4 Reasons To Buy An E-Bike In 2019 | EMBN Show Ep.55

4 Reasons To Buy An E-Bike In 2019 | EMBN Show Ep.55


– Hello, and welcome to
this week’s EMBN Show. And on today’s show we will be looking at new motors and bikes from Panasonic. – Be checking out Captain Shred. – And also the reasons
why this year is the year that you should be
buying your first E-Bike. (dramatic music) So new year, new challenges, and new you. And maybe 2019 is gonna be the year that you buy your first E-Bike. There could be some
things holding you back such as peer pressure, or
indeed the false claims that E-Bikes actually make you unfit. – Absolutely rubbish. We all know you’re gonna get way fitter cause you’re gonna be riding your bike even more than would do your regular bike. – So the four things then why you should be buying
an E-Bike in 2019. The first thing is they’re simply faster. – [Chris] Yeah, you got
a 250 watt motor on tap. As soon as you press that button, you’re gonna feel like an Olympic
athlete out on the trails. – Yeah. But it’s not just about scooting uphills quicker than people on conventional bikes, although you could do
that if you wanted to, but it’s not about that. It’s about riding different
hills in different places, and just exploring
different places out there, a bit more than you might
do on a conventional bike. – Of course, you can do it as fast or as slow as
you want to, you know. How hard you make that
ride is totally up to you. You can cruise around with it in eco, get the most out of your battery. Or you can put it in turbo if you’ve only got a short time to ride. Get out there and smash that loop out. So that’s the real good thing about them. – Yeah, and we’re talking speed. So one of the big things
about speed is going downhill. Now a lot of people think
that E-Bikes are slower down because the increased weight,
but that’s actually not true. Because of the increased
weight on an E-Bike, it’s gonna provide you with much more grip than on a conventional bike. On a conventional bike on really
rough, rocky, rooty ground, they’re gonna be bouncing
around quite a lot. But on an E-Bike, incredible
stability right Chris? – [Chris] Definitely yeah. And I think the momentum
that they hold as well, especially for those rough
sections like Steve mentioned. On a traditional bike,
those rocks and roots are going to slow you
down on every single hit, where that weight of the E-Bike it simply just plows through that stuff. And I think trail speed,
– [Steve] Yeah. – [Chris] I feel way
faster out on my E-Bike. – So basically, E-Bikes
are faster everywhere. – Uphill, downhill, the
best tool for the job. – Yeah. Number two is you’re not gonna
be affected by the weather. – [Chris] No one’s affected by wet weather, are they? Or what weather are we
talking, raining, windy? – [Steve] We’ve had our
fair weather bikers. – [Chris] Yeah, a few of
those around I suppose. – [Steve] Yeah, I think yeah. Wind, rain, snow, cold. – It actually inspires me to get out on my E-Bike when it’s raining. I actually have the best
rides when it’s been raining, the trails are all slippy and muddy, that’s the time to be out
on the E-Bikes I think. – Yeah, I mean yeah. I’ve ridden in rain and
wind most of my life. But for some reason,
– I don’t know what it is. – I don’t seem to be as scared to go out in the wind and rain on an E-Bike as on a conventional bike.
– Yeah, it’s weird isn’t it? – I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s because it’s easier to get through the elements on an E-Bike. And all the slippy banks, they’re not gonna be so
difficult on an E-Bike cause you get a bit more
power there to get up them. – Nothing worse than
going on a winter ride and it reminds me of going
through these boggy trails on a normal mountain bike, getting all that clay all
built up around your wheels. I’m sure we’ve all been there where your wheels won’t even turn because you’re going
so slow up those climbs that your wheels actually jam up. On the E-Bike you’re going way faster. You don’t get that buildup of
mud and just keeps the flow. – Yeah. Winter is a great time for
riding E-Bikes that’s for sure. Now the third thing I
think is really important when it comes to your
purchase of your E-Bike, is that you’ll probably be riding with far more people than
you have ever before, and people from all kinds of backgrounds, and younger people, older
people, fit people, unfit people, people who are heavier,
people who are lighter. And that’s the great thing about E-Bikes is that it’s all about sharing that riding mountain bike experience. – Yeah. And I think just
going back to last weekend, I was out on the Saturday with my dad. We did a big cross country loop. And he’s up with me exploring
all of these new places that we never would have ridden, especially at the same speed. We’re going around talking
the whole way around, a real social experience. And the next day we’re
doing laps at the bike park with two younger riders. And it just becomes a
whole social experience. We’re going up and down these
hills talking to each other, having fun on the bikes, rather than trying to climb
up there at two mile an hour, pushing our bikes up by the woods. – Yeah. Unites all the generations. And like I said, it’s all about sharing. And finally the fourth thing is I think, it’s stop suffering and
start living basically Chris. – [Chris] Definitely. – [Steve] And it’s fun. I mean it can be painful
if you wanted it to, but the choice is there for you. I mean like I said, like
I mentioned earlier, you can scoot up a hill in flat out turbo, but you can also ride in eco mode and make it a really
challenging and physical ride. – Yeah. I genuinely think that for
80% of people out there, the E-Bike is actually a
better tool for mountain biking than their standard mountain bike. To enjoy mountain biking, I think you’ve got to
be really really fit. And if you’re not fit, it
isn’t fun is it, at all? – There are lots of
barriers to mountain biking that’s for sure.
