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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 4:11 PM
C50_suckerduck

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
C50_suckerduck

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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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/21/2014 3:01 PM
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Added a comment about video Polaris RZR Meets Massive North-Shore Ladders, Doubles, Wall Rides, Huck to Flat, and Road Gap 11/5/2014 1:01 PM
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mack dawg directing! sick. i think we need to start vitalRZR.net

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Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Kieran Bennett's Zerode G2 11/2/2014 10:24 AM
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he was on some regional teams getting some support as he lived his dream, but not full-blown factory rides.

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Added a comment about feature 12 Bikes That Will Give You Nightmares 10/30/2014 5:57 PM
C50_suckerduck

oh man, the swiss cheese one was crazy!! thanks for posting all these bikes.

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Added a comment about feature 12 Bikes That Will Give You Nightmares 10/30/2014 3:08 PM
C50_suckerduck

we definitely understand the bike probably rode well, but there's no getting around that potential for pain with that top tube! do you still have yours? if so, post up a pic!

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Added a comment about feature 12 Bikes That Will Give You Nightmares 10/30/2014 7:04 AM
C50_suckerduck

is that a moto or snowmobile shock? for homemade, it looks awesome!

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Added a comment about feature 12 Bikes That Will Give You Nightmares 10/29/2014 3:34 PM
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haha

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Added a comment about photo No hander at Taxco 2014 10/26/2014 12:39 PM
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funniest photo title in the history of Vital MTB, hands down (or should i say hands out?).

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Added a comment about photo DRIFT 10/24/2014 4:03 PM
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this photo is the radness!

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Added a comment about video If Josh Bryceland Were a Trophy Truck 10/22/2014 8:11 PM
C138x104

haha so true!

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Added a comment about slideshow 100,000 Vertical Feet in 24 Hours - World Record Mountain Bike Descent on Mount 7 10/19/2014 1:37 PM
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SO STEEP! you guys crushed it.

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Added a comment about photo Electronic Shifting Gboxx2 Prototype DH Bike 10/16/2014 1:17 PM
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me too

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Added a comment about photo Electronic Shifting Gboxx2 Prototype DH Bike 10/16/2014 10:38 AM
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awesome! good to know. can you elaborate on your lessons learned? if you don't want to give anything away, no problem, but i think all vital viewers would be stoked to know more about the project.

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Added a comment about photo Electronic Shifting Gboxx2 Prototype DH Bike 10/16/2014 10:06 AM
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no, dave's was different - http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/DIY-Dave-Camp-and-the-DC-Special-Gearbox-Bike,53/Slideshow,644/sspomer,2 - old slideshow format in flash...FYI.

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