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Zombies, ghosts, spiders, clowns, Trump, Hillary, Freddy Krueger - all spooky. As we descend upon another Halloween, nothing should be more frightening to a mountain biker than these new-fangled contraptions that blend DH bike capabilities with the power of a battery. Equally fast up the mountain as they are down, they're putting our trails at more risk than you may think. Sure, total combined global sales of all E-DH bikes probably total like 13 units, but it only takes one, right? Get scared.

1. You could probably win your local DH race on this and get away with it.

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2. 2500 Watts and more views on the internet than a Danny Mac video.

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3. It even comes in Halloween colors.

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4. Guido Tschugg could do some serious 4x t-boning on this bad boy!

 

​​5. Haimoto

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6. You can buy this

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We're only calling it a DH bike because there can be no other explanation for its complexity. £15,950 could get you this! But hurry, there are only 12 days left on the auction! We would have jumped on it considering the state of the British Pound, but the seller says, ",there is one small mark on the rear part of the frame." Sorry, we're out.

7. If it has a BoXXer, it's a DH bike.

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8. Red Bull, responsible for bad ideas since 1997.

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9. Greyp drink with a twist of lemon.

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Or as one Vital viewer said, "Maxxis Hookworms, the perfect match for a BoXXer."

10. A backwards stem is the real secret to speed.

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If you're interested in the fork, you can get one for $95 brand new.

11. According to Freud...

 

...the ego represents what may be called reason and common sense. Its main concern is with the individual's safety and allows some of the id's desires to be expressed, but only when consequences of these actions are marginal. The consequences for putting a motor on a Kona? We'll let you decide in the comments.

Happy Halloween.

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sspomer sspomer 10/30/2016 10:04 PM

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Ebikes are fun and all, but I dont' get why you need one on your DH bike. Faster without a motor.

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some of them have throttles. might actually be faster. but one of the big justifications I saw was that it allows you to self-shuttle. Which is admittedly is something I wouldn't mind. Let me pedal up the hill under electric, & then lock out the motor for the trail. Since it seems like we are going to see them everywhere whether we like it or not.

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A distinction needs to be made between a pedal assist and a "throttle bike". With a pedal assist you don't go roosting around and riding uphill at the same speed you descend and the negative impact on a trail is about the same as any other mtb.
Bikes where you can simply throttle up and blast away fall more into the e-motor bike category for me and I whole heartedly agree that they don't belong on no-motorized trails.

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I think pedal assist e-bikes are cool but when you can twist a grip and do a burn out that is not what mountain bikes are about. Get a dirt bike it you want to do burn outs.

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Along those lines, I'd be stoked to try out one of those electric freeride motos KTM gave dannymac. But, y'know, not on nonmotorized singletrack.

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