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Added a comment about video Whipping Jumps in Slippers?! Eliot Jackson and Bernard Kerr Ride New Zealand 3/29/2014 11:16 PM
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I've ridden some of those trails and I have no idea how the hell they are gapping some of those things..!?!? Amazing!

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Added a comment about press release Supercross Meets Downhill Mountain Biking at First-ever Red Bull Wide Open 3/10/2014 6:24 PM
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Maybe they should add an element of "Speed and Style"? If you backflip the 60 footer you get a bonus 30 seconds!

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Liked a comment on the item Supercross Meets Downhill Mountain Biking at First-ever Red Bull Wide Open 3/10/2014 3:41 PM

That looks insane. Can't wait!

Liked a comment on the item Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/7/2014 1:50 AM

Well said sir.

Added a comment about photo Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/7/2014 1:50 AM
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I hear what you are saying, and I agree. The people that want bikers off the trails don't care what excuse they need to use to do it. They will invent one.

So my point is still valid I think: it's not this type of bike that will cause issues. They might as well be saying "29" wheels are causing more damage, get rid of the bikes!". It's misleading and false. Saying these types of bikes are any more of an issue on trails is also misleading and false.

I expect that from anti-bike groups, I don't expect that from fellow mountain bikers. It's just a bit sad is all...

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Added a comment about photo Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/6/2014 6:08 PM
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Yeah, I have to agree that I don't see this sort of bike becoming main stream in Australia anytime soon. But then again, it appears as if the Aussie groms still believe Rockshox and Fox are the only 2 suspension companies out there

This particular company (Haibike) is German. They make a massive range of E-Bikes (as do a ton of other European bike manufacturers).

Pedal assist bikes seem to be quite popular in Europe as well. My feeling is that America, Australia, New Zealand etc. are a bit behind when it comes to this sort of thing.

I did notice KTM are also getting in on this and are distributing in Australia.

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Added a comment about photo Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/6/2014 4:29 PM
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So what I understood from your comment is that people with their own agendas will say whatever they can, whether that is true or not, to further their own goals. Nothing new there...

So they are already doing this and adding a motor to a bike is not going to change anything. It will however open a world of possibilities for having more fun on a bike. Shouldn't we be concentrating on that?

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Added a comment about photo Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/6/2014 2:59 PM
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I agree with your statement: "The difference between pedal assist and a throttle does not exist to them"

This also brings the following argument: They won't even know it has a motor to begin with. The difference between a downhill bike and this pedalec bike does not exist to them.

This is all hypothetical anyway, personally I don't think anything will come of it. Pedelac bikes will be built, bought and ridden more and more. This will not endanger our trail access.

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Added a comment about photo Is it Still a Mountain Bike? 3/6/2014 12:20 PM
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I truly don't understand the negativity towards pedalec bikes. And saying it will cause trail access issues?? Why on earth would it do that? It's not a throttle that you can hold wide open and spin ruts everywhere.

All they have done is put a motor in the drive train to assist in power for uphill. Much like... mmm... suspension assisting with downhill or wider bars assisting with stability or a dropper post assisting with everything.

I can think of so many great, fun uses for this type of bike but it seems the general biking community can only think of negative things. It's actually so tiring to read opinions that seem to only ever want to break everything that is new down and dismiss it as being un-mountain bike or cheating or for fatty's.

Let me give you at least 1 good reason why this type of bike is fantastic in the long travel segment:
You bomb down the hill, the same as you do now, no assist, just mountain biking. You get to the bottom and instead of needing a lift back up (car/chairlift) you engage some assist and pedal your way back up the boring road/fire road. You are getting MORE exercise and ride time than the riders on the shuttle.

