SHIMANO E-BIKE SYSTEMS
Discover the future of e-MTB THROUGH EVOLUTION, WE INTRODUCE YOU TO EP8
Fully customizable Powerful drive unit High power battery
Ride the Revolution is an invitation and it marks the beginning of a new era of evolution for e-bike systems.
This is our acknowledgment that we hear you, the real riders out there. Those looking for the right amount of controllable power when, where and how you need it. We’ve been part of cycling for a century. It’s this experience, expertise and know-how that powers you on the trails and drives our rider-first approach. This isn’t a statement of intent. EP8 is here and it’s all yours for the taking. It’s time for everyone to Ride the Revolution.
The Revolution E-bike systems continue to revolutionize the cycling world. Our predecessor drive units were celebrated by riders across the globe, propelling the e-MTB revolution forward to unmatched new levels. Weâ€™ve built on this experience, refined our design philosophy and raised the benchmark higher.
Through evolution, we introduce you to EP8.
E-TUBE PROJECT app 12
Everyday Heroes 28 Passing the baton 32
Shred - Camille 36
eady to Ride R the Revolution with SHIMANO EP8? 06
Your Top 10 e-MTB Questions answered 24
Ten Reasons to Ride SHIMANO EP8 18
See something new 40
Exploded view 16
PAGE 06 EP8 & RIDE THE REVOLUTION INTRO
Ready to Ride the Revolution with SHIMANO EP8? There’s an e-bike revolution going down and we’ve raised the e-MTB benchmark. Through evolution, we introduce EP8. The game-changing drive unit riders have been waiting for. Ride the Revolution is our invitation to you. The riders watching the clock, waiting for post-work trails. The riders jumping at any opportunity to ride, the ones first to message ‘the group’.
PAGE 08 READY TO RIDE THE REVOLUTION WITH SHIMANO EP8?
The young at heart who defy the thought
systems and this is our acknowledgment
of ‘taking it easy’ anytime soon.
that we hear all of you. Those who are looking for the right amount of
Those weekend explorers looking to
controllable power when, where and
max out their days. The type who seek
how you need it.
adventure right from their front doorstep. We’ve been part of cycling now for a Not forgetting the everyday heroes who
century. In recent years, our predecessor
look for the roads less traveled on the
drive units and e-bike systems have been
way to work. The ones who prefer to take
celebrated by riders across the globe;
the long route home.
propelling the e-MTB revolution forward to unmatched new levels.
Ride the Revolution marks the beginning of a new era of evolution for e-bike
As e-bike systems continue to
revolutionize the cycling world, we’ve built on our experience, refined our design philosophy and raised the benchmark higher.
Through evolution, we created EP8. Our mission: to empower riders to take on the steepest climbs and toughest trails in confidence feeling fully reassured by 85Nm increased maximum torque. A newly refined Trail Mode utilizes all of EP8’s power to boost rider comfort and control. Our most versatile assist mode to date is perfectly tuned for you to ‘set-it and forget-it’ so you can take advantage of almost any trail. The harder you push, the more you can be reassured additional power will be delivered to assist. When it comes to optimal performance off-road, you want a light, agile and nimble ride. At 2.6kg, the EP8 is truly one of the lightest drive units available, delivering best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. A more compact, integrated drive unit also allows for increased ground clearance for when the trails turn technical. Despite its power, this sleek, slender and slim drive unit operates with little noise, leaving you to enjoy the natural sounds of the trails without distraction.
PAGE 10 READY TO RIDE THE REVOLUTION WITH SHIMANO EP8?
We understand every ride is different and
power to customize your ride way before
every rider is unique.
you buckle up your helmet.
Your favorite trails change with the
SHIMANO EP8 is the e-bike system, but
seasons. From the dry dusty days through
of course it needs an equally capable
to muddy, dirty rides. Sometimes you
bike to unleash the full potential and
want to shred hard and fast. Occasionally,
characteristics of the drive unit.
it’s time to cruise. Available now, EP8 will be equipped by a We believe all riders should feel in
number of our brand partners and ready
complete control in the saddle. This
for you to test ride at your local dealer.
belief, combined with our rider-first approach, means we have focused
This isn’t all design sketches, wishful
on creating an e-bike system that has
thinking or one big statement of intent.
customization at its heart. With the
EP8 is here and it’s all yours for the taking.
