If we were to suggest riding a bike...in the Alps...with it's beautiful but steep mountains...it might paint a picture of effort. Maybe even suffering. At one time, you may have had a point, but not anymore you don't! There has been something of a revolution in the world of biking in recent years - both on road, and off road! The introduction of e-bikes has changed how we look at the sport and what is possible.
And without a doubt, there is no better place to experience the world of e-bikes than right here in Samoens and the surrounding area.
What is an E-Bike?
E-bike, electric bike, electrically assisted bike. Whatever you call them, it is essentially a standard bike - be that a mountain bike, fat bike or road bike - with an electric motor and rechargeable battery attached to it. Various configurations exist but with the most common models, the rider pedals and the motor provides assistance up to the speed limit of 15.5mph. Handlebar mounted controls allows the rider to adjust the level of assistance from 'just a touch' right up to 'I'm a professional athlete!'. Battery technology is improving rapidly, and currently you can expect a range from 35-100 miles depending on the bike and level of assistance.
Who Can Benefit From an E-Bike?
In short, everyone can benefit! Fit, experienced riders can go even further and faster, and tackle steeper terrain which was previously unrealistic. If you're new to biking, you can experience big adventures from day one! We've often seen e-bikes used by families or groups of mixed ability, ages, and fitness levels, who can create a level playing field throughout the group and ensure everyone gets the most from a day out. Those with limited time, parents for example, can squeeze a longer ride into a much smaller time frame.
Where Can I Rent an E-Bike in Samoens?
Our rental partners can provide you with all kinds of bikes, including e-bikes of the on-road and off-road varieties. Visit our mountain biking and road biking pages for more information including information of our guest discounts.
Suggested E-Bike Routes Around Samoens, Morillon and the Grand Massif
For two wheeled adventures, there's no need to look any further than Samoens, Morillon, Sixt Fer a Cheval and the Grand Massif. Road bikers have the famous Col de Joux Plane which begins literally on our doorstep here in Samoens. Featuring in the Tour de France, this fearsome climb is a realistic proposition for most when you hop aboard an e-bike! There are numerous other cols, villages and valleys to explore in the area and details of these can be found on our road cycling page.
Mountain bikers have many options to explore - the gentle river-side trails which can take on a new dimension with electrical assistance, and the great network of singletrack trails which can suddenly be accessed much more easily! Then there are a selection of mountain refuges which, although involving a relatively steep climb up 4x4 tracks, become accessible to many more people with the introduction of e-bikes. Le Refuge de Bostan and Le Refuge du Lac de Gers are two great examples, with cold drinks and lunch awaiting your victorious arrival! The Alps Accommodation enjoyed a great ride to the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval on e-bikes, you can read about that on our website. Finally, don't forget the excellent lift served trails of the Grand Massif which are just as much fun on an e-bike!
Contact Mountain Spirit, based in Samoens, who offer guided days out and can help you get the most from your experience!