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Old 11-05-2019, 06:53 PM   #9
dwf137
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Originally Posted by Calamity Jesus View Post
I strongly disagree. Level 3 bikes (pedal assist only) are a fantastic tool for folks with bad joints who otherwise wouldn't be able to use a bike. I dislike the Level 2 crap as well. Torque sensors should be mandatory, IMO.

Someone making a dangerous pass on a mountain is a problem.. but the bike isn't the issue. It's the rider.
Agreed on the bad rider... dude was just a complete a-hole all around and probably would have done the same thing, e-bike or not.

Class 3 bikes are pedal-assist, but have a top assisted speed of almost 30. They do not belong on non-motorized trails, imo.

Class 1 e-bikes are pedal-assist but limited to a top assisted speed of 15 mph, and are more appropriate for non-motorized trails. They need torque limiters as to not destroy trails when climbing. The reality is, I think these class 1 e-bikes are here to stay. As you point out, they're obviously great for folks with physical conditions, injuries, or even just folks as they age. I'll probably end up on one some day, so I'm more okay with this... but I think there needs to be some more education around responsible and considerate use.

I mostly just don't like this article saying that you can throw this class 2 "ebike" into off road mode and hit your local trails at 30 mph. That's crap.
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