PureTrails pedal assist ebike hire: get a boost up those hills

Ebikes (electric bikes) are becoming increasingly popular and are a great option for those with limited mobility or health to get out and experience the exhilaration of cycling with partner’s, family and friends around the South Island’s beautiful cycle trails. We use high quality 2017 model hybrid Merida (ESpresso Sport/Tour 600/410) & Scott (E-Sub Tour) ebikes. The ebikes feature a 250w mid-drive motor, 9 speed gears and select-able assist level. There is no throttle, meaning you still need to pedal to activate the motor.

I’ve never ridden an ebike before, will I be able to manage it ok?

Modern ebikes come with state of the art technology that makes the bikes very intuitive to ride and easy to use. Our e-bike motors are designed to deliver power in a way that assists the user’s normal pedalling action; there are no throttles or sudden bursts of power; the user must pedal to gain assistance from the motor. Use the power assist levels depending on the terrain, along with the bicycle gearing to get the most from the e-bike. The e-bike unit senses the amount of effort then supplies a power spread automatically.

Setting the Assist Level

There are 4 levels of assistance and walk mode and the power assist can also be turned off:
OFF: Ride the bike without any power assistance.
ECO: Supplies the minimum amount of assistance, good for cruising along flat roads and easy surfaces.
TOUR: Supplies a good spread of power for general riding
SPEED: Supplies more assistance for steeper inclines
TURBO: Supplies up to the maximum available power for hills

How far and how fast can I go?

Range varies between 50-90km depending on the battery, rider weight, terrain, weather, speed, level of assist selected and level of pedaling. The motor is designed to cut off if the bike reaches 25kmph.

Can I turn the motor off and just turn it on for the hard bits?

Yes you can, however you will find the e-bike with the power turned off will be harder to ride than a standard bike due to the heavier weight (20kg vs 13kg). You also only have 9 gears rather than 27 gears, so a reduced gear ratio.

How do I book an e-bike?

We recommend you book an ebike hire as early as possible as availability is strictly limited to 4 e-bikes per tour. In order to secure an e-bike contact us with an accurate measurement of your height.