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E Bikes what's the deal ?
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:44:59 pm »
Besides still being eye watering expensive surely this goes against the whole idea of cycling ? Admittedly it looks like a whole lot of fun, a semi dirt bike of sorts you can ride in a lot more places. Cool video taken close to where I live, the guy goes quite quickly on his E Bike  :ricky:

https://youtu.be/iEvXNoUa8_0
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Re: E Bikes what's the deal ?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 07:31:50 pm »
Early last year I had the pleasure to ride Specialized's top of the range e-bike, and what a sensation.

We went on about a 3 hour ride, and let me tell you it is still tiring. Not nearly so much as normal cycling, but the advantages are huge, as it opens up downhill tracks for more than just one ride down.

It is a power on demand system, so if you stop pedalling the power is cut. Power delivery is proportional to pedal input, so you still have to pedal to move.

The only very slight "complaint" I could level was when you do not spin fast, the power delivery becomes slightly erratic, as in power, let go, power, let go, in tune with your pedal strokes. But this

only manifested itself when pulling high gears.

If they were'nt so expensive, I would own one.
 
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Re: E Bikes what's the deal ?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 08:31:48 pm »
I heard in the US you can only ride them on trails that are open for bikes and quads as well so no mountain bike only areas. Weird since they are electric
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Re: E Bikes what's the deal ?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 09:44:28 am »
I heard in the US you can only ride them on trails that are open for bikes and quads as well so no mountain bike only areas. Weird since they are electric

In my opinion it's the same as Fatbikes - it's really just a niche bike - we won't be seeing many of them on the trails. And using an e-bike in a mtb race is a definite no-no... It's good they ban them from mtb trails.
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Re: E Bikes what's the deal ?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2018, 10:33:19 am »
I've ridden a few and if you travel around Europe you'll soon come to realize that it is the future of social cycling. It's already that way in 1st world countries but SA is naturally 10 years behind.

A friend recently bought one for his wife and it's allowed her the freedom to come and ride trails with us every weekend.
She doesn’t yet have the fitness to ascend with us but she has the skill set to descent like a rock star and it’s opened up a new world of trails for her. Added to that is the fact that the suspension on the ebike is normally better than a standard XC bike due to it being beefed up for the extra weight of the battery, making it a great handler on technical terrain.

The bikes are pedal assisted and most have 3 modes for power delivery. If you want to work harder and save battery, then set it on Eco mode and you’ll still get a good workout on the climbs. They’re also governed at 26km/h (can be overwritten if you know how) so if you want to destroy a friend on one, just ride at 30km/h on the flat roads  >:D

I often ride with Meurant Botha who’s one of the top trail builders in the country and he has no problem allowing pedal assisted ebikes on his trails or in his races, just as long as the riders realize that they are not in contention for the podium. When I questioned him on ebikes destroying trails he said he’s seen no evidence of it on his trails yet (and he rents out ebikes). His theory is that a 90kg rider on a 12kg hardtail weighs more than a 70kg rider on a 30kg ebike so why the big concern? On a pedal assisted bike the power output is such that the wheels can’t spin under power. In reality more damaged is caused to the trails by ignorant riders skidding their rear tires into berms etc.

I can certainly see one in my future… asap the price drops 
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Re: E Bikes what's the deal ?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 08:24:34 pm »
When we where in Switzerland recently we saw a lot of E bikes. But then for them they are rather affordable.

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