How to set up your e-mountain bike for first ride

How to set up your E-MTB
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How to set up your e-mountain bike


How to set up your e-mountain bike for its first ride

E-mountain bikes are becoming a staple part of the mountain biking community, featuring in every aspect of the MTB world, from EWS, to E-MTB world champs, to weekend adventures with your mates. But there are a thousand different models, suspension combinations and kit choices, how do you know what’s a good a base setting on your E-MTB?

In this episode of the #EMTBMinute Chris will show you how to get your e-mountain bike set up to a good base setting, so that your eMTB experience is off to a great start.

With these few top tips and a bit of practice you’ll be able to tweak your E-MTB settings to find the best position to get the most out of every e-mountain bike ride and adventure.

8 steps for setting up your e-mtb for your first ride

  1. Check tyre pressure: pressure should be between 24 and 29 psi
  2. Check suspension sag – % movement of ‘O’ ring on fork stanchion/ rear shock when compressed and released
  3. Use shock pump to adjust sag to desired setting: approx 20% firm, 25% neutral and 30% soft
  4. Check battery is fully charged
  5. Insert battery and ensure that it is secure and waterproof covers are in place
  6. Turn on your bike, taking care that your foot is not on the pedal
  7. Find a support and adjust saddle height so that there is a slight bend in knee with cranks at full extension
  8. Carry a multi-tool with you in case you need to make further adjustments during your ride – and have fun!

Tick, tick, tick, tick…

What can you learn in a minute? Well, quite a lot as it turns out…

From setting up your e-mountain bike to mastering cornering on an E-MTB, in the #EMTBminute we take on some of the most pressing questions around your e-mountain bike life and attempt to show you the key stages in just 60 seconds!

Using decades of collective guiding, riding and mechanical experience we’ve carefully created each minute-long video to give easy-to-follow, practical tips that will instantly demystify skills and techniques. They might still take a lifetime to master but with #EMTBminute at least you’ll be off to a solid start.

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