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Added a comment about slideshow It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/5/2015 9:55 PM
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No bones about it, this is motorized by most definitions and technically not allowed on most trails and may exacerbate access issues. That said, WHY?

My thoughts on a few issues...

1) Increased erosion? The bike can't roost like a moto. It merely increases one's power output. If the argument turns to weight with the contention that somehow causes increased erosion are we banning 45lb DH bikes too? Most experienced trail users will tell you horses cause more damage than any other form of transport. I'm not suggesting excluding horses, just saying we all have equal rights.

2) Who's to tell? You think some park ranger can tell you have an E bike? Bear in mind you must always be pedaling to be moving up hill. Why is it illegal for me to pedal up at 8 MPH assisted but the guy with great genetics and EPO and blood transfusions for breakfast it's OK?

3) What is the underlying concern? We hard core MTBers need to get off our collective high horse - better than though BS attitude and accept other viable forms of recreation. We didn't and don't appreciate the attitude from the established hiking community when this sport came into being and we should remember that as this new variant blossoms. I am still earning my turns...I can just earn more of them in the same precious time.

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Added a comment about slideshow It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/5/2015 2:59 PM
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Agree with more travel. Really no reason not to make this a 6" bike, not like 1 or 2 pounds of weight matters in this application.

The Rotwild and Haibike XDURO are more like it but the Big S seems to have taken the electronics integration to the next level.

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Liked a comment on the item It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/5/2015 2:55 PM

Love it!!! Finally some non European company gets it. There was hate for suspension when it first came out, in fact there is hate for EVERY new mtb trend when it comes out. I don't get it why there are so many negative nancy's out there but either way it seems...more

Added a comment about slideshow It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/5/2015 10:09 AM
C138_levoa

I'm all for it. 20+ years of hard core MTB experience and 10+ years extreme enduro moto experience.
No it's not 'pure' in the MTB/sado masochististic pedaling sense whatever the hell that means. And no I can't do a 100+ mile epic singletrack throttle twisting day on it. This is a different more accessible hybrid.

I MTB 5-6 days a week, 500,000+ ft elevation climbing a year. Face it, the climb to descend ratio sucks. Spend 20+ minutes climbing for a 2-3 minute descent. I'd love to improve that fun ratio and this is a tool that can do it. I could give a sh!t if it's legal, most of the good trails are not to begin with. It also means I don't have to drive 4+ hours each way for good motoing.

Why is it a lot of folks think their preferred form of recreation is superior to others? This is a tool to get more folks out enjoying the great outdoors. NIMBYism will say we don't want more folks on 'our' trails and it may be a bit depressing to see some tubby dude 30 miles out when you've busted your hump for 3 hours to get their but anything that moves more people away from the idiot box and outside is good for society as a whole.

Don't burn it with fire, this is next in my arsenal. Intense T275Factory, KTM 350XCF-W, Specialized Turbo Levo

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 100% Speedcraft Glasses 6/29/2015 9:12 AM
C50

The 80's called, they want their Factory Pilot glasses back. Kidding, I'm still rocking 90's M frames - function over form all day long.

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Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Windham, NY World Cup 8/7/2014 7:10 PM
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Gee Atherton 2.26.26
Emmeline Ragot 2.49.00

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Added a comment about video Dexter Robson - Summer in Squamish 7/17/2014 7:41 PM
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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Luca Cometti and Crew DH Ripping in SoCal 6/27/2014 11:01 AM
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Stair steps

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Added a comment about video Gwin's Race Run at Leogang 6/17/2014 9:01 PM
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Testament to the rim, but certainly not to the tire or tire choice. The only flat of the day on a non rocky course.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 11:36 AM
C50

Notice how the damping curve in descend mode looks remarkably like a standard shim damper? That's because that's what works for descending. I'm not really interested in my 6" bike pedalling like a 4" bike so the rest of the climb and trail mode stuff is just fluff for me.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Galfer Disc Brake Pads and Wave Rotor 4/29/2014 1:07 PM
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Galfer pads were my favorite 5 years ago. But then I could no longer find them anywhere. Where the hell does one buy them in the USA? It seams they no longer sell here. If so, please tell me where!

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Added a comment about feature Shimano Open House and Supercross Athlete Ride 3/3/2014 8:55 PM
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This is news...a month ago when it happened!

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Added a comment about video 20 Days in California with the Wallner Brothers and Marcus Hansson 2/25/2014 2:19 PM
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You're joking right? These guys looked like a couple of Freds on Skidmarks. Awkward and slow. You want to see fast check out the Gwin video on the same trail.

Skidding is not cool, it's poor riding form at best and at worst erodes trails and limits MTB access.

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Liked a comment on the item 20 Days in California with the Wallner Brothers and Marcus Hansson 2/25/2014 2:12 PM

I've seen 6 yr olds that skid that good. That's not "pro". Are these your trails? Would you be pumped to see people skidding on your trails? If so I hope I never ride there.

Liked a comment on the item 20 Days in California with the Wallner Brothers and Marcus Hansson 2/25/2014 2:11 PM

Thanks for blowing out the berms on my home trails!! When is part 2 of this video coming out showing you guys fixing your skidmarks? Go home

Liked a comment on the item 20 Days in California with the Wallner Brothers and Marcus Hansson 2/25/2014 11:49 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I always thought skidding was considered bad bike handling. A lot of man hours were put into those trails. I understand 'kicking up a little dust' and there's plenty out in SoCal with our lack of rain. But blatantly skidding out...more

Added a comment about video 20 Days in California with the Wallner Brothers and Marcus Hansson 2/24/2014 2:48 PM
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What is this promoting anyway? Gay pastel POC crap? I'm boycotting POC thanks to this video.

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Added a comment about photo G-Out Project, Hafjell World Cup - Devinci Wilson Carbon Squished to the Max! 9/13/2013 8:31 PM
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I was JRA and pinch flatted

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