– Definitely. Yeah. And I think if you haven’t
got there time to get out and do those big rides and
be fit on your mountain bike, then you’re not going to
enjoy mountain biking. So an E-Bike just gives you
that instant key to fitness. And it makes mountain biking
what we all perceive it as, as a real fun sport. But it’s bloody hard if you’re not fit. – Yeah. So get out there, get down to the shop, have a look around some bikes and some good full-suspension bikes. They’re starting around
about £2,500 to £3000. I know it’s a lot of money. But if you’re gonna go mountain biking in really off road conditions,
then that’s a good choice. Otherwise, if you simply
want to be riding fire roads or single track smooth trails, then maybe a hardtail
is a good way to go to. (slow jazz music) – So we’re here at the trail
today with Jasper Penton on his Cannondale Moterra NEO 2. Let’s take a closer look at his bike. So this is size large aluminum frame. It’s got 130mm travel match our 140mm travel fork on the front. It’s all powered by that Bosch
Performance Line CX Motor. And Cannondale have actually manufactured their own
mount for this engine. It’s called the SI mount. That allows a Cannondale to actually rotate the motor slightly, it’ll allow for a shorter
chain set on this bike, so a really maneuverable bike. So the big change on the 2019 Moterra is that internal battery, so
it’s all gone internal. Now they’ve opted to put a Bosch In-Tube battery
on this, 504 watt hours, so a lot of range out on that trail too. It cleans up the lines of the bike a lot, and makes it look a lot cleaner. It’s a really nice thing that Cannondale do on all of their bikes, from the cheapest option the NEO 3, up to the Cannondale NEO, is actually they’ll use that same
battery and motor size. The battery is the same size on the high-end as it is on the low-end. Obviously all matched up with that Bosch Performance Line CX Motor. It’s a really nice move
there from Cannondale. The whole bike’s a really
attractive package. SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, Maxxis tires front and rear, and some nice solid dependable
650b wheels from WTB. So a nice solid dependable
bike there from Cannondale. – So today you’ll see a lot of Panasonic motors here on the show. But there’s a few new
bikes come out this month with that new Panasonic motor. Right Steve? – Yeah, it’s all base around
a unit called the GXO, which produces 90 N.m of torque, and weighs in at 2.95 kilos, which actually puts it
alongside the Brose Mag S in terms of weight and
also the output on it. And the good thing about the GXO motor, is it produces a constant power over a wide range of cadences. And I’ve seen a few bikes Chris, I think the first up is the
Flyer, the Flyer Uproc7. – [Chris] Looks good. – [Steve] 160mm travel,
comes in at about €4,300. And yeah, it’s a really nice touch. It’s got a nice display
in the center of the bike. It’s got an aluminum cover
to protect the motor. – Nice. – I don’t know much about Flyer really. I know it’s a Swiss company, and they do make quite a lot of E-Bikes. But I think it’s the Uproc7, which is like I said,
the 160mm travel bike, comes in a wide range of specifications, which there’s somehthing
in there for everybody. And I think the pricing is good. It comes in five ranges, five size ranges, sorry, from small up to XL. And the good news for the tall people is that the XL comes at 490mm reach, which is a good size for
someone over six foot tall. But from across the pond Chris, the Van Dessel.
– The new Van Dessel. Not to be confused with Vin Diesel. But Van Dessel, yeah, they’ve
launched some new bikes. The Captain Shred. So I think it’s looking pretty good. – [Steve] What do you
think of the name of that, Captain Shred? – [Chris] I don’t know. The whole Van Dessel thing
is a bit different as well. But the Captain Shred Van Dessel. – I like it.
