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synchro paulaston's article
Oct 24, 2017 at 18:58
Oct 24, 2017
Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay 70 - eMTB Review
@jaydawg69: I think it's safe to assume as the tech advances the price will come down just like any other advances in bike related tech whether it brakes, suspension or drivetrain. In terms of wattage wars, at least in NA, the mfg'ers are going to be limited by the current regs that already exist in most places. Emtb's are limited to a certain power on the motor (not the same as the amp-hour rating of the battery) and they're also limited to pedal assist where the rider has to pedal in order for the motor to work. Anything outside of those two conditions is no longer an ebike - at least in BC anyways. Where regs will matter is on trail use. A number of local jurisdictions have by-laws banning the use of motorized vehicles on parkland, but they where written long before ebikes were even on the radar and obstensibly geared to gas powered and throttle operated dirt bikes - a distinctly different machine than a pedal assiste eMTB. I think it would help the conversation a lot if the local land managers came out with clear regs that stipulated if and where eMTB's are allowed. Squamish is a good example, where they have trails that are designated ok for eMTB's.
synchro paulaston's article
Oct 21, 2017 at 1:10
Oct 21, 2017
Rocky Mountain Altitude Powerplay 70 - eMTB Review
I find the whole eMTB "debate" interesting. Personally I have no interest in one. but I also don't see what the big hate-on is for them either. As long as people are out enjoying the trails in a respectful manner does it really matter whether they're on an eMTB or pedal MTB? Would you tell a friend they can't ride with you just because they're on an eMTB? I've been through the spin cycle of reasons as to why they are so evil and none of them really stand up to any sort of scrutiny. RE the bike in question, I'm surprised Rocky would go to he trouble and expense of developing a proprietary system when there are already viable systems available off the shelf. Maybe they are betting big on the high end markets where people with tons of cash are willing to buy the latest cool toy on the block. One thing I've heard though is that pretty much anyone who throws a leg over one of these things comes away with a smile on their face. At the end of the day that will be the deciding factor that dictates whether eMTB's will gain a foothold in N.A.
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