10 Shocking E-Bike Myths Busted

10 Shocking E-Bike Myths Busted


– It has been a prime time
for fairy tales lately, and no two wheel sport is more laced with misinformation than e-biking. Time, then, to look into the myths surrounding this great sport. (upbeat music) Utter, utter nonsense. Each sport has its own
physical attributes, for example a sprinter
is built very differently to, say, a long distance runner. And a power lifter is built very differently to say, a gymnast. Now, the thing is, a heart
rate monitor does not lie, and downhill is a very physical discipline and you’re going to be doing a lot more of that on your e-bike. At the same time, uphill will take you to places and climbs that non
e-bikes can only dream of. (upbeat music) Nope that is not the case. An e-bike geometry is in the early days of its evolution, and some brands are only just getting their heads around this. Now the thing with e-bikes
is that you’re going to be climbing a lot
steeper, more technical climbs than a non e-bike, so a longer chainstay is quite critical in this case. For example, if you look
at a Specialized Levo it has a 455 milometer
chainstay, whereas the Enduro, I know it’s
slightly longer traveled, but has a 432 millimeter chainstay. So, chainstay critical in e-bike geometry and if you have a short one that means that front wheel is going to be trying to get into the air far too often. (upbeat music) It’s actually people that are heavy. Did you see the Don trying to get up the slab on his
conventional mountain back? That looked hard work, right? Yeah, and he’s a light rider. Now you try going uphill on an e-bike and tell me it’s heavy. Don’t think so. (upbeat music) Cheating?? Cheating who exactly? (upbeat music) Seriously? Now you really need to get out more if you think e-bikes are like motor bikes. Have you seen what the likes of Toni Bou, Eli Tomac, and Marc
Marquez do on motorcycles? They are way different to e-bikes. Now, and e-bike actually delivers power not too dissimilar to what a
professional athlete can do. And the noise decimals? Wow, they’re way lower. (upbeat music) Now certainly this is
not true because a medium sized bike from one company can actually be similar to a size large
from another company. What I suggest you do is
compare the sizing chart and compare and contrast
these bikes out on the trail. And remember, sizing and fit
are two different things, you can actually make
a bike fit correctly, but you cannot change the size. (upbeat music) Yes, but that’s not the
maximum that they can pump out. Some 250 watt motors can actually pump out more than 1,000 watts during
a ride, and after market mid-drives can go up
to 5,000 watts or more. The 250 watt stated is
usually the continuous power that a motor can pump out for an extended amount of time,
but the peak power? That’s different, and
usually a lot lot more. (upbeat music) Now most mid-drive bikes on the market range from about 60
newton meter’s of torque up to 120 newton meter’s,
but those numbers alone don’t tell you the full picture. In fact, probably the most technical climb I’ve done this year was
on a 60 newton meter bike, the E-7,000 Shimano system
at the Roc d’Azur Festival. So, yes torque does matter,
but numbers aside it counts for nothing if you don’t
include such things as the right geometry, the
skills, and of course the tires and componentry to allow you to use that torque to its full potential. At the same time, you can have a direct correlation between torque and the amount of battery your e-bike is using. So you can actually go for more torque, or, in fact, more battery range. (upbeat music) Ha, yeah do you know what? It is all about the range, and you’ll see more and more manufacturers changing to increased range in their
e-bikes over the next few years. But nope, seriously, that’s not true. You’ll still see a lot of
riders, actually, who will go go for lighter weight, which
means a smaller battery, and go for that quick one
hour power hit in the hills. (upbeat music) Performance an a e-bike
is actually measured quite differently to a traditional bike. It’s measured in such things
as reliability and durability, and for some people the
aesthetic qualities of that bike. Now if you look at the
details on an e-bike we’re looking at such
things as grip your tires, and bigger discs for that longer travel. Now the big question for non e-bikes is does a higher price deliver
a higher performance? Not always, and it’s a very very difficult thing to prove. (upbeat music) Are they more expensive? Nah, not really. I mean some non e-bikes are
more expensive than e-bikes. It all depends on the
brand, and even if they were 500 pounds more, think
of how much more fun you’re going to be getting on an e-bike. (upbeat music) Yes, do you know what? We did actually have
someone on the channel say that e-bikes are only for old, fat, lazy, and disabled people. But you know what? I mean so what, I’ve seen
people from all walks of life, from all ages, abilities,
from 10 years old to 85 years old riding e-bikes. Is there a problem with that? I mean, guys, just live and let live. So, that’s my top 10. No doubt there are hundreds of other myths revolving around e-bikes, let
us know your thoughts on that. In the meantime, if you
want to know the history of e-mountain biking, the brief history, check this video out here. Don’t forget, you can like, share, and subscribe to EMBN. Thanks for watching.