Ultimate hunting mountain bike
There are many reasons why savvy hunters buy themselves an electric hunting bicycle.
It might be about getting to a location silently, rather than using their pickup. Maybe the terrain is so rugged and narrow that it rules out anything but a bicycle. Or they might feel that they’re a little past their prime, either due to age, or health issues such as knee problems. Whatever the reason, electric bikes are now one of the best modes of transport for hunters.
If you check out the electric hunting bike forums, you’ll see that everyone has their favorite hunting bike setup, and it can be hard to sort through the options and decide on the best electric hunting bike for you.
So, I’ve done some research to determine which are the best electric bikes for hunting, taking into account real feedback from hunters who’ve bought them, ridden them, and properly field-tested them.
Make sure you read right through to the end of my article because I’ve also included a handy guide for what to look out for when buying must have deer hunting gear in the final section on essential hunting bike accessories, including:
- Fat bike gun racks
- Mountain bike bow racks
- Mountain bike hunting trailer
(Click on the links above to take you straight to that section)
Let’s dive straight in and take a look at the bikes.
Best electric bike for hunting
When you start looking into electric bikes it can be very confusing as there are so many different options to choose from. Because you know the terrain you’ll be using your bike on will be very rugged, you know that you need an equally rugged bike that is up to the job. That helps cut out many bikes that just wouldn’t cope with the demands you’ll be placing on it when you’re hunting.
Let’s take an in-depth look at the best electric hunting bikes available today.
The Breeze is a keenly-priced entry-level ebike that is perfect for hunting.
It has a powerful 750 W Bafang motor that delivers pedal assistance through the back wheel hub. One of the great aspects of using ebikes for hunting is that the electric motors are almost silent, and because there’s pedal-assist there won’t even be the sound of you huffing and puffing, so you can approach your stand with almost no noise whatsoever.
The wheels are 26 inches with massive 4-inch wide tires, which are great for taking you smoothly over loose or soft surfaces. Add in the front suspension on the forks and you get a ride that feels as if you’re floating along, no matter what the terrain is.
The Breeze Pro comes with a range of useful accessories for the price. These include the front and read fenders (an essential for backcountry travel), rear rack (for carrying kit and smaller game), and the front headlight.
An excellent choice for hunting.
The Motan is another great entry-level electric mountain bike (eMTB) built for hunting and easy backcountry traveling.
The 750 Watt motor is powerful and drives the rear wheel. Those wheels are 26-inch diameter and fitted with 4-inch wide knobbly tires that give great grip on the toughest of trails and smooth-rolling. Also helping the smooth-rolling is the front Addshox suspension with 4” of travel.
The bike has a heap of great features including the hydraulic disc brakes on the front and rear wheels, plus a fitted rear rack, and the front/rear fenders. Two additional points that are very important to note. First up is the fitted kickstand. Why is this useful? Well, a kickstand makes loading and unloading much much easier than if you have to find somewhere the prop the bike against or, even harder, load it up on the ground and then try and lift it up. This applies to the rear rack and also if you’re planning on fitting a bike trailer (more on this in a moment – very useful for hauling gear and game away from a hunt). Another similar bike to consider is this one from PowerMax. It has a very close spec to the Motan and also has a low step-through frame, making it even easier to mount the bike when it’s fully loaded with gear.
Secondly, this bike can carry up to 300 lbs of rider and cargo, so it’s great for big and heavy hunters or hunters with lots of gear. If you’re carrying a few extra pounds it shouldn’t stop you from getting out hunting and this bike will enable you to do so.
Jumping up a price (and quality) bracket we have the Rambo Xtreme in Viper Western Camo. A silent 750 Watt motor with Panasonic battery delivering power through the crank (mid-drive) keeps the weight balanced centrally on the bike so there’s less chance of popping a wheelie on a steep uphill (vs a rear hub drive). Add in the camo frame and you have a silent beast of a machine.
The Xtreme has plenty of goodies under the hood. Top-quality Maxxis Minion 4-inch tires with aggressive tread for incredible grip on loose surfaces. Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear for awesome stopping power, even when you’re laden with kit and your catch. 9 mechanical gears and 3 power settings on the motor. Front suspension and a weight limit of 300 lbs.
There’s no rear rack fitted, but there’s plenty of space to fit your choice of rack. Or you can opt for a cargo trailer – see more on this at the bottom of this article.
I love this bike.
The QuietKat 2019 Apex is, as the name suggests, possibly the ultimate in hunting ebike.
First up it has a 1000 Watt mid-drive motor which, even if you look closely, is small, unobtrusive, and won’t bash on rocks or snag tree roots as you cruise over them. The combo of that silent motor plus the massive Kenda Juggernaut tires (26” x 4.5”!) and GT Air front suspension fork with 4” of travel gives you the smoothest journey.
The Apex has a 300 lbs carrying capacity for rider and gear. It also has powerful front and rear disc brakes and 9 mechanical gears. Range is 20-45 miles, depending on the level of power-assist you select. And, finally, it comes in two color options and two frame size options. Color choice will obviously depend on the terrain and cover where you’ll be cycling (choose from camo or charcoal). The frame sizes you can choose from are the 17” and 19”.
The best bit about the QuietKat Apex? Well, that’s something that you won’t see no matter how closely you study the photos. It’s the company’s customer service. Very important when buying any bike and particularly one of this caliber.
Hunting bike accessories
When you’re asking, “What deer hunting mountain bike accessories do I want?” then it’s important to consider the type of riding that you’re doing. For hunting trips, the key gear items are secure storage for your weapon and an easy method of hauling gear in, and gear and game out.
Let’s take a look.
Fantastic gun rack which can also be used for bows.
The grippers securely attach on to handlebars, or other tubular parts of the frame, and can hold 1 or 2 guns at the same time.
The nylon core construction of the holders is sturdy and the security strap lock the weapons firmly in position during transport. Very rugged, easy to install on your bike, and well-constructed.”
The V-Grip is an excellent product that securely holds your bow (or gun) across the handlebars with the easy mounting system.
The slots are compatible with most modern design weapons and are easy to install. The v-grips hold the weapons firmly by themselves and, with the included rubber keepers, make sure that your weapon stays where it is until you need it.
I’m not a fan of the carts as they can be prone to tipping over, especially if you’re trying to guide up or down steep slopes, or over very rough terrain. As for the dragging sled? Well, be my guest, but this looks like really, really hard work.
Thankfully, there’s a much better option that involves your smart new electric hunting bike and mountain bike hunting trailers.
The R180 is a great hunting cart that is lightweight and strong. It has an aluminum frame to keep the weight down, plus a pair of rugged 16” wheels, and comes in at a total weight of around 25 lbs.
It can attach to the rear of your bike for hauling gear and your catch, and can also be used as a hand cart when it’s off the bike. Very versatile and easy to maneuver.
Best mountain bike for hunting
Thanks for joining me today. I know that choosing an e bike for hunting can be a confusing process. I hope that this article has been of use to you in picking the right ebike and answering your questions about choosing the bike hunting accessories.
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