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April 24, 2022, 8:55 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: craw

Posted by: silverbansheebike

Posted by: SixZeroSixOne

Well, there's One less e-bike on the Shore now...

Yikes! Hope the damage wasn't too bad. Thankfully it happened not on the trail, but I think most battery fires are when charging, if i remember from a few pages back.

Some of the commuter ebikes are absurdly cheap so I think we can reasonably expect stuff like this to start happening more often.

It's weird to reply to myself but here we go. Check out this video of a bike with a cheap aftermarket ebike conversion kit on fire.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MTB/comments/uava47/ebike_caught_on_fire/

April 22, 2022, 5:35 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: silverbansheebike

Posted by: SixZeroSixOne

Well, there's One less e-bike  on the Shore now...

Yikes! Hope the damage wasn't too bad. Thankfully it happened not on the trail, but I think most battery fires are when charging, if i remember from a few pages back.

Some of the commuter ebikes are absurdly cheap so I think we can reasonably expect stuff like this to start happening more often.

April 18, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

I kind of get this https://bikerumor.com/mondraker-marquez-edition-grommy-kids-bikes/ - that looks super fun.

But isn't this a bit short-sighted for a bike company? Isn't this just prepping kids to ride motorcycles?

April 17, 2022, 4:09 p.m.
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Anyone in Vancouver got any Nicolai/Geometron G1 12mm or 15mm mutators?

After almost two years I think I want to try some different settings on my XL G1. I'm currently running the 41mm chainstay mutator and the 10mm seatstay.

This is pretty aggressive but it's generally been great. I want to try a longer SS mutator to steepen up the head tube a tiny bit and also raise the bb a little. I think the 12 or 15 would do it.

Maybe you have these I could borrow? Or maybe trade? I have 3.5mm and 6.5mm that I've never used.

April 13, 2022, 8:06 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: Endurimil

Posted by: AndrewMajor

I can’t remember if #dadbod is in or out of style right now but either way you’re on to something. Camelbak is always hungry for another feature to advertise so a new cut of waist strap that hides/accentuates the bod (reversible?!) would be right up their alley.

Just need a good name for the (tm) marketing campaign.

Didn't that used to be the Clydesdale category? Riders about 225 pounds and up for the men.

Ugh. As a member of said category I always found this a little simplistic. It made no distinction between tall skinny riders, or big strong dudes versus heavy out of shape dudes. It basically ignores all the relevant aspects of a rider and categorizes solely by body weight. It basically put a 5'9 230lb guy in the same category as a 6'4" 240lb shredder. How is that useful?

The Clydesdale forum on mtbr was basically a weight loss support group - which is fine but hardly inclusive of the whole group. The term came to be synonymous with overweight noobs. Which is also fine. But where is the term for a bigger/taller advanced rider that exist in great number around here?

April 12, 2022, 12:37 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: AndrewMajor

Posted by: craw

Wow. So what is the DoctaWalt V1 going to become? Every bike is potentially a rigid bike if you like being uncomfortable enough :)

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

Is there a gravel bike thread for that pink Chromag?

Since my Lilac DoctaWalt V2 has been my main mountain bike since it arrived and the Pink/Purple Surfworks V1 has been languishing. Chromag doesn’t sell rigid bikes to just have them sit around though, am I right?

It’s currently getting updated by Em to add rack and fender mounts as well as cable routing to cleanly run a rear derailleur, when I feel like it, and a nice big custom front rack. So yeah, it’s going to be an ATB - road, gravel, light trail, maybe more aggressive trails sometimes.

I have an 11-25t 5-speed setup that’ll be mated to a 32t oval ring. Cura2 brakes. A pair of 2.6” WTB Rangers. CushCore. 125mm dropper. Flat pedals. I think it’s going to be sweet.

Jorts, Tevas, tank tops, bike polo, fly fishing bikepack rig.

April 12, 2022, 7:20 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: AndrewMajor

Posted by: Vikb

Please post a photo of your sweet purple Chromag Proto-Docta on that bike trainer so we can all enjoy it.

My poor bike. It’s a bit like posting photos of a dog wearing a cone of shame isn’t it? I did post one and then felt sort of rotten about it. I mean, it’s been months since someone yelled “NICE CHROMAG!” or looked right at the Waltworks decal and asked “what model of Chromag is this?!” or said “I didn’t know Chromag made rigid bikes!!?!”

I will post a photo of my V1 ATB conversion when it’s back from WZRD.

Here is V1 as an MTB as a pre-comparison.

Wow. So what is the DoctaWalt V1 going to become? Every bike is potentially a rigid bike if you like being uncomfortable enough :)

April 11, 2022, 4:12 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: Mic

Tioga Psycho (Genius)? I have a hard time remembering the stuff of old. 

I can even not really remember tvat IRC tire that was the thing before Maxxis took over.

The Missile was the older one in the 90s which was replaced by the Kujo DH that was like the Missile but had that sort of webbing between the knobs. Until very recently you could still buy the Missile but it was rebranded by IRC as the Freedomcross Trailbear. I'm not even joking.

April 11, 2022, 8:45 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: mammal

Posted by: thaaad

I feel like I'm the only one in this thread who hasn't had some sort of shitty interaction with someone on an ebike. Every one I've ever met on an ebike has been just another person the same as you and I.

Am I immune to assholes?

