Kids crazy for e-MTB: the new trend will be discovered at Eurobike 2017
When the subject of e-mountain bikes for children and young people comes up, some people may ask: why are there e-bikes for kids? So that parents can further undermine physical activity in their kids, which is already under assault from computers, smartphones and television? In fact, the need for motorized bicycles for kids is an obvious one: Children often cannot apply enough force to the pedals and do not enjoy long ascents. With a little support, it is possible to eliminate this deficit.
For example, KTM is celebrating its premiere at the Eurobike with an e-bike for kids ages 11 and up, and relies upon small motors with reduced power. The Macina Min ME is an e-mountain bike (24 inches) with a steeply inclined top tube, whose support is limited to 20 km/h for safety reasons. The walk assist function has also been deactivated and when activated is initially in off mode. At the same time, the bike’s 19.3 kg (42 1⁄2 lbs.) weight is not exactly minimal. “For the first time, everyone participating in a family outing can now ride at the same speed – adjusted to fit their personal performance and endurance. No one has it too easy or too hard – which makes it easier to keep peace within the family,” explains Laurenz Popp from the marketing department at KTM. “Furthermore, we hope that, with the Mini ME, we can also motivate sluggish kids to try mountain biking.” The model is available in a black and orange color scheme. Sport-loving families can expect to lay out about 2,000 euros for the bike.