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Video: R-Dog & Kathi Kuypers on an eMTB Road Trip in BC

Mar 18, 2020 at 16:31
by Trek Bikes  

When a pair of Trek big mountain riders had just one week to road trip through British Columbia, they knew they’d have to think outside of the box to truly experience the region.

After all, a week in North America’s mountain biking mecca can go by in a flash—and Trek C3 Project’s Ryan R-Dog Howard and Trek Gravity Girls’ Kathi Kuypers wanted to make the most of it. They were constrained by time, but hitting all the best trails was a non-negotiable. So rather than ramping back their plans, they chose Trek's electric mountain bike, Rail.

They started in Squamish and wound their way to Kelowna, and over the course of their single week managed to hit such epic spots as Kamloops, Revelstoke, and more—and Kathi even caught her first glimpse of a bear.

See how R-Dog, Kathi, and the hard-charging Trek Rail electric mountain bike fared on BC’s finest.

Video by Harrison Mendel / Photos by Robb Thompson

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To learn more about the route that R-Dog and Kathi took and about the bikes they used check out this page.

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 Beauty province we have, get out there, enjoy it!
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 This is my official doctor's note. Thank you.
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 This was the BEST trip of my life, Thank you Bikes!
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 Sunny in Kelowna...no need to check the forecast from May to Oct.
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 I wish I had R-doggo’s style
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 I’d bet they still shuttled Della
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 Isn't it all just about having fun outside??
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 Party time! In before comments get crazy.
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 Sweet vid!
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 That looked like a fun trip. Anyone know what ankle braces R-dog was wearing?
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 Rdog def smashes
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 Why do I care if they’re riding an ebike?

Why dies the industry care about us knowing they’re riding an ebike?

Yeah, advertising.

Time to change my settings.
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 This is a valid point, well done. Just start considering this 'content' like every other piece of MTB content. Industry needs to stop pandering.
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 They're trying to legitimize them. It's not working. Enjoy this video instead:

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 @chriskneeland: Real question here, if nothing is working, why are e-bike sales increasing faster relative to pedal bikes? In economics if there is no demand, no one will supply as there is no market.
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flag chriskneeland (Mar 19, 2020 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 @ischiller: A lot of pussies getting into the sport right now.
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 Ah right... okay great explanation.
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 @chriskneeland: LOL! So R-Dogg's a pussy? And new to the sport? Most folks I know that are killing it on E-MTB's right now rip on anything with 2 wheels and are certainly not pussies. But hey... you clearly know everything.
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flag chriskneeland (Mar 19, 2020 at 12:11) (Below Threshold)
 @onemanarmy: Nah, he's paid to sell ebikes to pussies. This isn't quantum physics here.
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I don't understand the hate on e-bikes.
I love to shuttle more than anything, but it's also pretty sick that you can grab one of these e-bikes and pedal 3x as far as on a regular bike and still shred the similar stuff. Plus, one day these things are going to look exactly like a normal bike.
Just another tool for a different job - don't let it bother you so much bud...
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flag chriskneeland (Mar 19, 2020 at 12:42) (Below Threshold)
 @czumino: I could care less if people ride them. If a heavier, clunky bike limited by battery life is your thing, have at it.
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 @chriskneeland: Personally, I think where they're at right now is impressive. But eventually with smaller batteries & longer life, you won't even be able to notice the motor/battery weight and then at that point what are you even hating on?
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flag chriskneeland (Mar 19, 2020 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 @czumino: Ebiking as a recreational activity is like men's slow pitch softball. You can act like you're playing real baseball, but it's really just a bunch of lazy turds playing homerun derby on a little league field. Sure, they're having a blast, acting like they're sports heroes, but after playing real baseball my whole life, I can't allow myself to stoop to that. But who am I to judge. Swing away.
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 @chriskneeland: Haha. I agree, they aren't the lightest machines at the moment, but when they're pretty damn close (and that's gonna happen) i'll be a lazy turd all day dawg.
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 @czumino: I just saw a 36lb full suspension e-bike....
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 @chriskneeland: Yeah that explains why he rides e-bikes when cameras aren't around. Sure.

I'll address you're other nonsense here as well. It's clear you're just a troll. It's not hard to see the history of you adding nothing but shit talking everywhere. But why not.

You clearly do care... you're commenting like crazy. You're really not limited by anything. If you want to ride 100 miles you ride a different bike. Every tool has a purpose. You want to bust out 2 or 3 laps on your favorite trails on your lunch break instead of barely making 1... use an e-bike. Want to ride with a few buddies that might not be able to hang on climbs otherwise and do no drop rides... e-bikes rip. Want to do 6 or 8 laps on a sat morning instead of 2 or 3... e-bikes rip. What's the difference of shutting 8 drops in a truck vs pedaling 6 or 8 laps on an e-bike? You don't shuttle?

Slow pitch softball has its place. I played baseball all my life as well. I also played slow pitch softball a lot. I'd actually like to get back to it at some point. You can play in fun leagues. Co-ed. Beer leagues. Etc. Or you can play with highly competitive players in higher leagues. Those teams are full of ex college and pro players. They're fun and challenging as hell. Buddy of mine lives and dies for that stuff and I 100% guarantee you that he'd crush you in baseball. One skill does not mean the absence of another skill.... that assumption is foolish and limiting. And me personally... I always loved a good game of over the line. Practice is practice.

People like you act like e-bikes are an affront to your personal lives. Reality is... all they're doing is opening up the industry to new people and expanding it to those that are already in it. More tools to have fun.

I'm guessing if you can't grasp this simple idea you can't grasp quantum physics either.
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 @onemanarmy: Holy shit. Are you still talking?
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 @chriskneeland: typical response from someone with nothing beneficial to add. Thank you
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 @chriskneeland: you know there’s no crying in baseball, right?
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 She’s electric ????
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 Just STOP!
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