Mountain Bike Trends 2021:Novelties & Opportunities(part1)

Bike parks, down country, E-MTB boom – the mountain bike industry is transforming. It’s not so much the bikes themselves that are changing as their use by new target groups.Let’s see the seven most exciting mountain bike trends 2021 together.

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It took just two years before the E-MTB pro prognosis came true: “Normal mountain bikers will be in the minority in the not too distant future,” the E-MTB pro told  at the beginning of 2017.

In 2019, the time had come: 215,500 “bio-MTBs” were sold in Germany – and 360,400 E-Mountainbikes.

Sales Figures for Mountain Bikes in Germany

  • 2016: 455,250 mountain bikes in total, including 364,500 (80.1%) organic MTBs and 90,750 (19.9%) E-MTBs
  • 2017: 424,300 mountain bikes in total, including 269,500 (63.5%) organic MTBs and 154,800 (36.5%) E-MTBs
  • 2018: 516,700 mountain bikes in total, including 271,700 (52.6%) organic MTBs and 245,000 (47.4%) E-MTBs
  • 2019: 575,900 mountain bikes in total, thereof 215,500 (37.4%) organic MTBs and 360,400 (62.6%) E-MTBs

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Source: Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V. (ZIV)

Will the E-MTB completely replace the non-motorized models? “That won’t happen,” says André Schmidt, editor-in-chief of the magazine MountainBIKE. After all, high-performance sport continues to take place mainly in the non-motorised sector, which is also Olympic. But a ratio of 20:80 is conceivable.”

So if you look at the mountain bike trends and novelties of 2021, you cannot ignore the E-MTB segment. This is where the companies put the most development work,Many organic bikers may think that’s a pity – at the same time they also benefit from the innovations in components.

MTB Trend 1: Mountain Bikes Are Getting Heavier Again

It’s actually funny: In the e-mountain bike segment, where weight hardly played a role at all thanks to engine support, light-E-MTBs have recently been causing a stir. The trend towards lightweight construction is over for bio-mountain bikes. This is mainly due to the fact that the bikes are becoming more and more in love with off-road and downhill.

The journalist sees the main reason for this in the professional sector, where cross-country routes downhill have sometimes reached downhill level. In contrast to skiing or Formula 1, professional and recreational mountain bikers use almost identical equipment.

The challenge of “slightly up, stably down” just can’t be solved: If you want a stable 29-inch tire, with puncture protection and a carcass that doesn’t buckle, then that weighs a kilogram.

With the 2021 mountain bikesnot much. We don’t see anything groundbreaking like the click pedal, 29s, Vario seat post or 1×12 gearshifts – these innovations have changed the way people ride their bikes forever.  “At the moment we talk a lot about electronics on the bike and safety systems. In the E-MTB segment, the Light-E-MTB is certainly the most exciting topic”.

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MTB Trend 2: Down Country Bikes Conquer the Market

Derived from Trend 1, the term “Down Country” has become established and demand is growing. An art term consisting of downhill and cross country – in the end it is race bikes with an extra portion of riding fun. In other words, somewhat more stable, with more suspension travel at the front and rear (120 mm) and also with Vario seat posts. “Actually a great category, because the bikes are not so heavy.”

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Post time: Dec-21-2020