The Best Body Armour? | Ask EMBN Anything About E Bikes

The Best Body Armour? | Ask EMBN Anything About E Bikes


– B is for batteries,
body armor and Bluetooth and we’ll also be talking
about Brose and Bosch motors on today’s Ask EMBN show. (electronic music) – Let’s dive straight in. We’ve got this one in from Grim Reaper: – OBD2 scanner, did you mention serial
number in there, Chris? – Sounded like someone
off Star Wars, didn’t it? – (laughs) And the answer, Chris, is… – [Chris] Basically, for
the age of the battery, a lot of the apps now, like on the Specialized Mission Control, can tell you the age of the battery, how many cycles it’s done, how many it’s got left, things like that, so if it’s like a Bluetooth
compatible battery, that’d be the easiest way to do it. – Yeah, I think if you go to
any reputable mountain bike e-bike specialist shop
they’ll be able to plug in that battery to see all
the diagnostics on it and exactly what that
battery’s actually done. – And as to the serial numbers, yeah, they do have serial numbers but they probably won’t match the bike. I know it certainly doesn’t
on the Specialized stuff. – Yeah, but I think
most batteries are good for 1,000 charges so
if you think about it, if you’re doing, like, 30Ks per run that’s 30,000 miles on one battery, that’s a lot of bike riding, so like we’ve said many
times is that the parts and the bike would probably have worn… Or you’ll have probably worn
out before that battery’s done. – Yeah, and as to the
fault and error codes, there isn’t an actual
scanner as far as I’m aware but the e-bike has, like,
an operating system itself and it’ll flash up an error
code and then you can either look online and see what that
error code means according to your system or it’ll say
actually what it is when you link your phone to, like, the
Bluetooth app on your phone, it’ll diagnose that and you
can confirm what’s wrong with the bike and we’ve actually
done a really cool video on that just recently. So the dead e-bike’s every
person’s worst nightmare. You’ve pushed the power
button to turn it on and nothing at all lights up. First up, you need to check
the battery level indicator. Press the power button
and you should have a row of LEDs light up if you’ve got it on there and that should show a
fully charged battery. If not, you need to be asking yourself, was that battery in an
extreme temperature? Was it stored in the shed
and it’s freezing overnight? Because your battery will not charge if it’s too hot or too cold. The other things you need
to check is the charger. Was it plugged in? Was it even turned on? Was it connected to the battery? All these things are meaning
that you’re gonna plug a dead battery into your e-bike. – Wookiewoolie asks: – Intrusive. – Intrusive, restrictive. – Restrictive, all the same thing. – Chris? – Yeah, I think as a minimum
obviously you just need to wear a helmet and
probably full finger gloves and then if you’re gonna
take it to the next level and step things up maybe
knee pads, elbow pads– – If you’re pushing it to the edge. – Yeah, taking it to the
limit if you do daily. – Do you take it to the limits, Chris? – Course I do, all the time. – Do you? – Yeah, pushing it on the daily, but just remember you’re gonna
be doing a lot of pedaling on your e-bike so just make
sure those pads, you know… I tend to stay away from
the really hard shell stuff if I’m riding just normal
cross country style stuff because it allows the pad
to be a lot more flexible. I find if you ride in, like,
a hard shell plastic pad it’ll normally chafe as well, isn’t as flexible as those pads, so just make sure you’re
choosing your armor and tailoring it to the
sort of riding that you do. – But, Chris, the thing is,
Wookiewoolie’s actually asking, can your recommend any? But there’s loads in the market. There’s Dainese, there’s Poc,
there’s Fox, there’s Seven. There’s loads of good ones out there but do you know what I think, for me, is, do they actually fit you correctly? ‘Cos we’re all different shapes and sizes. So I think it’s a case of
actually going into the shop and trying it on before
you actually buy it because one large for one
company’s like a medium for another company so,
yeah, it’s a tricky one. – And something that you might
find comfortable as well, in the event of a crash, you know, I’ve had it in knee pads, I think, oh, they’re super comfortable, and as soon as I’ve hit the dirt the knee pads will be sliding down, you may as well have nothing on so just make sure it’s good. – (laughs) Nothing on! Is that when you’re pushing the edge? – Yeah, you know that is. – (laughs) I don’t! Brian Burnham: Can you guys do some instruction
videos with real people? – You’re real, aren’t you? – Thanks, Brian, that’s very kind. – Thank you. – Ooh, real people, do it correctly, I mean, yeah, but then
again I don’t wanna do the things that you do. – And I don’t wanna do the
things that you do either. – I actually can’t do
the things that you do so we can’t do it. – I can’t do some of
the stuff you do but– – Brian, I reckon we need
to get you down here, we need to get you down here, but what’s the answer to the question? – I think we tend to… on a lot of the ‘How
To’ videos we do, like, a common mistake so that will be from our experience what
people actually struggle with doing or the actual
wrong things they’re doing to do that technique but
GNBN have done one, actually, with one of the creators, one of the film guys, that was really good so maybe it’s something that we
should do on the show. – Yeah, I think so. – Maybe get in touch. – But I’m still not gonna
be doing those jumps. – I’m not gonna be doing those
