Video: Camille Servant Attacks the Climbs on his eMTB in 'Climbing Ain't Dead'

Sep 3, 2019
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  

Words: Rocky Mountain Bicycles

It’s no secret that riding an eMTB makes climbing easier. In fact, that’s kind of the point for a lot of riders. But Camille Servant sees the added assistance from the motor as a chance to approach his riding differently.

From climbing up features he never dreamt possible to picking routes that might as well be the Penrose Stairs, Camille’s having as much fun on the climbs as he is on the descents. There’s something to be said for the love/hate relationship many of us have for the traditional and monotonous grind, but we’re excited to see Camille mixing it up.

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Presented by @RockyMountainBicycles
Featuring @camservant
Video by @Lone-Wolf-Productions
Photos by @LandonStirling


  • 70 11
 JKW and Akrigg Are more entertaining climbers by a long shot and no motor. Why not get a trials moto? Agreed music was painful.
  • 36 22
 it doesn't ride the same. An ebike feels so much more like an mtb. If I had more money/time/space I'd have em all, but for some people's situation, an eBike makes more sense or will be more fun. Plus, ebikes rip on the way down, trials motos.... not so much
  • 9 3
 all good points
  • 3 3
 @trialsracer: What makes you say a moto is no fun down the hill?
  • 7 8
 Agreed. This was whack as f****.
  • 17 14
 Totally, this just looked like super lame beginner level trials moto. Love that Pinkbike is promoting this crap. What's next? Recumbents trikes?
  • 2 0
 @michibretz: He said TRIALS MOTO.
  • 5 2
 @slashnasty: Tandem recumbent DH. You heard it hear first....Big Grin
  • 56 3
 Just got coffee and came for the comments.
  • 3 4
  • 47 0
 Climbing ain't dead...until your battery is.
  • 61 18
 Video = super talented fit rider maximizing the potential of himself and machine, on crazy vert.
Reality = mid forties dude "who used to ride" with a spare tire around his waist, dragging his outa shape ass up perfectly attainable terrain if he put some work in
  • 39 40
 Alternate reality: middle aged guy working 60hrs/week with a wife and kids at home being able to get in 500m of climbing after work and still being home in time to tuck the kids into bed rather than "putting some effort in" and either not going for a ride, or being home an hour after everyone has gone to bed.
  • 51 18
 @billg: Reality = if you really think an e-bike is gonna solve your work life balance, fill your boots bro!
  • 24 13
 @Honda750: Solve, no. Help, yes.
  • 33 3
 Alternate reality 2: your fit local trailbuilder who's hauling 50+lbs of gear uphill for miles to build the trails that you ride
  • 17 5
 @RenoLaw: reality 3: your local trail builder also gets ebikes and hauls with less effort, building/maintaining more miles of trails
  • 6 10
flag chileconqueso (Sep 3, 2019 at 11:31) (Below Threshold)
 @Honda750 im glad your not a 20 year old with all the answers to the world. I feel like they,20 year olds, are a lot like my 4 year old. They seem to know everything with very little actual life experience and don't clean up after themselves.... I'm 39 and in the best shape of my entire adult life. There are no excuses.
  • 6 3
 Flagrant douchebaggery
  • 20 14
 Alternate reality 4. 40 something " hardcore" I hate e-bikes dude has all the fancy carbon analogue bikes eventually opens his mind up and frees himself from the herd mentality. Eventually realizes that it's just another fun option in the shed , eats crow and buys e-bike. True story x 10 of my friends....and likely you too @Honda750
  • 5 7
 @Dustfarter: so true.
  • 20 8
 @Dustfarter: I'm calling BS on the premise that you have 10 friends who are all (a) over 40, (b) hardcore, (c) professes contempt for ebikes, and (d) subsequently embraced ebikes.
Maybe even BS on you having 10 friends.
  • 4 2
 @Dustfarter: I don’t hate E-bikes, I will eventually own one, when I NEED one! I’ve got enough screws and plates in me to be sold as a Mechano set when I’m dead. Arthritis is a guarantee. I want to use the years I have left to put the work in to stay as fit as I can until I need an ebike, hopefully it’s around the same time I need a new hip! I sold my YZ250, because while riding a dirt bike is fun and physical it wasn’t getting my ass in shape! As far as I know the only thing that does is doing the work!
  • 3 8
flag ranke (Sep 3, 2019 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 @Inertiaman: good one! Mean-spirited, caustic, and to the point! Quality riposte.
  • 4 1
 @Honda750: You are certainly not wrong on having to do the work to get the results, but I would propose that getting out and riding, regardless of difficulty, is going to afford more benefit than not doing it at all. Riding an ebike up a fire road to the trail head might be the equivalent workout to riding a regular bike around pathways in town, but it's still infinitely better than not riding.

