Trail Vs E-Bike Descending Challenge | Battle Of The Bikes

Trail Vs E-Bike Descending Challenge | Battle Of The Bikes


– State of the art, acoustic bike versus state of the art, electric bike. We know what’s quicker up hill. But what’s quicker down hill? – Oooh! [Drum And Bass Music] [Beeping] – Right, Georgia Leslie, bike check time! [Clap] Obviously, the acoustic bike
is an S-works Stumpjumper. – It is!
– Carbon this, carbon that. What carbon have you got in there exactly? – Oh, all the carbon, Steve! Carbon frame, carbon bar,
carbon cranks, everything. – So, frame size? – Medium. – Moving across to your Levo
– Yep. – Is this a medium as well? – It is, both mediums. – And what model is this? – This is the Comp Carbon. – Yeah, okay right. Georgia, I did a sneaky
way in earlier on… – Oh, did you? – Now your S-works, your state of the art S-works, comes in at 28.4 pounds. [Clap] – Okay! – Your Levo comes in at – Drum roll… – 43 pounds. – Oooh! The difference! – Pretty light bike, so that’s gonna have
an effect on the trail. So, there you go, there’s Georgia Leslie’s
two specialist bikes. Now clearly because I’m
not on the same pay-grade as Georgia Leslie when it
comes to the Stumpjumper, I’m on a Comp Carbon, still a really nice bike. And weighing in at… I reckon that is still sub 30 pounds. – Oooh! – However, when it comes
to the electric bike, I have got the S-works
Levo at a penny short of £10,000. – Now, Steve has got the fancy E-bike, however I have got the fancy Stumpjumper. Now we’re going to see
how these come into play out on the trail. – Georgia, before I describe
the format of today’s event, let’s have a quick recap because you could say we do have previous 1000 foot dead two ups, two downs, Georgia totally smoked me. – Only on the up hill! – [Under Breath] Only on the up hill. And then we came to the question: are E-bikes the great leveller? – We did. – Where we both rode it in different modes up hill and we actually found that we could actually ride together and the time difference’s not that much. – We did! – But today it’s all about down hill. [Deep Sigh] – So the format today is gonna be: three runs, we’re gonna do a run on the Stumpy, – Yep. – We’re gonna do a run on the Levo with the motor off! – That’s gonna be a tough one! – Maybe, maybe not. And then on the third run you can go on whatever mode you want to. Five minute track, top to bottom, four sectors, let’s get crackin’! – Let’s do it! [Drum And Bass Music] – Georgia, count me in! – Three, two, one, GO! [Rock Music] [Rock Music Fades] – Jones has gone so I’ll
count myself in then! Three, two, one! [Rock Music Intensifies] [Breaks Squeak] [Rock Music Stops] – Ah wow. First time back [Deeply Exhales] on an acoustic bike for a while. Top part of the hill felt like I was chasing
a train at the station. I felt like massively underpowered. And then of course, I think I got this expectancy of what speed I should be going because I’ve been riding an E-bike for so long now and obviously, got the first road crossing and I was pretty fatigued. [Rock Music] ♪ All my bones are dislocated ♪ ♪ And I just keep on wandering alone ♪ [Rock Music Fades] – [Steve Jones] Oh looking good, Georgia! – Wooo! – [Steve Jones] Looking good! – That was a long bit. – Yeah, so, impressions? On your first run, on your acoustic… On a bike that you ride all the time! – Do you know what, I love it. It was a good run. I’m used to the bike, super comfortable. It’s a bit gnarly that section and it was alright! [Funky Electro Music] – Right, the 18 and a half kilo Levo, with the motor off, it’s gonna take a little more
effort to crank in to life but, ready Georgia? – GO! Wahey! [Funky Electro Music] – Do you think he’d know if I just left it in eco by accident? Nah, I’d better not, I’ll turn it off. Woo! [Funky Electro Music] – Whoa, motor off, there you go. Motor off. [Deeply Exhales] Absolutely love this bike. [Funky Electro Music] Here she comes, Georgia Leslie. [Brakes Squeak] First run. Have you ever actually done a run on an E-bike with the motor off? – [Out Of Breath] No. – What was the sprint like? – Oh, horrible! That was so horrible. It was heavy. – On the top bit, on the flat bit, you feel the difference? – Oh yeah, feel the weight massively. Although, it kind of, when you got into the steeper bit it kind of came into its own, because it held its speed. But on the flat bits, it was hard. – So, did you feel it was more stable on the lower bits then, right? – It was stable. It felt very stable. You just didn’t have the… – The what? – That you do on a normal bike or a bike that’s actually on! – Do you know what, the other thing I think Georgia, how much time do you spend on
