Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Sea Otter.
Electric bikes can let you rip on off-road trails — uphill. But they can also speed you to the office and keep you from showing up sweaty.
Plenty of both varieties are on hand to study and test ride at Sea Otter, where e-bikes, as founder Frank Yohannan says, “are here to stay.”
“Obviously, e-MTBs capture much of the attention from the Sea Otter crowd, but we’re also seeing interest and excitement on the pavement side of things, whether it be a folding or cargo e-bike,” said Claudia Wasko, general manager of Bosch eBike Systems America.
Test rides are the best way to find out what e-bikes are all about and can help overcome many cyclists’ initial skepticism.
“Events like Sea Otter offer both credibility to e-bikes and give those folks that are against them an opportunity to experience the reality of e-bikes and dispel the myths,” said Chris Head of Lectric Cycles.
Sea Otter has relocated its e-MTB test track to the more convenient Land Rover test track …read more