I have seen several letters in “Trailgrams” over the many months regarding the arrival of e-bikes on trails. This topic is not going to go away. I am 67 and an avid manual MTB rider. I just bought a new carbon 29er frame; however, I know the day is coming when I may need to join the pedal-assisted e-bike crowd if I want to continue the sport I have grown to love. I know of individuals who are well into their late 70s and can only continue to ride trails on a pedal-assisted bike. The baby boomer generation is arriving in droves to their 60s and 70s. A similar battle continues between fisherman/power boaters, snow skiers/snowboarders, pedestrians/electric scooters, mountain bikes/dirt bikes, etc.
I think an evolution will occur on where this new segment will ride. From what I’ve seen, e-bikes are fairly heavy and not as nimble as what is typical on current pedalpowered bikes. And to be honest, who at 75 years old wants to fall on a technical trail? The trails/roads will determine where we see them. I am in favor of keeping the population riding. We are going to see more, not less, of this new segment, and everyone will need to adjust.
E-bikes are offering another way to enoy the great outdoors.
Aaron Gwin and Ryan Dungey Reveal Some of Their Secret Training Secrets on The Intense Cycles New Electric-Charged Tazer
Ryan Dungey: 4x Supercross and 3x Motorcross Champion and Aaron Gwin: 5x World Cup Overall Champion
discuss working together with Intense, Having fun on the Tazer, and how they use E-bikes for training.
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