an E-bike with the motor off? – Well, you shouldn’t
really spend any, right? Unless you forgot to charge your battery! – Right then, Georgia, one last run. – E-bike on! [Claps] Yes! [Rock Music] – I’m finally Levo in turbo. [Excited Noises] [Rock Music] – Right. This run needs destroying. Turbo all the way. Let’s go. [Rock Music] – Oh my God. [Laughter] Oh, bananas. I’m thinking about Georgia and if she doesn’t ride
an E-bike that often, then the breaking points
are very different on an E-bike compared to a non E-bike. You gotta break before the corner, so, yeah maybe solving her timing… But for me, when it comes to fun levels, I mean, E-bike motor on or off, off the charts! I think I’ve just become
adapted to that now and I’ll be surprised if the
times are that different, but who knows? I think it’s about like me vs the Stumpy, but it’s not really about
the same for Georgia. But I think it’s going
to be interesting to see Georgia’s times on the hill. [Rock Music] [Breaks Squeak] Here she is. – That was fun! – Yeah, why? – Had it on turbo the whole way! – But I’m interested about… I was just talking to Brandon about entry speeds and exit speeds on an E-bike. – Yeah. – Very different. You’ve got to break in a different place. – You do.
– Yeah. – And you have to be careful about when you put a pedal straight down. If you put a pedal
straight down accidentally before you go into the corner then you’ve just given yourself a whole burst of new speed. – So you are a big competitor… – Occasional competitor! – I’m thinking about
what your feelings are if you had to go and race that track now what would you choose? Because let me tell you why, because when I did a video with Blake on GMBN and
– Yeah. – on tracks similar to that on the top, Blake was actually… Because he was pumping the ground better than I was, he actually thought he was quicker on a non E-bike than on an E-bike. – Okay… – So I’m just wondering
what your feelings are before you see any facts. – I think [Claps] this was super fast in turbo, as you would expect, right? – Common sense, right? – Come on. But I think because I spend most of my time on my Stumpjumper I’m at home on it, I feel comfortable on it, I know how it works, I know how it’s gonna react to things. Where this is a different kettle of fish. Which is amazing still but I think if I was racing then I’d be riding my Stumpy. – Well, kettle of fish or not, let’s go have a kettle of coffee and ponder the results. – Ooh! [Electro Dubstep Music] – Georgia, the official times are in. What a great day out
mucking about in the woods. – Very good day! It’s been real work, actually! – Right, first run: First section. So we broke the race
down into four sections, we had a top section which was mellow, middle section which was pretty flat, – Pretty flat. – Fire road, ballache! – Fire road sprint, that’s
when the power was coming out! For Jones…
– Well, we’ll see about that. And then the conclusion which was pretty much a downhill track, right? – Yep, pretty much. – Georgia, your top section. – Oooh, we don’t know our times yet! – Your top section, Georgia, on the Stumpjumper, the acoustic: 31.2. – Okay. – On the E-bike with the motor off: 32.25. – It’s not that different… – Not that much different. But faster, obviously, – I mean, it’s not surprise. – with the E-bike with the motor on. My times are there somewhere… – Right, so, you for the top section
on the Stumpjumper: 30.6! – I did feel very, very tired on that. I felt like this is quite alien to me. – Well, it’s a completely different bike to what you’re used to, isn’t it! – Exactly. So, 30, 30 what? – 30.6
– Right. Okay. Motor off? – Motor off was 29.09. – Again, like I said, because the bike was bouncing around and it was totally alien
to me, I was new to it, took me a while to get
the timing going, I think. – Okay. – Motor on? Obviously way quicker?! – Motor on: 27.7! Absolutely smashed it! – I think that’s no surprise there. But I don’t think I was that far behind on the Stumpjumper really. – No, you weren’t. I’m surprised that the
E-bike off was a slower time. – You mean a faster time? – That’s what I meant… [Laughs] Right, middle section, slower speed, a lot of tight corners in there, a couple of big compressions and, of course, that route section finale. – [Exhales] The root section. – Where, I have to say, the Levo was [Imitates Engine Noise] – Plowed through everything, didn’t it?! Straight up, steep, onto the fire road. – Georgia.
