How Much Faster Is An E-MTB? | E-Bike Vs Mountain Bike


– How many runs did you do? It’s something you’ll hear at coffee shops and bike parks around the world around lunch hour, or mid-morning. But how many runs can you actually do on an E-Mountain bike compared to a non-E-Mountain bike? (techno music) Chris, I reckon by the time you have this bacon roll and a cup of tea, I’ll have been to the top of the hill and back again. – No way. Get cracking, then. – Now we’ll talk about the bikes later, but one Neuron:ON, 130mm
travel, 29-inch wheels, top of the down track, and back again. (fast-paced guitar music) (relaxing orchestral music) A thing a lot of people forget is that you can still bury yourself on a E-Mountain bike. I’m now in trail mode, and I’m at 140, 149 beats per minute, which is zone four, zone five. (relaxing orchestral music) (fast-paced guitar music) (relaxing orchestral music) (fast-paced guitar music) – Well, that’s nearly the bacon roll gone, just got my cup of tea left, and I’m sure I can get this done before he even turns up. There’s no way he can do that. (fast-paced guitar music) (relaxing orchestral music) (fast-paced guitar music) Ah, stop the clock. How much is that? – Nine minutes. Nearly finished my cup of tea.
– Nine minutes. I mean, nothing too mental. – Doesn’t look like it. – That’s downhill. Down, you forget how much downhill riding takes it out of you. But I didn’t go too crazy on the up. You know, mix of trail and boost, but the conditions are absolutely prime. Actually, they’re a bit dusty. – Really? – Yeah, time Chris, for
you to hit the hill. – Ah, can’t wait. – Now, these two Canyon
bikes are essentially, pretty much the same. The Neuron:ON, and the
Neuron:OFF, I guess. Now, they both have 29-inch wheels, although this bike has got
30mm wide rims in it, because it’s obviously a heavier bike than the Non-E Bike. Even though Chris Smith is on it. Shimano Steps E8000 motor, wide bars, but critically, it’s got
low-profile Forekaster and Ikon tires from Maxxis which means that when you get
past that 25K restriction, the bike simply slips away. Now Chris is riding a
slightly different bike with 140mm forks, but there’s also differences
too, right Chris? – Yeah it’s a full carbon frame so it’s super light-weight this bike. 12.86 kilos to the size large versus 20, I think it’s about 23 kilos
out for the large bike as well, so nearly double the weight of that bike compared to this, so
that’s pretty interesting. – I see you’ve got 25mm
rims on your bike too? – Yeah pretty skinny setup on the wheels, it’s slightly more biased
towards cross country rather than enduro, so– – It’s a flying machine, right? – It’s an absolute flying machine. – It’s a full carbon flying machine. – Yeah, full carbon, 29 inch wheels, it is built to fly up hills, you see. – You’ve also got
low-profile tires, I see– – Yes, super lightweight
Maxxis CrossMark tires as well, so the rolling resistance of this bike is pretty much very minimal. – It relies on people
not having bacon rolls and strawberry milkshakes. So I’m on the Canyon Neuron
130mm Travel Trail Bike, 29 inch wheels powered by just me. (slow music) – I think I’m going to
start taking up knitting, by the time he gets back
would have 10 coffees. – Not good. 10 minutes. (uplifting music) The uphill stuff was like super hard, it felt like I was putting
in twice the amount of effort to go twice as slow almost. And then on the descents the
bike felt loads more skittish is why I wasn’t as well planted was skipping around all over the place. Definitely reminds me why I don’t ride a normal mountain bike off road. – I think that’s a little bit harsh. I think it comes down to adaption. You just simply adapted to your E-Mountain bike, simple as that. I mean, what you have
not adapted to is look, I have never seen you so wet. – Definitely pretty
sweaty, it is probably the hottest day of the year, I was swelling. I think that is something you forget about on an E-Bike is how deep you got to dig on those normal bikes. Like, your breathing, how
deep you go whereas obviously you have got the assistance on the E-Bike. – Well you speak for yourself
I was in zone 4 and 5 doing that climb on that
E-Mountian Bike yeah. And I think that is what
you do you just learn and you adapt differently
and still I think, that is what I think
is good to use a heart rate monitor to make sure you are pushing. Are you sure you are pushing
hard enough on that Neuron? – As hard as I wanted
to on a day like this. I have just eaten all those
bacon rolls and cups of teas like you saw on the video. – The bacon roll that took
you what, nine minutes to eat? – Yeah nine minutes, but I didn’t want to see that again on the way up. Hence not digging too hard. – So I think we have
answered the question. What is, you know, we
know what is quickest but I did one run in nine minutes
that means I could have done, well I have actually done
it, I have actually done seven downhill runs in a hour
and 1 minutes which means over 2,000 feet of climbing. On a non E-Mountain bike
you have done one run in 15 minutes
– [Chris] 14 minutes 30 yeah. – [Man] Whether you can replicate that over an hour, is best debatable. – [Chris] Yeah probably not. Yeah ’cause your energy is going to deplete as well isn’t it so.
– Yeah. So if you think about it, it
is a huge, huge percentage more riding you get – On a E-bike. – on an E-Mountain Bike
than you do on a non-E-Bike. – And a lot more enjoyable riding as well I think you can enjoy it,
you know, it’s up to you how deep you want to dig you
know on the E-bike roads. Because you got to dig
pretty hard on a standard mountain bike the whole time to enjoy it. – Yeah, I am glad you have been digging. Sounds like you have dug
yourself into a hole. But the main thing to think
about in this video is that that was just over one hour. If you think about what
happens over four hours on a mornings riding, you know,
potentially you have done and I have done it on a previous video. I have done 17 different
runs in two and a half hours. So you can get a lot done
on a E-Mountain bike. In terms of how much time do
you save, it’s quite short. It was 15 minutes plays 9
minutes which is 6 minutes so. That’s not very much but as
I said if you multiple that over a half a day or a
day that’s a lot of time. Lets have your thoughts
on E-Mountain Bike versus Mountain bike on time saved. For more videos check
out Chris’s Introduction to Jumping which is on
another level again. And if you want to look at some adventure style riding away from the
uplift track, check out myself and Adam Brayton
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