This is who E Bikes are for...

Paul The Punter
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E-bikes, or pedal assist mountain bikes, are a hot topic right now with both sides having arguable points. But if you aren't racing or being competitive on your MTB, then shouldn't the focus be more fun? I took my roommate Brig out for his first ever ride on one to see if...maybe he can have a bit more fun?
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This is Brig.
Brig loves everything about mountain biking. He lives in world famous riding destination of Squamish, just to be closer to the trails. After only riding the whistler bike park for years, he realised that a bike that could pedal would mean more access to trails, and he likes nothing better than ripping down a nice flow trail.
But there’s one thing that Brig like, and he’s not the only one. In order to get to these amazing trails, you’ve got to earn your turns and well...Brig doesn’t like that bit. Now here’s the thing - Brig isn’t a lazy dude. He works long hours at the dock on tug boats and in his spare time he’s always hiking, in the Gym or just being in the outdoors. So by the time it’s time to ride, he’s already hurting.
Now this isn’t a video about how much better I am at pedalling uphill compared to my buddy, it’s a video about looking at ways that would make it more fun to ride together. Because really it’s Brig that gets annoyed at being left behind, not me.
After years of riding the park, this dude can go round a berm fast. Even on this lap he was dropping me pretty quick.
Luckily for us, Republic Bikes who are a supporter of my channel had an e-bike demo day. I know it’s a controversial subject, but I have absolutely no problem with e-bikes and I wanted to see what Brig thought about them.
Like any other shop demo, they swapped over Brig’s pedals while he watched on and got him set up on the bike. Making sure Brig knew what he was doing with the motor controls, we would head to a different area of Squamish and hit up something a bit more technical.
This climb is a little steep and he would normally walk up the whole thing. This made the whole ride take longer, but now I have a rider that I can chase and pushes me to go faster up the hill. But again, you knew this would happen, I knew this would happen. What I wanted to find out was how Brig felt about it.
There we go - we were having more fun. That’s all we wanted. But what about the downs? Will he be able to ride the same going down a trail? We dropped into the black rated trail Rupert to find out.
By this point he never wants to do Rollercoaster, which is awesome by the way, and there’s a lot of time waiting at the bottom for him to catch up - something that annoys Brig. But here we are, now having an absolute ball.
You don’t need to tell me that e-bikes are something that not everyone is a fan of, I am up to speed with the land access issues that are coming up in America and other mountain bike areas. But for me and Brig, this e-bike would mean we can ride together and both of us have the same amount of good times and probably go on more rides. But would he buy one? Maybe hit the subscribe button if you want to find out….




26 Nov 2018



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Paul The Punter
Stoked to ride with my buddy more! Wonder if he’ll buy one though... 🧐
who me
who me Vor 11 Tage
what a bullshit story.
Adrian Morten
Adrian Morten Vor 27 Tage
@Pluto : 😅😅 wow I've done some pretty big hikes and I don't think it's any harder then riding a really steep mountain. I'm reasonably fit, but I would say that I've ridden some big mountains that are way harder then hiking the same hill.
Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes Vor Monat
Did he buy one?
ALEX GIBSON Vor 2 Monate
Get an add on kit
Petko Komsalov
Petko Komsalov Vor 2 Monate
How many watts
GrowDan Vor Stunde
I don’t normally comment on videos, but had to say that this is the best argument for pedal assist bikes. I can def see the argument for MTB, but not road bikes as much.
Always Outdoors
Always Outdoors Vor 2 Stunden
Pauls laugh is the greatest.
SternLX Vor 23 Stunden
That annoying moment when you're the first to show up with your e-Bike and get begged for tows.
Edward Cunningham
for some reason the guy taking the trash at 3:44 cracked me up
Heinz Becker
Heinz Becker Vor Tag
e bike is a gamechanger!
Ryrocker2443 Vor 2 Tage
I wish I could ride trails like this but I live in the northeast of the US. I’m not saying that I don’t have any good riding, I mean I’m like an hour away from highland, but the north shore is so beautiful and challenging I’d love to ride there.
Alex1911 Vor 2 Tage
Prefect bike for all the smokers 😂
T OK Vor 2 Tage
Serious? Hes lazy...
