How To Get The Most Out Of Your E-Bike | Performance & Durability

How To Get The Most Out Of Your E-Bike | Performance & Durability


– Owning an e-bike is often
gonna mean more riding and more riding’s gonna lead
to more wear on your bike. You’re gonna be taking in new terrain, going on bigger adventures,
maybe pushin’ the envelope a little bit more. I mean, that’s the thing with e-bikes, it just makes you go
nuts for riding, right? – Yeah, I definitely
feel like I’ve got a love for mountain biking. I’m like a really enthusiastic
beginner on e-bikes and I just wanna ride it all the time. – [Steve] Okay, so let’s have
a look at just how we can get the most performance and he most longevity out of your e-bike. (whooshing) (upbeat rock music) (funky synthesiser music) – [Neil] So, when it
comes to tyres, Steve, it’s the same sort of deal. You’ve got different brands,
different tyre compounds, different tread patterns. But, it’s still a mountain bike, right? – Well, not quite, Don. I mean, grip is always your friend, right, on a mountain bike, but– – [Neil] More resistance? – You don’t have to worry
about rolling resistance on an e-bike. I mean, you can now have
premium quality rubber without having to worry about the drag, and that’s especially
true in winter, right? – [Neil] So, you’d run
some really soft tyres all year around? I like it. – The thing with tyres, as
with many other components, it depends on the terrain you ride and the type of trail you ride. But, if you’re on a mid-travel bike and reasonable technical going,
then a 2.6 plus size tyre with a hefty sidewall is
a good starting point. First up, is gonna cushion the ride. Then it’s gonna give you a
good bit of pop on the lips. Great braking performance and, overall, some really good traction. Weightwise, you’re looking at about a kilo and don’t forget it’s gotta be tubeless. But, the biggest thing of
all to remember with e-bikes, it’s pointless having power
if you haven’t got any grip. – So, you’ll find that most e-bikes have 27.5 inch wheels and plus tyres. On this bike, I’ve actually
got some 2.6 mud tyres, you can see the tread’s really chunky. And, normally in conditions like this when it’s dry and dusty and
loose they wouldn’t be much good but to be honest, on this
bike with that extra weight it’s nice to have all
that rubber on the ground really helping with grip. It’s also good to have
a pretty robust sidewall cause of the weight of that bike. (chill out music) – Steve, I’m on my Haibike,
it’s got 180mm travel, so it’s a big bike and I’ve
got big brakes as well. 200mm rotors and 4 pot callipers on there. – Yeah, I mean I’m on a
bike which most people would call a trail bike and this, too, has got 200mm front and back. You know what, no one’s
going to be stopping me going tackling big 20
minute Alpine descents. So, if you’re looking for
a performance increase on an e-bike, a downhill style brake with
200mm rotors is essential. – Of course, a heavy bike, so
power is the name of the game. – Totally, yeah, 100%. (chill out music) – Now, when it comes to drivetrains definitely not worth skimping on parts. You’re probably gonna be
riding the bike an awful lot. You’re putting a lot of
power through that chain, but also you might find you’re
changing gear an awful lot. The speed you can now ride up
climbs and undulating sections just means you’re changing gear loads. So, e-bike specific
components like the chain; they’re gonna be wider,
they’re gonna be stronger. Also, the shifts actually
only lets you go up one gear at a time on the block just so you don’t mash through the gears, put loads of power down, and
risk snapping that chain. (chill out music) So, when it comes to suspension the bikes are obviously very heavy, but you’ve got all that sprung weight and the suspension feels
really active to me; it really, really works. – [Steve] It does. I think it’s
harder to unsettle an e-bike than a normal bike. Nevertheless, there’s
a huge amount of force going through the front of the bike. So, if you get a
mid-travel e-bike, I think 36mm stanchions, thru-axle, for sure. That’s a good starting point. – As far as damping goes, you’ve got the same
controls as a normal bike. You’ve got rebound, hi-lo
speed, those things: is that the same sort of setup? – Yeah, do you know what. I think, keep it as normal,
it’s a personal thing and just experiment with it, really. (chillout music) – A good quality wheel set
capable of taking a beating is essential for your e-bike. Don’t cut corners cause
a cheaper set of wheels will get destroyed pretty quickly. So, a downhill strength wheel
set is a good starting point, but there are an increasing
number of e-bike specific wheels coming with carbon and alloy
rims in varying rim widths. So, whilst you’re here,
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