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Liked a comment about feature SPOTTED: Electronically-Actuated RockShox Reverb Dropper Post 10/31/2018 3:40 PM
PositronicJohnny

Hm. Maybe I'm lucky with my Reverb, but I haven't had a single problem with it in 9 months of riding. No bleeds, no lock outs, no hot weather problems (90 degree summer), no cold weather problems (snow rides).
At some point I might put a Wolf Tooth on it because I hate the plunger, but it isn't because it doesn't work.

I'll give you less effort on the shifter. The rest of it? meh. Internal routing. Accuracy? That remains to be seen.

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Liked a comment about feature SPOTTED: Electronically-Actuated RockShox Reverb Dropper Post 10/31/2018 3:35 PM
Diag

Remind me why we need wireless derailleur/post actuation? ohh... that's right we don't #gohomeSramyourdrunk

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Liked a comment about press release Declimb Megazine EXCLUSIVE - Transition's 2019 Carbon Patrol 9/28/2018 2:09 AM
GA902

7 up from the bottom right on the key features chart

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Kevin Menard, Co-Owner of Transition Bikes 9/26/2018 10:49 PM
Thustlewhumber

Great podcast from a great bike company. As a Deity fanboy, I was pleasantly surprised by the ANVL stuff that came stock on my new Patrol: first bike I have ever owned that I didn't need to switch the bars/stem out. Radical bikes from a rad group of people.

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Kevin Menard, Co-Owner of Transition Bikes 9/26/2018 10:44 PM
hd4rider

I demoed a Sentinel at REEB ranch in Brevard last year. I went straight back to the Transition tent after my first descent on the bike, and informed them that the Sentinel was the best-descending trail bike I'd ridden (still stand by that). My stoke got them stoked, and they ended up giving me a beer, Transition socks, and a Transition shirt for the feedback. These were owners, riders, and designers giddy because some random dude was giddy about their bike. I've met no other company like Transition.

I lived in St. Louis at the time, and didn't feel like the Sentinel was right for those trails. However, those are still my favorite socks and shirt, and my next bike will be a Smuggler!

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Liked a comment about feature Enduro World Series Media Squid Bike Checks 7/22/2018 2:11 AM
@mattyswenson

I hope your have the driest sense of humor on this site.... Otherwise you get Jerry of the year for this comment LOL!

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/21/2018 12:58 AM
erockjmet

Just get a dirt bike if you want to motor around.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:58 PM
Kuttermax

Those are very fair comments and suggest it wasn't the intent to write an article that is biased towards Trek.

However what was once "a long-time practice in any industry" is rapidly changing. Take physicians for example. Many were often invited to activities such as evening dinners hosted by pharmaceutical companies to learn about a new drug or flown to different locales by equipment manufacturers to see a new piece of technology that might be of value to their practice. Many physician employers have now outlawed such practices, and every dollar spent by industry on a physician in the United States by industry in publicly reported because of the "Sunshine Act". Some centers have even go so far to ban the smallest gifts such as a pen with the name of a drug on it, as even these have been shown to sway physician prescribing patterns.

There are examples in many different industries of individuals who have embraced transparency. I mentioned DCRainmaker in a prior post. On the technology side, Leo Laporte of TWiT (This Week in Tech) fame has a long standing policy of purchasing products that he reviews and not accepting any industry freebies.

Getting back to the article, the term "invite" is still pretty nebulous. It could mean i) Trek "invited" you to Mammoth, flew you out, put you up in a nice hotel, paid for your meals and in return you got to ride their bikes and write an article on it versus ii) inviting to come to Mammoth to be one of the first to trial their new bike, but you went on your own dime to do it. Pretty big difference...

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:57 PM
Kuttermax

Interesting article and clearly touches on some big issues facing both mountain bikers, but also web content creators.

First, there clearly are potential issues with E-bikes and traditional bikes sharing trails. The trickiest area is bidirectional singletrack, especially when one person is climbing and the other descending. At times on twisty/windy trails, it can be difficult to see the climbing person until the last minute. With E-bikes motoring up, the potential for collisions and other mishaps seems more likely. This may be why some regions have allowed E-mountain bikes on fireroads and dual tracks, but not on bi-directional singletrack.

E-bikes present the opportunity to avoid riding up the lifts, which would be appealing at times. Many downhill areas have great double track roads that would be ideal for this. Once up the mountain, I don't see sharing the singletrack downhill trails between traditional and E-bikes as a big problem. But tight singletrack, I'd rather see that remain non-motorized.

The other issues raised is whether this article is "paid advertising". It certainly reads like it is, which is disappointing. Similar to YouTube, in an effort to promote transparency author disclosures should be put on websites and articles. For example, if Trek paid for the author to go to Mammoth and ride the trails, this should be disclosed. If Trek paid additionally to have the article written and posted, it should be disclosed. This is standard in other industries now and allows the reader to make their own conclusions. Sites like DCrainmaker.com are very clear in these areas and are a reason his reviews are some of the most respected.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:55 PM
grambo

I agree with efverything you've said. For me, the simplest approach is motorized vs. non-motorized designations. If a land manager has said a trail/network is non-motorized then ebikes should NOT be allowed.

Regarding paid advertising, I'm fairly certain ALL bike press release camps involve the vendor flying out media and paying for accoms/food/lift tickets etc. in exchange for publication of a first ride/review. For long-term reviews, bikes are provided by vendor to publication so you can argue there is always a bias. I think Blister is an example of actually buying the equipment they review.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:54 PM
TBubier

Really Vital? Are we doing this now?

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:54 PM
grambo

Bang on post here.

In isolation, if Mammoth wants to have ebikes on their own trails and it's within their land use agreement (or they own the land outright) then who cares, go nuts. But instances like this just muddy the waters in the general public's mind and benefit the industry by trying to normalize ebikes as a bicycle when it is an electric moped. So now you have people thinking it is OK to ride their ebike on mountain bike trails where they may be prohibited. Nightmare scenario for a self-policing activity.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:53 PM
reseRved

These are not bikes. That's the whole point.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:53 PM
Cant Climb

It's a PAID Advertisement most likely. $$$$$ talks.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:53 PM
reseRved

@casman86 Exactly. If you're going to review this motorized crap put it on "Vital E-MTB". You've grossly mis-judged your audience.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 2:52 PM
obygobywanoby

I'm all for e-bikes if the rider has some sort of injury, disability, or any other legitimate reason that makes the e-bike his or her only option to get out there and rip some trails. But all I see on my local trails (which are closed to e-bikes) are completely healthy and young looking riders on e-bikes who are just too lazy to pedal uphill under their own power. And more often than not their trail etiquette is completely lacking... full Jerry mode.

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Liked a comment about feature 14mph Uphill! Vital's First Ride on the New 2019 Trek Powerfly LT 7/20/2018 5:11 AM
nug12182

I am a EBIKE hunter.Only hunting I do.So be careful.

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Liked a comment about feature FOX Live Valve Coming this August - EUROBIKE 2018 7/8/2018 10:33 PM
vinny4130

I have used di2 and it shifts great! But to me it’s hard enough to ride sometimes not to have the opportunity foiled by batterys needing a charge. And look at all the clutter it adds. I’m sure that’s why they picked Scott bikes to showcase it, normal Scott owners and dealers wouldn’t even notice.

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