Sean has been a driving force behind developing the riding scene on the east coast of America, and along with Neko Mulally is the man behind Windrock Bike Park.( Photos: 1 )
The COMMENCAL / 100% is ready to kick off the new year with a fresh face – we’re excited to announce that Greg Williamson has been added to the 2020 roster! Williamson had a fantastic 2019 season with consistent Top 20 results and was finally able to crack the Top 10 in the final round at Snowshoe with a 7th place. He will be a great addition of experience to the team, joining Hugo Frixtalon and Thomas Estaque. We wish him all the best for this coming season and are excited for what this team can achieve this year. Greg Williamson : “I’m very excited to join the Commencal / 100% team in 2020! The team is stacked with a great bunch of people who know how to race fast and also have a good time in the process. I’m currently out in New Zealand putting lots of time in on the new bike, which has been amazing so far.” Photo Ross Bell Hugo Frixtalon : “So keen to start another year with the COMMENCAL / 100% team! Some new goals, new project, new team mate. I’m working to be more consistent on my physical skills this winter and I hope this will pay off step by step.” Photo JB Liautard Thomas Estaque : “I feel my team is growing each year and I’m excited to evolve with this crew around me. I consider the arrival of Greg as an opportunity due to his bigger experience. My off-season is going pretty well, I’m in a good pace between my goals and my physical preparation. Can’t wait to hit the race tracks, ready to shred, to fight and to send it!” Photo JB Liautard Pich Georges / Team Owner : “I feel this trio can shine on any Sunday with consistency and an amazing style. Greg and Thomas are used to World Cups Top 10 for the last 4 years while Hugo’s progression never stops to grow. We’re also pleased to add Fizik (saddles) and RaceFace (cockpits) as new sponsors.” Photo Kifcat 2020 Partners: COMMENCAL (frames) One Hundred Percent (rider’s gear) e*thirteen (wheelsets, cranksets, chainguides) Maxxis (tires) TRP (brakes, drivetrains) Fox (suspensions) fi’zi:k (saddles) RaceFace (cockpits) ODI (grips, plates) CushCore (tire inserts and valves) Mips (helmet protections) Ride Alpha (seatposts) Slicy (mudguards) TPLS.net (POS solutions) Joe’s No Flats (sealant, cleaners and lubrificants) Acros (headsets)
TRP has a video series featuring John Hall. Check out the first fireside chat inside with John Hall and Neko Mulally. In the first series of four stories, we’ll see John sit down by the ‘Fireside’ with Neko Mulally. We’ll see him razz his peers on the world cup circuit in ‘Mechanics’, ‘Talk Shop’ from his Intense Factory Service Course, and he’ll do his best to describe what speed sounds like in ‘What’s That Sound’. Video Credit: Knowmad Development Photo Credit: Nathan Hughes Photography, @nathanhughesphoto /@intensefactoryracing John Hall is Aaron Gwin’s mechanic and the lead mechanic for Intense Factory Racing. His professional and personal life is all about mountain bikes. He rides them, he works on them, so no wonder John Hall likes talking about them. Hall had influence on TRP’s recently launched DH7 drivetrain. Working at the highest level is something special. DH World Cup Racing is a pressure cooker of a crucible in which riders, teams, and mechanics live and die by the weekend’s results. Their livelihoods depend on it. During a race weekend and in-between races’ many things happen that are only experienced by these athletes, managers, and mechanics. Outside the Toolbox is a series of stories about these things, told by John Hall and his friends. It shows a different side of racing, athletes, work and the person behind all this F1 like pressure. As a former Marine, John brings a work ethic and perspective that few on the circuit have mastered. He carries himself with unmatched professionalism. He’s a constant tinkerer and a consummate pro, and of course, he’s cool as a cucumber under pressure. Nothing comes between Aaron’s bike and John Hall. John’s quest for race-bike perfection paired with his hardworking ranch-bred, get ‘er done attitude and constant late-night garage tinkering is the professional side of John – Outside the Toolbox adds fun and personal side to it. To bring you behind the scenes, TRP has worked with Hall to create a video series that gives a deeper insight into his practices, opinions—not to mention his honest love of bikes—and the work he does. New videos will launch each month, till it is time to go downhill racing again, enjoy and have a great off-season. More at www.trpcycling.com
The Snowshoe World Cup, Zermatt EWS, Les Gets World Cup, DH World Champs, and Red Bull Rampage each delivered nail-biting competition along with world-class venues.( Photos: 6, Comments: 2 )
A chat about Dany's career so far, his amazing world champs wins, data acquisition, mixed wheels sized bikes, winning in Snowshoe, and plenty more.( Photos: 1, Comments: 1 )
