eBIKE DESTINATIONS TOUR | SEASON TWO
THE ULTIMATE WINTER eBIKE LOCATION
Back for a second season, our eMTB Destination Tour seeks to give viewers insight to some eBike friendly locations that we think should make it on your road trip hit list. Whether you’re looking for the best eMTB trails we can find, a little weekend trip with the family or an epic winter getaway with your crew, we hope these episodes will offer some well-rounded looks at some of the best eMTB trails and the communities around them.
For 2023 we were lucky enough to hook up with some amazing partners to keep the gas tank full, burritos in our bellies and keep the camera guy paid. Without their support, these types of projects wouldn’t be possible, so we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Pivot Cycles, Endura Clothing, ABUS helmets and bike locks and Maxxis Tires.
With Pivot Cycles being our title sponsor it only made sense for us to pick up our enduro-ready Shuttle LT eBikes in person and hit some of our favorite trails on South Mountain in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe, Arizona. The city of year round sun is home to Pivot Cycles and after a long, cold winter beat down, some fun in the sun was exactly what we needed. With over one million inhabitants it’ll come as no surprise that there’s a lot to do off the bike, but the close proximity of South Mountain and a number of other spots located nearby makes Phoenix, and Tempe more specifically, an excellent destination to ride a mountain or e-mountain bike too. If the riding at South Mountain and other local networks isn’t enough to keep you entertained, nearby Mesa, AZ has a growing network of awesome trails and the world famous trails and views of Sedona are
Phoenix is a fast-growing city of around 1.6 million inhabitants located in the center of Arizona, in the south west of the U.S, forming the primary population of the Valley Of The Sun. This makes it the fifth most populated city in the United States, and it packs a metropolitan area with nearly five million people making it the most populated and widest spread city in Arizona. Surrounding this huge metropolitan sprawl are a series of low mountain ranges in each direction, and within the city boundaries are a number of isolated peaks.
Up until the 1940’s the primary driver of the economy was agriculture, with the “Five C’s” (Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper) forming the backbone of the area’s revenue. Since then, Phoenix and the surrounding areas became a hot spot for the tech sector, with multiple company headquarters and major manufacturing plants moving to the area, and the city has had a thriving tourism industry since the 1920’s which now amounts to over 19 million visitors per year.
Located within the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a hot desert climate with extremely high temperatures sustained from June through to September, and very mild winters. Rainfall is consistently low, making for dry trail conditions most of the year, so the prime riding season extends from October through to May, with Summer being too hot for most.
As a major city with so many tourists visiting, it’ll come as no surprise that there is no shortage of options for places to stay in Phoenix, with thousands of hotel rooms and Airbnbs to choose from. That said, in this widely spread city you can be left with a significant drive to visit certain locations, so the priorities for your trip should dictate the area in which you stay.
For our stay, we opted to seek out an Airbnb that would be located close to the South Mountain area with its large trail network, so that we had the most direct access to the extensive eMTB trail network. We found a property in an excellent location that fitted our needs perfectly – the Ahwatukee Foothills Escape Property hosted by Vanessa Roark is less than a two minute pedal to two different trailheads in the South Mountain Complex. This comfortable and spacious home provided us with the perfect base to rest and recoup in between our long days riding and filming. For mountain bikers and hikers visiting the area it’s an excellent option to provide quick access to the trails and close enough drive to some restaurants and activites.