Testing e-bikes at SA's toughest mountain bike event

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On a big Karoo e-bike adventure, both bike and riders, need to stop for energy. (Photo: Reblex Llewellyn Lloyd)
On a big Karoo e-bike adventure, both bike and riders, need to stop for energy. (Photo: Reblex Llewellyn Lloyd)

In its brief but brutal history, the Munga has seen riders tackle the 1154km event through the Karoo on various bikes. 

From cyclocross machines to fully rigid titanium specials on mountain bike tyres. And carbon-fibre mountain bikes – either hardtails or dual-suspension. Despite the diversity of bikes ridden, nobody can conclusively claim which configuration is best. 

Now the e-bike has entered that argument too.

The 2021 Munga saw a trio of riders unofficially complete the event as part of an e-bike endurance test.

One of those riders was Phathokuhle Zondi.

A medical doctor specialising in sports medicine, and mother of two young girls, Zondi described the Munga as quite an adventure. Possibly the cycling understatement of the year. 

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