E-TUBE PROJECT App, this gives you the
Are you ready to Ride the Revolution?
PAGE 12 E-TUBE PROJECT APP
Customize your ride with SHIMANO EP8 and E-TUBE PROJECT App
The way you ride e-bikes is about to change forever thanks to SHIMANO’s revolutionary EP8 e-bike system featuring unheralded levels of customization via the accompanying E-TUBE PROJECT App.
With the new EP8 e-bike system,
Not only is it light, powerful and features
SHIMANO has not just shredded up the
increased battery life, but it is also fully
e-bike rulebook, it’s written an entirely
customizable via the easy-to-use E-TUBE
PROJECT for mobile (Ver. 4.0.0).
No longer will you lack confidence – or
SHIMANO’s E-TUBE software connects
stamina – to tackle the steepest, most leg-
you to your bike via a wireless link to
sapping climbs, and gone are the days of
your smartphone. Once you’re hooked
uncontrollable power. Instead, you are in
up, you’ll be able to get even more out
control of the amount of assist, using the
of your riding experience.
extra boost when you need it most. Seasons change, sometimes within the Whatever type of rider you are – whether
course of a week, riding conditions vary
you spend every spare minute at work
and moods alter – some days you simply
thinking about the best line to take down
want to get out and shred the trails
your favorite trail or you use your bike
fast and hard, other times you crave a
for your commute into work – SHIMANO
leisurely cruise to take it easy and soak
EP8 will revolutionize your ride.
up new surroundings.
PAGE 14 E-TUBE PROJECT APP
SHIMANO’s E-TUBE PROJECT App makes it simple to customize your bike’s settings to suit what lies ahead before you even get in the saddle.
The advanced levels of customization
advanced settings such as automatic
mean that you can easily adjust your
bike’s settings to match your riding style. Aside from being able to tweak assist
The latest version of the E-TUBE
characteristics, functions of the assist
PROJECT App features an updated visual
switch and display, you can also adjust
interface, meaning it’s even easier to use,
other controls, from basic settings such
and errors are identified immediately so
as language and background to more
you can fix them straight away. You can
also easily check for the latest firmware
– meaning you can switch between
releases, ensuring that your unit is fully
the profiles at the press of a button
up-to-date with the newest functionality
on your display. Each profile offers
at all times.
bespoke, finely tuned levels of power assistance depending on how much
If you love to tweak settings, you’ll
assist you require, without sacrificing
be in your element – the range of
controllability. You can then tweak to
customization available will convert even
your heart’s content as your riding style
the biggest of e-bike skeptics. You can
and conditions change.
customize each power assist level (Eco, Boost & Trail), resulting in 10 levels of
This will take your riding to another level,
assist character in total. Torque assist is
as even mid-ride you can alter your ride
applied according to pedal pressure –
profile from your smartphone if you need
when the setting is moved to Eco, battery
extra, or reduced, amounts of assist.
consumption is saved by the unit offering less assist. If you move the setting to
EP8 will also provide power boosts when
powerful, you will find that acceleration
you need them most – set it to Trail Mode
is sharper as assist is provided even with
and the more effort you put in, the more
low pedal pressure.
power will be delivered to assist.
Another useful feature is the option to
And all this power comes at a fraction
adjust the level of maximum torque assist
of the weight it used to. At just 2.6kg,
from 20-85Nm. You can set it according
the drive unit weighs 300g less than its
to the area and terrain you are riding on,
predecessor units, delivering high-end
and the lower you set the torque assist,
power at a remarkably low weight. And
the more battery power you will save.
battery capacity is improved, meaning you can ride further and for longer
The timing of assist can also be adjusted
without worrying about the amount of
– if you set it to mild, assistance will be
charge left, and a quick, power-boosting
smooth and balanced, whereas if you
2.5-hour charge recharges 50% of
set it toward quick, it will be provided as
soon as the crank is rotated. You can also create two assist profiles – for example, one for your commute and one for weekend off-road riding
Ride the Revolution – there’s no looking back.