And let's face it, there is no NEED associated with any of this, it's a recreational activity. The point is to have fun; getting in shape is a benefit.
  • 12 5
 Naah not even close. Have worked in MTB retail for the last couple of years. eMTB customers have gone from early adopters to riders of all ages and skill levels. From young shredders wanting to get more descending, to groups of mates who want to make the most of their riding time together, to guys who commute on eMTB turning their daily commute into shred time, all the way through to older riders who are using eMTB as way to extend their riding years etc etc.

The eMTB wave is breaking big time. Beats me why guys carry on about eMTB negatively TBH. Come back in 30 years, do people really expect MTB to remain the same?
  • 52 12
 If they really want to reach their target market and sell e-bikes they should give away a free set of rollerblades with purchase.
  • 42 11
 Alternative title: Camille Servant needs motor to lug heavy-ass bike up technical climbs"
  • 30 9
 Or maybe. ”Camille Servant wants to ride ktm-exc or cake but sponsors force him to ride lame moped@
  • 48 22
 Why not just do this on a motorcycle and make a video worth watching? Wait, this is a MotoCycle. ????
  • 12 10
 For not a single downhill shred section, I think this video was pretty darn good!
  • 8 5
 @igottaride: To each their own. I’m either cycling (unassisted) or ripping on my moto. It’s two totally different sports and I don’t care for how the line between them is blurred by eMTB.
  • 5 8
 @1dude2bikes: To each their own. eMTB is just another different sport.
  • 4 2
 @yoobee: Exactly. So it shouldn't be passed off as mountain biking.
  • 3 4
 @matttauszik: I use my ebike at the downhill park and it works great the next day to run my car over for service,
I love my ebike as much as my jump bike but it certainly doesn't replace my regular bike. it's just another bike to ride. You guys should get over yourselves bitching about people having fun riding a bike is like scrooge on Christmas. I've had enough of you haters derailing the conversation. opt for gods sake.

Nobody's even talking about the bike or giving props to the rider. Seriously, me and my turbo levo would never get up those stair or climbs. fact is, fitness and skill are way bigger factors than the 250w motor.
  • 1 0
 @matttauszik: It is not. Did you notice the "e" in "eMTB"?

So probably lift-assisted downhill racing is no mountain biking for you, too?
  • 1 0
 @yoobee: More or less, yeah. Lifts are for snowboarding.
  • 28 5
 yeah, let's encourage reckless riding on the sidewalks and stairs frequented by pedestrians who the hell thought this was a good idea for a promo video
  • 8 1
 I have to agree. Riding any type of bike, let alone a bike with a motor, on crowded pedestrian stairs seems like it'll just end with bikes being banned from sidewalks one day soon as population explodes.
  • 4 0
 Also agree. All feelings about eBikes aside, this just wasn't a good promotional video, period.
  • 28 8
 I am not against e-bikes, I love motorcycles, really, especially electric dirt bikes.
I go on for that...

I am just confused why some people think they are riding bicycles when it has a motor...
  • 6 19
flag splzed (Sep 3, 2019 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 Because they are bicycles. Not motorcycles.

Just go ahead a read the first sentence for me.
  • 12 1
 @splzed: "A pedelec (from pedal electric cycle) is a bicycle where the rider's pedalling is assisted by a small electric motor; thus it is a type of low-powered e-bike."

How does "small electric motor" equal "not a motor" to you? Are Tesla's cars? And let's cut the BS, the motor isn't helping the rider, the rider is providing nominal help to the motor. If the e-bike is putting out more watts than Nino Schurter, then I have a good bet for what's doing most of the work.
  • 6 23
flag Dustfarter (Sep 3, 2019 at 12:57) (Below Threshold)
 @michibretz Ah f*ck dude. Just go ride one before you make ignorant statements like that. You're embarrassing yourself.
  • 4 6
 @slashnasty: I agree 100%. It has a motor.

Its still classified as a bicycle. Thats why people think their riding one. Because it is one.
  • 1 5
flag Inertiaman (Sep 3, 2019 at 14:32) (Below Threshold)
 @slashnasty: "If the e-bike is putting out more watts than Nino Schurter, then I have a good bet for what's doing most of the work"
On this point your math is wrong. Motor on the Rocky Mountain puts out 250W max. Nino can sustain 367W over a 1.5H race and 745W for a 1.5 minute attack:
  • 2 1
 Because you pedal it!
  • 1 0
 This was for the comment above. ;]
  • 2 0
 @splzed: The legal definition of Bicycle:
A bicycle is a human-powered vehicle with two wheels in tandem design to transport by the act of pedaling one or more persons seated on one or more saddle seats on its frame.
And to your link, Did you read the last sentence of the summary too?

