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July 3, 2019, 10:05 a.m.
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Re: Teeter Totters on North Van trails to be removed...

Looks like they've changed their mind...

https://globalnews.ca/news/5454385/north-vancouver-trail-obstacles/amp/

May 29, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
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Re: BC XC tires

Forekaster/Aspen worked better than expected for the Nimby considering the rain. Might have to give 2.6's a chance soon... has anybody tried the Forekaster or Rekons? Not a hardtail rider myself, but 100mm so less than most. Looks like they weigh less than I expected.

May 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.
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Re: BC XC tires

Really happy with the Forekaster 2.35 up front with the Aspen 2.25 in the rear, both EXO on 30mm ID rims.

Plenty of tire for the NIMBY, pre-rode the course yesterday actually. Minion SS is pretty heavy I think (running one on my other bike).

Believe Kabush ran Aspens for the BC bike race last year, but put a Forekaster up front for the Squamish day

Feb. 9, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
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Re: XC bike?

I rode a 2014 Instinct BC for four years, awesome bike. Going to build it back up and sell it soon, but it's a medium. Definitely going to want to convert to 1x in my opinion, but should be cheap to go 1x11 nowadays and I just ran the stock crank with no issues. Should be fine on a large, I'm 5'10" and rode a medium with a 40mm stem... not ideal by modern standards, but no real complaints.

Dec. 17, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
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Re: cassettes - what would you do?

NX Eagle isn't compatible with his XD driver, so GX cassette plus everything will be $500+ for less range/more weight. NX cassettes are really cheap though.

Dec. 17, 2018, 2 p.m.
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Re: cassettes - what would you do?

Something about the lack of chainwrap? Heard about that, but I've never had any issues myself. To be fair, I'm not in it very often.

Dec. 17, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
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Re: cassettes - what would you do?

I've been really happy with my e13 cassettes and always seem to find deals on them. They sell the 3 big gears (aluminum) separately so you don't have to buy a new cassette when this happens.

9-46t (XD driver) and you can downsize your chainring if you want without losing any top end speed. More range than Eagle or 12-speed XTR. Recommend running SRAM chain for best shifting with them.

Oct. 6, 2018, 10:50 a.m.
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Re: Whistler trails 2018 (not WBP)

Anybody have any info on the pump track looking trail being built between Audain and the museum (where the old log/skinny skills park used to be)? Looks pretty cool, any chance that will be rideable this year?

Sept. 27, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
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Re: Why I don’t want an ebike (but I don’t hate them)

UCI announces Mont-Sainte-Anne to host first e-mtb world championships in 2019

Sept. 17, 2018, 10:53 a.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

Spicy Sports in Whistler brands themselves as having 'e-bike certified mechanics'. I don't think the difference in repairs would be too much of a learning curve for mechanics. Batteries will eventually fade, but they are simply replaced and not repaired.

The 250W e-bike that I demo'd climbed faster than I could ever imagined myself, so that link makes sense to me. My FTP is over 250W and when I tried sprinting (when the motor was already spinning at full speed) the bike was not accelerating.

Sept. 16, 2018, 12:54 p.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

How long do we have until acoustic bikes are obsolete? (as you stated in the first post) Do you have sales information for BC? I really feel like it's not working out like they've planned around here.

E-bikes have their place somewhere for some people, but telling a group of mountain bikers that they all need motors will certainly spark some online controversy. I can come up with situations where I'd like to buy one, but none where the acoustics are obsolete.

After some research, it looks like the bike I rode was only 250W and 25km/h maximum, which would explain for a lot of my experience. Seems like a slippery slope searching for more and more power/top speed on multi-use single track trails.

I was told that I needed to ride one before making any criticism. I did ride one. Now I have to rent one for a week? I liked all of the bikes (mountain, road, dirt, sport, and supermoto) that I've owned on my first ride.

Sept. 15, 2018, 2:55 p.m.
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Re: 170mm dropper post recommendations?

I've got two of the OneUp 170mm's (30.9 and 31.6) and they are both pretty slow near the top of the travel. Same thing, carbon frames and torqued just enough to not move. Let me know if you figure out a solution.

I did break a lever on my knee in a crash and they sent me a replacement that arrived in two days.

Sept. 15, 2018, 1:25 p.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

Yes, just the fastest mode as I mentioned. If you're going on a ride where battery life is not a limitation, are you turning down the power assist for the climb?

How about one of these instead? https://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca/zero-fx

I don't think Lord of the Squirrels was paid for by taxpayer money, but I believe the climb (Into the Mystic) was. Could be wrong. Guessing that an alpine trail requires a lengthy approval process that could have failed at the mention of e-bikes. WORCA seems to act in the best interests of mountain bikers (acoustic?) and you probably won't be thrown in jail for ignoring a closure. Or doing plenty of other things that could jeopardize acoustic bike access/future trail building. Maybe WORCA needs to budget for some RATM edits and 'influencer' sponsorships next year. AGM is in 5 days if somebody wants to make that happen.

Sept. 15, 2018, 8:43 a.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

I did actually try demo'ing an e-bike this summer. An average pedal stroke and the bike is putting out maximum wattage nearly immediately, bit of a weird feeling. Start putting in a hard effort and I'm not going any faster. Certainly takes away the motivation to put any decent effort in while pedaling and that's a pretty major part of biking to me.

The fitness/challenge of climbing is a crucial part of the whole thing for me personally, so they don't 'work' in my case.

The argument that a pedal-assist e-bike is a bicycle and an e-bike with a throttle is a motorcycle seems to fall apart when you can have the bike putting out maximum wattage while you're putting out a minimal effort. I realize they have settings and I was only in the maximum boost mode (or whatever it's called), but I think that's going to be the case for most people riding these when they get out for an hour or two after work.

Sept. 12, 2018, 9:26 a.m.
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Re: E-Bikes- They work!

I'm pretty happy to see how little they've caught on here in Whistler. Outside of Crankworx, I saw one couple riding up to Howler on them. During Crankworx, I did see two guys climbing Instant Gratification wearing air filter masks. I'm around ~100 rides so far this year, so it doesn't seem like it's working out as well as the manufacturers hoped around here.

Are they gaining popularity on the shore?

I'm all for motorized bikes on motorized trails, I don't think I'd half ass it with a pedal assist e-bike if I were to go that route though. Trailforks does have an "eBike Allowed:" field now.

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