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Get out of your comfort zone?

EMTB Forums Race Team took part in the local Pedalhounds Enduro. Each of us stepped a little out of our comfort zone and challenged ourselves. Exhausted after 16 laps we had reason to celebrate at the end. Here’s a little recap of the day.

  1. Why would anyone race with an EMTB? There are a lot of reasons to ride an EMTB, but I do not get it. Why not rather race with a regular MTB? It really seems strange to me. If everyone uses the same bike it comes down to who is the best rider; if you have different bikes it is a mix of best motor and rider. If you race you want a light and agile MTB, which the EMTB is definitely not
  2. Why would anyone race with an EMTB? There are a lot of reasons to ride an EMTB, but I do not get it. Why not rather race with a regular MTB? It really seems strange to me. If everyone uses the same bike it comes down to who is the best rider; if you have different bikes it is a mix of best motor and rider. If you race you want a light and agile MTB, which the EMTB is definitely not

    Maybe rewatch the video, as I can think of numerous ways to answer your query, but the video says it all really.

  3. Why would anyone race with an EMTB? There are a lot of reasons to ride an EMTB, but I do not get it. Why not rather race with a regular MTB? It really seems strange to me. If everyone uses the same bike it comes down to who is the best rider; if you have different bikes it is a mix of best motor and rider. If you race you want a light and agile MTB, which the EMTB is definitely not

    I can understand why people don’t get the emtb race thing but for me, well, I don’t enjoy going up hills on my normal bike and so would never have considered racing enduro. (I’m really glad I did!) As only the downhill sections were timed it meant that I could cruise to the top (whilst chatting to my teammates and feel fresh for the race back down. The motor doesn’t help you too much on the way down as some of the sprints were over the 15mph limit so then it was down to strength and fitness.

  4. Looks awesome, and respect on the Vid. Very cool text and editing effects!! Quite classy and worth a watch.
    Looks like it was a fun day.
  5. Why would anyone race with an EMTB? There are a lot of reasons to ride an EMTB, but I do not get it. Why not rather race with a regular MTB? It really seems strange to me. If everyone uses the same bike it comes down to who is the best rider; if you have different bikes it is a mix of best motor and rider. If you race you want a light and agile MTB, which the EMTB is definitely not

    You can apply that logic to any motor sport, last I looked F1 seems to be quite popular.

  6. Depends what your after! For me it’s about racing myself and the clock. Trying something different.

    I had an awesome day with a great bunch of new friends. I’ll remember that day and many more to come. I think that’s what racing is about, at least to me :)

  7. Why would anyone race with an EMTB? There are a lot of reasons to ride an EMTB, but I do not get it. Why not rather race with a regular MTB? It really seems strange to me. If everyone uses the same bike it comes down to who is the best rider; if you have different bikes it is a mix of best motor and rider. If you race you want a light and agile MTB, which the EMTB is definitely not

    that makes about as much sense as me saying "no body should climb ladders because I am not comfortable with heights". Nobody is asking you to do it. Personally I just want to embrace the "Fun" that these people are having whilst hurting nobody

  8. 😂

    Are you an eBike ‘hater’ @davez ??

    Motor, no Motor. On the day frickin’ quick guys won the race who are willing and able to go fast and control the bike at speed. It’s a different discipline for sure.

    Thing is, all of us racing wouldn’t have been there not for an eBike. Pointless? Well…The point is to have fun in my eyes. I had a blast 😁

  9. 😂

    Are you an eBike ‘hater’ @davez ??

    Motor, no Motor. On the day frickin’ quick guys won the race who are willing and able to go fast and control the bike at speed. It’s a different discipline for sure.

    Thing is, all of us racing wouldn’t have been there not for an eBike. Pointless? Well…The point is to have fun in my eyes. I had a blast 😁

    Not at all, but it seems so strange to race on an EMTB. If I want to race (downhill), I would think it is even more fun to do so with a great (analog) Enduro or Downhill bike which weighs much less and is more agile.
    Yes, you can compete playing scrabble underwater and have a blast. But again, I wouldn’t see the point.
    I love EMTBs because I am (again) able to do the tours I could do before I started getting asthma. So for me it is the best development in bikes for many years. So I am as far away of an EMTB hater as one can be.

  10. You can put a very poor rider on a race specific bike and a very advanced rider on a basic bike.. send them down the same hill and guess what..???

    The advanced rider would always win!

    Heavy ebike – light ebike
    Powerful motor – weaker motor
    Unfit rider – fit rider
    Strong rider – weak rider

    Point is it doesn’t matter what your riding it always comes down to the skill/fitness of the individual in control.

  11. The guy who won’t he event was on the heaviest and least powerful/lowest spec bike there wasn’t he?
  12. Also the fastest guy on that day was on an ebike and over 50 with a wealth of experience in several disciplines
  13. I think it’s bloody pointless buying a McLaren for the road. People do, as they love them.

    If you watch any Ben Cathro videos he says the pedals between stages are the worst bit.

    What’s an eBike? What is a bike..? A vehicle for fun, fitness and shared experiences.

    Every bike variant from eBike to kids trike is that in different levels. Whatever you do with it, you sling your leg over it and pedal for your own reasons and others will say ‘why are you doing that?’

    I see your point, but then by that logic a bike with pedals and a motor is also pointless. You’ve got asthma and an eBike meant you could ride. I couldn’t pedal a whole Enduro due to fitness and now I can.

    I just see them opening the whole sport in all its forms to more people..Always gonna be people unhappy that ‘their’ pure form of the sport is being tainted…

    😁

  14. The real question here is…

    Is a Big Mac still a Big Mac if there’s bacon on it?? 🤔

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