Video: An eMTB Adventure in the Swiss Alps

Dec 5, 2020
by PROPAIN-Bicycles  

Three wishes all at once?

“Sure, Grisons– endless trails with access to mountain railways, in a narrow area.”

“Nah, it must be nature experience, loneliness and outdoor adventure!”

“Well, everything sounds good, but please no 1500 m uphill again…”

So miscellaneous started the planning for our mutual bike-weekend. The three of us are a wild bunch consisting of a colorful dog, a red kitty and a gray mountain weasel – all closely connected to Propain, whether as team-riders, racers, veterans, testers, event faces or employees.

The solution to our three expectations was the new Ekano with its powerful EP8 motor. The Japanese name itself describes a versatile and adventurous character. Thanks to the new powerful motor you can master technical uphills even better. With the E-Tube Project app, it’s power can be precisely adjusted to suit any individual riding style. It can easily be configured to either ride a long tour by saving battery power or to have fun on technical uphills fun with an extra bang. A capable enduro bike with a powerful and customizable motor also guarantees fun for three different types of riding: fast as a weasel on the downhills, tough in rough terrain and energy saving for the thighs on the uphills.



A few weeks later, the bags are finally packed with a variety of items including a mattress and sleeping bag as well as the most necessary clothing and equipment for a mountain adventure and enduro experience on the e-bike which lasts several days.

Off to Grisons, which successfully encourages on bikers with respect and consideration for each other, instead of bans.

The plan to satisfy all the desires of our wildly mixed bunch is taking shape. We start with an uphill away of the lift stations in search of an outdoor adventure and some loneliness.



Several steep uphills challenge us and despite the motor support we are exhausted, each in our own way. It’s because we often repeated tricky uphill sections because it is simply fun to ride them with an e-bike. The feeling of “uphill flow” is just too good. However, after the small individual success it’s time to chase the others again. The dreamlike mountain lake, which is hidden behind a mountain ridge and in which the sky and the passing clouds are reflected, is the perfect place for a break. Since we haven’t booked a cabin and there are only a few unmanaged alps nearby, we use the break to figure out where to sleep. Every adventure needs a little bit of uncertainty.


In the end, the solution was simple: one of the local alpinists, HARRY, appreciates guests, as he spends most of the grazing months up here alone. So we are allowed to use the cowshed as a night camp and spend the night in straw. In the evening, HARRY told us stories about the life of an alpine farmer and we talked about one or two other bike adventures. The fire in the woodstove and a sip of „Zirbengeist“ let us forget the daily routine. This way we can not only recharge our batteries in a relaxed way, but also the batteries of our bikes.


The fact that the alpine descent the following morning meets 100% approval is not surprising, because the Ekano is a full blood Enduro with motor. The trail demands but not too much, the bike is well-balanced and lies fully on the nature trail, which winds back towards the valley. The scenery is alpine idyllic- almost kitschy in the summer morning light. We destroy the last reserves of the 504 Wh powerful battery near the valley, where we expand our trail kilometer collection with short climbs here and there. With our Ekano, not only the motor, but also the whole bike can be assembled according to your wishes in the usual PROPAINmanner. So in our wildly mixed group everyone has his dream bike under his butt, with which he can satisfy his play instinct. And whoever says again that riding an e-bike is not demanding is lying, because at the end of the day you realize that you have done something.

Back in the valley we spend the night in the hotel, recharge our storage tanks with Bündner specialties and also the e-bike batteries are recharged to 100% for the next day.

We were asked by the inhabitants of the Alps not to publish the exact routes.

Duration: 2 Days
Travelled kilometers: 35 km
Altitude meter: 1600 m uphill and 1600 m downhill





After a relaxed night in a feather bed, we went to the Rothorn in Lenzerheide in the next morning. There we rode the world cup downhill tracks in the bike park and also some great enduro tracks with a beautiful view, a lot of depth meters and different variations.


We take the lift up to the Rothorn and the few extra kilos of our bikes result in a rich, well-balanced suspension, which makes the trails really smooth. To ride the same e-bike on the downhill course and on an extended enduro rides is rather “untypical”. But with the Ekano it’s daily business, because the bike is perfectly designed for this split. For this fun, you’ll will put up with some odd looks in the lift with ease.


Everyone had enough opportunities to enjoy themselves on the downhills and our bike weekend ended after a few more depth metres than the day before. All of us were happy and satisfied after the three days because we found what we were looking for, thanks to the Ekano.

