How To Manage Power On The Trail | Neil’s E Bike Tips

How To Manage Power On The Trail | Neil’s E Bike Tips


– Whilst an e-bike is still
very much a mountain bike in the way that it rides,
there are some techniques that can be focused on when you’re riding with that bit of extra power. (upbeat music) Smooth power through the
pedals is really gonna help, just like a normal bike,
especially in situations like this where you’ve got
hard pack and rocks on top. But the great thing about
having that extra power is you can power up some of these steps and obstacles in the trail. Just don’t forget, as soon
as you stop pedalling, you’re gonna lose that power. It can be really had to get going again, so smooth consistent power is still key. (upbeat music) (gravel crunching) Of course, turbo mode is gonna wear down your battery that bit quicker, so often I’ll get to
the top of steep climbs and knock it back down a
power level using my remote. But it really just does depend on the type of ride you’re doing. If I’m doing just a couple of hours, really intense, up and down ride, then I’ll leave it in
turbo the whole time, my battery will last. (gravel crunching) (upbeat music) It has to be said that
bunny hopping on an e-bike is not an easy thing to
do because of the weight. But it doesn’t mean that you
should ignore the technique, because even if you don’t get
the bike far off the ground, that pump and our weight
is gonna be really useful in rough terrain and
getting over obstacles. If things get really out of hand, just try and drop your
heels, get your weight back, keep you head up and you can
plough through those obstacles, but bear in mind, that
type of riding is gonna be very heavy on that rear tyre, so you might need a pretty
tough tyre for that. (upbeat music) Of course, climbing is one of the biggest differences on an e-mountain bike. You’ve got 250 watts to
help you get up those hills. But also the power mode
that you ride it in will make a big difference. So, turbo mode will be needed for some of the steepest and hardest climbs, but therefore you might
need to take a more metered approach to your pedalling. If you’re putting too much
power through the pedals you could start spinning up the rear tyre or actually lifting the
front wheel if you’ve got grip on the back and that’s definitely worth considering in switch-back climbs, where you might start
drifting on that front tyre. (gravel crunching) So just like climbing on a normal bike, you’ve gotta try and balance
your weight front to rear, so I like to drop my chest slightly to the front tyre to
keep some weight on that. But obviously you’ve got more power. Another technique I like to use in uphill switch-back corners is
actually to drag the back brake a little bit just to
try and metre that power and smooth it out to keep my balance. Don’t touch the front
brake, that won’t help. (upbeat music) (gravel crunching) So the weight is definitely noticeable when you’re descending,
but for the most part it makes the bikes really stable, suspension’s working really well, but I do think you need to
brake a little bit earlier. You’ve got big brakes on every e-bike, 200mm rotors, so they will stop, especially with those plus tyres, you’ve got a lot of grip on the ground, but it’s definitely worth
practising starting to brake a little bit earlier. For all things e-mountain bike, click on the couple of links
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