Video: Brendan Fairclough Shreds his New eMTB

Oct 27, 2020
by Ed Spratt  


bigquotesBuilding and riding my new Scott eRIDE Ransom. This thing is like a mountain bike in steroids. 180mm (not 170mm) downhill/ freeride beast. As the winter months creep in its time to get the ebikes prepped for the mud and slop. This is Scotts newest bike in the range. Its a long travel electric enduro bike, its the ultimate do it all machine.n

As always we needed the assistance of MB Cyclery so we whipped down and got in the way for a few hours while Ben built this insane bike. Big thanks to those guys for always going far and beyond what they need to, new custom stickers flashy matching bolts and pins this thing is pimped out to the max.

With the bike built it was time to shred. I actually felt bad riding this thing straight out the workshop in the mud and slop of the Surrey Hills finest trails. She's no longer a new shiny MTB. shame!!
Brendan Fairclough



69 Comments

  • 56 29
 cue lots of votes down, but I don’t get it at all, it’s still looks like a fat, heavy, ugly as sin e bike with a whole load of gaudy
gold bling bits, nice brakes though..
  • 18 3
 I think it looks gorgeous. The black and gold motif is mint.
  • 15 6
 Ride one and you will get it right away!!!
  • 11 1
 @Uncled Actually it pedals uphill really well.
  • 2 0
 I ran into a couple on e-bikes as they zoomed past. I had a chance to speak with them at the top of the trail and I learned one of them is a cancer survivor and the e-bike allows her to get back into mountain biking even though her energy level isn't what it once was. That put a whole new spin on them for me-I was mostly anti until this conversation. By mostly, I mean against the bicycle looking/no pedal version. Those that require pedaling are OK where appropriate.

As far as gaudy? idk. The Specialized's look like a fat oval tube-far from fugly.
  • 4 4
 It was the bit at the end that annoyed me about the whole thing...

"Im going to destroy him (Olly) now with the E bike"... so when one of your mates gets one... you cant really ride together anymore unless they get one too (sure, you will be able to keep up on the downs but thats it)... creating division between riding mates (which sucks)... its not something like wheelsize where you can be a d!ck about it but in the end not change too much...
  • 1 0
 @MrZ32: Can't really speak to that. Just to my own experience.
  • 1 1
 @ian408: there are exceptions to every rule.. but in general where all are equal in fitness and capability... it creates division
  • 3 0
 @MrZ32: Sure it does. If you were racing, it'd be a problem. But all things being equal, out for a ride with friends? No big deal-and if you want to be nice to your friends, I suppose you dial back the assist a bit.
  • 1 2
 @ian408: would you ride with a mate that takes an extra 10 mins to get get to the top? No, you tend to ride with mates of similar speed and capability... we aren't talking small negligible differences.

Where I can see a benefit will be giving one to my daughter to ride with me when she is old enough... then eventually going to a normal bike later on.
  • 4 1
 @MrZ32: Quite the opposite I'd say. You can still ride together by towing your mate, or now friends who can't keep up with me when we both ride non eMTB can now ride with me. It's the rider not the ride that dictates how you ride/who you ride with.
  • 4 0
 I don't get why people don't "get it".

I can understand not wanting an eMTB or not finding that riding one it as fun as riding a regular bike.

I mean I don't like road racing, in fact I think you have to have a death wish to want to be on a road. Have you seen how most people drive?!

But I get it in the sense that they have fun and love the sport. eMTBs are fun. Maybe not for everyone, but they are for some. Personally I like switching between the two, they give me lots of variety in riding experience and fun.
  • 1 0
 @MrZ32: I ride with friends who are better and faster than I am all the time. Maybe we just ride for different reasons?
  • 1 2
 @ian408: sure.. a bit faster is fine but we arent talking small differences here but ebike faster (dont get me wrong, ebikes are fun but I'd still rather be on my mtb or dirtbike)

It is like you trying to ride (a normal bike) with nino schurter as a riding buddy, they arent going to want to wait 15 minutes (at least) for each climb (clearly this is terrain dependent numbers)... you are talking 500W difference for the climbs and anything that isnt over 30ish kph.. that is not small.

Average fit bloke will be able to sustain 200-300W... you are pretty much tripling the power up to 700-800W (toial)
  • 1 0
 @MrZ32: Uh, there are power settings that determine the level of assist. It's kind of a non-issue.
  • 1 3
 @robcartwheel: then what is the point of the ebike.. that would be a pretty crap ride. Run it on the low setting so it's almost as slow as a normal bike but way too heavy.

