no offense taken but i'd have to assume you've never ridden one or shopped around for one.Not to be disrespectful or argumentative but NO respectable mountain biker would ever be out riding an e-bike. Only to ride one for fun, never serious.
They are way slower, uphill, downhill, single track, double track, fire roads... you name it. Way slower.
They also make you use more energy if you are really riding.
The components are lame, the weight is high.
It's a bike for casual riders, nothing more.
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they are heavier, no doubt but i pass people on mine while towing another rider up the road so there's no way they're slower especially when not towing. i pass people all the time on forest roads and everything else that's wide enough. having a motor to assist doesn't make someone slower, it's very much the opposite.
in terms of components, the high end e-mountain bike makers (Cube, Santa Cruz, trek, Specialized, etc) put the same exact components on their ebikes as their traditional bikes so I'm not sure where you get the idea that they have subpar components unless you're talking about the bikes i referred to in a post above--the cheap bikes made in china and rebranded here that are mountain bikes in name only.
in terms of using more energy, i'm assuming you're saying that because of the extra weight but it's not like these bikes are twice as heavy. my bike with carbon frame is about 10lbs heavier than my buddy's traditional 10k bike. you're also saving way more energy than the extra weight would cause you to expend because of the assist. that gets proven every time I ride.
plenty of avid and hardcore e-mountain bikers out here in oregon so the self-respecting rider comment is nonsense.
scroll down, read the specs and show me where this 13K Specialized bike has lame components and is made for the casual rider and nothing more.