Fortunately due to the location this year, we didn't have to touch much tarmac at all, it was literally straight out the gate and onto the first set of bridleways that lead to the trails at Blackdown. The lovely Strawberry House had everything we could want, it was the perfect for the Haibikes to really be in their element.
Each ride began with an initial briefing to make sure everyone understood where we were going and what we intended to ride.
Followed by a product demonstration on how to operate the eBike by Owner Martin Brown.
Now to the riding
The ride had plenty of climbs as well as some faster downhill. It gave everyone the chance to experience first hand, what the bikes had to offer across the beautiful singletrack at the top of the South Downs.
Each ride covered over 1300ft of elevation over approx 1.5 hours. It was pretty up and down, perfect for the electric mountain bikes! Heres what it looked like on the map:
One rider had his Strava enabled on the ride and he set over 10 new (unbeatable?) King of the Mountains.. Oooops! In particular the 'Have A Cigar' route where we shaved off 10 seconds.
The ride was surprisingly good with no breaks or punctures picked up, which considering there were up to 15 bikes out on each ride was pretty staggering. We did have one minor alteration, but it was quickly resolved.
2015 eBikes available
We had a great mixture of bikes available on the day, everything from hardtails to full sussers and even bigger hitting enduro bikes.
Among these were great mixture of Bosch / Yamaha equipped bikes, which was perfect for getting a feel for which one suited each rider best. We stopped at a couple of occasions during each ride for people to swap around to get a feel for different models.
What a few had to say
"Many thanks for organising a great demo day yesterday. Both Paul and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to try out the Haibike in fantastic surroundings" - Tony & Paul
"I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our visit to your demo day" - Mike
"Just to thank you for a great day yesterday! Great to ride with other owners and potential owners. I look forward to the next event" - Chris
"Many thanks for a great afternoon I really enjoyed the ride out and meeting the other guys and hearing their experiences" - Paul
"Hey, Really enjoyed yesterday, was nice to be around other eBike riders and the trails were fantastic" - Bernie
"Can I say thank you..... I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday afternoon, and thought you guys did a fantastic job!" - Danny
"Thank you for a really great demo day on Sunday, which my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed." - Ken
"Firstly, thanks for the demo on Sunday, it really was great fun, and it certainly helped me to make up my mind" - David
After the ride
After each ride we had a de-brief to make sure everyone had a great time and answer any further questions people may have over a nice hot drink. We also had plenty of food available from pizza to salads, thanks to the ladies for running around looking after everyone after each ride! (Particularly as it was Mothers Day!) Everyone really appreciated it.