Rémy Absalon’s Tips for training like a pro with an E-Bike Find a tour around 1h30 or 25km Skip the fire roads as much as possible and replace them by trails The goal is to avoid fast open trails where you reach the 25km/h assistance limit quite quickly but instead find steep, challenging and technical liaisons Each time the challenge is to climb without putting a foot on the ground. If it’s too easy, look for an alternative that is a bit more difficult. 5. For the downs, its the same as a non-E-bike, the Genius eRIDE can handle everything 6. No stops between the uphill and the downhill, this is the key for enduro training. In enduro racing the difficult part is after 3 minutes of downhill, you start to be tired and then you start to do mistakes, lose seconds and start risking more crashes. By doing steep and technical uphill and downhill you can improve your skills to handle your bike after those 3 minutes. With a normal bike you do 15 minute intervals, with the E-Bike, 1 hour and 30 minutes. 7. Record your rides and see the progress 8. Enjoy! www.scott-sports.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 Watch: Rémy Absalon’s Tips for Training Like a Pro with an E-Bike appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
In the start of the Winter, BMC North America kindly got us set up with their latest E-Bike innovation, the Trailfox Amp SX. The medium wheeled bike features a huge 170mm of travel up front, and retails for $7,999. Read on, and watch the video below to hear what we thought about the bike. https://youtu.be/wya8LDF4Evc Specs Carbon front triangle/aluminium rear 170mm Front / 150mm Rear 27.5 / 650b Fox Float 36 Factory S-Ped Fork, Fox Float DPX2 Factory Shock Shimano XT Drivetrain DT Swiss H1900 35 Wheelset Shimano STEPS MTB E-8020, 500Wh, integrated battery 53.7 lbs / 24.3 kg (with pedals) Based off the the Shimano STEPS platform, the bike features the E-E-8020, 500Wh, w/ integrated battery. The Shimano display conveniently shows assist mode, speed, odometer, battery life, distance remaining, and can be connected via bluetooth to your smartphone. To compliment the Shimano motor, and cranks, the bike features a full XT drivetrain. The bike comes spec’d with the Fox Transfer post, a notable and reliable choice. We’re not huge fans of the lever, but as the post is cable actuated, you can easily upgrade to a Wolf Tooth, PNW Components, etc. The Magura MT7 brakeset was one of the most impressive parts on the bike. When you’ve got a “monster truck” of a bike that’s racing down the trail, it’s extremely important to have adequate stopping power. We found the modulation to feel spot on, and that there was plenty of power to stop the 53.7 lb bike. A Renthal bar and stem is a great thing to see on a stock bike. The two parts are crucial to a good feeling ride, and often are the first things to be replaced. In the case of our Trailfox Amp, our first choice of parts already came ready to rock on the bike. The DT Swiss H1900 35 wheelset weighs 2203 g which is impressive for the heavy duty design. The wheels have a 35mm inner width and 40mm outer width. With all the rough terrain we rode, we never experienced any issues. The frame has very clean lines, and the small gap in the headtube helps the bikes aesthetic from looking to over built. The Fox DPX2 shock held it’s own, even in the most wild terrain. It’s evident that the custom tuning is crucial for the extra weigh the bike carries. The damping was very supple off the top, but ramped up into the travel so as to avoid bottoming out. The Fox Float 36 Factory S-Ped Fork, which is an E-bike specific model is said to feature longer durability due to added material in the necessary places to improve stiffness. The damper is a GRIP2 and felt extremely sensitive in the start of it’s travel, ramping up adequately toward the end to handle the heavy impacts and sharp edged roots and rocks. Geometry Our size Medium test bike felt like the perfect fit, not falling above or below average bike sizing. The 445mm reach provides a fairly standard feeling cockpit, paired with a 65° head tube angle, the bike shares the numbers of most common ‘Enduro’ bikes on the market. At 440mm the chainstays are respectably short for an electric assisted bike, making wheelies and cornering easy. A 74° seat tube angle provides a solid climbing position, allowing for good power transfer to make the most of whichever assist mode you’re in. On the Trail The fantastic thing about the Trailfox AMP, is that even if the bike had no electric assist, the geometry, and components would make for a very playful and fairly aggressive trail bike. When choosing between assist modes, we found our choice to be entirely dependent upon our length of ride, energy levels, and terrain. The Shimano STEPS platform provides an assisted ‘walk’ mode for off the bike hiking, followed by an ‘assist off’ setting, ‘Eco’, ‘Trail’, and ‘Boost’. The STEPS app allows for customization of the power output between the assist modes. We found the one we liked best is the factory default ‘Dynamic Mode’; It’s Boost level is set to high for maximum power assist and Trail level set to low which helps on technical climbs, so as not to accelerate to quickly and lose control. We grew to like the STEPS platform, only finding one gripe, the whining noise while heading up the hill, Brose systems (in Specialized E-Bikes) are silent motors, and we’d love to see that transfer into other brands technology. The Trailfox AMP excelled in the steep terrain, even if the riding surface was slippery due to dry conditions, or muddy. Touching briefly back on bike spec, the Vittoria Mota tires allowed for fairly low pressures, and coupled with being 2.5 front and rear, provided a massive amount of traction, which was extremely confidence inspiring. We found the bike easily slid into the so called ‘pocket’ of corners, remaining stable, and exiting with speed. The extra weight you find in electric assisted bicycles is often unwelcome, yet we actually found the added weight in the Trailfox AMP to provide reliable handling, and a more grounded feeling when in rough terrain. Overall A well thought out component spec, desirable geometry numbers, and a clean aesthetic led us to our final conclusions. If you are looking to ride the way you typically would ride on a non assisted bike, whether thats technical downhill, loamy chutes, or flowing singletrack, the Trailfox AMP SX is likely one of the best E-Bikes on the market. More at: BMC
