Martyn Ashton’s electric assist Canyon Sender conquers Fort William

This might be best argument in favor of e-bikes

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Ashton crushing the famed DH track in Scotland.

Ashton crushing the famed DH track in Scotland (click to enlarge).

In the ongoing debate about e-bikes, this might be the best in-favor argument we’ve encountered yet. Martyn Ashton was once among the world’s best trials riders. But a freak accident left him paralyzed below the waist. Riding career over, right?

Not with this one-off Canyon Sender downhill bike that Ashton rides down Scotland’s Fort William World Cup course in the first video below. Utilizing a mix of stock components, specialized 3D printed parts, and a 3400-watt electric assist motor engaged by a throttle, Ashton’s able to pilot the bike on one of the most famous race tracks in mountain biking.

Ashton call it the most beautiful bike ever.

Ashton calls it the most beautiful bike ever (click to enlarge).

Stock parts on the Canyon DH bike include Hope bars, stem, brakes and wheels, a FOX 40 200mm fork, FOX Float X2 shock, Crankbrothers Mallet DH pedals, and Schwalbe Magic Mary tires.

The bike also benefited from a number of 3D printed bits, including a set of brackets that keep the pedals from rotating, and another 3D printed part to hold the 44-volt lithium ion battery that powers the bike. The carbon fiber coasted seat wraps around Ashton’s hips for protection (he crashed several times during the video shoot), and the drivetrain is Shimano Saint adapted for a 7-speed cassette. You can learn more about the bike in the second video below.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • Butters says:

    The aforementioned comments by Captain Obvious and friends don’t have any place in this article. Give it up already you bunch of plonkers.

  • blaklabl says:

    Wow, the hate is strong in here! If any of you really loved mountain biking as much as you profess to & had a traumatic accident that took it away from you, I’d wager that you’d have a much different view of what is depicted above.

  • mtb says:

    A cycle which is propelled by a motor is referred to as a motorcycle. I am unable to understand how this is relevant to mtb enthusiasts, whom are the typical readers of the site. I agree with above comments that the gentleman featured in the article is being used to sell e-bikes. It is great that he can get paid to do what he loves, but this clearly is not mtb, nor a substantial reason for mtbr to justify e-bike coverage.

  • Cooper says:

    That “I’m holding a sign” guy was freakin hilarious! Haha!

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