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Video: Rob Warner's Painful & Hilarious First Non eMTB Ride in Over a Year

Mar 21, 2021 at 13:43
by Trail Creatives  

bigquotesAfter a quick stop at Pembree for pedals and a beard touch up, we headed to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park to see if mountain bikes without engines were as bad as I remember.

Watch as I ride a lap unassisted on the Vitus Sommet and push myself to the physical limit for your viewing pleasure.



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  • 195 41
 Wow, Akward... Is there really no better content to share Pinkbike ??
  • 25 4
 Anyone else longing for the 1 minute slow-mo-put-on-helmet intro sections? Fwiw, the riding seems to start at 7:50 here.
  • 29 27
 I hope you get to decide not to watch the next video
  • 28 73
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 22, 2021 at 9:02) (Below Threshold)
 Could have used some more selective editing, but his thoughts on e bikes vs. regular bikes at 15:30 were spot on from my perspective.

Would you rather do 1 lap or 3-4?
  • 17 44
flag preach (Mar 22, 2021 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 @DoubleCrownAddict: well said
  • 4 22
flag Manix (Mar 22, 2021 at 10:46) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry it doesn't live up to your standard bud, thought someone of your/our age would appreciate the throwback.
  • 10 2
 @Manix: read the room
  • 8 23
flag Matt115lamb (Mar 23, 2021 at 0:52) (Below Threshold)
 It’s odd that there’s so many ebike haters on here , can’t they use the filter ! They either like being angry , not reel haters and just jump on the hate bandwagon to egoboost themselves or just stupid !
  • 6 11
flag Chuckolicious (Mar 23, 2021 at 6:23) (Below Threshold)
 @Matt115lamb: They picked a tribe over the most trivial subject possible, and now must virtue signal their purity. Filters???? Pshaw....
  • 140 7
 20 minutes of ramblings and adverts. Think Rob has lost it.
  • 68 2
 Quantity not quality is what pays the bills these days.
  • 13 1
 So many words.. so, so many words..
  • 27 2
 He's becoming a parody of himself. His You Tube channel just seems desperate. I'm a big fan and have been cheering him on since Chainspotting. Its a shame.
  • 16 0
 Wait, those are real food adverts? I thought they were jokes.
  • 6 1
 @eragot: Gotta put food on the table lol
  • 3 1
 @Manix: Well that Y Food will just dribble off the edge I reckon. I couldn't quite tell if it was a parody advert or not. I guess they're paying him real money and he's signed a contract that dictates he can't say how disgusting it is....

