Can A Slopestyle Bike Do Everything? Blake Finds Out…

Can A Slopestyle Bike Do Everything? Blake Finds Out…


(hip-hop music) – Well I get this question asked a lot in the comments down below,
about slopestyle bikes. Can they be used as an enduro bike, or a downhill bike if they have one. Also, another question is: I
want to buy a slopestyle bike. Can I use it for cross-country,
enduro, and downhill? Well, to be honest I’ve
never tried doing that because it’s purely just for slopestyle. It’s a full suspension bike so
you would think that there’s going to have that suspension element, so it’s going to be a little
bit more comfortable out there on the trails, but it’s a stiff bike. It’s meant for big jumps. But I’m out here at BikePark Wales, and it’s got abundance of trails
ranging from cross-country, to big jumps, to gnarly
sections, muddy sections, rocky, techy sections, so I’m
going to put this bike to test. I’m going to try to answer
a few of your questions and see if you can actually
do all of that riding on this bike out there. Right before we get
into all the challenges, a little bike check for you. So, 26 inch wheels, slick
tires, high-rolling tires, not very grippy for mountain bike trails. It’s a short wheel base,
a short travel bike, and it hasn’t got a drop
[mumbles], so there’s going to be a few challenges out there that
are going to be quite difficult. Especially when I come to some
steep terrain, cause there’s a very steep head angle
on this bike, as well. So, let’s get out there
and do these challenges, and see what this bike
can do and can’t do. (groans) This is the first challenge. Pedaling, climbing. Can this bike climb? (groans) We’re going to have to find out. This has got one gear,
and it’s a big old pedal up this hill to the top of the trail. Right, okay, the verdict
on the climbing situation. First challenge. Not
good. Not good at all. It’s a one speed bike, so it’s quite hard, specifically for going quite
fast on certain trails, you’ll get your speed out
there, and you can’t man gears on this bike either so
that’s a big downfall. It’s not built for climbing at all. Head angles, so bad, you got no drop post, it’s not built for it. Let’s carry on to the next challenge. So, if you’re at a place
where there is an uplift, definitely use her because
it’s going to probably get you to the top of the hill quicker,
and you’re going to keep all that energy for the shredding down. So let’s go and test this
bike out on the trail, and see what it’s like in rough stuff, some downhill stuff, cuz
I’ve only got one break. It’s wet, and I’ve got some
slick tires, so let’s do it. (club music) Okay that was a bit of an easy
one because I do know that this bike is capable of hitting like, huge jumps such like these ones. It does lose a bit of speed,
especially on the little [mumbles] there I had to
pedal through the last one, but it felt good. Head angle’s a little bit
steep, I’m running one break, so when you want to slow down for stuff, cause this does carry a
bit of speed after a jump, it’s a little bit sketchy
cause I haven’t got two breaks to slow me down that quick,
but let’s move on to something a bit more mountain
bike, a bit more trail-y. Get this bike a little bit
out of its comfort zone. Put it to the test. (club music) Right, so I’m riding this
section of trail right here, and I’m trying to ride it
fast but it’s so sketchy trying to ride it fast because it’s so twitchy, but it’s fun. It adds a little bit more
of a different element out there on the trail,
cause I’m not used to riding a slopestyle bike in the woods,
but it kind of works-ish. It’s fun, for a day I think,
but riding it every day, it’s going to be super hard. (club music) Oh my god. I’ve just crossed, I’ve
just done like a walkthrough of this bit of trail
right here. It’s steep. This is technical, this
is the technical challenge for that little slopestyle bike. It just drops down and it’s
like a step, step, and step, and a big [mumbles] at the bottom. Here we go, let’s try it. Oh my… (laughs) Oh, I am not doing that bit. That’s super tech. This route, so I’ve just done
that bit, and that was gnarly, but this is a trail called Rock and Roll, it’s a black route, so it’s
quite scary and gnarly, and this section now, there’s
loads of rocks like this, so it’s, with my slick tires,
I’m just going to be slipping and sliding, and I got one
break, and I’m not going to, I got to make sure I stay
on trail cause if you go off there’s boulder field and trees,
so let’s have a go and see if we can actually ride
it on a slopestyle bike. I’m pretty nervous to be
honest, because I’ve only got one break and I’ve just
seen Neal go down it and he looked fine but,
slippery and scary. (exhales) Right. If I dab, I dab. I’m not going fast. It’s not a race. Wish me luck. Oh my hell. Oh my hell. Oh my hell. (screaming laughing) No, no, no that’s not slopestyle. That’s horrible downhill,
like, eight inches of travel, not 110 milum of small travel. This next challenge is
technical, rough sections where you’re going to need suspension. Well I’ve got suspension, but it’s not, it doesn’t really work that
well cause it’s more for jumps, not for like, plushness. So, I’m going to try and this
one, this trail is called Deep Navigation, so I’m going to
try and navigate through this, quite gnarly rock garden. Try to get through it, then
come out with a verdict for you. (club music) (laughs) Right, so the verdict comes
to, this is not very good. That’s super out of its comfort
zone, out of its territory, rock gardens, it’s got
suspension but it’s not built specifically for this sort of thing. It’s built for jumps, and
it’s stiff, even though I’ve let out some pressure
and made it softer, and made my tires softer as
well to give me that extra grip, but it’s so hard. My whole riding position totally changes. I move super over the back end of the bike just to keep that bike in
control while bouncing through, while ping-ponging through that section. So, yeah. It’s not built for that. That’s for sure. Right, so there you go. Can a slopestyle bike
ride mountain bike trails such like this one at BikePark Wales? The answer is it can slightly,
but there’s a few bits where I walked up to it and I was like, I am not going to ride that
cause that’s just too gnarly for this bike, and it’s not
going to be comfortable, and I’ll probably come
out of it worse off, so I wouldn’t recommend it. But it can do it, but I
would rather buy a bike specifically for the trails,
and I would rather buy this bike for the slopestyle,
and all the dirt jumps, and all the tricks as well. But, if you want to see another
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