My first instinct is that it's a horrible idea. We're cyclists because we are fit enough. We've earned our way to the top. Why should some couch surfer be able to meet me there to enjoy the downhill? (I'd beat him down of course because my bike is lighter and more nimble.) And also, where do you draw the line between an electric bike and an electric motorcycle? I'd hate to meet a Zero FX or MX coming up the downhill trail I'm riding.
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Meeting at University whilst studying Electronic and Electrical Engineering, we realised that we were both active individuals with a shared interest in outdoor sports and anything with two wheels. Combining our engineering knowledge and our years of experience with skateboards, scooters, bikes and more, we feel that we’re in a great position to test and understand these products and provide you with an unbiased, accurate source of information. 

E-enduro bikes aren’t as different to regular bikes as one might imagine. All of the fundamentals are the same and by nailing the geometry and sizing Vitus has produced an amazing e-bike with the E-Sommet VR.Sure there are a couple of little things we’d probably change, like the STEPS Di2 mode shifter and rear tyre, but that’s about it. And given how much cheaper the Vitus is compared to the competition, you can easily afford to make these changes and even buy a spare battery. The E-Sommet VR is no golf buggy, but Vitus has it’s certainly hit a hole in one with this bike.
Before this test we thought more travel on an e-bike would obviously be better. After all, with the motor flattening out the climbs, why not have the extra suspension firepower to smooth out the descents? Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? But in the case of the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert, the extra travel and weight make the bike less effective and less engaging on all but full-on downhill tracks. And if that’s your bread and butter, the Kenevo could well be the perfect topping. Here in the UK though, the Vitus proved more versatile, just as capable and way better value.
I continued to have issues with the rear brakes. The rear disc brake was bending when I braked and I could not figure out how to get it from rubbing on the pads. I eventually took the bike over to REI and paid for a tune-up. Fantastic work by them, the bike has a better top speed by a couple mph now and shifting/braking are much smoother. I was also having issues with the chain jumping off the front derailleur on high torque (high gear from standstill). Looks like I just needed the experts to give it the tune.

I haven't given a full benchmark on battery life as I haven't gone without pedaling just using the motor. I live in a hilly place and I need to pedal to make it up some hills. But initial impressions are good. My hilly trip to the beach with kids in tow was about 13 miles round trip and I made it down to 3 of 5 bars on the battery. The battery does go down when the motor is under stress but levels itself when back on level ground. Battery is looking good. 

Merida has done an amazing job with the EOne-Sixty 900E. It has a fun, playfully ride quality that few ebikes can match, and the price is simply unbeatable. It’s also the only sub 50lb bike in this test, and that’s without a single strand of carbon. It could be even better though. With a two degree slacker head angle and a little more power from the Shimano motor the EOne-Sixty would be able to keep up on the climbs, only to drop the competition on every descent. The biggest issue though, is actually getting hold of one.
The fit is a little rough for me. I'm tall, about 73 inches, and I feel like the bike is small. I've ridden a few dozen miles to include a trip with a kids trailer towed behind, and it hasn't been really uncomfortable, but a little cramped compared to my Schwinn Trailway 28"/700c hybrid bike. Seat adjusts up but feels tilted back a little more than I would like. I have ridden in shorts and tshirt to the beach as well as khakis and a button up with backpack to work, ok comfort both ways. Perhaps it will just take some time to get used to.

For every post we write we have done hours of research and have had as much hands on experience with the product as possible. Our aim is to get a complete understanding of the item(s) we’re testing, but if we have any doubts or queries we have no hesitation in going straight to the manufacturer for information that might not be readily available to you, the customer.

It is a nice bike for the money, it has some nice features. However the instructions did not fit the bike model. The given web sites noted in the instructions did not work. Went online and had to visit several other sites to get the instructions for this bike. No one site fit the bike. Very fustrating. It would be nice if the throttle also worked with the other modes. Seat is very uncomfortable. I will change that. Bike was not well packaged. I was glad to see bike was not damaged in shipment. 

