Liked a comment on the item Gimmick or the Real Deal? Fasst Flexx Enduro Bar Long-Term Review 4/30/2019 11:50 AM

Great question. Between the Faast Flexx, Spank Vibrocore, and OneUp bars, the XC Gear stem, and RevGrips, there are all of sudden several ways of addressing similar things in the MTB space. It might be time for another Vital MTB Face Off to really feel out the differences...

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 4/29/2019 4:08 PM

They don't have 29" in DH casings yet, so there is that

Added a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 9:45 AM

Only if your friends are dicks. I've done a lot of rides lately where some were on E and others not. If you're on E it's your duty to push your buds who aren't.

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Liked a comment on the item Old School MTB: Kirt Voreis Throws Down in 'Evolution' 10/5/2018 11:34 AM

Long Live The King!

Liked a comment on the item Mountain Bikers vs. Animals, Who Did It Best? 8/31/2018 9:33 AM

Meh.....your dog's not gonna fare so well when you land a 30-footer on top of him. I would never risk my mutts getting hurt like that.

Liked a comment on the item Mountain Bikers vs. Animals, Who Did It Best? 8/31/2018 9:33 AM

Slow day in MTB world

Liked a comment on the item Pyga Hyrax - All Mountain Smash Machine 8/29/2018 11:51 AM

Sick to see a pimped out Pyga in the states!

Liked a comment on the item Mont-Sainte-Anne Monsoon! Vital RAW World Cup DH 8/9/2018 11:46 PM

The only thing bigger than the rotors are the balls (figuratively speaking) needed at MSA!

Added a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 9:30 AM

Sigh. Here we go again. Bring on the ignorant hate.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/19/2018 9:41 AM

LOL. I have no skin in the game. Like I said. I'm 50/50 on them. Read the comments though. I'm not the only one

What irks me is the negative mindset. Do you give equestrians an earful for not "earning it"? Horses turn most trails to shit and they literally have a mind of their own which can be dangerous to everyone around them. We don't give them crap because they were there first so a precedent has been set.
I've been into all kinds of sports where the new thing was hated on and dismissed by the old guard....skiers hated snowboarders, water-skiers hated wakeboarders, surfers hated windsurfers and then surfers AND windsurfers hated kiteboarders etc, etc.

E bikes have zero additional impact on the trail. They are marginally faster uphill and slower at everything else.
The ONLY issue is the negative perception which admittedly is very real when it comes to trail access.
It's just a bummer that most people's first reaction to something similar but new is a negative one.
The world would be a better, more peaceful place if we could all have more open minds.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 5:09 PM

Did I say they do better downhill than a regular bike? They don't but good ones are pretty close these days. Look up Marshal Mullen.
You're right though. Climbing is fun especially when you're fit.
Still not a reason to hate on e-bikes.

All I'm saying is look at the positives and not only the negatives and also realize that other people are not in YOUR specific situation.....fitness level, disability, age, access to lifts/ shuttles etc etc etc

Just for the record. The bike in my shed that sees the majority of my rides is a hardtail. Second to that is a regular enduro bike.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:51 PM

Yes. They're great for getting new people into the sport....more people is better lobbying power against hikers and equestrians right?
They're also great for getting pretty deep quickly so you can dig your ass off for an afternoon.
They're also great for towing little kids to the top of the trail so they can cruise down.
They're also great for less fit people to mix in and enjoy a group ride
They're also great for finding new trails

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:47 PM

Going off the modern definition of a "motorbike" they are not the same thing. There is no throttle for one thing. They don't roost, they don't make noise, there is no internal combustion engine, they only "assist" WHEN you pedal, they cut off at under 20mph etc, etc, etc
To include it in the same breath as say a CRF 450 R is plain ignorant or intentionally misleading for the sake of being against them.
Having spent a good amount of my life on a dirt bike and now enough time on an e-bike to have a solid opinion I would say my feelings towards them is 50/50.
What I don't agree with is the knee jerk negative and uninformed reactions that people seem to have.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:36 PM

That bike looks really heavy and a lot to handle. Do e-bikes do as well as a regular bike at descending? Hell no. Do they have any more impact on the trail than a regular bike? Hell no.
Just get over it and admit to yourself that the real reason you hate them is because you hope no one steals your Strava times.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:32 PM

Exactly. Ignorance is bliss though and we all need something to be outraged about.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:31 PM

Actually yes.

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/18/2018 4:30 PM

No offense but if you cant tell the difference between an e-bike and a motorcycle it's you who's the idiot.

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Liked a comment on the item Outta My Way Sh!tbag! Fernhill Frenzy Comedy and Chaos 12/15/2017 8:59 PM

I don't see why they deserve to have summer when we have winter. It's not fair.

Added reply in a thread Kirt Voreis Always Winning 11/20/2017 7:46 PM

That guy shares the stoke like no other. Mad skills too.

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 10:20 AM

You nailed it! This is the root of why mountain bikers "hate" e-bikes. They feel like their precious Strava times are at risk. No one will admit it but when I do pass regular riders the first thing I hear is "cheater!".

Where I ride people are Strava obsessed and have no problem endangering trail access by blowing by other users in the name of a good Strava time.
I'll totally admit that I use, enjoy and pay attention to Strava while on my regular bike.
Curiously though when I'm on a pedal assist it's the furthest thing from my mind. It just doesn't matter on the climbs because it comes down to who wants to burn the most batt and on the descents my regular enduro bike is WAY faster.

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