Watis wrote:Surely Colin's point is that, while accepting that this is what an Ebike does, it could do it better?
OK - my Carrera Cross City folding e-bike (from Halfords) weighs around 20kg. I guess I could save a bit of weight by removing the mudguards, the kick stand and the substantial rear carrier - but I find all of these useful. As to the frame - it folds (which I also find useful) and it also holds the battery - so I'm not sure if lightweight alloys would make much difference. The tyres (Kenda 20 x 1.75) are not mountain bike standard, but they are a bit bulkier and much more robust than those that I used (many years ago) on a conventional bike. I'm impressed with their grip, and am happy cycling up rutted tracks. The battery assisted range seems to be around the 30 mile mark - but depends on how much hard work (i.e. going up hills) it has to perform. I should probably stress that it is battery assisted - I still need to give it a fair bit of help going up steep hills. Since most of my outings last 1 to 2 hours, the battery range is not limiting.
So what improvements could I hope for? Yes it would be nicer if it were lighter - but not by stripping off peripherals. So if lighter alloys could be used while still allowing a robust folding mechanism, then I would be interested - but that interest would be cost dependent. My bike cost £750 at Halfords.