E-bike & Assisted bicycle & Normal bike. With the LED 3-speed smart meter button, you can choose the electric assist power according to your needs. You can add a burst of speed with the throttle, which is ideal for pulling away from traffic lights. Combining three modes would be a better choice. ANCHEER Power Plus Electric Mountain Bike is the best option to improve your riding bike experience.
With 170mm travel, aggressive angles and Shimano’s superbly calibrated STEPS motor, the Focus Sam2 is an enduro bike with a built-in shuttle. With the bolt on TEC pack you really can climb to new heights, but without it the smaller capacity internal battery means you need to be ultra economical with your energy use. It’s also frustrating that the internal battery can’t be removed easily for charging. By far the biggest frustration with the Jam2 though is that the sizing isn’t very generous and standover clearance is limited. It’s still a great e-bike, but when you’re spending this much money, you can afford to be fussy.
The bike comes partly disassembled for shipping, so you'll have to attach the handlebars, pedals, front light, quick-release saddle and front wheel. In all, it'll take you around 30 minutes including removing all the cable ties and packaging. The tools to do this are included, but you might prefer you use your own screwdriver and spanners as the supplied tools are poor quality.
I've now had this Ancheer Electric Mountain Bike for 6 months and have over 2,400 miles on the odometer. That said, considering what I know about this bike now, I'd buy it again today, in a heartbeat. It's an excellent bike and suites my needs exactly. Before finding this bike on Amazon I tried several bikes in local shops to understand the fundamental features. I got this bike for exercise and for my short commute to work. I needed a bike that could accommodate my bad knees, ruined by athletics and years of running on hard pavement. I am unable to effectively ride a regular bike in the area where I live, which is very hilly (Seattle area). On a normal bike (my 15-year old mountain bike) I can't transfer enough energy to the pedals to get up the final street to my house, my knees don't allow it. This bike takes the edge off the hills but still allows me to minimize or turn off the assist when I don't really need it. I don't use this bike off-road as a mountain bike. I use it for riding on paved roads and urban biking/walking trails.
To start off with I love using the bike for work every day, I always used a racing bike for work previous over the last 7 yrs or so, I have had my bike for 4 months now, clocked up 600 miles, in that time it has lost power about 2 times, not a real problem as you reopen the meter, you can be on your way again. I changed the tyres and seat like others did !! I would definitely recommend to friends & Family it's built like a tank very good Quality !!