PAGE 16 EXPLODED VIEW
Exploded view SHIMANO designed motor • 85Nm high torque output • Highly efficient for a long riding range
One-way clutch • Smooth immediate engagement • Drag reduced for a natural riding feel
Hollowtech shaft • Trims weight and boosts stiffness
3-Stage gearing system (6 gears) • Optimizes high RPM motor performance • Highly efficient reduction gears • Smart packaging for compact design
2-piece high-precision torque sensor • H igh accuracy torque measuring allows for responsive characteristics delivering the most natural power output • Refined trail mode to boost rider comfort, control and confidence • Customize your ride with the E-TUBE PROJECT app
Lightweight • 2,6kg total weight • Compact magnesium body allows optimized frame design in both weight and handling
PAGE 18 TEN REASONS TO RIDE SHIMANO EP8
Ten Reasons to Ride SHIMANO EP8 In 2016, we unveiled SHIMANO STEPS E8000. As the first e-MTB dedicated e-bike system, it was celebrated globally by riders and was considered a true game changer. We’ve since built on this experience, refined our design philosophy and raised the benchmark higher.
1. MORE POWER + COMPLETE CONTROL = ZERO EXCUSES Take on the steepest climbs and toughest trails in full confidence with 85Nm increased maximum torque. Tackle the ascent with eyes firmly focused on the top. Drop into the descent with certainty. Enjoy the ride. We know power is nothing without control. EP8 delivers smooth, direct power to ensure you’re always in complete control while experiencing a natural ride feeling. 2. YOUR E-MTB RIDE, YOUR WAY Every ride is different. Every rider is unique.Your favorite trails change with the seasons. From dry, dusty days through to muddy, dirty rides. Sometimes you want to shred hard and fast. Occasionally it’s time to cruise. Our E-Tube Project App gives you the power to customize your ride way before you buckle up your helmet. Choose from 10 levels of assist character, 5 levels of assist start or select and set the maximum amount of torque best suited to your ride style across 3 modes (Eco, Trail and/ or Boost). Save your preferences as two different profiles and switch between them easily via your display if swapping the commute for weekend trails.
READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW E-BIKE SYSTEM AND HOW WE’RE CONTINUING TO DRIVE THE E-MTB REVOLUTION TO UNMATCHED NEW LEVELS.
PAGE 20 TEN REASONS TO RIDE SHIMANO EP8
To get you out there riding, we’ve pre-
available and delivers best-in-class power
loaded two profiles which are accessible
for its weight.
via your display. These will have you covered for a variety of terrain, from
5. COMPACT AND POWERFUL
challenging singletrack and flowing fire
Don’t let size or looks deceive you.
roads all the way through to technical
This sleek, slender and slim drive unit
packs enough power to get you to the top of your next epic descent. A more compact, integrated drive unit also allows for increased ground clearance for when the trail turns technical. 6. QUIETER Despite its power, the EP8 operates with little noise so you can still enjoy the natural sounds of the trails without distraction.
3. SMOOTHER PEDALING We believe all riders should feel in complete control in the saddle. This belief, combined with our rider-first design approach, means we have raised the benchmark yet again to reduce drag by a further 36%. An improved clutch mechanism results in a more responsive ride, allowing for a smoother cut-off when pedaling above 25km/h. EP8 delivers smooth pedaling and no surprises. 7. TRAIL MODE RE-BOOTED 4. LIGHTER
A newly refined Trail Mode utilizes all
When it comes to optimal performance
85Nm of EP8’s power to boost rider
off-road, you want a light, agile and
comfort, control and confidence. Our
nimble ride. At 2.6kg, the EP8 weighs 300
most versatile assist mode to date is
grams less than predecessor drive units.
perfectly tuned for you to ‘set-it and
It is truly one of the lightest drive units
forget-it’ so you can take advantage of
almost any trail. The harder you push; you can be reassured the more power will be delivered to assist. You receive the right power boost at the right time, safe in the knowledge youâ€™ll always have maximum traction and control. Whether tackling loose sand or steep mountain ranges, the drive unit rapidly and seamlessly self-adjusts so you can concentrate fully on the trail ahead.