– It’s pretty cool isn’t it? – [Steve] I mean it gives
you a good spec on the bike. It looks like the angles are good. It’s very neat. – [Chris] Got its big internal battery. And obviously that Panasonic
new motor as well GXO. So looking pretty attractive. – I think it’s cool, I
think it’s really good too, we’re hearing from more
companies like Panasonic. Cause it’s a really really big company. – Big name yeah. Big science… Well they’re already bringing a strong motor to the game already, their first effort. So I think along with those other motors, you’ve got Continental as well with all their experience
and money coming in, you’ve got Panasonic, and
obviously the big players a well. So it’s an exciting
year for E-Bike motors. – Good stuff. – Disused quarries are a great place to be brushing up on those
skills on the E-Bikes. That’s because they’re
littered with things just like this scree slope. Let’s take a look at how
we tackle a scree slope. When you arrive at the
top of the scree slope, it’s quite natural to be
scared and get on like, oh what the hell am I doing. But this is where you
really need to commit. As soon as you drop in to that slope things will actually start relaxing you’ll get more into the flow of it and just enjoy the ride down. When you first come into
it, it’s really important to stay committed as you
role into this part of it. Just learn the grip levels
first on your first run. Go down, just get your weight back, dig the back wheel in,
modulate the front brake. You don’t want to skid so much, but just try and modulate your brake in front and rear, the whole way down. Keep your weight back,
especially on scree slopes, cause they can be quite soft, so actually that front wheel can dig in sometimes chuck you over the handlebars. So really get back behind the bike, let the bike move around. On the approach to the scree slope, just make sure you’ve selected
the right gear you want, and that’s gonna give you
a bit of drive if needed. Come in with enough
speed to crest over that into the slope, over the crest nicely. You don’t want to be breaking,
and coming in too slow, cause that can really
make a loss of balance. Come in committed, work
your way down the bank. Let’s give it a go. You get your weight back, cause you might just get that back wheel (dirt scraping). Once you’ve got that
basic technique dialed, it’s time to have fun with it. Carve your way down there
just like a snowboarder, holding onto that back brake,
digging that back wheel in, snaking your way down,
carving big dirt waves. So it’s time for climb of the week, and we’ve got this one sent in from Barry. – Not Barry, South Wales. Barry, as in Mr. Barry. It’s a rim finesse and it shows his 14 year
old lightweight daughter. I don’t know whether your daughter is taking your bike Barry, or not. But she seems to be having a great time. I can relate to this totally, because I’ve often taken my
15 year old daughter out, and she rides my E-Bike, and
aptly smokes me up the hills. And it’s great to see you out in the woods having fun with your family Barry. Keep it going. – Okay ,so it’s time for some feedback. We parted a load of videos
over the Christmas period, and we got loads of
different people coming in. And the big thing that I heard, was Steve wanted to
talk to me a little bit about the hardtail video. – (laughs) – What’s going on Steve? What’s the problem? – Ah Chris, I’m really sorry. I’ve got to pull you up
on the hardtail video. – I thought you might. – I could pull you up. Couple of the things you said, hardtails fire you out of a corner way better than a full-suspension bike. – [Chris] Yep, on that trail. – [Steve] Which you didn’t say. I mean you were actually on a BMX track. You’re on a surface mountain bike trail. – [Chris] Bike trail, mountain bike trail. With burms, which if you think about it, if you’re on a BMX bike, a BMX bike would have fired
you out of that corner. – Yep. – So I think you need to be specific about the type of
terrain you’re riding on. – Pacific not specific. – Specific. If you fear, a hardtail won’t fire out of a big rooty corner,
I can tell you that. – But not everyone’s riding
big rooty corners are they? Some people are riding
these nice smooth trails. – Yeah, okay. And the other thing, is you said that you felt connected going up. Again, you were actually
riding a smooth trail uphill. – Yeah, I know. But you know what I mean, if your wheels spin on
a full-suspension bike, I think it’s more direct with a hardtail. As soon as that… You’re more in touch
with real wheel I think. – Well yes. And my point is, you feel
in touch with a real wheel because what’s happening is your back wheel is sliding
a lot more than it is on a full-suspension bike. So the point is the full-suspension bike is gonna give you more grip