With the summer riding season knocking on our door, and a load of new shuttle-able riding locations ready to be explored, Bluegrass Eagle’s timing could not have been better. We’ve just received one of the new Bluegrass Legit Carbon full-face helmets, which are now available in Australia through Advance Traders – the Aussie distributor for both MET & Bluegrass Eagle. Before we grab our goggles and book the shuttle though, let’s take a closer look at this new premium full-face lid from the Italian Stallions. The Legit Carbon is a premium full-face helmet from Italian protective wear company, Bluegrass Eagle. Winning Ways For those unfamiliar with the name, Bluegrass Eagle is the gravity offshoot of MET. But whereas MET is focussed on the road, commuter, XC and trail markets, Bluegrass Eagle is the heavy-duty arm of the brand, with a range of full-face helmets, trail helmets, body armour, knee & elbow pads, and gloves. The Legit is Bluegrass Eagle’s full-face helmet, and it’s available in two versions: the regular Legit, and the Legit Carbon version we’ve got here. Despite being freshly launched as of this year, you might have already spotted the Bluegrass Legit Carbon on top of some of the fastest noggins on the World Cup DH circuit. Dean Lucas, Mick Hannah and Sam Blenkinsop have all been running the Legit Carbon, and in the Elite Women’s field, the top fastest three riders for the 2019 season – Tracey Hannah, Marine Cabirou, and Veronika Widmann – are all Bluegrass athletes too. Blenki getting wet ‘n’ wild in Fort William earlier this year. We’re so stoked for Tracey Hannah, who took out the overall in the 2019 World Cup season! Legit Protection To handle the impact forces associated with World Cup riding speeds, the Legit Carbon is made up of a carbon fibre outer shell along with a polycarbonate chin guard. Additional polycarbonate shells are used to shield the outside of the multi-impact EPS foam core. Inside the helmet you’ll find the full-face specific MIPS liner, called MIPS-E2. With more coverage around the rider’s head, the MIPS-E2 system is built around a thin, plastic cap that is sandwiched between two multi-directional, stretch fabric layers that are then sewn together. The fabric is able to slide easily against the plastic cap inside, which helps the whole helmet to rotate around the rider’s head in the event of a crash. Just like the regular MIPS system, this is all about limiting the amount that the brain rotates inside the skull during an oblique impact. The Legit Carbon gets a carbon fibre outer shell for improved strength and impact resistance. The full-face specific MIPS-E2 liner lurks within. Easy-Breezy Bluegrass has packed in 15 vents into the Legit Carbon helmet, including three large intake ports on the chin guard. There’s also a small vent over each ear, which Bluegrass reckons helps with both hearing and balance. If you’re of the particularly smelly-sweaty variety though, you’ll be happy to know that that all the internal padding can be pulled out of the helmet by releasing several snap-buttons. Even the chin strap pads can be removed. Speaking of the chin strap, it’s secured by a simple, but reliable Double-D buckle system. With that kind of ventilation, and it’s impressive 1109g weight (Medium size), the Legit Carbon isn’t just for World Cup downhillers – it’s also for the enduro racers and All mountain riders who are looking for proper full-face protection. Nice lines! Big exhaust ports on the back of the shell too. The visor isn’t adjustable, but it does have a breakaway function. There’s A Non-Carbon Version Too Selling for $600, the Bluegrass Legit Carbon is one premium piece of kit. For those wanting to spend less than that, the good news is that the standard Legit comes in at half the cost at $300. The standard Legit moves to a composite shell, and loses a few vents in the process. It also misses out on the MIPS-E2 liner, which is part of the price differential. Both the Legit and Legit Carbon come in four shell sizes, from Small up to X-Large. You also get four colour choices too, and both Legit helmets feature a non-adjustable visor that’s designed to easily breakaway in the event of a crash. There’s a Double-D closure system for the chin strap, and removable padding on the inside. Speaking of, the padding is very generous, leading to a comfy and snug fit. How’s It Stack Up Against The Competition? Coming in at just over 1100g on our scales, the Legit Carbon is one of the lighter full-face downhill helmets on the market. It’s also a bit cheaper than the very popular Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon and the Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmets, making it a potentially better value proposition on paper. Bell Full-9 ($600) – 1130g 100% Aircraft Carbon ($619) – 1140g Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon ($699) – 1075g Fox Rampage Pro Carbon ($699) – 