PAGE 22 ď„… TEN REASONS TO RIDE SHIMANO EP8
8. LOOKING AFTER YOUR RIDE As sure as wheels turn, your bike will need fine-tuning from time to time. More miles and fun riding your EP8-equipped bike means wear out parts will need replacing. Whether riding local trails or hitting unexplored areas around Europe, youâ€™re never too far from a Shimano service center or partner to help look after your bike. 9. HANDLE THE HEAT Thanks to smart heat-conducting magnesium materials and a completely re-designed motor housing, EP8 can handle rising temperatures on climbs meaning you get maximum torque for longer. This is also helped further by a larger moulded-in surface area to improve heat exchange.
There’s no better way to discover an e-bike equipped with SHIMANO EP8 than being in the saddle and out on the trails. EP8 is equipped by a number of our brand partners and ready for you to demo ride at your local dealer now.
10. GREATER BATTERY CAPACITY We’re proud to say our batteries are renowned for keeping you out on the trails and riding further. We’ve expanded our battery line-up with 630Wh internal and external batteries for even more capacity and longer rides. After 1000 full charge cycles, the batteries powering EP8 will still hold 60% max capacity, leaving you to maximize trail time all over again. They may even outlive the bike depending on how often and hard you ride. This means you can keep lapping your favorite singletrack sections during the longest days and focus on the next switchback, not the battery indicator.
PAGE 24 YOUR TOP 10 E-MTB QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Your Top 10 e-MTB Questions Answered We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 questions about e-MTBs (and the SHIMANO STEPS e-MTB technology. that drives them) so you have all the information you need at your fingertips.
Ready to Ride the Revolution with SHIMANO EP8?
1. HOW DO E-MTBS WORK?
a switch mounted to the handlebars,
Nearly all mainstream e-MTBs sold in
and information like assistance setting,
Europe are pedal- assist. Pedal-assist
range, and battery level are displayed
e-MTBs pair batteries and drive unit
on a compact computer. The SHIMANO
to generate 250 watts of assistance.
STEPS e-MTB system has three levels of
Riding an e-MTB feels like you have a
assistance: Eco, Trail, and Boost, plus a
borrowed a professional rider’s legs for
‘walk’ mode for a bit of extra help on the
the day, you still need to pedal but you
bike, operated using left hand, Di2-style
have a lot more power when you push.
A rechargeable, Lithium-ion There’s an e-bike revolution battery going down and we’ve raised the e-MTB benchmark. 2. HOW FAR drive CAN AN BEFORE powers drive unit, is fitted into Throughthe evolution, wewhich introduce EP8. The game-changing unitE-MTB riders GO have been RECHARGE? the bottom and is activated waiting for. bracket Ride thearea, Revolution is our invitationI NEED to you.TO The riders watching the clock, on a few factors, like ones how first by pedaling. Stop pedaling, hit riders 25 waiting for post-work trails.orThe jumpingItatdepends any opportunity to ride, the km/h, and the power cuts out. You, the to message ‘the group’.
much you and your bike weigh, wind,
rider, controls the assistance level using
tire pressure, how hilly the terrain is, and
especially what assistance setting you’re using. SHIMANO STEPS Eco mode, for example, is the most efficient, and could power you through about 100km of riding. Trail and Boost modes will get you less far, but with more help. The range you have le. (calculated on current settings) is dynamically displayed on the bike’s computer, so you’re unlikely to stretch your ride too far. 3. DO E-MTBS HANDLE DIFFERENTLY? E-bikes weigh up to 10 kilos more than a standard mountain bike with the same capabilities, so they do handle differently. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! Some riders feel the extra weight, especially as it’s down low (most e-MTBs have crank-based motors to keep the weight close to the ground), helps with bike stability
PAGE 26 TOP 10 E-MTB QUESTIONS ANSWERED
in the air and down tricky descents. There’s more bike to muscle around, so you’ll get a decent upper-body workout on an e-MTB in fast, techy terrain. 4. WHAT HAPPENS IF MY E-MTB BATTERY RUNS OUT? An e-MTB is still a mountain bike. Your gears, drivetrain, and brakes will all work .ne if you’re unlucky enough to run the battery .at. If you run out of juice, you’re simply le. with a bike that’s heavier than normal—a bit more than the weight of a downhill rig. Chances are you’ll be pushing up a few hills and you’ll end up with some good stories... and it’s unlikely you’ll let it happen twice. 5. AREN’T E-MTBS MOTORBIKES? No! e-MTBs are legally classified as bicycles and adhere to standards that limit their power output and dictate how they operate. They’re far less powerful than motorbikes and operate completely differently. The vast majority of e-MTBs sold in Europe are pedal-assist, so instead of a throttle, your pedaling operates the drive unit, which responds by providing a modest allowance of extra watts (basically giving you pro legs for a couple of hours). You’ll still do a fair bit of the physical work, and the assistance cuts out at speeds over 25 kph. 6. HOW NOISY ARE E-MTBS? e-MTBs are quiet, nearly silent—if you get your ear close enough to the motor you may hear a faint hum, but that’s about it. 7. DO E-MTBS RUIN TRAILS? No. The modest allowance of extra watts provided by an e-MTB motor will only really give you ‘pro legs’ - you will feel like a significantly more powerful rider! e-MTBs don’t operate with the same drive system or under the same torque as petrol-powered dirt bikes, which can chop up trails. Instead, e-MTBs respond intuitively to your pedal stroke, providing natural-feeling assistance. ‘Blowing out’ trails will always come down to a rider’s bike handling,
