What Size E-MTB Should You Buy? | Ask EMBN Anything About E-Bikes

What Size E-MTB Should You Buy? | Ask EMBN Anything About E-Bikes


– [Chris] Welcome to this weeks Ask EMBN show where we are going
to be talking about hardtails, extenders and dongles. – And that critical question about size. What size e-bike should you buy? All coming up on today’s Ask EMBN. (logo whooshes) – We got this one in from Christian Fit. Hi, I’m thinking about
buying a Levo but undecided on what size to buy. I’m five foot ten and don’t
know medium or large as they say this year’s bikes are larger. – Yeah, it’s early, but
first first of all, the whole matter about sizing on e-bikes, or any bikes for that matter. Now, if you buy a bike
that is too small for you it’s gonna have a huge
impact on your comfort and your fatigue on your ride. If your bike’s too small
you’re gonna be always overcompensating because
that bike is simply, you can’t get the balance
in the center of the bike. At the same time if the bike
is too big for you Chris – Yeah if it’s too big for
you, you’re gonna to feel like you’re actually riding on that bike rather than in it, you know? The seat’s gonna to be right
up your bum when you’re riding it, you’re gonna be outstretched. It’s just not going to
be very comfortable. Especially when it comes
down to a more technical style of riding. – Yeah, but it’s all relative. Now the big thing to consider
here is the fact that all bike manufacturers have
a different interpretation of sizing on their bikes,
but let’s focus in now on the Specialized Levo. Now, you are talking about
buying a 2019 Specialized Levo. Now, I am six foot, just to
get things in perspective, I am six foot and I can ride
either a large or an extra large Levo at six foot. And I can simply do that
by if I need the large Levo to be bigger I can simply
raise the stem and the steering tube, I can slide the
seat a little way back. And that gives me almost
one size difference in fit. Now remember we’re talking
about two things as well. We are talking about
fit, which is adjustable on a mountain bike. And sizing which comes as stock. Now if I was riding the
extra large Levo, which I can do really easily, all I need
to do is have the seat further forward in the sliders and
then drop the stem down to the head tube and, um, I’ll
have a lower height bars. Simple as that. Now, the critical thing is that sizing which you cannot change. Now what I want to point
out is the 2018 Levo, the sizing on that is 430
millimeter reach for a large and 456 millimeters for extra large. Now if you compare that
to say a 2019 Levo, the numbers are 455 for large
and 480 for an extra large. Now I would say that, it’s definitely a large
that you need to be riding for a 2019 bike. Because if you compare a large Levo to say a Haibike XDURO or say a Canyon Spectral, check out the numbers on these bikes. So, for a similar size
large on Haibike it’s 467 so that’s quite a bit
bigger than the Levo. And 465 for a large on
the Canyon so, as I said, it varies between manufacturers
so I’d highly recommend you go for a size large
Levo on the Specialized. But, the thing is, it is
up to you to go and try these bikes out. And by try out I don’t
actually mean go and sit on the bike in the shop. You actually need to go
out and ride the bike for at least an hour at a time
to get the feeling for it. And, as I said, swap the
stems and the steeper on seat to get a good idea what
you can do in there. – Yeah, also Steve’s done
an excellent video on this about choosing that correct
size bike so that will be down in the description
below so I should check that one out. – A great question
Christian, great question. Question in from Dario. – Hi guys, in the recent
10 Top Tips that Chris hosted I noticed he was wearing
a black windcheater jacket with the EMBN logos. Are there plans to bring
this to the EMBN Store any time soon? – Are you talking about this one? – No, that’s the puffer jacket that one. – Ah, alright, okay. – It’s the windcheater
version, unfortunately it’s not available at the shop but
what we have is the puffer jackets that are available. Really cool. They are really good out on the trails. Keeps you super warm, and
they will be coming out soon, but yeah keep an eye on the store. But in the meantime loads
of other good content in there, t-shirts, hats, you name it, it’s all in the shop. But, yeah, puffer jackets this is what – Keep yourself warm
Chris, keep yourself warm. – This is what you want
for winter isn’t it? – Yeah, there you go. – Next question is from David Logan. I have a suspension related
question, maybe for GMBN tech, but it’s for a Kenevo
e-bike so here it goes. I am looking to upgrade
the 2018 RCT3 Lyric on the Kenevo as I’ve always
found it wasn’t up to much. Poor small bump sensitivity
and low mid stroke support. My question is what would
you do, do you have any experience with 2019
