Enduro Bike Vs E Bike Race | Which Is Faster Down An EWS Track?

Enduro Bike Vs E Bike Race | Which Is Faster Down An EWS Track?


(groovy horn music) – So we’re here in the
iconic Enduro location of Finale Ligure in Italy, home of the Enduro
World Series every year. And today it’s time for
another versus video. This time it’s Enduro bike versus E bike. (groovy horn music) So the Nukeproof Mega has
some history in this place. Sam Hill wrapped up the
EWS series last year in this very spot on this very bike, It’s 165 mil travel. I’m running flat paddles
just like the man himself. And it’s designed for this type of riding. It’s got a carbon fibre frame. It’s nice and lightweight. This is an all-mountain
Enduro killing machine. (groovy horn music) The track for today’s
test is one of the most photographed and videoed in
the whole of mountain biking, and the final stage of the EWS in Finale. The men’s downhill. It starts with a really mellow, single-track sprint through the bushes. But it soon opens out
into super grippy burns as deep as shoots. These give way to gnarly, rocky straits with massive holes and it feels like you might just end up getting
bucked over the bars and landing in the Mediterranean. A really mixed test of
high-speed pedalling and super rough intake descending, my grip stability, and
actually just confidence, are going to make a big
difference in the times. Okay, so I’ve sectioned the course, I know it pretty well anyway, I’ve ridden this a few times before. Now it’s time for my first timed run, and I’m on the Enduro
bike first, so here we go. (groovy horn music) (electronic music) So, the Nukeproof Mega to
me felt really familiar. That’s the type of bike
I ride an awful lot, and actually the type of
trail I really like to ride. Super capable, super light, and actually Sam Hill
has proved its capability on that trail already. So, I put down a solid
run and a good marker for the E Bike to compete with. (groovy music) So onto the E Bike, this is the HaiBike Nduro. So this has 180 mil
travel, front and rear, so I think that’s probably going to be a little bit of an
advantage over the Mega. It’s got an aluminium frame, but the geometry is
actually really similar to that Mega, so it’s
definitely an Enduro E Bike. (electronic music) So, it’s run two on the
E bike, on my HaiBike. With the motor on, it’s definitely gonna help me out at this start, but I’m pretty sure I’m
gonna hit that speed limit for the pedal assist pretty quickly, so after that it’s all down to the bike and it’s performance
itself without a motor. So, let’s get ready! (electronic music) (upbeat music) So onto the E Bike where you get that lovely push of the motor, so you’re up to speed really quickly. But I did find that almost immediately I was over the speed of pedal assist. So, there were a couple of actually quite long, fast straights where the bike really felt sluggish. So on the Mega, it felt like
I was still accelerating, but on the E Bike it felt like I was just keeping my speed. But getting into the rough stuff, the grip really made a difference, the bike felt super stable. What I kind of did notice was two or three actually quite steep chutes
into really tight corners, and that’s when the weight of
the bike did become apparent. I was trying to predict those, try and brake a little bit earlier. But overall, it did feel like
I was carrying good speed. So the Men’s Downhill Stage in Finale does feel like a classic EWS stage, but you always ride a different mix at the Enduro World Series, so check out this to see
some of those stages. (upbeat rock music) ♪ All my bones are dislocated ♪ ♪ I just can’t go on anymore ♪ ♪ Got this only four inches ♪ ♪ Then I entered everything I want ♪ (cheering) ♪ Closing in and buckle up ♪ ♪ I’mma catch your
ladies every single one ♪ ♪ And I know I will get my motor revved ♪ ♪ Topher City ♪ – Well, actually, what does the clock say? Well, on the Nukeproof Mega, I did a 1:57, but on the HaiBike I did a 1:54. So, where did the HaiBike
make those three seconds? Well, I definitely made a bit of time, I would say probably a chunk, maybe a second and a half, out of the gate. But to me, it did feel
like I lost that little bit on the fast pedalling sections. I think the lower two-thirds of the track was really where the E
Bike came into its own. It was proper rough, the bike felt really stable, and actually the suspension
works brilliantly, really taking out those bumps, but actually carrying
speed very well, as well. An interesting point for me was actually that I got fifth on Strava on that downhill track on the E Bike, which just goes to prove, I think, how capable E Bikes are riding downhill. Don’t worry, I’m gonna delete that ride, because I know that Strava and E Bikes are very controversial. If you wanna see some more videos, click over there for short
travel versus long travel. And over here for Steve’s video, Downhill Bike Versus E Bike. Give us a thumbs up if you
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