big climbs you do either. – This one in from Michael Towler. Chris, can you read that one, please? – Yeah: – Did he mention worn out gears there? – Yep, so he’s basically
got a worn out cassette and he wants to replace the
single cogs in the cassette. Well, there’s a couple of reasons– – (deep inhale) Doable. – Yeah, you definitely can do it but as we’ve talked about
before on this show, basically all your drivetrain
wears at the same rate so if you put a new
cassette onto an old chain and an old chainring it’s
definitely gonna skip, especially in those higher gears as well where we haven’t got a
lot of teeth contact. The other reason is that it’s only really on those high-end cassettes
that each cog will pull off the cassette so you might
find if you’ve got a cheaper cassette you can only
replace normally about the bottom three on there, and if you’ve got a SRAM
unit on there you’re not gonna be able to replace
any of those ‘cos that’s all one unit that comes off in one. So a few different
reasons but you can do it if it was quite fresh but I’d
tend to steer away from it. – Bottom line, Chris, I think
it’s about being proactive with your maintenance on
an e-bike and, you know, keep it lubed and everything
but Doddy’s actually done a really good video on this subject. – Now, generally
speaking, you can get two, sometimes three chains to one
cassette in terms of wear, and the reason for that
is as the chain wears, if you replace your chain before
it gets to a certain point, you will stop the sprockets, the teeth on the sprockets front and rear, wearing out prematurely. Now, if you think about this, the chain itself is made of pins and it’s got inner and outer
plates and it’s got rollers. Now, those rollers need
to sit into the troughs between each of the sprocket teeth. Now, if the chain stretches a tiny bit, which it does over the duration of time, it’s gonna start wearing
the wrong parts of the teeth on the cassette and on the
chainring which are far more expensive parts of components to replace. So this is why we do
recommend having some sort of chain checker. – Right, Andrey Biryukov. – No, that’s Birk-uh-kof. – It’s not, it’s Biryukov. – Oh, okay. – Biryukov: – So first up, your bike should connect to the Haibike eConnect app which is obviously
available on the App Store. That’ll have loads of data on there, it’s got live tracking, it can see when your bike’s moved, it’ll do a crash alert as
well as a few other things on there so that’s
really worth checking out and I think it’s recently been updated so definitely check that one out. I had a quick look on the App Store, just searched e-bike and
there was quite a few third party apps that will do the same, like tracking and speed and distance, all the usual sort of stuff, so– – I guess, Andre, or Andrey, do you want things such as
the wattage from the bike, the wattage from yourself,
from your heart rate? I know some apps can
actually do that, you know, and even you look at the Great Bike, you know, that’s pretty cool and you can actually set
your heart rate to the motor. It’s pretty cool. I think a lot of these things are gonna be coming in the future. – Yeah, definitely, I think
if you want a bit more of, like, the heart rate and
things like Steve mentioned, I’d probably look into
getting something like the Garmin watch or a Garmin
app and the heart rate monitor and you’ll get all that info as well, as well as teaming it
up with the Haibike app. Should answer all your stuff. – Brian Little: Well, not quite the level
of Mission Control on the Specialized but other brands do do it, such as Rocky Mountain or Shimano. For example, on Shimano you
can have a custom explorer or dynamic range where
you fine tune things or you can change the
way the shifters work and what’s displayed on the display. Yeah, so I think Shimano’s pretty good. – Yeah, Shimano’s pretty good but I think Specalized’s Mission
Control is probably the best and the most detailed one out there, and I think on that you
can literally do it by 1% on the power assist whereas
the E-Tube Shimano app is all a little bit different but, yeah, there is other apps out there. – Brian, count yourself a lucky man but there’s a Mission Control
app video which I’ve done so check this out down here
if you’ve not ever seen that. There’s a tune button on my app, here. This is worrying me quite a bit. What on earth do you do with that? – So the tune button is
basically allowing you to customize your level and the motor to your personal needs, to your personal riding preferences. – [Steve] Crikey, you’ve gotta know what you want, though, right? – Yes, absolutely, that’s
why the bike obviously comes with stock settings for the three modes, eco, trail, turbo. Those are the settings
we really like to ride. – Yeah, AlexB has been in touch. He says, great content,
guys, really great. Thanks very much. Should we change the off-road
tires when riding in the city? From safety perspective, not comfort. – Absolutely, yeah, totally. – No, I don’t think so. It depends on the type of
tarmac and there was probably petrol or diesel on the road
as well so I don’t think so. On a nice, dry summer day
with uncontaminated tarmac, yes, probably but it’s always a bit dicey. – And I think literally the
compound of the tire as well, like, Smart Sam is a bit more
of a cross country race tire so it’s gonna be a harder
compound so it rolls better. You’d probably find with a
knobbly, soft compound tire it’s gonna bite in a lot
more but as Steve said, probably something on the road, you mentioned mud, combined with wet tarmac any
tire’s just gonna slide on that and you’re gonna be down. I would probably fancy my chances– – [Steve] Get in the hills. – [Chris] Fancy my
