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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - World Champs DH Seeding Day 10/9/2020 6:30 AM

Loïc over the stumps was bananas. For anyone who doesn’t speak French, the quote from the dude immediately following is: ‘Go bring a bottle of champagne to Öhlins. And say thank you. Motherfu....’

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Liked a comment about video Old World Cup DH Track Still AWESOME! Durango / Purgatory POV 8/24/2020 11:47 AM

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Liked a comment about video Old World Cup DH Track Still AWESOME! Durango / Purgatory POV 8/24/2020 11:46 AM

Man that trail was so fun! True story- as a 16yr old jr DH shredder back in the day I helped build the course with HB & Chad Cheney. I shaped all the jumps and drops and was the guinea pig jumping everything! It was so cool to see all of the famous WC guys ride what I built and I even towed some female pros into the drops and road gap early in the week before practice started. It seems like forever ago now

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:35 PM
Hollywood Gainey

Its pretty clear you have not actually ridden an ebike JCL, so your comments are as usual for such fairly incorrect. If you use the mode that makes you Nino, your ride will be pretty short. I actually found it usually adds very little to distance, but is a more consistent workout due to man handling the bike more due to weight of bike, and fact your overall pace is higher meaning you must stay in it and not daydream even on the climbs. If its road climbs, well its still better than a shuttle rig, and would negate your complaint to access and degradationon. I would also argue that trail degradation on just trails is not much more either, Its rider skill that brakes hard, rips turns, and generally shralps a trail into need of repair. This can be done on any bike by a good rider, and I would argue better on a "regular" bike. Those "other" less skilled riders are gonna blow the tops off berms, ruin bench cuts, and round off drops irrelevant of what style bike they ride.

More people accessing trails may be a legitimate complaint, but honestly these new riders are only going to ride the "rowdiest" trails once. When they walk their 45-55lb E bike down the trail, they will not be interested in doing it again. "new" riders to the sport will be on green and blue trails, or cement paths after a couple "mtb rides"

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:34 PM
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Feels like a rant that was a long time coming. I am not going for popularity on Vital here, any pro ebike comments gets knocked pretty quickly online. I believe pedal assist ebikes are simply not a problem. Sure they are not as fun, most days I agree with that, and that’s why mine hasn’t been ridden even once in months. Occasionally like when I’m sick, injured, or just super lazy I would say ebikes are way more fun, at least more fun than not riding. They aren’t real MTBs? They sure aren’t motorcycles, at least not class 1 pedal assists. In the Bay Area, CA I see a lot of these bikes on the trails. Probably a lot of new riders that don’t have the experience or fitness to be otherwise riding these longer steeper trails, and that has never bothered me once.
It’s great that you are a “real” mtb rider who knows what’s best for access, even though you admit there isn’t enough data to understand erosion, or environmental damage. It’s great that you single handedly can decide that bikes with a tiny motor that are “slow” shouldn’t be classified as bikes. Seriously though, the bro culture of mtb is deciding that they don’t want to be passed up hill by “gapers” or at least not be “classified” the same as them.
Obviously I’m on the other side of the fence here. I have no quarrel with ebikes. I don’t often ride mine. Out of 100+ rides a year maybe 5-10 are on an ebike. But seriously, if you want evidence that they belong, and won’t limit trail access look to other Countries where ebikes are a huge part of the industry. Germany, GB, France to name a few.

I don’t even care to change your mind or alter your perspective a bit. But I did want to say that I’m fit, I’m a mtb community member, I do dig days, I support my local MBOSC community, and I have not seen a negative impact on ebikes yet, except on online forums that is, oh and for sure a bunch of grouchy bro’s!

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:30 PM
BikeBlur

I've been mountain biking for quite awhile now (1988). I've owned many different bikes over the years, DH, Freeride, Enduro, trai, etc. I recently bought an Ebike and I will never go back to a mechanical/traditional mtb.
I've found climbing to actually be creative and FUN now!-having the ability to pop off of everything on the way up is amazing. Other than occasionally enjoying a random, easy-ish climb when your mind wanders and blends with the meandering undulations of the climb, Climbing SUCKS! (for me at least) Ebikes have turned this SUCKS into FUN!. Additionally, I've found descending, jumping etc. top be equally as fun and in certain scenarios, more fun than a traditional mtb. Once I adapted to the extra weight, I found the extra heft to be an asset to descending-the bike is more stable and glued to the ground than any traditional bike I've ridden.
I also did not find it to be overly slow or cumbersome. I respectfully disagree with everything you've stated in your article. I would venture to say that within 2 years, when Ebike's prices and weight drop, 50% of people will be riding Ebikes.

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:29 PM
freynolds

Your article was enlightening. I have been struggling to understand the antipathy towards e-bikes and I think you've highlighted it - culture. There would appear to be a feeling that e-bikes don't fit an idealized notion of mountain bike culture and might bring people to the trails who aren't like “us" - who might drive a Porsche and not know who Steve Peat is. While I'm not excited for the trails to be more crowded either, living in the US, I think I've had my fill of culture wars and political tribalism the last few years and would rather at least attempt to understand or accept than just loudly hate. Even if “we” don’t like it, the trails are not the sole domain of those who ride enduro bikes (not the fuel burning ones that cut many of the trails from which they are now banned) and cliquish bullying is tiresome.

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:27 PM
Broccoli

You’re so wrong, bud

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Liked a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:25 PM
Mag41

Pros only riding ebikes for commercial is simply not true. So
Many pros use ebikes because they’re just fun. They just don’t show it on their daily insta. The Cycling market is driven by Europe and they understand ebikes. This article shows that it’s still a long way to go for the US and especially for US journalists.

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Liked a comment about video Electric Waves - Ratboy's Crew Makes E-Bikes Look Really Freaking Fun 10/29/2019 7:11 PM

EBIKES ARE FUN AS FUCK

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