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Liked a comment on the item SANTA CRUZ HAS AN E-BIKE?! Vital Gear Show 2/11/2020 12:57 PM

Hecklers were rad. This not so much.

Liked a comment on the item What's In, What's Out - Mountain Biking in 2020 1/8/2020 8:01 AM

E = motor

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/4/2019 11:56 AM

One of the plaintiffs, Gold Country Trails has two mountainbike groups as affiliates. It's a little more nuanced than 'cowboys' suing the USFS. The wilderness society was already running around with their hair on fire screaming about Ted Stroll/Sustainable Trail Coalition's move to allow bike access in future...more

Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/3/2019 6:37 AM
cofattire

Regardless of what you think about this lawsuit, it's just a taste of what we could see a lot of in the future if we treat E-bikes the same as mountain bikes. We can bicker amongst ourselves as to whether they are motorbikes or not, all that matters is other user groups view them as such. Trail access is everything. Let's not forget that.

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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/2/2019 1:43 PM

Buy a dirtbike. Ride it on the track or trail. They're super fun to climb! Ride your MTB on MTB non-motorized trails.

The problem is they're GONNA HURT TRAIL ACCESS FOR MOUNTAINBIKING!

You're probably right in that e-bikes will get cheaper and better and than way more people will ride e-MTB. And we will lose...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/2/2019 12:30 PM
Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 4:55 PM

You do realize this is an opinion piece, right? The author is listed. The author isn't VitalMTB as a whole.

Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 3:04 PM
cofattire

A case can be made either way depending on the marketing strategy. Considering E-bikes are almost entirely being sold by mountain bike companies, with current and aspiring mountain bikers as the sales demographic, they are marketed as bikes. I'm sure if E-bikes were being sold by motorbike companies with current, and aspiring moto demographics as the sales target, they would be marketed as motorbikes.

As far as I'm concerned there's no ambiguity. Motor+bike=motorbike. Just imagine if every pedal stroke a tiny gas engine sent a pulse of power to the rear wheel. Do you think the industry could get away with not calling them motorbikes? Does a battery powered electric motor really change this?

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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 2:32 PM

Would you please tell me what differentiates a mountain bike from a dirt bike, i.e. at what point does a bicycle become a motorcycle? I’m not necessarily opposed to ebikes but the fact that they have a motor, tiny or large, makes them a motorcycle of some sort and it’s an incorrect categorization to include them...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 2:28 PM

A bike that turns everyone into Nino Schurter on climbs, allows beginners access to the highest (often rowdiest) trails and doubles the distance/trail degradation they can do in the same time is a completely different sport.

Yes I’ve ridden a couple. My comments stand.

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 2:25 PM

Do you have any proof that it isn't true? from what I've seen i think he nailed it. Most pros only post pics and videos of e-bikes to please sponsors. kinda like how a lot of pros posted pics of fat bikes and plus sized tires in the past even though behind the scenes it was common knowledge that no pros used...more

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 11:46 AM

lame

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 11:33 AM

There's already a sport for that: Real enduro. Dirt bikes. Of course the above would be fun, but MTB's are gonna be kicked of many trails in a heartbeat if that becomes the new norm. Think about it.

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 11:28 AM

No, access to non-motorized trails in the US has been a nonstop struggle for 40yrs, and it is *not* on a singular trajectory towards getting better. There is a very militant anti-MTB lobby (spearheaded by no less than the Sierra Club, our most influential nature-advocacy group) and adding...more

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 8:14 AM

Except for the part where MTB's aren't allowed on many trails in the future because of way way more bike traffic. Also, the barrier for entry will be virtually gone. Real MTB is hard...that's why a lot of people don't do it. But now a lot of people will be out there that don't care and/or are...more

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 8:13 AM

Make believe racing for pseudo-athletes too lazy to pedal an actual bicycle? Stop kidding yourselves and just buy motorcycles already.

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/8/2019 7:54 AM

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - 2019 Enduro World Series, Zermatt Switzerland 9/22/2019 3:38 PM

Looks awesome. Love the steep tech stuff like that.

Added reply in a thread E-Bikes Move Forward with USA National Park and BLM Trail Access - Thoughts? 9/5/2019 12:59 PM

Makes perfect sense to classify a bike with a motor as "non motorized."

Liked a comment on the item Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 4:05 PM

I've had this groupo for about 8 months (you could get it from Europe before the delayed USA release). While I agree with everything in this review, I feel like there's a piece of info left out. The bite point on my enduro 4 piston XTR brakes changes on long descents (or when...more