Kolloss Vor 2 Tage
E-Bikes = Cheating? No Way... It´s your life, you should have fun and if u have fun with an E-Bike, buy one ! There are always be Haters on this World, everywhere. If i cant climb up a Mountain with a Bio Bike , but i can do it with an E-Bike so why shouldn´t i do it ? Because other Hard Core Bikers tell me i´m poor or cheating ? No one cares about a Motorcycle, why the Hell does so many hatred about e- bikes... E-Bikes are Fun.
Delon Reddock
Delon Reddock Vor 2 Tage
Kool - you guys having fun mytrustedmoneymakingmachine.blogspot.com/2019/12/great-employment-deal.html
Mixup 221
Mixup 221 Vor 2 Tage
Who has any problem with e-bikes?
HIT Vor 3 Tage
7000 lol. check sur ron, costs half and is 10 times better than that fake e-bike
nice bro
nice bro Vor 3 Tage
Awesome Adventure.❤️♥️
Mo Vahedi
Mo Vahedi Vor 3 Tage
Amazing video. I am a tech professional and by no means I am a great biker. All I know is that I am addicted for going out to the woods and do fast downhills to just have FUN. I am not trying to make a workout of it (although you will workout whether you want or not which is good). I am so serious into selling my standard high end trail mountain bike to get a high end E-MTB and I am sure I will love it because I am of the biggest haters of climbs 😬. Amazing sceneries by the way and enjoy the ride ✌️👍
Peter Jowett
Peter Jowett Vor 4 Tage
7K. 7K. Holy shit, 7K.
chad Spidle
chad Spidle Vor 4 Tage
I rode an E bike for the first time recently. It's a good thing I can't afford one because it was pretty addicting. 😏
Salami Idris
Salami Idris Vor 5 Tage
I wish I can have this on my bike ryt me🙄
Ken Vor 5 Tage
Which norco was that ebike? looked sweet
Jed ullrich
Jed ullrich Vor 5 Tage
Homedude brick sounds a lot like me. I’m happy to push. I have a maybe irrational hate of ebikes. I might have to try. I feel like it’s cheating.
James Town
James Town Vor 6 Tage
Jacques De Bruin
Jacques De Bruin Vor 7 Tage
ebike is ridiculously overpriced you can buy a motorcycle with the same money.
Damir Memic
Damir Memic Vor 8 Tage
Just ordered one Bianchi T-Tronic Sport 9.1
guille g.i.
guille g.i. Vor 9 Tage
+1000 e bikes. Is the cleanest way and the most efficient way to go faster and further. I do almost 50 kilo everyday with a pedal assist bicycle. Is cheaper than car or metro. Best Buy ever
C. Stewart
C. Stewart Vor 9 Tage
I'm new to EMT biking. I am also 67 and have found a new love for mnt. biking after trading in my old Stump Jumper. I'm climbing like I'm a kid again but having to learn new tricks on how to manage the weight. Great video!
Jacob Schryer
Jacob Schryer Vor 9 Tage
song @ 2:20 anyone, please and thank you. :)
DICE Vor 9 Tage
damn I envy these people who got bikes and just shred off the dirt on their ways.
Simon Varty
Simon Varty Vor 9 Tage
I love ebikes, its unfortunate that they are so expensive. But I agree if someone uses one, not a thing wrong with this. Great video.
Arrows are love
Arrows are love Vor 10 Tage
I don't like the philosofy behind this. Why would you buy a bike if you don't want to cycle? Buy a motorbike then. Obviously, everybody spends the money on whatever they want to, but I think this is only for a very special type of rider, Who wants the benefits of a bike without riding. Anyway, what absolutely pisses me off is the people who does races with this. Does it feel even good?
Marshall Orr
Marshall Orr Vor 10 Tage
Never skip leg day
PauliBoi Vor 10 Tage
$7000 😱 ill stick to peddling, cheers👍
Kuplamobiili Vor 10 Tage
Climbers left the chat
Matthew Farah
Matthew Farah Vor 10 Tage
This guys laugh is mad
kung-fu hustle
kung-fu hustle Vor 10 Tage
When you wanna get away from the wife.
E L Z Vor 10 Tage
ran into you on the trail today while testing the ebikes we rented after watching this video
DALE thebelldiver
DALE thebelldiver Vor 10 Tage
Well; it’s cheaper than a motorcycle and if you are riding for pleasure; what’s the difference? I wish I had a trail close by. SW Florida sucks for riding.
tom frankfooter
tom frankfooter Vor 10 Tage
I ride bmx every day for hours. I have been a bike commuter for years. but put a bumpy hill in front of me and im walkin my bike. then ill do some cool shit on the way down lol.
primary son
primary son Vor 11 Tage
The level of Anti Gregism on this vid is shite.
