E bike sightings

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Posted: Nov 13, 2017 at 18:15 Quote
There's a lot of talk about e bikes, mainly negative talk. I was wondering if anyone actually has seen them on out there and who was riding them. I've only seen one and it was an old lady. Just curious what everyone else has seen out there

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 at 19:53 Quote
havent spied any round my area but if i see strava times improving lots suddenly then i know whos using em. HA HA

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 at 21:16 Quote
Seen quite a few of them out here in socal. Don't know what all the fuss is about, yeah they climb faster that I do, but seem slower going down.

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 5:20 Quote
Saw a Specialized e-bike blasting up the single track climbs at Glentress the other week ridden by an older fella.

I get it for uplift trails where you can save your energy on the fire road climbs and get more runs in, they certainly seem like a better alternative to people running their own uplifts, but I'm not sure how I feel about them on XC trails / singletrack climbs. I don't care about the "cheating" element, do what you do, fat bike, heck take a road bike DHing, but e-bikes on techy climbs must be doing the trails some damage putting that much torque down. Braking bumps on the downs are bad enough lol

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 8:19 Quote
I rarely see them. I saw two instances when I lived in North Vancouver. One guy hammering up the Fromme fire road, which I didn't care about. If you want to get up to the top of a massive double track in the pouring rain to get more laps in, go for it. The other instance was more annoying. Coming down a popular DH trail and some e-bike clown was riding up it. It was a good thing it wasn't near one of the drops or jumps, as we would have violently collided. Dude thought it would be fun to ride uphill on a trail that wasn't designed for it. In that instance, he may as well have been on a dirtbike.

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 11:54 Quote
gbeaks33 wrote:
I rarely see them. I saw two instances when I lived in North Vancouver. One guy hammering up the Fromme fire road, which I didn't care about. If you want to get up to the top of a massive double track in the pouring rain to get more laps in, go for it. The other instance was more annoying. Coming down a popular DH trail and some e-bike clown was riding up it. It was a good thing it wasn't near one of the drops or jumps, as we would have violently collided. Dude thought it would be fun to ride uphill on a trail that wasn't designed for it. In that instance, he may as well have been on a dirtbike.

Yeah that's not cool at all and dangerous. Seems like ebikes do have their place but where is the question often

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 17:21 Quote
A couple older guys ride e-bike on our local trails. Makes the uphills easy for them, but they weigh 50-60 lbs and don’t look fun to me. Motorized vehicles are against the rules, but old guys on e-bikes don’t bother me. If I don’t want to pedal, I ride a DRZ400 but the Husky701 Enduro is my dream bike.

Many people jog with dogs, and some ride horses on our trails. At least e-bikes don’t $hit.

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 19:23 Quote
gbeaks33 wrote:
I rarely see them. I saw two instances when I lived in North Vancouver. One guy hammering up the Fromme fire road, which I didn't care about. If you want to get up to the top of a massive double track in the pouring rain to get more laps in, go for it. The other instance was more annoying. Coming down a popular DH trail and some e-bike clown was riding up it. It was a good thing it wasn't near one of the drops or jumps, as we would have violently collided. Dude thought it would be fun to ride uphill on a trail that wasn't designed for it. In that instance, he may as well have been on a dirtbike.

I have had an incident I'm squamish where I was descending on a popular dh trail, and some asshat was pedalling up(not on an e-bike) - figured he was lost and asked if he needed directions - he was all nah bro, I wanted to see if I could climb this.....

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 at 19:26 Quote
Martron12 wrote:
There's a lot of talk about e bikes, mainly negative talk. I was wondering if anyone actually has seen them on out there and who was riding them. I've only seen one and it was an old lady. Just curious what everyone else has seen out there

2 times I have seen e-bikes on the trails in squamish.

First was a pair of tourists who were exploring - more power to them they were following all trail etiquette properly

Second.time I was gasping for air at the top of a technical steep climb. The dude rolls on up barely breaking a sweat. I was actually jealous at that moment.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 at 7:54 Quote
So far it seems like not too many are out on the trails at all compared to normal pedal bikes and that the majority of them seem to be not bothering anyone. There was a lot of fear that they would attract motorcycles and ruin the trails; doesn't seem to be founded after reading these. Hope it stays like that

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 at 10:04 Quote
Martron12 wrote:
So far it seems like not too many are out on the trails at all compared to normal pedal bikes and that the majority of them seem to be not bothering anyone. There was a lot of fear that they would attract motorcycles and ruin the trails; doesn't seem to be founded after reading these. Hope it stays like that

The ones I have seen will only use the motor if the rider is putting some pedalling effort in - not enough power to put.significant wear on climbs.

For descending they will be no worse then the 50lb freeride rigs from 15 years ago.

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 at 20:58 Quote
I've seen quite a few in North Van and last week one sucker passed me full steam on a climb at Seymour... He was also the only one leAving huge tire marks on the trail... Really frustrating to see these lazy f*ckers get to destroy our climb trails without any consequences

Posted: Nov 16, 2017 at 22:25 Quote
Saw a pair on my local trails in so cal. They were walking down a fun part of the trail. Obviously the bikes had gotten them in over their head. Quite funny actually.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 at 7:33 Quote
DonLopez wrote:
A couple older guys ride e-bike on our local trails. Makes the uphills easy for them, but they weigh 50-60 lbs and don’t look fun to me. Motorized vehicles are against the rules, but old guys on e-bikes don’t bother me. If I don’t want to pedal, I ride a DRZ400 but the Husky701 Enduro is my dream bike.

Many people jog with dogs, and some ride horses on our trails. At least e-bikes don’t $hit.

I could see this being more accepted for the older or possibly riders with some kind of handicap so to speak.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 at 8:25 Quote
Seen at least 10+ this year around Cannock Chase.
Usually they just barge past on the climbs without acknowledgement when you move over for them.

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