What about downhill e-bikes? Does that defeat the purpose of an e-bike, or open up new doors for what is possible on a bike?
That is a good question. It hard to say, but here is what I think: It does not at all defeat the purpose, and yes it does open up new doors for what is possible. But, I think the definition of a DH bike will be different with e-bikes.
Take my Kenevo for example. It is built off the Enduro, an aggressive all mountain bike. I built up the bike with a dual crown fork offering a higher front end, more rake, and a longer wheelbase. So now you have a bike with aggressive all mountain frame geometry (steeper seat tube angles, higher bb heights) which allows you to climb hills so well, but you also have longer travel suspension and higher front ends that allows for full downhill riding. It is a fine line, but I think the DH bike as we know it today will be different, or maybe a new genre will open up. The frames will have to be a little more catered to climbing, and the drivetrains will have gearing similar to an all mountain bike. Once this happens, the possibilities will be wide open.
What are you doing to improve people’s views of e-bikes? Do you see their opinion’s changing?
I think the biggest thing I want to do is show people that you are still getting a workout on these bikes, and yes I see opinions changing right away! It’s pretty cool to see some haters turn into advocates after one ride.
It’s a misconception that a lot of people have, as did I in the beginning. But really, the opposite is true. You are getting a much better workout, and I think these bikes will improve people’s cycling abilities in a big way. I don’t blame people for thinking that e-bikes will ruin the sport, but its just not true. So for now, I am trying to help people understand the benefits of riding an e-bike.