I tried to like this but after I realised I'd wasted about 10 minutes and he hadn't even ridden anything I gave up.
  • 115 8
 But I thought there was a really scientific study that said riding an Ebike is just like riding a regular bike when it comes to fitness?
  • 32 3
 Yah it should have made him like Superman or something? Weird that a motor didn’t help him get better at doing it all himself.
  • 15 5
 Comment Gold right there. Brilliant.
  • 3 41
flag Rider656 (Mar 22, 2021 at 16:34) (Below Threshold)
 The study is once u go ebike you never go bike. Have fun on your dinosaur bike. Faster then you before ebike and faster than you with ebike. Same outcome, just have a little assistance up
  • 7 1
 Can't wait for Wall E riders of the future. Pro riders are fast on e bikes because they go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. I think pro riders need to be more transparent about their push for marketing e bikes. I know they don't really want to be role models, but there are a lot of sheeps in the world.
  • 5 2
 At 61 I bought an Ebike. I had been used to being at front of my group for a long long time, and then hit 60 and that was it... my power was gone, I would hold up the group, I stopped riding with my friend and decided to just go by myself. My friends would say don't worry about it, we'll just wait for you and in reality I was just riding alone but making them stop more then they wanted too. Don't be so quick to judge people on Ebikes without riding one for full loops. Mine is 50lbs and 2-3 hours of tossing that around is more draining then you think. I get just as beat as downhilling for a day, maybe not in your legs so much, but everywhere else for sure. So wait until you have 25 years under your belt and 20 of them also DH riding too. Lets see if you are still doing all the drops, hitting all the jumps and rolling the steepest rollers. If so, well go get yourself an Ebike, you earned it. And like Rob Warner, its nice to be able to hang with the youth when you still know how to shed like the youth. I call my BIKE the fountain of youth, and I really don't care what anyone says to me about mine. I kindly tell them to F off if they say negative crap about it.
  • 98 4
 This trend of calling ebikes "ebikes" and calling regular bikes "non ebikes" needs to stop. A bike is a BIKE, and an ebike is an ebike. Bikes came first! After spaceships were invented we didn't start calling large boats "non spaceships". After the motorcycle was invented and people called it the ironhorse we didn't start calling horses "non ironhorses". After the hotdog was invented we didn't start calling man's best friend the "non hotdog". Call it a bike!
  • 10 98
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 22, 2021 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 So would you rather have us call non e bikes snail bikes or slow bikes? At least it's not rude. But face it, you guys are missing out by being stubborn retro grouches.
  • 38 3
 @robw515 This. Add to that some absolutely idiotic newspeak like "analogue" or even dumber "acoustic".
  • 47 5
 @DoubleCrownAddict: why do we all find you on every e-bike related story being a complete and total a*shole to everyone just because some people choose to not like your esteemed ebikes? For f*cks sake man, be decent to other humans. Is that so damn hard to do? People like different things and appreciate different parts of the sport. Just because someone else doesn't want the same thing out of their recreational time, doesn't give you the right to be a complete cock about it. Don't you have better things to do with your time?
  • 6 61
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 22, 2021 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 @goldencycle: Dude you just hurled two personal insults at me. along with unnecessary profanity, and I've insulted nobody. Don't you have better things to do with your time?

All I'm doing is defending e bikes and pointing out their advantages over old-timey, retro-grouch, non e bikes.
  • 12 1
 @bananowy: the analog bike comment is especially confusing. Analogous to what? It's just a bike...
  • 44 4
 @DoubleCrownAddict: you’re defending ebikes and talking about their advantages here, but in another article you talked about how your bike weighs 60 pounds, then whined about how you can’t corner on it so trail builders should rebuild their trails to suit your lower skill level with easy flow features. You’re just one big running joke.
  • 3 35
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 22, 2021 at 21:11) (Below Threshold)
 @TypicalCanadian: Wrong again, I was saying make steep knarly inside lines instead of idiotic tight switchbacks that you have to basically stop for. Every post you try to attack me with the same type of stupid, desperate, disingenuous lies. Canadians typically aren't idiots but you are the exception.
  • 27 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Can't ride switchbacks lol try putting your battery in boost
  • 8 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: all I do is quote you, pathetic troll. Don’t cry over it.
  • 81 1
 I hate people who don't remove the little orange warning label from their Shimano rotors. Smile
  • 42 4
 That's what happens when you get free shit and also are more concerned with "content" than bikes and actual riding. Sorry Rob, the race commentary is good, but I gotta unsub from the YT channel, it's hot garbage most of the time.
  • 90 9
 This is sad
  • 19 4
 depressing seeing him whimper ;like a likkle baby he used to be up there
  • 67 3
 You're not really selling it to me with that promo Pinkbike.
"Rob Warner shouts at ducks..." is perilously close to "Old man shouts at cloud".
  • 71 5
 Confirmed, riding e-bike for a year, makes you a big baby!
  • 58 3
 it is getting weird......
  • 177 15
 And then someone will tell me, that riding ebike requires the same level of fitness. Because of course you have more power, but you ride faster and further ... Which is true for 1% or riders, but for most it is just a utility which lets you ride the same amount as before, just being less fit.
  • 16 135
flag Chuckolicious (Mar 22, 2021 at 6:40) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: So you did a clinical study to come up with those numbers? Because you wouldn't have just pulled them out of your ass in order to virtue signal your dislike of Ebikes, right?
  • 69 5
 @Chuckolicious: There are thing ins life which do not require a clinical study. You just observe and see the reality. Humanity is like a milion years old and science is like few thousands years, but only for the last 200 it really influences peoples life. If scientific studies were required to judge the reality, we would not be there anymore. The very fact of our existance proves that the so called "common sense" is more ofter right than not ...
  • 10 91
flag Chuckolicious (Mar 22, 2021 at 7:10) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: LOL! So virtue signal it was. Copy that.
  • 2 9
flag Singletrackmac (Mar 22, 2021 at 7:31) (Below Threshold)
  • 16 3
 @Chuckolicious: didn’t take you long to show up. Where’s mccozzy at?
  • 9 75
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Mar 22, 2021 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: E bikes take more upper body fitness if you have a couple batteries and are going to ride them all day. It becomes more of a downhill-ride workout rather than mostly a leg burning workout.. which is why it's more fun for me. Plus it feels great flying up the climbs instead of suffering at a snail's pace.

