DEAR READER, there is no shortage of controversial subjects in the world of mountain biking, and over the years we’ve seen most of them addressed in our letters section. We’ve fielded arguments for and against the priority of the climber over the descender. We’ve been criticized for publishing too many ‘freeride-oriented’ photos, and we’ve been chastised for running so many stunning images from beautiful British Columbia. We’ve been chided for reviewing far more full-suspension bikes than hardtails. And we’ve heard all the bickering over 26 versus 29 versus 27.5- inch wheels.

But over the last decade, no single topic has generated as much acrimony as that of e-bikes—especially the electronically assisted cousin of the modern

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