This week, Specialized unveiled the new Demo 29 – a bike that has already seen quite a some success on the World Cup circuit under Loic Bruni. As the name indicates, it features 29″ wheels, but interestingly the bike is not offered in carbon fiber, but rather just aluminum. The Demo 29 is only available in 3 sizes and 2 spec levels. Loic himself continues experimenting with various settings and a “mullet” bike with a 29″ front and 27.5″ rear wheel. All of these as well as some hints from the Big-S indicate that this bike is still a work in progress, but at the moment, it looks quite promising. Specialized is tracking down a test bike for us at the moment, so we’ll have some thoughts to share in the coming months, but for now – here is the quick and dirty… Details 29″ wheels Boost 148 rear hub spacing 58mm fork offset Aluminum frame only 200 mm rear travel Trunnion mount / Metric shock spacing (225mm X 75mm) Increased progression (now 34%) compared to Demo 8 300% more anti squat than Demo 8 70% more anti rise than Demo 8 S-Sizing – S2,S3,S4 Horst link Internal cable routing Non-adjustable geometry Threaded bottom bracket The biggest overarching goal on the new bike was a massive overhaul of the kinematics. It’s a complete departure from the norm in the Specialized DH program. They wanted to make the bike carry speed better, particularly on square edged hits and over rough sections. One caveat is that they wanted to avoid using an idler due to drag and extra weight. In any case, by moving the main pivot (mainly further forward) and making some other adjustments to pivot locations elsewhere, the rear axle path now features more rearward movement. This is a big advantage in terms of momentum. The Big S has finally listened to elite racers and consumers alike and given the people what they want – some real progression and bottoming support. Historically, the Demo has been far too linear – regular consumers put air shocks on their bikes looking for any bottoming resistance they could find while Troy, Gwin and Loic used custom links. In any case, this new bike is completely different with a 34% progression. A fairly well balanced leverage ratio of 2.666:1 makes things easier on the rear shock as well. Geometry/Sizing Another interesting note is that the chainstays are quite long at 450mm. This greatly adds to the bike’s stability, but will require more strength and input from riders in the slow, technical sections where it’s difficult to carry speed. While the new Demo isn’t all that long (the longest reach is 465mm in the largest size[S4]), the longer rear center brings about a better front:rear balance and does make the bike substantially longer overall. Case in point, the average reach grew by 5mm compared to the old bike while the average wheelbase grew by 45mm. Pricing On paper, the bikes both come in at a very attractive price and seem to pack quite a bit of bang for the buck, looking attractive to privateer types. You can find the full specs at the link at the bottom of the page. Demo Race 29 – $6,500 USD Demo Expert 29 – $6,500 USD Demo Race 29 Frameset – $2,500 www.specialized.com
If you only spend slightly over two minutes watching something today, make it this https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=IMOm4RRsz5c You heard about this little place in the U.S of A called Utah? Have you? Because, right, spoiler alert, it turns out it’s a bit of a mountain biking hotspot. Hosts this event called… err… *checks notes* Red Bull Rampage and is a place where, like, loads of seriously banging edits are shot (for example, Andreu Lacondeguy’s ‘The Utah Madre’). Utah. Look it up. Look up Utah. It’s kind of a big deal. Anyway, without further ado, here’s some words about Reece Wallace’s ‘Flight Path’. It’s good. Flight Path is good. Great big lines, some nice floaty air, and some incredibly well shot moments. You won’t find a better thing to do today than spending slightly over two minutes watching this. Screenshot via YouTube (via Giant Bicycles) Screenshot via YouTube (via Giant Bicycles) You May Also Like The Utah Madre | Andreu Lacondeguy Serves Up Big Mountain Lines On Planet Mars Mountain Biking In Chile | Kilian Bron And Yannis Pelé Ride Epic South American Terrain The post Mountain Biking In Utah | Watch Reece Wallace Riding Big Lines In ‘Flight Path’ appeared first on Mpora.
Coming in at the same time as the new Hightower is the new Juliana Maverick, the new Mid-Travel big wheeled bike from the Santa Cruz, California brand. The bike comes in 3 sizes at 4 spec levels in their latest blood red color. Full details below… Details 29″ wheels Boost front and rear hub spacing 150mm front travel / 140mm rear travel Newest iteration of VPP Suspension Metric shock spacing Internal, sleeved cable routing Water bottle compatibility Lifetime warranty Free lifetime bearing replacement Geometry Specs Pricing Photos: Adrian Marcoux www.julianabicycles.com
Santa Cruz is on a roll this year with new bikes coming out left and right. Unsurprisingly, and due for sure is the Hightower’s latest update. It takes on the latest iteration of VPP suspension following Santa Cruz’s latest direction with new lines and frame layout. The Hightower is perfectly timed as Mid-Travel 29″ bikes seem to be the hot category at the moment. We’re working on lining up a test bike ath the moment, so stay tuned for our thoughts on the bike. Also out now is its lady’s counterpart – the new Juliana Maverick. Details 29″ wheels Boost front and rear hub spacing 150mm front travel / 140mm rear travel Newest iteration of VPP Suspension Metric shock spacing Internal, sleeved cable routing Water bottle compatibility Lifetime warranty Free lifetime bearing replacement Geometry Pricing Specs Photos: Gary Perkin and Adrian Marcoux www.santacruzbicycles.com