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Ever since the introduction of the Monty trials in the 90's, trials riding has been a big part of the scene around the shop. From bouncing around in the car park on home made obstacles, to doing displays at shows and the local schools right through to the sponsorship of championship riders.
The progression and inovation in the bikes from heavy primitive designs to todays highly engineered custom bikes, has been almost as impressive to behold as the improvement and inventiveness of the skills used by riders today.
The most exciting recent introduction to the sport has to be the use of electric motors, which now blurs the lines between push bike trials and motorbike trials. The lack of noise associated with electric trials bikes means there is a whole new world of possible places to ride, whereas before the noise of a running engine would have attracted undue attention.
Its not only the trials world that is benefitting from the addition of electric, cycling in general is now seeing one of the largest developments in its history since the introduction of rubber tires.
Along with the giant leaps in technology of todays batteries, its the emergance of crank assistance that is really pushing this side of the industry forward. In only a coupe of years the bikes have gone from being normal bikes converted to electric to now being purpose designed from the ground up.
The crank assistance is much more efficient and natural feeling compared to the hub drive motors. It also means that you get the assistance through the full range of gears which allows the motor to remain in its powerband.
Living in a part of the country where hills and mountains are common place, the new range of electric mountain bikes that are emerging onto the market are proving to be very popular, and for good reason. These are opening up the countryside and the trails to a lot of people who once might not have wanted or been able to ride such climbs.
We truly believe that electric is a big part of the future of cycling and its here to stay.....