your helmet stores data, your jacket works as a rear light and artificial intelligence augments your own abilities to make your ride better. The electrification and digitalisation of bikes will be the most important trend in 2021. Between hot air and real benefits, between potential and problems, we provide orientation.


With E-MOUNTAINBIKE City Escapes powered by Haibike, we visit the most exciting capitals in the world to bring you inspiration, insider information and the best tips and tours for each city. In cooperation with Haibike, our goal is to provide inspiration for a new generation of bikers and offer the possibility of a new lifestyle. We open up new perspectives and show you exciting opportunities to experience the cities of this world – regardless of whether you’re a tourist or local! This time we were in Berlin.

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Words & Photos: Valentin Rühl

About the author

Valentin Rühl

Vale loves technology! Whether its cameras, headphones or practical accessories, he knows his way around a gadget. He also excels professionally, whether as a photographer or as a voluntary truck driver for our bigger productions – he's got everything under control. As head of publishing, his core responsibilities are diverse. Website piece, newsletter or social media post, he ensures that our articles show up at the right time, in the right format, at the right place, in their most beautiful form and with maximum visibility. A dirt jump master, when he's on his bike he likes collecting air miles though he also enjoys his daily commutes where he racks up countless kilometres.