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Future of e-bike trail use is muddy for red rock enthusiasts

  • Sedona has without question become one of the most prolific mountain biking communities in the United States over recent years.To get more news about electric mountain bike, you can visit official website.

    Thousands of visitors come to red rock country solely to ride its hundreds of miles of trails. Also in the last couple of years, electric bicycles have grown in popularity, especially with big-name mountain bike manufacturers.Moving forward, the question is what the future of e-bikes could be in red rock country.To get more news about electric bike, you can visit official website.

    “Much like mountain bikers, we have a lot of trails to ride, but we can’t go ride in wilderness areas. It’s creating that line and saying, ‘Listen at the end of the day …. this is the line in the sand. If you choose to cross it, we fine you if we catch you,’” said Jared Wesley, manager at Absolute Bikes. “It’s like us riding in the wilderness area, but if we get caught we’re going to expect to get fined. We certainly understand the hesitation to it, but there’s way more to the e-biking community than just mountain biking and user conflict. And it’s trying to move past the user conflict, much like we’ve had to do as mountain bikers since mountain biking was brought in.
    “We’re a multirecreational area and it’s a multi-use area, and we need to help everybody get past that point because that is only going to make things better for our trails …. It’s all these different levels that it all kind of helps out, but we have to find that happy medium for everybody and everybody can enjoy themselves and enjoy what we have here to offer in Sedona.”To get more news about Fat Tire Electric Bikes, you can visit official website.

    IMBA is supportive of Class 1 [e-mountain bike] access to non-motorized trails when the responsible land management agency, in consultation with local mountain bikers, deem such [e-mountain bike] access is appropriate and will not cause any loss of access to non-motorized bikes,” an online statement said.“IMBA recognizes that changes in design, technology and the numbers of [e-mountain bike] users is evolving, and believes these bikes can be managed in a sustainable way for both the environment and other trail users.”

    Class 1 e-bikes are those that are only pedal-assisted, and whose motor function stops at 20 miles per hour. This is the class that almost all e-bikes are in Sedona and the rest of the community looking to use them on non-motorized trails around the nation.

    Locally, the e-bikes would open Sedona’s trails to many more riders, who may not be skilled nor fit enough to navigate them. What makes the area different is the fact that the trails are much more technical.

    It is somewhat paradoxical — Sedona’s demographic would theoretically benefit from e-bikes on the trails, but, generally speaking, the trails themselves are too difficult for most riders to begin with.The demographic of people who ride e-bikes, or at least people that have come in and asked about them or even spoke about their own e-bikes, are normally people who are a bit older and aren’t into as technical trails,” said Dekiah Durst, sales associate at Over the Edge. “So I could see e-bikes possibly being let onto some easier trails if there is a huge demand on there, but other than that I don’t think that there are enough big demands on letting e-bikes on double black diamond trails.”

    As of right now, riding e-bikes on the trails is against the law, as the Bureau of Land Management officially categorized them as motorized in May 2015. But a precedent has been established that could be an influence down the road, when the issue may be put under the microscope.

    In Mammoth Lakes, Calif., the Mammoth Bike Park became the first bike park in the United States to allow Class 1 e-bikes onto its trails earlier this year. They are still not allowed on any U.S. Forest Service land outside of the park’s boundaries.

    The Mammoth Bike Park, which is only open during the summer because it is located in the same area as the popular ski resort, features more than 80 miles of single-track trail. It emulates more of an outdoor trail network than the relatively new Sedona Bike Park, which is confined to Posse Grounds Park.
      July 28, 2022 8:22 PM MDT