I'm not saying ebikes are bad.. its just that when comparing it with equal riders.. they aren't going to ride together anymore.
  • 2 0
 @MrZ32: The point of an e-mtb is that they are fun. Maybe not for everyone, but for many they are. And I think you overstate how they may disincentivize riders on non-eMts riding with those that do.
  • 29 0
 Looks like a nice cheapo winter build
  • 17 6
 Black and gold pimped out bike - alas, Brendan‘s riding kit looks unfortunately like a low-level Russian pimp!
Get matching clothes, man.
  • 10 0
 He needs an adidas track suit
  • 1 0
 @ThunderChunk: & Snakeskin Cowboy Boots?
  • 1 0
 @ThunderChunk: in black and gold, of course!
  • 7 0
 You realise you have a lot to learn when you see Brendan Fairclough on your local trails, using a drop as a lip for a jump landing on some roots most people avoid in any kind of weather ... Fair play brendog!
  • 5 1
 3 take-aways from that:

- Mint bike. E-powered 'big' bikes are the perfect combo. Stable down, fun up.
- Ooh, a Park tyre inflator, nice.
- That is some dick level parking from the VW van outside the shop. (unless you know the car owner in which case it's genius level parking)
  • 1 0
 Getting a vdub van means that everyone else is inferior to you and you can park where you want. Now, bow to me small car'd subling.
  • 4 1
 looks like a beast!! all the colour matching a bit OTT for me. brakes and hubs would have been enough but what a pimp machine... also, that surrey slop is like a northern summer!! Smile
  • 4 0
 Bike so pimp even the creaks sound golden
  • 5 3
 I could not get my mind over the dropper stanchion in the bike stand. Its one of those sickening things that is probably all right - but Ill never do.
  • 2 0
 Ed puts up some awesome words to match the video...

It still looks like it rides like an e-bike.
What range does the battery have?
  • 2 0
 Brendog is doing a good job for the Scott marketing department, and I mean really good. I mean I just watched an bling-bling-e-bike commercial and liked it ....
  • 2 0
 I may have missed the news, but has he retired from racing DH (at world cup level)?
  • 7 0
 He is currently in Lousa for the Word Cup so I dont think he retired
  • 3 0
 he's in Portugal this week
  • 7 0
 He couldn't go to Maribor as he had to self isolate following an alert on the NHS app
  • 3 0
 First ransom I have ever seen come stock without a lockout!
  • 3 0
 They should have named it the Voltage.
  • 8 5
 How much travel does that bike have?
  • 9 4
 It tells you not even 20 words into the article
  • 5 1
 170mm I think
  • 1 0
 ????
  • 3 0
 @Lets-go-fishing: Brendog keeps saying 170mm travel, but video corrects him showing travel for the new e-ride Ransom is 180mm travel.
  • 2 0
 @RowdyAirTime: No I think its 170mm
  • 1 0
 @Lets-go-fishing: The new Scott Ransom EMTB is a hard charging descender with 180mm travel.
  • 1 0
 @RowdyAirTime: Are you sure? I heard Brendan say in the video 170mm
  • 1 0
 @Lets-go-fishing: It's confusing when Brendan says 170mm travel in the video and then same video corrects him showing 180mm of travel. The confusion is probably that Scott's regular (non-ebike) Ransom has 170mm of travel but the new EMTB Ransom has 180mm of travel front and rear.
  • 2 0
 watching him just thread that cassette lock ring on straight away is what nightmares are made of. I can't even....
  • 2 0
 It’s a Sram XD cassette so not a traditional locking. It would be pretty impressive to cross thread one of those.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know how he mounts the camera through shirt. Does not look like there are any cuts
  • 1 0
 I came to the comments with the same question, I wonder if it's a pinch-clip of some sort
  • 1 0
 @evanlitt: I feel like you would be able to see pinch clip popping out the shirt, when he doesn't have camera on almost looks like hes just wearing chest/back protection.
  • 1 0
 @pheal: so I tried just simply wearing a shirt over the chesty harness, and the gopro will clip to it with the shirt fabric between the gopro and the chesty mount. Easy!
  • 2 0
 ....did I mention the TRP brakes?
  • 2 0
 First thing he does is spin his wheels uphill
  • 2 0
 Prototype Maxxis
  • 1 4
 Sad that the new motors are clattering or prone to failure like the brose. I also don't recommend to ride them constantly during winter if you don't want to buy a new motor or rebuild it frequently (if you can obtain the spare parts).
  • 6 0
 The new Bosh motors (2020/21) seem to have a great reputation in regards to durability. They also have a fairly unconditional replacement policy in the first 2 years of ownership. We just put a couple of them through a wet clay filled winter with no issues. The Levo/Brose motors are a completely different story. Those guys have a crazy high failure rate. They have a great exchange policy but it's not really acceptable in my opinion.
  • 3 1
 @IMeasureStuff: They all can fail sooner or later but the brose is exceptional I agree. The problems usually start when people are outside of the warranty period.
  • 6 0
 @tabletop84: good thing the brose warranty is 4 years...
  • 1 0
 @jlfskibikesail: not on a brand new 2021 model
  • 2 0
 This video interview by rob rides provides an insight into the brose issues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZTyuj4Ke2k
  • 1 0
 What's that go pro mount? Hole in the jersey?
  • 5 6
 **** ebikes and brendog have some serious skills, thats all i have to say.
  • 4 4
 Well yeah, I guess if he tried a Penny Farthing he would shred on that as well though.
  • 1 2
 So what if Brendog has a copper's bike and goes fast ?! we must buy it now too!
  • 1 2
 Shredded to the maxxx! Shredded to pieces! Shreddy to shred! Shred! Shred! Kill me Billy!
  • 1 1
 their needed to be a greenbike.com
  • 1 1
 That was meant to be an lol emoji
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