Possibly. My most recent situation was just yesterday. Decided to drag the hard tail up Seymour for a chill morning climb trail to Severed/JD. About half-way up, I let a guy with non-athletic gear and a huge backpack on a hard tail Specialized ebike pass me. Then when I got to the JD trail junction, he was just parked on the trail chatting with randoms, oblivious that others might be wanting to pass on the trail. I asked to get by (twice), and he eventually pulled off out of the way so I could pass. Then he passed my again on Baden Powel just after the climb trail ended, nice wide zone so no problems. And then he completely blocked the trail again at the powerlines junction, so I had to forfeit the last couple pedal strokes of my grunt, put a foot down, and ask him to move again. He still wasn't very motivated to get out of the way. These are small nuisances, but they add up, and make me really miss the days when lower/easier trails were the training ground for trail etiquette.

What's nice is that brands marketed to these people and once they (and the shops) get their money they don't have to live with this stuff. They've taken precious little responsibility for bringing a class of person into the sport that previously wouldn't have survived the apprenticeship process. Now we fast-tracked these folks to a level previously protected by fitness and technique (and prior to Trailforks, secrecy) and it's the riding community and trailbuilders that have to live with it.

April 9, 2022, 8:05 a.m.
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Re: Private bike coaching

Endless.

April 8, 2022, 10:26 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: DanL

I can't see it anymore, but it looked like a kickstarter not a goFundMe

It wasn't presented as him starting a new business producing progressive ti fat bikes using a local partner. It was presented as "oh it turns out that building a custom bike is expensive and I need more money please help".

April 7, 2022, 12:24 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: DanL

Posted by: craw

Posted by: mrbrett

^ I'd consider that for sure.

My Doctahawk purchase was 100% based on wanting to buy a made in Canada frame and in terms of feely goodness it seemed like the right move, but the value of a custom Ti frame holds up too. Maybe that will be the next one for me? Oh man, I could do a fat bike with proper geometry ...

I would like to see a DoctaFat.

https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/3271287/

Eeerily coincidental? Sounds like the person wants Landyachtz to be involved in the frame build

So he wants everyone else to help pay for his new bike? Did I mention that I too want a new bike and a trip to Fiji? Should I start a GFM?

April 7, 2022, 12:21 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: mammal

Posted by: andy-eunson

Are ebikes becoming ubiquitous in North Van? Is ebike use a real problem or a perceived one? It seems to me that if a rider for whatever reasons replaces their bike with an ebike but does the same rides it’s not really much different. Of course the marketing thrust seems to be more riding in a given amount of time or because it is usually less tiring that will have an impact on the trail wear and probably a negative perception by non riders. 

The people in my periphery that have "switched" to ebikes definitely have done so in order to cram in more descending, and they're all veteran riders of the shore. It's one of those things that, when equated with the shuttling option, seems pretty harmless on the surface. But considering that basically every descent on the shore can be effectively "shuttled" now, it will definitely add up to a lot more trail wear in places that traditionally don't require as much maintenance. That's one of my main peeves with ebikes these days, and I can't think of a better term than entitlement, for what drives people to buy ebikes for the sole purpose of "more".

Sometimes I wish it was easier. But whenever my ride doesn't include a grunt of a climb I always come home dissatisfied. And that sets me up for the next big challenge: developing the sac to do that gruesome climb a second time. Without the meat the pudding is just a bunch of wet cardboard. 

I still like the idea of self-shuttling from home. Get major mileage in even with the assist and save a bunch of driving and reducing my participation in the ever-worsening NS gridlock. But oh, what's that, even a 900kwh battery can't get a 235lbs guy from east van, up a mountain and back home again and I should still expect to drive that $15k 55lb moped across the bridge. These things are going to have to get a whole lot better before I get on board.

April 7, 2022, 7:11 a.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2022 - Hardtail Thread...

Posted by: Endurimil

Posted by: craw

Is there another brand that has done more to legitimize HTs as a daily driver on the gnarliest trails as Chromag? They earned that spot.

Possibly one of the British isles based bike companies.

Totally. There's definitely a few of those but they didn't do much for HT culture here in BC other than in spirit.

April 7, 2022, 7:09 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: Nath

Posted by: trumpstinyhands

I tend to think that for many people, features=status.

To give a motoring example, I specifically bought a 22 year hatchback (I'd had the same model previously). It cost $1500. Other than very lightly assisted power steering it has zero driving aids. It has these funny lever things to get the windows up and down ;) Being the 'high end' model, this one does at least have a radio! But not much else. Not even much power....I think a massive 106bhp. I have to change between gears by trying to move a lever with one hand and push a pedal with another foot at the same time. What a palaver! Yet I really enjoy driving it, especially ripping up and down the S2S from time to time. I've clearly never broken the speed limit as that would be very naughty, but if I did, the little car would probably take every corner from Squamish to NV at 130kph just fine and not drink much gas doing so. But there is an expectation in society that you 'have' to have a vehicle with ALL the features, weighs two tons and has 500bhp. It's a huge waste of the planets resources and at the end of the day more numbing to drive. Might as well drive itself. How dull is that? 

But apparently this is the future of mountain biking. All the features and a bike that does almost everything for you. With all the electronic integration going on, they are the SUVs of the bicycle world. You'll never have to engage your brain or heart again.

Nicely done. I have always had trouble articulating what it is about ebikes that I find disappointing, while trying to avoid coming off as a judgmental (or envious) "hater". But this comparison you have made sums up my feelings perfectly. SUVs of the bicycle world, being ridden largely by the mountain biking equivalents of Soccer Moms perhaps?

That's the final frontier for bike sales: people who don't like riding bikes, people who don't like their shortcoming reflected back to them in any way, people who feel entitled to all the things but are unwilling to put in the time, effort and requisite humility of people who committed to all the things.

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