Important electrical mountain bike expertise – the fundamentals

Benefit from your e-bike by mastering a number of key expertise – then reap the rewards with simpler climbs, higher dealing with, longer rides and an entire lot extra enjoyable

There’s no denying that you are able to do extra on an e-bike. The extra individuals who strive them the extra individuals uncover that in actuality the extra assist that you just get from a motor means you can double your distance, and it makes the sluggish rolling trails, and spongy smooth surfaces enjoyable to journey over. Driving an e-bike will even change the best way you method your route, as you’ll have the ability to loop rapidly again up and iron out all these imperfections out of your earlier run.

In the event you’re used to using an everyday path bike although, then you definately may discover an e-bike handles very in another way on the paths. There are undoubtedly some execs and cons to all of that further weight. So we’ve harnessed the experience of expertise coach and electrical mountain bike fan Andy Barlow of Dust Faculty to interrupt down the important ideas, methods and methods you have to take advantage of your electrically-assisted journey.

Watt’s your stance?

The proper stance is essential for higher e-bike management

As quickly as you begin descending on an e-bike you’ll discover how steady it’s. All of that further weight you thought may make it onerous to deal with really strikes round quite a bit lower than an everyday bike, preserving you planted on uneven or free terrain.

To get essentially the most out of it although, you have to be in the precise place. Keep in mind to remain low on the entrance and permit for any motion by preserving your arms bent. Many of the further weight is down on the battery and motor, so being acutely aware of standing robust with your personal physique weight heavy by way of your toes will imply you’ll be able to actually simply stand there and belief all of that stability.

Cornering management

Drop your outdoors heel and actually belief all that weight that will likely be driving you into the path for a clear exit

Some of the spectacular issues about using an e-bike is how effectively it corners. The additional weight it carries actually drives the bike into the bottom in a approach that feels planted and predictable. These further kilos are primarily urgent into the path the entire approach spherical in the identical approach we encourage you to do in all of our leaping and cornering articles.

Maintain your weight low by dropping your outdoors heel and you may actually rely upon all of that stability because it drives towards the path.

Line it up

Taking a large line into turns is much more essential as you don’t need all that weight taking you excessive of the nook on the exit. Actually take into consideration being affected person and opening up your activates the best way in.

Keep in mind to remain excessive and extensive quite a bit later than you assume – actually as late because the path will allow you to. It will let you do extra of the nook up excessive earlier than you’ve actually began to select up any pace.

As you drop in and begin to speed up, do a fast physique place verify and bear in mind you can nonetheless brake. You’re not braking to decelerate at this stage. You’re braking to not speed up an excessive amount of.

You’re aiming for a late apex, in order that as you speed up you’ll be able to carry all that momentum out of the flip and down the subsequent straight. If the help on the path permits, step by step straighten your legs right here and the extra weight that you just drive towards the path is not going to solely present extra grip, however will speed up you out additional.

Climbing companion

Having fun with technical climbs is a problem that few individuals noticed coming. The truth is that steep, tough, slippery climbs are literally enjoyable on an e-bike. There are a number of methods that may make a distinction although because it’s not all down to simply sitting there and smashing the pedals.

Dropping your saddle a bit will let you let the bike transfer round beneath you that means you’ll be able to deal with larger chunks

Saddle peak

Dropping your saddle 20-30mm will make an enormous distinction when tackling technical climbs. You’ll be able to nonetheless stay seated, however this extra room will imply you will get out of the saddle if you have to, permitting your rear wheel to roll up and over issues. Maintain pedalling and the motor will stay engaged that means you’ll be able to nearly float above your bike because it continues to progress forwards.

That is an particularly helpful approach when passing over step ups as effectively. With the dropper lever at your thumb you’ll be able to put your put up up and down rapidly, and return the saddle to the proper peak as quickly as you are feeling the problem is handed.


In the event you usually spin your legs on climbs then technical climbs may be a spot the place you sluggish that cadence ever so barely. It’s because in case your toes are always spinning spherical then you definately’re far more more likely to mistime a pedal stroke and make contact with the bottom. Decelerate your pedal strokes barely and you may depend on the help from the motor to hold your momentum in a approach that may turn out to be extra predictable and simpler to right in the event you do have to out of the blue transfer your physique to steadiness.

