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zire RichardCunningham's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 3:40
Apr 14, 2014
Kranked Electric's EGO 45mph Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC - Sea Otter Classic 2014
I agree with Waki. Also... Suppose you are the builder of a lovely singletrack somewhere high in the mountains or in deep wilderness, aiming to provide visitors with the ultimate trail riding experience. You'd expect only those with determination and maybe some (hard-earned) physique to frequent such a place. Generally people willing to sacrifice some personal comfort for the experience. You'd also hope that having taken the expense of getting to the trail, they would have some respect towards it. With this contraption, you'll get people climbing to the trailhead without breaking a sweat and before too long (given the easy access), you might well be looking at braking bumps, ruined berms and excessive traffic on a trail you intended to be somewhat exclusive. It's a cheat.
zire natedh9's photo
Apr 13, 2014 at 9:41
Apr 13, 2014
What a caricaturesque moment :) I'm lacking a pencil-drawn version with some catchy caption...

zire mikekazimer's article
Mar 8, 2014 at 15:58
Mar 8, 2014
7 Strange Sights From the Taipei Cycle Show
@Speeder123 - You don't have to be a great athlete to enjoy riding, sure. A lot of people enjoy riding mediocre trails, after all. But you bloody well ought to be an extraordinary athlete if you wish to be able to reach extraordinary places (in a reasonable amount of time). It is a perfectly logical and fair tradeoff. Therein, I believe, lies what you consider prejudice against (specifically) e-bikes like this one. If you put an electric motor on a simple hardtail or a trekking bike, that's fine. It doesn't change things much. Fire roads will never get too crowded. Put it on a 7 inch quasi-enduro machine and you might find that people who previously couldn't bother, now go 'shuttling' some gem of a trail high up in the mountains, one for which you had to sweat like crazy to reach it. I know I'll never be fit, experienced or brave enough to conquer the most epic rock climbing routes, the kind that make it into posters for outdoor clothing companies, however much I'd love to (and trust me, I would). That doesn't mean I'd endorse making a lift to the summit because it would make it accessible to me.
zire mikekazimer's article
Mar 8, 2014 at 15:16
Mar 8, 2014
7 Strange Sights From the Taipei Cycle Show
No they're not. Trekking bikes, XC hardtails - perfectly fine. Mobility to the masses, so long as they stick to the kind of terrain those bicycles allow them to ride. But this Haibike is emphatically not that. Especially given the prohibitive pricetag, it merely has the potential to get ignorant people into places quite simply above their ability level. People oblivious to the amount of sweat otherwise necessary to get up to a trailhead. The kind of mindset that disrespects that may as well be the same mindset that disrespects the demands of a difficult trail. "I have 7 inches of travel to iron all that sh*t out", after all. You can go on thundering about how politically incorrect I may be, but honestly, I don't want to see people, who think that particular bike is a good idea, fumbling around on trails that require that amount of suspension travel. I just really don't.
zire mikekazimer's photo
Mar 6, 2014 at 12:27
Mar 6, 2014
The colours are awful, but the frame itself... Is it just me, the photo or did they truly screw up the frame design - mechanically? Look at the rear linkage - at the initial moment of pressure (the 'exact' moment you land off a drop, say), that whole rear end must suffer like hell. It puts gigantic amount of mechanical stress where there simply need not be any. Yea, maybe it works fine in Linkage and maybe it even works fine in the real, but it is aluminum and just give it a year or two of bikepark hammering. I refuse to believe it won't crack. (Yes, YT makes a seemingly similar design, but even they have enough sense not to the put the pivots in what looks nearly like a single axis.)

zire DanMilner's article
Mar 4, 2014 at 12:29
Mar 4, 2014
Video: A World Champ Speaks - 10x10 with Tracy Moseley
03:10 - "maybe if I was a male I would have the..." -> that face you (Dan) pulled, hilarious :-)
zire brule's article
Feb 20, 2014 at 12:48
Feb 20, 2014
Video: Stair Racing with Tomas Slavik
I'm really looking forward to Schwalbe introducing those double-chamber tyres. Unless I'm wrong, that could be salvation for these kinds of terrains, where they're flying over nasty stair sets half the time. But most importantly, I'm so glad he's alive. It's probably just a subjective sentiment, but all that square-edged metal and zero-tolerance concrete seems so much more menacing than the surroundings of many natural DH courses. Then again, the latter might be technically more difficult than city courses, so it probably evens out.
zire mikelevy's article
Jan 30, 2014 at 13:19
Jan 30, 2014
Industry Nine 26" Gravity Wheels - Reviewed
"...but we're willing to bet our last cookies n' cream Clif Bar that regular spokes stand up better to general neglect and abuse than I9's aluminum version." At $6 apiece, that's a serious concern, if one's bike is inclined towards taking bikepark abuse. But I'd happily run them on my enduro bike. A 100 gram penalty for a wheelset that would serve my enduro needs without requiring constant spoke replacement is a very attractive proposition. And given the weight, the price isn't all that steep either. Hmm...
zire AdamKovar's article
Jan 10, 2014 at 1:23
Jan 10, 2014
Video: Tomas Zejda's 2013 Dirty Odyssey Recap
I bet he doesn't think much of "riding straight forward", whatever that may mean. Neither would I. Straight forward is for roadies :)
zire RichardCunningham's article
Sep 3, 2013 at 23:43
Sep 3, 2013
Eurobike 2013 - Good, Bad and the Ugly
DragontalesDH - mostly understand what you're saying, except the second-to-last bit. I'm afraid that there is, or will soon be, a large number of people, to whom the prospect of a forgiving long-travel MTB fitted with an electric motor will fit the bill just about perfectly. I mean, "on paper, what's not to like"? On the uphills, you don't have to pedal, and on the downhills, you don't have to know how to ride, given the travel. So, in the mind of a rich newbie, the rider of such a machine has the advantage under any condition, which - I think - is a very appealing concept to the amateur who just doesn't have a clue what he's doing. In other words, it's just the perfect toy for wealthy idiots who think there's always a technocratic shortcut to glory. And given how much the manufacturers are leaping after this whole e-bike thing, there are bound to be a lot more of these people than we may have thought. Look at the first picture in the "Last Day Randoms Reach Around" - I was there in person, and Haibike were (by far) not the only one to proudly present such a ludicrous contraption to the rest of the world...
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