Posted by: DemonMike
I see tricked out ebikes destroying the trails.
That's what other trail users used to say about mountain bikes. Should we learn that being divisive and NIMBY does not work out...or should we keep on fighting the new kids till they overtake us and we just get angrier and pissed off? I have been around long enough to see how the industry cycles and can see how stupid the arguments are against pedalecs. I don't own one, and probably won't for many years, but I do see the amazing correlations between the rise of the MTB and the rise of the pedalec...it's amazing how we have become the NIMBY's now.
As for the future, I would love to see the derailleur die, some type of gearbox start taking over...but I really can't see that for a few years yet.
I would also love to see presta die for mountain bikes...just a bad standard, go back to schrader...tougher, more airflow and a better design for our bikes.
Tires are being worked on a lot lately, between new casings and rubber...I am excited to see them get better, probably one of the best things you can do for your bike is get good tires for your location and riding style. And then there are tire inserts...will they eventually merge into one system or will they stay separate?
Will dropper posts continue to get longer and seat tubes get shorter, will frame manufacturers start building stronger seat tube/top tubes to take the extra force that these longer posts are creating?
Change is good, and I love to see people working to make our sport better... I just hope companies stop using customers as their R&D department.