1230g POC Coron Air SPIN ($N/A) – 1170g You can get a non-carbon version too, which comes in at half the price. Bluegrass Eagle Legit Carbon Full Face Helmet Specs Carbon fibre outer shell & polycarbonate inner shells Multi-impact EPS foam core Full-face specific MIPS-E2 system 15 vents in total, including 3 chin guard vents & 2 ‘hearing’ vents Chin guard features injected PU foam lining Flexible visor with safety-release system Double-D chin buckle Removable and replaceable internal padding Sizes: Small (54-56cm), Medium (56-58cm), Large (58-60cm), X-Large (60-62cm) Colours: Matt Black, Matt Black/White, Matt Black/Yellow, Matt Black/Red Certification: ASTM, CE & AS/NZS 2063:2008 Confirmed weight: 1109g RRP: $600 Shuttle-ready for the summer season! We’re looking forward to getting dusty in the Legit Carbon over the coming summer season, and we’re also eager to see just how comfortable and ventilated it is on the really hot days. In the meantime, you can get more information on the Legit & Legit Carbon helmets via the Bluegrass Eagle website, or get in touch with Advance Traders to find your nearest dealer. Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. And if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, and sign up to our Facebook page and Instagram feed so you can keep up to date with all things Flow! The post First Look | Bluegrass Eagle Legit Carbon Full Face Helmet appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
Joe is one of the UK’s top up and coming talents, with a bright future in the sport.( Photos: 1 )
Looking Forward To The Sea Otter Classic 2020? Get More Information on The 2020 Sea Otter Classic Here: www.seaotterclassic.com The Sea Otter Classic is the annual event that, for cyclists at least, kicks off the official beginning of the spring season. Started in 1991 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, the event was originally a small mountain bike-specific race called the Laguna Seca Challenge. Over the years it continued to grow in size and significance, and now, nearly three decades later, it is a massive event, drawing some 74,000 people over the four days, as well as 9600 athletes. The inner expo area features most known bike brands and products. This year the number of companies represented was up a whopping 34 percent over last year, credited partly to the demise of Interbike, the big American bicycle show and convention. WHAT’S TRENDING We saw several e-bike trends this year. On the mountain biking side, there were many companies following Fantic’s lead and experimenting with bikes that use a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch-plus rear wheel. That offers a better angle of attack by the front wheel to surmount obstacles and better grip by the rear wheel. We’ve ridden a few, and so far we have liked the ride. Another notable addition to the U.S. market is Germany’s Fazua motor. As of this writing, 35 bike companies in Europe run Fazua motors in their e-bikes. The Fazua system integrates the motor and battery in one unit that clicks into the downtube. The whole thing weighs about 8 pounds or less than half that of a traditional motor and battery. In the U.S., the German powerplants are still in need of certification, but the better part of a dozen companies, including Fantic, Bulls, Cube, Look and others are jumping on the bandwagon with some of their models, on everything from commuters to road bikes to gravel bikes. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Spectators can watch some of the top athletes from around the world compete in all the disciplines of road racing and mountain biking—from criterium to circuit to downhill, dual slalom, cross-country and more. There are so many events packed into the four days that it’s a veritable three-ring circus going on all the time. There are demo bikes from most manufacturers, tracks for kids (even down to balance bike level), a pump track for older kids and adults, an e-bike demo track, a trials show featuring Danny MacAskill and lots of racing. Friday evening is always set aside for the e-bike race, which was knocked up a notch this year as USA Cycling sanctioned the event, meaning points—and cash—were awarded. There are so many things to see—from new products to free stuff to cycling in every discipline. Four days isn’t enough to take it all in! We were introduced to several new bikes and shown more bikes we had seen but weren’t out yet, so we’re sharing them here. Riders could demo e-bikes on the e-bike-specific track, which featured a really steep hill and some fast turns. Now, boasting close to 600 exhibitors, the Sea Otter has become America’s de-facto bike show and festival. More entertainment for everyone. Danny MacAskill and friends put on several shows daily. They have incredible riding skills with great showmanship. The youngest kids’ area even allowed balance bikes. Bulls’ new Grinder EVO Light is based on their Grinder series of