Cheap E-Bike Mountain Climb Challenge

Cheap E-Bike Mountain Climb Challenge


– The big mountains, they
require the best preparations, solid fitness and the most
sophisticated equipment. – Yeah, we’re here in
the middle of Snowdonia, the UK’s second highest
mountain in the UK. I brought with me my Canyon Spectral AL. It’s a ultimate
state-of-the-art piece of kit. The only sort of thing you can tackle this sort of terrain on. – Or do you? I’ve also got this. At 350 pounds, it’s a
fraction of the price, and no doubt, it’s a
fraction of the performance. The tires are skinny, the
sizing, that’s questionable and the brakes, well,
they’re cable operated. The question is: will this
bike get us up to the top of Britain’s second highest
mountain in one piece? (electric dance music) Honestly, it’s so sketchy. It is so sketchy. – [Chris] I’m not getting my handle, now look at the wheel
flexing as you come up there. long road there, I think. (beat music) – Chris, this here is the
Cyclomatic CS1 Power Plus. Isn’t she a beauty – [Steve] Right. It’s a
hub driven bike, so okay, it’s going to be a little
bit bumpy on the decent, but it’s got Shimano
gearing and disc brakes. – [Chris] Yeah, cable disc
brakes, Steve, look at them. What the hell is that thing,
hanging off the back-end? – Actually, Chris, what the hell is that? (Train engine roar) we’re not letting the train be
a stop (mumbles)or any cost. – [Chris] Let’s get on. (techno music) (bikes riding on dirt) – [Steve] We were barely
100 meters at Llanberis and I was already pushing.
It didn’t bode well. (techno music) Chris, at 1085 meters, it
really is a beauty of a track. Now, there’s many ways up
here. Is the Pyg Track, is the Miners Track,
there’s the Watkin Path. But they’re all foot paths,
so we can’t ride them on our E-Bikes. This is a bridle way. So, there’s three options:
we’ve got Snowdon Ranger, we got Rhyd Zee or this, the Llanberis path. Whoa, Chris, on this smooth
bit, this bike is pretty good. – [Chris] Yeah, but that’s
it, Steve, it’s smooth. It’s like a canal topa,
feel how grade it is. – It’s great. – This is mountain biking.
I want to see how you get on at these steps. – Not even you’re getting up there. – Sure?
– Yeah. – Let’s get into it then. – Big talk, big talk. (bike pedaling) All the way, Chris. You know
what, he might have a point. That did seem pretty effortless, right? (Sicilian music) (train on tracks) (upbeat music) – I just feel that rear
suspension soaking up a good grip on these rocks, Steve,
how you finding that? – Well, doesn’t it say it all?
I mean, I’m cruising up here. Might be on the sheep’s path — – Yeah, you’re not even on the trail – Yeah, well the alternative… see that there? The
alternative is actually go on the railway line, but
I’m not gonna do that. But you know what?
– What? – Do you know what, even on
this 350 pound Supermarket bike, – Yeah.
– It’s still probably easier than on a state-of-the-art,
old fashioned bike. – (music drowns out speech) – At 7000 pounds. – Yeah, you got to think
about that, definitely. – I am thinking about it, I’m thinking… – That is a easier way out,
than a regular pedal bike up Snowdon.
– But I do want an easier way out. This
is still a workout. – Oh yeah, for sure. – Come on. Listen, whatever, at 1085
meters, it’s still a challenge Do you know what? It
takes five to seven hours to walk up this hill,
but the quickest time was actually set in 1985, by
a guy called, Kenny Stewart, who did it in one hour,
two minutes and 29 seconds. Do you recon I can beat that? – I have no idea, Steve,
but one thing I do know, I’m gonna see you at the coffee
shop. See you at the top. (techno music) At the half-way point, I was
tired of waiting for Steve on his poor-excuse of an
E-Bike, so I decided it was time for a cup of coffee. (Sicilian music) Where the hell have you been, Steve? – Chris, you’ll be able to
answer that question yourself, when you take over the bars
of this very, fine machine. – There’s no way my hands are
touching that horrible piece of junk. I’m not getting my hands on that. Look at the wheel flexing
as you come up there. Skinny tires, 48 spoke wheel. – Chris, you are so, so
elitist, it’s disgusting. Come on. (Techno music) As we headed into the mist,
we did not know what was ahead of us. Would it be
rough, would it be smooth and could we get to the
top of this mountain. That was the big question. Okay, the conditions are
still, quite pedaling, but it’s relatively smooth
and in conditions like this, the bike is actually
doing relatively well, we’re making good progress.
Okay, I’m in the lowest gear and I’m in the highest
mode. It’s just when you get to bits like this, these
steppy bit of the terrain and really is lacking a
bit of power and grip, but with a bit of effort,
you can still get up there. (Jazzy music) Chris, did you know, Sir
Edmund Hillary’s colleagues, actually trained on Snowdon,
before their attempt of Everest and do you know what, this
is actually becoming a bit of an Everest for me,
but there’s always gonna be Hike-a-bike section, but
it’s such a Victorian way of moving, hiking a bike up a mountain. – Sure, yeah, it’s horrible isn’t it? Big question is though, Steve. Can you beat that train up
there, it’s moving at 4.7 miles an hour, all the way up that hill. Do you recon you can beat that? – [Steve] Well, do you know what? I always thought it was
gonna be about the tires, but I don’t think it’s
about the tires now. I was really wishing:
Why can’t I get a tires. But I think it’s about
the power. It’s beginning to “clunk” in the back.