Debonair Spring upgrade or the Vorsprung Luftkappe upgrade and which would you choose? Or would you just change it
out for a 2019 Fox 36 Grip 2? – It’s a pretty capable fork
I’ve had no problems on mine. – I think it comes down to set up. I’ve never, ever had any
problems with the RCT3 Lyric. – Maybe get along to one
of the suspension tuning companies get that fork dialed in. – I think it’s just a question
of maintenance and, ah, I think you can read a lot
of hype on different websites about forks and suspension
and shock absorbers and like I said, I think that
Lyric is a bloody good fork. We’ve done a video with Niko
Vouliez and I think he says more about using more
air pressure and less, hydraulic damping on a fork. – The big thing with suspension
is what we can constantly mess around with the settings as well. What I really like to do is
just stick in one sort of setting that I am happy with
and get used to that fork and the way the bike handles
rather than keep changing different PSI in this leg,
and that in a bit more rebound and compression. Just get used to that setting
and get used to it and then make those little, you
know rather than going out every ride and clicking around. – I thing the bottom line
Chris is that you know, you’re gonna be expecting
a performance advantage by spending more money on a fork. And I am dubious with how much performance advantage you’re gonna get
by spending more money. I think that fork is a good fork. A battery with a good range,
a smooth running motor they’re clearly key to a
good e-bike experience. But they can be less than
efficient if you haven’t got a good suspension set up on your bike. One that offers comfort, grip and control. And the thing is people
are keen to tell you how to rather than why to. So in this video we’re
gonna be goin’ into why you should set up your suspension
correctly rather than how to. After all, a lot of the
time that’s a rather hit and miss affair. – David Steed’s got in touch.
Hi guys, was wondering if you had any feedback on
the Levo range extender bottle through your tech channels. Interested to hear what you think as range is still a big issue. – Yeah. They’re there, you
can fit them to your bikes but it voids your warranty. We had Georgia on the show
earlier in the year to tell us, she is from Specialized,
and she said you need to be very careful if you do that. Next up from Ian Nash. – Loving the site guys. Can’t afford new so I
need opinions on the best manufacturers and motors, second hand, full suspension to hit the trails hard. Good question. – I think, it’s not only
manufacturer you need to be looking at, maybe get
a bit of history on the bike that you are buying right? – Yeah. – Travel, I guess, a longer
traveled bike is going to have a harder time than a short traveled one. – Yeah, try and get one of
those bikes or motors that connect to your phone so that
you can get a good history. Like Steve said , you know,
the Bosch and the Yamaha currently don’t have any
Bluetooth links so you can’t get any details about that motor,
battery, things like that. How many cycles the batteries
been through, the guy could just say he’s had it
charged up five times when in reality it’s done 500 charges. So other than that data on
your hand would be a good one so you have to look at,
Specialized, Shimano, a few of the others that have
got the Bluetooth action. – I think you’ve got to
look at the components on the bike you are thinking of buying. The chains, the sprockets,
the tires, the wheels. – Yeah. – The grips, the brakes,
have a look, and critically. Have a ride on it and see how noisy it is. If it’s quiet I guarantee
that bike hasn’t had as much use a bike that is
going to be really noisy. – Just be careful it’s not a load of, barry- what do you call
it, hide and spray. Just a bit of tire shine
over the bike makes it look all shiny can hide a
lot of problems but yeah just check out those main components and try and
probably go for one of the big manufacturers for the
actual bike and the motor. You know you’re going to be a lot safer and after market parts if that motor does fail is going to be ready available. – Or there are some good
value bikes at the minute. I mean the Vita Summit,
you know three and a half thousand pounds brand
new, and Canyon bikes, some of the Canyons come in at
about three thousand pounds. – My brother just got into
the e-bike game with a nice Focus and I was really knocked down. – Really? – Yes, he’s got a nice Focus. – There’s some of you maybe
get a 2018 version of the bike. – Last years models, that’s a
good way of getting into it. – Yeah totally. – Get a warranty with it as
well, as that’s important. – Yeah Robbie Villanova, or
Robbie Villan-uva, what is the expected life span of the
motors in terms of riding miles? About 30,000 I think. Looking at different internal designs, some use nylon gears and some metal gears. All of them have some grease