E bikes are just way more inspiring to ride, and the haters will continue to be miserable about them and make snarky comments about them that prove they are in a state of miserable denial as long as they remain in denial about this fact.
  • 7 40
flag Matt115lamb (Mar 22, 2021 at 9:58) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: you are talking utter crap , have you ever gone on a ride on an ebike with non ebikes ? You just want to get on with it and ride but you feel held back ! Absolutely nothing against non ebikes and will always ride mine but love the kenevo !
  • 47 4
 @Matt115lamb: that’s because they are two different sports. Ever gone on a dirtbike ride with ebikers? You just want to get on with it and ride but you feel held back!
  • 17 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I've heard the YT ebike is awesome, I bet you'd love it.
  • 4 21
flag Matt115lamb (Mar 22, 2021 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 @CircusMaximus: You know they’re not that different but if you want/need to push it for likes then carry on !
Emtb haters should try to chill abit and go with it , they’re here to stay !
What can you do on a bike that you couldn’t on an emtb ?
  • 25 4
 @Matt115lamb: one has a motor. One does not. I’d call that fundamentally different, in fact.
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flag Matt115lamb (Mar 22, 2021 at 14:04) (Below Threshold)
 @CircusMaximus: I’d call it slightly different in fact !
  • 18 3
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I fly up the climbs. It's called an XC bike. Also, totally not surprised you ride an ebike.
  • 24 1
 @Matt115lamb: What can I do on a bike that I can't on an ebike? I'd wager a week long bike packing trip in the backcountry is one thing that an ebike isn't very good for.
  • 1 4
 @TheLoamDeranger: it would be possible with slot of planning but tbh not many people do that anyway !
Arrrgh ........ I’d do it in 3 days lol
  • 61 10
 And that's why I don't have an e-bike.
  • 15 64
flag Chuckolicious (Mar 22, 2021 at 6:42) (Below Threshold)
 And why I plan on having both when I finally pull the trigger. Options...never a bad thing to have.
  • 47 1
 Where's the bit where he goes over the shark? Edited out?
  • 3 16
flag trailcreativesmtb (Mar 22, 2021 at 4:47) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure what you mean? He didn't crash on this trip.
  • 7 0
 @trailcreativesmtb: but did he jump?
  • 3 24
flag Chuckolicious (Mar 22, 2021 at 6:41) (Below Threshold)
 Haha... funny to see the clueless response to you.
  • 44 3
 I'm 44 and ride QE regularly on a single speed. It's not that hard.
  • 50 12
 If I wanted to see YouTube shite I'd go to YouTube... Has PinkBike become PinkShite?
  • 9 9
 Most stuff on here is on YouTube so don’t get us knickers in a twist lol
  • 33 8
 But everyone else has been saying e-bikes don't make you weak, they actually make you stronger... I'm so confused. Do I need a gas motor? Will a sail on my bike make me better at stealing KOMs? Maybe just need to go back to basics and make a horse-drawn bikey, for 1 horsepower of berm slapping madness! That'll make me way stronger, or least my stomach stronger around horse shit like this video drivel.
  • 25 2
 Fast forwarded through all the complaining and got right to the end in no time.
  • 24 3
 Just so we are all on the same page, if you ride an ebike only in Turbo mode you are getting very little exercise.
  • 6 2
 I've never seen someone on an ebike breaking a sweat.
  • 25 4
 I thought it was pretty damn funny. Lighten up Francis.
  • 20 4
 I tell you what, there's a lot of miserable twats in the comments section. Watch Warner taking the piss out of himself is generally a good time.
  • 12 1
 @Manix: Agreed. Rob makes great videos. For sure, not everyone seems to have liked this video but it is insane how over the top some of the comments are.
  • 8 0
 @mccarthyp: @mccarthyp: Discovered his channel last week and watched all the videos in one go. I laughed really hard at various parts of his videos. This last video was probably the least funny, especially if you miss the context of his earlier shenanigans. Tastes differ though, so I understand a lot of people aren't into that kind of humor.
  • 24 6
 Guess he needs to see his doctor for another 365-day e-bike prescription.
  • 68 5
 Having trouble 'getting it up' the hill? Ask your doctor if e-bike is right for you.
  • 4 4
Good one! Why is that gold not a bumper sticker?
  • 1 0
Works for me. I can now get it up real easy, every time I want to ride. Mind you, my parts are worn out.
  • 16 2
 So to sum it up, the majority of PB commenters i.e. "the other side of the pond":

