5 Trail Skills To Perfect Your E-Bike Riding

5 Trail Skills To Perfect Your E-Bike Riding


– Today we’re gonna be
hitting the trails on E-bikes, looking at quite a few
different trail obstacles, different techniques, how to tackle them. Really harnessing that
power of that E-bikes. Let’s go! (tires screeching) (upbeat electronic music) So when you’re out on your E-bike ride, something you will find a
lot of is river crossings, streams, fords, anything like
that can cause you problems if you attack it the
wrong way on your E-bike. Obviously water and
electricity doesn’t mix so we’re gonna be lookin’ at
how to cross this river safely and getting you to the other
side without any problems. So first thing I do before I even commit to this river crossing
is checking that depth, that is really vital on your E-bike. If the water’s gonna come up over your bottom bracket on your
motor and your battery, you’re gonna run into problems. So just check that first
before you even commit to this. Next thing I’m doin’ is I’ve come down, I’ve switched up into turbo mode. That means every little stab at that pedal is just gonna get me across there. If you’re in a low power
mode, you’re gonna struggle, especially if there’s
silty parts in there. Next thing I’m gonna be doing
is checking that riverbed. I can see on this one it’s
rocky, few little obstructions, so there’s gonna be good grip
as I travel across the water. The other thing I’m doing
is checking my exit as well, just making sure that
that’s clear, no sticky mud, no steep bank, or if there
is I’m prepared for it. Exit is just as vital as
gettin’ across the middle. If you’re gonna make
a mistake on the exit, you’re gonna fall back in that
river, put your feet down, much to the amusement of your mates. Just remember if you’re
not confident in doin’ this correctly, you’re gonna
stall, maybe even fall over and drop that bike in the river,
it’s gonna cause problems. So maybe try and find some stepping stones or try and find the closest bridge, that way you’re not gonna
run into any problems at all. So if that entrance to
river is really steep there’s a few things we need to look at. First thing is just checking
that that, the riverbed, where our front wheel is gonna
hit is actually firm, rocky. If it’s clay or silt or
soft, don’t even attempt it ’cause as soon as you go in
that front wheel’s gonna bite, gonna pitch you straight over
the handlebars into the river. Funny as it seems, not
good for you or your bike. Just make sure that’s good. We just approach it, just
making sure our weight is nice and back over the back wheel, just crawl in nice and slow. Get on the power. So the same for steep exits,
if that bank is big and steep get the power on, get that
speed, get outta there clean. (calm instrumental music) Steep chutes, they’re a nemesis
for most mountain bikers but your E-bike with
its big, sticky tires, lots of suspension, stable platform, is a really good tool for the job. If they’re long, short,
steep, it’s all exactly the same techniques,
and we’re gonna look at getting you down and safely now. So the main reason a lot
of riders mess chutes up is actually not committing
as they drop into that chute. This bike length or so area
before you commit to that chute is vital, this is where
you need to be getting your weight back, gettin’
that speed to enter. If you’re scrubbing too
much speed off here, it’s actually gonna
make that chute harder. So before I commit to the
chute I’m just checking my entry and my exit points are clear. As I approach the drop, I’m
comin’ in with good speed, commitment, level pedal,
focusing on my exit of the chute. So there ya go, it’s easy as that. All I’ve done, basically,
is got my weight backwards, I’ve modulated my brake, we
try to drag that back brake, you can even skid if it
makes you feel safer. Also modulating that front
brake, you don’t want that front brake to skid but
try and use it on and off, pretty much like an ABS system in the car, if it does skid let it go
and pull it back on again. Just get your weight
back, focus on your exit. So once you’ve mastered your
techniques on stuff like this you can move on to stuff like this. (calm instrumental music) So pedal strikes, quite a
common thing to happen when you’re out riding your E-bike,
especially on some climbs. Lot of aftermarket
manufacturers now are offering shorter cranks, like 155
mil, I don’t really see that as a necessity if you’ve
got good technique. The way we tackle these
climbs is basically picking a really good line
and looking at its obstacles such as the rocks, roots which
are gonna cause a problem and planning your route,
each pedal push down is like a footstep forward. So just plan as you look up
that hill and your climb, just look and think where
your pedals are gonna go. If you think you’re gonna
clip like a rock or a root or wheel spin, just give it
an extra surge on the power to make it past that danger point. So once you’ve planned
your route up that climb, looking at where those
pedals are gonna go, if you can see that a
pedal strike’s imminent, it’s vital you get on that power early, give a good downward thrust on the pedal, engage that motor, lift that pedal high and get that pedal over
the obstacle nicely. So like this example
here, I’ve got a big root on the left-hand side on
a bit of a mellow climb. If I ride it slowly,
I’m gonna need to pedal up this climb, meaning that
my pedal’s gonna strike that root on the left-hand side. But what I’m doin’ early
is getting on the power, giving a big surge of power
here and coasting past this root with the left-hand
pedal nice and high and riding away cleanly. (calm instrumental music) Keeping that flow on your E-bike is a really important part of it. Keeping those wheels in
motion, feeling that flow. Here I’ve come straight
across a big rock slab in front of me, to the left
there’s an easier looking line, it’s got a big rock and
a big root hanging out, could cause some pedal
strike issues there. In front of me, I’ve got
a nice rock transition going up onto that slab. If you harness that power on your E-bike, this is actually gonna
be the easiest line. Nice, so how I did that,
basically, was coming in my wrong foot forward,
we’re in turbo mode, so coming in coasting wrong foot forward, transferring with a good, hard
thrust of my forward foot, keeping that momentum going,
lifting that front wheel up off the first rock, keeping my weight back to help that bike onto the top of the slab and then just rolling down
the other side nicely. Lot easier than that other line. (calm instrumental music) Logs, you’re gonna find ’em
on most of your trail ride. They can be a nightmare,
they disturb your flow, you hit your chain room on
’em, you hit your front wheel, you hit your back wheel,
you go over the handlebars into the brambles, the list is endless. There’s a few common
ways to get over the logs but the key thing is is commitment, I can literally hit this
log no handed on my E-bike, such a stable bike, big tires, heavy, just commitment is key,
I’m gonna show you now. Come in, good speed. Take my hands off, focus. Let that suspension in the
bike do the work, you don’t have to put in a lot of work
to do it, commitment is key. Okay, so as I mentioned, there’s
a few different techniques to get over those logs in the trails, let’s have a look at ’em now. This is the front wheel bump. Basically you’re driving that
front wheel into the log, transferring your weight backwards, basically using it as a big jump. So good speed, bump that front wheel. Straight over there cleanly. This next one we’re gonna look at is the front wheel then
the rear wheel lift. So we’re lifting the
front wheel over the log then picking the back wheel
up over the log as well. So you come in, over, lifting that back wheel up as well. Third, possibly final way you can do it is the traditional bunny hop. You’re comin’ in, again, good speed. Squashing that bike down and over. So there you have it, a
few different techniques to get you over those logs on the trail. Obviously the techniques
differ on the size of the logs but just with commitment
and a bit of confidence, hittin’ those smaller logs
is pretty easy on an E-bike. So that’s it, I really hope
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