5 Essentials For Your First E Bike Ride

5 Essentials For Your First E Bike Ride

The first time you hit the trails on your new E-Bike will result in a few lessons being learned. Here are Chris’s top five things you should do on your first EMTB ride ⚡️

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Use your gears and motor in conjunction with each other, test out the different power modes, use your dropper post if you have one, calculate your range, learn the characteristics of your motor, and you’ll be set!

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Readers Comments (27)

  1. If you let a mate try your bike even for a go around a car park start them in eco mode and show them the controls else some people may be put off the bike , but if introduced nicely they all end up grinning if they are master of the ride.

  2. Okay so I know this isn’t a normal bike tutorial but this is the only professional looking youtube video about bikes that was uploaded recently. I’m having trouble learning how to ride, I’m really looking for some help because I can’t find anyone with the same problem as me. I can only ride out of the saddle. I ride perfectly standing up but I get tired and wanna sit down because it seems more comfortable, but I just cannot peddle while sitting. My legs might be too long? Or I just suck. My balance is also bad while sitting.

  3. Get a feeling for your brakes on a downhill road, before going into the woods.
    Get your weight away from the handlebar, and onto your legs/paddles downhill.

  4. Before 1st e-bike ride: ask your bike shop to set the correct pressure in both suspensions, test them, and add/remove pressure as necessary (SUSPENSION PUMP IS A MUST BUY – put it in your backpack). Also make sure they set compression and rebound correctly.

    Some bike shops forget to set the correct pressure and compression settings and that will cause an unpleasant first ride!

  5. Just did my first ride on my new 2020 Giant Trance E +2 pro!.. amazing bike. And the motor is much more quieter than the 2019 version i tested in demo days

  6. Pierre Deslauriers January 11, 2021 @ 10:44 pm

    Chris, you always talk about the risk of snapping the chain on our ebike. One thing, a beginner or a more experimented rider should be aware of is the damaging of the cassette before snapping a chain. For example the cassette of my 2 Specialized turbo levo 2019 are not very strong. Absolutely need to reduce the cadence when changing gear.
    Had to change the cassette…only 600km .
    By the way, where can I buy a stronger cassette, seems that I am a more aggressive rider😜😜
    Pierre, EMBN fan from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  7. Delphine LesterLost January 11, 2021 @ 10:44 pm

    Some great tips in this video, thank you!

  8. Welsh Gallivanter January 11, 2021 @ 10:45 pm

    Coming off the power while changing gear 👍🏻

  9. #1: Give up as a cyclist and admit defeat.

  10. Spectral on 2020 ?

  11. Thanks for the tips, when I get my e mountian bike I’ll try to remember them lol, I have a bit of overrun on my current ebike but I can stop it with brakes if needed.
    I thought the mid drive units would not do this as they are supposed to respond to torque? Maybe I’m expecting too much though, I need to try one out I guess , only bike shop near me is Halfords but they do a reasonable one I believe..

  12. The first thing I had to learn on my first few rides of an EMTB was backing off when changing gears. Once I got used to doing this, it pretty much felt natural. Second was managing the power assist levels on different types of trails, what works best for the techy climbs, etc. Third was managing battery life – something I’m still trying to work out lol

  13. Gray squirrel tree service January 11, 2021 @ 10:50 pm

    Great video 👍😁😁😁yes the over run was the wierdest thing

  14. top tip for winter stubby mudguards

  15. Try and be in the right gear before you start to climb, so you can keep pedaling all the way up.
    Also could you show us what 80-90 cadence looks like please as not all systems show it. It would only take a 20 sec video.

  16. Learn to ride tight corners. Stop pedaling in the beginning and padle at the apex. I did it wrong, overshooting the exit.

  17. Electric Mountain Bike Network January 11, 2021 @ 11:08 pm

    What did you learn on your first E-MTB ride? Let us know!

  18. Pedalling backwards caused a surprising jolt I wasn’t ready for the first time I took out an ebike……take care and ask the mechanic/shop about that.

  19. #askembn I’ve 9 gears on my fathom e3. On the flat I can’t legally use anything past the sixth gear at a reasonable cadence. Wouldn’t it be a more natural feeling if emtb’s were limited by sprocket size rather than technical computer wizardry?

  20. Ashton Court massive 🙂

  21. Hi guys! I’m looking for a used high-end EMTB. Do you have any good ideas where i can find one?

  22. Extra batteries is key… I have 3

  23. 1st esencial thing….get your bike dirty.

  24. David Pinnington January 11, 2021 @ 11:22 pm

    First – a open mind and be prepared to have it blown wide open with what and where a emtb can take you
    Second – spares n tools including chain breaker and links (wife blew one out at 400km)
    Third – think about routes – no fun hoisting 25kg of bike over locked gates stiles etc
    4 n5 Fun Fun Fun

  25. I’ve been looking at European EBIKES and in the mid price range from cheese for breakfast commuter Euro folders to languid Italian fashion statements. The Chinese have some new hefty fat tired 3000 watt monsters but they actually told me to forget it because of the 83 percent tariff. There are a couple of creative Brit lunatics making some power machines but Brexit is looming. I’m in Greece, very hilly Greece and I need advice. Have one delivered to the Ukraine, meet it there, hit it with a hammer a few times and roll into Romania saying "Oh I’ve had this piece of junk for years", "OK on your way". Some countries let you get stuff out of the EU manufacture by it being a birthday present. NO WAY I’m getting up these hills with something with a straw basket on the front. I need HELP !!!!!

  26. If you dont have it….. GET THE DROPPER POST! What you doin m8!?? You paid bat shaite for an e-mtb, dont cheap out on the dropper post, it is a must upgrade imo.

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