Cedric Gracia has announced on social media that he is joining Giant.
After signing with Forestal Bikes after a decade with Santa Cruz in 2019
Cedric Gracia has now partnered with Giant. In Giant Bicycles France's post about the news, it says Cedric will be using his past experience to help the development of new products.
|So happy to announce my partnership with Giant! Thanks to all the crew for the warm welcome! This isn’t big - it’s GIANT— Cedric Gracia|
|The legend Cedric Gracia becomes an ambassador @giantbicycles We are incredibly proud to start this partnership with one of the big names in the world of mountain biking, winner among others of the legendary Red Bull Rampage in 2003, the Crankworx 4X Whistler or the Urban DH from Valparaiso (Chile). He will initially ride the Trance X Advanced E+ LTD and the new Reign Advanced Pro.— Giant Bicycles France|
for the neg-proppers, maybe I should explain. I'm a bike mechanic, not an eeber.
Crappy ebikes sadly affect us all, not just the people that ride them. Man y'all are judgy with your props.
Man, if only that were my choice...
Love your self righteousness My friend but e-bikes and mopeds are not the same thing and I’m pretty sure you know that
If there is more electeonics and software involved, it's harder all the way to impossible to repair...
You're talking about liquorcycles. Aprillas, Honda Ruckus...those are motorized. Not MoPeds.
I rode mopeds as a kid in the 80's. Start to pedal, it kickstarts a weak ass motor. You still have to pedal up the same hill, but the motor helps your ass out. You get there faster than you would on a bicycle.
But you don't get there or have the fun of a moto. You look stupid to the guy on a moto.
You look lazy to the cyclist as you pass...still having to breath heavily.
They were a stupid waste of money in the 80s. Still are now.
Mopeds CAN have pedals, but don't have to. Pedelecs (ebikes as disussed in this forum) HAVE to have pedals. No mopeds nowadays have pedals. Stop comparing the present with the 80's because the 80's are long past.
Unless you still ride around on a 80's MTB, STFU and have go have som fun on your bike instead of gatekeeping, it makes you look more stupid than the guys who have fun on their ebikes who pass you sorry ass and makes you look like an old fool.
You obviously haven't tried an eMTB proper and seem to hate fun. (Yes eMTBs are fun, and yes I have tried several and own one as well as regular meat-bikes)
At the moment I totally agree with you. Imagine, carrying around a heavy battery and motor and I've still got to pedal the thing? Worst of both worlds. Garbage ;-)
I mean if you want to compare apples to oranges, sure. Thing is, you and I both know that the definition of "moped" has changed as the English language evolves, because that's what happens.
If you REALLY want to get into semantics, which it seems like you do, the traditional definition of the word "moped" is incorrect anyways because they don't have a motor (electric), they use an internal combustion engine. Those two things are quite distinct and so I'm pretty sure that despite your personal feelings towards mopeds we can both agree that a "moped" by its current colloquial definition is quite different to a class 1 electric mountain bike, whether you like it or not, both legally and physically.
I could break it down for you but I'll just leave you with this link that makes it quite clear.
hence why just about anything powered by an engine is preceded by motor... motor vehicle, motorbike, motorcar, motorboat, motorhome... etc.
Its a device which converts a form of energy into mechanical energy to produce motion, be it electricity or fuel.
source: any dictionary