E MTB’s most common hazard.
E MTB’s most common hazard
Most believe the most common hazard is running out of battery.
The opportunity for pedal strike is greatly increased with E MTBing. The reason is E MTB’s augment the riders speed and ground coverage in which pedal strike objects come in much quicker. The new riding experience requires a more mindful observation of the obstacles that may not have provided any pause without assist.
Some bikes have better clearance in which a 1 inch higher clearance of the pedal to the ground is significant. I road a Stealth P7R for a season in which the the pedal clearance is 9 inches to the ground. This clearance is 2 inches larger than most in which I rarely had a pedal strike. When I ride other E MTB’s I would quickly be reminded to be more mindful of the lower height down pedal. I’ve been riding a Stealth F37 in which I lost an inch to the bike I was riding prior. With the increased speed and lower clearance I had to relearn my favorite rides.
I am pleased to see QuietKat has almost 8 inches at the low stroke. For some us enjoying the high powered E bikes, like QuietKat, pedal strike is a greater issue due to the speeds that can be achieved.
My takeaway is to be mindful. In my case I will gravitate toward off road e bikes with taller pedal clearances. For some a higher center of gravity might be a concern. From my perspective one inch reduces pedal strike opportunities significantly without a perceivable difference in center of gravity for me.