Intense Racing UK elite rider and team manager, Olly Morris, took the Tazer out for a day on the trails. Here’s what he thought.
“I first tested an e-bike about three years ago. Being someone who likes fitness and generally doesn't like electrical technology I wasn't expecting to like it. Well, my opinion was changed on that day, but there was a but – geometry, weight and looks weren't the best back then.
“Fast forward three years and I was lucky enough to try out the new Intense Tazer. As soon as it was handed to me and I’d turned it on, I smiled and, helped by the low BB and obviously the motor, dropped straight into a wheelie, laughing my way up the road. I knew straight away that we have something special on our hands.
“The first ride up the hill at literally twice the speed and half the energy (we timed it) was awesome, but I suppose expected as it is an E-bike. What was surprising was how little you need to change gear. On the way up I also realised how playful the bike is. Tech hill climbs are such a fun challenge. Think enduro motorbike on a hill climb. I couldn't stop laughing.
“On the run down, the bike felt invincible! It was so connected to the ground, I assume due to the super low BB and weight being low as well. It fills you with confidence and makes you want to go faster. The word out of my mouth was ‘hooligan’, it feels like you can ride it like a madman and it stays upright.
“My first ride thought on this bike is 'the future is now'. I’m sure people will fight it but when they realise how much fun you can have on it and how creative you can get with hill climbs, wheel spins and rear wheel action, they will soon get involved.
“I race elite DH and enduro so I see this bike as a real performance enhancer. Getting more gravity miles on a bike that has geometry to match my Tracer and M29 can only help. My fitness training can then be done on a non-E-bike. Get the sprints done on the turbo in the morning, then spend the rest of the day lapping the local trails on the Tazer.
“It’s a special bike that is going to change how we look at mountain biking – in a really good way. I can't wait to get mine!”