and has more to do with braking, weather
10. CAN I MAINTAIN MY E-MTB MYSELF?
conditions, and trail traffic than watts.
e-MTBs might come equipped with some pretty high-end technology, but apart
8. CAN YOU GET E-MTBS WET?
from the battery, drive unit, and wiring,
Yes! While not amphibious (don’t throw
they’re still mountain bikes, and have the
yours in the pool), e-MTBs are .ne in the
same rear derailleur, brakes, and shi.er. You
rain and you can wash them like any
can usually swap out a battery yourself
other mountain bike—just avoid the high-
(they have a life-span of more than 1000
pressure hose and use a bucket or garden
charge cycles, and new ones should
be bought from the original manufacturer) but any maintenance that involves the
9. CAN YOU TRAVEL WITH E-MTBS?
drive unit, including changing the front
Currently, lithium-ion batteries used
chainring or bottom bracket, will need the
in most e-MTBs can’t be taken on any
help of your bike shop. Apart from that,
domestic or international lights, in either
you can swing in some new cables, adjust
cabin or checked baggage. e-MTBs are
your brakes, and otherwise give your
limited to car travel, and a number of
e-MTB as much loving as you like.
bike rack manufacturers o.er rear racks that accommodate e-MTBs, so you won’t necessarily have to heft yours into the boot, or onto roof racks.
PAGE 28 EVERYDAY HEROES
Everyday heroes There are heroes out there helping people day in, day out, and for some, like Mélanie, an e-bike system can revolutionize the way they commute into gridlocked cities Times are changing. Huge numbers of people are rejecting traveling by car or public transport as a means of getting to work for many different reasons. Whether it’s to increase fitness, help the environment, save money, or simply because, in many cases, it’s quicker, city dwellers across the world are ditching travel cards for two wheels, and those numbers have increased significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mélanie, a home-care nurse from Lyon,
needed snacks or lunch in one of the
is one such commuter. Her job means
city’s picturesque parks. Not only is she
she needs to navigate her way around
fitter and healthier but she’s also less
at speed in order to visit her patients
stressed during the working day.
located in different parts of the city. And she does it all by bike.
Like many, once she began commuting by bike and experienced the freedom
“Being on my bike makes my day much
it gave her and the long list of other
simpler,” she says. “It allows me to take
benefits, she’s never looked back. “It also
more time with each patient – more than
allows me to get some fresh air and it
I could before I was biking. It also means
helps clear my head,” she says. “It makes
that I don’t need to worry about rushing
me feel good.”
with the patient I’m with in order to arrive on time for the next one.”
“It makes me feel good.” Once on the bike, Mélanie flies through the streets. “The journey time between each patient no longer makes me anxious,” she says. Now, she can easily bypass streets blocked with traffic, utilize shortcuts through narrow alleyways, make the most of more direct cycle lanes and easily stop to refuel with much-
PAGE 30 EVERYDAY HEROES
Mélanie’s patients depend on her to reach them, and so she in turn depends on her bike to get her there. And SHIMANO’s EP8 e-bike system helps her beat the rat race and get around the city from sunrise to sunset. The power assist gives her a boost if her energy is flagging, or she can choose to ride in Eco mode to save on battery while cruising the streets. Then, on the weekends, she can be found on the trails, where her days of avoiding traffic make way for days of shredding the trails and avoiding the odd mountain goat. Power-assisted by EP8, she can continue to log the miles off-road after a week of riding on-road. And thanks to the E-TUBE PROJECT App she can set up one profile for her commute and one for her weekend trails, meaning she can switch between set-ups via a simple click on her smartphone or tablet.
