Could An E-Bike Be The Only Bike You Need? | One Bike To Rule Them All?

Could An E-Bike Be The Only Bike You Need? | One Bike To Rule Them All?


– Just a few years ago, I had bikes for every
style and discipline going. There was dirt jump
bikes, free ride bikes, downhill bikes, cross country bikes. But technology’s moved on
massively over the last few years. Today we’re asking the question can one e-mountain bike do it all? (upbeat hip hop music) Now free riding was a
massive part of the sport back in the early 2000. If you don’t know what free ride is it was getting creative
with natural terrain. Trying to find the biggest
drops and the biggest gaps and the biggest jumps
you could possibly do on your mountain bike. Those things were absolutely tanks. They were built to
withstand all the forces of flat landings, overshoots,
things like that. And in turn, the bikes were super heavy, probably heavier than the
bike that I have here today. My old free ride bike was about 52 pounds, it had super tacky tires and it was an absolutely
drag to ride along the flat. And you wouldn’t even dream
about riding it uphill. So free riding on an e-bike would really was a game changer for me. What I did was increase
my confidence massively, meaning that I could hit those
hits over and over again. Also things like limited
run ups became possible. Uphill run ups, short little run ups. That power from the e-bike’s motor opened up many more possibilities. (upbeat music) So downhill, if you
don’t know what that is, it’s all about getting technical. Big long flatout runs
over technical terrain. Jumps, roots, rocks, you name it it’s going to be on that trail. Now the bikes, they’re big travel bikes, 200 mil travel, super slack geometry, and they often weigh quite a lot, too. Thing is with those bikes, they’re great at going down the hill, but when you got to turn around and try and ride them back up, you’re not in with much of a
chance unless you’re super fit. Usually you sat in an uplift or if you’re lucky, you
might be on a chairlift. Now the great thing about
downhilling on the e-bike is actually the amount of time you spend on your bike actually riding it. You’re working pretty hard on your e-bike going down the hill, flip it around, engage turbo and actually take a
breather on the way back up. And you’re all fresh ready to drop in, making the downhill as our workout and the uphill as your recovery. (upbeat music) Now dirt jumping, if you
don’t know what that is is riders hit a big mounds of dirt with big gaps between them, flying high up in the air doing
as many trick as possible, spinning around, taking their hands off, spinning the handle bars,
the list is endless. Now the bikes, they’re pretty basic. They’re basically like big BMXs. Big high handle bars, stiff suspension, single speed, and often slick tires. Now they’re great at what they do, but if you take those bikes out on proper technical mountain bike trails, they’re definitely out of their depths. Now I’m guessing the
reason you bought an e-bike isn’t actually to go dirt jumping solely, but there’s no reason to shy
away from the dirt jumps, pump tracks and skills
area at the bike park because they’re great
places to learn skills that you can actually take away to your mountain bike trails. And the amount of riding you’re
actually going to be doing at a bike park, pump in, jump
in, berms, things like that, those are all skills
that you can take back to the trails you ride. (upbeat hip hop music) When it comes to general mountain biking, you might have three different
weapons in your arsenal. First up, if you like going up hill fast, they you probably have a hardtail 29 inch cross country bike. Super light weight. Those things love flying up hills, but they’re not that great
on the down hill stuff. But if you’re meeting in the middle, then you might have a trail bike, which is 120 to 140, maybe 150 mil. It’s that kind of balance of both. It will climb and it will go down hill but it’s best of both worlds. But if you’re more gravity focused, you’re probably gone for an Enduro bike. 150 to maybe even a 180 travel bike. Those things go down hill fast, but they struggle a little
bit more on the climbs. They still climb, but not as
great as a cross country bike. Thing is with those three bikes, you got to make a sacrifice somewhere, could be up hill, could be down hill. But the great thing about e-bikes, you don’t have to make
any sacrifices whatsoever. (upbeat hip hop music) Now one of the stars of mountain biking that has definitely been re-energized by the release of the e-bike
is adventure style riding. You can stick a battery in your backpack, you can ride more places
than you ever been to. Lots of new places in epic locations just like this. Now the great thing about riding an e-bike on those epic adventure style rides is it actually really opens your eyes as to what is possible on a mountain bike. You will simply go to places
that you would never go to and you’ll probably climb things you wouldn’t even dream of doing on a standard mountain bike. (upbeat music) It’s funny when you think about the evolution of mountain biking in general. When it kicked off,
literally I had one bike that would do everything,
that’d be a downhill bike, it’d be a cross country bike, it’d do the trail stuff as well. So you get used to one bike
whatever the discipline. Then of course time, over time, we got the manufacturers getting involved producing different style of
bikes for each discipline. We had downhill bikes, enduro
bikes, free ride bikes, dirt jump bikes, you
name it we had a bike. But today, I think we’ve got one bike that literally do it all. And that’s the e-bike. You see, it can literally
do every discipline with no worries whatsoever. That’s it for today’s video. Don’t forget you subscribe to EMBM by clicking the globe in
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