1) just hate ebikes. period.
2) don't get british humour of taking the piss out of one self.

I agree with those saying the video was sh1te but getting your knickers in a twist about Warner moaning about pedalling just goes to show you really don't get it.
  • 24 7
 Sad, just sad.
  • 22 5
 the bar is lowered again
  • 17 5
 He was never known gor being fit, was he? He was a Pro DH rider two decades ago. At that time no DH Pro could have challenged one of the endurance guys. That has changed. Modern athletes can ride E-Bikes, Tricycles, or whatever - they stay fit because they know HOW to ride it., to stay fit. Rob still is a good example for what happens, when you ride E-Bikes just for fun and not to excercise.
  • 13 0
 Well done Rob! But you’re not supposed to be able to talk and pedal at the same time.
  • 5 0
 Aka sales patter
  • 19 5
 That was painful, but probably not in the way that was intended....
  • 14 1
 say what you like, but i enjoyed that video. Its just pure warner. I don't watch these videos for the riding.
  • 21 8
 Just ride a motorcycle if you don't like pedaling...
  • 10 1
 My takeaway from the video. I need to use the word "trousers" much more.
I laughed so hard, I shat my trousers.
  • 6 0
 I've zero beef with eBikes, in fact, I really do think they have their place. What's really getting my goat though is the incessant hyping of the darn things by almost every pro-cum-influencer. I get people have bills to pay and I get that content is king but, seriously, going from zero to all out in terms of how amazingly awesome they are just reeks of bovine facies.
  • 2 0
 I personally don’t have an issue with ebikes. Most people I’ve come across on the trail seem to be cool and friendly people to ride with. I just don’t like their fan club of lazy kids who have a superiority complex over them and only “ride” to appease their social media followers.
  • 12 3
 And THIS is why I won’t by an emtb. I like being fit .
  • 5 11
flag andypandyuk (Mar 22, 2021 at 16:38) (Below Threshold)
 You do realise you can be fit and ride an E-Bike right? You can actually do other sports as well as ride bikes. In fact you can actually ride a none powered bike and an E-bike, you do not just have to limit yourself to one way of keeping fit.
  • 16 2
 @teamdoa: yeah. I already have 4 bikes. 3 mtbs & a gravel grinder. I really don’t need anymore, but point taken.

