We’re Not Going Up There Are We? | Extreme E-Bike Climbing Challenge: The Rock

We’re Not Going Up There Are We? | Extreme E-Bike Climbing Challenge: The Rock


– We have done some crazy steep
stuff on our bikes over the last few months, but it’s all
been very urban, very manmade. It’s all very well and good but
we thought it’s time to come to some proper mountains, which is why, Chris, I’ve brought you here. – What, some old ruins
and a dish used slat mine? Yeah looks great fun,
can’t wait to get into it. – No Chris, to this, the rock, a real mountain rock face challenge! (cool rock music) Whoa, the exposure to
my left is insane, ah! (cool rock music) This is where it all begins,
Chris, and I think this is the kind of place where an old fashioned mountain bike might not live. – Pedal bike, you mean? – Yeah, so you know, it’s all
about those changing surfaces and gradients where, you
know an E bike allows you to rock climb up those sections. – Keeps that momentum going. – Do you think an old fashioned mountain bike could get up there? – Up this bit? – Yeah. – No, I don’t think it
will, I don’t think it will. – Tell you what, cameraman has got an old fashioned mountain bike. – Oh really? – Yeah, it’s a good one,
it’s a really good one. – I don’t see him, is he here yet though? – He’s on his way. – Right. – Go on, give it a go, give it a go. (laughter off camera) – Just no power, it’s horrible. (silly music) – Right, this is full effort, right? – Oh I remember those days so well. – If it was smooth, it’s fine, it just goes like that,
and you’re screwed. Hey look, don’t get me wrong,
I think the slab was probably the most scary thing I’ve
done on a mountain bike. – One of mine too. – But here, we’ve got
different surfaces, we’ve got different angles, we’ve still
got that massive exposure, but this is my idea of a proper
mountain bike rock climb. – Yeah, for sure, I think the
slab, you know it was amazing, but this, as you say, we’re
out in the mountains, I’m properly scared of this thing. This can be way more technical. – Exactly, this is it, alright. Back in Bristol, we were lucky
with the weather, we had a really smooth surface,
but it wasn’t technical. This… – Changing grades as well,
this is super steep in places. – This is proper, technical
mountain bike climbing, right? – Yeah. – What do you reckon? – I don’t know, Steve, I reckon
you might have bitten off a bit more than we can chew. – Let’s go bike din then, yeah! (electronic music) Chris, let’s talk about the
mechanics of this climb. It’s not all climb, it’s
downhill a bit as well. – Yeah, a little bit trial
sections as well, and we’re moving around, getting some good lines. – Line choice, right? – Good grip though, yeah? – Yeah, and then you really
gotta push up these banks. Whoa, and the exposure to my
left is insane, ah, oh my God! Is it true you’re the
world’s oldest free rider? – No, Steve Gil. – Oh, right, you’re the world’s youngest E bike free rider right? – No, Sam Pilgrim. – Okay, right, hey listen, I reckon this is my idea of free ride. We’ve never been up this hill
before, we’ve got the weather to deal with, exposure to deal with, but line choice, I mean
it’s a maze, right? – This isn’t my idea of free
ride, this is trial, Steve. – Okay, come on let’s go. – Six day trial. – So, this is cool right? Where’s he going? Alright, straight on approach. One we call the easy
approach, Chris is nackin’ it. (electronic music) – Steve, I’m scared, I’m scared,
I’ve been in pretty sketchy situations on my bike,
but this is actual death. – That’s death. So we’ve come up on
the edge of this ridge. Now, there’s this really,
really, really difficult section. Big hole in here,
obviously the grip is good. The grip’s been really good today, right? – Crazy isn’t it? It’s like, sandstone is
so grippy everywhere. – So you could get that right, and then is like, no going wrong because… – Look to your right, what
happens if you fall down there? – No dabbing, and this is knife
edge, so you’re gonna keep your momentum, and then you’ve
got another gap, and then you crest it out here, technical right? – Mega technical, it’s probably
one of the most scary tech things I’ve probably ever
done on my E bike, for sure, honestly I’m not messing around. – Oh my god. (electronic music) – Oh (bleep), last thing
I need is that to happen. – You in? – Yeah. (intense electronic music) Oh (bleep), Oh. – Thank (bleep). – It’s such a relief! – Oh Chris, this is what I
love, I love coming to places like this; waterfalls, mountains. I mean, it’s a bit moody in the background, that is proper weather. – It’s nice isn’t it? Lovely, yeah. – Moody, moody. Gonna take you back to the
old fashioned mountain bike. – Yeah. – [Steve] Great, manageable
in short sections, but not sustainable, no way is it
