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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 4:11 PM
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yeah, outdoor demo for interbike. i feel if people who work in the bike industry (whether they ride well or not) don't understand that a helmet is necessary on a trail ride, that's a solid representation of the general public, whether they want an ebike or not. my point is that the unequipped rider who tries out MTB on a pedal bike will not have the ability to get as far/deep/exposed as quickly as a rider on an ebike. does this matter for all trails? no, but in moab, i think it's important. i think about slickrock trail (which i havent' ridden for a good 10+ years and i thought motos were allowed on it). take the same unequipped rider on a pedal bike vs an ebike on slickrock trail. the rider could get way out there pretty easily on an ebike w/o realizing how far they've gone. i think blowing past the paint dots/trail markers on an ebike is more easier too. on a pedal bike you're going to be blown out on the steep, quick climbs as a noob and won't get nearly as far out. it seems less likely to miss the trail markers on a pedal bike too. it's not a blanket statement about one being better/worse than another, but i think the restriction is worth thinking about, especially in an exposed wilderness area like moab that draws a lot of first-time or unexperienced riders.

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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 9:25 AM
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i think your points about capable riders using the ebike to an advantage are fair. the fat/lazy thing isn't a factor to me, it's the ability/prepartion of a rider getting into a place a lot further out than they normally could get. the comments about ill-prepared riders on lifts at bike parks is fair too, they make me cringe and i always hope they make it down in one piece. w/ a bike park, they're (usually) in a patrolled in environment, and if they're on the lifts, they're probably not going too far. i think ebikes have their place on and off road, but i don't fault moab's decision at all. moab is a gnarly, harsh, desolate place, where getting lost is way too easy if you're not careful.

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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/22/2014 1:16 PM
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at outdoor demo this year (bootleg canyon) i sat trailside for about 45-minutes watching at least 100 riders pass through a buff and easier-than-intermediate piece of trail. what i remembered most from that observation was how many riders on ebikes seemed ill-equipped for the mountain bike ride they were going on and how (seemingly) over their heads they were in terms of riding skill. the electric assist got these riders further into a trail than they would have ever been under their own power. there are plenty of people who pedal into trails that get over their heads too, but ebikes are opening up a lot of terrain that beginning-level riders may have never been able to experience. is that good or bad? probably both.

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/22/2014 1:04 PM

Uh oh, watch out its the Vital MTB 'Joke' Police. Not funny enough I guess.

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 3:01 PM
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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 12:54 PM

man... next they're going to make it illegal to drive my electric car down the sidewalk.

Added a news story Big Mountain Enduro Announces 2015 Schedule & Equal Pro Payout 11/21/2014 9:36 AM

Crested Butte, Colo.— Big Mountain Enduro, now in it’s third year of producing the premier enduro series in the country, is excited to release its 2015 schedule, including a stop on the Enduro World Series (EWS) and North American Enduro Tour (NAET), as well as...more

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sspomer added a feature story Vital MTB Gram Central, November 20, 2014 11/20/2014 8:06 AM

Sven Martin, Joe Bowman and Duncan Philpott have combed the depths of the social serengeti to bring you another weekly installment of #vitalgramcentral. Dig on in for your double-tapping fix.

Social media as a whole has become one of the most deployed and demanded means of marketing in the MTB...more

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Added reply in a thread Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves 11/18/2014 10:17 AM

interesting concept to alert if someone is messing w/ your bike (or if it gets rained on : ) https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fyi-devices-it-moved-it-s-wet-it-s-hot-or-cold

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Specialized Enduro Shredding with Mitch Ropelato and Curtis Robinson 11/18/2014 9:55 AM

They are both Spec sponsored athletes. Even if it is, I don't care. Companies can inject as many products as they like into videos as long as they are executed like this.

Added a new video Craziest World Cup Dual Heat Ever? 11/18/2014 9:16 AM
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The ultimate race or the ultimate in chaos? The UCI World Cup landed in Durango, Colorado in 2001. The Herbold-designed Dual course (this is prior to 4x) featured high-speed corners, a super-tech whoops section and even a box of rocks. The unique course design provided some interesting and exciting racing. Mickael Deldycke and Scott Beaumont had the craziest heat of the night as seen in this footage from the VHS movie Alpha Project. Watch the full Durango World Cup section from Alpha Project

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Started new thread Magnetic pedals instead of clips? 11/18/2014 8:43 AM

got an email for these today (well, it was intended for "Bruce" at Utah Mountain Biking, but it came to my inbox...don't forget to switch those names and sites in your emails blasts, kids). do you see a future for these? good idea, bad?

http://www.maglockbikepedal.com/ ... more »

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Added a new video What's in Your Hand? Darren Berrecloth 11/17/2014 2:43 PM
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Darren Berrecloth on Mount Washington booters will never disappoint. “I've been very fortunate to align myself with the best companies out there that suite my career and what I want to do. Having companies like Lizard Skins come in and give me a signature grip not only stokes me out to have a signature component on my bike but it's rad to stand by them and have them stand by me to help me do all the projects I want to do. I'm stoked to have that bit of synergy!” - Darren Berrecloth You can order the Lizard Skins Bearclaw Signature grip through your local retailer or online at LizardSkins.com.

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Added a new video Vital RAW - Specialized Enduro Shredding with Mitch Ropelato and Curtis Robinson 11/6/2014 7:16 AM
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We're not sure if we feel more sorry for the rocks or the bikes in this video. South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, was the perfect, boulder-filled setting for Mitch Ropelato and Curtis Robinson to abuse their Specialized Enduros for this Vital RAW.

Curtis chose the Enduro 650b with 65.5-degree head angle, 352mm BB height and 422mm chainstay length.



Mitch rode the Enduro 29 that features 67.5-degree head angle, 351mm BB height and 430mm chainstay length.


Stay tuned for a complete Pro Bike Check on Mitch's custom Enduro 29 and visit www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/enduro for more information on the bikes ridden in this video.



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Added a new video Great Filming, Beautiful Trail - Nosunvalley 11/17/2014 8:25 AM
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Twisted Chick Productions put together this well-made movie featuring some creative angles of an all-time trail. Equipment: Nikon D700 DJI Phantom 2 + GoPro 3+ Black

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Added a new video WORLD RECORD BUNNYHOP! 56.3-inches / 143cm 11/14/2014 8:13 AM
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Watch this video, get out your tape measure and see just how freaking high 56.3-inches is. Some serious ups with your bunnyhop World Record holder, Rick Koekoek.

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Added a new slideshow What's in the Bag? - Ty's Hathaway's ACRE Hauser 14L 11/14/2014 7:56 AM
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sspomer added a feature story Vital MTB Gram Central, November 13, 2014 11/12/2014 5:37 PM

Vital MTB has put together the best bike-related Instagram content in one place so you don't have to go blind scrolling endlessly for what's worth viewing. Welcome to Vital MTB's Gram Central for November 13, 2014.


Your Vital MTB Gram Central super sleuths
Joe Bowman: @steelcitymedia is at the forefront...more

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Liked a comment on the item World Record: 333 km/h on a Bicycle! 11/11/2014 4:58 PM

So much for the argument that QR axles are inferior to thru axles. Can your 20mm do 207mph? No, I didn't think so.