For the past 5 years or so, any social media post about an ebike is met with absolute hate and claims that if you have one, you're not a real mountain biker, or you're riding a moped/motorcycle etc etc. Its really become the most predictable responses of virtually anyting in our community.
In my "other life", I've been in the compute services business for nearly 25 years. Being a "gen-x'r", I also have the benefit of witnessing how much, and how fast technology has changed. From the Atari to the Xbox & Playstation. From a rotary telephone to iphones and eventually from combustion engines, to battery operated cars as the standard offering. That said. What I find missing from the debate is what happens in 3 years when the motor on your ebike is completely behind the times? We get a new mobile phone every 2 years and personal computers have a max life of about 5 years before they start to show their age. Surely the bikes aren't going to accomdate an upgrade right? How long is the battery going to last? How long is the support going to be?
What does this mean for the bike manufacturers? Certainly, the consumer won't be as apt to HAVE to throw away the 10k mountain bike after 3 or 4 years. How long with the bike companies support an ebike's motor and battery? Too many questions to answer here, but its something I'm going to explore over the next few months. What do you think?