what is the king of the mountains is it a heavyweight hard hitting a mountain bike or is it something skinny light and tight Chris Oh P ah and the gravel bike this is a MTB versus gravel [Music] Chris there has been some king-sized talk of these gravel bikes in recent months they've been heralded as the new great all-rounder enabling you to do everything from tarmac rows to gravel rows to fire roads to single track but ultimately I just see people riding these done badly maintained roads the kind of finding I have little Los Angeles or somewhere yeah all right here in Mid Wales and the Black Mountains I think you've underestimated just how capable these machines are today I borrowed an old bayit era from Sai over on GCN and it's got 40 mil gravel tires on it terror speed tires we've also got hydraulic disks something which all bites should have really funny we've got SRAM for skiers 22 speed wireless shifting no cables to snag and it looks just sleek I reckon super slack head angle 70 degrees you do like your head angles in here well this I mean it's worth mentioning and you did say that it was a flying machine that would tear my time apart yeah I might be eating those words later it's a gravel bite but it's basically a row bike adapted to write off-road isn't it yeah well my bike also has fancy carbon fibre and disc brakes however it has rims and wheels and tires that actually in the 21st century not the 20th century but not only that it has 150 ml travel but crucially it has that long range 700 watt hour battery and that motor which is going to get me up those punchy climbs but the bottom line is if you go in the mountains right you should have a mountain bike not a city bike I need this before you go you do this with yours Oh crikey weights how much is that seven point eight kilo Steve crikey 20 you even lift yours 20 so I checked out the route that you sent me Steve mm 275 meters of climbing and descending 16 miles which doesn't sound like a lot considering it says it's gonna take us three hours to complete and as much as I do fancy doing a three hour time jar I've always wanted to do and enduro style stage race so I think we should break the root down into little stages and race those instead little bit hard stages Chris and I think it's got all that so why not let's let's do that but you will not have read the small print of my script it says that this bike will be unsure of its own bility honest identity in a land that is really made for this there are literally sheep as far as the eye can see and as far as your ears can hear I've never seen so many of them right do then Chris let's start where both of us are equally comfortable on the tarmac and next to a pub the red lie and free house and home cooking well Chris I reckon this is going to be the part where you've got free speed first part of the journey is largely tarmac for I reckon about 20 minutes on my bike with my super tacky tires and big valen tires whereas you've got super skinny yeah full like aerodynamic see I reckon it's gonna be near a 15 for me sleeve because this it doesn't really weigh any more than my normal row bike anyway yeah normally one what's he got in those are these legs 1600 watts admittedly only for a few seconds at a time I reckon Steen hundred watts yeah well I had a misspent youth on a bike the night coley I mean I've got so I've got 250 watts average but it does peak at about 5 to 600 but I think that's gonna yeah it's not bad it's not 1,600 the only thing that worries me is you've got 90 new means a talk yeah I happen to know that 90 new me is a talk is pretty much the best I've ever done for 6 minutes let's crack on the tarmac stage [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] that's ridiculous [Music] looking fast e o worryingly o gotta say were you chasing the Sheep there or the fastest stage time whatever way I chose thank you and the Sheep unless I would say that it's an unexpected obstacle I know you promised we would see some sheep yeah I've got to say one thing I do agree the 25 kilometers an hour restriction can be the hindrance if you are racing a mountain bikes but we're not racing most of the time except for today and trying to keep it just on the twenty five K's was really really physical yeah because if you go beyond the 25k you're actually into no-man's land where you put in a huge amount of effort into a 20 kilobyte because a 90 kilo rider and I ain't chasing an 80 kilo rider on a lightweight skinny bike yeah and so my strategy knowing that you could only do twenty five K's now with assistance strategy yeah yeah fat loss thoughts the Steve it's important to me that I win I tried to get 26 K so now the entire time right bye I promise that was equally tough because it wasn't as flat as you made it out to me so the scores and does what you reckon on the first run I reckon you've got that by a considerable margin yeah I mean I'm not our breath anymore which kind of implies I might have the edge there however this is where we transition from tarmac to gravel and that being a gravel bike it should now be in your element run to a farm track bit of a punchy climb that's what's got me worried because actually in the start of there on the road segment you weren't that far behind me I did push a little bit too hard but I'm now worried that if you can maintain anything like that going up there I'm gonna be I'm gonna be suffering there's only one way to find out [Music] [Music] yeah Oh Steve hmm looking good you've been here that long you've got a mistake was that gravel enough for you I'm a little bit disappointed you just disappeared well there is there is a tipping point isn't there where an e-minor bike becomes faster than the gravel bike and vice versa and I think we're such a short way into this journey we've yet to find out that tipping point it's made me nervous for the rest of the race that's for sure well I suggest we get now on to that open mountain where it's a mixture of smooth single track and bog [Music] [Music] Wow - gets bigger every time I see Steve as the years roll by oh I started in poetry I'm really ya know yeah yeah but I'll give you everything I mean five minutes between friends what's that that's nothing our relationship stepped up a level I didn't realize we were friends now that's nice