I’m just not interested in emtbs, they seem an expensive distraction & an unnecessary complication of the sport
  • 5 0
 @short-but-sweet: That is fair enough, everyone has a choice to do what they like, so point taken, they are not for you.

I still think people just hate on them at Pink Bike for no real reason as evidence by my post being down voted. A lot of people hate on Roadies here as well. Pink Bike can be pretty toxic at times. All I know is I enjoy riding all sorts of bikes and I do not malign people for doing what they want.
  • 9 2
 Rob throws bike into the ditch starts crying and crawls home dreaming of beer and bacon
  • 1 1
 and is now pissed at his EEEEEeeeeeeeh bike
  • 9 2
 If you think of it as the Spinal Tap of mountain biking it goes down easier.
  • 2 1
 Or like the original The Office. Slow moving train wreck; so hard to look away
  • 8 1
 Good riding? No. Insightful thoughts? Certainly not. Entertaining? Enough to lure me away from working for 20 minutes.
  • 13 6
 This is why to avoid an e-bike until necessary. You won't be able to ride a regular bike afterwards.
  • 3 4
 I ride mine, pretty easy.
  • 10 4
 If this isn't a joke, it's my personal milestone that mountain biking as I know it is gone. Someone please rescue this sport.
  • 10 2
 Rob, thanks for confirming that Ebikes make you lazy.
  • 9 6
 PinkBike , sharing this garbage you are sadly contributing to ruin our passion, sport and nature.


...stop this nonsense , is always MONEY the correct answer to everything???????????

if someone has health problems and is old, you are excused to use a motor.........otherwise move your ass and push those f@ing pedals...!!!!!!!!!!!
All this morons crowding the woods that are not able to use a proper bike, go back home and start again, eat less , train more, and push yourself to do something good to you!!

  • 9 3
 so bad i might not watch anymore.
  • 10 3
 annoying af
  • 5 1
 No doubt in reality RW flies round at mach 2 on a non bike every day. Owns every uphill KOM within a 50 mile radius. All part of the brand this.
  • 4 1
 We've officially reached the black and white portion of the infomercial. Socially engineering negative associations to perfectly usable alternatives to the new widget being pushed.
  • 2 0
 Wow...A lot of hate for Warner in this thread. Have to admit, I couldn’t get through this video... Shame because I love the guy. Very funny, even at maximum silly. Would like to see serious content. He’s a brilliant guy. Great interviewer, story teller, ambassador, etc.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully Rob takes this criticism for what it is. It's a bunch of friends who love him but thought this particular video was a POS. We all know he can do better. I'm around his age and thought it was depressing.
  • 3 0
 took me a while to understand this ain't a joke, comedy or some kind of satirical stunt... That's RW 2021. What an embarassment to our beautiful sport. If I ever turn into such whining pussy, please shoot me right away.
  • 2 0
 I'm not ready for a emtb yet I still like the pain?

Erm. It's only pain if you don't look after yourself; if you ear veg, keep fit and active it's second nature.

I found I had to skip 10mins into the vid to actually get to any content. Then skip again...
  • 11 6
 This screams senior citizen.
  • 7 2
 My dude is steadily becoming a full cartoon character.
  • 34 29
 Ebikes are NOT mountain biking. Truly pathetic
  • 2 3
 True, sad, wrong... and those gates are also expensive like a PROPER motorbike
  • 8 3
 I had this kinda argument a lot of times with ebikers:
bababababba we ebikers are standard bikers, and our e-bikes are the same than your [...]bikes.... put any stupide adjective like non motorized, acoustic, standard between the brackets
asked them
well, so, why did you buy that bulky shitty-looking rig, that weights 5 kilos more, that costed you 2 ou 3k more, that gonna behave like a panzer VI during the way down?
  • 3 1
 Hear hear!
  • 4 0
 The only guy who took it dead serious at that time was Nico Vouilloz - and look what he did to the competition Smile
  • 4 0
 is this what awaits us? be forced to use electricity even to go to the woods?
  • 5 1
 This is the best thing out on pinkbike this week
  • 4 0
 Wow there's a lot of hate here. Lighten up you lot
  • 3 1
 Innit. It’s the same with a lot of things. EBike haters not tried ebikes there fire it’s shit.
  • 5 1
 @slow-af-rider: think of all the stuff you hate without having tried it before...
I don't know: eating nuts with their shell, fast fishing by pouring used motor oil in a lake, riding 2019 e-13 trs rims for anything gnarlier than a paved sidewalk...

