E Bike Vs Uplift | Which Is Faster In The Bike Park?

E Bike Vs Uplift | Which Is Faster In The Bike Park?


– Today we’re at Revolution Bike Park, home to some of the finest
trails here in the UK. Now, if you’re riding a
standard mountain bike here, you got one option to get to
the top of that massive hill, and that is the uplift. But we’ve got special permission today to go against the uplift on an e-bike. So this is e-bike versus uplift. (lo-fi music) Climbing and descending is
all part of mountain biking. The climbing bit, on a
standard mountain bike, is the hardest part,
unless your fitness is high and your bike is tailored that way. The thing is, a lot of riders
enjoy riding just downhill, gravity-based riding,
and have bikes to suit. And these bikes simply don’t climb at all. These riders, therefore, jump on an uplift van
to the top of the hill, jump out, ride down, and repeat all day. Literally spending hours
of their riding day sitting in a van, rather than riding up. Seems like madness to us. Surely going riding means riding, not driving, then riding. So today’s challenge is pretty simple. It’s the first rider
to complete three runs up and down the hill. I’m on the e-bike, we’re going to have one
rider in the uplift van. Meaning the uplift is
running super slick today, meaning there’s less traffic than usual, meaning the Land Rover might
have a slight advantage over the e-bike. Okay, time to get this show on the road. You ready, guys? – [Biker] Yeah, we’re ready. – Five, four, three, two, one. See you at the top! – [Biker] We’ll see you up there. (drumbeat patters)
(bikers chattering) – All right, let’s get him. Hunt him down (laughing)! – He’s out of here. There he is. Halfway, he’s probably halfway. We’ll see you at the top, mate. – [Biker] There we go, we’re at the top. Where is he? There he is. – Right, so the time up for
the ride up in boost mode was eight minutes bang-on, from the car park to the top of the hill. Whereas the guys in the uplift, took them six minutes to
get to the top of the hill and roughly about a
minute of faffing around, loading and offloading the
bikes to hit the trail. So about seven minutes, all in. They’re fast. (electronic pop music) I was only 60 seconds
behind the uplift, guys, by the time I dropped
into the first descent. (electronic pop music) – [Biker] That was so sick. Get back up there, before he overtakes us. (pop music) – [Biker] Keep an eye out for that bugger. (bikers chatting) (pop music) – (panting) Round one done,
onto round number two! Ah, there they are. I knew they’d be faffing around with the uplift and what else. – [Biker] Oh, there he is. There’s the cheeky bugger. – See if they can catch me now. See you later, boys! – [Biker] Let’s go, we
need to overtake him again. (dramatic music) He’s riding up. There we go. – [Biker] He’s getting away. (dramatic music) Give him a bit of smoke and
all of it when we go past. (bikers laughing) There he is. Cat and mouse, innit? (laughs) – [Driver] Off the road! (bikers laughing and yelling) – [Biker] You’re slowing us down! (dramatic music) Give him some of that (mumbles) (yelling) (bikers laughing) (engine revs) (dramatic music) – Now let’s take a look
at some of the facts and the costs for this challenge. The uplift costs 36 pounds per day. It runs from 10 til four. This means you can get an average of 10 to 18 runs in per day. The uplift usually
takes around six minutes to reach the top of the track,
which is roughly a mile long. It involves 300 meters
of vertical climbing, and it has an average waiting
time of around five minutes. On the other hand, we have
the Canyon Spectral:ON 9.0. That comes in at a
touch over 5,000 pounds. It runs every day, meaning you can get in as many runs as your battery allows you. It takes under 10 minutes to
reach the top of the track, and there is no waiting time, because as soon as you reach the bottom, you engage boost mode and start riding to the top straight away. Which means time on the bike, not in the back of some sweaty uplift. (lo-fi music) I knew I had to dig
really deep for this one, as the uplift truck had
passed me earlier on than the previous climb. It went past on the first quarter. Definitely had some
work to do on this one. But it’s all still to play for. (dramatic music) Dropping into run number two, I know the track a little better now, so let’s turn things up and
try and catch these guys. (dramatic music) (bikers yelling) – [Biker] Mate, that was just amazing. (tense music) – Whoo! Right. That’s run number two in the bag. I can actually hear that
Land Rover’s exhaust howling in the distance. I can smell the fumes. So it’s time to get cracking up this hill. (bikers yelling) (dramatic music) Well, I’m just approaching the top of my third and final run down the hill. I know I’m behind, so I’m going to have to go full hammer, hopefully make a little bit
of time up on those guys and catch them at the bottom. (electronic music) (biker whooping) – That was sick.
– Yeah, man. (bikers chatting) – Where is he? Where is he? – He’s not even up there. – Ah, no! No way! These guys absolutely smashed it, look. Oh, nice one, boys. Knew I wouldn’t beat ya. (bikers chattering and laughing) – Fair play, mate. – Oh, it’s a hell of a day of riding. But yeah, never going to smash it against these boys in the uplift. So, e-bike or uplift? Well, today’s uplift
was running super slick as it was a private uplift
with no waiting around. Sometimes at a trail center, you could be waiting 20 minutes or so. You could get a couple of
laps in on your e-bike, rather than sitting there waiting around. So e-bike versus uplift. Well, we definitely knew we were never going to beat the Land Rover to the top of that hill. It is the fastest and definitely probably the most comfortable way
to get those runs in, especially even on an e-bike. But the e-bike felt like
I had a load of runs in, putting all those runs
in, and on my own power. And it was a true day’s riding. That was the difference
between the uplift, I think. The uplift, you ride
in sitting on the van, doing the riding down the hill. You’re missing all that
important climbing, not getting such a good workout. But it has been an absolutely
epic day on the hill here. Let us know in the comments box down below about what you think
about using the uplifts against an e-bike. Would you ride up, or
would you ride the uplift? If you want to stick around
to check out another video, check out “E-bike Versus Downhill Bike”. That’s an epic vid that Steve did. Give us a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, and don’t forget to smash the globe in the middle of the screen
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