Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why eBikes Are Cool Part 2 – Hill Climbs

ebike hill climb

This one may seem obvious, if you have a motor on your bike you don’t have to pedal as hard going up hills. With bikes like the Haibike Xduro DS you can go faster than pedaling full power on a non-motorized bike.

Air Marky’s latest video shows him climbing a decent offroad singletrack uphill on his Xduro DS. To the untrained eye this is just a guy rip’n up a hill on a mountain bike. The thing is a pro mountain biker would have a hard time turning the gear he’s in over irregular terrain at that incline.  He even coasts for a second at the beginning. Pretty cool.

The consistent and linear power of the electric motor allows for better traction than the pulses of power a set of human legs can produce. A mountain bike rider instinctively does a lot of timing of pedal strokes and cadence to get over rocks and roots to avoid stalling or spinning out. With consistent power, even lower than that of a human, getting up the hill will be faster and easier. At least that’s the way I understand it.

Watching the rest of the video Marky seems to be having a blast on the down hills too. Have a look through the rest of his videos. He as a good number of vids with the Haibike eMTB and also his Quantya Strata.

Be sure to check out Why eBikes Are Cool Part 1.

As an added bonus, here is a clip of the Stealth Electric Bike making short work of a hill that few could pedal up…

Why eBikes Are Cool Part 1 – Power Wheelies

Stealth bike wheeling puddle

Anyone who has mountain biked for long enough knows that when you encounter a puddle you should ride through the middle instead of going around the edge. This prevents widening of the trail. Electric mountian bikes like the Stealth Bomber make this easy and fun. Simply rock back and give it some throttle. Well yeah, you’ll need some practice. BTW, looks like these bikes are at least fairly water proof.

The screen shot above is from optibiker’s video stream. Check out the full video stream below. The puddle wheelie is at the end.

Check out Why eBikes Are Cool Part 2 – Hill Climbs.