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The World's Steepest Climb? | Extreme E-Bike Climbing Challenge: The Slab

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Published on Sep 30, 2018

Steep. Long. Slippery and unforgiving. A slab of limestone cut by glaciers thousands of years ago. It’s something we're no stranger to, having seen the likes of Martyn Ashton and Chris Smith descend it's face before, but nobody has ever attempted to ride up…

It’s (potentially) the world’s steepest climb. Chris and Steve wanted to know how far they could ride up on an Electric Mountain Bike… if it was even possible at all.

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The world’s steepest residential road is Baldwin Street in New Zealand, three and a half kilometers long, averaging 35% with pitches of 38%. But we wanted to find something more extreme. Vittorio Brumotti rode the Lion’s Back in Utah, which has a peak gradient of 65%, but that isn't enough.

We wanted to push the limits of possibility. What can an E-bike do?

This is the famous slab in Bristol Gorge, a destination for mountain bikers to ride DOWN, not up.
It's 75%, thats 37 degrees. It's 10 percent steeper than the Lion's Head and almost twice as steep as Baldwin Street. Is it possible to go up, even with turbo mode?

We want to know about your steepest climbs. Know of anything steeper? Let us know and we’ll try and ride it!

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