What happens when you take a lapsed mountain biker who hasn’t ridden for a very long time and take him out on an old school classic ride?
The advent of the e-bike has marked a major step change in mountain biking and it is fair to say, it has not been without controversy. Accusations of it not being proper biking or it being tantamount to cheating were commonplace on internet forums and even out on rides. There was almost a presumption that you should have to in some way apologise for riding one or try and excuse it on the basis of ill health, incapacity or lack of biking fitness. To be frank, it was an utter nonsense and reeked of riders trying to somehow make themselves feel superior by putting down other riders. If your self worth is defined in that manner, you really need to have a long chat with yourself.
Thankfully, the hostility has dissipated as sales have boomed and even dyed in the wool XC whippets have to come to realise what the early adopters already knew; e-bikes are just bloody good fun. Moreover, they have opened up biking to a whole new group of riders who might never have considered themselves as cyclists as well as bringing lapsed riders back into the fold.
Read the story to accompany this video here https://singletrackworld.com/2022/05/starting-at-the-deep-end-part-1/