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An e-bike's always going to be quicker up a climb, but what about if you throw in some flats and descents too?...

Not so long ago we pitted a Pinarello Nytro e-road bike against a 7kg lightweight racer up Cheddar Gorge. And it didn't really surprise anyone that the bike with the motor came out on top.

That wasn't enough for some of you: what about if the course was a loop, with all the descents and flat bits as well as the climbs. Would an e-bike still be the best tool for the job then? Or would a lightweight bike outshine it on a mixture of terrain. You demanded to know.

It sounded like an excuse for another day mooning around in the Mendips to us. So we took the two bikes out on an hour-long loop to see which was best. And you can listen to our unscientific findings in the video. Enjoy!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.