chances on a knobbly tire over a slick on that. I think the really important
part about riding on the streets is actually
they are super dangerous– – [Steve] Voice of experience. – [Chris] You’ve got people standing out, you’ve got potholes, you’ve got drain covers, especially in the wet you
really need to take care, whatever tires you’ve got. – You spend a lot of time
on the street, don’t you? – I do spend… I love the street. – What tires do you use
on the street, then? Do you use street tires or
do you use off road tires? – I’ve got High Rollers. – Are you gonna contradict yourself here? – High Rollers. – Got High Rollers. – Yeah. – Right. – Tell us about some tires anyway. – Tires, look, I’m obsessed with tires. They’re probably more towards
the off road department but here you go, this is what you can find. Tread comes in an incredibly diverse range of patterns from shallow to deep. In simple terms, the deeper the tread the better that tire cuts into the dirt. Now, if you don’t venture very
far from smooth double track then a shallow tread pattern
is gonna be pretty good for you however if you
really get off into the loam, into that deep dirt then you do need a more aggressive tread
pattern on your tire. Now, if you look at this
wet weather tire you’ll see a far greater spread of
the knobs on the tire and that helps to disperse the mud. Toby Dog MTB. Sorry, Toby, you might not be
from north America or Canada or Papua New Guinea but, Chris, sorry. – He’s saying, I am looking at the Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 race version– – Stop looking button, (taps table) buy it. – So the Cube Stereo is
running the Bosch system on it. – Well, there’s the Kiox, there’s the new Kiox
which is the most compact of the Bosch displays so
you can stick that on there. – Yeah, you’ve got the
Purion on there at the moment so it is as minimal as it gets for Bosch. The other one is– – [Steve] No, it’s not. Kiox is. – The Kiox… I meant as all in one unit. – I guess so, yeah. Yeah, sorry, yeah. – And then the Nyon is,
again, a smaller switch unit but it’s an even bigger heads up display so it depends what you want. – It’s almost like a personal
trainer really, isn’t it? – Yeah, it’s got everything on there and I think it’s even got
Sat Nav on it, hasn’t it? – Yeah. – So, yeah, everything and there’s loads of different options and
it can all be retro fitted but you need to get that
done by a Bosch dealer for it still to be all in
warranty and get set up properly. – There you go. Yeah, old Colin’s been in touch. All right, Col? – Yeah, he’s saying: Good question. So you’ve kind of ticked– – You’ve kind of covered
everything, really. – Ticked all the boxes that I would think. – Is the fork working correctly? Does it need to go back to the dealer? – And when you’re talking
about your massive impact, are you doing massive
impacts like Steve Jones does on his big drops and things like that? Maybe you’re not doing
as much as you think the fork is actually capable of, but maybe take it along to
a specialist fork tuner, you know, like T F Tuned. – It shouldn’t be getting
all its travel, really, on the big impacts, you know. – Definitely, yeah, so maybe
it isn’t working right or, as I say, get it along to a
specialist suspension tuner, get them to have a look. – So you think it’s down to the massive impacts do you, Chris? Get Chris Smith on it. – (laughs) – But then you’re not
gonna weigh 50 kilos, yeah! (they laugh) – Anyway, moving on, Scott
Practico has been in touch. – Pratico. – Practico, saying: – It’s a dated system which
goes back to China, actually, when they wanted to get the
e-bikes limited and put… Yeah, it’s complicated, it’s complicated, but, yeah, it makes no sense at all. I think it actually comes
down to how many watts you can put out on a road bike, so you can actually average about sort of, 200, 250 watts on a road bike. It all goes back to this but
it is pretty dated, really. – Yeah, definitely. If you’re not aware, in Europe the bikes are capped at 25kph and in the States and Canada it’s 32kph, quite a big difference
– Lucky you, lucky you guys. Do you know what I think? I think 20 mile an hour
is actually pretty good. – The sweet spot, yeah, it’s definitely good. I think you can go a lot
faster currently than the UK limit on a standard bike, you know, especially on
the flat and downhill, you can easily exceed that limit but– – But it comes down to
where you ride, basically– – Exactly, and you’ve done
a really cool video on that, haven’t you? It’s 25kph– – I wouldn’t say it’s cool. – Well, a video about it
but check that one out, that’s really good. – 25 kilometers an hour, is it too slow? I think part of the issue here is the fact that we have
turbo, boost, extra power, call it what you will, and because we have that power mode we feel compelled to use it, and the thing is, once you do that it puts
things out of perspective rather than into perspective
because once you’ve been there you find it quite hard to go back. In fact, I’ve heard a
lot of people say that if e-bikes didn’t have turbo mode they wouldn’t be using them. What I think is that, where the hell are you riding your bike? – So that’s it, I’m afraid, Steve. The show’s over, the question box is empty. – I really like Ask EM. There’s gonna be some more, it can’t be empty. – We can make some up. – You’ve just saved them, haven’t you? You’ve saved them till next week. – But if you guys have got any questions you wanna ask us here at Ask EMBN, drop us them in the comments box below. – Or maybe place them in
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