Opinion: A lightweight e-bike is in your future so you might as well get used to the idea now

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Previously Editor here at, Rachael is happiest on two wheels. Partial to a race or two Rachael also likes getting out into the hills with a big bunch of mates. In the past Rachael has written for publications such as, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine, Mountain Biking UK, Bike Radar, New Zealand Mountain Biker and was also the online editor for Spoke magazine in New Zealand too. For as long as she's been riding, she has been equally happy getting stuck into a kit review as she is creating stories or doing the site admin. When she's not busy with all the above she's roasting coffee or coaching mountain biking in the Forest of Dean. 


3 years 6 months ago

I seriously considered going straight to an eMTB when I swapped over from road earlier this year but concluded the technology still has some time to improve/get cheaper before I actually definitely need the assist (I've just turned 50). I'm enough of a realist to know that assistance will be needed soon, and certainly in the 5 year window you mention. I think if I had one now I'd probably be more willing to ride to my local trails rather than chuck the bike in the back of the car (12 mile round trip for me). It's definitely an enabling technology and one that will open up MTB to a wider, older audience. It feels like a lot of roadies of my age are transitioning to MTB, or maybe its just the area/demographic I live in, or the time of day that I ride.