that's a start but you know I kept with the end of the day I put maximum effort into that yeah you've certainly did for Maxim over at the what's yeah are you serious three five seven that's I mean I to golf at one point right Bogg yeah but look we're honest - with three stages in right yeah I'm sure you might going to be pulling back some time on this next section speed bank Iraq and I can stay on the bike longer than you can because if what your angles they're all wrong Steve okay I've got a little secret something up my sleeve for later like I said little secret something on my lip yeah it's better than that he's gonna have to because you're way behind Stage four we are starting by you to buy their that walk around the mountain kind of and it starts with a super punchy climb let's go [Music] [Music] [Music] start to stage stuff mistakes why right what a horny mother hell so we've come 2,000 feet up a mountain on natural terrain and then there is this you have oh well if you're wondering why looking so tired I was up here last night with the wheelbarrow and a shovel that is just ridiculous we're not even at my secret weapon yet Steve right what's that [Applause] [Music] you know I said earlier that we're gonna go from over here to over there well there's over there there look you barely see it you can barely see it mine so gravel gravel is your friend momentum is your friend yeah and I think you definitely had an advantage in that state you're here fact that's actually the first time I've ever used a grab a bike on gravel attack and to be really honest I'm still a little bit dubious where these things really felt really good Wow oh you're fast I cannot believe how you go up that last climb momentum Steven that's ridiculous momentum but Chris I think you will find that now we start mountain biking we've still not be man biking it no oh cool and I've still got my secret weapon what the penultimate stage I think you'll find this is proper mountain bike single track race finally I've been looking forward to this one Steve after you no no actually after you I'd like you to show me through the lines through this top section really yeah please yeah okay right see you at the bar you will are you doing nah I'm known to Steve James this is where my little secret weapon comes into play I've spotted on the maps earlier the smoothest fastest that can gravel track down this man no chance [Music] and wonderin if Opie is underestimated the potential of an e mounted bike across rough terrain I'll be looking at the track which runs parallel to us which is a really fast fire road and I can't see them I am not seeing behind us or ahead of us so either there are miles ahead or miles behind [Music] what what no here is no where have you been oh well tell you what as moorland crossing goes that was epic yeah accompanied you went down the fire out I I have never ever gone that fast off road before that was insanely fast air win downhill smoothest surface you can imagine how you kidding me well worthless shortcut Oh what it's time it's time please tell me you washed in stuff I never minute no it wasn't no he was not 17:55 yes that's those magic five minutes I've been looking for and the fairies that is epic that's a guy that's exactly what I expect out of a pro sprint cyclist so many cases now don't know get out of here no no honestly I'd really surprised that well fair dues so you've been talking up this last ascent all day well here we go here is the lastest ham three - what go buy domain [Music] [Music] [Music] that was mega which everywhere you look at it best one of the day that final one gravel or mountain bike seriously I think maybe on that one a man boy would have been better well I tell you what I'm surprised that your 1980s mountain biker drop handlebars actually perform pretty well I think it did help that I go out riding them I'm I think you and more fun Steve do you think so I can't believe how fast you going down those last two cents because I can go any slower I think I think you know what happened today does not surprise me in the least and I think these bikes are really so good when it comes to gravel rows and I keep telling people who who win do better 25k restriction on these bikes if you're gonna go faster on roads or fire roads get yourself a gravel bike okay how fast you see you even 7:00 tomorrow I don't know that's only Kaizen our my gravel road which fell pretty fast to be fair yeah yeah there was a lot of time where you are over that $25 an hour limit yeah but only on the gravel roads yeah then you'd probably never think to take that on a gravel road and I tell you what though that gravel rule you did I was bog trying and that bike is a pretty accomplished bog Trotter I guess hell yeah even though I was slower I think you'd have find it very very difficult to ridden that bike I honestly think I would've been running what was your final time my fault I'm I'm quite proud of it because I feel confident 1 hour 7 and 11 seconds wait to the old Persia to go past my time 1 hour 6 minutes 28 seconds but it was it was it it was a story of profit and loss right yes absolutely all through the day and like I said we've repeated again that bike was absolutely lightning Dan fire road yeah obviously the Reuter was - yes he did I think if we did go into more challenging technical terrain that's like with probably fell away yeah and it did that like you have more fun but you disappeared on a couple of those descents and even some of the technical climbs actually where you had traction and I didn't yeah but disappearing and is disappearing like at high speed but a great day out on two great bikes and the story take out let's say your thoughts on a mountain bike versus ground by Chris and a great day on eighth day thank you very much got the red line really close to us we can go there in a minute Leslie thoughts of the video and you can see more epic rides have a look at what me and Hannah Barnes did on the Noida Peninsula in Scotland over here and also the Lake District epic with Adam Brayton and meantime just click on the globe to subscribe and get even more email and bike videos a thumbs up yes with you I'm looking forward to that next challenge I amaz off next week game on

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