Escalation Of E-Bike Wars Destine To Alter All Other Trail Users’ Experiences

The problem I’ve always had with allowing electric-motorized bicycles on multi-user, natural-surface trails is that they are motorized. While a hiker or mountain biker may experience incremental gains in the amount of trail used in an hour by improving their physical condition and technique, the operator of a motorized bicycle can record substantial speed improvements by upgrading equipment. Case in point, the $10,300 Nicolai G1 EBOXX mountain bike.

Nicolai explains the bike uses a Bosch motor that was “tested for months in secret.” This months-long testing (that doesn’t seem like a lot of testing to me) resulted in a claimed 6.4 pound motor with 75 Nm of torque. The battery is a 625Wh BOSCH Powertube battery (just shy of America’s 750-watt limit). Nicolai says it runs specifically-designed software to deliver the finest responding mountain bike motor on the market. They explain this 2020 model is “smaller, lighter, stronger and quieter.”

Nicolai, a German company, gives other motorized bike companies a target to shoot at with their G1 EBOXX. They also prove why these vehicles should never have been permitted on multi-user, natural-surface trails. The motorized bicycle wars will be fought in your parks and on your hiking trails. All other users, take cover.

This motor allows any operator to ride faster than an Olympic athlete. The bike is not compatible with other natural-surface trail users and is inconsistent with the natural experience these trails provide users.
The G1 EBOXX and similar bikes should be operated in bike parks that permit motorized bicycles and on designated Off-Highway-Vehicle trails. Bikes like this one will ruin the experience of hikers, bikers and equestrians on natural-surface trails.

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