Video: A Lake District Epic on eMTBs

Aug 10, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Specialized UK ambassadors Reece Langhorn and Henrik Jensen recently travelled to the Lake District aboard their Kenevo SLs for a proper Lakes Epic, they were accompanied by videographers Nico Turner and Jacob Gibbins to capture the adventure!


75 Comments

  • 26 8
 dull as fuck.
  • 2 3
 feck *
  • 24 9
 It's not really an epic if you have to rely on returning to the car park for an extra battery. Did they throw their water bottles back in the van at this point as well?
  • 11 0
 Well by the looks of it they rode all the way up Helvellyn then down, across up to surprise view in borrowdale, then all the way over to Cleator Moor (I think). I suspect they may have returned to the car park more than once during this epic.
  • 15 6
 The more batteries you use the more epic it is, what doesn't make sense about that?
  • 1 1
 If they can't switch main batteries I would expect they also changed bikes. Don't know if the battery comes out the frame?
  • 1 0
 @johnnyboy11000: is that burrowdale then with the segment in the forest? I'm heading up to the Lakes in a few weeks but on a non assist not that matters I would gauge my fitness as being pretty good, any particular trails/location you would recommend riding? Any tips would be grateful, thank you in advance.
  • 1 0
 @foresterlee: no mate forest segment is near Cockermouth according to Dom above, never been there myself though
Borrowdale bit is where they are on a bit of a cliff surrounded by trees looking out over the lake below, there's a famous route called borrowdale bash which goes up by that way, some nice descents if it's not too busy with hikers but still more of an xc route really.
Trailforks is useful for finding off piste stuff in the forests, the orange routes in Grizedale are canny good
  • 1 0
 @johnnyboy11000: Nice one, thank you for the inside info, looking forward to getting out and about. I'm originally from Manchester and enjoyed going to the Lakes most years in my late teens and twenties biking and fell running. Now I'm in my 40's I live down near Forest Of Dean which has some good riding and in to South Wales but it will be good to get into the hills and away from trail centres, but as you say I will have to contend with the walkers. Will def check out Grizedale, cheers
  • 2 0
 @kennyloggedins Do you honestly think that a sunrise ride up Helvellyn followed by a hard session up those (well known locally) woods, topped off with an evening Borrowdale Bash wouldn't constitute for an "Epic" day out on the bike? If you mean to tell me that you can do all that riding on your mtb without popping back to the van for some refreshments, transportation and fist bumps then I'd be incredibly impressed.
  • 21 11
 Ya Epic and E MTB don't really belong in the same sentence, unless you rode the whole thing with flat battery...
  • 22 22
 Battery just allows a ride to be more epic. Instead of climbing the vast majority of the time you are doing way more DH.
Slow sweaty climbing on an old timers retro slow bike doesnt equal epic, it is about how far you go, how much you climb, and how much fun you have on the downhills.
E =More Epic.
  • 6 13
flag mi-bike (Aug 10, 2021 at 7:22) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: "Instead of climbing the vast majority of the time you are climbing the majority of the time" doesn’t quite have that ring to it eh?

However you try to spin it, with ebikes you still spend much more time going uphill than down. You also have less fun on tbe downhills because you're riding a tank of a bike. (Still true for the epic because you need to bring 3 spare batteries to get your money's worth!)
  • 7 0
 @mi-bike: I'm not the biggest fan of ebikes but that doesn't make sense to me. I ride with ebikers sometimes and they are about as fast as me on the downhills but like twice as fast uphill. How would that equate to "much more time going uphill"?
  • 5 4
 @DoubleCrownAddict: so it’s an uplift service not an epic Ride
  • 3 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: just get fitter. Throwing an equivalent mountain bike around on the downhills is so much easier than trying to get a mobility bike down the hills, especially in the lake district,where you constantly need to pop the bike up over features.
  • 14 8
 Who gives a fuck anyway. People on bikes with a motor ride a long way. Oooooh, congratumaltions. You parents must be so proud. Now fuck off and let me watch a video of a Danny MacAskill riding up a pinch climb on an e-bike.
  • 13 18
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Aug 10, 2021 at 6:39) (Below Threshold)
 Jealous much? Stop beating yourself up and get one or get off the pot.
  • 5 1
 You obviously did or you wouldn’t have commented, congratitiaulosions to !
  • 5 0
 I'm very well it's an ad, but it's a fun vid. Nice riding scenery of course. I realize the big S gonna get dumped hate, but whatever, they make good bikes like the rest of em. This is one colorway bike where stealth fork decals would make such a banana of a color bike look better.
  • 25 21
 You lot need to stop embarrassing yourselves moaning in the comments. If you don't like E-bikes then just turn off the E-bike news in your profile settings. Nobody is forcing you to click on this, nobody is forcing you to buy one, get on with your lives. Getting triggered over a tool which lets you get more runs in with minimal additional impact seems ridiculous.