bikes and features their mid-level components, Monkey Link connectors that are pre-wired for lights, and will come out for the 2020 model year. www.bullsebikes.com Ghost is a German brand under the Accell umbrella and is sold exclusively in REI stores, and in MEC in Canada. This Hybride SLAMR is aimed at all-mountain riders and goes for $5999. It features 140mm of travel with a coil-over shock. Power provided by a Shimano STePS E8000 motor and 504-watt-hour battery run through SRAM NX Eagle components. A lower-spec version featuring Shimano XT components will retail for a grand less. www.ghost-bikes.com/en/ Haibike’s Xduro Nduro 6.0 features 180mm of travel, front and rear, via Fox Float Performance 36 up front and a Float X2 rear shock, DT Swiss FR1950 wheels and Maxxis Minion tires. There’s also a Bosch CX motor driving it. Price is $6699. www.haibikeusa.com Intense Cycles had a fleet of their bright yellow Tazer e-MTB ready to ride—the Tazer as a 29er front wheel and a 27.5-plus wheel on the back. Aimed at enduro riders, it has 160mm of front travel coming from a Fox Factory 36 shock, and 140mm in the rear provided by a Trunion-mounted Fox DPX2. The battery is a stock Shimano battery designed for external use, mounted inside the oversized downtube to make battery swaps easy and keep it protected. https://intensecycles.com “There are so many things to see—from new products to free stuff to cycling in every discipline. Four days isn’t enough to take it all in!” Haro was out in full force with their newest flagship I/O 9 that features a coil shock, a STePS E8000 motor, a 29er front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel with a plus tire on the rear. https://harobikes.com You can see the adjustability of the coil-over shock, as well as the power button and charge port on top of the motor. You can see the adjustability of the coil-over shock, as well as the power button and charge port on top of the motor. Donnelly showed off their new eG/C gravel e-bike, which is powered by an almost imperceptible Fazua motor system. They’re aiming at the commuter who likes to get to work in the dirt at least part of the time. www.donnellycycling.com Jim Decker from Soul Beach Cruisers was here with his new ultra-beefy Sonic Super Soul, with a CNC billet triple clamp fork, fat tires for sand, and a powerful Bafang BBSHD 03 mid-drive. https://soulbeachcruisers.com HPC’s new Factory Team Edition features a Bafang mid-drive to meet exact Class 1 standards, and they’re making it unmodifiable. The bike’s handling is great, and it’s lighter than most full-suspension bikes on the market. http://hi-powercycles.com YT had their new Decoy e-MTB on display. We reviewed it in the last issue. https://us.yt-industries.com The direct-to-consumer Fezzari brand now has an e-bike to call their own. They didn’t like any of the current e-MTBs, so they designed theirs from the ground up. The top of the line offers a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain and is priced at $5599. www.fezzari.com Wildsyde was here with their fat-tired cruisers. The battery is in the tank, and this uses a 500-watt Bafang rear hub motor that was plenty powerful from our test ride. They offer customer-designed tank decals that can be purchased to truly customize the look of the bike. www.wildsyde.com This is a prototype of Forestal’s new 2020 bike. They are making their own motor, and final geometry hasn’t been set, hence the camo to cover its shape. https://forestal.com The Fazua booth had on display several of the North American-sold brands that are using their motor. In Europe, there are already 35 brands using their motors. https://fazua.com/en/ This is a cutaway view of the Fazua interface, where the power transfers from the motor to the bottom bracket. It completely gets disengaged when it cuts off, so there’s virtually no drag from the motor while pedaling. This is a cutaway view of the Fazua Evation motor inside the case. You can see how tightly packed the components are and the Rosenberger plug on the inside where the battery connects. Details on the XF Carbon include red anodizing on the brakes, discs, spoke nipples and rear suspension linkage. Fantic’s new flagship e-MTB, the XF Carbon, has a full carbon frame, RockShox Lyric fork, 630-watt-hour battery with a Brose motor, Alchemist carbon-molded wheels and Hope V4 piston brakes. http://fantic-bikes.com/us/ BMC had their AMP line of e-bikes, including their new commuter line, powered by a Shimano STEPS E6100 motor and the Trail Fox e-MTB, which is powered by a Shimano STEPS E8000 motor. https://us-en.bmc-switzerland.com/ BETWEEN THE TAPE More bikes, more riders, more cash For the past four years the Sea Otter Classic has held an e-bike race, which has grown in numbers and popularity each year. This year USA Cycling came on board as the official sanctioning body of the race, which dovetails nicely with the upcoming UCI-sanctioned World Championship