And unlike most, when the weekend is over MĂŠlanie gets back on her bike first thing on a Monday morning, changes her ride profile and heads into the city for another busy day at work.
PAGE 32 PASSING THE BATON
Passing the baton As we get older, we will one day face the realization we do not have the strength and stamina we once had. This is what happened to Hervé, until he discovered something to transform his riding and keep up with his son What do you do when your offspring starts to not only keep up with you on rides, but begins to leave you in their dust as you pedal frantically in vain to keep up, heart rate at its max? If you are Hervé, you get an e-MTB equipped with SHIMANO EP8.
PAGE 34 PASSING THE BATON
the stabilizers and whooped as his son wobbled away on two wheels for the first time. Gael learnt quickly, and it wasn’t long before the fateful day arrived when he overtook his dad. First on the downhills, then on the long, grinding ascents. And as Hervé pushed himself harder to keep ahead, his son went all-out to beat his father, becoming a faster and more skilful rider in the process. “The succession was complete,” laughs Hervé. “But I am very happy that he likes this sport and practices it assiduously.” It’s a familiar tale, and not just for those Bikes have been a part of Hervé’s life ever since he could walk. In the 1980s, he tore up the trails as a pioneer of BMXing, then moved on to the mountains, progressing in skills and breaking new ground alongside the bikes and technology, from the first rigid MTBs, on to hardtails then full-suspension, racing both downhill and XC. Riding flows through his blood, it is part of his DNA. So it was inevitable that his son, Gael, would follow in his father’s tire tracks. Especially as both of them live in
who have children. It could be that you
love nothing more than riding with your friends, yet you don’t like the feeling that
Hervé taught Gael everything, passed on
you might be slowing your fellow riders
all of his biking knowledge and expertise
down. Or you are returning to the saddle
almost through osmosis as his young
after an absence due to injury, work or
son grew. He patiently helped Gael
simply a new exercise regime and your
learn to balance, nervously removed
fitness levels aren’t what they once were.
“EP8 allows me to always be at my son’s level and to make outings pleasant and long.” That’s where the SHIMANO EP8 e-MTB
As a result, Hervé can spend all day in
system comes in. For less-confident riders,
the saddle with Gael, tackling new routes
or those who sometimes lack strength
and old classics as a pair, continuing to
in comparison to their peers, EP8 can
grow their father-son relationship while
help boost your power on climbs thanks
building new memories together. Their
to 85Nm increased maximum torque,
favorite place to ride is Semnoz, above
assisting you to the summit and leaving
Annecy. “It brings much pleasure to
you with energy to do it all over again.
both of us due to its wide range of paths and terrain that challenge us both in
“EP8 allows me to always be at my son’s
different ways,” says Hervé. “We regularly
level and to make outings pleasant and
ride together. It’s always nice to share
long,” says Hervé. “It would be difficult
moments with your son.”
for me to do that with a normal mountain bike. The EP8 system gives me great pleasure as it’s easy to use and has great performance.”
PAGE 36 SHRED - CAMILLE
When every minute not on the trails is a minute wasted The trails are calling. And for Camille, it’s impossible to ignore that call. Especially when Les Deux Alpes is your playground…
We all know that feeling. A glance at the clock. The minutes seem to be slowing. Only 25 more to go until you can leave the chair you’ve been sitting in for the past seven-and-a-half hours. But they are ticking by painfully slowly. Then, finally, it’s the greatest moment of the day: work over, time to clip on your helmet, pull on your gloves, jump on your bike and hit the trails. For Camille Blanchard, a welding engineer from Les Deux Alpes, this time after work is especially precious. When you’re surrounded by mountains as far as the eye can see containing some of the finest trails in the world, his way of unwinding is to throw his bike in his van, drive up to one of the plethora of nearby trails, point himself downhill and start shredding.
