Located in the mountain resort town of Whistler, British Columbia, Pique Newsmagazine is the unequivocal leader in reporting, interpreting and understanding the culture of the Coast Mountains and what it means to those who live, work and play in Whistler.
The inconvenient truth about Ebikes
Whistler is a Canadian resort town in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the province of British Columbia, Canada, approximately 125 km (78 mi) north of Vancouver and 36 km (22 mi) south of the town of Pemberton. Incorporated as the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), it has a permanent population of approximately 9,965, plus a larger but rotating population of seasonal workers, typically younger people from beyond British Columbia, notably from Australia and Europe.
Over two million people visit Whistler annually, primarily for alpine skiing and snowboarding and, in summer, mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb.
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(Hehe... Riffing off the 2006 book by Al Gore?)
Over the last two to three decades, mountain bike technology has made several large leaps. Despite how beneficial these technological steps were, some were met with vehement resistance. Take suspension, for example. Springs have existed on bikes for over a century, but in the 1980s they weren't taken seriously by the at-the-time-very-young mountain bike community. When Paul Turner (with the help of Keith Bontrager) unveiled the first full suspension mountain bike at a Long Beach bicycle trade show in 1987, the industry sneered. Cycling purists saw suspension as a bastardization of their hallowed rigid, steel frames, taking away the true feeling of riding and by some accounts, making it too easy. For better or for worse, we now find full suspension on mountain bikes at every price point, from Canadian Tire Specials to $10,000 carbon frame bikes with Gucci builds.
The latest resistance to the progress of mountain bike technology—and by far the most controversial—is the electric mountain bike. These Ebikes have battery-powered motors that provide extra torque to the cranks, alleviating the effort required to ride uphill. This allows people to ride further, longer and more often, as long as they have the opportunity to charge their Ebike battery in between rides.
Ebikes have been mostly embraced in Europe, but North American mountain bikers, trail advocates and diggers are quick to criticize the notion of Ebikes on their local trails (author guilty as charged). And fair enough. Ebikes are heavy (weighing in excess of 23kilograms), which, combined with the ability to ride further and more often, translates to more impact on the trail.
But there's no shortage of Ebike enthusiasm on the industry side. Seemingly every big mountain bike manufacturer has a model now, but they aren't all sure how to market their Ebikes around the controversy, especially in North America.
It won't be this year and perhaps not even this decade, but there will come a time when electronic pedal assist will be as subtle as a suspension link in the frame or a slightly bigger wheel. At that point, we'll wonder how we ever rode without it.
ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).
Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions
(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
Joined yer local chapter of EA yet?
(Ebikers Anonymous - Where we're all miserable failures, but the parties are hilarious...)