Otto Autere
Otto Autere Vor 11 Tage
Hey nice vid
Billie Bleach
Billie Bleach Vor 11 Tage
I’m not a lazy dude neither. On the contrary actually. For 25 years I have been on my racing bike just about every day, counted over a year I did an average of 62 km/day. And I was a diehard dirt-biker too, every weekend I took out my Yamaha to the hills. And than in 2015 I had an accident while motor-crossing. Broke left forearm, left elbow, three ribs, left shoulder, left hip, left thigh bone, and left knee. After more than two years of recovery, extra surgery, more recovery and kinesiology-sessions I was able to take my racing bike out for a ride. Terrible. Position on the bike hurt my back and especially my shoulder. Peddling went fine but when the route went uphill, my knee and hip went downhill. Before long, I limited myself to peddling on a hometrainer and swimming, which was ok for 15-20 minutes before shoulder started burning. Don’t get me wrong, I know what pain feels like. I can take quite a lot of it, I simply had to during the recovery in order to get back on my feet, literally. And before, when I was still racing my bike and my dirtbike, I enjoyed pushing myself into a wall during training (don’t mind the irony). So, I’m not gonna shy away from a bit of pain during exercise, but when your knee, hip and shoulder really HURT it’s no longer fun. It’s no longer healthy. And it’s no longer justified because you FEEL you’re somehow damaging something. I was no longer able to enjoy real exercise and the exercise I COULD do wasn’t making me happy at all. I became a bit of a couch potato and just didn’t feel good about myself. I was 41 and a real, active, life almost seemed impossible. January 1, 2020, my parents gave me a nice present. A Trek Powerfly5. I took it out for a spin, had to make a few adjustments to the position of the seat and the steering handle to find a comfy and pain-free position, and off I went. I peddle till I feel “I’m coming close” and make sure I don’t go over that point...the rest of the pain falls on the motor. Like that I can keep things very agreeable and I am able to use and enjoy my bike every day, without limping afterwards or being forced to swallow painkillers. Five months later I have lost 14kg in weight. I did 4650 km on the e-mtb so far. Every single day I have used it for the daily commute to work (34 km/day which gives me an additional 230€/month of tax-free income). In April I went out, for the first time since 2015, with my friends for a ride. They use their classic mtb’s and I peddle along on mine. And no, it’s not unfair, it can’t be. It’s THEIR race, I’m just riding alongside, like the camera-motor in the Tour de France. And we’re having a fucking ball. Especially me. You know how you feel when you come out for the first time in years for a good old blast on the bike? Fucking awesome. Made me cry. Not ashamed to say that. And if you don’t understand that...maybe one day you will. I just hope you don’t have to find out the hard way.
RD Vor 11 Tage
Bought an E Bike last year and showed to my friends and had to convince them to give it a test ride, This year they are all buying E-Bikes. I am 76 and most of my friends are 60+. Still have a regular pedal bike but it is rarely ridden. For the beach nothing better than a fat tire E-Bike
Unboxing Dummys
Unboxing Dummys Vor 11 Tage
That’s a gnarly hub you have BTW where is that?
Roshan Bagga
Roshan Bagga Vor 11 Tage
thats my city!
road runner
road runner Vor 12 Tage
Ebikes are for whomever wants to buy one otherwise they wouldn't be made in every fucking style going
love it!!!
James Liu
James Liu Vor 13 Tage
I bought a budget $1800 ebike (Wallke X3 Pro) for 10miles trip to work, with insane Houston traffic, it's not much slower than driving a car. I'm wondering if it can be used for some light trail riding, nothing hardcore, I've no experience with trail riding but interested in trying.
T Charlton
T Charlton Vor 13 Tage
Awesome video and you left out that you will make more memories and have a closer friendship.
2k Vor 14 Tage
looks fun
donvee2000 Vor 15 Tage
Dude u don't need to spend 7k for an ebike.... yeah its nice, but there are plenty of great bikes for half that. Should of made that point.
ToWi1989 Vor 15 Tage
Man this looks like fun!
BaronZ Vor 15 Tage
I have this feeling that he might be soo much better off with a higher saddle. I know you need it low for the downhill part, but for peddaling it is crutial that you have your leg extended all the way. It makes it SOOO much easier on your thighs and calves.
