Weathering The Storm | GMBN’s Trail Ride With EMBN

Weathering The Storm | GMBN’s Trail Ride With EMBN


– So I was intrigued to see
what the E-bike was like on a descent and an ascent. So Steve Jones and I
from our sister channel, EMBN, did Afan bike park to
see what E-bike was all about. With the weather closing in and storm Gertrude upon us, we started to ascend
Afan’s White’s Level trail. – Is your bike going to
short circuit in the wreck? (upbeat music) – Hey, so Blake this trail is
appropriately called Dastardly and Muttley. – I like it. – Do you know what? Already I’m thinking that
even though we’re trying to find out if an E-bike is fast compared to a trail bike, this trail
is actually pretty rough so– – It is! You know what, I find it with
my bike’s being quite light, it’s easy to manipulate, find the line, not pedal strike a lot. – ‘Cause I’m trying to
keep, I’m in eco-mode to save my battery. – Yeah. – I obviously look after my mate behind– – Yeah. – And I guess I’m acting like
a big arctic lorry in front of you to protect you
from the wind, right? – Yeah. – Oh, boy! – I’m using you, also
using you as a pace marker. Trying to keep up with you, keep momentum on the rough stuff and watch you lift up
that front wheel a lot. – Tell you what, it’s
almost like a riverbed going up here; really
quite technical climbing. – It is, eh! It’s not all about speed on this. – Definitely not. – Look at that! Sideways rain. – This is mountain biking. – This is mountain biking. – This is proper mountain biking, this is trail riding! – I know! Yes! And it’s still wet, but it’s warm. – I’m warm. – I’m warm. – I’m totally warm. – You’re wearing Wellingtons. Nice. – My feet will be dry
at the end of the day. – Mine are wet from yesterday’s ride. – Hey, so this is almost at the top of climb one. – Yeah. – We’re just riding together. – We are, aren’t we? – Yeah. – That bit there, technical, you’ve got to find your line like
we’ve been talking about, but up here the trail gets
a little bit smoother. – Exactly. – The E-bike kind of
gets in its own element, starts to it can keep that momentum going. – The thing is, this is
where there’s not been any erosion on the trail because down there it’s like a riverbed. It was just really difficult. Every rock is pushing you
back, even on the E-bikes, so imagine on the conventional
bike it’s even more. It’s a physical challenge you bear, but you’re a strong man. – I got to keep that line. Got to keep up, using you as
pacemaker that’s what I’m– – Arctic lorry. – Arctic no. It is a head wind. – Blake, a little bit
about the trail ride today. It’s called White’s Level; steeper and tougher, mostly single track with technical sections. – Yes. – Boardwalks, berms,
large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, and water crossings. – Watch out you don’t short circuit your– – A high level of fitness required. 525 meters of gain, one and a half to three hours loops, 17k’s, graded red– – 17K? – With the occasional black, but do you know what? I think the most challenging
thing about this trail is not the trail, but that weather. – That weather is n– It’s coming in this front. It is wet, sideways rain, head winds that way. – Yeah. – And we are going that way, right? – Yeah. – That descent was epic. – Wow. I really enjoyed that. – Yeah. But what I found out, you love pedaling. – Yeah, I had to pedal because the ground was, I mean, it wasn’t downhill it was
that kind of that gradient. – It’s not completely down. – Yeah and in situations
like that bear in mind they got a 25K restriction on here. So I’ve got to push a
21K bike through that to keep it moving, but still, I can still pump
the ground a little bit, but nowhere near as much
that you can do on that. Granted, I give you that
everyday of the week. – I felt like a ballerina, just prancing everywhere, gaining speed and you were pedaling and I’m like, “Oh, I need to pedal.” – But if the trail starts to go unh– – I think that would be better. – But next Blake is
something which is your cup of tea: all over jumps. Aw, Blake! Aw, that’s gutted. 26 inch! – Yeah yeah. – Blake! What are you doing? No need to get an antique bike, you’ve got an antique tube. – Yeah. 26 not dead, man. – [Cameraman] You’ve
got valve type as well. – Yeah look, I got a car tire. – [Cameraman] How big is
the whole in your rim? – That is a good question. – Let’s bring Blake Sampson
into the 21st century, shall we? Go on give it a go, give it a go. Go on give it a go. I’ll fix your front tire. – Yeah? – Yeah do it. Just give it a spin. Go and hit those drops. – E-bike life for me. – Go hit those drops. – I did this trail and
that bit down there, then I went back up and
did this trail again. – What’s the verdict? – The smile on my face says it all. I did it in half the time going back to the top of this trail and I rode the trail, not tired, did that bit there and I did this section again, Twice. And I’m not tired. Climbing an E-bike by far the best thing. – That’s a relatively flat trail, how did it feel in comparison to your trail bike? Obviously not as lively and as nimble. – Yeah like you said, it’s not as lively and
as nimble and as agile, but it does the job. I had fun and me on a bigger bike, you can just go– – Do you think it’s simply a matter of different timing to ride a bigger bike? – Yeah. – And you can maybe use, if you’re going to time it right you use different shapes of the ground to get more boost, right? – You can see the bigger the obstacle, the more that you can
use it to your advantage to get out the most out of the roll and hump with a big bike. – Well, Blake, I wish I could jump a bike like you did through there. What does it feel like
on a heavy bike compared to light bikes with some jumps. I know they weren’t jumps. – No, yeah, but having a trail like that where you can actually
little challenge-able gaps where you’re going to
have to muscle your bike and your body weight over certain gaps. This, to be honest, I work a lot harder because it’s a lot heavier, especially when the jumps are small. That is super easy, you can just like blup, blup, blup, blup, blup, blup, blup. – So now for the counterargument. So you what is interesting, I go on this bike and I thought oh my God
this bike is lightening fast and obviously the weight
is something to do with it and you can flick it around quite easy. Obviously like we mentioned earlier, it’s all about the timing on that, however, we didn’t take
into account tires. – No, no. – Now you got harder comfort tires with more pressure. – They ride a lot faster. – Exactly. So we can’t really, you
can never do any bike test comparisons if you haven’t
got the same tires. However, now we’re back into that flat, single track where I’m expecting you to take off yet again as I try to push through that 25K. – Steve, the end is near, but it’s the end of the video for you people back home. – The final descent to Glyncorrwg. – Finished we’re going to get warmed up. – Blake, when it comes to verdict time, just round the corner
there massive head wind. – Horrible head wind. E-bike for sure. I felt like my legs were like lead and I couldn’t get anywhere. – And those little punchy climbs. – Yeah when the trail goes a
bit wavy the E-bike for sure because you can, you
know, keep your momentum through that whole segment. I feel like this is a bit more nimble. I can get in a lot of speed where I saw you were pedaling to keep above 25 kilometers and I was like– – I think you’ve got a fair point when the ground’s at a certain angle, however, when it starts to dip down I reckon that’s faster. – I think this is better, yeah. It launches it. Don’t forget to hit the globe to subscribe and if you want to see
more of this great content, give us a thumbs up like. – Blake, thank you so much for today. – Thank you very much. Now I’m going to– – The final descent. – Get down there. – We’ve got to get back. – Yeah, I need a shower. – Before we go down the
hill, I think I need to have a bit of a cleanup.