on a climb than a hardtail is. (video sped up) You know, it’s all good banter. And we want to hear obviously those. It’s great because when we do the hardtail versus full-suspension, there was banter in
favor of full-suspension, and when Chris did his hardtail
everyone was pro hardtail. But it’s not about me and Chris, what about what you guys have been saying over the last month. And the first thing I think we need to do is enlarge the size of that
text because I cannot see that. – Yeah we’ve had this one
in from Wayne Carkeek. E-Bikes take away almost all the downsides of full-suspension. I used to hate full-suspension
until I got an E-Bike. I got a hardtail mid-drive E-Bike thinking it would be
the best thing for him. I then discovered it would
be a massive mistake, I’ll never buy anything but
a full-suspension E-Bike from now on, traded it out within months. Love my hardtail conventional bike and will never buy a
full-suspension conventional. Two totally different scenarios. If you haven’t ridden the E-Bike hardtail versus full-suspension, you need to before you
come to a conclusion. – Yeah. Well I guess it comes down
to the way you ride right? – Definitely, yeah. – But I’m glad that you’re
happy with your both bikes. You’re a very fortunate character. Dragos Ion. Reinstalled some of my motivation on my Trek Powerfly hardtail
back in the bike parks. Thank you. For too long I’ve cringed at Steve’s hardtail unfair
and prejudiced comments. (explosion noise with mouth) – It’s a hit to the heart. How’s it feel. – Hit to the heart isn’t it? – Now you know how I felt. – Almost as if hardtails are
not competitive real bikes. I love my Trek hardtail. Thank you again. I tell you what, I’ll
give Chris a hug for you. (laughs) – Cheers. – And that’s it for
your comments this week. Keep them coming in. It’s always good to have
banter with you guys. And yeah, can’t wait for the
next hardtail video Chris. Okay, time for the big blue marble, spinning big blue marble. And this week is from a place
which I can’t pronounce Chris. The Chilcotins? – Chilcotins. – [Steve] Chilcotins. Where are the Chilcotins Chris? – [Chris] No idea Steve. – You’ve got no idea?
– Canada somewhere. – [Steve] It’s got to be
in Canada somewhere right? – [Chris] Yep. – [Steve] And do you know what? We babble on about E-Bike
adventures all the time. I mean you’re some wildlife
photographers from IFHT Films. They’re riding some tracks here, which I think they say going to places they’ve
never been to before. Which an E-Bike allows us
to get to those places. I think it’s a pretty cool video. – [Chris] Cruising around. And they’re saying that the E-Bike’s actually the best tool for the job. They were trying to get
to these remote places. And they were talking about parking and carrying all their gear in on foot, or riding dirt bikes in, you know like motocross
bikes things like that. But they found the E-Bike is actually the best tool for the job. – [Steve] Nice and quiet. – [Chris] Yeah, nice and
quiet, no trail damage. It is literally the best tool for the job. – And a while back we
looked at Jimmy Chin, the adventurer and
photographer Jimmy Chin, who was up in the
mountains using his E-Bike to get to those new places. How long before the likes
of David Attenborough is using an E-Bike to
go and chase gorillas through the Serengeti. There’s no gorillas in
the Serengeti is there? – I have no idea. – Wildebeest? – Maybe.
– Huh? – I don’t know? I’ve never been to Serengeti. – Anyway, guys exploring Chilcotins. Looks like a great video, check it out. In the meantime back over in Ireland, we’ve got this photograph in from Jane, who’s out on her… I can’t see that from here.
– Tookus – [Steve] What bike is it? – Oh, it’s a CUBE.
– It’s a CUBE? – Yep.
– Yep. So Jane in Northern Ireland. Apparently Jane is the first female, in that part of the
world, to own an E-Bike. So Jane, thanks for
sending your photograph in. Keep sending some more pictures of your action on your E-Bike adventures. So what have we got coming out on the EMBN channel this week? Well, on Friday we’ve got a video called spinning versus grinding. When to use a high cadence on your E-Bike and when maybe to grind it out. And we shot it in absolutely
slashing it down weather. – It was the worst day ever wasn’t it? I think it was.
– It was absolutely horrendous (crosstalk) – This Sunday! – Sunday is we went to the
place where electricity is made up on Electric Mountain. And Chris, myself, road some
pretty scary slate ascents. – Big inclines, sketchy descents. – Really sketchy. – And another really nasty
day of Welsh weather. – (laughs) – So look out for that
one on Sunday as well. – No, do not miss, do not miss Electric
Mountain, it’s a beauty. It’s time for the bike vault! – Let’s get into it. We’ve got this one in from
James with a Spectral on. He’s out in Coed-y-Brenin. – Coed-y-Brenin. – Sorry.