These new crop of slim E-bikes look mint and the video was beautifully shot with great riding... different =/= bad
  • 6 10
flag mi-bike (Aug 10, 2021 at 7:57) (Below Threshold)
 Who's getting triggered tho?
  • 7 4
 @mi-bike: have you read the comments?
  • 5 7
 @Jack-Davies: have you read your own? I just see a bunch of people enjoying some casual banter bashing whichever viewpoint they please. It's the internet. No need to get all worked up.
  • 17 7
 @Jack-Davies: "minimal additional impact"

when you get a spare minute have a look at the environmental impact of mining the various minerals from which ebike batteries are made. lithium, nickel, cobalt etc

Just doesn't sit right with me that ebikes add to the demand while offering nothing more than convenience
  • 13 6
 @johnnyboy11000: not to mention battery disposal when your battery is toast and have to swap a new one. There is already a waste/sustainability issue in the industry without throwing battery waste in the mix just so your bike can function.
  • 2 4
 This isn’t flagged as ebike content
  • 7 3
 @johnnyboy11000: and? batteries are here to stay. Industries for recycling them and reusing the valuable materials in them are a great opportunities for the future.
Humanity will always have to deal with waste materials and learn to recycle. The battery technology is going to be one of the most valuable ones, we need to learn how to make them lasting, recyclable etc etc.
Phones are arguably much bigger waste right now for the environment, but nobody complains about them.
And phones actually jump started the battery revolution we see the last 15 years, which made e-cars and e-bikes possible.
  • 10 5
 @johnnyboy11000: I'm literally an exploration geologist. I know full well the impacts of current mining operations. There are much more sustainable methods upcoming (look into united downs lithium/geothermal if you're interested) so it's only a matter of time. On top of that, the quantity of lithium and REEs in an ebike battery is in the grams. You're not saving the world riding your carbon wonderbikes about anyway, this hardly makes a difference.
  • 10 3
 @danbgbg: not sure he's complaining about the value of battery tech, I think the value is obvious. Its the NEED that is the issue. Phones cannot operate without a battery and battery alternatives for vehicles that are dependent on fossil fuels is a needed change....but we already have the most environmentally friendly means of powering MTBs....the human body; there is no environmental advantage or need to replace that with battery assist.
  • 7 3
 @SATN-XC: exactly. the only need it addresses is the need to market MTBs, and bikes in general, to a wider, richer, lazier audience.