but will deplete and harden after some time. Are there maintenance or service requirements after a certain period? Yeah, I think the Shimano motors are, there’re hermetically sealed
for 30,000 miles I think. Now, that’s a lot of miles. – That’s a hell of a lot. – That’s a lot of miles and
I think if you look at the battery cycles I think the
Shimano is guaranteed for I think it’s a thousand
cycles, that’s a lot of miles. I think the Specialized is
500 cycles so that’s a lot of charging and a lot of
mileage on your e-bike. I certainly wouldn’t
worry in that respect. – You’ve got Alan Taylor. Hey guys, any chance
you could feature some hardtail EMTB in your videos? I’m waiting for my 2019
hardtail to arrive and would love to see you putting
you through their paces. We hear you, we definitely
been getting on the hardtails a lot more, we’ve added a
couple of them to our fleet. – Coming soon. – But in meantime just check
out hardtail versus full suspension video that me and
Steve did recently on that. – Chris why on earth would
you choose a hardtail over a full suspension bike? – Why on earth would you
choose a full suspension over a hardtail there Steve? – Because it’s about the performance. – No, it’s about the
cost, the money, come on. – It’s about the performance. I’ll tell you what five
tracks, five up, five down let’s sort it out. – [Chris] Let’s get it done. (upbeat music) – We got this one in from Martin Bennett. Hi, I watched your video
on gearing last night. I run the Yamaha system on my HaiBike. It has a 38 tooth chainring,
I was gonna change to a 40 to give me a good top end. My mate’s Shimano STEPS eats
the hills better so do you reckon if I dropped to a 36
I’d see a notable improvement? – Tricky, I guess it depends, if you, where you are riding basically. I guess a 40, that’s gonna be, you gonna be hitting that
25K restrictor, it depends on what country you are from. I guess it’s 35 if you are from the US. The great thing about the
Yamaha, I’m assuming it’s a PWX model you’ve got, the PWX
is really good at lower cadences when you’re spinning low speeds. When you get to high cadences it tends to taper off a little bit. So, I’d, yeah maybe, I think it depends on the
terrain that you are riding. So if you get back to us and
tell us if it is a PWX or not and the type of riding that
you’re looking at then we can give you a fuller answer Martin. – Got this one in from
Nigel Davies as well. Hi guys, what’s the email for the bike vault and general
questions, thanks, Nigel. So we’ve got a couple of ones we use. The Upload Service. That’s down in the description
below, that’s the easiest way to get any videos
or photos across to us. If you’ve got any questions
we do a Tuesday show which is Ask EMBN, any questions
you got just hashtag Ask EMBN and drop it in the
comments box below each video. We go through the comments
and see those questions and we’ll get back to you a-s-a-p on all of those questions. – Julien Pichon De Bury. Hi guys, first I have to
say your show is great. That’s very kind of you, thanks Julien. Doing exactly what is is meant
to igniting EMTB passion. EMTB passion, I’m watching
you from Reunion Island, wow that’s a hell of a spot, where
I am about to buy my first EMTB, Kenevo or Metapower
27.5, still don’t know. A question is still worrying me. Is the speed limitation here to protect the user or the motor? Will I lose engine lifespan
if I delimitate it? – Bit of a gray area to be fair. We talk about delimiting
e-bikes quite a bit on the show. One thing is for sure,
it will void your actual warranty with the
manufacturer, whether it will lessen the lifespan of the
engine is debatable too. It’s been talked about,
something I do on some of my bikes in certain
situations and yeah I think it is great in the right situation
but there is no need for it out on the normal trails
that a lot of people ride. – I think Julien, it depends where you’re riding in Reunion Island. Can we come down to Reunion
Island and spend some time? If you’re riding, I think
you just need to adapt the terrain that you are ridin’. ‘Cause it is easy to ride
down a road at 25K, plus remember all the different
motors work differently, above the speed restrictor,
so as a Specialized is particularly good when you get above 25k. And if you see a fuller
discussion about this whole speed restriction I’ve done a
feature, is 25K too slow? Which we’ll see in detail right here. The thing with e-bikes is that they can sometimes send your
senses totally haywire. Especially when it
comes to speed at least. Now we’re talking about the
restrictions on e-bikes. We’ve heard a lot of incredibly
bright people say that 25 kilometers an hour is simply too slow. In this video we’re gonna
be exploring just that. Is it too slow? – So there you go that’s
the end of the show. If you guys have got any
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