– North Wales. – Enjoying the ride to the
new E-bike earlier last year. – Do I love this. One of the UKs oldest
mountain bike trails, on one of the newest E-mountain
bikes, and it’s Canyon. – It looks really enhanced,
that 29 front wheel, and that 27 five rear on it doesn’t it? – But look, I think
that’s a moment in time, E-Bikes in Coed-y-Brenin,
super nice, super nice. (horn honking) Ooh, that’s a nice background isn’t it? Where is that from then Chris? – This is from– – Peak District. – Yep, Cut Gate Peak District. In from Ian on his Kenevo TLD edition so it’s got Troy Lee graphics. Really nice looking bike. – Come on. Come on.
– 2018. – What are you waiting for? – Middle of nowhere, and he– – Super nice.
(horn honking) – Smashes his mech off just after he– – Oh, no! – Yeah. So he had to single
speed it on the way home. – Oh crikey. Wow. – But you gave him a super nice for that? – Super nice. Not for smashing the mech off, but for– – Making the effort of getting up there. – Yeah, yeah. – Got this one in from Scott. Trek PF 7, Sun Valley, Arizona. Been there Steve? – I’ve been around not
far from there yeah. – He said this is his first
ride without breaking the law. – (laughs) – Effectively generally the first E-Bikes are now allowed to ride
on all county trails. – Yes! – Don’t tell anyone I’ve been riding them since I got my E-Bike. So good to see, yeah,
it’s all getting passed, and getting bigger and bigger out there. – Should we reserve this one? I mean I feel it’s super nice but, – I’m gonna give him a super
nice getting out there. – Yes.
(horn honking) Pioneering the trails. – Jerry, I think this is the guy we met at Windhill awhile ago. Do you think? On his Merida eONE-SIXTY.
– Oh it could be. Merida. Merida? – Merida. – My first bike was a Merida. – Was it? – In Israel on a hill
by the Mediterranean. – Bat Yam. – Oh this has proven tough
going this week Chris. I mean these are… – I think you selected
these ones out didn’t you? – I didn’t know honestly. They’re just as they
come out of the machine. – Beautiful sunny day after many rainy days riding on the hills. Doesn’t even look rainy does it? Dry.
– Dry Jerry. Okay, only thing is is that the horizon is
cutting through the top tube. So that’s the only reason I
feel that it should be reserved. – Nice. – Nice. – Harsh Steve. – Aww it’s a puppy. – Dogs, we always like
dogs in the bike vault. So this is in from– – And we have to be consistent. We have to be consistent because again, horizon’s cutting through the top tube. – This is from Kyle Longsor. – Yeah, at Langsett Reservoir. – Specialized Kenevo. – Aww, what’s the puppy called? – It doesn’t say. What do you reckon it’s called? – Puppy? – Pup? – Nice, nice. – Right, moving on. This is from Allen KTM Macino Kapoho 274, Hamsterley Forest, County Durham. – Yeah. Is that… – Is that what? – Well I’ll let you say. You decide. – I’m gonna give him a nice as well. – Okay moving on. – Not that inspiring of
a background on that one. – Ooh crikey, you’ve got off track there haven’t you Steven in Northeast Scotland? Just getting into mountain
biking, it’s great. But almost as much fun
going uphill on an E-Bike as it is flying back down. – I know that feeling. 2019 Haibike Nduro 3.0 as well. – Nice. – Don’t see too many of them. Thinking nice or super nice? – Oh, it’s nice isn’t it? – Nice. Classic too. – Nice I like, yeah nice. This one in from Michael,
Trek Powerfly FS 5. Burwood Beach, also
known as Glenrock Beach, New South Wales, Australia. We love to ride our E-Bikes in Australia. – The thing is, are we biased because we like all these
pictures in the sun? – I know, we just sat here
in the rain and the gloom. Exploring the countryside for new places to ride with friends. – Lovely. – It’s got to be a super nice right? Sun, E-bike, sand. (horn honking) And that’s it we’re out of the bike vault. But if you want to keep
sending your bikes in, drop it into the uploader service. The address is on the screen now. Get your bikes in we’ll give
you a nice or a super nice. – So there you go guys, we’ve
fired into 2019 in fun form. If you are on the edge, if
you are teetering on the edge of buying your first E-mountain bike, and have any doubts, please get in touch. And we’ll do our best– – Do it, do it. – To help you and tip you over the edge, tip the balance in favor
of your first E-bike. So yeah, please, please get in touch. For now, if you want some inspiration, check out Chris Smith’s
E-Bike commute challenge. – And if you want to see all
the riding we were on about on hardtails earlier on in the show, check out those videos too, how hard you can go on a hardtail. Pretty hard. – Yeah. Don’t forget, you can like,
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