– Oh gosh. – Stumpjumper.
– Yep. – The Stumpjumper: 51 seconds. – 51 seconds? Okay. – E-bike with the motor off: 56 seconds. – E-bike with the motor on: 52 seconds. You were actually faster
on the Stumpjumper than on the E-bike with the motor on. – I’m surprised about that. – Why though? Why? – Because I’m used to it! I’m comfortable on it, I know how it goes! I know how it’s gonna work. – Do you think it was
entry and exit speeds? – I think so, I think because the Levo carried its speed so much more and you have to be really careful about how you go in and out of the corners whereas with that I know how it works. – I think there’s probably about 25 corners in that section? – A lot of corners in that section! – Downhill trail, it all
comes out in the hundreds. – There you go. – My middle section was E-bike with the motor off: 54. E-bike with the motor on: 50, and the Stumpy: 50 as well. So, pretty much similar experiences there between you and me – Very. – Maybe it was the exit speeds with the corner because you’ve got a heavier bike, you’ve got a 42 pound E-bike,
– Yeah. – Versus a 28 pound Stumpy, maybe it’s those exit speeds on flatter ground.
– I think so. – Moving on to the sprint section. – [Inhale] This was quite a long fire road once you drop out! – Come on, seriously?! – And it was up hill!
– Come on, Georgia. Your fire road sprint: E-bike motor on: 10.71, you actually went faster on E-bike with the motor off [Laughter]. 10.43.
– No way! – But faster on the Stumpjumper: 9.2. – Stumpjumper fastest overall? – On that fire road sprint.
– Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. – My fire road sprint was E-bike motor off: 10.55, motor on: 9.74 and again, I was quicker
on the Stumpy, 9.68. – Wow. Our times are quite close then! – I was about to say that [Laughs]. – I’ll take that! [Claps] – So my fastest was 9.68 and yours was 9.2. – [Gasps] – You out-sprinted me. [Censor Bleep] – [Laughs] I didn’t expect that! Well, I’ll take that, Jones! – I won’t take that at all. – Does that mean we’re gonna have to go do it again now? [Censor Bleep] – But, the conclusion to the run. Quite a long run, weren’t it? – Really long run! – I was pretty tired at the end. – I was puffing, especially
with the E-bike off, that was a struggle. – Yeah and there’s a lot of big holes in that bottom section. – There were. Lots of
puddles on the top as well. – Do you know what, for me, I think it’s gonna come down to the fact that my Levo, has got 36s at the front. The Stumpy has got 34s.
– Yep. – It’s a far more muscular forks, it’s gonna take those hits. I think that will count
in places like that. – Yeah, I agree. – Anyway. – Last section. – The last section, Georgia, E-bike motor off: 1:07. – Okay. – E-bike motor on: 1:06. And the Stumpy: 1:08, so… – Okay! – The E-bike regardless motor on or not, rules in the lower parameter section. – It was very gravity
orientated, that last section. So that doesn’t surprise me. – Yeah. So my final section. Stumpjumper: 1:06. E-bike, motor off: 1:04. E-bike, motor on, surprisingly: 1:03, so that was my quickest one down there. So yeah I think components come into it, – I think so. – when you’ve got that lower stuff. – Yeah, definitely. – Yeah.
– Wow. I mean, when it comes down to it, I think we’ve just proven that the Levo and the Stumpjumper basically given you pretty
much the exact same times. There’s hardly any difference. – On a wide variety terrain, flat, gently dipping and
on gravity style runs. Hope you liked the video! Gives us a thumbs up if you do! Don’t forget you can subscribe to EMBN in the globe, where’s the globe? Globe. [Laughter] If you want to see more antics with myself and Georgia Leslie, there’s 1000 foot dead, I’ll tell you for now
she absolutely smokes me! And then are E-bikes the great leveler? Thanks for watching! – Thank you! – Thanks, Georgia, for
a good day in the woods! – No problem.