e-MTB race to be held this August in conjunction with the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships at Mont-Saint-Anne in Québec, Canada. Drew Engelmann inspects one of the bikes beforehand. One of the best things about the e-bike race is the industry support that provides participants the chance to race a demo bike. Pre- and post-race bike inspections were handled by officials from the four allowed motor brands; Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano and Brose. This is the first time for this, and we think a great step to ensure fairness. At one point all classes were on the course simultaneously, which made for some crowded space. “With the growing popularity of e-bikes and the UCI including the discipline in the World Championships, we are working with events, industry partners and athletes to assist with providing guidelines for e-bike events in the U.S.,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling’s Chief of Racing and Events. Chuck was on hand to observe and learn as the industry strives to ensure a fair playing field. Fans and critics alike gathered along the hardest climb of the course. Probably the biggest news for the weekend was the $3000 pro purse that was split evenly between the men’s and women’s pro fields. Former motorcycle enduro champion Charlie Mullins won the Men’s Pro class, and Caroline Mani won the Women’s Pro class. The race gets more refined every year. We expect it to grow, especially since it’s now a sanctioned event, and there’s a chance to win a nice paycheck. THE REAL DEAL Women’s pro winner Caroline Mani brings the resume Caroline Mani and her Haibike AllMTN 6.0 won the Women’s Pro class. EBA: Of all the riders competing, you undoubtedly have the most racing experience. Caroline Mani: Yes, I have been racing for a while in mountain bike, road and cyclocross. I am the five-time French national cyclocross champion, and in 2016 I was a silver medalist at the Cyclocross World Championships. I have also medaled at some mountain bike World Cup events EBA: When was your first electric bike race? CM: I have been coming to the Sea Otter to race since 2011, and since I love to race, I entered the first e-bike race here three years ago and have won each year. EBA: You’re from France but now live in Colorado. How did that transition come about? CM: While I was racing I also went to business school, and I passed all my classes except for the English language class, so I moved to America and interned at Crankbrothers and SRAM. EBA: Tell us about your bike. CM: I’m riding the Haibike Xduro AllMtn 6.0 this year, which has a Bosch motor. It is a Class 1 e-bike, so after 20 mph the power assist quits and you’re on your own. I also have a 2018 Haibike XDURO AllMtn 8.0 that has a Yamaha motor. The bike I raced is completely stock. But if I’m able to race the UCI e-Bike World Championships this year, I will make some modifications with lighter pedals, crank and tires. EBA: What is the best piece of advice you’d give a rider new to riding e-bikes? CM: If you want to race, you need to practice. An e-bike is much different than a regular mountain bike. You have to learn how to utilize the assistance of the e-motor. The weight is greater, so you can’t jump-pull up the front wheel. For example, if you want to bunny-hop onto the sidewalk, you have to use different timing and skills. And while you have assistance, you still have to be fit to perform. EBA: How would you describe this year’s Sea Otter course? CM: It was not super technical and it was super fast, so you hit the Class 1 e-bike’s 20-mph capacity quickly. EBA: Where do you see the future of e-bike racing? CM: I see both sides as a racer and as a bike shop employee. The growth of the e-bike market is pretty impressive. If we can put more people on bicycles by using e-bikes, then I think that’s great. Is it better to be on the couch doing nothing or buy an e-bike? For some people, the fitness needed for a regular mountain bike is too much or for older people whose health requires assistance to exercise. EBA: How much training do you do? CM: Never enough, right? When I was racing full-time, it was of course easy to get in all the miles, but now that I have to pay the bills and work full-time, it’s much harder. Luckily the bike shop is cool with me taking time off to travel to the races, but when I’m here, it comes down to fitting in what I can. In addition to on the bike training, I try to run 10–16 miles a week, and I also commute to work. I have backpack on and look like a tourist, but you have to do it. A THROTTLE TWISTER JUMPS IN Charlie Mullins brings his winning ways to the e-bike circuit Charlie Mullins won the Men’s Pro class among a very large field. EBA: What do you do for a living? Charlie Mullins: I actually have my hand in a lot of things. We have a family-owned bicycle shop, and we’re heavily involved in the motorcycle industry with MotoTees that produces