SLCALEX1 pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 7:04Sep 14, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
The most important thing RC said in the article a year ago was: 'To understand why this is important, consider that the solitary reason that mountain bikes gained access to trails where motorized vehicles of any sort were banned was because they are human powered - and it was a tenuous handshake - we were not welcomed by traditional users with open arms. If we had told them up front, that pedaling uphill was too difficult, so we were going to use motors, mountain bikes would have been permanently banned - end of story.' I think he is correct. What we will now get is ebike trails and non-ebike trails. And in some areas it will be too hard for land managers (since most parks have limited staffing) to distinguish ebikes from standard mountain bikes so they will band ALL bikes from certain trails. Thus less access than we have today.