Gear shifts

You may have to relearn the timing of the place to again off in an effort to good your gear shifts

Each time you alter gear, it is best to come off the facility barely. This momentary discount in energy permits the chain to journey over into the subsequent gear with extra precision, and signifies that your drive chain will last more. With e-bikes utilizing a motor to ship extra energy, it’s much more essential as you’ll be placing a lot torque by way of the chain that you just’ll do harm in the event you’re not cautious.

Practise the timing of this earlier than you’re on a steep climb, because the motor lag will imply you have to relearn when it’s protected to shift. Get it proper although and your drive chain will last more and your gear shifts will likely be silent.


Discovering the precise steadiness of ahead lean will imply you’ll be able to cease wheelies whereas counting on traction on the rear wheel

With all this motion happening beneath you on tough and technical climbs, you’re going to should be tuned in to your steadiness. By standing up barely you’ll create room for the bike to maneuver, however along with this attempt to preserve your higher physique place considerably like it might be on a descent. Bent elbows will preserve your physique decrease over the entrance and make wheelies much less possible.

This stronger higher physique place also needs to encourage you to make use of your knees for steadiness much more, additional permitting you to really feel like you might be remoted from all of the chop and instability happening beneath you.

Wheel spin

With all that further energy going to the rear wheel you’ll want to concentrate on the right way to handle it on slippery or free surfaces

Though it’s tempting to simply go away your bike in essentially the most highly effective mode in all places you go, there are occasions whenever you may need to again it off. The obvious locations will likely be on steep, soggy climbs the place traction is a matter, or on tough climbs when your bike will likely be pinballing over free stones. In each circumstances Increase or Turbo will ship approach an excessive amount of torque to the rear wheel and also you’ll have problem controlling your grip.

As a substitute drop it into Tour or e-MTB, or Path, and also you’ll have the ability to measure the traction that you just do have with extra management.

Mount aspect on

In the event you do spin out and should put a foot down, then be ready to show your bike 90° to the climb. It will make it approach simpler to remount and construct up a little bit of momentum earlier than you deal with that difficult part once more. Higher this than preventing the load of the bike and always wheel-spinning as you stumble your approach by way of the worst of it.

Pedal prepared place

Getting your most well-liked pedal prepared will imply you should use your preliminary pedal stroke to get going, and never should faff about with wheels spinning and false begins

This may seem to be a primary one however a number of riders nonetheless get it incorrect. In the event you’ve ever carried out any on-road cycle proficiency then you definately’ll know concerning the ‘pedal prepared’ place. It’s mainly whenever you cease on the visitors lights, pull each of your brakes on, put one foot on the bottom, and pull your most well-liked pedal again as much as concerning the 2 o’clock place along with your different foot.

This implies as quickly as you’re prepared you’ll be able to launch the brakes, leap away from the bottom and instantly have weight driving your most well-liked pedal downwards earlier than your different foot has even landed on the pedal. On an e-bike that is essential because the motor will actually kick in, and in the event you aren’t prepared will trigger you issues with steadiness and traction.

Work out stroll mode

Studying the right way to activate ‘Stroll Help” will let you push your bike up for an additional go

Most e-bikes can have a stroll mode. It’s price investigating the right way to activate this earlier than you want it. In any case, by the point you have to stroll your bike you may already be drained and annoyed. The stroll perform can also be a good way of taking the load off your arms whenever you’re pushing again as much as strive one thing once more.

Driving your e-bike in winter? You’ll want extra garments!

You may discover that the upper speeds imply you actually really feel the windchill extra. Keep wrapped up and you may let the motor take the sting out of the climbs

Keep in mind that whenever you head out in your electrical mountain bike in winter, and even in spring and autumn when the temperatures are cooler, that you just’ll in all probability have to put on extra.

The motor gained’t be doing the entire work, however you’ll be able to undoubtedly get into the behavior of simply flying up the climbs with minimal enter. This potential lack of effort will imply that your physique temperature is a bit of cooler, however the further pace on issues like fireplace roads and traverses will even imply increased wind speeds that means you actually have to remain coated.

You may even need to plan your rides round someplace you will get a fast cost. A great deal of cafés and bike outlets have services the place you’ll be able to high up your battery whilst you seize a espresso or a bowl of soup and heat up.