It doesn’t matter what the weather’s like or how much energy he has, getting on his bike is the only thing Camille can think about – not just at work, but from the moment he wakes. “I am thinking about riding from 8am,” he admits. “Honestly, it’s on my mind all the time.” And who can blame him? With the Alpine scenery as your backdrop and miles of trails just waiting for you to explore, there are few who could resist their lure.
Camille spends as much spare time touring local trails as possible. “With my van I can drive into the mountains for freeride sessions and then sleep in amazing landscapes,” he says. “My favorite local trails are the Double Black Mamba in the EVO Bike Park and the Derby line in Chamrousse.”
PAGE 38 SHRED - CAMILLE
Camille’s SHIMANO EP8 e-bike system has transformed the way he rides. In addition to the fact that, as an engineer, technology and bike evolution play an important part in his life, he also discovered that you can push extra hard with an e-bike.
Gone are the days of doing one circuit
Boost Mode is particularly suited for
then packing up and going home due
steep ascents, as you receive significant
to tired legs and fading light. The EP8
power assists when you need them most
system means he can swiftly change
– always handy when winding your way
from one power-assisted riding profile to
up the last 20% climb of the day. This
another – he hits Trail Mode on the flowy,
means Camille can fit in two laps when
berm-filled singletrack then activates
he used to only have time and strength
Boost Mode when faced with technical,
for one, leaving him enough energy and
rocky ascents. And he can do it via a
confidence to add a few frontflips on the
simple click of a button.
And before the sun sets, occasionally thereâ€™s even time to chuck the bike back in the van and head higher up the mountain to fit one more run in, before doing it all over again the next day once the 9-5 is over.
PAGE 40 ď„… SEE SOMETHING NEW
See something new Do you live for new adventures on the weekend? Do you have an ever-expanding list of trails you want to ride and sights you want to see? Oli & Anais never waste a weekend, and one of their all-time favorites was a trip around a famous French lake.
Surrounded by towering mountains, clear blue skies and rolling Alpine meadows, Lake Annecy is a sight you will never forget: the third largest lake in France and one of the cleanest, purest bodies of water in the world. It demands to be cycled around. But can you do it in a day? That’s what Oli and Anais set out to do. The adventure-loving couple from Samoëns in the French Alps spend their weekends searching for new, ever-moreunforgettable outdoor adventures. Their aim is simple: see things they’ve never seen before, get to places few people can reach, push their own limits to discover what they are capable of and, most importantly, have fun together. One challenge, however, remained unticked on their list: cycle around Lake Annecy in a day. It’s a substantial undertaking featuring more than 75km of roads and trails in total. Their route also included a number of climbs that would test even the most experienced cyclists. “We climbed all the way up to the Semnoz mountain via the Leschaux pass for the sunset,” says Oli. “This made the route a lot tougher, as it was a huge 1200m climb to reach the top.”
PAGE 42 SEE SOMETHING NEW
It demands to be cycled around. But can you do it in a day? It was a tough ascent, but once they
was great to show her how far an e-bike
were above the tree line they were
can get you,” says Oli. “Obviously, after
rewarded with 360-degree views
cycling such a long distance we were
over the lake, of Mont Blanc and the
both exhausted, but the views along the
surroundings of Annecy. “It is without
way made it all worthwhile.
doubt one of the most beautiful French lake tours you can do.”
“The EP8 is so much quieter, too,” adds Oli. “You can barely hear the engine,
The power-assisted EP8 meant that
even when in Boost mode. We also
both Oli and Anais could cycle farther
found the EP8 system very responsive
than they ever had done in a day before,
and it reacts perfectly to the watts you
and helped take them from the cycle
put into pedaling. It assists you when
path that surrounds the lake up into the
needed and cuts off at the right times.”
more secluded mountains for a unique experience that will stay with them for
Now that Lake Annecy is ticked off their
the rest of their lives.
list they are beginning to plan their next weekend cycling adventure.
“I’ve been riding bikes for longer than Anais and I’m used to long rides, so it
“We are thinking about fully loading up the bikes and going for a two- or three-day adventure. The Via Rhôna cycle path seems like a good objective.”