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The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Reign 1 says:

    I have ridden an Ebike and enjoyed it very much. In fact I would like to own one but, they are generally a fair bit more expensive than a conventional bike which leads me to think 1/ Can I afford the initial outlay for an Ebike and 2/ how long before I need to spend even more money on maintenance eg: cost of motor repairs, new battery in addition to the cost of the normal bike parts that wear out. for the budget conscious this is a serious issue.

  • Ben says:

    Like mountain biking, E bikers are a highly diverse group, so what works for one willnot work for all. Mfgs have taken the low road, minimal investment in new bikes, mostly modifying existing bikes and using less expensive systems to electrify the bikes. As a result, the best E bikes suffer from serious obesity, poor performing suspensions, ultra low BB height, and an imbalance of power and efficiency.

    Unless high end E bikes can drop a lot of weight, the only people buying these bikes are going to be recreational riders. Granted, recreational riders far outnumber sport riders, but sport riders also spend more money on bikes and are much more likely to buy a high end E Bike.

    What “we” sport mountain bikers want:

    Full suspension <35#
    Hardtail <30#
    New School Geo
    Increased BB height
    Low COG
    Short crank options
    Emphasis on effciency
    Frame only options

  • TCP says:

    I have a couple of guys I ride with that are into their 60s. Both have recently purchased e-bikes as, sadly, aging has an effect on fitness. They lead the pack uphill and keep up on the downhills we all work for with their 40lb bikes, both of which have 150mm or travel on both ends and rip going down. After being out with an injury for 3 months and having to rebuild my cardio, watching them climb makes me jealous. If it keeps riders enjoying the sport longer, I have no problem with ebikes at all.
    One more point: Having a son who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, who loved to ride and has been riding the trails since a young age, my plan is to get him an ebike once his treatment allows him to ride again. That wouldn’t be an option without electric assist. Try to look past your own circumstances when it comes to e-bikes and you’ll see they have their place.

  • Alan S says:

    Fine for commuters and elderly/disabled. Keep them off the dirt trails otherwise.

  • John says:

    I agree ebikes are great for commuting. But what if elderly/disabled people want to ride dirt trails? This is an issue I’m struggling with because I’m almost 60, still hanging in there on my six inch full suspension bike, but what about 10, 20 years from now?

    Mountain biking is an essential part of my life. I hate to contemplate a future where I’d have to quit altogether, but at my age, I have to confront the facts. There’s only so much conditioning, weight training, and good diet can do to combat aging.

    The disabled have the legal right to use ebikes, which is only fair, because disability can happen to anyone at any time. For the able-bodied, maybe a minimum age limit is the answer? If so, what age?

  • joeyB says:

    keep them OFF legal mountain bike legal single track! if your too old and decrepit there comes a time to hang up the gear.

    How about : shuffle board, walk around the park, swimming, shuttle ALL your rides, bike path.

    Your “I” mentality infringes on other peoples space

  • richwolf says:

    I came here initially because it was a mountain bike forum and not a road bike forum or a motorcycle forum.
    You guys can do whatever you want but I will eventually leave it and I think many others will as well when they see the takeover by the motorcycle crowd and advertisers.
    I understand money rules and people tend to be a lazy slovenly group as a whole. Those of us who haven’t given into that trend will look elsewhere for their mountain bike fix.
    I made up an e-bike from a kit but I kinda felt dirty when I rode it. It now sits and gathers dust.
    Several of my friends have gone from pedal bikes to e-bikes and their waists are getting bigger and their fitness is getting worse.

  • osama been lazin says:

    Never underestimate lazy people.

  • Mr-EPIC-3 says:

    I think the real problem is we should not be comparing eMTB, MTB or motorcycles, they are completely different 2-wheel disciplines. I have a MTbike and a eMTbike and enjoy riding both of them. Fitness claim is bunch of crap, if you are riding hard on a MTB or eMTB you are getting exerciser.
    Because I am an old timer, quick story I remember the 1st IBM PC back in 1981 and all of the old guys in the mainframe group stated nice toy, but you will never be able to run a business with it. O how wrong they were, don’t fear tech embrace it:)

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