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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/3/2019 5:28 PM

The barrier of MTB being hard has NOTHING to do with newbs on e-Bikes. When you see some idiot on YouTube buy a new supercar Corvette or Ferrari and then proceed to do a burnout and smash into a curb or wall, do you blame the car? Of course not - you blame the driver (the user). The same goes with eMTB, trail...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/2/2019 6:07 PM

Disagree with the stance of this article from an opinion basis, but there is also numerous incorrect pieces of info, I also do not appreciate Vital's choice of image for the lead (Racer guy hammering, and some dude bobbling on a roach emtb with no helmet, no proper attire, etc....that misleads the reader that...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/2/2019 6:02 PM

Hyperbole start to finish. Youre so badass everyone should get the fack out teh way

Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:57 PM

Freynolds: my sentiment exactly!

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Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:56 PM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:52 PM

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...more

Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:47 PM

I honestly can beat my wife up most trails(excluding fire roads) on her ebike. it certainly doesn’t turn everyone in to Nino.

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Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:44 PM

I guess for me assuming there is no license or permit required to operate a bicycle on a trail, then trail education is a bonus and not a requirement. I will advocate for it but if people want to ride like assholes then that is their prerogative.

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Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 6:34 PM

@kdiff: have you ridden a motorcycle? Have you ridden an ebike? That would tell you all you need to know. In CA we classify pedal assist motors at 500watts max assist and up to 18mph top speed. For reference 1000 watts equates to 1.25 horsepower at most. A good motocross bike will have at least 30 horsepower so at lease 23,000plus watts. And that would be a boring dirt bike in my opinion. If you really want to see why ebikes aren’t motorcycles look up the FIM ebike World Cup race and then watch a motorcross race. See if you can see the subtle difference

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Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 9:38 AM

To me this your piece was about reclassifying ebikes as a different sport, as read in the title. On that we don’t agree at all. A bicycle with a tiny motor is still a bicycle in my opinion. To me your piece feels more like a skier back in the day not likening snowboards on the mountain, and advocating for keeping the mountains for skiers only. I’m not just an ebike fan boy, and I definitely would like to see more trails or groups teach trail etiquette, especially for ebikes, but that wasn’t in this thread. Im also all for having conversations about how to better share trails and trail safety, and even consumerism and the environmental effects of the throw away mountain bike culture.
Right now except on federal land, land managers get to decide if ebikes are allowed or in most cases not allowed. Perhaps that’s why ebike sales are small, not a lack of demand, just a lack of access to trails?

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Added a comment about feature On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 7:45 AM

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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Added a comment about feature 2020 Norco Sight - We Ride the Radical New Geometry of this Next-Generation Trail Bike 10/30/2019 10:37 AM

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Liked a comment on the item Next Level Bike Geometry: An Interview with Chris Porter 10/19/2019 9:29 AM

captaindouche. I wrote: you need to take a test ride then comment. Ok you replied that you did have a Geometron test ride and didn’t like it.
Fair enough. It’s not for everyone, but I guess I’m surprised. I love mine. Been on the CP longslacklow geo for 4 years...more

Added a comment to yetimike2019's bike check 10/18/2019 12:08 PM

Spesh has sent me aluminum links as they are currently out of stock on carbon links, and they are sending me a new frame as mine is scratched from the incident. So I have been riding my bike while I wait for a new frame and carbon links. I’m expecting a call from an engineer at specialized to talk about what happened, and they are quite interested in investigating. As far as I know I am the only person this has happened to. At least the warranty process has been very good so far.

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Added a comment about product review Coil or Air: We Test the All-New Öhlins RXF 36 m.2 Fork 10/9/2019 12:43 PM

It’s Awesome to see some good competition in the suspension world. I was thinking of going back to a sram shock after blowing out 3 different X2’s recently, but hopefully we will have more options coming from new players in the high end MTB market.

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Liked a comment on the item Enduro S-Works Custom 10/9/2019 8:00 AM

Woa what happened to that link?

Added a comment to yetimike2019's bike check 10/9/2019 7:59 AM

Interesting question. I hit a big drop to flat at high speed. I’m guessing I blew out the shock, going to check the psi and see if I just blew a seal, which could have put unfair stress on the link. If the shock has air, and the HSC is turned where I left it, then I think we have some defective links. If you take a look at those links they do look long and skinny. S-Works boasts about having all carbon links, maybe that’s going to be an issue for them, although apparently I am the first besides one other pro rider to snap one.

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