– Is it? – Beginning to get edgy by this– – You look a little bit, yeah. – [Steve} (mumbles) Edgy. How much further’s it? – A good hour.
– An hour? – [Chris] You’re not gonna make that. – It’s steeper and it’s more misty. – It’s really wind, as well – Really windy – Really? Mist, windy. Is it
more like this or is it smooth? – Oh no, no it’s much, it
gets much steeper than this. – Are you serious? – It honestly does, it does
– yeah. – What? Okay, so I’ve now got to carry — – But it’s fine, cause we’ve seen lots of mountain bikers going
up, carrying their bikes. – Perfect. – [Chris] We need to ride. – And some really, in their 80’s and 90’s (laughing) – But why are you gonna carry
a bicycle up a mountain? It’s ridiculous, right? – [Woman With black Back-Pack]
It doesn’t make sense, but that’s what lots of people
are doing. Carrying them up. (techno music) – [Steve] I begin to question
whether it was actually wise or even worth it, to
bring a super bike, sorry, supermarket bike up Snowdon,
but as we broke through the mist, it all became
clear. This was magic. (upbeat music) There were moments, back
there, when I began to think whether I was on a Charity Bike Push. – I can imagine. – Honestly, it’s those
steep, but smooth sections, where those bikes can
absolutely breeze up there. Where as a bike like
this, it simply hasn’t got the guts, really. – Super technical stuff, must’ve
been a nightmare on this. I was struggling on those
big steps, let alone on that thing, with the little tires. Did you see the train? Did
you see how much (beep) it was chucking out? – [Steve] Horrendous, wasn’t it. – [Chris] The air quality would
be better and less disgrae than up here, today. I was
actually being covered in soot. – Really?
– It was ridiculous — – Surely (mumbles)
– Black soot. – Is that an excuse for not
coming up the hill so fast? – Huh? – Is that an excuse for
not coming up here so fast. – Look, the tag’s still on there. – Yeah – (mumble) at the top,
you’ll be eating your words. (upbeat music) – [Steve] And there we were, at the top of Britain’s second
highest mountain, Snowdon. Conquered on a bike that really
had no right to be there. (upbeat music) well, they have turned out,
in their hoards, to see the super bike, sorry,
supermarket bike, get to the summit of Snowdon. And why not? Because if there’s any
reason to get an E-Bike, a place like this, is just it. Yes, Chris, you did
actually manage to get up the banks that I couldn’t
get up on it, but, you know, it’s a lot bigger, better bike, right. – Yeah. I can’t believe you’ve
actually made it up here on that thing. It’s so
impressive. 350 quid. Ger aphic views like this.
You might have struggled and pushed on a little bits,
but I think you rode up, like 80% of that trail. – [Steve] I think we rode up
80% of it. That’s not bad going on a bike for 350 pound,
bought last week from a supermarket. The question is, Chris: Is it a Mountain Bike?
Now. I’ve got one bar left, so that 1085 meter climb, on one battery, on a 350 pound bike, that’s not bad. I think a bike like this,
is probably more suited to smooth fire roads, than mountains. – Or commuting for the town
and stuff like that, I think. – I recon it’s good for a bit of off-road. – You gotta forget, don’t
forget about your skill level, Steve, as well. Coming up
here on a bike like that is probably not gonna
be for your average… – So you’re (mumble) telling
people not to go and try it. Listen
– no, I’m saying you’re skill level is gonna
be good and maximizing the effects of that bike. – I guess it’s fair comment. However, there’s a train back
down. It costs 30 pound. It takes an hour. I’m beginning
to worry about the forks, remember when I was coming up that hill, the forks where bouncing,
so it really did affect the handling and I did see
a lot of twisting going on, especially on one of
those down hill sections. – I wouldn’t worry too much about that. You got 48 spokes in these wheels ( Steve laughs) they gonna keep things stiff at the front. – Yeah, it’s got 48 in the back. – Yeah, quick release wheels. – I’m just gonna be
bounced around quite a lot on the decent, right. – I mean, if you get a
puncture in these 1.95 tires, you can whip them out,
quick release front wheel — – [Steve] There you go,
Chris, we’ve taken E-Bikes to the mountain yet again, right. – [Chris] Yeah, it’s been cool.
It’s been a hell of a trip and hell of a ride and probs
for getting that thing up here. – So, we’re gonna drop down hill. However if you want to see some more epic videos. Check out the video me
and Chris did on the Slab, which is a bit more urban, bit smoother. – (fast talking) another
epic ride with Steve and Hanna Barns in the most
remote pub, up in Scotland, that was epic
– That was wet. – Yeah, that was a wet one. – This is like, this is like
Mediterranean weather up here. Late October, in Wales. – But don’t forget, if
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