at the risk of lighting a match, i’ll add E-Bikes:
Ever been grinding up your local and some joker flies past you with nary a word of warning almost sending you into the bushes? First you think, damn that dude is fit even if he is rude, then you realize you’ve been dusted by a fool riding a motorcycle.
I get that they are a much needed profit driver for bike companies but they put unskilled riders on trails above their capabilities. Riding mtb is hard, you need to be very fit to do it and you need to earn those skills with sweat equity. If you haven’t done the work, you are just riding in terrain way above your capability to manage it.
I hear some of the enduro’s are actually adding ebike categories. Here’s a suggestion guys, just shorten the transfer stages and no one will need a motor.
The other day I saw a gorgeous new road bike on the back of someone’s car and on closer inspection realized that it was an e-bike. The amazing thing is that for the money they spent on the e-bike, they could have gotten a bike well under 15 lbs. So who needs a motor when your bike weighs as much as a footlong sandwich?
There are exceptions certainly, old folks should be enabled to shred the trails on these things and hey, if you are physically disabled in any way, of course you should be encouraged to get on the trail and ride one of them.