And danbgbg I am aware of the opportunities involved in dealing with problems caused by waste materials, I work at Sellafield, there will be work there for generations to come cleaning that place up - would you say that is a good thing?
  • 3 3
 @SATN-XC: lol, first the human body needs food, and the process of making food, consuming it, and turning it into calories - it is not a given it is more carbon neutral than charging a battery and discharging it Smile
that is a bit of a joke, but also - not quite. when you replace certain % of the calories burnt with the battery discharging, the carbon difference will be close to zero.
as far as other pollution from batteries - as I said, battery recycling will be one of the industries of the future. And ebikes are still small % of the overall batteries being in circulation.
I'm saying, the argument about pollution with ebikes - it is a bit ridiculous. Using the car to get the to the trails is probably far more damaging. we can make the argument that MTB overall is just damaging to the environment, and stop doing it. After all, producing a new MTB is quite a challenge.
Just let people enjoy nature. EMTB is one of the good ways to introduce new people in the sport, to nature, and make them love our environment more.
  • 3 2
 @johnnyboy11000: dealing with waste is a global human problem.
what can I say - it is a huge challenge, but to blame e-MTBs for this problem is a bit ridiculous. I feel it is just feeling "righteous anger" to justify eMTB hatred. Waste is introduced by everything we do and we have a lot of work to deal with it.
  • 4 2
 @CM999: i only click on ebike content. There should be a filter for antique slow bike content
  • 3 2
 @danbgbg: see I didn't blame ebikes for anything did I. I actually said it didn't sit right with me that they add to an existing problem for no justified (in my opinion) benefit to society. "EMTB is one of the good ways to introduce people to the sport" - on the contrary I think it is one of the worst - even higher price of entry to what is already out of reach for many people, additional environmental cost, and a poor workout in comparison with a proper bike fitness wise.
Yes hopefully battery recycling will be one of the industries of the future - but wouldn't it be even better if we didn't have a need to create entire industries in order to deal with problems caused by previous generations
  • 5 3
 @danbgbg: "using the car to drive to trails is far more damaging" - quite an ironic comment given that the makers of this ebike advert did exactly that while trying to make it look like they'd rode the whole thing lol
  • 2 2
 How do you turn the notifications off for mobility bikes? I just want mountain biking news etc. Not interested in other sports.
  • 1 0
 Wait, what? I can turn off e-bike news?
  • 1 0
 @danlovesbikes: yup, I did just that after this article....past week has been fantastic.
  • 1 0
 @SATN-XC: on it. Thank you
  • 9 3
 Just when you think mountain biking as a sport couldn’t be bastardized more, Specialized is like hold my water bottle….
  • 5 0
 I’m assuming they drove between the different locations as there is no way that’s one epic ride
  • 3 0
 So this epic Ride needed a van to drive them around different parts of the Lake District and several batteries for their bikes. I’m struggling to see how that counts as epic
  • 7 3
 My Brain: ooo interesting, a Lake District epic on…ah doesn’t matter. I’ll just leave a comment then
  • 4 2
 Haha the comments. For me Vale resorts purchased my only bike park and shut it down this year. I love downhill only so I ride a ebike as its the next best thing to a shuttle/lift.
  • 3 0
 There's nothing like an ebike post to show how inclusive this community is.
  • 3 0
 I do miss living in Ambleside......
  • 17 18
 You guys complaining about e-bikes sound like the dudes that use to hate on front suspension, rear suspension , then on dropper posts, then 27.5 wheels, then 29er wheels... e-bikes are just the latest in the list... just go out and try one...
  • 9 5
 if it was a MTB you wouldn't need to to refer to it as an E-MTB or E Bike......it would just be a MTB or a Bike. None of your prior examples required this distinction. Not saying you cannot enjoy riding an E-Bike, look super fun, just don't ignore the fact that bikes with motor assists on them are in their own category of two wheeled machines.
  • 8 6
 So much eBike hate. Who cares if they’re using batteries. You might be surprised your wives use them too lol
  • 1 0
 I see they have 38's on, anyone know what travel they are? Nearly put some on my SL but thought they would be overkill.
  • 7 8
 To anybody who is thinking of riding in the Lake district, it really is as lame as the video. Wales and Scotland are far better.
  • 4 0
 Sounds like you’re full of experience where the Lakes are concerned?
  • 1 0
 Any suggestion for some epic ride there? I'd love to ride in Wales in the automn. This region looks so beautiful.
  • 4 1
 While I would agree that Wales & Scotland are better overall than the Lakes, I definitely wouldn't say it was lame. If you go at the right time of day you can take your pick of steep techy descents without having to worry about smashing any hikers, and there are some cracking off-piste tracks hidden away in some of the forests.

Maybe if you only stick to what's in the guide books then yeah it can be pretty lame unless you're an XC masochist
  • 5 4
 Given his profile location, I think he’s trying to sarcastically head off the hordes of middle aged blokes on ebikes who will now be planning to descend on the Lakes, and who will inevitably be calling mountain rescue to send them fresh batteries…
  • 3 3
 @rsbromley: hah, the words "stable door" and "horse bolted" come to mind...

the place is already full of them, and like in this video they still drive to trails and ride the same stuff as we do on proper bikes
  • 2 0
 @rsbromley: Im from the lakes and although the riding is really good if you know where to go, I would travel 3 hours north for a weekend away riding at the golfie in Innerleithen
  • 3 5
 Ahhh doesn't Stick pass look lovely now they have ruined it !!! but I guess a fleet of 25kg bikes up there it will need resurfacing again soon
  • 1 1
 Just too overpriced for the average Joe...
  • 1 0
 Long Live the Lakes.
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