Wondering why you guys don’t start reviewing e-Bikes. It’s really becoming the hottest segment right now. It seems like there’s something missing in the mags and sites that don’t bother acknowledging them.
It seems that for every litter like yours chastising us for “ignoring” the segment, there is another praising us for not promoting the impurification of the sport. Does this mean we’re against any and all forms of electric-propulsion here at MBT? Of course not. E-assist in particular has a very practical function for those individuals who, for whatever reason, lack the physical ability to enjoy all aspects of the trails but wish to participate.
Of course we entertain the counter argument as well that electric powered bikes are, by definition, no longer bicycles but rather motorcycles. Less an issue for us personally, this creates a whole lot of gray area with land management organizations; many of which tolerate mountain bikes but strictly prohibit ATVs. Public riding areas shut down over this overlap is certainly something to which we hope never to contribute.
Even over all of these heavy issues, the simplest explanation we can offer is that to date an e-powered test bike has yet to manifest at our office. If one were to arrive, we’d be glad to put it through its paces and deliver the results here in our pages so that the consumer can make up his or her own mind.