Here is where I am coming from:
Its very unusual to define a vehicle by the control interface used to control the motor. All current mass produced motor vehicles have mechanical motor control interfaces by either pushing a accelerator pedal or turning a throttle grip or pushing a lever. Twisting the throttle on a motorcycle also requires work (force and twisting motion) same as rotating a crank.
By that logic my Husqvarna would be a wrist assist with 75.000W.

You will probably say what input in the system to control the motor is way less than what I get out but same is true for and E-Bike. Show me and casual cyclist putting out over 250W over an extended period of time.
  • 1 0
 @michibretz: Everyone gets e-bikes on a technicality. Motor+bicycle= motorcycle. I get it. I really do.

But we dont live in that world. We live in this grey, politically correct world. The laws still define them as a bicycle.

Where I think most people that ride E-bikes are coming from:
We love to ride (like all cyclist), climbing isn't are strong suit, we love going down hills more than up hills and getting 5-10x more runs in then the next guy.

There is no denying these bicycles are fun. The laws and times are always changing. I encourage everyone to try one and see what its about.
  • 1 0
 @splzed: i got an bike to commute so i guess you can say i tried it. its great for that. its just closer to riding a motorcycle than it is to riding a bicycle.

I am missing one big part that i get from riding a purely human powered bike.
Pushing myself to get better and stronger. improve my technique on climbs to get faster.
Making sure the battery is fully charged isn't giving me the same satisfaction as doing a longer loop than i did a before... its taking away from a ride for me just as much as and autopilot for rock gardens would.
Taking that part away, and i acknowledge riding is exercise even if you are not pounding the pedals makes it exactly the same as riding my dual sport...
  • 20 4
 Bloody awful music if you can call it that.
  • 6 13
flag Uuno (Sep 3, 2019 at 9:18) (Below Threshold)
 Tell me one reason why it isn't music?
You not liking that style/track doesn't mean you have to be narrow minded about it.
  • 7 3
 @Uuno: Music is unlike any other art form in that if you lack skills then it shows, and people with a limited understanding of music or music theory are more inclined to like "simple" music, like the majority of house music or mumble rap.
  • 1 0
Firstly I disagree, this applies to every art form. Show me a painting and I can say if I like it, but I have no idea how "skilled" the artist is.
And the "simple" principle is also true everywhere.
So I don't see in what way music is different, and I don't get who you mention with "limited understanding", do you think I have limited understanding because I'm saying this is music, or what?
  • 1 0
 @Uuno: See the thing with painting though is that there are no universal standards that every painter agrees on aside from some basics. But there is no definitive "red" as there is a definitive "middle C" or musical key. So there is a common ground to build music theory off of that doesn't leave much room for subjective interpretation.
And again music is unique in that "simple" music often follows the same patterns. I forget where it was done but some mathematicians formulated an algorithm to predict which pop songs would be hits because they all followed the same basic rhythmic and melodic patterns with minor variations.
I'm not saying you have a limited understanding or anything like that, I'm just saying that the amount of skill necessary to make objectively "good" music is the proportionate to the amount of taste or understanding one needs to asses what is "good" music.
Also I'm pretty buzzed so i kind of forgot what I was talking about sorry
  • 11 0
 Cool concept for a video. Really hate the idea of encouraging folks on ebikes to start attempting to ride up trails which have typically/traditionally been descents only (those not designated as directional but are basically anyways). Seems to be asking for more conflicts/accidents if it catches on.
  • 21 9
 One of the more pathetic things I've seen in a while.
  • 9 1
 “From climbing up features he never dreamt possible to picking routes that might as well be the Penrose Stairs, Camille’s having as much fun on the climbs as he is on the descents…. “

What the hell’s going on!? Climbing IS fun. Trails can be ridden both ways! What kind of missery is this, finding fun only when rolling down…
Climbing stairs may take some practice, but is also fun. Here’s a link from a short climb (the first video please) over slippery marble stairs. Ok, I was younger back then (but still an average rider)!

But the question remains. Who promotes the idea that you need either a e-bike (a motorbike actually) or a lift to be at the top of the mountain? I guess those who wish to sell one more e-motorbike.

