Electric Mountain Bike BC Road Trip

When a pair of Trek big mountain riders had just one week to road trip through British Columbia, they knew they’d have to think outside of the box to truly experience the region.

After all, a week in North America’s mountain biking mecca can go by in a flash—and Trek C3 Project’s Ryan R-Dog Howard and Trek Gravity Girls’ Kathi Kuypers wanted to make the most of it. They were constrained by time, but hitting all the best trails was a non-negotiable. So rather than ramping back their plans, they chose a bike that could ramp up their experience.

They started in Squamish and wound their way to Kelowna, and over the course of their single week managed to hit such epic spots as Kamloops, Revelstoke, and more—and Kathi even caught her first glimpse of a bear.

Check out the film to see how R-Dog, Kathi, and the hard-charging Trek Rail electric mountain bike fared on BC’s finest.

A dog’s life

The day-by-day of an epic trip, straight from the journals of R-Dog himself

Day 1: Squamish

Squamish is one of BC’s most iconic mountain bike areas, and we were excited to explore some new zones on our first day. The weather may not have been in our favor, but our spirits were high, and we were just stoked to be on our bikes.

Day 2: Lillooet

I’ve driven through Lillooet before, but this was my first time riding there. We detoured an hour on a dirt road to find a trail rumored to have awesome views. Middle of nowhere, fully charged e-bike, endless possibilities. Worth the detour? For sure.

Day 3: Kamloops

There’s so much mountain bike history in Kamloops, you can’t not by psyched to ride there. Glad I could share some knowledge with Kathi on day three as we rode legendary lines through the Bike Ranch. Jumps, berms, and high-speed trail—just our style.

Day 4: Revelstoke

I’d been looking forward to a new trail called 5620, reachable only by a long climb into the alpine. Turned out to be an e-bike’s stairway to heaven. From the top, we were rewarded with 5,620 feet of vertical drop and freshly built flow trail.

Day 5: Kelowna

By the time we pulled into our last destination, the days were catching up with me. But Kelowna fueled my fire! We hit some local trails, perfect in late fall, and ended this epic journey by drinking some beers and reminiscing on week well-spent.

Destination-worthy e-MTB rides

PeopleForBikes has curated some of the best destinations for electric mountain bike rides in North America. Check out their top picks below and start planning your trip. Our advice? Go big. Just like R-Dog and Kathi proved, an electric mountain bike like Rail lets you experience a whole lot in no time at all.

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Crested Butte (CO)
Sun Valley (ID)
Hood River (OR)
Cuyuna Lakes (Ironton, MN)
Monarch Crest (CO)
Bangtail Divide (MT)
Boundary Trail (WA)
Coopers Gap (PA)
Hartman Rocks (Gunnison, CO)
Iron Mountain (VA)
Rowher Flats (Southern CA)
Goodwater Loop (Austin, TX)
Big Bear (Southern CA)
Lake Tahoe (Northern CA)
Moab (UT)

Rail electric mountain bikes

The all-new Rail ushers in a new era for electric mountain bikes. It shreds with all the capability of Trek’s best trail bikes, and delivers the power you need to see more, send more, and make the most of every trip.

Explore Rail

Trail-tough electronics

Bosch’s new Performance Line CX drive system is light, reliable, and compact—and it delivers more range and less drag.

Smarter battery access

No tools, no excess bolts. Removable Integrated Battery (RIB) gives you hassle-free driveside battery access.

Range to roam

Rail is equipped with a long-lasting 625Wh battery so you can ride farther faster and charge less often.

Better, burlier suspension

Every Rail is built with a 160mm fork and 150mm of rear travel, and select models have a RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft shock that gives you more capability to rip through rough terrain.