10 Common E Mountain Bike Mistakes To Avoid

10 Common E Mountain Bike Mistakes To Avoid


– No matter what level of
rider you are, or however much experience you have, we all make mistakes, and it’s probably in our
eagerness to get more riding done. – So these are the most
common E-bike mistakes. I know I’ve made them all. How do I turn this on, Steve? (jazz music) – Okay, number one is the head shaker, you see people riding around
saying it doesn’t work, and that’s because on some systems, you need to switch the motor
on when you’re off the bike, otherwise it won’t engage. – Yeah, there’s a lot of
people that jump on their bikes in eagerness to get
going, then turn on whilst they’re rolling along,
and they’ll power up, but they won’t give you any boost. (jazz music) Now, another common problem
is riding in the wrong mode. Now, turbo sounds great,
feels great, and it will get you up those techy,
steep climbs, but you’re not going to need it all the time
and it will burn your battery, so why not flick it
down a couple of modes. Eco’s great for transfers,
systems tend to have these remotes up on the bar
and that makes it really easy, so get using that whilst you’re riding. Some systems like Bosch have
a more reactive mode as well, so EMTB reacts to how much
power you’re putting through the pedals, the more you
put down, the more the motor will power you, the less
you do, the less it will, so that’s a great way,
also, for saving battery. It’s almost like an automatic. Don’t forget, you can
always use your right thumb to put it in a lower gear and
use more of your own power on the steeper climbs, another
great way of saving battery. (jazz music) (mountain bike cutting through the dirt) – Hooah, whoa, don’t underestimate how tough riding an E-bike can be, not only will you quite possibly
be a slave to your motor on the climbs and the transfers,
but before you know it, you’ll have done sixty
cents, you probably won’t have spoken to your mate for two hours, all the sudden your legs’ gone
to jelly, you have shakes, you got the bonk, it’s hard
riding an E-bike, right? – Yeah, it’s really
easy to get carried away and do a really hard-paced
ride, so you’ve got to think about fueling your body,
not think about the battery levels on your bike, so
obviously drink, but also gel, some of that so you can
regularly take those, especially if you have a longer
ride, two or three hours, I’ll always take a couple
of gels or bars with me. (jazz music) – Another really important aspect of ride management is battery life. Now, if you’ve been out all
day having a grand time, but you’re on vapours, you’ve
got one bar, two bars left in your battery, but you just
cannot help yourself, can you? – I think this is inevitable,
we’re all going to do it. I know I’ve done it, I think,
alright, one more hill, it’s going to be great,
run out of battery, then you soon realise how
hard it is to try and pedal this bike without any E assistance. (heavy breathing) (hip hop music) – Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone. Now, the unknown and change
is scary, ’cause your mind wants to continue as it has been. Okay, buying an E-bike can
take a lot of suffering out of riding, but don’t
get stuck in that mode, because mix up your rides,
go and tackle that hill you’ve never done before in turbo mode, and a few weeks later,
revisit it in a lesser power. And then, maybe a couple of
weeks later, hit it in eco mode. The secret is to keep
mixing up your rides, redline your heart rate, and
definitely don’t get lazy and go plodding on your E-bike. (hip hop music) – Don’t forget the
maintenance on your E-bike, ’cause you could be riding it
an awful lot, but you’re also putting a lot of power
through the drive train, so make sure that is clean and lubed. Other things like wheels,
again, there’s more weight to the bike, so keep an eye on those. I’m finding I’m wearing out tyres and brake pads pretty quick. Pressure washing is a definite no-no. It’ll get in there even if
you don’t think it will. Water and power have
never been good partners. Get out the bucket, and
sponge, and the hose, and don’t forget the elbow grease. (hip hop music) – Managing your ride is a really
important part of E-biking, Now, I know E-bikes are
about kind-of spontaneity, the unplanned, but you do
need to have a rough idea of what you’re going to
do during the day, right? – Yeah, so it’s trying to manage, I think, two types of potential stored energy, sound like an expert there, don’t I? So, talking about your
energy, but also your battery, so neither of them run out. – Yeah, I mean, so it
depends, are you going to go for a one-hour, two-hours flat out blast? – That’s what I do, so often
I’ll just do down and runs around a hill, I’m parked
at the bottom of the hill in my car, so when I do
run out on the last climb, I can turn back around
and come back down, easy. – Alternatively, you know,
you could be on a four-hour adventure, in which case,
you need to be a real Scrooge with your power, you
need to plan your ride, and have an escape plan
if things go wrong. (jazz music) Don’t forget the importance
of a good rear tyre, that’s got good grip, and is not worn out. Now, if you ride in smooth,
single track all day long, then it probably doesn’t
matter, but you’re missing out on some great opportunities there. The thing with E-bikes is you
can tackle technical climbs and that soft compound
doesn’t really matter as much. So, yeah, rear tyre,
really, really important. (jazz music) Woo, so you’ve been out charging all day, get back to the van, all you
want to do is chuck the bike in there, get home, get in the shower. Now, I didn’t know this, but
it’s really important to keep the battery on a high state of
charge, maybe at a 70 percent or 100 percent, because
if you don’t do it, if you leave it in a state of discharge, it’s really going to degrade the battery. Now, at 700 pound a pop for a
battery, it’s really important you do this, so, get
in the habit, get home, before you get in the shower,
get the battery on charge. (jazz music) One thing that does
come up quite frequently is the banter between
E-bikers and non-E-bikers. You get it on Facebook,
you get it on our channel, you get it in the woods, I
mean, what’s the tip there, Don? – Well, just don’t race,
I guess, I’m a normal mountain biker and an E-biker. – Exactly. – I try to give myself stick, but it doesn’t really work, Steve. – Did you see my heart
rate on that climb earlier? – Yeah, absolutely revving. Last, but not least, big
piece of advice is respect other trail users, often
now you can have more power than they are, so respect
them, give them space, especially on climbs, I think. – [Steve] Give them warning, as well. – [Neil] Absolutely, yeah. – [Steve] And I think it’s
up as well as down, right? – [Neil] Yeah, it’s just a simple, respect other trail users. If you want to see some more
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