well, what's wrong with disliking things without having tried it before ?

I tried e-mtb just once, briefly, you can consider I never tried it.
but I still can claim that I HATE this principle: in 2021, taking a "relatively" green sport, put some wire,lithium, motors...(well a lot of polluting stuff in fact)... just to allow billies to run their home lap faster, or with less effort!

wake up! we ain't yet prone to kill all our polluting already-existing sports (motor sports, skiing in a resort,etc...) , at least it would be great to let them dwindle to their death, that will obvouisly come in fitures decades.
but IMO these days, taking a green sport, and modifying it with a motor is simply insane, by principle...

not even a need to try: I do what I can do with my bike. else I can train more (ahaha, no way,) or stay at my level of fitness, enjoy what I can do, and remain pleased to see some people doing more, without the need to be motorised to do the same...

"the goal justifies the mean" is a dead end when we speak about leisure vs pollution in 2021 !
  • 1 0
 @barth1003: Its hardly a green sport with all the carbon frames flying around. Plus all the shipping of components from the Far East...
  • 4 0
 First time I've seen a video on PB and thought...ha, I can do that!
  • 5 2
 Rob Warner’s bike always come with a tool...lol
  • 9 6
 Got to love a bit of Warner!
  • 1 2
 E bikes are great but you do miss some things when riding them ,and sometimes a pain to get them across some trails when trees and gates and some other shit cut the trails ,but a more or less fit person really doesn’t need them (ok maybe take 1 or 2 hours to do the same ride ),but an EBIKE really doesn’t makes you stronger cause it doesn’t push your body like a normal one ,only the heart ,and most of them doesn’t last more then 100 km with a 1800 meters climbing with an average of 18/9 km/h,on a more or less fitter person ,and they make the ride pass by you ,but it is normal on this new society,more more more ,want want want ,but yes they are a blast to ride not using them as an EBIKE but more like a bike
  • 2 0
 There aren't many good reviews of the new Sommet out there. Opportunity missed.
  • 6 3
 21:00 of Rob crying
  • 5 3
 I could have sworn I told Pinkbike to hide all e-bike related content.
  • 3 0
 Same, multiple times!!
  • 1 1
 Rob...uhh...don't quit your day job....what? This is your day job!? Ok...hopefully the double the number of WC races so you can quit your day job.
  • 3 0
 I liked it
  • 2 0
 He's a funny C**T ????
  • 2 2
 Now try riding a two hundred millimeter travel front and rear on a climbing trail..
  • 3 0
  • 3 1
 I assume that doing such stupid thing (riding uphill a bike that is not designed for) requires an assistance.

but the best assistance we can provide him is to teach him how to stop doing such stupid things...not motorizing him...
  • 2 1
 *Pedals by you leaving nothing but a laughing crying emoji
  • 4 3
 5.9 miles in an hour? Good job, quarantine has been tough on ya.
  • 1 0
 Was funny to start with, now his videos are just annoying...
  • 2 2
 Good stuff.

Aside -- does anyone know what van Rob has in that video?
  • 6 5
  • 2 2
 I was hoping to see that bike get ridden...
  • 4 4
 100% shitt
  • 3 4
 True Garbage. Why put this on the front page?
  • 2 3
 So ebikes turn a guy into a sack of tihs! Video proof.
  • 1 3
  • 4 5
 Wow, pathetic.
  • 2 4
 Come on...
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