What do you think is the biggest hang up on electric bikes getting accepted by the masses? Weight? Looks? Trail access? The macho mentality of them being cheater bikes?
LC: Seems to me that in the States the biggest issue is trail access, all of the best trails in my area however aren’t technically legally sanctioned trails, so it doesn’t really matter what you ride– you aren’t really supposed to be there. However with e-bikes becoming more prevalent I see regulations possibly changing in the future.
BK: I think the macho mentality of people looking down on them as cheater-bikes is the biggest unnecessary hang up. In a sense, I understand this for all the Strava warriors out there, but chances are they’ve probably cut a corner or straight lined a section just for a better time anyways. I think every naysayer should definitely try one before they come up with such harsh, concrete opinions.
KS: I think all of the above. In the US, the fear of losing trail access is a huge one. Which I understand, but also don’t fully agree with after riding one. It is not a dirt bike, and should not be treated like one. Overseas e-bikes have already been really accepted into the market. You see people who normally wouldn’t be out there riding on the trails, which is cool. E-bikes are giving people access that wouldn’t normally be riding, which is helping the industry grow, which is better for all of us.
What are you most looking forward to for the 2018 season?
LC: Competing at all the Crankworx events and getting to rip with buddies!
BK: I am looking most forward to racing with Commencal this year! Big plans for the World Cup season so I am incredibly stoked to tick off the days until World Cup #1 in Croatia! YEW!
KS: Rampage, always. Best event in the world. Also, looking forward to some more slalom races at Crankworx events.
Any big projects or fun stuff we can expect to see from you in the near future?
LC: I want to work on trying to do some more videos on my Youtube page. I just finished editing a Meta AM vs Meta Power video that I shot the other day. Its got a few challenges like; long jump, highest bunny hop, and a manual challenge. I also rode the bikes on three kinds of trails; berms, jumps and rocks and compared times on them. Be on the lookout for it via my Youtube and hopefully here on theloamwolf.com as well. I also have some bigger edits planned for the year, so make sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date on that stuff.
BK: Keep your eyes peeled for a few projects coming out in the future but also on Commencal’s media as they have some rad stuff to share across the board! Follow along with my team @Commencal_100 or @bruce_klein to keep up with our travels this year and see what we get ourselves into on the World Cup circuit.
KS: You guys will just have to wait and see.
Write one funny story about a teammate being questioned here.
LC: Well during the week of shooting, we all met up at a paintball park in Camp Pendelton, which is a military base north of San Diego. They check your I.D. going in and it turned out that Bruce’s I.D. was expired. We passed him going in and didn’t think anything of it, until we realized that he was being held by the Military Police for trying to get on base with an expired license. Everything got resolved and they let him off with just a ticket, but we were all cracking up waiting for him.
BK: While all of Commencal USA was together recently, we had a day to chill at the beach after playing paintball. I have never gone paint balling before so it was all new to me, however Kyle must be some kinda secret expert, cuz he knows his way around a gun. In the middle of the game Kyle and I were squared up trying to pick each other off for a good few minutes. He would jump up and shoot at me while I ducked under cover and then I would return the favor. It was my first rodeo so my paint balls were flying everywhere. Left , right, too high, too low. Kyle jumped from behind his cover to shoot me so I took my chance to shoot back. Right before I was about to duck back behind cover again I see him fire and I watch the ball come straight for me, thankfully it began to dip so I thought I was good. But no, this ball came right at me and hit me square in the jewels. I was out, lying on the floor gasping for breath. It hurt so bad, ha ha! I was out for a few games but then jumped back in and got revenge on him– at least I think I did!
KS: When all the guys were here at the house, Bruce was cutting inside on this one corner so hard to spray Nico, who was taking photos. Well, when he tried to do it the other direction on a different corner his front end washed and he ended up eating shit. Kinda funny.
Commencal’s video project has come out at an interesting time as we are just about to release our own review comparing the Meta AM with the Meta Power. Since Commencal is one of the few brands offering nearly identical bikes in both an electric- and human-powered platform, we thought this would be a great place to solidify our biases of how much worse e-bikes are than real mountain bikes. Sadly, over the last few months every tester who’s been on the two bikes has been finding it difficult to do so. Hearing the guys above have the same sentiments as us has made it a little easier to swallow.
Stay tuned for our comparison review in upcoming weeks.