How Hard Can You Ride A Hardtail E-Bike?

– There's a lot of love out there for full suspension e-bike on the trails. But the hardtail has also
got a lot of love too. These things are super versatile. People might think that you
need loads of suspension out there to do big things
out there on the trails, big drops and jumps and things like that. But the hardtail, really capable bike too. Let's take a look at how
hard we can push this thing out on the trails. ("Hold up" by Fasion) Wow, this is so good. I forgot how good hardtail is. Straightaway it just feels
really like responsive, forget how like direct everything feels. Every single peddle stroke feels amazing, can't wait to hit the
trails with this thing. Why would you buy a hardtail? First things first, cost.

These things cost a lot less money than the full suspension bike. You haven't got that rare shark linkage coming into the equation. You get a lot more bike for your money when it comes to hardtail. Secondly, maintenance. Again you haven't got
that rare shark linkage and baring for things to go wrong, especially in those Winter months. It can play up quite a lot
but hardtail, pretty solid. Skills. You learn a lot more skills. Things like line choice.

And how that bike rides out on the trails. Sometimes it's quite easy just to sit back on these full suspension
bikes and enjoy the ride and just smash threw rocks
and things like that. But this, you've gotta be really precise. Lastly, is efficiency. Ever single peddle stroke
you put in is gonna go to that back wheel and drive
you forward on the trails. Something that can be lost on
those full suspension bikes. Really efficient bike
and that's why a lot of cross-country riders choose a hardtail. Just a carpark test and out
of the way I've just cruised in on the fire road and
already this bike is feeling a hell of a lot of fun.

We're here today at Windhill Bike Park, I'm gonna see what the
hardtail is really capable of. ("Heliolingus" by Ooyy) Now I've ridden that blue
trail 100 times or more on my full suspension bike. But the hardtail just
felt actually faster. I don't know if my senses,
I'm bouncing around a bit more but I actually felt faster, it's definitely having a lot of fun. Next up I want to try that red line. Bigger jumps, more airtime, bigger burns. ("Heart In Hand" by Ramin) Woo. My god, that was so good. This thing actually fly's out the corners, the exit speed is unreal compared
to full suspension bikes. That full suspension bike,
when you hit those corners it sort of squashes in there.

Yeah it might be a little bit more grip, the exit speed just
literally fires you out. The whole rundown, if I
like missed timed of jump I could pump, get more speed,
something you might struggle with a little bit with on
the full suspension bike. That was bigger jumps and
it's feeling already super comfortable as well, so I
reckon we can step it up again. Time to try this baby out on
some slippy woodland climbs. I know Steve goes on about
full suspension bike, finding that grip but what
the thing is I love about hardtail, is feeling so
connected to that drive on that back wheel. Sometimes on a full sus bike
you can get a bit of loss of that feeling from the
rear wheel to the cranks.

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But as soon as this thing spins I can literally feel it straightway, for those ridged rear end and
control my power really good. This is thing is absolutely
flying up these slippy climbs. So far, so good. This hardtail is really
putting a smile on my face. Every trail so far has
been a blast up and down. But thing is those tracks have been really manicured quite smooth. I think once we get on
the more natural stuff, think it could be a different story. Let's see. ("Down In The Dirt" by Martin Carlberg) Wow. Definitely used my 120 mil
and traveled down that trail that was really, really, really rocky. I only felt a little bit slow that I did on my full suspension bike.

But what this bike did
teach me was picking lines. Full suspension bikes you can sit on it and smash over every rock
and root on your way down. These things you've
gotta be really precise with your riding, so really
good for teaching those skills. Doesn't mean that these tails
aren't doable on the hardtail you might just have to
go a little bit slower but that doesn't mean
that that's any less fun. ("Down In The Dirt" by Martin Carlberg) Wow. Wet, rooty climbs shouldn't
be the downfall of any e-bike but this thing is literally
creaming up any climb I give it. It's really nice having that good power delivered to that back wheel. It must be that hard rear
end meaning that I can feel and get my power down
ready on every single root, before that back tire breaks away.

If it does spin I can feel it straightaway through the cranks, there's
no shock in that getting in the way of that power delivery I can read that terrain meaning I can climb my way up there really well. Big tires, loads of grip. This thing, so much fun on the climbs. Can you go big on a E-hardtail? Do you need that rear suspension? Let's take a look. ("Dead City Blues" by Sebastian Forslund) Wow. So there you go, going big on a hardtail.

Today I think we pretty
much ticked off every style and every discipline of mountain biking. Be it down hill, cross-country,
jumping, free ride, this hardtail literally does it all. Yeah it might be not as
capable in the sus bike in some situations but this thing, is a proper do it all bike. I've really enjoyed my ride today. Let's take a look at the
bike that I'm riding. This is a Haibike SDURO HardSeven 10.0. It's Yamaha powered
mid-drive unit on there, 504 battery, 120 mil travel fork, 650w wheels front and rear. And I'm running it pretty
stocked to be fair, the only mods I've done is
add a little bit more air to that fork to stiffen
it up on the bigger stuff. And add a little bit
more PSI to those tires. But if you've enjoyed today's
video be sure to check out how to free ride on your E-bike up here. And we've got another
really cool bike park videos that'll progression your skills, check that one out down here.

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