sustainable in the climb. – [Chris] I really noticed with the power deliveries out on the E bike, it’s really nice and smooth,
whereas that felt like I had a square chain ring on my old bike. Yeah, it’s just, you
can’t control your grip. – Hey listen, we’re talking washing machine versus mangler, right? – Yeah. – Typewriter versus word processor. – Laptop. – Yeah. – Nail gun versus the
hammer, the list goes on. – A rowing boat versus Airbus A380 – True. – Hey look, joking aside,
this is quite involved, right? Probably got a hike a bike. It’s a little bit exposed, especially that 500 foot drop to the side. – Nice. – Or we can find a way around
the edge of this mountain. – I’m fancying the traverse
around I think rather than that hike a bike, look how steep that thing is. – Okay, let’s do that. (electronic music) – Oh boy, granite to slate,
that’s hideous right? – Oh, this is horrible, so slippy. – What tire pressure are you on? – Think I’m about 15
PSI, something like that. – Hey these Yamaha motors
are bang on, aren’t they? – They’re doing good, aren’t they? Super powerful. – What mode you in? – Extra power. – Yeah, all the way. – All the way, of course. Line up there. – This is like riding on broken glass. – So, Chris, we’ve been on the mountain, and now, we’re going into the mountain. – Oh my God, this is insane,
this place, look at it. – One way in, one way out. Chris, do you think I’ve been watching too many Harrison Ford films? – I think you have, you’re getting a bit carried away now, Steve. Look at you try all those moves. – Oh, (bleep), ah! (laughter) – Whose idea was that? Where the Hell have you taken us, Steve? – Don’t worry, won’t worry, there is a way out, I guarantee it. – Are you sure? – Absolutely, in here,
look, into the black hole. – Indiana Jones, let’s go! Steve, are you sure this is the right way? – Uh, do you know what,
I think I’ve messed up. I think that says “Perygl Danger”. – No way. – Sorry, back up again. – Ah, really? I’m following you, I guess. (electronic music) – Chris, final part of the puzzle. – This is the part of the
puzzle I wish got lost down the back of the safe, or the dog ate. – This is actually steeper than the slab. – It is. – However, a big pool
of water, get up there. (peaceful electronic music) – Oh my God. – You got it, you got it! – Chris, I’ve got a measure on it. – Yeah, how steep, steeper than the slab? – The slab was, what, 37? – Yeah, 37, so… – We have got, Joshua, 41, 41 degrees, and that
is, are we on the limit? – That’s insane, I don’t
know, I’m still feeling we can push a little more maybe. – Yeah, you know what though,
we wouldn’t be able to sustain that for 100 metres
like we did on the slab. – Oh no chance, no, but the grip level is still there I think. – Oh I’m loving this
granite, it’s great isn’t it? – It’s good stuff, can’t beat
it, especially over here. – Honestly, it is primo E bike landscape. A proper mountain bike climb. – Definitely. – A rock climb. – An epic climb. – A free climb. – I don’t know. – Or is that pushing it a bit too far? – Pushing a little, for sure,
definitely the biggest, most epic climb I’ve ever done
on two wheels I think. Today has blown my mind really. – Yeah, so this is proper
mountain biking, right? – Yeah. – And you definitely wouldn’t be able to do it without an E bike. But, like, the technical
elements was so complicated, I mean we were lucky to
get some fantastic rock. – Definitely. – That coarse granite. – Made all the difference. – Yeah, you get on slate,
it’s game over, right? – And dry obviously today, weather conditions have been good. – But, you know I think that’s gonna be grippy even in the wet. – Do you reckon? – But like, gear choice,
position on the bike, there were some moments where we just ride
over the front of the bike. – Yeah, definitely couldn’t
have been any steeper for me. I was just trying to battle that bike all the time up the climb. – So it 41 degrees the limit? – I don’t think so, I reckon
we can still go bigger, but I’m not really not looking forward to it, cause this has been epic. If it’s more full on than
today, it’s gonna be crazy. – We were in the lowest
gear, we were in extra power mode to go easy on our bikes. – Soft tires, 10 PSI, as you say, extreme climate positions, everything. – And exposure. – Yeah. – Chris, it’s a long way down. – It is a hell of a long way
down there, and it just shows you the elevation we’ve climbed today, so yeah it’s been pretty crazy. – Great, well we’ll be back
with more epic mountain bike climbs and adventures very soon. – Yeah and if you’ve enjoyed
this one today, be sure to check out the slab, one of
our first epic climb videos. – Yeah, and also, for more
environments like these, check out when I went for rides in Noweda and Scotland with Hannah Barnes. – And don’t forget to
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