Duration: 1 Day
Travelled kilometers: 28 km
Altitude meter: 450 m uphill and 2800 m downhill





bigquotesI felt safe with the E-bike in every situation and was impressed by the power and performance of the motor. Angie Hohenwarter, Athlete and red kitty

bigquotesE-biking is a new kind of mountain biking for me, pure fun on technical uphills as well as downhills. The Ekano creates completely new possibilities and variations. Gerry, Event Manager and mountain weasel

bigquotesDouble the fun! According to that motto I can definitely say that with the Ekano you can ride more trails in the same time with a super strong feeling to it. Thomas 'Der Professor' Schmitt, Ambassador and colorful dog


This story made you curious to experience your own E-Bike adventure?
Then find out more about our Ekano on our website: https://www.propain-bikes.com/en/bikes/e-bike/ekano-165/






Photos and Video: Lichtbildstelle Ulm

Location: Grisons

Riders: Angie Hohenwarter, Thomas 'der Professor' Schmitt and Gerry das Bergwiesel


30 Comments

  • 43 7
 35km and 1600m isn't an adventure on an ebike, its a couple of hours worth of riding on a sunday morning.
  • 1 3
 i heard some people do this in their sleep!
  • 10 2
 Exactly. A three hour ride in Whistler, Lord of the Squirrels is done with 1800m of climbing. If you are riding a eBike that advertises 4x you, I would expect 8000m of climbing on a ride. Especially if Im bragging about it in an article.
  • 4 2
 Sorry. Checked my ride log. 1200m for LOTS.
  • 11 10
 I skipped straight to the comments. Did they mention where they charge their mopeds at night?
  • 1 0
 @owlie: they go to the gas station no?
  • 1 3
 @housem8d: The Ebike agenda mob..
  • 4 1
 Yes, these are pretty small days even without a motor! I suppose this is marketed to people who are past their prime... as is most of the ebike industry. When I am in my 60s/70s and am starting to get tired, or have health issues I'll be looking at these bikes.
  • 14 2
 "We were asked by the inhabitants of the Alps not to publish the exact routes." Weird then you you would include that map. Anyone with some basic mapreading skills can easily figure our the location and trails. For anyone interested, the 2-day route started from Wiesen Davos, climbing up the ridge to Sandhubel and descending via Alteiner Fürggli.
  • 2 4
 man this snowflake righteousness drives me nuts
  • 2 0
 I found this same attitude in the Dolomites. Despite the guiding companies best efforts to suppress route info, I managed to piece together the entire traverse route with better accommodation at a fraction of the price. The food and the views made up for the abundance of e-bikes and attitude.
  • 10 2
 "I Sell Propain and Propain accessories".
  • 6 0
 Will we make it to the next power socket? Or do have to pedal OURSELVES?! So adventurous!
  • 1 2
 But they are pedaling...or is it fake pedaling? You seem to know a lot...
  • 8 2
 I actually don't mind E-bikes, its the word Adventure that I hate lol
  • 1 0
 haha
  • 8 3
 Ekanot see myself buying one of these.
  • 5 1
 This would be more natural if the helmets were solar panels
  • 9 4
 In 5 years ebikes will be more popular then analog bikes.
  • 4 0
 its already that way here.
  • 15 5
 In 5 years ebikes will be more popular than bikes*

Fixed it for you.
  • 2 2
 This made me cringe...thought the whole point of a moped was to ride long distances/big elevation?
But well, if they want to target the type or rider that will take an ebike on the gondola, good for them.
  • 1 2
 I just came to comment that I have never seen a women or girl riding with her hair open like that....somhow seems strange here, like whats she trying to achieve with her dyed red hair flapping around. Everone rides with a ponytail.
  • 3 1
 35km and 1600m of elevation in 2 days, and on Ebikes? is this a joke? This is lame.
  • 6 4
 Looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for adding this content Pinkbike.
  • 2 1
 Ugh! These people aren't as tired as I would have been on a regular bike doing the same ride!
  • 19 17
 nice motorcycle ride!
  • 10 9
 God Damnit, there are pedals, its a Moped ride.
  • 3 1
 As far as motorcycle rides go, I could do 1600m over 35 km in under an hour. Ebikes are great for crushing laps, but ad this was dumb.
  • 2 4
 wish more rides could be like that.

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