I'm getting very tired of the constant "Europe wants it and loves it" argument. Being a resident of Europe (Dutch to be precise) I can tell you that we also have a lot of discussion whether or not E-bikes should have similar access as normal bikes. Also the argument that unlocking the speed doesn't give that much of a difference is b*ll. Being pushed out the corner of an steep uphill corner by a speed pedelec has happened to me and others more than once… The one place where I feel they could work is as an alternative to lifts and uplifts in the Alps and such. Long boring fireroad up and than unassisted down. But for the busy winding and undulating tracks that we have here it just creates issues. Many of our biking areas are actually forbidden for motorized traffic, but somehow this does not apply to e-bikes. (I would be very much OK if someone rode with the motor on to the trails and rode the trails without assist, but I guess that would not be very popular 😉 )
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I do hope Omar comes with some truly hardcore NS actionphoto's but this movie from Jones shows nicely that you can do more with a rigid then you might think: (But then again, I'm Dutch, so what do I know about mountainbiking 😉 )
I am riding a Krampus and it is also slowly becoming my everything. Dialled
geometry and bigger tyres can be very convincing. But then being from the
Netherlands I won't be riding anything as insane as the Northshore.
Can't wait to read the rest of your review. Finally something more interesting then the latest carbon full suspension superbike!
Agreed on the hard tail. Would love it if Cromag could come out with something similar to the BTR Ranger 29. Long, low and slack.
Doesn't look to be much clearance for the chain there. Hopefully it's just the angle of the photo, as otherwise the bike looks killer.
Doesn't look like there's much chain clearance… Does is even shift into the smaller cogs without rubbing on the stay? Looks like there would be potential for crazy chain slap. Otherwise looks killer.
"A mountain biker found guilty of setting traps to injure hikers would feel the force of the law, and that’s exactly what should happen here." <--- This right here. If this whole picture were flippped around and mountain bikers were setting traps for hikers on the Baden Powell, how would that story look? Would mountain bikers get any sympathy? This is a case of a lady who had a personal vengence and vendetta against the mountain bikers, she was not concerned about injuring them and possible ending their lives as they know it (wether it be injury, paralysation or death). I agree with the loam ranger, she should be punished to the maximum extent of the law. The precedent is there that his is no recent development or attitude of these two, it was probably exiting dinner table conversation for the old couple, discussing where they would put something the next morning on their walk.
Guys come on, you can do better. You mention that the new 36 is the crucial piece and then offer no ride impressions. How does it make the bike better?
Jeff is the man!
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