  • 13 2
 what the actual f*ck was that?
  • 9 1
 Maybe the worst mtb video i've ever seen, painful to watch and to hear, it lacks only the throttle burnout to make it perfect.
  • 10 1
 It can always be said that all e-bike riders are looking for an outlet.
  • 8 2
 Videos like these don't help with the acceptance of ebikes. In fact it freaks non bikers out and makes it seem like ebikers are reckless and out of control. And please, get that damn filter to work.
  • 9 2
 My effen E+filter is fukt.
I might go blind
  • 11 4
 Oh how Rocky Mountain has fallen.
  • 1 2
 Yes, shame on that corporation for targeting a huge market.
  • 7 0
 Danny Macaskill did the same with no need of an eBike !!! Big Grin
  • 10 3
  • 6 0
 Funny, @bikerbrayd is able to ride rad climbs without a motor...
  • 7 1
 The only thing that got attacked is the battery & his dignity
  • 7 2
 LOL at 0:40 cranking hard once the assist cuts out at 28mph
  • 1 1
 more like 26km/h (kph)
  • 1 0
 I don't care who rides what but ebikes are a big f*ck you to climate change and to the environment in general. My issue is the much bigger environmental impact of their production (motor, battery etc.) compared to a regular bike...
  • 1 0
 Oh goodness that was lame. I was fair and watched to the end (why??). Wondering why he just didn't do everyone a favour and ghost the bike straight off the cliff at the end. Would rather watch a Moto cane the climbs or a Chris Akrigg edit.
  • 5 2
 Chris Akrig is way funner(inspirational) to watch.
I think I'd be too embarrassed to be seen on one of these.
  • 10 4
 I'd be more embarrassed by the use of "funner", but to each their own.
  • 9 6
 That burn out at the beginning was so siiiiiiiiicckkkkkkk!
  • 2 2
 Definitely the best part of the video. I'd almost watch a whole video of eBike burnouts.
  • 6 3
 How many batteries do i have to carry to do this....7?...8!!!?
  • 9 20
flag Lone-Wolf-Productions Plus (Sep 3, 2019 at 10:45) (Below Threshold)
 We never once ran out of juice.
  • 19 2
 @Lone-Wolf-Productions: you ran out of soul though
  • 1 0
 @Lone-Wolf-Productions: Damn shame. That could of been a Brendan Howey or Watts drop.
  • 1 1
 @matttauszik: We dropped a new Watts Happening video a few days ago. Pb didn’t play it. They prefer to ruffle everyone’s feathers I guess lol. You can see it here though.
  • 1 2
 The video shows just how skillful the rider is to compensate for that ebike's terrible geometry! Look how far forward he has to be so that ebike doesn't wheelie him off the back! Seriously Rocky Mountain mimicking your regular MTB geo (which is terrible) on an ebike was a terrible idea!
  • 3 0
 Did you see that time when he did a wheelie?
  • 2 2
 For those sort of raw trails, it's a nice application for an e-mtb. I do see the appeal.

I think he should stay off the sidewalks/ stairs where he is giving bicyclists a bad name however.
  • 3 1
 Hay boooy how many bateries did you turn dead to do all of those ups in turbo mode ? tell us the true boooooyyy
  • 2 0
 Mopeds are like fat chicks, fun to ride until your friends catch you on one.
  • 1 0
 So having reached the top, how's he going to get down I wonder? There's no chair lift, 4x4 track... Perhaps he'll be picked up by helicopter.
  • 2 1
 I I’m not against e bikes but when you make edits and put in terrible music, an okay rider. It just seems wrong
  • 2 0
 F&*k this video. Climbing ain't dead. Mopeds ain't climbing.
  • 1 0
 werent the filters supposed to avoid this? oh wait, PBers just want to argue in the comments about anything
  • 2 1
 sun valley freaks are happy now. blm for days!
  • 4 3
 That video does a piss poor job of making me hate those things.
  • 2 0
 Play it backwards!!!
  • 1 1
 I was waiting for him to ride off the cliff at the end ... it is an ebike right, so wings gotta deploy.
  • 4 2
  • 1 0
 I feel like we all need to get together over a beer an discuss this....
  • 2 1
 Hey bro let’s go climb a shit ton of bumpy steps!

-Said no one. Ever.
  • 3 2
 Dudes if you don't like E-Bikes why watch?
  • 3 2
 oh dear
  • 2 3
 That looked badass! Some hardcore climbing but the edit was a bit schizophrenic for me.
  • 2 2
 Make uphill fun again :o)
  • 2 4
 It’s just so adorable to see how threatened people are by e-bikes. I can see all the handlebar mustached single speeders laying awake at night just brooding.
  • 1 0
  • 11 12
 U all will be riding them just wait.
  • 2 4
 The first 20 seconds is kinda awkward. Other than that... e-braaap!
  • 9 12
 lets see how many dislikes i get "i like ebikes"

no i dont
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