Perhaps the trail has no shuttle access or lift (pretty much all the trails I know are like this): bomb down with your buddies, again just like now, no assist. Get to the bottom and engage the assist and blast back up the fire road at 25-30km/h while your buddies are grinding away at 5-10km/h. You can probably lap them once or twice before they join you again on another run downhill. More ride time. More fun. And since you did 3 laps of the down and 3 lap assisted up compared to the 1 lap your buddy did, you did at least as much if not more exercise. Just because it is assisting does not mean you are suddenly going to become lazy and not push the pedals as hard. In fact, try one of these one day and you will see how much fun going uphill at high speed can be. And you will pedal hard because it's in our nature to do so - we want to go faster, always.

The moment they build a long travel pedalec bike with a gearbox drive train, I am selling all my bikes and buying it. It will be the only bike I need to commute, ride trails, downhill, have the most fun on I have ever had riding.

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Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/19/2014 12:42 PM

because it's an awesome bike : )

Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/19/2014 12:41 PM

Make it. That technology has been sitting around for years for the right suspension designer to...

Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/19/2014 12:41 PM

How did he get his hands on a proto Marz 350? I am itching for this fork to be released but...

Added a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/18/2014 6:14 PM
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I thought I would g+ it as well

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Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/18/2014 2:18 PM

F*king amazing!
I will buy this if you ever decide to start production :-)

Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/18/2014 2:18 PM

I love my 1x11 because it did away with the front derailleur, I can only imagine how much more I...

Added a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/18/2014 12:03 PM
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Yep, take my money! Please!!!

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Added a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/18/2014 12:00 PM
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Interesting... I have 2 bikes. One is a G2 DH bike with the Alfine hub as a gearbox. The other a 2x9 AM style bike. Am bike is way better suited to uphill and techy maneuvers, yet, I have ridden both on the same trails and I can get up and over more technical uphill parts on the DH bike due to the gearbox and the fact it seems to be transferring power better than my regular setup. I am not arguing your point of efficiency, this is most likely true, but what I am saying is that in the real world it seems to work the opposite way. I use the word "seems" on purpose. I'm by no means suggesting it is actually more efficient, I am saying I ride more efficiently with this gearbox system.

I also have had a Hammerschmidt for years and it works a bit different to what Rob has in the G2 and most certainly in how the Pinion would work. The biggest problem with the Hammerschmidt is that they never refined it enough. The slack before it takes up power is way to big. It requires a near instant engagement rear hub to be anywhere near good and even then it feels like you are riding with a poor pickup rear hub. Still way nicer than regular 2x9 setups though...

So if you compare the efficiency of the total power transfer from riding a section of trail that requires many gear changes (this seems much more the norm to me than just riding along in a single gear, otherwise we would just have single speeds), how does the efficiency of a derailleur system change considering every gear change requires that for a period during the pedal stroke you are not getting proper power down while the chain is moving to the new sprocket? Honest question, I don't know, but it seems to me it would not be 100% efficient.

I guess what I am saying is, its not fair to compare the efficiency of riding along in a single gear between gearboxes and other drive trains since this is not how it is used in the real world. As with anything else in MTB what it says on paper is completely irrelevant compared to what it does on the trail.

I don't buy the weight argument: Is 27.5" heavier than 26"? Is 29" heavier than 26"? Yes on both cases but for some reason no one cares. On every other component out there weight seems to be the "only" concern but not with the new wheel sizes. Strange... And to make matters worse, heavier wheels is the last place you want to add weight on a FS bike. It makes the suspension less reactive. This is actually another good thing about gearboxes. They sit central and take the weight away from the wheel. Even though it might be slightly heaver than the derailleur and cassette it replaces, it takes away the weight from the wheel which is very important and puts it in the center where it doesn't matter so much (when riding).

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Added a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/17/2014 9:48 PM
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haha, no one does that I agree. It was exaggeration meant to prove a point. With the closeness of the gears in the Pinion I can see changing 3-4 gears at a time to be fairly common. This is still a simple wrist movement with a gripshift instead of many clicks and cu-klunk-a-klunk of the gears finding their way to the right spot.

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Liked a comment on the item Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/17/2014 7:35 PM

I love these hand made in a garage projects... Impressive!