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Electric MTB's

Postby carbonismyfriend » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:17 pm

I'm not a big fan of electric bikes. I would venture a guess that they would not be popular around metro Atlanta trails for the near future? I was wonder would they be permitted at say Chicopee, Blankets? Just curious.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby OffroadRatfish » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:49 pm

This came up a couple months ago.

I can only speak for myself, but I would hope they'd be disallowed on MTB trails, just as is any motorized vehicle.

Recognizing that this is hypocritical (ie, I want more access on more trails for mountain bikes), I draw the line at motorcycles. I ride them, too, for the record, and motos do WAY more damage. A low power moto is still a moto.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby OffCamber » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:41 pm

Wondering how long before they put out a MTB version of this.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/03/28/new ... l-the-fun/
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby bikephan » Wed May 01, 2013 3:19 am

Saw that bike at the fat tire fest. Means a lot more to someone or someplace that deals with non motorized commuting
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby OffroadRatfish » Wed May 01, 2013 9:22 am

bikephan wrote: someplace that deals with non motorized commuting


This. Ordnance governing bike paths will need to wrestle this question, as well. Effectively, they are mopeds, though. There have been pedal-assisted mopeds (or motor-assisted bicycles, however you want to look at it) for many years. These differ only in that they're quieter and sneakier.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby KevinH » Wed May 01, 2013 3:14 pm

A motor is a motor. Bike can be placed into two simple categories:

1. Motorized
2. Human powered

There are no sub-categories, qualifiers, or gray areas. It can not be more clearly defined.

The first should never be allowed on bike trails.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby wojtek » Tue May 07, 2013 9:56 am

Funny that those that never rode one seem to "know it all".

Specialized just introduced the Turbo @ 6K. It does not have the POD feature, and this is why it can get away with 30mph, just like most of you can get on your regular bike (right?).

It falls into the category "pedelec", meaning that the motor will help you pedal, but will not take over the motion, just like some bikes with POD (Power On Demand).

I am expecting the delivery of Stromer ST1 and those of you who prefer to base your wisdom on a true experience are welcome to check it out:

http://www.motostrano.com/Stromer-ST1-P ... KA&click=2
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby Tweety » Tue May 07, 2013 12:51 pm

Wisdom has nothing to do with the fact that these bikes have an electric motor, and are thus "Motorized Vehicles". Simple as that. Mountain bike trails and most PATH trails explicitly state "NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES". While you may be able to fly under the radar, you'd be breaking the law if you rode it on either. Experience, or lack thereof, means squat in this instance.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby OffroadRatfish » Tue May 07, 2013 1:08 pm

As Tweety says, has nothing to do with knowing anything about them, aside from the fact that they have a power source other than the human body. The website you link references that--MOTOstrano.

I ride motorcycles as well as bikes, and like them, too. Have my share of time on dirt bikes, as well, and they're blast. I'm not saying that motor-powered or motor-assisted bikes wouldn't be fun. I just don't believe they have a place where motors are prohibited.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby wojtek » Tue May 07, 2013 1:54 pm

New things usually bring some controversy.

For the record - at the recent Sea Otter Classic nobody objected motor assisted Kreidler e-bike on the local trails.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby OffroadRatfish » Tue May 07, 2013 2:04 pm

:roll:

By that argument, we shouldn't have ANY restrictions on trail usage. Dirt bike, MTB, horse, hike, 4-wheeler...jeep...all on the same trail.

Sounds fun, huh?
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby grog » Tue May 07, 2013 2:15 pm

OffroadRatfish wrote::roll:

By that argument, we shouldn't have ANY restrictions on trail usage. Dirt bike, MTB, horse, hike, 4-wheeler...jeep...all on the same trail.

Sounds fun, huh?


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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby FujNoob » Tue May 07, 2013 2:17 pm

grog wrote:With dogs, mud and ice (oh my!) . . .



Just make sure the dogs are off leash.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby bikephan » Tue May 07, 2013 5:18 pm

wojtek wrote:New things usually bring some controversy.

For the record - at the recent Sea Otter Classic nobody objected motor assisted Kreidler e-bike on the local trails.


Alright, let's get this out of the way because you love to mention it in your recent posts........YEAH, you went to Sea Otter. Oh my god, so did I. :)

Sea otter is a release party, period. Companies skip interbike and do some releases there. There is so much hype there no one really cares what is on the trail. I find it sad that someone needed those there since the trails are not terribly tough but that is a side note.
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Re: Electric MTB's

Postby Tweety » Tue May 07, 2013 6:18 pm

Where is the "LIKE" button around here....
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