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Haibike Xduro AMT 27.5 E-Bike Review - Nov. 4, 2014, 1:04 p.m.

First: NSMB posted your article on the front page, so I believe I am right in imputing this article to the website as a whole. NSMB, like every organization, is made up of individuals. And enough individuals thought this was a sufficiently meretricious article to put on the landing page. Thus, I'm imputing this article to NSMB as a whole, as I do not believe you are a rogue agent acting against the wishes of NSMB.

Second: I stand by my comment that bike tests are advertising. Bike companies give you bikes because you'll test them, write about them, all in the hopes of increasing sales. Yes I know you are not hired by the companies to do this, but if bike (or car, or anything else) reviewers don't write favorable reviews they wouldn't get bikes to review. When this becomes a pay site and you buy your review bikes I will then believe you are completely objective. (I'm not saying this is inherently bad, but there is and always will be bias in these reviews)

Third: You and I both know the "cost us traffic" line is bs. I'm willing to bet this is one of your most heavily clicked articles all week. You knew this article would be inflammatory, and will do nothing but make your numbers look better.

Haibike Xduro AMT 27.5 E-Bike Review - Nov. 4, 2014, 9:21 a.m.

I agree with you 100%

E-bikes already look like normal mountain bikes to the lay person. With every Tom Dick and Hairy running around every trail at 20mph I am worried that the difficult trail access situation in my home town (a mtb mecca) will become much worse. I could see it being very easy to just ban all mountain bikes since determining which bikes were and were not e-bikes would be too difficult.

I'm also disappointed in NSMB for posting this article. The question shouldn't be HOW do e-bikes work, it should be WHY e-bikes should or should not be banned before they do permanent damage to trail access and reverse everything IMBA has done in the last 20 years. Bikes are given to magazines/ website for subtle promotion. This one is no different.

I've only seen e-bikes on the trails a couple of times. And so far they have lived up to my worst fears. People on motorized DH bikes being much harder on the trails than any normal mtb would be. As an example, I was passed by a guy on an old specialized big hit going uphill on singletrack (he was going a solid 15+mph). Because of his motor he just passed me off trail instead of waiting five seconds for a legitimate passing opportunity. As I saw his rear tire kick up leaves and sticks I saw the inevitable reduction of mtb trail access.

Sealskinz Waterproof Socks - Oct. 21, 2014, 10:19 a.m.

When I was younger we used to ride with plastic baggies over our socks (and under our shoes) in the winter. Our feet still got wet, but much less so, and it created a bit of a wetsuit effect. These socks look much better.

Light & Motion Stella 500 and Cygolite TridenX - Oct. 14, 2014, 2:21 p.m.

I think what you said is pretty accurate. My $20 1200 lumen Amazon light is only a little brighter than my 700 lumen NiteRider light. If I had to give a very unscientific guess I would say that maybe the NiteRider is 2/3rds as bright.

Light & Motion Stella 500 and Cygolite TridenX - Oct. 14, 2014, 9:27 a.m.

I just purchased a 1200 lumen bar light on Amazon for $20. I still have a niterider for my helmet but for $20 how could you pass up an extra 1200 lumens on the bar? The beam isn't great, but not terrible either.

Eating My Words - Oct. 8, 2014, 9:49 a.m.

I wouldn't be too quick to laugh at that (as goofy as it would look). I do a lot of tandem riding and traction is ALWAYS an issue whenever we start going down anything fun.

I've only dorked around on a fatbike for about 10 minutes, but if larger tires means no more understeer (yeah, that's a thing on tandem), and being able to go down steeper stuff without loosing control then I wouldn't rule it out.

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