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18 February 2021

One incredible rider, two different bikes and a whole lot of laps

Sam Reynolds put our EP8 motor to the test against his normal bike to see which resulted in more fun and more fatigue.

In the name of super scientific science - and quashing a few e-bike bashers - we gave Sam one hour on his normal bike followed by an hour on our EP8 e-bike, with the instructions to ride as he normally would and in a way that just felt natural. We even made him carry his spares, but we did allow him some lunch in between sessions! Heart rate, power and some other telemetric data was recorded for each ride.

The big question: is e-biking cheating? The answer: definitely not!

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So, we can see that Sam’s session on the e-bike delivered both fun and fatigue, but we wanted to dig a little deeper. We cut to the chase by asking him to tell us, in all honesty, what his expectations were on how the two bikes would compare.

“I knew the e-bike would be good on the uphills but I wasn't expecting it to be half as fun on the way back down again! I had a suspicion that it wouldn't be the cheating option that some people see it as!”

It’s safe to say that Sam knows what he’s talking about when it comes to throwing a bike down a hill and pulling some shapes in the process. But as well as rider skill, for a bike to be fun on the downhills it needs to have a natural ride feel, be agile and light enough to man-handle. Which are things that an e-bike is not, right? Wrong! 

“I was completely surprised by the bikes agility and feel. I knew it was longer and had bigger wheels than my normal bike, so knew it would be less nimble but it was still easy to throw around and enjoy, and in a strange way I actually loved throwing around the extra weight of the e-bike; it felt stable and like I could really put all my effort into riding it. I think the battery and motor weight down low really helps with stability and the bike had so much grip. At first the extra weight was a factor, but after a few runs I was totally used to it and I think by the end of the hour I could confidently do a timed run pretty much the same (if not faster) than my normal bike. It was just instant fun!”


Sam’s 26 laps, sweaty body and beaming smile pretty much speak for themselves when it comes to assessing the input and output of his e-bike experience, but we wanted to know whether the exertion was simply coming from the accumulation of runs (quicker climbs mean many more descents) or the superhero feel of the EP8 motor egging him on. 

“I think that the excitement of the e-bike was definitely pushing me on to try harder and want to ride for longer, especially as it was a new experience. Because of the extra weight I felt that it worked out my entire body a lot more rather than just my legs which was cool. I certainly don't think that anyone can say an e-bike is a lazy option, you can get just as much out of it as a normal bike, if not more!”

So, on the scientific scale of one to fun, how likely is Sam to ride an e-bike in the future? Perhaps it would make a good training tool?

“Training tool?? It's my new favourite bike!”