I now have two rides in on the Powerfly. I would need at type at least 2000 words to say how I feel. Almost indescribable. I rode trails I have not been able to ride in years. I don’t know where to start. But I’ll try…..
I am absolutely back in love with MTBing. Just to be able to ride all the tough stuff without puking is the best. These are trails that I was not physically able to ride in the last 5 years or so. Last week I took my MTB home after work Saturday and didnt touch it last Sunday. Yesterday I woke up and saw the Powerfly on the back of the car and could not wait to get out the door. It’s been too long since I had that feeling. I mean, I hurried to get dressed. Today Im making plans to hit up as many trails systems as I can this fall (legally, more on that later).
Let’s talk about the bike itself. Its got 4 levels of assist. One level is called eMTB and it adjust the level of assist based on how hard your pedaling. From what I read, this was the popular level to use. To my surprise I never took the bike off the lowest level of assist, called “economy”. Every hill that I could not climb before I climbed with this bike in the lowest setting. And the best thing about that was I still had to work. Heart rate was up many times. But not to the point I needed to stop. I should have put my HR monitor on and next time I will to see that Im still working hard. I really was and that was one of my concerns. I just did not want to soft pedal around. I can tell you that I worked just as hard on this bike, but instead of getting off and walking the big hills I cleaned them. And could keep going.
Let’s talk about speed. I was also concerned that if I rode hard I would destroy all the KOM’s out there. Not the case. My fastest lap out there ever was one hour nine minutes sometime around 2012. Ironically, I finished up this lap tired and happy at exactly one hour nine minutes.
So even with the assist Im not the fastest bike out there by a long shot and thats the furthest thing from my mind. Just completing that lap without having to stop is huge for me.
This bike takes away your physically limitation and just puts you on the same play field as most others. If you follow this blog, you know I struggled mentally to do this. For two weeks I lost sleep thinking Im giving up. Today as I type I think how silly that was. But really not. Its like before you can accept help you have to admit you need it. And thats hard to do.
The bike is heavy. Very. But after a bit of time you get used to it. It’s never going to handle like my 25 pound EX but thats OK. It’s got really big brake rotors as expected. Even with the weight it braked just fine.
This is a game changer for me. Like I mentioned, Im already planning some weekends somewhere. I wont say just yet.
Because there still is some talk about these bikes. Banned from this trail or that trail. Some of the talk is legit, some of it is coming from uninformed mouths.
I will say this. I just might turn into the States biggest advocate for these bikes. Like anything new, they are misunderstood. Most of the time (not all of the time) its the local MTB groups and clubs that proclaim these bikes are not welcome. But they dont own the land. It’s really the land owners that have to make the call. You could talk to two different people from the same organization or governing body and get two different answers.
That all Im going to say about that today. It’s a touchy subject for sure. At least today when its all still so new. Remember when fat bikes came out and we all rode the trails in winter and the ski people freaked out? Now they ski\ride side by side. In time this will all work out. Just takes a bit of patience.
Im sure I will have a lot to say about this ongoing. I really can’t say enough about how this bike gave me my MTBing back again. At least the way I remember doing it back in my youth (early 40’s).