event merchandise for the AMA Outdoor National Series and the Grand National Cross-Country Series. I race bikes on the side, and I also work as the trainer for the Factory KTM off-road guys and Aldon Baker on the dirt bike side of things. EBA: What is your competitive background? CM: I rode for the Factory KTM off-road team as a professional dirt bike racer for 10 years, and then had a career-ending injury in 2014. I broke both my wrists and spent a couple of years trying to get back to race form on the dirt bike, but my wrists were just too bad, so I had to retire from dirt bike racing. I was always into cycling and mountain biking for my cross-training, and it was just a good transition. I love racing mountain bikes. EBA: What is your best traditional cycling achievement? CM: I won Category 1 cross-country at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in 2017 at Snowshoe, West Virginia. EBA: When was your first electric bike race? CM: I did a few AMA GNCC races that included some e-bike races at their motorcycle events last year. For this year, since I already go to all the GNCC races and Specialized has now signed on as a presenting series sponsor, it all kind of came together. The first race this year was in March in Georgia, and two weeks before Sea Otter, there was a race in North Carolina. I ended up winning both, so I already had a few races under my belt before Sea Otter. I feel like e-bike racing is natural for me. It’s still a bicycle, but I think there’s a bit of technique needed—being in the right gear and being set up properly. I enjoy the e-bike, which goes a bit faster than a non-assist mountain bike, especially at a GNCC. EBA: How many times a week do you ride your e-bike versus a traditional bike? CM: Honestly, I don’t really ride a mountain bike or my Specialized Levo. I do all my training on the road or a few reasons: I’ve worked with a cycling coach for a few years, and as busy and hectic as my work and family schedule can be, it’s just convenient. I spend roughly 10–12 hours per week on the bike. As far as bike skill, I don’t really worry about given my dirt bike background. I don’t lack any technical or downhill ability, so I just focus on getting good and productive workouts. EBA: How would you describe the Sea Otter e-bike event? CM: Sea Otter was a lot different than a GNCC. We rode on the paved circuit, so there were a lot of flat sections. A GNCC isn’t even like a regular XC MTB race; it’s more of a rugged off-road—roots, rocks and pretty gnarly terrain. The speeds at a GNCC are a little slower, so you can utilize the power of the e-bike more. For me at Sea Otter, I wasn’t really focusing on cadence or even heart rate. It was such a short race, it was kind of an all-out sprint. I was trying to push as hard as I could, especially up the hills trying to get the bike up to 20 mph wherever I could. I had a lot of fun with it. EBA: What is the best piece of advice you’d give a rider new to electric bike riding? CM: It’s all about finding balance between your power and the bike’s power. A Class 1 e-bike’s motor shuts off at 20 mph, so it’s almost better to hover at that 20-mph mark instead of trying to push past it. EBA: What race organizing body do you feel should be overseeing electric bicycle racing, the UCI/USA Cycling or FIM/AMA? CM: I think it’s pretty cool that the AMA and GNCC were the first to recognize e-bikes with a national championship. I don’t know all the legalities, but I think there is the potential to have a USA Cycling National Championship, and it’s cool to see them getting on board. For me, this year’s big goal is to win the UCI World Championship e-bike event at Mont-Sainte-Anne. EBA: Do you think e-bikes are better suited to compete on the same courses as regular XC mountain bikes or courses intended for off-road motorcycles? CM: I think more technical terrain that has a lot of rocks and roots, like a traditional dirt bike trail, is more fun on an e-bike. Even more fun than the Sea Otter MTB XC course, which I also raced on my regular mountain bike on Sunday. But, I’ve always found California to not be that technical. Being from the East Coast, I like big boulder rocks and slippery roots—and I think that’s really where the e-bike can shine with its beefier suspension and tires. You can really charge and go fast, almost like a dirt bike pace. EBA: Where do you see the future of e-bike racing? CM: The hardcore [traditional] cyclists seem to have issues with e-bikes. I’m not really sure why. I think they’re fun. And, I feel like I actually work harder riding the e-bike than I do my regular bike. But for the long-term, I’d like to see it recognized as a bigger thing around the world. At Sea Otter this year, the e-bike vibe seemed really positive, and there were a lot of pros and amateurs racing. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Looking Forward To The Sea Otter Classic 2020? appeared first on Electric Bike Action.