How To Climb On An E Mountain Bike | E-MTB Climbing

How To Climb On An E Mountain Bike | E-MTB Climbing


– E mountain biking for a lot of people is associated with
jamming it in boost mode, cutting loose and not
feeling guilty, right? It’s about kind of stop
struggling and just start living. How has he done that? – Yeah, I’ve definitely
been guilty of just sticking it in the highest level
of power assist and just bombing up the hills. But, I think I should learn
to back it off a little bit on those sort of traily,
up and down flowing climbs. But today, we’re up on a
hillside, we’re going to challenge ourselves to ride
some pretty hard climbs and I think I will need that boost. Yeah, hey. – When you get a serious
hill climbing, you’re not going to be in the lower power settings, you’re going to have to have that assist. And ultimately it doesn’t get any easier, you just kind of get there a bit quicker. – So climbing is still about those skills. We’re trying to weight the
front on the rear tire. The rear one to get some
drive on it and stop it from spinning up but also get some
weight on that front tire to stop it from lifting off the floor, which it definitely can do. In this case I’ve got a gravelly climb so, I still need all that
momentum, just like a normal bike. If I stop on this, I’m never
going to get going again. And don’t forget I’m riding
a 180 mm travel bike here. I definitely wouldn’t be
pedaling one of those up here if it wasn’t an E bike. – Body position is going
to depend on the gradient and the ground conditions. On mellow slopes, you can
adopt a neutral position. When the ground starts
changing, getting steeper you need to be continually
shifting your weight to make the traction with the rear wheel. Get up there! – Line choice when climbing
is still really important, just like a normal bike. We’re trying to stick in that power and get that cadence
right. It’s really important because if you hit your pedals or have to stop pedaling
for a second, you might lose traction when you get going again. Up hill flow is something
you’re really going to have to learn when riding an E bike. A consistent cadence
through the pedals is also going to be really important for grip, just like a normal bike. But it’s worth noting
that every different motor will have slightly
different cadence to get the best out of it. For example, with this Specialized,
quite a quick cadence will give you the best
power from the motor. – Tires are a really
important aspect of E biking. After all it’s pointless
having power without grip. There’s not really any
place for slick tires on an E mountain bike,
particularly if you’re going to be taking on some serious
hill climb challenges. You’re rear tire in particular should have a significant tread pattern to it. And in terms of pressures,
you could be looking at anything from 4 PSI to
20 on a good hill climb. – Go on Don there’s a challenge for ya. Get up that bank there. – But you’re the man
with the trial skills. – You’re the man with
the skills, full-stop, so get on with it. – Alright. Cor blimey. Oh my God. That’s really hard. – Its not a bad attempt. He got three meters that
time instead of one meter. So, what time is dinner tonight? You got it, you got it. Keep going, keep going. – Oh my God. You win. – Okay, so in this part of the climb, it’s all about momentum. Smooth cadence, central body position. You’re coming up to the brow,
we have to switch again. You’re looking ahead, wow loose gravel. That means more momentum
and back on the pedals. Don, when it comes to E
mountain bikes and hill climbing I think if we summarize the points, it’s point one, I think is body position. You’re going to be continually
shifting your weight on the bike to maintain
traction on the rear tire and to stop that front end
from getting into the air. Secondly, tires and tire pressure. We’ve seen so many times,
it’s pointless having power without any grip. – Yeah, I’ve got loads of
grip, big tire on the back. I’ve never been so close to looping out on a mountain bike on a climb. Obviously I’ve got a lot
of power, I’ve got some slack angles on this bike,
great for going down hill. It’s a 180 mm travel bike,
but it does go uphill very well as well. – Yeah, you didn’t go
uphill very well down there. – It didn’t, not quite as well as yours. You’ve got less travel. – And what have we got? I think, it comes down to
maybe ground conditions. Here in Alicante, it’s a
mixture of gravel and outcrop. Obviously back in Wales and Shropshire it’s way different right? – Yeah. What about lock outs? I’ve not touched one
yet. Would you recommend using one on a climb? – Yeah. Do you know what? Maybe if you charged up a fire road. but why would you be charging
up a fire road on an E bike? That’s the whole point of
E bikes, is you’re taking on all these different
technical challenges right? – Absolutely. – And when you’re in the technical place, the fourth point I think is, line choice and just making a plan. – Yeah, a bit of momentum definitely helps with a good line choice. – Just some of the key
points then when it comes to climbing on an E mountain bike. Tires, tire pressure. Body position. Cadence. Line choice. But ultimately, it’s you the rider that decides the intensity of the ride, not the motor. – If you want to see some more videos, click on those links just over there. Give us a sub and give us a thumbs up if you like this video.