trail users out here and all types of trails.
I think on any bike, regardless if it has an
assist built in or not, some people ride outside of their skill level and others don’t. It
happens every day. Common trail courtesy
is a regular thing where we are. If you wish
to pass a rider, you let them know. These
bikes don’t make you 10 times faster then
everyone else or transform you into a jerk.
They only allow you to climb better, easier
and maybe ride longer than you usually
would. It is no different riding this bike with
a group of buddies on non-assist bikes. It’s
all about your bike control, not the bike. If
you are an experienced rider, then you are
only going to ride down as fast as you are
comfortable with, and an expert rider will
be able to do just the same. Everyone says
these are going to shut down trails, but
there is the other side of it where there are
people like us using these bikes to maintain
and open trails that otherwise wouldn’t
MBA: Do e-bikes handle as well as
CR: With my preferred setup on my
e-bike, it handles really well. It likes to go
fast with the added weight down low, but
you have to manage your speed on steeper
terrain. I noticed with the added weight
behind it that I can actually jump the bike
pretty well and get it sideways. I am hon-
estly shocked by the overall handling.
MBA: What are the pros and cons of
CR:I believe they will get others on bikes
that might have never hopped on a bike
before. People are afraid of change, but
whatever happens, happens. The industry
has added yet another amazing tool to your
availability, and that’s all right by me. The
pros of an e-bike are that they are a multi-
tool on wheels. They are an absolute blast
to ride and can be very useful. The cons
are that you have to keep them charged.
My favorite part about my e-bike is when I
make others jealous doing an uphill wheelie
with a [water] bottle in one hand.
MBA: Are there any other thoughts
you’d like to add?
CR: I genuinely think these bikes will be
around for a long time, and I don’t think
you will see e-bikes take over. No way, but
it does allow a completely different experience that a lot of people might relate to.
It’s just a mountain bike after all. ❏
Send it: The Kenevo is a new e-bike
from Specialized that closely mimics
their Enduro. Although this bike is a bit
heavier than the Enduro, it’s still capable of shredding the descents, and you
can leave your shuttle rig at home.