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E-BIKES AS A SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING TOOL Josh Carlson is a top enduro-class racer. For the uninitiated, enduro is a mountain bike racing discipline where the downhills are timed but the ascents are not, usually doing multiple laps, and the races last for hours, making them grueling physical tests for the riders.v Carlson’s coach suggested he try an e-bike to shorten the time spent climbing so he could get in more descending time. Lucky for Josh, his bike sponsor happens to be Giant Bicycles, and they set him up on a Trance E+ as similarly as possible to his race bike, a Giant Reign. “Even before this project came to fruition, I’ve always been pro e-bike. Now that I’ve ridden one, it just brings the fun back! The whole goal of it was to get more descending time in and less effort pedaling on the climbs. The final goal was that I wanted it to replicate my race bike as much as possible. “I’ve got 160-140mm of travel, which is a little less than the 180/160mm of travel on my race bike, but the geometry of it is pretty similar. I think the extra weight of the e-bike is definitely helping my riding on my normal bike. “I’m not getting fatigued climbing back up the hill; I’m getting fatigued from doing so many downhill runs.” “My normal Reign in race setup weighs about 15 kilograms [33 pounds], with big tires, big suspension, and the 180mm travel fork and coil-over shock. This thing weighs about 10 kilos [22 pounds] more, and when I get back onto my Reign after riding this bike, it makes it feel so light and nimble. You can just slap it into turns, and it dances underneath you through rough sections. “You get to go twice as fast up climbs and twice as fast through stuff with all this extra weight. When you get back on your normal race bike, your mind is used to going that little bit quicker; you just feel like a superhero! “One of my little training zones that I train on (at home) in Wollongong, Australia, there’s about a 15–20-minute climb back up the hill. Pretty solid, like I’m using a granny gear or a couple of gears down. Usually, in like an hour and a half or two hours, I’ll do maybe six laps. That’s a pretty solid day on my Reign. On this bike, I can pretty easily bust out 8 to 10, sometimes 12 laps. I just get way more downhill time in with way less effort, so I’ll pedal back up the hill at 100 beats a minute. I’ll pretty much just roll straight in, because I’m already rested and recovered, do the exact same downhill, just as aggressive, if not harder because the bike’s heavier and it’s hard to slow down. I get to the bottom and put the power on full gas and just burn back up the hill in like seven minutes, straight back up to the top and do it again! I’m not getting fatigued climbing back up the hill; I’m getting fatigued from doing so many downhill runs. For me, that level of training is ideal. “I think e-bikes are a perfect training tool for Enduro World Series riders, and for an enduro rider, it will probably become more beneficial than a road bike. Hopefully (my competition) won’t work that out sooner rather than later! With a bit of luck I can keep that to myself a little while.” THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post E-BIKES AS A SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING TOOL appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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A smattering of sights from the 2019 Whip-Off World Championships at Crankworx Whistler, where some of the most talented riders from across a wide range of disciplines coverage for an epic celebration of style. For the men, Freeracer Kade Edwards took home the big check with some outrageous new-school and nearly-upside-down antics, Billy Meaclem boosted Read More The post Gallery: Whip-Off World Championships appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
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KÜAT NV 2.0 RAMP You can see how long the NV 2.0 ramp is, and that gradual incline makes getting a 50-pound e-bike up onto the rack all but effortless. For many of us, when it comes to transporting our e-bikes, finding a good two-bike rack that can handle the weight of an e-bike is problematic enough. Next comes the task of hefting a 50-plus-pound bike onto a rack. Not easy. For some, it’s impossible. Thankfully, the folks over at Küat have recognized the problem and have come up with a very simple solution. Their NV 2.0 steel ramp expands to nearly 6 feet and attaches via some additional hardware to their NV 2.0 ramp. THE RACK The Kuat ramp won’t do you any good if you don’t have the Küat rack it’s designed for. They sent us their NV 2.0 folding rack. It comes in a small box, very well-packed, with Ikea-like instructions. We tried to build it using only one person, but it ended up requiring two. Easy mounting in a 2-inch hitch receiver, with great controls for tightening it in so it doesn’t move around when bikes are mounted, with a locking pin that’s keyed the same as the two cable locks that mount under either bike runner. Those locks are magnetically held in, and they do tend to pop out over bumps, leaving the locks to drag on the ground. The shepherd’s hook that holds the front wheel into a very attractive tray setup (with plenty of room for drainage if you got muddy) can easily handle up to 29er wheels, and the strap on the back moves along the channel to hold the back wheel, regardless of wheelbase. The rack itself is metallic grey with orange-anodized accents. It comes with an accessory bike stand so you can work on your bike without needing to load it onto the rack. The fully expanded ramp. You can see the channels and thumbscrews that allow the pamp to expand and contract for easy storage. It ain’t rocket surgery! This very simple design keeps the ramp sturdy, easy to use and relatively inexpensive. THE RAMP Installing the ramp leaves you taking the end caps off the channels where the locks are and completely removing the locks and two Torx bolts (wrench included) to install a metal receiver that the ramp will hook into. This takes a few minutes each, but it’s pretty straightforward. Make sure you align that piece correctly, as there is some play to it. We found this out the hard way the first time we tried to mount the ramp; it wouldn’t fit. Loosening the bolts slightly allowed us to align it properly, and off we went. The ramp has a pair of thumbscrews that tighten into long channels, effectively letting you expand it from 32 inches to 54 inches. This makes it incredibly easy to move the weight up the inclined plane (remember this from your physics class umpteen years ago?). You might even be able to engage Walk mode if your bike has it to make it even easier. Price: $90 www.kuatonline.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Product Review: KÜAT NV 2.0 RAMP appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Russell Finsterwald—2019 Marathon National Champion The post Meet The Riders And Their Rides: Russell Finsterwald appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.