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Optibike RIOT Best E-MTB for People over 50

Optibike’s new “RIOT” is the best E-MTB choice for riders over 50 and heavier riders. The bike features industry leading 190 newton meters of torque and 750 watts continuous power. This allows riders to climb much steeper hills. It is powered by a 1630 watt-hour battery, which give it almost 3X the range of other E-MTB.

Losing Strength and Power As We Age

As we age, three main metabolic changes occur. We lose muscle mass, gain weight, and our maximum oxygen uptake decreases (VO2 Max). This all translates into less ability to climb hills and travel longer distances. A rider of 60 years old may have 30% less power ability than when they were 30. Combined with an increase in body mass, this means the 60 year old will need a more powerful E-MTB than someone 30 years old

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Optibike “RIOT”: Best E-MTB for Older or Heavier Riders

Muscle Loss with Age

It is estimated that we lose 3-8% of muscle mass per decade after age 30. This trend accelerates after 60. This means a 60 year old rider may have only 30% less muscle mass than when they were 30 years old. On a bike, this means that we cannot climb hills as well when we are older

VO2 Max Decrease with Age

VO2 max is the maximum amount of oxygen that your body can uptake and be used for exercise. Fit athletes have higher VO2max than sedentary people and can perform exercise at higher sustained levels. VO2 Max typically increase until we are about 30 and then begins to decrease by about 5%, on average, per decade. A person who is 60 may have o VO2 max that has decreased 30% from when they were 30. This means we can not go as fast or as long on a bike.

Increase in Body Mass with Age

It is estimated that the average American gains 1-2 lbs per year after about 30. A rider of 60 years may be 30-50 lbs heavier than when they were 30. This added weight require more power when climbing hills. With less muscle mass, and lower VO2 max, the rider will need a much higher power E-MTB to keep up with a 30 year old.

Older Riders Need More Power To Climb Hills

As we age we lose muscle mass. It is estimated that we lose 3-8% of muscle mass per decade after age 30. This trend accelerates after 60. This means a 60 year old rider may have only 30% less muscle mass than when they were 30 years old. This means that we cannot climb hills as well. The Optibike RIOT with its 3X the power is the best E-MTB for older rider to keep up with younger riders.

More Weight Requires More Power and Bigger Battery

Weight is also a large factor in E-MTB climbing ability and range. A heavier rider will need more power and a larger battery to keep up with a lighter rider.

Optibike “RIOT” Best E-MTB to Climb Hills

The RIOT is the best E-MTB for heavier riders who are having trouble climbing hills on their current E-MTB. A Heavier rider at 220 lbs will require more power to climb the same hill as a 145 lb rider. The added performance of the Optibike RIOT allows heavier riders to keep up with lighter riders. The higher power of the Optibike RIOT is important for heavier riders as weight is an important factor in climbing hills.

Optibike “RIOT” built for American Riders

Most E-MTBs on the market in America use European Mid Drive motors that have 250 watts of continuous power, based on European laws. The RIOT, with Optibike’s US Built, PowerStorm™ Motor offers the full legal US power limit of 750 watts, which is 3 times European brands, which makes it the best E-MTB available in America. The torque on the Powerstorm motor is 190 newton meters which is over twice the 85 Newton meters available on European motors. The added power and torque allow the RIOT to climb steeper hills. This makes it the best E-MTB for older and heavier riders.

Older Riders Need More Power To Climb Hills

As we age we lose muscle mass. It is estimated that we lose 3-8% of muscle mass per decade after age 30. This trend accelerates after 60. This means a 60 year old rider may have only 30% less muscle mass than when they were 30 years old. This means that we cannot climb hills as well. The Optibike RIOT with its 3X the power is the best E-MTB for older riders as they can keep up with younger riders. See what Notebookcheck has to say about the RIOT.

Larger Battery for Longer Range and More Exploring

The Optibike RIOT features a very large 1630 watt hour battery for extended range. Most European based bikes have batteries in the 600-700 watt hour range. The larger battery of the RIOT allows riders to ride over twice the distance of other E-Bikes. The Optibike RIOT is the best E-MTB for long range touring.

Easier Riding with Higher Torque

Higher torque is important as it allows riders to shift less gears and accelerate easier from a stop. There is less chance of getting stopped on a hill. With higher torque the bike will continue to climb, when lower torque bikes have stopped. The RIOT is the best E-MTB for climbing hills.

Powered by American Built E Bike Motor

The Optibike RIOT is powered by Optibike’s exclusive PowerStorm motor. The PowerStorm™ is the only E-Bike motor system built in America. The RIOT houses the PowerStorm™ motor, the high performance, American built alternative to European mid drives. The PowerStorm™ has the highest power to size of any e bike motor in the world.

Powerstorm is the Best E-MTB Motor

RIOT Features & Options

– Available in Rohloff or Cassette versions (choose at checkout)
– Available in US Class 1 or EU versions
– New Pedelec Torque Sensor, Dual-sided
– Optibike PowerStorm™ MBB with 190Nm Torque, climb hills up to 46%
– 1630Wh 52V Li-ion Removable Battery
– Carbon Fiber Frame and Swingarm
– 170mm Travel Enduro Tuned Rear Linkage
– 170mm Travel Beefy 38mm Fork
– Long Travel Full Suspension, rock solid handling
– Up to 180 Mile Range (With 160lb rider at 15 mph with pedaling)

Designed and Built in Colorado

Designed and hand built in Colorado, USA for riders who crave more power and torque. The RIOT is perfect for tackling steeper hills. The best E-MTB has a powerful motor and large battery which out distances the competition. The RIOT provides an excellent and easy riding experience, whether navigating commuter traffic, or riding bike trails, climbing steep hills across rugged back country. The RIOT is ideal for larger riders who are frustrated by the lack of power and torque in European E-MTBs.

Jim Turner is the Inventor and Founder of Optibike Electric Bikes

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