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Trying an E-Bike from Bike Mourne at Castlewellan MTB Trails

Posted on November 3, 2022 @ 4:06 PM in Mountainbiking

Last Friday I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to spend the afternoon riding around Castlewellan mountain bike trails on a full suspension rental e-bike provided by Bike Mourne.


Who are Bike Mourne? 

Bike Mourne provide bike and e-bike hire in three different locations: Castlewellan trail centre, Rostrevor Trail Centre and from their new Newcastle hub. Hire can be for 3, 4 or 6 hours with both e-bike and mechanical options for hardtails and full suspension. Their rental hubs are open year-round, with opening hours transitioning to 09.30– 16.30 over the winter months.


Bike Mourne also offer uplift services and downhill bikes at their hub in Rostrevor for the weekend downhill warriors.  


Bike Mourne’s Castlewellan HQ is known as Life Adventure Centre, here in the Grange Courtyard 


My Day on the Bike 

The session began with a coffee and chat with Thom at the Castlewellan rental hub who talked me through the bikes they offered and benefits of each choice. For me it was a no brainer – I wanted a full suspension e-bike. Although the most expensive option, I knew that the additional battery power on the climbs and rear suspension through the technical rock gardens at Castlewellan would offer me value for money.  


The start of the MTB journey at Castlewellan


It was to be my first experience on an E-bike, and boy was I excited! I picked out one of the many full sus e-bikes that make up the Cube fleet at Bike Mourne, hoping they were as impressive to handle as they were to look at. I wasn’t disappointed.   


After a pedal around the car park and Castlewellan’s pump track I quickly became familiar with the added push the e-bike provides. Soon enough I felt comfortable enough with the bike to hit the trails! Castlewellan’s trails all start with a Blue trail that then leads on to red or black options, so it’s a good opportunity to warm up as you take in the area’s beauty.


The bike felt natural from the word go, with the flowy first section of singletrack at Castlewellan offering a perfect opportunity to break in the new steed. The sharp climbs that usually fill your legs with lactic acid on the next section beyond the castle proved no match for the e-bike as I reached maximum elevation in record time, as fresh as a daisy!   



A quick break to take in the views of the Mournes 


Then the real test – my first electric powered black trail. The Great Escarpe was the trail of choice and the E-bike was the perfect companion on this technical challenge, with the high-end components being more than a match for the tricky rock gardens and fast sections Castlewellan’s toughest test presents.  


After wiping the sweat from my brow, I followed the red trail back towards the trail head, making the most of each second of the ride home, knowing I may not get the chance to ride a bike like this again for a while.  


As I pedalled back into the Grange Courtyard, I was smiling from ear to ear; the guys described it as the classic “e-bike first timer” face. A quick coffee and a chat with the guys rounded my day off – no better way to kick off the weekend.   


To anyone eager to take an e-bike for a spin around two of Northern Ireland’s premium trail centres, stopping in at Bike Mourne is a must-do. Be sure to check out their website to stay in the loop with upcoming events, such as night rides, e-bike tours and much more!  


For more information on Bike Mourne, be sure to visit their website https://www.bikemourne.com/ and follow their socials @bikemourne.    

Harry Reid
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Harry will typically be found playing rugby. However, when not chasing the egg shaped ball, Harry enjoys hiking with his dad in the Mournes or attending music gigs with friends.

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