Brian warshow
Brian warshow Vor 15 Tage
"Someone who doesn't have a problem riding uphill" That's you, and it's called a cyclist.
DropEightyFour Vor 15 Tage
I am him. 100%. I'll be buying an e-bike as soon as I can. Great video :)
volvo245 Vor 15 Tage
I thought they were for cheap commuting and overtaking spandexfreaks while wearing regular clothes and actually sitting on the bike instead of lying on it.
Ben Poole
Ben Poole Vor 15 Tage
Well, I'm just going to say it, I'm part of the percent that feels guilty when riding an electric bike. Whenever I'm riding one though, it's in a park or public space. I feel like I'm saying to everyone that either I'm lazy, out of shape, or am egotistical. I really don't mean to rag on e-bikes, especially when someone has trouble with a manual bike, It's just not for me.
Dmitry Vor 16 Tage
Totally true. Only thing is a price and maintenance is quite pricy...
Joseph Fortier
Joseph Fortier Vor 16 Tage
Your friend has some fitness needs (muscular endurance). He's not lazy, he needs some muscular endurance.
gourwe tewayze
gourwe tewayze Vor 13 Tage
Yeah his riding was shit lol
ben150785 Vor 16 Tage
You can always push your friend to give him a hand? I push my dad when Im on mine, and he pushes me off road if I struggle
Taj Clark
Taj Clark Vor 16 Tage
And that was the moment that he decided to buy an electronic bike
Olecranon Rebellion
All for it. If you want it do it. If not don't. But no whining.
Robert Thor
Robert Thor Vor 17 Tage
ebikes are made for hills ,with my 130kg fat ass i m easy able to maintain 25km/h on a flat road. there is not much benefit for me to buy an ebike but on hilly roads i m slow as a turtle. for 7k you can get an car or motocross.
hockysa Vor 17 Tage
"you wanna ride to the top of the world and not put the effort in?" What a sales pitch!
Jack’s Logic
Jack’s Logic Vor 17 Tage
Im a beginner rider and I have been riding with my dad. At the start of the trail I usually ride on its very steep and my dad is experienced so he has to stop and wait for me and I end up walking. I have never really considered getting an E-bike but I think I will just ride normally without one and just get stronger.
Overnity Vor 17 Tage
that chin Mount for the camera is the perfect place for it... and you invented it...
Bertram Schønberg
Bertram Schønberg Vor 17 Tage
“That would normally take us way longer than normal”?
Guild Sweetheart
Guild Sweetheart Vor 17 Tage
the graphics in this game are awesome
Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson Vor 17 Tage
Great video
Evil D
Evil D Vor 18 Tage
Eventually battery tech will progress to where it's either much lighter or you get significantly more charge for the weight and then these will really be awesome.
Jon Johnson
Jon Johnson Vor 18 Tage
Good vid & info (except for the music)
This gatekeeping video has 4 million views.
daverobbo5 Vor 18 Tage
Is Brig lacking a few social skills? Thanks for vid anywho....
Chappy Vor 18 Tage
carl bernsen
carl bernsen Vor 20 Tage
Do trail parks have an ebike hire option? For occasional riders that would seem ideal.
Mike 'dead eyed cretin' Ehrmantraut
Ebikes are for lazy cunts who can't be arsed riding properly
Mark Horacek
Mark Horacek Vor 20 Tage
This advertisement even comes with advertising music behind it
Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer Vor 20 Tage
I love climbing. I love downhill. I love all of it.
mashermancan Vor 20 Tage
Its all relative. The bike is good if you are going to ride with a faster friend but if you go out to ride with a slower friend...?
Don Mega
Don Mega Vor 21 Tag
You guys need a helicopter or one of those ski lifts to get up the hill ;)
Tedro Limited
Tedro Limited Vor 21 Tag
If you're going biking, why would you buy an electrical bike? I understand your situation but climbing is an important part of what you do. "If an action which gives you joy requires some work, you shall not try to leave the work out." Fair point that it's not cheating (though, maybe someone could call it unfair), I just think people riding e-bikes should not be called bikers, since (exaggerateding) they just sit and steer. I once even saw an e-bike without pedals and if person riding it would call it cycling or himself a cyclist I would probably explode.
Some Dude
Some Dude Vor 21 Tag
1:37 me in a nutshell when im going up a hill
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